when you can’t sleep …


when you can’t sleep …, originally uploaded by kellypuffs.

The output of a couple of wakeful hours in the middle of last night … handcrafted ATC/gift tag envelopes. Or for a 2.5″x3.5″ card of any kind. Out of a variety of papers.

I don’t really WANT this many envelopes … I wonder what I could trade them for ….

p.s. Oh and by the way, now that I’ve discovered handmade envelopes, no paper good is safe in my house. I’m eyeing the cookbooks – I’m dying to start cutting into Himself’s VERY vintage 1970s-era vegetarian cookbook, complete with pop art and grainy black and white photos of hippies. Although his Biker Billy’s Hogwild on a Harley cookbook is looking mighty appealling too.

The take-out menus are MINE, baby.

But seriously, just how big of a faux pas is it to rip a few pages out of the family Bible?

9 thoughts on “when you can’t sleep …

  1. I need to know more about this ATC thing you’re all up ins. For real, I love your stuff. And I suffer from hardcore insomnia.. maybe I need someadat to keep my hands occupied when my brain is being a jerk.

  2. oh, kellysmack, be careful what you wish for … making and trading ATCs is an addictive, addictive thing that leads to mess and chaos and all sorts of great fun cutting and pasting. 🙂

    I gave a little introduction to ATCs in this blog post, along with some links to get you started.

    I first discovered them on flickr. Make some pretty art in 2.5″x3.5″ format, post them on flickr and add to the ATC pool. Then go looking for some available ATCs from others that you would like to add to your collection. Send them a Flickrmail requesting a trade and point them to your set of ATCs. Et voila! An addiction is born.

    Another way to get started is to join swap-bot and look for ATC trades to join. That’s a little different in that your partners are randomly assigned so it’s a little like a crap shoot.

    ATC artists often also make their own notecards, postcards, bookmarks, tags, swap filled and decorated matchboxes, make matchbox shrines, trade small secret parcels … the works.

    The sky is the limit. Check out my two photosets on flickr – one of traded ATCs and one of available ATCs. It’s a great chance to play around with art, and learn new techniques and experiment.

    Any other questions, just let me know! 🙂 And I’ll happily trade for one of your first ATCs! 🙂

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