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Monday, July 26, 2010

My First ATC Swap: NATURE

Recently I participated in my first artist trading card (ATC) swap. It was a great experience and I absolutely love the treasures I received in return! Participants were from around the globe including US, England, and Australia! Each artist was asked to choose one word as their individual theme. Mine was nature. I chose to go the APC route (altered playing cards), here are my contributions to the swap:

Nature Opens Doors To The Hidden Parts Of Ourselves

Quote on back of ATC: “Nature gets into our souls and opens doors to hidden parts of ourselves.” ~Pamela Heyda.  Photo(s) are actually one and the same ATC.

Made with 5 cards total, from recylced cards and Bicycle Pink Deck.
3.5" x 2.5"

Nature Has The Ability To Connect Us To The Spiritual Realm

Quote on back of ATC reads (I think): “Patterns, cycles, rhythms... nature has the ability to humble, simplify and connect at a level that goes beyond the physical and into the spiritual realm.” ~ Judy Lalingo. I liked that quote because I liked the simplicity of this card and the idea that owls are spiritually significant for many.

Made with 5 of hearts from Bicyle Pink Deck of course, and punched/embossed owl, floating above card :)
3.5" x 2.5"

Life & Nature Are A Constant Stimulus For A Creative Mind
Quote on back of ATC reads: “Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.” ~ Hans Hofmann
Made with Jack of hearts from Bicycle Pink Deck, layered with two old postcards (flying scientist—from a movie perhaps(?)—and green trees). I just love the imagery; and I’ve always wanted to be able to fly like that :)
3.5" x 2.5"

...It Became A Butterfly

Quote on back: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” ~Anonymous
Made with 3 of spades from Bicylce Pink Deck and left-over spades from another, recycled deck, also scrap wire, glass tear drop beads. Butterfly floats.
3.5" x 2.5"

Here are the treasures I received in trade--all a surprise until the moment I opened the package! Very fun! In image order from top to bottom: "Silly" by Lori Pilla, copper "Delight" by Mary Hicks, "Easy" mini-canvas by Jean Foley...


  1. wow I never heard of APCs before, but yours are amazing! I'm too participating in my very first ATC swap. I'm actually organizing it but there's no theme cos we're all beginners ^_^ Virginie from vivibijoux.com

  2. Hi ViviBijoux! Thank you so much for stopping by and your wonderful comment :) I could have sworn I replied to you months ago--I remember because I was excited you were organizing a swap! If you happen upon this reply, let me know how it went!