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May 28, 2013

WOYWW4 (#208) - Happy Fourth Anniversary and ATC Swap

What a day for a party!
I'm joining other frolickers in a special celebration in honor of Ms. Julia Dunnit's FOURTH Anniversary hosting What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW).  Who would have thought that a silly notion to pop a linky tool on a post inviting crafters to show a picture of their workdesks for others to visit would take off like the rocket it has?  Well done, Julia!  Happy Anniversary and many, many more!!

For those that want to participate, this anniversary celebration includes an ATC swap.  ATC stands for "Artist Trading Card" and the size is 3.5" x 2.5".  Many of you make the most awe-mazing ATCs, I can't even believe it.  They are true works of art that should be domed under glass and put in art museums!  This is only my second time making an ATC.  My first was a year ago for the third anniversary WOYWW ATC swap. 
As you might know, I'm a CAS (clean and simple) kinda girl and ATCs are usually intricate, inky, and multi-layered art pieces.  But I'm also a "Hey, look, a party!" (HLAP) kinda girl and so I'm joining in. 
Here is my desk on a rare cloudy and muggy day the end of May:
I pinned my ATCs to a cardboard.  Here are the fronts . . .
 and here are the backs . . . 
They aren't very layered and inky, but they're "me."  The hardest part was coming up with a design idea, but once I spied a stamp from PTI ("Cupcakes and Sentiments") that has been sitting on my desk for ages, waiting to be shared, I thought, "Well, duh, of course!"  The stamp actually says, "Life is Too Short, Eat Dessert First."   I only used the first part because that has become the catch phrase for my blog, so it seemed perfect!
I started by making a template to be traced and cut from chipboard.  I drafted Mister for this job, which he kindly did for me one evening while watching the boob tube.  Me and my Arthur Istic middle finger on my cutting hand really appreciated his help!  I glued designer paper, my sediment, and wood veneer clocks to the chipboard; some were sponged with Distress Inks.  
Instead of hands on the clocks, I thought that butterflies or birds were just the thing to complete the theme.  I mean, another way of saying, "life is too short" is to say, "time flies," right?  I finished off the edges of each ATC with a piece of black shoe lace and signed the back.  And there you have it.  One of my ATCs will "wing" its way to the * under my name in the hop and the others will be posted as well.

Thank you to everyone who joins in the fun at WOYWW and takes the time to visit the Playhouse and comment!  If you stopped by, please let me know you were here so I can make sure and return the flavor.  I'm hoping to visit LOTS of you this week!
Mwah!  Oh, and Cheers!  The drinks trolley is heading your way!

Life Is Too Short!

Thank you, Nikki, for the fab "4" graphic!


Jules said...

Hi Darnell

Your ATCs look wonderful! I daren't even make one because I know I would get hooked! LOL!!!

It looks lovely and bright outside your window .. .. I can almost smell the fresh air coming in!! It poured down with rain all day here and was very dark!!!

Have a good day.

Love Jules xx

Melissa said...

Maybe that's why I've never attempted an ATC...my CAS addiction won't allow me to! You've shown that it's possible, though. Uh oh.

You actually got your Mister to do something crafty for you?! By golly, if I even suggested something like that to my DH, he'd tremble in his shoes!

Every time I see your work space, I turn a little green. Who wouldn't find creative mojo in that wonderful place you've got there?! :) The view from your window might keep me distracted, however! Beautiful!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Your ATCs are wonderful!! As a virgin stamper, mine is very simple...bit like me really ;-)
I have a helpful husband too...he'll happily sit and cut out fabric shapes for me, bunting, patchwork squares..he's very good!
I have really enjoyed your surreal sense of humour over the past few months....lets hope the association continues for many a year to come!
Happy 4th WOYWW!
Hugs, LLJ 9 xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

What to write?
Gorgeous love all,
hugs Tamara

Helen said...

What great ATC's. Your swappees will love them! Have a lovely day. Helen 39 Happy 4th WOYWW

Sandy said...

What great ATC's you have made and what fun this all is.
Happy WOYWW 4th Anniversary
Sandy :)

Julia Dunnit said...

Your ATCS are fab - I know what you mean, I'm often intimidated by the arty-ness of them..mine are erm, average. And thanks for sending the drinks troley over, I don't mind if I do! Cheers!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Darnell it is fun seeing what everyone is doing each week and esp. this week ... wow yours are soo neat think I better recheck mine!! lovely work!
Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy 4th anniversary of WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #37

Mrs A. said...

Well look at these. Who can't do ATC's then! These are lovely and very you. Ace one. Hugs Mrs a.

Anne said...

Wow your ATC's are fantastic!!!!! Happy WOYWW - enjoy the party hugs Anne x #84

glitterandglue said...

Well done - a new skill learned! Your ATCs are lovely - I had never made one before the other week either - fun, aren't they? Your desk looks great - you have been extremely busy.
Have attempted to put a picture behind the blog so it isn't too much black, and managed to increase the font size a little - hope it helps.
Have a good week.
Margaret #70

ria gall said...

Hi Darnell
I love your pretty ATC's really stunning makes
Wishing you and everyone a Very Happy WOYWW today
Ria #49

Neet said...

Gorgeous atc's there Darnell. I never have thought of making them a shape rather than plain old boring. These look really fab!
Thanks for visiting me earlier and a Happy WOYWW 4th Birthday.
Hugs, Neet xx 1

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I am with Neet on this, I would never have thought to make them an interesting shape - how very clever of you to think of that! Your ATCs are wonderful, they really don't need to be all inky at all - yours are perfect. I am so thrilled to have met you through this forum!! Happy 4th WOYWW. Hugs, Annie x #62

Karen said...

Wow, your ATC's are SOOOOO pretty!!! I love them. Have a great WOYWW today! Karen 104 x

Maisie Moonshine said...

You should make more ATCs - I think CAS works just as well as TTKSAI (Throw the kitchen sink at it)! Have a great week and if you should want to send one of those gorgeous little works of art my way - just let me know! MMx #85

The Taming of the Glue said...

I love the ATC's you've made. Wish I'd been more organised and made some...hopefully next year!
I love your playhouse, so bright and cheery. Happy 4th WOYWW. Pam#33

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super ATC's and I think you are right to keep them 'you'! Take care Zo xx 79

voodoo vixen said...

I lthink your ATC's are wonderful, the shape, the colours and the theme! Handy to have a husband who will do the hard cutting... not sure I would let mine lose with my knives!! LOL Happy 4th WOYWW Anniversary! Annette #2

Tracy said...

Isn't that the idea, that ATCs should reflect the person who made them? They look great to me :)
Tracy #55

ike said...

Ooooh !! Stunningly GORGEOUS ATCs :-D

Happy WOYWW 4th Anni :-D

IKE xx #124

SueH said...

It’s amazing that the internet can bring together so many likeminded people and I’m grateful that WOYWW has also brought along so many new friends, thanks to Julia.

Oh Darnell, your desk looks great this week and those ATC’s look amazing. They put the back of mine to shame.

Enjoy your Wednesday snooping on this very special Day
Happy Crafting!
Sue @82

Kara Lynne said...

Well done! Great idea with the "time flies" and your theme over all. Beautiful!

Jackie said...

I always think of you as the tidy lady!!!!!
When I did my blog post this week I was actually worried if I put my messy picture first you would be telling me off!!!!!!
Your ATC's are very nice , tidy and neat how we all love you!!!
Jackie 5

Eliza said...

Great ATC's and so you. I think you have created some real masterpieces.

Happy 4th Birthday celebrations for

Hugs Eliza 75

Krisha said...

Hi Darnell, you must have stayed up late to get a small number. I slept in and went to #140 Almoset missed the party....LOL Great ATCs if you have any not spoken for I'll swap with you.
Let me know
Krisha #140

susibee said...

Your ATCs look absolutely great:)

Happy WOYWW 4th anniversary. Susi #74

Sarn said...

WOW - great looking ATCs Darnell and a nice explanation behind their design too.

Happy 4th Anniversary WOYWW honey.

Sarn xxx

Laura said...

Your ATC's look wonderful - you should be proud

okienurse said...

Great looking ATC's. I wasn't much into ATC then I made the first one a couple years ago and now I am hooked. btw the best way to store them is in baseball card holders...fits perfect. Happy WOYWW 4th Anniversary. Have a great week. Vickie #14

Monique said...

Your ATC's are beautiful, both front and back. I wish I could write this neatly.
Happy WOYWW4 =)

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Darnell
fab ATC's the backs look as good as the front. love the curvy shape (much like myself hehe). I would love one if you have a spare i will e mail my address. I have your ATC ready to send and will try and get to the post office tomorrow lunch time. We seem to have a similar sense of humour i knopw an Arther Itic too, he's not nice!
I will be following you too.
have a great week
janet #32

Anonymous said...

Darnell, your ATCs came out great! Lots of cool detail to them. I'm more of a CAS girl myself, too, so my ATCs are probably more simple than others'. I'm trying not to worry about that! Happiest of WOYWWs to you from Laura #129

dottielottie said...

Oh Darnell. I think your ATC's are perfect little works of art, love them. Wishing you a happy day.
Happy art making
Hugs Lottie #92

Bobby said...

I've never done ATC's either and wasn't sure what, how, when...so I didn't join in. You, on the other hand, did a great job.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm in AWE of your ATCs. You won't find much ink on mine, either. I'm totally impressed with these. They are really incredible, both front and back.

Happy WOYWW4 from # 17.

Nan G said...

Wow! Your ATCs are gorgeous! What do you mean only the second time...no way?! Thanks for the earlier visit. Happy WOYWW4! Nan G #6

Andrea said...

wow stunning atcs you would never guess you've only made them once before happy belated woyww anniversary i dint get the opportunity to visit anyone yesterday so making up for it To day hugs Andrea x

Anonymous said...

I really like how you got your LITS moniker on those atc's, brilliant job. Yup, that entire stretch of Lake Michigan was put there purely for our pleasure on Sunday, at least that's what it felt like! Have a look at this much earlier post from our first weekend trip to Holland, the last few photos show what that channel area and Lake Michigan are usually like, and why we were incredibly lucky to have the day that we did!

If that link screws up put this in your browser: http://butlersabroad.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/holland-michigan/


Nikki said...

Stunning ATC's love the shape to them very inspiring :) hugs Nikki #145

Sally Clum said...

I really like your ATCs. They reflect you and that is what is important. I don't have a blog, but I have enjoyed visiting your playhouse many times as a "guest." Thanks for sharing!
Sally C

Geri said...

OMG!!! Wow yet again! These cards are unbelievable Darnell! I saved the pic to my computer so that I could zoom in and see all the details and effort that you put into making these! What a fabulous keepsake you have created! Love the colors that you used too!

Totally blown away with these....in awe of your creativity dear friend!

roffeycreations said...

Hi Darnell, everyone was so busy with their ATC's - I will def have to give some a go next year... Happy 4th WOYWW Birthday... Mxx #137

Queen Lightwell said...

You just never fail to amaze me! Your ATC's are gorgeous and look plenty complicated! lol :) Love the idea of birds and butterflies instead of hands on the clocks, perfect for the idea that time flies...and boy does it ever! It's already more than a few days in and here I am just making it round! But I am just like you on the making of the ATC's too, this is also my second time only with last year being my first! lol But they are such fun to make, aren't they? Hope you're having a fab WOYWW special anniversary edition! :) Deeyll #29

Sandy said...

I love how you always call me Anni makes me lol every time.. Part of my name is ann so you know you are nearly right when you call me that. I will have to track her down and check out her blog to see if we have so much in common. Your ATC's are lovely.
Thanks for the visit to my blog
Happy WOYWW 4th Anniversary.
Sandy :)

Ellen Taylor said...

Beautiful ATC"s Love the shapes of them. Have a fabulous day!!!