Weekly Update

Sometimes a busy life comes to a head; everything happening at once. That’s how it’s felt lately.

My daughters are competing in a drawing contest for Laroche-Posay, and their cute little drawings need your vote! You can vote for Rory or Samantha F. by visiting this link: http://itchfreeday.laroche-posay.ca/contest

I’ve got a mention on a parenting web site – one of my homeschooling ideas made it into an article about enrichment activities for kids. My own belief is that the best enrichment activities involve eye contact, conversation, and laughter.

I have posted two new YouTube videos this week and one is a little more craft-related than my usual painting demonstrations. I’m teaching this same technique this afternoon to seven girls in my monthly girls’ art course.

You can purchase the materials used in the project on my web site here (Canadian residents only). I’ll share a link to my other new video in my next post.

Tomorrow I’ll be at the annual general meeting of the Peace Watercolour Society, making plans for our year and our annual exhibition. It’s always a treat to get together and “talk shop.” No one understands a watercolourist like another watercolourist!

Chalkboard Die Cut Ornaments

My seven year old son is pretty active, and he gets a little restless in a house full of females while his dad is at work all day. So last week when he was feeling particularly busy (read: teasing his sisters and getting into stuff), I pulled out my Big Shot die cutter and put him to work making Christmas ornaments.Ornament making | AngelaFehr.com Using sturdy black chipboard, he die cut shapes, and then backed them with Christmas patterned paper, die cut with the same shape. I added gold leafing to the edges, and stamped the sentiment in white ink for a chalkboard effect. Then he punched holes and cut ribbon for hanging, and sorted through my flower collection to find ones that worked together. chalkboard ornament | AngelaFehr.com

We brought them to a craft sale last week and they sold so well that he got an order for more! And it kept him out of trouble for at least two afternoons!

Calligraphy Thanksgiving Leaf Banners

Canadian Thanksgiving is happening this weekend, and so today the kids and I sat down and did a little gratitude journalling.

We have so much to be thankful for!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out leaf shapes about 4 inches wide, from three different colours of card stock, and then we wrote what we were thankful for on each of them. I used mostly this cut file.

My Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White ink was ruined, completely hardened and crystallized in the jar. Of course I’ve never used it. But I found a little jar of Speedball white ink, and while it may not be the industry benchmark, it did the job when paired with my dip pen. fall calligraphy banner2

I love a pen nib with a flexible tip – it widens when you apply pressure with the pen, and you can get beautiful varied lines with practice.

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I stitched my leaves together with my sewing machine and white thread, and hung it in the kitchen as a daily reminder of how blessed I am.

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I didn’t put coffee on the list – but I was tempted.

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But I did add pumpkin pie! It IS Thanksgiving, after all.

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My seven-year-old son wanted to join me, and I’d anticipated that the kids would get involved and printed extra leaves. Writing is a chore for him, but he couldn’t just stick to a one word answer – his leaf reads, “I am thankful. Thank you God that you created the earth.” I may have just melted into a little puddle of love!

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The girls kept to the one-word theme and wrote stuff like “family,” “friends” and “Jesus.”kids fall banner2

We found the barest wall in the house and hung their banner there to brighten things up.kids fall banner

I’m a long-time holiday procrastinator. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve whipped up some seasonal decor minutes before an event, or just ignored the season entirely (well, except for Christmas). So these pretty leaf banners are a win for me! They were quick and easy and meaningful – all the best traits of any seasonal project.fall calligraphy banner6

I would LOVE to try calligraphy on real autumn leaves, but in our region, the majority of the leaves are aspen or birch and much too small (and fragile) to handle a pen’s nib, especially in my amateur hands!

Chalk Art Mini Album

I had lots of fun this week creating a project for a scrapbook retreat I’m helping organize later this month. Chalk art is big this days, and I’ve wanted to try a stamped project using the chalk art look. Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

Even if you’re not into scrapbooking your entire life, mini albums can be a lot of fun to make because they are quick and easy to display. I have a stack of minis that I’ve made for different occasions, given as gifts, or made for my kids, and they are looked at over and over again.Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

This album uses an assortment of die cut pages. The three holes for binding match but otherwise I have a mix of sizes and it’s cute! The chalkboard look comes from using white pigment ink and distressing black cardstock with a white core. Close to My Heart’s cardstock all (except white & Colonial White) has a white core, and it’s great for effects like this!

Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

We had a family photo session this summer while visiting my husband’s family in Saskatchewan, and this album turned out to be a great way to show off some of the most gorgeous (and silliest) shots from the evening.

I’ll be making this available as a kit soon, so even if you can’t make the first annual Paper Therapy Scrapbook Retreat, you can make this album. Thanks for looking!

50 Christmas Card Kit

I’ve started making Christmas cards. It’s one of my favourite things to make with stamps and paper. Scandinavian Wishes Christmas Card using Close to My Heart | Kit & Instructions, http://AngelaFehr.com

Close to My Heart sells their blank cards in a value pack of 50, and this year I thought, Why not put together a class & kit that uses ALL those cards? Many of us send fifty or more cards every year, anyhow!Scandinavian Wishes Christmas Card using Close to My Heart | Kit & Instructions, http://AngelaFehr.com

The stamps used in this set of cards are available for only $5 with a $50 purchase from Close to My Heart in October. I really love the folk art style of this set, titled Scandinavian Wishes.Scandinavian Wishes Christmas Card using Close to My Heart | Kit & Instructions, http://AngelaFehr.com The kit is going to be great! I’ve put together instructions for the five cards shown here, and these card designs can be adapted for four different themed kits depending on the stamp set and paper you choose.Scandinavian Wishes Christmas Card using Close to My Heart | Kit & Instructions, http://AngelaFehr.com

The class takes place on November 12th in my home studio, but if you don’t live near Dawson Creek, British Columbia, I can ship the full kit to any location in Canada, or the die cuts and instructions anywhere in North America. You can check out all the details on my online order form here.
Scandinavian Wishes Christmas Card using Close to My Heart | Kit & Instructions, http://AngelaFehr.com

Christmas card making and Christmas card classes have become a tradition I look forward to every year, and as early as July I start choosing the paper and colours I’ll be using. Do you have any handmade traditions for Christmas?

September in the Craft Room

I made this mini canvas celebrating the beauty of autumn using Close to My Heart’s September 2013 Stamp of the Month set. “Poster Tidings” is just $5 with a $50 order, and is only available through September.

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Additional supplies needed:
6″ mini canvas – $4.95
“Adventure” Mini Pigment Ink Pads – $19.95 (set of 10)
1.5″ Burlap Ribbon - $7.95 (5 yds)
Harvest Happiness stamp set – $13.95

Also, with your $50 order this month, you can get the “You Are My Happy” stamp bundle (a $47.90 value) for only $10! This is a must-have set and it’s only available through September 2013.

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Sarita Card Kit

Sarita card class | AngelaFehr.com

With my studio open for fall classes, things are getting busy around here! I love paper crafting and stamping when I feel like taking a break from painting, and these creative recharges are often a great social time, as I craft with friends in my large studio space.

I designed this set of twelve cards that features the very trendy “Sarita” bulk paper from Close to My Heart and the coordinating embellishments. Canadian customers and Close to My Heart consultants can receive the instructions to use in a class setting with a $9.95 purchase from my Close to My Heart shopping site. Consultants from the USA will receive the PDF file with a $9.95 cash & carry purchase (please email me for a list of available items), plus shipping.

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List of products used:

Sarita Paper Pack (or bulk paper and coordinating cardstock)
Silver Shimmer Trim Z1799
Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon Z1808
Sarita Assortment Z1873
Card Bases (4 1/4” x 5 1/2”) – 12
Outdoor Denim ink pad
Lagoon ink pad
Goldrush ink pad
Gypsy ink pad
Corner Rounder
Scallop Border Punch

Stamp Sets:
Holiday Tags D1560
Geometric Backgrounds D1559
One Way Borders C1561
Card Chatter – Birthday D1475 (optional)

Fun with Handmade Jewelery

Last night I opened my studio for the first of my fall classes. I missed teaching over the summer! I love the part where I get to meet new people all the time, and share my love of creativity with them. I call my craft classes “Paper Therapy” because it is truly therapeutic to create, and so many women fail to make time for that in the bustle of caring for family and home and career.BaseBlingKit We made this necklace kit, from Close to My Heart, and because I just can’t be content with following directions, I provided a variety of colours so the ladies could really customize their necklaces. Here’s some photos of the finished products:base & bling class1 base & bling class2

This class was so popular I’m teaching another on September 6th, and if you don’t live in northern British Columbia, you can purchase this kit on my web site (it’s only $14.95!) and make it at home.

KICKing it into summer gear

I have one more paper crafting class before my summer vacation really starts! Kids are wrapping up their schoolwork – just a little math every day until they get the last few lessons done. My boy turns seven in two days and we’re having a blowout party tomorrow night. With soccer (his on Tuesday & Thursday and mine on Friday) and gardening, we are feeling thankful for warmer days and gearing up into summer mode.Kick layout | Angela Fehr

I’m guest designing for Sketches: Creatively Yours this month and had fun creating a layout commemorating my son’s first year of soccer using Close to My Heart stamps and stickers from Simple Stories 24/7 line. I love layering stickers to create a unique look.

I also had a request via Twitter suggesting I teach an online watercolour course. I love the idea, and I’ve been toying with doing so for a while anyhow, so I’m thinking that could be a great summer project. I’ll keep you posted! My main issue is finding a quiet place to film so I don’t have background kid noise! 
Mom! Can I have a snack?
Mom! R— hit me!
Mom! Can we watch a movie?
Mom! Please let us in, there’s a BEAR outside!