Smile

This ATC uses one of my favorite rubber stamps from Paperbag Studios. I’d be smiling this big if it would just rain in central Texas again! The image is paper pieced using some K&Company and My Mind’s Eye sheets. I added the label tape to cover up the word “and” in the stamped image, which actually looks like label tape (but smaller).

Little Drummer Boy

This little drummer boy found just what he wanted on Christmas morning! He was sent out to my Stampin’ D’Amour swappers today. The image is from an old postcard, and the background tree is a stamp from an Oxford Impressions plate of Christmas stamps. The paper is all from a holiday collection released this year by K&Company. Other touches are gold stickles, gold thread and brads, rhinestones, and German scrap trim.

Happy Pilgrims

It’s almost that time again. Time to spend 8 hours in the kitchen cooking Thanksgiving dinner so we can eat for 20 minutes. And then spend another 2 hours cleaning up. But the house does smell yummy while the bird is in the oven. And nothing quite beats the taste of freshly-made cranberry sauce!

Here is my October ATC for my swap with the Stampin’ D’Amour gals. I decided to do a Thanksgiving theme this year to pay homage to the holiday that always gets lost between Halloween and Christmas. The images are some I found on the internet. The paper is from my stash, and probably discontinued by the companies!

Witch Hazel

When I saw this witch stamp by Tim Holtz, I knew it had to be mine. I hope she sees lots of ink this year and in future Halloween seasons.

Just for fun I counted up the number of products I used on this 2.5 by 3.5 inch of space, which includes the back. Let’s see…. 5 rubber stamps (Tim Holtz, Unity, Red Lead, Cornish Heritage Farms), 4 kinds of paper (Stampin’ Up, watercolor, thin coasters), 8 colors of ink (all by Ranger) and Rock Candy crackle paint (also by Ranger, but hard to see in this photo), 3 kinds of embellishments. Whew!

One tree, one leaf

This is the ATC I made for my August Stampin’ D’Amour swap group. I was bound and determined to stamp them again this month, so I inked up one of my favorite Paperbag Studios images, Lone Tree. I used one of the PBS journaling circles to stamp the yellow spot, and embossed the leaf (an old Anita’s Art Stamps image) for texture. I stamped everything on watercolor paper and misted it with perfect pearls and water.

She’s a Firecracker!

My patriotic ATC was finished before July 4th, but I sure couldn’t get it posted here before then. My blog keeps missing the holidays, or I should say it’s me who keeps missing the holidays! There is minimal stamping here, just firecrackers in the background. I don’t remember where the image is from, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s a free image I found on flickr. I couldn’t decide if I should put text on this one, but then I thought of my grandma (Minnie) and my husband’s grandma (Ethyl), and it was a done deal. These wonderful women both passed away after they turned 90, and they were a couple of firecrackers!!

Tennis Love

This is my May ATC for Stampin’ D’Amour. I love watching tennis tournaments on TV, so I thought it would be fitting if I made my ATC with the French Open in mind. This image is a free one I got from Ten Two Studios quite a while ago. The paper is Paper Studio and Foo Fa La, and the background stamps are by Cavallini & Co. I dug out some very old mesh to use as my net, and covered a pearl with fun flock to make the tennis ball. Corner punch by EK Success, ink by Palette and Ranger (Distress).