Sunday, July 1, 2018

July ATCKit of the Month

"Girls Gone Shopping" is our theme for this month's free Artist Trading Card Kit.  Dresses and shoes are a girls best friend.  Have fun with this coral and sage green kit!!


Here is what is included in this month's kit:
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. piece of double-sided paper from Echo Park Fashionista Collection - So Many Shoes
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. piece of double-sided paper from Echo Park's Fashionista Collection - Dress for Success
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from Bazzill cardstock - Candy Hearts
1 - 2 in. x 4 in. piece of Bazzill cardstock - Aruba
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. piece of Bazzill cardstock - Lagoon
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. piece of Bazzill cardstock - Sugar N Spice
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. piece of Black Gloss cardstock
3 - collage images that have been professionally printed for you
1 - collage phrase, "Girls Gone Shopping"
1 - piece of 1/2 in. sage green ribbon
1 - 1/8 in. piece of coral ribbon
1 - silver shoe charm
1 - silver brad
1 - clear ATC sleeve (not shown in photo)


Here is the double-sided Echo Park paper - Dress for Success



Here is the double-sided Echo Park paper - So Many Shoes


Thursday, June 7, 2018

YouTube video for you!!

Please check out this YouTube video from an amazing artist, Sara Evans. She does a fantastic job at creating this video for me!!  Watch and subscribe to her videos.  She is a very talented artist and does just beautiful work.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Cowgirls is our June theme!

This month's Artist Trading Card kit has so many pieces that the possibilities are endless with what you can create with it. So fun with a western theme!  I had fun putting this one together for you!!  You will receive this kit with any order placed throughout this month, so come by the online store to get yours for free.



Here is a close up of some of the pieces in the kit


This is what is included in this month's kit:
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. piece cut from Authentique Frontier Collection - Double - Sided Frontier One
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. piece cut from Authentique Frontier Collection - Double - Sided Frontier Two
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from American Crafts Solid Cardstock - Clay
1 - 2 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. piece of American Crafts Solid Cardstock - Rust
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 2 in. piece of American Crafts - looks like wood paneling
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. Craft Brown Bag paper
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. Core-dinations - Red Honeycomb
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. piece of American Crafts Textured Cardstock - Rocky River
1 - piece of thicker twine and a piece of thin twine, these are great to make a lasso, or thread the charm through with the thinner piece.
4 - collage images; 1 larger image and 3 mini cowgirl images.  I couldn't decide which one to use so I included all 4, 3 of them in mini size, all that have been professionally printed for you.
1 - phrase "Boots, Class and a Li'l Sass that has been professionally printed for you.
1 - small piece of fabric that looks like a red bandana
1 - vintage horse playing card.  There are two in the photo, but only one is included in the kit, so you will receive one of the two.
3 - small sequins - one black cowboys hat, 1 red cowboy boot, and one gold sheriff badge
1 - raw brass charm in the shape of a cowboy hat; so cute!!
1 - clear ATC sleeve (not shown in photo)

Here are the two Authentique papers that I chose for this kit so you could see both sides.
Authentique Frontier Collection - Double - Sided Frontier Two



Authentique Frontier Collection - Double - Sided Frontier One


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Here is my ATC!

I finally sat down and made an ATC from this month's sewing themed kit.  I still had paper left to use for another ATC too.  I hope you enjoy seeing what you can make with one of our monthly kits.  Next month's free ATC kit will be vintage Cowgirls!!  I'm looking forward to putting that kit together for you all later this week.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Here is the May 2018 Artist Trading Card kit of the Month

Vogue!  That is, like the Vogue, McCalls Sewing Patterns.  I thought this would be cute when I found the Kaisercraft sewing themed paper.  You'll have fun trying to choose which side of the Kaisercraft cardstock you'll want to use on your ATC.  The colored "Patterns" measuring tape piece would be neat to cut in strips and the "Threads" would be fun to fussy cut. This kit is free with orders placed thoughout the month of May 2018.  Email me your ATC from this month's kit so I can post it here on our blog!!



This is a listing of kit contents for this month's free ATC kit:
1 - 4 in. x 3 in. cut from Kaisercraft Double-sided Cardstock from the Miss Betty Collection - Patterns
1 - 4 in. x 3 in. cut from Kaisercraft Double-sided Cardstock from the Miss Betty Collection - Thread
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from Bazzill cardstock - Turquoise Blue.  This is great to matte under the pink paper if you choose to use them.
1 - 2 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. cut from Bazzill cardstock - Baby Pink.
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. cardstock - Cream
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. cardstock - Berry
2 - collage images; one of a vintage sewing postcard that I have altered, and another miniature image of a vintage sewing pattern.  These have been professionally printed for you.
1 - "Vogue!" phrase in a zigzag font
1 - a piece of vintage 1930's cream lace
1 - Making Memories Vintage Findings Collection - Garment Pin
1 - raw brass sewing machine charm
1 - vintage button - I have tons, so one vintage button will be included (only one in photo; color and size will vary)
1 - clear ATC sleeve (not pictured in photo)

Kaisercraft Double-sided Cardstock from the Miss Betty Collection - Thread



Kaisercraft Double-sided Cardstock from the Miss Betty Collection - Patterns


Sunday, April 1, 2018

April 2018 Artist Trading Card of the Month

Here is this month's ATC kit; free with any order placed this month.  There is a lot of paper in this kit so there are so many possibilities with this kit!! 


Here are the kit contents for this month:

1 - 3 in. x 4 in. piece of Simple Stories Double-sided cardstock Bliss Collection - Remember to Share
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. piece of dark lavender cardstock
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. piece of the Paper Studio - Bright Easter Chevron
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from the Paper Studio - Small Floral on Mint
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from the Paper Studio - Aqua Brushed Plaid
1 - 1 in. x 3 in. piece of bright yellow Bazzill Cardstock
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. piece of American Crafts Gold Glitter paper (not shown in the photo)
1 - collage image of a rabbit, the Easter Bunny
1 - collage word phrase, "Easter Blessings"
1 - Arched Artist Trading Card Template.  Use this to make an arched shaped ATC.
1 - 1/2 in. white bridal ribbon with beading which is long enough to go around your arched ATC
1 - 1/8 in. silver glittered ribbon which you can use to make a bow for your rabbit or to glue on your ATC
1 - 1/2 in. wide rainbow and white ribbon to use at the bottom of your ATC
1 - Raw brass Easter egg charm
1 - small piece of white waxed linen thread.  You can use this to hang your charm.
1 - mulberry flower (there are 5 different colors; one will be included in the kit
2 - Creative Impressions Leafy Vine Trim Ribbon - Olive


Here is an Easter ATC that I made from this kit and I have all of the other paper to use for another ATC!!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Beatrix Potter Artist Trading Card

Here is my Artist Trading Card made from this month's kit.  Enjoy and get inspired!  I will try and make another one before the end of the month and post it here.  Below you will find a wonderful technique called "Fussy Cutting".  If you haven't tried this before then you are in for a fun new technique in cutting. 


Can you tell I love fussy cutting?  Fussy cutting is cutting out intricate paper details by hand.  Here are 5 steps if you haven't tried this technique before:  

1.  Choose a sharp pair of micro-tip scissors.  The smaller the tip, the easier it will be to snip out those tight corners when cutting out your image.  

2.  Start by roughly cutting out the image you wish to fussy cut, so you can easily handle the image as you cut out the details. 

3.  Place your paper near the fulcrum of the scissors, not the tip.  This will allow you to better maneuverability and result in clean-cut edges of your images.

4.  Make long, show cuts rather than quick snips.  Quick snips will result in choppy edges, so if you encounter some tight corners that won't allow you to make long, slow cuts, then go back later and snip those pieces out using the tip of your scissors.  

5.  Big hint, turn your paper, not your scissors, as you cut around the edges of your image.  This will lessen the urge to snip.  If you practice, practice, practice you will become a pro at this.
I like to take a fine tip Sharpie, either in black or gray, and carefully outline the edges of my fussy cutted image so they "pop" off the paper that the image is glued to.  3D dots are great to use too.  Here is a link to the store if you are interested in purchasing a pair of micro scissors that are perfect for fussy cutting.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Artist Trading Card kit of the Month

Here is our ATC Kit of the Month for March.  Beatrix Potter is the theme for this month's ATC kit.  Jemims Puddle Duck is just one of Beatrix Potter's childhood stories, and is the image used for this kit.  You will also find an old photograph of Beatrix which I have included in this kit.  



This is what is included in this month's kit:
3 - collage images that have been professionally printed for you.  An image of a photograph of Beatrix Potter, an image of Jemima Puddle Duck from that book, a mini "The World of Beatrix Potter" poster, and a word phrase "Jemima Puddle Duck" to use on your ATC.
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. cut from double-sided Authentique Stitches Collection - Stitches Six 
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from Bazzill cardstock - Wedgewood Blue
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from Bazzill cardstock - Cotton Candy
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. piece from American Crafts paper - 320507 (pink and white checkered)
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. piece of Bazzill cardstock - Almond Cream
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. piece of Bazzill cardstock - Black.  Perfect size for mounting the Beatrix Potter image.
1 - gorgeous piece of antique designer embroided ribbon that coordinates with the kit
4 - beautiful 4mm baby blue flatback rhinestones
4 - beautiful 4mm iridescent flatback pearls


Here is a photo of the double-sided Authentique Stitches Collection - Stitches Six


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Here is my second ATC that I made from this month's kit.  As you can see it is totally different from the other ATC that I made, yet made with the same kit.  Wishing you all of lovely Valentine's day filled with love!!


Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Valentine Artist Trading Card

Here is my Valentine ATC that I made from this month's February free ATC kit of the month. I will also be creating another ATC from this kit using the other image included in the kit. Enjoy and get inspired! 



Here is a close up of the top of my ATC. I glued the ribbon on the top, then the rhinestone onto the dresden trim. The charm is the centerpiece for the top.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine ATC kit for February 2018!

Here is the February Artist Trading Card kit of the month.    I couldn't decide which image to use with this kit so I included both.  Receive this kit free with orders placed in February 2018.


Here is a description of the items included in this kit:  
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. cut from Prima Marketing Heaven Sent 2 Prism Foiled Double-sided cardstock - Sweet Lullaby.  
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. cut from Prima Marketing Heaven Sent 2 Prism Foiled Double-sided cardstock - Baby's Quarters.  This is beautiful foiled paper!
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from coral Bazzill cardstock - Candy Hearts
1 - 2 in. x 4 in. American Crafts floral heart flowered cardstock - 320506
1 - 1 1/2 in. x 4 in. Core'Dinations cardstock - Coral Hearts 
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. Paper Studio paper - Vintage Green Ornate 
2 - Collage images that have been professional printed.  I couldn't decided which one I wanted to use for this kit so I decided to include both; an extra little bonus for you!!
1 - collage phrase "For You Valentine!"
2 - Dresden foil paper border pieces that are tiny triangles.  I thought you could glue this to the top and bottom of your ATC and then glue some rhinestones to the triangles.
1 - plastic red heart shaped button
1 - silver heart with wings charm
8 - pink flat back baby pink rhinestones.  These are beautiful, high quality rhinestones that just sparkle!!
1 - piece of white vintage lace
and lastly a clear ATC sleeve (not shown in photo)

Here are the 12 in. x 12 in. Prima Marketing cardstock
Prima Marketing Heaven Sent 2 Prism Foiled Double-sided cardstock - Sweet Lullaby



Prima Marketing Heaven Sent 2 Prism Foiled Double-sided cardstock - Baby's Quarters


Monday, January 1, 2018

Brrrr! It's cold outside! January ATC kit of the Month

Well, at least in Northern Indiana.  Here is our Artist Trading Card Kit of the Month for January 2018 which is a snow themed kit. 



This is what is included in this month's kit:
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. Double-sided Carta Bella Cabin Fever Collection - Smitten by Mittens
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. Double-sided Carta Bella Cabin Fever Collection - Border Strips
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. cream Artist Trading Card cut from Bazzill Cardstock - Vanilla
1 - 2 in. x 4 in. Core'dinatons paper - Merry (burgandy paper)
1 - 1 1/2 in. x 4 in. Core'dinations paper - Deep Navy
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. Bazzill Cardstock - Almond Cream
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. Core-dinations Kraft Core Shattered - #17
1 - snow collage image that has been professionally printed
1 - word phrase "Snow much fun"
1 - piece of gorgeous silver ribbon
1 - silver snowman charm
1 - clear Artist Trading Card Sleeve

Friday, December 1, 2017

Here is our December ATC kit of the month

Make your own Christmas fireplace ATC with this month's Artist Trading Card kit, or make a different ATC from all of the papers and other items included in this kit.  


This is what is included in this month's kit:
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. double-sided paper piece KaiserCraft Letters to Santa Collection - Santa's Workshop
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. double-sided paper piece KaiserCraft Letters to Santa Collection - Carolers
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. green Artist Trading Card size cut from Core'dinations Paper - Evergreen
1 - 2 in. x 4 in. red Bazzill - Cherry Splash
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. Core'dinations Black Magic Collection - Abracadabra, inner core is white if you sand it
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. Core'dinations cream paper piece - Vanilla Cream
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. paper piece Core'dinations White Glitter paper - White Gloves
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. paper Piece Bazzill - French Vanilla
3 - collage images that have been professionally printed. 1 - Fireplace mantle, 1 - holiday wreath, and 1 - fireplace logs and fire.  Use these to create your Christmas fireplace.
1 - Merry Christmas phrase, yellow font with red background
1 - piece of mini wired garland.  Use this to decorate the mantle or make a mini Christmas wreath.
1 - ribbon piece with Christmas light strand design
1 - gold stocking sticker cut from a sheet of Papermania Create Christmas Outline Stocking Stickers
1 - silver double-sided stocking charm
1 - bronze double-sided stocking charm
2 - paper stockings cut using Martha Stewart's Christmas Stamp & Punch - 2 in 1 Stocking


Here is a closer look of the KaiserCraft double-sided paper chosen for this month's kit:

KaiserCraft Letters to Santa Collection - Carolers



KaiserCraft Letters to Santa Collection - Santa's Workshop


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I made this ATC from this month's Thanksgiving themed ATC kit.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017 Artist Trading Card Kit of the Month

Let's "Give Thanks" this year with our Thanksgiving ATC kit.  Receive this kit free with orders this month.  


Here is a list of the kit contents:
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from Hot Off the Press single sided paper - Fall Leaves
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC cut from Core-Dinations paper - Orange. This is great for sanding or distressing to show a lighter orange core color.
1 - 2 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. Core'dinations Shimmer paper - Copper
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. Bazzill Embossed Polka Dot Paper - Festive
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. Bazzill Cardstock - Orange
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. Bazzill Cardstock - Parakeet (green)
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. Bazzill Cardstock - Yellow
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. Core-dinations paper Cardstock - Chocolate
1 - collage image of a young pilgrim boy with a cart full of Thanksgiving goodies.  Great for fussy cutting!
1 - collage image of a beautiful colorful turkey.  Great for fussy cutting!  These images have been professionally printed for you.
1 - word phrase printed on white paper "Give Thanks"
1 - piece of  natural dried raffia grass ribbon
1 - 3/8 in. piece of rust colored velvet ribbon
3 - Thanksgiving sequins - a pumpkin, an orange or gold turkey and a red detailed cornucopia 
You know me and charms!  I ordered some bronze charms for this kit, but they have not arrived yet.  I assume they have been lost in the mail, so I can't include them in this kit yet.  If they arrive, I will take a photo and include them, but for now there is no charm.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dia De Los Muetros ATC

Here is an Artist Trading Card that I made from this month's kit.  So many things included in this kit that the possibilities are endless.  Enjoy!




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween ATC kit for October 2017

Dia De Los Muertos is this month's Halloween themed Artist Trading Card kit.  Dia De Los Muertos means Day of the Dead and is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the world on Oct. 31st, and Nov. 1st and 2nd. This multi-day Mexican holiday focuses on their friends and family members that have died.  Our kit revolves around the new artistic art deco skeletons being seen everywhere this Halloween.  This kit will be included in all orders this month.


This is what is included in this month's kit:
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. Double-Sided Photoplay Matilda & Godfrey Collection - Dia De Los Muertos
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. Double-Sided Photoplay Matilda & Godfrey Collection - Toil & Trouble
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. tombstone that has been printed from an ink jet printer
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC card Core'dinations Black Magic Collection - Hermit
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC card Bazzill paper - Velvet
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. Core'dinations - Orange
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. Core'dinations Glitter paper - Elegance
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. Bazzill paper - Parakeet
1 - printed art deco artistic skeleton.  Two have been chosen for this kit, but only one will be included in the kit, not both.  This has been included to use as is, or to be colored with markers or colored pencil.  It was printed from an ink jet printer so I don't recommend water colors. 
1 - word phrase "Dia De Los Muertos" in purple ink
1 - flower sequin (there are 4 different colors, purple, orange, blue and green.  One will be included in the kit
2 - black iridescent flat back resin gems.  These were included to use as eyes. 
1 - silver skeleton charm
1 - silver brad either to use to attach the charm to your ATC or to attach the flower sequin


 This kit has 2 different printed images to color.  One of these will be included, but not both.



 You will receive one of the sequin flowers, the 2 resin flat backs, charm and silver brad.



Photoplay Matilda & Godfrey - Dia De Los Muertos


Photoplay Matilda & Godfrey - Toil & Trouble


Friday, September 1, 2017

September ATC Kit of the Month

This month's "Enjoy nature" kit features 2 beautiful papers from Prima Marketings Rose Quartz Collection.  Their 2 papers coordinate perfectly together to make a pretty pink and gray rose and feather kit.  Get this ATC kit free with orders placed this month.


Here is a listing of the contents of this month's kit:
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. Prima Marketing Double-Sided Rose Quartz Collection - Rose Dreams with pink copper foil accents.  Simply beautiful rose design paper.
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC card cut from Prima Marketing Double-Sided Rose Quartz Collection - Grace.  This is beautiful paper with different bird feathers throughout the paper.  This also has pink copper foil accents.
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. Core'dinations Canvas Texture pink cardstock - April Lovely
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. Core'dinations Gemstone cardstock paper - Pearl
1 - 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in. Pow! Glitter Paper - Blush.  This is gorgeous smooth glittered paper.
1 - 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in. Bazzill Basics - Rock Candy
1 - 1/4 in. x 4 in. Core'dinations Foundations Smooth Gray Charcoal cardstock
1 - piece of DMC Pearl 100% Cotton 6 Strand Embroidery Floss in Light Shell Pink
1 - piece of DMC Light Effects 100% Polyester Embroidery Metallic Floss which matches perfectly with the copper foil of the Prima Marketing paper chosen for this kit.
1 - "Enjoy nature" collage phrase that has been professionally printed for you.
2 - feather stamped images.  These images have been hand stamped by me with Archival Brilliance Pigment Ink in Cosmic Copper
2 - Brass leaf charms
1 - bird feather
1 - ATC clear sleeve for you finished ATC

Here are the 2 papers from Prima Marketing that were chosen for this kit.  These photos do not do the paper justice. You can not see the copper foil accents on both of these papers.  Wait till you see them.  They are truly beautiful!  Here is a close-up too to show just how shiny this paper is.



Prima Marketing Double-Sided Rose Quartz Collection - Rose Dreams
3 in. x 4 in. paper will be cut from this paper.



 Prima Marketing Double-Sided Rose Quartz Collection - Grace
2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ATC will be cut from this paper.

                                    

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2 camping Artist Trading Cards for you!

Here are 2 ATCs that I made from this month's kit.  This was a perfect ATC kit to end the summer.  Think of your camping memories!  Enjoy everyone!  Tomorrow I will be posting September's ATC kit of the month.




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Camping anyone? Take a peek at our August kit!

Here is our August Artist Trading Card kit of the month.  I thought this would be a fun kit to end the summer. Get this kit free during the month of August 2017.  


This is what is included in this month's kit:
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. cut from a 12 in. x 12 in. double-sided paper Simple Stories Cabin Fever - Summer Camp
1 - 3 in. x 4 in. cut from a 12 in. x 12 in. double-sided paper Simple Stories Cabin Fever - Trail Head
1 - 1/2 in. x 4 in. piece of Paper Pizzazz Pine Green Plaid
1 - 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. Artist Trading Card cut from Bazzill Paper - Peanut Fudge
1 - 1 in. x 4 in. piece of Bazzill Paper - Almond Cream
1 - 2 in. x 3 in. piece of Bazzill Paper - Thicket - green dotted cardstock
1 - 2 in. x 3 in. piece of The Paper Studio - Forest Trees
1 - 1/2 in. x 3 in. map piece cut from a vintage map book
1 - Camping collage image - there are 2 different collage images chosen for this kit.  One will be included in your kit.  This image has been professionally printed for you.
1 - Collage phrase Campfires & Marshmallows
1 - piece of dark brown ribbon
1 - Silver charm - camping sign with arrow


 Here is a close-up of the collage images and the charm



Here are the 2 Simple Stories paper chosen for this kit.  You can see both sides in each photo.
Simple Stories - 12 in. x 12 in. Cabin Fever - Summer Camp



Simple Stories - 12 in. x 12 in. Cabin Fever - Trail Head