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 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.


  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.


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



  1. Hi Kathy ~ I am one of the lucky recipients of your key ATC. It is almost a duplicate of the first one above. Thank you so much (hope you received one of mine!) Best, Sharon

  2. Thanks. I didn't get one of your cards...Oh Darn!

  3. I received one of your keys Kathy - amazing way to create.......... thought it was a real key, great idea. I have now examined the card in light of above - a m a z i n g!
    Thank you so much.

  4. I didn't have any keys so I had to make mine. Thanks for liking it.