Wednesday, March 7, 2007

For All of My Sistahs!

From this title you thought that this would have something to do with Bellas, right??? Wrong! Keep reading...

February brought all kinds of excitement my way, I tell ya! I, now, have myself signed up for 5 swaps on Splitcoast!!! FIVE, I said!!! I have NEVER participated in a SCS swap before, and here I go signing up for FIVE!!! Well, I'm super excited about them all, but one of them is an ATC swap... I had never made an ATC before in my life when I agreed to this one, but how could I pass it up, right??? Besides the other SUPER FABULOUS people in the swap with me, it also gives me a chance to alter something! :) You know the saying, "once you alter, you never go back"...or...maybe that's not the saying, but you get my point, right??? IT'S ADDICTING!

So, you know that ATC book in the Stampin' Up! minis, that you thought "why would one ever buy that?" Well, you know after signing up to (now 2 groups!) of the ATC swap, I marched right over to the computer an ordered myself one! (Like I was very far away from it anyways, right!)

Here it is, and I really LOVE how it turned out! The pics aren't the best, but no matter how many times I took the picture, the "o's" (inherently, because they're CLEAR) are very hard to see! So you have to click on the pic to get anywhere near the actual idea of how it looks IRL! And even then, not the best.

I used all kinds of really cool things on this project! First of all CHIPBOARD! Oh how I love my chipboard - anyway I can get it, hmmm...sounding a whole lot like chocolate! I digress... So I used, not only the On Board ATC Trio book, but the Simon Lower alpha. I covered the front and back of the book with my new Au Chocolate paper (that I swore I wouldn't get), using Mod Podge and a sponge brush both to adhere and to protect. Then I sanded the edges of the book, and inked the edges and the cracks of the spine with Chocolate Chip Craft. The letters were covered with Pretty in Pink paper, then "smoodged" (very technical stamping term) with Versamark and sprinkled with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder - not unlike the card of the week this week - and heat set it.

I used my HEIDI SWAPP Clear Acetate letters (the two "O"s in "book"), by tying them onto the chipboard letters to make the word "book". This is MUCH easier to see IRL (in real life, for those of you, like my sister who was scratching her head, trying to figure out what that meant! - you know who you are!!!)! I used all American Craft RIBBON on this except for the real skinny stitched chocolate piece, which comes from one of the Ribbon Essentials sets. The "b" also uses a piece of HODGEPODGE to both tie on the ribbon and hang the "O" from.

I used my QuicKutz Olivia in my CUTTLEBUG to make the word "my" in Regal Rose, and Mod Podged the letters down. The "ATC" is STAMPed with my Rough Edges Alphabet on a scrap piece of Au Chocolate, Mod Podged down, and "fancied" up with more hardware and a couple Pretty brads.

Then (stay with me - we're almost to the end!), I used a few strips of Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink (2 of each), to make the layered scalloped edge on either side of the ribbon with my Slit PUNCH (thanks to whoever was the first one to use the punch like this!), and Mod Podged them down. Next, I just wrapped the wide AC ribbon around a couple of times and tied. Lastly, I added some BLING, in the form of Dollar Store rinestones, along the spine edge.

I hope that you like it - I just HAD to have something special to house all of the tiny WONDERFUL creations that I will be receiving! So, if any of you out there are reading this, know that they will be going to a good home! :)


  1. Kirsten I love your ATC book - it's wonderful! I just love those colors together! 5 swaps?! Wow lol I am currently signed up for 2 and I thought that was a lot hee hee :)

  2. Wowza! What an ATC book!! You've got some serious skillz (wink)! I really love the clear letters, nice touch. I've coveted that ATC book since the first mini catalog it showed up in but I have yet to make a single ATC ... someday, I'll get there.

  3. ps. I love the title of your blog. I think it's probably true for a lot of us. Clever!

  4. I LOVE it. I want to do ATCs with you! Do they have to be stamped for your swaps?


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