Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A White Christmas ATC

First things first. The biggest THANK YOU ever to Tim for shouting out my Christmas In The Hood! WOW...what an honor and a thrill, and one I never expected! He is so busy trying to please us all, yet he takes the time to read so many of our blogs...what a testament to his love for crafting. He knows when you are blogging. He knows when you're at the make. He knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for crafting's sake! Sorry...I couldn't help it! And, THANK YOU people...every single one of you inky fingered people!!! The comments, the texts, the calls, the emails, the hits, the new followers, the old followers, and the passers by have made my cup truly runneth over! I've tried to reply to every single one who has left a link, an email, a number, etc. to send love back. Hugs to all of you!

Since I received my November ATC's from the All Things Tim Yahoo Group the other day, I figured it was time to get cracking on the December ones. This month's theme is Anything Christmas or Winter, so I decided to incorporate both, plus design these around ALL (Honest!) the challenges listed below, which are many, so this really was a challenge for me. I think I got it all in.
I cannot wait to see what I get back in return! It really is just like receiving a present, and a Christmasy theme will make them extra special! Thank you to those that participate.
 
Using left over scraps of white cardstock, I cut 2 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch strips. I scored and folded the strips at 3 1/2 and 7 inch intervals to make three equal sections to create an easel type stand.
Using Tim's Snow Flurry and Christmas Snow Flurry Border Texture Fades, I embossed the image on the whole first section and on the bottom portion of the last section. Seen below as well.
These were misted with Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearl to add that blinding snowy glimmer. I inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
Using more scraps of white I die cut Tim's Sizzix Tree Line On The Edge Die. After misting with the Perfect Pearls, I cut these in half, inked the edges with Pumice Stone, and adhered them to the bottom portion of the front of the ATC. I also added Dresden Foil Lace to the bottom of this.
More die cutting of white scrap using The Festive Greenery branch portion. I inked the branch stems only with the Pumice Stone, and foam taped this onto the ATC. Icicle Stickles made for some snow covered needles.
I decided to try something new to me using Idea-ology Glassine to see if something would work, as my white cardstock scrap stash was now reduced to the tiniest of scrap. I covered both sides of the sheet with Claudine's Gesso, drying between coating each side. I cut the sheet into inch long strips.
I die cut the strips using the miniest of the Mini Snowflake Rosettes. The strip wasn't quite long enough, but that was good as I needed my rosette smaller. The Gesso made the Glassine so durable that no reinforcing tape was needed, and the accordion  folding was easy.  The plan worked!!!! I joined the end parts together.
Glassine adheres quickly with Glossy Accents, so rather than use my hot glue gun, I just applied a glob of GA onto my craft sheet and formed my strip into the rosette and pushed it into the glob. I glued the smallest snowflake into the center to hold in place. Here is the coolest part. The edges of the Glassine remained their original brownish color, so the snowflake rosette already looked distressed. No extra inking here, but Icicle and Silver Stickles were needed to bling it up, as well as a tiny metal star.
I used Grunge Board to die cut the Mini Cardinal. I colored him in with Distress Markers, and then gave him a coating of UTEE. I always manage to make bubbly  bits in the UTEE. I think I am getting too close with the heat tool. I adhered him to the branch. I painted some Lil Davis alpha letters (Remember that company?) with Adirondack Acrylic Dabber in Silver, and distressed them up a bit.  I stuck them on to the card base for my sentiment. Last, I added a little more Silver Stickles to the lace.
 
 
 
I am also submitting these to the Sunday Stamper challenge of "Noel", Unruly Paper Arts Reader Art Quest 2 for "An Easel Card", The Stamp Man Challenge for "In The Bleak Mid Winter-Use White", The Blogger's Challenge for "Create A Scene", and finally the Compendium of Curiosities II Challenge for "Paper Rosette" from Tim's Book by the same name on page 63.
Supplies:
From My Stash- various white cardstock scraps, mini metal star stickers, Little David Vinyl Letters



I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!



37 comments:

  1. What a fun design, love the touch of the tree line added

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  2. Just beautiful Anita - so many wonderful details to look at! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

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  3. Oh these are gorgeous, Anita!! I love all the sparkle and your cardinal looks great! Thanks for sharing your steps! Hope I'm one of the lucky recipients!

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  4. I love white Christmas! So beautiful! BArbaraYAYA

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  5. WOW these are just gorgeous!! The work you put into them is amazing.

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  6. these are beautiful, love them! trace x

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  7. Gorgeous White Christmas ATC's Anita...Simply Beautiful..Love the design... Hugs May x x x

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  8. Gorgeous ATC's Anita. Laughed at your song re Tim. What an honour indeed but certainly well deserved as 'The Hood' was fabulous x

    Hugs

    Annie x

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  9. Lovin that red pop of color from the Cardinal!

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  10. Totally stunning!! I just love that white, red and silver colour combination!! Beautiful!!

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  11. Wonderful work Anita. Love all the shabby white texturing - makes the cardinal pop fabulously. Nicola x

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  12. Hey Anita. I did a little happy dance when I saw Tim give you a shout out. I left him two messages to check out your amazing Christmas village, just hoping that he might actually read it. Yippee! I'm just tickled for you!

    These are gorgeous. I love all the texture and detail. Good thing you don't live next door. I'd be a pest on your doorstep just wanting to see all your gorgeous creations in person. (But I would bring you yummy things to eat, so maybe you wouldn't mind so much!) LOL

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  13. Hello Anita I'm so glad Tim told us about you. I love all of your projects I've seen. I can tell alot of thinking went into this project for it to be able to be entered into so many different challenges.Very clever of you. I just love your 12 houses project. Wonderful techniques and I love anything Tim.Great job!! Iris, Saved by Grace

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  14. Hi Anita, I loved your little ditty - so funny. It is amazing how Tim surfs the net and finds such amazing creations as yours, whilst being so busy himself. Your easel ATCs are fabulous, you have packed so much into them! Love the way the cardinal stands out and love how you did the branch in white - never thought to do that, it is so effective. I am going to try and remember this idea for next year's Christmas cards.... well done again. Hugs, Anne x

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  15. Hi Anita, I was so happy to see Tim's post of your village! You definitely deserve the recognition. I love how you made this ATC into an easel! And it's such a beautiful wintry scene with lots of details! Very nice!

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  16. Hi girl,l love seeing this and it is soooooooo pretty. Tim giving your recognition is certainly the best. Your tuts and pics are great and so all can see your talents. Way to go . xoxoxox

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the idea of an easel ATC.

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  18. Thanks, I really like this card

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  19. Wow so beautiful cards. I love them. Fantastic idea for cards on Christmans. The background of cards is really great and stunning. The bird is so gorgerous sitting on branch. I love all elements.
    Greeting Asia

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  20. Beautiful as always Anita, I don't think I will be able to enter one this month, my father is in the hospital and I haven't been able to do anything right now. Hopefully I can get back to it next month.

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  21. Love, love, love these! Soooo pretty!

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  22. I wanna play with you in your room of creative genius!!!! Wow, this just rocks!

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  23. This is lovely! I am so excited to try the gesso/glassine paper trick. You deserved the shout out....your project was fantastic!! Hugs to you.

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  24. A wonderful pop-up ATC, thanks for the photos.

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  25. WOW!!! These are just amazing!! I love all the details and it looks so lovely to see them grouped together! Congrats on your shout out from Tim...well-deserved!! Thanks for showing your process, so I can pick up some cool tricks! xo Evie

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  26. Totally sweet tweet! Thanks for questing with us at UPA!

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  27. Looking at your blog is making me think about crafty New Year resolutions one of which will be to get involved in some atc swaps because I would be over the moon to receive one of these ! Fab work Anita love the shades of white x

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  28. This is an absolute joy of a project Anita. I'm on a tight timescale tonight but it is logged for a return visit so I can drink in every detail and 'borrow' some of these ideas. You are a crafting treasure, but by now you know that. Hugs, Jenny x

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  29. What a joy to see such lovely cardinals against the snowy white backdrop! You are inspiring me to get my butt in gear! What a great (and easy) way to make a lovely easel card!
    Thanks for sharing!-Elaine

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  30. These are just beautiful Anita! Love the white color scheme with the pop of the red cardinal...just gorgeous! Yeah, and big congrats on being featured on Tim's blog...WOOHOOOOO!!!

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  31. So excited Tim saw your blog... I posted on his blog and asked him if he had seen your village ( And HE DID ... woo hoo... gotta love him !!) YOU GO GIRL ... love the "jingle" !!
    LOVE the ATC ... man you took those challenges to another level ... as thery say in my neck of the woods ... "I ain't mad at cha' " !

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  32. Love, love, love!!! What gorgeous white-on-white texture, and then the cardinal just POPS. Major congrats on being featured on Tim's blog (!!!!) and also, loved reading your 'he knows when you've been blogging' line. Honey, you've been doing a lot more than blogging --- your projects ROCK!

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  33. This is wonderful Anita, so many beautiful details, and well done you for getting noticed by Tim!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Stamp Man, and have a very happy Christmas xx

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  34. They're fabulous Anita...lucky peeps who receive one of these, they are perfect for December in every way.

    Huge congrats on your shout out from Tim, what an amazing piece you made and I'm so thrilled for you. Chris :)

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  35. These are just striking! So beautiful. Love your work.

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  36. Gorgeous!! I love that background! Fabulous texture! I really am in love with that snowflake rosette! You have used it beautifully!

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