Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Yeah, this project has NOTHING to do with Halloween, but whatever. At least the paper I used is autumny? :P I actually whipped these all up last night, plus a few more that are in use that aren't pictured - they're ATC envelopes. I actually enjoyed making them (if you can't tell by the fact that I made a ton, haha) and am debating trying to sell a few on the cheap at Etsy to give me an excuse to make more! (And apologies for the shoddy lighting in this photo yet again - it's just getting light out at 9AM, eww!)

I'll end up making a bunch more out of my rose-themed paper in preparation for that mega Valentine's ATC swap I mentioned before - 20 cards! - so at least there's that.

I've also started an autumn ATC and am still working on those two Christmas ATCs...and now I need to make two more Christmas ATCs for another swap. Wee!

The beauty of swapping in specific themes is that it's easy inspiration for crafting. ♥

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Please pardon the terrible lighting in my terrible photo - it's definitely dark out at this point, but I wanted to post while I could! Today's project was these two ATCs - yay for cute piggies! I also worked on my two Christmas ATCs a little (darn, they're labor intensive!) and made two more mandala envelopes.

I'm hoping to finish the Christmas ATCs tomorrow, but of course, that depends on the kidlets.

The piggy ATCs will be going towards a 'sender's choice'-type ATC swap on swap-bot - I need to make a couple more for that same swap, but I have time. Need to make one ATC for another upcoming swap - the word 'love' or some derivative of it has to be included on the card somewhere. I also need to get crackin' if I want to hop in on a really huge Valentine's-ish swap that's coming up - it involves making -20- themed ATCs, one each for twenty partners. Woo.

Have I mentioned that I'm loving swap-bot and ATCs? Because I am. ;)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Holy delayed post, Batman!

Yeah, I actually HAVE been making little things here and there, but failed to post about them. Oops.

My project from a few days ago was making six little (2" x 2") cards with petal envelopes:

For a few days this week, my projects consisted merely of more mandala envelopes, which aren't really worth posting since they look exactly the same as the others with minor color variations.

Another couple of days was spent making the sequined backgrounds for my two Christmas ATC swap cards, which again aren't worth picturing until they're finished (if then? :P).

My project from two days ago:

I actually made two of these, but only took a picture of one since they're pretty well identical anyway. These were for the 'One Fish, Two Fish' ATC swap on swap-bot. Once I got over having the Dr. Suess story running through my head, all I could think of was I went with it. :P

I received a 5♥ rating for one of my first sequined cards (one of the flower ones) and it totally made my day. Sounds like she liked it, which I'm happy about. I was nervous about sending my creations out into the world since I'm so new at making ATCs, but I'm slowly feeling a little more comfortable with them. :)

Yesterday, crafting was not an option, and I almost went crazy - we had no power for almost NINE HOURS. Keep in mind that I have two young daughters (4 years old and 2 months old) and couldn't so much as make toast. (It was a cereal, cheese and crackers day.) It was stormy and completely gloomy, plus it gets dark out really early these days. At first, Kaia was amused, then bored...then amused when I had to light candles, then quickly bored again. I'm just lucky that Cameron is used to room temperature formula!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More projects!

My goal is to make at least ONE small craft project of any sort on any given day. This may not work out too well on the weekend due to work, but I'll try!

Yesterday's project ended up being coloring mandalas & assembling multiple envelopes to have on hand for sending ATCs out.

Today's project was a surprise even to me. Hubby was kind enough to take me out shopping for a few new craft supplies today, and among other things, I picked up more cardstock and some cool little bubble-y stickers. I received an ATC from a swap-bot swap in the mail later on in the day, and along with it, my partner was kind enough to include a little piece of vintage (1918) sheet music from a book and some French-language paper punches. Inspiration!

I just kind of went with it and these are what I came up with - Butterfly Sonata. I'm having an ATC kick lately. Very glad I discovered them - they're a wonderful outlet for random creativity. ♥

Monday, October 18, 2010

Yet another ATC.

Yep, another one! Just finished making this Christmas ATC for a private swap on swap-bot. The swap also includes a colored mandala sheet, which I've colored several of. :D

The envelope in the photo was made by me as well - I colored yet another mandala and traced an envelope template onto it, covered it with clear packing tape, cut it out and assembled it. I've been making these envelopes to send out all of my ATCs in. They seem to be pretty sturdy, and they're pretty! (In my opinion, at least. :P ) They take around an hour a piece to make, but I'm happy with the final outcome.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I figure it's about time I started blogging about the random creations I've been crafting lately. I've always been rather craft-nuts, but ever since I joined swap-bot, I've had a reason to make random things. :P And so, this blog was born.

I've just started making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) - thanks, swap-bot, for giving me a new outlet for random creativity!

My very first ones:

Then, I made these:

The felt ones took a super long time to make - I sewed on every single sequin by hand! - but were a lot of fun, and I'm happy with how they turned out. I've already started making more sequin-studded bases for making more, including some Christmas-y ones.

I think my 'craft area' (AKA my computer desk) is going to explode.