ACT Challenge

ATC stands for Artists trading card which were originally given by artists as a sample of their works. They are bits of card that measure 3.5 x 2.5 inches exactly. You decorate one side using a range of techniques and then write on the back a title for it, the date and who its made by.


Sunday, 31 July 2011

7th Challenge - All things Summer/Anything Goes

7th Challenge - All things summer/Anything Goes

Hi Everyone

Thank you for all your fabulous entries for our last challenge, I hope you will enter again this fortnight. Sandie has very kindly offered this wonderful prize for our winner this time around.

I am really pleased that I've been allowed to sponsor this challenge. As you can see these are the goodies on offer....I would  love to see more entries, (you can enter up to 6 times) To make it more interesting, if the entries reach 50, then I will pop in some extra goodies for the winner. 

I will announce the winner a bit later on for the previous challenge. 

So the Challenge for this one is Summer/Anything Goes And heres what the wonderful team have come up with this time around


I punched a 2" circle from patterned card and then used a daisy punch to cut lots of flowers which I then trimmed and used to form the petals of my sunflower. I then cut a leaf my hand and handwrote the word summer in a white coloured pencil, finally mounting the whole thing on a base of corrugated brown card


I covered ATC in Summery paper that has sun rays and flowers for garden scene.I paper pieced image of child playing ball and adhered that to ATC front  

I used a stamp from Personal Impressions and stamped it in Colorbox Pigment Ink in Aqua onto cream card, added a bit of colour with some pastel Whispers pens then matted and layered it onto some lovely icecream coloured card. The sentiment was stamped in the same ink and then I added three little shell buttons.
Quilled daisy and ladybird on a background sprayed with inks. Words stamped and dots drawn on. Sounds quite simple, and it was, but the quilling can take some time!!!


I have embossed my card first then lightly inked over the top, the ice Creams are decoupage and the Seagul is just from my stash xx

I used some distress inks to ink the ATC then added a Little image of a baby coming out a flower, added the summertime metal tags and embossed the edges. Summer time to me is babys and flowers !!


Using distress inks I shaded the atc, then stamped the image. I then stamped the gate section and the watering can on another piece if card to add as a bit of decoupage.I've highlighted some areas for effect, like the sunflowers,watering can etc. For me,summer-time is all about sunny gardens and beautiful flowers.


I used a multi coloured ink pad to stamp the flowers, then embossed with clear emboss powder.
I went around the utline of the flowers to bring out the summery feel and added the sunshine & tropical sentiments.


Ok Here is mine , Used a digi image i had and promarkers and some backing paper and stickles lol loves them .


For this atc I have used a digi stamp from bee crafty and coloured it in with copics, I have brayered the background and used a yellow button for the sun.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

6th Challenge - Windows or Doors or Anything Goes

Hi everyone

Thank you for your wonderful entries for our last challenge, some gorjuss ones there and very inspiring.  

The winner of the Vintage Goody Bag is 

 Lydia - So email me hun at and let me have your details

The Prize for this Challenge is quite Apt - Its Frames 

I have these in several different styles, they are from Darkroom door - so the winner can choose her or his favourite 

Okies, without further ado,  for this fortnight the theme is ANYTHING GOES - If you want to challenge yourself Sandie  has chosen the aditional theme of Windows or Doors if you want to go a little further and follow Sandie, then let the fun begin

Heres what our wonderful teamies have come up with this time 


For my "Windows" atc, I used inks to shade the background, then stamped this lovely image of a wrought iron window frame. Then I carefully cut the 2 windows, adding the sentiment and the image of the girl and a victorian chair. Finally I mounted this on to a blank atc, trimming off the top edges of the canopy in line with the stamp.

Lisa Sparkle

Image is a Lavinia stamp. Background is made with Dylusions spray inks. Additional highlights with Sakura glaze gel pens and diamond Stickles.
I went for windows, I've always loved this little stamp and I can just imagine the little fairies who live there! I was intending to colour the image in, but the background I used was so stormy and colourful I thought the contrast with black and white was more effective.


Made with a door/window image behind the window is a victorian lady with bicycle, colored with gel pens, the backing paper is a page from an old book and inked.


Here is my little ATC - Who's home is this? Peek through the door to see. Made with the use of chalk inks, door template, copic colouring & stamping

For my ATC this week I dug out my Crafty Individual stamps.  I've used CI-232 and stamped them in Stampin' Up Early Expresso onto brown card.  Then I've cut and mounted them onto some cream card that has one of the other stamps from the set stamped at an angle in SU Sahara Sand and then everything is mounted onto a dark brown ATC.


I was running a little late with this one as I have been making my guinea pigs a new home, as I was running late I decided to make a digi atc with serif craft artist, it was a task to find a door or window but there is one in the bird house. I have printed it out too.

The background was painted using watercolour paints and then shimmer added using Twinkling H2O's. I stamped the tree in Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink and then hand drew the ground and word 'tree'. Finally I overstamped using a script stamp and VersaMagic Thatched Straw  and distressed the edges with a dark cerise ink.

I have used my Vintage photography from Creative Expressions - I have done a Window Frame and used the man with the brolly (quite apt, as its pouring down here) - I double embossed the frame and used the wording from the same set.  I have used distress inks as the colours this time 


            White ATC with black layer to represent night . Diecut house and yellow card behind windows for lights. Remember the song ..." What's behind the green door " ?

Sunday, 3 July 2011

5th Challenge - Household items or Anything Goes

Good Afternoon Crafters

What a gorjuss day it is out there !!

Firstly The catch up Winners Post - 

Okays Drum roll for the winners

For our Second challenge The Beach/Seaside  the winner is

Mistys Mum - Buttons

For our Third Challenge Austin Powers the winner is

Kathleen - Green Leafs

For our Fourth Challenge Male Themed the winner is

Sherryn -  Stamped Images 

Please take and display our Winners Badge - Well done



Thank you for all your challenges from the last month - We have all been chatting and we have decided to go with the Theme of Anything goes for the time being.  We hope this will inspire you all to get your ATC blanks back out the cupboard and start creating again.  We have a wonderful Sponsor coming up shortly, so some wonderful goodies on offer there.

So for this fortnight the theme is ANYTHING GOES - If you want to challenge yourself Shirley-Anne has chosen the aditional theme of FAVOURITE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS if you want to take it up a notch, the choice is yours.

Our Prize for this Challenge is an  A4 Vintage Bag - This bag has an assortment of different Vintage bits and bobs

Our wonderful talented team have come up with the following ATCs this fortnite, so hop on over to there blogs and see how they made them.


I made this ATC by embossing the ATC first, then adding an image of a household item, I used gel pens to go over the image in certain areas. I then inked the whole ATC xx

I stamped and embossed the tea bag and tea spoon randomly in shades of green to form a background and the added a tag stamped with a tea cup, a stamped sentiment and a bow ...quite CAS really


some chipboard images, with little embellishments - yummy biscuits and cake - my favourite things


White base with pink layer. Sentiments fromSU and image is a "tile" from my stash .
I love tea , coffee or hot chocolate to start and end the day .
 Matters of the world/ household are discussed over cuppa .
Friendships  are  shared over cuppa. 
Definately my favourite household item "The cup" 


For my "Anything Goes" atc, I very gently smudged orange and yellow inks for the background. Then stamped the image,mounted the piece on a black atc. Then added  the quote and a sparkley black brad.


For this atc I used My minds eye madison avenue pretty stamps and stamped with distress inks dusty concord and milled lavender.

Lisa Sparkle

The stamp of the lady with the vacuum cleaner was a gift from a crafty friend and makes me laugh. She looks far too snooty to be cleaning! The background is inked and stamped through various stencils with Tim Holtz stamps.