Friday, January 20, 2012

Playing With The Queen Of Hearts

It's the weekend...woohoo! And, I'm so glad. It's been one busy week in my little bubble.  I have just finished up a set of ATC's for the February swap at the Creative Block - Stamper's Anonymous Yahoo Group..."pink and red". I finished a month early! Huh? Yes, really! I have the Valentine bug real bad. Everywhere I cyber look, everyone is making the most gorgeous Love Day items, so I had to join in as well. 
I have always been enthralled with the Queen of Hearts. Maybe because of the song or what I think she stands for...I don't know...but I love all the different images you see with her.  To me, she is like the female cupid...well, not the Alice version though. I have wanted to make my own images of her, so I thought I'd start on an ATC. I am also submitting this little queenie to the Paper Issues Challenge for "valentines", and the Grungy Monday Challenge for "facets", which is a take on Tim's Technique Challenge from August 2008.  I did not have enough facets for the six ATC's I created, so I improvised and used Memory Glass instead. Tim said the technique would work for this, and it did, but I probably won't use them again this way, because they are so fragile and I am so rough handling. I'm a buff girl...what can I say?
Funny story...I'm out of town, and forgot to take the pictures of the completed ATC and left the camera card at home which has all of the step out pictures. I called home and asked my daughter to photograph the ATC's and text them  to me. She did, hence the top one, but could not get a clear shot of a solo ATC. I asked her to use the big camera, upload the pictures to her computer and email me...huge job for an 11 year old. I walked her through the process and she tried to email me 9 pictures. Well, she doesn't have software to lessen photo size and the email got all bogged up. So in the end, I had to use another email account to have her send me the best picture she had...the bottom one...and she did an amazing job of a very huge task. I have more photos and a step out tutorial of the alcohol ink technique, as well as a masterboard technique from the background, but I will have to do the update on Monday when I return home. I am truly proud of her, and now I can enter my challenges! What an awesome kid!
By the way, I would like to mention that all the sneak peeks are up at Artistic Outpost for the February Release of their four new stamp sets. If you love vintage, steampunky, or old world feel stamps then these will make you squeal with crafter's delight! They really are awesome and very detailed. 
Stamper’s Anonymous: Queen of Hearts Wood Block; Clear Stamps: Love, Post Card Mark
Staz On: Opaque Cotton White, Blazing Red
Hobby Lobby: Valentine’s Day Red Heart Rhinestones

I wish you all a fun filled weekend, and I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Super stunning! Love it very much! Tim's removal technique is so clever! The colors are gorgeous!
    Your daughter did a terrific job on the photo's!

  2. So sweet of your daughter to help you out. They are gorgeous! Enjoy your weekend. Best, Yvonne

  3. Yes I think several of us have caught the Valentine bug this year! Sweet atcs. You'll have some happy swappers!
    hugs Lynn

  4. You used such a complicated image and WoW, they came out beautifully. Great job and so inspiring!!

  5. These are gorgeous! Very nice work & TFS!!!


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