Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I brake for spring

Spring break could not come at a better time.  All of the hustle and bustle of school activities and life in general had me longing for a little respite from the normal routine.  With plumes of pollen and suddenly summer temps, spring has arrived in Georgia.  At least we have the awesome thunderstorms to keep the pollen tamped down a bit.

How have you been enjoying spring?  Any favorite spring inspired projects?

I have a few things to share from the past few weeks.

As part of a swap and after much trepidation, I created an ATC (I have only made one before).
The small space ATCs require really makes me conflicted over what to use {silly really}.  I guess the more
ATCs I make, the more I will warm up to it.

"Queen of Spring"
I loved using Tim Holtz's tissue tape.  It accepts distress inks and embossing beautifully.
{of course, it would not be complete for me without a little sparkle ;)  }

Projects in process . . .  shhhh

In an old sewing box, I found this incredible glass {yes, glass!} perscription bottle filled with tiny black snaps.
I wish I could say I came up with this idea myself.  This is as I found it.  It is amazing the inspiration we get from the generations before us. 

"FLY" card.
The little birdies are wild around the bird feeder here at our house.
I was definitely in a "Henry David Thoreau" mood.
My challenge was to use wire.  Wire? Wait a minute . . . what?
I am not fond of wire, really. {challenges are meant to be challenging . . . pressing on, I worked it out with the wire}

 A little close up of the wire bird nest.
Here is a tag I made while having an art night with the girls.  Such fun to prop the feet up a bit, share laughs and get my art out.
It was the silhouette and designer paper that inspired me.
I loved layering some vintage bits with icy glittered blooms a faded trims.

I can't get enough of those polka dot guinea feathers!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit my sweet sugahs!
Have a great week!  xxoo ~ Heidi

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Natalie Jean (Bottoms) Kelsey said...

Beautiful work and PHOTOS..I love those feathers too. I used them in a couple of my newest amulets so far :)


Hi Heidi,
Loving the bird theme and your creations. The wire nest is awesome!

My Wonderfully Made said...

OH so lovely! That tag is gorgeous and oh my, that glass bottle -- what a find! Love your site! (and the music!!!) Following you now!

Seahorse Ranch Girl said...

I think you've aced your first ATC. I agree that the small size can be challenging to use all the "stuff" that makes paper art fun. For inspiration, check out artfullymusing.blogspot.com She is a whiz at this small format.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

these are both so gorgeous! you use those most amazing embellishments! the art looks like it stepped out of an antique shop! love them! :)

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Love your creations...and am lovin' spring. Been doing a bit of travelin' but not too far.

Andrea said...

Lovely, as always, my dear friend! Thinkin' I need to find me some of those polka dot feathers. Beautiful! :)