After my surprise success last week linking up my first Artist Trading Card to Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge I decided to try my luck again this week! The theme was ‘Christmas in July’. I wanted to get across the summer feeling of July with a hint of Christmas, so I chose to paint a robin on the beach!

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The Christmas in July lettering and bucket and spade are raised up slightly with sticky buds.

ATC Challenge

The second challenge I decided to take part in this week is over at Haunted Design House. Inspired by Ike’s wonderfully macabre ‘chunky ATC‘ I set about creating my own. The theme is dark, gothic or halloween. I decided to use Fimo to create a grave scene. It took me ages but I think the bright colours have made it end up looking a little too cheery!

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Front view

 The unfortunate grave occupant looks like he’s been using a little too much fake tan!

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Back view

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Here’s how I made it:

 I modeled all of the pieces out of Fimo and baked them in the oven to harden.

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The box was the hardest bit! I measured it all out, cut it out with a craft knife then assembled it using PVA glue.

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Then I put everything together. To my surprise the ‘grass’ slotted perfectly into the bottom of the frame, I thought it would need at least a little bit of adjustment!

I’ve really enjoyed these challenges and look forward to what next week will bring!

I’m linking these up to the following blogs: Stamping for Pleasure, Jelly Park Challenges, Polkadoodle, Crafting by Designs and Pinspirational Challenges.


Clare, what a cute little bird on your ATC. You colored him so nice. I’m not one that does ATC’s and am always impressed when I see them. Thanks for joining us at {PIN}spirational Challenges. Good luck!

Bwahahahaha !!! EXCELLENT – just loving the zombie grave ATC….. I really like how you are exploring your Dark Side Claire 😀 😀

The little. bitty Robin is divine. I can see he’s one of your drawings from the style and I think he’s sooooo cute with his bucket and spade LoL Adorable

IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hee hee hee . . . a Christmas Robin sunning himself on the beach with his bucket and spade. I love your quirky Chrimbo ATC Clare. Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

I see you are exploring your dark side with Ike . . . take care! You have been warned! Ike’s amazing and not a little scary (sometimes!!!). She has a wicked sense of humour which I love!


I love the challenge for Haunted Design House!! It made me smile when I first saw it!

‘Christmas in July’ – I wonder if this is why robins have red breasts? Not enough factor 30!Lol Very cute 🙂

I can’t believe the detail in your haunted box. Your hands are amazing! I was surprised to see that you made that box yourself! Wow! It truly is Christmas in July, when you share your processes and art with us! Thanks!

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