Thursday 1 March 2012

The Stamp Man ATC Swap - Hopes and Dreams - and dreams do come true

My hope and dream is to go to Paris. I can't believe I have never been. I studied Toulouse Lautrec at college and even then wanted to go visit the Moulin Rouge and see Les Folies Bergere. I just loved the poster of his muse Jane Avril who was one of the star dancers at the Moulin Rouge in the 1890's.

This is my ATC for the Stamp Man swap and my interpretation of my hope and dream to visit Paris one day.

Distress Inks - Seedless Preserve, Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire
Stamps - Tim Holtz Mini Classics, Paper Relics Birthday Fortune
Tim Holtz paper stash - Vintage Shabby, Lost and Found

I have decided that I am going to try and make an ATC when I make a card or project, you know what it's like you always have bits and pieces left over, why not use them to make smaller pieces of art? Perhaps you could do the same and enter our swap this month. Pop over to the main blog and see what you need to do, it's so easy.

I wish that your hopes and dreams come true for the month of March.

Let go of the past and go for the future.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you've imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau
hugs {brenda} xox

Workshop this Saturday at The Art of Craft - We will be making a mini album - photos to follow later.

Update 12.50
This was posted at 12.00 mid-day. How spooky is this???????
My husband rang me at 12.20 and told me I have to keep Friday 17th March clear in my diary. I had arranged to work that day and told him it would be difficult.
My birthday is on the 19th and guess what???????
He has arranged to take me to Paris for the weekend as my birthday present.
He didn't know anything about the ATC - honest.
I am now so excited.



Margreet said...

Stunning Brenda...hope your dream comes true...what a wonderful saying!
Wishing you a joyful day!
xxx Margreet

Gram's Treasures said...

Oh, good for you! You will really enjoy your much to see and do. We really enjoyed the sights, and some good meals! You will have a great time!
Joyce xx

Lisa Jane said...

oh Brenda - see your dreams do come true !! How romantic .. and your ATC is fabulous . I have never been to Paris either .. so cant wait to hear all about it
Lisa x


A fabulous ATC Brenda, and what a fab. birthday surprise. There are so many wonderful things to see in Paris - you will love it. Have a great time - Hugs, Sylvia xx

Helen said...

Love your ATC - and the dream - and now it's coming true! I was about to offer to go with you as I've never been either.... oh well, have a LOVELY time. What a wonderful present.

Junibears said...

What a great birthday present Brenda
Who says dreams don't come true!
Love your card.xx

Suze Bain said...

Ooh, la, la, what a fabulous birthday surprise. I've never been but I'm sure you'll love every minute. Super little ATC and now it has special meaning! xx

Terry said...

Well see, dreams do come true and you obviously put this one right into motion! WooHoo, congratulations and what a birthday!! Oh the ATC is pretty darn nice also!!! Almost forgot why I stopped by! Have a great day! Big Hugs!

Gina said...

Lovely ATC, I always wanted to be a tiller girl...with feathers in my hair :D...still might lol :D XXX

Unknown said...

Wow you must have telepathy....
What a lovely surprise Paris ...
and a FAB card.
Hugs Elaine

Anonymous said...

Oh wow Brenda ! That is just so lovely ! Fab ATC, love your interpretation of the theme. Sue C x

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, lucky you! Paris is one of my favourite places. I lived in the suburbs for a while a LONG time ago and although I didn't get to see much of Paris itself, because of working, I loved it so much. It's a beautiful, romantic city - enjoy! We share the same birthday week, too x

Unknown said...

Wow Brenda, what a coincidence!! Fab work as always hon & you will enjoy Paris, it is a truly beautiful city BUT very expensive. x

Berry said...

Wow Brenda how amazing, not only is your creation superb but a spontaneous trip to Paris fabulous!!!! Hugs Rebekah xx

2amscrapper said...

beautiful ATC and how prophetic--enjoy the trip to Paris!

Fliss said...

Gorgeous atc Brenda and Paris has been on my wish list for ages too.
Lucky you to be taking a trip for your birthday and what a lovely hubby you have.
A slightly green Fliss sending hugs xx

DesignerDiva said...

This is beautiful Brenda and I have no doubt you will get to Paris one day! I loved it! My eldest son's Girlfriend is French and she is studying in Paris this year so he 'nips' over every other weekend! oh to be young again!!
Hugs Laurie xx

Gerri Herbst said...

Yes Brenda,
Dreams do come true! Thats wonderful you are going to Paris. I know u and yr hubbie will have an amazing time. I look forward to hear all about it! Wonderful ATC today. do take care, gerri

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow - how amazing is that? See...dreams do come true! How exciting for you. Can't wait to see pics and hear all about it! What a great hubby, too!
Hugs, Cindy

The Sparkly Fairy said...

A great ATC and I do hope you get to Paris - its a stunning city. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog x

Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Brenda! I love all the details and beautiful colours!
I went to Paris with school when I was 14 - in a way wish I'd been older to appreciate it just a little bit more!! but I did love it!! it is beautiful place with great atmosphere - we went in Spring - so it was really pretty with the blossom trees out!! Happy memories!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Big Hugs!
Sue xx
p.s. Oh gosh!!! just seen about your hubby taking you to Paris!! I'm so excited for you!!!

Mrs.B said...

Oh Brenda, what a lovely surprise for you - Paris in the Spring - how romantic!
Love the ATC and gorgeous colours
Enjoy the weekend
Avril xx.

Eileen said...

Cor ... you lucky thing .... ! It's my birthday this month as well but I don't think I will be going on a trip to Paris!! Enjoy Brenda .... BTW lovely ATC LOl xxxxx Eileen

Dolly Daydreams said...

Wow Brenda that is spooky , maybe he reads your blog !!! What a lovely gift am so happy for you. Love this beauty you have really captured the spirit of Paris just love it.


Sue said...

Wow Brenda, lucky you - you will love Paris, it's a wonderful city. I love your ATC, it sums it all up perfectly x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Love the ATC and WOW France for your Birthday, Hope you have a wonderful time, Love Hazelxo

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fabulous ATC in great colors. Love the distressed edges.

The Stamp Man said...

I love your ATC Brenda and thank you for inspiring me to get a dream of mine onto a little ATC too.

I honeymooned in Paris, as others have said, it is a lovely city to visit and there is so much great stuff to see, do and eat. It oozes romance and I'm sure you'll love visiting all the shops, maybe a show and hopefully visit some antique markets for a treasure rummage too;)

Your husband is your biggest treasure though, for making your dream come true, great man!

Have a fantastic time!!!

Jill x