My Favorite ATC EVER and Some Notes on Last Nights Storm

So...you may or may not have heard that Massachusetts got hit with some pretty heavy storms last night. Including, but not limited to tornadoes. Can I tell you a little secret?

1. SHhh......I absolutely LOVE storms. They just fill me with energy and yet relax me all at the same time.

Not, mind you, that they can't be dangerous, obviously they can be and are...it's just that once you have actually seen the sky turn a brilliant, beautiful shade of emerald green and then watched the tornado move and hoped against all hope that it didn't turn your direction while you were driving down the LONG stretch of highway in the middle of the fields of Kansas, well....you tend to panic slightly less when it is just a watch and the sky is grey, you see wind, hail, rain, and whatnot and the animals are all still making their noises. It's the silence that freaks me the heck out! If everything goes quiet and the sky become the most beautiful thing you have ever seen, well, then I would say it's a good time to panic.

The thunder storms were incredible! It was the kind of lightening that looks like it is thrown down from space and stretches all the way to the ground! Brilliant, and beautiful! And incredibly bright! This is a photo I took at 9:00 last night (normally it is quite dark by then) in the middle of the second storm that came through.

9:00PM 1 June 2011

That's straight off the camera, folks. I didn't adjust a thing! It was like DAYLIGHT when the lightening was illuminating the sky! Anyway, we are safe and thank you so much to those of you who asked! I am very grateful that after a storm like this I can share the beauty of it rather than the tragedy. I know for others, this storm brought great loss and that makes me so sad. Please keep those people in your prayers.

****UPDATED TO ADD: The Results are in and I am a finalist in the ATC contest!!! Please visit the Retro Cafe Art blog and vote for your favorite! I would LOVE to have your vote!!!***

Now I would like to share the last of the three ATC's I created for the Retro Cafe Art ATC Frame contest! Honestly, this is my favorite ATC EVER! I really love this one. I had a blast creating it and it is just so me! I love it!

Her Halo

Her Halo

This is created using the THICK ATC back and frame cut from masonite found here. I absolutely LOVE how strong and thick the masonite frames are! I coated the frame with glue an then covered it with a net ribbon from May Arts. Because that left glue exposed, I was then able to cover the entire piece with a pretty ocean blue glass glitter to give it fabulous sparkle! I then coated that with Glossy Accents and sprinkled a few flakes of glass glitter over that to add some dimension to the shimmer.


The edges are lined with Tim Holtz tissue tape and Tim Holtz Memo pins are sticking out the top. The back panel is also lined with the tissue tape and I added a strip of Dresden Foil beneath the frozen charlotte doll. She is mounted on a vintage button, thus creating her halo. I have REALLY enjoyed creating these ATC's! Here are all three for you to see, again.

Bang Bang (close)

Happy Thursday!

Somewhat SimplePassionately Artistic


craftattack said...

I like storms, too, although they can be scary. Love your ATCs, can't wit to get my frames to have a play! Keep safe, and have a great day, Valerie

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Brittney said...

Ah, your ATCs are awesome. Love the vintage look and they're very original!

Jingle said...


Thank you for expressing your feelings. I have altered the post a bit, as I feel your are right.

Veronica said...

Beautiful card!! Love all the detail.
I, too, LOVE storms! It's something about how Dangerous they can really be, yet they are out of OUR control! They will always be a mystery. Glad everyone is okay.

Sharon said...

Amazing ATC's!!!! Love them and the effect!
Looks like you got a bit of rain too!!

jayne said...

Beautiful ATC's!

Carla said...

Jingle, super super cute ATC's just adorable..............and wow on the storm picture!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous ATC's love all the details. Just been to do some shopping at The Retro Cafe too, fab stuff. Tracy x

Kathy at Bliss Habits said...

We never get thunder out here I knd of miss it! Tornadoes yikes... we didn't have those when I lived there!! What's next earthquakes?

So glad you are well!

Handmade Hannah said...

Very original and quirky ATCs! I love that style :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love your thick ATC's and I have never seen any or heard of the idea before. I love the net ribbon over the top and the glitter over the top- WOW! Storms- we seem to be getting lots of 'loud' ones- I like the rain but the booming thunder..not so much!

Tracy said...

I too love storms :) They are just so exciting....but only if I am safe inside my house.
Love your ATC's. I have yet to make one

retrorevival.biz said...

Given your confession, I think you'd quite like living here in central Florida, where just about EVERY afternoon/early evening in the summer, we get crazy scarey thunderstorms. The winds from both coasts clash in the middle. Truly awesome storms and beautiful too!

Good luck in the ACT contest; sending good wishes your way:)

Netty said...

Wonderful ATC's ooh I so love them all but the top frame is amazing, so loving that material. Annette x

Lynn Stevens said...

Glad your o.k. Sounds really scary to me!
Your ATC's are Fabulous!!!
hugs Lynn

Jan said...

These are great projects and congrats on being a finalist!!!! YIPEE! I kinda like a good thunderstorm once in awhile as long as I'm comfy in the house and everyone is home :)

Marlene said...

I love storms, too!!! :)

WOW - your project is simply GORGEOUS!!! I'd even go so far as to say it's as gorgeous as your dollies. (And you know how I feel about those!)

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am so grateful that you are safe and sound dear friend...the ATC is gorgeous. Peace, be with you, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Electra said...

Congratulations on being a finalist, Jingle! I lOVE your halo one the most. And I love storms too.

Kathy said...

Wow! Fantastic atcs!! And I do agree, storms are a favorite of mine. wish we would get one or two, without fire danger. Right now our area is a tinderbox!! Need that rain:)