Silence is Golden

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Here’s an ATC I made for a springtime swap at Vintage Photo Images ATCs. The guidelines were to pick a silent film actor/actress and create an ATC using their image and one primary color (along with black and white). I found these images of Charlie Chaplin on the web and combined them with some digital elements from various Deviant Scrap kits. The ATC base was cut using a die from Papertrey Ink; it is 3.5 inches tall but just under 2.5 inches wide. I added the Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon to add some width to the ATC. It was a great swap and I got beautiful returns featuring many famous actors from that era. Thanks go out to Terri D. for hosting and coming up with this great theme!!

Off We Go, into the Wild Blue Yonder!

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I hosted a swap with the Vintage Photo Image ATC group that I titled: Wild Blue Yonder. It gave me a chance to use some images from the Deviant Scrap kit of the same name, as well as an all-time favorite vintage image of a group of WASPs I found on the internet (linked from an NPR segment I heard some years back).

Gluebook — Orient Express

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The next installment of the gluebook swap I was working on was a trip on the Orient Express! This theme was a bit of a challenge, as I did not find many vintage images via my internet searches that were specifically of the Orient Express. I used several images from Deviant Scrap, as well as the Orient Express poster and trunk I found on the internet.

April in Paris — Gluebook Pages

Oh my poor neglected blog!! I have been busy, but too busy, it seems, to post the projects I have been making. I was chosen to be on the Clean and Simple design team at Splitcoaststampers (SCS) for the past 3 months, so most of my paper creating was done as cards. I also made 100 inchies for a swap at SCS, but I’ll save those pictures for another day.

I am currently participating in a Gluebook swap where we make postcard-size collages with minimal embellishments (the idea being to make the cards into a book when we are finished). The on-going theme is a honeymoon trip around the world with the first stop in Paris. Perfect for spring!

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This theme gave me a good excuse to go shopping at FrenchKissed for some new digital images. Both of the backgrounds (front and back) are postcards from Tricia’s shop, and the beautiful woman is a third image I purchased there. The French receipt is from Digital Collage Sheets and the flowers are some German scrap I had in the house. I also digitally added a couple images from Deviant Scrap: the flower branch to the front and back, and the grey wallpaper design to the back of the card. Next month we travel on the Orient Express….. I wonder what I will come up with for that? Thanks for looking!

Retro Christmas No. 1

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I am hosting an ATC swap with my Vintage Photo Image ATCs group with the theme “kitschy Christmas”. It’s nice to have 7 people sign up so that each person’s set of 6 ATCs is replaced with 6 different ones from other swappers. This time only 5 have signed up, which led me to make 3 different styles so I wouldn’t have to return more than one ATC to its original swapper. This is the first style I made. I remember seeing ornament boxes similar to this when I was young (and no, that’s not me in the picture). When I think of retro Christmas, I think of green bottle-brush trees so I knew I had to put one on this ATC. I cut out the opening in the frame (image from Tumblefish Studios) and popped it up on foam tape. Then I pulled the wooden base off the tree and cut off the back side of the bristles so the tree would lay flat. A touch of glitter and it’s just like when I was little!

Stage Fright!

Here’s another ATC I made for Halloween this year for an “open” theme swap. The little witch on the pumpkin is an image from Lisa’s Altered Art that I’ve had for a few years. The other bits and pieces are from various digital kits from Deviant Scrap. The background paper is some really old stuff I found in my Halloween stash — finally found a use for it!

The Eyes Have It

October is getting away from me and I haven’t posted any of the Halloween ATCs I’ve made this year. This one was for a monthly drawing at the Vintage Photo Image Yahoo group, and it went to Liz in September. Since I can never make just one ATC of any style, I also made one and sent it to my friend, Phyllis, as a RAK. The images are all from Deviant Scrap, most of them being from various Tumblefish Studios kits. It is somewhat hard to see that the little witch is holding a jar of eyeballs, which I coated with Glossy Accents to make it look more realistic. Given that, I couldn’t resist putting the strip of words across the top!