View Full Version : Russian Dolls Swap, Due July 15th

05-08-2008, 10:16 AM
Swap Due Date: July 15th
Sign Up/Withdraw Date: June 15th
Number of Cards: 3 for 3
Number of Participants: 12

This is my first swap ever, so I am limited to the amount of cards that can be traded, and also the number of participants.

On the backs of all your cards please include: username, real name, email address (optional), name of card, and name of swap. Please send your cards in sleeves.

Because this is my first swap, I need all the help I can get. US Participants, please send a self-addressed, self-stamped envelope, with your username on the back flap to make it easier for sorting.

Russian nesting dolls are also called Matryoshka and Babushka dolls. You may hand-draw, hand-paint, collage, whatever you want . . . but if you go digital, please make sure you alter it enough to make it "your own."

Please send only your best work, work you have a difficult time parting with, work you would like to receive in return. Any late cards will be returned to you, as that is not fair for the other participants.

Extra ATC's/Postage are always appreciated, but certainly never required!

1. kristinized
2. lavenderlizard
3. lily lemon
4. egod
5. gezza (international)
6. amyfaerie
7. grrrdjules (international)
8. citykitten (international)
9. nuttynanner
10. rooskie
11. binka (international)
12. merricat-withdrew

Stand By/Round 2:
1. aswojo
2. paulinet
3. cairnlae
4. joyflower
5. katiev?
6. jetleg
7. tinka

05-08-2008, 10:38 AM
I'd like to play!

05-08-2008, 12:10 PM
I'd like to play too! I want to carve a doll stamp for this swap...

05-08-2008, 01:07 PM
welcome kristinized . . . i was looking through your gallery and love your owls, i hope i get one!

welcome lavenderlizard . . . i'm excited about your stamp already! also, have you made any sock friends lately?

thanks for signing up and getting this off to a great start ladies!

Lily Lemon
05-08-2008, 02:15 PM
I'd like to join!

05-08-2008, 05:30 PM
I'd like to join, please.

05-08-2008, 06:18 PM
Can I play?????

05-08-2008, 06:41 PM
well, if gezza's doin' it, i want to do it, too!

05-08-2008, 07:13 PM
Good for you! I wanna play too!

05-08-2008, 07:53 PM
Oh I see you have two internationals already so I better get in now. Can I please join?

05-09-2008, 12:15 AM
yay, the gang's all here! lol. thanks everyone, i'm so excited this is such a hit, 1 day and it's already 2/3 full! i wish i could have more participants than 12! thinking about allowing another international spot because i'm such a softie. plus i will be receiving two paychecks tomorrow, so all my hard work is finally paying off and i can buy art supplies and feed my "habit" lol. can't wait to see what all you creative geniuses have cooking up . . .

05-09-2008, 12:31 AM
I *heart* Russian nesters...and I'd love to be part of your first swap (kudos to you, cool theme!)

05-09-2008, 02:13 AM
I would love to join this swap. I lived in Prague for about a year and saw lots of these dolls there. I loved them. Please sign me up - Rooskie (USA)

05-09-2008, 07:47 AM
thanks for joining us ladies!

05-09-2008, 08:05 AM
too bad, all international spots are taken:err:
Next time maybe

05-09-2008, 08:27 AM
NO BINKA! i will sponsor you! lol.

05-09-2008, 08:31 AM
Oooh you're the best!!!! Please sign me up :)

05-09-2008, 11:56 AM
Inky...this is shaping up to be a stellar swap!

Binka...I went to vote on your photo...but I can't make out just where to sign up to vote?

05-09-2008, 12:23 PM
i know . . . really cool buncha peeps in here! and an awesome theme!

05-09-2008, 01:10 PM
thanks everyone, i was telling jules that i was afraid of how well people would take to this theme, but i'm glad to see so much excitement over it! i did a little on my doll here at work, lol, but can't put the finishing touches on it until i get home. and i don't have to work my second job tonight, so hopefully it will be up soon!

05-09-2008, 02:51 PM
Binka...I went to vote on your photo...but I can't make out just where to sign up to vote?

You don't have to sign up. You just click on the 5 stars (5th star please lol) on the bottom right of the picture. That's just it :)

05-09-2008, 05:23 PM
Binka, just 5-starred you. Can I go back and do that every day or is it just a one-time deal?

05-09-2008, 05:51 PM
Binka, just 5-starred you. Can I go back and do that every day or is it just a one-time deal?
I think you can go and do that every day. I just saw a picture with more than 1200 votes. That's as much as my hometown lol. Luckly it's not only how much votes you collect... A jury will also judge the pictures. But go ahead and vote!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

05-09-2008, 09:50 PM
ok, as promised, here she is . . . i don't know if i like her that much yet, she isn't as cute as i expected, but hopefully she will grow on me!

05-09-2008, 10:45 PM
i don't know if i like her that much yet, she isn't as cute as i expected,

Inky...she is WAY cute! Take back what you said about that sweet baby, right now!

She is such a sweetieface. Great example!

05-09-2008, 10:58 PM
lol, thanks nutty! earlier today i was telling my little sisters (12 and 14, not so little anymore i guess) that i'm finally hosting my own swap, and i guess they thought i said russian balls because they starting cracking up, then tonight i showed the 12 year old my card and said is it cute? she asked if it was a baby, i was like NO! it's my doll doofus! so i'm glad someone likes it! lol. thanks again

05-10-2008, 01:37 PM
look at these cutie patooties i found on flickr! plus my second doll.

05-10-2008, 01:39 PM
Is there enough room left for me???? I love these!!

05-10-2008, 01:56 PM
I would like to play, looks very fun

05-10-2008, 03:07 PM
they thought i said russian balls because they starting cracking up,

That will have to be your NEXT swap! Hee.

Doll#2 is sweet. So are those examples. This swap is going to be "awwwww" (said as if cooing over something really, really cute)!

05-11-2008, 12:38 AM
yay merricat! sorry aswojo, that was my last spot :cry: depending on how well this goes, i'll have to have a sequel! thanks for your interest though, it still gives me a warm fuzzy!

05-11-2008, 05:02 PM
yay, merricat! :D

now i want to host a russian balls swap . . . no wonder they laughed! i can only imagine what you'd get from the players!

05-11-2008, 05:57 PM
I'd like a spot please.


05-11-2008, 08:59 PM
Woo-Hoo! Glad I got in!! :)

05-11-2008, 10:17 PM
here she comes . . . miss russia! PS: this looks way cooler in real life because the part that looks black is actually gold!

05-12-2008, 12:11 PM
here she comes . . . miss russia!

She is gorgeous!

My girls are coming along, they'll visit our thread soon.

05-12-2008, 12:21 PM
i hope i'm not coming off wrong posting all my little dollies, i'm just excited! can't wait to see what everyone else has going on!

05-14-2008, 12:23 AM
This is Little Sister

05-14-2008, 12:28 AM
Meet Little Sunset...her head swivels to reveal a surprise underneath.

Guess we'll have to wait and see what the surprise is...OR...ask our hostess with the mostess (INKY!) to peek under the lid?!

05-14-2008, 12:30 AM
Okay...I'm addicted to making Russian Doll ATCs...someone HELP!

Last one for tonight...this is Little Graffiti.

She's a rebel. And I got to be a rebel by using some spray paint on her. Is it just me, or do you feel naughty using spray paint now that it's locked up at the store?

05-14-2008, 09:17 AM
these are DARLING nanner! and i'll have to keep your (subtle) hint in mind. lol! thanks for posting your creations, makes me want to go home and make some more . . . unfortunately i have to work both jobs tonight :arghh:

05-15-2008, 01:44 PM
I do think I'll start dolly making soon, they all look great so far. Nuttynanner I love the sliding head idea, I hope there's something nice in there?????

05-15-2008, 02:12 PM
I hope there's something nice in there?????

Yes...it's nice...REAL nice!

How's that for piquing the curiosity?

05-15-2008, 04:28 PM
Inky and fellow dollmakers...I wasn't kidding...I am ADDICTED TO MAKING THESE!


This is Little Shy.

05-15-2008, 04:30 PM
I'm becoming a danger to myself!

This is Little Bee. She has an unseen surprise hiding, too.

05-15-2008, 04:39 PM
so who are these extras for? :radar:

05-15-2008, 05:12 PM
Hmmmm...at the rate I'm going, I might have one for each of us!

I have a few earmarked for a local trade group I participate in. And one ran off to become a NUN! (She's in Jean's nun swap.)

Gonna have to adopt one out to the one who started all this mayhem..our hostess with the mostess...any fav's Inky?

05-15-2008, 07:08 PM
oh my goodness i love them all, how could i ever decide? maybe i should wait until you are finished with all of them, lol. it's going to be hard for me to host this swap, i will want to adopt all of these little dollies!

05-15-2008, 07:54 PM
hey inkydinkydoodah...can I play?

05-15-2008, 10:08 PM
i wish you could karen but since this is my first swap i can only have 12 people :arghh: and i'm already full. but i've been told by a mod to make a "back up" list (that i'll add you to right now), and i've also been telling people that if all goes well i may just have to do a sequel!

05-15-2008, 10:42 PM
no sweat...I probably have too much on my plate as it is...LOL..I just kept seeing all these fantastik dolls in the gallery and decided I had to get my hands on some!!!Let me know when/if you do the next one ok?!:D

05-16-2008, 09:23 AM
My cards went in the mail this morning, the extra is for you Christina. I had fun making these, I've always loved nesting dolls and wanted one. It's amazing how detailed they can get, and all the designs artists come up with!


05-16-2008, 10:56 AM
Kristin! Those girls are SO CUTE! Such sweet little faces, I just might have to kiss each and every rosy cheek!

I love this swap!

05-16-2008, 12:07 PM

05-16-2008, 02:52 PM
Cute, cute, cute! I think you've done the definitive cards, nothing left for the rest of us to do! Thanks for posting them. Actually, they're inspirational!

05-16-2008, 11:31 PM
they are cute, i can't wait to receive them, and of course the extra! :wubclub: lol, thanks nanner, this swap loves you too!

05-17-2008, 06:32 PM
Well my dollies are here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

05-18-2008, 12:01 PM
Gezza! LOVE the various takes on the dollies. Wow, they are all beautifully unique.

05-18-2008, 12:04 PM
Oh - what a great swap! If you host round two, I would love to play!

05-19-2008, 10:55 AM
ooh all those dolls are great. Haven't start mine yet...

05-20-2008, 01:08 PM
My dollies left here yesterday, so hopefully they'll get there by the end of the week:skeptical:

05-22-2008, 07:43 AM
so cool, gezza! mine are leaving here today! i love that flower-encrusted one of yours!

inka, i'm hoping it's okay if mine are a little weird? let me know if this is wrong.

amyfaerie's causing mutiny in the swap! :jimlad:


05-22-2008, 10:49 AM
quit being modest you art guru, lol. i'm sure everyone in this swap (including me) is drooling over your creations!

05-22-2008, 11:51 AM
Yes! Funky dolly is fresh and fabulous...and she clearly knows we are all far too clever.

05-22-2008, 12:44 PM
Inky...where do we send the cards? Your info, por favor...

05-22-2008, 02:42 PM
Amy - love your cards! This is gonna be a fun swap, heck, they're all fun.

05-22-2008, 03:30 PM
Holy cows, Jules...that is super sweet! Pretty AND funny.

05-22-2008, 07:28 PM
man, who am I going to be able to bribe to drop out so that I can drop IN?!LOL...noone...thats who!!!:mask:I'm gonna go cry in a corner now...:cry:

05-22-2008, 07:38 PM
Who would have thought this topic would bring on such wonderful cards. I like them all.
The one below is a felted one that I just did that belongs to jetleg if she wants it, but it was such fun that I think I may felt all of them (the 4 for this swap).

05-22-2008, 08:08 PM
Inky...just a suggestion...since you have such a popular theme...maybe you could suggest one of these fabulous artists on the waiting list (cairnlae) might host ANOTHER Russian Doll swap of their own?

Spread the joy...(cairnlae!)

05-22-2008, 09:01 PM
Inky...just a suggestion...since you have such a popular theme...maybe you could suggest one of these fabulous artists on the waiting list (cairnlae) might host ANOTHER Russian Doll swap of their own?

Spread the joy...(cairnlae!)


05-22-2008, 11:22 PM
egod, that is so cool! Felt them all I say!

05-23-2008, 12:54 AM
with already 1/3 of another swap ready to sign up, i may just have to host a "back by popular demand sequel!" lol.

05-23-2008, 10:23 AM
i love love love that felted russian doll, egod! this swap's gonna be hard to do, inka--i'd want to keep everything! lol!

juli, your card is amazing! OMG!

05-23-2008, 12:52 PM

My dolls have packed their "layers of self" and are on their way.

They look SO CUTE all tucked into their envelope. This is a truly "awwww, how sweet" swap!

05-24-2008, 12:11 PM
Here is another - don't worry Ink, she fits in an atc sleeve!

05-24-2008, 05:49 PM

(unsubtle) HINT!

05-25-2008, 09:43 AM
Aw, man!! Sorry that I was away from the computer when this swap opened up! I have been collecting these dolls on my trips to Russia - they're too cute! (except the creepy ones of politicians, lol) I enjoyed looking at the cards you all have done so far. I'd definitely sign up for a sequel of this theme!

05-25-2008, 10:37 AM
My dolls are ready. Hope they are ok, everyone is doing such a great job on these!!

6114 They are als in my gallery for a better look. Let you know when I sent them

05-25-2008, 10:58 AM
They're sweeties, Binka! Love the colors and the pretty faces.

05-25-2008, 11:28 AM
I'm not doing so well with the computer. Thought I sent a copy of this to the thread last night. Here's another dollie with her pet rabbit (I hope it's her pet). This one is after an antique I found in a book.

05-25-2008, 11:48 AM
Really interesting technique! Feels so soft from here...

05-25-2008, 12:13 PM
Really interesting technique! Feels so soft from here...

It is very soft, dyed wool roving poked into a felt backing. Fun but rather time consuming to do.

05-25-2008, 02:39 PM
egod, did you read what i posted on this card in your gallery?

05-25-2008, 02:50 PM
Yes, I did and I appreciated it! And now, I must be off to make another!

05-25-2008, 05:15 PM
Wow, that is gorgeous! I love these felted dolls, the medium so suits this theme.

05-25-2008, 08:01 PM
My son in law spent time in Kyrgistan and brought back wonderful felted hats and rugs and other things. Felting does suit the area, I think and the idea of a doll. However, another direction would be to do Russian Lacquer type cards with a really hard shiny surface. I thought about that and may try a couple of those too. I love the great variety that this thread is bringing out--so many different interpretations, all good.

05-26-2008, 12:19 AM
Wow...what amazing little dollies. Egod...you have me attempting a little doll of my own, in felt. I will let you know if it works.

Please, sign me up for round 2....this is a wonderful swap.

05-26-2008, 05:13 PM
Okeedokee, my last 2 are in my gallery and hopefully I'll get them in the mail this week (one extra for you inka).

05-28-2008, 10:38 PM
2 new babies

05-28-2008, 11:37 PM
I love these names!

05-28-2008, 11:44 PM
Jules...your cards are FAB!

Inky...those girls have personality!

All...I *heart* this swap!

05-29-2008, 11:52 PM
thanks for the inspiration jules!

06-01-2008, 12:04 AM
are you ready for this . . .

06-01-2008, 11:25 AM
White Russian ROCKS, Inky! Mmmm....gonna go make a drink now...5:00 somewhere.

Nice new avatar, too, hostess.

06-01-2008, 08:17 PM
Here's Sunday's Child (a flower girl). Love the white Russian!

06-01-2008, 08:33 PM
Came in to peek at the dollies :D It's hard to wait for round two of this swap, the cards you all are coming up with are great!!

Lily Lemon
06-14-2008, 08:23 PM
I made a handcarved stamp to do my dolls. I *think* I like how they turned out. I'll scan and post soon!

06-15-2008, 08:15 AM
Did my girls arrive yet? Maybe they met some russian man dolls and rolled off into the sunset.

06-15-2008, 10:48 AM
Did my girls arrive yet? Maybe they met some russian man dolls and rolled off into the sunset.

So THAT'S how all those little babies on the inside happen!

06-16-2008, 10:34 AM
i haven't gotten them yet jules :sad: i hope to soon though!

06-16-2008, 11:19 AM
Could I sign up for the second round? This swap inspired me to try to create my own Babushka's and they are so much fun to make!

Lily Lemon
06-16-2008, 03:32 PM
Here are my dollies!

06-16-2008, 04:29 PM
Lemon...so you handmade that stamp? Wowza.

They are SO SWEET. Pretty backgrounds, too.

Lily Lemon
06-16-2008, 04:51 PM
Oh, thank you!!

Lily Lemon
06-16-2008, 07:20 PM
And I made this Russian Doll rolo for inkadinkadoo! I hope she'll like it! It didn't scan well but it's very sparkly and snowy and wintery!

06-16-2008, 09:56 PM
Inky will love those babies for sure!


06-16-2008, 11:51 PM
awwww thanks lily! i must confess now b/c i feel guilty . . . earlier when you posted your three babies i was sad that there weren't 4. then i was browsing the gallery and saw the rolo and even sadder that someone would get a rolo . . . then i came to the thread and felt like a jerk, but an excited jerk! lol. thanks so much i can't wait for my "daughters of the snow." (a story i read with my 3rd grade students, lol)

Lily Lemon
06-17-2008, 03:33 AM
That's happened to me before! I'll see something I like and think, "hurrump! I'm so jealous! And she knows I like owls, too!" (or whatever) and then it turns out it's for me!! :)

That sounds like a great story!

06-29-2008, 10:54 AM
Here are my last two. The first is fused fabric. The second is felted with a separately felted (sculpted) face and will fit in a sleeve but does not like to, finds it too confining. I am not being allowed to load the second, will try in another comment. If not, she can be found in my gallery.

06-29-2008, 11:08 AM
A second try for "Granny forgot her scarf again!"

07-05-2008, 10:04 AM
My dolls are finally done! I embroidered craft felt (can't use "real" wool felt because I'm allergic, alas), and I'm quite proud of the result...I really wish I had a scanner or digital camera!!! But they'll be on their way Monday...

07-08-2008, 02:54 PM
Yikes! I just realized I should get these babies in the mail! They'll be on their way tomorrow.

07-08-2008, 03:55 PM
Ummmm....yeah, egod...how are we supposed to cherish sweet felty babies if you don't send them in? Share the wealth!

07-08-2008, 04:58 PM
I had a felting needle failure mid-stream and just today have new needles and blocks.
A finishing touch or two and they're off! I don't have the address yet either.

07-09-2008, 05:11 PM
They're on their way!

07-13-2008, 10:56 AM
two more days and two more envies needed! :yes:

07-13-2008, 11:01 AM
Have mine arrived?

07-15-2008, 10:47 PM
well, i have tried to contact merricat twice, each without any success . . . i have contacted an admin to ask what to do and am waiting for her response. i think i will give it to the weekend, but then i have to swap them out because i don't want my first swap to go bad! :unsure: thanks for being patient with me ladies!

07-15-2008, 11:32 PM
We're gonna hope things are okay with M.cat! I can only speak for myself, and I don't mind waiting until you get to the bottom of it.

I think that's an admirable quality in a hostess, by the way.

07-15-2008, 11:37 PM
i agree, inka . . . that's not like merricat, so i'd like to think it'll clear up quickly! i don't mind waiting, either!

07-16-2008, 07:16 AM
No problem with waiting for me.

07-16-2008, 11:28 AM
I'm fine with waiting as well! No problem-o...

07-16-2008, 10:21 PM
Hey guys!! I'm so sorry for the delay in getting back to y'all and to Inka!! I haven't been myself lately and have neglected things I never would've dreamed that I'd neglect!! :( I sincerely apologize for holding y'all up and not letting Inka know who/what/when/where I was!! I don't want to make excuses, but wanted to say that I appreciate everyone being patient! I wasn't able to make cards for the swap even thought I LOVE the theme!! Hopefully I can catch everyone on the sequel!! :)

07-16-2008, 11:02 PM
alright ladies, i have uploaded my last two, and am about to sort them RIGHT now! i will take them to the post office on friday morning just to reassure myself that they all have enough postage. then hopefully your ladies will start arriving this weekend. yay! are you as excited as i am? lol.

07-16-2008, 11:45 PM
Nice cards!

Lily Lemon
07-17-2008, 12:23 PM
just to reassure myself that they all have enough postage.

If we didn't give you enough postage, shouldn't you just send them anyways? If they don't have enough postage, they'll come postage due and we'll pay it, not you. Right? I wouldn't want you to have to pay more if I didn't give you enough postage! :(

07-17-2008, 02:03 PM
it'll be fine lily love! i'm the host, it's my responsibility. i'm not too worried about it, but some are bigger and/or heavier than others, so i just want to make sure they get to you all okay. there's no way of knowing WHO didn't give enough postage. i only asked for a certain amount of postage anyway, so if it cost more it's not a big deal at all. plus i have to get the international envies out, so it's just easier to do it all at the same time! :D

Lily Lemon
07-17-2008, 02:20 PM
Ok! You're doing a fabulous hostess job, for the record! I didn't mean to second-guess you -- I just wanted your job to be easier!

07-18-2008, 09:25 PM
ok ladies, as promised, i sent the dollies off this morning! yay!

07-18-2008, 10:48 PM
Okay...I'm grabbing a flashlight (and bug spray) and staking out my mailbox! YES!

07-21-2008, 06:27 PM

Inky...you read my mind...seriously...you sent the most perfect dolls ever! I will cherish Miss Russia forever and ever!

I'm nutso over grrrdjules orange and rose doll (love that extra flair, too!)

Rooksie! Russian Doll I is all Nanner's now! I adore her!

Oh, I struck GOLD with one of AmyFaeirie's funky dollies. She rules!

Pinch me!

Lily Lemon
07-21-2008, 08:47 PM
I got mine today and I left itrader for our fab hostess and rep points for the wonderful artists!

07-22-2008, 09:53 AM
My dolls came yesterday! Woo hoo! :)

Thank you to Rooskie, LavenderLizard and Binka for your wonderful cards! And thank you to inkadinkado for not only hosting, but for the awesome card!

07-22-2008, 12:59 PM
Wow, that was fast. Received my dolls today! Thank you inkadinkado for hosting and for the extra card, and thank you Gezza, kristinized and Lily Lemon for the wonderful dolls.
Off to leave rep and i trader :)

07-22-2008, 01:30 PM
They arrived in the Netherlands and Arkansas at the same time! How to explain that? I am delighted with my cards by lavenderlizard, citykitten,Gezza, and the extra from our hostess. Everyone worked really hard on these! They are beautiful. Thanks also for the outline. Think I'll make some in felt to sell at Christmas time!

07-23-2008, 12:41 PM
I got my awesome cards Monday! I've been working crazy shifts this week... Thanks to our lovely host, of course, and to egod for her awesome felted doll, Lily Lemon for your great aqua doll, and kristinized for the cutie pie red doll. Great swap!

07-23-2008, 10:19 PM
Freaking amazing returns arrived today - Inka - you are the best host, love the colouring page and the extra card! And I also was gifted with:
amy's Georgie - my gawd woman, you know I love you to bits and this adds to it!
NuttyNanner's "Little sister" - holy crap woman, she is gorgeous and luscious and I'm all about tactile
And on that note - holy flipping wow, I am now in possession of my first felted card - it totally rocks! Lavender Lizard's Big Heart". Wow. What an amazing amount of love went into it. I am sooooooooo happy.
Inka - you are amazing!!!!!!!!!

07-27-2008, 08:50 AM
so basically citykitten is the only one who hasn't received hers yet. it's been over a week, so hopefully she'll get them early next week?!