Three takes on Halloween

The two ATCs below are rare for me, because they’re basically twins. I usually make ATCs unique, but the theme of one swap limited me a little.

These were made for the Crows, Witches or Skeletons ATC swap, and the Halloween ATC swap. The Halloween ATC swap required  “4 “layers” (for example, base, decorative paper, embellishments, inking)”.

Two twins

These are pretty simple: stamped skeleton image on white cardstock, with the edges inked in orange and black.

Skeleton 1

That’s on top of Halloween polka dots with its edges inked in black.

Skeleton 2

I added some holographic stars for a little kick.

This is from Halloween me this…, I think. Maybe if I posted these closer to when I made them, I’d remember what I made them for!

Black Cat

The moon is a mosaic made from magazine clippings. When I stamped the cat, the seams of the mosaic were still visible. I’m not so fond of it, but both Boy and my swap partner like it, so it’s all good. The cat is standing on a ribbon fence. Recognize the stars?

The last is actually for Dia de los Muertos, which is one of my favorite holidays. Clearly, I enjoyed the theme for the Dia de los Muertos ATC swap 🙂

My darling

O hai polka dot paper, haven’t seen you before!

I decorated the free-form skull (proud of that!) with puff paint. I love puff paint: it’s thicker, so it stays in place; it has more colors than most glitter glues; and since it’s not marketed for scrap booking, I don’t spend a lot. Add the fact that my local Joann’s clears out puff paint for ten cents a pop… I am feverishly in love with puff paint.

I used “Querida” (My Darling) for the banner to make it a little more open-ended. Sugar skulls are used to remember the dead, and I didn’t want to offend my partner by using “Mom”, “Dad”, or “Grandma”!

So there you go, three completely different takes on two holidays 🙂


Illinois ATC Ternion

These are from the ATC Ternion (3 unhinged) swap. The terms of the swap was to make three related ATCs. I went with an Illinois theme:

Sears Tower, Lincoln Statue, and Route 66

I found the images in Illinois travel brochures. I tried to pick pictures that were bold and colorful, so that I could try a different technique instead of using embellishments.

See the shadows?

I glued one copy of the picture onto the ATC backing. I glued the second copy of the picture onto thin cardboard. I then cut out the focal point from the second image and glued it onto the first to create depth. You can see in the picture above the variation in thickness and the shadows.

Sears Tower

The Willis Sears Tower. The buildings in the foreground are raised.

State Capitol

The state capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. The statue of Lincoln is raised.

Route 66 festival

A scene from a festival along Illinois Route 66. The red car in the front is raised (along with its hood.)

It looks like there are a few air bubbles in the Route 66 and the Lincoln ATCs. I don’t remember them being as visible in the finished products; unfortunately, magazine images like to pucker like that. Overall, my partner and I were both pleased with the outcome 🙂


You found me!

After a few years spent reading numerous craft- and DIY-oriented blogs, I finally have the chutzpah to start my own. Mostly I will be sharing completed projects and awesome things I’ve found online. As this blog grows and I become more comfortable, I hope to include my own version of DIY and “midnight garage sale-ing” turnarounds.

My goal is to publish at least once a week. This is a fun little blog, for the time being. I want to develop as a writer, photographer, and crafter along the way.