Sunday, January 13, 2019

Love is in the Air...

Oh, those sweet days of youth!  Remember the classroom Valentines Day parties and everyone would bring the cute Valentines, there'd be delish sweets to eat and there was bound to be a box or two of conversation hearts in your Valentine treat bag?  I took a nostalgic journey making this ATC for a Valentines Day swap.

Media used: alcohol inks, Distress inks, old book

Happy (Early) Valentines Day!

Lunar Contemplation ATC

On January 20-21st in the wee hours there will be a lunar eclipse.  I don't know if celestial happenings feel as mysterious to everyone else as they do to me, but I think they touch something very primal hearkening back to the early days of human existence.  They're pretty magical.

In celebration of the lunar eclipse I joined an ATC swap celebrating the moon.  I knew I wanted to reach for some of my fave VLVS stamps to create this.

I kept trying to add more things to this ATC, but every time I did it detracted from the beautiful silvery glow of the moon (thank you , Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist).

There's also a bit of shimmer on the sentiment.

Are you going to try to catch the lunar eclipse?    It's a super blood wolf moon which means three things are happening at once: 1) the first full moon in January, 2) a full moon occurring when the distance between Earth and the Moon is as short as possible and c) a lunar eclipse.  Wow!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

She is a Dreamer of Dreams ATC

Good morning!  So far 2019 has been a decently creative year.  I've been getting back into trading ATCs and making cards.  On my desk is a stack of papers ready to be turned into a Valentines Day mini album.  Now, it's been a REALLY long time since I've made a mini album; hopefully The Muse cooperates. 

But that's for another day.  Today my share is an ATC for a paper doll themed swap.  I love these Tim Holtz paper dolls. There's great variety in the pack.  Here she is...my little dreamer.

I started with gesso'd Bristol paper and then added some embossing paste through a stencil.  After that came some painting with glimmer mist, some splatters, digging into the stash of ancient patterned papers and a smidge of Distress ink...

I tried to capture some of the glimmery bits in the picture below.  I used both Winter Copper and Olive Vine - nice vintage-y colors.

Now it's sitting on my desk waiting to be shipped off.  What's on your desk today?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Recycled Christmas Card ATC

It's always a little sad to me to just toss out beautiful Christmas cards.  Being an avid recycler I jumped at the chance to join a recycled Christmas card ATC swap
 over on SwapBot.

I wish I'd thought of taking a picture of the original card, but here's what I salvaged from the recycle bin post-cutting for a comparison.

It really didn't take much to change it up into an ATC.  I added some glass bead gel medium to the bottom, diecut some pine bits from watercolor paper and added some frosty glitter to them and finished off with a little washi tape on the side.  Easy breezy!

Do you recycle your cards into art?

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Reluctant Shopper ATC

The last few days I've been on a YouTube-watching binge checking out loads of gelli printing videos.  It has been a long time since I've played around with my gelli plate and I needed some inspiration.  It worked and I now have a big ol' stack of printed index cards sitting on my desk.  I used one of them to create this.  Behold, Willard...The Reluctant Shopper...

After OD'ing on the videos I decided to wander elsewhere in Internetopia when, lo and behold, I landed on the VLVS blog to be greeted by Tera Calahan's delightfully snarky envelope/card combo.  While there I said to myself, "Yo, Julie.  Long time since you've played along with a VLVS challenge," (which I couldn't argue with).  I sadly realized that I don't really have any Christmas-y VLVS stamps, but I do have some fun ones.  I love this guy and combined with my own tendency to procrastinate I think I found the perfect solution to my dilemma.

Thanks for peeking - hope you, too, got a chuckle...

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Love Me, Love My Coffee Breath

Ha ha!  That's the name of a swap I'm participating in - too funny.  Here are the cards I made:

I love a good cup of coffee.  I think I'll go grab a cup...

Happy Boxing Day!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Love Me Some Wacky Holidays!

I think wacky holidays are really fun.  I have an ATC collection of wacky holidays that I've traded for over the years.  I joined a swap that requires the use of spray inks and for some reason (perhaps because I live near Seattle???) I decided to go with a wacky holiday for January 11th - Jump In a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day.

The background was created with shimmery blue spray inks and the puddle with a chrome pen.  Trying to capture the shimmer is tricky...can you see it here?

Okay now, no excuses...put January 11th on your calendar and don't forget your rain boots!