Friday, 30 May 2008

Dressmakers Dreams!

At a car boot sale at the weekend I rumaged through an old sewing box and found some buttons, studs etc for £1! I had sewing themed ATC's in mind and here is my first one so far. So I've moved away from travel and into sewing for my next batch!

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

My new quilt!

I thought I'd pop a photo on of my new quilt! As the weather was so rubbish this weekend we finally got round to decorating our bedroom. I say we (!), actually Phil did it all and I made ATC's when the baby was asleep! I just love the colours in my new quilt and couldn't wait to get to bed last night!

These colours must have been the colours of the weekend as I've just visited Linda's blog and she made a stunning bracelet in similar colours.

Monday, 26 May 2008

Sisters are doing it for themselves challenge

I read about this blog in one of the crafting magazines and took a look this week.
This weeks challenge is titled 'sisters are doing it for themselves'. I don't have many stamps at the moment but I found one that was suitable so thought I'd have a go.
I used flower paper for the background from Trimcraft and inked the edges. The stamp is a Bang on the Door one which I stamped onto white card and then coloured and mounted on pink before attaching to the base card. To finish I added some sticky letters (with a little Spice Girls motto!), and some papermania gems. I'm going to have a go at some more stamping now as I was more pleased with how this turned out than I thought I was going to be!

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Travel ATC's

I have had great fun with some bargain 99p travel stickers I found in a local craft shop and have made these 5 ATC's so far. I've also used some old black and white holiday postcards which I found in a charity shop for 10p each, magazine pics, and mini postcards of Britain which were also a bargain for 99p on ebay! So I've got a bit of a travel thing going on at the moment! These ATC's are available to trade - just let me know which one you would like.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Leonie's Mask challenge

This week Leonie had a double meaning for 'masking'. You could either mask using peel offs or have a mask theme - so i tried both! I started with a natural coloured base card and used two different coloured ink pads to create the background. I then coloured in a mask peel off using embossing pens, peeled off the sticker and heat embossed using clear powder. I coloured in a matching smaller peel off using a black peel off pen and stuck that on. I finished with some ribbon, a button and some gems for the eyes on the masks.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Leonie's White Challenge

This weeks challenge did 'challenge' me! I wasn't sure what to do until I was out for a walk with Marco and saw my neighbours gorgeous white clematis growing over her back fence. (I did pick a flower but don't tell her!) And so this is where 'A little bit of white in the garden' started.

I used a black base card and drew the white flower using chalk pastels (haven't used those since my GCSE days!). I attatched some ribbon, fabric flowers, and small stickers. The square epoxy sticker is from a QVC kit and reads 'simple pleasures'. I used a Peebo pen for the centre of the flower to give a slightly raised finish.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Rosie's Houses

These are some house ATC's that I've been making for Rosie's challenge. I really love Rosie's work and have been inspired to experiment with collage using mag and paper images and texts. Rosie's blog is

I've just added some ATC pics onto flickr so if any of my crafty friends would like to trade for any particular ATC then drop me an email!

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Music for the Heart - Leonie's challenge

This week Leonie's challenge is 'Music for the Heart'. I've had some musical peel offs for a while but hadn't decided what to do with them so this challenge was good for me. I had a few different ideas so decided to make a series of ATC's. Then I saw that Chriss' grandaughter Jessie (age 9) had made a book ATC so I decided to have a go. Thanks Jessie for the inspiration!

I covered 3 blanks with theatre themed paper (inked around the edges) and 2 with musical paper, from a QVC ATC kit I've had for a while. On the theatre paper I added some of the peel offs as they are. The violin on the front - I put onto paper and coloured in using embossing pens and then embossed using clear powder. I then cut this out and used 3-d foam to attach it. I embossed the large trombone peel off in the same way but stuck this one flat. I also used a 3-D jolees sticker of a violin and black peel off text to spell 'music' and 'dance' and some ribbon tied at the top.

On the black music paper I printed the quotes 'If music be the food of on' and 'Dance like no-one is watching...sing like no-one is listening' (I do love a bit of Karaoke - my best friend is also called Sharon and we are known on the karaoke circit in our town!!!)

I stuck these quotes on and traceda round the edges with a brown pen, finishing off by colouring in some more peel offs with a red pen and sticking them on and adding a few hearts here and there. Then I stuck all the ATC's together with some ribbon tucked in between to join them. I've left the last page blank to add my details. I was quite pleased with how it turned out as I usually just make single ATC's. Thanks again Jessie and Leonie for the challenge!
(sorry about my poor photos - I'll be able to edit my photos when I go back to work and get my laptop back!)


Thursday, 1 May 2008

Glitter! - Leonie's challenge

I'm a bit late this week!

I covered a base card with Dovecraft paper and inked around the edges with a touch of purple ink. I then used some Rub on Magic's from a Xmas QVC kit and covered these in green glitter. I hadn't used these before and think they are fab! To finish I added 3 glitter heart stickers from Jolees, a touch of co-ordinating ribbon and some gems.

Very spring like I thought - although I am typing this while there is a thunder storm outside!