ATC – Artist Trading Cards

ATC or Artist Trading Cards originated in Switzerland and have been used by artist across the centuries for many different purposes. Back in the 14th Century artist used these 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ miniature pieces of art to promote their work. Later, wealthy families used them to help arrange marriages. They were even used by artist as training tools.

Today, ATCs are still being created across the art industry. Stampers and paper crafters use ATCs as a method to share new techniques, demonstrate the versatility of products, or just for the pure fun of the swap. Typically, a swap starts with a theme (i.e. Asian inspired). The participant would make 9 originals of the same design. Each would be labeled on the back with the edition of the work (i.e. 1 of 2, 2 of 2…), date, artist signature, and title.

The cards would be gathered by the ATC host and then redistributed to each of the 9 swap participants. In the end you would receive 9 (including one of your own) ATCs back. Being 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ in size, the ATCs fit into standard sized card collector sleeves/sheets. These small pieces of art are a nice way to be exposed to different styles of stamping and paper crafting. It is amazing to see the variations on a given theme that each designer comes up with.

I have included a picture an Asian Themed ATC that I recently made.


Check out some of these ATC examples on the Papertrey Ink Blog. Happy Stamping! L.


Just because I needed to card…

This week was a crazy busy week for me. By the time Friday rolled around I definitely had enough of work and studying. So, tonight I took the time to de-stress with a little card making. Since I am still exploring the new stamp set I recently bought from Innovative Stamp Creations, I couldn’t resist playing with the other dragonfly image within that set. I also used a wonderful background word stamp from The Angel Company. Using water colors, brads, glimmer mist and distress ink, I stamped my way to a nifty background and focal point…then embellished it up with some ribbon and flowers. It was wonderful to get a few hours of stamping in tonight. Hope you all have a great weekend! Happy Stamping. L

Crazy 4 Challenges C4C20

Another dragonfly? Of course, I couldn’t resist using the new set of stamps that I just purchased from Innovative Stamp Creations. It is a great set of stamps with two very cool dragonfly images. Anyhow, I had a lot of fun making this card for the C4C20 challenge.

Glimmer mist
Club Scrap paper flowers
Bo Bunny Ribbon
me and my big ideas – Modern Milan paper
Gem stones by Hero arts
Lettuce Adirondack ink pad, Ranger
Archival Jet Black Ink pad, Ranger
Versafine onyx black ink pad, Tsukineko Inc.
extra large eyelets – WR Memory Keepers


Innovation Stamp Creations (all except words on diamond image)
Club Scrap (background words on diamond image)

Hope you have a nice week! Happy Stamping. L.


New Stamp & Scrap Store

I have just returned home from Boise where I checked out the new Stamp & Scrap store, “A Scrappers & Stampers Delight“. It is a great store with a large selection of stamping supplies and accessories. A lot of the latest products along with some that I haven’t seen before. WooHoo! I love that we now have a local store carrying such a wide variety of products. I can see it now…my gas budget will have to be increased to make up for the repeated trips to Boise. lol
Hope you all had a nice weekend. Happy Stamping! L.


C4C19 Birthday Challenge

Here is my card for the C4C19 “Birthday” Challenge. This is not a typical color scheme for me but you know how it is…when you get into that creative mood you just have to go with the flow. Anyhow, this is were I ended up. I love the dragonfly and it always makes me smile to use the Pearls to make the eyes bug out!


I will take this opportunity to wish Happy Birthday to all of you January people! Hope you have nice one.

Happy Stamping! L.


Gift for a Special Friend

Well, the other day I posted a card that I made for a friend of mine who was in the hospital. Today I am posting the gift I made to go with the card. I wanted to take a few moments to let her know what a special friend she is and I hope this will do the trick.


K – ology Designer Papers
Sizzix: Flowers, Daisy
Hero Arts gemstones
Pearls by Mark Richards
Split rings
Stamps by Inkadinkado

Have a great day and Happy Stamping! L. 🙂

Crazy for Challenges C4C18

Recently, I was checking out a fellow blogger’s (Bill’s favorite Stamper) post of the wonderful card she made for the Crazy for Challenges, C4C18 challenge and thought that participating in a weekly challenge sounded like fun.

So, I made this Polka Dot “Cheer up” card for my friend (who is in the hospital right now) with this challenge in mind.

Card Recipe:

  • Pallette Ink (burnt umber & new canvas)
  • Bazzill Basics ribbon
  • stamps from The Angel Company & Stamp Affair
  • Pearls, Basics by Kaisercraft
  • Metal Rimmed tag
  • Card Stock
  • Large Brad

I sure hope that this card will cheer up my friend a bit when she is feeling so down. Take care & Happy Stamping! L.


Don’t let work get in the way of rubber stamping.

I am sure that many of you are in the same position that I am in with a career, family, going back to school…and the list goes on. Stress can be a major health issue for many women. Sometimes we let the unimportant issues consume our time. The old saying “the squeaky wheel gets the attention” still holds true.

Over the past few years I have neglected my creative side, always putting it last on my list. Not recognizing that I was removing a major stress reliever from my life. The harder I worked, the worse I started to feel. During the holiday season I have spent more time stamping and crafting. And behold it came to me, stamping makes me happy. It’s priceless, I tell you! An hour in the craft room was better that any therapy out there.

Balancing family, work, and other priorities is a reality for us all. The trick is to take time to recharge so that you can keep up with life’s demands.

Happy New Year & Happy Stamping! L.