Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year - Time To Make Somebody HAPPY!

Time to make somebody HAPPY!

Lastnight my hubby brought in the mail and I received some wonderful happy mail! I LOVE receiving letters from my penpals ~ or anyone for that matter! LOL. My friend in Winnipeg sent me a beautiful letter made out of recycled material and it was just lovely! I am so very blessed. Her letters are all so entertaining and creative.

So I went to work in the reciprocation process to produce my return letter to her...

I found these beautiful sceneric napkins at our local grocery store about a month ago and have wanted to make something with them for the longest time - now was the perfect time! If you click on the above picture you can see that I stitched the napkin together! Don't you just love the scene that is played out on it???

Inside the cover you can see how I glued it onto the other side as well as stitched it. I added pages to the inside of the booklet, pages 2 and 12 (as placed in the book) I shaped into large leaves and then colored and embellished them with some texture.

Pages 3 and 11 I sprayed with Glimmer mist using an alphabet stencil, then I drew wings on the top of the pages. On the other side, pages 4 and 10 I used a large flower sticker that I received from another wonderful penpal of mine which created a lovely accent to the booklet as you can see below.

Don't you just love that flower! I knew I had to use it as soon as I received it! You can't keep something this beautiful to yourself!!! Pages 5 and 9 I drew one of my lovely feather masks with eyes and journal lines ~ I love the Peacock blue with this and have used this color on multiple masked faces I have made!

In the very middle of the booklet I zentangled my hand (which if you know me, you know that I absolutely love zentangling and drawing hands!) This worked out perfectly to create a wonderful focus for the overall spread!

Now all that's left is to fill it in with all the juicy details that only a penpal can write to a penpal! Did I mention how much I love Happy Mail? Now it's my turn to make somebody HAPPY!

Well, I wish you all a very Happy New Year with much love and many blessings! Happy Creating everyone!



Emakesart said...

Kelly, what an amazing little book! LOVE all the details and yes, it will make someone VERY happy I'm sure!!


Outstanding Stranger said...

What a wonderful Journal Kelly!! I hope the new year is full of wonderful things to write about and wish you many creative moments in 2011. Hugs, Diane

Diane said...

How fun!! And to receive it in the mail too--(handwritten letters are fast becoming a lost art)--but this brings it to a whole new level!! I love it!

Debbie said...

whoever receives your art is lucky indeed! Have a happy new year!

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Oooo...yummy post! I love, love, love your zentangle hand! (I have a thing for hands :o) Have a blessed new year, dear friend!

CJD said...

wow! That will surely make her very happy! I can't imagine getting something that cool in the mail!

Suz said...

Oh, I do love happy mail! What a wonderful job you did with reciprocity. I am impressed at your interesting journal and how quickly you seemed to put it all together. You are a good friend! I can see how making zentagles might be fun.

I got some happy mail, too, and I am going to blog about it. Must get that camera out and take some pictures!


Creative Mish said...

What a nice surprise for you and I love how you've my it so artistic for yourself. love the hand! I hope you have a very blessed new year!

Ophelia said...

I love your new journal!!! I just love how you have started...what a beautiful beginning!

raena said...

Wow! This is beautiful! You are pen pal gold!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Happy New year Kelly! Thanks for your visit- that's how I found you. Great work with the napkins! Patsy from

Jo said...

Wow! You are soooo creative, Kelly. I am certain your penpal adored her return 'post'.
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas - was thinking of you!
Hugs xxxx

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Beautiful Kelly, I love getting mail too. Wishing you a happy and creative 2011! :)

Shelley Malone said...

IT CAME, IT CAME, IT CAME!! Oh my goodness you guys, this letter was for ME! It arrived yesterday and it's even more amazing in real life than in these gorgeous pictures, especially now that Kelly has filled it up with her wise words. I'm so lucky!!