Halloween ATCs

Happy Halloween! I am sharing with you three sets of ATCs! gypsies makes these incredible file folders that are the perfect size to hold ATCs. Not much is needed on enhance their beauty. 

 I just added a few things from my stash to make them personal, yet still respecting the gorgeous art already present on them.

 I first started with a piece of kraft pattern paper from CCB that had a bunch of great images perfect for ATC (an ATC is a 2.5 by 3.5 piece of paper that you decorate and trade).

 As you can tell, these images are spectacular alone and nothing really is needed. I opted to enhance with foiling.

 I placed the foil with the shiny side up. This is the backside.

 This is the top.

 I placed it in a folded piece of copy paper.

 ….and ran it through my lamination machine.

 The finished cards have just enough sparkle, but not too much.

Here is set one with the file folder:

 Set two:

 Set Three:

 I tied them up with waxed twine and added a sweet charm to each.

These were part of a few Halloween cards I sent out to my crafty friends. I hope they had fun opening them 🙂
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Denim and Diamonds

I recently have started swapping pocket letters with a great group of online ladies. When I was asked to join the “Denim and Diamond” swap I did not hesitate. Once I realized what I signed up for I was a little scared. I kept thinking of cowgirls, but did not want to incorporate that into it. I then realized that I had an old pair of my daughter’s jeans that had bling on the leg. She wore them all the time when she was 6 (ten years ago) and I found them for her at Walmart for $6. I decided to use those as the base. I first cut them down to ATC size (2.5 by 3.5) and mod podged them with extreme glitter Mod Podge to a baseball card for stability. As they dried I added my signature stamp to the back of nine ATC blue cardstock cut bases. Once they were dry I attacked them to the blue cardstock. I inked up one of Rita Barakat’s stamps with white paint and stamped it in a random order on the denim. I decided on this particular stamp because the circles in the hair looked like places for bling. Once it dried I added gems and bling items from my stash and stuffed a baseball sleeve to create the pocket letter. It was missing something so I created a layered heart embellishment and a shabby chic flower from the leftover denim. I added a butterfly charm and attached it to the sleeve.

I never dreamed that my scraps (literally!) would create something beautiful. To make the two embellishments check out this video:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Compose Your Life ATC Set

When I am short on time, but want to create desperately I create Artistic Trading Cards. I was in a desperate need of some creative therapy and only had about 45 minutes. I pulled out my supplies and made three pretty cards. These are fun 2.5 by 3.5 inch cards that can be stored in baseball sleeves. A lot of artists like to trade them (hence why they are called trading cards).  They also can be used as tags on gifts. To create this set I used the Compose Your Life Mixed Media Pack.
I used the watercolor ATC cards as the base from the pack:

I painted them with Glitter Glam I have in my stash:
I cut down a few of the scrap sheets of paper. I cut the first sheet to 2.25 by 3.25 inches. The second 2.0 by 3.0 inches and the third 1.75 by 2.75 inches.
I layered the pieces on my base.
I used pop dots and the images from the line to finish my cards.

Next time you have only a few minutes to create try making a few ATCs.
Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!

Floral ATCs with Foiled Paper!

Today I am over on the Rinea blog with an amazing tutorial on how to make these:

I used one die to make three different flowers. The die was originally created to make authentic German Stars at Christmas. However, my creative juices started flowing and I made more than just starts! Please check it out here: Rinea

I hope you enjoy and give it a try! The results are stunning!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Valentine Day ATCs

I am feeling the love right now and decided to create some Valentine theme ATCs using Calico Collage Primitive Hearts and Beauty Secret ATC Bases . I used different parts of pink dollies I have from a set I found on sale at Micheal’s as an embellishment and to keep me interested in finishing all of them – ha! I don’t do well repeating the same thing multiple times. I like variety! The dollies allowed everything to match, but not identical. I made a short tutorial on how to make them here:

Here is a few pictures of the finished set:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!