ATC’s: Tiny Quilts…

Tiny Quilts

I’ve just completed my last two ATC’s, for a while. This one is a personal two-for-two trade with a nice lady from my home country of Canada. We decided that the subject of this swap would be “quilts.” My swap partner is actually making a tiny quilt from fabric…can you imagine how detailed that will be? I decided to work with my favourite medium which is paper. So, here’s what I came up with…

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I really enjoyed colouring this cutie with my Copic markers. To add some depth, I created a second copy of the quilt and popped it up off the card. Then, I used another copy of the polka dot sheet to add yet another layer. I’m so glad I finally found a way to use this adorable little munchkin in his colourful quilt.

 

 

2016-08-02 20.33.38This second one was an experiment with washi tape. I started with a back and white checkerboard rectangle that I created on my computer. Once it was printed out and cut to size, I applied pieces of washi tape to the white squares. Next, using a gel pen, i added the faux stitching to the black squares and the borders. I’m happier with the outcome than I thought I’d be.

Now that I’ve completed these two ATC’s, I’m going to get back to my Graphic 45 mini-album–a project that I’ve been wanting to work on for about three years…but more to come on that one, later.

Thanks come dropping in. I hope you’ll come by again soon.

Happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria

Everything’s Rosy birthday card…

If you love digital stamps and  you don’t already know about Power Poppy, you must visit the site and check out the amazing collection of realistic floral images. Marcella Hawley, the artist who creates these spectacular drawings, has an eye for beauty and puts her heart into every drawing. This particular image, called Everything’s Rosy, is my new favourite…until my next Power Poppy purchase. So, now, here is my second Everything’s Rosy card, this time for my daughter’s 49th birthday. I hope you like it.

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I coloured this one with my Copic Markers and added a background paper of tiny delicate roses.

In the photo below, you can see the dimension in the cups, which I created with 3D Crystal Lacquer2016-07-23 Angie's 49th Birthday (3)

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The thing that makes hand-crafted cards so special is the attention to detail. For example, I always finish the inside panels and the back of my cards to match the front. I also create a custom envelope for each one. In the photo below, I have just started to customize the envelope.

 

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And, finally, here are the inside panels.

Typically, I add matching card stock to the top panel and include an inspiration quote appropriate to the occasion or recipient.

So, that’s it, for now. I hope this inspires you to create a pretty card for someone special in your life. 

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Thanks, so much, for dropping in! I hope you will stop by again soon.

Until next time, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria

My baby girl turns 49

Tomorrow (August 1, 2016) my beautiful daughter, Angie, will turn 49.Me and Angie at MS Bike Tour 2012

Angie-newborn August 1, 1967Can it really be almost a half century since I first held my precious baby in my arms?

Her big brown eyes were wide open and her chubby cheeks were the prettiest shade of pink.

I had never before felt such an overwhelming sense of  love.

I was in awe of this little Child of God.

I was her willing hand-maid, her lady-in-waiting.

Nothing would ever be too good for my Angie.

I loved you then. I love you still. I always have. I always will.

Happy Birthday, Angie. I love you more than chocolate!

More ATC’s–Button up!

2016-09-08-AFA-Button Up-Four ATC'sIf you’ve ever taken part in an ATC Swap, you know how much fun it is to create and receive these little works of art. My ATC binder is getting thicker by the month, with ATC’s from all over the world!

Commonly known as an “ATC,” an “Artist Trading Card” measures 2.5″ x 3.5″–exactly. Artists and crafters enjoy creating and trading ATC’s on whatever subject suits their fancy.

For this swap  called, “Button Up,” we had to create an ATC using at least one button. We could be as silly and creative as we wished. This was three-for-three swap, which means that I created three ATC’s for trade and will receive three in return. I always create an extra one for the kind person who is hosting the swap. When I make all ATC’s alike, I also make one for myself. In this case, I just took photos that I will save in my ATC album. I hope everyone likes my “little works of art.” Below is a closer look at my “Button Up” ATC’s.

“I love you to the Moon and Back.”

The button has a “man-in-the-moon” face that, unfortunately, has a glare from the light and doesn’t show too well. I used Crystal Lacquer to give the moon a 3-D effect (looks much better in person).

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“Button up you Overcoat.”

This one, with the serious-looking gray jacket, was inspired by the old song from the 1940’s, which some of you might remember…”button up your overcoat when the skies are gray, take good care of yourself, you belong to me.”

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“Just Flowers.”

This was my first one, just simple flowers behind a little picket fence. Not too inspired, but I think I got better as I went along. LOL!2016-09-08-AFA-Button Up-Flowers“What is it…you decide.”

And, finally, maximum silliness with this whisical button-faced character.2016-08-08-AFA-Button Up-What is it--You DecideIf you’d like to take part in ATC swaps, drop by ATC’s For All (AFA) and join the fun! You will find me there in the membership list under “Globug Ideas.” Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there.

Thanks, so much for dropping in. I hope you will stop by again soon.

Gloria

Pretty Peony Card

Pretty Peonies Birthday Card

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I think everyone loves the sweet scent of peonies. Their delicate petals and pastel colours are one of spring’s special gifts.

These pretty peonies are by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. Just as a note, I’m not, in any way, affiliated with Power Poppy or Marcella Hawley, I just thought I’d include the link so you can visit her site and browse through the beautiful floral digis.

Julie, July 30, 2016.jpg--CU of cupI really enjoyed making this birthday card for my dear friend, Julie. As always, I coloured it with my Copic markers and then added shine and dimension to the cups with 3-D Crystal Lacquer. I tried to capture it on the striped mug, but I just couldn’t get the right lighting. I think you can see the shine and 3-D effect quite clearly on the polka dot tea cup. Isn’t it pretty?

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I hope my Pretty Peony card inspires you to create a sweet floral card for your someone special.

Thanks, so much for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon.

 

Happy crafting, happy colouring, happy everything!

Gloria