Clear Baby Boy ATC

I am always trying new things and this one turned out so cool! I made this so long ago I’ve forgotten but I think it was a brown and blue ATC swap.

clear baby ATC 
I decided to use the clear cardstock because I had scraps on my desk. I embossed the clear background with an embossing folder; when I did it before, I got white raised areas but not this time, I wonder why? I still thought the subtle texture was cool. It is hard to see but I subtly enhanced the ribbing with a Copic marker. The bottom of the ATC is a sticker.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Memento brown
Paper: clear cardstock-PTI, DP-?
Accessories: Masterstroke seam binding ribbon, plastic accent-Jesse James buttons, foam dots-Jody Morrow, sticker-K&Co


Brown, Cream and One ATC

I hosted this swap on Swap-Bot recently. I’ve seen lots of Black White and One, even hosted it before, but never this one. I, of course, went with pink for my other colour.

brown cream one pink atc

The base is cardstock covered in some really wide eyelet lace. It is actually much wider than you even see here, I cut off a big piece! Love that lace. The butterfly is a Cuttlebug embossing folder and die combo, well, they are two pieces. It is a set of 4 embossing folders and a matching die. Way cool. I sponged ink over the raised areas with Victorian Rose Distress ink. But once I added glitter, you really can’t see it, next time I will use white transparent glitter. The ribbon is from Miss Alayneeah on etsy. I love the variegated look she gets.

Ever wonder how to get a bow to look like that? All I do is tie a bow with extra long tails and pull the middle tight. Then I put a forceps clamp on the knot and tie another bow. Ta Da! A double bow!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Distress ink
Paper: chocolate CS-SU!, sweet blush-PTI
Accessories: buttons, white twine-PTI, Prima pearl flourish, seam binding ribbon-Miss Alayneeah, vintage lace, Pearl-Kaisesrcraft, Art Institute Glitter, Cuttlebug embossing folder and die, foam dots-jody Morrow, Krylon spray adhesive


Breast Cancer ATC

I love using pink and my life has been very touched by breast cancer (not personally) so it was an obvious choice to join a Swap-Bot swap for a breast cancer themed ATC.

breast cancer ATC

I absolutely LOVE the background swirl stamp (Tim Holtz). He has put it into several sets I believe. No wonder, it is gorgeous! The rest is pretty obvious so not too much to say.

Hope you are all having a fabulously fun and safe summer!

Enjoy, Rebecca

verse-SU!, background-Tim Holtz
Ink: pink pirouette-SU!, worn lipstick Distress ink
Paper: sweet blush CS-PTI, white CS-SU!
Accessories: MS butterfly punch, sheer ribbon-stash, pearls-Kaisercraft and Dollarama, rhinestone-K&Co., Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder, foam dots-Jody Morrow, rectangle Nestabilities (no, there isn’t one that is a perfect ATC size, it is slightly short and fat!)


Cute Monster ATC for Swap-Bot

Have you seen the movie, Monsters Inc? I LOVE that movie, the monsters are so interesting and different and then there is the story of course, melts my heart to see those ‘scary monsters’ with that little girl. Anyway, that was my inspiration for this ATC.

cute monster ATC
I coloured them all with Copics, then I texturized the purple one with blender rubbing alcohol sprayed on my stamping rag, previously a washcloth. The result is subtle but interesting. I love how they pop on the black but of course, that presents a problem since their tail, legs and feet are too tiny to cut out. I had already used the copper EP to emboss the sentiment so it was a natural progression to use EP for their legs! I tried to only ink their legs and then I used a tiny paint brush to brush away the excess EP so it wouldn’t show underneath them if you look from an angle.

Like the top hat? I originally stamped it in black when I thought that I was going to put some sort of DP underneath the monsters. But when I decided to use the plain black background, I needed to change it. TIP: So I put some two-way glue on a little scrap of paper and allowed it to dry. Then I stuck the hat on it and pressed it into my Versamark ink. Then a quick dip into the silver EP then I heated it with my heat gun and voila! A perfect silver hat! No finger prints or tweezer marks.

I placed red line tape around the outer 3 edges of the card and applied splotchy, imperfect glitter. Then I tapped off the excess and applied another colour to get this fun border. The purple shows up pretty well in the picture but what looks yellow is really a fun, bright, almost fluorescent green! Very monsterish! Both colours are MUCH brighter in person!!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Monsters INK-MFT
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, black CS, SU!
Ink: Memento black, Versamark
Accessories: glitter-Art Institute, redline tape, foam dots- Jody Morrow, silver, copper EP-SU!, tiny twinkle-Taylored Expressions, Copics: V04,06,09, R17,29, YR04,07,16,68, Y38, YG03,06, G14


Handsome Gentleman ATC for Swap-Bot


I decided to host a swap on Swap-Bot for Handsome Gentleman ATCs. I figured I could use my new Proper Gentleman paper by Graphic 45 (I think) to make something really nifty.handsome gentleman ATC

Can you believe that only ONE other person joined me? AHHH! Oh well, I enjoyed making mine and will still get one back so that is all that matters. I’m just always hoping to come up with a swap that will attract big numbers, not even sure why!! Stupid right?Anyhow, I used a mix of stickers by Karen Foster and paper from the paper pack. Isn’t this a great mini booze case? It was my hubby’s grandfathers. He knew right away I’d love it, smart man!

Enjoy, Rebecca

text background from Background Basics: hearts-PTI
Ink: burgundy-SU!, antique linen Distress ink
Paper: proper Gentleman-Graphic 45, burgundy, black CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, vintage stickers-Karen Foster, bracket sticker-stash


Glittery Lateness for Whimsical Wednesdays!

OMW, in a year and a half, I have never FORGOTTEN a Whimsical Wednesdays (formerly Twinkling Tuesdays) post! So much has been happening that is other than my normal routine I seem to have been thrown a curve ball!

This week’s challenge, by Emilie and Kaeli, was to use lots of sparkle and glitter on your project. I made this cute little ATC that will go to a kid in a swap I am hosting, Kids Love ATCs.

ballet ATC
I added pink glitter to her tutu, white glitter to the DP using red line tape and Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles to her bun. I hope that is glittery enough for ‘s girls.

I’d like to send a HUGE thank you to Sweet Pea stamps for their generous gift of three stamps this month! They were an AWESOME sponsor! And much thanks to Randi for organizing the whole shebang!

So for June, we DareDevils are taking a break every week except next. But we have a HUGE prize package for anyone who plays next week’s challenge. And when I say HUGE, I mean HUGE!!!  Best thing, you may enter as many times as you like and you have ALL MONTH to play! Sound good? Tune in next week for the challenge and the hugest prize we’ve ever had!!!

Make sure the DareDevils get some love this week; be sure to visit all of their blogs and leave a nice comment. And don’t forget to play this week too! Upload using DDSC37 and link with Mr Linky using the DIRECT link to your project!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Paper: riding hood red CS, DP-SU!, white CS-Taylored Expressions
Ink: riding hood red, Memento black, white-PTI (to tone down the DP brightness)
Accessories: Tiny Twinkles, Art Institute Glitter, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics: R20,22, E00,21,31,33,35,37,93


Flame Mermaid ATC for Whimsical Wednesdays ETA: Butterfly Mermaid Card

Wow, time got away from me like crazy today. I am not used to spending the whole day out on Tuesdays as I usually take it easy since it is my church night. It is all I can do to make it there on time some days so I try not to add anything much to Tuesdays. This time however, the night was switched to Thursday and so Spencer and I went to the park, for ice cream and did a few errands. I hardly slept last night so when we got home, we had a bath and a long nap and I am still tired. I know, get to the ATC already. I just wanted to explain why I have only an ATC and not a full card to show you today. I am going to turn the other ATC I did into a card later today and add it to this post in the afternoon.

flame mermaid ATC

I coloured this one for a Non-Cutesy Mermaid swap on Swap-Bot. It was actually a lot more vibrant IRL if you can believe that. I tried different lighting including sunlight but I just couldn’t capture it. Oh well.

ETA: Here is the card I am finally getting to post at 11PM, eek!

butterfly mermaid 
This is the ATC I did that became my feature image for this card. It was going to be for a PRO Artists ATC swap (yep, I was accepted!) but it wasn’t quite PRO enough for me yet it was just asking me to do something with it. For all of you who think ATCs are cool but don’t know what to do with them, this is it! Trade ‘em with your friends and then challenge each other to make cards with ‘em. It is fun, I promise! Although it looks like the background here is white, it is actually a pale blue with purple tones to it, B60. A lighter version of the colour I used for the leaves made from dotted lines (click for a larger image) in the top left corner. Is that seaweed? or is she on land and that is a hanging vine?

Anyway, I used Heather’s DD, Piper’s sketch. According to the notes she had her mom include, the butterfly image was not required nor were all 4 of the corner butterflies. So cute huh?


Thanks to Sweet Pea stamps for being our Sponsor this month. I would NEVER have bought them but I am having SO MUCH FUN colouring them and I am SOOO GLAD to have them!! It is so freeing colouring a fantasy image that really has no rules for the colouring. I like to keep the skin tones natural, that’s just me but other than that… anything goes.

Be sure to check out the Whimsical Wednesdays blog to see the sketches, yep two of them, for this week and I will add the one I plan to use when I add my card later. (ETA DONE!) Be sure to upload your project to online galleries using DDSC36 and link it up with Mr Linky. Don’t forget to visit all of the DareDevil’s blogs and leave them some great comments.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Flame Mermaid ATC
white CS-Taylored Expressions
Ink: memento black
Stamp: Sweet Pea
Accessories: Spica white glitter pen, Copics-V12,15,17, Bv08, Bg72,75,78, B24,29, B32, Rv06, Y21,35,38

Butterfly Mermaid Card
Taylored Expressions, Sultry DP-Basic Grey
Stamp: Sweet Pea
Ink: memento black, worn lipstick Distress
Accessories: (best guess, Spencer erased this file too), R81, 83, 85, 89, B60, 63, G21, YG 03?, E00, 21, 31, 33, 35, 37, 95, BV ? (thing in her hair), Y35, MS butterfly punch, Sultry brads-Basic Grey


I have been the WORST blogger!

I can’t believe how few times I’ve posted in the last while. To be fair, I do have a needy three year old with chicken pox but still… Anyway, I am going to include a few items in this post, not my usual style but why not!?

Girl ATC Swap-Bot

girl ATC
This was for a swap requiring a girl or woman on the ATC. I used a an architectural stamp and a script stamp for the background and embossed them with gold powder. The girl was stamped and Copic coloured’; I deliberately made her with medium skin so her race was indeterminate. The pearls were a strand that were already glued together, how fun and easy! The ‘dress’ is ombre ribbon I’ve had forever, I’m glad I finally have a use for it.

Mickey Mouse ATC Swap

mickey metal ATC

I paper pieced Mickey’s face and eyes, colouring in his tongue. The embossing was done with a powder painting technique where you pour on one colour of powder, flick it off and then pour on another. I thought it really suited the razzle dazzle that is all things Disney! I coloured in the star and Mickey word with Spica pen, then wished I hadn’t. Oh well!

Sarah’s Travel Themed Post-It Note Cover

sarah travel post it cover

I made this Post-It note cover for my sister who loves to travel. I made it thin enough to put in a purse. Normally I make these 1/4” thick but this one is just 1/8” thick. I made one similar for me and it fits in the pocket of my Bible’s leather cover. This one uses stickers from Making Memories and I’m not sure of the girl ones plus some stamps I’ve had for ages. I didn’t add a tie to the ribbon because I was keeping down the bulk and I was concerned about fraying.

Enjoy, Rebecca



Another ATC swap. I’ve actually done quite a few Swap-Bot swaps since I posted my last one. Between swaps and getting ready for Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peak projects, I’ve been really busy!

tea atc1
So fair enough, not very interesting. I wanted the little ‘enjoy’ tag to look like the little thingie that hangs off tea bags.

tea atc2 
This is how it looks with out the ribbons in the way. But there is a catch…

tea atc3
It opens up! That’s why the other end of the ribbon had a bead on it. So the ribbon doesn’t come through the hole at the back. You can see the stamped ‘charms’ hanging off the ribbon at the back.

tea atc4 
Now you can see the tea cup behind the spoon handle.

tea atc5
And the image at the back. Sorry it is so slanty and I’d take another picture but I already mailed it 🙂

Enjoy, Rebecca

all Stampington except ‘enjoy’-SU!
Ink: bordering blue-SU! Encore silver, Memento black
Paper: white, blue-SU!
Accessories: corner punch-EK Success, hole punch-Cropodile, B41 Copic, bead-stash, Tiny Attacher-Tim Holtz