I made a set of ten. My husband couldn't believe that I meant to use them in the mail. So I immediately dropped a letter in the mail to a friend using my Arawen envelope. I've used several more of the envelopes since then but I wanted particular to share the two where I fancied them up even further with stamps, stickers, and printed seals.
I also tried my hand at using a combination of stamps and doodles on an envelope for my Dad's birthday card.
Do you remember the purse I made out of my husband's grandmother's purse? I finally got it sent out on its round robin journey. The first stop is to Tim's oldest aunt. Five years ago, we had a party out in California where we played the party gift game (where you can steal gifts from others). I had made several Howard-themed gifts for the party. One was a little photo collage of Red and Viva. Tim's oldest aunt had genuinely wanted the collage but it was stolen from her at the end of the game. I always meant to make her another one so I decided to send it as an enclosure in the package.
The box I made for the round robin is below. The printed paper is from the book Heidi by Joanna Spyri and the pictures are from an old copy of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I printed out quotes from both books/authors to decorate the boxes with and used stickers.
Tim gets me an Ansel Adams calendar every year for Christmas. I must have at least ten old calendars. Since Little Brown (Adams' publisher) tends to recycle pictures from year to year there is no reason to keep them. So I made this set of envelopes. Then I made the cards you see above. I used Tagxedo to make a heart-shaped word cloud based on Philippians 1:3. I thought it would be fun for the cards inside such graphic, and 'plain' black and white envelopes to be colorful so I printed them on some of the bubble paper that I made with the girls. I put it together as a gift package for my friend with return address and stamps included.
It was so much fun that I made another set for my sister, except this time, I printed the word cloud on blue card stock and layered it over map paper and made map paper envelopes. I also made stickers to seal the envelopes that said "Thank you for walking with us on this difficult journey." I thought it would be nice because then all A needs to do is write a short Thank You note to people that have helped them during this journey with the babies and she wouldn't have to do much more than stick it in envelope and find an address.