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Friday, 22 August 2014

A little touch of Tim






Hello all!  I'm very excited that it's my turn to host over at A Vintage Journey this fortnight.

I'm looking for "A Little Touch of Tim" from you.  The challenge is to use Tim's products and/or inspiration to create ATCs (Artists Trading Cards), so they must be 3.5 x 2.5 inches in size.

You could create a single ATC or a pair or a set, but I'm being a purist here, and so your creation must be ATCs NOT chunky ATCs or ATBs to qualify for the prize or to be one of our Pinworthies.

There's a fabulous array of miniature masterpieces from my brilliant team-mates for you to admire over at A Vintage Journey, but before you hop off here's my offering for you.









It really started from the tiny book page scrolls and sort of grew from there... not much planning, just a bit of playing!

There's some Wallflower paper in the background, cut from one of the smaller scale pages to make it size appropriate for an ATC.











And I took my cue from the plants on the paper to add some die-cut ivy vines trailing around.  I like curling up the edges of the leaves for extra dimension.











The photo is from one of the Darkroom Door Photobooth sheets - you get an A4 size card full of great vintage photobooth photos... and these two just leapt out at me with their beaming smiles.













I added the file tab at the top - not much difficulty picking which word to put inside it!  












And the ChitChat stickers pretty much chose themselves too.  My closest friends are so important to me - I honestly don't know where I would be without them on this life journey.












I wanted something else metal to balance the file tab, and decided on one of the adorable heart charms.  Again, it had to be that sticker for the inside... no thinking required!












The scrolls couldn't be simpler - a few torn strips of book page, a touch of Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and a bit of fine twine and you're there.








It needed just a little something else...

... so the final touch was to cut the tiny butterflies using the Butterfly Frenzy Decorative Strip Die.  












I cut some from book pages and some from another piece of the Wallflower stash, and then layered them up to create double winged butterflies with some extra dimension.







I did try taking some pictures of this not surrounded by ivy, in order to let the ivy on the ATC show up a bit better, but I just didn't like them.  So it was back to the ivy background... irresistible!


I hope you like my friendly ATC, and I hope you'll be inspired to play along with A Little Touch of Tim this fortnight.  If you're still not sure, just take a look at what my amazing team-mates have been creating over at A Vintage Journey, and I think you'll find yourself tempted to play too!

Thanks so much for stopping by... and I can't wait to see what tiny treasures you create.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
C.S. Lewis

60 comments:

Scrapthat said...

such awesome work I just had to pop in to tell you how cool I thought it was! TFS!
Dolly

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous vintage ATC Alison, love the image and the rolls of,paper, lovely touch. Great mini piece of art. Tracy x

Marci said...

Pretty ATC! It looks so good in the ivy. Congratulations on your job in New York! Is this your first time there? I'll wave hi from the Midwest. :))

Clare Lloyd said...

Fab work, ace photo too.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

AMAZINg artwork Alison!
Have fun with your new exciting job!

Jan Hill said...

Wow, really enjoyed reading how you made the ATC. I am a bit daunted to try - it looks so small but packed with detail. x

Inkypinkycraft said...

Alison this is gorgeous and I love all the touches of detail you have included! Just gorgeous x

Redanne said...

You 'play' so well Alison, I love the theme this time and your ATC is absolutely gorgeous! Anne xx

Helen said...

Fabulous vintage atc and the outcome is perfect!

craftytrog said...

This is lovely Alison, lots of wonderful details! I may have to join in :) xxx

chrissies said...

So much to like and inspiring in such a small space Alison. I am looking forward to this challenge.

Love Chrissie x

Nikki Acton said...

Delicious Alison - such elegance to this ATC - simply stunning. Nikki xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Lovely vintage Alison, like those paper rolls at the bottom...such a nice detail together with the other details!
Greetings, Alie :-)

snazzyoriginal said...

What a mini treat, love those scrolls. Xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous theme Alison and your ATC is just gorgeous - so many wonderful details in such a small space. Fabulous! x

Karen Garrard said...

Beautifully done Alison!!! This really is a wonderful piece. Thanks for the amazing challenge. Can't wait to get started. Karen.x

Deborah said...

If anyone can get a lot into a small space - and with such panache - it's dollshouse woman! :-) I love those tiny scrolls.

Buttons said...

So pleased you chose this theme! And what a way to lead the team out in style. This is such a beautiful little gem and I too love those tiny scrolls. Good things DO come in small packages. Jenny x

just4crafters said...

Beautiful!!! Love everything about this piece :) ~Sophia

Gitte said...

Wow beautiful ATC.

rachel said...

such beautiful work Alison - I'm so glad you chose this challenge - just getting in to my ATCs at the moment x

JackieP Neal said...

How sweet is that ATC! I was hoping the photo was relatives, the photo is still cool anyways! I love your design , Alison and those paper rolls and leaves are just the perfect touches!Lovely my friend! xoxo

Sandy said...

Wonderful Alison! You are the essence of creativity from your toes to your nose. I particularly love those little scrolls.
When do you leave for New York? I wish you safe travel and a wonderful time!
Sandy xx

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

wow, Alison, this is amazing

Kelly Neis said...

Beautiful faces and love the embellishing you did. The scrolls are a perfect touch on here as well as the sentiment. I really enjoy your work, so fun to see what is coming out from your mind. Brilliant!!
Hugs Kelly

Candy C said...

Alison...you have packed a bunch of WONDERFULNESS into this tiny ATC. I love it! Great design and so many little details that really just take this ATC from being good to amazing! :) <3 Candy

Anita Houston said...

Hello...a new favorite! The photo is fabulous,and love the sentiment! The rolled scrolls rock! LOVE!!!!

Terry said...

So many lovely details going on this ATC! Alison, love the friendship theme and those printed scrolls are such a great idea! Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Hugs!

Kay Wallace said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Alison! I can't believe you got so much art into such a tiny space. Great elements beautifully choreographed. Well done, my friend!

Nan G said...

Gorgeous ATC, Alison! Love the scrolls and the pic of two close friends.

Francesca said...

Great stuff Alison, amazing how much one can cram into a small space. Francesca xx

massofhair said...

Packed full of glorious colour, layers , textures and inspiration. wonderful ATC :-) xxx

Cardgenie said...

Alison, I love your ATC - it's like a mini scrapbook page - what a wonderful idea! Jean

Corrie Herriman said...

Beautiful as always, Alison !
Corrie x

Julia Aston said...

You packed so many fun things onto your little ATC Alison! love the rolled scrolls!

isisimaginings.com said...

That is so gorgeous. I'm amazed that it's an ATC, looks like it should be much bigger. Wonderful piece of art.

Paper Profusion said...

This looks brilliant Alison. Lots to study and touch. Love the scrolls. It sits right at home in your crestive ivy perch. Happy Weekend. Nicola x

Paper Profusion said...

This looks brilliant Alison. Lots to study and touch. Love the scrolls. It sits right at home in your crestive ivy perch. Happy Weekend. Nicola x

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous ATC Alison, love how you put this together! Those little paper scrolls look fantastic!

Inky and Quirky said...

Can't believe that's all on a little ATC,how did you manage it?! Beautiful creation again Alison,you always make everything look so effortless and serene :)

Have a great weekend

Hugs
Donna xxx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

A beautiful tribute to friendship and what a wonderful image that is of the young women.
Wishes
Lynne

Amanda said...

A mini masterpiece!
Love
Amanda x

Netty said...

Love your vintage ATC, there is so much to look at. Annette x

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Bonnie McLain said...

Beautiful ATC... love all that you got onto here... a fun detailed atc that is really telling a special story... Love it ... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Tincan Crafter said...

OHHHHHH I am going to have to ask your permission to steal your bookpage scrolls idea. I love it too much. Its my turn to apologise for getting back to you so late. Lately I feel like I dont have time for breathing! Thanks once more for your awfully kind and generous comments on my silly blog and tags etc. You always make my day!

Dorthe said...

Such a wonderful ATC,-- friends forever and in all times, - a beautiful piece, with the little green between black/white and sepia- gorgeous dear Alison.
Dorthe, xo

Shari Trumbull said...

Oh WOW, Alison! Spectacular ATC and what a creation for AVJ! I've never ever made an ATC (in my 16 years of card making!) and this is a new challenge for me! I think with all of the wonderful inspiration ATC's from the Creative Guides helping me along, I should find my creative muse and come up with something! :) XOXO-Shari :)

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Alison what a great ATC with so muc to see , I really , really love it!! Great work of art!!

Greetings
Maria

Annie said...

such wonderful details on this gorgeous ATC love the paper scrolls and that gorgeous DD photograph.
TFS and hugs Annie x

Mrs.B said...

Love this ATC, it's a fabulous image and the little rolls of paper is a great touch.
Avril xx

Jools Robertson said...

Such a wonderful challenge and it's lovely to see all these mini masterpieces and yours is no exception
Beautiful image and sentiment, love those scrolls
Such an amazing amount of lovely detail on your FAB ATC

Jools x

cathylynn said...

This is perfect in every way! Your art is always so inspiring and fabulously done.
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

May said...

Amazing ATC Alison, so much beauty to look at.. I adore the image & fabulous elements...Hugs May x x

Julia said...

Beautiful ATCs Alison. I love that spring greenery die, so useful and it works so well on this lovely little piece of art.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful creation, love all the tiny little details.

Anke said...

Wonderful, so lovely, I love your ATC, fantastic work.

Hugs
Anke

Kasia said...

Wonderful creation! Love these tiny book page scrolls :)

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Alison, while scrolling to this post to see what I've missed, I'm breathless. All that work on a ATC is A-MA-ZING, loooooove the tiny scrolls,love the vine leaves and those butterfly's are just perfect, thanks for your inspiration and sharing it...

Marjie Kemper said...

This is so fabulous... love the little scrolls!

Kezzy said...

Wow so loving your ATC, lots to look at and all mega gorgeous. When I saw this challenge I really wanted to play but I couldn't create in such a mess, by that stage my craft room was no where near sorted lol. I also have your ATC safely for when you arrive back from the amazing New York :-) Hugs Kezzy xxx