Saturday, May 9, 2015
ATCs, Hearts and Love...
I have shared many times how much I love making ATCs. Artist Trading Cards are very specific in size...2.5" x 3.5" and they are not to be sold but merely traded/swapped as I do. Kim over at ArtJoyStuff blog does the most efficient and amazing swaps every month and I love to participate. These are the French General theme ATCs I created.
Here are my ATCs in process. I like to gather a few items and then let the theme speak to me. I have been using picture framing mat board for my bases. You can use playing cards or cereal boxes or just about anything however I like the firm base of the mat board. Many framing shops give free scraps.
These are the beautiful and amazing ATCs I received in return. The swap is actually three for three however I have an extra from a dear friend who makes certain to share her creations with me. This month Kim generously gifted everyone with a French General themed baggie of banners in case we wanted to display our ATCs this way. Thank you Kim for always going above and beyond.
Do you know Skittles candy? These hearts remind me of those candies. I actually purchased these ceramic hearts from my favorite bead store...online only...Fire Mountain Beads and Gems. As much as I love hearts of all types and styles I just couldn't pass these up.
And here are some earrings I created and gifted a recent birthday girl. I love how the birthday card is also the display and carrier for the earrings. I also made a set for myself out of the coral hearts as this is such a popular color this Spring. And I just bought a fun new top in coral color. They will also go with some new coral linen slacks I bought but have yet to wear. I might be a little bold and bright this year which is not my normal comfort zone. I tend to mostly wear black or grey and try to blend into the background wherever I am. Thankfully coral is a very complimentary color on me as I am a true Summer girl. I love warmth and sunshine!
I would like to extend Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate. This really should be everyday of the year. Being a Mother is the hardest job on the planet. It is also a very rewarding blessing! I am so thankful I have a Daughter and am able to experience being a Mother. I also have two Granddaughters and I love being a Grandma. Love and Hugs to my Jenifer, Amber (Happy Birthday today!) and Amy. You make my world complete.
Creative Bliss to every single one of you who take the time to read and leave me comments and thank you for being part of my blogging experience...