Friday, 29 June 2018

Welcome to Friday - the weekend starts here!

Morning readers,

Hope you've had a great week, even enjoying the weather? Frankly, it's a little warm for me - as anyone who knows me personally will already know. I've been out in the mornings but firmly IN during the afternoons! Plenty of time for crafting though. Also made time to catch with some pals, one for coffee and three for lunch just yesterday

Chepstow Castle
Our lunch venue
Back to our pals, for coffee
Joined by "Taffy" and his harem!
Still enjoying my recent discovery of Artist Trading Coins .. unfamiliar? They work like regular ATC's in that there are really no rules other than they are only ever swapped not sold and the size .... Artist Trading Coins should be 2½"(6.35cm) in diameter, as the one below is. There are loads of videos on youtube if you would like more advice/inspiration - otherwise, break out your circular punches or dies and get cracking!

My Artist Trading Coin
Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in black and white and die cut in to 2½" and 2¼" circles
  • Karantha moulding mat used to stamp the yellow background followed by the grey script, orange chevrons and pink splatter
  • Sentiment stamped using black ink 
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the splatter and wink of Stella to highlight the larger font of the sentiment
STAMPS: Creative Expressions "Inspiring Edges", Karantha Stamps "Roses" moulding mat and
Imagination Crafts 12991 backgrounds, SU "Beautiful You" lookalikes (bought in good faith)
INKS: Ranger Archival jet black, MementoL dandelion/rosebud/tangelo/London fog
Wink of Stella clear glitter gel brush pen and (not shown) stardust stickles
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. The Three Muses - June 27th challenge - CIRCLES
  3. Scrapbook Stamp Society - challenge No. 143 - ANYTHING GOES with option (used) POLKA DOTS (on my splat)
  4. Artistic Inspirations - challenge No. 203 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  5. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. 2718 - ANYTHING GOES
I've been contemplating a gelli plate for some little while now but could never quite justify the expense, however, since returning from Craftathon and having the chance to play with someone elses I thought I should. Another friend pointed me at an alternative brand so ... it arrived on Wednesday and (you know me) I couldn't wait to play ...

My very first batch
Guess I need more practice


Liz said...

I've never heard of ATCs, only ATCs and ATTs (tags). I love the one you've created, beautiful background and great sentiment. TFS your photos of Chepstow, sounds like it was a good day with your pals. Not long now before the bridge toll finally disappears. šŸ˜‰ xx

Lillianb said...

Its really nice that te pictures are all sunny and it looks lovely there, Love twe coin,


Pat said...

Another really pretty ATC Kathy and a wonderful sentiment, and the gelli plate will become a useful tool I'm sure. I don't use mine that much but you can make some unique backgrounds with it. Great photos of Chepstow, you obviously had a super day out and what a beautiful garden your friend the chickens too. Am looking forward to the toll being removed which will encourage us to go across more often I think. x

Sue said...

Hi Kathy, I've not heard of Artist Trading Coins before. Yours is lovely, so creative. I have recently bought a gelli plate, now I just need to discover how to use it. Hope you have a lovely weekend. x

Sim said...

Great job Kathy! It's so good to create with 'real' materials.

indybev said...

I love your ATC coin! It inspires me to use my punch and, as you say, "get crackin'!"

Gillena Cox said...

Will luv to trade with you. See
my ATC 2018.1
my ATC 2018.2

email me

much love...

Sarn said...

Fab pictures of your day out in Chepstow.

And . . .this is my FAVE ATCoin so far. LOVE IT. I may just have to make one now, just so I can swap with you! LOL!

AND . . . way to go on the GP front. Practice makes progress (as I know only too well!).

Happy GP printing and ATCoining this weekend.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Ozstuff said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog, especially the photos and a journey through your artwork. Thankyou for posting the lovely circle for our challenge aat the Three Muses.

Heather said...

Very cool! That background is fabulous! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

KarinsArtScrap said...

it looks great KathyK

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Hope to see you again and goodluck

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