Natural Beauty ATC

Natural Beauty ATC‘Natural Beauty’ ATC

This ATC was made for a Butterfly theme swap on ATCsForAll.com. I used Perfect Pearl powders on all the stamping which gives it the most beautiful sheen when turned in the light, just like real butterfly wings!

It was published in the Scrapbook News and Review June 2010 magazine.

Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

Elmi
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“All the flowers of all the tomorrows…” ATC

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today” (Indian proverb) – Quote ATC

I don’t have any photos to show for the Scrapbook Convention yet, so I thought I’d show you an ATC I made a while back but never posted.

I’ve never made anything that’s so… yellow, LOL! It’s very happy and sunny and bright, isn’t it? This is 100% outside my crafting comfort zone, so I don’t know how this happened, but luckily it looks great and that’s all that matters in the end, right? It was made for the “Stamping with Bleach” swap on Swap-bot, but if you’re wondering where those stamped images are… well, they’re not πŸ™‚  I went through many (ruined) papers and card stock, half my stamp collection and half a bottle of bleach before just giving up on trying to stamp anything. In the end I used an ear-bud to ‘paint’ some daisies with the bleach.

This is what I’ve learned:

  1. There’s a good reason why they invented ink – if we were suppose to stamp with bleach, Ranger would have been out of business by now.
  2. If all else fails, blame the bleach! πŸ˜›

Have a great week, and thanks for looking!!
Elmi

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Night Owl ATC

Night Owl ATC

This ATC was made for the “Paperless ATC” swap on Swap-bot, and based on the Sunday Stamper theme “birds” (due to connectivity issues I could not post it last week…) The “Paperless ATC” theme determined that we had to make an ATC without using the standard “go to” supplies (card stock and paper) – the idea was to stretch us a little; to think outside the box. Boy, did my head hurt trying to come up with something nice!

I have always been a late night person, and my parents have always affectionately referred to me as their little Night Owl. So naturally once I knew I was making an owl, the rest came together quickly!

I made the base out of some very nice, clear plastic that I cut from packaging, which is why I took 2 photos, one against my favourate dark background, and one against a light background. I sponged the back with black StazOn  (although I’ll probably try black spray paint next time) after masking small stars at the top to represent the night sky, and used a piercing tool to create a border. I cut the owl out of hessian cloth and used embroidery thread for an outline. I decided the owl should sit on something, so I affixed a genuine African twig :p to the background with copper wire that doubles as leaves.

Thanks for looking!
Elmi

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Home Sweet Home ATC

Home Sweet Home ATC

I had to make an ATC of my choice for a Swapbot swap, so I thought I’d join in the fun over on the Sunday Stampers blog, where the theme for the week is “Our House“. Since I bought this really cute stamp set at a sale the other day, I immediately knew what I was going to make πŸ™‚ I was initially going to use the house image to tie in better with the theme, but in the end I just had to use the couch stamp. You see, we have this amazing leather couch in our living room that is just perfect for sitting, sleeping, entertaining, relaxing, chatting, watching TV, typing long blog posts like this one, and many other random activities pertaining to life.

This ATC celebrates the well known fact that “no house is a home without your favourate couch” …okay, I made that up, but I can’t think why it should not be true! I used mostly “Love, Elsie” products except for the background and journalling frame. This little piece of papier kuns is also laden with foam tape and Glossy Accents like there’s no tomorrow πŸ˜‰

Here’s to many more years of happy couching!
Elmi

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Oscar Wilde Quote ATC

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde

Yes, it is time for another ATC swap! This one was inspired by the Wilde one. I thought the quote was quite funny – and it kinda makes you wonder…

I wanted the image to look like it was floating off the edges, so I made the base out of acetate. That piece of pink card is a page from a new range by Making Memories that includes beautiful spiral notebooks with diecut pages.

The pretty girl I used above had a beautiful pair of legs that I just couldn’t throw away, so I made another ATC, which is currently available to trade:

It’s not really a shorter skirt…

I wanted to use an appropriate quote for “legs”, and narrowed the search down to one of the following two:

“…Apart from having 2 good legs I also have 2 good degrees and it is just possible that I know what I’m talking about.” –  Edwina Currie (former British Member of Parliament, novelist)

“It’s not really a shorter skirt, I just have longer legs.” – Anna Kournikova (Russian professional tennis player)

I decided on the latter, just because πŸ™‚

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!
Elmi

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Pop it up ATC swap

Seashell on the beach

This is one of the ATCs I made for the Pop it up Swap on swapbot. We had to make 2 ATCs, using foam squares to layer the image. I just love how this one turned out – one of my all time favourites!

Elmi
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Vintage ATCs

Cookie? ATC
Genuine Chicken ATC

I just love these two ATCs! I have never considered myself much of a “vintage artist”, but these two came out quite nice. They were made for the “Vintage ATC Swap” on swapbot.

The “Cookie?” ATC was so easy to make – I used a sheet of paper that was already covered with vintage labels, picked the spot that I wanted to show on the ATC and I was done. Except, it just feels so wrong if it’s not complicated!! So I ended up adding a word. Then layered the girl a few times. And then added some ribbon. And of course something to dress up the ribbon. Does anyone else ever do that?

The chicken was… genuinely harder. I had downloaded this beautiful vintage image from The Vintage Moth of a rooster and a hen, and wanted to use the rooster-part on my ATC. Well, the poor thing never recovered from all my aging and inking, so I ended up using the hen πŸ™‚ Why the word “genuine?” I don’t know. Really. But it works, huh?

Elmi
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“Thank You, L” ATC

Thank you, L ATC

This is an extra ATC that I sent along with the 12 Months ATC swap to thank my swap partner (who’s name starts with ‘L’) for being so patient. Ironically, this extra one came out better than most of the required ones, I think! This is definitely one of my all time favourites!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!
Elmi

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