Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Three New ATC Swaps

   Summer is here and along with it comes all the work. This year we are replacing our old screened in porch. Before we can replace it we have to tear out the old one. This has been a lot harder than we imagined. Then we have to build ceiling supports for our new never again have to paint or replace aluminum porch. It will be wonderful to never have to work on our porch again. DH and I are both getting to old to work this hard. There is still all the yard work and getting the dock in and the boat out of winter storage. We are so far behind.
 Yet, I have found time to enter three ATC swaps. I usually make three original cards for each swap but I realized that I just can't do it this time of year. It takes me longer to come up with my ideas than to make the cards. So for now if I want to be a part of any swaps I will be making three of a kind. The first swap is "Black N White"


   For this card I ran a piece of white card stock through my sticker maker. I then pressed a piece of lace onto it. Then I rubbed the surface with the non-stick sticker paper real hard making sure the lace was attached good. Using the sticker paper keeps my hands from removing the stick. I then poured black glitter over it and once again rubbed it down. Then I peeled away the lace leaving the lace pattern in black glitter. I then heat embossed the center rose using hematite embossing powder. I cut it out and put it aside. I then mounted the black lace over black card stock. Then I put a strip of black ribbon on the bottom. After it dried I put my embossed rose in place and glued a tiny white ribbon at the bottom of the rose.


  Judy Larson

 Abby Weiner

 Jeri Hundermark

Jan Gray

  The next theme was "Something Blue". This is the card that I made.

   This background is made by tearing strips of blue scrapbook paper and then using a glue stick (quite sloppily) allowing the glue to press out over the edges. Then I sprinkled silver embossing powder over the surface and gently tapped off the excess. Then I heat embossed it. I found the blue moon at an internet photo site. I re-sized it, applied a light coat of Extreme Glitter paint over the moon. After it dried I cut it out and put it aside. Once again going to a photo site I found the wolf howling at the moon. Using my Silhouette I made a cutting file out of it. I re-sized it and cut it out of black card stock. Then I glued the moon in place, finishing the card by placing the wolf in front of the moon.


 Marjorie Grace-Sayers

 Judy Larson

Marlene Ketterman

The card I made.

   The final theme was "Self Portrait". I really wanted to get into this swap. I knew that I was no great artist but I sure wanted to see the other swappers works of art. I just didn't know what to do. Then it came to me in a flash. Since I was sure I couldn't paint my face...why not paint my best side! So I got out my watercolors and went for it. I had so much fun. I laughed all the way through it. When I showed it to my husband that night he laughed out loud. It really was harder than I thought it would be. The group want originals, no photo copies. So I had to paint three alike. I changed the hat color on each one. I knew it would be hard to do three alike, and it was. I finished the card by putting some sand and a seashell in the bottom corner.


Resi Shetler

Kathy Scholl

 Jo L. Giessner

   This card was a gift from our generous hostess. I really love this card.

 Jan Gray
 Gift From Resi Shelter

 All of these ATC's are great! I really love them all. Such talented artists! Thanks so much!

Take Care



  1. Lovely selection ..... love the lace one, I remember making cards in Card Club using lace............ .hhmmm...... might try it again, thanks for the inspiration.
    The portrait one you painted is great ...... you are very talented.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks for your lovely compliments. Sometimes I think no one is even looking at my blog. You inspire me. Thanks.