Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mad for Markers ATC Challenge, Birthday Cards and Gardening

Hi all, This is another schedule post, so hope it works, our challenge at Mad for Markers this fortnight is to make an ATC (Artist Trading Card) measuring 3.5" x 2.5", now don't be put off by the size, these are fun to make. This week I have used one of the Cheeky Girls (thanks Emma), thought I would enter Glitterbabe's Challenge again "Make It Sparkly", so I have added Gold Spica to her hair, Rosanna's Purple Groovy Chick glitter to the edges and Kindlyglitz to the rose and purple kaisercraft rhinestones (I think this has to be the most I have ever used on one card) I have used my new multiliner available from Sammi to draw in fishnet stockings. I am sorry I forgot to make a note of the colours I used.

This challenge is on till 10th July, don't forget to pop over to the Mad for Markers Blog each week day for some wonderful inspiration from the talented Mad for Markers DT. We thought we would have a little more fun this challenge and we are asking all entrants and DT to send in their ATC's to Sammi and she will swap them about and post back out to everyone and don't forget the winner gets to be Guest Designer for our next challenge. Looking forward to visiting and seeing your wonderful creations.

The complete copic range is available from Sammi at the Mad for Markers Store, delivering to Australia and New Zealand.

Now for some family stuff, for those that are interested. If not thanks for visiting, take careX:)

These are the birthday cards Rosanna and Morgan made for me

This is Morgan's card, he printed a sketch (hangman) he asked me if I got it and had to say I think so?!?!?! Not seen these charactors before.
This is the middle section

Rosanna made a cute fairy card that is layered/decoupage. Did make me laugh these two are making a card and I am meant to be making a card but I had to keep shutting my eyes so I couldn't see what they were doing lol!

This is a side view to show the layers. Don't forget I have celebration blog candy for those that are interested see here or top right of the side bar.

The following is gardening:

Heres hubby posing lol! We started a couple of weeks ago taking all the stone of the front (which we had only put down 18 months ago) but, we kept losing plants the only original is the lavender.

This is it all cleared of stone.

This is the heap of stones we shifted, which need to go back, I sure hope I lose some weight!!

This is after all the stone and weedmat was taken off. We then dug the ground over and dug little trenches down from the main plants, placed draining pipe in which connected to more draining pipe along the bottom, spread a full bag of gypsum all over (meant to help break down the clay) now hopefully when it rains the water will drain away and our poor plants won't die from rotton roots from being water bogged. Forgot to take pics of the 4 cubic metres of soil piled up at the front lol! We spread that out, then spread newspaper everywhere and put the stones back on top.

Finally back to where we started with a few extra plants, so keep your fingers crossed. Tthe little lavenders on the front are baby lavenders from the big lavender to the right.

This is the left over soil, a job for another weekend lol! The back is a much bigger ongoing project! Rusty does try to help by digging holes where he can to bury his bones lol!

The following three photos should have been posted in April, these are our little toms in a beautiful dish Rosanna made out of clay and decorated at school.

Just had to show you these PURPLE and Green Beans

and finally our rhubarb, which made a delicous crumble

Glitterbabe's Challenge #1 - Make It Sparkly

If you made it this far hope we didn't bore you too much, have a wonderful day.

Thank you for visiting, hope you are well, happy crafting, take care, AnnetteX:)


  1. Lovely ATC Annette, you fitted lots on there awesome! Morgan and Rosanna's cards are awesome, well done guys !! Wow you were hard at work, looks great, hope the plants take off ok.
    Sue x

  2. Grief Annette! It's a wonder you can lift your arms to type hahaha! The fruit n veggies look wonderful! A wish for you "May your garden be as lush as your cards!"
    Thank you for playing at Glitterbabes Challenge XXX

  3. You sure have been busy with your gardening and creating!! Your vegis look great and yummy. Your house is beautiful. Love all the brick! Scott and I have so much fun working on our own landscaping. Beautiful work on the ATC too. Especially love the first with the sassy image.

  4. your garden is gorgeous!!!! great job!!!!

    your card is fabulous. i remember those fish-net stockings too. they were a struggle to get on - lol. thank you so much for joining us at glitterbabe's challenge again!

  5. OOO What a fun post Annette so much to look at girly!! Beautiful creations and pics too!!!!

  6. well done on your crop!
    beautiful cards, I love how you made the stockings into fishnets! saucy!

    love teen x

  7. It's soo much fun to see your kid's work - I wish mine took an interest!!! Fabulous work from you ALL!
    What a huge job around the garden - make sure you post finished pics too!

  8. Ohhh I am loving that sassy lady card at the top and love the other too, fab work here and thanks for sharing the pics too
    hugs June xxx

  9. Love your ATC Annette, she is such a cute image!! Love the flower in the hair, a great touch!

    Love the kids cards! Love the layers and all the sparkle that Rosanna's card has! And Morgan's, what a great idea to use a comic strip! Great Job done by all....hehe!

  10. Oh wow! This post is chock full of fun pictures! First, love your fun and sassy card! What a darling image and great job drawing in the fishnet stockings! Second, what awesome bday cards you received. What talented children you have! Love your gardening endeavors too. Those stones look like alot of work! Gorgeous veggies!! Enjoy your weekend, Annette! hugs, Angela

  11. cute! love that top card!


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