Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ATC No. 1

Our latest ATC challenge was super fun! We were to put 5 supply items into a bag/container. Each bag could hold the same items as the other bags or the supplies could vary from bag to bag.... as long as there were 5 in each bag. Those we swapped first.

The second part of the challenge was to create ATCs from the swapped supplies. We were flexible at this point and decided we could dump all the bags out together and use any of the items mixed up or we could use the items as they were bagged. We also decided we could use stuff from our own stashes if we wanted to. The only set in stone rule here was that we could only use 5 of the swapped items per ATC.

I chose to not mix the bagged supplies together.

Here are the items in the first bag I used.
an upholstery fabric swatch
a piece of corrugated cardboard
a safety pin
a button
and a paper flower
(and the paper bag they came in)

And here is the finished ATC.
"Lincoln's Sparrow"

I used the button to pop the bird up off the background and added some seam binding covered wire and silk flowers from my stash. The bird is cropped from a free image from The Feathered Nest.

On the back, I threaded a wooden bead, silk leaf (both from my stash)and the paper flower onto the safety pin. The flower wasn't working for me the way I received it, so I sprayed it with purple Glimmer Mist.

In going right along with this whole swap concept, I decided to use the paper bag the items came in, for my packaging. So I sewed an envelope up and added a scrap of the upholstery fabric and another image of the sparrow I used on the card.

I need to finish up a couple of little things on the other four, and then I'll share those with you.

Have a beautiful day!


Heavens2Betsy said...

I am absolutely slack-jawed in admiration! What you've done here with such limited supplies is absolutely beautiful. Inspired! x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

What a fab idea - I bet that makes your brain tick trying to think of something to do with some random items. Well done they look fab!

Lori said...

what a great concept!!! your ATCs are so gorgeous Alisa!!!

Dorthe said...

this is so wonderfull an ATC, and then made with very few pieces.It is so full of nature, -image,colors,and and the result ,very beautifull.
xo Dorthe

Charlene said...

I LOVE both those ATC Cards. I think the one with the purple flowers was my favorite! Thanks for sharing. Amazing what you can create out of almost anything! Charlene

TinyBear said...

Love it Alisa - so creative and I just love the bag you made for it.
Great idea with the button.
xo Tina


Adore these types of challenges, and you surely stepped up to the plate and created a wonderful ATC. Such a genius challeng idea y'all came up with! ~ Angela

natalea said...

just incredible Alisa! I'm seriously floored by how beautiful your creations are. You never cease to amaze me!
this atc is divine!
xo natalea

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

You did a gorgeous job on both. I loved the purple flower. You were really creative girl. I take my hat off to you.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend I'm off to Cleburne in the morning to get ready for Antique Alley.
Hugs, Pat

Secondhandrose said...

That sounds like a fun swap and you were clever to use the paper bag too.
Come for a visit.

Cheryl Carey Bass said...

Sorry! I couldn't resist peeking. Dangit! But, man o man are those AWESOME! And Soooooo "Alisa". See there? You've got your style!

Diane said...

Alisa, using limited supplies - somehow it almost always works, doesn't it! These are beautiful!


Privet and Holly said...

Alisa, your creativity positively SHINES in this little project!!! I really love what you did....from beginning, to end. I bought something from Etsy a few weeks ago and it came in a cute bag fashioned from a Trader Joe's bag, complete with vintage images. The seller even sewed the "envelope" up on all sides. Really cool (though not as cute as yours....Sorry, Etsy seller)! xx P&H
PS: Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment : )

Oxana said...

These are so beautiful!!!

cindy said...'ve taken the simplest things and assembled them beautifully. You are the artistic McGyver my friend...its gorgeous!

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