Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blog Hop Winner's

Blog Hop Winner's
I know I'm a day late for posting... It took me a while to add up all the blog posts, 
the number of days a comment was added, who followed my blog, or liked my blog
on Facebook, Pinterest, and Blogger... there were lots of entries...
There were 44 comments left by 18 different individuals... 
Yahoo... I now have 37 followers... 32,838 page views...
I would say that was a success!!!


































       






Mary Aruksar
Your prize is 6 pages of ATC's Created from my Art
and an Original piece of work made Zentangel Style... 
Enjoy !!!!

I have a second Winner...
  Dawnette Cress... You have won the envelope full of Doll Ephemera
Thank you for sharing your Doll story with us...
~Enjoy~ 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

4G's Blog Hop Day 3~ Dolls Gone Wild

 

Welcome to day three of our three day blog hop that end's today. Please visit each blog listed below. Each blogger will post a different project during all three days of the blog hop for you to comment on. Each comment gains you one entry for prizes being drawn tomorrow,  Monday August 17th from each blog.
Also, for additional entries, please "follow" each blog and "like" each blog. Each person can have up to 5 entries on each blog by the end of the hop.
Tomorrow August 17, each blogger will randomly select a winner from all entries for a prize. If you are a winner, the blogger will contact you directly. 
Here is a list of bloggers participating... Check each one out, follow and like each blog... give their project a try and leave a comment for a chance to win... It's that easy! 

Kyla Schrake: www.fwast.blogspot.com
 
 
 
 

My 3rd Project is all about Dolls


I love dolls... All dolls, I always have... When I was young I had my favorites who all slept with me every night... During the day my dolls were always set up so each of their faces were visible in a grouping...
Over the years my collection became quite large as my obsession grew hoping one day I'd pass my love of dolls off to a daughter... As a mother of all boys, well you can imagine my boys didn't share the same love or adornment. Every time I'd leave the house I'd come home to find my dolls covered with blankets, turned upside down or facing backwards... My boys swore it wasn't them but I knew they hated my dolls... They said when I wasn't home my dolls always watch them, freaking them out... To this day when they come over some how my dolls get covered... It cracks us up

When we left Alaska 5 years ago most of my dolls were left behind 
with fellow doll lovers which broke my heart as everyone had a special story... 

For today's Project and my love of dolls 
I want to hear your favorite doll stories... 
Post here for a chance to win an an extra prize
Tomorrow I'll draw a name from this blog, 
the winner will receive an envelope full 
of doll ephemera from my collection
If you have pictures, I'd love to see them
email me at… katasee@gmail.com
for an extra chance to win...

Here are some of my favorite dolls I still have...






Sugar Britches was made for me in Alaska... she is like a real life baby. I adore her!




Micky is my youngest son's stuffed Mouse.. his Grandma sent it to him when he broke his foot.   


Micky also has a cast on his foot. 





ATC size dolls I received as a gift




My favorite Doll postcard from the 1940's

I made this paper doll out of jewelry, yarn, ribbons, nylons, and paper




Below are some ATC's I've made of dolls


 
 
Now it's your turn... I want to hear your favorite doll stories... 
Post here for a chance to win an an extra prize
 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

4G's Blog Hop Day 2 Project: Tip-in's

Welcome to day two of our three day blog hop that will end tomorrow. Please visit each blog listed below. Each blogger will post a different project during all three days of the blog hop for you to comment on. Each comment gains you one entry for prizes being drawn Monday from each blog.
Also, for additional entries, please "follow" each blog and "like" each blog. Each member can have up to 5 entries on each blog by the end of the hop.
On Monday, August 17, each blogger will randomly select a winner from all entries for a prize. If you are a winner, the blogger will contact you directly. 
Here is a list of bloggers participating... Check each one out, follow and like each blog... give their project a try and leave a comment for a chance to win... It's that easy! 

Kyla Schrake: www.fwast.blogspot.com

My 2nd Project is a play off of Yesterday's Project called:

Tip-in's

What To Do With All Those Decorated Envelopes and Happy Mail 

You've Been Collecting

I don't know about you, but I've been collecting envelopes, cards, letters, and 
postcards since I was young. Most sat in a box until about 10 years ago when
I decided that my collection was to important to just be shoved into
a shoe-box and hidden in my closet or stacked in a corner.

I decided that from now on I would do something creative with every card, postcard,
or letter I've received. I went through all my boxes...
Put them into categories... some I couldn't even remember who they came from.
Some brought back many memories of family members, friends or events.
It was actually quite an adventure down memory lane.

Some of the cards needed to be re-purposed, by that I mean cut up to 
be used as ephemera in collages and different art pieces.  
Some I absolutely fell in love with and
went into my special pile. That pile is what ended up in my journals.
Some people refer to it as a smash book... a new term that was brought into the 
mix a few years ago in art journaling.
But for me it's called tip-ins. 

A tip-in is something you add to your journal to make an additional page, 
like this....







 How do you add these pages or tip-ins?
I like to use Washi tape, staples,  duck tape or regular scotch tape.
It all depends on what you want showing...
Decorative tape adds a creative element to your journal 
making it colorful and exciting. You can match your tape
to what's going on in your life, holidays, or just your favorite style.
Here are a few of mine. I string them on a ribbon so I can keep
them visible and quickly accessible.  Some people like to store them in
large jars so they look like the old fashion candy store jars.
I hang my ribbon from my lamp... 
Washi tape has so many uses to be addressed in a future blog of it's own.

Washi Tape
You can also make your own Decorative tape using double sided tape 
 like I did above using tissue paper

 Adding pages and your cards is easy
 Your journal becomes a part of you and what you love
Creating a beautiful book filled with memories, cards, letters, postage stamps,
addresses from envelopes, pieces of wrapping paper from special gifts or events...etc.
... the list is endless of what you can collect and 
store in your journals... 
You can even do themed journals like all birthdays, Christmas or holidays.
I love to do special event journals like when my kids came to visit, 
I created a Victorian themed journal to add pictures to.
I collected napkins, coasters, brochures of things we did
like from the Wooden Boat festival as you'll see in my
Victorian Seaport Journal below...






  You can view the entire journal on my YouTube Channel
I hope you enjoyed my project of Tip-ins...
Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a one of a kind prize made by me
See you tomorrow!!!
 


Friday, August 14, 2015

4 G's Blog Hop Day One 1st Project Happy Mail

 


Welcome to the first day of our three day hop that will end Sunday. Please visit each blog listed below. Each blogger will post a different project during all three days of the blog hop for you to comment on. Each comment gains you one entry.

Also, for additional entries, please "follow" each blog and "like" each blog. Each member can have up to 5 entries on each blog by the end of the hop.

On Monday, August 17, each blogger will randomly select a winner from all entries for a prize. If you are a winner, the blogger will contact you directly. 
Here is a list of bloggers participating... Check each one out, follow and like each blog... give their project a try and leave a comment for a chance to win... It's that easy! 

Kyla Schrake: www.fwast.blogspot.com

Here is my first project: 
Happy Mail...


With our electronic age the written word is becoming a lost art... and when I say written, I mean hand wrote, not typed on a keyboard...
Every since I was little I can remember getting decorated envelopes from some of my girlfriends or a card for a birthday in the mail.  
One of my favorites

There was something really fun about getting a letter in the mail hand delivered by Larry (our postman).  It wasn't until I got older when receiving mail was a whole new experience... Bills, more bills and once in a great while I'd get something fun like a magazine, or a letter or postcard from a traveling friend. 

It use to be more frequent back in the old days... but after the internet started to gain interest, and everyone replaced a hand written letter with a typed one sent through the internet into our conveniently located little boxes on our computer screen... leaving us a quaint little voice message saying...
 "You've Got Mail." 



At first, it was soooo exciting to wake up to a box full of messages from far away friends... that is until everyone one on the universe got your email address and started sending you advertisements,  bills on line, nasty grams, and other odds and ends. 

Now I have to admit, seeing the numbers grow of unanswered emails is out of control... it's just as bad as a pile of bills sitting on the corner of my desk... I've realized I'd rather do just about anything rather then deal with all the must do's required in every email.... Where's the fun in getting emails any more... and the cute little ladies voice that use to tell me I've Got Mail... even she got tired of them and retired...lol.

It wasn't until I found out about swapping art on line in an old chat room did reading my emails become fun again... Now I was swapping addresses to mail out Artist Trading Cards (ATC's).
2 1/2 by 3 1/2 ATC's

The first card I mailed out I couldn't help myself... I had to decorate the envelope... Not only did I have fun drawing a smaller version of the card on the envelop... but after the receiver retrieved their mail... I'd normally receive a call saying how beautiful and fun it was to receive such a gift.  They all loved the little mailed treasure... They were almost more excited about the envelop then about the ATC I sent them. Unfortunately... I didn't think to take a picture back then to share with you now.

Making and receiving beautifully decorated envelopes, and how it makes me feel is what inspires me to always try to make what I'm sending whether it's an envelope or a box adorned with something Cheerful... Creative... or a little special surprise for someone that may be having a ruff day...
Can you just imagine how you would feel receiving a little mail art when you least expected? 
That's what I thought... admit it, you'd love a little piece of art in your mail,  making your mundane bills a little brighter.... 

You don't even have to be an artist to do this... anyone can add some decorative tape, draw a stick figure, add some stickers, draw, paint, color; Use different fonts to address your envelop, think out side of the box... Or just spraying a little paint on an envelope... something to brighten up your mail.  Here are a few examples of my mail art..










These last few are made from friend's of mine, I just love them. You can see how one was stamped and added some Washi tape.  The other was hand drawn and simply adorable... I would love to get one like it...
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There are so many different ways to make some mail a little more exciting using art... there are even websites all about mail art on Google, Pinterest or Facebook... I've linked you to a few of my projects... so you get a better idea.

Here's my stash of Washi Tape perfect for decorating every size envelope or box.

Now it's your turn... mail a handwritten letter and decorated envelope to someone you love, miss, or would like to get to know more, anyone! I wouldn't be surprised if you get something back... 

Take a picture and email it to me a before Monday...You'll get an additional entry into my prize drawing on Monday Afternoon... 

My email is... katasee (@) gmail.com 

If you really would love some happy mail, send me a letter and a decorated envelope... You're sure to get one back from me in the near future...

Mail to:
Michele Quam(4G'sBloghop2015)
PO Box 2010
Port Townsend, WA 98368
USA

Tomorrow I'll show you what to do with all your collected decorated envelopes and letters... here's a sneak peek =0)

 Thank you for spending some time here on my blog... I look forward to see what you do with this project