Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'm Still Here.....

......and I can't believe it's been over two weeks since my last post.  When  life (as in family and health issues) gets in the way, it does it big time.  Doing something creative is about my only link with sanity, and I'm trying to squeeze some of that into each day, but it hasn't been easy.

But, enough of that negative crapola.  I did a little something this week, and I have to say, I'm getting a LOT of mileage out of an ATC.  You'll see in a bit how it qualifies for three challenges.  And, truth be told, I'm just happy to have something new to blog about.

The challenges:  Grungy Monday just wants an ATC featuring any Tim products and techniques.

Meanwhile, over at Simon Says Stamp and Show.....there is a recipe.  Make something that contains torn edges, distress inks, a button and some wings.

Last, but certainly not least, the Making Art challenge at the Wendy Vecchi yahoo group is to make something that incorporates at least one of Wendy's stamps as well as her technique for creating custom "epoxy" embellishments.

It's amazing how much you can get on a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" piece of cardstock, if you put your mind to it.



The base is one of Ranger's newish black ATC blanks.  The top stamp is from Tim's Rock Star set; the hearts on the bottom are Wendy's from her In Love With Art set.  Both were stamped with clear ink and embossed with white powder. 

The two hearts that sit on top of the Tim stamp were cut with his mini hearts movers and shapers dies.  I used some scraps of watercolor paper which were embossed and then colored with several shades of red distress ink and some distress stains as well.  They were also dusted with perfect pearls for a little shimmer.  The wings and button were in my stash and have no idea who to credit for them.

Poking out of the hearts is the epoxy embellishment.  The glare off the glossy accents was unavoidable, but what I used was a circle of pink paper and a tiny gold heart charm.

The sentiment on the bottom is a stamp from Wendy's Seriously Art set.

And I seriously hope that it won't be another two weeks before I have something to blog about.

Oh, and although it doesn't show up too well in the photo, the edges of the ATC are distressed and torn up a bit.  (Just in case anyone from the challenges police is reading this).

29 comments:

Dorothy said...

very nice!!

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

How nice to hear from you, you were missed. I hope all is well with the family issues and health issues. I love your ATC card! For a piece of art so small, it packs a big pumch! Awesome!

Elaine Allen

Helen said...

I missed you too, hope the family issues are resolving themselves. Love your ATC, how amazing does it look on black, it really pops!!

Lori said...

Been thinking of you, and actually, just yesterday I was going to compose an email, but time and memory slipped away from me. Hope things are ok. This is a cool ATC, love the background and the embellie, and thanks for taking time to enter the MAC!

SusanK said...

I've been in a similar boat and you won't believe this but I have a black ATC I was doing for all 3 as well. They say great minds think alike...hmmm. But mine doesn't look anything like yours. Hope we're both back in the thick of things soon!

Ally White Cat said...

I love your act. anytime you make art is rocks.Hurry back.

susan s.

Bearcrazyman said...

Dont show my valentine to everybody....
LOL

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh WOW Eileen...that is AWESOME ma'am!!!!! Love the entire look!!! You've definately been missed my friend!!!

Maria said...

Wow, awesome ATC!!

Jane Wetzel said...

omg...this is so flipping perfect...LOVE it!

Anita Houston said...

So sorry life is dealing you bad cards right now, but this little atc card is a royal flush!!! So cool!!!

Alicia said...

WOW Eileen, You DID put a lot on that tiny space, but it looks great! I hope the tides will turn for you now and you can start to feel more about and for yourself! Just know, we all love and continue to pray for you! *Hugs*

Vic said...

What a great ATC! Your heart is always in your art!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!! you are so talented inspiring. Glad you are feeling better.
hugs from the west coast, nancy m

El rincon de vanessa said...

que bonito!!!
Te a quedado genial....

Candy C said...

Eileen, your black ATC is really cool! I love the red and white on the black. It really stands out, doesn't it? I love your sentiment as well. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Kathy Eddy said...

Turned out great Eileen. Hope things settle down for you and you can get back to your art and time for you.Take care of yourself.

ลngεŁล said...

Muy bonito resultado. El embosado del corazón perfecto.

Great job!!, hugs

Dawn said...

Wow! When you decide to come back, you certainly know how to make an entrance. Missed you, but can certainly relate to life and family.
Dawn

ellen vargo said...

Hey Eileen - your ATC is so striking! The red and black really "pop"! Hope things settle down for you soon - thanks for taking time to join in with Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Ellen :)

Patzee said...

Love the dramatic colors and edges! What a grand ATC. You really pack so much into your creations!

teri said...

I love that deep red color - very rich especially with the black.

Take care of yourself and feel good, pal.

Maggie said...

Gorgeous ATC!

Maggie H

Mary said...

I love ATCs and yours is a great one.

Colleen O said...

How cute is that. Think your "break" gave you that extra boost of creative juices because this is a great piece. I love the epoxy link too.

Marjie Kemper said...

Love all those gorgeous hearts!

Maria A said...

This is gorgeous! I love it! You are back with a bang girl!

Hope everything in your life gets better!

LaStamper said...

Missed your posts! But this sure makes up for any missing. Hope all is returning to normal and you can create more art!

Izolda said...

It's incredibly beautiful and stylish!