7 Gypsies

Want to Trade? Come Check Out Some ATCs

Want to Trade? Come Check Out Some ATCs

What’s an ATC you ask?  It’s an Artist Trading Card and today’s steal, the 7 Gypsies Artist Trading Card Carousel Kit is the perfect steal to get you started with creating and trading in one of the hottest trends  in the scrapbooking world. An ATC is a small index card that is altered and then traded amongst creative friends!  Think of it as the woman’s world of baseball card trading.

Traditionally ATCs are very eclectic, vintage and full of stamping.  My amazing stamping friend Megan Nelson has the perfect example of a traditional ATC on her blog.

I also asked our favorite stamping friend Misty Buck to share a few examples of a traditional ATC.

Heather Conklin was also kind enough to share an art teachers take on an ATC.

Any of you that know me, know I am not a stamper or artist per se, however I had a great time mixing up embellishments to create that eclectic layered look of an ATC.  I decided that I want to fill my carousel with little cards about things that I love, right down to my Diet Dr. Pepper and Cake (the band, not the dessert, although I’ll take that too!)

The thing I positively love about creating an ATC is that it is such a small time commitment, yet fulfills that desire to create, not to mention it’s an excellent use of scraps and leftover embellishments.

Now comes the best part of an ATC—the part that the “T” stands for—trading! Think of it as your own personal showcase of a little bit of lots of different friends artwork.

If you’d like to be part of a Scrapbook Steals ATC swap, send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will send you out details!  Think of how great it would be to have a display of artwork from some of your favorite scrappy sisters.  Also, a quick reminder for those of you participating in our first Scrapbook Steals card swap, cards are due to the warehouse by March 31st.

I hope your weekend is amazing and filled with creativity.

Happy scrappin’!

Pack a Little Punch in your Project! (MCM #19)

Pack a Little Punch in your Project! (MCM #19)

Today’s Steal is a little tool that delivers a huge punch!  The 7 Gypsies Border Punch has got to be one of the most innovative border punches that I have ever had the pleasure of using. Why is this punch so great? Because you get 5 interchangeable punches in what takes up the space of one punch.

I’ve had my border punch for close to a year now and it’s one of my favorite tools.  I especially love the hole and square punches so that I can make my own personalized “notebook” paper for cards or journaling.

7 Gypsies totally thought through the whole punching process and each punch includes interchangeable templates so that you are guaranteed the perfect alignment every time.

For this weeks card sketch I wanted to use the square border punch to create an embellishment that looks as if it were ripped out of a notebook.

On the first card that I made I left the holes intact.

On the second card I made I took a pencil and ripped out the holes to make it look as if I’d ripped the paper right out of a notebook.  It’s also one of my favorite techniques to use for a handwritten journaling block.

Next I made a card featuring the same “notebook” idea but used patterned paper instead.  I really love how this gives a little texture and dimension to the card.

Last I made a card with a circle border down the edge of the card.  It worked great for stringing through some ribbon to tie a bow.

We have genuinely loved seeing all of your creations posted to our Facebook Fan Page.  Keep it up!  Also don’t forget the challenge to send out the cards that you create to bring someone a little joy to their day.

Since it’s the first Monday in February we have our January winner for Monday Card Madness.  Our lucky Random.Org winner is……..

Staci Jones!

I truly love seeing Staci’s cards each week.  Staci, send us an email to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get a scrappylicious prize set aside for you for the next time you come into the warehouse.  :)

Just a few random reminders for you before I bid farewell for the day.

1 – Make sure you check in to How To’sday tomorrow for the first of a 2 or possibly 3 week series on craft space organization.

2 – If you’d like to participate in our first ScrapbookSteals card swap there is still time.  Please email me at kristy@scrapbooksteals.com for all of the details.

3 – Don’t forget our first on-line crop of the year on Friday the 18th from 6 to 10 PM.  If you are local, we’d love to have you join us for food and fun.  Please send us an email at service@scrapbooksteals.com if you need any info.   We have an amazing manufacturer lined up and will be live on video with our guest around 8PM MST.  (Melodee is such a Rock Star!)  There will be challenges posted on the blog on the 17th so that everyone has more time to complete them.  We also have a major announcement to make that night.  One you will certainly not want to miss.  :)

I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

Scrap happy!