View Full Version : Bizarre holidays - MAY Due May 20th

03-23-2011, 08:20 PM
Due Date: May 20th
postage date for non-Australians: May 6th
cards: 3 for 3
participants: 20


I live in Australia - mail will NOT reach me quickly! I normally allow 2 weeks when mailing my swaps to anywhere else in the world - I suggest that you do the same. That still leaves 6 weeks to make 3 cards.

You will go to this site:

Choose up to 3 holidays to create your ATCs for - they can be the same holiday or 3 different ones. All mediums are welcome.

You can now plan ahead - all future Bizarre holiday swaps will be due on the 20th of the month that you are making. That means that June will be due June 20th.

Due date:
Cards are to be in my hands by May 20th. I will mail your return cards as soon as possible, but remember, it took 2 weeks to reach me so they will take 2 weeks to reach you. Please be on time so others don't have to wait.

Australian players - please include a stamp equivalent to your postage
International players - a stamp equivalent to your postage would be appreciated but is not required.
ALL players please include a LARGE address label.

1. Do your best work - I plan to swap like-for-like, as much as I can.

2。Clearly write your USERNAME and the SWAP NAME on the back of all your cards (so you can get fun rep points) and on the back of your mailing envelope.

3. Please mail early to allow time to reach Australia.

4. An extra card for the swap host (in line with the swap theme) or some loose postage is greatly appreciated but is not required.

5. Embellishments are fine. The completed card needs to fit into standard pockets and the embellishments need to be securely fastened so they don't fall off during shipping. If it is too bulky it is more than likely that the card may not reach me - either because the envelope has been torn and the card lost, or it is too heavy.

6. Have fun!!

7. I will give iTrader feedback when I receive your cards, and will also update this post showing that your cards have arrived. In return I encourage you to give iTrader host feedback for me when you receive your swap returns, and Rep points for the artists whose cards you receive. After all, knowing where your cards went is half the fun. (I think)

0. donnacr
1. jaeseals - returned
2. ScrapPea - returned
3. Threshold90 - returned
4. pami - returned
5. suntrade - mailed - lost in the mail :cry:
6. jennie - returned
7. Barbara F - withdrew
8. flowerlily64 - returned
9. tattiekite - withdrew
10. sarat - returned
11. Jesimal - received
12. studio39designs - returned
13. pirategrrl775 - returned
14. larkawolf2009 - returned
15. crazycardlady - returned
16. trekaroo - returned
17. kkwarth = withdrew

03-23-2011, 11:00 PM
Oooo I've been waiting for this! Sign me up! :)

03-24-2011, 12:07 AM
Yes yes yes! Will you please sign me up?!? I'm having such fun with April I can't stop.

03-24-2011, 12:59 AM
Look what happens!! I go out to lunch with my sister and I already have my first 2 friends - welcome jaeseals and ScrapPea!
I love your enthusiasm - glad you are having so much fun!

03-24-2011, 03:51 AM
Id like to play too, me, me plz!

03-24-2011, 06:49 AM
Of course you can play Threshold90 - especially when you said please.

03-24-2011, 10:03 AM
please add me to the list. Surprise! mine go in the mail today.I did them when you had posted all the months.

03-24-2011, 12:00 PM
You know I am on board!

03-24-2011, 12:04 PM
Ohmigosh Ohmigosh Ohmigosh! I just saw the list of holidays for May. HOW do I choose from all that madness?~!~! Can't we have "Bizarre First-Two-Weeks of May" and "Bizarre Second-Two-Weeks of May" swaps?? :yes: ...like I could even choose from that....

03-25-2011, 01:15 AM
Welcome pami and I can't wait for your cards - the last ones of your 'year' :sad: you will be missed
suntrade - welcome back!!
scrapPea - I have enough trouble keeping up with you all just once a month - don't make me do it TWICE a month :twitcy::swoon::eek:

03-26-2011, 01:14 PM
Please add me to your list thank you

03-26-2011, 08:13 PM
welcome to the madness jennie. I hope you have fun

03-27-2011, 11:09 PM
me me...I want to play!

03-27-2011, 11:52 PM
Hand up high and waving from the back seats. Me please, Donna. I may manage before AQC but am back in UK early May so should manage to post in time.

03-28-2011, 12:47 AM
I forget to look at my UserCP and look what happens - I miss all these friends signing up (and yes, I did see this tiny hand waving from the backstalls)
welcome back Barbara F, flowerlily64 and tattiekite

Where in the world are you at the moment tattiekite, still in the US?

03-28-2011, 10:26 AM
Another fun one! Missed the last few BUT sign me up for this one, pleeze

03-28-2011, 04:40 PM
I forget to look at my UserCP and look what happens - I miss all these friends signing up (and yes, I did see this tiny hand waving from the backstalls)
welcome back Barbara F, flowerlily64 and tattiekite

Thanks Donna :spinny:

03-28-2011, 09:20 PM
welcome sarat - you were missed and I'm glad you're back!

03-29-2011, 10:17 PM
im doing save the rhino day n im lookin at google images of rhinos.... Real sad, so many pics of rhinos with their horns cut off :(

03-30-2011, 01:23 AM
looks like GREAT fun!! would love to join :v_spin:

03-30-2011, 08:22 AM
welcome Jesimal - I am glad that my PM made sense. Warning these Holidays are addictive!

04-03-2011, 02:58 PM
Hi !

April's cards are in the mail to you, so I'm ready to sign up for May! Thanks much!:cute:

04-03-2011, 08:49 PM
studio39designs - you are very welcome (I'll keep an eye out for the April cards)

04-04-2011, 01:56 AM
Another fun swap.
I just finished mine.

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/4435/small/1_Swap_Firey.jpg Firey: Watercolors (Fire Day-May 2)

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/4435/small/1_Swap_Home_Grown.jpgUrban Grown: Original Photo (National Photo Month)

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/4435/small/1_Swap_Painted.jpgPainted: Micron Pens (Body Painting Arts Festival: May 17)

04-04-2011, 04:55 AM
sarat - those are great! I'll keep my eye out for them

04-04-2011, 11:28 AM
@sarat - Wow! I love how you used different media (medium?) for each card.

04-05-2011, 01:41 PM
My cards are ready.

Hope you all like them!


04-05-2011, 10:59 PM
@Suntrade - Love the Uncle Mom-Sam!!

04-06-2011, 01:05 AM
suntrade - those are great! I can't wait to have them in my hot little hands

04-06-2011, 01:29 AM
Thank you!

Is tax time here in the US, so I thought that would be ironic!

04-08-2011, 03:30 PM
Here I am---ready for another month! Please sign me up!

04-08-2011, 06:54 PM
I'm done with mine. I'll put them in my gallery. I need your addy. so much fun

04-08-2011, 08:49 PM
wlecome pirategrrl775 to the last month of your year - that year just flew by so quickly

Jennie - I have just looked at your Gallery and your cards are FANTASTIC!! Did you make the hands and feet on the Twister board? sending my addy now

04-09-2011, 08:32 PM
AHH why must I join so many swaps? Cuz they are fun!! Sign me up please XD

04-09-2011, 08:35 PM
WOW! Suntrade and sarat, I love your cards!
Donnacr- does it matter which holiday we pick or just any we like?

04-09-2011, 09:12 PM
oh i have another question now lol can we pick like the theme of the month too? the list they have at the top of the page for what the month is. If not thats ok ^^ I have the ones I want to do, but I was just curious.

04-09-2011, 10:02 PM
Thank you! I am eager to see everyone's work!

04-10-2011, 01:59 AM
larkawolf - you are so right - these swaps ARE a lot of fun. As long as you are using the Holidays for the month of May you can use any listed - monthly or daily. Some of the monthly Holidays are great for cards.

crazycardlady - you are very welcome

04-10-2011, 07:44 PM
ok. I am working on my cards now XD

04-11-2011, 04:04 AM
trekaroo - you are very welcome to your next month.

04-11-2011, 08:28 AM
I think you should do advanced sign ups for next month cuz i def want to join next months bizzarre holidays

04-11-2011, 06:23 PM
Im almost finished my May cards XD I might get to work on June cards next lol

04-11-2011, 08:47 PM
larkawolf - I love your enthusiasm! Why don't you do what Pami did for the last few months of her Bizarre year - she made the cards ahead of time, whenever the inspiration struck and the minute that month was offered she posted them to me.
I wouldn't make more than a few months ahead as your views change and you may miss a 'perfect' holiday by rushing (I am STILL finding different Holidays that I want to make and this is my 3rd time through them)
trekaroo - why not do what I did when I first started making these Holidays - I printed off each of the months (most of them are only a single page) and kept them in a plastic pocket with the month I was making on top so that I didn't get confused and make cards for the wrong month. As I sent off that month's cards I moved that sheet to the back of the stack and had the next month staring at me for inspiration.

I will be sending the June thread to the Mods about April 25 - I plan to open each new month 8 weeks before the due date. It's easy to plan ahead now as each swap is due on the 20th of its month - I put them all on my calendar in advance so that I wouldn't miss them and it gave me an idea of when to start looking for them as a new thread.

04-12-2011, 01:02 PM
That does sound like a good idea donnacr! And since all of the months are on the same website its easy to see whats next. I def think I will do that. Ill be uploading my pictures sometime this week and hopefully sending them off!

04-13-2011, 12:01 AM
I'm really looking forward to seeing them

04-13-2011, 07:29 PM
Ok, heres my cards... May 24th- Escargot, May 30th- My Bucket's Got a Hole in it Day, and may 17th- Pack Rat Day ^^ Im still thinking about making an extra too, but its so hard to pick the days lol

04-14-2011, 04:09 AM
alright got my first one done....
May 1st Save A Rhino Day (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=220725)
used rhino from Spider-man comics....

04-14-2011, 08:06 AM
larkawolf - I love the cards that you have already made (you could have made 'Pack rat day' for me so now you HAVE to make another card hahahahahaha)
threshold90 - I'm glad you identified rhino as I am not up with the current comics, great card otherwise

04-14-2011, 09:17 AM
You can have whichever card you would like donna ^^ Ill probably make at least 1 or 2 more for this swap and then finish my other swaps and start on June's holidays XD

04-14-2011, 09:49 PM
Ok my May cards are now in the gallery. It was user error the first time.
Donnacr yes I made the hands and feet. I love polymer clay.

04-16-2011, 06:49 PM
I so love being ahead of time! My cards left today...here is a preview

04-16-2011, 08:17 PM
they look great flowerlily - I can't wait to see them IRL

04-17-2011, 07:38 PM
@Donnacr - Great tips to "make ahead" AND "your vision may change." I'll be looking for June come April 25-ish.

@Larkawolf2009 - I love your Pack Rat card. I'm doing that holiday, too, and how cool that we both had a completely different take on it.

@flowerlily64 - Love the Zentangle feet!

04-17-2011, 07:46 PM
they look great flowerlily - I can't wait to see them IRL
Thanks ...I agree...cards seem to always be better IRL...hope you like them =)

@flowerlily64 - Love the Zentangle feet!
Thanks! I had a hard time coming up with that idea....I was about to go with some socks when I thought of these...zentangles are always so much fun! =)

04-18-2011, 11:10 AM
Flowerlily64--just saw your art cards. Love the frog.

04-18-2011, 08:11 PM
I would very much like to participate - I am always going online for monthly inspiration for the once-a-month trade I am in locally.

04-19-2011, 08:38 AM
Wowie-kazowie!! I just finished my May cards and they are everything I hoped they would be, and then they turned out better! (Really, how often does *that* happen?) I'll mail these with June's cards before your May 6 postmark date.

(I have a busy May, so all my swaps are going out that first week.)

04-19-2011, 10:36 AM
scrapPea - don't mail them too fast - just prop them up and enjoy them. I agree with you - cards don't often turn out as you hoped and to be even better than hoped - well. . . . I now REALLY can't wait to see them (and drool over them, er. . . admire them:embarrassed:) I hope that it is an enjoyable busy and not work pressure busy for the month of May and I look forward to seeing your June cards as well

kkwarth - welcome to your first Bizarre Holiday swap. Please make sure that you are using the MAY holidays for your inspiration for this swap as each month has a different swap for those holidays. Now that I have totally confused you - have fun! If you have any questions feel free to ask in this thread or send me a PM

04-20-2011, 12:17 PM
Oh, it's a way fun busy month! The 1st weekend is the Michigan ATC get-together where I actually meet some of the folks on this forum. The 2nd weekend is the local but oh-so-awesome scrapbook convention MegaMeet, and I have 3 days of classes and cropping! The following weekend, I fly to Boston for the Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) workshop. In between, I have a different, small ATC group meeting. I also have my writing group, and I plan to submit another chapter for critique. I figure after that my mind will be in a creative meltdown, so I'll just nap on the couch a lot.

Oh, I have enjoyed my cards here. I still am. (Remember, I'm mailing them by May 1, so I have plenty of time.) I'm going to print them out on the collage setting from my personal photo printer so I have them all right here beside my computer. Donnacr, you always make me warm and fuzzy when you're excited about the images. I sooooo love the suspense, but I'm snagging the available moment to post my cards.

04-20-2011, 09:14 PM
(with a very serious face, hands folded and looking over my glasses) Ahem! the aim of a good Host is to make all players feel warm and fuzzy (and make sure we all have a lot of fun - skips quickly out of the room going 'Tra-la-la-la')

scrapPea - I love your cards but that is mean - I have already admitted that I am a pack rat and then you make a GREAT card for Limerick Day as well. You KNOW I am not good at decisions. . . . . .

PS. I am so jealous that you are getting to be a CZT :notworthy:- I have been following Rick and Maria since early 2009 when Chatty's zentangle group introduced me. You'll have to tell me all about it - and maybe give me a sneak peek at some of those original 102 tangles that they don't put on their website:wubclub::no:

04-22-2011, 12:33 AM
sarat - your wonderful cards arrived yesterday but I had to wait to give you a 2nd iTrader (your Flower cards took up yesterday)

04-22-2011, 12:52 AM
The June Bizarre holiday thread has just been sent to the Mods so keep an eye out for it if you are interested

04-22-2011, 11:45 PM
@Donnacr - Okay, I missed a cool swap because I didn't know mods would approve swaps so soon and I refuse to miss this one! FMI: how long does it usually take for approval - a day, two days, hours??

04-23-2011, 07:20 AM
I don't think that the Mods ever sleep as I am on the other side of the world to them (and so awake when they are asleep and vice versa) and yet they never take more than a few hours to approve a swap

04-23-2011, 01:33 PM
Here are my May Bizarre Holiday ATCs -
May 2 - Fire Day
May 23 Penny Day
May 26 - Grey Day
May 12 - Limerick Day

What fun - now, on to June!:cute:

04-23-2011, 08:56 PM
Donnacr, Hello I don't want to be pushy, but have my little cards made it to you yet? Lord knows they had me fill out enough paperwork at the post office. I love their questions. "Is there anything liquid, self combustable, or medication? Have you had this in your hands for the entire time or has anyone else had it. " My answer, No, no, no, no one else has touched it until you took it out of my hands. Can I trust you really? " Post man, Oh, snarky look and all. Thanks

04-26-2011, 02:49 AM
Just a gentle warning that all international cards (and that is all of you) need to be posted by the end of next week in order to guarantee they reach me on time.

04-27-2011, 03:20 AM
flowerlily - your wonderful cards arrived today, thanks for the stamps and extras

04-28-2011, 05:31 PM
Oh where, oh where did my Bizzare Holidays cards go,
Oh where, oh where did they go.
With they're tiny size in a big envelope
Oh where, Oh where can they be

Sing along with me if you know the song!

04-28-2011, 07:16 PM
very well composed Jennie (that was one of my favourite songs as a child) - never fear, Australia Post is still getting back to order after the LONG break. I still have hope!

04-29-2011, 05:40 AM
It was a great mail day today - I received cards from studio39designs and. . .. JENNIE!!

Wow! I have never received 4 months at once - no wonder that it took a while to reach me. I can only give iTraders for swaps that are open so I will give July and August soon.

04-29-2011, 07:34 PM
It was a great mail day today - I received cards from studio39designs and. . .. JENNIE!!

Wow! I have never received 4 months at once - no wonder that it took a while to reach me. I can only give iTraders for swaps that are open so I will give July and August soon.
Thank you Donnacr, I told you I don't go to the post office often. I'm already thinking about the rest of the year. Just can't decide between some of them. It will take a lot of thought.

05-01-2011, 01:12 PM
I learned to post pictures to a thread,,,YEAH!

05-01-2011, 11:10 PM
well done jennie - I love your photo gallery card, I still can't imagine how long all those memos must have taken to write and I love the snail 'racing' away from the fork.:notworthy:

anyone who has not mailed their cards yet - don't forget that they MUST be in the mail by Friday to guarantee arriving by the due date.

05-02-2011, 04:17 AM
jesimal - your cards arrived today for this swap and my flowers swap. I need to wait between iTraders but you will received both. thanks for the gorgeous teabag folding papers

05-02-2011, 07:12 PM
I hope mine arrives soon ^^ I sent the flowers, may and june holidays along with you nerd cards together. Uploading June's cards later ^^

05-03-2011, 04:42 AM
trekaroo - your wonderful MAY cards arrived today (private joke - well done!) I love them all!

05-04-2011, 12:46 AM
posted my cards today...you should get them soon

05-04-2011, 12:52 AM
I can't wait to see them - that year has just flown past. I hope you've enjoyed your 12 months of Holidays.

05-05-2011, 06:59 PM
alright I already posted my Rhino, n now I got the last 2... go out in tom's mail
Hoagie Day n Dance Like a Chicken Day

05-05-2011, 07:34 PM
Threshold90, I love your dance like a chicken card ^^ its an awesome take on the day

05-06-2011, 01:57 AM
I had to look up what a 'hoagie' was as we don't have anything like that word in Australia. Once I knew what it was your card looks GREAT! (it's lunchtime and it has made me hungry :)) I agree with larkawolf about your 'Chicken dance' - wonderful twist!

05-06-2011, 02:01 AM
larkawolf - if you posted about April 14 as my notes show, I would be getting worried that your package has gone astray as it is 3 weeks since posting. Sorry
suntrade - my records show that you mailed April 6 but I have not received your cards yet either, sorry.

I have gone through all the cards that I have received and the list in post #1 is as up to date as possible. Those people who have not mailed their cards yet - Australia Post seems to be getting slower so don't risk missing the due date - cards need to be in the mail NOW!!

05-06-2011, 03:31 AM
Thx ppl. Yeah lot o names for sandwiches ;)

05-06-2011, 01:49 PM
donna, I didnt have the stamps then to send them but I def know they are one their way ^^

05-07-2011, 02:10 PM
I think i sent mine out lol at least i hope so i cant find em at hm. Ill hope 4 the best

05-08-2011, 03:35 AM
threshold90 - I'll mark you as mailed and then we can both cross our fingers ;)

05-11-2011, 06:38 AM
I had an AMAZING mail day today in only 2 envelopes - ScrapPea sent her May and June Bizarre holidays and cards for my Flower swap, larkawolf2009 sent even more - May and June Bizarre hols, Flowers AND some nerds as her EAT swap.

I need to take 2 hours between each iTrader per person so it will take a while before I get to give you both ALL that I owe you.

05-12-2011, 12:41 AM
Threshold90 and Pirategrrl775 - your wonderful cards arrived today

05-12-2011, 05:12 AM
Yay! Glad theymade it

05-12-2011, 07:27 PM
Cant wait to see what cards I get at the end of the month!!!

05-13-2011, 06:41 AM
All the cards that I have in front of me are FANTASTIC!! I am so lucky to be able to see them ALL.

05-14-2011, 08:08 PM
I seems my cards got lost ... That sucks.

05-14-2011, 08:50 PM
Aw booo :(

05-17-2011, 08:04 AM
jaeseals - your great cards arrived today (at least this time the recipient was known :))

this means that we are only waiting for crazycardlady's cards and then I can swap out

05-19-2011, 08:14 AM
Yeah I can't wait

05-23-2011, 03:34 AM
crazycardlady -your cards arrived today -I LOVE the instruments on 2 of them (a pity that I can't keep one :sad:)

05-27-2011, 08:19 PM
I got my cards. So excited. First Thank you to Donna. I love the limmerick card and you are a great host.
Thank you also to Studio39design- it's a grey day
jaeseals- hambuger day Yum
Flowerlily- frog jumping day
Thank you all

05-28-2011, 09:41 AM
the limerick is a thank you to all of you as you make it very easy to be a Host (except when I have to give away all those beautiful cards and can't keep a sample :sad:)

05-28-2011, 06:29 PM
Just received my cards today! They are all great! First thanks to donna for hosting this and all the bizarre holidays and for the limerick card!
A thanks also to
ScrapPea--> Pack Rat Day (one that I did and was great to see another version of it!)
pirategirrl775--> Chocolate Chip Day
trekaroo--> Frog Jumping Jubillee Day (another one I did and a great way to see it another way)

Also I hope you liked your host card donna....can I ask which one you kept? lol

05-28-2011, 10:21 PM
larkawolf2009 - couldn't you find your 'Pack rat' card in the background of the Host card? I told you I couldn't resist that card :D

05-29-2011, 06:14 PM
Got my ATCs in the mail yesterday. Thanks, Donnacr for the fun limerick card - loved that you used May ATC cards as your background - what a fabulous idea, and a clever limerick, too!

Thanks, too to these artists:
Jesimal - My Bucket Got a Hole in It
Jennie - National Memo Day
Crazycardlady - Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Off to leave iTrader and You Rock rep points! :spinny:

05-30-2011, 03:11 PM
I received four great cards from jennie, jaeseals, scrapPea and donnacr...thank you all for the work and love put in this cards and a special thanks to our great hostess for hosting one more fun swap!

05-31-2011, 04:39 AM
it makes my day when you all comment on the little cards I make and like them - thanks for making these swaps fun for me too

05-31-2011, 06:53 PM
Got my cards. How fun.

Thanks donnacr for hosting and for the special card. i LOVE Limericks.

And to theses artists:

Jesimal: My bucket's got a hole in it--cute and creative
Pami:National Grey Day--just like it is at my house today
Threshold90: Save a Rhino Day--love it!!

06-01-2011, 07:52 PM
Not a problem trekaroo - I'm glad you are enjoying the swaps :)

06-02-2011, 12:57 AM
got mine a couple days ago, thanks to donnacr for hosting n to pirategrrl775, PAMI, sarat, & donnacr for their grt cards :) another grt month

06-02-2011, 04:53 PM
Woo-hoo! I got cards!!

@Donnacr - You are one fab host. I love the cards you send us. LOVE your background! How clever, how personal. It took me awhile to find mine; glad you liked my Limerick Day card.

BTW, my husband insists I make extra cards of some themes when they are especially cute/nice/clever. It makes it easier (for both of us!) to send my art lovingly into the world.

I got great cards from:
Larkawolf2009 - Escargot Day. I remember smiling at the snail!
Flowerlily64- May 6 wine Great wine bg paper.
jaeseals - My Bucket's got a hole. I love purple!

06-03-2011, 07:53 AM
so glad you liked the cards ScrapPea - what have you chosen as your swap theme?

06-06-2011, 11:17 AM
oooooo...swap theme...that's a surprise! I want to clear some swaps off my schedule first and then make some examples of cards. Suspense! Drama! I'm all about that. (And that's a subtle clue.)