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It occurred to me today that I didn’t share with you the ATCs I received from Kate’s Birthday ATC swap for my birthday.  So sit back and enjoy!

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This ATC was created by Tract Pereira from the UK.






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This lovely was created by Jeann Clarke of Australia.









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This paper beauty was created by Linda Schiffer.







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This ATC was created by a person that didn’t sign it and I (duh) tossed the envelope before I realized it.








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This sparkly on was created by Sheila. 








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This lovely contrast in white was created by Libertybelle from the UK.









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This flowery pretty was made by Joy Vale of Australia.









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Kate North created this lovely paper ATC. 






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This lovely collage of a card was created by Maria Clara from Spain.









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This texturiffic one was made by Pauline Charlesworth.








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This party of a card was created by Marina from Spain.








DSC05985 (854x1024)  This house card was made by Plum.    










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This confection of a card was made by Montse Bolibar from Spain.









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The green card was made for me by Mariet Maas of the Netherlands.  It lost a couple of beads in the mail.









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This graphic card was created by Simone De Haan of the Netherlands.









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This one kind of reminds me of when the party is over!  It was created by Susana Gallego. 









Now who has the better presents this year?  ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DSC05969 (1024x944)I love looking in gift shops and at the work of other artists.  Recently I was in a shop that I frequent in the West End of Richmond.  I saw a lovely altered skeleton key and wanted to purchase it.  I am all for supporting local art, but the price tag gave me pause.  I couldn’t justify paying $70 for a charm on a simple ball chain.  Especially, since I had some skeleton keys, the book pages, the beads and the other materials to make it. 

One of my buddies from the Flickr Altered Dominos and Other Game Pieces group and I were getting together for a day of thrifting.  She lives a bit south of me and once a year we get together to thrift for the day.  We decided to swap an found object charm and I thought this the perfect time to try my key. 

I first distressed the key a bit using alcohol inks.  It was bright, shiny and new looking so needed some age.  Then I cute a verse from a 1934 bible that I thrifted at the Goodwill Outlet a few weeks ago and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the key.  I then sealed it with Polycrylic.  I added some beads and was thrilled with the end result.  Jo loved it, too!

Quote O’ The Month

"What this world needs
is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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