Sunday, 30 March 2008

'A Small Thing of Greatness' ATC

This weeks challenge from Leonie is to create an ATC that has a message. I decided to base mine on recycling as now I have my new bins from the council you could say that I am a little obsessive when it comes to rubbish! However it doesn't take much and it really is time that we all looked after our environment before we start loosing more creatures. So that's my rant!

I decided to do something a little bit different and push myself away from the usual flat ATC. I created a 'wardrobe' effect by using 3 cream ATC blanks. I cut one in half and made a flap on one side. I stuck the flap between the other two ATC's to cover the join.

I then inked around all the edges using a 'bark' ink pad. I 'recycled' a Galaxy Easter Egg box to do the rest! The box had some cut out shapes of flowers and butterflies where you could see the egg through. So I used these as stencils to stamp the background. I cut out a brown flower, butterfly and some letters from the box. On the front of the ATC I have stuck down the letters - using a brown peel off pen on white peel offs for the additional letters I needed - to spell 'recycle'. Inside I have spelt out 'protect our Galaxy', and stuck down the shapes I cut from the box. So it's a little play on words too! To finish I added some more coloured in peel offs - small flower shapes, and tied the fronts together with ribbon. Hope you like it and can recyle something yourself today!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Rainbow Lady's bookmark challenge

I am really enjoying looking at the many crafty blogs out there and have found this weeks challenge from rainbow lady. It was good to have a change and use my crafting goodies to make a bookmark. I cut a bookmark shape from some shiny lilac card and stuck on some Anita's sticky ribbon. The gorgeous pink beaded butterfly embellishment was from a local craft shop. I have been using other coloured ones on cards but now I get to keep one for myself! I finished the bookmark by adding some corner stickers at the bottom, some ribbons along the top and some pink pearl gem accents from Topaz Crafts. Now I can throw away the scrap piece of paper I have in my book at the moment - (Jason Donovan's autobiography - my era!) and I have something pretty to keep my page. Thanks for the challenge!

Friday, 21 March 2008

'Time' for a Good Friday Challenge!

This weeks challenge from Leonie is an ATC with a 'Time' theme. This gave me some 'time out' from the Easter eggs!

I covered half of my buff coloured base card with one of Joannna Sheen's paisley papers and covered the join with some Anita's ribbon. I then inked around the edges using a brown ink pad.

The clock images are cut from an ATC mixed holiday collection paper pad, (Happy New Year pages). I cut out both clock pages and decoupaged the images. The 'Memories' 3-D sticker is from Eno craft. To finish off I added some ribbon at the top and a hexagon sticker from a local craft shop.

Happy Easter everyone!


Monday, 17 March 2008

Themed ATC Swaps at Craft Ambrosia

Thought I'd share with you my latest claim to fame - (yes besides having one of my cards and ATC's displayed on QVC and two ATC's on Leonie Pujol's blog as part of her ATC club)!

Craft Ambrosia have monthly ATC challenges which you can join in with whenever you like the topic. If you click on the ATC swap tab on the left hand side of the home page, and then click on gallery, I have two ATC's shown in the Feb 'Love' themed swap and two in the March 'Planes Trains and Automobiles' swap. They are listed as S.Ward. It was fun to do some male themed swaps for a change as usually I stick to girlie ones!

Take a look at and join in the swaps!


Friday, 14 March 2008

Fab Friday Challenge!

Leonie Pujol has added a challenge on her Blog. Today's ATC challenge is 'Beautiful and Bright'.

Here is my ATC to meet the challenge. The theme was right up my street as I am in the process of scrapbooking my 30th Birthday photos. My friend Cheryl and I had a joint party with a 60's and 70's theme so I have lots of beautiful and BRIGHT papers etc around at the moment! Flower Power!

I covered my base card with some paper from Papermania's citrus colossal pack. Then I inked around the edges using a pink ink pad and went over it with a different colour pink dauber. The butterfly image was stamped and embossed using a pink ink pad and holographic embossing powder. I then added papermania die cut flowers using 3-D foam pads. I possitioned some flowers over the edge of the base card and trimed the edges of the flowers. For a finishing touch I added pink pearl gems from Topaz crafts.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

How clever am I!

I am very proud of myself! I have just set up my very own blog after being inspired by reading other crafty people's blogs!