Wednesday 25 July 2018

A Little Girl's Dream by Jennie

Hello and welcome to something a little different!

Today I am sharing a collaborative ATC!  Our four year old granddaughter Caitlyn (soon to be five) and her brother stayed with us at the beginning of the month and she had a wonderful time going through all the drawers and cupboards in the craft room. She particularly loved the Calico Craft Parts drawer! and so I asked her to gather together some bits and pieces that I could make into a project.

So here is an ATC made by me .... but all the elements chosen by Caitlyn! She fell in love with the beautiful shaped ATC as it reminded her of a mirror. And the little photograph had already been chosen as being how she would like to look when older ...... a little blue flower found its way to the pile along with a tag, white ribbon and a little muslin.  So .... this is what I did with them.

I painted the outside of the decorative ATC frame with blue paint to match the dress in the photograph and then splodged white paint over the top for a mottled blue and white look.  I blended a little vintage ink around the edges.

I try and keep the "splodging" as light as possible in order not to lose the fabulous etched patterns.

I didn't want to overwhelm the photograph so opted for some text paper which I dulled down a bit with the vintage ink.

A couple of you have asked how I manage to get such neat edges around the ATCs. I am not sure that it is that neat!  but I normally glue the paper page onto the MDF and when dry roughly tear around the edges. It is easier on the straight sides as you can tear right alongside the edge. Then I use a light sanding block to take off the edges. It works reasonably well, but if you are a little over zealous you can take off more than you want - note the bottom edge!

However, once the top is layered over the base you can't really see the edges. A gold pen around the edge is useful in hiding all the joins.

The little tag was splodged with white ink (I do love to see the natural brown showing through!) and the sentiment added. Caitlyn likes the word "dream" so I think this will meet with her approval.

I managed to fit all these little pieces in the corner in one of my usual clusters.

I think Caitlyn has a wonderful taste in colours and vintage elements as this has all come together very beautifully.  It would have been lovely to have still had her here while I made it, but the week went all too quickly. However, I am sure it will find it's way into her birthday parcel at the end of the month!

As always thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x

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  1. Love your stunning ATC Jennie and how lovely that your grand-daughter, Caitlyn, chose all the bits n pieces x Wonderful details and what a lovely surprise she will have in her parcel xx

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

    1. Thanks Annie. What l would have given at that age to play with so many wonderful products! x

  2. What a lovely idea, Jennie! Caitlyn chose such beautiful pieces and you have put them together to perfection. I love this and I'm sure she will be very excited to receive it! xx

  3. Jennie, this is sooooo fantastic! I totally love every beautiful detail. Hugs, Autumn

    1. Thank you Autumn - I just wish I could create with her more often x

  4. Beautiful! I can just picture your granddaughter going through the drawers and finding treasures.