I got the most wonderful surprise in the mail when my best friend from high school sent me a LETTER...and it was HANDWRITTEN. I know! Who does that anymore? It was awesome! Don't get me wrong: I do love how easy it is to stay in touch with people via our electronic devices, but when I saw her handwriting, the curl and slope of her letters, it instantly brought back memories of all those billions of notes we passed to each other in the halls. So when I wrote her back, I tried to add a little extra oomph of my own by decorating the envelope.
I've used this girl stamp before and it has truly become one of my faves: it's from Paperbag Studios (designed by Samantha Kira Harding) and is called, "Sunshine Girl." The background text stamp is another one that I use quite often and is called "Le London Script" by Stampabilities. The reverse polka dot stamp is one that I made from the leftover foam in between some pop-up dots I bought and was kind of fun to experiment with.
For inks, I used Tim Holtz's Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry. I used various greens and browns from Colorbox to accent the edges and wah-lah! Done!
I hope my friend enjoys getting a little bit of personalized paper love with this envelope and her handwritten letter to me made me want to resort to the good old pen and paper a little more often than I do. Thanks, Tracie, for reminding me of the beauty of handwriting, which carries with it the time it took to care.