Friday, May 2, 2014

A Flapper's ATB!

Hello all!  I'm pleased you could join me today!  Its a beautiful Spring day here and all the flooding rain is behind us.  I hope everyone who suffered during that never ending storm is doing okay.

I'm excited because I made my first ATB, Artist Trading Block, for those of you who had never heard of an  ATB before.  I hadn't heard of them until about a month ago.   I saw some on Pinterest and I loved them.  They have six 2 1/2" sides that can be embellished any way you chose.  What fun!  Eileen Hull has a nifty new die that she designed for Sizzix that cuts the boxes in 3 sizes.  It not only cuts mat board and chip board but it also scores it.  Scoring it makes it very easy to fold into shape.  Brilliant!  Well, without further rambling here is my first (but definitely not last) ATB.

I used Graphic 45's Couture set of papers.  I love that set.  I love '20s and '30s fashions as well as all things Art Deco.  So, when these papers came out I was thrilled.  But, I was trying to decide how I wanted to use them.  When I finally got my ATB die I thought of these papers.  I raided my stash of ribbons, lace, feathers, buttons and ribbon flowers to use as embellishments.  I added some stick on rhinestones and started to collage each side.  I painted the edges of each side black and scuffed up the edges so they would look worn.  Then I covered each panel with a striped paper from the collection.  I used some cut a parts to be the focal on each side and added the embellishments.   Here are some details of the each side.
Side One
Side Two
Side Three
Side Four
In the pictures you can see that I used turquoise fire polished rondels for the feet!  Once I had finished the sides I decided to do something different for the top.  I covered it with a different paper from the collection after cutting slits from the middle to about 1/2" in from the edge.  That allowed me to roll the cuts back to reveal a picture below.  Here's a picture.
I chose the picture I wanted to feature and glued that to the back of the paper with the slits.  I glued the whole thing down to the top and rolled the cuts back.  A little glue holds them in place.  I then embellished with rhinestones and Kaisecraft Sparkles. 
I can't wait to play with this idea more.  ATBs are so much fun to do and because they aren't that big they don't take a lot of time to make.  I've decided to enter this in the Frilly and Funkie challenge this week which is "On the Runway". 
Thank you so much for visiting today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 



  1. Oh wow Maryanne, what an absolutely brilliant version of an ATB!! It looks fantastic with those stunning papers and I absolutely love how you have embellished it! Brilliant and a stunning art piece!!

  2. this is really cool! love the theme - so very flapper. The technique is awesome with each side its own panel, but love that top with the paper rolled back - that is a great effect!

  3. Fantastic ATB and the Graphic 45 Papers suit it fantastically. I love your little bead feet on it. Not made one of these yet but being tempted too.
    Julie x

  4. I have not heard this term before, but i have seen these around...what a beauty! I just love the feet!!!,

    Thank goodness the rain was a little scary over here! Enjoy your Sunday!

  5. Oh my Maryanne! What a fantastic way to transform your ATB!!! LOVE the deeper colours and the way you've embellished each panel to match the papers, and the curl backs on the top are such a great idea. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  6. Maryanne, this ATB is beautiful. Love all of the special touches you added and dramatic colors! Thanks for creating with the ATB!

  7. Wow! I am in love with your ATB! Everywhere you look there is something to draw the eye. So many elements, textures, and dimension, and a beautiful color palette! Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

  8. Thanks, Maryanne, for teaching me something new today! I have never heard of ATB's! And yours is absolutely amazing. I love all of the beautiful touches you put into it, and the papers and colors are so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! (and for stopping by my blog, too!!!!)

  9. This is fantastic Maryanne! It's like you were born to make ATBs!


    PS You can cut card with the ATB die it just won't score the of out Team ATB members on The Artist's on the Block uses the Card Stock cuts to make envelopes :)

  10. Your ATB is stunning Maryanne :-) I love the papers you have used and they really pop against the black.

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  11. wow, rich, glorious and stunning , love this x

  12. Just had to come over from Frilly and Funky to say how much I love your gorgeous ATB, it is stunning!

    We cannot get the special matboard the Eileen uses here in the UK but I cut mine with fairly thick card and put a 'shim' of thin card under the die and then it cuts the box and makes the score marks too. Anne x

  13. Apologies, typing to fast, it should read Frilly and Funkie!!

  14. Hi again, Maryanne! I want to let you know that I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Feel free to accept or not. I just love your amazing blog.

    1. Not a problems, Maryanne. I am so happy to have met you out here in blog land!


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