Category Archives: ATC’s and Calling Cards

love theme ATC

Last month I participated in an ATC swap with the theme of Love. I started with some Distress Watercolor cardstock and created a background with Distress Kitsch Flamingo and Spiced Marmalade. I smooshed the inks onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with water, and applied to the paper. Then I cut it up and added the images and words from Happy Day and Vintage Love. The butterfly was popped up and a gemstone heart sticker was added to finish them.

Enjoy your day!

faith-filled calling cards

Good morning! Today I have a little different type of project to share using some old & new Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps. Here I used Cheerful Hexies, Walk Humbly, Choose Faith, and the April Stamp of the Month, Happy Day.

I recently thought about some Calling (Visiting) Cards that my mother asked me to make for her quite a few years ago. They are the size of a business card, 2″ x 3 1/2″. This is slightly different from the popular ATC (Artist Trading Card) size. They also resemble a smaller version of today’s scripture or journaling cards which are sometimes used as tip-ins in bible journaling. I couldn’t find any in my files or on my blog that I previously made…so it was at least 12 but closer to 19 years ago. When visiting people in the hospital or homes, my mom would leave a Calling Card to let them know that she was there (if they were out of the room or not home) or to simply act as a reminder that “someone cares”.

The history of these cards is quite interesting. “A tray full of calling cards was like social media for the Victorian era, a way to advertise who was in one’s extended social circle.”  You can read more about the history of calling (visiting) cards HEREHERE and HERE.

These cute little cards could be left when you visit someone in the hospital or tucked in a card that you mail. Why not tuck one in the next bill you pay or drop it in the tube at the drive through when you do your banking? There are lots of ways to share God’s love… be creative! PLUS…they’re a great way to use up leftover pieces and scraps! 🙂 Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Cheerful Hexies, Walk Humbly, Choose Faith and Happy Day; paper- white, black, red; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Melon Mambo; accessories- Copics, small flower punch, brads, Simon Says Stamp Sketch Heart die.

a valentine ATC

Hello! Just popping in with another project that was left in my files. Here’s an ATC (artist trading card) from 2016 with a valentine theme. I needed to use a certain color scheme…here I used white, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, and Cherry Cobbler.

valentine atc diane zechman

The ticket is from the Sweet ‘n Sassy set, Ticket Sentiments, and the Cupid is Impression Obsession. The heart doily die is by Simon Says Stamp and the embossing folder is SU! Happy Heart.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner…I need to dig these supplies back out!

Have a great day!

throwback to 2015…

Happy *cold* Sunday! Brrr…it was -7 again this morning! I am staying warm and while I was typing on the computer, I found a bunch of photos that were never shared so I guess I will be catching up with some forgotten projects! Here’s a few and I’ll pop in with more later.

We’re going back 3 years to 2015 here…lol.  First, a card made with the SU! Lotus Blossom set. The sentiment was from a little SU! incentive stamp.

lotus blossom 2 2015 diane zechman

A thank you card which was a shoebox project for a stamping event that year. I love shaped cards! This one uses flowers from SU! Too Kind and a sentiment with the SU! Greetings Thinlits dies.

too kind thanks diane zechman

An ATC which was for a swap (probably at the same event). This is Art Impressions’ Sitting Lovelle and Heavenly Bodies.

heavenly bodies ATC 2015 diane zechman

A card I made with supplies at my friends’ craft store for their display. I can’t recall who makes the flower. Hero Arts??

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A little paper purse, dress, and shoe gift set…I don’t remember what I put in the purse but I’m guessing there was chocolate in the dress!

Ilion gift swap diane zechman

And the last one for today is a card with the SU! Animal Talk set. It was inspired by a card I received for my birthday one year.

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and the inside…

animal talk dog inside diane zechman

Oh, but that’s not all I found. 😉  Stay tuned…

dashing ATC

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this ATC (artist trading card) on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using my Holiday Hugs stamp set.  I made this for a recent trade with some of my stamping friends.

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Are you familiar with ATCs?  They are little pieces of artwork the size of a baseball card (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) which are traded and collected.  They can also be layered onto a card front as a focal point or main image.  Be aware, though…they can be addicting!

Here I popped up one piece of cardstock over another piece the same size.  A channel was cut in the top layer and the penguin has another bit of foam tape under him that slides in the channel.  A penny is on the backside of the foam to give some weight.  He then can slide in the channel, as if he’s sledding.

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Don’t forget that SNSS is having specials all month long.  Here’s a sale that ends tomorrow so be sure to check it out!

nov sale

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Holiday Hugs; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Soft Sky; accessories- Copics, Stickles, Lawn Fawn Slide on Over dies, a penny, foam tape.

summer, autumn, and winter ATCs

Over the summer and fall I have made a few ATCs and as usual…I am behind on sharing pics!  They were all made for swaps with local friends.  To save time, I am just going to share them all at once!

The first two ATCs were for a summer swap with specific assigned colors.  These went together in a frame like the one I posted HERE.

This one uses the pretty SU! Butterfly Basics set…

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The second summer one uses the Taylored Expressions Adventure Land set…

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The Autumn ATC was also made to a specific color scheme and went into a frame.  This uses the Sweet ‘n Sassy Autumn Leaves and Falling Leaves sets.  Some leaves were stamped on the cardstock and a few were stamped on an acetate overlay.

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And last is my winter ATC.  This is very CAS but I LOVE the concept.  Here I used stamps from my Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup (brrr) and Snowy Hello (snowflake) sets.

snowman atc diane zechman

I may have to try this for a few Christmas cards!

Thanks for popping in…have a great day!

Summer 1: stamps- SU! Butterfly Basics; paper- white, Pacific Point; ink- Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive; accessories- gemstones, SU! Butterfly Thinlits dies, Stickles.

Summer 2: stamps- Taylored Expressions Adventure Land; paper- white, Pacific Point; ink- Pacific Point, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, gemstones.

Autumn: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Autumn Leaves and Falling Leaves; paper- vanilla, acetate, Cherry Cobbler; ink- Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Stazon Black; accessories- flat top eyelets, Crop-a-Dile.

Winter: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup (brrr) and Snowy Hello (snowflake); paper- white; ink- Versafine Black, Wisteria Wonder; accessories- Sizzix Snowmen #2, buttons, Stickles.


first pocket letter

Hello crafty friends!  Sooo…today I have something a little different to share.  Pocket letters are something new and fun… think ATC’s crossed with pen pals.  I recently finished my first one and here’s a few pics… plus a quick video.

Lydia pocket letter diane zechman

So basically you have 9 ATCs in a pocket sleeve…folded and mailed in a business envelope, with a letter or notes tucked in to your “pen pal”.

some close ups… Click on photos for larger view.

first row… Dymo Label maker, Chinese fortunes, etc…

Lydia pocket letter 2 diane zechman

the middle… a cute little bunny (with an extra stamp included behind it), an embossed envelope, paper pieced heart…

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a teeny card inside the center envelope…

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and the last row… shiny boots, butterfly, and Classic Pooh…

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The video is horrible…LOL…with bad lighting to boot…but here you go anyway…


Have a great day!

spring boots ATC

I was in an ATC swap with some friends that followed a spring theme.  We were working on putting together an ATC frame similar to this one that I made… but with spring images.  A few colors were chosen that we all would work with and here’s the ATC I created.

spring boots ATC diane zechman

I added Crystal Lacquer to the boots…

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I would gladly trade snow boots for cute spring boots, wouldn’t you?

stamps- SU! Bootiful Occasions; paper- SU! Soft Sky, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pear Pizzazz and Coastal Cabana for light sponging; accessories- Copics, SU! Clouds embossing folder, Crystal Lacquer, adhesive rhinestones, EK Success flower punch, foan dots, SU! Oval punch.

winter ATC frame

Hello friends!  I have a special project to share today that I made for a Christmas gift.  I wanted the recipient to be able to enjoy it all winter long, though, so I went with a snowy/winter theme.  Each little card in my frame is ATC size (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches) and I used lots of my favorite Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps and dies.

I also made this for our Challenge Chicks Challenge…this month Anna wants us to create winter scenes!

SNSS ATC frame diane zechman

I wanted to be able to switch out the ATC’s for each season/holiday or whatever theme I want…so they were attached in the frame with Removable Glue Dots.  I found these to work perfectly for the right amount of adhesion needed, yet still be able to be easily removed.

Here’s some close-ups of each ATC.  For the first one I made a rosette with my Scor-Pal and centered it onto a Sweet ‘n Sassy Large Snowflake diecut.  The “brrr” is from my Snowman Soup stamp set and the background was embossed with the Cuttlebug Kars Snowflake embossing folder.

The second one has some stamped skating friends from the SNSS Winter Silhouettes stamp set, with one popped up for dimension.  There’s a few tiny snowflakes from my Snowy Hello stamp set lightly added to the top.  The edges of this one were stitched on my sewing machine.

SNSS ATC frame 2 diane zechman

The mittens were made with a SU! punch and the white tiny clothespins came from Michael’s.  They were attached with 1/8″ Scor-TapeCrochet thread was perfect for the string.

The Let it Snow words are a Sizzix die and I faintly stamped snowflakes in the background from the Spectacular Snowflakes.

SNSS ATC frame 3 diane zechman

On the left, below, I used one of the Bookmarks & More dies to create a tag. The heart was cut from the Heart dies and the tiny snowflakes and words are from my Snowy Hello set.  The snowflake charm is SU!

On the right the background was embossed with the Sizzix Snowflakes #3 folder.  3 circles were punched and popped for dimension.  The snowman’s face, hat and scarf are from the Warm Hello stamps.

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The tree, deer, and bird, below are from Forest Silhouettes dies. On the right, I lightly stamped the Music Background.  More Snowy Hello flakes were stamped (this time in green) and the bird from Peace of God was popped up.

SNSS ATC frame 5 diane zechman

The Hillside Edges dies made a cute snowy scene and the words from Winter Silhouettes went with it perfectly.  Then I stamped the sleigh ride image from one of my fave Christmas sets, Old Fashioned Christmas.  The top border was punched with the Martha Stewart Icicles punch.

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The words and snowy fella below, drinking hot cocoa, is from my Snowman Soup set.  The mug, scarf, and mittens were paper pieced.  Then I applied a Puffy Velvet Fabric marker (like Liquid Applique) to the marshmallows and heat them with a heat tool to puff them up.

The skates are a Sizzix Movers & Shapers die.  The blades were heat embossed with silver e.p. and the Martha Stewart branch punch, along with a tiny jingle bell, finished them off.  You can’t see in the pic but the skates were painted with Picket Fence Crackle Paint.

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Lots of glitter and bling were added to each one to make this frame sparkle!  My ATC memory tray was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Please join us and create a card with a winter scene… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXJAN15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup, Winter Silhouettes, Old Fashioned Christmas, Warm Hello, Peace of God, Music Background, Snowy Hello, and Spectacular Snowflakes;

paper- white, SU! Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, and Always Artichoke, SU! Wintergreen dsp;

ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Versamark, SU! Soft Sky and Always Artichoke;

accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy dies (Large Snowflakes, Forest Silhouettes, Hillside Edges, Bookmarks & More, and Hearts), Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Cuttlebug Kars Snowflakes emb. folder, circle punches, hot glue gun, tracing wheel, sewing machine, Stickles, rhinestones, foam dots, Wink of Stella clear, Cuttlebug Snowflakes #2 die, Martha Stewart Icicles punch, SU! Square Lattice emb. folder, SU! mitten punch, SU! snowflake charm, Copic markers, Sizzix Snowflakes #3 emb. folder, ribbon, crochet thread, mini clothespins, Sizzix Let it Snow #2, Sizzix Movers & Shapers ice skate die, Puffy Velvet Fabric marker, Ranger Picket Fence Crackle Paint, silver embossing powder, tiny jingle bell, Martha Stewart branch punch.

Here are the Sweet ‘n Sassy products that I used…


an ATC Swing Card

On Tuesday I shared one of my ATC swaps, a tiny Pop Up Box Card.  Today I have the other ATC I made…a mini Swing Card.  I started with some cute dimensional mummy stickers from Michael’s and created my card around them.

boo to you ATC 1 diane zechman

I used the SU! Monster Munchies set on the back of the swinging panel.

boo to you ATC 2 diane zechman

I sketched and cut my template onto some scrap cardstock and scribbled a few measurements so I wouldn’t forget.  😉  Here’s a quick pic of the template I made and I’ll type the directions below.

ATC Swing Card

First you need to start with a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square of cardstock.

To make the top and bottom cuts:  Place the left edge of one side at the 2 3/4″ mark on your paper trimmer (a guillotine style will not work here).  Cut from the 3/4″ mark on the blade guide to the 1 1/2″ mark.  Lift the blade slightly (do not move the paper) and skip a small section…now lower the cutting blade and cut from the 2″ mark to the 2 3/4″ mark.  Flip the cardstock 180 degrees and repeat.

Now turn the cardstock 90 degrees.

To make the side cuts:  Place the left edge at 2 3/4″.  Lower the blade and cut from the 3/4″ mark to the 2 3/4″ mark. Flip the cardstock 180 degrees and repeat.

Now score the top and bottom with the scoring blade or a Scor-Pal @ 1 1/2″ and 2″ (do not score through the middle).

Decorate as desired!

stamps- SU! Monster Munchies; paper- black, SU! Dusty Durango, K&Company KP Halloween, MME- Boo To You; ink- Versafine Black, Colorbox Stephanie Barnard- Plum; accessories- Martha Stewart Iron Fence punch, Recollections Dimensional Stickers, Scor-Pal, star punch, Cuttlebug Star die, rhinestones.