It's April, whaaaa???? Where is this year going, y'all? Spring is here in full force (with the allergies to go with it, blech) and I'm happy to have you back for another edition of my random holiday series (see other posts here). If this is your first time stopping by, I am celebrating a few everyday holidays this year with handmade card ideas you can make and share. Or you can go buy a card at the store and send it-as long as you take a sec and send a little paper love to someone special. In the spirit of sharing I'd love to see what you send and receive- tag it on your favorite social media with #happymailisthebestmail 

If card making is your thing, I will link to all the products I used so you can make your own. (Thanks to everyone who has already used my affiliate links, it means alot!). For the record, nothing I used here is essential.You can easily make both cards with what you have. If your more of a buy it at your local Target kind of person-then just enjoy the pretty pictures and my ramblings, k?

Check it out:

{SIBLINGS DAY-April 10th}

I posted this picture on Instagram of my pretty, supposedly innocent distress inks 'smooshing' (Jersey Shores anyone?). I got the idea from one of the blogs I read (unfortunately, I forgot to save the link-sorry internet friend!), where the card maker took her inks and created this pretty watercolor splotchy background. The technique as easy- press your ink pad onto an acrylic block (or if you don't have those any scrap piece of plastic) then spray or flick with a bit of water, then press that to your cardstock. I kind of love how this turned out-like a messy ink blotch. Then I stamped and colored in my favorite stamp twins to look like me and my sister. My favorite Mama Elephant stamps on a banner, then done and done.

Siblings Day Card Handmade

{HIGH FIVE DAY!-April 16th}

High Five Handmade Card

Did you even know this was a holiday? I didn't. Kind of makes it more random yet a great opportunity to write someone and say hello! I had the idea to create a background of bright, washi tape stripes (just like this print I made for my bedroom a few years ago). I cut the hand from my Silhouette in plain white, but now I wish I had jazzed it up a little, maybe with matching stripes or a contrasting print? Next time. Those letter stickers are super old and from Studio Calico, found them at the bottom of my sticker box! (like I said, I will link to all the products i can below)

Now that I know this is a certified holiday-please expect me to high five you on the 16th #getexcited.

So, there's April-now go out and make something! This month I gave you PLENTY of time, so no excuses, k? As always, tag your pictures with #happymailisthebestmail and share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Have a Happy Easter weekend, peeps!


SIBLINGS DAY CARD: Stamps: Mama Elephant this one and that one, Lawn Fawn banners stamp, this pack of mini Distress Inks, Momento Luxe Ink in Black , musical paper an old scrap from my stash

HIGH FIVE CARD: washi tapes from Target (not availible), Silhouette Cameo, hand cut file comes with software, Studio Calico Letter Stickers (super old, no longer availible)