Friday, June 21, 2013

So what can I say. Tomorrow is the Deadline to receive your Triptych ATC's and over 1/2 of them have not arrived yet. Nothing in the post yesterday or today. I think to be fair to all of the participants in the swap, I'm extending the Deadline to receive by Thursday August 1st, with the Drawing for the $25 Gift Certificate from Nancy Baumiller at Crowabout StudioB at to be done on Friday August 2nd. I am sure most of you have already mailed them out, as our Postal Service up here is terrible at times, but for any of you that have not, please private message me so we can arrange to get them here! Sorry for the delay, but I want everyone to have a chance to participate!! Cheers!

Who's ready for
an ATC Swap
and Prize Drawing?

That's right!
As some of you know, and if 
you scroll through last years
blog posts, you'll see that almost
every month last year 
Birdnuts Mixed Media
Hosted and Co-Hosted
ATC Swaps!
Unfortunately I had a health
issue come up at Christmas 
that brought it all to a stand still,
but after a few months recovery
I'm ready to dip my toe back into
mondo ATC making! HA!!!

But first, Guess Who's my
Fabulous Co-Hostess 
time round?

Woo Hoo!!!
The Lovely 
Ms. Nancy Baumiller


Last year Nancy Co-Hosted
such a Fun and Wacky
ATC Swap with me here
Birdnuts Mixed Media,
and I was so pleased she
was into doing it again!
I love the Graphics from
Graphics Kits
and Nancy's Art!!

So I practiced a little...

Here's a Journal Page I made
using Crowabout StudioB's
Wonderful Graphics!

And an ATC

Do go and Check Out
Crowabout StudioB's
Shop at

Because if you use 
Crowabout StudioB Graphics
with your ATC's in this Swap
then you'll get a 
Double Entry Chance
at Winning!!!
That's Right! 
Nancy Baumiller has very kindly
Donated a 
$25 Gift Certificate to
Crowabout StudioB 

for a Prize Drawing at the 
End of Our ATC Swap!!!

Thank You Nancy!!

So let's get to it!!!

I learned a ton last year
doing all the ATC Swaps,
and had a blast!
This year we're going to do it
a little differently!

First off, the Theme....

Triptych Altered
Playing Card ATC's

That's right!!!
3 ATC's to make 1 Picture!

It isn't as easy as it looks! LOL!

I started out making my own
backgrounds on Playing Cards!

Then using Crowabout StudioB's

I came up with a few Ideas :)

So that's the Theme for you
to be making
Tryiptych Altered Playing
Card ATC's
(and don't forget, if you use
Crowabout StudioB Graphics
that will count as 
2 Entries
in the 
Drawing at the Deadline!!)

Now, you need to make
2 sets.
( They can either be the same
or individually different
your choice :)

1 set will go into the Swap 
to be Traded with 
Another Swap Artist's 
ATC Set!

The other set will be Traded
directly with me!
That's right! I'm making
a set for each of you as well!

So make sure you put your
name and info on the back
of all 3 of your Triptych 
Altered Playing Card ATC's!


I am also making by hand
the Return Envelope Mail Art!

( oh man, what am I getting myself
The entire Envelope is handmade...


I will be starting a Photo Album
on Facebook on my 
personal page Denise Phillips
to Highlight your ATC Entries as
they are received!
And after the Deadline for the
Triptych Altered Playing Card
ATC Swap
I'll be doing a Blog Post here
Birdnuts Mixed Media 
Highlighting all of Your Entries
and can pass on any info you'd
like to supply me for 
Your Blogs and Websites!

( I will photograph the sets
as they arrive to post to the
Facebook page 
and here on the Blog:)

To be Entered in This Swap
I will need to ask you to please
go to PayPal
and send a Gift Invoice Paid
of $5 for 
Return Postage and Handling
Birdnuts Mixed Media
or you can send cash
but I would think that is risky
going through Canadian Customs
etc, so I thought this might be easier.

(I'm sorry this year to have to charge for the 
return postage, but last year's totals out of pocket
for the year was over $1,000. just can't afford that
this year!)

I believe that the Gift Invoice will show my
mailing address, if it doesn't for any reason,
then when I get the copy of the paid invoice
I will send you a confirmation Email (make
sure your email is included and your mailing address!!) 
to confirm and make sure you have my mailing address.

I will be limiting only 20 Artist's
Entries in this Swap (2 sets per Entry)
to insure I've made enough ATC's and Envelopes for Return.
Any overages will be credited back 
to you immediately.

The Deadline
for all Entries
Thursday, July 25th, 2013
And the 
Winner of the
$25 Gift Certificate
Crowabout StudioB 
will be
Friday, July 26th, 2013!!

All the Triptych Altered Playing
Card ATC's will be mailed out
on Saturday, July 27th, 2013
First Class Air Mail
so keep in mind coming from Canada
it can take from 10 days to 2 weeks for

So there ya go!
I'm so excited to
be Hosting Another
ATC Swap!
(been too long!!!)
Hope You'll All 
Join In!!!!

Email me if you have any questions!
And Thanks Again

Nancy Baumiller of


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Hi Everyone :)

After the successful
Custom Digital Pet Portrait
I have been trying to catch
up on some of my other
creative pursuits, that
these days I just haven't
been finding the time
to 'carve' out for myself...
(tee hee....pun intended :)

As most of you know,
the world revolves around
our Oliver Howard in our
home :)
( as it does around all of our other loved creatures
we share our home with :)

And the other day, I was
sitting at my art desk 
trying to channel my
what to do next....

So I dragged out my box of
stamp carving tools and 
materials and Walla!
Oliver Howard Stamp!

Keep in mind, this is only
the 2nd Stamp I have ever
( remember last years orange slice? grin)
Oliver Howard has ended up
being a 4 x 6 inch big stamp!
Which I had to think of some
sort of backing, as he's so large
he needed something stiff and flat
to glue sorry Mr. Tim Holtz,
you have sacrificed one of your
acrylic stamping blocks from my set.

Actually it worked Great!!
I used Bath/Kitchen Clear
Tile Caulking to glue it to
the stamp and let it set overnight.

Guess I'll have to think about
getting another set of Mr. Tim's 
Stamping blocks...grin.

I have also as always, 
been making ATC's in between
different projects.
I keep a big box full of bits and bobs
that you all have sent to me over
the past couple of years in our
ATC swaps, 
here's a couple of my latest,
that are already flying off
to friends...

This one was posted on Facebook
and I was Gobsmacked at all
the wonderful thumbs up and
It is now living in Iowa with
a very surprised Facebook Friend
who admired it amongst all the 
wonderful comments.
(see, you never know what nice things can
come your way at showing a bit of kindness:)

And this ATC with again Bits and Bobs
from all of You 
and a little extra bit from one of our
wonderful pet birds :)

And I managed an afternoon
of play with a 
New Graphics Kit

by the Fabulous

I enjoyed this one, channeled
my English background
and a bit of English slang :)

So that is what I've been up
to all week, that and all the
'real life' stuff, ha!

So don't forget!
I am offering my 
New Venture
Custom Digital Pet Portraits

( My Wonderful Moth Eaten Elderly 
Sidney Matisse Laptop Poodle:)

There are lot's of examples
in the previous blog posts
for you to see what I can offer
up with your pet's photo's!
Just Email me for details!

So there you go!
Hope you all have had
time this week for some
creative fun for yourselves
as well!!!

More in the works to come
so stay tuned!!!

Have a Great New Week Ahead!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

And the Winner is.....

Good Morning Everyone!
Well here We are 
after waiting the past few weeks 
to see who is the 
 of the 
Limited Edition
Custom Digital Pet Portrait is!
( A $45.00 Value)

I was thrilled with so many
Entries and All of Your
Fabulous Pet Photo's!!!
Believe me, having the
Random Generator 
to pick the Winner
is so appreciated 
as if I had to pick I would
have picked all of You!!

So with 
Special Thanks 

For the Special Permission
Birdnuts Mixed Media
to use Their 
Graphics Collections

I will be Emailing the Winner
with the TOU 
(Terms of Use)
along with the 
Limited Edition
Custom Digital Pet Portrait

So lets get on with the
Announcing the Winner!!!

Using the Random Generator
we have the Winner!!!!

oh wait!

We have 3 Winners!!!!
That's right!
I decided at the last moment,
I would Surprise You with 
3 Winners!!!!
since we all had to wait for
so long! 

Our First Winner is......

Owner Lynn Stazzabosco!!!!

Congrats Lynn and Sassy!
I'll be sending you an
Email in just a little while!!

And our next 
Winner is......

Owner Florance Simpson!!!

Congrats to Florance and Tuffy!!!
I'll be sending you an Email
in just a little while!!!

And our last 
of the 
Limited Edition
Custom Digital 
Pet Portrait is.....

Owner Lois Romeo!!!

And Congrats to 
Lois and Bailee!!!!
I'll be sending you an
Email in just a little while!!!

A Very Big 
Thank YOU

Owner Jennifer Cain

Lexi and Diesel!!!
Owner Lesley Berry

Toulouse !!!
Owner Jutta Konig


Sadie !!!!
Owner Leslie Sowden


Mimi !!!!
Owner Amy Burke

Bruno !!!!
Owner Mary C. Nasser

Huey !!!!
Owner Liz Thoresen

MoosieBird !!!!!
Owner Susan Leslie

I So Appreciate 
You All
taking time to 
Enter the Giveaway!
I'll be Hosting another
Giveaway in the near future
so please Enter again!!!

Well There You Go!
3 Winners!
Whew....I'm pooped now!
Will be Emailing the Winners
later this morning with their

And for Anyone Else
If You're Interested 

Please contact me by Email
if any of you would like
to arrange a Pet Portrait
for any of your pets!!

Thanks Again Everyone!