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Thursday, 27 April 2017

A Year of ATCs? - Day 117

This is my 117th ATC in my Year of ATCs




I have used a magazine freebie stamp - a line of music - embossing it several times with an opaque embossing powder. I trimmed this to a rectangle slightly smaller than 2.5 by 3.5 inches and die cut 3 shapes from it - Paisley or tear-drop shapes from Reverse Confetti.
I added Picked Raspberry distress ink to the background and Peacock Feathers to the inner shapes - leaving these in the shapes until after I added the colour. This means that they have the white rim.




My quote is from 12th Night - If Music be the food of love, play on... printed on the computer, die cut and then distressed around the edges. I added this with a heart shaped brad and then added the whole to a white rectangle.

Orsino is asking for more music because he is frustrated in his courtship of Countess Olivia. He muses that an excess of music might cure his obsession with love, in the way that eating too much removes one's appetite for food.





Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Digitally Made - Getting Closer to First Challenge!!


Digitally Made is getting closer to its first challenge!!
Digitally Made is a 100% digital crafts challenge blog
and on May 1st
its first challenge will be unveiled. 

There is a terrific design team
who are sure to inspire you 
with the digital pieces they
create using the monthly themes.

In the meantime,
there is a mini challenge:
create a 100 % digital project
that includes a number on it.
Digitally Made is counting down to going live
with the first challenge, after all !

To celebrate this mini challenge I have put together a digital layout -
featuring my Dad -
 who loves a cream cake -
 and who was almost 90 when these photos were taken.


I have used papers and elements from Dragons Lair Designs and Serif Craft Artist 2,
in particular from
Artistic Expressions (papers and splats), Garden Paths (frames), Beary Brights (ribbons)



Hope you will take part in this mini-challenge
 and then the first Monthly Challenge on May 1st!


Happy Crafting!


A Year of ATCs? - Day 116

This is my 116th make for A year of ATCs?



I started with a cream rectangle matted with an orange one and then layered with a  gelli plate background I had made.
I then added a die cut - again a magazine freebie.
Then I added some tiny tags - my sentiment printed on the computer and then punched with a Stampin Up punch. I added a bit of colour to these with a Promarker.


Finally I added a bird button.

This ATC is the second of a pair - I showed you the first yesterday.








Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A Year of ATCs? - Day 115

This is my 115th make for A year of ATCs?




I started with a cream rectangle matted with an orange one and then layered with a  gelli plate background I had made.
I then added die cuts - again magazine freebies.
Removing bits from intricate dies can be a bit tricky - but I have just discovered this Sissix pad and brush - it makes it much easier.


Finally I added some tiny tags - my sentiment printed on the computer and then punched with a Stampin Up punch. I added a bit of colour to these with a Promarker.







Happy Crafting!

Monday, 24 April 2017

A Year of ATCs? - Day 114

This is my 114th make for A year of ATCs?




I started with an black rectangle matted with a gelli plate background I had made.
I overstamped with a magazine freebie stamp with black Archival ink.
Finally I added some embellishments.





Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Day of ATCs? - Day 113

On Day 85 of A year of ATCs? I made a set of ATCs to swap and the theme was
 "Ripped and Torn"



I have received the swaps...and here's the resulting pocket letter:



I have just made the next set to swap which stand as Day 113 of A Year of ATCs!




 Basically 9 ATCs comprising a rectangle of orange card matted with a background I made using bubble wrap and distress ink. I used spiced marmalade to add distress to the edges.
I then added the bird coloured with Zig real brush pens and cut out.
Finally I added bows and buttons in slightly different colourways.


The bird image is Whimsical Lily from Lost Coast Designs which I won as a prize some while ago in the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.


I will link this ATC to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge #35 - this bubble wrap background is a favourite of mine!


Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Faux Wood Effect Paper

I have mentioned several times now the faux wood effect paper
 that we were shown how to make at the retreat I went on recently.

A piece of textured paper is scored randomly across its width,
 glue is added along the bumps also randomly. 
This is brushed out and allowed to dry.
Finally distress ink is added to the card straight from the pad.

I have used such a background on this card.


I started with a yellow card blank, matted with a lighter yellow card and then layered with the faux wood paper. This was made with a different yellow textured card and wild honey distress ink.

I then added texture paste through two stencils to the card. When this had dried I added yellow Promarker to the two images.


Finally I added yellow gems.




Happy Crafting!


A Year of ATCs? - Day 112

This is my 112th make for A year of ATCs?

Remember my pocket letter of Day 102?



This featured the skull stamp that I won from Dream In Darkness.

Today I decided to use the Dream In Darkness stamp again - I stamped the skull on white card , coloured it with Promarkers and cut it out.


I matted a scrap of 'Graphic 45' DP on another for the background and then added the image.
Finally I added a sugar skull embellishment.



I  will link this to Dream In Darkness April Challenge 

I offered the pocket letter above (including surprises behind each window) as a giveaway.

If you would like this pocket letter sent to you - comment below saying you would like it - I will draw a name out of the hat from any comments (on here and Day 102) at the end of the month - Halfoween.

Happy Crafting!



Friday, 21 April 2017

A Year of ATCs? - Day 111

Day 111 - a pretty special number I think!

So today I am going to combine my day's ATC post with a special announcement...

My crafty friend Leigh is opening her own shop on ETSY


Leigh Snaith Brunton
has just put her first digis into her Etsy shop.


Whimsical Steampunk Easter Bunny digi stamp available for instant download


Whimsical Miss Oddleigh Flower stylized quirky caricature digi stamp set of 2 images for instant download - Release Sale Price until 4/19

Watch out for my ATC using this image in a day or two...

More images will be added every few days...

Leigh also has a facebook fan group page here

I received the Steampunk Easter Egg image for joining - and have used it for today's ATC:



I coloured the image with Promarkers and cut it out. I used a couple of scraps of DP for the base and first layer. I then layered the image with a number of die cuts - wheels from a bicycle die, a heart and rabbit (magazine freebies). I then added an assortment of sequins.





Happy Crafting!