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icekat
01-15-2012, 02:43 PM
Magical Earth Element Swap

Due: March 31, 2012
Withdraw Date: Just let me know not to expect your cards, please.
Swapping: 3 for 3 or 6 for 6
Mediums: Any

We will be exploring the element of Earth in a magical aspect. Earth is symbolic of stability, law, order, introspection, growth, abundance... Think of growing plants, the season of winter, caves, dwarves, elves, dryads, and slow and steady beasts such as the elephant, tortoise, or pig, or family-oriented teachers such as the wolf. Don't forget the lovely gemstones and more common pebbles we use for magical purposes.

Try to think of magical symbols, mystical beings, physical manifestations, the very feel of earth in the body, mind and soul. If you belong to a magical traditions, what does it say about the element? What do you think of it? Connecting to the elements is a very personal experience, and I'd like to see what Earth means to you!

Have fun and be creative! Remember: there's no right or wrong interpretation, just please send in your best work only! Please follow standard ATC protocol: Cards need to be the correct size, well constructed so that nothing is falling off, and must follow the theme. No flimsy cards, please. If your cards do not fit the criteria, they will be returned at your own expense for replacement if there is time. I will not accept a sticker or a single collage image stuck randomly onto a card as a submission. Cards will be swapped like for like as best I can, in terms of quality. You may receive a variety of media in your returns, depending on the submissions received.


Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_element)

Going Postal!
We aren't going to limit international players, but please include IRCs, stamps equal to the postage you paid, or well-concealed US dollars because our funds are limited. Repeat, just for clarity: Everyone needs to send return postage in order to play, thank you! Please do not send SASE unless you're in Canada, as US postage DOES NOT work from here.
Canadian players: Canadian stamp
US players: $1.00,
International: $1.75 Canadian postage or $2 in US or Canadian funds.
If your cards are heavy or you're sending more than 3, please add extra postage to accommodate.

As everyone says, an extra card on theme is wonderful, but certainly not mandatory nor expected for participation.

Do note that we are in Canada, and allow enough time for your cards to arrive. That pesky border can add a few extra days. Also, if you must drop out, please let me know as soon as you can so that I know not to wait for your cards--this can hold up everyone else's fun. Cards must arrive on time (or early!), must all be in sleeves, and should be your best effort. Remember to write your screen name on your card back so people know who to thank and I can properly sort them.

Please include a filled-out address label and I will supply the return envelope. NO SASE please, unless you're in Canada. We cannot mail out with anything but Canadian postage. Please don't send those tiny address labels, as Canada Post goes into convulsions about that.

Please PM me for the addy when you are ready to mail out.
Thanks all!

Players:
Me! Done!
1) Phrixy--received 3/3
2) Vicki Z--received 6/6
3) Papersaga--received 3/3
4) jiliyan--received 3/3
5) Mrs Alderman--received 3/3
6) djl1050--received 3/3
7) okwiccan--received 3/3
8) catsie--withdrawn
9) TxCat --received 3/3
10) SunTrade--received 3/3
11) Jaceslave--received 6/6

Vicki Z
01-15-2012, 03:44 PM
Please sign me up

icekat
01-15-2012, 04:28 PM
:) Sure thing!

icekat
01-15-2012, 11:24 PM
Of course!

icekat
01-16-2012, 04:46 PM
Absolutely, welcome jiliyan!

Deblit
01-16-2012, 06:02 PM
Lurking! Haven't drawn in a while and have to see what I can do.

icekat
01-16-2012, 07:44 PM
Hope you join in, djl! Been missing you around here.

Mrs.Alderman
01-17-2012, 06:15 PM
please sign me up!! i loved water so here comes earth!!

icekat
01-17-2012, 11:06 PM
Great to have you again, Mrs Alderman!

Deblit
01-18-2012, 12:17 AM
I gotta try. Sign me up.

icekat
01-18-2012, 08:39 AM
Yay! Adding you now!

monarch
01-18-2012, 10:40 AM
I am considering on joining..................start chemo again Friday, so I have to see how things go .....I'll let you know alittle later...I love the theme and have a couple of themes that I would love to try.................

icekat
01-19-2012, 11:12 AM
Hope you're feeling better soon, Monarch. We'd love to have you play.

okwiccan
01-21-2012, 07:46 AM
please count me in on this one.

icekat
01-21-2012, 09:48 AM
Absolutely, welcome!

okwiccan
01-24-2012, 07:03 AM
icekat, please send your address. my cards are ready to go.

icekat
01-24-2012, 10:57 AM
Done! I hope you'll post your cards here to inspire everyone!

icekat
02-02-2012, 07:22 PM
And Okwiccan's cards are the first to arrive! Lovely earthy goddesses!

icekat
02-07-2012, 04:25 PM
Absolutely! Welcome, catsie!

TxCat
02-08-2012, 02:36 PM
Would like to sign up please

SunTrade
02-08-2012, 03:11 PM
Please include me! I love Gaia.

icekat
02-08-2012, 05:49 PM
Welcome TxCat and SunTrade!

Vicki Z
02-13-2012, 07:56 AM
My cards are completed and in today's mail.
Thank you for another Magical Element Swap

icekat
02-13-2012, 12:40 PM
I'll keep an eye out for them.

Tried to work on my cards yesterday, but all that wanted doing was mermaids. Not that they didn't need to be done for their swaps, but still... Disobedient muse!

icekat
02-14-2012, 08:28 PM
How's everyone doing over here? Has the midwinter sludge gotten to you? I've been doing a lot of art, but never seem to get my Earth-groove on. Maybe if I work on some trees and see what happens it'll work out better. All the other avatars of Earth are eluding me lately.

Jaceslave
02-16-2012, 09:27 PM
Sign me up please

icekat
02-16-2012, 09:30 PM
Welcome, Jaceslave!

Deblit
02-16-2012, 10:05 PM
Here's mine. I hope you like them. I'll get them in the mail with Prixy's this weekend hopefully.

icekat
02-16-2012, 10:26 PM
Oooh, I love Stonehenge! The gnome is cute too, and the others are well done. Just going through a standing stones phase again.

icekat
02-18-2012, 04:09 PM
Vicki's lovely cards arrived yesterday! Phrixy's already dibsing the one with the cherry blossoms. lol Thank you for the extra!

icekat
02-18-2012, 07:21 PM
Oh, and jiliyan's cards were hiding in the corner. Must be shy. lol Thanks also for the extra!

icekat
02-19-2012, 03:32 AM
Here are my cards. As I said, slight standing stone obsession lately. *grin* A friend of mine paints beautiful standing stones from the Cornwall area. I wish I could afford to buy one of the paintings...

Vicki Z
02-19-2012, 03:18 PM
Those are FAB-U-LOUS icekat.
I am particularly drawn to the second (middle) one, but they are all fabulous.
You are right, we all need to remember that winter is the time for introspection and energy-gathering for the burst at spring.

icekat
02-19-2012, 05:00 PM
I think we lose sight of that, because our society is built around go-go-go all year round, mostly. We don't follow that natural ebb and flow of nature.

SunTrade
02-19-2012, 11:53 PM
Everyone's work is so cool! I already know what I want to do, but have not have the time ...

Deblit
02-21-2012, 05:25 PM
I mailed my cards today! They're in with Prixy's earth elemental swap cards.

Mrs.Alderman
02-21-2012, 05:28 PM
=0 oooh they go to the same place? XD *see how much i pay attention*

icekat
02-21-2012, 09:06 PM
Phrixy's my lovely wife. :D

Mrs.Alderman
02-21-2012, 11:06 PM
awe~ how sweet!!! i cant get my hubby to play lol. he used to draw all the time but then lost interest ;-;.

Deblit
02-22-2012, 01:38 AM
Oh my IceKat. Bad me. I just noticed your standing stones. They're fantastic. I guess tending to grand rugrats can distract one.

icekat
02-22-2012, 02:53 AM
Thank you, djl! I know, kids are distracting, even the kind with 4 legs. lol Our newest is a real thief. She'll steal anything not nailed down if it looks interesting, so you have to protect your cards, eraser, pencil sharpener, pencils and brushes... she'll just leap up, snatch and run! Brat.

SunTrade
02-25-2012, 03:20 PM
OK Here are mine, although O am thinking I am keeping the mermaid statue. It has sentimental value. Is from a photo I took at Galveston island. After the hurricane there were many oak trees that were impossible to replant, and artist from the area and Houston took them, and they made statues that are now all over the island. So I will make an extra one for the host ....

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/8347/earthdp.jpg


Here is my reference:

http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/9012/36770055.jpg

icekat
02-25-2012, 04:49 PM
Those are really great, Suntrade!

SunTrade
02-25-2012, 09:32 PM
Thanks!

monarch
02-25-2012, 09:52 PM
awesome cards!!!!!!

icekat
03-01-2012, 01:48 AM
djl1050's beautiful cards have arrived! Thank you for the extra!

icekat
03-03-2012, 06:10 AM
Got Phrixy's earthy cards today!

icekat
03-06-2012, 07:58 PM
We got several envies today. I'll sort them out by the weekend. Just have some pressing things to take care of between now and then.

Mrs.Alderman
03-07-2012, 02:26 AM
here are my earth ladies http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=288965

icekat
03-07-2012, 05:47 AM
Those are fun! The one with the stones piled on her bum made me smile. :)

SunTrade
03-07-2012, 01:21 PM
OMG Mrs.Alderman those are amazing! My favorite is the bottom one on the right. GORGEOUS!

Mrs.Alderman
03-07-2012, 08:57 PM
thank you ^U^. they were alot of fun! there are so many ways to interpret the earth and i love the great variety in here~

SunTrade
03-07-2012, 09:32 PM
Have my cards made it? I am guessing they should be there by now....

icekat
03-07-2012, 11:27 PM
I have some envies here I'll be sorting out on the weekend.

icekat
03-11-2012, 04:29 AM
Okay, the envies on hand are from Papersaga, Jaceslave, and Suntrade. Thank you for the wonderful host gifts!

SunTrade
03-11-2012, 11:01 PM
Awesome! Glad to know they are safe. I have had a couple of swaps lost this year. Makes me so mad .... :arghh:

icekat
03-17-2012, 02:54 PM
Mrs Alderman's fun cards arrived yesterday. Thank you for the extra!

icekat
03-21-2012, 08:11 AM
Looks like we just need one more person, and we'll be complete! Nicely early this time, so far.

Phrixy
03-28-2012, 02:26 PM
TxCat's cards came in the mail! Yay!

TxCat
03-28-2012, 06:44 PM
Forgot to share mine:

The divided triangle is one of the symbols for earth and the one my pagan tradition uses. The even armed cross is another. Dunno why these took so long to get where they were supposed to go; they were mailed March 16th!

icekat
03-28-2012, 08:18 PM
2 weeks isn't uncommon from outside Canada, so don't sweat it. :) Thanks for the extra! We'll be swapping out this weekend.

icekat
04-01-2012, 08:42 PM
Cards have been swapped and packed up. Phrixy will be headed to the post office tomorrow with both our swaps.

Thank you for all the host cards, and for the ones I traded as well: Thank you Papersaga for the Earth Cycles card, Phrixy for the Totoro Spirit, and Suntrade for the waterfall goddess (no title).

Phrixy
04-01-2012, 08:44 PM
I got my returns all the way from Ice's desk!

Earth Goddess by Vicki Z
Magickal Earth Snake by Papersaga
& Hanging Stones by Mrs. Alderman

Thank you!

Mrs.Alderman
04-09-2012, 09:50 PM
my lovelies arrived today! thanks for an awesome swap!!

Deblit
04-10-2012, 01:04 AM
Received my lovely cards. Thanks to our hostess for a great swap! Also, thanks to Jaceslave, VickiZ and IceKat for the fantastic cards!

icekat
04-23-2012, 10:37 PM
Magical Air Element Swap (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23192) is now up!

TxCat
04-28-2012, 02:27 PM
Returns arrived from Phrixy, Jaceslave, and Mrs. Alderman today. Thank you all very much, such nice cards!