My Ancestor!

“Ancestor” ATC featuring one of my actual ancestors!

I did this set of ATCs for the “Ancestor” category over at Marci’s ATC swap on! I will also be entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp, Anything Goes, Wednesday Challenge!

The main photo is actually one of my ancestors, my great great grandfather! The original photo of him is actually very faded & blemished, but I used my dusty photo editing skills to fix him up for this challenge! He’s not exactly fit for hanging on a wall yet, but for what I wanted to do here I got what I needed! I printed the photo on regular, white, printer cardstock and used JudiKins MicroGlaze to protect the majority of the photo. After he was thoroughly coated with the MicroGlaze, I spritzed water to get the printer ink to bleed a bit, dried the photos, trimmed them down, rounded the corners, distressed the edges, then inked them! WHEW! That was a mouthful!

The background for the ATCs is made of bits and pieces from Tim Holtz’s “Lost and Found” paper stack. I layered up some random bits, glued them down, then used a blending tool to add some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, which I then spritzed with water to activate. The little “film strips” of photos are also from the “Lost an Found Stack.” I love Tim’s style, but I have never figured out what to do with all the photos of random people he has in many of his stacks & ephemera packages! This is only the second time I have found a use for the faces of strangers! It’s not anything I dislike about them, I actually think they are very cool, but my poor brain just can’t add “strangers” to things very well!

Product List:

  • Tim Holtz – Tiny Attacher, Distress Oxide: Vintage Photo, Lost and Found Paper Stack, Mini Blending Tool, and Paper Distresser.
  • JudiKins MicroGlaze


Sweeeet! ATCs

I made this set of ATCs for Marci’s ATC swap over at! The category was “Sweet Treat,” and after thinking and thinking and looking at ideas on Pinterest and anywhere I could find them, I happened to come across this cupcake cut file in the Silhouette Store! After that, I knew what I would be doing! I’m also going to enter them into the Simon Says Stamp, “Anything Goes,” Wednesday Challenge!

The patterened paper for the backgrounds came from the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit, the twine I’ve had forever, the pink in the “frosting” is Shimmerz Paste-eez “Raspberry Sherbet,” and the white “frosting” is Prima Snowflake Paste! All the other colors, except the “chocolate,” came from Tim Holtz Distress Crayons or Distress Oxides! The “chocolate” is a Bic Mark-It in “Woodsey Brown.”

I used the Distress Crayons on the bottom layer of the cupcake wrapper, and the Distress Oxides on the wrapper layer with the chevrons and the layer on the frosting with the circles cut out.

Product List:

  • Background papers are from the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit!
  • Twine … ::shrug::
  • Shimmerz Paste-eez “Raspberry Sherbet”
  • Bic Mark-It “Woodsey Brown”
  • 140# watercolor paper
  • Prima Snowflake Paste
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz Distress Crayons & Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, & Seedless Preserves
  • Silhouette Cameo

Happy Fall!

“Happy Fall” ATCs!

A set of ATCs I made for the ATC swap over at! The category for this is was to be “Inspired” by the photo shown below!

The leaf clusters are put together with a lot of staples from Tim Holtz’s Mini Stapler, regular staples, and hot glue! I used leaves from the Autumn Decor section in my local 99¢ store, cut them in half, then, more or less, folded them into pleats and stapled them! Then I stapled the individual leaves together into clusters, glued them together, then glued them down!

For the background I used some tissue paper I received with a Pocket Letter (the letter was wrapped in it!) and some Mod Podge!

Inspirational Photo!

Product List:

  • Jute 
  • Decor leaves from the fall decor section at the 99 cent store 
  • Lots and lots and LOTS of hot glue!  
  • Lots and lots of regular staples to go with THs mini staples! 
  • The tissue paper came wrapped around the September Pocket Letter I recieved from Donna (bonprof)! It was the perfect color for the BG!! Thank you, Donna

Halloween ATCs!

Halloween ATC set!

Over at MarciB hosts a monthly ATC swap! One of the categories for September was Halloween, and this is what came out of my mind!

For the background I used Amazing Cast Resin on my Tim Holtz, “Cracked” Embossing folder. I painted the resin with ordinary, black arcylic paint then added the Prima waxes!

I actually found the lace and skulls at the 99¢ store when I went in looking for a package of those plastic spider rings that come out this time of year!

The ‘mulberry type’ roses I bought off eBay a while ago and used Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Tinsel on a set to turn them from light purple to, well, tinsel!

Product List:

  • 99¢ Store lace, skulls, and spiders
  • “Mulberry Type” roses from eBay
  • Tim Holtz “Cracked” Embossing Folder
  • Amazing Cast Resin
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Prima Metallique Wax – Old Silver; Opal Magic Wax – Royal Robes
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Tinsel

Sunflower Pocket Letter!

The pocket letter I made for bonprof over at

Over at Donna (bonprof) is the hostess of a monthly Pocket Letter swap! For September I was honored with getting to swap with the Swap Boss herself! I also am entering this Pocket Letter in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Pop It Up!

I knew her favorite flower was the sunflower, and I had had the Enchanted Harvest line by Bo Bunny for quite some time, so I decided this would be the perfect time to use it!

It was a rather straight-forward process, not a lot of “fancy” work! I mostly picked the papers, rather the parts of the papers, I wanted to use and put them together!

I fussy cut some items then backed them with foam so they would pop up, added some Stickles to other areas for a bit of a high light, poped on some Little Birdie flowers & some sequins, then stuck everything in the pockets! Oh! I also did a bit of sewing with some copper thread for some added texture!

The Pocket Letter outside of the protector page!
I made this sunflower with the Sizzix – Susan’s Garden die & turned it into a paperclip!

Product List:

  • BoBunny: Enchanted Harvest Collection – Autumn, Bountiful, Fall, & Traditions
  • Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes Collection – Bloom – Thickers – Glitter – Happy – Gold
  • Little Birdie Crafts:Boutique Elements Colelction – Beaded Petals – Micro – French Carnival, &  Vellum Elements Collection – Poinsettia – Lemon
  • Maya Road – Chipboard Shipping Tag
  • Ranger Ink – Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz – Distress Ink: Ground Espresso; Distress Oxide: Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap, & Wilted Violet; Distress Stain – Wilted Violet; Mini Blending Tool; Nib Water Brush; Mini Snips, & Swivel Clasp
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Plus; Susan’s Garden Collection – Thinlits – Sunflower
  • We R Memory Keepers – Wildflower Collection – Thickers – Words – Gold Foil 
  • on the tag, I used a sunflower stamp from “Designs by Ryn” (unmounted flowers stamp sheet) with the Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide  
  • unknown purple sequins 
  • unknown key 
  • unknown “string” of pearls
  •  unknown fiber & vintage lace