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!)












Swap-Bot: Beach/Water

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Swap-Bot: Flowers











Swap-Bot: Gemini



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.

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”…


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.


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!


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.


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!



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!

ATCs for All!

Gloria 2010I’m back! Whew! The past two months have been a whirlwind. We put our house on the market on December 7 and had three competing offers on December 9. It sold above asking price and we got the keys to our new house on January 3. How’s that for a quick move?

I finally got my craft studio unpacked and organized and today, and for the first time since December 11, I was able cut and paste and stamp, while listening to my favourite tunes!

My first crafting project was to create ATCs–artist trading cards–for a new swap club that  I joined. It’s called, “ATCs for All.” Check it out, there’s lots of great swaps going on all the time. This particular swap is called, “Owls Again.” Our challenge was to draw or paint owls on ATC cards, which are 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size. As you can see from the photos, I am not an artist, just a papercrafter with guts. Anyway, my creations are called “Dottie Owl.” Each one is different, quirky and fun. I sure hope my ATC partners like them.

One of my owls will be going to Georgia, one to Virginia and one to the Netherlands. I also made one as a “thank you” for our swap host and one for my album. Here they are…let me know what you think!

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