I’m sure most of you are waaaay ahead of me in the whole ATC (artist trading card) thing. I didn’t even know what ATC’s were until about 6 months ago. Just in case you’re not familiar (which is totally fine!) you can go read about ATC’s here. I was invited to join an ATC swap through Splitcoast and I’m so excited about it! These are the first two I’ve EVER made and they definitely won’t be the last! Creating on such a small surface was difficult for me, but something I’d like to experiment with more. Since I joined this swap I figured it would be “necessary” to buy an album to store my swaps in. Last night I finally got a chance to alter it. I used the Taylor Collection of Crate Papers (very appropriate, huh?) to cover the album, prima daisies, rhinestones, metal circles, Simon chipboard alphabet from Stampin’ Up, and lots of ribbon. I adhered the paper to the chipboard album with ModPodge and then covered with entire album with a coat of ModPodge (I use the matte finish). I covered the chipboard letters, sponged them with Close to Cocoa ink and sanded around the edges. The prima daisy is also sponged. I hand lettered the “my” and “album” words. I couldn’t wait to play with my new Like it a Latte set! I stamped the coffee cup in Close to Cocoa (off-stamped once) and put the sentiment over the top in Chocolate Chip. The marshmallows are covered with white liquid applique and they almost look edible! I cut out and popped up the heart and covered it with stardust Stickles. The ribbon is from American crafts. The second of my swaps is a variation of the penguin card that I posted here before. The penguins are standing on a patch of ice (microbeads). I really wanted to use black and white gingham on these, but I ran out! Oh the horror! I guess I need to place another order. Oh, and I’m out of Real Red cardstock too with Christmas right around the corner. I think I’ll be placing that order today! Wish me luck for tonight… I’m teaching my second class at the scrapbook store! We’re doing 12 Christmas cards (4 each of 3 different designs). I have all the pieces cut and I’m ready to go. Hopefully it’s a success and they want me back again! 🙂