It’s the Season For Nesting: Mixed Media Card
Nesting is usually associated with pregnancy but I have found otherwise over the past month. Ever since I started purging my home of needless clutter I have felt the urge to clean, move things around and redecorate. And perhaps the dreary cold weather has also lent a hand in my need for a fresh view.
I have always loved decorating, although I wouldn’t say that I am good at it. More, I like dreaming of how amazing my house could be if only I had more time to go thrifting. There is so much inspiration out there but I have come to realize that most of those houses are not for moms that actually mom. It’s hardly realistic to have a living room full of crisp, white furniture when you have children. Or pretty, poofy pillows staged on the chairs and couches always ready for an impromptu photo.
We bought a microfiber couch early on in parenting when we were told that nothing would stain it except mustard. Clearly they didn’t put a vomiting toddler on these fabrics when they were testing them for stain resistance. My couch has large darkened areas from where my son repeatedly vomited while sick, despite the bucket on the floor beside the couch. If anything, these stains remind me of the times that I got to hold and cuddle my babies, while wishing I could take away their hurt. They also remind me to never buy another light colored piece of furniture regardless of the manufactures promise of being stain-proof. But I digress.
So, over the last month I have been filling up our blank walls with papyrus’s that I have been hoarding, pictures that I have been painting and Goodwill finds that have been sitting in the closet. It has been fun to read decor books and watch a few Netflix series (Tidying Up and Amazing Interiors) to get the inspiration flowing. I am learning that my dream house is something that has to evolve over time. Finding those perfect pieces doesn’t happen in a week, at least for someone with a limited budget. So for now, I am going to work with what I have, keep my eyes open for a great deal and continue to purge un-used items.
My favorite decor project so far this year is my purse and scarf organization. I received this set of 2 Wood Wall Mounted Expandable Accordion Coat Racks for Christmas. The embroidered picture was a Goodwill find that I purchased earlier last year. I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it but after hanging this coat rack I knew above it was the perfect place. As you can see, I LOVE colorful purses!! I have a few more stashed away in my closet because they wouldn’t fit on the rack. Needless to say, pretty purses are one of my weaknesses.
Creating the Card
I bought a gelli plate almost 6 months ago but hadn’t even opened it until now. Wow, was I missing out on all the fun. I spent a whole afternoon using PaperArtsy paints, Distress Paints and StencilGirl stencils to create all these sheets of colorful goodness.
I hope I don’t forget any, but here is the list of stencils that I used for these papers.
I layered paint and stencils on my gelli plate and went to town. I cut one of the sheets down for the background of my card as well as the background for my doll. I used the stencil and the black gesso to create the details on the dolls. A white pen was used to doodle.
What is your favorite gelli plate technique or video? I am new to this so I would love some advice from you pro’s.
Welcome and Happy Tea Day! I am joining Elizabeth, Bleubeard and the T gang as we share a drink somewhere in our post. I am sharing this beautiful Teavana Maharaja Chai Oolong / Samurai Chai Mate 2 OZ. In the background you can see my recently framed papyrus as well as my new palm houseplant. Let’s hope I can keep it alive.