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Tea Party ATCs

20 Jun

Well, apparently I completely forgot to post the Tea Party ATCs from last month. I am definitely behind in my blog posts. 🙂

Here are the ATCs that were submitted. Skye did a great job with presentation, with an adorable matching envelope and tea bags.  Lynnita’s Little Teapot opens up, with the rest of the little teapot rhyme inside. Very cute. Alas, I only managed to get one ATC completed this month. 😦

by Skye Soard

by Skye Soard

by Kris Jaeger

by Kris Jaeger

By Lynnita Knoch

By Lynnita Knoch

By Lynnita Knoch

By Lynnita Knoch

by Juli Heintz

by Juli Heintz

by Juli Heintz

by Juli Heintz

by Candace Berry

by Candace Berry

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

by Juli Heintz

by Juli Heintz

by Juli Heintz

by Juli Heintz

Using random.org,  the winner is……Juli. Congrats! Juli always submits extra entries, so it is only fitting that she win!

Thanks to everyone for submitting. I know the participation has been waning the last few months, which is why we are taking the summer off from the monthly ATC challenges. Perhaps we will start again in the fall, or maybe we will think of something new and fun to do. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, I am getting caught up on my blog posts.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

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ATC Challenge

8 Jun

It has come to my attention that I didn’t do a blog post for the June ATC challenge. Sigh.

I have to admit that I am a bit behind on blog posts, website updates, class schedules, cleaning and organizing, and a host of other things.

As a solo business owner, I wear many hats – actually I pretty much wear all of the hats. 🙂

Stack of hats

Stack of hats

Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and I love the people I meet and the community that I am helping grow. However, I do get behind on things sometimes. And apparently I am in one of those ‘behind’ times.

So we are going to skip the next couple of months for the Blog ATC challenge. Participation has been waning and perhaps it is time to revisit the idea and come up with something new and different to do instead.

I will be posting the ATCs for the Tea Party challenge in the next day or two.

In the meantime, enjoy your summer!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

May ATC Challenge – Tea Party

4 May

Oops! I have been so busy this past month that I completely forgot to get the May 1st blog challenge post ready. But better late than never!

For May the ATC theme is Tea Party. Who doesn’t love a good tea party? This time of year seems perfect for tea parties. It is Mother’s Day and Spring is in the air and everyone is getting their outdoor patios ready and finding pretty spring dresses and sandals to wear. Yes – it is a Tea Party kind of month.  (The April ATCs will be shared in a few days – so if you didn’t get yours sent in yet, there is still a few days left to do so.)

 

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Tea Parties are full of fun stuff. With Tea pots, tea cups and saucers, pretty table cloths and fancy napkins. Maybe some tiny sandwiches and little tea cakes and cookies and cupcakes. Of course you might need a pretty tea party dress and hat and shoes. There seems to be an attention to detail with tea parties that I am impressed with.

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Tea Parties are reminders of by-gone days, when women regularly got together and had tea parties and it was an event and it was important (because women getting together is valuable).

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My sister Teresa often hosts Tea Parties for her friends. They have little tables and fancy food and pretty tea cups and lots of laughter and fun! I wish I had some photos of her tea parties to share with you, but I don’t. 😦

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And what little girl doesn’t have a tea party, probably with a princess tiara and tutu, or maybe some fairy wings, on little tiny chairs at a little tiny table, drinking tea out of little tiny cups. I’m pretty sure every little girl has hosted a tiny tea party.

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Of course I’m reminded of Alice and the Mad Hatter tea party too. Which is more my style. A little bit out of control and crazy. And nobody knows what is going on. 🙂

 

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The idea with doing the monthly ATC challenge is that you can interpret the theme any way you like and explore the various ways the theme can be used. It’s a great way to try out something new and play with new ideas. I find it very exciting to see how people choose to portray the theme.

I’d love to see what you create for this theme. Remember, you only need to send in one ATC (of course you can send in as many as you like), but you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Artist Trading Cards: A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is May 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC.  We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

 

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I look forward to seeing what you create for the Tea Party theme.  Turn your ATCs in by the end of the month to be included. Thanks to everyone who participates and sends in your ATCs each month. Feel free to invite your friends to join the fun. This is definitely the type of challenge that is better with more entries.

I’ll be posting the April winner in a few days.

For those of you wanting to plan ahead, the June theme is Summer Fun.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

April ATC Challenge – Architecture

1 Apr

We are ready for the April ATC challenge. For April the theme is Architecture. I have always loved looking at beautiful architecture and building planning and seeing the ways that creative people interpret architecture and how they use their designs in context with surroundings or with themes or maybe something completely out of this world.  (The photos of the March ATC theme of Fairy Tales will be posted soon.)

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How can you interpret the theme of Architecture? Can you use existing architecture? Can you create your own architecture? Can you combine architectural styles?

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© Mary Lane | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

Perhaps you will look at a specific aspect – like windows?

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© Monkie | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Or maybe bridges?

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© Chrisharvey | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

Or clock towers?

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© Kmitu | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Will you use your local architecture or perhaps something famous and well-known?

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© Cfan | Dreamstime Stock Photos

I know you will be creative and inspiring.

 

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© Geotrac | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

 There are so many ideas to choose from? (so maybe you will have to make more than 1 ATC?)

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© Rob Bouwman | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

 

 

The idea with doing the monthly ATC challenge is that you can interpret the theme any way you like and explore the various ways the theme can be used. It’s a great way to try out some new technique or product and play with new ideas. I find it very exciting to see how people choose to portray the theme.

I’d love to see what you create for this theme. Remember, you only need to send in one ATC (of course you can send in as many as you like), but you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Artist Trading Cards: A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is April 30th – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC.  We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

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I look forward to seeing what you create for the Architecture theme.  Turn your ATCs in by the end of the month to be included. Thanks to everyone who participates and sends in your ATCs each month. Feel free to invite your friends to join the fun. This is definitely the type of challenge that is better with more entries.

© Jxpfeer | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Jxpfeer | Dreamstime Stock Photos

I’ll be posting the March entries in a few days.

For those of you wanting to plan ahead, the May theme is Tea Party.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

March ATC Challenge – Fairy Tales

1 Mar

March really comes fast, when Feb is so short. But we are ready for the March ATC challenge. For March the theme is Fairy Tales. There are so many different Fairy Tales to choose from, so I know you will all send in multiple ATCs. 🙂  (The February ATC photos will be shared in a few days.)

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Most of us have grown up with fairy tales. They are stories of magic and wonder and filled with fairies and elves and dwarves and magicians and giants and a host of other wonderful creatures. Castles and dragons are quite common. They are stories of good vs. evil and often pit the little guy against the big guy. The use of children and animals is quite common and expected. Disney animation has used the fairy tale genre over and over again.

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We love rooting for the underdog or seeing the unexpected take place. We are fascinated by trolls and ogres and talking animals and magical plants and mystical beings. Stardust and magic beans and secret potions are all equally enticing to our imagination.

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Fairy Tales are common in nearly all cultures and most stories can be traced back many centuries, from when stories were only an oral tradition, long before the written word. These stories were mostly intended for adults, but we have transitioned to them being for children now. Yet, the lessons or morals from the stories can be applied to both adults and children.

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So what will you choose to do for your Fairy Tale ATCs? Something modern or much older? Something for adults or for kids? Something from Grimm or from Disney or from somewhere else? I can’t wait to see how you interpret this theme.

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The idea with doing the monthly ATC challenge is that you can interpret the theme any way you like and explore the various ways the theme can be used. It’s a great way to try out a new technique and play with new ideas. I find it very exciting to see how people choose to portray the theme.

Remember, you only need to send in one ATC (of course you can send in as many as you like), but you can’t win if you don’t enter.

 

Artist Trading Cards: A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is March 31st  – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC.  We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

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Turn your Fairy Tale ATCs in by the end of the month to be included. Thanks to everyone who participates and sends in your ATCs each month. Feel free to invite your friends to join the fun. This is definitely the type of challenge that is better with more entries.

I’ll be posting the February winner in a few days.

For those of you wanting to plan ahead, the April theme is Architecture .

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

February ATC Challenge – From the Heart

1 Feb

We are ready for the February ATC challenge. For February the theme is FROM THE HEART. Yes I know, February and Valentines Day and Hearts are all very typical. But sometimes it is OK to do what everyone else is doing. And I love hearts!  (The January ATC challenge photos will be shared in a few days.)

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From the Heart gives you room for more interpretation than just using hearts. Perhaps you want to do something about the things that make your heart sing. Or the love you have for someone. Or something that you are passionate about. From the Heart is all about love and joy and passion and purpose.

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Or maybe you want to use the literal heart interpretation. Blood pumping and life giving.

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Or maybe you want to create something about your broken heart. We’ve all had our hearts broken at some point and I know from personal experience that creating art about your broken heart can be incredibly healing.

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The idea with doing the monthly ATC challenge is that you can interpret the theme any way you like and explore the various ways the theme can be used. It’s a great way to try out something new and play with new ideas. I find it very exciting to see how people choose to portray the theme.

I’d love to see what you create for this theme. Remember, you only need to send in one ATC (of course you can send in as many as you like), but you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Artist Trading Cards: A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is Feb 28th – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC.  We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

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I look forward to seeing what you create for the From the Heart theme.  Turn your ATCs in by the end of the month to be included. Thanks to everyone who participates and sends in your ATCs each month. Feel free to invite your friends to join the fun. This is definitely the type of challenge that is better with more entries.

I’ll be posting the January winner in a few days.

For those of you wanting to plan ahead, the March theme is Fairy Tales.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

Winter Wonderland ATCs

7 Jan

Thanks to everyone who sent in a Winter Wonderland ATC for the monthly challenge. I know that December is a busy month for lots of people and I appreciate you taking the time to create art for the blog.

We had some fun entries, as always, and I love them all. We have fabric and paper and buttons and sequins and quotes and glitter. Fun fun fun!!!

Enjoy the show.

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And now to the winners.  We have 2 winners this month. YAY! Using random.org the winners are……Asha Watson and Debbie Avery. Congrats and I will get your ATCs to you.

The January theme is CIRCLES. I hope you get a chance to make some ATCs for this theme.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

January ATC Challenge – Circles

1 Jan

Happy New Year! It is a new month and time for the next ATC challenge. January’s  theme is Circles. I love circles and am excited about this challenge. The winner of the December ATC Challenge – Winter Wonderland – will be posted in a few days. So if you are running late, you do still have time to get me your December ATCs. 🙂

 

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© Danijel Micka | Dreamstime Stock Photos

I love Circles. I have all kinds of circle stuff to use – stencils and stamps and buttons and sequins and stickers. There is an endless list of options for me to use. What about you? What do you think of when you hear the word Circles?

You can interpret this theme any way you like. Make your ATCs all about the circle shapes or just use circles as a part of the design elements. Maybe you want to throw in a quote about circles. It’s all good!

A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end – and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral. ~Maynard James Keenan

 


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© Litllady25 | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

 

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is Jan 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC.  We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I look forward to seeing what you create for the Circles theme.  Turn your ATCs in by the end of the month to be included. Thanks to everyone who participates and sends in your ATCs each month. Feel free to invite your friends to join the fun. This is definitely the type of challenge that is better with more entries.

I’ll be posting the December winner in a few days.

For those of you wanting to plan ahead, the February theme is From the Heart.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

Give Thanks ATCs

10 Dec

I’m running a bit late with the photos of the November ATC Challenge – Give Thanks. I was waiting for one more to come in the mail before posting.

We didn’t have very many entries this month :(. I know it is a busy time of year, and I do appreciate everyone who did submit an ATC for the challenge. We had the typical assortment of paper and fabric and embellishments that we usually have. Some people simply said thank you or something similar. Others were showing what they were thankful for – friends, nature, etc. We can never have too much gratitude in our daily lives.

Enjoy the ATCs for November.

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Now the winner. Since we didn’t have very many entries, one person will win all of them. I use random.org to select the winner. Each person gets a number assigned and if you do more than one ATC then you get more than one number. And of course, I am not eligible to win. And the winner for this month is………Carol Anthony. Congrats and I will get the ATCs to you.

Remember that the December ATC challenge theme is “Winter Wonderland” and I hope to see a lot of beautiful ATCs for this theme. You can mail your ATC or drop it off at the shop.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

 

December ATC Challenge – Winter Wonderland

1 Dec

It is a new month and time for the next ATC challenge. December’s theme is Winter Wonderland. This should be a fun month. There is so many ways to interpret this theme. The winner of the November ATC challenge – Give Thanks – will be posted in a few days. So you do still have time to get me your November ATCs this week. 🙂

 

It is cold out today with a fresh skiff of snow on the ground, so this theme is appropriate. Luckily today is my day off (although I have a long to-do list) so I don’t have to go out at any particular time and can wait for the sun to come out.

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I have to say I’m not a huge fan of winter. I don’t really like being cold (except when I’m having a hot flash), and I don’t like driving on snowy or icy roads. I don’t ski or snowboard so I’m not overly excited when the high country gets snow dumped on them. I don’t like that it is dark so early either.

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© Ann Schorr | Dreamstime Stock Photos

But I do like sipping  hot chocolate and hot coffee and hot tea when it is cold. And I like making soups and stews (which seem to be winter meals). I love Christmas and seeing the holiday lights go up in the neighborhood. I can listen to the holiday music as much as I want to.  I enjoy connecting with family and friends during the holidays.   I love to see the frosted trees and fresh snow (as long as I’m not out in the snow).  I even sort of like to shovel the driveway.

How about you? Do you like winter or not?

© Jack Dagley | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Jack Dagley | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Winter Wonderland should give you lots of options for creativity. Snowmen and Christmas and Ice Skating and Snowflakes and Sledding and Holiday gifts and Sweaters and Boots, etc.  What will you create with this theme?

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ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is Dec 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC. We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I look forward to seeing what you create for the Winter Wonderland theme.  Turn your ATCs in by the end of the month to be included. Thanks to everyone who participates and sends in your ATCs each month. Feel free to invite your friends to join the fun. This is definitely the type of challenge that is better with more entries.

I’ll be posting the November winner in a few days.

For those of you wanting to plan ahead, the January theme is CIRCLES. Ooh, I can’t wait for that one!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

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