Hail the Snail 2.2

30 Jan

January 16th: A letter from Jen E. made me happy, but 3 batches of Breakfast ATCs had me ecstatic.

January 19th: After the long weekend I got yet another batch of ATCs as well as three letters. The latter were from Allison, Kayla, and Kristy.

January 20th: Logan, unfortunately, got the last of his books from Imagination Library, but fortunately for me, ATCs from Jenn are going to keep coming, hehe.

January 23rd: My mom looked after Manolo (while she was looking after Harper) when I was gone, so Jody’s letter and a birthday card for Logan were waiting for us on the table two days later.

Meanwhile in Florida…

January 25th: Another birthday card was waiting for Logan out in the mailbox.

January 26th: Pablo had a plethora of ATCs for me, including these 6:

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January 27th: Jenn’s theme for January was Disney Parks, and I received my cards from said theme today.

January 28th: I heard from two LEPeeps, and got some scraps per my Junk into Treasure idea.

January 30th: I got another two letters– this time from Krista and Kari, and Logan got some stickers from his baby cousin, hehe.

It’s been a fun month for me and the boys, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for us in February!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.1

15 Jan

January 4th: I showed you my LaPapierre stuff I received on the 5th, and the Christmas Specials ATCs on the 6th, but what I didn’t show you from the 4th yet was this bracelet Gabe ordered for me:

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January 5th: Allison gave me even more to respond to with a bonus letter. Yes, I wasn’t done with my letter to her yet.

January 6th: From Manolo I received a surprise postcard from Kira and not-so-surprising stamps via etsy. From Pablo I received a belated Christmas card, ATCs from a private trade, and Angie’s letter.

January 7th: Logan got a few more guys for his Disney Infinity, and I got yet another letter from Jody.

January 8th: I was so happy to get Justine’s letter and the first of the Breakfast ATCs.

January 11th: This week started with ATCs– 1 was for me and the others for my group.

January 12th: Kari’s letter came with my Disney squirrel tucked inside, and pictures from Doug and Jessica’s wedding came too. This picture of my siblings and I with our spouses is a favorite for sure:

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January 14th: After neither mailbox had something on Wednesday, I was happy to get letters from Jody and Krista along with goodies from my dad.

Looking forward to seeing what the rest of this month has in store for me and my mailboxes :-D

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Katerz the Trader

12 Jan

My Little Cards group hasn’t been the only venue where I’ve been making ATCs. Whenever I see cards I’d like to have in the FB group ATC Artist Trading Cards, I ask the artist if they’d be willing to trade if I made them something in return. When you see me mentioning private swaps in any of my mail calls, that’s the arrangement I mean.

I am especially fond of the ATCs I recently made for someone named Kerri. So much so, I thought they deserved a blog post all their own. Heck, I wanted to keep them for myself, so this seemed like the next best thing.

First up is this Alice-friendly card. Kerri’s cards all have a Wonderland theme, so I couldn’t resist returning the favor with at least one of mine.

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Logan got the Disney Infinity 3.0 for Christmas, and he has been playing with the Star Wars sets with his dad bunches. Seeing the card that came with the Luke and Leia characters had me thinking I needed to use it, and seeing that Kerri liked Star Wars gave me a reason to, hehe.

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I knew I wanted to make something utilizing at least one character from The Nightmare Before Christmas since Tim Burton movies were also on Kerri’s wishlist, but conceptualizing it was a bit tricky as I didn’t want it to come across too dreary. When I saw a cute little Oogie Boogie in my google search, the puzzle pieces started falling into place. Shout out to Jenn for giving me the perfect line to add!

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In the ATC group I mentioned earlier, I commented that Oogie was going to be hard for me to part with and was then advised to keep it. As tempting as that might have been, I feel like A) Kerri deserves the product I’m that proud of, and B) there’s too much I want to do to have to keep making cards for a single trade until I have 3 I am willing to part with. Besides, soon I will have this set in my possession:

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Didn’t Kerri do an amazing job?

It’s quite possible this won’t be the only volume of The Katerz the Trader Chronicles. Whenever I make ATCs I want to hold onto yet they’re meant for someone else, this will be the place where I can still have my cake.

Dasvidania!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

December’s Little Cards

8 Jan

In December the theme I announced per Little Cards was Winter, and Jenn announced Christmas Specials. As a host, I received winter-friendly cards all December long, but it was this week that I received all the Christmas Specials cards. I held off on posting this for a few days to avoid spoiling any surprises, but I don’t want to wait any longer… and one of our new members doesn’t want me to either ;-)

Here are all the Winter cards I personally acquired:

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This one, made by Vikki, was my personal favorite:

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And this one was my contribution:

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How did I make mine? I went through my old postcards, sacrificing several snowy ones to use as backgrounds. Using a stamp and some scrapbook paper, I made the squirrels at the bottom. More scrapbook paper with “Cold hands, cold heart” written on it tied the cards together.

These were the cards from the Christmas Specials theme:

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Heleen’s card deserves many a kudos as she made many of these:

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Making anything other than a Peanuts card wasn’t an option for me:

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How did I make this one? The picture is from address labels I bought a few years back, and the scrapbook paper decking it out was cut the same size as the sticker. I drew the ornaments up top, and then added the Charlie Brown Christmas quote– Lucy was trying to describe “Jingle Bells” to Schroeder, by the way.

Our members have definitely enjoyed these themes of ours, and Jenn and I are enjoying seeing what all of them come up with. 12 people have signed up for my Breakfast theme this month, and 8 for Jenn’s Disney Parks one, so you can imagine how excited we are to start receiving those babies. After I receive all of January’s cards I will share them here again.

Until next time!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

La Papierre: January’s Haul

5 Jan

I’m no stranger to getting my own Christmas presents, and this time around I hooked myself up with a subscription to La Papierre’s Stationery Subscription Service, as well as other stationery from their Etsy shop. Everything I was expecting this month arrived yesterday, and it’s positively glorious. I could write about it, but I thought I’d share a plethora of pictures instead.

First up, the Subscription set:

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And now the paper I couldn’t resist ordering:

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Pretty snazzy, eh? I couldn’t be happier with my presents. I almost wish I would have gotten myself one of the larger batches via the subscription service, but $10/mo is going to add up quick enough as it is. I guess this just makes what I get that much more precious! Hope Jody’s excited for me to start putting it all to use because I’m definitely busting it out this week, hehe.

Dasvidania!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.0

4 Jan

Pretty soon the 15th and 30th will become my regular days for sharing my mail calls, but I thought I’d share the rest of December’s stuff with you, as well as my first haul of 2016!

December 26th: Not only did I get letters from Allison and Kristy, the boys and I got our Magic Bands!

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December 27th: The Loganator got even more presents thanks to my side of the family, and I got a couple ATCs via a trade I made afterwards.

December 28th: After picking up some goodies– like materials for my next craft project– I didn’t even mind coming home to no mail.

December 29th: The only reason I minded no mail today was because our driveway was icy slush from one end to the other. Make it worth my while, Manolo!

December 30th: I received my last letter from Jody with a 2015 date.

December 31st: My mom got wind that I love Bath & Body Works’ Twisted Peppermint shower gel and that Logan loves hand soap, so she ordered us some surprises.

January 3rd: Both mailboxes had some mail for us via the first mail day this year. There were Disney-friendly things, stickers from dad for Logan, “extraordinary” postcards, and these ATCs:

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Hope 2016 is already treating you (and your mailboxes) well, Bleaders!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Wrapping it Up Like a Christmas Present

30 Dec

Much like in years past, it’s time for me to take advantage of the new year to do something new here at Sincerely Kate. The main thing I want to change? My obsessive schedule. Before my mom passes out, let me just say that I have not been enjoying blogging as much as I used to, so I need to make it feel less like an obligation.

To do this, I’m going to just do mail calls on the 15th and 30th of each month– the 28th in February– and everything else will get posted when I feel like posting it. For example, if I get two more “postcards from Wonderland” on January 7th, I’ll go ahead and post Postcards from Wonderland #8 on the 8th. Will this perk me up? I’m not sure, but I think it’s worth trying out. Since I’ve been especially excited about my Little Cards project as of late, it’ll be nice to show off the batches I get as I get ’em. I also have a stationery subscription now that may be fun to show off here too. Yes, I know I could do these things on the 10th and 20th of every month, but the wait would potentially kill the happy mail buzz. At least that’s how I feel right now.

We’ll cross these bridges when we get to them, and in the meantime we should all have a happy new year!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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