Are you up for a Challenge

Would you like to join in my 3 Times the Inspiration Challenge

Every month Pixels and Art Design will be bringing you some new inspirational challenges. there is something to suit everyone and gifts as well. You can see them all in the forum here but I thought I would show you mine for May.

Each month I will get you 3 things as inspiration.
You can create a layout, an art piece, a journal page – well actually anything artistic and creative you want – just remember to show us and let us know how you did it.



“The wheels on the bus go round and round”

1.2.3 GO

It is that easy – why not join us ?

Come and join my Digital Scrapbook Challenge

I am hosting  this weeks Scrapbook Challenge at MyMemories

Check it out on the Blog.

EVERY single entry gets the fun *Citrus Mini Pack* just for entering!  So get your page created and get it posted!!  Check back next Wednesday for your prize!!  One LUCKY DUCK page will be selected for an additional prize too!
That prize is $10 to spend in my store.

Are you up for a challenge

Did you know that GoDigitalscrapbooking has a heap of challenges every month. There is sure to be one for you. Scrapbook challenges can be a great motivation, give you ideas and also are a great way to get some great rewards as well.

I am hosting my own challenge here and if you join in you get this posting bonus minikit.

Each challenge has it’s own reward for you to collect and they will build up to a great co-ordinating kit. You can find a challenge to suit you here.

Easter at GoDigitalScrapbooking

The Easter Fun has started at GoDigitalScrapbooking.

I am hosting an Easter Bonnet Layout challenge so I hope you will come and check out the fun, hunt for eggs and play.

You can find a full list and details in the forum here. Come and join in  this weekend and find the Easter egg hidden in my products. If you join in my easter bonnet Challenge you get a little goodie bag to play with from Eirene Designs and I.

The March ATC challenge/swap is up now

This month lets talk about Backgrounds.
When you make artist trading cards, the starting point is the background.
If you were making ATC the traditional way you could look around for sources of card with interesting patterns and textures, or you could paint your own or create backgrounds with rubber stamps.

Digitally there are a wealth of designer papers intended for scrapbooking that can be used. Even elements such as tags or mats can make useful backgrounds. Remember we are working small.
Look out for interesting textures like old wood or paint or I love old books and text. You don’t need to reduce the size of these but just use a part of them.
ATC are not the same as making a digital scrapbook layout so it is a good idea to look at yours on your screen at full size [3.5×2.5in]and see how it looks on an ATC. The details you put in a scrapbook layout may be lost.

Backgrounds can also become the inspiration for your ATC.
Maybe you see a paper that suggest something to you – go with it. Maybe it is a time of your life or a place you have visited or even a thought you have had. As you look through your scrapbook or image supplies if one grabs you try closing your eyes and seeing what images come to mind. These could be the basis for your theme.
Another idea for backgrounds is to look at brushes or digital stamps. You could repeat a brush or stamp it big only using a part of it on your background.
As you all use your computer you can also look at digital ways to make backgrounds. Perhaps your own photos or scans. You can even manipulate these with filters in your chosen graphic program to make backgrounds. the possibilities are endless.

If you would like to join in my challenge at GDS I would love to see you. I even have gifts for you.

New ATC challenge and swap at GDS

So what is an ATC ?
Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 21⁄2 by 31⁄2 inches (63 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement is said to have its origins in Switzerland.In 1990. Swiss artist Vanci Stirnemann was inspired by a collection of hockey trading cards and wanted to make a collection with his own art. Printing costs made it not feasible but in 1996 he decided to make the cards by hand.

One of mine

The first exhibition of 1,200 handmade cards took place in April 1997 at a bookstore and gallery in Zurich, Switzerland. Visitors were encouraged to make their own cards to trade with Stirnemann and others at the close of the exhibition. This style of art now has a worldwide following.
While this was the start of the modern movement the idea of trading small works of art is not new.
Even as far back as the 16th century art cards or miniature paintings were pupular. they were mainly portrains and swapped. Advertsing on the cards came next – in france and later in england. Even the impressionists found a use for art cards – trading them for supplies,food etc and thye sued them to study each others styles.
In 1887 ‘baseball cards’ began to appear. Baseball was in its heyday in the early 1900’s and the cards began to appear in products such as bubble gum, cigarettes.
ATC have been made with a variety of media – wet and dry and now in digital or hybrid.. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. When sold, they are usually referred to as art card editions and originals (ACEOs).

So there’s the history now for the fun.

There are no rules in ATC except the size. We will be looking at more facts in the coming months but for this month let’s just get started and play.
Our challenge this month is to create a digital ATC.
This month our theme will be Love

Mine is going to double as a card for Valentines day

If you would like to join in you will find us in the GDS forum.

I am also celebrating with promotions on my ATC products although it is not a requirement to use them.