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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Good morning to all my lovely bloggy friends!

I hope you are having a lovely sunny morning where you are - we have a bright, crisp, cold morning but luckily no snow so I am very happy!
I had a rather busy week, lots of work at work and I also have done a lot of crafting - I will show everything in a moment but first thing is first! My desk is in such a mess I don't remember it being like that in ages - a real push back situation! Last night I didn't even clean my stamps - ha, ha I was so exhausted from all the crafting I have been doing....I did clean them this morning though......anyway here is my desk have a look.....

turn to the right.....

here is a close up of the mess.....

and look to the left......even more junk then usual.....

and here is the middle.....

So what have I been doing??? Well ever since Sarah from La-De-Dah posted this months My Monthly Mojo I was haunted by ATCs - I have never made one and I really thought I should give it a go....So I started off  by looking at varoius websites with ATCs and I found that they can be so different - some very simple some very elaborate....so how should I start?! I know Sarah always gives a few tips and tricks but I guess your own experience is still the best! The first thing I did was cut a 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inch piece of cardstock - for some reason I thought that would be quite big as inches are bigger then cm - cm are the measurements that live in my head....anyway when I cut it out - my God was that piece of paper small! So now what to put on it - you can't go too crazy with embellishments because there is no room...so I started out with making the background interesting....I colorwashed and crumpled up a piece of paper - also added some perfect perles spray and started off with stamping these birds (Crafty Individuals stamp) cutting them out and adding silk ribbon and gems....

After I made this one I thought well....I can do this - lets make more so I made this one with another Crafty Individuals stamp the beackground using the same method just added a bit of acylic Lumiere paint around the edges....I really like this angel.....
Next I thought I would celebrate Britain - with the Olympic Games coming up and the Queens Jubilee something British is definitly appropriate....I used stamps from a set from Indigo Blu....

Next up Steampunk ......The background is a Stampattack stamp, TH sprockets , the gentelman is from Indigo Blu....

And as last I thought I would go a bit psychedelic....I used alcohol inks on glossy card ...and the word art...

Here is my whole collection.....

I didn't make a chunky one because I couldn't find anything that I could use as a base and to be honest I was just too lazy to make some sort of box myself - maybe next time....I enjoyed making ATCs - the format is interesting and I will be making more - I might even do a swap - actually that is what ATCs are about - trading!
So there that was a long post I hope you have thoughed it out with me if not I hope you at least had a snoop around my very messy desk!
Have a lovely day!
Lots of hugs to all of you,


  1. Nice and busy desk. love all the punches! Great looking ATC. I have been thinking about joining in but haven't found the time! Have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #27

  2. Well done you. Those are some pretty amazing ATCs for a first attempt :-)
    A x

  3. What a great desk you have with lots of wonderful stash, I think that is the biggest paper crimper I have seen. Your atc's worked out splendidly, my favourite is the birds one. Have a great Wednesday, Laura

  4. Busy desk, love the steam punk feel of the atc..happy woyww hugs trace x no16

  5. See - once you pop, you just can't stop! Fabulous ATCS - all so different and colourful! I STILL think "Wow, that's small" at first, but soon get into the fun of them. You've done a terrific job and they look fabulous together. You need to have a chat with a builder and beg an off-cut of wood for the chunky ones! Thanks so much for joining in with My Mojo Monthly.

    1. Wow - gorgeous ATCs - brilliant first try. You took to it like a duck to water :) Happy WOYWW. Di xx

  6. LOL, you did a good job of pushing back, at least there still is some desk showing! your ATCs are wonderful. i've made some as well, all because of my monthly mojo as well!
    happy WOYWW and thanks for sharing,
    hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

  7. Yes ATC's can be fab and you will be surprised how much you can fit in.They are all lovely.Next you will be making a folder for them to store them in.Here's tip i bought my folder in local newsagents it was surpose to hold the england cards that kids buy in packs.Absolutely ideal i have photo of it on blog somewhere as i painted and altered the front so youd never know it should have been used for football cards.
    Have fab wedensday ,and a creative week
    hugs judex 17

  8. You have a great, busy, crafty desk! Love your cards. :)

  9. Fantastic desk, love those ATC's I have never made one must try this out, your are fab x x Have a great week, Hugs May x x x x

  10. WOW those ATC's are amazing, they are gorgeous :) Lovely creative desk as well. I hope this will post as I have been trying to access your blog for nearly 2 weeks, with no luck, so fingers crossed it will work okay this week as I do not have just a white screen!!!

    Have a great WOYWW, Luv Karen #80

  11. well, you took to these pretty easily! They are small, and it takes a while for me to work so small - hence I haven't done any ATC's for ages.... but I love yours.

  12. I blame that Sarah for a lot of late night trials and ideas...!! Your ATCs are fab! Great stuff and very addictive, specially when you start to trade!

  13. I've never made ATC;s before but you're doing a brilliant job for your first attempt. Looks like you're really enjoying it.

    Brenda 99

  14. you've made fabulous atcs and amazing that you've never made any before you've done so well.Great mess as a result of all this crafting!
    Will be in touch very soon,
    Love JoZarty

  15. Well haven't you been a busy bee!! No wonder your desk is a bit messy. Enjoy your week. x Jo

  16. Welcome to the world of ATC's be warned they are addictive lol, Your first collection is amazing love the blues and the background on your ART ATC is Fab! I made my first chunky ATC for this challenge great fun

    Maggie H

  17. I have only once made an ATC ...not sure why ...your are great ...you look as though you are having such fun ... as for the desk ....you have space to work in and thats whats important when you have a creative spurt.

  18. Your first foray into ATCs and look at how great the results came out! You do learn how to fit a lot into that space. I have a hard time thinking outside the box for ATCs--meaning I only think to use stamps that are smaller but really you can use bigger stamps. You can crop off and use just a part. I have a love-hate relationship with them. I have one I made recently on my WOYWW post today.

  19. wow what a great desk and so many lovely projects thanks for sharing :)
    BEcky no 56 x

  20. The ATC's are really wonderful, ATC's are addictive, it is amazing what you can fit onto the small size, Have a lovely week Lou #82

  21. I've never made an ATC and yours are just fabulous--you did a really wonderful job!

  22. Love the Steampunk and British ATCs - they're fun! The group of all 5 looks fab too :)
    Hugs, LLJ #45 xx

  23. Just catching up on the WOYWW desks, got about halfway through yesterday but then a load more people have linked so this morning I'm back to a third done.
    You have been busy with the ATCs and all are gorgeous.
    Ann B #46

  24. Well looking at your ATC’s I would never have guessed that they are the first you’ve ever made, they are fab!
    I’ve never ventured into ATC’s either and don’t really think I will but you’ve done a great job with yours. Loving the two Blue ones, especially the birds.

    Happy Crafting!

  25. Haa Haa! I think this MOJO has been a ploy by Sarah to get us all into ATCs. I too have not dabbled before now but now I LOVE them! Yours are gorgeous and loving your background to your blog.
    As for your desk that is creative work not mess!!

  26. Oh, sem zelo vesela, da sem našla nekoga v slo, s podobnim okusom! Za nekatere štampiljke sm ti kar fouš:). Ravno se spravljam k nakupu Stampotique in Crafty i. stampiljk in nisem ravno vešča kupovanja v tujini, kakšen predlog?
    Hvala za obisk in veselo ustvarjanje!