Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pretty Lady ATC

ATCs are one of my favorite things to do.  This one was for a swap at the Ilion, NY gathering in February.  I used Copics to color in the image.   I'm still in the process of learning how to shade.  One minute I have it and the next I don't.  I really enjoy coloring so I'm not giving up.  I used Crystal Effects on her lips for glossy lipstick and a jewel in the center of the flower in her hair for a little sparkle.  Her necklace is half pearls.  There were 24 in the series.

Her dress is MS micro beads (found them on the clearance rack at TJ Max). It was the first time I had ever used beads and I really enjoyed it but I swear they multiply and have legs...they were all over.  From what I read using the right adhesive is key and from what I experienced, they' re right.  I see a little glare in the photo so I probably should have taken it out of the sleeve but I didn't want to take a chance on having to round up any run away beads!

Supplies:  Stamp - Outlines Rubber Stamp Co (I was very disappointed to visit their website and found they are closed for business); Cardstock - SU Black, GP White; Other - Martha Stewart Micro Beads; Copic Markers; SU Half Pearls; Art Institute Glue


  1. Pretty lady certainly does say it all. She's beautiful. Her tank is great and I love her pearl necklace. It looks SSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOO real. Doesn't look like any beads got away from her. If I ever do beads, I'll know who to call.