Thursday, 16 August 2012


...hello everyone, today i'm sharing with you some Happy Mail that was waiting for me on my return from work today...
...a little while back I asked Chris aka the Sketching Stamper if she would be up for a swap, well to my delight she said yes and suggested we make three items: a Tag, an ATC & a Postcard (4 by 6)...we have both made and received our our swaps so without further ado here is what Chris has made for me...

...Chris has indulged my loVe of hearts & made this awesome tag...

...the colours are so vivid, my camera does not do this Tag justice, I'm not sure on the full ingredients used but there will be a rundown over on Chris's Blog I'm sure...

...this heart is lush!...

...Chris has used Acrylic paint, stencils and image transfer onto postcard sized watercolour paper with tissue tape edges all sprayed with a matt sealer...

...the texture is amazing and the colours stunning...

...this gorgeous ATC was made using Tim Holtz distress ink markers directly onto the stamp, then sponged over with distress ink onto speciality paper...
...pop over and take a browse through Chris's amazing blog it is jam packed with inspiring posts ...

...and if your not to tired here is what I made for Chris...

...for the ATC I used the Summer colours by Tim and the mini movers & shapers clock...

...time flies so these crackle wings were perfect...

...Chris had admired my mini dressform ATC so I decided to replicate it for her onto postcard size and added glass beads to the wire dress...

...salty ocean comes alive under the crackle distress...

...for the Tag I seem to of gone a tad crackle crazy!...the base is PaperArtsy fresco paint with matt crackle and the heart is crackle distress...

...I followed the wired theme through on the heart...

...well thats my three pieces for Chris and as a thankyou I made an extra Tag for her...

...well if your here you must surely need a cup of tea by now! thankyou for dropping by I hope you've enjoyed the piccy's as much as I have loVed being part of this swap...much loVe to my crafty friend the Sketching Stamper...




  1. She is indeed talented...but your were lovely too. I loved the twisted wire on the drss form one. I popped over to her blog. She is sure talented at drawing as well!

  2. Have just seen your amazing work over on Chris' blog and had to come look at some more of your artwork. Love your mixed media creations and so wish I could create gorgeousness like this. I have become a follower.
    Denise xx

  3. I really enjoyed looking at your swaps Mel.
    Thanks for showing us. I understand the techniques a bit more now since my workshop with Anne.
    Lynn x x x

  4. Gorgeous happy mail to come home too after a day's work... How wonderful.. Beautiful work by Chris... I love your makes also Mel... I love the wire on the dressform.. your ATC is AmAzing.. I thought it was a card as there is so much yummy detail on it.. the tag is fab Mel, love the colour of the heart..The blue tag is a stunner too... A Fabulous post! enjoy your swaps... Hugs May x x x

  5. I really enjoyed reading that, it wasn't too long, if you can get through my epic ranting then you need a medal! What wonderful creative friends you have, these tags, ATC's and postcards are very...VERY cool. I love the crackle glaze, given the chance I'd have it on everything! And you've done your amazing technique on the red wings too. I think it's brilliant. Michelle x

  6. Terrific happy mail and swops from both you. Brilliant, x

  7. Love love love what you got, and love love love what you made! You two are a good match! Fun!

  8. wow, you both did such outstanding art for each other! Great job all the way around! waving hi from the sandy beaches of Florida ;0

  9. Oh wow you are a lucky girl Mel.
    Wonderful gifts from your friend.
    And your work for her is gorgeous.
    So many wonderful things.
    Love them all.

    Have a sunny weekend my sweet friend.

  10. O wow what a BEAUTIFULL stuff made for you!!!
    BUT yours is also mmmmmmmmmmm GEORGEOUS!!!!!!
    Love te ATC with the clock, what a WONDERFULL idea.
    You insierd me so much!
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Greetz Patricia

  11. You are both very talented . what a great swap.

  12. lots of Timmie gorgeousness from you & Chris...have a happy weekend...hugs kath xxx

  13. Nice post to come home to. Wonderful swaps, loving both sets. Great colours, fab themes, very clever designs. I've never made ATC's but they look like fun.
    Thanks for all your lovely comments this week over on my blog. It's always lovely to hear from you. Have a lovely weekend Linda xx

  14. Wonderful swaps from both of you all will be treasured for sure.

    Love Chrissie xx

  15. Saw you on Chris's blog and came over to get some inspiration from your wonderful designs. So glad she recommended you.

    ** Kate **

  16. Wow Mel, that was a lovely parcel to come home to! Chris's work is very lush and beautiful, love the colours she used. Your work is divine, your wire work is stunning and I really love all your crackling too. Not surprised you decided to swap, your work really is very similar - how lovely to find a kindred spirit. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  17. Wow! I got here through Chris' blog and what a delight your blog is! Your work is amazing! Loving that wire work too - fab!


  18. WOW...again!! I love all this's just amazing but your creations are stunning, as always. Your wirework is just fabulous, it really gives so much detail and texture to every piece!! FAB!
    Have a great weekend,
    Love Emma xx

  19. Wow Mel what a fantastic post, love to see all the photos of what you both made and sent to each other.

    TFS - Sam xxx

  20. Really amazing creations of two talented ladies!

  21. Wowee Mel! What gorgeous photos! I was riveted by every picture and the descriptions, how exciting to get post like that and be able to admire them afterwards as much as and for as long as you like :-D

  22. Both of your swaps are absolutely fantastic and so very creative between you both. it's so lovely when you find a crafter who wants to swap with someone and a great crafting friend
    x catherine

  23. Fabulous work from both of you, what a great thing to do. Love the metal work around the heart and the crackle distress is fantastic. Sue C x

  24. WOW. I love, love, love that clock. I'm not sure how you made it, but it is fantastic. And I love the heart that Chris made for you. I can tell she was thinking of you when she made the tag. It is wonderful. You are both lucky swappers. Way to go!

  25. Sensational pieces going in both directions - happy mail? I should think ECSTATIC is more like it!!
    Alison x

  26. You commented on me before I could get to you!! I was intrigued by the thumbnail and now I'm here I'm speechless! These are ALL beautifully creative and crafted pieces. I'm so getting in to hearts and I'm sure it's all your fault! I can't pick a favourite piece but I do love the way you encase your hearts in wire (I may have said that before. . . . ) it's just so special. You are both very talented Ladies. Have a lovely weekend.

  27. Really gorgeous, all of them!


  28. They're all amazing projects Mel! Love Chris's Blog aswell!

    Sarah x

  29. Hi Mel!
    I've been looking around your blog and everything is amazing!! The pieces you received are awesome and the ones you made double awesome! I haven't started the Tim Holtz "101" class yet. I am working on in, but I am so busy!!! ugh.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! It means the world to me!! I am really excited!
    Have an awesome weekend!

  30. Good Morning sweetie, these are all stunning, so love what you have done here lots of gorgeous creations, huggles Pops x x x

  31. Hi Mel, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your sweet words. As ever your blog is overflowing with goodliness. Your artwork is just so lovely.
    Sue xx

  32. Phewph...I'm so late visiting everyone this week...but I'm here now!
    Fantastic goodies and so many interesting things to look've obviously been having lots of fun.
    You're right I need a cuppa now so I'll dash before it's Wednesday already.
    I hope your week has got off to a great start....enjoy! ;D

  33. My treasures are still on my table, close for me to continue to admire them, they're a feast for my eyes Mel and thank you again, it was lovely to swap with you and I really hope we do again at some point. Thank you for thinking of me with the dress form and the wirework of yours that I admire so much and even more so now that I've seen it close up, amazing! Hope you had a good weekend, meant to email back again but I don't know where the days have gone again. Hugs, Chris xx

  34. Sme beautiful makes by both of you! Stunning use of colour and design,your fireworks amazing and a truly wonderful swap, just such wonderful touches to the pieces, soft and deliberate with perfect results! Trace x

  35. You are very talented, lovely things here and fab colours.

  36. Beautiful stuff Mel, I love all the wire work, I really love the look and texture/depth it adds.
    Great swap from both parties.
    Have not forgotten the folders will post soon ;)

  37. Woah! I'm really enjoying the template/theme of this website. It's simple,
    yet effective. A lot of times it's tough to get that "perfect balance" between user friendliness and appearance. I must say you have done a superb job with this. Additionally, the blog loads super quick for me on Internet explorer. Excellent Blog!
    Feel free to visit my page ...

  38. It's perfect time to make a few plans for the future and it's time to be happy.
    I have learn this post and if I could I want to suggest you few
    interesting things or tips. Maybe you can write subsequent
    articles regarding this article. I want to learn more issues approximately it!
    Feel free to visit my site acrobat reader free download windows xp

  39. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post
    plus the rest of the website is really good.
    Feel free to surf my site

  40. This paragraph gives clear idea in support of the new viewers of blogging, that actually how to do blogging and site-building.

    Look into my web site - rojadirecta champions league

  41. I ԁгoρ a commеnt wheneѵeг I aрρreсiatе a
    агtіcle on a website or І hаve sοmethіng to сontribute to the discussion.
    Uѕually іt's caused by the passion communicated in the article I read. And on this article "HAPPY MAIL - SWAP". I was excited enough to drop a comment ;) I do have 2 questions for you if it'ѕ okay.

    Сould it bе only me οr does it lоοκ likе some of the remагκs cоme аcross like thеy аre ωrіtten by braіn ԁеaԁ vіsitorѕ?
    :-P Аnd, іf уou aгe pоsting on otheг plaсes, Ӏ ωοuld lіke to follοw eѵеrything frеsh you hаѵе to pоst.
    Would you liѕt every one of all your сommunal pageѕ like yоur Facebοok page, twitter
    feeԁ, or linkеԁіn profіle?

    Look intо my site

  42. Thаnks for the аuspіciοus wгiteup.
    It іn truth was a lеisure аccount іt.
    Glancе compleх tο more аdԁeԁ agrееable from you!
    Βy the wау, how cаn we be in contact?

    Fееl free to surf to mу webpagе;
    crear facebook

  43. When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment
    is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service?

    Feel free to surf to my weblog;

  44. Asking questionѕ are really fastidiоus thing if you аre
    not undeгstanding ѕomething totally, however thiѕ pіecе of wrіting ρresents pleasant underѕtanding yet.

    Feel free tо suгf to my page - crear Facebook gratis

  45. Oh my gooԁness! Incrediblе article dude! Thаnκ
    you, Howevеr I am gоing through issues with your RSS.
    I don't know the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    my web page abrir Cuenta Facebook

  46. Samsung Le40b651 Television: A Different Hdtv

    Feel free to surf to my blog ViewSonic Pro9000 best price


...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)