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March 19, 2008


Yet another ATC for the French-theme swap.  This one took me a LONG time and I’ll likely not be making another one like it soon!  Thank goodness for this little girl image from Stampin’ Up!’s Everyday Celebrations.  My husband detests this image (and anything I put her on) for some reason so that means I don’t have to make a duplicate for him *sneaky grin*.  I first found out that he didn’t like her ’cause I was going to put her on his Amour book.   He saw her there on one of the pages and pleaded for me to take her off.  *laugh*  Ever since then I’ve been using her a LOT.  Alas, this won’t work for long because I’ve put her on so many things that he’s starting to think she’s okay.   

I drew the little butterfly at the top to match her.  Those are stamped commas on the butterfly’s wings, from one of Stampendous’ clear stamp alphabet sets. 

The word “amitié” means “friendship” and is from Stampin’ Up!’s French version of A Light Heart.  The oval frame is from The Angel Company’s Hip Hardware set.  The rest of the words mean “a friend is someone who says pretty things behind your back” and are from Stampin’ Up!’s French version of That’s Nice.  The underlying paisleys are from Technique Tuesday’s Masterpieces of Paisley.  The intricate swirls on the bottom layer is a crown stamp (stamped four times) by Fontwerks.  The stitches at the edges of the top panel are from Technique Tuesday’s Frayed Ends.

Mon cœur à Paris

March 17, 2008


This is another ATC (artist trading card) for the French-themed swap. 

The girl is from Stampin’ Up!’s Everyday Celebrations, and the background shapes are from Stampin’ Up!’s Sweet Shapes.  The French words mean “my heart in Paris” and are by Alluring Impressions.  The Eiffel Tower is by Stamp of Excellence. 

I switched to this girl image ’cause my husband doesn’t like it.  This way, I knew he wouldn’t want to keep it, so I could actually use it for the swap.  *grin*  I stamped her on watercolour paper, coloured her with Winsor & Newton watercolours, cut her out, and taped/glued her to the ATC. 

She does convey very well how I feel about Paris.  I love Paris!

Sous la mer

March 14, 2008


This is for the same swap as “Plaisir”.  I cut out the words from the same book (Climats by André Maurois).  The French words mean “she dreams sometimes that she walks under the sea”.  Hence the fish *grin*.   I tried to make this ATC less detailed, else my husband would have wanted to keep it too.  This is on Neenah’s Classic Linen Paper (baronial ivory), so I only sponged the colour on instead of watercolouring the girl. 

Both stamps on the front are by Beeswax Rubber Stamps.  On the back I used the French version of Stampin’ Up!’s Open for Trade, and the same little fish from Beeswax.  Also on the bottom of the back, the word “Rêve” means “dream” and is by Alluring Impressions


March 12, 2008

I made this ATC (artist trading card) for a French-themed swap at

This is the  front and back of it. 

I read the book Climats by André Maurois, and disliked it immensely, not because the writing was bad, but because it was a very unhappy story.  So.  I am slowly using up the pages as Decorative Paper, because I am too cheap to actually buy decorative paper.  I bought this book for $2 at the local used bookstore. 

Front:  The central image is by Hampton Art Stamps.  The word “plaisir” means “pleasure” and is from the French version of Stampin’ Up!’s Everyday Flexible Phrases.  The definition-of-amour stamp is by Magenta. 

Back:  The information table is from the French version of Stampin’ Up!’s Open for Trade.  This is stamped on top of the same Hampton Art Stamps image.  Only, on this image, I rubbed out the English words (on the actual stamp before stamping) and replaced them with French ones from Stampin’ Up!’s French version of Everyday Flexible Phrases. 

Lecture préférées

February 23, 2008


Well, I made another ATC for the French-theme swap, very similar to the previous one.  For this one, I used watercolour paper so there is no warping like there was in the first one.  Hurray.  The French words here mean “Her favourite readings are fairy tales and poets.”  BUT my husband wanted to keep this one too.  I had to make totally different ATCs  for the swap!

Like in the previous ATC, the stamp credits go to Stampington & Co and Beeswax Rubber Stamps.

Bibliothèque rose

February 16, 2008


I made this ATC (artist trading card) originally for a French-theme swap, but my husband wanted to keep it.  So he is keeping it.  I used the background stamps to make it look like a page from a book.  These stamps are by Stampington & Co.   The girl and the books are by Beeswax Rubber Stamps.  I cut the French words out of the book Climats by André Maurois.  I didn’t feel bad about cutting up the book’s pages because I detested this story (because it was depressing).  The words mean “she talks to me of the pink library”, so I edged this card with pink ink (Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick).  I will have to make a totally different card for the swap because I’m too lazy to read more to find another appropriate phrase to cut out from this book.  Just as well, because I used Neenah’s Linen paper for this one instead of watercolour paper, so it is a bit warped from the watercolouring.  😦