Experiment

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks for buzzing by.

 

 


Comments

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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