View Full Version : Putting the Bees in Beeswax Collage ATC/APC, Due July 21, 2011

05-18-2011, 08:05 PM
Swap Due Date – July 21, 2011
Signup/withdraw date – When full
Number of Cards - 3 for 3
Number of participants – 20 (I’ll cover the first 3 International - FIRST THREE INTERNATIONAL ARE TAKEN, all others please send a well hidden $1.00 USD )

Let’s play with beeswax again… this time creating Artist Trading Cards and/or Altered Playing Cards, this time with a theme of bees. Mason bees, honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, orchard bees… and whatever other type of bee you can think of. :)

They can be realistic or whimsical, and anything else can be included in your collage, as long as you have at least one clearly visible BEE in your BEESWAX collage.

For information on beeswax collage check out these links:

For an excellent tutorial on beeswax and napkins by mrubyjean:

Here are a couple of samples I've created:
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/400/small/1_Bees_in_Beeswax_1.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=227336) http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/400/small/1_Bees_in_Beeswax_2.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=227337)

Guidelines… please read!
* All cards must be standard 3.5” x 2.5”.

* If using embellishments, please keep them VERY light. Otherwise send an extra .60 in postage to cover the cost of mailing.

* Original work only - no copies or prints.

* Please send work you are proud to share with others.

* Send your cards in individual protective sleeves.

* Include swap name, username, real name, and country on the back of all cards.

* Please allow plenty of mailing time! Late cards will be returned.

Note that this is 3 for 3 only. An extra card for the host is appreciated but never required.

US Participants: Please include a SASE with .44 postage, and a loose .20 stamp. If I don’t need the additional .20 stamp, it will be returned. Please include your user name AND the swap name on your front of your envelope. Please mail early!

International Participants: Please send your address on a self-stick mailing label (clearly written, please) and include your username. I will provide the envelope. I will cover postage for the first 3 International participants. Otherwise please include a well hidden $1.00 USD. An extra card would be appreciated but is not required. Please mail early – 3 weeks is recommended.

Please PM me for my address when you are ready to mail your cards.

Posting in the thread when your cards are mailed will help me keep track. And please consider posting your lovely completed art for everyone to see. It’s part of the fun!

When you receive your returns, please leave I-Trader for your swap host and rep points for the artists of the cards you receive. People like to know where their little artworks find homes!

I am an on time hostess and late cards will be returned. Did I mention to mail early! ;)

1. mrubyjean - WA ARRIVED
2. theweavershand - TX RECEIVED
3. AmericanHwyFlower - withdrew
4. alanabannana - CT RECEIVED
6. Vicki Z - MN RECEIVED
8. jaw - WA RECEIVED
10. catscradle - NY RECEIVED
11. bluesybreeze - AR RECEIVED
12. maggiebloom - CANADA * RECEIVED
13. HiddenTreasure2010 - CANADA (I know she's ill so may not be sending cards)
14. catladybj - GA withdrew
15. lafaver55 - OK RECEIVED

05-19-2011, 02:05 AM
So who wants to play with beeswax?

05-19-2011, 02:16 AM
Oh....you know I can't resist...and I love bees, too...they are amazing!
Please sign me up ~ thanks.

05-19-2011, 02:31 AM
love bees...love beeswax...love Helen! sign me up!

05-19-2011, 02:41 AM
okay... i want to see if I can create an acceptable few atcs with this technique... please sign me up.

05-19-2011, 06:08 AM
I would love to sign up for this swap!!!

05-19-2011, 06:48 AM
Oooooooo - me please! Thanks for the invite, I'd love to play

Vicki Z
05-19-2011, 07:11 AM
Please sign me up.
This looks awesome.

Wil Opio Oguta
05-19-2011, 10:16 AM
I would like to play too.

05-19-2011, 10:26 AM
Oh!!! Me me me me me !!! I love my beeswax too! Just got a bar of fresh beeswax at the farmer's market (did I need it? no ... did it smell wonderful and the feel of it seem better than my lump from Michaels? yes ...)

05-19-2011, 11:44 AM
Look who came to visit while I was sleeping!

Welcome myrubyjean, theweavershand, AmericanHwyFlower, alanabannana, Donnacr, Vicki Z, Wil Opio Oguta and jaw! :D

05-19-2011, 12:38 PM
Count me in girl - I love those little bees in the beeswax!:)

05-19-2011, 01:36 PM
Welcome, ICraft! I'm glad you're playing. :)

Cat's Cradle
05-19-2011, 01:39 PM
Love playing with beeswax! Sign me up!

05-19-2011, 01:50 PM
Welcome, Melissa! Thanks for playing!

Just Ducky
05-19-2011, 03:33 PM
:cute: hey Helen... ain't ya glad I NOT signing up for this ?????
I think I must be the ONLY person on the wonderous site that cannot do WAX... I gota WAx mental block that is driving me crazy... even my Ducky is walking away from me shaking his head....:wacko:
but I sure am going to follow along and hope to learn more... :notworthy:

05-19-2011, 05:37 PM
Well, Ducky. You can come visit us anytime. We need to get together and play with wax. That's what we need to do. :)

Just Ducky
05-19-2011, 11:54 PM
well Helen, Martha is flying into Michigan this summer so just jump on the plane with her and oh, drop down to Florida and pick up Icraft and we will have a WaXey PARTY, and lets not forget JAW, ya know she is the keeper of the Baileys.......:wubclub:

05-20-2011, 02:35 AM
Oh yea! A waxing party with all my favorite peeps at Duckys - I can hardly wait. Oh wait a minute this ain't one of those leg waxing, bikini waxing partys is it? hahahaha!!!! I'm only coming if it's a beeswax ATC crafting party. One of my daughters did a dual enrollment while in high school for cosmotology - of course she needed some "volunteers" for her class so of course I went in - ouch, ouch, ouch - but I sure had some pretty smooth legs and some other stuff too. ha-ha :embarrassed::err::wideeyed::unsure::swoon: Don't worry Duck we'll get you fixed up one of these days.

Wil Opio Oguta
05-21-2011, 05:37 PM
My cards are ready and will go into the mail coming Monday. Here are their pictures:

05-21-2011, 06:12 PM
Oh Wil, they are fabulous!

05-22-2011, 10:33 AM
I am currently lurking...I can only do beeswax when i go to my mother's house since she has some and i dont...

05-22-2011, 11:05 AM
lurk away, trinitysmomma07. Hope you come back to play. :)

05-23-2011, 11:38 AM
Just a heads up... I'll be gone the next couple of days. I'll check in with you when I'm back Wednesday evening! Cheers!

05-23-2011, 04:35 PM
Geeze, I just said to myself../ Bluesy - No more swaps for you...but, but, but,...It's BEES! - I said back...So...I won! :cute: Sign me up, paleeeeze!

05-23-2011, 08:58 PM
I'll bee happy to join. Love the buzz! Maggie

Vicki Z
05-24-2011, 10:54 AM
My cards went into the mail today.
Pls let me know when they fly in safely.

05-25-2011, 06:48 PM
Thanks for letting me know, Vicki. I'll keep an eye out for them. :)

05-25-2011, 06:51 PM
Bluesybreeze, so glad we could tempt you. :)

05-25-2011, 06:52 PM
Welcome Maggiebloom, thanks for playing!

05-26-2011, 02:07 AM
Spent the evening doing some playing around ... I have four cards finished, but .... well ... I just may have to keep playing and decide later what to send. It's so funny how you plan it out, execute the plan, turns out just fine, but then ... more ideas have popped up! Lovely smell of honey is permeating the house .... aaaaahhhhh

05-27-2011, 05:16 PM
Vicki Z, your bees have buzzed in! I love the variety... you've given me an idea for one of mine. LOL! Thanks for the extra card! :)

05-27-2011, 10:15 PM
I would love to join?

05-27-2011, 10:18 PM
Welcome, HiddenTreasure2010! I'm glad you're playing!

05-28-2011, 08:02 PM
Here are a few first attempts

05-29-2011, 01:05 PM
Alana, I love them! Great "first" attempts. :)

05-29-2011, 06:30 PM
I bee done with me bees - and best of all - no STINGS. I love honeybees, however they always seem to sting me and that makes me sad (cause it hurts) and because they die afterwards. They lose their life along with their stinger. As a kid when I was stung I would always cry extra loud - for me and for them.

05-29-2011, 08:22 PM
Great cards, bluesy!

05-31-2011, 12:39 AM
Here are mine ...
handdrawn bees, some music pages on a couple, napkins & beeswax, postage stamp, copic marker, edged with ink pad

05-31-2011, 12:44 AM
Oh fun bees, jaw! Love 'em!

05-31-2011, 07:21 PM
Wil Opio Oguta, your bees have arrived and they are just as lovely in person. Thanks so much for the extra. :)

06-01-2011, 11:26 PM
Beautiful cards everyone! When I was at Michael's today I just HAD to buy a new little bee stamp just for this swap - thank goodness an excuse to buy something - like I need one. haha

06-02-2011, 02:52 AM
so sorry... i just cant seem to get the hang of this... please withdraw me from this awesome swap=(

06-02-2011, 11:49 AM
Thanks for letting me know, Bren. We'll miss you!

06-03-2011, 12:18 AM
bluesybreeze, your bees have buzzed in! Thanks for the hostess card. :)

06-03-2011, 12:23 AM
jaw, your adorable bees arrived today as well. Thanks so much for the extra! :)

06-07-2011, 12:47 AM
here are mine. ill have them in the mail to you in the next couple of days.

06-07-2011, 01:01 AM
Amy, they are fabulous! I can't wait to see them in person. :)

06-07-2011, 02:24 AM
wowza! those are just beeeeeeeautiful!!!!

06-07-2011, 11:44 AM
More wonderful cards, theweavershand!

06-08-2011, 09:08 PM
My cards are ready to fly! I'll pm for your addy. Here's a preview....

06-08-2011, 11:16 PM
Cool cards, maggiebloom! I've sent you my address. :)

06-09-2011, 06:10 PM
Goodness, everyone's cards are beautiful!
Wonderful colors, maggiebloom!

06-09-2011, 07:44 PM
my cards are going out tomorrow along with my sunflowers to you too!

06-09-2011, 08:31 PM
Thanks for letting me know, Alana! I'll keep a watch for them.

06-10-2011, 11:45 PM
theweavershand, your lovely bees have flown in! Thank you for the host card!

06-11-2011, 03:57 PM
yay! so glad they made it safely!

06-14-2011, 10:55 AM
Alana, your lovely bees have flown in! Thanks for the extra card!

06-16-2011, 10:23 PM
maggiebloom, your delightful bees have flown in! Thanks for the extra card and for the awesome napkins. You know my addiction! :)

06-16-2011, 11:06 PM
I would like to do this.

06-16-2011, 11:11 PM
catladybj, welcome! Where do you live?
I'd love it if you filled out your profile a bit so we can get to know you! :)

06-18-2011, 01:37 AM
My cards are finished ~

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_bees3.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_bees2.jpg

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_bees4.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_bees1.jpg

06-18-2011, 10:32 AM
Martha! They are fabulous! I love how you do layers!

06-20-2011, 01:30 PM
Thanks, Helen!
I mailed my cards this morning.

06-21-2011, 10:37 PM
Martha, your beautimous bees arrived today! Thank you for the extra! :)

06-21-2011, 11:07 PM
Glad to hear it ~ you are welcome!

06-22-2011, 12:05 AM
Lovely, lovely cards!!! I was thinking it was time to trade! ... oops ... gotta wait another month!!! LOL

06-22-2011, 02:10 AM
Gee mrubyjean why'd you have to go and make the most awesome cards ever....I haven't looked back at the previous pages because I'm afraid you guys will have more cards that are so beautiful it will totally squash my creative spark and I won't be able to make anything near as pretty. Oh boo-hoo - I'm so sad. But I sure do LOVE mrubyjeans ATC - GORGEOUS!!!!:D

06-22-2011, 02:18 AM
Yep - just as suspected - awesome cards from theweavershand, jaw, alanabannana, maggiebloom & bluesybreeze lovely work!!!

06-22-2011, 11:20 AM
Hey jaw, we'll swap out as soon as all the cards get here... maybe even before the official "due date"! :)

06-28-2011, 10:29 AM
Sounds like fun...count me in please

06-28-2011, 11:42 AM
Sure thing, Charisse! Thanks for joining! :)

06-28-2011, 12:06 PM
Can I play? Claire

06-28-2011, 12:22 PM
Welcome, o4aclaireism! Thanks for joining!

06-29-2011, 01:32 AM
Finally got my little bees to cooperate so I could get my cards done. Here they are:

ps - the pink one is so much prettier in person - I used a gel glitter pen to accent the flower and fill in the bee but it didn't really show is the scan - as usual. :(

The little bee hive charm came with a trade awhile ago - of course I can't remember who sent it to me but I thought it was adorably perfect for this swap - it's so cute and it is made of very light metal.

06-29-2011, 10:35 AM
Absolutely beautiful cards ICraft :)! And you´re right about the beehive-charm, it fits the card perfectly and makes it really special!

06-29-2011, 10:41 AM
Your cards are wonderful, Dena! The sealing wax bee is clever, and I agree that the charm is delightful. :)

07-05-2011, 11:22 AM
Did everyone have a good Fourth of July?

I'm playing with my beeswax this morning... and have my stash of bees on hand too. :)

07-05-2011, 11:03 PM
Your cards are wonderful, Dena! The sealing wax bee is clever, and I agree that the charm is delightful. :)

I have my fingers crossed that the sealing wax bee is as clever as it seems - I pray that it holds ok in the mail. eeek!!!!

The 4th was great - all the kids and grandkids came over for BBQ - it rained - we ate - it rained - we did poppers - it rained - we did sparklers - it rained - and then the rain stopped just in time for our annual street fireworks. Fun-fun and everyone still has all their fingers and no one got their eye put out. Thank goodness!!!:jiggy::jiggy::jiggy:

Cat's Cradle
07-06-2011, 12:10 AM
My cards are finished....just waiting for me to pack them up and send them out west.

Can I get your mailing addy again?

07-06-2011, 01:02 AM
Pm-ing you now. :)

07-06-2011, 03:39 PM
I think I'm going to have to step out of this one. I am brain dead when it comes to bees.



07-06-2011, 07:08 PM
Thanks for letting me know, Claire.

07-06-2011, 08:46 PM
Oh we should have sent a little creative "bee sting" out to Claire to help her out - I know it's so hard to have a loss of creativity.:(

07-06-2011, 09:54 PM
Icraft, your beautiful cards arrived. The sealing wax is still attached and lovely. :) Thanks for the extra card and the extra postage. :wub:

07-09-2011, 01:08 AM
Charisse, your bees have flown in! Thanks so much for the extra card. :)

07-09-2011, 01:11 AM
We're two weeks out from the due date everyone. Just a reminder to make sure you mail with enough time to get here, especially if you're out of the USA. :)

07-14-2011, 12:53 AM
catscradle, your bees have flown in and are buzzing around my art room. Well... I'm trying to keep them contained in one small area. :) Thanks for the extra card!

Cat's Cradle
07-14-2011, 04:37 PM
Yay!! I realized after I sealed them up that I didn't get a piccy of them. Been a little fuzzy-brained lately.

07-14-2011, 05:11 PM
Well, I can scan them for you and send it to you. PM me your email. :)

07-15-2011, 02:13 AM
Icraft, your beautiful cards arrived. The sealing wax is still attached and lovely. :) Thanks for the extra card and the extra postage. :wub:

Yay!! I realized after I sealed them up that I didn't get a piccy of them. Been a little fuzzy-brained lately.

Whew - I've been so nervous about that wax seal holding since I used it in a less conventional application so I'm relieved that it made the trip without any problems. Also you are most welcome for the host card and postage - I know hosting is a big job so a gift card is the least I can do for you and I also know that swaps can get pricey at times so if I have some extra postage I'm glad to share it with other hosts.:D

07-15-2011, 02:15 AM
Yay!! I realized after I sealed them up that I didn't get a piccy of them. Been a little fuzzy-brained lately.

Ugh - don't you hate when you do that? It's happened to me before too - I think we all get a little "fuzzy-brained" from time to time. :eek::huh:;)

07-15-2011, 11:44 AM
cats... here's your bees! pm me your email and I can send you the actual big file if you wish.


Cat's Cradle
07-15-2011, 06:36 PM
I thought I sent it via PM already...I can send again if needed.

07-15-2011, 08:22 PM
Ha, it's there at the bottom... blended in. That's my story, anyway. ;)

07-15-2011, 08:59 PM
awesome cards catscradle - so glad HHC scanned them for us..... I mean you. haha ;)

Cat's Cradle
07-15-2011, 09:09 PM
Yes, Helen is awesome. Thank you for scanning them for me!! Those bees were just too great to pass up. I mean, macro shots for 3 of them!! :jiggy:

07-15-2011, 09:58 PM
Here are some candidates for my trades. I keep playing so may make more. My favorites are what I'll trade. :)
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/400/small/1_Bees_in_Beeswax-red_sunflower.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=240437) http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/400/small/1_Bees_in_Beeswax-B.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=240438) http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/400/small/1_Bees_in_Beeswax-Botanical.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=240439)

07-15-2011, 10:00 PM
We're also one week out from trading! Yippee!

If they are not already in the mail... best get them there soon! :yes:

07-17-2011, 10:03 AM
I have just re-read the previous posts and realised that I forgot to tell you that my cards are in the mail to you - express post! If they don't arrive in time feel free to keep them all

07-17-2011, 12:16 PM
Thanks Donna! I'll put the mail fairies on it, so they arrive in time. :)

07-17-2011, 12:54 PM
HHC and Donnacr those are all great cards. HHC I especially love the one with the bee stamps - so unique. So I was just wondering though - are you sending mail fairies to keep Donna's cards from arriving on time so you get to keep them all or so they do get there in time for trading. hahaha Just teasing you of course - I know you are a very honest host so I'm sure it is the later. hee-hee

07-20-2011, 12:24 PM
Tomorrow is the due date and I can swap these beauties out! :jiggy:

07-20-2011, 08:11 PM
Donnacr, your lovelies arrived today! Yay! Those mail faeries are quite efficient! ;) Thanks for the extra and for the postage. :)

07-22-2011, 03:16 AM
Yay!!!! Can't wait for these trades to buzz into my mailbox - the ones I've seen are beautiful!!!

07-22-2011, 11:14 AM
They all are beautiful!

I'm starting the swapping today... and they will be put in the mail over the weekend.

07-22-2011, 11:18 AM
Hurray...I'm excited!

Cat's Cradle
07-22-2011, 11:32 AM
:jiggy: :jiggy:

07-24-2011, 12:23 AM
All the envelopes were mailed today! I hope you like your returns.

The cards were all so wonderful, it was hard letting them go. :)

07-24-2011, 07:16 PM
yipee, can't wait to see what buzzes my way

07-25-2011, 05:50 PM
I was happy to see bees in my mailbox today. The lovelies were made by: VickiZ - Love is in the Air, catscradle - Bee My Honey, alanabannana - bee music. And a big thanks to HHC for another wonderful swap.

07-25-2011, 06:39 PM
The mail came fast, bluesy! :jiggy:

07-26-2011, 12:05 AM
Lovely beeswax bees arrived here too!
Thanks so much to artists ICraft and maggiebloom...and to talented host/artist HHC!

07-26-2011, 01:49 AM
got my returns today. will leave iTrader and you rocks later ...

07-26-2011, 10:59 AM
thanks theweavershand, donnacr, and bluesybreeze ...
thanks HHC for hosting!!!

07-27-2011, 06:12 PM
here is a picture of a bee I just took out in my front garden

07-27-2011, 06:13 PM
I also have lovely cards from bluesybreeze, catscradle and maggiebloom!

07-27-2011, 06:15 PM
Alana, love that photo! :)

07-27-2011, 06:17 PM
thanks Helen. I think it may be my insect photo in our local fair the beginning of September. It's a contender so far

07-27-2011, 11:52 PM
My wonderful ATCs have arrived - they are soooo beautiful! Thanks to jaw, HHC, mrubyjean for the awesome ATCs and thanks to HHC for hosting this wonderful swap.

Wil Opio Oguta
07-28-2011, 02:30 PM
My cards arrived today. Thanks to Maggiebloom, Theweavershand and Lafaver55 and of course thanks to HHC for hosting this swap. Now off to leave reps and Itrader.

Cat's Cradle
07-28-2011, 03:51 PM
My cards are here! Don't know if they arrived yesterday or today, but I collected them from the post office today.

Many thanks to Helen for hosting!!

Lovely cards from

bluesybreeze: 2 of diamonds
Donnacr: King of spades
lafaver55: bee in a jar

07-29-2011, 07:52 PM
Bee-utiful cards and a lovely note arrived today! Thanks to Helen for superb hosting and Wil Opio Oguta,mrubyjean and alanabannana for their wonderful artistic creations. Reps and itrader delivered!

08-04-2011, 01:39 AM
I have had a letterbox full of bees today from: jaw, ICraft and vickiz.
thanks for a great swap HHC

off to leave points for all

08-08-2011, 06:41 PM
finally home and happy to have some fantastic cards to greet me!

Thanks so much Helen for hosting another fantastic swap!
Thanks to Wil Opio Oguta, donnacr and our fabulous hostess with the mostest, Helen for these wonderful bees!!