This is the first batch of the lovely ATC's I was given at the WOYWW Crop on Saturday. What a great event in every way, so beautifully organised by our leader, Julia, and the lovely Lunch Lady Jan, who fed us so well again. Rather than show all the ATC's in one great rush, I have chosen this year to do a few each week to give you a chance to really look at all the wonderful ideas and beautiful creations. Top row, left to right - Fee Richardson, Eliza, Jo (Twiglet); bottom row - Cindy Ashplant, Chris, Helen.
The rest of my post today is really to show what has been on my various "workdesks" over the weekend down in Wiltshire, whether at the Crop, the B&B or in the car overlooking Avebury at the Sanctuary/Ridgeway car park. I made some marble backgrounds and stamped the Clarity flowers on various types of paper or card. I have been experimenting with what works well, what combination of pens and pencils give the best result on which type of media.
This was one started from scratch and them mounted up when I got home, Clarity Wee Folk with a new stencil, Distress inks brushed through to create the landscape.
No 2 was done on the high gloss Chromo card, just using Aquamarkers. On this occasion, the pencils could not find enough "tooth" on the card to make any impression.
No 3 was back to the plain white card with the mix of Aquamarkers and pencil work, just a different colour mix.
No 5 has two versions, one using the Aquamarkers before the pencils and one with just pencils. I will leave you to decide which you think is just pencil work. I can see a very clear difference on the cream card.
As part of my experimenting/playing, I tried to do an alcohol background on shiny black card - not successful at all. I will forget that idea.
This very last offering is also a new stamp, designed by Amanda Branston, and just shows how a weed can also be a beautiful flower and worthy of our close attention.
On the subject of weeds versus flowers, the grass verges around the town have been glorious with huge swathes of golden dandelions, and are now billowing with the more delicate buttercups, both plants that we yank out of our gardens as weeds. Out in the wild, they shine as they should. Just take time to breathe and look at the glories that Mother Nature puts out there for us.
Having waffled on for ever today, I will leave you now to visit some of the other desks on show over at Julia's Stamping Ground. Have a good day wherever you are and whatever you are doing.