We are slowly reaching the end of the year of the monkey and soon will begin the year of the rooster. But I wanted to send one last contribution to Phillip’s call and for this I used a vintage greeting card that I manipulated a bit to make an envelope from it.
When you try to illustrate an ABC, there are some letters that are tougher than others. X, is one of these. Nadine continues her illustration of the alphabet and has selected Xerus for the letter X. She also included a very nice handmade card.
Phillip tried to send me another nicely postmarked envelope for my FIFTY mail art call but it seemed there was a timing issue and the cancelling service sent him back the envelop indicating that the postmark was no more available.
Here is the initial envelope that Phillip wanted to get postmarked.
And here is the cute sticky note that was stuck on the envelope sent back to Phillip.
Phillip sent me the whole in a handmade envelope that he has done using a “folder” (I guess this is what it is called) that I had sent him before. This folder come from the packaging of a letter writing set from the company Quire. This company produces deluxe paper and they package their letter writing sets in folders bearing the same design than the paper. This one was decorated with butterflies so Phillip used nice matching stamps!
Marie wanted me to send her some ATCs. For some reasons I had decided not to do digital ATCs as I usually do. I wanted to make real collage using print out, pieces of magazines or other ephemera bits. It took me much longer than usual to produce only three ATCs but I had a lot of fun. Looking at them now, I think I should have added more, something like stamping, or paint or other. But well these are my first one so they are for sure not perfect.
Here are the three ATCs I sent.
And here is the cover I used to mail them.
The last exchange of the year organized by Jean and Jan covers November and December. As I made my envelopes in November, I did not really feel like doing a Christmas themed set. So here is the set of envelopes I made, using the digital kit Fathers from Jen Maddocks design.
This is the time for a new Mission Inspiration art journal page. Here are Mike Deakin’s prompts for December.
On my side I decided to stay on the Christmas inspiration. One thing I miss at Christmas is snow! When I was a kid, we usually had snow at Christmas in Paris. This is not the case anymore in the recent years. Even if snow in Paris is synonym of troubles, I somehow miss it. This always makes me thing of the song “It doesn’t often snow at Christmas” from the Pet Shop Boys. So I decided to use the lyrics of this song as a quote for this mission. Then the focal image came from a vintage Christmas card that I scanned. And the rest had to be snowflakes! So here is my page.