Tuesday, 24 March 2015

ATC Swap French General Style

I really love taking part in Kimberly's ATC swaps, she is the most wonderful swap hostess and her themes are always great. When I read the theme for the latest ATC swap though, I got a bit worried, because I had no idea what French General style was! So of course I googled and up came all sorts of French Generals, lol, as well as delicious looking country fabrics and lots of fabulous sets of embellishments like cameos and stacked buttons and ribbons. Needless to say, I didn't have a single French General product on hand. But I loved the colour schemes with those gorgeous deep reds, so French, and the soft beiges and sand coloured fabrics, and I thought to myself, being in France I must be able to come up with something, even with my very limited craft supplies.

I started out with a delicate floral design for the background, from an English paper collection, which looked much like a French General fabric. I liked the idea of using a cameo as a focal point and I found a beautiful one on the internet. I used thin strips of antique French ticking in beige and deep red instead of ribbons, and printed out a few little bits and pieces from the French General Jolee collection, fussy cut them and used them as embellishments. I glued some buttons together, found some old French coins and used a tiny little laundry marker tape number for decoration.

I don't often work with reds, but I really like this French General style :-).

Having come across so many great old images of French Generals whilst googling, I just couldn't help myself, I had to include a picture of a French general, lol, and this chap's name sounded so funny -

But at least I just stuck him on the back of the ATC, lol.

And here they are, packaged up and ready to go. Actually, they are being posted as I write, my darling husband has taken them to the post office.

The weather is a bit silly at the moment. Yesterday was the most beautiful Spring day, today it is cold and raining, and there is snow forecast for later on in the week. So whilst I can't get out into the garden to plant up some tubs and pots, I'll catch up with editing photos and preparing some posts. Oh my, I have such beautiful gifts to show you!

But for now, thanks for visiting, and a special big thanks to my new followers, I am so happy you are here.
Toodlepip xxx


Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely ATC's. I too have been goggling the theme. You've displayed so many pretty establishments! and a fun backside...
Weather here the same only we have some snow coming. Packed away the warm clothes, so guess it's layers for a few day.s Enjoy the week.

Marrianna said...

The ATCs look wonderful and the wrapping you chose is also fantastic. I think you did a fine job of interpreting this design.

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Tres magnifique! What more can I say?
hugs and JOY,

Dorthe said...

Liz, they are perfect, -love your beautiful cameo, ,it looks all real- and the red is wonderful,here. And the general looks kind of cute ;-) lovely with your envelopes, dear.
I have this book : French General: Treasured Notions of Kaari Meng , a very beautiful book, showing lots of inspirational pages from her special shop !!

Rhonda said...

This doesn't surprise me, you are good with details and this is amazing work.

Alexandra Eitel said...

Schön ... wollten wir nicht mal ATCs tauschen ;)

Maggie said...

Haha--I kept getting portraits of French generals in my google searching as well!

Love how you interpreted Kimberly's theme...just lovely! Beautiful cameo! Still working away on mine--hoping to play a bit with it this weekend.