Sunday, February 1, 2009

Alice in Wonderland ATC swap: Betty Lou Cassidy, New Jersey

Betty Lou Cassidy from NJ sent in some really interesting ATCs for our exchange. I really like them! Betty wrote me a letter and enclosed it with her ATCs; I will try to paraphrase.

She wrote to me that she found this assignment difficult because she usually enjoys doing a lot of beading and embellishment and felt she couldn't do that because of the baseball card pockets. Even though Betty Lou felt limited, I think she really came through on this challenge! Betty Lou made a collage background on felt, via the Pokey Bolton method (editor of Quilting Arts & Cloth Paper Scissors). She also decided to concentrate on transparencies, shrink art from rubber stamps and Alpha Stamps images and stickers. She says in her letter that she thinks it might be best to be one of the first "sendees" because she thought her ideas were very similar to those already sent in and featured on the creative swaps blog . . . I have to disagree!! I really think Betty Lou's Alice ATCs are quite original with the background she made, shrink art, use of transparencies, gold stitching around the edges and using a playing card (HEARTS = queen of Hearts!) for the back. Here are some more scans -click for more details.

Betty Lou added that this swap did get her to read the Alice in Wonderland story in it's entirety. She read it on the internet and got a copy from a local bookstore. She says she is also inspired to make an Alice in Wonderland book from what she has learned and seen here on the blog. For her ATCs, Betty Lou used Alpha Stamps clear stickers from the I Wonder sheet and the paper Alice in Wonderland Stickers. Very cool.

I love the Caterpillar!
Betty Lou made an extra for me . . . . thank you!

The backs : ^ )

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