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And now back to the task at hand! The Paper Girls Challenge ATC Blog Hop! ATC's or Artist Trading Cards are like the Baseball cards to the Crafting World. They are super cute mini works of art that crafters/scrappers/artists create and then swab with their crafty/scrappy/artsy buddies!
A year ago I had never even heard of ATC's before and took part in my first trade with one of my favourite websites, ScrapbookSteals. It was such a treat to receive little pieces of ATC goodness from all the women I'd come to know online. My very first set of ATC's took me forever to make and I think I spent far too much time on each one and tried to make them all individually different somehow. It was taking me upwards of an hour to finish one little 2.5x3.5 inch card. Crazy.
Since then I organize my thoughts a bit more and make my ATC's easy to recreate so that if there's another trade going on I can whip some up without spending days and days and days.
With an amazing online community of Scrappers, since my introduction to the ATC world, there have been quite a few swaps that have taken place and each time I marvel at the beautiful works of art that each person creates.
I always want the ATC's that I receive from others close by so that I can admire them, I keep them in a carousel by Seven Gypsies. (I wanted to give a link to their website, but their site is currently down). I love the little carousel that sits on the shelf over my crafty space and it's the perfect size for all the cards.
This Spring there is another swap fast approaching. I decided to base my cards on Spring Flowers. First I cut out my bases and covered them all with green or pink patterned paper from Echo Park's Style Essentials Runway line. Using patterned papers from their Victoria Gardens collection I stamped out enough flowers to have 3 on each card. The flower stamp and the sentiment stamp are all from The Stamps of Life. After some fussy cutting and some quick assembly the cards came together. I embellished them a bit by adding some glitter to the edges and some Crystal Effects from Stampin' Up to the flower centres.
Here they are ready to be mailed away!
Here are some other ATC's that I've had fun creating:
Thank you so much for stopping by!! Don't forget to leave a comment below and you're ready to go to the next blog on the hop!
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How to Participate:
Want to win? Get one entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and finally become a follower on our blog. It's simple, you get to see some fabulous projects and you know you want to!
Want to have more fun after seeing all of the inspiring projects? Join in! Link up an ATC created by you and you will get an extra entry for the prize! (Link up your ATC on the ATC Post at PGCB)
International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs.