If there’s nothing like a long weekend to lift your spirits, then the day after is like a lead balloon! I have a lot of work and travelling ahead and the next long weekend seems a l-o-n-g way away. However, making me happy are the two ATCs I have to share with you today.


This is me all happy and smiley and pleased to be back at work – NOT! Do you ever buy craft stuff that you absolutely love and then don’t really know what to do with it? Well I do. I fell in love with this Bumblebee Girl stamp, by Catslife Press, as soon as I saw it (there’s a Mermaid Girl too!) but since it arrived I’ve been unsure as to how to use it. So I’m super happy that I was suddenly inspired (must have been all the walks in the sunshine) to make these two ATCs. I’m sharing these over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is “life.”


For the this one I used distress inks – Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass and Milled Lavender and blended them so they mingled together. Then I gave it a spritz of water. Then I stamped the daisies, a stamp by Stampotique, and the Bumblebee Girl. I added extra details by using a script stamp (Stampin’ Up!), two sizes of dots and my favourite Dylusions border stamp. I used white gel pen to colour the daisies.


Bumblebee Girl has been coloured with Promarkers and paper pieced. I was very tempted to give her shoes a coat of red glitter but I will save that for another day! The words, part of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, were printed on my computer using the Junkos Typewriter font from Da Font.



My second ATC was made using an idea I’ve seen done by Godelieve Tijskens  on her Stamping Mathilda blog. Each Sunday she does a project using leftovers from previous projects. If I’m inking and stamping I usually have a pile of photocopying paper that I use to test out stamps, try colours, or just as a base to work on. The background for this ATC is made using a piece I cut from that paper and having seen the result, I must try this more often.I added in a little extra stamping around the edge and then stamped the star, another stamp by Stampotique, and Bumblebee Girl.



Once again Bumblebee Girl has been paper pieced but this time I used one of my practise images and coloured it with the ink that is on various pieces of Cut ‘n’ Dry Foam that I use to apply inks. The sentiment, inspired from the words that appeared on the t-shirts of those gorgeous boys from Wham! in their Wake Me Up video, was again a computer print out and the font is Rubber Stamp.



Thanks for buzzing by.




Experiment — 12 Comments

    • Thank you Roz – it’s well worth trying the scrappy leftover idea – would be fabulous with some of your lovely backgrounds.

    • Thank you. Just discovered Catslife Press stamps and LOVE them. Not that easy to get over here but their shipping from the USA to UK is very reasonable.

  1. I LOVE these–so happy and full of energy and color and LIFE! Great interpretation and inspiration!! You did a FANTASTIC job on this one 🙂

  2. GORGEOUS ATC’s… I too hate that “back to work” feeling… so I don’t have days off anymore rofl Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  3. Love these, so glad you were inspired to use on e of the old stamps too. I do the same thing, think I love something and them once I get it I don’t know what to do with it! You did an excellent job with both of these, love the font on both of them too. ~Diane

  4. Wow, these ATCs rock. Fabulous colours and such happy, smiley faces.

    I am sorry I have not been around for a while but I hope your week went well.

    Dionne xx

    • I’ve missed you and guessing you have been up to your eyes in it. I have been a bad correspondent but am about to put that right! xx

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