A Pink Work in Progress!

Just stopping by Bev’s this weekend to share my Joyful Pink!

Don’t you just love it?  A new PINK craft storage box!  I posted this photo earlier this week when I shared a post titled “Simplicity Lace”about the simplifying I’m doing in my life this summer as I anticipate my career change and how that will affect my daily routine – and the physical make-up of my home office – shortly on the way to becoming an office/studio!

With some of my work changes, I will be able to feed myself creatively through crafting again – and creative writing at The Writer’s Reverie!  I’m already feeling the first trickles of floods of ideas!

Now, my new storage box boasting – in plenty of pink – “Creativity is a Work in Process” holds many of the paper scraps I’ve been collecting through the years thinking that “when I have time I’ll do something with it.”

Ha!  Now, I just might have a little of that much desired time.

Just as we must MAKE the time for daily devotions – we MUST MAKE time to exercise spiritually and creatively – and for me that is all one.  The Lord ministers to me through the creative arts – first through His artistry in Creation, and secondly, through the works of creative hands.

I have met so many wonderfully gifted artists here in blogworld – and am learning a new language, too!

The most puzzling was the term “ATC” that I kept seeing come up again and again in various posts.  It would appear ladies “swap” them.  Feeling a bit foolish, I asked the meaning of this – I thought I was the only one in the dark.  Jill from Bucks County Folk Art was gracious enough to not only answer my question – but send me a sample of what it was!  I was touched and blessed and inspired!

ATC – Artist’s Trading Card

Yep!  That simple – and interesting.  Just like baseball cards – these are the same size but are all hand made and designed using scrap-booking paper-art techniques.  Say – I could do that!  And, it was just the creative media that would fit my personal needs for using materials I had available – and using limited time – to create just for the joy of making something beautiful with beautiful things!

So, after rummaging through office and basement for all my packed away crafting tools and supplies – and taking a 20% off everything coupon to Michaels for a few additional up-to-date supplies – including my pink storage box above – I was off and running!

First thing out of the gate:

A rumination on reading featuring an oval cut from the Reading Woman Calendar, tissue paper, stamps, ribbon, metallic inks, glue, and nifty specialty cutters.  Nestled amid my pink silken roses on my tea cabinet-scape my “Book Bliss” ATC is the first of – I hope – many pink and pretty things to come out of my “Work in Progress”!

I hope you won’t judge this small effort too harshly – I have much to learn to perfect my techniques – love all those artist tutorial YouTube videos – trial, error, and tutorials!!

So good to find my way back into crafting circles – it feeds my writing wells with outside-the-box fodder – win-win all the way around!  To God be the glory for the things He has done!

I’ll keep you posted about subsequent pinks!

Sharing my “Book Bliss” ATC with Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

 

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. Your blog is so whimsical and creative. I am your newest follower!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  2. Your ATC cards are lovely. I so love the talented gals that can com eup with the ideas to make them.
    Have a lovely PS weekend.
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

  3. I’d say it’s a pretty good start to your ATC collection! I’d never guess it was your first — beautiful job!

  4. Very cute! I like the choice you made – Book Bliss!

    Thanks for showing us!

    Deanna

  5. You did a very nice job on your craft storage box.

  6. I used to trade ATCs but haven’t for a few years. Years ago we used to make little envelopes for them. Then when the baseball card sleeves came out, we started using them. And you know…Michael’s (a art and craft store) didn’t know what an ATC was. That was about 5 or so years ago.
    Your ATC turned out very nice.

  7. Love your header – soo creative – as is your “pink” box, this would look lovely hanging on a craft room wall as well!

  8. Way to go…such a TALENT!

  9. Hi Kathryn~
    I love, love, love this post! It is me! I believe that God uses creativity and speaks to us and others throughout His and ours too! I need a box like that! (okay, maybe I want it, but still)…So, you are anticipating a career change? Are you going to do your passion? How wonderful would that be!
    Now, if you are interested in making ATC’s or doing more creative endeavors, go over to rosesonmytable.com and see if you can join one of their swaps….incl ATC’s.
    Blessings to you, Kathryn and I will try to take my shoes off next time I see the bush!

  10. How I enjoy visiting here! I’m so glad to have found you in Blog Land. What a very crafty lady you are!

    I love the ATC – I thought your effort was very well done! Isn’t it one of life’s simple pleasures to be able to share a little bit of the Lord’s creativity?!

    Can’t wait to see what else that clever mind of yours thinks up!

    GOD BLESS!

  11. Hello Miss Kathy!
    What a great read this post is! You know I didn’t know for the longest time what an ATC was either! I was never interested in scrapbooking and wasn’t drawn to the paper arts until just lately, so I had to ask, too! Yours is just charming and the one you received as a gift so cute! You make me want to one or two or three…lol! They would make nice little gifts to customers, don’t you think?
    Your box is just awesome!
    I hope you are happy with your career change!
    Jil

  12. I love that – Creativity is a Work in Progress!
    Your box is wonderful and I wish you much success in your new venture.
    Barb

  13. Your ATC is really great – I love the quote “Book Bliss” and I appreciate all you shared in your post. Happy creating!
    Blessings!

  14. Happy Pink Saturday Kathryn Sweetie…
    Oh my I simply adore your creativity box, it is elegant and wonderful. I love dressing up things a tad as well.

    Love the ATC card that you received. How sweet that your new friend not only explained but sent you a sampling as well. Aren’t blogger friends just the best?

    Your ATC card that you created is simply beautiful. A gorgeous time of a Mother and her Daughter sharing the wonderful words from a book. I love the look on the young daughter’s face. Was she trying to sound out a word, or puzzled by something her Mother read to her. Just darling sweet friend.

    I am Country Wings in Phoenix, your newest follower. I can’t wait to see what you share next. I love meeting new friends and sharing our day to day lives along the way. Please stop by and say hello. I would be honored to have you follow me as well.

    Have a glorious weekend sweetie. Many hugs from Phoenix, Sherry

  15. Love the storage box – if you have tons of stuff, nice storage makes all the difference, definitely. This week, my contribution is a desktop screensaver calendar. Happy Pink Saturday from the UK!

  16. How long have you been doing pink saturday? I have been posting for PS (And Bev) for almost three years now. How weird is that? :0)

    Jillian
    Bella Rosa Antiques

  17. cute, cute, CUTE!

    HPS!

    xoxo

  18. Your new storage box is both beautiful and useful – job well done!

  19. Kathryn, I think you’ve answered why I have such an inner Need to create. I am so happy that you have discovered the little ATC form of artwork! It is such an unintimidating size and allows for anything we can image. I think your first one is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us here. Have a lovely day! Twyla

  20. Your storage box is absolutely delightful,Kathryn, and an envy of my scraps.

    I know exactly what you mean when you say exercising spiritually and creativity are one and the same. One day while painting, I realized that I hadn’t taken the time to be with God in the sense of what we normally think of as prayer time. I was so excited to get to my creativity that I rushed right into it. But then I realized that the joy I was experiencing, the closeness to God that I was reveling in as I painted was, in itself, a prayer. And O, the most beautiful kind.

    I am very excited for you that you will be able to create more…I am also looking forward to that in my life. You have so much to offer, as I can see from only a glimpse of your blog.

    May blessings abound,
    Marianne

  21. I am so enjoying getting caught up on your blog! So far, I’ve hopped randomly from post to post and am reading out of order.

    I wish I had the crafter/artist gift. I can “think” it in my head, but it rarely looks the way in real life as my imagination.

    I think your storage box and your ATC are both just perfectly pink!

  22. Hi Kathy!

    Congratulations on your first ATC. Yes, it came out beautiful and just think – they get even better as you go and feel more comfortable working in such a tiny format. Be careful – they can be addicting!

    Soli Deo Gloria!

    Jill

  23. Kathryn, thank you for your poignant comment. I surely will be back here to ‘revel’ in your world, as I can see we share similar experiences in writing and visual creating.

    Enjoy the day to its fullest,
    Marianne

  24. ATC’s – what a great idea!! I learned something new. I love yours, what pretty images. And the box is great too.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  25. Kathryn,
    I am a paper crafter also…I’m loving the ATM’s and I would like to get into making them. I have a few greeting cards that a friend made and gave me and I’m intrigued by them. Writing, though, has taken a big chunk of my time right now. Your first card will not be the last I can see as it turned out beautiful.
    Happy crafting!

    ~Jean

  26. Kathryn you do lovely work. Thx for sharing.

    HPS

    LL

  27. I love your ATC (and thanks for teaching me a new term, too!).

  28. Wonderful blog. I’ll be by again. Deb=^..^=x4

  29. Love your blog! Thanks for your kind comments on the Christian Paper Crafts blog and my card (orange is difficult for me as well!) May the Lord bless and keep you!

  30. I hadn’t seen these before, but wow! What a wonderful way to express ones artsy self. And I think that yours is fabulous! Love the box too. I think that blogland is a wonderful place to learn and inspire!

    Blessings, Debbie

  31. Thank you for stopping by today, Kathryn. I hope
    your day is filled with happy creative inspiration.

    Blessings galore,
    Marianne

  32. Hurrah! Your first atc…love the image, by the way. I agree, YouTube is a nice resource for inspiration and instruction. Great box too~
    xo

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