Wild Strawberries

The wild strawberry is kind of a personal symbol for me. Growing up, I used to pick wild strawberries with my grandma, bringing them to her house to eat with cream and sugar. The wild strawberry is a pain to pick – about the size of a pea, and though there are wild strawberry plants everywhere in northwestern Canada where I live (in fact they make up a large part of my front lawn), it is hard to find plants that actually produce berries. Grandma and Grandpa still live in the forest near the Peace River and she spends much of the summer on her knees in her secret berry patch, hoping not to meet any bears. The taste of a wild strawberry is unrivalled – sweet and wild and sharp – and it beats regular strawberries hollow. And I love “tame” strawberries, so you can imagine!

When I was little, Grandma made me a strawberry patterned dress to wear (it had rainbow lace on it and I loved it!) and the first baby quilt I made (at age eight) was strawberry patterned from the same fabric.

So a strawberry stamp set has special meaning for me and I’m so excited to have been able to design one and that it’s releasing today at Paper and Such!

Along with the release is a blog hop showcasing the stamps that you’ll want to check out. I had colouring and paper piecing in mind when I designed these stamps and so it’s really neat to see that happening in the design teams projects. And they colour better than I do, although I am pleased with how mine turned out. I am getting better at blending with my Copic markers! Leave at comment at each blog to increase your chances of winning the whole release!

This stamp set retails for $12! Totally worth it. Check it out and shop today – these new releases have been known to sell out, you know!

Wild Rose Love card

The first stamp set I designed was this wild rose set.

I took the inspiration from a vintage pitcher that is displayed in my farmhouse-style kitchen. The wild rose is also the symbol of Alberta, my home province. Wild roses festoon the roadsides in our region in June and smell wonderful. I love the range of pinks in wild roses – those in shaded areas have a richer colour, while the ones in full sun are a washed-out faded pinky-white.

My newest stamp set, “Tenderhearted” is on sale now at Paper and Such, and I have one to give away as well. Enter by commenting on my “blogiversary” post here.

 

1500 posts, a new stamp set and a giveaway

My Easter post also happened to be my 1,500th post since I started blogging. Thank you to those of you who have followed faithfully through the years – here’s a kiss for you:

(Amazing my husband doesn’t run the other way when he sees that pucker coming at him…)

I started out blogging about painting, and then started a second blog for my personal musings and parenting anecdotes, and then when that was taken over by paper crafting I ran three blogs for a while. And a year or two ago I combined all my content into one site – it’s just easier for me that way, and potluck for you! I do find I blog a lot less about my children now – as they get older it’s important that I respect their privacy and not embarrass them too much online! *wink*

So it’s a blog milestone, to have reached 1500 posts, or 1501 actually, and in honour of that milestone, I have a giveaway! I have a new stamp design premiering at Paper and Such today, and I have one to give away (maybe even two if you’re lucky!) to one fortunate commenter. First let me reveal the set; it’s called Tenderhearted and she’s one of my Giggle Bunch images.

I’m the proud mother of two daughters, and we see our share of tears. Little girls (and sometimes even the big ones!) can cry for all kinds of reasons – sorrow, joy, and every shade of emotion in between. I sometimes get choked up during the singing of “O Canada!” So I wanted to share a stamp image that touched on the softness of a little girl’s heart, plus there’s a little pouty lip there that makes my heart melt!

I used coloured pencils to colour in my image – I love the soft look and coloured pencils are very blendable. The paper is from My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline. Beautiful colours and this is the same paper that we’ll be using in my card class on Tuesday night.

Would you like to win this stamp set? You can! Just comment on this post before 12:00am PST, Saturday, April 14. And if you’d like some extra chances to win, you can do any or all of the following:
1. Subscribe to this blog (if you do already, comment and tell me!)
2. Like “Angela Fehr Artist” on Facebook
3. Visit Paper and Such’s blog and tell them I sent you! (They also do a giveaway on blog reveal days so you really don’t want to miss this step!)
4. Like “Paper and Such” on Facebook
5. Tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway, with a link to this post

And whether you do any, all or none of these things, thanks for coming by – I like you either way! See you at 3,000 posts!

Happy Birthdaisy!

Release day for Paper and Such is always the ninth of the month. I love hearing a little “buzz” around my stamp designs and you’ll love the newest “Giggle Bunch” release – I have such fun inventing these adorable little girls!

I had a little fun with paper piecing making the card below and using my Daisies stamp set. I stamped the Daisies on three or four different orange/yellow papers, and then cut out individual petals, curling them up as I adhered them.

If you know me at all (or if you know my dad or grandpa) you’ll know I love a good pun, and I’m not morally opposed to a bad pun, either! So I had to include a few “daisy”  related sentiments in this set. Anyone can say “Happy Birthday” but it takes a real punster to say “Happy Birthdaisy!”

Have a great day! And just a heads-up: my 1500th post is coming up very soon, and so is a giveaway featuring one of those new releases I was talking about! (Maybe two!) Stay tuned!

Daisy stamp Sneak Peek!

Good morning and Happy Sunday!

I’m excited to be sharing a sneak peek of another stamp designed by me for Paper and Such. I love that Julie is willing to produce my flower stamp designs because I am a flower girl. I have always found that whether drawing or painting, I “speak floral”. I love the organic shape of petals and leaves and they feel so natural to my pencil or paintbrush.

I also like that both my daisy and daffodil stamp designs are easy to colour. As a newbie to the whole Copic thing, I need all the practice I can get! And I am looking forward to painting some of my stamped designs with my watercolour paints, or coloured pencils. There are a lot of options when it comes to a “colour-able” stamp design. In the card above, I channeled the Gerber daisy with lots of vibrant colour.

My Daisies stamp comes as a complete set and will be available for purchase at the Paper and Such online store on March 9th. Watch for more sneaks on the Paper and Such blog! And I’d love to hear your suggestions for future flower stamp designs – leave a comment and let me know what your favourite flower is and I’ll try to work it into a stamp design sometime.

 

Lighthearted Joy card and a stamp sneak peek!

Paper and Such is peeking another of my stamp designs today and I’m pretty excited about this one. Julie and I had talked about doing a series of stamps featuring small children, and after working on some designs and ideas, we chose the name “giggle bunch” as the name of the line – it seemed apt!

I used coloured pencils to colour the image, and left it pretty basic. Then I layered the image with paper from Pink Paislee and a Spellbinders Blossom Stackers die cut. I inked it and stamped the sentiment in black. I think she’s “purty”!

There’s another card on the blog featuring the set and more to come in the next little while! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Paper and Such January Release

I’m so excited to be able to tell you that today is the day! Three of my stamp designs are available in the Paper and Such online store! And there’s a blog hop and a giveaway that you’re going to want to check out on the Paper and Such blog, and I’d love to know what you think of the three sets releasing this month. And there are more to come – my favourite of all the stamps I’ve designed will be releasing in February.

One thing I really love is that these stamps are not expensive. The largest of the three sets retails for just $12. And here they are:

The wild rose set was inspired by an antique china pitcher that stands in my kitchen. It’s just beautiful! And I have to tell you a secret about the “Bitty Love” set on the far right – the adorable elementary printing is courtesy of my seven-year-old daughter. I suppose I could have tried to write with my right hand (I’m a lefty) but there is just something so genuine about her printing – it’s kind of a special keepsake for me to have her writing captured in photopolymer like this!

And the tree one makes me giggle every time. “Two nuts from one tree!” Wade and I celebrate our fourteenth anniversary tomorrow and we really are the only two nuts that could put up with each other!

I’ll share a photo of his anniversary card when I get it done. It’s going to be the best one ever! Or a complete disaster – you know how those brainwave ideas can go either way!

My Own Stamp Designs!

When I get to feeling discouraged about my “success” as an artist, I have to give myself a good kick in the pants. That sketchbook that until I few months ago I rarely used and never showed anyone is full of stamp designs; designs that are being made into actual stamps. I get to have my own line of stamps!

This set is called “Tree Graffiti” and it’s releasing on Monday at Paper and Such. I had this picture of a tree carved with initials and then when I went to finish up the design and add sentiments, I just had to be funny and add the nuts sentiment. It makes me laugh every time!

Another set, “Bitty Love” is a teeny fun set aimed at kids. In fact, I even enlisted the help of my seven-year-old daughter in getting the “font” just right. She has perfect grade two printing.

These tiny cards make great Valentines!

My kids like using these stamps too!

I hope you like my new stamp designs – I think they are fun and cute and there are more to come! And starting Monday, you get to go shopping at Paper and Such – did I mention they are very affordable?