Saturday, February 17, 2018

Celebrating Janis' 60th Birthday! {week 1 - All Those Cats}

Janis, from Her Peaceful Garden, and I met back when she had her first Cat Lovers Blog Hop {here is the link for the 2017 hop} - she is a cat lover, as I am, and she is owned by about 13 cats; both feral and house cats.  We've become friends over the years and I adore her.  When she began talking about her birthday and how she wanted to do ATC's for her online celebration, I was so happy! I LOVE ATC's and used to participate in many swaps online.  I hope this little party of Janis' encourages ATC's to make a comeback.  

What are ATC's? ATC stands for Artist Trading Cards.  There are no requirements to make them {unless you are participating in a swap, or, in this case, Janis' first theme: All Those Cats} EXCEPT they must be 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", the same size as a standard playing card or trading card.

I'm not going to go into detail about how I made each one; it's fairly self explanatory but, if you have any questions, just ask! 

I try to use scrap papers to make my ATCs - here is a picture of my scrap bin {I only put small snippets in it} just to give you an idea of how small the pieces for your ATC can be. There is a picture of the side of my little bin, and then the bottom.  I save more than I can ever use, but it comes in VERY handy!

Here are my four ATCs for week one of Janis' birthday party:

Paw Prints

What I Used to Make my Paw Prints ATC:
Heavy White Card, cut into ATC size
Snips & scraps of various pink & purple papers 

Penny Black, Nine Lives Set, #30-050
Stampendous, Cat Sayings, #SSC1222
Small Heart Punch
Hero Arts Ink in Pink Tourmaline, Ruby & Amethyst                       

 Balloon Kitty

What I Used to Make my Balloon Cat ATC:
Heavy White Card, cut into ATC size
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Penny Black, Purrfect Day, #30-027 {discontinued but available}
Unknown Coloring {colored this image AGES ago}
DCWV, Tie Dye Stack {discontinued but available}
Distress Marker in Broken China

Sneaky Kitties

The Mama Elephant "The Cat's Meow" stamp and die are MUCH longer than an
ATC.  In fact, it's called "Crowd of Cats" and according to the ME website, it measures 5 3/4" x 2".  In order to make this ATC and the Meow ATC, I cut the image down into two separate groups of cats, then added single cats in places. Also, I colored the kitties with whimsical colors - I figured why not and I need a break from trying to color them realistically.  This goes for both of the Mama Elephant ATCs.  

What I Used to Make my Sneaky Cats ATC:
Heavy White Card, cut into ATC size
Mama Elephant, The Cat's Meow, stamps
Mama Elephant, The Cat's Meow, Creative Cuts Dies
Detail Water Brush
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Clean Color Markers
Watercolor Paper
Palm Frond Punch
Various Green Paper

I needed a break from using realistic cat colors, so these kitties are colored fancifully.  I cut down some dimensional dots and dotted the birthday hat, the blue balloon, and the meow sign but you can't really tell in this picture. I also added some single cats to round out the group.

What I Used to Make my Meow ATC:
Heavy White Card, cut into ATC size
Mama ElephantThe Cat's Meow, stamps
Mama ElephantThe Cat's Meow, Creative Cuts Dies
Detail Water Brush
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Clean Color Markers
Watercolor Paper
Dimensional Dots
Washi Tape in Glitter Purple

Finally, here is a picture of all four together.

I hope you enjoyed my ATCs.  I really have a great time making them and going through my snippet box to see what inspires me.  My favorite is the meow ATC - which one is yours? Thanks SO much for your visit and I hope you come back soon! ~Christi

I would like to enter all four of my creations in the following challenges -
Her Peaceful Garden Birthday Celebration - Wk 1, All Those Cats
Addicted to CAS - #130, Cat {At least 2 of my ATCs are CAS}
Crafting with Friends - M, #61, Anything Goes
The Outlaws - Twisted Thursday - Twist: Fur {lots of virtual fur here!}
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, Anything Goes w/ a Critter
Fairy-Tale Challenge - Use Mini Stamps {The 2 ATCs using ME are Mini Stamps}
SUYP - M, Anything Goes and/or LOVE


  1. Eeeee ! What a FUR-bulous collection of kitties :-D I love them all.
    I remember Janis' first cat hop too and have 'stalked' her ever since :-D
    I too am a crazy cat lady..... got 23 of them (inside one and 'hangers on' strays who live in the garden) LoL

    Thank you for purring along to play at SUYP Cats Challenges.

    IKE x

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  2. Great kitty ATC collection! Perfect for Janis's ATC Party! x

  3. Gorgeous ATC-s!
    have a nice day

  4. These ATCs are so funny. Great work! Many thanks for joining us at Fairytale Challenge.
    Hugs, Silke

  5. You did an awesome job on your kitty ATCs, Christi! Love your cat stamps! The ones with the group of cats are sooo fun! Love how you coloured them!

  6. A fabulous collection of kitty cats, I like the odd coloured ones the most. Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, CarolG

  7. A fantastic set of ATCs, I love the cats meow too x

  8. These are totally AWESOME, Christi!!! I can't pick a fave because each one has something that makes me love it the most.....kind of like kitties!! :)

    ATC #1: I love the pinks and purples of this ATC...both in your scraps and stamping. I love the sentiment and heart frame. Those wonderful colored pawprints make me smile. They remind me of a kitty I once had that would get into the kitchen cupboards at night and managed to knock over a leaky bottle of food coloring that I *thought* was secure. Blue pawprints ALL over the countertops, stovetop, and floor for weeks!!! Hahahah!! Little scoundrel....I finally had to duct tape the cupboard doors closed at night till the habit was extinguished!

    ATC #2: The PB kitty is so adorable. I don't think I have ANY of their cats....weird, huh? I love them whenever I see them, but nary a one in my stash...I must rectify that soon!! Yay for putting to use an image that you had colored so long ago. I thought maybe you had sponged your lovely background, but I see it is DCWV. I have that stack, too!! Love this sweet ATC!!!

    ATC #3: Love love love this big group of cats watching from within their thicket of leafy fronds!!! The 3D look you have given this with the die cuts is just amazing. Totally love the whimsical colors, too. My favorite kitty is the one in front holding the fishy. Hehehehe.

    ATC #4: Oh, yes....PARTY CATS!!! Wonderful coloring on these cats, too. I love all the party paraphernalia. That Meow sign on the tiger-striped tail is so funny. I am guessing that kitty must have jumped into the mob headfirst. lol... Love this ATC so much!!

    Thank you for helping to inspire my ATC party, Christi, and thanks so much for joining in with these fabulous cards!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  9. Great design on your atc's. Just gorgeous!

  10. very funny atcs, I love the cats-family. Thanks for showing it for the fairytale-mini-challenge.

  11. What a lovely set of card! I love the kittens! Thank you for joining us at Fairytale Challenge. xx Bianca DT


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