Saturday, May 21, 2011

ATC swap with Marijke

When I was making ATCs for the current Hero Arts challenge, I thought it would be fun if a group of us got together to do an ATC swap. So that’s exactly what a bunch of us did in the Hero Arts Flickr Group. With the random draw it turned out that my ATC swap buddy was Marijke in the Netherlands.

It’s been great getting to know Marijke a bit better through the swap and I was delighted that she was as keen as me to swap quite a few ATCs! We decided to swap six and wanted to surprise each other with our ATCs so didn’t mention a particular theme or stamps. I sent two ATCs I had already made this month – the owls from here and the bees from here.

For the other four I tried to incorporate a bit of both of us and what we like into them. Marijke loves flowers and nature and with her being from the Netherlands I had to include some orange (reminds me of when I see the Dutch football team on tv!). For me I included some of my favourite things – fabric, vellum and patchwork. The typewriter with the Friend Definition background represents all the emails we've sent each other for the swap. Marijke has received her ATCs so here they are:

ATC swap with Marijke #2
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Clouds & Big And Small Flowers
The clouds are stamped with tumbled glass distress ink. I paper pieced the leaves\stem and made the fabric flower. Sally kindly sent me the baker's twine I used on the button - thanks again Sally!

ATC swap with Marijke #3
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Sew Artsy
Using patterned paper I made a little strip quilt pattern for the background. I coloured the sewing machine with watercolour pencils and covered with a layer of Glossy Accents.

ATC swap with Marijke #4

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Happy Wishes & Old Letter Writing
I applied broken china, faded jeans and shabby shutters distress inks to white card and spritzed lightly with water. Then I white embossed the Happy Wishes image and added touches of diamond stickles here and there. The butterfly was punched from a piece of vellum which had been white embossed with the Old Letter Writing.

ATC swap with Marijke #1
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Type, Friend Definition & Small Variety Alphabet.
The typewriter was embossed using red embossing powder and the background was clear embossed. I used some letters from the alphabet set to create the message and just added a pearl heart to finish.

If you are still awake after this loooong post, well done!! Hope you all are having a fab weekend!


Brenda said...

These are totally fabulous Heather! Marijke must be so thrilled! Oh, I love that beautiful fabric flower with that gorgeous button!And I adore the blend of colours you managed to achieve on the Happy Wishes one! But of course, they are all awesome!

jintyoo7 said...

My oh my, what a wonderful array of ATCs, I bet Marijke is over the moon :o)

Maureen Morton said...

So sweet, Heather! I love the diversity of this set of cards. so many lovely ideas and bright colors. My particular fav is the sewing machine - love the thread detail and the super shine. Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing.

Patricia said...

So beautiful atc's I love it =P

CinnamonSally said...

Fabulous ATC's Heather, Lucky Marijke to receive these beauties!

Tiffany said...

Wonderful looking ATC's. Each is so pretty! LOVE that fabric flower!

Barb said...

So many beautiful ATC's, Heather! Love each one! (I'll be sending you a Flickr message later today.)

Rosemary said...

what a gorgeous set of ATCs, heather!!

Dawn said...

what an awesome set of ATC's - lucky Marijke.

Brenda said...

These cards are fabulous and your flower is BREATHTAKING! WOW!

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