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04-12-2011, 01:35 AM
Houses of Whimsy

Swap Due Date - June 15, 2011
Sign Up Date - June 1, 2011
Withdraw Date - Anytime before due date
Number of Items - 3/3
Number of Participants - 20 (second swap)
Non-US/Canadian Players - All welcome
Media - Hand drawn or Painted

Hello All,

This is my second time hosting so welcome.

This swap is about houses of strange shapes, impossible proportions, fantastic colours, odd accessories etc. The card should feature an exterior view of some kind of dwelling or dwellings (landscape of a whimsical neighbourhood is acceptable). I am hoping that these cards will be vibrant and fun. Be as playful, outrageous or artistic as you would like.

Any drawing or painting media acceptable. If you feel like you can't draw remember this isn't about drawing realistically, this is about being creative so don't be shy, give it a try (sorry it rhymed).

I have attached some picture for inspiration, these are not mine, I have included links where the pics came from. I also highly recommend checking out Cindy Thornton's site (just because I like it). http://cindythornton.wordpress.com/page/10/

These are just examples don't feel limited by these.

Here are the sites that the pics are from:


The Rules:

Cards that do not meet the swap requirements will be returned to the sender. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

I am in Canada so please give your cards enough time to get here.
Please do not mail your cards ON the due date. Mail them early so they arrive by the due date.

US players
- Include Large Address Label (I will provide the envelopes)
- include loose US postage (whatever you would have to use to mail the item, 66cents-$1, I think). I will use this postage to help pay my way with US hosted swaps.

International Players
- Include Large Address Label (I will provide envelopes)
- if you have US or Canadian Postage please include it if not I will cover it

General Guidelines:
- Please submit only cards that you would be happy to receive yourself.
- Card size must be ATC standard - 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
- Originals only, NO prints
- PM me for my address
- Put your username on the back of your ATCs
- Send cards in sleeves or baggies
- If you need to withdraw, it's no problem. Just let me know. I will leave neutral I- traders for those who do not communicate prior to the due date.
- Players - when you receive your cards for the swap, remember to leave iTrader for the Host (me) and Rep Points for the people you received cards from.


1. alanabannana - arrived
2. a123andpoof - Withdrew
3. KittyNL - arrived
4. catscradle - Withdrew
5. Maineatc - arrived
6. domino - Withdrew
7. Barbara F - arrived
8. Joss - arrived
9. miss - arrived
10. Nancy - arrived
11. shayNOLA - arrived
12. RobbyGirl - Withdrew
13. debs913 - arrived
14. AtlantaShoegirl - arrived
15. Evalila - arrived
16. 1 Art Lady - arrived
17. novasmem - arrived
18. Aime - arrived
19. andyaly - arrived
20. sierralush - arrived

Received Cards - from host
1. alanabannana
2. KittyNL
3. Maineatc
4. miss
5. Nancy
6. shayNOLA
7. debs913
8. AtlantaShoegirl
9. 1 Art Lady
10. novasmem
11. joss
12. andyady
13. Evalila

Cards Yet recieved - from host
1. Barbara F
2. Aime
3. sierralush

04-12-2011, 10:00 AM
Was watching Horton Hears a Who the other night and this fits in with that inspiration. I will give this a try.

04-12-2011, 10:57 AM
Welcome alanabannana so happy to have you. That movie is great especially for whimsy inspiration =)

04-12-2011, 12:10 PM
Okay, sign me up please! This looks to fun to pass up!

04-12-2011, 01:04 PM
a123andpoof so excited to have you. I sure hope it is lots of fun =)

04-12-2011, 01:13 PM
Hi Melynda, I would love to join!

Cat's Cradle
04-12-2011, 01:23 PM
I'd like to draw whimsical houses.

04-12-2011, 01:33 PM
Please sign me up for Houses of Whimsy. Thank you

04-12-2011, 01:48 PM
YAY more people... you are very welcome KittyNL, catscradle and Maineatc!!!

04-12-2011, 02:34 PM
I would love to play! It's not something I normally paint but I would like to take up this challenge :) could be fun!

04-12-2011, 03:47 PM
Whoot, domino I've added you to the list =)

04-12-2011, 04:43 PM
I would love to join this swap, what a fun theme.

04-12-2011, 04:47 PM
Welcome Barabara F and Joss I hope you enjoy.

04-12-2011, 04:54 PM
Can I play?

04-12-2011, 05:12 PM
May I play...I have a big collection of whimsical house ATCS that I would love to add to.

04-12-2011, 07:44 PM
Love this theme! May I join? Thank you, domino for the heads up! :)

04-12-2011, 08:10 PM
Absolutely can't resist this swap! I'd love to join in!

04-12-2011, 08:26 PM
I go for a walk and wow four more people want to play =) Welcome to miss, Nancy, shayNOLA and RobbyGirl, I am happy to have you.

04-12-2011, 09:50 PM
I would love to join this swap :;


04-12-2011, 11:34 PM
Welcome debs913 I hope you enjoy!

04-13-2011, 06:50 AM
Please sign me up. I love whimsy, and I think I can get some "house" on. Looking forward to playing.

04-13-2011, 10:33 AM
Okay, I cant resist. Please sign me up :)

1 Art Lady
04-13-2011, 12:40 PM
Oh, Sounds like a fun theme! May I play?

04-13-2011, 02:45 PM
Welcome to our three most recent whimsy artists, AtlantaShoegirl, Evalila and 1 Art Lady so glad to have you.

04-13-2011, 04:10 PM
I am drawn to color...so please add me

04-13-2011, 04:16 PM
Welcome novasmem, this swap is made for exciting colour =)

04-13-2011, 07:13 PM
Is there enough room for me? Please sign me up if there is!

04-13-2011, 08:42 PM
Yep there sure is. I have signed you up. Welcome =)

04-13-2011, 08:48 PM
Ooh, can I join? This sounds like fun!:)

04-13-2011, 08:51 PM
Absolutely I would gladly have you andyaly. That leaves one spot left. Wow I can't believe how fast this swap is filling up =)

1 Art Lady
04-13-2011, 09:03 PM
What a fun bunch!

04-13-2011, 09:29 PM
Yes this should be a fun group. I am super excited about hosting this swap. I plan on making cards too =)

04-14-2011, 08:26 AM
If I am not too late, I would love to join this swap!

04-14-2011, 01:02 PM
Nope you are not to late. This is the last spot. Welcome =)

04-14-2011, 01:37 PM
Now that we are full I am requesting that the swap be moved from Open to Active =)

04-14-2011, 05:47 PM
Melynda, Mine are finished. I need your addy.

04-14-2011, 09:43 PM
Wow that was fast. Your cards look great. Thanks so much for attaching them =)

04-20-2011, 03:58 PM
Everyone is so quiet in here. I started to think I just wasn't getting any alerts =)

04-20-2011, 09:22 PM
I guess we're all busy working on our whimsy houses! Actually, I haven't worked on mine yet, but I will as soon as I get a couple of other swaps finished up!

1 Art Lady
04-21-2011, 08:19 AM
We have had the state testing going on at school, so live has been nuts this week! Hoping to get to some houses this weekend!

04-22-2011, 06:59 AM
Busy lives is a good reason for a quiet forum :) Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!!!!

04-22-2011, 07:27 AM
Happy Easter to you, too!

I was busy making the cards for this swap, here they are, done in ink pen and marker:


04-22-2011, 07:31 AM
These are great I love the butterfly and acorn house.

Thanks so much for sharing.

04-22-2011, 10:54 PM
Cute houses, Evalila!

04-25-2011, 07:43 AM
Got two houses done last night.

04-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Those are gorgeous, alanabannana!

04-25-2011, 10:36 PM
Fantastic houses =)

04-26-2011, 09:45 AM
Here are mine, will be posted today or tomorrow. Thanks for hosting, I had fun doing these.

04-26-2011, 02:36 PM
Joss these are fantastic =)

04-26-2011, 05:57 PM
Those are awesome houses, Joss!

04-27-2011, 03:53 AM
This is my first Whimsy house. I do have some problems with coloring them in nicely. What are you all using?

04-27-2011, 07:22 AM
I did one more with markers and then two with watercolor.

04-27-2011, 10:49 AM
Those are adorable, KittyNL!

04-28-2011, 10:38 AM
Awesome houses everyone!

Mine are on their way!

04-28-2011, 10:53 AM
Kitty they look wonderful, I use markers, and sharpies and some watercolour too.

04-28-2011, 10:13 PM
I got two houses "built". Have an idea for the third and maybe an idea for a kicker ;) Love all the color everyone is using!

04-30-2011, 03:00 PM
Ohhh!! I LOVE all the adorable little houses I'm seeing!! Could you maybe put me on a "waiting" list?:)

04-30-2011, 08:57 PM
Here are my houses-- Cathouse, Treehouse, Outhouse, Henhouse :)


05-01-2011, 04:15 PM
Everytime I log in and check out all the houses it makes me feel excited and happy at how fun they are.

05-03-2011, 06:07 PM
I mailed mine today.

05-03-2011, 07:58 PM
last two houses

05-05-2011, 09:29 PM
I must admit to everyone I had some cards arrive sometime ago but I didn't get on to report them as received. Life got a little busy.... Just returned to work after my maternity leave and I am getting used to working and having a one year old.

But along with my apologies here is the news.... drum roll... I have received cards from MainATC, Evalila, Kittyn, joss, and Aime and they all look amazing. I promise not to be late reporting any more =)

05-06-2011, 11:56 AM
I must admit to everyone I had some cards arrive sometime ago but I didn't get on to report them as received. Life got a little busy.... Just returned to work after my maternity leave and I am getting used to working and having a one year old.

But along with my apologies here is the news.... drum roll... I have received cards from MainATC, Evalila, Kittyn, joss, and Aime and they all look amazing. I promise not to be late reporting any more =)

I applaud that you are able to do anything, let alone a swap while caring for a toddler!

05-09-2011, 06:38 PM
Mailed my cards out to you today

05-09-2011, 10:45 PM
Whimsy New Orleans Shotgun Houses... Home Sweet Home!

1 Art Lady
05-10-2011, 11:13 AM
Shay, Love your houses! Love them!

05-10-2011, 06:07 PM
Love the colours shayNOLA.

Miss your cards arrived today =)

05-10-2011, 07:25 PM
shayNOLA, your houses are adorable!!!

05-12-2011, 07:51 AM
Im sorry I need to withdraw, my cards aren't turning out and I am just getting to busy! Sorry!

05-12-2011, 07:45 PM
Sorry but I have to withdraw as well :( just can't get into whimsical mood at all :(
It's better leave my place for people who can make interesting cards then just make whatever..............

05-13-2011, 01:48 AM
I apologize, I must withdraw also.

05-13-2011, 11:06 PM
Thanks for giving lots of warning. I am sad to see you go but I understand.

05-18-2011, 08:07 PM
AtlantaShoegirl and alanabannana your cards arrived today =)

05-19-2011, 09:38 AM
thanks for letting me know

1 Art Lady
05-19-2011, 12:24 PM
Mine will be in the mail today! I will post them later when I get home!

05-19-2011, 03:46 PM
Whoot I look forward to getting them =)

1 Art Lady
05-19-2011, 04:58 PM
Ok here are my whimsy houses....
"Aunt Ruby's Cottage",
"The Lake Place",
"Mrs Toad's Abode" and
"Lady Kate's Castle"
I really enjoyed dreaming them up!

05-19-2011, 06:25 PM
Those are fabulous, 1 Art Lady! As are the whimsy houses of alanabannana and Shaynola...great cards, everyone! I'm hoping to get mine done this weekend....:)

05-21-2011, 10:24 PM
Those are gorgeous, 1 Art Lady!!!

05-21-2011, 11:33 PM
I finished mine tonight, so here they are:

I will try to mail them sometime over the weekend!

1 Art Lady
05-22-2011, 03:38 PM
andyaly, Love those whimsy houses!

05-24-2011, 09:43 AM
love all the details and bright colors andyaly!

05-28-2011, 11:42 AM
andyaly, 1 art lady and Nancy your cards have arrived =)

1 Art Lady
05-28-2011, 11:43 AM
Thanks! I am always happy to know that they arrived!

05-28-2011, 11:47 PM
Me too....glad to know they arrived safely! :)

05-30-2011, 03:34 PM
Barbara F your cards arrived today =)

06-07-2011, 03:59 PM
shayNOLA and sierralush your cards arrived today =)

Cat's Cradle
06-07-2011, 09:33 PM
Melynda, I'm gonna have to withdraw. I don't have the cards done and am not feeling well right now.

06-08-2011, 03:44 PM
I understand Catscradle thanks for telling me and I hope you are feeling better soon.

06-09-2011, 07:04 PM
Here are my first two...Yesterday was the end of school so I can finally devote some time to art...

06-09-2011, 10:22 PM
WOW, novasmem! They are beautiful. I especially love the colors in the blue house. Can't wait to see your next ones!!

1 Art Lady
06-09-2011, 11:52 PM
Right there with you! Kid last day today, then a few more for us! Love the cards! Hang in there!

06-10-2011, 06:46 AM
Oh my, just looked at the first page...so sorry gang for holding this one up....will finish today and get in the mail in the morning...

06-18-2011, 02:53 AM
Hello All, my intention had been to swap the cards out this weekend and have them in the mail for Monday. Unfortunately, there is currently a postal strike in Canada. I don't want the cards to just sit in a mailbox waiting for the strike to be over plus I am missing one person's cards still which have been mailed and likely delayed by the same strike. I will keep you appraised on the postal strike I don't think it will last for very long.

There hasn't been a postal strike in Canada since I was a child, figures it happens right when my swap is ready to go =P Thanks for your patience.

06-18-2011, 08:01 AM
Bummer, was hoping to beat the mayhem

06-18-2011, 09:58 AM
Thanks for keeping us up to date, Melynda! Just knowing what is going on helps :)

1 Art Lady
06-19-2011, 10:38 AM
I'd rather that you kept the cards safe and wait for the postal trike to be over! Thanks for letting us know! Hope that it is not causing to much chaos for you!

07-02-2011, 01:16 AM
Yay, the postal strike is over! Any update on how things are going with this swap? Have all the cards arrived, or are they still delayed, as much of my mail still seems to be? (Except for the bills....they've been pouring in just as quickly as they did before the strike! :twitcy:)

07-02-2011, 06:38 AM
I still have one set of cards I have not received. But I have all the envolopes ready and to go. So as soon as they arrive I should be able to get everything swapped and mailed. I am sorry about the mail delay. Of course it has to happen during my swap =P

07-04-2011, 12:50 PM
I just got an envelope from Canada that I was waiting for so hopefully the last one will be there soon.

07-06-2011, 09:18 PM
Hello All, Novasmem has asked that I go ahead and swap cards without hers. I have decided to give it until the end of the week. (I hope everyone is okay with this) I will mail them out this weekend. If the last set of cards have not arrived would 3 people be willing to get late cards (well even later cards) so that Novasmem can still get her cards?

Thanks so much everyone for your patience, you have all been wonderful.

BTW the cards are wonderful, everyone did amazing work.

1 Art Lady
07-06-2011, 10:30 PM
I'm good with what ever you would like to do.... I will wait. It's not your fault that the strike happened.... Our State is shut down right now, so I know how you feel.... At least it doesn't have anything to do with the post! You can always short me by one... I have always loved novasmen's work, so I will wait for one! :)

07-06-2011, 10:46 PM
I don't have a problem waiting, too... esp if it means I'm sure to get one of novasmem's beautiful cards! :)

07-07-2011, 09:19 AM
I'm feeling the love here:wubclub:

07-07-2011, 10:42 PM
LOL well love is always good =) I have good news though, your cards have arrived today... so everything will work out. I will message again as soon as they go in the mail... which is working and I think running smoothly again.

07-10-2011, 06:59 PM
Hello my wonderful swap group. The cards are all in the mail (as of yesterday) so keep your eyes open for your new realestate. Don't forget to leave rep points for your swap friends and itraders for yours truely.

Thanks again, you were all wonderfully patient. I have finished all the itraders, if by chance I missed you please tell me. I did triple check but sometimes that doesn't seem to work either =P

1 Art Lady
07-10-2011, 08:28 PM
stalking, stalking,..... the post person! I am A Stalker when it come to this!

07-13-2011, 08:21 AM
LOL I hate this part... just waiting for people to start receiving their cards.

07-13-2011, 08:22 AM
LOL... I hate waiting, too!! :jiggy: :jiggy:

07-16-2011, 05:51 PM
YIpee, my cards came today. I have some charming houses from maineatc, joss and andyaly!! Thanks for hosting Melynda and for the goodies!

07-17-2011, 12:04 PM
YAY... received my cards also. Lovely cards from 1 Art lady, melynda and andyaly!!
Off to leave itrader and 'You Rock' points.
Thanks, Melynda for an awesome swap!! :) :)

07-18-2011, 10:52 AM
Got my cards this weekend...fun houses from Miss, Evalia, and sierralush. Thank you all and thank you melynda for hosting and the extras :)

07-19-2011, 09:29 PM
Received fabulous cards today from Aime, debs913, and alanabannana!! Thanks for hosting a fabulous swap Melynda!!

07-20-2011, 08:27 AM
Fabulous cards from Melynda, 1 art lady and Nancy....thanks so much..love them all...

I want to say thanks to our Awesome Hostess...she did an amazing job...

Nancy...I will have to rock you later...it's not letting me right now

1 Art Lady
07-20-2011, 03:04 PM
Whoot, stalking paid off today! Great Cards from, nancy, shaynola, and Novasmem! I love them all and many thanks to Melynda for hosting through the difficult postal strike!

07-21-2011, 09:51 AM
I got my cards today! Thanks Evalila, Maineatc and ShayNOLA! Love my whimsy houses! And thanks Melynda for hosting!

07-22-2011, 11:29 AM
Thanks everyone for all the posts and wonderful itrader comments. I have added a list of who has recieved cards and who is waiting on the original post. There are 6 people who haven't recieved cards yet =P

Sheesh I hope the post man hurries up for you guys =)

07-22-2011, 12:18 PM
I hope he does, too! Wow...you'd think the mail might be a little faster from Canada to Canada than overseas....but not so, apparently!:twitcy:

07-23-2011, 03:43 PM
Haha...I spoke too soon, because my Houses of Whimsy were waiting in my mailbox this morning!! I received three beautiful cards from Novasmem, Nancy and Shaynola--thank you all so much, and a huge thank you to Melynda for hosting this fabulous swap!:jiggy:

*Novasmem, I will have to come back and leave rep points for you a little later!

07-24-2011, 11:31 AM
My cute little houses are here.
Great host and great art from: Aime, Atlanta Shoegirl and debs913

07-26-2011, 10:08 AM
I received my cards, too :) Im busy preparing for my trip to London, so Ill leave iTrader and points when Im back home again...

07-26-2011, 09:06 PM
Wonderful to hear. We have 3 more that are taking their time arriving =P