Gypsy ATC Deck of Cards With Box

I love making ATCs but having them loose can present a problem. But not anymore! Make a deck of cards box from a template to hold your ATCs - it's also a cool way to give them away as gifts!

The first thing I did was open the box template in Photoshop & made sure it was the correct size as annotated on the template.

I then picked my paper - 7gypsies Ordre Du Jour Break the Rules Paper - & copied the area I wanted onto regular white printer cardstock. When you then print the template onto the paper, make sure the side it prints on is the blank side, not the patterned side. You want the fold/cut lines & words to end up on the inside of your box so it's unseen. Then cut it out.

The template is self explanatory as far as folding, gluing the one side, etc. I also glue the bottom flap to the inside of the box since you only open it from the top anyway. I went around the edges with distress ink.

Once it's put together, embellish! I used some torn scrap paper, CCB burlap, and a phrase cut off the Architextures packaging. Save your packaging - lots of great stuff that can be used for embellishing!

Next comes your ATCs. For this one, I used the damask side of an ATC card. I spritzed with a little Tattered Angels Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist, added some torn scrap paper, a stylish 7gypsies Architextures Bovine Trinket, & an Architextures rub-on phrase. I added the metal doo-dads & sprinkled chunky embossing powder over the excess glue for texture.

I cut a piece from the paper left over from the box to cover this ATC & distressed the edges. I then added a rub-on & words from the packaging mounted with foam squares.

I covered this ATC with a piece of the burlap and distressed the edges, then added a piece of torn scrap paper which I spritzed with Tattered Angels Merlot Gold Glimmer Mist. I then rubbed on the kitschy lady & added the sentiment cut from my scrap paper. Then I spritzed Tattered Angels Iridescent Silver Glimmer Mist all over.

There are so many fun products available from CCB & so many themes to fit any style. Come check out their fabulous shop!


Make it slate

When you think of slate, you probably think an old-fashioned, Little House on the Prairie school slate in a wood frame to write on. How did they do their homework on those things without them getting all erased? And you definitely couldn't use the old 'The dog ate my homework' excuse 😮

I'm talking about a hunk o' rock as a base for a gothic, dark creation.

Cover it with paper bits, distress it, emboss it, stamp it, crackle paste it up - it takes it all.

High-quality slate is used for tombstones and commemorative tablets as well.  I could see this little family on a family plot in the 1800s. Famine, consumption, plague - let your dark imagination run wild...


That moment when...

Something fun today - another face! I think I've found my passion with these watercolors & faces 😗

I don't know what shocked her - or maybe she's an 80s 'valley girl' ~ oh my gawd!! 

I've really been having fun experimenting with faces and watercolors - the watercolors really do the job for you. Just moving the color around automatically gives you the shading and highlighting - it's quite easier than I thought it would be!


Come get your coffee fix!

Hey everyone! We've got a fun Crew Member challenge going on at Canvas Corp!

The Crew Members have been challenged to come up with a project that incorporates tea or coffee - yum!  Here's my offering!

I used a small wood box that wooden die cuts come in (don't throw them out!) & made my own little mini coffee shadow box! Coffee, coffee, coffee! 

Come check out ALL the challenge entries at the CCB Blog!


A lively disposition

Looks can be deceiving - I know she looks demure & staid. But Jane Austen knew better....

Maybe she's a bookworm or a wallflower that keeps to herself...but when no one is looking...

I can see her being a little wicked from time to time, hiding a little something from the rest of us.

Or maybe she really is just demure & staid...


Wear Red

February 2nd was Wear Red Day to bring attention to women's heart disease, with February being Heart Disease Awareness Month. To bring attention to this issue, I created this lovely red dress canvas which is up on the CCB Blog!

Come check out the blog to see the whole process & all the pics!

Do what makes you happy

My latest post is up on the Blank Page Muse Blog! Here's a sneak peek - click the link to see the full post with step-by-steps & all the pics!

Blank Page Muse: Every Single Day Do Something That Makes You Happy
Blank Page Muse:  Heart With Small Crackle Texture
Blank Page Muse:  Flowers & Leaves Border

And don't forget to enter our monthly challenges to win some great prizes & join the Blank Page Muse Stamps Fan Group