Pop Up, Sunflowers!

When I can’t be in the actual presence of sunflowers, perhaps, the next best thing is receiving sunflowers in the mail. I always, always, always squeal when I turn over a postcard or open an envelope to find SUNFLOWERS!

When I opened the plain white envelope from Janet T for the final note of Love Notes 25, I wasn’t expecting to find a sunflower.

And when I opened the beautiful brown card with the bright yellow laser-cut sunflower on front, I expected to find a note written inside, but…

 

…a whole sunflower field popped up!

None of my photos adequately convey the experience of opening the popup card, but you can probably figure out I nearly passed out with glee!

Here’s a little bit of the experience:

 

The card was designed by Kathie for lovepop.  If you’re interested in what inspired Kathie’s sunflower creation, check out the story by clicking here. And don’t miss the smiley face!

Sunflower week is over, but don’t despair! I have many more sunflowers to share. I’ll spare you another week of sunflowers posts [this year], but maybe, you’ll see one or two or three more before the end of the year.

Until then, shine on!

A Couple of Smiles…

This is simply a follow-up post to “I Made a Smile,” posted two days ago.  I received smileys from my partners and they certainly brightened my day.

The first card, made by wenturner71, one of my “Professors United” pals on swap-bot, arrived yesterday.  Wen is an amazing crafter and an awesome artist.  If you have a moment, check out her upcycled wares and her ATCs. She also has an Etsy store, if you’re interested.

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“Groovy”

“Groovy” was made with wax and alcohol inks.  It is certainly groovy, man! Wen also enclosed a couple of quotes and some REALLY nice and PURPLE ATC background papers that I’m dying to use on something special!

The second ATC, made by desolateros3, arrived today.  Its name is “Smiley Face” and it came in an appropriately smiley-decorated envelope.

"Smiley Face"

“Smiley Face”

Don’t they bring a smile to your face?

I Made a Smile!

My son “talked me into” joining a Smiley Face ATC swap because he “would like to get some smiley faces” in the mail. I’m a sucker for Smiley, so I joined–even though I desperately needed to use every “spare” minute to prepare for spring classes (which begin tomorrow–eek!). I’m grateful I participated in the swap because I received distressing news a few hours after joining the swap. I was sick and worried and just plain out of sorts. I needed something to defuse the stress, so I went to my son’s crafting table and crafted three smiley face ATCs–two for my partners and, of course, one for my son. The light painting, cutting, gluing, working with the crackle and deciding on placement were therapeutic enough for me to feel less like I was operating in some nightmarish space and more like I was present in the here and now. So here are my smiley faces:

These were made with acrylic paint for the background; Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” sheet music .jpg; crackle accents; and embellishments and stickers from Jolee’s Boutique (Smiley), Sticko (treble clef), and DeJa Views “Girl Talk” (word stickers). I kept them simple. After all, a smiley face has no frills–it consists of a a pair of eyes and a smile inside a simple (typically, yellow) circle. Despite its simplicity, it is capable of making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think what draws me to the faces is that my husband, son and baby sister have gigantic smiley face smiles that warm my heart. I used to tease my hubby and sister and tell them they both have big “smiley faces.” My son, also known as “my little smileycon,” has a smile that lights up the world. It was knowing I would get another one of those smiles that made me “give in” and join the “Smiley Face ATC” swap.

Note: The colors of the treble clef match the colors of the smiley faces on each ATC, but they seem to have taken on other colors after photographing them.