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04-20-2009, 03:36 AM
This Little Light of Mine - Due May 25th
Swap Due Date - May 25th - in my hands
Signup/Withdraw Date - May 15th
Number of cards - 3 for 3
Number of Participants – 30
This Little Light of Mine, I'm going to let it shine - Due May 25th
Swap! This swap is all about you and what you do best. Is it watercolor, collage, drawing, fabric? Whatever it is, let's see it!
This is a swap open to any medium
- All cards should be The usual:
3.5” x 2.5”
All cards should be sent in plastic sleeves.
Please include username, real name, origin (country) and swap name on back
- Please include username and swap name on all envelopes sent in.
- International participants – PLEASE send US postage or $1 if you have it!
- US Participants – Please include a stamped, self addressed envelope. (By the time this swap is due, postage stamps will be 44 cents and the additional ounce rate will still be 17 cents.)
-I will return poorly made or late cards to the sender provided there is postage included.
Please PM me for my address when you are ready to mail your cards. If you already have my address please PM me when you are ready to mail your cards so that I know they are on the way.
All cards are due in my hands by the due date. Late cards will be returned. Please mail early so they arrive on time.
If life gets crazy and you have to withdraw, no worries, just let me know!
1- Amerasu arrived and "shining"
2- molossus arrived and "shining"
3- Eraser Queen arrived and "shining"
4- sandrawillard arrived and "shining"
5- Meran arrived and "shining"
6- shoreart arrived and "shining"
7- monarch arrived and "shining"
8- Katilady arrived and "shining"
9- AmyFaerie arrived and "shining"
04-20-2009, 04:54 PM
As much fun as this swap sounds, it's nearly impossible for me to finish cards and have them to you in a month time. If you ever decide to move the date out, PM me!
Just an FYI - A swap host has 90 days from the start of the swap to send the cards back out. Many people use a swap due date of about 2 months or so. A swap host has 2 weeks from the due date to send the cards back out.
Can't wait to see all the amazing art from this swap! Wish I could join.
04-20-2009, 04:58 PM
Oh! A quick turn around swap! I actually may join because of the sooner due date LOL. lemme see if I can made the cards and I'll be back!
04-20-2009, 05:03 PM
hhmmm.... a month is too soon for me too. Next time! Sounds like a great swap theme, easy at least, lol! :)
04-20-2009, 05:47 PM
I won't have such short turnaround dates in the future. I am sort of in a hurry on this one because I would like to get my first one done. I want to do one for Frida Kahlo's birthday (and mine)...July 6th and can't do a second one until I've done and finished my first. I didn't want to wait to do the Frida swap as my first because then I would be waiting a lot longer. This is why my life gets crazy....I create all these dramas for myself.
I would love to have had you in the swap Amerasu and Judithian. Start your Frida cards now :)
04-20-2009, 05:57 PM
ok, go on then. Add me! I can handle 3 cards before May 25 - I think, lol :)
04-20-2009, 11:13 PM
Wish I could, but I have an art show here in Savannah to get ready for - and I haven't even started yet - UGH! Thanks though.
Besides, I promised myself I wouldn't sign up for a single extra swap until I get all personal trades caught up.
04-21-2009, 03:11 AM
Good Luck on your show Judithian.
I've added you to the list Amerasu.
Eraser Queen just let me know when I can add you ;)
04-26-2009, 02:02 AM
Color me crazy, but I'm doing pretty well on catching up with my swaps, so I'll sneak this one in.
04-26-2009, 04:20 AM
Yay, molossus, I'm exctited you are joining. I received one of your cards in a recent swap and it was amazing.
04-26-2009, 07:21 AM
Well, you've inspired me, and I got on a roll tonight. I've done my three plus one for the hostess! I think these four are fairly representative of my work-one on illustration board, one on momi paper, one on elephant poo paper and one on balsa wood.
04-26-2009, 01:48 PM
Okay, you can put me down!
04-26-2009, 02:24 PM
This just keeps getting better and better. Eraser Queen I'm thrilled you are joining too!
Such great colorful work.
Molossus great as usual. I can't wait to see what elaphant poo paper is like. What a funny name. So which is your favorite surface to work on?
04-26-2009, 05:27 PM
I can't say I have a favorite. Each has its strengths and each its problems. The momi is fantastic if I want a very dramatic image, but you have to fight the metallic gold streaks. The lokta gives a rich, deep color but tends to shred or pill if you aren't careful, and the balsa wood adds an instant patina of age but the grain can get in the way of your picture. The illustration board gives the truest, brightest color but I have to do all the work!
04-27-2009, 05:53 AM
I would love to participate in this swap!
Now... let's see... what to make. :)
04-27-2009, 11:51 AM
Great, so glad you are joining us. I'll add you to the list.
04-27-2009, 01:50 PM
If you would PM me your address, I'll get my cards in the mail.
04-28-2009, 03:44 PM
You are so bad.. okay, I accept. Now I have to redo some cards for other swaps. I hope you feel guilty. :D
[I'm so proud of you; you're using MY tactics! ;)]
04-28-2009, 03:51 PM
I'm so glad you could join us Meran
I was raised Catholic and do guilt well but I've learned to get over it quickly!
04-28-2009, 05:33 PM
I grew up with a lot of Catholics, my home town is 50%... :D So, I know how to hand it out, but am forgiving.. :jiggy:
hmmm.. should be a nice swap.
I've worked on wood too, but use some oak veneer that I have glued onto chipboard (or something like it), sand it and gesso it too, sometimes.. haven't done that in a while. Seems it would work well for the oil pastels.. maybe I'll try one and if I like it, I'll put it in there!
04-29-2009, 01:23 PM
Working on mine right now and hope to get them out in the next day or two. I think this is the fastest I have ever worked on swap cards, lol!
04-29-2009, 07:47 PM
Hmmm.....quick turnarounds.....provide inspiration for you?
I love deadlines.
I'll PM you my address.
04-30-2009, 02:05 PM
I've been trying to persuade a couple of the new mixed media people into this swap.
Anyone know any of them? I'll pay any bribes required if someone knows anyone to invite into the swap.
04-30-2009, 02:10 PM
I'd be happy to join, thanks for asking!
04-30-2009, 04:46 PM
You can sign me up to this swap, please....I don't know if I am getting in over my head with all these amazing handdrawn cards but I'll try and forget about that and just do it....................
05-01-2009, 03:56 AM
Shoreart and Monarch I'm soooo excited you are joining us!
Monarch, such bravery! You'll do great! You were half way in just by submitting work here to be juried. And now you have dove right into the deep waters.
Welcome both of you
05-01-2009, 07:02 PM
molossus Your amazing cards came today. (I feel like I'm stuck on the word amazing today. My returns for the figurative swap came today and they were amazing too.) All my posts seem to have the word amazing in them. BUT if the word fits.....
I love the texture of the elephant poo ( I kind-a-like saying it too!) paper
05-02-2009, 02:03 AM
I will be back to join if I can get some felting done tomorrow!
05-02-2009, 02:21 AM
Morning Star go ahead and add me. I have the foundation for some cards drying and if all goes well I should be able to finish them tomorrow.
05-02-2009, 03:34 AM
YAY, Katilady is joining us ! ! ! ! !
Pippin I'm visualizing you felting but it's getting a little fuzzzzzzzy.
Okay bad, bad joke, But I hope it works out for you (and us) that you can come sign up.
05-03-2009, 12:44 AM
morning star, add me? I can do this!
05-03-2009, 01:35 AM
I'm glad my cards made it. I always sort of hold my breath until they arrive for fear the dreaded snail mail goblins will eat them!
I love the lilting quality of the sound, too--elephant poo paper. Now, if I could only find some of the panda poo paper--even better!
05-03-2009, 01:51 AM
OMG, if you find panda poo paper I want some! :D
05-03-2009, 02:14 AM
I can find it sold as cards or journals, but I haven't found any blank stock. I'll let you know if I have any success.
05-03-2009, 03:10 AM
Right on! Where do you get your elephant poo paper BTW?
And here are my cards for the swap. I hope they are OK:
05-03-2009, 03:10 AM
And may I have your address please? :D
05-03-2009, 05:35 PM
I think your cards are gorgeous!
And I get my elephant poo paper at http://www.mulberrypaperandmore.com/elephantpoohpaper.aspx
05-03-2009, 06:20 PM
05-04-2009, 03:51 AM
Those are great Katilady
Sorry for the lack of response, I was gone for the weekend. I will PM you my address.
Amyfaerie, I'm thrilled you are joining us!
05-04-2009, 04:32 AM
OK, I think I'm ready to get your address. Would you PM me with it so I can get these sent off?
I decided to do some more of my watercolour landscapes but this time with a little twist. I'm finding myself more and more influenced by Art Deco and Art Nouveau lately. Hope they look ok!
05-04-2009, 05:27 AM
Sandra, those are nice, and Katilady's are great too.. (just a note Katilady.. for those of us who are ignorant (ie. me), please tell us at least the medium you used and maybe a little of the process..
Hey, Colleen, you know that bribe you were talking about? ;) See above..
05-04-2009, 03:25 PM
Hey Meran--I used hard molding paste that I spread onto matboard with a credit card. Then using the credit card, and a large and small cap from bottles I made impressions in it while it was still wet. After it dried (about 24 hours) I sanded it and then highlighted the impressions with charcoal. After that I did several acrylic washes in various colors ending with a gold wash. Then added a bit more charcoal. It's quite fun to do! Adriayna has an 8x8 canvas I did using the same process. Thanks for asking!
05-04-2009, 04:41 PM
Cards are on the way :)
05-04-2009, 04:48 PM
Mine have gone postal as well!
05-04-2009, 06:51 PM
Here are two of my mixed media cards.
05-04-2009, 11:17 PM
Help! Where do I send these off to? I did send a pm to Morning Star earlier today but haven't heard back yet. Would someone be kind enough to pm me the address in case I don't hear back by tonight?
Sorry if I am being antsy! I'm going to the post office tomorrow and I'd like to ship it all out at the same time if I could. :D
05-04-2009, 11:21 PM
Sending you a PM!
05-04-2009, 11:24 PM
Those are beautiful cards, Shoreart. I joined this swap hoping to get some mixed media cards, and I'm salivating over the ones I've seen so far!
05-05-2009, 12:15 AM
Thanks molossus! This is my first swap here. Glad you like my cards.:D
05-05-2009, 03:54 AM
WOW you've all been very busy today!
Meran you are so subtle! :)
Amerasu, Sandra and Katilady I will be watching for your cards.
Thanks so much everyone for giving us sneak peeks at the great cards coming in for this swap. No dull bulbs here! Everyone is shining bright.
Katilady, Shoreart and Sandra may need to make more cards. :) You three are in big demand!
05-05-2009, 04:07 AM
Thanks for the fast reply Morning star (and to the rest who helped out)!... Sorry if I was getting anxious, I think I had too much caffeine today. :twitcy: However, I have them all packed up and ready to go out tomorrow. I sure hope I did everything right. THIS IS EXCITING!!!!!!!! MY FIRST SWAP!!!!!! WoOOoooOOooOO (yup... definitely caffeine!)
Now I'm off to work on the black and white swap! This is so much fun.
PS - I have a general swap question. How do you determine which cards go to whom? Or is it all just a random pick thing?
05-05-2009, 01:10 PM
Sandra, how's the buzz today? :) I'm glad the address thing worked out. I didn't get a chance to check messages yesterday until late. Sorry to keep you in that buzzed suspense so long but it sounds like others jumped in ....I'm glad.
This is my first time hosting a swap here. (I've hosted at AFA)
I imagine this will be quite different. There I would swap like quality and talent.
Since everyone's work here has both those qualities I imagine it will be more random.
You can post your wishes for a particular card as some people aleready have (don't worry Meran, I won't name names ;) ) Since the new people will be in high demand I probably won't be able to make every wish come true but you can try it.
I do accept bribes :D
05-06-2009, 03:42 AM
Aha! I knew there was a method to the madness. :D
Today has been very good. I actually ended up working on a large scratchboard piece tonight that I had been putting off for a while. I hate leaving things unfinished so now I'm determined to see this one done. I think have about two more nights of hard work on it and it should be done. I'm wanting to enter it into an exhibition.
One day I hope to host a swap too! It sounds like a little bit of hard work and a whole lot of fun. Oh, by the way, I got my cards for this swap sent off this morning. Will you let everyone know when the cards arrive?
05-06-2009, 12:45 PM
Morning star, please pm your adrress for sending. Thanks.
05-06-2009, 01:08 PM
Sandra I will post here, mark the first page received and leave you rep points when I receive your cards. (that is unless I forget which is never intentional but has happened so just PM me)
shoreart I've PMed you the address.
05-06-2009, 07:18 PM
Morning Star, subtle, me??? :jiggy:
I must be doing something right then... lol :D
ps. am still waiting on varnish to dry....
05-07-2009, 01:09 PM
How am I doing? Did everyone that PM-ed me for my address get it?
05-07-2009, 02:01 PM
Got mine. Cards are in the mail!
05-08-2009, 11:48 PM
Sandra your cards arrived today. They look GREAT! Thanks for the extra postage.
05-09-2009, 03:34 AM
Glad to hear it!!! It's always a little nerve wracking for me when I send original art in the mail. It's something you can never really replace.
I hope I did OK on packing it up and that I didn't miss any important steps!
05-09-2009, 01:23 PM
Sandra you did great on packing and all the steps.
You probably overdid it. Which of course is NOT a problem.
I've found that regular business size envelopes work fine and cost a lot less than the bubble mailers to send. The problem I've seen is when people use a lot of embellishments or mail the cards loose in the envelope so that they all slide to one end of the envelope and then they get messed up by the post office demon machines. If you tape them to a piece of paper so that they stay in place they come thru just fine. So it cost $.42 rather than $1.34, actually double that ($.84 vs. $2.68) because you have to pay again to return them. But if money is not a consideration who cares. I mailed all of my first ones in bubble envelopes too. I kept reading all these things about using good quality envelopes because the cheap ones tear to easy etc. so I was over cautious. Then the cost of mailing was getting to crazy as I entered a lot more swaps.
05-09-2009, 06:45 PM
Katilady your cards arrived. I love all the texture. Thanks Kati and Sandra for the extra card and postage. It is greatly appreciated.
05-09-2009, 10:53 PM
Glad to hear they made it safely!
05-10-2009, 12:10 AM
Since Colleen brought up packing mail art, I will refer folks to the awesome article our very own Potbellyarts wrote in the latest issue of ArtTrader magazine...there is a lot of helpful info in there, on page, on page 51 especially: http://www.arttradermag.com/
05-11-2009, 01:12 PM
Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear EraserQueen, Happy birthday to you.
Thanks for posting the link to ArtTraderMagazine. I'd read it but just sort of skipped over that article, thinking I know it all! :) and then forgot about it. Bad Host! :)
05-12-2009, 12:20 PM
Shoreart and Amerasu your glorious cards have arrived.
05-14-2009, 12:40 PM
Okay about a week left. How's everyone doing? Don't forget I am anxious to finish this one on time so I really, REALLY, really want to swap these out on the 26th.
05-14-2009, 08:53 PM
EraserQueen your really great cards arrived today.
05-14-2009, 08:57 PM
Yay! And thank you for the Birthday wishes! :jiggy:
05-17-2009, 05:24 PM
i am SO stoked to have had a little art time this weekend . . . i made four of these. they'll be in the mail monday morning!
05-17-2009, 05:24 PM
"what i do best" is often insult people who i don't personally know. apparently. LOL!
05-17-2009, 05:28 PM
OMG! AMY! I love it! I especially like how 'Slut' and 'Nuts' are sitting next to eachother. Do you think they are secret lesbian lovers? :eek:
05-17-2009, 05:28 PM
And have you ever noticed that 'nuts' spelled backwards is 'stun'?
05-17-2009, 06:25 PM
i happen to know that they are lesbian lovers . . . or at least that's the rumor going 'round the lunch room. LOL!
05-17-2009, 09:48 PM
I so want that card, lol!
05-18-2009, 04:25 AM
amyfaerie I can't wait to see those in person. This one is great! I was gone all weekend but it looks like everyone got along just fine without me.
amyfaerie and meran I will be watching for your cards. Thanks for letting me know they are on the way.
05-20-2009, 07:31 PM
here are mine. finally got them scanned, and resized for showing here..
05-20-2009, 07:39 PM
awesome trees Meran
05-21-2009, 02:00 AM
So pretty Meran!
05-21-2009, 04:42 AM
omg, those trees are beautiful!
05-21-2009, 03:43 PM
They look remarkable in person.... there are blues and purples in there, NOT blended much.. digitized, it looks brown.. but it's not, much...
05-22-2009, 03:51 AM
Meran, I love that you say they look remarkable in person and you don't mess around with false modesty. Any of the work I've seen of yours has been remarkable and I love that you own that.
amyfaerie your cards arrived today. I love the good twin, evil twin but can relate to the prude one too. Your cards are remarkable too.
05-22-2009, 04:19 AM
yay! thank you for letting me know! i was worried mine wouldn't show in time. :) you're my first iTrader here!
05-22-2009, 03:12 PM
Oh, I know when something of mine is just barely par and when it's not :D.... Mostly is just barely. I have high standards; I'm always trying, and barely making it. Even when I think I might be there, I always know what could have been done better. And I wish to high heaven that I could reproduce the good ones! Most times, I'd be hard put to tell you just how I did something.. I'm working on that part.
05-22-2009, 06:45 PM
I've never been anyone's first i-trader before :)
amyfaerie at the risk of offending you I am going to ask the following question.
Is there any one of you that does not want cards that have the words slut, whore, bitch etc. on them? I know there are some of you out there and would hate to have you get one of amyfaerie's awesome cards. It would be wasted on you. I'm sure there are a bunch of us that would love your cards and appreciate them. Right Katilady? I was surprised to read a thread a while back where people were offended by nudes. I had been sending in copies of Degas' and Renoir nudes that I thought were really great. I almost hated to send them in. The idea of one of these people getting one of my awesome nudes and "getting rid of it" made me sad.
If you would be offended PM me or if you like them PM me too.
katilady you only get one! :)
I really hope you aren't offended amyfaerie.
05-22-2009, 07:25 PM
hahaha! I know I am a glutton, lol! But I guess it's a good conversation to have--I forget there are really conservative people out there. Not everyone thinks like me, gasp! :D
05-22-2009, 08:14 PM
Naw, I'm safe. As long as that isn't all I get ;)
05-23-2009, 05:10 PM
Meran your little beauties arrived today.
They ARE even better in person.
05-23-2009, 05:16 PM
Woot! I am so excited--this is my 1st swap to close here and I can't wait to see my returns!
05-23-2009, 05:20 PM
As soon as Monarch's arrive I will swap them. I'd hate to keep you waiting.
05-23-2009, 05:42 PM
morning star....Sorry that I am the last one...They are being mailed today and will be to you on Tuesday...............I am sure................
05-24-2009, 12:26 AM
No worries Monarch, I knew they were coming. Can't take tooooo long to get here from North Dakota.
05-24-2009, 02:12 PM
This is my first swap here and I am really nervous!!! Being accepted on this site is really a pleasure and an honor to me because I get to see everyday the amazing cards that you all create!!! I feel sorta a loner here because of the type art that I create so I hope whomever receives my cards with a swap like this, is happy with them because they are not handdrawn.........I did my better work and tried really hard to make them something I would be proud of..................I know whatever I receive in return will make me feel very special and honored that I was accepted on this site...............
05-24-2009, 03:56 PM
I know most of us would be thrilled to have some of your fiber or collage work Monarch. But I know what you mean about hoping people like it even if it's not drawn. I feel that way too. The cool thing is, I bet most of the people who joined this swap did so because they wanted a variety of returns. :)
05-25-2009, 03:19 AM
Katilady is right on both counts. Your work is soooo fantastic monarch! You have nothing to worry about and new members work is in demand.
05-26-2009, 06:34 PM
Monarch, your beatutiful cards arrived today and seeing yesterday was a holiday(didn't notice that when I made it the deadline) you were right on time and have absolutely no reason to apologize.
I've swapped the cards and they will go out in tomorrows mail.
Amyfaerie, I'm sorry I brought that up because I didn't have one single request to not receive the slut or the whore.
05-26-2009, 07:33 PM
05-26-2009, 08:30 PM
I love you katilady. You are so easy to please :)
05-27-2009, 12:00 AM
I am sooo glad they got there today!!!
05-27-2009, 12:50 AM
Colleen, it's always good to ask ahead of time than hear it later as a grumble. :D
and I thought you'd agree with me, once you'd seen them.. I've had a lot of comments on them, locally.. they look different up close than just in hand.. ;)
05-27-2009, 03:08 AM
I love you katilady. You are so easy to please :)
hahaha! tell that to all the men i've dated, lol!
05-29-2009, 11:19 PM
LOLOL! that's too funny! don't EVER apologize for bringing it up--somethings i just don't think about it first . . . and i should send at least half of my cards without namecalling on them. :eek:
i'm glad you didn't have EVERYONE say "I DON'T WANT ONE! Amyfaerie is SO RUDE!"
05-29-2009, 11:54 PM
Received my awesome cards today.......Many thanks to shoreart, meran and molosus and also to our hostess!!!!
05-30-2009, 12:23 AM
ooooh! i can't wait for mine! maybe tomorrow!
05-30-2009, 02:05 AM
I got my cards, again, safe and sound,,,, and left them out so I won't forget points.. and comments too. I like them, I do!
05-30-2009, 02:44 PM
I've always wanted one of amy's slut and whore cards! I hope you sent one to me :) My collection is wholesome for the most part, lol... which is weird because I'm not.
05-30-2009, 03:38 PM
lol! with your saucy avatar i could never imagine you as wholesome sal! but then i always tend to think people look like their avatars, which is seriously funny since mine is a nun, lmao!
05-31-2009, 03:08 AM
I actually resemble my avatar, Kati! haha and I didn't even realize it! Ackkkk I'm a narcissistic (sp?) artist!
OH and I received my cards today! WOW WOW WOW WOW
Many thanks to the very beautiful work by Katilady, Morning Star and Monarch. Hugs to all of you and your talent amazes me. Very, very inspiring.
05-31-2009, 02:57 PM
Amerasu, you snooze you loose :)
You had to tell me sooner that you wanted one. I do pay attention to what people say they like and PMed requests when possible for future reference
So my avatar is blank, I thought I added one but evidently I didn't and have never gone back to do it. What does that say about me?
05-31-2009, 03:04 PM
it says you are a woman of mystery, ha!
05-31-2009, 03:12 PM
oooooh, I like that!
05-31-2009, 10:21 PM
I got Amy's Loose Bitch.. Hahaha! well, I USED to be, kinda.. :D
and one of Sandra Willard's dreamy geometric tree landscapes.. love that style too, and both of those are new artists for me (which is what my dream request was!) Oh, and not to be left out, I got another new artist, Golden Orbs by Katilady.. nice colors, simple yet very successful composition.. is this crayon Katilady?
all very cool cards. I just hope y'all are as pleased with mine as I am with yours!
points later, still.. I'm cleaning the kitchen, baking GF bread and cookies, preparing for the heating duct install, (still gotta clear the attic, which means organize it when I place it better, James sucks at organization.. he just shoves it up there, know what I mean? ;)) AND there's lots of stuff in the driveway,..
we're leaving Thurs. I'll put the info on my About Meran thread...
05-31-2009, 10:23 PM
i'm glad you got one of mine AND that you like it meran! it's modeling paste that has been painted with acrylic washes. also used charcoal.
06-01-2009, 11:38 PM
wonderful lights are shining in my house! romeo + juliet from eq, slut + nuts from amyfaerie, and me + margaret from amerasu. awesome cards and an awesome host!
06-02-2009, 08:26 PM
i rec'd my cards today . . . thank you for hosting such a great swap! i got cards from sal [gothic woman with words in her hair], shoreart [house edged in gold] and meran [a tree on aqua background]. woot!
06-03-2009, 03:43 AM
I'm glad everyone is getting their cards back.
Who would like to join me for another swap?
another quick turn-around Amerasu...sorry, but the birth date and all that seemed to require it. The next one won't, be I promise.
06-06-2009, 07:34 PM
I got fab cards from Sandra, Carol and Amy, thanks you guys! :jiggy: And thanks Colleen for hosting!
06-12-2009, 10:48 PM
So, I'm officially giving points today.. :D
yes, I do like the modelling paste card.. nice color balance and texture.. mine always look plaster-like. I'll be studying yours, Kati.
Since I'm giving points out like crazy, Morning Star, your point may need to be awarded tomorrow-ly. The rep points should be fine tho!
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