Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Playing with Mixed Media!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I've been having a blast playing around with map and atlas images and some of the new mixed media "toys" that I got for Christmas.  Truth be told, I had made my friend a gift using a frame from Michaels, and loved the way it turned out so much that I went right back to get one for myself (at 50% off, too)!

I don't have many decorations for Valentine's Day so I made a colorful collage that started with a black and white map of Italy and some "love" designer paper.  I used water-based paints, inks and sprays to add bright pink and vivid orange, then layered stamps and inks, stencils and whipped spackle.  If you look closely, you can see the Italy label in the upper corner, and the faint array of cities hidden under the layers of color and texture.  

Beautiful bright pink jewels lead the eye through the details of the collage, swirling around the word Italy in the upper right corner, framing the sentiments and pink enamel heart that form the focal point of the piece.  A little smudged ink helps them to stand out from the busy-ness of the background.  

I love that the map and mosaic patterns of this piece remind me of our trip last year, reminiscent of the tiles of so many of the streets and structures we visited.  The frame that I gave my friend held two collage pieces that formed the front and back covers of a suspended photo album, and I'm tempted to do the same, although I think this will most likely become another one of those decor items with interchangeable inserts for each holiday to go along with my library card drawer.  I'd love that!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oui, Paris!

I have always been drawn to images of France and the Eiffel Tower! I found some pretty designer paper with a map of Paris and thought that it would make a nice masculine non-traditional Valentine for my husband.  As a young Navy wife I took a plane to Marseille to meet him when the aircraft carrier pulled into port, and we took the bullet train up to Paris for a whirlwind, romantic trip. We even stayed in the turret of a castle in Rambouillet!   I love that this card will have special significance for him and bring warm memories to mind.

The front of the card features our Paris washi tape and a bronze Eiffel Tower brad.  The stamp set that I used included vintage postage marks, so the tape and twine give the card the feel of a parcel.

To carry the theme and colors to the inside, I added a strip of mail washi tape along with a fleur de lis and a larger, die-cut image of the Eiffel Tower.  

Fun and not too frou frou!  I think he'll like it!

I have another more traditional Valentine project planned for my next post!  Hope to see you then!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Warm Wishes!

Hello and warm wishes for a Happy New Year!  

Do you make resolutions?  One of mine for the upcoming year is to be more intentional about spending time with my friends.  It's great to slow down for a little while and just enjoy being together over a cup of coffee or tea, to catch up and maybe make more plans!  It's especially fun if there's crafting involved!

My friend Lori Tecler designed the template for this cute K-cup holder which makes the perfect backdrop for our new coffee brads. They're so cute and they make an adorable focal point, even on a super simple layout!    

It's true, everything is better with a friend!  

Make a date to take care of your friend while you simultaneously nurture your own spirit! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Wishing You Peace!

Blessings and Peace to you on this Christmas Day, and the beginning of Hannukah!  The Felts family is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas as we count down to Epiphany and the beginning of the Mardi Gras season.  I usually bake a King Cake for my girlfriends on the first Wednesday of the year, and we share in the colors and symbolism of 12th night/Epiphany/Little Christmas (January 6th) in accordance with my Southwest Louisiana Christian heritage and tradition.  

And so, my card for today combines the crown of the kings and the newborn baby King they worshiped, with the colors of faith (green), justice (purple) and power (gold).   The crown is embossed with gold, embellished with tiny purple pearls and sparkling green jewels, which were exactly the size of the gold baubles of the stamped image underneath.  I love it when that happens!

May your holidays be filled with light, joy and peace!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Merry Christmas to You!

Hello again!  Happy Saturday!    

Christmas is all about giving, and there are definitely instances where a gift card best!  The last one I picked one up came without an envelope unless you purchased the envie separately, so I decided to make one myself.  

The front features a sentiment framed with our elf brads and sprinkled with a few tiny pearl-centered snowflakes.

Inside, there's some sparkling silver washi tape and another tiny pearl accent.

I usually end up making several of these gift card holders each year for stocking stuffers but of course, they're great for any occasion.  It's nice that they're quick to make, and there are so many fun options for embellishments.  The Eyelet Outlet has got just about every theme you can imagine covered!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Rudolph's Ready!

Hello again, friends!  I'm happy to be here with you today (thought it wasn't gonna happen there for a while, since we have been having cable/internet problems off and on all week!).  

Sometimes ideas for creativity come quickly, and others...well, some ideas have to steep for a while!   I had been contemplating what to do with these antlers for a while now, but the other day (when I was rearranging things in my studio so the cable guy could get in there!) I came across a Tim Holtz Christmas greenery die, and a lightbulb went off!  It's funny how a quick glance at something can really get the ball rolling!

I took that die, a leaf die from a Spellbinders set, along with an oval, and came up with this little fella!  The oval forms his face, the leaves, his ears, and the Christmas greenery with a knot of jute on top his "fringe."  He's got Eyelet Outlet brad eyes, a shiny red enamel dot nose, and of course, the antlers that were the initial inspiration for the whole project.  A simple line with a teardrop shape for a mouth is the only "drawing" that I had to do.  A few swipes with a pale pink Copic marker add some accents, sponging with distress ink gives dimension, and a glitter pen brings just enough magical sparkle!

I had so much fun making this project!  I hope you like it!  It isn't too late to still crank out a few Christmas cards, or a few gift tags for the big night!   Have fun!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Playful Snowman

Hi friends!  It's the last day of November, so the holiday countdown is seriously on!  Are you ready?  It goes by so fast!

We had a few cooler days last week but for the most part it has been really warm in Florida, especially for the last several days, so I really enjoyed pulling out some cool colors for this sparkly, whimsical card. 

I played with some distress inks, splashes of water and shimmer spray to make the Winter sky background.  Glitter enamel dots in various sizes make the perfect centers for the sparkly heat-embossed snowflakes.  Glitter washi tape in blue, purple and pink add more even color and sparkle, and I couldn't resist a twist of wired pom pom ribbon that I've had in my stash for who knows how long!  This cute little guy looks like he's having such a good time!

Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  This year the prep in our household is all happening last minute because we have had so many other things going on.  Our Thanksgiving meal is much more of a production than Christmas, so I'll be in the kitchen nearly every waking moment from now until the food is on the table!  Lots of love is being poured into every detail!

Keeping a gratitude journal for the month of November has really helped me to realize how much I have to be thankful for, and I love that at this time of year we all become more deliberate about saying so!  Little things mean a lot...setting a beautiful table and cooking "family heirloom" recipes are tangible ways to express the love we share for each other!  

I used a lovely dip pen that I purchased as a souvenir from Venice to calligraph our names on some hand-stamped Thanksgiving place cards.   They're simple but the sparkle of gold ink, gold glitter washi tape and the rich colors of the Fall leaf brads make them elegant and traditional.

Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving, and every day all year through!  

Monday, November 14, 2016

For Every Pulse, a Thanksgiving

...and for every breath, a song!

It's such a busy, exciting time of the year!  Each season has its own special allure, but this time of year, from October through the beginning of the New Year, is even more special...I love everything about it!

This sentiment that really sums it all up for me, and is particularly fitting today since in the past week, I have had three choir practices (for three different choirs) and a ukulele workshop!  I love that these songs of joy, thanksgiving and praise get stuck in my head and become like a mantra that helps to keep my heart and mind in the right place.

It was fun to make a round card for a change, and even the paper and embellishments include circles everywhere.  I used a die that has a circle cut into each scallop, which made spacing those enamel dots a piece of cake!  The package includes small, medium, and large's nice to have options! 

I'm already looking forward to the weekend, because we have chorale concerts Friday and Sunday.  Have a great week!  I'll see you next Tuesday!  Until then, happy stamping and scrapping!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Live in Thanksgiving Daily!

Hi everyone!  Happy November!  

It always seems that Thanksgiving is the neglected holiday, so it's nice to see lots of "30 days of Thanksgiving" posts from my friends on Facebook!  I am always inspired and uplifted by their heartfelt reflections of gratitude, and have begun a list of my own in my traveler's notebook journal for November.  Hopefully the practice will help us all to begin to live in Thanksgiving daily.  

In keeping with the theme of daily thanksgiving, I sponged a sky background and used a trio of fluttering leaf brads to frame the sentiment of today's card.  A border of seasonal trees washi tape reinforces the idea of extending Thanksgiving throughout the year.

I hope you'll join me in counting your blessings!  A hand-made card to show your gratitude takes only minutes to make!