Hand Crafted Christmas Cards 

  
This year I am crafting my Christmas cards. I don’t have any how-tos  for you (but if you want one on a specific card than let me know).

The card pictured above if for my Mom and Stepdad. Black paper and I used General’s white compressed chalk. This one takes very little time but I quite enjoy the quick sketch look.

  
Another very basic card going out to a friend from school and pen pal for many years JL. I just used some green embroidery thread I had boughten from Dollarama, glued down with crazy glue (I do not recommend this however I don’t have a glue gun) and the star/ trunk were done with Reeves soft pastels.

  
This one is going out to Boo Boo and her husband. The black line work was done in Staedtler calligraphy marker (the narrow end) and I used watercolours to bring it to life. I couldn’t tell you the brand as I just used what was dried in my pots.

  
I can’t tell you who this one is going out to. But it was done in the same way as Boo Boos card.

  

This one here is going out to my Dad. Cut out some tree part from leather looking paper (I think it came from a dollar store about four years ago) and mixed some white glitter in with glossy Modge Podge for the snow effect. Oh and I glued the trees down with Modge Podge as well.

I will have more of these to show off but I didn’t want to throw it all into one post. Especially since I am not done all of them yet. They have been fun and I enjoy the mix between tasteful and funny/crude/cute.

New Pen Friends (Hopefully)

I went and registered for International Pen Friends about 3 weeks ago now. I had found a few links to the website based in Finland and I decided to give it a go. I was only able to find one review (this may have just been me and not the fact there is not any out there). I got nervous because this is a paid subscription. I took my chances. Well, I am an impatient person to begin with so waiting for an email just made me that much more nervous that I was ripped off.

Yesterday I in fact received my list of new pen friends. I am quite excited. I have 2 out of 15 written up to this moment. I go to the post office tomorrow and I am hoping to get two more letters done tonight. That means I should have five to send (I did not make it to send my other pen friends letter).

So far I have these following (including my current friends)

2 x USA

1 x Hong Kong

2 x Australia

2 x England

1 x Belgium

4 x France

3 x Germany

1 x Italy

1 x Qatar

I would say I got enough of a selection. I was not looking for any where specific anyways. There are also a few males in that list. I have yet to write to any males (besides my cousin when he was incarcerated) so that will be a new experience that I am looking forward to.

I am not about to assume that all 15 are going to right me back but it would be amazing if they all did. I mean the first letter sets the impression but I like to babble so I am not sure how well they will get read. I also believe that my address will be given out to 10 people in the same fashion.

I still am waiting to hear back from my one pen friend though to see how she liked her parcel. I know that it was much larger than anything that had been sent before but I had to make of for months of not writing back.

I need to get back to work so I can get on my way back home. I have chores and letters to do!