Thursday, May 17, 2012

Black Cat Forum "Dream Trip" ATC Swap

Happy Thursday Friends!!
Today I would like to share with you something "different."
I belong to the Black Cat Forum (I have a black cat digital cutter).  Lisa there put forth a "swap challenge" where we are to create a "Dream Trip" ATC and incorporate a paint chip into it.  The back of the ATC has to have the paint chip numbers.  I have created 
17 ATC's because we had a great turnout for the swap!!
So my dream trip would be to visit England.  While I was there, I would look at the beautiful cottages, gardens and enjoy visiting some tea rooms.
I went to one of my favorite freebie sites, Karen's the Graphics Fairy, and found a map showing the area of England that I would love to visit.  That is the FRONT image background of my ATC.  I LOVE cottages and really big castle like homes (who doesn't right??).  I found a picture of a beautiful place and just took the entryway of it to use on my ATC, because I felt it represented a quaint cottage.  I also used the teacup which I added the flowers as well from the graphics fairy.  I used GIMP to combine my images, and inkscape to create my cutlines.  Then I was able to use my Black Cat Cougar and Signcut to use the print and cut feature to cut out all the pieces  that I used on my ATC (that is a lot of pieces).  I used a "Travel" and "Far Far Away" stamps on it (since I would be traveling far far  Her is the BACK...and you know how I like the back of my creations to look as good as the front :0).
I found a sweet looking old suitcase image, I used it for the background and just got rid of the handle.  I also had my black cat cut out 18 tiny suitcases...because I thought they were cute, but had no idea of what to do with them...LOL...Then while I was visiting Chris's challenge blog Art Without Boundaries (anything goes and fit to be tied) it hit me!!  I will make them into little luggage tags, sign one side and stamp with my signature flower stamp..and add the last paint chip number to the other side, and tie it on with some old embroidery floss!!  I just love it when things fall into place.  I thought it would be fun to make my paint chip numbers look like stickers on a suitcase...LOL.  I think it turned out awesome!!   I used Ranger's Vintage Photo and Old Paper to distress my edges and do some stamping. I used Black Soot as well.
I through in the Eiffel Tower too, because I would for sure visit France if I were visiting England :0).
Yes...I punched out 85 (actually more, but used only 85) flowers.  The flowers are from my paint chips, so I used 4 paint chips to create my flowers.  Liquid pearls for the centers.
I hope my friends in the Black Cat Forum like them!!

I will be sharing my ATC's with the following challenges:
The Stamp Man: Favorite technique: because I created all my little shapes and had my digital cutter cut them out..which is my most favorite thing to do!!

because that is where I got the idea of using the embroidery floss, and creating little luggage tags out of my tiny suitcases.

Simon says Stamp and Show:  Anything Goes:  because well..this is anything, and it is more artsy than what I normally link up there.

Fashionable Stamping Challenges: Cities of the World:  I used some stamping and have a map of England, as well as the Eiffel Tower, and it is my dream trip...LOL.

Creative Craft Challenge: Distressing:  I used distress ink on all my pieces to give them a yummy aged look!!

Paper Play Challenge: Destruction:  I used my distress inks to get that nice worn in feel!!

I will be sharing with Make it Monday and the Graphics fairy.

Thank you for visiting!!
I so appreciate all of your comments, they really make my day!!


  1. Two beautiful ATCs in great colors. Thanks for joining us on FSC this fortnight.

  2. Fabulous ATC's, love all the layers of images, especially the teacup, perfect for a UK visit, we love our tea lol. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  3. These are too sweet! I am loving the England one...hugs,

  4. Heather, they turned out great! I have not made ATC cards as of yet. Nice job!

  5. Wow, your ATC is awesome, so talented. Love the embellishments that were added. Enjoy your blog and the projects you make.

  6. More gorgeous creations Heather & I love that you have made them into little luggage tags to suit our "Fit to be Tied" challenge at Art With No Boundaries - they are just perfect!!! Thanks for joining in again!!

  7. Fabulous!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges for our Distressed challenge.

    xoxoxo Carly

  8. Super tags! Thanks for joining us this week at Creative Craft Challenge. NancyD

  9. Really cute Heather! Can't wait to receive them and I'm so glad you decided to join in on our swap!!!


  10. Utterly charming Heather, so much like you! I hope you make it to England too.

  11. Wow, what an interesting journey to create an absolutely fabulous ATC. I really so enjoyed reading how you put it all together! Amazing that you created 17 of these...impressive! This is inspirational!
    The little flowers are adorable. I like using paint chips too!
    Thank you for joining us at the Art With No Boundaries challenge and thank you for sharing your lovely creation!
    Hope you'll join us again!

  12. Heather, Very cool project, great idea for our Fit to be Tied Challenge. I love how special you made this. Thank you for sharing this with us at Art With No Boundaries.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  13. Fabulous ATC's! Great colors and the flowers are a nice touch! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

  14. ..that is such a gorgeous card..

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC.

    xxx Ellie xxx

  15. Love the idea of using paint chips for flowers - great tip. Can't believe how many you punched out! You were busy!!!

    Thanks so much for joining us on Paperplay Challenges this week.

  16. Hi Heather,

    Congratulations on being featured for the beautiful project you submitted to our Fit to be Tied / Bonus Round challenge on Art With No Boundaries, and Thank You for sharing your wonderful work with us. I have sent you the “A Gentle Heart” Sentiment as your prize via email. I hope you will enjoy the new design and come back and show us what you create with it.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

    PS. I love those little tags especially the one with your signature and the date.

  17. Fabulous ATCs, Heather. Congratulations on being featured on Art With No Boundaries.

  18. Congratulations on having this lovely piece featured on Art With No Boundaries, Heather!


Thanks for Visiting my blog today! Hope you found some inspiration...Have a great day! Hugs....Heather