"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" by Marianne Williamson
This weekend I made up a bunch of Christmas handmade paper shapes and background paper for my Christmas cards for this year. The design is very simple, but I really like the texture of these cards. The Christmas trees are just green handmade paper. The background paper is white handmade paper with red, green and gold glitter (which I have tried to show in the pic below). The stamp is by Denami Design. I have other shapes that I will be making as well such as stockings and stars. I can't wait to make more. :)
I recently joined a swap with the theme "The Great Pumpkin". I jumped at the chance to play in this swap because I have a few fantastic pumpkins I made using handmade paper. I thought one of these pumpkins would be great on a card. The background paper is also my handmade paper. I stamped "Hello" on handmade paper and used fabric flowers that I got on clearance at Michaels for embellishment. I just cut them to fit behind the objects. The handmade paper pumpkin has gold glitter included.
I am always so excited to see how my papers are used by others in their ART. I've had a few people send me photos of their ART using my papers and I thought I'd share those creations with you as well.
My friend Penny bought this set of handmade paper tags and used one on a card. When she sent me the photos, I was just blown away! She altered the tag and it made a perfect accent to her card creation.
I am a pack rat. I get it from my grandmother. And when you combine that with being a papermaker, well, you don't want to throw anything away! I have shoe boxes full of things that I eventually want to use in my papermaking. This weekend I pulled down one of those boxes and found a small bag of spice scented potpourri. So, I soaked it and blended it and stirred it into some white paper. The results are just wonderful! The scent is still there but it is very subtle. The sheets are very textured and would be better used as a decorative paper rather than a stationery. But, wow! I just love how they turned out...
I was challenged to make a piece of art for a monthly lottery. This month's theme was "cat". After struggling with one piece I had to step back and take a break because I just was not liking what I made. So I completely trashed that piece and started over. This piece I like much better! The background is my very own crayon paper. The cat image is one I have had forever. I don't know where I got it. ( I am thinking maybe Dover Publishing) The word "Magic" is a stencil I got at Michaels that was on clearance. Love those clearance sections! I traced it with a black Sharpie. The stars are also from a clearance sale stencil and they are also traced with black Sharpie. The diamonds are made using my orange metallic Gelly Roll pen and I also colored in the cat's eyes with the metallic Gelly Roll pen. This little guy will be on his way to his new owner this week...