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May 9, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~May 9, 2015

Well, I haven't been posting much, in part, because I've been busy preparing to visit a lot of the people I normally only get to "send smiles" to!  But here's a few envelopes I've decorated lately.  I'm really enjoying using vintage stamps to get just the right one for the envelope!

This one is to go with a card with a squirrel on a similar tree.  

This card was red & yellow with sunflowers and lady bugs

A play on "April showers bring May Flowers"

 This was a car birthday card with circles.

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

April 4, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~April 4, 2015

I finally took the plunge and tried mailing something entirely "outside the box" last week.  And the report is...it worked! :)  

It was a filled Easter egg

March 28, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~March 28, 2015

Well, I missed posting last week, but I've been busy preparing to send 40 Easter cards which leaves little time to send or people to send to, and the Easter envelopes are, for the most part, the same.

This is our main Easter envelope.  I picked up the "Hallelujah" stamp at Christmas, but my sister had the bright idea it'd work just as well for Easter.  So, purple ink to match the card and a fern stamp to coordinate with the empty tomb scene on the card.  And afterwards I realized it also was a nod to Palm Sunday.  I thought it still looked a little plain, then I got the idea for the boarder from the next envelope, and the card had gold on it, so it was perfect!  I just traced the outside edge of a stencil.

This one was a joint effort between my mom and myself.  It was the mother of a friend who had to go the a nursing home.  I asked the friend if her mom was especially fond of anything and she said hummingbirds.  Which was great as I had a card with one on and this stamp.  My mom helped draw the flowers and had the idea for the boarder.

This was with a bunny get well/thinking of you card.  I thought the birds coordinated with the rabbit illustration, and I tied them in with a branch.  The Indiana stamps both matched color, and were great as the card is on it's way Indiana!

Be sure to check back next week for photos (& hopefully report of safe delivery) of a Easter themed 13 oz or less mailing (i.e. mailing something other than a box or envelope that is less than 13 oz, so can be mail 1st class)

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

March 14, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~March 14, 2015

I've been doing good with mail lately, I've actually been able to keep up mailing something every day since A Month of Letter.  Not sure why I've been doing so good, but I'm enjoying it!

This is one of the favorite envelopes I've sent in a while.  I was inspired by some recent vintage stamps I got.  The 10 cent one at the top right as the one that gave me the idea with the pen and inkwell to do a desk with envelope and paper.  So, I stamped, addressed, and return addressed the "envelope" and dated the "paper" put the inkwell at the top right, and put a couple "spare" stamps laying on the "desk" to bring the postage up to the current rate.

Okay, this obviously wasn't addressed to "AHLMNORTSW", that's just some of the letters I used to address it, cut and pasted into the center as an example, as I didn't want to put the family member's address up here.  I was inspired to do this letter design after seeing an example that was received at envelope 100 and the example shared from Pushing the Envelope.  I think it turned out pretty cute and gave it a definite "St Patrick's Day" feel and the stamp matched well.

This was St. Patrick envelope.  The stamps were because the family member I sent it to and I are more German American than Irish American, so I thought using the ship stamp marking the "German Immigration Tricentennial" seemed fun, and the Statue of Liberty seemed like a fun way to go with it and fill out the needed postage.

This was a quick card my family sent to the young daughter of some friends of ours who had been in and out of the hospital this week.  I love how having vintage stamps can help you quickly dress up and personalize a piece of mail-I thought the Cabbage Patch doll was just too cute!

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

March 8, 2015

Train stamps

I was excited when I saw the theme for this week's Sunday Stamps Themes at See it on a Postcard was " riding the rails: trains & trams".  Trains are something I'm quite fond of.  You see, a lot of my family on both sides has worked in train related industries over the years, including one who's job was to walk along the top of train cars entering the famous Horseshoe Curve and set their breaks, so they wouldn't enter at too high of a speed, not a job I would have cared to have!

My parents found me these vintage stamps as a gift one year-not quite trains, but things on rails, and I've used them very sparingly for fear of running out.  (you can see my train track envelope here)

Then the "Building a Nation" stamps came out, and I was excited to see this one of a line worker, which I bought, but haven't brought myself to use yet, due to my limited train stamp supply, but then I hit the jackpot!

I got these two different Steam Locomotives booklets, aren't they so pretty?!?!

Then I got even more in a lot of random stamps.

These are from a series of stamps celebrating different decades of the 20th century.  There was a train stamp in both the 20's  and 30's.
EDIT TO ADD: The second one is clearly a toy train, but the first "Streamline Design" is harder to make out the train in the stylized painting, on the back it says "Stressing efficiency and speed, streamlined designs were used for cars, planes, trains, buildings, and even appliances.  The New 20th Century Limited, shown on this poster at the Albany Institute, was an example of the aerodynamic style."  So, I looked up "New 20th Century Limited" and found this clear, public domain image on Wikipedia's page on it, you can see the train much better!  I also learned it was an express passenger train that ran from New York to Chicago.

Then I realized these Christmas stamps also has a toy train!

Can't wait to use some more of these stamps...now that I have enough not to hoard them!

March 7, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~March 7, 2015

I try to sen mail to my parents aunts (their uncles have all passed) every month or so, when possible using the excuse of a holiday major, minor, or...  So, this month that means notes on green shamrock cards.  The front of the cards is, itself a shamrock shaped cutout.  So, I decided for the envelopes to trace it.  Then I played around some, here's some of the results:

This was the first one, I used the lighter marker as it used less ink, and I was afraid too much might weakened the envelope.  But I didn't really like how it looked, so after a couple, I switched to using only the permanent marker.

I had fun doing different angles, amount colored in, green stamps, etc. 

This is another envelope I sent before LetterMo

Have you blogged about something mail related lately?  I'd love to read it, please link up below

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

February 28, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~2/28/2015~LetterMo

The last week of A Month of Letters Challenge was great for me I sent over a dozen pieces of mail!

This envelope went to an aunt in an area of the country getting having a hard winter, so for fun, I sent an extra copy I had of the childhood book The Tough Winter. It's about rabbits and other woodland animals making it through a "tough winter," hence the envelope decorations.

The envelope was to a friend.  The enclosed card had a cat an a field of white flowers.

These went to a brother and sister.  They are both working in books from Awana's Truth & Training program, so I wanted to write them on some paper I had for it and use the matching sticky notes as labels (attached with glue stick) yet I didn't want them to be exactly the same, so I used colored envelopes and different stamps...

Then sealed them with different tapes

This is the back of their mom's envelope.  I'm pretty excited about what I wrote on inside, but as she may read this blog, and I'm not sure it arrived yet, I'm holding off on posting it.  It may get it's own post with a printable...

I discovered something making this envelope-my stamp pad was dry, but I just put a couple drops of water on it and it worked fine!

Obviously this still needs another  postage stamp added, but as it didn't match as well, I scanned it before I added the other one.  

I'd love for you to share your mail-themed posts:

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

February 21, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~February 21, 2015~LetterMo

Another busy mail week with A Month of Letters Challenge!  I was uninspired a little bit at times, but other times it really just flowed!  I managed to get out mail every day the mail was supposed to run-although one day it had to sit in the mailbox and wait due to winter weather.

This is a frog themed envelope I made for a friend who likes frogs.

This is the front of envelope holding a get well/encouragement card

...And the back

And this is just some of the other mail I sent-I didn't decorate all of it.  Some already had decorated envelopes, some I just wanted to leave plain, and some were postcards which can't really be decorated that much!

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

If you've "Sent a smile" lately and blogged about it, please link up below!  (anything mail related)

February 14, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~2/14/15~LetterMo

I'm taking part in the Month of Letters which means this was a busy mail week for me!  Then in the first two days of the week I found out about 18 more cards our family should send.  Some were sad-there was a death in the extended family, so we sent 8 sympathy cards.  I found cards and addressed and stamped envelopes for my grandmother, who live in an in-law suite at our house, to send 8 more.  But two were fun-a gentleman from our church and a great aunt are both celebrating 90th birthdays! I also sent the pink scalloped edged envelopes like I sent last week as well as:

This was for a family Valentine's card, front...

...and back.

This was a card I sent "for" a dog, the return address label was a dog tag stamp I enjoyed getting to use along with letter stamps to make the name (left a letter as an example)  and dotted an "i" with a paw print.  I was excited to find the stamp with a dog on it!

Another Valentine's envelope, front...

...and back

This envelope is part of my favorite stationary for LetterMo,it just coordinates with the Participate Stickers! And the envelope is a little thinner and you can just catch a hint of the writing through it.  You can see a photo of the stationery and stamp I used on my Scribbling Sarah Facebook page.

And here's my pile I'm preparing to mail going forward with the challenge!

I'd love to see what you are mailing!  If you blog, please use this linky, if not you can share on Scribbling Sarah's Facebook page!

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

February 7, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~February 7, 2015~LetterMo

Well, I've had a busy mail week to start off the Month of Letters Challenge.  Below is some of what I sent out this week:

Was excited to use this new snail stencil on "snail-mail"

Needed another envelope, and the only one I could find of the size had printing on it.  So, I used the need to cover the printing as an inspiration to decorate the envelope with decorative tape.  I think it turned out cute!

I had got these heart cards that are meant to craft cards out of to use to send to my great aunts for Valentines Day.  I haven't gotten into crafting cards, yet at least, so I just wrote on the front and had my family sign it and wrote a note inside.

As I was sending them to a number of people I decorated the envelopes two ways, couldn't decide which I liked best-all around, or only the sides.

Just a couple more Valentines envelopes I sent to family.

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