Crafty granny

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August ATC Swap: Favourite Colours

This month’s ATC swap theme was ‘Favourite Colour”. My favourite colour is purple (I have a purple kitchen!)


ATC: Colour

I embossed the stamped image with white embossing powder and then coloured the background using Gelatos.


I made a second version using a pink coloured embossing powder and applied the purple Gelatos similar to the  previous card.

I hope you like them




ATC Swap

More ATC’s for my Tasmanian Swap. The subject this month was House Mouse.  Both samples were stamped and coloured with Copics. My entry was the House mouse ATC

ATC mouse


A house is not a home without a mouse

House Mouse ATC




Tasmanian ATC Swap

Hello again,

ATC craft is one of my greatest pleasures. I enjoy the challenge of creating little works of art on a small card, (measures 2.5  inches by 3.5 inches) Sometimes I struggle with the size … similar to a saying my father used to use ..”your eyes are too big for your belly” in this case, my ideas won’t fit onto my plate!

I have recently joined a great ATC swap group, (Tasmanian group)  and have enjoyed 3 months of swaps to date. The group have such a varied artistic eye, I am loving the swaps I get in return.

When I start a months production  of ATCs (believe me, it’s a production!) I always start with what I imagine I will create, and after 2 and sometimes more attempts, I have a group of cards that may not resemble the original creation. I am my harshest critic, and making ATCs is definitely a creative journey. Remembering my first ever ATC with The Imagination Factory Swap, makes me want to cringe, it was not good! I hope I have progressed a little since then (4 years ago)


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January ATC: Dragon

The January swap was titled “Dragons” and  I was happy as I ever could be with my first draft.



February ATC: Flowers

The February theme of ATC’s was “Flowers”.  This is such a broad topic, I think I ‘over-thought’ this one! 🙂

This was my final draft and I sent it off to Tasmania. The stamp I used was a very old one, from Stamp-It, and it may have been the first one I purchased over 10 years ago. I used water colours on the stamped image, embossed and distressed the background and added some Ranger Liquid Pearls and lace remnants from my stash.

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Another version that I liked, but rejected for this swap.

Black and White ATC

Black and White ATC

The  March Swap was Black and White: another broad topic. Just as I was about to start this theme, Shirley Temple died, so as a tribute to my favourite child star, I downloaded a picture from Google, embossed the background with “music symbols’ and used a Darkroom Door Music photochip



April ATC Owls

This months ATC swap is Owls. I had a Stampin Up Owl two step punch that i was wanting to put to good use, so i created my Owls in love cards. Although the picture doesn’t highlight it, I used a new tecnique for the background with a thin layer of a serviette glued to the background. I liked the effect but it’s not clear in the photo (may need photography lessons 😀 )

That’s all for today … enough don’t you think??