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Friday, February 26, 2010

ATC Mania!

Ok, so our good friend Rachel Carlson of lost in the attic pointed us to a local gal in the scrapbook world that she found on Craigslist : Cassandra Lucero of The Next Page.
This clever gal has opened up a little studio in a Denver office building dedicated to croppin' & classes! She's got plenty of room for each cropper & tons of tools to use. Plus a plethora of snacks to keep the creative juices flowing! And when we saw that she was offering an ATC class, we hopped on board!

You may ask, "What in the world is an ATC anyway??" An Artist Trading Card (ATC) is a little 2.5x3.5 card that you add your own little artists' touch to one side, then sign, number & date the back.

Then you can trade the cards with other artists, a lot like baseball trading cards, but these are all handmade treasures! Or think of it as  your "calling card" when you meet other crafters that you want to share your passion with! But, I think that the greatest thing about ATC's, besides being small & fast to do, you don't have to reserve them just for a ATC swap! You can easily use them in your scrapbooks & on cards! And, if you attach them with photo corners or something non-permanent, any recipient of that card, can take them off & re-purpose them too!

At The Next Page, we made 4 vintage-style ATC's (like the one's Cassandra made above) using a few different techniques with Glimmer Mist,  Tim Holtz's Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks & Paints. It was great fun & now we are hooked!

I was out the other day & popped into Michaels not realizing that our local store was liquidating their leftover inventory before they move into a bigger location & got some screamin' deals on some Tim Holtz stamp sets for all of us to play on our ATC's with...Here's Kim holding up the loot!

All at 70% off! I paid $5 for each! Insane!!

Although I didn't use any of the stamps on these two, I whipped out a couple cards yesterday & can't wait until I have little more time to do some more!! (Images on the left & background on the right, courtesy of; Nude image was given to us in class) I used a Tim Holtz Mask on the background of the Pin-up girl with Glimmer Mist in Wheatfields. The Renaissance-style bed was the same pink as the girl, so I misted it too with Coffee Shop to make it darker.
For the nude, I used my Wild Plum Alcohol Ink around the edges, then misted with Twighlight. I attached a little jewel to the girl's neck like a necklace, then misted her separately with Antique gold before placing her on the card. So much fun!!

We're hoping to get a little class or swap going as well as putting together some kits very soon! So if you are interested in adding this to your repetoir, just contact us scrapateenygirls & we'll organize something together!

You might also want to check out this book I recently added to my wishlist...Artist Trading Card Workshop. It's full of some wonderful techniques that you can use in all of your crafting as well as ATC's!

That's it for now...I am off the prepare of a bunch of 4 year olds at the house tomorrow! Wahoooo!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Finally! Crop photos & more!

Thanks to everyone who attended our first crop of the year!
We all had a blast & it was great to meet some new faces!
We laughed, worked, shared some tricks & stories, ate tooo much & did a little "black market" shopping!
(Thanks to those that joined in on that little excursion! We hope you are enjoying your Scrap-a-Teeny goodies!!)
We plan on doing another one real soon & hope to keep the momentum up every 6 weeks or so!
We are hard at work thinking of some new classes to teach & possible a goods-swap too!
Thanks again for all the great feedback too!
The Make-n-Take Table - everyone had a chance to make this adorable note pad!
 It didn't take long for everyone to settle down, spread out & get to work!

 Shirley worked on a "mad-money can" in the first 10 minutes!!
Alex, who doesn't scrapbook, always brings some fabulous projects to work on - usually involving beads & BLING! Today was no exception! She blinged these Chucks up for her sister! Lucky Girl! Aren't they adorable!!

This was my space towards the end of the night. I managed to complete one project & started on my cruise album! (I apologize to my partners - I didn't get any good photos of them! But they were there too!!)
We had a ba-zillion grab bags! One for each lucky guest!
Veronica, Shirley & Nancy!
Noelle & Melissa!

Kris, Jill & Becky& Alex!

Our great friend Rachel Carlson, of Lost in the Attic & 7 Gypsies - (see her latest creation for them at, gave us a fabulous prize to giveaway to one lucky winner! We made them work for it by answering 5 tough questions related to the scrapbooking industry. It was a tie between Melissa & April, but April won out in the end!

 Rachel was very secretive about what was inside - wouldn't even tell us! AND the little stinker taped the box with PACKING tape so we couldn't peek! But it was soooo worth the wait! Many of us were very jealous of April!! A box of 7 Gypsies goods is no laughing matter!!! It was very appropriate that April one - she is an very talented artist & belongs to an ATC circle! She will have a blast working with these goodies!
Thanks again Rachel for making this possible!

 WAAAYYYY too much yummy food to share!! Plus pizza in the evening to keep us going!

Throughout the day, we shared funny stories & debated about trimmers & scissors...
Melissa still thinks her Cutter Bee scissors are the best, even though we all swear by the Tonic/Tim Holtz ones. And, Melissa shares her newest trimmer with Becky & Noelle from Fiskars, debating why no one can come out with one that lasts & cuts straight!

And, of course, things always get a little silly late in the night... Noelle giggling after a few beers & crazy Kim G. dancing like a redneck for us! (we decided to keep the photos for future blackmailing needs!!) LOL

Thanks again to everyone that came! We had so much fun with you all & super big
THANK YOU to Noelle & Heather for staying to the end & helping us clean up, saving us from having to go back in the morning!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

First Crop a big success!

Hi all!
Just a quick note to say thanks & let everyone know how much we enjoyed the all-day crop on Saturday!
I am feeling a little under the weather, so I am not posting any pictures yet but I promise to do so very soon!

Thanks again for making the event a huge success! You guys rock!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Keep the Juices Flowing!

Some of you might recall that The Scrap-a-Teeny Girls are all about the mini-scrapbook album. That the 3 of us love to work in this small format & that having a little album centered around one theme or event is much more fun to work with than a giant, chronological book (for us anyway)!
Well, we're back!
This past week we three sat down & did something we hadn't done in months - mini-books! Since being in The Barn with the little shop, we strayed into all sorts of directions to fill the shop & find something to bring in the cash-flow to keep things afloat! Now that the shop is closed, we can get back to what we love!
And speaking of love, here's a little snippet of what we all did this week:

This is the adorable book Kim created called "Cupid's Play" ($22 on our Etsy Shop) & is full of eclectic charm! Each page is a different shape with lots of vintage images & ephemera.



This little box is Mom's play on a box of chocolates, called The Everlasting Box of Chocolates ($16 on our Etsy Shop) & it contains 4 beautifully handmade paper flowers with a "chocolate fact" card attached in an adorable box.


And finally, I used most of the papers from the new Fancy Pants Vintage Valentine line & made an altered lunch box with a mini-album inside. It's simply called Altered Valentine Lunch Box on Etsy ($18).


We've also been busy researching some new products for the shop on Etsy & hope to have some fabulous goodies soon! We've found a couple of wonderful stamp companies & are in the process of working out a wholesale deal with one or more of them! Keep checking in!