This group is run by the lovely Nina Ribena and this year she has changed the group a little. It was a weekly challenge and she has altered it to a monthly challenge but she will come up with a different idea each week for that months challenge theme and it also includes more ….. so basically not just art journal pages but we can do ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards), Tags, Postcard/Index cards and Inchies etc. so anything within Mixed media really… all these will become clear!!
So May has been ‘Trade It’ month and Nina has organised a swap within the group where each week we make a different thing and now at the end of the month we send the swaps off to our partner.
My partner is in Canada…
Week 1 … ATCoins.
Yes just to confuse you Artist Trading Coins because they are round…
They are 2.5″ round to be precise… there was some leeway on the size but I have a circle die for my Sizzix Big Shot so I cut all mine out with that. Saying that I have 2 one has pretty little hearts around the edge so I used a mixture of both of them using my painty papers as the backgrounds. I then stamped, glued or stuck down stickers to decorate them.
These are just a few to be getting on with, I did cut more but haven’t used them yet, theres always another day!
A few Alice in Wonderland inspired … I love Alice in Wonderland especially the Tim Burton films
These are a new stamp set which I just love and will probably use often 😊😊
And a few butterflies, dragonflies, bees and birds stamps 😊… I always love to use nature themes.
So they are all backed with card and now ready to go.
I need 3 of these for the swap.
Week 2 …. Postcard/Index card or a Tag
I have opted for a tag I haven’t done many just one is complete for now … which is all I need for the swap, the size is 6″ × 3.5″.
First I embossed the tag with a butterflies and flowers embossing folder in my Big Shot… then I added a napkin over the top with blue and pink butterflies on it ( thank you Noit) when it was dry I used my new metallic Gelatos over the top to bring out the embossing but I was a little bit heavy handed I’m afraid. But I still like it.
Added the white die cuts which I slightly distressed to tone them down a bit.
I think I will be doing more I like the effect… see if I can not be quite so heavy on the highlighting next time. 😊😊
Week 3…. ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) these, as it says in the name, we trade.
I believe there are groups on FB that’s what they do, just trade them within the group.
They are mini cards 2.5″ × 3.5″ so here are a few, I made some up using my Make a Mark cards I did back in March and other painted up card. I’ve cut them into 3’s well except the pink ones I only had enough for 2 as they are from some leftover painted card and then all I needed to do was decorate them.
Told you I liked that ‘dancing in the rain’ stamp set
This has a painty kitchen towel background with some extra stamping and stencilling on, then the ladies on top. I really love these. ❤
There is a long story about this green background where I was going to use it in a completely different project but I won’t bore you with it…. but they turned out lovely with the die cut flowers to decorate them.😊😊
And these are my steampunk ones… I so love steampunk.
I’ve got so many ideas now for others that I need to write a list so I don’t forget to do them 😂😂
I didn’t realise I only need 1 ATC for the swap I thought it was 3 so that’s very easy.
Week 4…. Inchies, Twinchies and Thrinchies
Basically 1″ squares, 2″ squares and also 3″ squares. I think Nina made up the 3″ squares to make life a bit easier for those that struggle with small ( that’ll be me then!!) 😂😂 Thanks Nina for that ❤
I decided to make just 3″ ones or Thrinchies. I had these lovely flower squares which are all sparkly but they where about 2.75″ so just a little small but I glued them onto black card which finished the size off lovely. Added some mini birdie squares in a small corner collage, then using brads attached a metal leaf charm to each one.
I did a little corner doodling with a white pen to finish them all off.
They are all done now and with a little folder I created to put them in its now off to Canada.
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Till next time