Crafty granny

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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??