Saturday, 9 October 2010

Good to be back...

Hi - well we returned from our hols after a glorious week of relaxation, sunshine and cocktails - and although I missed WOYWW here's a pic of what was on my table on Wednesday!
But it's back to reality now which means back to my craft room. Although I loved my holiday it was exciting coming home as waiting for me were my swaps from 'The Stamp Man' ATC swap, which were lovely, (thanks to Meggymay, Crafty Meg and Pam Atkinson) and I gained a couple of followers while I was away so Hello to you. Also waiting for me were some Tim Holtz stamps which had arrived the day before we left and I had not had a chance to play with. I've never been able to justify spending out on these stamps because there's always some in a set that I didn't think I'd get use out of and they are a bit pricey - but I was soooo chuffed to get a real E-Bay auction bargain and ended up with seven sets for about the price of two (and that included postage from the states!!)...oh and I love them.

The first thing I did was make my ATC's for this months Stamp Man ATC swap. The theme is 'travel' so the stamps were perfect and I combined them with the 'wrinkle free distress' technique on P33 of Tim's compendium of Curiosities book which just happens to be the one Linda has chosen for this weeks challenge over at Studio L3 - funny that.   
Here they are with just the backgrounds done.
And here are the finished ATCs - the stamps are all TH except for the Antique Map I've used on the two at the top which is from The Stamp Man, and the 'Are we there yet?' phrase  (not sure where that's from). The Bon Voyage phrase is a sticker I've had hanging around for ages.
I've stuck with neutral colours plus green and am entering these into the Colour challenge over at Gingersnaps creations as well as the Secret Crafter Saturday challenge where the theme is ' distressing'

My next project was also inspired by The Stamp Man but this time the 'Autumn' theme challenge. These are colours which I don't normally use so it was a good project to get me thinking - I used a skeleton leaf stamp from The Stamp Man and distress inks to create two different BPs and then delved into my new TH stamps for the umbrella man image, corners and sentiment. I distressed and inked the edges of the papers before layering them up keeping it fairly simple to let the backgrounds stand out. I have to admit this man was one of the images I couldn't see myself using, but actually he seemed to fit this card, which for me evokes thoughts of the Autumn arriving and the approaching end of another year - I think he is staring out from his umbrella contemplating.  Blimey I seem to have returned from my hols all reflective and thoughtful - that won't last !!
There seems to be no end of 'Autumn themed challenges about at the moment so this card will be finding it's way over to -

Well, I'm planning to work on something gothic/halloween colours tomorrow. I don't like Halloween itself but love the associated colours and so am hoping to play about for a couple of challenges. My range of gothic style stamps is non-existent though so really is going to be challenge!! Thanks for stopping by..  Esther xx

16 comments:

  1. Your ATC'S are fabulous! Great job with the technique and of course the Umbrella man is my favourite so I love that too :)

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  2. What a great work desk.........
    Smashing ATCs Esther, love them all. How can you not love the Umbrella man, I have been trying to get him for ages. Obviously I need to go on E Bay......
    Glad you had a great holiday.
    Annette x

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  3. Hi Esther, what a fab card. Love the image and your background looks amazing. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

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  4. Wonderful creations! And congrats on the eBay win with the TH stamps! Like you, when I first got my Rainman stamp, I didn't think I'd use him much at all - now, I love him.
    Thanks for joining us with the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

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  5. Hi Esther, welcome back, so glad you had a lovely time:0)
    Your ATC's are great, I love all the TH stamps and would like to own every single one of them and would find a way to use all of them, eventually! I kid you not!
    Well done for getting a bargain on eBay!
    Your card is brilliant, love the man & brolly and your colours are fab and I like your resist background very much:0) xx

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  6. Welcome homw, Esther! Hmmm... looks like you had a GOOD time! I'm so happy for you, and glad you're back and creating gorgeous, amazing art for us to admire. You did a fabulous job on the wrinkle-free distress, and everything you made is wonderful!

    LOVE those ATCs, especially the one with the little vellum pocket to hold treasures. Okay, actually, they're ALL fabulous! And the Umbrella Man card just makes my heart happy. I love that little guy, and you've given him a stunningly lovely place to hang out. I predict that he'll be one of your all-time favorite stamps soon. He's just like that. ;-)

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  7. Hi Esther
    Beautiful distressing and design and the colours are so autumnal, thanks for joining us at SC: 104 Distressing challenge, Good luck, Hugs Bridget ;) x. SCSC DT

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  8. Beautiful distressing

    Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

    Hugs Jane x
    SCSC DT

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  9. Such a wonderful and colourful design. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week. Good luck.
    xx Vee

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  10. Hi there

    What really super cards, thank you so much for joinig us at Allsorts this week and good luck.

    B x

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  11. Love everything about this card! :o) Thanks for playing along with our SFTW challenge and good luck :o) Kate x

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  12. Lovely card & ATCs!
    Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
    Helen x

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  13. It certainly looks like you've been busy with our challenges Esther!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Stamp Man.

    Those backgrounds look beautiful!! xx

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  14. gorgeous Autumn card, love the image

    thanks for joining in with my musical theme this week :o)

    Hugs

    Amanda xx

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  15. Fantastic card and ATCs, Esther. Thanks for joining us at Gingersnap Creations!

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  16. Beautiful ATC's and card. Love the neutrals and distressed look. thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

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