Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Little Sparkle

Hello, Today being  9/11 I got up early to watch the rememberance of that awful day 10 years ago, something I will never forget. I found myself glued to the tv just like when it happened. I hope everyone gets to take a moment to remember how lucky we are to live free and the ones who gave up their lives for that freedom.

Being Sunday I am also posting a ATC for my guest DT spot over at StempelTräume Challenge Bog. Their challenge this week is to create an ATC card. I can't tell you how challenging that was for me. I have never had to create something so small and try to be artistic at the same time. I am usually at DP kind of person the last few years and always pull out my Copics and color an image. When I looked at ATC cards created by other talented people I knew I would hve to think outside the box and push my creative comfort zone. This is what I came up with in the end after many other tries at working on my creation.

First I found the size an ATC should be 21/2 x 31/2. I decided that I should work with colors I love so that wasn't another obstacle for me. I tried a few techniques that I use to love like shaving cream, polished stone and stamping a background with ink. None of them looked great in a small space. I made a winter card for Going Grey with Scrap-Creations challenge last week so all my winter punches and snowflake embellishments were out in my stamping area and that's when the idea to punch out a few snowflakes then stick them down with a glue dot and sponge around them with some wintry pastel colors to give a snowy effect for the background, it still need something so I spritzed it with my shimmer spray. I am not sure if an ATC is suppose to have a frame but I couldn't resist giving it one so I trimmed it down so the finished card was still the correct size after I mounted it on colored cardstock. All that was left was to stamp a saying and add a few snowflake embellishments to finish it off. I really like the finished project, I took a close-up picture so you could see all the shimmer and sparkle on the card. What do you think, will it pass as an ATC card?

Please be sure to check out all the other fabulous creations the other talented ladies created to inspire you this week, then make your own and play along with us!

Here care some other fantastic challenges that fit my creation

Craft Us Crazy Challenge #16-Autumn Colors or Favorite Embellishments-I did favorite embellishments, besides flowers snowflakes are some of my favorites, I have buckets full of all different kinds and sizes!
Alphabet Challenge-P for Pretty Pastels
Stamp-n-Doodle Challenge-Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's Challenge #49-Make yourself Uncomfortable
Crafty creations Challenge #135-Anything but square
Creative Card Crew Challenge-Anything Goes
Critter Sketch Challenge #81-Anything but a card
DYSU Challenge #36-Texture, I did it with glitter, jewels, shimmer spray and embellishments
Gingerloft Challenge #24-Create A sky, I did a snowy sky
I Did It Creations Challenge #72-Anything goes
Speedy the Cat's Challenge #72-Use a punch, I used different snowflake punches to make my background
One Stitch At A time Challenge #79-Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge-Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #61-Picture Inspiration
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #151-Inspired By A Song, Let It Snow
Stamp Something Challenge-Anything Goes To Say Good-Bye
The Crazy Challenge August Christmas Challenge-Anything Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #62-Anything but a card
Woodware USA Challenge #42-Anything Goes
ATC Challenge Blog Challenge #10- Anything Goes or something that represents you

These are a fantastic challenges so be sure to stop by and play along with them!

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read.

Happy Creating,


Winnie and Patty said...

What a beautiful Christmas card! And I love the sentiment. I've never seen that one before! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge!

Ann Whitfield said...

It's fabulous Mary, and an ATC can have a frame if you want it to as long as the overall size is correct. Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Janeen said...

oh so pretty, even if i'm not ready to look at snowflakes yet. it has an ethereal feel to it. Thanks for playing in this weeks challenge to use a punch over at Mark's Finest Papers. We appreciate you.

Carol Hurlock said...

This is fantastic. Your layered snowflake is awesome. Love the sparkle and shine. Thank you so much for playing along with Speedy the Cat's Challenge this week. It is a joy to visit and see what you made for us. Good luck in the stamp drawing. Looking forward to seeing you play again with us next week.

Bear Hugs,

Crystal said...

So beautiful, love all the sparkle and the sentiment is just perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at Critter Sketch :)

sgc said...

What a cute project! Thanks for playing in the Critter Sketch Challenge.

Courtney said...

What a gorgeous card Mary!! Thanks for joining us this week at Penny's. Good Luck!!


Sandra Wright. said...

A super the colours and the snowflakes is just gorgeous.

Thanks for joining in with our challenge...
Sandie @ Atc Challenge Blog :D

Hannah Clark said...

I love all the glitter! Those snowflakes are beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Penny's!

Lucianna Dilsaver said...

Very pretty ATC, love the colors and your little details! Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch for our "Anything but a card" challenge :)

Berry said...

So fab thanks for sharing at CCC Hugs Rebekah xx

Becky Garrison said...

Amazing card! Your colors are perfect for our challenge, and I really love that sparkle! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Alphabet Challenge Blog!

downrightcrafty said...

A gorgeous creation, love the colour choice and thank you for sharing with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate
PS I have some candy if you are interested :)

Denise said...

Gorgeous Christmas ATC - love all the glittery snowflakes.
Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx

Nikki Byrne said...

Beautiful card love that snowflake. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. Good Luck. Hugs


Designing with Debbie said...

WOW what a stunning card. Your snowflake is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week. Hope to see you again next week.

Anonymous said...

So lovely!! Great sentiment. Thanks for playing the Crafty Creations challenge!

Anonymous said...

So lovely!! Great sentiment. Thanks for playing the Crafty Creations challenge!

Gaynor Greaves said...

gorgeous thanks for sharing with us at Gingerloft, hope to see you again, Gaynor :)

happyglitzygirl said...

Love the card, great sentiment, thanks for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge, blessings Hilde

Tenny Kusuma said...

Oh WOW....beautiful and lovely card. Thank you for playing along with DYSU challenge. Tenny.

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous! It really turned out beautifully! Thanks for joining us for the Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog Texture Challenge! Please join us again for the next challenge!


Love crafts forever said...

Thanks for playing with us at OSAAT.
Hugs Nataliya.

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Thanks for joining our "Inspired by a song" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE this week :)

Hugs Jane x

Andie's Space said...

Hi Mary,
What a stunning snowflake. All those layers of sparkle & shimmer look gorgeous. I love the background you created too. Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafters this week.
Andie xx

Anonymous said...

Stunning ATC. Thanks for joining our challenge at ATC Challenge Blog. xx

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a gorgeous ATC you have made here Mary. I love the sentiment on it. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx

Jilly said...

What a beautiful Christmas card! And the sentiment you used that is gratifying. I've never seen that one before! Your colors are perfect for our challenge.
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