"My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue?
It rather denotes a lack of courage."

~Practical Magic~

Digital Freebie Update

Just to let you know.
The digital freebies found on the right hand sidebar have been updated and now are ready for downloading.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring is in the Air

Finally the sun has been shining the temperature rising and the snow melting.
Spring is in the air!
Cleaning up the yard and raking out the flower beds have been the priority for the last week.

While waiting for the snow to melt I have been working on a few crafty and scrapbook projects in my free time.

Something new for me has been ATC cards.
I never real understood what is the purpose of an ATC card besides a way of introducing yourself in Craft and Art circles.

I discovered they are a fun way to mix and try out different techniques on a smaller scale.

My first ATC (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) I was really pleased with until after it's completion.

I discovered that I should have done a little googling to discover the ins and outs of ATC's.
First mistake I left out all designer information!
2ND mistake ...I misquoted the quote!!
3rd mistake I submitted it into a challenge!!!!!
So for all those who are interested in trying an ATC for the first time here is a link
explaining the basic rules of ATC.

All in all I am happy again, by slapping a magnet to the back, I have redeemed myself by turning my mistakes into a refrigerator magnet!!

Vintage ATC #1 "Dancer"

This next ATC was created for a RAK Challenge posted on the "Sisterhood of Scrap".

With a little more of an understanding on ATCs and feeling a little more confident .This little project came together without a hitch!
Using free vintage images from the Graphics Fairy (link in the right hand sidebar).

Vintage ATC #2 "Secret Garden".

I discovered they really are fun to create. If nothing else they can come in handy as a visual reference for different techniques.
They are also a great way to fill the need to create when the desire hits you but your time is limited.
They can be as simple or complex as you would like, no wrong or right...just a few simple rules to follow.

I also managed to complete 5 new Scrapbook layouts during the Winter Olympics
by participating in the "Olympic Crop" that was hosted by the "Sisterhood of Scrap".
Great fun to watch the Olympics while having your own challenges to complete.
If you would like to check them out they may be found here.

If you are in the mood for a Challenge all March Challenges have been posted for the "Sisterhood of Scrap" links may be found here.

Also tomorrow the Sisters will be hosting their One Hour sketch Challenge .
Beginning at 7:00 pm EST you will have until 8:00 pm to complete and post on the forum by 8:20 pm. Great fun and a real challenge!!!
Also you have a chance at a wonderful and generous prize!

Don't forget to stop by Create It-Green Blog on March 15Th for the design Team Reveal.You will find many ways to recycle ,up cycle and refurbish everyday items into your creative process.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Jacqueline said...

These are beautiful, Jean! I especially love the Secret Garden one. That book is one of our family's favorites

Helen said...

Love the ATC's Jean Marie!
You have been fairly busy this month!!!

Scrapergirl said...

I love your ATC Card's they are so nice .I have never worked on these either glad you tried them great work ! How have you been? I am enrolled in college working hard to keep up grades LOL LOL. Last day of spring break 3,13,2010 . Keep in touch!
Gloria Harvwy

Lois aka katesmum said...

I love your ATC's... even the one you made first that you said was wrong!! In fact that is my favorite one... I love making them, like you said, when you need to create but not too much!!

Anonymous said...

OoOo Jean your ATC's are gorgeous!!! I love the vintage feel of yours! I never got too far into ATC's but did attempt a few of my own with little success (well I wasn't happy with them). Yours came out so lovely! I can't wait to see more of these - great work!