Just Purple


It’s been so long since I’ve added a post to this blog I think I may have forgotten how to do it! I have been making “stuff”, I just haven’t taken the time to post pictures and talk about it. This ATC is for a monochromatic swap, and even though purple is not my favorite color, I do love lilacs (background) and the text I used here makes me chuckle. The images are from Mischief Circus; mostly, if not all, Tumblefish Studio kits.


Silence is Golden


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!


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).

Hello, Operator?


I made this ATC for a swap theme of “hard-working women”. When I saw these great vintage images of telephone operators, I knew that was the job I wanted to create my ATC around. I used a page of the phone book (not vintage) for my background and put a layer of Inkssentials ™ Glue n’ seal over the top to protect it from future yellowing. All the images were found on the internet. With the dreamy expression on the operator’s face, I couldn’t help but add the words to this ATC, which I printed from my computer.

Retro Christmas #2 and #3



Here are the other two ATC styles I made for the Kitschy Christmas swap I hosted at Vintage Photo Image ATCs. I have been wanting to make an ATC using a retro choir image for a while, and thanks to a wonderful source on Pinterest, I found the perfect image! I had so much fun making these kitschy Christmas ATCs, I hope I can host this theme again next year.

Retro Christmas No. 1


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!

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!