View Full Version : ATC’s: LETTERS, Any media, Due June 18th

04-04-2016, 02:32 PM
Swap Due Date: - June 18th
Sign up / Withdraw by date: – June 1st, keep in mind that I am in the Netherlands, sometimes it takes quite a while for cards to get here!
Number of ATC’s: 3:3
Number of participants: 12 max since this is my first swap
Media: Any

:jiggy:My first Swap to Host ! a bit daunted but here goes !:jiggy:


Here’s the plan:
For this swap you will create 3 ATC’s, each featuring a letter. More specifically, this has to be a letter that is used in your name. You have your full name to choose from, so at least your first and last name and if you’re lucky even a middle or a married name.

For example: My name is Daphne Reijm – de Jong.
This means I get to choose from these letters: A, D, E, G, H, I, J, M, N, O, P and R.

As we all have different names the combination to choose from will be a little different for everybody. Each ATC must clearly have one letter as the star (main focus) and it must be readable/clearly visible when your card is done. You can do 3 x the same letter if you like, or choose different ones for each card. Feel free to get as creative with the background and letters themselves a you can. Some depth/layers to your cards is allways good. Stickers are ok as long as it is visible that you spent more then 5 minutes making the card so to speak. Send in your best work. So… Zentangle that letter, Make it Bold, Colorfull, Collage it, Stamp it, Calligraphied, Painted, Embellished, beautifuly Drawn or watercoloured… surprise me and your fellow players!
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with ! It is ok for other letters (or images and so on) to be on the front of your card als long as the star of the show is unmistakebly visible. (test?: present the card to a schoolgoing child that has learned their ABC’s and they must blurt out the letter that is the star of your card immediatly, if not? Back to the drawingboard or craftroom in this case ;) )

Laying down some…..Rules. Please read and take to heart:
• All cards need to be standard atc size: 2.5” x 3.5”
• All cards need to be sturdy enough to earn the name “card” (no floppy or flimsy paper)
• All cards need to be sent each in their own plastic sleeve
• All cards must be your own original artwork
• Please send in cards that your are proud of and that you would love to receive yourself.
• Please keep your cards flat-ish. This is a personal request only because sticking up and out bits make me nervous when thinking of sending them on. The mailgods frown upon bits trying to poke through envelopes…
• Please make sure the swap name, your full real name and your site name appear on the backs of all ATCs, any other info you want to add is up to you.
• If you need to leave the swap, let me know. I wouldn’t like to have to give a neutral itrader but I will if you don’t communicate. A quick pm or post in the thread is all it takes.

Ready to send in your cards?
-When you're ready to send your cards in send me a PM for my address if you need it.
-Please put your site name and the swap name on the outside of all envelopes.
-A host card is not expected at all but would be treasured for sure.

Participants from the Netherlands:
Please include a SASE with enough postage to cover your returns. At least as much as it cost to send your own cards to me.

International participants:
Please include a large address label or slip of paper with your address clearly written on it. If you are able to, please include a well concealed dollar bill or usable postage from your country. For the US that would be a Global Forever stamp. This would greatly help me in being able to play more swaps. No need to send envelopes, I will provide those. If you are unable to add a dollar bill or usable postage, no worries, just let me know.

Thank You's:
After receiving your returns, please thank the artists who created your cards by clicking on the "You Rock" in one of their posts and please take the time to add a little message. We all love a little appreciation! You can thank your host by leaving an i-trader. I will leave an i-trader when I receive your cards.

I will do my very best to swap effort for effort and media for media. Keep in mind though that this might not allways be possible so if you only want to collect HD/HP for instance then this swap is not for you. I will also look at comments, players profiles and galleries to get a feel for what style of card they would like in return. If possible I will also try to send back letters that are in the players name so they can have a start of a little collection to have a row of ATC’s spelling their name.
If I have all the cards in my hands before the due date I will try to swap sooner.

Some thoughts:
I’m still a newbie here on AFA and very excited to be allowed to host my first swap. This theme has probably been done before. I hope it inspires to try and get the whole alfabet as a sub-collection in your ATC collection or to have your own name or someone else’s name in ATC’s. Maybe collect all the letters of a loved ones name like a child or grandchild or parents and frame those letters. (:idea:Second hand or thrift stores usually have a good selection of frames or framed art work that could be ninja'd for this purpose) That way you’d have a unique and personal piece or art.:idea:

:notworthy:The lovely participants are…..(*drumroll*)::notworthy:

Name in color: cards received

1 - *JenUrebel
2 - *Geonek
3 - *alisl
4 - *Bluesky
5 - *SammiMae
6 - *Amapola
7 - *ThouArtDelyrias
8 - *balletbon
9 - *Rinny
10 - *Patty_R
11 - *Vicki_Z
12 - *Donnacr




04-05-2016, 01:41 PM
Sign me up - I have a ton of letters and love typography! Not to mention I have a ton of letters available to me due to my long name :)

04-05-2016, 01:46 PM
Yay !! My first player, Welcome Jen !! *whoohooo*

04-05-2016, 09:27 PM
I would like to join this swap. Thanks for hosting

04-06-2016, 12:12 AM
*flufs up the pillows on the lurker couch* happy lurking SEMOkraftee !

Welcome Geonek !! My second player ever :) *does happydance*

04-06-2016, 12:23 AM

04-06-2016, 02:59 AM
Happy lurking SammiMae, hope you'll decide to join!

04-06-2016, 08:27 AM
I'm in advanced typography this semester so I feel like I'll be letting my professor down if I don't join lol

04-06-2016, 09:05 AM
Ooh I just came up with a cool idea, I'll let you know when I get them done don't put me on the list till then

04-06-2016, 11:51 AM
Ok SammiMae, can't wait to see what you made ;) have fun crafting !

04-06-2016, 03:06 PM
Sign me up.

04-06-2016, 04:26 PM
Welkom alisl! :)

04-06-2016, 05:24 PM
Definitely add me!

04-06-2016, 10:35 PM
And me! Put me on the list. I'm waiting on plastic covers to arrive then I'll mail the cards to you.

04-06-2016, 11:45 PM

I think I should put beige polka dots on the "R", what do you think?

04-06-2016, 11:52 PM
Welcome Bluesky !!

04-06-2016, 11:55 PM
Great cards, SammiMae !

I think polka dots around the R are a vey good idea to finish the card but it is up to you as a creator. If your heart feels the card needs it: go for it :)

Glad you joined ;) I've put you on the list!

04-07-2016, 12:04 AM
Okay, it definitely needs something more. Thanks!

04-07-2016, 12:06 AM
You're welcome

04-07-2016, 11:09 AM
I scanned my cards so heres higher res pictures. I can't upload them to my gallery, it says they're too big and I don't know how to fix that.
Also I should mention this is the second swap I have signed up for, I just joined this week so I'm very new. Any tips would be much appreciated!

04-07-2016, 02:21 PM
Wow ! I love them, what a treat to see them high res :)

To get my scans uploadable I use Irfanview. It's a very good programm that let's you save the scans uploadable for the web and you can lower the size of the file.

I'm still pretty new myself. What helped me a lot is reading the FAQ's. Also, if you can't find the information you need there, just ask. For this you can also try the chat function. Depends on the time of day but sometimes there's people there you can ask things.

Everyone I've met so far has been realy helpfull and patient. All the information and abreviations can be a little overwhelming when you first start. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it.

Since you have your cards ready I'll pm you my address. Be sure to pack your cards so that they are well protected for the big trip over the ocean :)

Welcome to AFA SammiMae :D

04-07-2016, 05:28 PM
Thank you so much!

04-08-2016, 10:24 AM
Beautiful cards received from alisl ! Thank you for the lovely host card and extra's, I feel so spoiled !!

04-08-2016, 05:38 PM
Congrats for your first swap! Please sign me up!

04-09-2016, 01:09 AM
Welcome Amapola !

04-09-2016, 02:39 AM
This could be fun...sign me up:jiggy:

04-09-2016, 05:12 AM
Welcome ThouArtDelyrias !!

04-10-2016, 12:05 PM
Bumbing us up, Who would like to join? a few more spots available !

04-10-2016, 12:18 PM
Please sign me up! I'm glad you mentioned it!!!

04-10-2016, 12:56 PM
Great swap idea, sign me up please :)

04-11-2016, 04:59 AM
Welcome balletbon & Rinny !!

04-11-2016, 02:52 PM
i would like to play

04-11-2016, 02:59 PM
Welcome barbwat !

Patty R
04-12-2016, 09:49 AM
Sign me up please!

Vicki Z
04-12-2016, 12:08 PM
Congratulations on your first swap.
Please sign me up.

We had a thunderstorm last night, which took out our electricity for over an hour. Actually a rarity, 10 minutes is usually all it takes to get back on the grid.

But I was fully awake with all the noise and lightening, so I did ATCs by candle light, and came up with a
Candle card, plus setting and flowers, in watercolor
and a
Violin, music background, collage violin, actual strings on violin (they are flat)

04-13-2016, 02:43 AM
Awesome cards Vicki_Z ! Welcome to you and Patty R !

04-13-2016, 02:46 AM
One more spot available... I wonder who our last fabulous player will be... !

04-13-2016, 04:20 AM
Me!! Me!! jumping up and down and waving my arms

I have just found this swap and don't know whether to stitch or tangle my letters - I will have to experiment.

04-13-2016, 05:15 AM
I see you !

I''ll add you straight away, Welcome Donnacr !!!

04-14-2016, 03:39 PM
have mine finished..
F for flower..
C for Cat
D for Daisy
G for Goodnite
an extra for hostess!

04-15-2016, 01:11 AM
Awesome cards balletbon !!

04-15-2016, 09:14 AM
Geonek, I've sent you a pm

Vicki Z
04-15-2016, 05:53 PM
My cards went off to you in today's mail.

04-16-2016, 03:07 AM
May I be added to the waiting list?

04-16-2016, 06:18 AM
I'll be on the lookout for them Vicki_Z !

SunTrade: Sure thing, I've added you

04-16-2016, 09:29 AM
Have been busy making some inspiration for you guys...
For a full description of materials used and proces please check out my gallery.

Vicki Z
04-16-2016, 12:24 PM
Your cards focus on the letter itself, with no reference to something associated with the letter, which is not what I thought was the theme.
Are you sure my cards are okay? I already mailed them, but if they are not right, please let me know.

04-16-2016, 03:27 PM
May I join in on the fun?

04-16-2016, 04:37 PM
Vicki, your cards are beautiful and whithin the theme. The idea is that one letter is the focus, what ever else you want to add is up to you. The picture supports the letter.

04-16-2016, 04:40 PM
Hello Fandanie,

Sadly I can invite 12 players at this time as this is my first swap.
If you want I can put you on the waiting list.

04-17-2016, 07:14 PM

04-18-2016, 12:56 AM
Hello LucyMc,

Just to give you a heads up, this swap is full atm. I can have 12 players as its my first swap and there are 12 people allready signed up. If you like I can put you on the waiting list.

04-20-2016, 11:34 PM
How's everyone doing ?

04-21-2016, 10:31 AM
Mine are mailed! please let me know when they arrive!!!

04-21-2016, 01:16 PM
Mailcall !!!

balletbon and Vicki_Z your awesome babies are here !!!!
They are all so lovely, thank you both for the hostess card and help towards playing more swaps ! So generous, thank you !!

Vicki Z
04-21-2016, 04:58 PM
Mailcall !!!

balletbon and Vicki_Z your awesome babies are here !!!!
They are all so lovely, thank you both for the hostess card and help towards playing more swaps ! So generous, thank you !!

That was a quick trip across the pond!!!
Usually they take so much longer.
Thanks for letting me know they arrived safely.

04-21-2016, 05:02 PM
Very quick indeed... sometimes it takes ages and other times it's too quick to believe...

04-24-2016, 12:56 AM
How are my lovely players doing?

04-28-2016, 05:17 AM
Can't wait to see what y'all are making :)

Just a heads up, I'll be away for a week starting tomorrow. I'm not sure if I'll have time and/or internet acces. If not, I'll see you guys again on may 7th

04-30-2016, 07:36 AM
Hi Daphne

Please sign me up. I love this idea. You are so right--it would be great to have all the letters in a loved one's name framed! How long for my cards to get from USA to you, do you think?

04-30-2016, 06:47 PM
Oh, I see I'm too late! Please wait list me too, just in case. It's such a fun idea I'm going to make some in this theme anyway!;)

05-01-2016, 12:53 AM
Hello !!

I'll add you both to the waitinglist :) Welcome to AFA to you both !!

@BluSkyHare, it usually takes up to 10 days but there is no guarantee... Sometimes they're here faster, sometimes it takes longer...
We'll see what happens and if there is still time.

@undercover_otter, I might have to repeat this theme for my second swap with so many enthusiastic people wanting to play !! Nice to see a new member on AFA from Holland ;)

05-03-2016, 09:46 PM
Here are my Letter ATC's

I will send them out this weekend.

05-04-2016, 10:35 PM
Gorgeous cards Geonek !! Will be on the lookout.
(From my bed atm: flue :( )

05-08-2016, 09:10 PM
Finally done!! They will ship out as soon as I have an addy. Pm'd you Daphne! :jiggy:

05-09-2016, 01:00 AM
They look awesome !!

05-13-2016, 08:09 PM
ThouArtDelyrias - my eyes went straight to your 2nd 'D'. I have trouble with fluid tangles (they don't look fluid by the time that I have finished with them :wacko:) YOURS looks amazing!!

05-14-2016, 12:32 AM

05-18-2016, 01:45 PM

ThouArtDelyrias your stunning cards are here! Thank you so much for the host card ;)

05-20-2016, 02:11 AM
Just to let you guys know, I'm away for the weekend to my favorite island: Terschelling !
Not sure how the internets are going to cooperate there so if I don't reply you know what's up :)
Hope you are all doing fine and I hope to find some magic mail when I come back on monday !
C U all later ! *waves*

05-23-2016, 08:53 AM

Beautiful letters received from Patty R
Thank you so much for the extra's !! Much appreciated
Just to let you know, your P let loose from the card but I will reattach it, no worries !
Great artwork !

Patty R
05-23-2016, 12:00 PM
Thanks Daphne for letting me know , sorry about the P, anything can happen through the mail, especially that far.

05-23-2016, 02:06 PM
Mailed on Saturday.

05-23-2016, 03:09 PM
Sweet ! Thanks for letting me know

05-24-2016, 03:46 AM
Here are my cards - they are the initials of my full name and 'A' for 'Air' just because I love hot AIR balloons.;)
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3190/small/1_img329.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3190/small/1_img330.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3190/small/1_img331.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3190/small/1_img332.jpg

They will be in tomorrow's mail if I get your address in time - sending a PM now.

05-24-2016, 11:41 AM
OHW MY !!! I am absolutely speechless...... ........ ...... !!!!

Those are SO AWESOME !!!

Wow, wow and more wow !

I'll be on the lookout

05-25-2016, 12:36 AM
Thanks for the approval :D they are on their way

05-25-2016, 09:50 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!! Great job Donna! I would love to put my dibs on the C?!!!! They are all gorgeous though!!

05-26-2016, 01:51 PM
We have another mail call !

Absolutely gorgeous cards by Bluesky
Thank you very much for the extras!!

05-26-2016, 02:32 PM
Yes! They made it!

05-28-2016, 09:37 AM

Geonek they made it !
Great cards, Thanks for playing :)

05-31-2016, 09:45 AM

Rinny your beauties are here ! Thank you for the extra's !

06-01-2016, 04:05 PM

SammiMae your babies are here !

Ty so much for the extra's !

06-02-2016, 01:02 PM
I mailed my swap cards this morning. Here's hoping they make it in 17 days :)

06-02-2016, 02:17 PM
*fingerscrossed* Jen !

06-05-2016, 02:41 PM
Donnacr they are here !! All the way from down under :)
Pretty fast too I think, awesome
They are so gorgeous ;)


Only 2 more to go... Can't wait !!

06-11-2016, 05:12 AM

Beautyfull beautifull cards received from JenUrebel !
Thanks for the extra's hun ! xxx

06-11-2016, 05:17 AM
Looks like there is not going to be room for people on the waiting list... Sorry SunTrade, undercover_otter & BluSkyHare...

Hope you will join my next swap...! This one has to be completely finished though before I can start a new one.

06-13-2016, 04:44 PM
I mailed my cards today! This was a really fun swap theme. I am sorry for sending so late but hope they will travel quickly within Europe.

06-14-2016, 02:15 PM
Oooooh they look awesome Amapola !!

I'm pretty confident they will be here soon. Sniisk sent us some a few weeks ago, they were here pretty fast too.

I'll be on the lookout !

06-15-2016, 02:04 PM

Amapola, that was fast, wasn't it ! Thank you for all the extras !!

Getting ready to swap you guys ! I'll do this in the next couple of days.

If anyone is missing an Itrader for sending in cards, plz let me know.

Amapola, I'm now off to leave your Itrader ;)

06-17-2016, 12:01 PM
So glad to hear they got to you this quickly!

06-17-2016, 05:27 PM
Returns for everyone went postal today !

Plz post here when you receive yours.

Hope you all like your returns

06-17-2016, 08:56 PM
OH boy!!! looking forward to these!! :rolleyes:

06-18-2016, 10:21 AM
I have received my returns !
Vicky, Bluesky and Patty R

Thanks all of you ( see rockpoints) and Daphne for hosting and the beautiful extra card!

06-18-2016, 04:59 PM
Spoiler allert ;)

So glad you like your returns alisl!
I had fun swapping ! Daunting to start but fun to do when I got on a roll ;)

Plz post here when you get your cards in, I 'd like to get an idea about how long it takes to different countries and states.

06-21-2016, 10:21 PM
I can't wait!

06-27-2016, 03:23 AM
I received my awesome returns yesterday! Will comment in the morning...well, when I wake up!

06-27-2016, 09:53 AM
Ok, glad you have them !

06-27-2016, 02:34 PM
I received my cards!! They are awesome. Now, how do you leave iTrader ratings? This is one of my first swaps!!

06-27-2016, 03:04 PM
I away,awesome to come home to my swapped cards..love them all!!

06-29-2016, 03:33 PM
Glad you all like what I chose for you ! I looked at everyone's profile pages to get an idea of what you would like.

SammiMae to leave an itraders you can go to my profile page by klicking on my name in this post near the avatar picture and choose profile page. There are three options on the top right of each profile page. One of them is leave itraders. You click that and fill out the form. You don't have to put in an url. You first choose player, then +1 if you were pleased with the swap. Then you can leave a little message in a white line visible to all. Under that you have a large field to leave me a personal message if you like.

For the people you've received cards from, look up their post in this thread and click You Rock and leave them a little message that way.

Hope this helps ! Yell if it doesn't, I'll try again to explain.

06-30-2016, 10:51 PM
My gorgeous alphabet arrived yesterday from: balletbon, SammiMae and PattyR

Thanks to our wonderful Host for a very well run 1st swap - I hope to join many more of your swaps in the future.

off to leave points for all

06-30-2016, 11:36 PM
*happy* :)

07-02-2016, 01:14 AM
Thank you! I'll try to get that done tomorrow, I'm on my phone at the moment. :)

07-03-2016, 02:37 AM
Ok :)

I'm so happy with everyones lovely messages about how they like their returns :)

07-11-2016, 03:23 AM
I think i'm missies 4 Itraders so i'm wondering, who's still waiting on their returns for this swap ?

07-17-2016, 12:27 AM
Thank you all so much for playing. It was fun to host! I'll be closing the swap now. Hope to see you in my next !