Thursday, April 30, 2015

French General....c'est si bon!

Another artJOYstuff swap to share... 
this time the theme was "French General", 
drawing inspiration from designer Kaari Meng and her wonderful line 
of fabrics, embellishments and paper goods.

I had to start my ATCs from scratch, however, since I didn't have any actual products from her line to use.  Instead, I pulled together images and elements that emulated her 'look':
red damask prints, vintage-looking red labels and trims, and French icons.
My design is all lined up and neat & tidy,
which to me, is again part of the French General 'look'.

Remember the prototypes for my new bag designs I showed in this post? Well, the French grain sack design was really a perfect match for this theme.  I took that large image and shrunk it down to make this miniature pocket to hold the ATC:

I used my serger on the edges and they turned out pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself!

I used little lifts and levels to give each card a bit more dimension:

and tried to make the back pretty, too:

I got three lovely ATCs swapped in return, and our host Kimberly sent pretty French General papers in a little pennant/bunting kit to each of us~

I love everything in that French General line, especially the old graphics and the wonderful way all of it is presented and packaged.  Right up my alley!

c'est si bon!


  1. You nailed the look perfectly - love, love love!!

  2. c'est si bon -- indeed! I was the lucky recipient of one of your beautifully crafted French General Inspired ATCs. As always, your layout skills shine through, and your attention to detail is perfection. Loved your fabulous "packaging" too. Thanks so much! - Amy Bauer

    1. Thanks so much for the compliments, Amy! Glad you liked it. I was SO hoping I would receive one of your ATCs in the swap, but I wasn't so lucky :-( I love the fabrics you used and especially loved the inclusion of that little spool of darling!

      I wish I could respond by email directly to you, but you are a "no-reply blogger", so I don't have your address.


  3. Beautiful French General ATCs. Your sweet little pockets are perfect. I always enjoy Kim's swaps so much. Creative ATC Bliss.

  4. I'm so glad you showed us your ATCs -- I love everything French General, too, and your cards are just lovely -- and the bags!!