Monday, September 27, 2010

ATC of the Patriotic Kind...Who Says it can't be SEXY?!

Evening Friends! I participated in another ATC swap at Urban Scrappers and wanted to share it with yall! The theme was using the we each had to pick a letter of the alphabet and create an ATC about something that starts with that letter.

Well I picked the letter "F" and created an ATC I have been wanting to create for awhile now...I created a mini art honoring our First Lady Michelle Obama!!!! :o)

I am pleased with how it came out...but this experience showed me that I NEED to get some fancy letter stamps!! I wanted my stamped words to be fancier but alas I only had two different sets of alphabets both from Martha Stewart that are really basic... :o/

ANYWHOoooo...Onward with my reveal! 

For this ATC I printed the background image (the flag) from my computer as a faded water mark in color and cut them out. I printed Michelle out in color and cut her out. I LOVE this photo shoot of her! She looks for regal and elegant! I then inked the edges of my ATC with Tim Holtz vintage photo ink.

Then I glued the pic of the First Lady onto the ATC base with mod podge (the matte finish). I then stamped the "irst" and the "ady" with tiny letters from the Martha Stewart Laurel Stamp Set with black Archival ink from Ranger. I then stamped the "F" and "L" from the Martha Stewart Requiem Font Alphabet Stamp set with the VersaMark watermark stamp pad and sprinkled it with red and blue glitter finish Zing! embossing powder and set it with my embossing heat gun.

After everything set a bit, I coated the entire front of the ATC with Mod Podge again and let dry and Voila! This was the result! I LOVE IT! :o) Hope you do to! ;o) Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 10, 2010


Hello Blogger Friends and Family! Tomorrow marks a joyus occasion! It marks the completion of Muslims all over the world fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadhan with celebration! I can't say it any more clearer than wikipedia so I will leave the explanation here so you can read and just wanted to wish my Muslim Ummah (Community/Nation) a joyous and blessed Eid!!

Now on to the in depth definition of Eid al Fitr if you care to read it...

Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr‎), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "conclusion of the fast"; and so the holiday symbolizes the celebration of the conclusion of the month of fasting from dawn to sunset during the entire month of Ramadan (calendar month). The first day of Eid, therefore, is the first day of the month Shawwal that comes after Ramadan.
Eid-ul-Fitr Salat (Namaz in Urdu/Persian) is a Wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable) - depending on which juristic opinion is followed - Islamic prayer consisting of two raka'ah (units)[1] which is generally offered in an open field or large hall called an Eed-gah. This salaat or prayer, should be performed with Jama’at (i.e., in congregation) with extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying Allahu Akbar (God is Great), three of them in the beginning of the first raka'ah and three of them just before ruku' in the second raka'ah.[2] Eid ul-Fitr is sometimes also known as the "Smaller Eid" (Arabic: العيد الصغير al-‘īdu ṣ-ṣaghīr‎) as compared to the Eid al-Adha, which lasts four days following the Hajj and is casually referred to as the "Greater Eid" (Arabic: العيد الكبير al-‘īdu l-kabīr‎). Although in Southeast Asian countries, Eid-ul-Fitr is considered "greater" than Eid al-Adha and is the most important feast for muslims there.
Muslims are commanded by God in the Qur'an to complete their fast on the last day of Ramadan and then recite God's praises all throughout the period of Eid.[3]

You can read on more about Eid and its rituals on wikipedia by clicking HERE!