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.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sea Life

   I recently joined an ATC swap called Sea Life. I couldn't help myself. It seems everyone loves this theme. With so many artists joining I just had to jump in to see what great cards that I would receive. Sadly when I should have been getting mine in the mail, they never arrived. I'm not faulting the hostess. After all I sent an address label that I wrote out myself. Sometimes I think the post office hates me!

My Sea Life ATC


  
   For this card I applied Liquitex Light Modeling Paste,Gel Medium on white card stock. I used my fingers to create the waves and foam. After it was dry I painted it with a blue pearlized acrylic paint and then lightly stroked a darker blue Extreme Glitter over the top to make the water sparkle. I used white Extreme Glitter paint on the sea foam. I then made a print and cut dolphin using my Silhouette machine. I made one dolphin slightly smaller than the other. I then put Glossy Accents on the dolphins. After they dried I used foam dots to adhere them on to the card, putting the smaller dolphin slightly in front.

I am so disappointed that I have no Sea Life ATC's from other artists to share with you. I promise that if I ever get them I will put them on my blog for everyone to see.

Take Care
Kathy

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Keys And Locks ATC Swap

   My newest ATC features Keys and Locks. I had fun doing this swap. It gave me the opportunity to play around with a few things that I have been wanting to try out.

MY KEY ATC


  For the background of this ATC  I used a new keys embossing folder that I got last winter while visiting a friend in NC. I used bronze metallic card stock and ran it through my Wizard die cutting machine. Then I centered it on dark brown card stock. The next step was the most time consuming. It really took forever to peel back the cardboard revealing the ribs. Then I tore a piece from the page of an old book and glued it over the cardboard. I used a dark brown ink pad and darkened the outside edge of the ribbed  cardboard. I cut four keys out of brown card stock using my Silhouette die cutting machine. I stacked them one on top of the other, gluing them together as I went. Then I used a clear embossing pad on the top of  the key and used UTEE on my key. I did this three of four times to build as thick layer of UTEE. While it was still hot I used copper alcohol ink on it. Now it looks like an old key. I then glued it in place. I went to an old wreath and pulled a flower from it. I tore it apart and used one layer of the flower. Using a small punch I punched a hole through the cardboard and book print. Then I put a brass rivet in the center of the flower and attached to the cardboard piece. I finished the card by gluing the cardboard piece off center.

THESE ARE THE ATC'S I RECEIVED

M.C. Sparks

Miki Haas

Jennifer W. Spirko

   I feel like I just won the lottery! These are just gorgeous. I can't believe how great they all are. Thanks ladies for these wonderful ATC's!
Take Care
Kathy