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.


One more ATC!

Secret Garden

These days, I’m so busy with work, landscaping/gardening and just keeping up with the laundry, shopping and regular house chores, that I barely have any “fun time.” But, I did manage to make a few ATC”s (Artist Trading Cards) for some Swap-Bot ATC swaps. Here’s my last one, for a while. Hopefully when the fall arrives and the outdoor chores end, I will be back in my studio churning out greeting cards, scrapbooks, mini-albums and, of course, more ATC’s!

Book Title ATC (1)So, here is my last Swap-Bot ATC for this summer. We had to make an ATC based on a book title chosen by our swap partner. The title I had to work with was “Secret Garden.”

I used my Copic Markers to colour it and, as always, add some bling with my sparkle glue. The little branches were made with my Martha Stewart branch punch and my Silhouette Cameo.


I antiqued the edges with a metallic copper ink pad.

If you have made any ATC’s, give it a try.

It’s so much fungetting those wonderful packages in the mail!

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!!!

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!