May Celebrations

The challenge for this week on Tilda and Friends is ‘May Celebrations’.  For me, May means the start of the gardening season, and my ATC reflects the theme with a celebration of flowers.

I used a floral backing paper for my ATC. On a separate piece of light card, I stamped, watercoloured, and cut out Gardening Tilda, and attached her to the backing.  On another piece of plain ATC-sized card, I stamped some Tapestry Stamps flowers in various shades of blue and green ink, forming an arch.  I cut out the arch, and glued this to the original card, with Tilda peeping through.  Then I stamped some extra flowers on a scrap of card, cut these out, and attached them with silicone glue to the arch, giving a slightly 3D look.  Finally, I dotted the flowers with ‘Diamond’ Stickles glitter glue, and edged the ATC with an olive green chalk ink pad.

ATC May Flowers by Maria

I hope you will all enjoy celebrating the month of May with us! 


Ismaki Sketch 17

 This is the Ismaki Challenge Sketch for this week…

And here is my interpretation of the sketch. 

Ismaki sketch 17

I used Daisy Bucket papers for the background, a Magnolia Tilda stamp for the image, and a Prima flower.  The rest is from my stash.  Hope you like it!

Thank God It’s Friday – Acetate

The challenge this week on the TGIF blog is to use acetate in your project.  Here is my entry, an ATC accented with stamped acetate and metal flakes.

The background is made by dabbing different coloured chalk ink pads onto the backing card.  I then stamped the card randomly with a background stamp and a Versamark ink pad, and embossed with gold EP.  The image is from Crafty Individuals, and the butterfly is clip art.  I stamped the word ‘adore’ onto acetate, cut it to size, and ran it through my mini Xyron machine to add adhesive to the back.  I sprinkled metallic flakes onto the adhesive and brushed off the excess.  Lastly, I edged the ATC with a gold Krylon pen and attached the acetate to the bottom of the card with double-sided tape.

ATC Acetate \'Adore\' by Maria


Happy Bathday!

This is another Whipper Snapper image sent to me by Donalda – I couldn’t resist colouring this little cutie straight away!  I used my Prima pencils as usual, and added some gloss to her bubbles with a Sakura clear Glaze pen. The background paper is by DCWV, and the image is matted onto dark purple Bazzill card, with pearly accent dots at the corners.

I sent this card to Debbie for her birthday, and I’m also entering it for her birthday blog candy.

Happy Bathday!

Dotty for ATCs!

This week’s Tilda and Friends challenge is all about dots.  Here is my Design Team ATC – Dotty About You!

I used a Basic Grey dotty paper, edged with pink ink, for the background.  Tilda is coloured with Prisma pencils, with a touch of Stickles glitter glue on her wings and flower.  I stamped her pinafore onto white vellum with a white Versamagic ink pad, and embossed it using my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I cut out the pinafore shape, and attached it to Tilda using a glue pen, sparingly, at the edges.  I stitched on some round buttons to represent flowers, and doodled the stems and leaves.  Last of all, I added the words which were computer-printed. 

ATC \'Dotty About You\' by Maria Adams

So come along, join our latest challenge and go dotty for ATCs!

Saturday’s Workout – Distressed

Sandy and Heike have a new challenge blog called Saturday’s Workout. I am entering this ATC, which I have shown before, as it seems to fit the criteria for this week’s ‘Distressed’ theme.

The background is a distressed dictionary page, and I used Distress inks to add colour to it.  The scrolls are by Autumn Leaves, and stamped using Staz On.

ATC Let\'s Fly by Maria Adams


Cute Card Thursday – Boyz to Men

This is my entry to this week’s challenge over at Cute Card Thurday, which  is to make a cute card for a man.  I’ve used Sugar Nellie’s Sk8r Boy for my card, with HOTP papers, and brads etc. from my stash.

Sk8R Boy


Picture Perfect

I love Penny Black stamps and, even though this is one of their older designs, I still love these adorable old-fashioned girlfriends, who look as though they are posing for a photograph!

I used HOTP papers for the background.  The girls were coloured with Prisma pencils and Sansodor as usual.  I sponged a caramel coloured chalk ink to give the white cardstock a vintage look, and matted the image onto dark blue card.  The photo corners are by MIC, and everyhing else is from my stash.

Picture Perfect

Cute as a bug!

This little cutie is a stamp by Whipper Snapper; Donalda kindly sent me some images to play with – thanks Donalda!

I coloured him with Prisma pencils, and blended with Sansodor as usual. He is matted onto black and red Bazzill card, and embellished with black brads, and red and black Prima flowers which are held together with a red spotty brad from my stash.  This is layered onto ‘Allsorts’ spotty pearlised paper by Crafts House, and then onto a red card. 

Ladybug card

Wet and Windy!

Taking the wet and windy April weather as inspiration, this week’s challenge on Tilda and Friends is to make an ATC with these elements.

For my ATC, I used a landscape image backing paper, which I attached to the backing card, then stamped Tilda with her umbrella on white vellum and glued this to the backing paper to give a misty look.  I edged all the sides of the ATC with a blue chalk ink pad to hide any glue that might show through the vellum.  I then stamped Tilda on white card and coloured her with Prisma pencils blended with Sansodor.  I cut and attached Tilda and her umbrella to the vellum, and as this is quite a large stamp I had to snip off part of the umbrella so that it would fit on the ATC.  I added a little touch of glitter glue to the splash on Tilda’s hand, and a little frog as an accent. Then I printed the words on my computer and attached them to the vellum.

ATC \'Wet and Windy\' by Maria Adams

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