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Monday, 16 June 2014

My First ATB! - Monday 16th June 2014

Good morning Friends!

Did you all have a fabulous weekend...? With lots of Sunshine...? It has been beautiful here, so we have spent a lot of time outside! Actually, Saturday I was quite pleased England vs Italy (a toughie for Tom, being half Italian!) was on late, because I stayed up for a very late night crafting session in my craft room, which was brilliant!

I also spent quite a bit of time working on the old desk I got my hands on a few weeks's all painted, I just need to make sure that I haven't missed anything and then I have to distress and wax it...the slightly 'scary' bit, but also the part I'm looking forward to the most...there should be a reveal soon....

Today is something new for me...inspired by my lovely and so inspirational blog friend Anne -Redanne, I have created my first ATB ''Artist's Trading Block". Anne has made some incredibly stunning ATBs and is now, very deservedly on the Artists on the Block design team.  If you haven't yet come across Anne's blog, you really should check it out. Anne was one of my very first blog friends when I started blogging and I have been in awe of her work from the start. I had better shut up there because I see her blushes!!! But it's all true.

I had never even really got into making ATCs and totally missed joining in with the ATC swap hosted by Julia at Stamping Ground to celebrate the WOYWW 5th anniversary. However my lovely blog friend Claire - who made some fabulous ones, was so kind to send me one, so I was inspired to make one to send back to her...what fun!

My ATB - Fairies, Butterflies and Fairies - a Mid-Summer Night's Dream!

My ATB,  was made using fairy stamps by Lavinia  and what a joy it was to make!

I made the block using the Sissix 3D cube die and purple card. I measured layers for each side and inked the edges of each panel using Seedless Preserves distress ink. I used a different Lavinia stamp on each side, all stamped in black onyx versafine ink. 

The door was stamped twice: I cut the door our of the second stamping and adhered it to the original image so that it opens.

I stamped a second vine leaf image, which I layered to hang off the side of the cube and also stamped additional wings on acetate, coated with gossamer lilac embossing powder, heat dried and adhered to the fairy using Cosmic Shimmer dries clear. I repeated this with the wings on the second fairy; for the pixies I added stickles to the wings

For the top I used the Zen flower stamp from Lavinia and stamped it three times to layer. I then  'painted'  each layer with mica powder. 

Finally  I  added the stamped butterfly. I stamped the first butterfly and coloured  with micas. I cut it out, chopping off the antennae/legs(ouch!). I then stamped a second butterfly using versamark ink on acetate, added the gossamer embossing powder and heat dried. I then cut it out, this time leaving the antennae and tail/legs. The embossing powder dries to a soft  shimmery lilac and I was really pleased with the effect.

To complete the ATB I added crystal stickles to all the wings. I also added gems, which were colourless, but I coloured purple with a promarker. I added the gems to the butterfly wings, flower, plants, fairy dust and door. I also added beaded legs to the butterfly, which is suspended on wire above the block.

As I used a lot of stamps, I've listed them below the post...when we decided to do our workshop this week using Lavinia stamps, I was able to get out all the ones I own, as well as the ones Amy gave me to play with, so I've been having a great time!

I'd like to enter this project into the:

Lavinia Stamps Challenge #6: Add some beads or gems


Art with Heart June Challenge - Summer Creations because butterflies & fairies bring to mind mid-summer evenings in the garden

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Love and Hugs,

Carole X

Stamps used for this ATB: all Lavinia

Fairy Door - small
Vine Leaves 
Fairy Dust Silhouette
Small pixies
Flower Fairy
Zen Flower 2


  1. WOW! Carole this is stunning, I love everything about it. Hazel xx

  2. Brilliant, super creative design...all of it. aNNie xx
    The Journey is the Start

  3. Wow Carole!! this truly is a work of art. so many amazing details! : )

    So sorry to be missing so much these days. I feel a bit like a clown juggling too many "balls" : )

    Have a wonderful week!


  4. Stunning! Incredible details and such a gorgeous colour. The fairies and magical feel are just perfect.

  5. Wow, wow, wow Carole, your ATB is absolutely gorgeous, so many beautiful details to look at and that butterfly on top is sensational! Keep rockin' the blocks! You should enter this into Eileen Hull's Art with Heart Challenge which is 'Summer Celebrations'. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Doh, it would help if I gave you the link!!

    Going on holiday tomorrow and have not packed yet......! Hugs, Anne xx

    1. Thanks Anne, have done! X

    2. Thanks for passing along the link Anne, and Carol- thanks for entering!

  7. Just superb, what a project. Magical mystery tour. Fairies are fab and the top is gorgeous.

    Wilma x x

  8. Brilliant, absolutely stunning, LOVE it
    That butterfly is amazing,

    Patricia x

  9. wow, that's beautiful, particularly love the butterfly x

  10. Ooh Carole! This is so pretty! Love all those Lavinia stamps you've used & your butterfly with the lilac embossing & micas is beautiful
    Amy x

  11. WOW is all that I can say beautiful and so creative. I am a day behind, I have been sick, still am...I am a bad patient :( Glad that you had a nice sunny weekend. Cx

  12. Wonderful ATB, this is truly a work of art. Your block is beautiful!

  13. Super creations Carole love your embellishments and stunning colours


  14. Wow, that is fab. Thanks for entering the Lavinia Stamps Challenge and good luck! Kx DT member

  15. Hi Carole

    How special is this?

    I must have taken ages to make but well worth every second!

    Loving the colour choices and that gorgeous butterfly.

    Hope you are having a good week.

    Love Jules xx.

  16. Wow! This is fantastic, so much detail, thank you for sharing with us at Lavinia Stamps Challenge, good luck, Zoe DT xx

  17. What a pretty box with your lovely fairies on the sides - and that gorgeous layered fluttering butterfly on top!

  18. What a fabulous project, I can see the love that's gone into it. Thank you for joining us in the Lavinia Challenge, and good luck. Hugs, Pauline, DT member xxx

  19. Carol, I would never guess this is your first ATB! It's a work of art! The stamps by Lavinia are amazing.Tthanks for entering the Art with Heart Challenge!