Animal Stories, Gelli Plate, Promarkers, Letraset

Circus ATCs – Artful ATC swap

February’s theme for the Artful ATC swap group is Circus. I joined in the swap at the last minute and so pleased I did as I love the cards I made…

The first one was a scrap of paper I had brayered on and I love the stripes as it made me think of a big top.

I added the elephant stamped from the Animal Stories set and then created a stripey podium for him to stand on! I added glossy accents to make it dimensional and shiny. Then added the card candi as the juggling balls!

The other one I found some circus themed papers and added them decided to add texture with my sewing machine.

Then I hand stamped the sentiment to add too.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Promarkers, Letraset

Cherry picking fun! 

Another cute digi stamp from the batch I found the other day and made some cards up from.

Again I chose some patterned papers from the scraps box and a foiled sentiment to make up the card with a scrap of bright yellow ribbon.

I added some wink of Stella to a few parts of the image to add some shimmer.

Love how this looks… so delicate and sweet!  

Tomorrow I will be back to my mixed media work I am sure after a few days of cardmaking… but it’s been nice to do something a little different for a while. 

Happy crafting! 


Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorjuss, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sky's the Limit, Spectrum noir pencils, Tim Holtz, Trish Latimer

My favourites of 2017 pt 1

I see these little videos on YouTube with people celebrating their favourite supplies of the year… of course they are all affiliated so not entirely sure how much I trust their judgements so instead I thought I would share my favourites of 2017! 

Of course I couldn’t not mention ATCs given this year has been all about these small works of art.  I challenged myself to create 365 in the year and I exceeded the challenge by a long shot. 

I’ve made mixed media 3d cards, hand drawn cards, stamped cards and even pocket letters! I’ve participated in swaps all over the world and made most of my Christmas cards using ATCs as the toppers.  So my favourite artworks of the year…

I think these stick in my mind as favourites… so in no particular order…

Fairy cards

Halloween pocket letter

Work of art 

Alphabet ATCs


Gorjuss girls


I could go on… there were after all over 400 to choose from! So for now this will do. 

So my favourite supplies for making ATCs are… pretty much anything I can grab quickly and smaller sized stamps. 

Hope you enjoyed this little refresher on my ATC journey. 

Will be back with another favourites list of 2017 tomorrow if I get a chance.

Happy crafting! 


Promarkers, Letraset, Sheet Music

Another batch of masterboard Christmas cards

Another set of masterboard cards I made when crafting with the child. The decision was made she wanted to do a background with paint and it was to be green so we both did the same thing using the same colours and techniques and stamps but obviously our end results were slightly different for each of us.  Her aim was to use the background on the 4×4 card blanks so we then cut it up into panels… 6 3×3 ones, 3 2.75×2.75 and then three small rectangles left.

We stamped and coloured with promarkers lots of freebie magazine stamps that were easy for me to cut out as I knew I would end up cutting them all out… I did silently wish for a scan’n’cut at this point! 

Then we set to and layered them up. The princess added a stamped sentiment to each of the card blanks so she had to only put an image on a panel and then adhere the panel. 

I chose to use some card blanks from the ‘random stash box’ and then make a few from white cardstock and then one of the 4×4 cards… And here are mine… 

Most of mine I added the Tim Holtz sticker sentiments to make my life easier and then just adhered them all to one another.  Simple, fun and arty cards! 

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 15

Today I have some different types of ATCs for my Christmas card topper challenge. 

I wanted to create some full on textural 3d ATCs. I started with a sheet of cardstock and created a fun background using some rich coloured fresco finish paints… mahogany, chocolate pudding, Bourganvillia and guacamole. I also added some of the Art Alchemy Sparks paint which is a green gold colour (fairy wings). 

With layers of colour down I added some stencilling and some doodling and plenty of splats of the Sparks paint and some gesso too to add some more white.

I just love all the details… 

Then it was time to cut it up into the ATC panels…. it’s always a breath holding moment when I do this to a piece of background I love so much.

But now there are six beautiful bits of art to play with! 

I had a rummage through my Artful Days Goodie box supplies and hunted out a few things to play with… starting with the frames.

But although there are clearly two different types of frame going on I still wanted them all to look different so chose different ways of finishing them off. 

1. Frantage frame and Angel

I used lots of layers on the frame of frantage. I find it so annoying to use this stuff as it tends to blow away with the heat tool so creates a lot of mess on my desk… but I love the result. I added the gold Angel hair and then the Tim Holtz die cut (from a piece of card I wiped off the paints on whilst working on the background).  I added some gesso to the resin angel and then sprinkled some of the frantage on that too.  Finished off with edging it with brown ink.

2. Mahogany circle wreath

This one I decided to use the small circle frame and keep it simple so gave it a coat of the mahogany paint. I then die cut the deer and the little bits of greenery out of some cardstock I had wiped my brush off when creating the background. I edged the deer with brown ink though to give it a little more definition and then added the sentiment using a stamp.

3. Feathers and gems

The next one I wanted add a soft feather. I decided to jazz the circle frame up a little and added gold embossing to the dictionary print I had stamped on it once the initial coat of mahogany paint was dry. Then I added the feather and gems and the little Tim Holtz sticker to finish. 

4. Tree and glitz

For this frame I added lots and lots of the Sparks paint on top of a coat of mahogany and it is super sparkly. As a result I kept the rest of it fairly simple. I painted the tree die cut with a mix of the green patina paint, guacamole and the Sparks paint to provide a fun finish.  I edged the Tim Holtz sticker with Inktense pencil to add depth too.

5. Winter Friends squirrel

I had to dig out my favourite stamps of the year and add in a squirrel for this one. 

I rotated the ATC to make it landscape and added the angel hair along one edge and added the frame at an angle. The frame I added lots of layers of paint and sanded it back. This created a really mottled distressed finish. I coloured my squirrel with promarkers and gave him a generous coat of wink of Stella to finish.  Again I used Inktense to add depth and shadow round the sentiment sticker.

6. No frame star

For the last one I decided against using the last circle frame and instead chose to use a wooden star as the main element. I painted it with chalk paint and then lightly added the Sparks paint and stamped a timeless textures stamp in mahogany lightly. I then also embossed some tiny gold dots onto it. I layered it up with some Angel hair.

Then I decided to die cut some holly leaves from a scrap of card I had painted with the green patina and the Sparks paint. These worked perfectly to surround the sentiment. Again Inktense pencil added some shading.

Super happy with these very 3d ATCs. These are not likely to get posted but instead made into cards for people I can hand them to. 

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Promarkers, Letraset

Hello plate play… Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt7

Another set of ATCs for you today.  This time I had a bit of a gelli plate play… well whilst the paints were still out why not?
I used a few colours… blue oyster, blueberry, Jade and Bourganvillia and just a couple of stencils and the 3×5 gelli plate and the mini rectangle to create these four small panels and one large panel.  I also brayered off onto the text paper and used another piece of card to pull some of the stencil dots off the plate.

I then stamped lots of the cute little creatures in the freebie set that came with a magazine and coloured them using promarkers. I then cut them out and started deciding on some layouts for the four atcs. These little cute animals are just adorable. 

I decided sparkle was required though…. and maybe a snowflake or two?  I started with the four panels first… Nuvo glimmer paste and stencils… and two die cut snowflakes which I also stencilled over. I also added wink of stella to a few parts of the images … yes I decided you can never have too much sparkle!

And when these were dry I layered them up using pinflair glue gel so there was some dimension. 

Next I chose Tim Holtz stickers for the sentiments and added these panels to standard size ATC cards which are a lovely powder blue colour.

Next I needed to work on the larger panel I had created. I cut it down to two ATCs… 

I love how these look.

I added strips of the spotty card and the leftover bits of book print then chose the elements I wanted from the stamped images and how to add sparkle. 

On the first I chose the rabbits and the other snowflake.

And on the last one I chose to use the negative die cut to add the glimmer paste through. This provided a lovely little background for my little squirrel.

Hope you like these cute ATCs… and another six card toppers towards my Christmas card stash! 

Happy crafting!


Badass Chick, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Trish Latimer

Three fairy ATCs _ UK stampers forum swap


Some ATCs to share with you today that aren’t Christmas ones. These are my Anything Goes swaps for UK stampers forum over on facebook. 

I started with three mini gelli prints using Paperartsy fresco finish paints and the gel press petite plate.  I loved these mini works of art already! 

Next I added glimmer paste through a script stencil and let it dry overnight.

Next up some stamping. I used the Badass artchick studio stamps with the paints to add more pattern. These stamps were bigger than the panels but that’s ok as the rectangles for the ATCs are bigger than the mini gelli plate.

Then to choose a focal feature. I decided to go with the Trish Latimer fairy and stamped the top section three times using the distress oxide and then coloured them in with the promarkers. Then I fussy cut them out and trimmed each of the ATCs to size.

I then decided which dairy went with each panel and started the process of adhering them.

Next i grabbed a sheet of printed words and phrases and chose ones I liked for each of them and glued them down and finished off by edging each atc with some seedless preserve distress oxide and adding some wink of Stella sparkle to their wings!

Love how these three came together and the mix of mixed media background style with the clean and whimsical image. 

Happy crafting!