29 January 2013

Berry Crafty Guide { ATCs }

This is the first post for my A Berry Crafty Guide series, this one featuring ATCs! For each crafty guide, I'll have the basics of what the featured craft is about including ideas and inspirations. Here is the first of the monthly series for 2013. I hope you enjoy them, and feel free to post any ideas for tutorials or future posts you'd like to see below. Happy crafting!

As found on the Swap-Bot Glossary page:
"Artist trading cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized “swap” events or through the mail, in person or online. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5″ x 3.5″. As a general rule, swaps are open to any media, materials or techniques as long as the card fits into a standard trading card sleeve. ATCs are traded, not sold."

However, ACEOs are different:
"There are some artists who choose to sell cards. Cards that are sold are called Art Card Editions and Originals (ACEO) and are often found directly on the artist’s site."

examples of my work:

Creating ATCs:
Techniques include painting, collage, drawing, digital photography, etc. Any mediums can be used for ATCs including ribbon, felt, glitter, stickers, prints, paper, stamps, ink, and many more. Usually, the background is sturdy such as chipboard or cardboard. Remember: you are only limited by your imagination!

 Great resources to get you started: 

18 January 2013

Extra, Extra!

Hello dolls! Some very exciting news: this is my 101 blog post! I took a look at my social media feedback and stats from all of your amazing support, and I'd like to share with you how far Berry Sweet Treats has come since December 26, 2009 (not including my awful old banners and photos!). I can't wait to start expanding my shops, growing my business, and continuing my re-launch, and most importantly sharing it all with my fans. I've experienced and learned a lot since the start of my business including graduating from my undergraduate degree, getting accepted (and now finishing!) my Masters degree, and facing a multitude of valleys and peaks (3 shops, 7 craft shows, 1 workshop). Can't wait to see what 2013 holds!

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Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. - Golda Meir

03 January 2013

Pintastical Pins - Part 11

Hi dolls! Wishing you all a fabulous and inspiring new year! This edition is a special Birthday round-up of my Pintastical Pins found from my Pinterest here. My birthday was just a few days ago and I wanted to continue the celebration! Enjoy.

01 January 2013

2013 New Year Wishes ☆彡

 "Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." Helen Keller  

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