Monday, 20 October 2014

Welcome to Toni !

We're starting a new week off with a new DT member here at ATP Exchange. Sadly, Sharon has had to step down from the team, we wish her well for the future.

So, let me introduce you to our new member!



By day, I’m a part-time peripatetic teacher. Although art was my main subject at teacher training college, my teaching career has been largely in the field of Special Education. I now work with visually impaired children and also teach pottery in a primary school.
 I have a hard working husband and two grown up sons. Luckily for me, my husband loves nothing more than tinkering about with his various old cars and motorbikes. This means that he doesn’t always notice just how much time I spend in my attic craft room!!
I would describe my style as vintage, grunge with a touch of quirkiness thrown in for good measure! I love altering objects and using recycled materials. My ultimate and never ending delight though, has to be exploring the numerous ways, that a single piece of paper, can be transformed into a thing of beauty, with the ‘simple’ addition of a bit of colour.

You can find Toni here at Artistic Craft Dabbler, we hope you will give Toni a warm welcome and we look forward to seeing Toni's fabulous art here at ATP Exchange ! 



Saturday, 18 October 2014

Challenge Winners - Anything Goes

We had a fabulous response to our first challenge which made the job of picking the winner and top 3 really tough for the DT ! But we have arrived at a decision and the winner of our first challenge is: 


Congratulations ! 

We loved the beautiful colours of Kezzy's journal pages and for all the details do make sure you hop over to Kezzy's blog Kezzy's Crafty Journey. 

Please email to claim your prize and winners badge.

So now on to the top 3 :

Congratulations everyone ! 

Please email for your top 3 badges. 

Thanks to everyone who entered the Anything Goes challenge, the standard was very high and it was great to see so many entries. 

The current challenge is Halloween at ATP Exchange and it's open until 20:00 on the 30 October so you've got plenty of time to join us ! 

Enjoy your weekend ! 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Halloween at ATP Exchange !

Hi Everyone....Its Annie here with the second challenge here at Artist Trading Post Exchange, which is Halloween !!
The DT would like to say a 'huge'Thank You for all the fabulous entries made to our first challenge....we are absolutely thrilled. The winner will be announced on Saturday 18 October.
As always can I just prompt you to read our challenge rules. We are a Mixed Media Challenge, but we also ask that you include rubber stamping in your projects and please no digital images.

 Products are available online or by visiting the store, Artist Trading Post, ( ATP), Wirksworth, Derbyshire.

The winner of the challenge is chosen by the DT and will receive a £10 gift voucher, which they can spend online at ATP. There will also be a top 3.

I am so looking forward to viewing your Halloween projects and of course they can take shape in any form of mixed media, i.e a card, canvas, altered art. Just have fun !!!

Here is my project and just look at the amazing creations by the uber talented DT




I hope these fabulous projects have inspired you !

You have until 20:00 on the 30 October to share your spooky projects with us !

Saturday, 11 October 2014

All about me - Art Journal Class - 2nd November 2014

Join us on the 2nd of November for this interesting, unique mixed media class with Kasia.

During this class Kasia will show you how to create a stunning, layered and colourful art-journal page with a lot of mixed-media techniques. 

You will learn acrylic image transfers and other alternative ways to transfer images onto your art journal page. I’ll show you how to think outside the box, how to create without any fears and how to enjoy the process

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Welcome to today's Exchange Day !

Hello, it's Sue here and today is the first of the ATP Exchange Days. On these days one of the team will share their explorations with a product, a technique or a step by step. I'm kicking these days off with a mixture of everything ! I have been fascinated by all the different kinds of books that you can make and was deteremined to have a go ! The book I'm sharing with you today is created from a 12 x 12 piece of card.

I started with a piece of cream card 12 x 12 card, folded it in half and then folded in half again. I then cut along the creases up to the last square alternating which end I started from.

I then spritzed the card using Colour Bloom sprays, I've listed all the materials used at the end of this post. These sprays are gorgeous !

I then did some stamping using some of the new Ellen Vargo stamps with Watering Can and Fern Green Archival inks.

I then turned my attention to the covers, which are made from mount board, I painted them with Toffee Fresco Finish paint and when it was dry I used the Amercana Decor Crackle Medium.

I used cut 'n' dry with Vanilla Fresco Finish paint over the top. Love the crackle ! I found that using the cut'n; dry foam gave a more randon crackle effect.

I spritzed the covers with Worn Leather Colour Bloom spray and rubbed Onyxite Treasure Gold around the edge. 

I then cut some flowers using the Jumbo Tattered Floral die and sprayed them with Sunshine Colour Bloom spray and scrunched the flowers. I also spritzed them with some Worn leather too. 

To shape the flowers I draped them over different size bottles and the ones that I wanted really tight I tied them with some twine. 

I've used twine to fasten the book and before glueing the flower in place I sprayed it with Gilded Colour Bloom.

This is what the book looks like opened out.

I stamped lots of quotes inside the book and used the Dylusions Fancy Florals stamps and I've painted them with Luminarte paints. These paints blend beautifully and as they are designed to stay 'open' for longer you have plenty of time to work with them and can go back over the colours with just a damp brush to blend even further.

I also added some script stamping using a stamp from the PaperArtsy HotPicks HP1303EZ.

It was a little difficult to get a shot of the whole thing as it's so wide !

This was great fun to make and I hope you've enjoyed it too !


Materials used
Colour Bloom Sprays 
Worn Leather
Lime Wedge
Pressed Petal

Luminarte Paints
Ginger Peach
Spicy Tomato
Spiced Pumpkin
Love Struck

Dylusions - Fancy Florals
Archival inks - Watering Can, Fern Green, black

Tim Holtz stamps
Going Somewhere
Good Thoughts
Stuff to Say

Tim Holtz - Jumbo Tattered Foral die

Ellen Vargo - EEV09
Fresco Finish paint - Vanilla; Toffee
PaperArtsy HotPicks HP1303EZ.

Treasure Gold - Onyxite

Americana Decor Crackle Medium

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Welcome to Challenge no. 1 !

We've finally arrived at the day Artist Trading Post Exchange kicks off with the first ever challenge !

We are a fortnightly, mixed media challenge so all of the challenge entries need to follow this theme, include some stamping but no digis ! There's not many rules but please do make sure you check them out to avoid disappointment.

The team have been working away to create some fabulous projects for your inspiration for this challenge which is Anything Mixed Media Goes ! So, nice and simple to start with, just let your imagination run wild ! To help motivate those creative juices the winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend in the fabulous Artist Trading Post !

So, without further ado here are the DT's projects !


So, over to you now, you have until the 15 October at 20:00 (UK time) to delight us with your projects ! 


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Final part of meet the DT !

Here we are on the last of the exciting DT reveal days just before our new challenge starts tomorrow.

I live in Ayrshire in the South West of Scotland with my DH. We have been married for over thirty years and have an amazing son and two gorgeous cats.
Crafting has always been a part of my life, mainly because my mum is a tailoress and even now she is always creating. When I was young I was very impatient with all aspects of crafting, preferring large knitting needles and thick wool, shortcuts when sewing. It was about 20 years ago that crafting became a passion for me. At that time 3D decoupage was all the rage and a good friend said that she would teach me, from there we attended rubber stamping classes as well as pergamano or parchment craft. When I look at cards that I made around that time they really are so bare.......( poor DH, mum and dad would get them for their birthdays) It was in 2004 that my crafting journey really transformed and I am hooked on all things Ranger/Tim Holtz. I began blogging in 2012 and was inspired by mixed media styles and altered art, which are now a favourite. My style is mainly vintage/grunge/shabby chic but I do love to dabble.

And finally there's me !

Sue - DT Team leader 

I live in a village in Derbyshire in the UK with my very understanding partner, Colin. I've always followed a crafty path even from young when I used to make stuffed toys. I studied art through to exam level at school and then moved on to cross stitch, floristry and even web page design ! My passion for crafting has only gotten stronger over the years and after I was introduced to embossing powder about 12 years ago the rest, as they say, is history. I love nothing more than being elbow deep in paint, ink and embossing paste and very often this is the case !

So there we have it, 6 members all raring to go ! Just wait until you see the fabulous projects they've made for your inspiration ! Make sure you pop back tomorrow !