Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

July Pass the Book (final Year 2 book) - Trading Card Treasures

I can hardly believe that a year has almost passed since Pass The Book: Year Two began! This month's book will be the twelfth (and final) book that I'll be passing. Each book will travel for a year and then (hopefully) make its way home here to Texas. I want to thank each of you who have participated and shared your thoughts and projects inspired by each of the books, and I encourage you to regularly check out the Pass the Book:Year Two page to see which books are ready to be passed.

Now, on to this month's book!


Trading Card Treasures: Sharing Cherished Photographs by Carol M. Heppner is all about creating trading cards using your photographs and scrapbooking, card making, or mixed media supplies. Of course, I had so much fun with this book because I am married to an avid trading card collector (at last count I believe Robbie we have over 1300 sets of non-sport trading cards). This book is filled with examples of fantastic trading cards which can be traded or used on layouts or as card fronts or in mixed media projects.

I was inspired to create a series of six cards using photos we took of ducks on our recent trip to Granbury.

Using the basic trading card "rule", each card measures 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". Another "rule" states that these cards are to be traded or given away (never sold), so I gave this (my very first ever trading card set) to Robbie as a gift.


Since these cards are all different yet have the same theme, they are considered a series and are thus numbered on the back.

I also created an "edition" of cards, which is a set of cards that are identical. In this case, I created two identical cards using a favorite photo of some yellow flowers.

If you'd like a chance to be the first recipient of Trading Card Treasures, please leave a comment telling me whether or not you've ever created a photograph or artist trading card and, if so, what you did with the card. I'll choose the lucky recipient on Friday, July 20, and get this book on its way!

6 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I'd like to be put on the list for the trading card book. I've never made any TCs but it is something I'd like to try.

Ellyn said...

these are lovely! quilters/sewers are getting into trading cards too. I've thought about playing with it...

boysmum2 said...

I have never made a trading card but have heard a lot recently about kids making up thier own trading cards and also my mother has made a quilted on to send around the world. I remember trading cards drom when I briefly lived in the US. This book would be lovely to view, even for a short amount of time. Role on July 20, when my name gets choosen x x

Ginger said...

This sounds like a great book Melissa! Don't put me in the draw as I just posted for passing the stamping book and I still have the one Cheri sent me :)

Sian said...

This might be my favourite choice of yours yet! I am delighted that I'm not too late to be included because I'm intrigued by the whole idea. It sounds like a lot of fun - I've never done anything like it

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a great find! I would love to take a look at this, as I love to use my photographs in my artwork. I may just have to buy it!
rinda