Girls Rule - July Birth Month

Hello! Oh, it's sooo good to be back after not updating my blog in years. Well, life is good and there were a lot of changes since 2015.... Moving home, changing careers, kids growing up...and studies... But one thing sticks around... my love for card and scapbooking and also my love for DCWV products.

Did you know that DCWV is having a monthly Stack-a-Holic challenge? I'm joining this month, and here is my take on the sketch they provided.... You have to joint too!

I used DCWV Girls Rule stack, which is filled with lots of pink, pastel and bold colors, foil, florals, and pattern ---just perfect for any occasion and different types of projects. So, I decided to make a POP-UP card featuring fussy cut flowers from one of the papers.  I went crazy on the pop up, and made a 3D bouquet.

My next project is a scrapbook layout.... Clearly, I went crazy over this, just to show that I had enough time to spare that day, hahahha! 

Thanks for visiting my blog until next time! Cheers!

DCWV Girls Rule stack
die cuts
sizzix pop-up die
Bigshot machine

The Art of Creating Snail Mail : Sending Ephemera

Creating snail mails is a fun hobby for me. It's the time when I gather all my tools: washi tapes, papers, newspapers, printed papers, glue, scissors, stamps and inks, tahs, and pens (just to mention a few). I sit on a spot with good natural light, and after some time, I like what I see, I take a few photos (that I can post in my Instagram.

I make a pile (a nice pile!) on my desk and snap. This was kind of blurry though. It's magical to think how much ephemera one can put in a small envelope, and not burst the weighing scale at the post office. How do I create mine?


From where I am located, it's hard to find a nice or eye catching (for me) stationery these days. It's not like in the 90's when I know where to find pretty and scented stationery sets (and spend all my weekly allowance).  But looking at the trending posts in Instagram, I noticed that most snail mailers create their own lovely envelopes and note papers.

This time, I decided to rip off the pages of an adult coloring book and turn it into envelopes. Then I decorated it. I wanted a rustic feel, so I chose a brown paper, and decorate it to somehow match the envelope. The trick is to use the same WASHI strips as accent.

Here's another pile again....


Since I have accumulated so many paper cutouts, I decided to make little gifts by putting as much cutouts in a tiny pouches and envelopes...

See how tiny is this little pouch! You can simply make one by folding small papers... but in my case, I  used SIZZIX Brenda Walton Tiny Envelopes Die. (YOu'll need a die cutting machine to be able to use this.....)

Look at this! I created a palm-sized forest! I went on and on until I was able to make four ephemera bundles. The larger one is a handmade pouch from an old newspaper. I tied baker's twine around the bundles to make them look prettier. There are no rules here, I just dd what I want.



Here is a free template that you can download, trace and cut. 

So again, there are no RULES. Just do what you feel like doing and enjoy the process!!  Happy snail mailing!

OH LOOK!!! I received a happy mail from my penpal in Netherland. My penpal sent me a generous mail (because it's my birthday) with lots of postcards (I LOVE POSTCARDS) , a pretty shawl, plenty of ephemera, and of course, her beautiful and chatty letter. I love sharing my incoming mails in my instagram account.

So, I hope you enjoyed my post. Thank you very much for stopping by my blog!!! 

The Magic of Snailmail in 2016

 Welcome to my blog! My name is Venus and I re-discovered snailmailing in 2016.
Back when I was a teen, I maintained a few penpals and felt very happy for every incoming mail. It was the age of no internet so, keeping track of paenpals was not possible. The mails were really cute back then and penpals dont hesitate to send photos of themselves. The only drawback for me was I had to ask my mom for some money to mail my reply letters. So, eventually, I stopped mailing.

 Last year, while surfing Instagram, I found a page for penpal seekers. It takes guts to look for these people and ask them if they still want new penpals.  I did get rejected many times, but soon, those who accepted me became my loyal pen friends. To date I write to a dozen people from some parts of the world.
"Penpalling" helps me practice my social writing and communication skills. Its easy to lose this skill today and people have less attention span. One thing I observed is the growing art form that goes in creating the physical mail itself. I received many pretty mails and I really admire the handmade touches of each one...

How to make a creative and thoughtful snailmail:
1. Make your own stationery.
This mail (below) have dried pressed flowers on the envelope and used washi tape on the paper.

2. Doodles and Window Envelopes
This mail had cute doodles on kraft envelope. My penpal made use of CD pockets and window envelopes to hold ephemera.

3. Create a "flipbook"
The flipbook is quite popular nowadays. It is a bifold card with lots of decirated inserts inside. Whatever goes into the flipbook is much appreciated because of the time and effort to make it!

4. Re-use magazine and book pages
It is always a good idea to reuse the pages of magazines to create one of a kind envelopes. You can also cut out favorite quotes...

5. Create a see-through envelope
This one is totally eye-candy. The envelope was made out of a plastic bag that was decorated with washi and stickers.

6. Create a page dedicated for TEA
This is a very thoughtful treat for a person like me who enjoys drinking tea! I received an 8x11 sized flipbook with one page dedicated for different kinds of tea.

7. Add a touch of nationality and cuteness.
You can really say that this came from Japan! Spoil your penpals a bit, especially on their birthday!

I hope you enjoyed my topic for today. Let me know if this write up was helpful. I will definitely post more of my snailmail adventures!

 You can find my snailmail account at instagram @venusmakes



Still a Scrap-a-holic in 2017

Hello pretty peeps! It's me Venus. I am welcoming the first month of 2017 with lots of mojo for crafting, scrapbooking, and mail art. I am also hoping to update my blog more often, because I have been neglecting it for a while.

Without further ado, I am starting with a new scrapbook layout (above)  that I created over the weekend. I used fab papers from DCWV Minty Lace stack and bits of embellishments from my stash. Oh, I super like the colors of this stack! I followed the sketch of the month, which really simple, perfect for fast scrapping.

My 4x6  Valentine's Day cards look shiny because I used papers from DCWV Modern Metallic stack and red plaids from Christmas Plaid Stack. 
I used Sizzix dies to create the hearts and the Cupid, Mama Elephant stamps and laces. 

DCWV Modern Metallic and Christmas Plaid

I am looking forward to join the monthly Stack-a-holic challenge of DCWV this year. 

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog! 



Quick Sew Curtain : Stars

Hi! I'm back from blogging {hahaha} I used to share here about handmade cards or layouts but now it's about S.E.W.I.N.G. And today I'm sharing a quick sew home project I made for our bedroom. You might be wondering (our) meaning our kids and us cuddle up in the same room but with their own beds.

Bought this from my local shop Telabizmnl in Instagram, the only shop selling loads of imported designer fabrics. This room has a total of 8 windows and I have 6 panels of curtain made with this print. Fabric has a 45" width, the length is 60", sew the top 2", next 3", 1" fold, sides and bottom sewn with 2"

These 2 panels 1 added some eyelet fabric and baby blue trims for that added touch. And because I get lazy then end result of the other panels is below {hahaha}

For more happy sewing and succulents you may visit and follow me in Instagram, @LukiSews

Happy sewing!

{hearts} Luanne