Meet Sally Wassink, overachiever extraordinaire! Sally is an artist and mail artist in San Francisco who was included in the 2009 book, Good Mail Day – so it should be no surprise that she really “brought it” when she accepted this challenge. Here’s her Venus Flytrap Envelope:
“I did a series of pen & ink drawings of plants and flowers, each one different. I thought this one – the Venus Flytrap – turned out the best . Then to my horror I realized that I had drawn it on the envelope upside down! Ack! … I guess a Venus Flytrap isn’t exactly ‘sweet,’ (but neither am I)… “
And neither am I
Another of her envelopes – I love the way she used the premade rubber stamps for addressing.
And all of them together! WOW!
To see more of Sally’s drawings and process, check out her Flickr set. Thank you Sally – I am running out of praisy words to describe all of these beautiful creations. Crazmazing?!
More fruits today! First, a beautiful grape bunch envelope by JoAnna Haugen from Las Vegas. Beautiful!
JoAnna actually went wild and did 4 completely different fruity designs. Here they all are together before addressing and sending them on their way:
And last for today – Strawberries by Gwen Mills out of Huntsville, Alabama:
Gwen says she had a really hard time with these, even though she usually thinks of herself as crafty. THIS HAPPENS A LOT! It’s hard to narrow things down, and I think most of us are getting some kind of creative performance anxiety. However, as you can see, they came out great! They were made by hand-carving a few strawberry-shaped stamps, and the green basket is actually another piece of cardstock pasted on top.
I really love hand-carved stamps… If you have never tried it, give it a whirl – it’s surprisingly easy.
Which cute fruit is your fave?
Check out this stitched love note from Emily Sommers, who is an avid sewer from Dallas, TX.
She made her envelope by running résumé paper through her sewing machine – just a variety of stitches in straight lines (harder than it seems, I’m sure). Then it was reinforced with kraft paper to make it sturdier, cut out into an envelope shape, folded, and stuffed full of these little goodies (some stamps, a stitched postcard to send to a friend, a message on a Texas postcard, and a family recipe for Chocolate Heart Cookies):
Ah, the longhorn postcard almost makes me miss Bevo.
One of my favorite things about the look of this envelope is the type – it must have taken forever, because it was made from this cool stamp (which I just picked up at my local Staples – thanks for the tip, Emily!)
You can read all about her process, and see her other amazing sewn creations (quilts!) over on her blog, Lily June Strawberry Girl.