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!


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.


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!”)


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!



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

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!


Witch? Which witch?

Here is my fourth Artist Trading Card (ATC).

October, being the month of ghosts and goblins, the theme is–no big surprise– witches.

It’s been so insanely busy around my house lately, that I didn’t have time to make anything elaborate. I do, however, like that crazy potion background! Well, I like the happy witch I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, too! 🙂

So, to go off topic for a minute, do you remember when you were in grade school and you learned about synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms? I especially liked homonyms–for example: sew, so,

and sow; or hair and hare; or, laze and lays; or, as in this case, which witch is which!  Homonyms is a great game to play in the card with the kids, when your tire of looking for “punch buggies” and counting red cars.

So, back to the ATC…if you would like to take part in the The Crafter’s Cafe ATC Swap Club, drop in a check it out. It’s really fun to see what others do with the monthly theme. There are never two alike, and it’s a sweet creative challenge!


In case you’re not familiar with ATCs, they are tiny works of art, 2.5″x3.5″ in size. They can be anything you want–paintings, drawings, 3-D, paper-piecing, digital or stamped images, plain, fancy, wacky or elegant. ATCs are never sold, but rather they are trading between artists or, in our case, paper crafters.