Gifting Guide – ATC Card Kit

A year ago I introduced my 52 Card Pickup artist trading card kit!  I have sold oodles of them since then, mostly as gifts, or as an experience to be shared.  As the holiday season approaches, I thought it would be helpful to share a bit about some of my most popular gift items.

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Artist trading cards (ATCs) are little bite sized pieces of art that are quick and fun to create, trade, and collect.  They make a perfect project for the new artist and the experienced one as well.

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I have worked hard to gather and prepare a nice set of goodies for you to create your own mixed media artist trading cards using a standard deck of playing cards (included) as the base.  I have made oodles of these cards myself, and love the fun format of using playing cards.  For one thing, 52 cards (there will be a few extras) is a perfect number for making a weekly art journal project in a nice little bite size project.  They can be kept on a binder ring (also included in the kit) or in the box that the kit comes in.  So many options for using these!

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  • Standard deck of playing cards. These are 2½ x 3½ inch cards to use as the base of your artist trading cards.
  • Plenty of precut papers to paste on the card to make a base layer.
  • The ephemera pack is full of little hand cut treasures and bits ready for you to glue onto you cards.
  • A cute little bottle of adhesive (may vary from the photo) for your small project and can also be used to seal your finished cards.
  • The collection of embellishments can be glued onto your cards to add a dimensional touch
  • An unmounted rubber stamp
  • The stencils include atc sized punchinella, plastic canvas, and a texture sheet.
  • The binder ring is a great option for storing your cards by punching a hole in the top

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I am especially impressed with all the little HAND CUT ephemera all ready for using on your cards.  I have spent hours cutting tiny little pictures out of magazines and gathering stamps, tickets, and any other interesting little bits.  This will really speed up your own creating!

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These would be a great, doable sized, weekly project to begin for 2017!  I think I may give one to myself and add a family photo (wallet size are perfect!), quote, or bit of art to a card each week.  By the end of the year I would have a great little artsy scrapbook memento of the year!  Other ideas….

  • Gratitude cards – have each guest make one, or a few, as a Thanksgiving activity
  • Christmas ornaments – simply punch a hole at the top to hang from the tree!
  • Scripture cards
  • Gift tags
  • weekly art journal cards
  • Valentines
  • ????

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If you are in the Wichita area, these kits can be purchased at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  To make an online purchase, visit my etsy shop.

“Doing Good” 1 Peter 2:15


With the election around the corner, I have been a bit discouraged about the condition and prospects for our nation.  I hear more foolish talk and flapping tongues than I care for and sometimes it frustrates and disappoints me.  But 1 Peter 2:15 reminds me that the best avenue for combating the “ignorant talk of foolish men”  is to simply do good. In fact, it is God’s will that I do exactly that!  Instead of worrying about what other people are thinking and saying, I just keep finding something good to set my hand to, little ways to help in my home and in my community.

If you would like to color your own page, feel free to right click, download, and print this page…



Birthday Arty Party


Once in awhile I have the privilege of helping celebrate someone’s birthday with an arty party. Yesterday was my lucky day and I had this fun group of artists, all cousins, come play with me!  They opted for the open paint where they got to paint whatever they wished.  We had a cow flying with the aid of balloons, music notes, a giraffe, and a lion.  I love the diversity!  No copy cats in this bunch!


They each had a canvas waiting for them, along with a small bag of goodies (what’s a birthday without a bag of fun-ness!).

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They got right to work and had their masterpieces whipped out in no time!  Great job kids!

If you would like to schedule your own workshop/art party, email me at

Pass the Painting Please!


I belong to an organization of artists and May marks our final meeting before a summer break.  We try to do something fun and different at this meeting, so this year we had fun with a “Pass the Painting Please” party.  We painted for 15 minutes on a canvas board before passing on to the next person.  We continued for two hours, so each finished painting had the touches of eight different artists.  I was again impressed by the mastery of this women and what they accomplished in a very short amount of time!

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There were about 20 participants, here are just a few of the results:

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A fun project that encourages us to work quickly and intuitively without getting too attached to our concept for the piece!