View Full Version : INSPIRATIONAL GARDEN - Collage only, due May 27th

04-24-2016, 04:57 PM
Swap Due Date - May 27
Signup/ Withdraw Date - May 17
Number of ATCs - 3:3
Number of participants - 12

Hello Collage Artists! I especially love collage art so I’ve decided to host my first swap here at ATCforAll.com. This is a collage only swap. You can incorporate some handrawn or mixed media elements into your creations, but it should be mainly collage art. Our theme is INSPIRATIONAL GARDEN.

As you create your floral/garden designs, feel free to use an inspirational word, definition, quote, or scripture. You may want to use designer paper, postage stamps, vintage ephemera, or special embellishments. Your card may have one flower or a garden full of flowers...you decide!

If you want to post photos in the gallery or within this thread before mailing, please do! It may inspire others to participate and we'll all be looking forward to seeing your special creations!

• All ATCs must be 2.5” x 3.5” on sturdy cardstock with straight cut edges.

• Include your ATCsForAll User Name on the back of each card so those receiving them will know who you are and be able to leave YOU ROCKS! It would be nice to know your real name and location too.

• Each card should be in an individual protective plastic sleeve and packaged securely to reach me undamaged.

• Please sign up by posting to this thread and I will acknowledge you and add your user name to the list.

• Life happens, so if you need to withdraw, it’s no problem, but please let me know. If time permits, perhaps someone else can take your spot. If there is no withdrawal notification or no cards sent, I will leave neutral iTrader. (I wouldn’t want to do this, but it is only fair to those who get their cards sent on time.)

• I have no idea how much interest there will be, but if this swap fills up, I will have a waiting list. If that happens, I’ll keep you posted within the swap thread.

• When you're ready to mail your cards, send me a PM for my address. (I'm in Nebraska - USA)

• US participants: I will provide the return envelope, but please send a printed address label and the correct amount of postage to mail back your returns. For 3:3 collage, it will usually take at least 2 oz postage, which is currently .68 cents. If you send extra postage and it’s not needed, I will return it to you.

• INTERNATIONAL participants: I will provide the return envelope, but please send a printed address label. I will use a Global International postage stamp ($1.15) to mail your returns. You can either send a global stamp or enclose $1 securely when mailing your cards to me. Any questions, please pm me. Honestly, I’m not sure the best way to handle this until I’ve done it.

• DUE DATE: May 27th is the last day I will accept cards so please allow sufficient time to reach me in Nebraska. I intend to be a timely hostess and have returns back to all participants within a week. (This depends on our postal service, of course!)

• As I receive your cards, I will post to this thread and leave iTrader.

Now, let's get creative! :jiggy:

0. ohhappyday DONE
1. wrenbeau RECEIVED
2. Sophie's Mom RECEIVED
3. artchick501 RECEIVED
4. heidiwork RECEIVED
5. JenUrebel RECEIVED
7. AngelJoy RECEIVED (early bird!)
8. dbughall RECEIVED (early bird!)
9. ferretgirl WITHDREW
10. catb RECEIVED
11. crafty3790 RECEIVED
12. cinlan RECEIVED

Waiting list:

04-24-2016, 06:29 PM
I'll be the first to dive in!

Sophie's mom
04-24-2016, 06:54 PM
Since I have a garden and gift shop I've got to do this - sign me up please!

04-24-2016, 07:34 PM
So happy to have you join my first swap! wrenbeau and Sophie's Mom! YaY!! :jiggy:
Let the creative FUN begin!!!

04-24-2016, 07:48 PM
I'm IN! Can't wait to create some garden cards!

04-24-2016, 08:01 PM
I HAVE to be in your first swap for sure!!! Please sign me up!

04-24-2016, 08:28 PM
Better sign me up. I have lots of garden themed collage materials.

04-24-2016, 08:40 PM
This sounds great. Please add me to your list of "gardeners" :)

04-24-2016, 10:11 PM
I would love to join your first swap. I'm becoming very fond of collage art! :D

04-25-2016, 04:18 AM
I'd like to sign up...

04-25-2016, 07:11 AM
Please add me to your gardeners, if you still have room. Thanks for the invite!

04-25-2016, 07:51 AM
Please sign me up

04-25-2016, 08:00 AM
Please sign me up, congrats look like it is filling up fast.

04-25-2016, 08:01 AM
If I counted correctly I am #12.

04-25-2016, 01:18 PM
Me please !!

Ohw... I just read the post before me... Well... I could say waitinglist but this is risky since my cards have to travel far...

04-25-2016, 08:20 PM
How exciting!
We've got an extremely talented group of collage artists I've traded with in the past, as well as a few new artists! I'm so happy to have you all join in!

WELCOME to wrenbeau, Sophie's Mom, artchick501, heidiwork, JenUrebel, Lalka, AngelJoy, dbughall, ferretgirl, catb, crafty3790, cinlan, Daphne75!!!

04-25-2016, 10:57 PM
I'd like to play

04-27-2016, 01:47 PM
Here are my contributions to the inspirational garden! They will be in tomorrow's mail.

04-27-2016, 07:08 PM
Sign me up :-)

04-27-2016, 07:10 PM
Aw I just saw you're only allowed 12 :( pooh. Put me on the waiting list then :-)

04-27-2016, 08:58 PM
I am checking to see if it is permissible to start another swap since this once filled up right away. I'll let you know! Thanks so much for your interest! :)

04-27-2016, 09:55 PM
I think you have to complete your first one before you can start another :/ after your third, I think is when you can start hosting more than one at a time, but I'm not 100%- it's been awhile lol

04-27-2016, 09:59 PM
New hosts are limited to one swap at a time, with a limit to the number of participants they can have per swap. Once 3 successful swaps have been hosted, then the host is granted full hosting privileges.
You must have your profile page filed in.

How Many Swaps Can I Host?

You may host no more than 6 swaps at one time. (both open and active, total includes both mail art and ATC combined.)
* First Time Hosts are limited to 12 players and a 3 for 3 card swap.
(First Swap must be completed [mailed out/iTrader received from a few players] before starting a second swap)
New hosts are limited to one swap at a time until they've completed 3 successful swaps. Read more here-->Swap Hosting FAQ (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/faq.php?faq=swap_hosting_faq)
Once the swap returns have been mailed and players start to post to the swap thread that they have received their cards, a new Host can open a 2nd or 3rd swap.

This info can be found in the pinned posts in open atc swap forum. "How to host a swap".

04-28-2016, 09:53 AM
You are correct, Beka, which means that Daphne75 needs to be on the waiting list as well, since cinlin took the 12th spot.

I know it is hard to wait to get to your second swap and to limit your first one. But as soon as this one is done and distributed, you can host INSPIRATIONAL GARDEN #2! It's wonderful to know that you chose such a popular subject! :)

04-28-2016, 08:01 PM
This is exactly what was explained to me by Carole when I asked her. I did read about hosting a swap before I started one, but I missed this info. I'm still learning! Thanks so much for your help! I've already got ideas for other swaps so stay tuned for more!! :jiggy:

04-28-2016, 08:50 PM
Looking forward to them! :)

04-29-2016, 03:04 AM
Most definitely! :-) and no worries, we all had to start somewhere!

An. M. Sudyka
04-29-2016, 05:30 PM
Sounds like fun. Count me in, I love flowers.

An. M. Sudyka
04-29-2016, 05:33 PM
Sorry, I just also saw the 12.

04-30-2016, 08:53 AM
My first swap is limited to 12, but I'll be hosting more in future. Thanks for your interest! :)

04-30-2016, 05:08 PM
Hello all! We've had a long cloudy week with lots of rain so I'm snuggled up in my craft room working on a few ATCs for this swap. Color me happy... creating my own sunshine! :)

I think one of the reasons I love collage art is because you never know how its going to evolve until it's done. For example, here are two cards I created today and neither one was what I imagined when I started.

The first one started with a gelli plate, paint, texture paste background and a paper "7" that was on my desk.

The second one began with the idea to rubber stamp and paper piece flowers as collage. For this I also used a gelli plate, textured background. Lots of fussy cutting on these so probably only making one! ;)

Whatever you're doing today... ENJOY! :)

04-30-2016, 07:28 PM
Those are awesome cards!

04-30-2016, 09:06 PM
Those are beautiful cards, ohhappyday! You find amazing inspiration among those rain drops! :)

05-01-2016, 01:29 PM
Count me in on the next one please! Sorry I was too late to get in on this swap, great theme :)!

05-01-2016, 01:34 PM
Thank you for your interest! :)

05-01-2016, 02:27 PM
Beautiful art ohhappyday! :-)

Sophie's mom
05-02-2016, 12:30 PM
My cards are ready to send, I'll pm you for your address. Thanks for a fun swap!

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05-02-2016, 07:59 PM
Wow! These are perfectly wonderful! I love the vintage flair. It's going to be such FUN seeing how each one of you interpret our theme. You Rock! :jiggy:

05-02-2016, 08:22 PM
Happy Mail! I've already received swap cards and the early birds are:

dbughall - your layered florals with the white and black outlining and inspiring phrases are wonderful! Your envelope is a work of ART in itself...love it!

AngelJoy - yours are such a colorful garden mix with uplifting words and sayings. Perfect!

♥ Thank you both for the lovely host cards too! It's such a special treat! :)

05-05-2016, 11:07 AM
My cards are finished! They will go in the mail tomorrow, ohhappyday. Here is what they look like:

05-05-2016, 10:02 PM
Such pretty collage and the sayings are perfect too! I will be sure to let you know when your cards arrive. :)

05-06-2016, 09:19 PM
Happy Mail received today from Sophie's Mom! :)
Terri, these are all so beautiful! I know you posted photos, but they are always so much better in person! I am very interested in your technique and how you got such a perfectly smooth matte finish? Please share!
Thank you so much for the host card... it's really hard to choose one favorite, but I like the saying "gardening ..the pleasure phenomenon" :)
Also, I'm glad you wrapped them up so securely because the bottom of the envelope did have a tear in it. It's all good... phew! :)

Sophie's mom
05-06-2016, 10:50 PM
So glad to hear my cards arrived safely and thank you for your compliments. I use a matte medium to "seal" my cards and finish the edges with gold stamping ink. I'm happy to know you like them - thanks so much for hosting!

05-09-2016, 07:51 AM
Cards are all finished and in the mail to you this morning!

05-09-2016, 04:29 PM
My cards got sent today.

05-10-2016, 09:12 PM
YaY! I'll be sure to let you both know when they arrive! I'm getting exciting to see them all! :)

05-11-2016, 07:26 AM
Great cards Lalka

05-11-2016, 08:57 AM
Mailing tomorrow. I hope these fit the bill!

05-11-2016, 01:58 PM
pretty cards, catb!

05-11-2016, 03:02 PM
Thanks, AngelJoy!

05-11-2016, 06:59 PM
You gals have been so wonderful about getting your cards done and in the mail! It's fun when you post photos and give us a sneak peek too! :jiggy:

There are a few of you still finishing up and that's perfectly fine as our deadline is still a couple weeks away. If you need a little inspiration to get going on them, here are a couple of mine... Also, if you haven't already, please scroll down through all the posts to see others!



05-11-2016, 08:22 PM
Very nice, ohhappyday.

05-12-2016, 08:07 AM
Nice cards catb

05-12-2016, 06:44 PM
Exceptional swap cards received today from artchick501, Lalka, and wrenbeau! Beautiful ART ladies! I'm so impressed and have enjoyed looking at each and every one. :jiggy:

05-12-2016, 08:36 PM
Yay! Always glad to hear when they've landed! And I have been admiring everyone's cards here, too! Are we a great group or what?!!! :)

05-14-2016, 05:16 PM
Happy Hi! Are any of you working on your swap cards this weekend? I've been enjoying this theme so much I can't stop! :jiggy:

Here is one more for a little "inspiration"...


The background is acrylic paint with gelli plate, misc papers, stitching, victorian scrap flowers, brad.

05-14-2016, 07:37 PM

Sophie's mom
05-14-2016, 09:35 PM
Happy Hi! Are any of you working on your swap cards this weekend? I've been enjoying this theme so much I can't stop! :jiggy:

Here is one more for a little "inspiration"...


The background is acrylic paint with gelli plate, misc papers, stitching, victorian scrap flowers, brad.
Really beautiful card!

05-15-2016, 08:02 AM
Here are mine

05-15-2016, 08:56 AM
Adorable crafty!!

05-15-2016, 09:11 AM

05-15-2016, 09:11 AM
Those are really cute crafty

05-15-2016, 11:19 AM
Here are my cards-hope they inspire someone


05-15-2016, 12:02 PM
Such lovely cards cinlan and crafty3790! I can't wait to see them in person and will let you know when they arrive! YaY! :jiggy:

05-16-2016, 09:57 AM
very pretty cinlan!

05-16-2016, 11:49 AM
very nice, cinlin. I really like the colors and textures in the first one. All nicely done!

05-16-2016, 08:13 PM
True beauties received today from catb! Such lovely intricate detail on each one!

05-19-2016, 10:11 AM
Here are mine mailing today


05-19-2016, 02:23 PM
beautiful, heidiwork!

05-19-2016, 09:55 PM
Happy to hear yours are going in the mail heidiwork and I'll be sure to let you know when received! :)

05-19-2016, 09:57 PM
Beautiful ATC's received today from cinlan! She posted photos of these earlier in the week, but it's always so fun to see them in person! Lots of beautiful bling and sparkle on these! Lovely art!

05-21-2016, 07:41 AM
I am sorry; I need to with-draw.....

05-21-2016, 07:54 AM
Thank u for letting me know ferretgirl! I know how life can get in the way of our creative time. Hopefully you can join my next swap...think patriotic! :)

05-22-2016, 10:52 AM
Good Morning! I've got almost all the cards in and I'm planning to swap these out next weekend! You're going to *love* them!!! :jiggy:

05-23-2016, 08:58 AM
Whoohoo !!

05-23-2016, 08:44 PM
Received gorgeous floral garden beauties today from heidiwork! One more to arrive that was put in the mail today and looks like I'll be able to swap out this weekend, as planned. I think you're all going to be very pleased! I know I am!!! :jiggy: :jiggy: :jiggy:

05-25-2016, 09:30 PM
YOU GALS ROCK!!! I've received ALL of the cards and will be swapping them out this weekend! :jiggy:

JenUrebel...your gorgeous little works of art arrived today! Beautiful work...as I knew they would be!

We had one player that had to withdraw, but Daphne75 took a chance that I would have an opening and sent her beautiful creations all the way from the Netherlands! They arrived today as well!

Thank you ALL for the host cards and for participating in my swap!
Consider yourselves (((HUGGED)))!!!

05-25-2016, 09:36 PM
It was a great idea for a swap, ohhappyday! I'm so glad you did it and I am looking forward to some wonderful returns! :D

05-26-2016, 01:59 PM
Sweet !!

05-27-2016, 10:30 PM
Here is a little peak at all the the lovely cards right before I swapped them out today!
Putting them in the mail in the morning!!! :jiggy: :jiggy: :jiggy:

05-28-2016, 08:17 AM
Oooohhhh pretty! Thank you!!

05-29-2016, 04:41 PM
Thanks for sharing!! They look so good all together like that!

05-29-2016, 10:05 PM
Can't wait!

05-31-2016, 03:51 PM
I got my returns today. That was fast! Thanks Pam for the added goodies and thanks for hosting! I got some lovelies from: debughall, Sophie'sMom, and JenUrebel.

05-31-2016, 05:12 PM
A great big thank you to ohhappyday for hosting and for all the extra little goodies that came with my returns!

Which were from

JenUrebel -- fabulous "Find Your Wings"!!!
An.M.Sudyka -- Happy Artist -- we should all give thanks for all we have, and I do!!!
Crafty2790 -- lovely lotus flowers

Thank you all! Off to give credit where credit is due! :)

05-31-2016, 10:14 PM
Ok, we must give all credit to the USPS for the freaky FAST delivery over the holiday weekend! I mailed them on Saturday from our mailbox in Norfolk, Nebraska. Note, we live on the highway five miles outside of town and our carrier doesn't stop until late in the day. I could see JenUrebel and Lalka getting theirs in Missouri, but to think wrenbeau in Maryland and AngelJoy in New York got theirs, really amazes me!!!

Now, hopefully the rest of you will be getting yours SOON too! :) Just a little trivia that I think is interesting... the other states represented in our swap are:
North Carolina
Washington (2)
Missouri (2)
The Netherlands

05-31-2016, 10:53 PM
Thanks for sharing the info on the locations, very interesting!

06-01-2016, 09:19 AM
Yup... my returns arrived yesterday. Thank you to all! Will leave rocks and ITrader...

06-01-2016, 04:15 PM
Got my returns today. They are all wonderful! Thanks to ohhappyday for hosting this swap. I really enjoyed it!

Sophie's mom
06-01-2016, 09:39 PM
Beautiful cards arrived today from Wrenbeau, heidiwork & oh happy day, really lovely.
Thank you Pam for a fun swap & the goodies!

06-04-2016, 10:23 AM
Awesome cards arrived from An. M. Sudyka, Lalka & Artchick501-great cards , thanks for great swap ohhappyday and for the extra goodies sent with the returns.

06-05-2016, 05:18 PM
Wrenbaeu, I will leave you You Rock as soon as I can. We were in the same swap and I was lucky enough to get a card from you in both ! Now I need to spread some love before I can give credit, where credit is due :)