Friday, June 29, 2012

July ATC Swap!

Ok, Me Bad!!!!

Big apologies to everyone this morning,
 who were all prepared for the 
Announcing July's ATC Swap and Drawing!
Being that it is June 29th, 
and I have for the first time, 
run out of time to get the blog post up and running, 
I have to say Sunday night June 30th I will be Announcing! :(
I am publicly sorry for my tardiness, 
as it is a first, 
and to my Fabulous Co-Host for July, 
Big Sorry but will have it all running and posted Sunday night!!!
It will all be worth it as July's ATC Swap is going to be Fabulous!
See you all then!

Oh Man!!! LOL!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Happy Accidents
Finding One's Limitations! LOL!!

Hi Everyone:)
Well I've been working lately in between
ATC Swaps, on a few projects.
And as I am sitting here, and it's still
a few days before the 

July 2012
ATC Swap and Giveaway Announcement
( On Friday June 29th!!!)

I thought I might share with you one
of the projects I have had on the go for 
a little while, and the typical crazy, and
outrageous experience that I have had
in my quest as an artist:)

First of all, many of you who know me,
know that I have a Great Love and Respect
and Adore the Artist
Mary Jane Chadbourne:)
Desert Dream Studios

I have been a Follower of her works on
Facebook, and through her Blog
and I am proud to say I am a Friend:)
So when I heard that  Mary Jane 
would be Teaching Classes 
on how to make her Fabulous
 Bracelets, well! I was signed on clear
back last year!! LOL!

Mary Jane Chadbourne
began her
Fabulous Classes earlier this month
Artful Gatherings
and her Video Teaching Style has
been tremendous!
Clear and concise, and the energy
that she is exhibiting in support of all
of the students shows in the Fabulous
works that they have been 
And I am so blessed to even have one
of Mary Jane's Fabulous Bracelets
which I adore and cherish!

She had a remarkable turn out for her first class
of 70+ Students!
All of their submitted works, are Wonderful!!!

So with a Fabulous Teacher,
Long time studying her work!
Wonderful Concise Lessons
and full support of information
and techniques and tools!

then there's me.....LOL!!!

Oh man! What a lesson I have had!

First off, a word of advice,
Never do a project that will take more
than an afternoon 
on your Breakfast table......
almost 3 weeks my poor husband
has looked at these while eating!! LOL!!

Next advice, never hedge on the 
materials list!!!
I bought a fabulous expensive set
of special pens that were to
be used in wet circumstances,
and unfortunately, they ended up
smearing and completely wiping off
during the sealing process!
So take the Materials List Seriously!!!! LOL!

And keep in mind, when your Teacher
tells you to take the time on a step
so the outcome will be a good one,
Do It!!! LOL!
Taking the sanding time is important! LOL!

And another word of advice!
Never get so excited about
taking a class that
you end up making 
multiples beyond
your capability at the time!
Take the time to do one or two first!
Don't try 6 at one time!!! LOL!

Learn from your mistakes,
and make a

I made mine!
I ordered more blanks!!!
Woo Hoo!
Going to try again!!!

Thanks so much 
Mary Jane Chadbourne!!!
Now I have an even 
for your Talent!!!!




Saturday, June 23, 2012

We Have a Winner!!
Woo Hoo!!!

This has been the Biggest
ATC Swap Yet!!!
Oh man the packing of ATC's
I've been doing all night! LOL!!
Everyone's Swap ATC's 
I've made will be mailed out
today!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Can't wait to see all of yours!!!

So here we are!
About to Announce the Winner
of the 
$25 Coupon to 
Nancy Baulmiller's

And I want to Thank Nancy so very 
much for Co-Hosting this month's
ATC Swap with me and for
Donating the Wonderful
$25 Coupon to her Shop!!!

So here we go!!!!
Drum roll please!!!! LOL!!!

And the Winner is.....

Ardith Goodwin!!!!
Woo Hoo!!!
I'll be sending you an email shortly
Ardith for confirmation and to
have Nancy Award you with the 
$25 Coupon!!!

Thank you all so much for
participating in this month's
ATC Swap and Drawing!!!

And stay tuned next week,
as I'll be Announcing
July's ATC Swap and
Special Co-Hostess!!!!
Woo Hoo!!!
Here's a hint.....


See you all next week!!!
Have a great Weekend
Congrats again to 
our Winner!!!!


Friday, June 22, 2012

Where did June Go! Part 2!!!!
Oh man, had to split the
Shout Out Post
into 2 Parts!!!
Woo Hoo!!!

Well Hello Again! 
That was quite the Blog Post yesterday, 
took 3 hours to compose, and here we are
about to do another one!
And what a fabulous reason as there are
even more 
Wonderful ATC Artists 
I'd like to share Shout Outs for with you!!!

All of this is from 
June 2012's
Wonderful ATC Swap 
$25 Coupon Drawing with the 
Nancy Baumiller

Today is the Deadline
for the 
ATC Swap
and tomorrow
Saturday, June 23rd
I'll be back here to 
Announce the Winner
of the 
$25 Coupon to 

Woo Hoo!!!

So let's get on with
sharing some more
of the 
Fabulous ATC's
and the 
Artists and their links
that participated this month
and who are Entered into
the Drawing!!

First Up!!!

Another New Artist
to our Swap!
Fiona Randall!
Fiona Randall ATC #1
I have to give full disclosure, as Fiona was
so sweet to insist, that she is a
Design Team Member for 
Crowabout StudioB!!
So Fiona isn't Entered into the Drawing
for the Coupon but I am Swapping
ATC's with her!!! Woo Hoo!!!
And isn't it a Fabulous one!!!
Fiona Randall ATC #2
Oh wow!!!
You do Nancy Proud Girl!!!
What talent!!
Fiona Randall ATC #3
These are all such a treat Fiona!!!
And I so want to encourage all of you
to please check out Fiona's 
Wonderful Eye Candy on her Blog!!
Thank you so much Fiona for joining in!!!
Please do again!!!

And Our Next Fabulous Artist is.....

Woo Hoo!
Flutter BeforeYou!!
Susan Dietz!!!
Flutter BeforeYou ATC #1
I always appreciate Susan's taking time
to Enter into these ATC Swaps!
I've considered her one of 
Our Gang here on 
Birdnuts Mixed Media as she's
taken time each month to Enter!!
Flutter BeforeYou ATC #2
And Oh Man am I glad she does! LOL!!
Isn't this wonderful!!
Love Mixed Media!!!
Flutter BeforeYou ATC #3
And I always enjoy her take on the ATC's
and her use of interesting items!!
Love it!!
So please check out Susan's Blog at
and she has a Blog Post right now
about being Interviewed by
Cindy Jones Lantier!
Woo Hoo!
and check out Susan's Etsy Shop
all sorts of goodies to see!!!
Thanks So Much Susan!!! xx

Not Done Yet!!!!
Next Up!!!!

Sharon Borsavage!!!
Sharon Borsavage ATC #1
Girl got her freak on!!! LOL!!!
Love it!!!
Sharon Borsavage ATC #2
Sharon is one of the small group of 
Artists who will be joining me in 
a new Round Robin Book Swap this
Fall and Winter through Facebook, and
this example is exactly why I'm thrilled
she's joining in!!! :)
Sharon Borsavage ATC #3
What can I say!!
This one was a real hit on Facebook's Shout Out!
Thanks so much Sharon!
and please check out Sharon's Fabulous
as her talents in Jewelry Design is really something
to see!
And her shop!!!
Oh the goodies!!! 
Thank you Sharon!!!

Is it coffee time yet???
No Way as guess who's next!!!!

Woo Hoo!
Home Girl
Mary Jane Chadbourne!
Mary Jane Chadbourne ATC #1
You all know if you check in regularly that
Mary Jane Chadbourne is a dear friend
of mine and a Fabulous Artist!!
Mary Jane Chadbourne ATC #2
What talent!!!
Mary Jane Chadbourne ATC #3
I adore collecting Mary Jane's Fabulous ATC's
and other pieces of her art to boot!
I'm the proud owner of one of her
Fabulous Bracelets!!!
And Mary Jane is currently 
Teaching a Wonderful Online Course
of making these at
Do check it out!!!
and please check out her Blog at
and her Etsy Shop!
Thank you so much Mary Jane and by the way
Happy Birthday this week!!!!
Woo Hoo!!! LOL!

Well then, since there's no cake...hmm..

Here we have..
Jil Manning!!!!
Jil Manning ATC #1
And I am so glad she's joined in again as
this is stunning Jil!! 
Jil Manning ATC #2
I have always been drawn to Oriental
themed pieces, and these are no
exception! Beautiful!!
Jil Manning ATC #3
And I adore Sunflowers and gee....birds too!
And I adore Jil's dog Mr. Wiener!!!
He is quite well known amongst we 
Facebook Friends! LOL!!!
Thanks so much Jil for Entering!!!
and unfortunately Jil doesn't have a 
Blog!!! :(
But we'll work on that! LOL!!!
Thanks Jil:) xx

Ok, Who's Next????
Another New Artist
to our Group!!!
Please meet
Ardith Goodwin!!
Ardith Goodwin ATC #1
Ardith is an Accomplished and Well Known
Artist on Facebook and I love her
Collective Works 
and her Wit!!!
Ardith Goodwin ATC #2
See what I mean? LOL!!!
Ardith Goodwin ATC #3
I think we can all relate to this! LOL!
Please, please, please check out
Ardith's Website 
for a Wonderful Assortment of Eye Candy 
and her Blog 
Thank you so much Ardith for joining in the 
ATC Swap this month, I so hope you'll join us again!!!

And I am currently armed 
with a cup
of coffee finally, 
and cookies to boot and just in time
to introduce you all to:)

Ginette Nourse!!!
Ginette Nourse ATC #1
Oh Man Ginette! I had to provoke Ginette
into Entering the ATC Swap, as she hadn't 
done them before! Look at this!!!
Ginette Nourse ATC #2
I can't believe that you hadn't gotten into
making ATC's before! You're so talented!!!
But wait until you see her 3rd Entry!!!!
Ginette Nourse ATC #3
I just wish the photograph could be turned 
as the detail in this pen and ink drawing
Ok so I flipped the picture for you all to enjoy
a little closer! I think it is so wonderful and
Ginette you are so Talented!!!
And by the way, 
Happy Birthday This Week to you too Girlfriend!!!

And still no cake! GRIN
So Everyone!
There she be!!!
Now that the Shout Out Blog Posts
Part 1 and Part 2 are all Posted,
now I'm going to get busy 
putting ATC's into the Post 
to all of you Fabulous ATC Artists!!!!
I tell you, if this keeps growing and growing
I'm going to have to get a job!!!

I am totally thrilled with the turnout this
month and I totally appreciate all of you
Artists and Followers and New Followers 
to boot!
This month here on 
Birdnuts Mixed Media

I have turned the point of
400+ Followers and
over 15,000 page Views!
and now over 400 
Facebook Friends!!!
Oh Man!!!
Thank you!!!!

So I will see you all
Saturday June 23rd
where I will be using the 
Random Generator Site
to chose the 
Winner of the $25 Coupon
Woo Hoo!!!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Where did June Go? 
ATC Shout Out
Part 1!!!

I swear it just flew by!
And here we are, 
June's ATC Swap
with our 
Shout Out Post
for all the 
Incredible Artists Submissions
to this months ATC Swap!
This has truly been a Wonderful Variety of
ATC's that have been Entered since the theme
this month was 'Free Play' and I left
it up to you all to come up with mojo
on your own, it's been a joy seeing
what you all have come up with!!!
And I really have to Thank all of 
you New Artists joining us this month!
I'm Gobsmacked! And the Talent!!!

So enough gushing, LOL!
I have to give a 
Huge Thank You!
Nancy Baumiller!!!
for Donating the
$25 Coupon to her shop
as the Drawing Prize this
coming Saturday, 
June 23rd!
Woo Hoo! Nancy!!!
Thank you so much!

On Saturday, I'll be using the 
Random Generator Website
to chose the
of the 
$25 Coupon to 
And will do another
blog post to 
Announce which one
of you is the Winner!
But until then....
Here's all the Fabulous
Artists and their 
Wonderful ATC's for this
month's ATC Swap!!

First up! LOL!
Nancy Baumiller!
No she isn't going into the
Drawing for the Coupon
but I have to share with you
the Fabulous ATC's that
she made just for this month's

What delicious Eye Candy huh?

And I love Nancy's Graphics from her 
Graphics Kits, they lend themselves to 
all sorts of Mojo!! LOL!!

And I have to say, Nancy has been expanding
her talents not only with 
But she has also started a 
Brand New Venture

And I encourage all of you to go have a Boo
in Nancy's New Shop at

Woo Hoo!
Next up is....

Linda Donnelly!!!

Linda Donnelly
Entry #1
Oh man was I thrilled when Linda
decided to join in again in another 
ATC Swap here on 
Birdnuts Mixed Media!
I love Lind's work!!

Linda Donnelly
Entry #2
And I think if you could see this one
in person you would agree with me that
her attention to detail is stunning!!!
This one is totally 3D, and gorgeous!

Linda Donnelly
Entry #3
And Oh man! This one! LOL!

Linda has some Fabulous Links I'd love
to share with you all and I encourage
you to please take the time and check them out!!

and you can also find
 Linda on Facebook at

Thanks so much Linda!
Hope you'll join us again next month!!!

So lets see...who's next:)
Woo Hoo!!
Diana D. Darden!!!
Diana D. Darden
Entry #1
Diana always has such a unique view
on life in her pieces, I'm alway 
so taken with their charm!

Diana D. Darden
Entry #2
She also has a particular love for Paris!
Something those of us who know her
agree and share!

Diana D. Darden
Entry #3
And she's so full of Wit! LOL!
And someday I will teach her better 
camera skills! GRIN!!!
Love ya Diana:) xx

Please check out Diana's Fabulous 
Website and Shop of all of her
Glorious Creations!!!

Thanks so much Diana!!! 

And up next!!!
A Brand New
Palma Rea:)
Palma Rea
Entry #1
I was thrilled when Palma contacted me
about joining in the ATC Swap, as
she is another Fabulous International
Artist all the way from Italy!!
Woo Hoo!!!
and Nancy Baumiller was thrilled with
this ATC, as Nancy loves crows! LOL!

Palma Rea
Entry #2
Love this!!

Palma Rea
Entry #3
And this one is just so cool!!!

Palma has some Fabulous Links for me
to share with you all!!!
Her Blog 'A Creative Journey'
and her Etsy Shop

Thank you so much Palma for joining in 
with us all this month and hope you'll
participate again!!! xx

But wait!!! There's Lot's More Artists!!!

Woo Hoo!
Monica Downing!!
Monica Downing
Entry #1
Check this out! 3D and using Nancy's Graphics!!
Fabulous Monica!!!

Monica Downing
Entry #2
I just think this is so clever!
And really appreciated her using 
Crowabout StudioB's Graphics!

Monica Downing
Entry #3
Wonderful Creations and so unique!!!

You can check out some of Monica's 
other work on her blog at
Thanks so much Monica for throwing your
hat in and for the Shout Out for 
on your Blog!! 
Much appreciated!!!

Hey there! We aren't done yet! LOL!!!

Woo Hoo!
Eugenia Strange!!!
Eugenia Strange
Entry #1
Oh man, I always love Eugenia's ATC's!
This girl has such an imagination!!
(love the parrot!!! LOL)

Eugenia Strange
Entry #2
And who doesn't like to play the fool!
Look at all the details!
( love the elephant too!!! LOL!)

Eugenia Strange
Entry #3
And your play on words girl! 
You are so bright!

Each month since I started these ATC Swaps
here on Birdnuts Mixed Media,
Eugenia has so kindly participated all the
way from Greece!
She doesn't have a Blog or and Etsy Shop
but someday she'll give me something to
promote on her behalf!!
Thank you so much Eugenia! 
I always appreciate your participation!!! xx

And if I don't break Google with all of
these Shout Outs!!!
Or my Blog! LOL!
Next up....

Oh Man!!!
My Home Girl! LOL!
Kristin Hubick!
Kristin Hubick
Entry #1
That's right! Kristin Hubick
And look at this Fabulous ATC she's 
made with something Wonderful from
her shop!!! 
Lazier Cut-Outs!!

Kristin Hubick
Entry #2
That's right! Lazier Cut-Outs and
Kristin and I are putting together 
a little surprise for you all in July!!!
So watch for it!!!
Please check out all of these Fabulous Links
to Kristin's Wonderful Shop and Blog and
Facebook Page! Give it a 'Like' while you're visiting!!
and on Facebook!
( Next month my friend!! Thank you:)

And I have to tell you all,
I was Thrilled when this Artist contacted
me about Entering into the Swap!
Please Welcome

Mandy Chilvers
Mandy Chilvers
Entry #1
Mandy's a Fabulous Graphic Artist
from England and I'm thrilled that
she wanted to join us this month!!!

Mandy Chilvers
Entry #2
And just so you all know, this isn't digital!
Mandy cut and pasted all this!!! Wow!!!

Mandy Chilvers
Entry #3
But I'm pretty certain Mandy, you don't
have one eye in your forehead! LOL!
These are Fabulous Mandy!!!
And please check out Mandy's Links she passed
on for me to share with you all! 
You'll be amazed at all the Eye Candy!!!

Mandy's Blog
I thank you so much Mandy for participating
and really hope you'll join in again!!!
Love your work!!!

So guess what?
There are still
a ton of Entries from
more Fabulous Artists
in this months
ATC Swap and 
$25 Coupon Drawing!
So here's what I'm going to 
Friday, June 22nd,
 I will post a secondary 
Shout Out Post
with the rest of the
Fabulous Artists
who have Entered the
ATC Swap and Drawing!!

I mean come on!
There's only so much 
Eye Candy a brain can 
take in one Post! 

So we'll see you all tomorrow!
and please check out 
everyone's links it's well worth
the viewing to see all their 

and see you all tomorrow!!