Happy Mail

Last month, I decided to send out a few Happy Mail cards and packages to friends and family for the Easter holiday.  Then a few days ago, happy mail arrived for me!  What a fun and welcome surprise.   My friend, Val, found a quilt kit she thought I might like, complete with all the fabrics needed in just the colors I enjoy.  The huge paper pattern shows placement of the appliques, which will be raw edge fusible.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A closer look, the pattern is on the left, pretty flowers and a birdhouse with two birds.  It looks like a fun project, and I just need to get a bit farther ahead on the Row Along before I can start this one.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

She also sent chocolate, and this is my new obsession.  I’ve been looking casually while at the store, but nowadays you cannot linger in the aisles.  This is a dark chocolate cookie and mint creme covered in dark chocolate.  Yum!!  It didn’t last 2 minutes once I found it in the box, LOL!

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I thought it was time to do a few more cards to send.  Last month, I gave a link for these adorable Free Printables from Impression Obsession.  The printables are full page size.  I imported them into a word processing document and resized them smaller for use on cards.  Two sheets were printed out with a variety of motifs.

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On Sunday, while watching a classic football game, I colored in the motifs.  Yes, I am so desperate for sports on Sunday that I’ll watch a game from 2002!!

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used a riot of colors, making them bright and happy.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, each one was cut out.  I framed this one in dark purple, and mounted it with a fun floral print for accent on a bright yellow card.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Inside, another motif that completes the sentiment.  We are all in this together!

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used that same motif on the front of another card.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, this hilarious Conversation Therapy stamp inside.  So true!!

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Bright colors bring cheer with a fun polka dot paper accent.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Hopefully, my cousin is safe at home.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

This rabbit is just so cute, with his cute message.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So, four cards done and mailed.  I hope they bring encouragement and a ray of sunshine.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

More happy mail for me!!!  A package from Kathy, who thought I might like to try quilling.  My Sweet Babboo was reading recently that learning new creative things using your hands helps keep your brain functioning.  So, I’ll give this a whirl (a whirl, get it? LOL!!!!  Couldn’t resist).

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I made a few more cards with the insides blank so I’ll have something to send later.  I’ll decide what to put inside when I’m ready to send them.

Happy Mail at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Have you sent or received any happy mail recently?  Do you have something new to try at home?

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26 thoughts on “Happy Mail

  1. Denice

    I foundation piece little blocks and fold them into cardstock that I cut a window into. (Similar to Carol Doaks cards). My friends get a real kick out of them.

  2. Joy

    Cute cards! Most of my free time (I am still working full-time, from home) has been spent making cloth masks and scrub caps for my daughters and other family and friends. But I did take one Saturday for some stamping and coloring, and I’ve sent some cards and have some more ready to go. Yours are darling and I’m sure the recipients will love them. And the birdhouse quilt is going to be so cute! I’ll look forward to seeing it.

  3. Melissa Mathews

    Because I have been “safe at home” my “positive pants” no longer fit my positively increasing size! 😏

  4. Ruth Jones

    What fun! Thank you for the reminder on the free printables, I had forgotten that, and thank you for your inspiration! Be safe/be well/be happy…

  5. Cathy Walker

    Since browsing the card section at the grocery store is not an option these days I’ve been making homemade birthday cards for friends and family. I’m using my smallest buttons and some ribbon to make balloons or flowers on the front along with a “Happy Birthday” stamp and then write a personal message inside. But I like the color your own pages; I might have to try that too.

  6. How nice to get a surprise in the mail! I was tickled when you sent me the audio book and it was such an unexpected surprise. I did a little “card crafting” the other day, in desperation for a Mother’s Day card to give. I wonder how you like you will use the items you make with the quilling technique? I used the printables for “coloring sheets” for my granddaughter last month. I like the idea for importing them and sizing in word. My hubby is a “computer generated” card maker and I was surprised with his birthday card last month. His computer generated look so much better than my feeble attempts at card crafting. 🙂

  7. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Love your cards, Carole. One day I want to try card making! You do such a great job!! That mint cookie looks great. I love mint! Thanks for the link for the printables. Today I need the “Just Breathe” one. I found out my half-sister in Tampa passed last night, so this one is very fitting for me. With all the travel restrictions, it’s really a sad time.

  8. Sylvia Anderson

    Hi Carole. As usual, your cards are beautiful, with heartfelt sentiments, and I’m sure your friends who were on the receiving end, really enjoyed getting them. I’ve been wanting to make the starter for the Amish Friendship Bread, but there I no yeast to be found in any of the 5 grocery stores I’ve tried. Yesterday, I asked the store manager what the problem was, and he told me that they can’t even get it in the store at this time. I checked online, and was blown away by the price they were asking, so I guess I’ll just wait till the stores are able to re-stock, which Fleishman’s says will be another month or two till they can produce enough to provide retailers with what they need. Hope you have a good day.

  9. Fun posting! I got quite a good chuckle out of some of the comments posted already, like Mmmmm cookie – what else did you write about. Quilt kits are a great way to go too and this looks like a wonderful one. Your coloring is awesome too 🙂

  10. Phyllis Smith

    Good morning,

    What a great thing to give someone that does so much for others. Love the quotes and especially the Safe Home card, I think that would just be a perfect sign to tape on a front door or tape to a window that’s close to the door. This is a good thing to keep me busy today and I have some coloring pencils .

    As far as dark chocolate goes I have a craving for strawberries and chocolate drizzled over them or a chocolate cake with the berries and either some yogurt or sour cream on it, soooo good but oh the calories.

    Phyllis

  11. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, I am always amazed at the special cards you create! They always make me smile and feel wonderful! I also love how much happiness and delight it gives you as to the joy and feelings that it brings to the person who receives one. This past week, I have been in a rut and just can not find my normal delight in piecing my quilts. So yesterday, I pulled out a couple of smaller projects and hope they will spark that spark once again. If I can get these done, I will be sending out a couple of Happy Mail Boxes to some very superb people! Thank you for sharing and have a marvelous day!!

  12. Joan Hannes

    Hi Carole, Hope you are well I came across some old stamping supplies and wonder if you would like them. I’d be happy to put them in the mail if you or someone you know would use them. I’m including odd envelopes and card fronts that can be trimmed and used. Let me know. Stay well, Joan

  13. Joan Sheppard

    Quilling and Chocolate! 2 favs. Don’t do them together however. Did some quilling back in high school. Tried to cut my own paper – not so great. But now there is so many colors. And you can use wrapping paper, origami paper, etc. I have a large picture of a sanpan and 2 people rowing done in quilling that we picked up in Vietnam.
    I bopped my nose on the screen trying to see what pens you used to color! Lovely colors. Lovely thoughts.
    Thanks again for being the cheerleader!

  14. Claire Warner

    Hi Carol – all those pretty cards!!! Beautiful!! I’m not desperate enough for TV sports -YET!!! Take care!!

  15. stephzw

    You are indeed fortunate to have such a great friend send you such a present, and two, unbelievable.
    I do have a package awaiting opening, I promised the sender I would be online when I opened it. Lucky us. I could not have waited unless I was finishing a quilt on the long arm, it is for a family member and is unexpected,

  16. I have a pile of cards that I am setting aside as I make them for the assisted living center. When I have enough I will drop them off. Your cards are pretty! I have never tried quilling, let us know how you like it!

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