Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Postman Arrives so Today Is Full of Possibilities


Hello to all my CFF's - heheheeh - how about that?
Crafty Friends Forever!!!!!!!!  Probably someone thought of it long before I but it's fun, nevertheless!

Seems like from a young age I always thought of the arrival of the postman as fun.  And even as an adult (if you take away bills from the scenario) the mail could make a day full of possibilities!!! 

That's the quote on my journal page today from Tim's Small Talk Stickers -  Today Is Full of Possibilities! And what makes this journal page neat is that all the post cards are from my personal "vintage" family.  They are when my Grammie was young and are addressed to her and her cousins.  One of them even says that eggs were up to 18 cents... war days memories perhaps?! 

Here is my vintage postal art journal pages! 

So my first duty here is to confess... 
this is the first time for me to draw tiny face... ugh. 
I won't tell you what hubby said she looks like!!! 
But I console myself with the promise that someday I will look back on this one and see how far I've come when I get better!!!

I wanted to make the pages look rather like a postage stamp. 
I bought some Frog Tape on sale 50% off not knowing what in the world I would do with it... but hey - it worked for this!

My idea came from this travel advertising poster I found online. 

Beginning with my Gelli Plate, I created the green background. I was wanting it just to look like the "green" of the outdoors.  I used a Kaisercraft Stencil on paper then used DecoArt Decou-page to place it onto the art journal background.  I had to play with my gelli plate for awhile longer before continuing with this project too! 

I found an old calendar page with a mailbox on it and did my best to draw it... much easier than a face - hehehehe!!! 

I used Faber-Castell Pitt Pens to complete it - love them!

I always wondered when I would use the very very tiny flower stamp from Hot Off The Press but it worked super to put some flowers on the polka dots along my walkway!!  I covered the polka dots with some textured "lace" and added sparkle too!

Since tags are such a big part of my crafting life I wanted to add one to this layout. Just seemed like this 50's gal should get something really fun in the post today!!  I used the stencil you see below with some Studio 490 Crackle Paste - let it dry - then added some Perfect Pearls and Silks for the background.  The little postage paper piece is from my stash.  I hadn't glued it down yet in this photo. Since not much of the tag would show... I just strung some beads and a heart on wire and added a bow. 

The Carte Postal stamp beside the tag and circle stamp are from Rubber Dance Stamps as well as the little bird on the mail box.

I was also hoping you could see some of the shimmer and glitter by looking at this close up picture. 

This is the post card with the 18 cent eggs on it!!  
It appears to be dated 1917.

The dragon flies and the blue flowers are rub-ons as is the heart on the gals apron. 

I was glad to do this project because now I will have something from my Grammie in my journal.  Makes me smile.  

Thanks bunches for visiting.  I love your comments and thank you in advance for taking the time to leave one :)  Hugs. j.

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Excited to submit this journal page to the following fun challenges:


July Challenge: Post and Postage

Art Journal Journey


Stamplorations Mixed Media
Use A Stencil


July Challenge - Polka Dots

I used Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste on my Tag in this project and lots of polka dots!


July Challenge - Tags

Not my usual fancy tag but a fun tag for the postman to bring to your house that fit nicely under all the postcards in the layout!!




My name is Erika. said...

What a fun page! I wish the postman would bring things so I could be that excited. And I love all your pieces and the textures you created too!

Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic pages, love all the details, and thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Oh wow.. what a fantastic detailed spread -- just ADORABLE ! I am thrilled about it! Thanks a million for sharing your artwork with us over at Art Journal Journey!
Happy weekend!

TangledBlueRose said...

Fabulous! Love all the detail. Such a fun wonderful project. Love your drawing and the texture on the dots is so cool! Really love seeing the step by step! Thanks so much for playing with us at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge!~kim

Pamellia said...

Wow, this is so much fun Joi, very Alice in Wonderland meets The Wizard of Oz! Love it! happy weekend :)

Jackie PN said...

Joi! This is a stunning journal spread!! I love your gal and her little face!! Ask hubbie what he could draw! heehee Your details are wonderful and I am loving you delicious colors!! Thanks so much for sharing your steps!! xo

sarascloset said...

Oh, shoot! I just clicked away my windy comment! So, I'll just have to say that I love your journal page spread and the fact that you included your Grammie's postcards in there! How cool! Your sparkly walk is fabulous, as is your drawing! I have to say I am a little vintage mint green with envy of your drawing skills; you hubby would have had a REAL laugh if I drew that face! I agree, it is always a great time of expectation when the postman comes...I love snail mail, but unfortunately we live in a time when we must get our kicks from the instant gratification of the computer, I phone e-mails and text messages. Still prefer REAL mail...Hugs!

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Hello Joi...thank you so much for taking me into your artistic journey at this awe-inspiring post. So much effort blended altogether to come out with this interesting journal. Love your Grammie's postcard! LOL...sometimes I too by things without intention and just because they are on discount or I just have to grab it for no real reason; love your brilliant frog tape idea! I miss snail mail since Internet invaded the world; my pen pals and I are no longer writing letters, very rare however so yeah, I miss the stamps because I'm a collector and the fun opening up a fat mail {that's what me and my pen pals love calling as we do swapping too and our letters were some 20 pages at times}. Those were the day...sighhh. Thank you Joi for entering STAMPlorations July Mixed Media Challenge. I hope to see your awesome make this month. Have a nice day :)
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