Monday, 28 April 2014

ATC Block

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!!  Hope you've all had a good day today and that the weather has been nice in your part of the world.  It's been absolutely beautiful here in Adelaide, almost like summer again.

Today I'd like to share an ATC Block  that I made.  I first saw one of these on Astrid Maclean's blog and I really loved the one she created.   She has made a couple more since then and they have all been gorgeous.  Any of you who visit Astrid's blog will know about her amazing creations.  Her work is stunning!!
Anyway, on one of her comments on my blog, she told me about Jenny Marples of 'Pushing the Right Buttons' and how she uses a lot of mixed media on her cards so, of course, I had a look and fell in love with her creations too.  Well, Jenny also makes ATC Blocks and I totally fell in love with one of hers and could no longer resist the temptation to make one of my own.  I'm afraid I pretty much copied Jenny's  because I loved it so much.  If you'd like to take a look at hers, HERE is the link, and HERE is the link to Astrid's Blog for any of you who haven't been there before.  Take the time to check them both out, you will not be sorry.  They are both awesome artists and create the most gorgeous things!!
So, here is my block.
 The block was made from paperboard and measures 3 x 3 on each side, and the papers I've used to cover it are from BoBunny's Weekend Market Paper Pack.  I've had these papers for a long time and never got around to using them.  I'm so glad I still had them in my stash because they were perfect for this Block.  The colours were just what I was looking for.
 The leaves were cut with my Silhouette except for the autumn leaves, they came from  Meg's  The flowers are a mix from different retailers but I have no idea what brand they are.  All the edges, including the leaves, were inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
 The chipboard Trellis is the Moroccan Shape with Cutouts from Imaginarium which was heat embossed with Whispers Metallic Embossing Powder.  It does actually look like bronze but that doesn't show too well on the photos. The cutouts were coloured with Versa Colour in Gold, Silver and Bronze and then clear embossed.
 View from the top.  Added a few gem sprays from Magnolia Ink to the flower cluster.  The chipboard tag is from G45 as are all the other chippie labels.
 A closie of the cluster on the front ...
 ... on the right side ...

 ... on the right corner ...
 ... and on the left side.
 A view of the inside.
I enjoyed making this block so much that I am definitely going to make more of them.  Have no idea what I'm going to do with them, although I do think that they would make a lovely little gift when filled with chocolates or sweets of some kind.  They could even be used as Birthday Card replacements although they would not be easy to post.   Perhaps just for ones that get hand delivered.   Hmmmmm!!!  Might have to consider that.  Would give me a wonderful excuse to make more, not that I need an excuse!!  LOL!!

Well, I hope you like my little ATC Block and I want to thank Astrid and Jenny for giving me the inspiration.  I absolutely loved making this!!!  Gotta make More!!!!!!

I have decided to enter this into the Challenge at 613 Avenue Create 

Thank you so much for visiting and putting up with my nonsense.  I do hope you enjoy what's left of your day.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg


  1. Oh Margie this is totally amazing! I absolutely love and adore your ATB! The way you have arranged the flowers, how you put it together, the whole thing is just out of this world gorgeous!! So glad you were inspired by my link to Jenny's blog and of course thanks for all the lovely comments you leave on my blog too, so very much appreciated!!

  2. This is so lovely Marg! I presume it is to hold ATCs? I am keen on this idea too!! I will check out the blogs you mention & see if I can see some measurements. I am not sure if ATCs can be any size or are meant to be one specific size. I like the idea as they are small & cute to swap - hopefully they will be quicker than cards for me & I can get messy!! Thanks for sharing your beauty. Love the chippie you used on it. WOW. I don;t know the material you mention. Is it like MDF? Or scrapbooking chipboard? Sorry for all the questions! I will check the other blogs as there may be an answer on them!

  3. This is absolutely beautiful Margy. So many amazing details and such a great idea too. Love it. Cheers Di

  4. Woderful project Marg!!!! Love this!!!

  5. freaking awesome !!!!!!! so much beauty, detail and masterful creating.... loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee x

  6. Wow this looks wonderful Marg.. I love all the flowers and trellis's and great earthy papers too.. well done.. you are very clever to makes boxes like this.. I shall have to go over and check out the blogs you mentioned!

  7. What a cool project! You rocked it!!! :D

  8. Wonderful box! Fantastic detail! So beautiful and i can't imagine all the thought and hard work that went into creating such a unique gift box! I would love for you to check out my blog. I'm offering blog candy for followers. Thank you for sharing with us at Tip Top Tuesday. Amy A., DT

  9. So glad I got some time out this morning to browse through your blog (quite some time too!) as it meant I found this incredible ATB! I feel beyond honoured to have inspired you to create this beautiful box and am blown away by all your many creations. Thank goodness I'm following now as nothing will escape in future!!! Huge hugs to you Margaret. You're a star that will travel far. Jenny x

  10. Just found you Marg, such a beautiful box!! Subscribing to your blog of course lol

  11. Wow, your box is absolutely gorgeous. I love every detail on it

  12. Stunning, wonderful art! Who would not be delighted to receive one of these as a gift? Jenny Marples shared your creation on Facebook! I'm so glad I found it because this is inspirational! Julie Ann xxx

  13. You are so right about Astrid and Jenny's work Marg but I have to say - you have created a pretty fabulous and inspirational ATB yourself! This is simply gorgeous! Anne x

  14. Margaret, I love your Artist Trading Block! The colors and textures are just amazing! So much to look at and enjoy... beautiful work! Keep them coming :-)

  15. WOWser this is just gorgeous. Love the rich colours and a fabulous way to store ATC's


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