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ATCs, tags, and Hoopla!

Whew!  The Holiday whirlwind of soapy sales has finally settled down.  Now I get some time to relax and play with more crafts.   Here are a few things I’ve made this past month….


This was a hoopla project.  A hoopla is any kind of art within an embroidery hoop – typically embroidery or applique but sometimes anything goes.  I used the Urban Threads cheshire cat machine embroidery, then collaged that with upcycled bits of silk & knits along with fancy machine stitches.  This was sent to a swap partner for a hoopla swap on Swap-bot.com


Here’s another swap-bot swap I sent out.  This was for an ATC that had a stamped or embossed image.  So I stamped the flower lady on acetate and mounted that in the Tim Holtz frame that was inked and embossed with UTEE.  The watercolor paper background was also inked and stamped.

I really love jointed paper dolls, so I put little tiny ones on these ATCs.  This was inspired by the Circus Series ATC swap and this card was for the tightrope walker.  There’s a whole story about the Beatles song “for the benefit of Mr. Kite” behind this ATC, but’s that a whole ‘nother story.


Here’s how I packaged those ATC for my swap partners.  Circus theme with tickets.


Continuing on the paper doll theme – I built another paper doll and put her on this A8 sized tag.  This swap for for something Gangnam style, so the dolls arms can move into a few horsey dance poses.  My swap partner loves music and witches so that set the tone for the background (vintage sheet music) and the dolls attire.  The black dress was cut out using my Silhouette electronic cutter, then I embossed it with a texture plate and distressed it before adding some black lace at the hem.  Quite a fancy dress for a K-pop dancing witch.


And my last show-and-tell of the day…Just a simple tag.   These are really quick to make with an inked and stamped background, then just add the Tim Holtz leaves and flowers cut from burlap, book pages and wool felt.  Add a little wish ticket and some fibers to hang it from – and it’s done. 
I’m in the process or redecorating and organizing my sewing space and the paper/altered art area of my studio.  I’ve also been playing with chunky ATCs (ohmigosh – so fun!) and other altered projects.  Hopefully I can share some of that with you very soon.




One Response to “ATCs, tags, and Hoopla!”

  1. Sarcastra says:

    Glad you made it through your holiday whirlwind with enough time and energy left to share your swap creations! Looks like fun! I haven’t swapped in forever (a year!) and I’m itching to do so again.
    I look forward to seeing your freshly done up craft space and altered projects.

    Happy non-holiday whirlwind.