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Weekend ATCs



Here are the three ATCs I created over the weekend.

I wanted to do a Zentangle card during the challenge. The card base is pre-cut Bienfang illustration paper — it’s pretty thin, really just paper, you’ll want to back it with something. I liked the way my Zentangle snaked up the middle of the card, so I decided to just shade in the edges. I used my CG1 Copic for that and it worked well. This paper is meant to take markers anyway.


ATC Zentangle


The Zentangles I used were, from the top, Tripoli, Lichen, Moonwalk, Printemps, and Hollibaugh. Plus some random doodling. I’m not great at Zentangling, but I hope to get better.

For this challenge, I wanted to use some of my ATC blanks in unusual materials. This next card is made of wood, Birch wood veneer. They’re from Creative Imaginations, who make, or made, a lot of ATC stuff at one time. The cards have an adhesive back, so you can mount them on greeting cards or scrapbook pages, or whatever you want.


ATC Daisies


The daisies stamp is from Stampendous, and I stamped it in Versamark and heat-embossed it with Zing! Opaque White powder. It’s a little blurry — you’d probably want to use fine detail powder if you have it.

I then colored it in with Copics — R81, RV13, G02, YG06, Y35, YR12, YR68. (See, I remembered this time.)

It’s good, but I can’t decide if it needs something more, or not. Some bling — but that might just overcomplicate it. I’m letting it be for now.

The next card is made from sheet metal!


ATC Fish


The card blanks are thin, silver metal — aluminum, maybe? — from Imagine Crafts. I saw them featured in a video from the CHA show 2014, and finally tracked some down. This is the first time I have used them (NBUS).
Here, I colored the card with alcohol inks, ran it through an embossing folder, and then sanded it to remove some of the color and highlight the design. The alcohol ink colors I used (from Ranger) were Citrus, Juniper, Stream, and Sail Boat Blue. The embossing folder is from Provo Craft, from an Asian set I have.

Again, I think it needs more, but I don’t want to clutter it up. Any suggestions?

So far I have made 28 cards in 30 days. I’m two cards behind. If I keep it simple, I should be able to finish two more cards tomorrow and complete the challenge!

Chocolate Baroque Challenge


I have some stamps from the company Chocolate Baroque in my NBUS stash, and I found out they have a challenge blog, so I thought I’d give it a try.  CB is a British company, and it cost a small fortune to buy these stamps across the pond, but they are so beautiful I thought it was worth it.

The challenge is to use these four colors:

CB Challenge 8

Which i thought would go well with the stamps in their Asian-themed Tranquility set.  I like the sunset gradient, too, so this is what I came up with:


I used alcohol markers on glossy cardstock to make the background.  The bodhisattva image is from the CB set, and the sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set called Calligraphy Expressions.  I added the gems to balance the composition.  The card base is a dark midnight purple; I forget the brand.

Anybody have any suggestions on how to win at challenge blogs?  I go through phases when i enter a lot, but I have yet to win.  Well, wish me luck.

Patterned Paper


I need to get back to crafting.  It is a major stress reliever for me.  Going into that right-brain mode, forgetting everything else for a while, helps me cope.  Not that I have all that much to cope with … but you know.  Everyone needs an outlet.

Of all the projects i could tackle in my stash list, still I find myself wanting to work with patterned paper.  The One Sheet Wonder classes I took from Jessica taylor were fun and I’d like to continue working with that.  So my idea is to make two projects from each of my patterned paper stacks.  And, since I currently have more cards than I know what to do with, one of them should be something else.  These should keep me busy for quite a while, since I have a lot of paper pads:

a huge stack of paper pads

Or, you know, until I get bored with it.  This isn’t a penance; it’s supposed to be fun.

So this is the first pad I’ve chosen to work with:



This is the Far East Stack 2 from DCWV. (One of my favorite paper companies.)  I also have the first Far East stack; it was one of the first ones I bought.  That one has more of a classical Asian kind of feel, with pages reminiscent of classical Chinese landscapes, Chinese ideographs, and cool colors.  This one has a more baroque, kind of Chinoiserie feel — lots of bright red, Chinese lanterns, gilded dragons.

Here is my first card from this stack:




I used a dark paper as the base, fussy-cut some flowers from the same design paper, only in red, and popped them up.  I added some Asian style peel-off stickers (Dazzles.)

Now this is not my most favorite card I ever made, but it will do.  I had a hard time figuring out where to place the cut flowers, but I like them in a line like that.

So, just a brief post showing what I’ve been up to.  I just wanted to get back in the saddle.  Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: I am entering this in the Craft Stamper March blog challenge.  Craft Stamper is my favorite stamping magazine.  They teach tons of techniques, and do a lot more than just cards.  IT’s a British magazine, so it costs a bit to subscribe from across the pond, but to me it’s worth it.  I like their style.

Dazzles & Patterned Paper 3


In addition to patterned paper acting as background for Dazzles stickers, the stickers can sometimes act as accent for patterned paper.  Like this:


I love, love, love this card.  It turned out exactly like I imagined it would. (You know that doesn’t happen very often.) I may not be able to give this one away.  In fact I may frame it. 🙂

Here, a sheet of red and gold Asian-themed stickers become decorative elements enhancing a patterned paper scene.  This paper is from the DCWV Far East Stack, and I have wanted to use it for a long time. I’m so happy I finally did.  It’s beautiful.

Asian themes were all the rage in crafting several years ago, and I have confidence that eventually they will be again.  It’s one of my favorite motifs, always has been since I was a little kid and watched SHOGUN on TV. 🙂  When they do, I plan to go on a buying rampage and stock up for the future.  Like I’ve said, if a trend resonates with you, invest in it.  But don’t follow a trend just because it’s a trend.

Oh, and if you can’t read it, the English word at the lower right reads, “Friendship.”  Which I assume is what the large ideogram says, as the English word was right below it on the sticker sheet.  My brother might be able to tell me, if he deigns to visit my blog.  He knows some Chinese, as he studied Oriental medicine.  He is an acupuncturist and registered nurse.

The little heart charm is from Bead Landing at Michaels.

What are some of your favorite design styles?  What trends do you think are worth investing in?