Sunday, April 15, 2012


Good Monday morning everybody!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I am just returning from a week long cruise to the Bahamas.  It was so beautiful and relaxing!  I'm rejuvenated and ready to get on with this weeks' Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and check out the amazing samples that our Design Team has made to inspire you this week.  Amazing creations!!!

This week is "Anything Goes".  I am currently taking part in a couple of ATC swaps and wanted to share three of the cards I've made.  They are perfect for an "Anything Goes" theme because, as you will see, they are totally different.

My first card is a sweet dimensional vintage ATC titled "Starlight Starbright ...".  

The ATC card is backed with some mounting board.  Using Matte Multi Medium, I tore some tissue paper with a script and butterfly pattern and randomly glued it onto the ATC card.  I also tore some book text and layered it onto the ATC card.  When it was dry, I tore away the edges and added some Wild Honey, Broken China Distress Inks and a bit of Monarch Orange Archival Ink to further colorize the background.  Then I added a touch of a Chestnut Roan and Sepia Black Cats Eye Pads at the edges.  I then dusted the card with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls to give it a beautiful subtle shimmer.  I computer generated the sentiment, edged it in black and glued it in place.  

The sweet little vintage girl is an image I have stored on my computer.  I sized her to fit on the ATC and cut her out.  She is edged with the brown and black cats eye pads and popped into place using pop dots.  The Crystal Bling on the ATC was originally clear.  I added Butterscotch Alcohol Ink to colorize it to be a twinkly yellow gold color.  I cut it apart and laid it in place.  It was self adhesive.

My next card is a dimensional ATC done in a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT style: Dyan Reaveley style.

The background was done on Cold Press Watercolor paper with Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Mustard Seed Distress Stains.  Then I lightly added some Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges to add some definition to the card.  Next I randomly stamped some of Dyan's backgrounds from her Basic Backgrounds stamp set in Jet Black Archival Ink.  The image of my funky girl is from Dyan's Pondering Petunia stamp set. She is stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink onto the new Specialty Stamping Paper and colorized using my Distress Markers.  I added some stiff black wire for hair and popped her in place.  The sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi's For The Arts stamp set.

The third ATC is back to my roots and the vintage, heirloom style.  Here is a sweet little dimensional ATC that is so charming.  She is my favorite.

As I was making this ATC, I was thinking of my little year old granddaughter.
This ATC was done on a mounting board.  It is covered in layers of book text and old hymns from a hymnal.  Again, I used the Matte Multi Medium to glue and seal the papers.  When dry, I tore away the excess paper and applied some Tattered Rose Distress Ink to the background.  Because it is more translucent, it wasn't the pink I was trying to achieve.  So, I washed the background with some more opaque Painterly Pink Studio Paint, adding more paint and less water in some areas.  Then I washed over the ATC with Blank Canvas Studio Paint to get that shabby chic feel.  I lightly edged the card in a black cats eye to make the black letters and the edging around my little vintage ballerina pop even more.

The lettering is computer generated and glued into place.  My little ballerina is an image I have on my computer.  I sized her to fit, cut her out and made a little tutu out of pink tulle to give her more dimension.  I glued the tutu in place with hot glue and added the little pink bow.  Then I popped her into place using pop dots.  Finally, I added the three little Hero Arts Pink Pearls in the corner.

So...ANYTHING GOES!  Create your masterpiece and enter it into our challenge.  Three projects will be chosen as our TOP THREE and you will receive special recognition for your achievements.  ONE lucky person will receive our generous sponsor's gift of ....

So...get crackin' and let's see what wonderful ideas you come up with for 
"ANYTHING GOES"!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I can't wait to see your entries!


  1. Hi Candy. As you are on my blog list I had wondered where you were. So glad to hear you had a lovely holiday. I have never been on a cruise but have planned a small Rhine River cruise for later this year.
    As always your creations are fab. I love both the vintage heirloom ATC's and Dyan R style. I bought some of DR stencils/inks and stamps and had a bash, messy, quick and fun. Once I have made my vintage bottles and TH tag I think I might give vintage heirloom a try this week. Your work is inspirational as always...Annie :)

  2. What beautiful and completely contrasting atcs, love them all but my fav has to be the first one!!! Just fab hugs trace x

  3. Jealous of your cruise, but I know you needed a break! These are darling!! I love atc's as well!

  4. Oooo, the Bahamas! NICE! Your ATC's are adorable, the one is funky...I LOVE it!

  5. Three beautiful ATC's Candy and love the netting added to the third one....totally perfect. Glad to hear you had a great time. Enjoy your week, Annette x

  6. Candy, I was getting worried. I had not heard from you in a while........I hope you had a glorius time in the Bahamas! I love these ATCs. I think the Dyan Reaveley is my fav, followed by the Ballerina.

  7. Candy your ATC's are little works of art. I love the vintage images on one and three and the text you have used in the background in one combined with the butterflies is perfect and the pages from a hymn book is lovely for number three. The Dylusional tag is fabulous, lovely pop of colour and great background and I love her hair . Wonderful Candy and good to have you back. Tracy x

  8. All of these ATC's are just fantastic and love the way you have put them all together
    x catherine

  9. Wow! Not 1, not 2, but THREE beautiful pieces to be inspired by! Love it! I love the gem flourishes in the first piece, the bright pops of color in the 2nd, and the subtle touch of pink tulle in the 3rd! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. Love your atcs, especially the little dancer! So cute and ehr tutu is wonderful.

  11. Oh, Candy, atcs ARE Addicting!!!!!!!!! LOL And yours are gorgeous!!!!

  12. Three completely different styles, but they are all little treasures in their own right, fab as always Candy. x

  13. Each of these are unique and evoke different emotions. My favorite is the tutu. ;) Wonderfully done.

  14. Candy each one is wonderful in its own way. I knew you would be a perfect fit for the group. So glad you decided to share these!
    hugs Lynn

  15. You've created three wonderful pieces, all different, but all great.

  16. The ballerina card is precious! Fab job on all of them :)

  17. Candy~ Love all three of your ATC' favs are the two little girl ones, but I do love the sentiment on the "acting normal is quite tiring"..that is great! have fun in your swaps!

  18. What a wonderful assortment of ATCs, Candy! I love all the different techniques you used and what different looks you've created. The Dyan one is my fave!


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