Thursday, October 30, 2008

ATC Dare # 4 - Quest for a Cure

Hello everybody!

Since its the month of October and Halloween is already sorted for our forum swap I decided since its also Breast Cancer Awareness Month that this would be a great topic.

So the topic for this fortnight is called 'Quest for a Cure' and the only rules are the following:

You must use some pink on your ATC and you must also have the pink ribbon logo (whether it be a picture, actually ribbon etc)

You are to have your submissions uploaded into the Art Room by midnight Wednesday 12th November 2008.

Now I was lucky enough to have these gorgeous pictures so I felt like I cheated...LOL, but the clock was ticking and I didn't have a lot of time. I am off to a Scrapbooking Retreat this weekend so who knows I may just get another one done!

Here is my take:

So, there you go, get your thinking caps on and good luck!

And the Winner is.....

Hello, well Kryshina and I drew the winner this morning for the 'Fantasy' Dare #3 and the winner is:

ELAINE!!! - Congrats. Here is Elaine's take on the Fantasy Dare:

And this fortnight it was really hard to make a pick on which ATC I liked because they were ALL so awesome, you girls definitely put me to shame...LOL

anyway I chose one of Lianne's ATC to show as I loved the techniques she used for her backgrounds, well done Lianne!

A new post will follow shortly with the next dare!

ATC Halloween Swap

Hello everybody!

Have you checked out the swap over in the forum for this month? In the spirit of Halloween month, Amanda is running the swap this time, to sign up simply post your name HERE

I am also joining in on this swap, have done a practice card for fun, still not sure what I am going to do yet though. Love these cute little Halloween babies.

Sorry but I had a class tonight and didn't quite get the chance to do the draw, will do it tomorrow from work. Also keep posted for the next dare :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Fantasy Cards

Hello, I have finished a set of two ATC's as my take on the Fantasy dare. These are pretty basic, the hardest part is finding and resizing the images.

Card #1 - Zenith Warrior (I made these names up by the

Credits to for most of the images

Printed background, cut out 4 different images and put together

Card #2 - Princess Warrior

Stamped background and cut from 3 different images

I have a stamp that I would like to use on another one so I'll see how I go over the next few days, good luck everybody!

ATC Dare #3 - Fantasy

Hi, back again with your next dare!

This fortnight we are going to discover FANTASY this is a great subject which leaves alot open to the imagination. Fantasy can be whatever you want it to be but when I think of Fantasy I immediately think of random weird pictures or some of the following:

Myths, Legonds, Fairies, Gargoyles, Dragons, Zodiac, Elves, Magic, Warriors, Mermaids, Unicorns, Wizards, Vampires, Sorcerers, Vikings & Goblins.

OK, so get your Fantasy ATC uploaded to the ART ROOM by Wednesday 29th October under the correct folder >ATC Dares>Dare#3-Fantasy. Also remember if you are interested in joining our swaps or have ATC's that you want to trade check out the other folders in the Art Room or whats going on in the Forum.

Here are a few pics I found on the web to get you thinking, I am still working on my sample which I hope to have up tomorrow, have fun with this one and I DARE YOU!

And the winner is......

Hello everyone, sorry this is late coming but I worked all last night and never got the chance to do the draw. Anyhow the draw is done and a big thank you once again to the ladies who entered our 1950's/Retro dare, all the entries were awesome and it was great to see everybody's takes.

Here are the results:

Sorry that this is so hard to read but I could not get my camera to focus on a close up but you get the general idea, the winner of this draw is.....AMANDA!!!

Congrats Amanda, you have some ATC goodies coming your way...

Here are Amanda's 2 ATC's she did for the dare:

Love these Amanda has done a great job in putting these together.

And for this fortnight the Contributors Pick goes to Sonya! I love all the work Sonya put into this card and the movement and flow it has, well done Sonya :)

Right girls, get ready for your next dare, I'll be posting the details shortly!
(Sorry I've been trying to add the slideshow but it keeps telling me the slideshow is empty!!!)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

ATC Bird Swap

Hi there, our swap last month was the theme 'Birds'. I received lots of cool ATC's and wanted to share mine with you. This month our swap theme is 'Fairytales' which closed today, I will post a pic once the cards have been posted out.

If you are keen to join in on some swaps, check out our forum as the next swap and deadlines should be posted soon, it will be swap #5....Keep tabs on it here.

Here is my Bird ATC, 3 layers of ripped paper (used up some old papers that I probably wouldn't have used for scrapbooking but worked perfectly for this!) Collections chipboard bird (wren) inked and stamped, cuttlebug embossed backround and inked, cuttlebug embossed bird wing, stamped branch and speech bubble.

I am full on tomorrow afternoon and evening teaching a birthday party and christmas card class so I try and fit in the draw when I can. A big thanks to everybody who has participated in the 1950's/Retro ATC Dare the Art Room is looking awesome. Good luck everybody! :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

More 1950 ATC's for inspiration!

Just finished my other two cards as promised. I had to re-do one of them because I decided to try this new technique which was not but in the process I found that Dimensional Magic mixes really well with LuminArte Pigment Powders to make up a great paste to use as a nice shimmery paint. Might try this on another ATC sometime.

I decided to try my hand at a 'landscape ATC' this shape doesn't seem that popular but wanted to give it a go, I'm really pleased with it. I stamped the background with black stazon on glossy card, did not colour this, edged the card with a red slick writer pen. Cut out images from 4 different pics found on the internet, resized them and printed on photo paper. I'm getting it down to a fine art resizing the proportions on Photoshop Elements now. I also popped up the 2 main images because they seemed to get a bit lost in the background. The background is suppose to represent a black & white tiled floor.

My second card a bit more basic, printed background and 3 other images, all on photo paper. This was my girl I started out with:

I added a retro backround to funk it up - end result:

Now, off to make a start on my fairytale swap cards for our forum swap! Absolutely no idea what I'm going to do

ATC Dare #2 - 1950's/Retro

Here we go, we are up to Dare #2 already! Are you up to it? We are going to go back in time to the Nifty Fifties!

This was the era for retro kitchens, the perfect housewife, the hula hoop was invented, rock & roll, enamelware, jukeboxes, pedal cars & tricycles, Elvis Presley, vinyl records, black & white TV consoles, I Love Lucy TV show, Marilyn Monroe starred in 'Some Like it Hot', Don McLean's 'American Pie', movies like Disney's Cinderella & Alice in Wonderland came out, these were the good ole days!

This era leaves so much open to the imagination for your ATC's, the only hard part is 'Where to start?' Kryshina and I have a couple to get you going which are fairly basic. I am working on a couple more which I will post later on tonight once they are finished.

You must have your ATC's up in the Artroom Gallery by Wednesday night 15th October.

Here's Kryshina's:

Printed background and photo both found on the internet with dimensional magic and beads on the back, also dymo label maker.

Here is one of my attempts, pretty basic but the hardest part about this is finding all the images etc, I have used black glossy card as my background and stamped with lavender stazon ink using some retro circles clear stamps to represent bubbles.

Will post my other two a little later. Good luck and get searching!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Quick & Easy ATC Background Tip

Hi everybody, I just wanted to share a little bit of inspiration and a tip for the weekend.

Last night I made a couple of ATC's, one being really basic to show you a quick background technique.

What you will need is a Dye Ink (Memento's are great with a beautiful new range of colours), Stazon Ink, a brayer (the handiest tool ever which I use all the time) plus one piece of glossy cardstock. All these products are available at Scrapbook Studio.

Cut out your 3.5" x 2.5" ATC from your Glossy Cardstock. Stamp your desired image over the glossy card with a stazon ink, I have chosen black for this card.

Then take your brayer and roll it several times in your large Memento Dye Ink Pad, for this card I have chosen the colour 'Lady Bug'

Taking your inked up brayer, evenly roll it several times over your glossy cardstock, sometimes it may slide around but be assured the colour does even out as you continue to roll over it. This ink dries almost instantly. This is the effect you will get:

I made a quick ATC with this background and also coloured glossy card with a lime green Memento 'Pear Tart' to matt my vintage picture. Dye inks are a fantastic way to colour a boring piece of white card to add some quick colour!

Here is another ATC using the same background technique, this one is using Memento 'Summer Sky'. Also used Dimensional Magic, Stickles, several cut out designs, cut out flowers embossed to curl the petals. Tim Holtz Background rubber stamp.

Thats it for now, will post again later tonight with Dare #2!

We Have A Winner!

Hello, everybody. Well two weeks have gone quick and its time to pick a winner for our 'Send In The Clowns' dare. A big thank you to everybody who joined in, the ATC cards that came through were all very inspiring and fantastic!

The winner for 'Send In The Clowns' is:
Congrats Roo (Ruth) for your fantastic ATC, here it is:

You have a great assortment of goodies to use on your ATC's coming your way! Here is your prize.....

Again a big thanks and for this fortnight we have the Contributors Pick. We loved all the ATC's and it was a hard choice but our pick to showcase this time around goes to 'Mummymoo' (Janine) this was her very 1st ATC and I think she did a fantastic job, just love the colours in this one, well done!

Thats it for tonight, be sure to check in tomorrow night for details on our next Dare #2. See you then!