Thursday, 10 May 2012

SOMETHING BRITISH understand the heart & mind of a person look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to...
-Kahlil Gibran- I'm sharing with you an ATC which I made for our recent Swap...

...this is held once a month and we each take a turn at theme choice, it was May's turn & her theme was 'something British... aim was to give a shabby chic feel to this ATC...I cut the red & blue pieces by hand & gave them a light sanding, then stuck the lot on my white card, then gave the whole thing a Modge Podge coating, once dried another light sanding to make it roughed up...

...this stamp image was given the spritz & flick technique from Tim's on-line class, then added some tiny brads & some bead wire to frame the image, then stuck on top of plain buff corrugated card...

...I embossed the crown with old gold, bit annoyed it pitted (if anyone can shed some light I'd like to know why it happens) but adds to the shabby look, added a few iridescent beads and there she is...

...and the back again the shabby look...

...well thats my 3rd ATC in a row now & I loVe these little beauties!...


...Mr Postie arrived with a little something for me...

...this rather splendid watercolour by Sally Anne Lambert was sent to me by Lynn of ...Lynn had visited Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington & saw this beautiful Fox card & thought of me and decided to purchase it and sent it to me...thank you so much Lynn you have a beautiful heart...

...thank you for stopping by today...


  1. Fantastic!Love it, the back looks fab, too!Beautiful fox card....and extra special that someone saw it and thought of you!Hope you're well!
    Hugs Jo x

  2. A gorgeous ATC,lovely

  3. Hey Mr Fox card looks lovely with your own Mel and how impressive are you with your ATC's they are fantastic and you've given me an idea for my jubilee play day. Ive been busy working on constructing my website since the boss took the office shackles off me.
    I will let you know when it's up and running. It's very basic but it's exciting.
    Love Lynn xx

  4. A fab ATC Mel - great cutting for the background! Mr Fox is super too - my husband draws dogs and cats and was looking for "another" animal. I shall suggest a fox to him and see what he comes up with.

  5. Loveley peace of work that ATC card!
    Love the details on it!
    Your foxcard is also very beautifull.
    Greetz Patricia

  6. Your ATC is great. I didn't have a clue about how you made it, hehe, but I like the end result. Have you seen the book by Patricia Bolton, 1000 Artist Trading Cards? It's completely brilliant! I received it as a gift from a very lovely lady to help with inspiration for my Tag cards. I love it!
    The fox card is beautiful! What a handsome fellow he is! :D
    Mo x

  7. Dearest Mel,
    ... Gosh, your ATC is brilliant! Perfection indeed.
    The quote speaks to me too, I'll write it on my journal, thanks for the inspiration! I also have to say a heartfelt thanks for your lovely, friendly and warm notes- they always brighten my day! What you wrote me yesterday really touched me.Thank you, thank you.
    Monica xoxo

  8. What!! damn it. Are we supposed to do the backs of atc's That's my messy side lol
    I love the way it has come out.Lots of little details that bring the piece together.

  9. What!! damn it. Are we supposed to do the backs of atc's That's my messy side lol
    I love the way it has come out.Lots of little details that bring the piece together.

  10. That's a great ATC, very royal looking! What a lovely fox card. That was a nice treat. Barb

  11. WOW!! Mel I love this ATC, the detail is just amazing, how you made the flag is Brillant.. the pitting on the crown I like that effect but if you emboss twice sometimes this helps to remove any pitting!!! if that helps!! Well, look at that wee fox he is adorable so very kind of Lynn, Its always lovely to receive a surprize in the post... Hugs May x x x x

  12. Very patriotic Mel and love the embossed crown with the jewels


  13. Morning sweetie, I love this the colours are fabulous, huggles Pops x x

  14. Oh love your ATC! I don't know about the crown but it looks great to me. Adds to the shabby chic look.

    I just noticed the photo of you and your kids -- you look like a kid yourself!!!


  15. Just giggling at Mark's comment...the backs of my artworks are always messy too!
    That's one fabulously patriotic ATC Mel, great cutting out. I wouldn't worry about the pitting on the crown, it adds interesting texture, in my humble opinion. But maybe another layer of EP would have sorted it, or a bit more heat.
    What a lovely fox card, so thoughtful of Lynn!
    Have a great weekend,
    Alison xx

  16. Fab work on that ATC Mel wow, love the double embossed heart it super !.
    How kind of lynn to send you the fox, what a nice friend .Have a lovely weekend Hugs Elaine

  17. Fab Atc and just love how you've done the back

    Sam xxx

  18. Terrific walk through on your 'something British'
    What a lovely Fox gift. We have a fox that frequents our
    field, {probably picking up the field mice and bopping them on the head}
    Anyhow I will think of you my bloggy friend when I see it.
    keep smiling and creating

  19. Love, love, love your ATC. I am into British big time at the moment and this is gorgeous. I think the pitting adds to the crown but sometimes heating from the back instead of the front helps. That was so kind of Lynn and the card is lovely. Hugs, Anne Rx

  20. the little fox card is beautiful Mel...and how nice somebody bought it just for you.....

    I love when somebody pays attention and thought to things like that makes a gift so special....

  21. Hi Mel

    A lot of work has gone into your ATC and it was worth every minute! A great finished project.

    Hope you are having a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  22. Hi Mel
    love your ATC and some techniques which I haven't tried yet!

  23. Thank you for stopping by every day while I was gone from my blog. Although I'm not really a Tim fan, I LOVE what you make. And of course, congrats on becoming a design team member. I'm SO happy for you, because you truly deserve it, just like the ATC you made for the swap you were in. What lucky person or persons who received this one.

    Speaking of which, it was awesome of Lynn to send you the card. I love it when people think of you, even though you may never have and may never meet. That's the real beauty of the internet, I think.

    I would like to add your blog to my left sidebar. Please let me know if that is OK with you. I never add anyone's blog without their permission. And thanks again for taking time to visit me.

  24. What a fabby shabby british ATC Mel, lovely layers, I actually like the pitting effect on the crown, maybe another layer of embossing may of sorted it?
    ...and what a beautiful fox card, How sweet and thoughtful of Lynn!
    Hope you are enjoying the sun this weekend where you are?
    Jan x

  25. I love your ATC, it's awesome! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  26. This is a great ATC! Very British looking for sure! It's great how you have used the profile silhouette and by adding the crown it is now the Queen! Brilliant! And all the texture just makes me want to be able to touch this ATC!
    xoxo Karen

  27. Hi Mel

    Love your grunge style and this ATC is gorgeous love it! Thanks for your comment on my blog today - and in answer to your question no I've not had anything yet.... have you??



  28. She is beautiful! Mel you'll never believe.. I live down the road to Haworth Art Gallery!! Small world!!

    Fabby Atc! We saw the Queen last week when she came to visit Accrington!


...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)