ATC–Show me your hat!

Swap-Bot always has a bunch of great ATC swaps on the go.

This one was called, Show us your Hat.

So, here you go, here’s my hat (with a little French lesson thrown in, free!!)

Voici mon beau chapeau! (That’s French for “here’s my nice hat!”)

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I created this one with one of my favourite Priscillastyles vintage images.

To add a little je-ne-sais-quoi (that’s French for “whatever”), I topped

the hat off with a couple of soft white feathers and a delicate flower.

A casually tied foulard (that’s French for “scarf’) and voila, cèst finit (that`s French for “it’s finished!”)

And now, this post est finit!! …well, almost…see my last two photos, below. LOL!

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Oops! My ATC says “Swat-Bot” instead of “Swap-Bot”…duh!!!

Having so much fun with ATC’s!

ATC’s–Artist Trading Cards–are so much fun to make and to trade! I’ve been swapping with crafters and artists from all over the world. Here are some of my recent Swap-Bot ATC’s…

Swap-Bot: Adventkalendar (This one doesn’t get mailed out until July 25, but I’m always an early bird!)

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Swap-Bot: Beach/Water

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Swap-Bot: Flowers

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Swap-Bot: Gemini

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ATCs for All: Authors and Poets

When I saw the Authors and Poets Swap on ATCs for All, I immediately conjured images that would be fun and easy to draw on 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards.

The challenge of this swap was to make three cards depicting three different  authors or poets. I always make an extra one for the swap organizer as way of thanking her for her initiative. To make the challenge a little more difficult, we had to draw or paint the images. Yikes! I’m no artist, but I do love a challenge. Here are my “mini works of art”…

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Maya Angelou: Maya is a world renowned poet, author and political activist. This ATC depicts two of her books: Heart of a Woman and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Her autobiography is written in six (or is it seven) volumes, each one as fascinating as the next. Maya is a brilliant writer, whose autobiography reads like a novel. Her life story must be read, to be believed.

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Jeannette Walls: In Half-broke HorsesJeannette tells the true story of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith,a feisty frontier teacher, a rancher, a rodeo rider, a poker player, and bootlegger. Lily survives droughts, tornadoes, floods, poverty, and whatever else fate can throw against her. Another fantastic book by Jeannette  Walls. But you can’t stop here…

 In Jeannette’s first book, The Glass Castle, (which should, logically, should follow Half-broke Horses) she tells the true story of growing up in a highly dysfunctional family. She and her three siblings live with their nomadic parents, moving wherever the wind took them. Her father was a brilliant man who lived life fearlessly, never establishing roots for his family. Her mom, a gifted artist, painted while her children sat by frustrated and hungry. Jeannette’s story is riveting, so don’t start reading on a night when you have to get up early the next morning!

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Maurice Sendak: The funny little creature I’ve drawn on this ATC is from Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak. This beautifully illustrated children’s book was recently made into a full-length movie.

Maurice also wrote Really Rosie, One was Johnnie, Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around and a host of other joyful children’s poems which were set to music by none other than Carol King.

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Dr. Seuss: Probably the world’s best known and loved children’s author. His quotes are both brilliant and insightful. On this ATC I have drawn the famous hat from The Cat in the HatThe quote I’ve chosen is quote is one of my favourites. You’re never too old for Dr. Seuss!

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On the back of every ATC, we must include the name of the ATC Swap, the date, our name and the ATC number (e.g., 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.). In this case, we are trading three cards with three different people plus an extra for the wonderful lady who organized the swap. It’s so much fun, and the theme changes with every swap!

Check out ATCs for All, I know you will find a swap that will be just right for you!

Swap-Bot ATCs–“Stamp It”

Hi, folks! I’m back, again, with my second ATC post this week! This one, which is for Swap-Bot, is all about stamping. Our assignment was to create an ATC (artist trading card) that included a stamp on it–we could stamp an image, a message, a background, or anything else that struck our fancy. Here’s what I came up with (in three easy steps)…

I chose a pretty yellow gingham cardstock and stamped the first image.  It didn’t look like much, at this point!

I chose a pretty yellow gingham cardstock and stamp the first image.

Next, I used a little stamp that has different sized flowers on it, and stamped randomly on the background. So, now it looked a little more interesting, but definitely needed some pizzazz…

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And, now, for my favourite part–the colouring. I used my Copic markers to colour the flowers and the butterfly (or is it a dragonfly?). I then antiqued the edge with a rust-coloured stamp pad. And, last, but most important, I used my sparkle glue to give it some depth and the all important, bling!!

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It may not be a masterpiece, but it was fun to create and it makes me happy! ATCs are fun and easy to make. Why not try one, yourself? It’s really fun to swap with artists and crafters around the globe. In this swap, I am trading ATCs with  a crafter in the Netherlands, one in Georgia and one in Virginia. I can’t wait to see what they send me! Every ATC swap will be based on different technique…who knows what the next one will be? LOL!

ATC #5-Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkin!

Okay, so it’s November and someone says, “pumpkin.” What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? If you are one of my American neighbours, you probably think, pumpkin pie or Thanksgiving…right? Yummy!! Ah, but look up…look waaaaay up…north of the 49th parallel–we Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving long ago, in early October. So, the next feast of pumpkin pie is still a long way off for us. Frown.

When Kristy, leader of the Artist Trading Card Swap Club (ATC) at The Crafter’s Cafe (TCC) told us we had to put a pumpkin somewhere on our November ATC, I was still in Halloween mode. Hence, my scary (albeit sparkly) pumpkin card. Pretty cute, dontcha’ think?

Come join us for the December ATC Swap. The theme will be announced on December 1st. The more the merrier…and after all, December is the merriest month of all!

You can see my ATCs, greeting cards, mini-albums and more on my Globug Ideas fan page and on Pinterest. Stop by for lots of ideas to get your creative juices bubbling over!