Saturday, 4 February 2012

Monthly Makes for January

I've been relatively productive this month, taking part in scrapping and card challenges on the UKS forums. I also decided to join in the Monthly Make for 2012 on the Felt Fairy's blog (see badge at the bottom of my blog). This month I have made my first ever ATCs, for a swap, and a card that I can now put up because the person I sent it to should have got it by now!

ATCs represented a completely new challenge for me: being creative in such a small space. When I scrap, I tend to leave space rather than fill pages up too much, but being able to fit everything I wanted onto a little card was a challenge for sure. I made a series of 6, entitled "Secrets in Lace", and 5 have been swapped; I kept the first one as I thought it might be nice to hang on to my first ever ATC. I'd be happy to make one-offs or more series if anyone wants to do a swap, just let me know.

 This card was really fun to make, it came out more like a scrapbook layout than some of my cards, but it was for a lovely friend so I wanted to spend a bit more time on it, hence I've used more techniques, more layers than I usually would: inking, stamping, die-cutting, collage. I liked the contrast of the girlie pastel dress and bunting against the aged feel of the stamped background.
Now I'm on a roll with my cardmaking I'm starting to enjoy it more, like I used to when I first started. I think taking inspiration from scrapping has really helped so I'll try and keep up with the 52 card challenge for the rest of the year!!


  1. Love both the ATC's and the card.

    The ATC's look brilliant, nobody would guess they were your first attempt. Love the lace idea and the key's on them.

    The card is delightful, looks very vintage/retro. I'd be over the moon to get a card like that, sure your friend will love it.

    J x

  2. Your ATC are gorgeous! Something I never got around to trying! Your card is gorgeous and very vintage-y! Love it!

  3. Gorgeous! I have quite a stash of atc's. Yours are really full of lovely detail xx

  4. Great job, I love the lace setail on the side.

  5. Gorgeous art work, both the ATC's and the card are lovely, Karen x

  6. Hurray for making cards that feel like little layouts and for completing a Monthly Make! Beautiful