February 6, 2016

Smiles Sent Saturday~February 6, 2016

Excited to start A Month of Letters Challenge this week, so far I've managed to send one thing a day! 

One of the first thing I sent.  I thought the envelope turned out so fun!  Love having vintage stamps to pick from!  These were picked to go with the flower/mail/Paris themed card.

This is a card I sent "from" two dogs of a family member to her.  I made up a signature for each of them, and tried to disguise my handwriting and make it look younger.  She'll probably know who it's from from the postmark...and this year the vintage stamps, but the idea was for it to look "like" it was from the puppies.

I found these super cute "across the miles" card at CVS for $0.99 each, and as we had the $3/3 Hallmark Cards Printable Coupon we were able to get them for free!!  (if you want to know more about saving money shopping at CVS check out my other blog SimplyCVS
To match the ocean bottle theme, here's what I came up with.  I used labels so the address would be on white to make it easier for the machines to read, plus it looked cute!
 This one went with the theme.

This one was to a great aunt who likes roses.

This matched color wise, and was to a great aunt who I think had traveled in Europe. 

This went with the card theme with a southern slat for my great aunt who lives in Florida.

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

January 30, 2016

Smiles Sent Saturday~January 30, 2016

I was so excited when I saw the "From Me to You" stamps were coming, and bought them pretty early.  But...I kept not using them, then this week, I used two this week!
This one was for a birthday card with arrows, I thought the words on the stamp went well with the arrows. 

This card had a cat on it, and I found this old stencil to use...I just picked the stamp for the color...and because I'd been wanting to use. :)

I'm excited to be getting ready for the "Month of Letter's Challenge" starting Monday!!!  I'm also glad to have my sister trying it out this year!

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

January 23, 2016

Smiles Sent Saturday~1/23/16

Just one interesting envelope to share this week.  Should have more to share soon with the Month of Letters Challenge coming up next month.
I loved how I was able to find the stamps to coordinate and the penguin turned out cuter then I expected when I colored it in!

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

January 16, 2016

Smiles Sent Saturday~1/16/16

I only have one envelope to share today...the envelope we sent a birthday card to a great aunt in.  Kind of simple, but the vintage stamps really make it pop!
I'm also working on writing a multi day/page letter.  and trying to get organized for the A Month of Letters Challenge and Easter cards.

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

January 9, 2016

Smiles Sent Saturday~1/9/16~New Year's

I really liked this Charlie Brown stamp.  The only way I could figure out how to work it in to an overall design, was to decorate the envelope upside down!  That way the address & stamp were in the right places.  This is how it looked when being mailed:
This is how it looked with the illustration right side up:

And here's my New Year's envelopes:
For a card with fireworks 
Another envelope design for the same card design 
For a balloon card

Here's just another couple envelopes of birthday cards I've sent recently:

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

December 19, 2015

December 12, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday ~ 12/12/15 ~ Christmas Cards

Here's our Christmas Card envelopes for this year.
This was our main one-the card was navy blue with a silver town of Bethlehem embossed on it.  I had bought them on clearance around last Christmas, and was excited that the stamps released last year matched, but when I went to buy them around the first of the year they were gone, so I had to buy press sheets and cut it apart.

This one I used a different stamp for the same card.  This card is one my sister and I mail to the widow of our childhood mailman.  We were homeschooled, so were always home when the mail came, and when we'd see him coming down the road my mom would let us run out to wait (safely off the road) for him to come and he'd hand the mail to my sister and I.  He retired, and we grew up, but we reconnected a few years ago at the funeral of another mailman who went to church with us-we posed for a photo.  He said ours was the only house he'd hope for junk mail at, so he'd have something to hand to each of us.  We started sending him Christmas cards with a little note/letter updating him on our lives, and after he died, we continue to send them to her.  I thought the stamp was great as it matched the card and was also mail themed which was perfect for how we knew her.

And this is a different card we sent.  It had Christmas lights as the cover.  I tried to copy the image for the envelope and then I saw the Charlie Brown stamps!  I was thrilled-like the movie and the stamps coordinated SO well!

We also did alternate stamps on some of these-this was for a family some of whose children's came to the family through adoption, so the corner stamp was perfect, the rocking horse was cute, and the Tiffany lamp was kind of like colored lights.

I also helped my grandmother get her Christmas cards out.  She's to the point where all she can do is sign them, but I get cards I know she'll like and get the envelopes all addressed and stamped for her-she really liked the pretty stamps!

I think between the cards our family mailed, our family sent through our church to homebound members, and the ones I helped my grandmother send I can account for over 100 cards!  So fun!!!

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

November 21, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday ~ 11/22/2015 ~ Thanksgiving Cards & package

This week I thought I'd share some of the envelopes I decorated for Thanksgiving cards as well as what went in a small care package for a relative in the armed forces.

For my grandfather who is fond of apples!  The Valley Forge stamp is technically a Christmas stamp-but the colors matched and prayer & Thanksgiving go together.

For our goddaughter - I thought this envelope ended up being "cheerful"

I just LOVE those "We Give Thanks" stamps!

Attempt at oak tree to mirror card
The card looked like pencil art, so I used a colored pencil for the tree.

This card had roses in a pumpkin.

Thought the peppers worked well.

Love the Illinois stamp-so pretty & perfect for Thanksgiving.

The card had blackberries on it, and the football & dog stamps were to represent what we plan to watch on Thanksgiving.

Gave up on the oak leaves, & went generic with the leaves. 

For a letter to a great aunt whose dad used to work on a train & part of the letter was about packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
This is probably my favorite of the envelopes!  Ducks flying from a fall lake!  I measured against a postmark on a card I received to be sure the ducks would be canceled...
And finally, here's what went in the care package.  Thanksgiving classics: turkey, cranberries, and pecan pie...all a little different.  Plus M&M candy corn, a Mounds Bar (as I normally make coconut pie), popcorn, & Uno Avengers as game playing is always a part of our family Thanksgivings.  And, not pictured are some homemade pumpkin cookies.

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

November 14, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday ~ November 14, 2015 ~ Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

This week’s a little different.  Instead of something I mailed through the Postal Service.  This is about the shoeboxes I sent through Operation Christmas Child.  For two decades they've collected shoeboxes filled with school & hygiene supplies as well as toys and other items from individuals, families, and groups, then deliver them around the world to children in need or crisis.  My family's done it for most of those years.  Here's three of those boxes I packed this year for girls with different themes:
This was a "rabbit" box for a girl 2-4 years old.    Someone gave the us the rabbits-and they looked like a "mother & baby", so I didn't want to split them up-so I found other smaller items to fit in around it-I was quite pleased with how much I could get in!  I even found a small toy and thin composition book with writing paper in it to add later.

This was for a girl 10-14 years old.  I went with owl themed.  My mom sewed the owl bag, I found the owl report cover (which I used to make a Stationery Set), stamp, collapsible water bottle, and stamp were on clearance at CVS,  The crocheted bracelet with owl button was donated, and we already had the owl wrapping paper.  To be able to get more to fit I put the puzzle pieces in a zippered bag and tucked small items around it in the puzzle box.

This was a cat box.  The report cover had a a cat with a ball of yarn on it and was also a stationery set.  I was pleased with how many cat items I found I had as well as other items I was able to fit in.

Operation Christmas Child
Our family, including my aunt, packed 50 boxes this year.  You can see some others of those we packed for different ages and genders a Girl 2-4 years oldBoy 2-4 years oldGirl 10-14 years old, & Boy 10-14 years old) at my Simply Shoe Boxes.

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

November 7, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~11/8/15~Veteran's (Armistice) Day

This coming Wednesday America will celebrate Veteran's Day, in other parts of the world I believe it's called Armistice Day (as it's celebrated on the day the Armistice to end WWI). A couple years ago I started sending cards that'd I'd found at the local dollar store. It seems to be well received, especially by one who served during the Vietnam War in Hawaii, his wife told me that he really liked/appreciated  it and didn't remember anyone ever doing that for him.  So, if you know a veteran, please consider sending them a card, it may mean more than you know.
This was for my Grandfather who served in the rebuilding of Europe after WWII.

...another card...

...for a WWII Veteran who I think served on the European front (under Ike)... 

 ...a WWII vet who served on the home-front (hence General Marshal who did the same)...
...a Vietnam Marine Vet....
...and finally for someone serving in the Navy linked to the aviation sector.

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.