Feeling chatty...

...today, so be forewarned. ;)

Sharing my very first ATC - I had fun making it, using THIS Hero Arts adorable digital file, THIS HA sentiment stamp, and some delicate little HA pearls.

I combined all three Hero Arts challenges in this ATC - flowers, ATC's and colored pencils. The flowers come from the little flowers I punched out with an old, long forgotten dollar store punch, and then centered with Hero Arts pearls. The ATC part, well, that's kinda obvious. ;) And the colored pencils I used were watercolor, so after I colored them in, I went over with a tiny, tiny brush with a tiny bit of water. Makes the color pop and makes my lazy coloring look way better. ;)

My little sister noticed me making this, and asked why I was making 'a mini card?' So I explained ATC's to her, and she asked if she could make one too.
Here's her first one...

And she LOVED making it, which surprised me! I'd already tried to interest her in cardmaking several times, but she just never got really into it. She loves mini things though, which is why I'm guessing she had so much fun with these ATC's. :) She made yet another, but the pic isn't ready yet, so I'll save that for another time.
Meanwhile, a peek of our backyard. I take my card pics on the deck in the back, and against the wall there are these flower bushes. Well, it was getting pretty loud around there with insects and butterflies, so I walked on over to take a couple pics.

The butterflies wouldn't let me get close, but those bees didn't mind at all!

I also wanted to share some of my latest shopping pick-ups;

Emma's Shoppe - been wanting this one FOR-ever! Made a card today with it - I think this collection is my fave from Crate (trumping Restoration) as it fits my cardmaking style perfectly. I'm not girly at all when it comes to anything else, but with papercrafting, I just can't resist adding as many pretties together as I can. :)

Portrait - this wedding/anniversary collection is perfect timing, as there are two weddings coming up that are very close to me. My brother in June, and then, three weeks later, my sister in July. As I'm also one of the bridesmaids for my sister, and she'll be moving down to Texas with her soon-to-be-husband after the wedding, I want to make an extra EXTRA special card for her. So though this collection isn't the wedding colors for her wedding, it will still help inspire me.

You may not know this about me, but I looooove chocolate milk (as in, really love it!), and my love of cows follows this. So as soon as I saw the sneak peek for the set a week or so back, I knew exactly what the image was and that I was getting it asap!
Cute farm animals? Like. Adorable cow? Love.

I've gotten a lot of new product the past week, so I'm not finished showing you all my new treasures. But I'll spare you from having to go through all that...until another post. ;)
So, my congrats to you if you made it all the way to the end of this post without skipping (though I don't really blame you if you did ;))!!

Thanks so much for stopping in, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!


  1. Loved reading your post, Clare! Tickled to know that maybe now your little sis will be joining you in your craft room! Love both of your ATCs - aren't they FUN?!

    Thanks for sharing your new goodies with us.....must go check out Emma's Shoppe! Where do you get them? Is there a brick and mortar store in Pgh that you shop at?

  2. Your ATC is super cute Clare and your sister's is delightful too... Love seeing your goodies and can't wait to see some of them made into cards.

  3. Cute ATC Clare! I'm also now head over heels in love with lawn fawn!!! Jo x

  4. What a fun post, Clare! I love your ATC and your
    sister's too!! It is fun to read about your
    new toys. Have fun playing.

  5. Oh, WOW! Both of these are such beauties! The coloring is perfect on your birdies and love your sister's ATC, she is a pro!

  6. so cute and beautiful! love the colorful rows of birds on the first one and second one is just so pretty! fabulous work, Clare! love them both! can't wait to see what you make with your goodies!

  7. That fabulous little ATC has stolen my heart!!!! I just ADORE it Sis!!!! Your little Sis is following I your footsteps as her ATC is lovely!!! She is a natural :)

    I can't wait to see the gorgeous things you make with all of your new goodies!!!! No doubt, they will knock my socks off :)

    I cherish your words that you left for me on my blog. You lifted my spirits and brought a huge smile to my face. I love and adore you sooooooo much!!!! I promise to be better in stopping in to see what you have been up to on your blog. You are AMAZING!!!! LOVE YOU SIS!!!!!! <3

  8. Your ATC is darling Clare as is your sister's. I love the pic of the bee in your Rhododendrons! Great shot!

  9. Your ATC is simply adorable...love all those little birds. Your sister's is so pretty, also.


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