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!

Thursday, 20 April 2017


I recently went on a crafty retreat with UK Stampers Network

...there's another one in June if you are interested...

Anyway I have just made two A5 scrapbook pages to celebrate the two days.

The backgrounds were made using a gelli plate with fineliner doodling around the edges.

On the first day we were shown how to make some faux wood effect paper. 
We made our own texture paste and applied this through stencils.
When this was dry, we added colour with markers - there is a scrap of this to top left of the page.

We were also shown the bleeding tissue technique - the small circles at the top were of the tissue as it was applied to canvasses.
Another technique we used on these canvasses was adding archival ink through stencils.
Small photos of my finished canvasses are featured at the bottom of the page.

During the second day we enjoyed producing many backgrounds using a gelli plate.
We then put together a little booklet which will act as a remind us of ideas we might use if we're at a loss...

Really enjoyed the weekend - you have already seen how I have used the faux wood paper since - and you will see more of my little booklet soon...

Happy Crafting!

A Year of ATCs? - Day 110

This is my 110th make for A year of ATCs?

I started with an orange rectangle matted with a distress ink background I had made -
 each distressed around the edges with 'spiced marmalade'.
I drew a log with a fineliner and added three cat images 
(I had been given these to use these on a make, as a challenge)
I then added the letter stickers to say Cat-a-log

I will link this to Ike's SUYP Challenge #17

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday and A Year of ATCs? Day 109

Here's my card for the Holiday Challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More
- it is an Easter card - of which I made a set of 4!

I started with pink and white spotted card blanks and my bunnies.
These were stamped on green card with pink ears and then die cut.
The die and stamp set are from Fun Stampers Journet 'All Ears'.
The sentiments were stamped on more of the green card - 'Ears to You' from 'All Ears' and 'Happy Easter' is a tiny stamp from Little Claire. I used a stitched rectangle die and a small square punch to cut these.
Finally I added bow ties...and black gems for noses.

Hope you will enter the Challenge!

In a similar way I made an ATC for day 109 for my 'year of ATCs?'.
Here I started with a scrap of pink DP followed by some Color Burst background, then the sentiments, bunny and embellishments.

Happy Crafting!