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, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Blessings Swap

   It has been quite some time since I hosted an ATC swap. I thought that Thanksgiving would be a great theme for a swap. I thought that Thanksgiving Blessings would make it even broader. That way it could be so many things to so many people.

My Thanksgiving Blessings ATC

   This card started with an image that I received in the mail from an advertizement. I thought it was perfect so I saved it until the time was right to use it. Using my sticker maker I ran a piece of scrapbook paper through it and then pressed a piece of lace over the top of the scrapbook paper. I then trimmed it with platinum acrylic paint. While that was drying I stamped three images of the silverware onto white card stock and cut them out and glued one on top of the other layering them. I then stamped and heat embossed one set of silverware using silver embossing powder. I cut them out and glued them on top of the other layers. I then cut out a white circle to use as the plate. I dry embossed the edge to give it a rim like a plate would have. Now all of my pieces were done. I glued down the picture of Thanksgiving dinner. I laid the other parts in place and glued them down.


Kathy Scholl

Barbara Hahn

Sharon (Gabi) Diehl

 Judy Lawson

Hollie Fox

Iris Blessinger

   This time of year people start getting ready for winter and the holidays. So there aren't as many in this swap as usual but...all of these artists really put their selves out there. They are all so beautiful. Thanks you ladies for joining this swap.

Take Care



Friday, November 8, 2013

Pumpkin Swap N ATC For A Friend

   Halloween got all over me this year. Even after the Halloween ATC swaps were over I still had the chance to jump into one last Pumpkin swap. So I did. This is the card that I made.

   For this card I cut out a pumpkin die cut and the word Boo using my Silhouette. I used orange glitter paint to paint the pumpkin and the letters for the word BOO. I then colored tin foil yellow with a permanent maker. I crumpled up the foil and then carefully un-crumpled it. I ran the pumpkin through my sticker maker and then pressed it onto the foil and trimmed off the excess foil. Then looking through my scrapbook paper I found what I thought to be the perfect background for my pumpkin. It was a dark orange, almost brown it was that dark, with tiny flecks of orange, problem was that once I laid my pieces for the card onto it they were covered so I used three shades of Angelina fibers to bring back the sparkle. Boy, did they bring back the sparkle! I ran my background through my sticker maker and placed my Angelina fibers onto it. Then I glued down my pumpkin and word. I then tied a knot in a piece of orange ribbon and frayed the ends. I glued it onto the pumpkin stem.


Bonnie O'Hara

Jeannie Massie

Raeven Davis

   A few weeks ago Raeven had a give-away of art supplies. I just didn't get this ATC done in time to enter, so while I was working on my Pumpkins swap I finished this card for Raeven. Better late then never.


       This ATC started with black and white paper that I colored over with chalk to make the background purple. For no reason other than that was the color that I wanted. I then cut out the ravens and the word Raven with my Silhouette die cutting machine. I then used black glitter paint and painted them black. I used silver glitter Stickles over the black letters to make them really stand out. I used black Puffy paint to paint the branch that the ravens are perched on. I finished the card by edging it with double sided tape and applying black ribbon trim.
   With Christmas just around the corner I'm working on two new books to share with you. These will make great gifts for someone special on your list...or maybe even for yourself. So be sure and come back often.

Take Care 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween ATC's

   Seems like Halloween sure gets a lot of attention. When I was a kid they sold costumes, only the privileged few had them. Most kids made their own costumes out of whatever they could find. Now the costumes look like they are made for the movies. Some people had carved pumpkins on their porches. Now the yards have colored light displays and movie props on the lawn. So in keeping with the season I joined some Halloween ATC's  swaps.


   For this card I painted the outside edge of white card stock with orange glitter paint. Then I re-sized this image of antique looking scrap book paper for the background. Then using dye pads I stamped the cat and the pumpkin on card stock and then cut them out. These cute stamps were on a card of eight that I found at The Dollar Store. They are a real treasure and I will use them forever. I used glitter glue on the pumpkins face and the cat's face. Then I glued all the pieces together. 

   This ATC started with a piece of scrap book paper as the background. I used an eggplant dye pad on the outside edge and then lightly over the green and purple stripes to tone them down a little. Then using one of those cute foam stamps that I found at The Dollar Store I stamped the ghosts on black paper and then using white embossing powder I heat embossed them. I cut them out and put them aside while I dug out the purple glittered haunted house. I knew that I had it around somewhere. I glued down the one ghost and then placed the haunted house down. Then I glued down the other ghost with a foam dot that I had made. It's hard to tell but the BOO ! is punched out of purple metallic paper. I then used a purple dye pad on the edge.

   For this card I started with a piece of black and white printed scrap book paper. This paper had a coating of fine gold glitter on it. I ran it through my sticker maker. I took a piece of lace and using a permanent marker I colored it black. As soon as it was dry I placed it over the printed card stock pressing it firmly down. I found my image on the internet. I don't know what it was doing out there. I'm sure that it's a family photo. I re-sized it and attached it to a piece of black glossy card stock. I glued it in place. Then I put black glitter ribbon across the bottom. Then using my die cut machine I cut out the button from a gold gift bag. I glued it in the center of the ribbon then placed a witches hat foam sticker in the middle of the button. I finished this card off by putting two small black flowers in place. 


 Teresa Hoffman

 Judy Lawson

Madeline Semple

 Sara Mayes

 Gwynn Chrysler

 Barbara Hahn

Dar Bassie-Cripps

 Miki Haas

Jan Caldwell

   Thanks to all for such great ATC's. To think I didn't believe in Halloween. I sure do.

Take Care