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AnnaAardvark
01-25-2011, 11:26 AM
Swap Due Date – March 16, 2011
Signup/withdraw date – None. Just let me know!
Number of Cards - 3 for 3
Number of participants – 20 ROOM FOR TWO MORE!
Medium: Hand-painted

Description: This swap is for hand-painted bridges. There are so many types of bridges to choose from; Footbridges, Suspension bridges, Drawbridges, Covered bridges, etc. as long as it is a literal bridge. We aren’t going metaphorically in this swap though that might be fun sometime. Ink is acceptable as in "line and wash" and hand-drawn so long as it is also hand-painted. Mixed media is also welcome as long as falls into the category of hand-painted. Pastels are also acceptable medium. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Specifics:
Original artwork only. Please send in cards that you are proud of and would want to receive. I will be trading effort for effort whenever possible.

Please make your cards sturdy. Anything less than 140 lb. paper should have a backing. If you are in doubt, back it.

Please put your real name, user name, and general location on the back of your cards. It is always fun to see where your returns come from.

If you have to withdraw, it is no problem. Life comes up but please communicate. No communication will result in neutral iTrader.

Consider giving us a sneak peek by posting your cards to this thread. It is always fun to see what everyone is turning out.

Hostess cards are cherished but never required!


Mailing Directions:
U.S. players – Please send a legal/ business SASE with your username somewhere on your return envelope. Make sure your cards are protected in plastic sleeves.

International players – Please send a legal/ business SAE. I will cover your postage. Make sure your cards are protected in plastic sleeves.

Players:
Me and...
1. jo.on.the.go - recvd.
2. Aime
3. AmericanHwyFlower - recvd.
4. B_anne - recvd.
5. CherylS - recvd.
6. Alanabannana
7. duckduckgoose
8. Carlah - recvd.
9. Wil Opio Oguta
10. itti - recvd.
11. Jean - recvd.
12. minnkel
13. Janet - recvd.
14. louisezee - recvd.
15. ceejay - recvd.
16. Elf
17. Pauline - recvd.
18. Pfifer80 - recvd.
19. PAMI - recvd.
20. Sameo2559
12b. ziptango - recvd.
16b. Art101 - recvd.
6b. Josette

Withdrew
Recvd. cards

Waiting List:
1.

SAMPLES:

jo.on.the.go
01-25-2011, 07:18 PM
Me, me, me!!!

Aime
01-25-2011, 07:26 PM
Great subject! Sign me up please!!!

AmericanHwyFlower
01-25-2011, 07:32 PM
I would like to paint bridges.... please add me, thanks.

AnnaAardvark
01-25-2011, 08:08 PM
Welcome, welcome, welcome!! I am so happy that you all are going to play!

Also B_anne emailed me so that makes 5 of us so far. :jiggy:

CherylS
01-25-2011, 08:24 PM
Sign me up! Love stone bridges.

AnnaAardvark
01-25-2011, 08:27 PM
Absolutely, Cheryl! Thanks for joining us! Stone bridges are one of my favorites too. They are beautiful here in the northeast, aren't they? :)

alanabannana
01-25-2011, 10:08 PM
Oh boy, I love covered bridges and love your work Anna and the sign ups are a some of my favorite painters from other swaps, so I would love to be a part of this swap please.

AnnaAardvark
01-25-2011, 10:19 PM
Thank YOU, Barb!


I am delighted that you are joining us, Alana. Adding you to the list now. :)

duckduckgoose
01-25-2011, 11:47 PM
I would like to join please :)

AnnaAardvark
01-26-2011, 12:11 AM
What a cute username, Bonnie. Of course, you may join!

Wil Opio Oguta
01-26-2011, 04:51 AM
Any room for me as well?

Mouseit
01-26-2011, 04:58 AM
*lurking for now*...LOL

AnnaAardvark
01-26-2011, 08:31 AM
I'm adding a couple of friends from the Netherlands. Carlah emailed and asked to be put on the list and of course, we would love to have you play Wil!


Lurking is allowed, Mouseit. ;)

itti
01-26-2011, 10:00 AM
Count me in, Tracey.
Those examples are really gorgeous, by the way!

AnnaAardvark
01-26-2011, 10:11 AM
Thank you, itti. B_anne allowed me to use her lovely swan bridge as a sample. Isn't it beautiful? The other bridge I painted and intend on swapping out here. :D

carlah
01-26-2011, 10:31 AM
Can I play to??

AnnaAardvark
01-26-2011, 11:21 AM
Ecstatic to have you, Carla!! :yes:

Jean
01-26-2011, 12:11 PM
I love stone and wood bridges...footbridges....fancy bridges! May I play?

minnkel
01-26-2011, 01:22 PM
oooooo bridges!!! I probably shouldn't but since I HOPE to be on top of things by March.....please sign me up!

AnnaAardvark
01-26-2011, 02:32 PM
Welcome, Jean! and you too minnkel! adding you now...

jo.on.the.go
01-26-2011, 05:53 PM
This is my first bridge...I hiked over it along the Kerry Way in Ireland. We all checked underneath to see if we could find any leprachauns, we thought surely we would find some there.

AnnaAardvark
01-26-2011, 10:16 PM
You bet, louisezee!

AnnaAardvark
01-26-2011, 10:17 PM
Love that bridge, Jo! Especially cool since it is one from your travels.

minnkel
01-27-2011, 09:46 AM
Unfortunately (for me) I have to withdraw from this swap. I'm afraid my current life situation does not allow me to do swaps for a while.

AnnaAardvark
01-27-2011, 10:00 AM
No problem, Kelly. I can relate to that. :)

AnnaAardvark
01-27-2011, 03:46 PM
Bridge #2. :)

jo.on.the.go
01-27-2011, 06:40 PM
Oh, that bridge looks so like one I did of a bridge over the Delaware Canal. I guess that what you get when you live near the canal!

Thanks for the comments about my Ireland bridge.

AnnaAardvark
01-27-2011, 08:11 PM
Jo, your bridge is terrific! I find it so funny how much we are influenced by our area. I often look at your work and either admire it immensely as beautiful and familiar or realize that I have done paintings of the same locations. I believe we live about an hour and fifteen from one another and I think we are both drawn to a lot of the local flavor of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. So howdy neighbor! :laugh:

ceejay
01-28-2011, 09:42 AM
Me, please ... I love painting ... and bridges ... what a great combo.

AnnaAardvark
01-28-2011, 11:18 AM
Yes, of course, ceejay! So glad you are joining us!

Elf
01-28-2011, 01:04 PM
I swore I wouldn't sign up for another swap before we moved, but I gotta do this....

AnnaAardvark
01-28-2011, 01:52 PM
:jiggy: Well, I'm happy that we were able to lure you in, Masha! lol!

Pauline
01-28-2011, 06:28 PM
I would love to be part of this swap.

AnnaAardvark
01-28-2011, 08:23 PM
Welcome to both of you!

jo.on.the.go
01-29-2011, 03:31 PM
Bridges going out on Monday

This is a white covered bridge painted from a photo from when I was in Vermont in the fall a few years ago.

PAMI
01-29-2011, 06:38 PM
please add me to the list

AnnaAardvark
01-29-2011, 07:21 PM
White covered bridge is my favorite, Jo. Beautiful.

AnnaAardvark
01-29-2011, 07:22 PM
You got it, PAMI. Consider yourself added. ;)

AnnaAardvark
01-31-2011, 06:55 PM
PAMI, those are awesome!!! I love your willow trees too!

ceejay
01-31-2011, 06:59 PM
Great job, PAMI ... I'm planning a covered bridge too.

sameo2559
02-01-2011, 12:46 AM
I'd like in on this one if there is still room. (I just mailed off cards for two swaps today and find I can't even wait 24 hrs before signing up for more. Can anyone say "addiction"?!) Bridges sound outside my normal realm but should be fun.

Amy - Sameo

ArtsyLady
02-01-2011, 07:55 AM
I'd like in on this one if there is still room. (I just mailed off cards for two swaps today and find I can't even wait 24 hrs before signing up for more. Can anyone say "addiction"?!) Bridges sound outside my normal realm but should be fun.

Amy - Sameo


Oh, but what a glorious addiction...

Art101
02-01-2011, 08:15 AM
Lurking, I'm too backed up to add anything more right now. :(

CherylS
02-01-2011, 10:04 AM
My bridges are done. There is a large park near my home which has 12 bridges so it was hard to choose which to do. So, I have 1. the brick bridge2. the Old stone bridge 3. Stone bridge in snow 4. Wood bridge

AnnaAardvark
02-01-2011, 10:33 AM
Cheryl, those are GORGEOUS! I look forward to seeing them in person!

AnnaAardvark
02-01-2011, 11:12 AM
Amy, it is a pleasure to have you join us! Welcome!

AnnaAardvark
02-01-2011, 01:57 PM
That takes us to full!! :)

Welcome, ziptango!! Happy to have you!

AnnaAardvark
02-01-2011, 02:01 PM
I'm moving this thread to "Active Swaps" since we are full.

Art101
02-01-2011, 08:19 PM
Since you are full, if you are doing a wait list please put me on it. Perhaps if someone drops out, I will by then be cleared of my backed up stuff so it could work out. :)

AnnaAardvark
02-01-2011, 11:48 PM
Sure thing, Art101. :)

AnnaAardvark
02-02-2011, 02:50 PM
Pfifer80, I saw your lovely footbridge in the gallery! Awesome!


I received your beautiful cards today, jo.on.the.go. Thank you so much for the extra! :)

AnnaAardvark
02-03-2011, 01:44 PM
PAMI, your lovely cards arrived today. Thank you very much for the extra card!

ceejay
02-03-2011, 02:14 PM
CherylS ... lovely bridges.

AnnaAardvark
02-07-2011, 02:38 PM
Cheryl, your beautiful bridges arrived today! :jiggy:

Elf
02-08-2011, 02:28 AM
I'm so sorry, but I must drop out and give art101 a chance. This transatlantic move has me too preoccupied to draw well. I tried yesterday and the results were HORRIBLE. I'll get going with swaps again after the move. Thank you!

Art101
02-08-2011, 06:50 AM
I don't know if there are others ahead of me on the wait list, but I'm still interested.

AnnaAardvark
02-08-2011, 10:13 AM
No worries, Elf. It happens. I hope your move ends soon and your muse returns. ;)

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Art101!! I'm glad you are still interested. :jiggy:
Pfifer80: I will be looking for your cards. :)

Art101
02-08-2011, 08:37 PM
Lucky me, I'm in!

Elf
02-09-2011, 07:56 AM
Hurray, now I feel better about dropping out!

ceejay
02-09-2011, 06:49 PM
Oh, my, Pfifer80 ... those are fantabulous ... wow AnnaAardvark ... this is really a great swap we're having. My cards are almost finished.

AnnaAardvark
02-09-2011, 07:18 PM
I second that, ceejay! This is a great swap! I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am.
Pfifer80, those are wonderful! Love the black/ gray monochromatic bridges! So dramatic. The perspective on the bottom bridge is fabulous!

alanabannana
02-10-2011, 07:38 AM
All these wonderful bridges. I have not started mine yet. I'd better get to it!!

Janet
02-10-2011, 12:35 PM
Mine were posted today Tracey :)

AnnaAardvark
02-10-2011, 02:08 PM
Fantastic, Janet! I will be watching for them.

AnnaAardvark
02-11-2011, 07:50 PM
Pfifer80, got your cards today... AND YOUR SURPRISE!!! WOW! :swoon: :jiggy:

(I fell in love with an ATC that Tammy made for a swap... http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=205732
She painted a 5x7 of this picture for me, matted and framed it, and sent it to me as a gift!!)

I am PM-ing you.

alanabannana
02-12-2011, 09:55 PM
I am just not happy with the way my bridges are coming out. The seem to escape me. Sadly, I think I need to withdraw and give my space over to someone else.

AnnaAardvark
02-12-2011, 11:04 PM
Aw, Alana, I have been there. I hope your muse returns to you soon. :)

AnnaAardvark
02-14-2011, 12:50 PM
Janet, your bridges arrived today and you are such a sweetheart! Thank you so much for the extras!! :D

ceejay
02-14-2011, 02:59 PM
Okay, AnnaAardvark ... my cards will be mailed tomorrow AM.

AnnaAardvark
02-15-2011, 10:57 PM
I will be watching for them, louisezee! :D

AmericanHwyFlower
02-17-2011, 02:01 AM
love that red bridge!

Josette
02-17-2011, 05:17 PM
Would love to paint some bridges. Can you include me? Josette

AnnaAardvark
02-17-2011, 09:52 PM
We would be delighted to have you join us, Josette, and it just so happens that we have one last spot available so welcome!!

AnnaAardvark
02-19-2011, 08:42 PM
Got your beautiful cards today, ceejay. Thank you very much for the extra!

itti
02-21-2011, 04:02 PM
Here's my first, de Molensteegbrug (the Mill alley bridge) in Leiden:

Art101
02-22-2011, 01:44 AM
OHGosh Itti, the Mill Ally Bridge card is fabulous. Whoever gets that is a lucky swapper! (I hope I'm lucky, I hope I'm lucky, I hope I'm lucky...)

AnnaAardvark
02-22-2011, 03:43 AM
Stunning, itti! I really enjoy seeing bridges from different areas of the world too! Beautiful.

AnnaAardvark
02-22-2011, 03:44 AM
There are so many beautiful pieces of art in this swap!


:D

carlah
02-22-2011, 04:42 AM
My first bridge is readdy, de Nieuwe Gracht in Utrecht

carlah
02-22-2011, 04:47 AM
Itti same famely , same thouhgts, other place, nice swap!!!

itti
02-22-2011, 05:11 AM
Beautiful and so nice and green!
Lol, yes, well, there are so many canal towns here.... But Utrecht has very specific ones with those waterlevel plateaus next to the canals. I am going to stick to local, Leiden, bridges. Our (small) historic town city has 88 bridges to choose from.

carlah
02-22-2011, 09:48 AM
You are welcom Pfifer80!!!!

AnnaAardvark
02-22-2011, 11:06 AM
I am thinking I need to move to the Netherlands :idea:

If these gorgeous paintings are representations of the sights in the Netherlands, I am with you, Tammy! Beautiful!!

carlah
02-23-2011, 07:13 AM
Here is my secent bridge

Aime
02-23-2011, 10:57 AM
Carlah, your secent bridge is Awesome!!!!

AnnaAardvark
02-23-2011, 11:53 AM
louiszee, your cards arrived today, safe and sound.

AnnaAardvark
02-23-2011, 11:55 AM
Gorgeous cards, Carlah!! I can't wait to see them in real life! :D

Wil Opio Oguta
02-23-2011, 12:11 PM
I am not satisfied with my bridges and I think it is better if I withdraw. Sorry.

AnnaAardvark
02-23-2011, 01:17 PM
I am not satisfied with my bridges and I think it is better if I withdraw. Sorry.

I am very sorry to see you go, Wil Opio Oguta. I have had times where my muse goes on vacation without me too but I want to remind you that we are always our worst critics and maybe you are being too hard on yourself.
Happy Creating! ;)

AnnaAardvark
02-23-2011, 10:13 PM
Beautiful paintings, Ziptango!!

itti
02-24-2011, 03:43 AM
love those bridges, Ziptango!

carlah
02-24-2011, 04:30 AM
Love the bridges from Ziptango too!!!
Here are my last ones, they are on the way now.

AnnaAardvark
02-24-2011, 05:15 AM
Two more beautiful pieces of art, Carlah! I will be watching for them.

itti
02-25-2011, 09:07 AM
Terrific bridges Carlah and Ziptango!!

Here are the rest of my Leiden bridges. I'll put them in the mail this afternoon!

AnnaAardvark
02-25-2011, 12:02 PM
I couldn't agree more. So many talented artists here. I love this site. I find it to be such an inspiration.

AnnaAardvark
02-25-2011, 03:31 PM
Here is my last card, a little bridge in Venice...

ceejay
02-25-2011, 07:01 PM
Beautiful cards itti. Anna all your cards are Fantastic ... great details. It's impossible to mention everybody here ... these are such awesome works of art ... sure hope you're able to archive these. Soooo looking forward to my returns.

itti
02-26-2011, 04:03 AM
Awesome card, Tracey!!

carlah
02-26-2011, 04:06 AM
Tracey and itti your cards are great , I must say , this site is having a great level!!!!!

Art101
02-28-2011, 07:42 AM
Oh the cards in this swap are fabulous. I had to stop looking and just go ahead and paint mine, so that I did not become too self-critical by comparison to others' cards. Anyhow, here are mine. Addy please.

AnnaAardvark
02-28-2011, 07:51 AM
Great bridges, Art101! I love the perspective in bridge #3 and the reflection in your 4th card is so cool! I will PM you my addy. :)

AnnaAardvark
02-28-2011, 07:52 AM
I am going to have very limited access online for the next few days but will make every effort to check in. I just don't want anyone to worry that they haven't heard from me. Thanks for your patience.

Jean
03-02-2011, 03:47 PM
Ok, here are mine...finally! I'll get them en route tomorrow.

ETA: I am SO glad I didn't come check the eyecandy till my bridges were done! Sheesh, majorly good stuff here!

Aime
03-02-2011, 06:24 PM
Jean your cards are beautiful!!!!!

AnnaAardvark
03-04-2011, 11:57 AM
Such beautiful bridges, Jean and Barb! I look forward to seeing them in person. :D

AnnaAardvark
03-04-2011, 11:59 AM
I received mail from Ziptango and Carlah! Your gorgeous bridges have arrived safe and sound! Thank you so much for the extras! And Carla, you are such a sweetie -- I had your postage covered but thank you for the help. :wubclub:

Jean
03-04-2011, 01:20 PM
Holy bleep, B anne...I'm glad I didn't see those before I signed up! My bridges are going out today, Anna!

AnnaAardvark
03-04-2011, 02:07 PM
Great, Jean, I will keep an eye out.

itti, your bridges have arrived! Thank you for the extra!! Love the vibrant blue in your one bridge. It was lovely to begin with but wow! in person! :D

duckduckgoose
03-06-2011, 10:03 PM
The cards are off and should arrive any time now! :D

AnnaAardvark
03-06-2011, 10:37 PM
Great Bonnie! I will be watching for them! :)

sameo2559
03-08-2011, 11:57 PM
I have some pretty good bridge ideas to go along with my good intentions but too many other pressing demands at the moment. Sorry but I'll have to bow out of this one:(. I'm feeling sorry for myself as there are so many GREAT cards.

AnnaAardvark
03-09-2011, 08:41 AM
I completely understand, Amy, though I am very sorry to see you go. I had the same thing happen to me in February. Maybe next time?

Aime
03-09-2011, 08:58 PM
Anna, I hate to withdraw, but I must. Sorry about this.

AnnaAardvark
03-10-2011, 08:21 AM
Aw... I do understand. :sad:
Crunch time always makes me say, "I have to make how many cards?!" :eek:

I hope you will join us next time Aime.

AnnaAardvark
03-10-2011, 12:50 PM
Barbara, your cards arrived today. Thank you so much for the extra and I have to tell you that I was completely in awe of the print that you sent them in!! BEAUTIFUL!! Your style is everything I envision watercolor. I love it!

AnnaAardvark
03-10-2011, 12:52 PM
I don't want to get anyone's hopes up but early returns are not out of the question!! :jiggy: Just waiting on a few cards that have already been sent. Could it be? (fingers crossed)

AnnaAardvark
03-11-2011, 01:03 PM
Dear Jean, your beautiful cards made it here safely today. Your letter made me smile on a day that I really needed a smile. My son suggested that you had planned it that way. That made me smile too. Thank you very much for the extra cards. You are very kind. :wubclub:

Jean
03-12-2011, 12:49 AM
I'm so glad, Tracey! You deserve tons of smiles! :yes:

AnnaAardvark
03-14-2011, 10:46 PM
Only 2 more days!! :jiggy: Just waiting on one more set of cards.

AnnaAardvark
03-16-2011, 09:14 AM
Today is the big day!! I didn't receive duckduckgoose's cards but I think she sent them over a week ago. I am going to wait until Friday to swap the cards and returns should start showing up early next week! :D
Thank you everyone for playing and giving it 110%! You guys are great!

AnnaAardvark
03-19-2011, 11:11 AM
Cards are all swapped out! Phew!
Hopefully, you will start receiving returns early next week. :jiggy:

Don't forget to leave iTrader for me (your hostess) and rep points for the artists from whom you received cards. Thanks for playing!!

CherylS
03-23-2011, 05:55 PM
I got my bridges today. All are lovely. Thanks to Pauline, Carlah, and Janet. Thank you Anna for hosting and the beautiful print.

jo.on.the.go
03-23-2011, 06:28 PM
I got my cards today...wonderful set. All the cards I saw in the thread were nice.
Special thanks to
carlah - Rotterdam bridge - great perspective
Pfifer80 - black and white bridge - black and white makes such a stunning card
PAMI -Suspension bridge...I'm not sure I would want to walk over that! And as usual, my collection of PAMI-cards is growing by leaps and bounds and I will never get all your rep points to you.
Thanks for hosting, Tracey.

AnnaAardvark
03-23-2011, 06:33 PM
Oh yay! I am so glad returns have started coming in! :jiggy:



And - a special shout out Thanks to Chase for the beautiful piece of art included in my envelope - you truly rock.

Tammy, you made his day! :)

itti
03-24-2011, 08:22 AM
I've received awesome bridges from B_anne, Ziptango and our lovely hostess herself!! I am so happy with all of them! A BIG thanks to all of you!

Janet
03-24-2011, 11:18 AM
Mine arrived today, so quick!! Thanks to CherylS, Pfifer80 and Anna. Many thanks to our hostess for a lovely swap :)

carlah
03-24-2011, 12:57 PM
Mine cards arrived today!!! First thanks to the exellent hostess, you did a great job!!!
B-Anne ,Ziptango and Janet, Thanks for your beautiful cards,
Tracey thanks For the prints!!

Jean
03-25-2011, 01:20 PM
Mail came!!!! It was full of painted bridges, more beautiful than I can say. Thank you so much to Pami, Anna, and B_Anne! They are beautiful - and the print is fabulous. What an amazing swap this was. Off to leave rep/trader.

AmericanHwyFlower
03-25-2011, 07:09 PM
I received my painted bridges today and I love them. Thank you Tracey for hosting and thanks to:
CeeJay, Louiszee,Pauline:jiggy:

AnnaAardvark
03-27-2011, 12:12 PM
Hosting a new swap... may I invite you all?

Art101
03-28-2011, 06:52 AM
I received wonderful cards from Louizezee, Jo.on.the.go, and Cheryls. Thank you everyone, I'm leaving REPs now. And a big Mahalo to Tracey (Itrader for you!) for doing such a great hosting job, this swap was fun!

duckduckgoose
03-31-2011, 06:02 AM
Hmmm... I still haven't seen mine yet :(

duckduckgoose
03-31-2011, 06:02 AM
I'm looking at the list and it says they were never rec'vd. :/
That bites. I mailed them out in plenty time!

AnnaAardvark
03-31-2011, 06:23 AM
Yes, you did mail them out in plenty of time. Boston should've only take a couple of days. I don't know why they never arrived. :(
Of course, if they turn up here, I will definitely send them back to you so you can trade them.
I had my returns from a swap I played in get lost. I was so disappointed. That was last summer and neither I nor the host have ever heard from them again.
I would at least like to send you the print that everyone received from me. If you PM me your address, I will get that out to you.
Thanks for the effort that you put into this swap and I will keep my fingers crossed that they turn up for you.