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arlie707
05-23-2011, 01:17 PM
Photo Swap –Macro Flowers

Due: August 6, 2011
Withdrawals: Anytime up to due date but please communicate
Number of cards: 3/3 only
Medium: Photography
Number of players: 30

This swap is all about the beauty of flowers in closeup! Any kind, any colour as long as you zoom in on its beauty.

Take your most interesting photos, size them to ATC specs (2.5" X 3.5") and print them on photo quality paper. They should be placed on a stronger backing.
Since this is a photo swap, please no embellishments.

On the back of your cards, please write:
your user name
real name
swap name
place of origin
alternative contact information (optional)

* This is a 3 for 3 trade. Make 3 and receive the same number back.

All cards should be sent in plastic sleeves.
*Send work of a quality that you would be pleased to receive.

Mailing:
* If you are in Canada, please include a mailing label with your address and loose stamps in the amount of 59 cents.

*U.S. and International participants, please enclose a large address label. I’ll pay the return postage. (A dollar bill or US stamp is appreciated, but if you don’t have either please don’t let that stop you from joining in on the fun)
*Please put your username and Swap Name on your mailing envelope, and on all cards and labels. And please write clearly on everything!

* Cards are due to me by August 6, 2011. Please allow sufficient lead time for cards to get to me, particularly if you are an International participant.

* itrader ratings will be given when I receive your cards. Returns will be mailed approximately one week after the due date.

Reps and iTrader
*Once you receive your return cards, please remember to leave iTrader for me and Rep points for the participants whose cards you received. I will leave iTrader for each of you as soon as I receive your cards.

* An extra ATC in this theme is appreciated but not at all expected!

* When you are ready to send your cards, PM me for my address.

* Don’t hesitate to PM me if you have any questions.

1. Wil Opio Oguta - cards received
2. Memhill - cards received
3. AlanaBannana - cards received
4. Louisezee - cards received
5. ScrapPea - cards received
6. Bay Bird - cards received
7. Evalila - cards received
8. Cameo Cheryl - withdrew
9. Art by Camilla -cards received
10. True -withdrew
11. Lacemuse - cards received
12. Go-go Gadget Girl - cards received
13. Goze - cards received
14. Scwk0511 - cards received
15. Pieceopeace -cards received
16. Catscradle -cards received
17. Twinsmom2000 - cards received
18. Melanie S. - cards received
19. Tender Blessings - cards received
20. Susanb3258 - cards received
21. 3Katz -withdrew
22. Baronessnz - cards received
23. Blanche - cards received
24. Mariak- cards received
25. Wenrl - cards received
26. ICraft - cards received
27. Mouseit - cards received
28. Cherie -withdrew
29. Serendipity
30. Soto - cards received
31. Tiffany186 - cards received
32. Studio39Designs - cards received
Waiting List:
1. Sharlene54
2. Jewels
3. Kristenized

Wil Opio Oguta
05-23-2011, 05:17 PM
I would love to join this swap. Especially as I am going to buy a new camera tomorrow.

arlie707
05-23-2011, 07:26 PM
So glad you are joining Wil! Welcome!
Working in the garden this weekend made we want to see more flowers! Therefore - a new swap!

memhill
05-23-2011, 07:58 PM
Hi,
I have some macro shots, but will have to play around with the sizing before I join. Our printer is too old to do a
good job, and 4" x 6" from Sam's or Walgreens might not work for macros. Will let you know!

alanabannana
05-23-2011, 08:11 PM
This will work for me!! Please let me play. now for the rain to go away so the flowers can come out and look lovely. Tried photographing the wisteria this weekend but the sun was not cooperating and they look dull.

memhill
05-23-2011, 09:14 PM
memhill: i have taken my macro shots to Costco and they do a great job! I think it starts with the image and if they are good so will your photos!

I would definitely like to be part of this swap! Love, love , love macro!
Thanks, louisezee! Was wondering more about the position of the flower so it turns out in the right place for an ATC.

arlie707
05-23-2011, 11:18 PM
Welcome Memhill, Alana and Louiszee! So glad you are all going to take part!

ScrapPea
05-23-2011, 11:18 PM
Oh...you are so evil to have yet another cool photography swap! I think I have some close-up flowers I didn't use from the Spring Has Sprung swap. Will you please sign me up?

@memhill - I am a devoted Walgreen customer. My store can still do matte print, so pics come out looking great. For my previous Spring Sprung swap, I printed some at the regular 4x6 and just cut them to fit an ATC. It's interesting how an image is transformed when it has to be cropped.

Evalila
05-24-2011, 03:30 AM
I have lots of makro pics of flowers! Please sign me up!

CAMeo Cheryl
05-24-2011, 06:38 AM
I would love to do this one!

Art By Camilla
05-24-2011, 07:18 AM
Oh, please, sign me up for this! What a great idea!

Camilla

True
05-24-2011, 11:42 AM
I'd love to be part of this one-sign me up please!

lacemuse
05-24-2011, 03:57 PM
Oh! Please sign me up, too!

Go-Go Gadget Girl
05-24-2011, 06:08 PM
I am IN! please and thank you! ;)

arlie707
05-24-2011, 07:20 PM
Wow - you are away a day and there are so many wanting to join in! Welcome everyone!
Scrap Pea (got a chuckle from that eveil comment! lol - just seeing all the macro flowers in the spring swap made this one easy), Bay Bird, Evalila, Cameo Cheryl, Art by Camilla, True, Lacemuse and Go-go Gadget Girl.
(I'll update the list later)

goze
05-25-2011, 02:49 PM
Sign me up on the dotted line. I'm off to grab the camera!

scwk0511
05-25-2011, 03:04 PM
please add my name to this swap.

arlie707
05-25-2011, 07:46 PM
Welcome Goze and Scwko511! Glad to have you both join in the fun!

Cat's Cradle
05-25-2011, 09:03 PM
Cool beans. I spent a lot of time taking macro shots of flowers last year. Sign me up please! (I just need to crop and mount my photos!)

MelanieS
05-25-2011, 10:11 PM
I'm in! One of my all time faves things to photograph! Great timing too, our Rhododendrons and other flowers are blooming right now!

arlie707
05-25-2011, 11:22 PM
Welcome all: Pieceopeace, Catscradle, Twinsmom2000 and MelanieS. So glad to have all of you join!

ScrapPea
05-25-2011, 11:45 PM
Ah, I've already taken photos. There was a gorgeous garden outside a local diner, so colorfull. I may have to go back, just because. I develop my memory card at the end of every month, so I expect to put these in the mail after the holiday!

MelanieS
05-26-2011, 02:21 AM
:wubclub: I'm special! My name was listed in RED! !:cute:

arlie707
05-26-2011, 05:42 PM
Welcome Tender Blessings! Great that you will be joining us!

3katz
05-27-2011, 05:21 PM
Would love to join this one please. Saw some gorgeous flowers when out jogging earlier tonight - will catch them on the next run.

arlie707
05-27-2011, 05:21 PM
Welcome Susanb! So great you are joining us!

arlie707
05-27-2011, 10:37 PM
Welcome 3Katz - glad to see you join in the fun!
Tender Blessings - they should be 3 different, but they could be the same flower just from different angles.

lacemuse
05-28-2011, 09:54 AM
Hi 3katz <waving>!!

3katz
05-28-2011, 10:16 AM
Hello lacemuse :jiggy:

scwk0511
05-28-2011, 03:25 PM
I am going to have to pull out of this swap due to a major family crisis.

memhill
05-28-2011, 06:13 PM
I took some pictures today, but am not sure if they qualify as macro. If I post a link to my Picasa page, would someone (or several someones) tell me if they are or are suitable for the swap? I'd really appreciate comments.

arlie707
05-28-2011, 07:07 PM
If you look at the Spring has sprung Photo swap (in the active section) there are a number of great macro shots.When I take them I zoom in on the flower so it is closeup and then just crop to ATC size. Hope that helps.
Sorry to see you gp SCko511. Take care.

memhill
05-28-2011, 08:28 PM
If you look at the Spring has sprung Photo swap (in the active section) there are a number of great macro shots.When I take them I zoom in on the flower so it is closeup and then just crop to ATC size. Hope that helps.


Well, I did say in post #4 that I'd have to play around with my photos. Maybe I'm dense enough not to know exactly what a macro shot is; think it's best that I drop out.

Baronessnz
05-28-2011, 09:22 PM
I'm in please and thank you. Just spent the day at the gardens with my macro lens, I was a bit worried, we're in Winter here and not a lot of flowers, but managed to find some gorgeous poppies.

Blanche
05-28-2011, 09:36 PM
Would love to join in on this swap!

arlie707
05-28-2011, 09:41 PM
Welcome Baronessnz and Blanche! Glad to have you both part of the swap!

arlie707
05-28-2011, 10:47 PM
Yes you are right BayBird. I don't have a macro lens, so I just get as close as I can. It is the idea of closing in on the beauty of the flower.
Love your shots Bay Bird!

lacemuse
05-28-2011, 11:24 PM
Those are gorgous BayBird!

Here's what I have so far. I may try to get closer up on the gold irises. I missed the tulips & bluebonnets, though darn it.
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Climatis

72960
Iris

72961
Rose

wenrl
05-29-2011, 10:11 AM
Please let me in! I already have cards!

memhill
05-29-2011, 10:33 AM
Thanks, BayBird; your photos are lovely.
I have some nice shots, just don't know how to crop them and get the flower in the right place so it makes a card that's the correct size. Will play with the files and send off an order to Walgreens.

arlie707
05-29-2011, 04:07 PM
Welcome Mariak and Wenrl! Glad to have you take part in this fun swap!

memhill
05-29-2011, 07:25 PM
crisis averted - sorry to be so pessimistic yesterday. I like to know what I'm doing right away, and didn't stop to work it out in my head before I panicked. Picked up my prints, and am pretty sure I can make some ATCs from what I took!

lacemuse
05-29-2011, 07:54 PM
Thanks BayBird! I did take some more macros of those ruffled gold irises. Here's the one I'll use for the swap:
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Great shots, lacemuse- those gold irises are a wonderful color!

wenrl
05-29-2011, 08:00 PM
Going out on Tuesday...

MelanieS
05-29-2011, 08:10 PM
This is what I consider macro, a pic of some little fungi on the ground, made for a previous swap.

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/9642/medium/1_DSC_0060.JPG

(Picture of dead skeleton Hydrangia flowers.)

arlie707
05-29-2011, 11:30 PM
That's an interesting shot Melanie!
Macro is different things to different people for sure.
I like to think of it as closing inon your subject and getting as close as you can. You often will not have the whole object - in our case the flower!
Gorgeous flowers lacemuse and Wenrl! Will let you know when they arrive!
So glad all is well Mem - it can be a challenge sometimes to try something different - got some great people here to help tho!
Just too give a heads up = Canada Post is threatening a strike - again! Don't know yet if they will or not! At least the due dat is August!

lacemuse
05-30-2011, 10:07 AM
Here are some tips for people new to macro pics. Your digital camera probably has a Macro mode on it. I had to get my user guide out to find it. Use good lighting to avoid using the flash to get true colors. Without a Macro mode on your camera, you'll have to rely on the telephoto lense to zoom in as close as you can, but you'll need a tripod to avoid blurring.

I use Windows Photo Gallery (freeware version) as my default viewer for photos, because you can edit the pic as you view it - adjust contrast, color, & crop it there as well. With the Macro mode on my camera, though, I didn't even need to crop all my pics.

Last, I use IrfanView (freeware) to resize it to ATC size. I use IrfanView, because it lets you resize in inches without any distortion or worries about aspect ratios, & if your pic was macro'd well enough there's no need to crop - just re-size to 2.5"x3.5".

Here are links to the freeware:

IrfanView (http://www.irfanview.com/)
Windows Photo Gallery (http://explore.live.com/windows-live-photo-gallery?os=other)

alanabannana
05-30-2011, 06:42 PM
took some pictures in the garden today. the irises are full bloom.

arlie707
05-30-2011, 07:43 PM
Thanks Lacemuse - that is detailed info I am going to have to check out!

ICraft
05-30-2011, 09:51 PM
This looks like an awesome swap - please sign me up I can't wait to play!

Mouseit
05-31-2011, 06:08 AM
Blinking Harry Arlie! Do you know how many photographs I have that would cater to this swap?? LOL I guess you best put me in, and let me show you!

alanabannana
05-31-2011, 09:43 AM
Everyone has such awesome photos. Too bad it's only a 3 for 3 swap. Maybe we can talk our hostess into giving us a 6 for 6 option. HINT HINT

arlie707
05-31-2011, 07:24 PM
Welcome ICraft and Mouseit! Glad to have you both join us!
Those are gorgeous flowers /cards TenderBlessings!

memhill
05-31-2011, 07:49 PM
Hi All
me, again - asking for advice. Here are some of my photos, are they macro or macro-ish?

memhill
05-31-2011, 08:58 PM
Thanks, BayBird. I have others, too.

arlie707
05-31-2011, 08:59 PM
They are lovely Mem! As I said before - I want these to show the beauty of the flowers. Getting close to them is one of the ways. They seem fine to me.

memhill
05-31-2011, 09:06 PM
thanks!

Art By Camilla
06-01-2011, 05:31 AM
I took 160 photos in the woods in southwestern NY state over the holiday weekend - many were blurry up close (still trying to figure out how the macro setting on my camera works!) but I think I got a few closeups that are tight enough shots that they should be ok to use :) Oh, the woods was lovely - columbines, and wild strawberries, and flowering mustard, and violets....

arlie707
06-01-2011, 07:58 AM
Since going digital I take literally hundreds of shots now of skies, flowers and rocks! Before I limited myself! Sounds like a lovely time Camilla! Can't wait to see your photos!

Cherie
06-02-2011, 12:37 AM
This sounds like fun. Sign me up please, if there's still room. :)

serendipityunt
06-02-2011, 01:13 AM
May I please sign up for this? Thank you!

SOTO
06-02-2011, 01:37 AM
If there is still room, I'd love to join!

SOTO

alanabannana
06-02-2011, 07:47 AM
here are a couple of pictures so far

ScrapPea
06-02-2011, 05:41 PM
These flowers are AMAZING! Yes, if only this could be a 6:6 swap.... :)

My point-n-shoot Canon camera has two ways to do macro:
1--There is a flower/mountain image setting. I click on that and I have the option for closeup, far away, or normal. However, I need to be close-up; zooming in doesn't always keep the image in focus.
2--The way I take macros is to go into my camera's settings. Among the settings that include autofocus/manual/color accent/date stamp, there is a digital-flower option. I set my camera to that icon and I still have the flexibility to change other settings (flash/no flash, white balance, etc). This option allows me to zoom in.

Since I discovered this setting years ago, I now take snapshots of, say, text messages on my phone or details from a complex drawing/painting. Macro chick!

arlie707
06-02-2011, 07:18 PM
Welcome Cherie, Serendipity, Soto and Tifany. Glad to have you join!
We are just over our llimit -so won't take anymore. I will start a waiting list after this!

Love the info on the camera ScrapPea. I have an Olympus and have really not explored what I can do with it. I mostly shoot in auto! I really have to experiment this summer.

3katz
06-03-2011, 11:15 AM
I dont have a macro setting on my camera but what I have been doing is taking the photo's and then editing them using the free software that came with the camera.

All I have done is use the crop function to close in on the part of the flower I wanted to show. I have one that I am happy with so will post it later.

3katz
06-05-2011, 12:00 PM
arlie707 - really sorry but I am going to have to pull out of the swap - I have sent you a message. :unsure:

arlie707
06-05-2011, 07:58 PM
So sorry to see you go - but understand. Take care.

arlie707
06-05-2011, 07:59 PM
Have just submitted the final season photo swap on Summer. Hope everyone takes part!

studio39designs
06-05-2011, 08:00 PM
Is there room for me to join? I love photographing flowers, many macro shots, so I'm sure I have something that will work! Just let me know! Thanks!:cute:

arlie707
06-05-2011, 09:05 PM
Just had a withdrawal so yes there is room for just one more!
Welcome Studio39Designs!

ScrapPea
06-06-2011, 10:23 AM
Again..how do I choose from so many macro cards I took?? This was so fun, I feel so nature-y. They're in the mail.

Art By Camilla
06-06-2011, 12:37 PM
Have just submitted the final season photo swap on Summer. Hope everyone takes part!

And here it is: http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19701
I've been watching for this one!

See you all there!

arlie707
06-06-2011, 05:01 PM
Thanks Camilla for posting that!
I take so many photos of flowers and skies - good thing I have digital!

memhill
06-06-2011, 05:10 PM
mine will go out tomorrow

sharlene54
06-06-2011, 05:15 PM
I would love to join. Can I go on the wait list?

Cat's Cradle
06-06-2011, 05:37 PM
I have my photos cut into ATC size, but I still need to mount them on backings. Bev, can you send me your addy again, please?

arlie707
06-06-2011, 10:16 PM
Sharlene54 I will put you on the waiting list. The swap isn't due til Aug. 6 so have a ways to go.

lacemuse
06-07-2011, 09:06 AM
My cards are going to the PO today! Thanks for hosting this fun swap!!

Art By Camilla
06-07-2011, 10:06 AM
Today I'm going to weed through my zillion photos I took last weekend, and try to narrow it down to just 3 + a hostie card. This should be a challenge!

Camilla

arlie707
06-08-2011, 07:24 PM
Wenrl your lovely macros arrived! Thanks so much for the hostess card and the stamp!

ScrapPea
06-10-2011, 01:40 AM
Here are my cards. The colors are better IRL. Oh, what fun! I get such an appreciation for nature plus experience playing with my camera from these swaps!

wenrl
06-10-2011, 08:31 AM
Beautiful cards ScrapPea.

lacemuse
06-10-2011, 09:05 AM
Lovely ScrapPea!

Art By Camilla
06-10-2011, 12:13 PM
My cards are ready to mail. Bev, I'm assuming your address has not changed?

I'll probably get them in the mail on Saturday, or Monday.
EDIT: I mailed them today, Friday, 6/10/11, from Michigan USA.

This was a fun swap - I had a wonderful time laying on the ground in the grass getting up close and personal with the bugs and toads in the mud! HA! We should do Bugs, Worms, and Toads Macro Swap next!

Camilla

lacemuse
06-10-2011, 01:56 PM
Those are lovely Camilla! I'd never think to do a dandelion!

Art By Camilla
06-10-2011, 04:20 PM
Those are lovely Camilla! I'd never think to do a dandelion!

Thank you! Your compliment made my day :) The dandelions were beautiful that day - perfectly formed little globes about to scatter their seeds as soon as the next breeze came along.

arlie707
06-10-2011, 04:52 PM
Gorgeous cards Camilla! i loved the dandelinion as well!
Ill let you know when they arrive!have a wonderful weekend!

wenrl
06-11-2011, 09:19 PM
Gorgeous cards Camilla.

Art By Camilla
06-12-2011, 08:20 AM
Thanks for all the compliments, everyone. You are making me blush! I love to photograph nature, so this is the perfect swap for me! I took 160 pictures to prepare for this!

Camilla

arlie707
06-13-2011, 05:49 PM
MemHill your gorgeous flower photos arrived today! Thanks so much for the hostess card and the money and stamp for postage!

memhill
06-13-2011, 06:02 PM
MemHill your gorgeous flower photos arrived today! Thanks so much for the hostess card and the money and stamp for postage!
You're welcome; it was a pleasure!

ScrapPea
06-13-2011, 11:10 PM
Thank you, thank you wenrl & lacemuse. I feel all warm and fuzzy.
Speaking of fuzzy, a dandelion is so clever!

You know, when I walk around the neighborhood and pass flowers in a pot or container or lawn, I think, "ooooooh, I wonder how that would work as a close up picture..." In that sense, arlie707, you are both inspirational and evil. :) I will never look at flowers the same way.

lacemuse
06-14-2011, 09:19 AM
Pretty louisezee!

lacemuse
06-14-2011, 09:20 AM
My cards haven't gone out yet. They closed the PO I always go to, now the nearest one is downtown where parking is horrible. I'll try today to get them mailed.

arlie707
06-14-2011, 05:33 PM
Sorry Scrap Pea! I know I am always taking photos - skies, clouds, flowers, texture, old buildings, shadows (check out a real fun meme at Hey Harriet for Shadow Shot Sunday - it is addictive!). Thank heavens there is digital!
Lovely cards Louiszee! Everyone has such gorgeous flowers!
lacemuse there is still a lot oftime - don't rush - just do when you are able.

studio39designs
06-14-2011, 09:57 PM
Just had a withdrawal so yes there is room for just one more!
Welcome Studio39Designs!

Yipee! Thanks! I will get the cards done & in the mail this weekend!:jiggy:

ScrapPea
06-14-2011, 11:59 PM
Oh, louiszee, your yellow flower is stunning!

goze
06-15-2011, 03:27 PM
My photos are ready to go. Popping them in the mail today. Another great swap!

74895

lacemuse
06-15-2011, 03:36 PM
Verrrry pretty Goze!

Art By Camilla
06-15-2011, 03:43 PM
Goze, those are beautiful. I love the orange color!

Nice work :)
Camilla

goze
06-15-2011, 03:48 PM
Thanks for the compliments lacemuse and Camilla. Those blossoms are from my potted cactus. It always surprises me when it blooms. I too love the color.

arlie707
06-15-2011, 09:09 PM
Gorgeous cards Goze!
I would hold off on mailing just yet. Heard today that Canada Post has closed the doors on the striking workers and no mail is moving. I hope to goodness the gov't stops this strike soon!

arlie707
06-15-2011, 10:27 PM
Better at your place than stuck somewhere in a box somewhere!
Harper is going to legislate Air Canada back but not Canada Post! Where's the reasoning in that??

Blanche
06-15-2011, 10:38 PM
Oh dear! I have picked my flowers and was going to get them printed & mailed on Friday. Maybe not!
Pls pm addy anyway so I can have them ready when things shake loose!
Thanks!

goze
06-16-2011, 02:26 AM
Oops! I mailed them this afternoon. Well, they will show up sometime!

lacemuse
06-16-2011, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the update on the postal strike. I'll hang onto mine until we get the all clear.

arlie707
06-16-2011, 07:44 PM
I'll update everyone when I hear more or when mail does arrive.
We are receiving no mail! I hadt that - It is like Christmas whenIam waiting for cards to come - now there are none - boohoo!
I heard today, the gov't may step in. We'll see.

Cat's Cradle
06-17-2011, 11:45 AM
Glad I haven't mailed these out, then. I have them ready to go whenever we get the all clear.

Last I heard, the strike was only in the western provinces. I have swap returns for some players in Canada, and don't know what to do with those!

lacemuse
06-17-2011, 12:01 PM
Oh stupid me!! I wasn't going to mail mine, but in a rush this a.m. I snatched to be mailed envies & it went into the box! Sheeeeeesh!!!!!

studio39designs
06-17-2011, 04:19 PM
Here are my Macro Flower ATCs. They are Bee on Coneflower, Mexican Hat, Barrel Cactus Blossoms and Claret Cactus Blossom. Hope whoever gets them enjoys them! These should go in the mail tomorrow or Monday, depending on when I get arlie707's mailing address. I've PM'd you for it! Thanks for letting me participate in such a fun swap - it was great going thru all my photos to find just the perfect ones!:jiggy:

Cat's Cradle
06-17-2011, 04:23 PM
Here are my Macro Flower ATCs. They are Bee on Coneflower, Mexican Hat, Barrel Cactus Blossoms and Claret Cactus Blossom. Hope whoever gets them enjoys them! These should go in the mail tomorrow or Monday, depending on when I get arlie707's mailing address. I've PM'd you for it! Thanks for letting me participate in such a fun swap - it was great going thru all my photos to find just the perfect ones!:jiggy:
Might ought to hold off mailing them, as Bev is in Canada and is affected by the current postal strike.

wenrl
06-17-2011, 10:26 PM
Cool cards studio39designs. The coneflower with the bee is my favorite. Great texture and nice extra with the bee.

ScrapPea
06-17-2011, 10:41 PM
Thanks for the postal update. Have you received any cards (I did a quick trip through the thread and probably missed that)? I will be sure NOT to delete my photos until I know they've arrived. Not like I don't have other pics ready to go now...too many stunning flowers. I hope this whole mess gets resolved soon. Of course, there's always Christmas in July.

ICraft
06-17-2011, 11:05 PM
So just to be clear - are we on hold for mailing until we hear from you? Not that I have my cards ready yet - haha but I just popped in to see everyone's work and instead of a tons of beautiful flowers - although I did see studio39 design has some beauties and goze and Art by Camilla - I especially love that Dandelion - they are one of my favs - all I see is terrible stuff about the mail. How awful is that? Hope things straighten out soon.

arlie707
06-17-2011, 11:34 PM
Love your cards Studio39 (address sent!)
I think it best if everyone just holds off on sending cards - just to be safe. I know this is a royal pain! I'll let you know when things are a go!
(I haven't had any mail for 3 days and I'm in withdrawal!! We still have quite a bit of time til the end of the swap. I'm just worried about swaps I'm in!

alanabannana
06-18-2011, 10:51 AM
I am waiting for an envie from Montreal - effected by the strike. My cards are ready to mail as well, but I am going to hold off on those.

studio39designs
06-18-2011, 07:15 PM
Might ought to hold off mailing them, as Bev is in Canada and is affected by the current postal strike.

Yep, she PM'd me about that. They are stamped and ready to be mailed, just as soon as the strike is over! Maybe next week? I, too, heard the government was going to step in.:skeptical:

studio39designs
06-18-2011, 07:17 PM
Cool cards studio39designs. The coneflower with the bee is my favorite. Great texture and nice extra with the bee.

Thanks!!:notworthy:

Mouseit
06-19-2011, 09:14 AM
My Show and tell.. I couldn't make up my mind so you get an extra to do with as you want Arlie..LOL

lacemuse
06-19-2011, 09:43 AM
Very pretty Mouseit. What are the red flowers?

Evalila
06-19-2011, 10:19 AM
Here are my cards with an extra one for our hostess :)

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/medium/1_MakroFlowers001.jpg

arlie707
06-19-2011, 11:25 AM
These are gorgeous Evalila!

arlie707
06-19-2011, 11:26 AM
Gorgeous cards as well Mouseit!

ICraft
06-19-2011, 09:13 PM
Mouseit and Evalila your pics are beautiful!

Cat's Cradle
06-19-2011, 09:25 PM
Here are my flowers. They were all growing in my yard last summer.

ICraft
06-19-2011, 10:07 PM
Pretty - pretty catscradle - I just picked up my photos from the store - I printed more than I would need so I could decide after I saw them printed. Of course there are 7 that I really like ... quickly I went back to the original post having my fingers crossed - maybe it's a 3/3 or 6/6 ...... shucks!!! Only 3 for 3 - now I have to decide which to send and which to put in my gallery. :unsure:

Cat's Cradle
06-19-2011, 10:39 PM
Dena, I have another lily that was in the same shot as the one posted if you want to trade.

goze
06-20-2011, 01:58 AM
Studio39Designs and Mouseit - Love, love, love them!

goze
06-20-2011, 01:59 AM
Evaliia - stunning colors!

Mouseit
06-20-2011, 02:54 AM
Very pretty Mouseit. What are the red flowers?

Hi Lacemuse - They are a New South Wales Waratah that are growing near the hospital in town.

We actually have a Native Tasmanian Waratah and the silly man from the council could not tell the difference when they were planting around town, so instead of the Tasmanian Waratah we got the New South Wales one..LOL...True story!

Mouseit
06-20-2011, 02:56 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments.. LOL it helps when you are a flower lover and have a good camera.... I had a pentax film camera for a long time that I really loved.. did great photos.... now I have a canon digital.. same results... !!

arlie707
06-21-2011, 07:04 PM
Lovely cards everyone! Can't wait to see them all live! Canada Post is still on strike! At least the swap ends in August!
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ICraft
06-21-2011, 08:35 PM
Dena, I have another lily that was in the same shot as the one posted if you want to trade.

Hmmm...I couldn't find it....did one of you other players snatch it up before I even had a chance to take a peek?:(

Mouseit
06-22-2011, 03:17 AM
Just wonders WHY the Canadian posties are on strike..... did they get sick of taking all our ATC swaps to the next person? heehee

lacemuse
06-22-2011, 09:15 AM
Thanks Mouseit. I've never seen them - really lovely!


Hi Lacemuse - They are a New South Wales Waratah that are growing near the hospital in town.

We actually have a Native Tasmanian Waratah and the silly man from the council could not tell the difference when they were planting around town, so instead of the Tasmanian Waratah we got the New South Wales one..LOL...True story!

scwk0511
06-22-2011, 11:16 AM
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Here are my cards for this swap. I had fun taking these and learning to use my new camera!

Hope

Cat's Cradle
06-22-2011, 03:13 PM
Hmmm...I couldn't find it....did one of you other players snatch it up before I even had a chance to take a peek?:(
I didn't post it to my gallery. I'll shoot you a PM with it.

ScrapPea
06-22-2011, 10:50 PM
Thanks for keeping us updated re: postal strike. I know we're all holding our breath. (...gasp...gasp...pweewwwwwww.) Couldn't do it. Looks like teh strike is just doing it to annoy us all.

Everyone's pictures are fab!

goze
06-23-2011, 02:12 AM
scwk0511 - lovely photos. I especially like the one with the bee.

scwk0511
06-23-2011, 04:47 AM
Thanks! i followed that bee around the garden for 15 minutes trying to take his photo!

Blanche
06-24-2011, 08:51 AM
Lovely flowers are blooming all over the place in here!
So far these are my favorites, but with the strike and a due date in August, who knows? Many more blooms to capture through the summer! Any I don't choose for the swap will go into my gallery for trading.

Sugar Snap Pea
Lenten Rose
Bleeding Heart

memhill
06-24-2011, 09:41 PM
Beautiful blooms, Blanche!

my first hibiscus blooms arrived today - maybe it counts as a "Summer" thing?! :laugh:

arlie707
06-27-2011, 10:25 PM
Yeah! May take a few days to get things sorted out but should be back on track by the weekend!
Don't know if relations with all the unions will improve tho!

Jewels
06-28-2011, 09:07 AM
I'd like to join this swap. It sounds like fun.
Jewels

goze
06-28-2011, 06:38 PM
Blanche - beautifull flowers. Hope I am one of the lucky recipients!

arlie707
06-29-2011, 05:23 PM
Jewels - I have started a waiting list. Will add you to that list.

Good news everyone! canada Post is back at work - cards can now be sent. There may be a bit of a backlog but mail is finally moving after 4 weeks!

Just received gorgeous cards from:
Camilla - thank you for the hostess card and the money for postage
Scrap Pea - thanks so much for the hostess card, the stamp and the papers

ICraft
06-29-2011, 07:55 PM
Glad to hear the mail is up and running - guess I better get those cards finished. ;)

Cat's Cradle
06-29-2011, 08:14 PM
Will get mine out tomorrow or Friday. :yes:

ICraft
06-30-2011, 05:17 AM
My cards are ready to go - I pm'd you for your address - I could have sworn I had it in my ATC address book but apparently I was wrong.:huh:

Well here's a little peek at my photo ATCs - hope you like them. The pic with the little pink flowers doesn't show the effect very well - the photo is all black and white except for a circle in the center where the little cluster of flowers is - that is the true color - it looks much prettier in person.

Mouseit
06-30-2011, 09:48 AM
Did I hear that the Postal Service in Canada is back to work? I really need to send my cards tomorrow if they are to get there in time...LOL

Please let me know!

goze
07-01-2011, 01:56 AM
ICraft - great photos. I especially like the sunflower.

lemurkat
07-01-2011, 03:07 AM
I have so many photographs of flowers I should totally join this.

Is there a space for me?

Edit: Guess not, never mind! Might be a plan to take this out of "open swaps" though.

Evalila
07-01-2011, 03:47 AM
My cards went in the mail this morning:)

studio39designs
07-01-2011, 04:59 PM
Great news about the mail strike! I've been offline for a few days (traveling and working), so I missed the message until just now. I will put mine in the mail tomorrow, Saturday, so you should have them before too long!

arlie707
07-01-2011, 05:44 PM
Can't wait to see everyone;'s cards in person! They are beautiful online!

ICraft
07-01-2011, 06:46 PM
My cards went in the mail this afternoon. Thanks so much for hosting this fun swap.

arlie707
07-06-2011, 09:17 AM
Goze your gorgeous cards arrived yesterday! Thank you so much for the money for postage and the 2 hostess cards!

arlie707
07-06-2011, 03:21 PM
Evalila your lovely cards arrived today! Thanks so much for the hostess card!

arlie707
07-07-2011, 01:24 PM
Lacemuse, your gorgeous cards arrived today! Thanks so much for the hostess card and the stamps.

alanabannana
07-08-2011, 12:30 PM
will be mailing my cards today

SOTO
07-09-2011, 09:52 AM
Mine are in the mailbox.

SOTO

arlie707
07-09-2011, 07:46 PM
Thanks Soto and Alana - I'll let you know when they arrive.

Cat's Cradle
07-10-2011, 06:21 PM
Going out tomorrow. I misplaced them for a time and have just relocated them.

arlie707
07-11-2011, 01:15 PM
3 Gorgeous sets of cards arrived today!
Tender Blessings - thanks so much for the lovely hostess card
Louisezee - thanks so much for the lovely hostess card and stamp
Tiffany - thanks so much for the lovely hostess card and the money for postage

Cat's Cradle
07-11-2011, 02:43 PM
My cards are going out this afternoon. They should reach you in time. I'm including two .57 Canadian postage stamps. Is that enough for mail to the US?

ETA: the cards I'm sending aren't the ones posted in the thread...same flowers, same shots, but slightly different cropping. I didn't find the ones that were already cropped and labeled.

arlie707
07-12-2011, 12:31 PM
BaronessNZ your lovely cards arrived today! Thanks so much for the hostess cards, tag and papers!

I'll let you both know, Twinsmom and Catscradle, when they arrive!

arlie707
07-12-2011, 12:34 PM
Catscradle, those stamps are more than enough. Thanks so much. It costs $1.03 + tax to send to the States and $1.75 overseas.

I am seriously thinking of doing a macro flower part 2 for the fall - for all those extra pix everyone took! (andfor those lovely fall flowers as well!)

Cat's Cradle
07-12-2011, 01:15 PM
Okay, good. That's the only denomination of Canadian stamps I have.

Guess what? Right after I mailed the new set of cards out, I found the first set I made. :swoon: I'll be altering them and putting them up for trade. :yes:

goze
07-13-2011, 12:55 AM
A Macro Flower Part 2 would be awesome! Love your swaps.

lacemuse
07-13-2011, 09:51 AM
I'd love to do a Part 2!! I loved doing these cards - made me feel like a photographer. LOL!


A Macro Flower Part 2 would be awesome! Love your swaps.

Wil Opio Oguta
07-13-2011, 02:32 PM
I took pictures for this swap weeks ago. Could not mail them out at that time because of the mail strike and Oops! They are still in my studio. So sorry Bev, but they will go into the mail tomorrow. Hopefully there will not be any more delay with the mail.

kristinized
07-13-2011, 03:12 PM
Can I join the waiting list please! :jiggy:

alanabannana
07-13-2011, 06:45 PM
I would love to participate in a fall flower swap too!! I took 58 pictures today of lilies and a bubblebee walking all around a cone flower and a dragon fly hanging out on a stake in my front garden. thank goodness for digital cameras! imagine if we were still using film?????

arlie707
07-13-2011, 10:07 PM
I know Alana! I love digital - I take hundereds of shots of flowers and skies and water!
And good news Alana - your gorgeous cards arrived today! You are so generous! Thanks so much for the 3 hostess cards! and money for postage.

arlie707
07-14-2011, 12:21 PM
Mouseit - your lovely cards arrived today! Thanks so much for the hostess card, the papers and stamp!

Kristin I'll put you on the waiting list.

ICraft
07-15-2011, 02:35 AM
scwk0511, Blanche, and SOTO those are all awesome photos. scwk0511 that flower with the bee is awesome and so is that pink one - is it some sort of cactus flower?

arlie707
07-15-2011, 01:04 PM
Soto and Scwk0511, your lovely cards arrived today! Than you both for the hostess cards and the money for postage!

studio39designs
07-16-2011, 05:10 PM
Didn't you receive my cards yet? I mailed them just after the 1st, so I would have thought they'd be there by now. I can always send another set, so just let me know what you think I should do. Thanks - :unsure:

arlie707
07-18-2011, 03:48 PM
Catscradle and MariaK your lovely flowers arrived today! Thanks to you both for the hostess card and stamps!

Studio39 - not to worry, I'm sure they will turn up. Canada Post still is not back to normal.
Susan I'll let you know when they arrive!

studio39designs
07-18-2011, 07:47 PM
Catscradle and MariaK your lovely flowers arrived today! Thanks to you both for the hostess card and stamps!

Studio39 - not to worry, I'm sure they will turn up. Canada Post still is not back to normal.
Susan I'll let you know when they arrive!

ok, thanks! I'm putting on my "not worry" hat! ;)

lacemuse
07-19-2011, 08:52 AM
Fabu susanb!!

arlie707
07-19-2011, 12:55 PM
Twinsmom and ICraft, both sets of your gorgeous cards arrived today. Thank you both for the hostess card and money forpostage.

arlie707
07-20-2011, 11:45 AM
Just a little over 2 weeks until due date. Our vacation plans have changed so I have to swap on the 6th! Sorry about that. I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's flowers. The ones here already are gorgeous!

studio39designs
07-20-2011, 07:25 PM
Just a little over 2 weeks until due date. Our vacation plans have changed so I have to swap on the 6th! Sorry about that. I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's flowers. The ones here already are gorgeous!

Since you still haven't received mine, should I make up a duplicate batch and get them out to you? Let me know!

ICraft
07-21-2011, 08:40 PM
my cards will be in the post soon; check out my gallery ; )

I was looking at your gallery today and came across your macro flowers - BEAUTIFUL - I sure hope I get one of those beauties!!!! (hint-hint) ;) They are all great but I really love the red Poppy or the Lily of the Valley!!!

arlie707
07-22-2011, 12:33 PM
Received 3 sets of cards today!!! Yeah!
Studio39 your lovely cards finally arrived! Thank you so much for the hostess card, the money for postage and all the wonderful goodies!
Wil Opio your gorgeous cards arrived as well!Thanks so much for the hostess card and money for postage.
And, Melanie your lovely cards as well. Thanks so much for the 2 hostess cards and the stamps.

arlie707
07-25-2011, 09:21 AM
Hi everyone - just wanted to let you know that there sre less than 2 weeks until the due date. Most cards are in now - and I' loving them all!

arlie707
07-25-2011, 12:41 PM
Blanche I received your gorgeous cards today! Thank you so much for the lovely hostess card and money for postage.

Go-Go Gadget Girl
07-27-2011, 02:06 PM
Mine are in the mail today. I hope they get there in time.

ICraft
07-27-2011, 11:34 PM
Gorgeous pics Go Go Gadget Girl - you really captured some phenomenal images!!!!!

ScrapPea
07-28-2011, 12:27 AM
Uhhh...let me just say WOW to everyone! If I had to choose a return card, it would have to be all of them! :)

Go-Go Gadget Girl
07-28-2011, 06:31 PM
Thanks! I love taking photos. I wanted to be a photographer, but when I got to college and found out how expensive that field was, I chose Graphic Design as my major. Nowadays, with digital cameras being the preferred tool, I probably could afford to choose photography as a major. But I can't afford school now!

Hope mine make it to arlie in time and I can't wait for the returns!

arlie707
07-29-2011, 11:35 AM
Lovely cards Go-go. Will let you know as soon as they arrive. I'm sure they will get here on time.

arlie707
08-02-2011, 11:41 AM
Pieceopeace your lovely cards arrived today! Thanks for playing.

arlie707
08-04-2011, 11:51 AM
Thanks Maria for the heads up!

arlie707
08-04-2011, 11:53 AM
3 sets of gorgeous flower cards arrived today!
Baybird - thanks so much for the hostess card and stamp.
SusanB - thanks so much for the hostess card and the money for postage.
Go Go Gadget Girl - thanks so much for the hostess card!

arlie707
08-05-2011, 04:36 PM
Good news! All the cards have been swapped and were mailed ths afternoon! Let's see who will get theirs first!
Awesome cards everyone! thanks again for playing!
If I did not give you itrader , please please let me know asap!

alanabannana
08-07-2011, 09:34 AM
Yipee! and no postal strike to hold them up!

ICraft
08-07-2011, 11:05 AM
Yay - what a wonderful swap to be watching for. It's so hot here all my real flowers have died - thank goodness I'll be getting so in the mail. :jiggy:

Cat's Cradle
08-08-2011, 01:42 AM
Woo hoo! :jiggy: Will watch the PO box!

Dena, all my real flowers have burned to death as well. :( I bought a dozen celosia plants this year and only have one left. Oddly enough, it had been shredded earlier in the summer, but that just seemed to make it flourish.

lacemuse
08-11-2011, 09:21 AM
:radar: Watching & waiting!!!

Wil Opio Oguta
08-12-2011, 11:07 AM
My cards arrived today. Lovely flowers from Catscraddle (purple cluster), Studio39Designs (Mexican hat) and MariaK (geranium). Thanks Bev for hosting this swap. Off to leave reps and Itrader

memhill
08-12-2011, 03:42 PM
A gorgeous assortment of macro flower ATCs arrived in my mailbox today!

Thank you, arlie707 for hosting; and thanks to the artists who created my beauties, too!

Evalia - "Red to Yellow"
wenrl - Graduation Bouquet
Lacemuse - rose

off to leave iTrader and You Rock!

ICraft
08-12-2011, 05:47 PM
Woo - hoo! An envelope of beautiful flowers arrived today!!! Thanks to arlie707 for hosting such a wonderul swap and thanks to Studio39Designs, TwinsMom2000 and Go-go Gadget - the cards are all beautiful!!!

Art By Camilla
08-12-2011, 07:29 PM
My beautiful cards from Mousit, Wenrl, and Baronessnz arrived today! Love them all! Thank you!!!!

Arlie707 - great theme! Inspired, as always :)

Mouseit
08-12-2011, 08:02 PM
OHHHH means the postie will be bringing me some envies soon then will have to be on the look out for it!

Evalila
08-13-2011, 04:57 AM
Received my cards today! Thank you to Art by Camilla (Weigelia), memhill (Yellow Rose) and Lacemuse (whte and purple flower) - and of course to our fab hostess arlie 707! Off to leave iTrader and points...

Blanche
08-13-2011, 12:24 PM
Beautiful flowers in my mailbox yesterday!

Louiszee - Lilac
Bay Bird - Cactus flower
MelanieS - Ranunculus

Thank you to wonderful Hostess, Arlie707!

lacemuse
08-13-2011, 01:18 PM
Yipee! My macro flowers arrived, & they're wonderful!
Thanks to Bev/Arlie707 for hosting & for the macro photo.
Thanks to Alana for the iris.
Thanks to Diana for the orange flower.
Thanks to Ruth for the iris.

All are just beautiful & will dress up one of my cubes in my studio.

Off to leave You Rock!'s & ITrader.

studio39designs
08-13-2011, 01:33 PM
Good news! All the cards have been swapped and were mailed ths afternoon! Let's see who will get theirs first!
Awesome cards everyone! thanks again for playing!
If I did not give you itrader , please please let me know asap!

Just so you know - I'm on vacation and won't be back until the end of the month. Can't wait to see what cards I received, and will leave iTrader and You Rock feedback as soon as I get home!;)

alanabannana
08-14-2011, 06:39 PM
wonderful flowers "popped"up yesterday in my mailbox.

Thanks to Goze for the cactus flower, lacemuse for the lovely iris and art by camilla for the columbine. Love my extra picture too arlie707

scwk0511
08-15-2011, 02:31 PM
great cards arrived this morning from baybird, susanb3258 and tenderblessings. Thanks also to our hostess for a fun swap!

Cat's Cradle
08-16-2011, 08:13 PM
Got my lovely cards in from ICraft (Little Bouquet in Nature), Studio39Designs (Claret Cactus Blossom), and TwinsMom2000 (bunch of buds). Thanks for hosting Bev, and thanks for the photo of the flower.

arlie707
08-25-2011, 04:15 PM
So glad everyone has been enjoying their cards! Thanks for the lovely words as well!

goze
08-26-2011, 05:14 PM
Received beautiful cards from Evalia, Mouseit, and ScrapPea. Thanks ladies. And a round of applause for our host, arlie707. Your swaps are always such fun.

arlie707
09-05-2011, 11:31 AM
Just to let you know - I have just posted a new photo swap: Photo K.I.S.S.
Hope lots of you want to join in!

Mouseit
09-05-2011, 07:35 PM
WHOOHOO cards have arrived down under, down under...LOL

I have gorgeous cards by : Artbycamilla, Alanabannana, and Baronessnz - Thank you ladies!

Thank you Arlie for being such a flowering Hostess.. heehee

ScrapPea
09-14-2011, 01:31 PM
My cards are here!!! Thanks to memhill (magnolia), Evalila (Pink) and goze (pink flower). A great swap!