Horizontal Hold

Horizontal Hold is the theme for this weeks challenge at Tilda and Friends.   Anything goes, as long as you use a landscape format for your ATC.  I used a very dreamy looking Tilda, and background flowers from a Whipper Snapper stamp on my ATC, then I coloured the images with Promarkers.  There is a guest designer call on the challenge blog, and if you are interested in joining us for the month of April, pop along and have a peep at the details for that.  There are some fabulous ATCs made by other members of the DT for you to admire while you’re there!


A Boy Thing

As a mum to two boys, I know how much they all love walls, whether it be climbing, walking, or sitting, on them.  I’m afraid I can’t fathom the fascination; it must be a boy thing!  This is my Tilda and Friends ATC for this week’s challenge, which is called ‘One for the Boys’.  I’m sorry I’m a little late in posting, but I have had a very busy couple of weeks, with health issues and family visits.  I’ve used my Prisma pencils, for a change, to colour Edwin and his wall.  The flower-shaped brads are from my stash; the sentiment is computer-printed, as is the butterfly.


All Hearts

The new challenge theme at Tilda and Friends is ‘Hearts’, and what could be more appropriate this week?   I made my ATC with a sweet Hanglar & Stanglar image that was kindly sent to me.  I decided to go all out for pink, and coloured the image with Promarkers, with some fine glitter to accent the heart in the centre, and the wings.  The backing paper is by Papermania,  the sentiment was cut out from a magazine, and the brads are from my stash.


Happy Valentine’s Day for Saturday everyone!  I hope that you’ll have time to come and see the other lovely ATCs that the Design Team have created, and  join in the challenge with your hearty creations.

Happy New Beginnings

A Happy New Year to you all!  This is the start of a new year of challenges at Tilda and Friends, and from now on you may use any cute image, stamp or download, on your ATC.  We thought this would enable more of you to join in the fun with us.  The challenge this week is to use some of your newly acquired craft stash on your ATC.  I’m sure that some of you will have been lucky enough to receive lots of crafting goodies from Santa, so now is the time to put it all into creative use!

Unfortunately, the Hanglar & Stanglar image that I used isn’t part of my new stash, but an image kindly given to me by a friend.  The DP is new, though, from the Basic Grey ‘Offbeat’ 6″x6″ pad, and I punched it out with a lovely new Martha Stewart border punch, given to me for my birthday a little before Christmas.  Many of us use the  New Year to make new resolutions.  One of mine this year is to adopt a healthier lifestyle, with more exercise, and lots more fruit and veg in my diet, which was actually the thought behind my ATC this time.


How about making it one of your resolutions this year to join us in our challenges at Tilda and Friends?  We look forward to seeing you!

Golden Days…

We’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed a few beautiful golden days of autumn here in Oxfordshire. This really is my favourite time of the year; I love the crisp mornings and the gorgeous shades of the season. The challenge at Tilda and Friends is to incorporate beautiful golden tones into your ATC. I used one of the new Tilda stamps from Magnolia’s Autumn Collection for my ATC. She is coloured with Promarkers, with crystal glitter on her wings. I made the background by colouring a piece of cardstock with Colorbox Chalk Inks in shades of Yellow Ochre, Bisque, and Amber Clay. Then I stamped an Autumn Leaves scroll stamp randomly, in Brown Roan, on the inked card. I cut out Tilda, and fixed her onto the card with 1mm foam squares. The leaf stamps are from the Magnolia Autumn Club kit, and were also coloured with Promarkers, cut out, and then placed at Tilda’s feet. I added a little glitter glue on them to give an impression of frost. The sentiment was printed on the computer, and I added a golden Papermania flower gem on it for emphasis.

Come and join our challenge; we’d love to see your ATCs!

Thanks for looking and for your comments, which are always appreciated.

Tilda and Friends – Alota Week

This week is Alota week at Tilda and Friends. Our very talented team member Shary, who also designs for Alota stamps, will be giving a lovely Alota stamp to the winner of this week’s challenge. Not only that, but Shary is kindly organising a swap of the ATCs made this week. So come and join us, make an ATC, send it to Shary, and she will send you one back in return. 

I used an Alota stamped image with a Magnolia background for my ATC.  These were coloured with Promarkers, with some extra fine glitter to highlight the flowers. 

Buttons and Bows

This week the challenge at Tilda and Friends is to use buttons on your ATCs. I’ve kept mine fairly simple this time.  I used the Magnolia hearts stamp, which I coloured with Prisma pencils, with Sansodor and paper stumps to blend, and then tied a vintage mother of pearl button to the centre of the hearts with embroidery floss.  The background is a gorgeous K & Co paper, and the embossed buttons are made with one of the new Cuttlebug border embossing folders. I edged the card with a chalk ink pad, and ran this lightly over the embossed buttons to emphasise their shapes.  I attached the hearts to the ATC with some 1mm foam pads for a little  extra dimension, and added three more vintage buttons to embellish the ATC further.  The words were made on the computer, shaded with a browny-pink ink pad, and placed on the card.  To finish, I drew faux stitches on the edges of the ATC.

Why don’t you raid your button box, and come join us in making some beautiful ATCs? There’s a special prize for the under 16’s this week, full of goodies to keep little hands busy during the summer holidays!