ATCs for All: What’s behind door #1. . .

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What’s behind door #1. . .

I am still happily creating ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). These “miniature works of art,” as they are known are just 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size. We typically swap three at a time. Sometimes, we have to make three completely different ATCs or, as in the case of this “Doors” swap, I made them all the same.

This swap was a little different because we had to create an ATC with a door on it. It could be a door to a house, a garage door, a cage door, a dutch door, saloon doors, whatever!

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I decided to go with just a regular door, with a welcome sign on it. This was my oh so subtle way of saying, “Welcome Spring.”


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The door opens to reveal a gift of spring flowers and a friendly, “Hello.” We weren’t required to draw this one, so I used one of my favourite flower stamps and spent loads of time hand-colouring each image with my Copic markers. A few touches of glitter glue and sparkle gel pens and, voila, spring has sprung!

Check out ATCs for All. You just might find something that will spark your creativity.

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!

The Crafter’s Cafe ATC Swap Club–September is Java Month!

Well, it MUST be fall because here I am writing two posts in one evening. If this was a warm summer’s eve, I would be out walking, hand-in-hand, with my husband, Peter, and our little Bichon Frise, Cookie. But, it is quite cool this week, which is great for sleeping, crafting and blogging!

Here is my third Artist Trading Card (ATC). September’s theme is “Java Good Time.” The mission, for those of us who chose to accept it, was to create an ATC about coffee–coffee cups, people drinking coffee or whatever sparked our fancy.

Mine started off with a tiny coffee menu, the kind you see on the wall behind the counter at a coffee shop. Then, I added the little “coffee lovers”–aren’t they cute? I used some pop dots under the coffee lovers to add dimension. As a finishing touch, I decided to stick on a “Free Coffee” ticket. Oh, how my husband would love that! He’s a Tim Horton’s coffee-lover and goes there four times a day, every day, to order a “Large, Two Milks, Two Sweeteners.”

ATCs are always numbered on the back: 1 of 12; 2 of 12, and so on. I took this photo before I had numbered them, which is why you don’t see any numbers. (Also, there were 12 of us who took part this time; last month, there were 14, so our cards would have been number 1 of 14; 2 of 14, and son on).

The back of the card must also contain the name of the swap (in this, case, it’s The Crafter’s Cafe, “Java Good Time”); the date; the artist (me :); and, the artists website and/or e-mail. I also leave a spot for my signature, as you can see in the bottom right corner.

I love doing these ATCs, because the whole experience is fast-paced–we have a new theme every month, and just about two-and-a-half weeks to create our tiny masterpieces and have them in the hands of the swap leader. So, with mailing time, we have to turn these around pretty darn fast. And, that’s what I love about it, along with receiving my envelope once a month with the ATCs created by the others in our group. You should try it, it’s really fun!!

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