KIF Halloween ATC swap

Last month I participated in the Halloween ATC swap through Krazy Island Family (KIF). This is a facebook group started by Claudia Rossi for fans of her youtube videos. It is a great group and I have learned so much from people there. I have also made several art friends through it.

Anyway on to the ATC’s. The swap has been finished for a couple weeks so my partners should have received their atc’s by now and I wont be ruining the surprise for them.

I started off by laying down some background color. After I got an effect that I liked I went in with a stencil and black distress ink. I used it with less ink on the applicator to get the background “ghosted” trees.


Next I used walnut stain distress ink to darken and bring in the edges. I’m going for a late sunset appearance.


Next I used some pearl color modeling cream by Viva through a star stencil to create the night sky. I also used some embossing ink and powder with a CTMH stamp I have for the ghost. Additionally I decided I wanted the middle tree part to be more black so I used some black gesso over it.


From the same CTMH stamp set as the ghost, I choose the spooky word and stamped it on some white cardstock using stazon ink in black.


I filled in the words using an orange glitter gel pen.


I found these adorable mummy 3d stickers at Michaels, they were my inspiration for the ATC’s. I needed a “surface” for the little guy to stand on at the bottom of the ATC so I used some liquid pearls in avacado color to create some grass.


I didn’t want to just glue on or use dimensional foam to attach my little word so I chose one of the Tim Holtz tiny paperclips. You can also see where I have added just a tiny amount of green to the ghost eyes.


And there we have it all completed.


Here is all of them together. I included a couple of Halloween themed napkins in with my ATC as a little treat for the recipients. Napkins make great background layers on projects.


Lastly we have all of the ones I received along with mine. I love each person’s ideas and how they incorporated them in. From sewing to using a hot glue gun to make webs. And even an unusual wood backing (center one) that I have never seen before. They look great added to my collection.


I really enjoy doing these ATC swaps and cannot wait for the next one.


My First ATCs – KIF Spring Groove

In my last post I showed the ATC book I made to hold the ATC’s I make and will receive in assorted swaps. Today I am showing the ATCs I made. Once I receive all five from my swap partners I will post pictures of them.

Here is my process for making mine.

I started by mod podging patterned tissue paper to some ATC mixed media cards. Looking back I would have chosen a thicker type of paper or add more layers since it seemed a bit thin at the end. The bit of curling you see here was gone by the final step.


Next I stamped a butterfly from 7Gypsies onto white cardstock using stayz-on. I colored it in using my Spectrum Noir pens and then covered it with liquid glass (glossy accents) from CTMH. While it was still wet I added some glitter. After it was dry I cut it out, chopping off the legs and antenna. I did this because it would be impossible to cut around those lines and have no white left. You’ll see what I did to fix that in the next picture.


Here you can see where I stamped the image on to the ATC. This allows me to add the one I cut out over it so the legs and antenna are on the butterfly again. I also stamped a bit of a ruler and some lacy border using grey stayz on. Additionally I used black soot distress ink around the edge of the card.


My next part on the card was to add some molding paste through a Dylusions stencil. I tinted it green sing some craft paint. When It dried I felt it needed to be darker so I went back in using a green Stabilo chalk pencil. Once I completed those I went over the whole card with mod podge to seal it all in.


My last step on the front was to add a flat backed pearl accent to a flower on each card. Here you can see all the cards ready to be put into envelopes to send out.


Here is a close-up of the completed card:


Here they all are in envelopes waiting for addresses of my swap group. I stamped the envelope and added a bit of washi tape to make it extra fun for whoever receives one.


One thing I forgot to take a picture of was the back. On ATC’s you are supposed to include specific information about the swap name, your name, etc. I found a stamp on Ebay so I didn’t have to write every little thing out. It was like this one:

atc stamp

I had a lot of fun making them and I hope those who get one of mine like it. Not bad for my first ever ATC’s I think 🙂

Hope you have a wonderfully arty/crafty day!
Lady Blue

Week 4 “Canvas to Our Imagination”

This one was a little intimidating for me as I don’t like to draw people. I actually erased what I had twice before doing what is there now. I think that also explains the scale of the figure, since it feels like it needed to be bigger.

Here is Donna’s page:


Here is mine. The quote says “This world is but a canvas to our imagination” by Henry David Thoreau:


First onto the page was some dress pattern tissue paper then a layer of joint compound over it. Donna used something I do not have to create some added texture in the joint compound. I substituted using a rubber stamp I have. You can just make out in the top left corner of the left page where the stamp was used. If you do this, make sure to wash your stamp out right away using an old toothbrush or similar tool so that you get all of the compound out of the grooves. I used a flower stencil and modeling paste to create the flowers.


Here is a close-up of the figure. I drew it with pencil then went over it with charcoal. Next I used varnish fixative to set the charcoal. Then I went in with neocolors on her. I used some gelatos for the blue on the page.


Here is a close-up of the texture of the flower and the coloring I used.

I cannot say I had as much fun with this page as I had with say the flower page from week 2 but I did get some practice in doing the human form lol.

I’m still working on the little houses I mentioned in the last post. here is a picture of them so far:


I think they are really cute and will look great once I finish adding little touches here and there.

I also mentioned I was going to make some smaller versions of my pages but only on canvas. Here is the first one of those. The canvas measures six by six inches.


I repeated most of the steps I used in the art journal and then added the embellishments. I plan on adding something to the flower centers but haven’t decided what exactly. I think I will also outline the petals with some color.


Here is a view of one of the flowers. I used rub-ons for the lettering and words on the other one.


Here is a number plate I got from CTMH, it is very similar to the ones put out by Tim Holtz.

That’s it for today. As I have said before if you want more information about the 48 Weeks class look to the right side of the page and you should find a click-able web blinky to take you there. Might have to scroll back up a little depending on the placement of the post.

Have a great week!
Lady Blue


Christmas Page

Totally inspired by Vicky’s page
I just had to do one too. It was tons of fun.


I Used acrylic paint for the background. I mod podged the presents on the page then continued to cover the entire page with mod podge. I used a star stencil with modeling paste for the top corners. The presents were from assorted scraps of pattern paper in my stash. I glued a ribbon on them and made a bow using some craft string which I also added over the ribbons. I used my new Faber-Castell markers to add shading to the edges. Here is a close-up:


I added some sheet music background stamp all over the page. The hanging tag is from a new stamp set I just got this week from CTMH. It is the Stamp of the month for December. The little Elf was one I had already stamped to use on a card a while back. I colored him in and ct him out. I think the set was from Recollections. The swirly green pieces are shaded with the markers and then I added some glitter marker dots to them. I used a few white rub-on in the page and I have to dig around to find some more I like to fill in a few spots.

Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!
Lady Blue


Smash Book

My daughter and I hit up Michaels last week and found all sorts of fun goodies. One thing she really wanted was a smash book. I got her an 8 x 12 3-ring binder one because she liked the way it could have things added to it and it wasn’t too bulky that she couldn’t jam it in her backpack to take around with her. We also picked up a few things she could add to it such as little pockets journal spot cards, stickers. When we got home we did some trading of craft supplies. She shared with me me a couple of things she had picked out and I gave her some stuff from my stash so she would have more goodies to use in her book. Smash books look fun so the next day I went to JoAnns to see what they offered and I found one I liked that is a little smaller than 8 x 10, here it is. It has a “wood grain” chipboard cover that can be decorated which of course I did.


This is how it looks inside. It has a few tabbed and un-tabbed pages to attach things on. I picked a 3 ring binder so I could add to it but I also didn’t want a big 12 x 12 one in case I wanted to carry it around. This worked out to be perfect for me at about 8 x 10.


Of course the cover was naked and I decided to use paper to personalize it to my liking. While watching several smash book videos through Pinterest I heard about this great glue by Beacon. It’s called 3 in 1 Advanced Crafting Glue. Fast drying, super strong. I bought some while on my trip to use with the album. This stuff is amazing and I recommend you get some to use for those outer pages or anywhere you want a quick strong bond. (both Joann’s and Michaels had it)

I used paper that looked like denim pants and then used a dark blue for the binding. I used a black perm marker to color the edges of the binder before applying the paper. Why blue? Blue Crafty, Lady Blue, AF Wife, etc 😉


After that I added these cute Canvas buttons available from CTMH and a strip of lacy ribbon I think I found at Joann’s previously. Before I glued down the lacy bit I put a couple of Tim Holtz brads through it. They have little clock pictures on them. In the middle you can see another piece of paper sticking out. It is a journaling card from Oriental Trading. I forgot to mention when I glued the blue paper to the cover that I created a pocket shape so I could tuck something into it. I plan to add some more stuff to the front and maybe the back once I decide what.


Of course you can never have enough pockets or places to stash things so I glued this paper I cut at an angle to the inside front cover. Paper is from Die-cuts With a View Timeless Type stack. 8 x 8 paper pack. DCWV has lots of fun papers for any theme. You can see something tucked in the pocket which I will explain in a bit.


Here is the back cover where I used a different paper from the same pack.


And finally the insert, a mini album I guess you could call it. I made it buy cutting two 8 x 11.5 pieces of black card-stock, one length-wise and one across the center. Then I scored them in the middle of each across the shortest part and then glued the two together while leaving one side not glued to create an additional pocket (not shown here). Glued on some papers to dress up the pages. These are only half done so when I complete them I will give some more pictures.


Paper is fun don’t you agree?

Lady Blue


The Cinch

Well I got it out and started playing with it. First I cut down some chunks of chipboard to a smaller size then I used the cinch to add holes so I could make some small albums or something.

Here is the result of that:

Next I need to cut assorted papers down to the same size of the album pages.

I think this would be a great way to make the album

Or even like this:

The envelopes can be sealed shut and cut to be open on the side or top or even halfway down on one side only to create a pocket.

This Halloween one is fantastic. You could alter each page with different papers for whatever occasion suits your needs.

I also received my new CTMH catalog from my friend who is a consultant. She even included some goodies for me. (paper samples from catalog, couple of small stamps, stickers, and a few eyelets/brads/ribbons). She is so sweet. I found a couple of paper packs I like and I think I will order.

Off I go to play with paper!

Lady Blue


New Address Cards

So back on this post in January I showed some houses and clouds I had made and was planning on making them into cards to tell friends of my new address once we have moved. Today I got down to work on completing those cards.


Digging through my goodies I came across some great paper to use. Also some fibers, paper flowers, and of course pens to color the houses with. I also have some colored brads and washi tape with key images.

I cut 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half to make two pieces 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and then scored and folded it to make a card 4 /14 x 5 1/2 (a typical card size). Next I used CTMH ink pad and a sponge makeup applicator to apply a little denim blue to three edges of the tan-colored paper. I attached this and the patterned paper to the front of the card. Then I put a strip of washi tape across the meeting point of the two papers. This is a great way to hide any miscuts or gaps. Ribbon works great here too. On the houses I added some color and then CTMH Liquid glass to the windows to make them glossy. Next I inserted a brad through the flower and also through the “home sweet home” tag. I attached these to the card front along with a cute cloud and TADA card done:


When it came time to use the fibers to attach the tags I decided it was going to be more of a pain than fun so I left them out.

As for the plan of making some Valentines with the hearts I cut out, it just did not happen. I don’t usually send any cards out and only give one to my husband so I didn’t feel very motivated to get them done. I will find another good use for them I am sure.

My new thing I have been looking into is mini albums and altered art albums. Pinterest has tons of great ideas and some wonderful tutorials other crafters have made to make things easier to figure out when making for yourself. I need to find a place that sells a certain kind of 12 x 12 chipboard to do one of the projects I found. I’ll check that out after I have moved.

Happy crafting!
Lady Blue