Monday, October 28, 2013

#3 ATC

Here is another ATC for this series... #3 ATC. I folded some scrapbooking paper in half, wrote the number 3, cut it out in bubble form, turned it around, and glued it to my ATC.

Title: #3 ATC
Date: October 28, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Handmade Halloween Bookmark

I made a cute bookmark for my partner on Swap-Bot. It's Halloween themed. With this, I decided to pull out my brand new (as of 2 years ago) Cricut machine and cut out some shapes. With the shapes on hand, I created this bookmark. It's a creature, under the moonlight, taking a peak at what you are reading.

Title: Handmade Halloween Bookmark
Date: October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Autumn ATC

Here is another ATC to help celebrate this season... Autumn. It has a quote that reads:

I love Fall!
Fall is exciting
It's apples and cider
It's pumpkins and spiders
It's leaves changing colors
It's making apple butter
I love Fall!
Title: Autumn ATC
Date: October 12, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Round Robin Sampler #15

This is a continuation of the Round Robin series I participate in. The border was stitched by the original owner. I stitched the santa sleeping on the moon and sent it off to Australia to the next stitcher. This peice is 14.75" x 11.75", measuring around the border. Because I like this santa so much, I might stitch him again for my kids.

Round Robin Sampler #15
Source: 365 Christmas Designs by Kooler Design Studio (Page 117,150)
Title: Deck the Halls
Date Started: September 20, 2013
Date Completed my Section: October 4, 2013
Theme: Christmas


Monday, October 7, 2013

#2 ATC

Here is the latest ATC that I created. Part of the swap was to create an ATC with the #2 on it. I used the idea my 7th grade teacher taught me. Here is the link to the last handmade postcard using this method: Handmade Name Postcard

Title: #2 ATC
Date: October 4, 2013

You can switch the card around to create whole different creature. You should try it sometime.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Glitter ATC

Here is a Fall Glitter ATC that I created for my swap partner. I love how the colors pop. Autumn is my favorite season because of the colors and smells.


Title: Fall Glitter ATC
Date: October 1, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Round Robin Sampler #13

In June, I recieved one of the cross stitch projects that I started and sent on it's way for a Round Robin swap. I was surprised on how much it has grown. In July, I added to little birds and sent it on its way for the Round Robin Sampler #13 swap. Can't wait to see it again.

Swap-Bot ~ Round Robin Sampler #13
Swap-Bot ~ Send Them Home

Source: Angelove (Book #18): Designs by Gloria & Pat
(Page 17)
Title: June (Just the birds. Not the whole project.)
Date Started: July 1, 2013
Date Completed my Section: July 4, 2013
Theme: Pets

Monday, September 23, 2013

September IHSW

Happy Autumn!

Missed blogging all summer. Been busy with the kids. School has started and is full swing. A little more time to craft and blog about it. So be on a lookout for more postings to come. For now, I have a September IHSW update to show you. It's connected to a Round Robin cross stitch group that I'm part of. Started working on this project on Friday and this is what I have stitched thus far.

September IHSW Update
Source: 365 Christmas Designs by Kooler Design Studio (Page 117,150)
Title: Deck the Halls
Date: September 23, 2013

I will post more about this project when it is completed. Please stop by often to check it out. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog and don't forget to leave me comment before you leave.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Hello readers... Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July (Independence Day). Will be spending the day with family. What will you be doing today?

I have some new ATC's for you to view. The first one is for the Red, White & Blue ATC swap to celebrate this USA holiday. The second one is one I created for a swapper who got flaked on.... Green ATC.

Title: Red, White & Blue ATC
Date: June 26, 2013

Title: Green ATC
Date: June 26, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Purple ATC

Here is a Purple ATC that I made for my swap partner on Swap-Bot. Love the quote... "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."

Title: Purple ATC
Date: June 10, 2013

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Round Robin Sampler #11 Update

I completed my section on the Round Robin Sampler #11 that recieved from my partner. The bottom band is what I stitched. This one will be sent back home to the original stitcher for the Round Robin Sampler - Send Them Home swap. Hopefully this one comes back to me in the future. This sampler was fun to do.

Round Robin #11               
Round Robin - Send Them Home

Source: Leisure Arts: Sweeter Than the Rose (Page 77)
Title: Samplers in Bloom
Date Started: May 15, 2013
Date Completed my Section: June 1, 2013
Theme: Bands/Borders

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ATC by Color - Red

I recently completed another ATC by color.... RED. It is of a circus this time. How fun is that?! Haven't been to a circus since I was little. Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Title: Red ATC
Date: May 24, 2013

Round Robin Sampler #10 Update

As mentioned in previous posts, I recieved a cross stitch project for the Round Robin Sampler #10 swap back in April. It was started at the beginning of this month and completed a couple weeks ago. I decided to wait to send it back for because it needed mending. While doing that, I joined the swap, Round Robin Sampler - Send Them Home. This has given me the opportunity to send it back with a special purpose in mind.

Round Robin #10               

Source: Donna Kooler's 555 Timeless Cross Stitch Patterns
(Page 83)
Title: Summer Butterfly
Date Started: May 4, 2013
Date Completed my Section: May 14, 2013
Theme: Anything That Makes You Happy

I can't wait for future Round Robin swaps. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Round Robin Sampler #11

I joined yet another Round Robin Sampler swap. I had to stitch a whole new sampler for this one because the last one that was sent to me will be completed by me and sent to the original stitcher. I'm almost completed with that one. Had a few issues with it that needs attention before sending it off. I'll post when completed. The one this post is about was just sent to the Netherlands for a second sampler to be stitched on it. Here is what it looked like before sending it off.

Swap-Bot Round Robin #11

Source: Donna Kooler's 555 Timeless Cross Stitch Patterns
(Page 30)
Title: Gone South
Date Started: May 1, 2013
Date Completed my Section: May 4, 2013
Theme: Winter

Thursday, May 2, 2013

ATC's by Color - Pink & Orange + More

I created two more ATC's by Color last month.... Pink & Orange. These are my absolute favorites.

Title: Pink ATC
Date: April 20, 2013

Title: Orange ATC
Date: April 27, 2013
  Next... is another Handmade Purple Postcard since the last one never made it to its destination. Hopefully this one does.

Title: Handmade Purple Postcard
Date: May 1, 2013

Finally... I'll be updating you this weekend with new cross stitching projects I've been working on lately. So, be on a lookout on those.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Round Robin Sampler #10

I joined a very fun cross stitching group swap that I truely enjoy. We basically stitch on a piece of stitching fabric and pass it along to the next stitcher. When the piece is finally completed, it is sent back to the original stitcher. You can read more about it here.

I created a brand new piece because I just started this group, so here is what I did so far.

Swap-Bot ~ Round Robin #10

Source: Stoney Creek Cross Stitch Magazine
(Volume 3, Number 3, Page 25)
Title: I Love Mom
Date Started: April 2, 2013
Date Completed my Section: April 12, 2013
Theme: Pets

I can't wait to see the finished piece months from now. The one that was sent to me is almost completed. I get to stitch the last sampler and send it back to the original stitcher. I'll post photos of that one in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day. Please don't forget to post me a comment. :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

ATC's by Color - Yellow & Blue

Lately, I've creating swaps on Swap-Bot of ATC's by color. Here are a couple more... one yellow and one blue. Links are in the caption of each photo.

Title: Fish Tail
Date: April 5, 2013
Swap: Yellow ATC - International

Title: Find Joy
Date: April 5, 2013
Swap: Blue ATC - USA

If you read my other posts, you'll find out the supplies I use and you'll find a tutorial.

Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 1, 2013

ATC's, Handmade Postcard, Cross Stitch Update

It had been a while since I posted. A lot has been going on. However, I do have some art and craft updates for you to check out. Enjoy!

Title: Handmade Purple Postcard
Date: March 18, 2013

Title: ATC with an Inchie
Date: March 18, 2013

Title: Yellow ATC - USA
Date: March 25, 2013

March IHSW Update
Cross Stitch: Hang in There
Date: March 15, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Handmade Name Postcard

I made a handmade postcard for one of my partner's on Swap-Bot. With this one, I decided to use a method I learned in Junior High.
  1. Fold a piece of paper in half.
  2. Write your name in cursive on the fold.
  3. Cut your name out in bubble form without cutting on the fold unless you need to depending on the letters in your name.
  4. Open it up.
  5. Glue it to another piece of paper of a different color making sure your writing is on the glued side down.
  6. Turn your art sideways and you'll be able to see a creature or bug.
  7. (See photos below to my finished project for an example.) 

    Title: Betsy (Handmade Postcard)
    Date: March 14, 2013

    ***Cursive Betsy***
    Turned to the side to reveal a "Creature".
    What do ya think?! Cute, huh?
    Now you try it. :)

    Material Used:

  • Scrapbooking Paper
  • Pen & Scissors
  • Tacky Glue
  • Mod Podge
Here is a mini version:

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

GREEN Inchies

It's been a while since I created some Inchies. Last week I created 2 GREEN Inchies for my partner on Swap-Bot. I used a method from Linda Isreal's YouTube video, "How to create a Collage ATC Using Scraps of Paper and Stamping".  That was both fun and challenging.

Supplies Used:
  • Scrapbooking Paper Scraps
  • Used Postage Stamps
  • Stamps and Ink Pads
  • Gold Glitter Glue
  • Tacky Glue
  • ModPodge

Title: GREEN Inchies
Date: March 11, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Green ATC to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

I created a Green ATC for my partner on Swap-Bot for a nice St. Patrick's Day treat for the eyes. Green background with a hint of green here and there. Gold glitter glue for seeds to represent gold for the holiday. Enjoy!

Materials Used:
  • Scrapbooking Paper and Supplies
  • Gold Glitter Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Tacky Glue
  • Mod Podge

Title: Life is Beautiful
Date: March 07, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunflower ATC Tutorial

Hello.... This is a tutorial I wrote on my old blog and decided to repost it for all of you.

This is how I create ATC's. This is only one version of many ways to create an ATC.

Supplies needed:
  1. White Paper (For your drawing)
  2. Pencil, Pen, Crayons, Colored Pencils, etc. (Whatever you use to create your drawing)
  3. Scrapbooking Paper
  4. Precision Scissors
  5. Paper Cutter
  6. Cardboard (Any type. I recycle and reuse by using cereal boxes)
  7. Glue (I use Tacky Glue)
  8. Gloss Medium or Mod Podge

Step 1:  Draw a Sunflower, color it, and cut it out. Use precision scissors to cut your drawing out to get the best results.

Step 2: Choose 2 backgrounds with scrapbooking papers of your choice.

Step 3: Measure and cut out the first background paper. Make sure it is less than 2.5" x 3.5", but bigger than the cutout drawing.

Step 4: Measure and cut out the second background paper. Make sure it is exactly 2.5" x 3.5". Do the same with your cardboard.

Step 5: Glue the second background paper to the cardboard. I poured the glue allover the back of the cardboard and spread it out with my finger... as seen in the photos below.

Step 6: Glue the first background paper on top of the second background paper. Then glue the cutout drawing on top of that.

Step 7: Apply the ATC with Gloss Medium & Varnish or Mod Podge to protect your work. Add about 3 coats, waiting at least 15 to 30 minutes between coates.

Step 8: Measure and cut out the backing. Make sure it is exactly 2.5" x 3.5". Then glue it to the back of your ATC. This is where you place your credit to your artwork (As seen in the photo, I cut the backing a little too small. OOPS!).

Step 9: After letting it dry for at least 15 minutes, place the ATC in a book for an hour or two, so it can dry flat. You can place wax paper in the book to protect the pages of your book.

Congratulations... You made a Sunflower ATC....

Have fun creating your ATC's and don't forget to show me your creations. Have a wonderful day!