Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Itsy Bitsy...ATCs

This month the theme for my second ATC swap group was "spots and polka dots."  Well, I don't know about you, but as soon as I heard "polka dot" the song about the"itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini" popped into my head and refused to leave!  I found this version on You Tube -go ahead,  take a walk down Memory Lane ...

So - back to the ATCs!   There is a great bikini on the Life is a Beach cartridge.  I cut the basic bikini from pale yellow cardstock and the layers from  a darker yellow with white dots paper.  I only had a small piece of the paper (it was from a mat stack) so I used Design Studio to squeeze in as many bikinis as possible!

Here is a screen shot of the layers - for fourteen bikinis (I only needed seven but now I have some spares).

Here you can see the jumble of bikini pieces after I added the layers.  The polka dots were on a slightly larger scale than I would have preferred so there were not all that many showing.  I decided to add some more to the ties of the top.

I used my white gel pen to add dots to the ties and also a dot at each hip.  It is a small detail but I think the bikinis looked better once I added the dots.

I wanted to have the bikinis stand up above the background so a few of the small foam squares were just the right size to make them pop!

Here you can see the raised effect.  In keeping with the spots and polka dots theme, I chose this bright cardstock with glittered circles in lifesaver colors for the card base.  I inked the edges with bright pink to hide the white core.

It was a small group this month - six to mail and one for me.  These just make me smile when I look at them - I hope you like them too!


  1. This is very cute. Thanks for the blast from the past- I always liked that song.


  2. OH my goodness..too cute!!!!! I love that song! It always makes me think of the "Beach blanket" movies...LOL.
    I don't know why, but the minute I hear it, there is an image of Frankie Avalon and Annette in my head!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Lisa Sturgill

  3. Great card and song. I had to sing it out loud ( of course I can't sing ) Those things can make you feel a lot younger. I love the idea of these ACT cards. Maybe after I heal from my surgery I'll look into making some. I only wish I had your imagination and talent.

  4. Yep! It's stuck in my head alright! But it's a nice switch from the day I was having. Thanks for sharing your cute ATCs.

  5. Oh Diane, how cute is this.. and of course I loved the song.


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