Friday 9 February 2024

Love Grows Here

Hi everyone, this month’s ATC swap over on the Tracy Evans FB page is “Black and White with a pop of colour. I’m really enjoying this swap as the themes are fab and I enjoy racking my brain as to how I can use Tracy’s stamps on such a small canvas … plus there are some gorgeous makes by other participants so I am always thrilled with the swaps I receive. 

This month I have already seen quite a few ATC’s I really like in the swap photo album, so I decided to make more than usual so I can receive back as many as possible! ❤️ This month I made 5 ATC’s - here they are. I called this series “Love Grows Here”.

I started by cutting 5 pieces of white card slightly smaller than standard ATC size from various snippets, and covered them with washi tape to make a grungy black and white text background. I then stamped my flowers and heart onto various snippets of super smooth stamping card,  coloured them with Zig watercolour markers and fussy cut them out - in some cases separating the leaves so I could rearrange them to fit the ATC. I added some white Posca spatters to each flower, then stamped and cut out the words and attached everything to the ATC bases. I found snippets of coloured card to match each coloured flower and cut them to standard ATC size - 3.5” x 2.5”,then matted the floral panels onto a coloured border. Finally I added Glossy Accents to the flower centres, circular letter “P” on ATC1, and to the heart on ATC5.  It was dark by the time i was applying the Glossy Accents and I noticed this morning it has cracked on a couple of the ATC's - not sure why that has happened, but luckily it works pretty well with the grungy vibe!

Here’s a closeup of each ATC.






Stamps: AALL & Create #648 Friendship Florals (ATC 1), #980 Anemone (ATC 2), #831 Sent With Love (ATC 3 and 5), #904 Flower Journey (ATC 4), #453 Heart Grunge (ATC 5); #985 Flower Smudge (ATC 5);
Media: Zig Clean Colour Watercolour brush pens; Versafine Clair (Nocturne); Posca pen (white); Glossy Accents;
Other: AALL & Create washi tape #44 - Around.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Creations In Pink #66 - Anything Goes In Mainly Pink
Outlawz (February) - Anything Goes in a Card Free Zone - TOP 3
Word Art Wednesday #633/634 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Creative Fingers #271 - Anything Goes
Worldwide Crafters and Colorists #13 - Anything Goes (2nd entry) - DT FAVOURITE

Allsorts #766 - Anything Goes
As You Like It - Favourite Physical or Digi Stamps (and why)
(I definitely prefer stamping with physical stamps as I can place them exactly where I want … I’m just not that tech savvy with digis!)
Snippets Playground #473 - Use Snippets - TOP PICK
Triple B (February) - Birds, Butterflies and/or Blooms with optional Mood Board

Beautiful Blossoms #13 - Anything Floral Goes (2nd entry)
Daisy Chain #82 - Flowers
Papercraft Challenges #102 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

ATC 5 
(EDITED: I have lost my challenge links somehow (probably a cut and paste error) and have tried to reinstate them as best I can, but apologies if any are missing)

C.R.A.F.T. #708 - Love/Valentine
Double D - Heartfelt
Double Trouble #159 - Love Is In the Air - TOP 3
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Love Is In the Air
Simply Create Too #197 - Include a Heart
Try It On Tuesday - Hearts and/or Flowers - TOP 5

I really enjoyed getting out a variety of floral stamps for this set of ATC's, and it kept me busy while the sleety snow was falling outside! Take care, and thanks for visiting.


brenda said...

Wonderful pops of vibrancy Pauline, thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts and We Love Stamping challenges.

B x

Ellibelle said...

A beautiful assortment of ATC Pauline, love the colors! Thanks so much for sharing at Allsorts challenge!

Chris said...

Wow! These are beautiful Pauline, love how the vibrant colours pop against the black backgrounds. xx

ScrappyHorses said...

What a lovely and striking pink on that Peony! So beautiful against the black and white text background! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at The Outlawz Anything Goes in a Card Free Zone! ~Katrina

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous ATCs.great idea with the washi tape background and love the vibrant colours of the flowers and the cracked effect of the glossy accents.
Carol x
Thank you for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams.
Carol DT x

Diane said...

Wow, these ATC's are absolutely gorgeous!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D, Triple B, Beautiful Blossoms and Colorful Options!
Diane DD and TB Co-Owner and CO and BB DT
{Nellies Nest}
{Double D}

Melanie Hungerford said...

LOVE these! The bright colors with the black make such an impact. Thanks so much for joining us at Double Trouble!

Dena J said...

Beautiful, Pauline! I love the type font and all those stunning flowers. Thank you so much for joining the challenge at Allsorts.

Suzanne Reynolds said...

The grungy background is a perfect backdrop for your flowers, along with the grungy sentiments. Beautiful florals in a perfect setting. Thanks for sharing with us your variety of ATC's at Double Trouble.

Leslie Miller said...

Absolutely beautiful pops of color against the black! Love the white splatters. Interesting how your glossy accents cracked, but it's a wonderful effect. Thank you so much for sharing your rose with us in our Heartfelt challenge at Double D!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wonderful ATCs set, love the grunge feel!Thanks so much for sharing your ATC n 5 with us at WE Love Stamping, that vibrant rose looks great on the black scripted washi tape and the crackling on the heart adds interest, such lucky accident! :)

Sarn said...

These ATCs are so vibrant and dramatic. I LOVE them. Great idea for using Washi tape as the background.

Thanks for entering a piece of homework to the Snippets Playground. See you up in the treehouse for a mug of hot chocolate later. xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Pauline these are absolutely beautiful the images look so vibrant and so realistic they look great on the backgrounds superb work
lolo x

Alyson Mayo said...

Fabulous - every single one of them! Love the black background. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and Dragonfly Dreams :)

Chrissy said...

These are just stunning Pauline, beautiful colouring and I love the interesting backgrounds, gorgeous ATC's..
Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge this fortnight at As You Like It..


Sheryl said...

A beautiful card.
Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

Meggymay said...

A beautiful set of floral ATC's, the bright colours against the dark background look fantastic. Thank you for linking with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

My name is Erika. said...

These ATC's are really gorgeous Pauline. I am hoping some of these flowers will be blooming sooner rather than later in my garden. Thanks for sharing these beauties with us at TIOT. hugs-Erika

Deanne Saunders said...

Wow! Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for participating in our DRAGONFLY DREAMS challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Lorraine said...

These are gorgeous Pauline. The flowers are so pretty and I love the bright, vibrant colours against the black backgrounds.
Lorraine x

Darlene said...

Oh Pauline, these are all just GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Triple B & Double D challenges! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B, Word Power

Jules said...

Hi Pauline

I love the strong vibrant colours on your ATCs alongside the black background .. .. they really pop!

Hope you have had a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

Makira said...

🩷🩷🩷 these! The black background is stunning! All your layers and details are remarkable. Thank you for playing with us at the Colorful Options Challenge. 🎨🩷🌈 Cheers, Makira

R's box of dreams said...

What a gorgeous set of cards! Love them all!
Thank you for playing along with us at Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges!


Rainey's Craft Room said...

An amazing set of ATC's Pauline. The pops of vibrant colours in these pretty flowers look fabulous against your washy tape backgrounds and stunning water- colouring too. I'm sure your swap partners will be thrilled to receive one of these.

Maria Nicotra Tinyworks said...

Beautiful project thank you for sharing with us over at Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge.
Maria DT

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Pauline I am able to pop back to have another look at these beauties and to thank you for sharing them with us at We Love stamping
lolo x

Di said...

Wow Pauline! What wonderful and vibrant ATCs. Love the washi background, just made a note of it as I NEEEED it! You certainly have a handle on using the Zip brush pens - I'm hopeless with mine.


Di xx

Zw@@n said...

Wow, those ATC's are stunning. I love your colouring. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. xx Wilma

Wendy L said...

Beautiful ATC's and I thank you for joining the challenge at MAWTT but I can see your link back to us, xx

Kathyk said...

What a FAB-u-LOUS collection, cracking makes


cass said...

Wonderful ATCs, thanks for joining us at The Outlawz, Festive Fridays

Helen said...

Beautiful - love the bright colours against the dark background.

Thanks for joining us at the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge.

Helen x

Susan Renshaw said...

What beautiful ATCs!
Thank you for sharing with Addicted to Stamps and More!
Addicted to Stamps and More
Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

Ilonka said...

Such a beautiful ATC's, thanks for sharing it with us at the Pearly Sparkles Challenge.
Ilonka DT

Gale said...

Awesome ATC's Pauline! Love the vibrant colors. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Pearly Sparkles Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
Gale DT for

SarahR said...

Hello there, your ATC's are fabulous! I love all the bright colours and variety of flowers. Thanks for sharing with us this month at Crafty Calendar Challenges, Sarah - DT.

Hi! I'm Shirley and said...

Love your ATC's. Thanks for joining Anything Goes in a Card Free Zone Challenge over at the Outlawz Challenges.

Hi! I'm Shirley and said...

Love your ATC's. Thanks for joining Anything Goes in a Card Free Zone Challenge over at the Outlawz Challenges.