21 January 2013

Time to Celebrate - again!

Welcome back everyone (and if you're new to the blog it's lovely to have your company). My ATC playtime at the weekend took forever - being even more super picky/critical means everything is taking far longer than it probably needs to, but at least I'm still learning loads and enjoying the process. Fun with ATC's is celebrating it's 3rd birthday and has organised some fantastic prizes/a blog hop alongside their 'celebrate' themed challenge - this was way too much temptation, so I had to join in.


Not one, but two of them! And you can tell that my thoughts of celebration centred on a bottle or two of something alcoholic. To be honest I'd rather have a glass of Baileys but that wasn't going to work as well.


Some brief 'how to's' for the background - various green distress inks added and then spritzed/blotted with water. Embossing highlighted with more distress ink and a touch of Indigo Treasure Gold on the edges. Finally some ivy leaves stamped on top with a touch more water spritzing to reduce the sharpness.


The vine is simple cotton cord soaked in ink and rubbed with the same Indigo Treasure Gold. The leaves were stamped onto brown wrapping paper and then clear embossed.


Like the bottles? They are made from shrink plastic which has been inked on the reverse and then had clear Rock Candy Crackle Glaze/DS Antique Bronze brushed on top. The TH stamp was added to the background and then overstamped onto the bottles with archival ink.


The grapes were made by putting dots of gold Pearlidoodles onto card and allowing them to dry thoroughly. They can then be coloured with alcohol ink or (in this case) Promarkers. They can then be cut away from the card and glued into place. Finally the word celebrate was stamped onto a distressed edge piece of card which also got a coating in clear Rock Candy Crackle Glaze, and was again overstamped to match the base.


Unfortunately the lack of decent light has prevented the sheen on the edges of each ATC doesn't show up in these photos but to be honest I was just grateful today that they came out at all (don't get me started on the weather!!!)  Hope you've got something from seeing these - how about the urge to enter the challenge yourself? The prizes really are worth it.

Huge thanks to those of you kind enough to leave comments (I've had to resort to moderating them as a result of receiving so much 'junk mail') and I'm trying to keep on top of replying to them where possible. In the meantime please take care of yourselves. Hugs, Jenny x

37 comments:

  1. These are fabulous, both of them. Love the leaves but the little bottles are the best! Brilliant!

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  2. Wow, so much has gone into these ATCs. They are so rich. Love them!

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  3. Amazing creations Jenny. Love those fabulous leaves and bottles and the grapes are very cleverly done.
    Gorgeous!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  4. Jenny, these are both stunning! WOW! factor plus.Very clever. Love the techniques you have used. Thank you also for you lovely comments about the fairy shop. Cheers, (fits well with your theme) Di x

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  5. Wow They are so fabulous.I love the leaves and the bottles,absolutelly beautiful.
    Greetings
    Felicie

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  6. Yes I do like your bottles :) such attention to detail, marvelous ATC's

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  7. what beautiful details, the grapes are a brilliant touch and the embossed bg is stunning. thanks for joining us at fun with atc's

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  8. Both ATCs are beautiful Jenny, those leaves are a fabulous use of wrapping paper, they look amazing with the spots of treasure gold. I particularly like the bottles, they look so old - would never have guessed it is shrink plastic. Brilliant. Hugs, Anne x

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  9. Stunning ATC's Jenny. I love the vine leaves and the bottles are fab. It has been some time since I used shrink plastic....... Amazing stuff !

    TFS and hope the weather improves soon.

    Annie x

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  10. Loads of interesting details on these little atc's Jenny...you did great!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  11. Waw, loads of interesting techniques and textures, always so sad to hear when this great gift of communication is abused. So pleased you share your projects. xx Flora

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  12. Wonderful little pieces of art Jenny and well worth all the time spent on them as the detail is amazing. Such rich colours and textures, I love them.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  13. Delicious! Love the bottles, and the leaves look amazing - what fantastic ATCs, so full of dimensionality, technique and texture. It's great to have you play along with us at Fun With ATCs!
    Alison xx

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  14. These are fabulous and i love the glaze and stains on the shrink plastic - havent tried that before - I think you might have inspired me! lets hope I can get my mojo into gear when I return from my epic snow journey to do the school run - I might check out the ATC swap too as I havent made any of those for years - whoo hoo I can feel my fingers getting twitchy! I too have had to turn on comment moderation although I did feel popular having over a 100+
    comments a day!

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  15. These are wonderful ATCs with so much texture and interest.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  16. Awesome ATCs, beautifully done. Love all the details and esp. how you did the bottles - don't like wine, though :-)
    Thank you very much for celebrating with us at FwATCs.
    Suzanne

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  17. What a lot of delicious details you have packed into your wonderful ATC's Jenny. The texture is so touchable and what sweet bottle too!

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  18. These are very elaborate ATCs - love them both. Some great techniques.

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  19. Oh wow! So much in such a small format - and beautifully done. They really do make me think of a rich velvety red wine.

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  20. Morning Jenny, Wow these are fabulous, I love your backgrounds and the leaves, grapes and bottles are magnificent.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  21. Oh! Wowser!!!!these are stunning. The detail you get into your creations is just out of this world, all that depth and texture. in such a small space.
    Keep Warm and Keep on Crafting!!

    Patricia xx

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  22. Love your ATCS - it's amazing how much you can fit in such a small space. Great depth of colour on your leaves too!!

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  23. WOW what fabulous decorated and colored ATCs.
    Hugs Anja

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  24. These a great ATC s , lve ow many clever details and elements you have squeezed into these small pieces...jam packed with skill! Hugs trace x

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  25. Beautiful ATCs and very clever idea. Used to do loads and loads of these but only do one a month now for the swap at our local stamp club.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting - means a lot to me.
    Ann B
    xx

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  26. I love this...Your leaf creations are always so wonderful and I do love the boozy theme! - though like you I do prefer baileys ;o) xxxxxx

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  27. WOW - these are gorgeous - Sam xxx

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  28. I think these ATC's are terrific! Such a brilliant choice of subject too, you are a girl after my own heart, nothing better than a bottle of vino de plonk. I love the bottles - fab techniques on such a small area, I love them. x

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  29. Stunning ATC's Jenny, do love these, beautiful leaves and the gorgeous pop of colour with the red berries is superb. xx

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  30. Your gorgeous ATC's have got me reaching for the bottle! unfortunately I've finished off the Baileys. Loads of lovely detail and a technique, you've made a small space really BIG x

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  31. I am sooo glad, Jenny, that you joined in our blog-hop at FwATCs!!! Your ATCs are absolutely brilliant - love especially the leaves and the textures in general!

    Hope to see you do ATCs more often in future ;)

    Hugs,

    Claudia x

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  32. Your ATCs are FANTASTIC. Thanks for the details.

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  33. Beautiful ATC, love the structure!!

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  34. Fabaroonie! Love how you did the bottles... outstanding!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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