And now some ATCs

Artist Trading Cards or ATCs are fab for trying out new techniques on a small scale. I love them but must admit I don’t do that many. Here are some of my more recent ones, trying out different ideas. The ‘Home Sweet Home’ ATC was actually inspired by the ‘New Home‘ card and I have also made it into a bookmark. Shall put that up in another blog post – when I’ve found the piccy 🙂


Cards for Kids

I have a thing about dinosaurs, I love them. Of course this is quite a confession for a woman of my age. So any opportunity I have, I hide my obsession by designing dinosaur-related things for younger relatives and children of friends. It’s what kids like, right? So here is a dinosaur design I drew for my boyfriend’s nephew’s second birthday. Had difficulty giving the card away 🙂

And for my next confession, well, space has always been another favourite of mine, so for a friend’s four-year-old…

Lucky both children were boys – but then that probably wouldn’t have made a difference to me 🙂


Insomnia Rules ZZzzzzz

I’m having one of those nights were I just can’t sleep. Do you have them? I thought that if I did some blogging and caught up on my reader subscriptions I might relax my brain. I think it has actually had the opposite effect.

Well, seeing as I am here, I might as well put some piccies up 😉

I got this wonderful pink and brown card and paper set from a friend (also a papercrafter) for my birthday. So three cards on a theme….

So now just need to sleepzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Cards Cards Cards

So here are some more cards. Some mixed styles and uses. The first card I used for a friend’s birthday and was one of those accidental things where I was just trying out inking a stamp with multiple colours from distressed ink pads. The card also uses tearing and one of the layers has been bronze embossed using a glue stick to cover the card. The edges were further distressed with an ink pad.

The New Home card was made using shapes cut from different patterned 12″ by 12″ papers and some free lettering from a magazine. I used a brad for the door knob and faux stitching to highlight the windows and door.

So the final card for today uses patterned paper on a plan background and accented with ribbon, pre-printed chipboard sentiment and vellum flower cut by hand. Glitter glue and inking the edges gave the finishing touches.


New Skirt

I have recently bought a new sewing machine. The motor went on my second-hand and very old Frister and Rossman. Having two sewing projects on the go and feeling a bit lost without a sewing machine I bought a new one. Wahoo. And have now completed my skirt (one of the uncompleted projects). Wahoo again.

Now just have to work on the other project……


Making Presents

As I seem to be in the blogging mood I’m putting up some old projects I have photos for. Some of the things I’ve been making for friends and relatives as presents. I decorated a tray with acrylic paints and decoupage and knitted some scarfs. My knitting leaves a lot to be desired but the scarves seemed to have come out alright 🙂 Then there are beaded bracelets, of which I have made quite a few and I’m sure I will get around to blogging all of them at some stage 😉



Been having a go at scrapbooking and really enjoy putting together scrapbook pages. The big scale is fun to work with after cards. My only problem is I have too many photos and not enough time 🙂

The page with the picture from the gardens at Alhambra, a beautiful Moorish Fortress in Granada, Spain, used a mix of printing onto acetate and flowers from some Basic Grey paper. The second scrapbook page I experimented with textures, acrylic paints with sand medium, fabrics and stones. The last pages uses one of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken of flowers. If you go to the gardens at Hampton Court at the right time of year the public garden is just a bed of daffodils. The background stripes were made in Photoshop and there is a handmade flower paper clip and bead accent.


Bank Hols

So May has arrived and it is May Bank Holiday here. The weather is warm, a little overcast but still very nice. I thought I would take some time to blog.

I have just so many projects on the go at the moment that I am finding it a bit hard to focus 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I do like to have a number of things on the go at once so that as you are waiting for one element of a project to dry, or come together, you can put it to one side and work on another project.

Only trouble is trying not to start too many things as I get too excited about a new thing and forget to finish ongoing projects. It is also nice to have end products after all.

So here is something I’m working on at the moment. Just waiting for some ink to dry before I can put it together.

Bought this great paper from K&Company and really liked how it looked with this rose picture from Botanicals ATC collection, memories in the making pack of pictures. I used 3-dimensional glue on the rose itself and aged the script paper by screwing it up and ironing out then inking with some distressing ink.

Decided that the rose should have a period frame. I keep also sorts of pictures in an ‘inspiration’ folder and had an old Christmas card tag from my parents that I really liked. This was finished off with the great period styling on the buildings along Piccadilly. I free-hand drew a frame around the rose onto tracing paper (folding in half to match both sides). This then could be easily transferred onto gold paper and finished with black ink (hence waiting to dry…).

And the final touches I stamped and coloured some butterflies with mica paints and giving them dimension by sticking three copies together so that the butterflies ‘jump’ out from the page.

All I need now is to put them all together 🙂