Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Happy Mail, Mail Art, Spots and Stripes

Hi everybody!

Hope you have had blue skies and sunshine as we did here - it has been a wonderful day.

Today is half time for the 'It's in the mail' challenge at Try it on Tuesday.
Hope to see lots of you joining in!
Here is another envelope I made, using BG paper from Gecko Galz 'vintage for me', tissue tape, postage stamps, some images and some stamping. These envelopes are quick and easy to make, and bring a lot of joy to people when they travel by post. I am also linking to Moo Mania and More, mail.

It's time for a new tag over at Tag Tuesday, too. Our theme this week is 'spots and stripes' - or is it 'stripes and spots'? Whatever, I had fun striping and spotting, or was it stripping and spitting ?!

I used my lovely cup stencils, painted them with black gesso onto some white scrap card, and then just played with a white gel pen when it was dry - it was fun! The butterfly was flying around my table, and fitted, so now it's here. I mounted it onto some black matting, and that was it!

I am also linking to AJJ - circles.

And I have received HEAPS of Happy Mail, so called because it makes the recipient very happy. First of all  sweet Sandy sent me 2 parcels full of goodies - magazines, oodles of tags in all sizes, chipboard embellishments, corrugated card and some wonderful stamps, which I am very much looking forward to using when my fingers are less shaky. Thanks a bunch, Sandy! Am I lucky or what??

And Mo - who recently travelled from Bonnie Scotland to Bonnie London, sent me a new A-Z of London. My old one is missing a lot of pages, as I have used it a lot during the past 20+ years, and the new one also has maps in a better size, which are easier for me to see - just wonderful! And Mo sent me die-cuts, papers and some very pretty serviettes, as well as a gorgeous ATC she made. Thanks Mo, you made me very happy too!

And just a few pics of the wonderful blue skies today:


  1. Good Morning Valerie. Two beautiful art creations, each one totally different, but none the less full of marvellous colour and textures. How lovely to receive such great goodies and I'm sure you will make good use of them too. Love today's pictures. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. Hi Val, love your gorgeous makes - I used to have cups like that back in the 60s! Great presents, too - enjoy! Hugs, Sarah

  3. wow,schöne werke wieder und klasse Geschenke,ich freu mich für dich und bin schon gespannt was du damit machst.
    ich muss gleich zum arzt,und später gehe ich spazieren,wir haben sooo tolles Wetter.
    wünsch dir einen schönen tag :-)

    Knuddel Jeannette

  4. What a lovely post Valerie, your envelope is beautiful and I just love the doodled coffee cups. And how fabulous are those happy mail goodies .... They've even made me feel happy! Xx

  5. Gorgeous envelope. Sure to make the postie happy too! Love the coffee cups and delicate butterfly. What a lucky girl with all those new goodies to drool over! Enjoy your blue skies. We are overcast today with a fine mist thrown in. x

  6. Ganz tolle Arbieten sind das wieder..danke liebste Valerie, dass Du immer an MOO MANIA & MORE und AJJ denkst bei Deinem kunstvollen Tun! Knuddel!
    So tolle Post hast Du bekommen, kein Wunder wo Du so eine liebe Kreativfreundin bist für alle...

    und ja endlich wird es schöner!
    dann kannst Du Deine 10000 Schritte wieder locker und frei machen und wir können die herrlichen Impressionen hier genießen, so wie heute:
    die Bilder sind wieder super! DANKESCHÖN!

  7. OH MY! such beautiful envelopes you made - adore the cups. AND... all the happy mail - such great goodies for you to make fabulous works of art from! Much excitement I'm sure. Enjoy every piece. hugs, Donna

  8. Seeing this post made me happy, too, because I know I will be seeing all these wonderful gifts in your upcoming projects! I hope those colorful macarons find their way onto some project or plate, LOL--I think I saw the recipe is inside...hint hint!

    Those tea cups look fantastic in black and white and the butterfly is perfect!

    1. Well, if you insist, I will bake some macaroons at the weekend, and eat them for you....I'm always prepared to sacrifice myself!

  9. Wow...you are a lucky girl. Love all your new goodies. Your art pieces are beautifully created. Love both of them. The altered envelope is stupendous. Love all your images and embellishments. I'm going to share this post with the Gecko Galz Paper Crafting Group. Love your teacup stack stamp. The tag is so bold in black and white. Great work Valerie.

  10. Oh you lucky girl! Look at all those lovelies from your sweet friends! Love your tea cut stencil and the envelope is absolutely stunning! ~Diane

  11. Your envelope looks gorgeous, Valerie. Love the lush colors!
    Enjoy your goodies!

    Have a great week.

  12. Hach Valerie, ich bin mal wieder ganz hin und weg von Deinen Kunstwerken! Bei der Mail Art finde ich einfach die wunderbar fröhlichen, und sommerlichen, Farben einmalig. Ich liebe Mail Art und ich denke ich könnte auch mal wieder etwas in der Richtung machen. Und Dein Tag mit den Tassen ist ganz nach meinem Geschmack, einfach, aber so effektiv und schön!
    Alles Liebe, Manuela

  13. WOW; what a wonderful post today from a gorgeous mail art envelope, a cup of coffee tag, gorgeous photos and gifts from friends. MARVELOUS!

    Enjoy your weekend. Hope the skies continue to be blue.


  14. Your post cards are delightful - honestly Valerie, I don't see how you get what you get done - always walking, always cooking, leaving tons of love on other people's makes and then all the beautiful artwork you do! Love those cups. I can go either way coffee or tea. Whoopie - I can drink a little coffee in the morning again. Your post card is one of the prettiest makes I have seen. Talent does not come from a jar - it comes from the heart. Hey - you can quote me on that!!
    It's nice to have a sunny day - we have one today too.
    Much love kid!

  15. Hi Valerie, Love this envelope and your cup tag is darling. I am a fan of stripes and dots. You were blessed with the package of goodies. I know you are going to have some fun with this stash of supplies.
    Lovely walking pics and so glad you are enjoying blue skies.
    It is beautiful here too and in the 80's and 90's this week.

    Happy Tuesday,

  16. Your mail art envelope is totally delightful, I love the birds, the vintage lady, the stamps, the colour scheme and everything else. This may take some time to reach its destination while everyone on its way admires it.
    I also very much like your stripy cups, very attractive artwork.
    The weather here? - cold with a damp mist!! - there's a surprise.

    1. Thanks! At least you won't get a sunburn!

  17. Valerie, your envelope mail art is wonderful. That is some incredible Happy Mail and I know you will so enjoy all of it! Beautiful walk as always! Enjoy!

  18. Fantastic mail art and tag . Enjoy your happy mail, bet you cannot wait to use it.
    Yvonne xx

  19. Ich komme aus dem Staunen nicht heraus - dein Mail-Art Werk ist ein Traum und die Tassen der Hit. Tolle Post hast du bekommen, da sind neue schöne Werke von dir schon vorprogrammiert :)

  20. Your happy mail looks so amazing. How fun.. And once again your photos are wonderful...


  21. These are both beautiful makes Valerie, fabulous colours and great in black and white too. I hope you've stopped stripping and spitting now lol. You certainly had lots of happy post, enjoy xx


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