Monday, April 16, 2012

ATC or APS??

I remember the first time I saw Artist Trading Cards (ATC's). I couldn’t quite figure out what they were – or why folks made them. The more I became involved with scrapbooking, and coincidentally the more money I spent, the more intrigued I became with ATC’s. I still had no idea what you did with them once you had them, but what the heck – I wasn't interested in making any so I put them on the back burner, along with altered paint sticks.

You know where I’m going, right? A few swaps later I had no choice but to buy the 7 Gypsies ATC Carousel to house the ATC’s I had collected.  

I currently have 44 ATC's and am adding one more to my collection. I am swapping with Michelle, my very talented friend in NZ. We decided that our theme was Parisian writers and I chose to honor Colette, a true Bohemian of the era.

Always controversial, Colette was a beautiful woman who lived a very colorful life. I tried to make the photo look as if it was found in a Paris flea market. I used one of my favorite Colette quotes and added a big rose in her hair. 

If anyone out there wants to trade cards with me, just let me know – there’s still room on my merry-go-round for a few more cards. If not cards, how about an altered paint stick swap?

Just downloaded a new video on Youtube - Not Just Another Toilet Paper Mini


  1. Isn't it funny how things evolve? I am another "what in the world would I do with that?" type person. I love your ATC and you ATC carousel.

    Your TP mini is the cutest I've seen in a long time - I am going to give that a try!

    What is an altered paint stick?

  2. Oh wow! That is beautiful! :) You do such amazing paper crafting, I am in such awe of your talent. You are truly an artist. :) I have often wondered about ATCs ... mine would probably be some brightly colored Doodlebug paper with a dog photo on it, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, LMAO! :) I can't think of anything else that really screams ME like that would. LOL! :)

  3. Never mind, I googled it. Oh dear.

  4. Tanya, yours would be adorable!! There are no rules to making ATC's and I would love to trade with you!

    Melissa, I agree about the APS! But, Bona did one and it was gorgwous. Although I still can't quite figure out what the heck I would do with one :-)

  5. I love this...I need to get into actually trading my cards. AND you have inspired me to do a little online shopping...I NEED {want} the ATC holder. {I have been looking at getting one for a while, but I am going to put the 'blame' of purchasing one on you...hahaha!}
    Thank you so much for your sharing your work!

  6. Oh Ellen the pressure!!! and You have have the totally lust after ATC carousel! I will post my pic of the AtC I created for you when I have recovered from yours xx Michelle