Thursday, February 23, 2017

Taste and See!

I just love bees!  I'm always drawn to images of bees and honey, partly because Deborah means "bee" and partly because bees are simply amazing and honey is so delicious.  I knew, when I saw this print from Graphic 45 and this scripture stamp from Stamp Simply that I had to make a card combining the two.   

For the floral cluster, I stamped and die-cut some little flowers from Altenew's Mini Blossoms set, then stamped and fussy-cut a bee from Graphic 45's A Time to Flourish.  I attached each one to a bit of jeweler's wire with a glue dot and tucked them between a couple of paper flowers, adding some snips of cheesecloth to fill in the gaps.  I love how wispy and natural it turned out.

Here are the links to the supplies I used:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vintage Easter

New stamps and supplies are SO inspiring!  I am having the best time playing with the goodies from Stamp Simply!  It was a gray, windy day, and these pretty pastel papers from Authentique were just the ticket!  One of the sheets included small rectangular vintage images, so I cut them apart and used one as the focal image for an Easter card.  

The sentiment banner is held in place with a Tim Holtz memo pin, which is stuck into a flower embellished with soft pink silk ribbon, ivory tulle, and some jute thread.  I love how dainty it all turned out!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Side-step Easter Card

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a great Valentine's Day yesterday! Today I'm skipping right over the next holiday or two (at least for now!) and bringing you a little Easter scene on a side-step card. The three tiers of the card are great for building a 3-dimensional diorama, while the larger side panel gives a bit more space to work in.  This fold is lots of fun and really easy to put together.

I used decorative papers and two border punches to create a blooming tiered garden for some cute little bunny rabbit brads. Mini flower brads peek through the picket fence, and the sun shines from behind the clouds.  Even the sentiment is an Easter bubble brad so this card required no stamping whatsoever.  

We've got less than a week until Mardi Gras, about a month until St. Patrick's Day, and more than 8 weeks until Easter, so now's a good time to make your shopping list and get organized for the upcoming holidays!  Plan ahead so you don't end up in a pinch!  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hello, Beautiful!

I'm so very excited to share that I am joining the Stamp Simply design team!  Dream come true!  I have always admired the amazing creativity of Sharon and her team, and I am beyond thrilled to get to play alongside them using beautiful products from the Stamp Simply shop.  I've known most of the ladies on the team for ages and have even gotten to meet Sharon, Deb, and Heidi in person.  Holly and I go waaaaay back to our Challenge Chaser days on Splitcoaststampers.  I'm looking forward to getting to know Sheri and Darsie.  It's so nice to be brand new and yet already feel so right at home!

Sharon sent the most amazing box of stamps and supplies, and when I first opened it, I immediately fell in love with this gorgeous Kaisercraft designer paper.  I decided to make a center step card that would showcase several of the lovely coordinating prints in this pad.  Photographs just do NOT do it justice!  It was impossible to capture the sheen of those silver foil notes and the soft, feminine colors. They're perfect for Valentine's Day (the pad even has some punch-outs with Valentine sentiments) but would be beautiful for a wedding, or for any elegant occasion, even if it's just to say hello!

The focal point of the card is a die-cut heart which hinges open to reveal a sentiment inside.  The heart is embellished with a "corsage" of leaves and flowers and a fluttering butterfly.  

This project was such a pleasure to create and is one that I'll probably have a hard time parting with!  

Here are all the products I used:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wet Your Whiskers!

How many of you are avid football fans, ready for the BIG game tomorrow?!  We're much more into college football than pro, although we will definitely watch the game, as much for the commercials as for the football!  

We usually keep our game day menu very wings with lots of extra hot sauce, beer (hard cider for us gluten-free folks, and water too),  pretzels, a veggie platter and some cookies.

I've had these mustache brads in my stash for a while and have been contemplating what I wanted to use them for.  Aren't they cute?!  I love that the package comes with regular and "handlebar" mustaches!  (My friend, Cres, has a big red handlebar mustache!) 

I decided to make a few game day bottle neck tags printed with an Old West, Texas saloon-style font and accented with skinny ribbon "bow ties."  I kept them super simple (when you're making multiples, less is more, right?!), left them short so the bottle labels aren't covered and so they won't get wet and soggy when the bottles are partially submerged in ice.

These are just a little something fun for the game without the complication of team colors and all that!  They'd also make cute birthday, bachelor party or wedding favors.  With all of our cute embellishments, it would be easy to change 'em up to fit a theme for the girls, too.

Enjoy the game!  I'm hoping for some great commercials and a close score!  For once I don't really care that much who wins!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Valentine ATCs

When I was a little girl I loved giving and receiving Valentines, and I suppose it's fair to say that I've never outgrown it!  It is so much fun to have a stash of little cards to draw from for whenever and wherever a little love note would warm someone's heart.  

These ATC-sized Valentines come together so quickly using coordinating papers and Eyelet Outlet embellishments.  One might expect to see enamel hearts and glitter washi tape on a Valentine, but with the right sentiments, other everyday objects will work just as well.

How about "a perfect pair" of eyeglasses?

Maybe a white and pink iPhone from our set of Selfies brads?!

This set of ATCs was made from bright, clean white card stock, but I'm working on some with vintage papers and embellishments, too. A few scraps of paper and you're halfway there! You can use the ATCs as they are, or as a jump-start for a regular card, and they are a great place to try a new technique.   Have fun experimenting!

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!