ATC Swap-Bee Theme

Hello friends!  How are you enjoying your weekend so far?  I worked today and had a great day.  I was off yesterday, and worked on another ATC swap I’m in.  You see, Design Team work for Technique Junkies, shooting videos, looking after custom card orders, preparing Christmas calendars, and working full time doesn’t keep me busy enough, so I just had to sign up not for just one ATC swap, but four.  Poor Al always asks the same question: “why do you do that to yourself?”  All I do is laugh and say, “but you know, I get so excited with doing new things.”  How many are the same way?

This Artist Trading Card (ATC) is 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  I used Stampin’ Ups! Honey Bee stamp set for the theme “Bee.”  Each host describes what we are to add to our ATC.  This one was easy because it only had to be bee related.

In another trade (card below) we were to design a summer card and use the word “summer.”  I made five of these:  one for myself, three to trade, and one for the hostess of the Summer ATC swap.  In this swap I watercoloured the sky and water.  I chose to keep my masked sun white because my boat was white and I wanted a good balance of colour.  I love to add charms to my ATCs as well, so I added a Stampin’ Up! sailing wheel.

More about ATC’s:

  1. Must be 2 1/2 x 3 1/2′
  2. Must fit into a sleeve for protection (sport trading card holders are perfect)
  3. Use any medium you like (stamps, hand drawing, paintings, etc.)
  4. ATC’s are for TRADE only.  Original pieces that are sold are called Art Card Additions
  5. Can be an original piece for trade or mass produced by hand
  6. Each card should have their ATC numbered ie 2/5 two out of five; as well as the name of the artist, date, and trade name theme or a title

Where I trade my ATC’s:

ATC’s for All

Swap Bot

I’ve been known to host a trade with blogging friends, or have been asked by a member of my trading groups for a personal trade.

If you sign up to trade, you can find me under the name of sunflowersanddragonflies.


Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Jun 12 2021
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House ATC

Hello there!  As many of you know by now, I love to make, and swap Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  My card is on the left, and my partner’s card is on the right.  I think it is pretty cool how close they look to each other.  Do you make ATC’s?

Enjoy your weekend!

Posted on : Jun 27 2020
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ATC swap

I recently swapped ATC’s with a few of my friends.  They are all so beautiful.  Today I am showcasing the open-ended theme ATC’s with you.


Tina Zinck

Video Tutorial on how Tina made her ATC

Heidi Macy

Patti Gilliam

Aimeslee Winans

Thank you for stopping by.   Stay safe!

Posted on : May 09 2020
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Technique Junkies March New Release

Whoop Whoop, it’s new release time!  I hope to inspire you.

New release stamps are 15% off until March 8th, and if you use my code you get an additional 10% off.  Thats 25% off.  Everyone loves a deal, right?!  Anything that is in your cart is 10% off if you use my code TJ10Beth (clearance items are not included in this discount).  In this post, you will find links to the Design Teams blogs for more inspiration. If you want to start at the first blog, please visit Technique Junkies blog.

This month, I have created ATC’s using this month’s new release called Bandana Background.  It is a large background stamp which I placed in my Misti, and used a brayer to add colour from Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor ink pad.  Next, I used my Blending Brushes to get a flawless blended background in pink and purple.  For the life of me, I cannot recall what ink pads I used.  Using a die, I cut out a variety of shapes so my blended background would shine through, and then added a wild flower die in gold cardstock for added dimension.

Typically, I go to Things I want to do for quotes on my ATC’s and inspirational cards.  It’s a well-used stamp set that has 16 sentiments and I used “Do something wild” to coordinate with the wild flowers.

This is the Bandana background stamp I used.


Beth Norman-Roberts (me)?

Posted on : Mar 01 2020
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Yummy Cupcake Artist Trading Coin

Hello folks.  Cupcakes have been around for years and still I never tire of them.  From my winnings from Impression Obsessions challenge, I purchased a package of six cupcakes called Yummy Cupcakes.  I have such a sweet tooth I could eat many of them.  I ordered cupcakes for my August wedding.  It is a nautical themed reception (I’m getting married in Niagara Falls the week prior), and am having cupcakes made into the shape of an anchor.  I’ll share photos of my cupcakes after the August 25th reception.

I am entering my Trading Coin in the Impression Obsession’s Happy Colour’s challenge.  This beautiful cupcake can’t be any happier.

Thanks for stopping by!



Posted on : Jul 19 2018
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Trading Coins

The stamping group I’m in had a challenge to make Trading Coins which are 2.5 inches wide.  I’m entering this coin into Impression Obsession’s Happy Colours  challenge.  I know we are in the midst of summer but I love fall colours, and fall in general.   I used Retro Owls. In the set I originally purchased it came with this sentiment.  Now it just comes with three owls.

My background was sponged with Distress Oxides.

Have a great Day!



Posted on : Jul 08 2018
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Technique Junkies ATC Challenge

Hello fellow stampers.  Are you new to ATC’s or are you a die hard?  This month Technique Junkies is having their first ATC challenge where you can find the full details here.  This month the theme is spring ATC and what is better than the Flourished Floral (a favourite of mine).

You can receive this stamp, or any other product for 10% off simply by using my code TJ10Beth.

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) were developed for artists to trade.  They are never to be sold.  Details of the ATC, such as: who created it, the date, number (ie. 2/5) and title are written on the back.  Technique Junkies has a perfect stamp for the back which can be found here and is called ATC Sign in.

ATC’s are 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.  For my ATC I cut the main image a little smaller so I could add the appropriate size of border.

I do hope you can find the time to join in on the challenge which you can enter until March 11th.

Posted on : Mar 06 2018
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Count Your Blessings

Technique Junkies Stamps, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, ATC Count Your Blessings

Hello stamping friends.  Let’s stop a moment and think about the blessings bestowed upon us.  Sometimes life is a whirlwind and we forget to stop to count our blessings.

Not only am I blessed with a wonderful man who loves me, I’m blessed with two beautiful children, a wonderful mother and two sisters and two step brothers, a good job, good friends, and a talent for knitting, cross-stitching and making cards.  I also consider it a blessing to be on the design team for Technique Junkies.

My card uses the Distressed Rainbow strips technique from the August 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Stamps used are Technique Junkies

Asian Mums

ATC Count Your Blessings

What are some of your blessings?

Posted on : May 15 2015
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Distress Stain Watercoloring ATC

Technique Junkie Newsletter, Distress Stain Watercoloring

Hello friends.  It’s been a while since I posted.  Since my move I lost my mojo.  No creativity or motivation.  So sorry.

This week’s Technique Junkie Newsletter Technique of the Week is Distress Stain Watercoloring, and I thought I’d mix things up a bit and post an ATC.

I fell in love with these dies (source unknown) when I went to a stamp show in Novi, MI two years ago.  The flower dies come with cutters that you place on the enlarged flower and you can choose what size to cut them down to.  By doing this, it gives the petals a different look.  I used only two flowers on my ATC.  The different sizes were cut down with the special cutters.

I hope you’re having a good week.

Posted on : May 20 2014
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Faux Encaustic Wax and tutorial

How to use Wax Crayons, how to use crayola crayons, card ideas, 1

From the February 2013 Technique Junkie Newsletter comes Faux Encaustic Wax.  As luck would have it I did a similar tutorial several years ago which you can see here.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by

Posted on : Apr 25 2013
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