Things are all topsy turvy here as my mum has been kept in hospital after a visit to her consultant.  She fell and broke her leg in July and had to have a complete knee replacement (to replace the knee replacement she already had!) which had metal rods extending from the knee joint up into her femur and, I think, down into the other bones too.   She now has an infection and two weeks of antibiotics have done nothing, so the consultant has kept her in and she is having injections of antibiotics.  She'll be in at least seven days and we are all praying this works, because if the infection is in the joint and they cannot get rid of it, then she will have to have her leg amputated.  I'll be seeing her tonight so will find out more then.

In the meantime, I have been at the paper and glue again, this time using Angel Hartline Designs ATC maker 1.0:

I fell in love with these when I saw them.  Aren't they gorgeous?!!!!  Anyhow, never having made an ATC card before, this is what I came up with:

I used:

  • Distress inks
  • Stampin' Up stamp "best friends listen to what you don;t say"
  • Leaf - to stamp on the base card
  • Leaf stamp (free with Craft Stamper magazine in September!)
  • Dovecraft fibres
  • Clear embossing powder (for the leaf stamp on the small tag)
  • Sizzix tag die
  • Perfect Pearls Mist
I have already printed out a load of ATC's from the kit (well, all I did was put them onto a sheet of A4 and print) so will be making more when I have the time :).

I then took one of the ATC papers and transformed it to fit an A6 card as seen below:

I added extra glitter glue around the edges, and punched out the flower and butterfly from two Woodware punches.  Both the butterfly and the flower were inked with distress inks then I added glitter glue to the butterfly and sprayed the flower with Perfect Pearls Mist.  I added a brad to the flower but don't ask me where I got it from as the label from the bag has long since disappeared!

The flower was actually made from paper from "Afternoon Delight" by JW-DigiScraps which you can find here.  Of course, since I used distress inks and then Perfect Pearls Mist, you can't really tell what the paper was originally like.  Take it from me, it was a large spotted paper in pale yellows and looked lovely!

The "Happy Birthday" was printed on photo paper, and then adhered onto plain card which had been distressed.  I used a corner punch on two of the corners.  The ribbon is from  all in all, it was a really easy card to make and I can see me making several more of these to keep as standby's for unexpected/forgotten birthdays ;).

I reckon this just shows the adaptability of the ATC maker and the quality of the kit.  Not only can you make ATC's with it (which is, naturally, what it is designed for), the files are 300 dpi so it means you can enlarge them and still keep all the detail.  As an added bonus, you can use the glitter styles that come with the ATC Maker on other digital items too, brilliant! 

I actually have other plans for these ATC cards as well, so watch this space!!  I don't know when I will get chance to finish what I have started with them, with hospital visiting, work, doing quality check reports plus I also have another hybrid kit for The Studio to work with too, but hey, who needs sleep?!!!!

If you make ATC cards, I would love to see what you do.  I really don't have much of a clue when it comes to ATC cards (I mean, what are they for?  What do you put on them? Are they just mini layouts or what?) so seeing what other people have made would be so useful :).  

Happy scrapping!