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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Are you hoarding flowers???

Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge... .wow.. I love these challenges... BUT now you have gone a little too far...

I don't mind using things... but my FLOWERS...  no one hassles me about my FLOWERS... LOL..  I love them all... and never have too many... and I confess... I am a FLOWER HOARDER... so there... I am also very proud of it too... 

I think that flowers are very special... it is the beauty that nature gives us all the time.  Year round...  with much love and gusto...  so I have drawers upon drawer of flowers that I make...  I teach a class where we make a box... (15 minutes worth of the class...  which is generally about a three hour class... and the rest of the time.. .I get them addicted to making flowers.... yes I do... 1000%..  by the time they leave the class, I am proud to say that they are so excited to make MORE FLOWERS... so I know I have succeeded in making them FLOWER ADDICTS too...  love it ... 

One of my favorite ways to make a flower is with a BABY WIPE...  I love them... as it is using something that normally would go to the land fill... and they are so very pretty... you have to know when to stop using a baby wipe, so that it can be used for a flower... you only use one or maybe two colors per baby wipe... and that will turn that baby wipe into a lovely posie...  100's upon 100's of them... how many baby wipes do you use for a project... I generally use a couple...  and they are always usable... love these flowers...

So with that in mind... here is my card...

 
Blues and tans are the call for this card... and I love the envelopes I make also... I have a student/friend that gets all these GREAT used wall paper sample books... and so she tells me to take as many as I need... so I always have tons of envelopes ready to be used... they are lined and they are acceptable thru the mail systems... they are sturdy and great... as they are FREE...  a little glue and you have a free envelope... 
 
My card... I used a piece of paper I made a long time ago... I am also addicted to making papers... I love it and it is a great way to play with inks, paints and you name it... and not really have a need for that right now pile... I will always go thru that pile and use a paper from there... vs. making one... as long as I can find what I need...  So since I had picked out this pretty blue baby wipe flower, I decided to use the blue flower paper... which was made with a stencil... and tons of inks and paints... I can feel the paints... LOL.. other wise I would have been guessing... 
 
 

 
Here is the paper prior to being put onto the card...  and since I did a double layered paper, it smoothed it out wonderfully...

 
I added some other things that were on my work table... and called it done...   the little bow, was just an 8 inch piece of ribbon... how perfect for a bow...  the little metal oval, I painted and put the word DANCE on it... a favorite song was playing and my hubby and I danced around the studio for a few minutes... actually seconds... but it was wonderful... 

 
The baby wipe flower...  in all its glory... I use the Tim Holtz die cut tattered floral.. and it makes a lovely flower as you see it... 
 
Hope you have a wonderful day today... and all week long...  thanks so very much for stopping by here for  a visit and I want to thank you for all the lovely comments you leave behind... I cherish each and every one of them... 
 
Also please check out this challenge site... as the Design team there has a really nice selection of WONDERFUL creations this week... they usually do... but they really went all out this week... 
Kathy Clement even has a poem she wrote.. how special is that...  way beyond the call of duty...  and all are so very well done... thanks for checking them out...  leave some sugar behind too...  they will love it too..
 
Have a fun time... and create something special for your home and family or for a dear friend... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 


A Pink Book... with a BLUE flower

This week on the Shabby Tea Room challenge it is all about BOOKS... and so I thought that since I really don't have a stamp that is a book... and I wasnt' really into books that way, I would MAKE a book... a small little book...  a cute small little book... that can be mailed easily to a special friend...  (I have a lot of special friends ... they are the ones that love pretty things and are special to ME) 

There is a picture on the challenge also... it is light blue, soft pinks and white... so I made this project with that in mind... 

This is a tiny little book... but it has a lot in it.. .lots of pages to put special little things, like pictures, words, thoughts and fun little things...  perfect for a gift... 

 
I so love making flowers... and so I made this one BLUE for the blue in this project... 

 
This picture really doesn't show the lightness of the pink properly. .but it does show the size... only 3 inches tall... and only 2 inches wide... a small little book... 

 
And it opens into a lot of little pages... just perfect to share with... what fun is this...  all in pinks... her favorite color...  she is have shoulder surgery in a week... and her birthday is also coming up... so I need to pamper her a little bit... and she is always sending me such pretty tags, and banners of love etc... so I have to create a special box to put all these things in, that she can open with one hand... and play with these things...  a special gift for a special friend... I can write about this... as she doesn't have a  computer... so she will still be surprised... the best part of it all.. 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit ... and thanks also to all the Design Team for Shabby Tea Room, for their inspirational devotion every week to produce a wonderful site and these fun challenges... thanks a million to you all.. 
 
Hope you will stop in and take a peek and leave some love there too.. 
 
thanks for all that you leave here too.. I really love all your comments and cherish each and every one of them... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

FIVE ... something with FIVE???

Anything but a CARD has a challenge going to use the number 5... Five of anything...  I have so many different projects that I need to get finished... and thought of how I could incorporate one of them for this challenge... finally it came to me... 

I wanted to make a small recipe book that has my FIVE favorite recipes in it...  for a quick reference, etc... it is going to be small, unlike the huge bin that I have for all my collection of recipes... 

So I got to work on this project... and here is what it looks like... I personally don't have the recipes in it... but they are going into it tonight... I love it... just the perfect size etc... 

It is 4.5 inches wide and 8.5 tall... and I used only one sheet of chipboard for the whole project... love it...  I used Tim's Wall flower paper and added some other clip art to the birds...  I am into a bird phase now...  can't get enough birds into my art... 


 
This is the cover of my book...  and I love these particular birds...  so great with the nest...  and the eggs... eggs, time, herbs... that is what it all stands for ... 



About five years ago my husband and I went gluten Free...  it was a life saving measure...  we were both have severe reactions from wheat... so when we gave it up, it meant that I needed to buy certain things that we loved... but couldnt' find them... so I started to make them myself...  you can find them today... but we are hooked on the ones I make...  Morning muffins, I generally make 24 at a time... gives my hubby enough for a few days... LOL... and then there are cookies that we like... they are sort of like granola bars... but I make them round like a cookie... needed a place for these kinds of recipes...  
The back of this book... more birds... matching the lovely yellow flowers ... eggs and more eggs all around.. .well I do use a lot in my cooking that is for sure... and since we have chickens...  I have a lot of eggs to use... 


So when you open the book... you see more birds... and more birds... but you also see FIVE pages... with tabs on each one... these are my 5 favorite recipes that I use to make our goodies with... 
 
I dont' use them everyday... but often...  other recipes are in my huge filing system of recipes...  
 
As you can see there are love birds on the first page... and then the tabs... I already have 3 recipes in there... and the other two will go in later today.. .as the project will then be complete..
 
This is the inside of the back cover... more birds... that I LOVE... 
 
So that is my #5 project...  5 favorite recipes for my book... 
 
Thanks so very much for stopping by for a visit... and also thank you for all the design teams inspirations and love to make this challenge possible... 
 
Hope you have a wonderful day... 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOLD Stamping and BRIGHT colors... WOW!

I bet you are holding onto your seat for this one... but I actually didn't go as crazy as you might think... I actually stayed a little on the calming side for me...  not really sure why... just wanted to make these as pretty as I could... 

I am making these for two challenges and they are really quite different, but I felt that these two pieces should be shown together and also shared by the challenges... ????  just the way my brain is working...

One of the challenges is Monday Simon Says...  last week 480 entries were put into the challenge and I was ONE OF THE TOP FOUR... THANK YOU DESIGN TEAM for this GREAT honor... you truly made my day yesterday...  well today too... and this week...  you know what I mean... thank you very,very much... I really appreciate your love and kindness...  truly do. 

The theme this week for Monday Simon is STAMPtember...  and for the stamping to be bold... not really sure I made it bold enough for one.. .so I made another...

The other Challenge is for Sunday Stamper...  and Hels has such a wonderful piece up as inspiration... so I had to do BRIGHT for her challenge... 

so with out much more ado... here are my entries... 

 

 
For those who know me... they know I love crows... but I also have this things with crows eating our food...  but I still love them.. they are so very majestic and regal... they scream at you when you least expect it... they are always guarding the farm... and they also are always stealing from the farm.. .LOL... they are fun birds... and they are suppose to keep law and order among the other birds... not really sure if they do... but they are fun birds...
 
I made this ENVELOPE from paper I had made and decorated it and then made the butterfly 'card' or note card to put into the crow envelope... they go into the envelope in the back which is made from Wallpaper...   

 
This crow is so very regal... love him/her... . and the purple on the bird, matches the purple ribbon and the flowers are the bright part...  stenciling, stamping, coloring all everything is all over this three piece project... 
 
I wasnt' really satisfied... so I got some white paper and started to play... bright bold stamping... okay... here it comes...

 
this is just a corner of the paper...  I wanted you to see the colors and the boldness of the stamps... 
 
I actually didn't use this after all as a background... but I did use it for beads...

 
I also made this paper... and when I got it all done.. thought that I would use the other piece above... oh such decisions...  trials and tribulations...  why do I get myself into these messy situations... LOL.. 

 
Well I made a decision... and used the second one...  and cut it all up and put it all on here ... sewing and gluing... and I love it... layers of paper... dyed to match and mix... 

 
The technique I used to make the paper is over laying of embossing and then inking and redoing it again and again until you have the paper looking the way you like it... it took me about an hour to make this one sheet of paper...  love the layers in it though.. well worth the time and effort... 

 
Paper beads from the first paper... 

 
Inside the card there is a special little pocket... it is not glues into the card... just loose... and it will hold a check as a gift for some lucky person... 

 
It is folded in a certain way and then when the tabs are pulled, it opens into a special little box... just great for something flat... 

 
Happy Birthday... 
 
Thanks so very much to both of these challenges... I love the work you share with us all... and also all the work that goes into making sure that the challenges are there on time... really a great thing... thanks ever so much... 
 
Thanks also for shopping by here today... and also for any comments you might leave for me... I totally thank you...
 
See you soon... 
Love, Light and Peace... Bonnie 

Tag your It with Ruffles... oh what fun

You know sometimes things are fun.. .but then sometimes they are REALLY FUN... this tag was a lot of fun...  and yet I am not totally sure I like it 100%...  it might have a little too much on it... but I LOVE it anyway....

It is for two challenges...  The Kraft Journal... which again.. thank you ladies for picking out my piece AGAIN... the one where I have FLOWERS GROWING OUT OF PAPER...  love that piece too...  I think that makes my fourth win at KRAFT JOURNAL... I love your challenges... what can I say... 

This week at Kraft Journal the theme is Ruffles for the #187 challenge...  I had to think about what kind of ruffles I was going to do for this... it was not a cut and dry type of process going on in the brain department...  it was a thought process... 

The other Challenge is for Sugar Creek Hollow which I have to say Thank You to all of your ladies too... for picking out my Summer Time FLOWERS... I also love that piece...  thank you so very much...  I really love to share and also love to win... who doesn't... 

This time on Sugar Creek Hollow #94  the theme is TAG YOU are it...  so I made a tag for this challenge... but not just an ordinary tag... it is a special tag... 

So far... I have a tag with ruffles... lets see what else happened... 

 
The words on the plate are
THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION.... 
This is so very true... 
Think about these words... so very powerful...
Okay... 
I bought this 'plate' which is metal, at the dollar store... it was bright yellow... not my color.. so it got painted a long long time ago...
I also made some paper beads... and of course a few different colors of seam binding ribbons... 
 
the RUFFLE...
it is made out of paper... which you will see more of in a minute... 
and the flower...
 
Well it is made from book pages and muslin fabric... using the famous tattered floral die cut... 
 
the paper I colored with distress inks and then used a stencil for the queen annes lace... 
 
 

 
Sometimes when I 'make' paper, I add little bits and pieces of pther papers that are laying on my worktable... this paper was in my bin to use...  it is going to be for a birthday present...  you will see how ... just hold on...  the leaves are made with texture paste and a stencil and allowed to dry and then cut out for adding dimension to my  flowers.. my favorite thing to use in my art...

 
 

 
Now if you really looked closely you would have seen that there were TWO tags...  maybe you could have seen that... ???  not really sure... 
 
Anyway...

 
The top tag slides away for the second one to be seen... and the second one has a pocket with a special little 'thing' in it... 

 
 

 
The little 'THING' opens up... and it can very nicely hold a check or a bill for a present... what a nice thing... 
 
All nice and hidden too.. 

 
Folds back up again... of course you can really go wild with decorating these too... I had a class last week and that is what we made.. and the gals loved it ... and let me tell you they really dolled them up... had the bling thing going and all... lovely little POCKETS... of goodness... 
 
So that is my TAG your IT... with RUFFLES on it... I hope you like it... and thanks for any comments you so graciously leave for me to enjoy... I do enjoy them all...  I try and write to as many as I can... and then I also try and go to your blogs and leave a message for you too... thanks ever so much...
 
Have a great day... and thanks so much for stopping by for a visit...
please go to these sites and see all the other pretties that have been made for these challenges... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 


The BEAUTY of Fall

I  LOVE the fall season... the colors are all so vibrant in the trees and it is yummy plus... the smells of fall arrive prior to the colors all being gone...  the smell of wood smoke, to keep the chill off in the morning, the smell of leaves and brush being burned by the farmers, as the season is over... cover crops are going into the grown... and the fall veggies are ready to harvest... with winter ones being covered up...  a whole new season of growing.. and in the south it is the time of the year when so many more veggies do grow the best, as the HOT HUMID weather is over.... you wouldn't know that today... it was very humid 80% and the heat was over 93.... very hot and humid....  time to gather up the fan and put one by the worktable and the computer... LOL... truth...  Our home is totally Air conditioned... but I dont' like to use the electric nor do I enjoy the falseness of air on in the house...  like to hear the birds singing... the winds coming up with a summer shower... and like right now all the night time insects are singing to out do the next... love it... 

Okay... so Yes I have been having fun all day... 

Wow... the first of the month and also a MONDAY... yikes... so many wonderful challenges... which to do first...

Well I write them all down on 3x5 cards... and see if I can match any up, and then I start to see what I have on my list to work on this week...  so many things... cards for an up coming sale... birthday cards...  Which... HEY JULIA... it is your birthday in 4 days... on September 5th... Happy Birthday to YOU...  I know you are only 29 this year... but a Happy Birthday anyway... hope if is a very happy one... 
 
Okay... so now you know... this card is for the
and the theme is  AUTUMN COLORS with options of leaves and metal...  I did the leaves.. and also some paper beads...  and of course the Autumn colors... and here is my CARD...


 
I had made about 50 envelopes from a wall paper book... and this is one of them... I tried to match up the cards with them... this one is so great for a fall card... love it... 

 
My butterfly is made from a stencil from Tims butterfly and then I used textured paste for the butterfly... cut it out and then painted it... and then I added glossy accent over it...  just for the luster...  the leaves are made out of kraft glassine and then inks are of course played with on them... to get the effect I want... 
 
I also used a little white tulle and of course also used my distress inks to dye it... you have to let it dry over night... but it does work...  most likely alcohol inks would be better... but I love the colors of the distress inks... 
 
So that is my card for this challenge... and I am sure I will most likely do something with metal too...  you never know... in fact something just popped into my head... LOL...
 
Hope you have a fun time making things for all the up coming challenges this fall month... it should be a very colorful month...  YEAHHhhhhhh ...  love it all.. 
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit... and see you in a little while.. .I have a lot more to post... 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fun with ATC's


Today I am a Guest Designer for A Vintage Journey..   I won a challenge a month ago for this piece of art work called the Ode to the Butterfly... 

This really is a very special piece of art to me... as we have an organic farm and we protect as many lives as possible here... and that includes the butterfly...  we grow special plants that they can lay their eggs on... and also will enjoy eating from these plants... we have  a special area that is a Butterfly Garden... with all kinds of yummy wild flowers, and cultivated ones as well... 
 
I really thank all the Vintage Journey Design Team for choosing this particular piece...  I am very honored in many ways.. 


Allison choose to have the theme this time and here words are this... 



I'm looking for "A Little Touch of Tim" from you. The challenge is to use Tim's products and/or inspiration to create ATCs (Artists Trading Cards), so they must be 3.5 x 2.5 inches in size.

You could create a single ATC or a pair or a set, but I'm being a purist here, and so your creation must be ATCs only - NOT chunky ATCs or ATBs - to qualify for the prize or to be one of our Pinworthies.

 
 
So with that in mind... I set out to gather my inner thoughts and WHERE DO  I  START with this project..???? 
"ATC's ?"
I have not really done any ATC's to speak of in a LONG time... but lets start here... 

When I first started to trade ATC's it was at conventions in the early 2000's..  and we would stop and meet someone and trade an ATC... get to know where they were from, and then move on... when you got home, you had a nice little collection of ATC's and also learned a few more techniques from them... of course you saved them... and shared them with others in your groups to show them what TREASURES you had possession of now... wow... what a great way to share ART... little canvases of ART... 

 
 
Each group of traders have rules that they follow, but generally they are all the same... you name, address and email etc are on the back of each card... and if you make more than one the same, you number them 1 of 10, 2 of 10 etc... 
some gals only will make 1 of 1's.. and they are very special... at least to me they are... and some gals even name their ATC's...   
 
I have made quite a few 1 of 1's here ... and will also share some old ones that are some 1 of's also...  mainly so you can see the difference and the style of earlier ones...
 
Some gals will share techniques, folds, color patterns, holidays, instructors, etc etc...  some gals run contests and have special themes... just like any other challenge... but this is with ATC's that you trade... 
 
So with out more ado... here are some that I made with Tim Holtz in mind... a great teacher and man of many techniques..  He is uniquely always there with more to learn... and also has a huge array of new things to embellish your creations with... 
Ohhhh yes... I
 am addicted to it all... 
and the more the better... LOL.. 
oh well... 
life is such that we need to spoil our selves when we can...
right??? 
 
 

 
 
I wanted also to share with you a really nice booklet type of thing to keep your ATC's in after they are made... 
 
 

 
If you notice... the pin says VINTAGE and the key says... JOURNEY... very special.. for a 
Very SPECIAL CHALLENGE BLOG 

 
This is the front of the booklet... I used all Tim's paper on this book... unless otherwise stated...  the Clip Art?? never know where I get them... it comes and goes off my desk and I use what I can... I love it all.. 
 

 
The flower is made from Baby wipes... as I do love to use things that I can recycle...and of course the famous Tattered Floral Template and Die cut...  love that "THING" ... stays next to my Big shot all the time...    and the leaves are made with Texture Paste and a stencil...  then cut out to use as you see them in a bouquet... 
 


 
Now here is one of Tim's Ideology items... and it really gets the point across... don't you think???  this cute little heart... so very useful and just perfect for here... 

 
When you start to open this booklet... there is an inner page also...

 
I won a $50.00 gift certificate at Simon Says Monday challenge... and got so many stencils... had a blast picking them out... but a lot more fun using them...  love this feather one... 

 
I love making these simple little flowers... I generally will make about 100 plus at a given time...  a simple flower punch... paper that is colored with Distress inks... misc papers even that you have left over from tags etc... and punched out... and made into flowers by 'making a hole in the center and then adding a stamen... voila' a cute little flower... that gives a very vintage feeling...  the dyed ribbons are also a favorite to use... 

 
Perfect for almost any project.

 
I created three sections for my ATC's... and the pockets are made from used coffee filters that we get from our health food co-op...  they are large and afford many projects from them... the pockets are entirely put into place with the little stapler from Tim again..  love that little thing... best stapler going...  I attached tim's tissue wrap on the edges of these sections...  and then glued them onto chipboard that was covered in the Wallflower paper pad... love that paper... I love a lot of things... and that is why I have them...  sorry if I repeat that... but I do love these special things... and am fortunate to have them and better yet that I use them... I use to hoard them... not a good thing...  no one sees them.. . 

 
This is what the sections look like when filled... 


 
totally opened... 



 
Here are some of the ATC's I made for this challenge... 
They are all very flat... and I have used all Tim's products...
Distress inks, Stamps, papers, Templates, embossing folders, etc etc... all Tim's/Rangers
 
 

 
I tore a hole in the paper and put the eye underneath... only coloring the pupil of the eye...  I do use a lot of Chit chat... as I am a chatty type of person.. 

 
A little clip art... but other wise all Tim's... 
Love these found relatives...  no karma on them... LOL 
 
clear embossed back ground and then inked... love that technique... 

 
I call this suggestion stamping...  love it... embossed with clear and then inked all around it... a slit in the card and the little papers inserted...  a little gold edging finishes off the card... 

 
A pocket ATC... 


 
Dry Embossed and layered... bits and pieces of things can easily be used on ATC's...  that is why I make so many at times... just to use up my piles of misc things.. 

 
These special birds... 
you have to love this one...
 
In the back of Tim's paper stashes... there are smaller pieces of the larger prints... and these are great for ATC's and smaller projects... also an ATC can easily be added to a large tag or to a card to finish off the project...  I have even used them in configuration boxes...  a great way to use a little piece of art... 
 
And even a card...
 
 
On this Card, I took the ATC and literally created a card around it... the sentiment would be on the inside...  or maybe it is going to be used for a note card,..... 




 
 
The ATC is the basis of the CARD...  just plain and simply put... 

 
The rain man... and special paper... core-dinations paper
 
also Remnant rubs are really quite easy to use and will sometimes be that special little thing that gives you a very finished touch... 
 

 
Backgrounds and stamping...

 
techniques... adding ink from a stamp pad onto your worksheet and then spritzing and dragging your paper across it...  lovely finishing touch... 



 
More relatives...  so glad ... 
 


 







 
Holidays... Halloween is coming soon... better grab some of the newer smaller stamp sets.. they are perfect for ATC;s also... 



 
If you haven't gotten the idea you can just about do anything to make an ATC...  layers of background, stamping, embossing, clip art, or things like found relatives.. 

 
This piece of brown kraft paper was on my worktable and a had a bottle of picket fence spill all over my table...  LOL... so I mopped it up with the paper... and of course I wouldn't throw it out... so here it is... 
 
 
Now I wanted to show you one that I put together ....
Actually an ATC is no different than a card, or any other paper project... but it is small.. 2.5 X 3.5... you can get 10 cards from one sheet of 8.5 X 11 paper...  and a little bit for the recycling bin as well... not much.. 
 
So here I have three pieces... on the far left.. .a piece of paper that I create Lace' on... it is a method of paper folding... I love it... very nice and very easy to create... ONCE YOU KNOW HOW to do it...  LOL... 
 
Then a piece of 3.5 X 2.5 for the actual card that I inked around the edges... and then a piece of printed paper that was laying on my work table...  notice it is different than the one I used on the ATC... I messed up.. it is two sided... and I didnt' use the right side... duh...
Oh well.. still looks nice... but would have preferred to have this side.. 
 

 
I did Distress the edges and inked them as well...  and then glued them in place... Glossy accents please... dries quick and  doesn't 'ripple' the paper.. 

Then I fuzzy cut out the little bird... and also used a Tim Tattered Floral in a long strip...  can't remember the name if it... I love this too... LOL..  inked the edges on the greens... and glued them in place... 

 
Now mind you... this has to be a FLAT ATC... but I wanted bricks... so I used a brick embossing folder of Tim's and inked a few on the edge... and cut them to fit on here... and then added a real BIRCH FENCE...  that is real birch bark...  but I peeled most of the back off of it...  so it is thin...

 
Then I added another little bird... 
Also I used a little bit of the Glossy Accent and spread it over the paper and leaves...  so that they would stay put... 

 
As you can see... 2.5 inches... 

 
Here is the finished ATc...
"SONG BIRDS"
 
 


 
Simple enough and I you can add more or less... to your hearts desire... 
 
 
Now here are some more recent ATC's I have made... generally all vintage...  but not all FLAT... some have huge flowers... that stick up about 1/2 inch... 
 

 
Flowers added...  words, tissue tape.. 

 
Little pieces of fiber...  burlap scraps... 

 
odds and ends from other projects... 

 
some old stickers that are sort of vintage looking...  and some clip art and words... 

 
I have a bin around my worktable... and bits and pieces go into it... so that when I need a little piece of something I will look in there first...  When making ATC's... I try to empty that bin out...   Right now it is EMPTY....  or maybe a flower... but that is it.. 
 
 

 
Sheet music pieces and safety pins left on your work table... 

 
tickets... 



 
Old vintage sheet music 

 
buttons that are pretty... 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here are some that are over 10 years old generally speaking...  just as a sort of showing you that anything goes with ATC's... 
 
 
 
 
 
 Embossing technique 
 
 
Alcohol inks technique 

 
paper folding called Tea Bag folding and also Lace'

 
Movable parts.. 
at the chin, a brad that allows the 'face' to swivel down for easy mailing.. 

 
Theme which this pocket has tons of stuff related to sewing... each piece was hand cut out.. 


Little booklets attached at top.. 


 
A Egg... that opens/.. 

 
for EARTH DAY... 

 
Remember each one of these cards is only 3.5 X 2.5 large.. some stamps are also made for these types of projects as well...  too many... LOL..  this one opens to show the picture... so serene...  love it.. 







 
More techniques... people I traded with wanted to know new techniques... so we would write them down on the back of the card...  so much fun... 

embossing and background

 
My grandmother in full dress in the late 1890's...  a real relative...  LOL.. 

 
picture of my little brother and me... with a wig and ballet costume on... so silly...  Happy Halloween anyone??? 

 
Me in a pile of leaves in the wheel barrow... the leaves are all glittery...  just a technique .... 

 
Other assorted pictures used as a story line... 

 
My Dad and I  over the years...  Miss you Dad...  I love you. 

 
My Mom  when she was a little girl... Miss her too.. 

 
Me hanging up my stocking... 

 
During WW2...  I was born... and my dad was so proud...wish he could have seen some of these ATC's... 
Anyway.. girls would ask for the theme to be for DAD's... so we would use a picture of our Dad... 

 
Fred Mullet's Fish... and his technique...  love these.. 


 
Funny Die Cuts... 

 
Fish and Lace' again... love to create with Lace'... 


 
At times we would mess up a whole sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper with trying out different things and techniques... and then cut it up for the back ground...  LOL.. this is one of those...

 
Melted Crayon...  wow... love my crayons in the whole... not like this... but I did try it once... 

 
cutting out clip art...  I think I made 20 of these...  no I am not nuts...  just obsessed at times.. .LOL... love things to be the way I want them to look... you know the feeling.... 

 
Using a 99 cent foam stamp...  create an ATC...
 
What fun that was... 

As you can see all kinds of themes... all kinds of ways of making these cute trading cards... love them..  so many unique ones too... books and books of them.. 

 
 

 
 

 
A painting I did... and took a picture of it...


 
View from our Pasture of our mountain view... isn't it pretty... it was a cloudy day too... 

 
Make something from SCRAP... 

 
Use a domino...  and stamp on it... 

 
I also put this frog on a domino... LOL.. isn't he cute??? 


 
Secret Garden ATC... 


 
Easter, with a removable egg...


 
When I was learning how to write Chinese,  I would practice on my ATC's... 

 
Philosophy of life... 

 
Something that OPENS...

 
When you open this one up, the heart pops up... 

 
Air dried clay... 

 
Using silicone vs. pop dots...  what a fun time that was... 

 
Watercolor... 
 
So as you can see... there are tons and tons of ways to create an ATC... you will have fun creating one or two or three...  they are very addictive forming.. .I will warn you ahead of time...
 
Now after you have about 5- 6 made, there is something else you can do with them...  Put them onto a tag... or onto a card... and you have a head start...  they are really fun to make... enjoy making them... and I hope you have enjoyed this very very very long blog entry... 
 
Thank You again to all of the Design Team at A Vintage Journey for inviting me to be a Guest Designer... I certainly have enjoyed it... and hope to be able to return some time soon... 
 
Thank YOU for stopping by here today... and also thanks ahead of time for all the sweet comments you leave here too... I really appreciate them ALL... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie