October 8, 2008

Snail Mail...JustRite meets Lockhart

It's been a while since I've made some Snail Mail cards. If you are newer to my blog, I took a liking to snails this summer and particularly the phrase *Snail Mail*. I've also made these single layer notecards that I keep hand for quick thank you notes, teacher notes, etc. I needed a few more for my stash so here's what I came up with. I used Making Memorie's Noteworthy patterned papers, some of my all time faves! I love the office supply look and the lines, colors and designs from this line are fab! The notecards are 1/4 sheet of cardstock, layered with another white piece of cardstock and then a snippet of the patterned paper across the top. Here's my favorite part, the circle embellishment. Who knew you could pack so many fun things into one small circle. First, I reached for my JustRite Small Alphabet stamps and Round Monogram Stamper to create the sentiment that reads *snail mail for you*. I stamped that in black and then cut out my circles with Spellbinder's circle and scallop circle dies. I also embossed the top white circle for more detail. I then stamped Karen Lockhart's snail stamp called Escargot and colored it with my Copic Sketch markers. I adhered my circle accents to the tops of my notecards and then trimmed off the excess. Lastly, I adhered two snippets of ribbon to each notecard and secured them with a staple...more of that office supply look. LOVE these little notecards, they're so handy to have on hand.
As I was stashing my notecards away so that they wouldn't make it into the sale basket, I thought I'd snap a photo of this old box. I found it at an estate sale this summer and thought it would make the perfect box for all my stationery stuff. It's not a prized antique or anything, just an abandoned, lonely box that needed a home.
It holds my address book, some stamps, my favorite type of pens, some packing tape, envelopes, etc. If I want to sit and write out a bunch of cards, I can easily grab my box and use it as a writing surface also. It's a good thing!

Have a fabulous day everyone!! We're off to our Homecoming Parade tonight and then hotdogs, chips and pop at the park (aka free supper and no cooking for MOM!)...and a bonfire to boot! Woohoo. My dad's driving his convertible mustang too...good time to tote around the local politicians...and a GREAT time for my girls to throw out candy!

22 comments:

Melissa said...

sweet, sweet, sweet as can be. your work is delicious dear.
Melis

Anonymous said...

Very, very cute snail mail cards. I just love your style.

Marci said...

So cute as usual! Plus, I *love* when you show us how you turn all your "little treasures" into useful storage items! Such inspiration!!! Thanks for sharing!

kristyn said...

I just wanted to say, I LOVE your blog. I find the greatest inspiration from you. Your cards are just the neatest.

And I wanted to say...I did your "inspiration box" idea. I found a wood box to hold my papers, stamps, inks, ribbons, glitz etc all for fall. I don't do Halloween and Thanksgiving is a bit off...so it is just fall right now. I am loving this. Most everything is in one spot without me say..."hmmmm, where is such and such?" "What would go with this?" I think this is the neatest idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Keep it coming!!!! And I am soooo glad you are with PTI.
Kristyn

Jean said...

Love the snail mail cards - cute and chic at the same time!
And THANKS for sharing your stationery box idea.... I have a similar box and never thought to use it like that. What a great way to churn out the Halloween and Christmas cards while waiting in the kids' carpool line!!
I love your style - both your paper designs and your writing!!! Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Our homecoming was last weekend. Been hard to get the kids settled down at school this week since we won. Ü
I love these little snails! Also love the new blog banner. Ü

Anonymous said...

Michelle, You have go to be the most creative person I have ever seen! I love reading your blog and seeing your latest creations and love your title decoration, so clever. Gayle

Morgan said...

Those notecards are A-dorable!!!

Elaine said...

I don't even like snails a little bit but these are cute!

Heather's Creations said...

Oh I just adore your little note cards, they are wonderful :0) can you bottle me abit of your imagination please, I could really use some lol. your work is always so inspirational, thank you :0)
**Hugs** Heather x

Pamela said...

Mish, everything you do is magic! I've been following your blog for about a month now and love seeing not only your finished projects but also things like your inspiration station and flea market finds.

Your photos are always so pleasingly arranged and your writing is fun to read. So many blog I visit have spelling and/or grammar errors.

Thanks for taking the time to put out a superlative blog!

Pamela in Maine

Anonymous said...

Love your blog !! What an awesome box you found, it actually is a letter box, there is probably a proper name for it but it is too early in the morning and I can't think of what it is called ( yawn) TFS Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

Toni K said...

I used to have a box just like the one you have. I don't know what ever happened to it. I sure wish I had it now.

Amy said...

Michelle,

I come to your blog often and don't always leave a comment, but I just have to tell you how inspiring you are. There is just a peaceful calm about your work and your blog that I just love!

The snail mail is just ssswonderful!

Amy

DeeDee said...

I love these little cards Mish...that snail is way too CUTE!! I also love to see your "treasures" and how you put them to use.....FUN stuff girlie!!! HUGS!!

patriciad said...

You never disappoint! Every time I check out your blog (like daily)I find something new and fun to admire and today is no exception. Thanks, as usual, for the inspiration.

chelle said...

love the notecards...perfect in every way! the box is fab too!
chelle

Cindy Lyles said...

I love this Mish - and I'm going to do what you do and make a few of these sized notecards for quick notes to the teachers - GREAT IDEA - as all your ideas are!!!

Vicki C said...

OH .. so cute M!

Anonymous said...

I don't think that that's just a box. That looks like a lap desk. Check out Laura Ingalls Wilder On the Way Home for a picture of one.

Jen said...

ZOMG snail mail!!! Too too too cute!!!

Your antique stationary box is too awesome as well! Next time my shopping-buddy-mom-in-law takes me to a flea market - I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for something like that!

<3

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