Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WOYWW 418: the one with the ATC reveal

First, I want to begin by saying how saddened I was to learn about the horrible murders in London on Saturday night.  You in England have had a hard few weeks and you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Equally troublesome is the attack on a police officer today outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  Seems the French have also been targeted once too many times, too!

I'm not sure if Julia, our host at Stamping Ground, has received her ATCs, but I know that Helen, my PIF partner, has received hers.  Therefore, I'm going to share them with everyone and hope they are still a surprise when Julia receives hers.

These are the only ones I made for year 8 of WOYWW.

My PIF partner is Helen (H).   In case you can't tell, there are four stories to each town house, making eight in total.

I like to send a little something extra to my PIF partner, because it is just good manners.  Now I'm sure many of you who visit each week know Helen.  There is NOTHING Helen can't or won't buy that I could possibly gift her with.   In fact, I suspect she spends more each month on art supplies than I spend in a year.  It suddenly hit me I had something she didn't have and couldn't buy at the store.

Although it wasn't as much as I would have preferred, I sent her a sheet of lavender handmade (by me) paper.  Why lavender you ask, since I had so little of it?  Because it's one of Helen's favorite colors.  Just visit her photo blog when she goes to Kew and you'll know why.

This and the next one (obviously) are for Julia.  I got this silly idea to add a tag that showed WOYWW on one side with the year, and one of my rocking horses on the reverse side.  I am not sure the idea was a good one, but I did it anyway.

For Diva, I cut and added a plastic bingo marker so it didn't stick too high above the ATC.  After I gessoed the centers of all the cards, I wished I hadn't.  But live and learn, I say.

These are the two sides of the tags I affixed to the back with tiny brads.    I STILL can't stamp!

But wait!  You are in for a real treat.

These incredible beauties arrived in the mail this week.

I didn't ask Julia for one, but she sent one anyway.  She is always doing something sweet like that.  I NEVER can get ahead when it comes to her thoughtfulness.

This handmade card (solely for Bleubeard's benefit) and this Christmas 3-D embellishment arrived with my PIF ATC from Nikki at Graphix and Design.  You know she's famous for the WOYWW buttons everyone uses on their blogs.

How appropriate is this? (Yes, that's the handsome Bleubeard and the button was created by Nikki)

She made this specifically for me.  Not sure anyone noticed that Lilian was left out of the mix, but I know Nikki created this for me as soon as she thought there were no more people joining the ATC party.   I can't thank Nikki and Julia enough for these gorgeous ATCs.

This beauty is my rocking horse of the week and it's sitting on my guillotine cutter that takes the place of my desk.  I apologize that this is already longer than most desker posts I create.  Thanks for visiting.  I greatly appreciate it.  Please leave your number if you have arrived here from Julia's blog.

43 thoughtful remarks:

Cindy McMath said...

What fun cards Elizabeth! I always love altered playing cardsm and yours are great. I like how you personalized them for the recipients.

Birgit said...

These are wonderful! Love the rocking horse and the Christmas card but I love that one with the shiny background...so original!

Helen said...

I love the lavender paper, I am not sure I will be able to use it... lol! the tag was a great touch! Glad you've received some beauties of your own.

I was touched that you were so worried I may have been affected by the attack.. I don't go up to London at night (except for our Christmas work night out) and the station that was targeted is not one that I tend to use as it is not on a direct route from me at home. But thank you - as we have seen all to often, it can happen any time, anywhere, but it won't stop me doing what I want to. Helen #1

Nikki C said...

I'm so glad you got your atc and you like it if you turn it on it side magically 8 will show up I the background I wanted it to not take away from the rockinghorse I painted up for you and lol at the the bluebeard button I made that for how many times you have scored the #1 spot in a row ages ago swear you had Julia's code for her link up lol
Have a wonderful day hugs Nikki 2

Nikki C said...

Opps forgot your ATC's are fab I like the little tag you added on its the perfect touch with your icon rocking horse

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely piece sent and received. That lavender paper is so fantastic, too. Love the little tags you made with the rocking horses, too. Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

Sarah Brennan said...

I love the way that you personalised your ATCs, there's no doubt who created them. How gorgeous are the ones you received too! Happy WOYWW Sarah #8

chrissie said...

Terrific and unique work as always Elizabeth and I am sure the paper will be very well received

Love Chrissie xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

If anyone is on G+ and can leave a message for Sarah Brennan, she is the only person I can't leave comments to. If you can, please, please let her know I'm not on G+ and the only way I can comment is if I join G+.

Annie said...

Im really enjoying seeing all the lovely ATCs on my visits....so much love flying around the world. We are so blessed to be part of this wonderful group aren't we?
Annie x #12

Anne said...

Such lovely makes, given and received... I love the lavender paper. Lucky Helen. Have a happy week. Anne x #19

Blogoratti said...

Yes its been a shocking couple of weeks no doubt.

Great work you have going on there. Warm greetings.

BJ said...

Super ATCs, love the rocking horse! Thanks for the visit BJ#17

Angela Radford said...

Hi to you both. Great collection of ATCs, love them! Your handmade paper is gorgeous Elizabeth! Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x14x

sandra de said...

great ATC and I am sure your recipients will be thrilled. love the lavender paper. Squiggles is very cute :)
sandra de @31

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Elizabeth, and snuggles to Bleubeard. Gorgeous ATC's, aren't they all wonderful, as always. Love the little tags you added, brilliant idea! Love the Bleubeard badge! Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #6 XxX

Neet said...

Had to smile when I saw "Diva" as I used to be known as the "Domino Diva" when I was demonstrating. Mainly because i gave dominoes a real 'kick' in the UK and demonstrated various things on them - and wore lots on my jacket. (only when dem'ing I might add) Also I used to have a blog with the word in it. Must try to find if it still exists - strange how I cannot remember the name - old age!
Thanks for showing us so many of your lovely creations and for showing us those you received. That was a wonderful and very thoughtful gift you sent to Helen.
Thanks also for holding us in your heart due to the recent bombings. Yes, Manchester was hard, evoking memories of the last time it happened but that time it was the IRA. Hits home when it is so close and you live near one of the victims
Love to you, Squiggles and, of course, Bleubeard and thank him for my snuggle.
Hugs, Neet xx

Linda Kunsman said...

super altered playing cards Elizabeth! Also loving all the wonderful cards and envies that you received. What fun to swap happy mail and art:)

Gibby Frogett said...

Lots of lovely artwork on all the various ATCs :)
And what a thoughtful gift with your own handmade papers - they look fabulous Elizabeth. The one time I tried handmade paper I had so many ice cream containers full of various pulp they ended up going mouldy.
Gill x

My name is Erika. said...

Those ATCs are really really cool Elizabeth. I never thought of using the actual card front as my base-but it works really well! And wow- you have a great collection of handmade paper. Its fun to learn new things about people and I didn't know you make/made so much paper. And also great cards. You've had a good week so far I would say! Hugs-Erika

CJ Kennedy said...

Love your ATCs. Never thought of adding a tag. What a fun addition. You received some beautiful ATCs. I especially loved Cats Love Birds and Bleubeard is my favorite. I tried papermaking with a kid's kit but found the sheets I made too thick.

Andrea said...

Loving all the fabulous ATCs and cards Elizabeth. Great desks this week I'm so enjoying a good look around all this gorgeousness. Your post this week is no exception thanks for sharing your creations.
Bluebird makes and excellent button. How kind in sending one of your sheets of handmade paper ,Helen will be over the moon . take good care .crafty hugs Andrea #27 x

Bubbles said...

LOVE the rocking horse - he looks a bit 'cheeky' and has a grin with attitude :)
Have a great Wednes-YAY!

Bubbles #36

Jeanie said...

Sounds like a wonderful swap and that you gave as good as you got! Or vice versa!

I wanted to thank you for the very thoughtful and well stated comment on my blog and especially for quoting the JFK speech. I wasn't familiar with that one and I'm so glad you shared it.

Yes, England and France have been having more than their share of trouble lately. I loved your words here.

Sandra Cox said...

So many fun goodies.
You know, Elizabeth, those Diva and Queen cards are really a great idea. Most of us would love decks of cards designed like that.

I echo your sentiments on England and France, and regardless of tweets I believe most Americans support them and their leaders 100 percent.

kathyinozarks said...

I loved what you created-and I love your fun mail too the rocking horse I think is my most favorite--
I wish those terrorists would just go away-I really don't get them at all-so sad

Divers and Sundry said...

I got such a kick out of seeing a post on ATCs! I think, "Oooo, I've made some of those!" ;)

Sami said...

Very sad about all the latest attacks.
I'm amazed that you even make handmade paper Elizabeth.
Such a cute rocking horse :)

Lindart said...

Wonderful ATCs Elizabeth! I don't think the tags were too much at all! Great addition!
And isn't it wonderful that Bluebeard got his own ATCs too! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #41

Sue said...

Hi Elizabeth, Lovely ATCs and cards. Your homemade paper looks fab and such a beautiful colour.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #20

froebelsternchen Susi said...

WOW... your APCs are super .. and the ATCs you received are beautiful as well!
Love the BLEUBEARD button ---so nice!
I really enjoyed seeing your shelf with all those handmade papers -just FANTASTIC! WOW..this looks amazing. You are really nice to send your partner the lavender paper!

craftyani said...

What a lovely pack of ATC's they are beautiful. I like the Bleubeard button also. ANickoana #4

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Elizabeth; what a fun post today; admittedly I'm not familiar with all the art "projects" but everyone is doing an amazing job in creating them ! you should all get together and open an etsy store; if some don't already have one ! ♥♥

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw Elizabeth, I did receive your absolutely awesome ATCs, on the day! I have no idea why I didnt manage to email you to say they'd arrived and to thank you, please lets put it down to a shocking memory. Geez. Love the rationale behind the lavender paper for Helen, see thats far more thoughtful than you could ever accuse me of being. How clever of Nikki, that button is such fun! The tag idea was a touch of genius actually, I love it, said as much to Helen too...so many things on your cards that I just look at and wonder 'why have I never thought of that'!

Meggymay said...

Fabulous ATC cards, I love how you made them and of course seeing the sweet rocking horses was lovely.
Your home made paper liked fantastic and I think your friend will have loved hers.
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

What fabulous AYCs - both yours and the ones you received! Couldn't have made many visits today (still getting dizzy) so will have to post mine next week! Hugs, Chrisx

Dorlene Durham said...

Awesome post! Great ATCs and I love your gift to Helen. A unique handmade item is always a great idea. Love. Dorlene #42

May said...

Fabulous post Love all the beautiful ATC's...You make your own paper...Amazing... Love the purple fabulous gift for Helen, Have a happy safe week ahead... May #13

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Sorry I'm late replying, yesterday wasn't a happy day. Anyway I love those tags, what a clever idea and sending the lavender paper to Helen was genius!! Hope you're keeping well and happy. Give your puss cats a tickle from me, I had to have my cat Harry put to sleep as he had a huge tumour in his bowel...am very sad.
Hugs, LLJ 11 xx

okienurse said...

Awesome ATC and I think a very thoughtful gift! Homemade handcrafted papers are awesome! I passed through Wichita the other day and thought about you! Have a great week. Vickie #43

Diana Taylor said...

Lovely ATC's - I particularly love the playing card ones, that's a very clever and effective idea. The ATC for Bluebeard made me giggle, I love it!
So sorry I'm late replying to your visit, but I seem to be getting into a rather bad habit of taking until Tuesday to complete my commenting - hope I don't get struck off by Julia!
Have a great what's left of the week,
Diana x #26

Shoshi said...

Great collection of ATCs, Elizabeth, and I do love your little tag with WOYWW on one side and the rocking horse on the other! The hand-made paper is fabulous. Unfortunately I didn't make mine for my recent project - it was in my stash. It is something I'd like to do, though. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comment - I was fascinated to read about the physics of hurricanes (having also looked at your later posts about the science stuff, I can see you have a real interest!). I am so glad you enjoyed looking at the progress on my little book. It is now finished and bound, and I've just uploaded the final blog post about it. I'm thrilled with how it came out.

I'm always late with my WOYWW comments - I didn't think there was actually a rule that we had to do all our comments on the Wednesday!! I never mind how late people are visiting mine, as I'm just happy to receive comments at any time!

Have a great week.
Shoshi #34

Katie @ Arnold's Attic said...

Fabulous post,
Sorry for the delay in commenting, laptop trouble. It's died on me and I'm in a bit of a flap.
On a positive note, my Dear Husband plans to buy a replacement for me.
Katie #33