In this age of internet everything, and the current situation making us even more dependent on it, what could be a nice surprise? Happy mail delivered to your door! Happy mail can obviously be a homemade card, but there are lots of other ideas as well that I’d like to share today. Anything sent by mail can qualify as Happy Mail. Perhaps a quilt pattern sent to a friend, or an article from a magazine. My mother in law used to send me articles from her magazines as she subscribed to different ones than I did. A pretty garden or flower arranging article, a new recipe, a quilt pattern, embroidery design, knitting idea, or a fun puzzle, whatever your friends like can be happy mail to them.
The purple card above is my entry into the Easter card challenge at Impression Obsession and is happy mail for my dear MIL this week. The image stamps are a clear stamp collection called Hummingbird & Blooms. I thought it would be a nice change from the usual rabbits and eggs. A light floral paper is mounted on lavendar card stock first. Then, the images were stamped on ivory stock in IO’s purple ink, and framed in dark purple. The sentiment was added along with some flower stickers to finish it. Next, I did some more traditional cards with only the sentiment. The images are cut from paper.
On this one, no stamp at all, just papers and stickers.
Inside, a springtime sentiment.
Then I used a strawberry cupcake stamp called Summer Cupcake and colored it with pastel chalks for the image.
For the Safelight Project, I did a bunch more cards, essentially all the same design. On the envelope, I stamped the sentiment stamp Beginning, a quote from Fred Rogers. It says “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
The fronts all have a Smile stamp, with various papers layered and stickers.
One of the best Happy Mail surprises I have ever received was this one from my dear friend Val. It is a Sunshine box, and she even painted the inside yellow. It had all kinds of lovely goodies, most were yellow as well like fabrics, ribbons, tape measure bits, lemon drops, and post-it notes. I have never forgotten her kindness.
Easter candy with a handwritten note would be particularly nice this week. Go through your quilting and sewing patterns, pull out those you’ll likely not get to and send them to a quilting buddy who might like them. Send some fat quarters from your stash, too. Get your kids involved with a handwritten letter to the grandparents, decorated with drawings. I would bet that there is nothing they’d like better right now. If you are concerned, let the mail sit unopened for 24 hours to be sure it is safe to handle. It makes me happy to send a surprise in the mail, knowing someone’s day will be brighter and that they will feel special and cherished.
Can you send some Happy Mail this week to brighten someone’s day?
Impression Obsession stamps has some Free Printables for us at this crazy time, cute images to wash your hands and more to color.
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