I took a break last year from blogging. I don't know where 2015 went. In a recap I can say I got engaged, moved, started planning a wedding, took a new job, took some amazing trips and so much more!
Back in July I joined an Artist Trading Card Group through my Close to My Heart Group. I keep putting my block on as my address, but its about time I actually started posting again.
I wanted to show some of the cards I made over the past few months and how I store them:
August: Flowers in the Field
October: Pumpkins at Midnight
I got this stamp at a crop last year, and never saw any purpose for it. I started with my background, which was painted from Silks Acrylic Paint. I embossed the tree/cats/fence all from the one stamp. I used a silver Stickle to color the moon and give it definition. The pumpkin was a stencil and I first colored it with ink and then sealed in with a dimensional string gel, to give it a cool finish. I officially am loving ATC's by this point.
November has to be one of my favorite ATC's so far. I am a lover of all things owl's, they are all over. I cut the owls on my Silhouette, just using kraft paper for everything but the eyes. I immediately put all the small pieces into storage containers so I wouldn't loose anything. The body of the owl was painted with gesso and then I used a Studio Calico stencil and navy Viva Decor Modeling Paste, to add the chevron design. The burnt orange for the wings and belly were colored with a Tim Holtz Distress Pad. The brown paint was from Viva Decors Paint Pens. The background was a Heidi Swapp Stencil, using one of her spray inks and some green Tim Holtz Paint Daubers. The stamps were a finishing touch from a prize I won at a Close to My Heart Crop.
December: Merry and Bright
Finally I have my December cards to share. These were actually I made with scraps, I don't think I have ever went out and bought anything for my cards, I always work with what I have. I painted the blue background on the edges (I don't know why I never start with colored paper). I trimmed up all the scraps from an old My Mind's Eye Christmas Pack, to make the background. I fussy cut the snowman and the trees from the paper stack, and I used the extras for Christmas Cards. The stamp was a set from Close to My Heart, that I absolutely had to have.
Next weekend I will debut my January Cards!
How I store all my ATC's:
I came across an old playing card binder, but it was ugly. I grabbed some burlap at Hobby Lobby and voila....A new ATC book. I have lots of storage for all my cards. We trade on a monthly basis, so I'm planning on posting my new cards each month after the group receives them.
I am also planning on doing a little review of our cruise from March. I was on an online forum for cruisers and never took the time to share our experiences. Plus I have that scrapbook ready to share, I'm just finishing photographing it. Of course the sun went down a lot faster than I anticipated today.
2016 is going to be a great year and I can't wait to share a little of it!