Merry Christmas ATC's

To celebrate the release of my new book on Photograph Trading Cards, (Trading Card Treasures), our 2008 Christmas cards were Photograph Trading Cards that were mounted onto a transparency which was stamped with white snowflakes. The ATC's in my book are traditional photograph trading cards and not digital trading cards.

The digital ATC above was created to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas Photograph Trading Card

Digital photograph
Scrapbook Factory Deluxe Program (or your favorite graphic program)
Scrap Girls digital kit: STI-Holy Night (

Use the Scrapbook Factory Deluxe program to create a 2 ½ by 3 ½ - inch page without a border. Add the Holy Night background to the page.

Insert the torn page embellishment from the Holly Night embellishments file onto the page. Place your photograph over the torn page embellishment.

Add three gem brads to the upper-right corner of the photograph. Place a green ribbon under the last brad. Place the star embellishment on the upper-left corner of the photograph.

Place the ribbon embellishment from the Scrapbook Factory program on the bottom of the photograph. Type the words, “Merry Christmas” over the ribbon.

Save the file. Export the image as a jpeg. Make sure you choose the “best” jpeg under the jpeg options and type 300 pixels/inches in the resolution box before saving.

Print your Photograph Trading Card onto premium photograph paper.

Click here to download a free scrapbook program from Scrapbook Flair

This site has a free scrapbooking program that is easy to use. They also have free kits to download as well. It's a great way to get into digital scrapbooking.

May your Christmas be Merry. IF you celebrate another holiday during this season, May it be Merry as well. And may your New Year be happy, healthy, and full of creative projects.

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All STAR Issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts

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Hybrid Card Making: The act of producing digital elements with traditional paper supplies to create high-quality greeting cards.

Learn how to create wonderful greeting cards that have an up-scale feel. These cards are easy to create and take very little time to recreate. When you don't have a lot of time to spend crafting, you will appreciate these cards.

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PC Gourmet Sample Project & Recipe

To celebrate their new book, PC Gourmet, Paper Crafts Magazine has given various blogs a copy of a recipe and project from their new book. For those who must live a gluten-free life, you can substitute Bob’s Red Mill or Tom Sawyer’s All-Purpose gluten-free flour in the recipe.

Click on the photos below to enlarge the graphics. Then, save the graphics to your computer. The photos of the project, book, and biscuits belong to Paper Crafts Magazine. The tag project and biscuit recipe are from Alisa Bangerter. The background papers and Halloween graphics that I used to create the graphics are from

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Spirit of the Season

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Halloween is a time of fun with costumes and masks. This mixed media collage, Passage of Time, was created for a previous CHA showcase display, but does capture the essence of this season.

Click on the photographs for a larger view!

The small mask in the collage was featured with other mask pins in Belle Armoire’s premiere issue. The larger polymer clay mask was created for this collage. Tiny crystals are embedded into the clay and were baked with the clay. The texture on the mask was created using rubber stamps.

My masks have been featured in Somerset Studio (and on the cover) and in art shows. They celebrate my Italian heritage.

Silk fabric is rubber stamped with gutta resist and allowed to dry. Premixed dyes are then randomly painted onto the silk. Once the silk is dried, it is ironed to set the dyes. The silk is rinsed in cold water and allowed to air dry. It is ironed once again. It is then torn in strips to use in the collage.

An old CD is covered with Alcohol Inks from Ranger Inks and then rubber stamped. Textured paint is used on the background of the collage.

Last week I took a break from paper crafting and created this heart necklace. While I like wearing silver, I wanted to use copper for the Halloween season. I’ll wear this when I go out to the Mexican Food Factory this week.

The fabric under necklace was created with rubber stamps by Stampers Anonymous

Click here to view my book now on sale: My new book, Trading Card Treasures. It will make a wonderful gift for the holidays.

Use your own photographs to create Artist Trading Cards. Learn about the different techniques you can use to create these cards.

Halloween Necklaces

Happy Halloween! The graphics used in the Halloween card below are from

Things to wear for those who go bump in the night:

When my niece said that she needed a necklace for her sorcereress costume, I decided to transform my pins (Somerset Studio Article) into necklaces for Halloween.

The necklaces are copper and silver metals and use my favorite shape, the heart. A few weeks ago I purchased a metal punch from Harbor Freight and it is so easy to use. I punched the hole in all the metal, even the British coin! Now, the coin was harder to punch than the thinner metals, but I was shocked that it handled that thickness of metal.

The Anniversary Card

Once again, Scrap Girls digital kits came to the rescue when I needed an anniversary card for my cousin. Annie and I were born nine months apart and have been like sisters all our lives. We’re both artistic and creative, so I wanted something special for her card.

I love taking photos of my garden and this photograph symbolized the white of the bridal gown. The red heart from Scrap Girls City Park Embellishment kit shows the deep love that Annie and Ralph share.

Once the graphic was printed, I attached it to a 5 by 7” folded, black card.

You can get very upscale designs by cropping your floral photographs. It doesn’t matter if you can’t get in tight enough to produce this type of floral photo, you can use your computer to crop the photo. Don’t think of the image as a flower, think of it as flowing lines and crop the image until you have a pleasing design.

My favorite subjects to photograph are my nieces, cats and garden. Yours?

Halloween Treats

The following pins can be seen in Somerset Studio.
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Happy Halloween!

Tropical Storm Hanna

Having a husband who is a meteorologist, I get personalized weather forecasts. So, Tropical Storm Hanna was no surprise to us this weekend. Friday night, we took down our flag, put away the outdoor furniture, and threw ice in the freezer in case of a power outage. Saturday, as Paul watched the radar, he was a bit surprised to see that winds from the storm were not as strong as a tropical storm would normally bring. We did have rain, and some wind, but we lucked out.

Paul did warn me that the closer we got to the eye of the storm, the greater chance for tornados, but of a gustnato or F1 type. While we didn’t see anything near us, Allentown, PA, did have a possible tornado.

Anyway, since we didn’t have high winds or thunderstorms, I took my camera and headed out on our front porch. I wanted to capture the storm in photos. Well, there were no spectacular shots of winds bending trees or flooding in the streets. I did catch a bit of wind and the flowers in my front yard seemed to glow. So, these are the photos you see.

I created the digital ATC’s using Scrap Girl’s Bump in the Night, Black ‘n Tan, City Park, and Reawakening kits.

Click on photo above for a larger view.

Newly Published

Scrapbooking in a Digital World
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Grab the October issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts for a jam-packed article on Digital Scrapbooking. In addition to the various scrapbook page layouts, you will learn about digital scrapbooking and online venues -- Many of them free!

Digital kits used on the scrapbook page above are from Scrap Girls. EHI Nessa Kit and BMU City Park embellishment kit.

Just Invitations
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This is a special publication from Scott Publications full of invitations. Not only are there different invitations for different events, but there are different styles of cards to fit your needs. Order a copy today!

Rubber stamps used on the card are from: Rubbermoon

Summer Time Fun

Digital Fun

I am working with new digital programs, graphics, and ideas for the summer. Having a great time, wish you were here (grin).

We spent a day at the beach on a warm summer day. Then, I created this digital scrapbook page. The next page shows a scrapbook page with a photo of the greeting card in the previous post.

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All Star Issue - Scott Publications

Just finished an article for Scott Publications and I found myself needing a birthday card for my nephew. I created digital cards in the article and loved the process. So, I created this digital card just for him. The digital kits used in the card came from Scrap Girls (Artisan and Illuminate). If you sign up for their free newsletter, they also send you a free download in each email.

Layers of Color

There is a brand new rubber stamp company that you HAVE to check out. It's called Layers of Color.

They are well made clear stamps and they work great. The above card was made using teh Fleur Heart Clear Stamp Set. I'm really pleased at the great image the stamps produce.

The card was so simple to make. I used a black card on which I placed white cardstock and then aqua paper. I then attached an orange ribbon over the aqua paper. Copper foil tape was place above and below the white cardstock.

I stamped the heart image four times. Two of the hearts were left white and place on the card with foam tape. The third card was colored a sage green and the fourth was colored yellow, green, and aqua. The third and fourth cards were folded in half (Mountain fold). Then, each side was folded (valley fold) so the ends could sit flat against the card (see photo). These hearts were then mounted in the center of the card with foam tape.

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Stampbord Project of the Month

You are invited to visit Stampbord's web site and learn how to create my flower key chain in their featured projects. Click here for the project.

Download the pdf file which contains step-by-step photograph instructions.

The project also uses my Polyester Fiberfill Ink Technique from my Inking book. You can see other inking projects on my website, Carol

Click on the photograph to see a larger view of the photo.


I am often asked what color inks a person needs to begin stamping. My answer is always the same. The first inkpad you should purchase is a black archival inkpad. That is the most versatile inkpad. You’ll do most of your rubber stamping with that inkpad.

Next, you want blue, red, green, and yellow inkpads. You can blend these colors to create other colors. Also, I like having a brown inkpad so I can age my papers. All of these inks are archival. After all, you want your ink colors to last.

Add quick-drying pigments such as gold, white, or silver over time. You can use these without embossing powders and they work great with dark colored papers.

Inkpad storage differs from person to person. I like to store my inkpads in 8 ½ by 11-inch drawers that I found at Wal-Mart. The storage containers have three drawers per container.

My inkpads are stored in freezer bags and then placed in the plastic containers. The dye inkpads are stored upside down, so the ink stays on top of the pad. My pigment inks are stored right-side up.

When purchasing my inkpads, I also like to purchase the re-inkers. This way, I can re-ink the pads when they start to loose their punch. Re-inkers also cost a lot less than buying a new inkpad. If your local store doesn’t carry the re-inkers, visit the ink vendor online. They may help you find out where you can purchase the re-inkers.

Trading Cards

Do you have tiny pieces of scrapbook papers that are too small for greeting cards? Why not use them on ATC’s? Many of my projects in Trading Card Treasures use left-over papers or other elements from my scrapbooking projects.

The rubber stamp used on the card is from The Stampsmith

Birthday Cakes

Yes, I’m a mixed-media artist. But, I’ve always wanted to work with cakes; so, this year I decided to make my own birthday cake. Inspired by the show, Ace of Cakes, I knew crystals were just the thing to capture the lights from the candles.

This was my first time working with fondant and it was fun. I started with white fondant and dyed it pink for the scalloped top. Because I really didn’t have days to pipe the icing and create an elaborate design, I kept it simple. The cake was placed on a white cake stand.

Next time, I am thinking about doing an ‘all white cake’ with real white flowers around the base, something that screams summer white.

Black and White Photos

Even though my camera gives me the option of taking my photographs in color, sepia, and black and white, I always shoot in color. Then, I alter my photographs with Paint Shop Pro. Photographs that look wonderful in color take on a whole new look when changed to black and white.

To me, black and white photography is very artistic and even the simplest photo can be enhanced greatly when changed to black and white. If framed, I choose a white or black mat with a black or silver frame. That way, your eye will focus on the photograph.

In my new book, Trading Card Treasures, I was creating an ATC invitation for a ‘make believe’ brunch. I needed a black and white photograph for the design. So, I went to my cupboard. I used one of my coffee cups and spoons to place on our kitchen table. I was blessed to be given two chairs by my grandfather. These chairs are from the 1940s or earlier. That is the chair that you see in the photograph.

I took the original photograph in color and then used Paint Shop Pro to turn it into a black and white photograph. Then, I added “noise” to the photograph to soften the image.
While the photograph was created for the Brunch Invitation in Trading Card Treasures, I decided to create a greeting card with Scrapbook Factory Deluxe for this blog. The card was created for no reason other than to explore the relationship between black and white. The texture from the doily and the belted ribbon adds interest to the card. SFD is very user friendly and I enjoy working with it. I used it to create my digital scrapbook article for Scrap and Stamp Arts.

When photographing images that you will turn into black and white, remember the adage, “less is more.” Tighten your shot by filling your viewfinder with your subject. The less background “noise,” the better your photograph. Digital cameras make the job easier because you can take as many photographs as you need to take so you can get that “right” shot.