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Thursday, January 05, 2017

By the Sea ATCs with Cardz 4 Galz

Hello, dear blogging friends!
I hope you are enjoying the beginning to the brand new year!
Seems almost like Sci-fy to say, "2017"!

It's time for a new Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #38 theme is selected by teamie Aly - ATCs - Artist Trading Cards! 
You may have 3 separate submissions, and have as many ATCs as you like on each submission.  

so get crafting and show us your delightful, colorful, mini creations!
Be sure to keep your ATC at 2.5" x 3.5", either landscape or portrait.
Challenge ends on January 18.

I've been stamping since 1989 and never made an ATC prior to this challenge!
Gulp! Please take a look at my team members' samples - they are incredible!

We are enjoying another warm winter, with record breaking temperatures, so it only seems fitting to use the beachy stamps in my stash:

Stamped with images from: Club Scrap Sand Dollar 2003, Magenta Leaves 09180-M, Netting "Me and Carrie Lou", Anna Griffin Greetings using Timber Brown Staz-on, and colored with Zig Markers which are so EASY TO USE - and well worth the investment!

The edges have been heat embossed with Magic Speckle EP175, assorted mixture of SNS EPs around edging, Nuvo Copper Gilding Flakes, as seen in this fun demo:

A little Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse was placed atop the star on the sand dollar, and 2 colors of glitters to the sea plants.

Apologies that the shiny elements "blur" the photos.

SU Touches of Texture, Inkadinkadoo Scallop Shell 97114-LL, Inkadinkadoo Flourish (around edge), and Anna Griffin Greetings using Stone Gray Staz-on, and Zig Markers. The same EPs were used around the edge. Then I distressed the EP by applying Nuvo Pen Glue randomly, and applying the Nuvo copper Gilding Flakers.

We Galz want to see all your fantastic mini creations!

Link it up here: Cardz 4 Galz

Products: Images listed beneath each ATC
Challenges I'd like to support:

Crafts Galore Encore Challenges - Anything Goes! 2/1

On the Home Front:

My sweet hubby custom designed and built our new TV console:

Here is the before:

Instead of staining the wood, we decided to paint the furniture so that the inside colors blend with the outside colors of the house and pool.


Sue said...

Hi Donna, I love the ATCs.

Your hubby made a grand job of the console unit. I love the colours.

Hope you have anice day. Sue

Maryvonne COUSSE said...

Fabulous Donna !

Donna Phelan said...

LOE your ATC's, the subject matter is near and dear to my heart! Loving all of the shiny bits, will have to check out the Magic Speckles and Flakes! I can't believe you have never made them before, super quick little pieces of ART! LOVE your new tv console have a beautiful home and the color of the cabinet is gorgeous. Well done Hubby!

brenda said...

Happy New Year to you and hubby Donna, I hope 2017 will be kind to you and your health.

What a clever hubby to transform that cabinet into such a beautiful piece and I very much like the soft colour you have chosen, it's very pleasing on the eye.

A super card as well, I would love to reach out and touch all the lovely textures you have incorporated.

B x

Shirley Chillman said...

Wahoooo Happy New Year Donna and Hubby x x x

Mixed media or what Donna these are fabulous and shame on you only just doing an ATC. Maybe we can start a swap of something??

Love the cabinet, clever hubby indeed. Move on over did I see pool in the post, I'm on my way x x

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Donna you and your hubby are so talented, I love the ATC's they look wonderfully sparkly and magical just like the undersea that is full of mystic, great transformation of furniture looks awesome, we had a frost of -5 last night it is white as snow and really cold but we have been told it is going to warm up a little before the weekend, we shall wait and see.
lorraine x

Karin van eijk said...

beautiful cards Donna and your hubby did a fab job with the new tv console
But the brown console is also gorgeous and in a fab colour that would be grat.
Gr Karin

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely work by hubby De, he is a gem I can see that. Your home looks so warm and inviting and it must make you very comfortable. Love your gorgeous design today absolutely stunning as always.xxx

Shona Erlenborn said...

These are gorgeous! We've got 28 degrees this morning, though thankfully no precipitation. Love the warm colors and the SNS products are perfect for the details. Kudos to Jack too- what a work of art!

Beebeebabs said...

Wow your cards are absolutely stunning - love the background another great creation thanks for sharing!!!

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Donna your ATCs are gorgeous. I must admit that I have never made these you have inspired me to have a go. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Lori Kobular said...

Donna your ATC's are gorgeous! Looks like you have making them for years! Love the shells and all the beautiful underwater colors, those copper flakes really stand out! I think I am going to have to try them!! Happy New Year to you and your family!!

Linda Simpson said...

Happy New Year Donna, a fabulous couple of ATC's I love the designs. Wonderful new piece of furniture too, love the colour.
Linda xxx

*Vicki* said...

Your ATCs are absolutely gorgeous Donna!! I love those summer type images along with the beautiful colors and sparkle!! Thanks for sharing your lovely post! HUGS

Becky said...

Love your ATC's. Hard to believe you have never made them before, you did really well. I LOVE making ATC's. I love the canvas size. I added mine to the Cardz 4 Galz site, so you can check them out.

Lisa said...

Your ATC's are absolutely gorgeous, Donna!! They make me happy to look much happier than the snow outside the window that has been falling at a rapid clip all day!! I love the designs and the colors!! The gilding flake edges look so amazing!! These are stunning!!

Wow!! Your hubby did such a beautiful job with your new console!! I love the design and the pretty colors!! So, so gorgeous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Pia S said...

I've only made one ATC ever. But they've become very popular as pocket letters elements. I think you've managed to add lots of fab details on these small pieces. They're gorgeous.

Linda said...

Donna, what a delightful post! I love the winter, and I love the ocean, so your cards are gorgeous as well as your winter header!!! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, Happy 2017 ! Your cards are GORGEOUS, I LOVE the guilding and other textures. Your husband is very talented, what a beautiful cabinet. Enjoy the wonderful sunshine down there :) It's quite cold with the wind chill here today, feels like -4F Take care xx

Valerija said...

Wonderful cards Dona. I love them both.
Wow, your husband did an amazing job!
Valerija xx

cotnob said...

These are so pretty Donna, a lovely seaside theme - you have made me start dreaming about summer now!
You have a very clever hubby, he did a fabulous job.

pam said...

Wonderful ATC Donna, beautiful sea theme on them, love all the pretty colours and sparkle.
Fabulous job your husband made on the TV console, gorgeous colour.
Hugs Pam x

Verna Angerhofer said...

What wonderful ATC cards. They both are so well done and so beautiful. And, your hubby is talented too! That is a beautiful TV console too.

Conniecrafter said...

Such wonderful sparkle and so perfect with your beachy feel of the ATC's. I made some but quite a few years ago. You did a fantastic job for your first ones. Thanks for sharing the video, so neat to see the embossing powder used with the flakes.
Love the console your hubby made, he did a fantastic job on it and I do love the color you have chosen!!

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Amazing cards!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Hello my dear friend. I see that your hubby is just as talented as you are, wow what an amazing tv console he built. Your sea creations are just stunning!! I just wanted to pop in and send you wishes for a belated Happy New Year!! I have so much to tell you, more than I can type here today, so I will email you as soon as I get home next week. Missing you!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Your ATC's are breathtaking sweetie. They are really beautiful. Love the colours and your backdrop. Your hubby is a little gem he has made this TV console look really beautiful. Gorgeous colour and you have a beautiful home Hun.

NanaConnie said...

I adore what you've done with these little ATCs, Donna! Wonderful artsy feel to them. Your hubby is such a sweetheart and so very talented. Love that new cabinet. :-D

Leslie Miller said...

Happy 2017 to you, Donna! It does sound like science fiction, and we've seen many advances even in our lifetimes that are like science fiction come true. Incredible and extraordinary, just like your ATC's! They are mini-works of art, for sure. Beautiful and creative stamping with your signature magical extra touches using some pretty fabulous supplies from your stamp room. Those oldie stamps still work as good as ever, don't they? I sigh over the pristine beauty of your home, too. Your hubby is a talented guy! I love the paint color. That's quite an upgrade. Sometimes I think our home looks a little bit TOO lived in.

kReN K said...

What a talented hubby you have! Just lovely. Just stopping in to say hello, my friend! Love your atc projects.

Sian said...

I love those ATCs. I can't believe you've never made them before!

April said...

He did a great job! So lovely!

Carole said...

Hello Donna! These are gorgeous ATCs - great stamps and colouring and I especially love the gilded edges. Fabulous work. x

Karen said...

Sweet Donna, these are completely magical... as is everything that comes from your lovely heart. The images are stunning and your color palettes take my breath away. Gorgeous work, my friend. Happy New Year to you! I have just returned from spending the holidays with my hubby.. I'm happy to sprinkle your blog with sparkly love once again. :)

Hugs and blessings,

Sara Barker said...

Donna, these ATC's are STUNNING! Love that sparkle and the feeling of a warm sunny day I get from them! Not warm, but a pretty sunshiny day here-finally! Your hubby deserves an extra hug for crafting such a pretty and useful console! Had a peek at past posts, but didn't have time to comment. Your Christmas cactus' are so beautiful! I brought one of mine in from the garage before Christmas, and now have another in bloom to replace it. Love my CC's! Sending hugs to you!

Sue said...

Donna, these ATC's are so you, all sparkly and beautiful colors. Love them all. I see names of stamp companies that I used to love that are long gone now, too bad, but the stamps remain to delight!!
What a talented hubby you have, the cabinet is wonderful. I love the painted look too!


Nicola Gold said...

Hi Donna,
It threw me a minute seeing you on the thumbnails! lol
I have been looking at ATCs for a while, but still haven't gotten around to making any yet. These are gorgeous, so glad you shared. {hugs} Nicola

MaryH said...

I've never made an ATC either, (But then there's lots of techniques I've never done!) Love the shells, and yes, you've had some wonderfully beautiful weather in So. Fla. Enjoy it! Love the shells and all the nifty products that make the image look so 'seaworthy'. The Nuvo shined up the shell so nicely, and I'm liking the idea of the netting too. DH did a fantabulous job on the refinish project, (well, I liked the before too!). The color is so soft, serene, and quite 'beach motif' - if that's the right way to say that. I love the seaside colors used in homes. TFS & Happy New Year. Hugs

Karen said...

Hello again, sweet friend! The pearls you inquired about are the Sunflower Pearls from Live & Love Crafts. :) I am unsure if they are still in stock, given the closing sale. (Sad face.) Thank you as always for your kindness and encouragement. :) Have a sparkly night!

Hugs and blessings,

DIANA L. said...

Wow, beautiful cards Donna, The hubs did a nice job on the console and the color is fab. Happy New Year!!

Farida Rone said...

Hi Donna,
What a wonderful creations. Love all your creations!!!

Planetsusie said...

Hi there missus de! I just lurve your ATC's (I recently did a swap with Darnell Knauss - ones I made years ago to swap) You always make things sparkle beautifully and the colours are just wow!! With my DT hat on, thank you so much for entering the Crafts Galore Encore (Anything Goes) Challenge this month, lots of luck and I hope we see you again soon. Hugs to you Sue Pxxx DT

Must add a little comment about the TV console - it really is superb and looks lovely in the picture. Is it naughty of me to be envious of your pool eh??? :o) Love Sue xxxx

Chris said...

Donna - Your cards are beautiful! I love the layers, and the mixed media feel. I am also a sucker for beach themes, shells, and glitter, so these make me extra happy! Hugs to you!!

Ally said...

ooooh I so love your ATC's!! they look fantastic!
Also I am in love with your hubbys skills, the new TV console looks terrific!
Maybe you are interested in the candy I offer on my blog :)
Happy crafting, Ally

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous ATC's Donna love all the glitter and shine-looking at these can't believe you never made one before.Brilliant console and love the colour
Carol x

wannabcre8tive said...

Your ATC's are gorgeous. I love them. Your dh did a great job!


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