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05-26-2008, 09:34 AM
Water Theme Original-Art Swap - Due August 8th

Swap Due Date: August 8th
Signup/Withdraw Date: August 1st
Number of Cards: 3:3
Number of Participants: 12


Water cards can be humorous or serious, but please make the majority of the focus your original art: hand-drawn, hand-painted, needle art, or collages with personally-constructed elements. For example, sometimes I draw the central figure and cut it apart to make collage templates. Sometimes, I wield the scissors freehand or tear the paper. Other ideas are welcomed as well—just be sure to send in the quality of work you’d like to receive in return. (Check with me first if you are unsure.) Some bulk is fine, but extra postage would be appreciated. The requirements are the standard 2.5X3.5 inch size and fitting inside an ATC sleeve.

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

Please put your user name on everything, including the back of your return envelope or mailing label, to help avoid confusion.

Please put all cards in card protectors.

US participants, please enclose a SASE (62 cents) with your cards (and some extra postage if you made very bulky cards or are sending an oversized envelope for returns).

International participants, please enclose a self addressed envelope. I will cover your postage.

An extra card would be appreciated, but is not required. Late cards will be returned.

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


1. mynameisJenn - cards arrived 7/14/08
2. nowzem - withdrew 7/28/08
3. Ibus - withdrew 7/31/08
4. lilbad - cards arrived 6/20/08
5. Joni Owens cards arrived 7/10/08
6. dmnh - cards arrived 7/21/08
7. gizmo - cards arrived 7/19/08
8. SeaSong - cards arrived 6/9/08
9. xstitcher - cards arrived 8/6/08
10. monarch - cards arrived 7/30/08
11. Elena - cards arrived 6/18/08
12. Frog Princess - cards arrived 8/8/08
13. Vicki Z (joined 7/28/08) - cards arrived 8/2/08
14. frozenfire (joined 7/31/08) - cards arrived 8/7/08

05-26-2008, 11:15 AM
of course I have to sign up for this, the water theme and the due date is my 22nd birthday!

So please sign me up Kat! :)

05-26-2008, 11:18 AM
Super! The first place is yours. Welcome, Jenn, & happy birthday in advance.

05-26-2008, 01:04 PM
Sign me up, please, Kat! The due date is my hubby's bday :D He'll be a few years older than Jenn :D

05-26-2008, 01:12 PM
Can I join please?

05-26-2008, 02:06 PM
nowzem & Ibus welcome.

05-26-2008, 07:30 PM
Room for moi, Kat?

05-26-2008, 07:38 PM
Absolutely! Welcome, lilbad.

Joni Owens
05-27-2008, 12:27 PM
Sign me up, I can hear the waves and smell the salty air now.

05-27-2008, 01:00 PM
Welcome to the swap, Joni Owens. BTW, I love your cat; I think we must have had a relative of your cat living with us for 20 years.

05-28-2008, 01:07 PM
Hi Kat,
I would like to join your swap!

05-28-2008, 03:03 PM
Super! It's great to have you join us, dmnh.

05-28-2008, 06:03 PM
I love water-themed art -- could I please join this swap? Thanks

05-28-2008, 07:06 PM
Welcome aboard, gizmo!

05-29-2008, 08:37 AM
To someone named SeaSong how could I say no? Welcome to the swap. I looked at your gallery; the cupcake girls are delightful. You combined pen, colored pencils, watercolor pencil, & chalks beautifully. I especially like "Sophie;" her personality really shines through.

05-29-2008, 09:14 AM
Thank you for letting me join Kat.

Looking forward to it!!!!!!!

05-29-2008, 09:22 AM
I'm delighted that you joined, xstitcher.

05-30-2008, 06:39 PM
Please note that the list of media has been expanded to include needle arts.

05-31-2008, 10:44 AM
Absolutely, SeaSong, it's a wonderful card!!

05-31-2008, 03:50 PM
Seasong - I love your card!!!!!

kat please sign me up......

06-01-2008, 09:00 AM
monarch, glad you joined us.

06-01-2008, 09:03 AM
My husband has bought me a new computer, so I'll probably offline today & madly trying to find the on-switch tomorrow.

I'm posting some water cards to my gallery.

06-01-2008, 09:22 AM
Can I join?

06-01-2008, 09:35 AM
Yes, Elena, welcome to the swap.

06-01-2008, 12:07 PM
I was waiting to create something before signing up, then I realized you were only taking 12 players. So I guess now I'll create something :)

06-01-2008, 02:22 PM
Yes, I was a little concerned when your PM said you had plenty of time. I'm glad you joined us.

Frog Princess
06-02-2008, 05:46 PM
Can I play? I love water (what froggy wouldn't???)

06-02-2008, 07:21 PM
Yes, welcome to the swap, froggy.

06-03-2008, 01:05 PM
Hi. My computer upgrade is still underway. After two days of frustration & colorful vocabulary, my husband has nearly completed the transfer of my files, etc.

06-03-2008, 05:12 PM
Original and lovely!!!

06-04-2008, 08:18 AM
SeaSong -- Delightful cards!! I'm looking forward to seeing them soon.

All -- I'm still off-line. Getting a new computer is always traumatizing. So far, I been able to grab a few minutes on my husband's computer daily.

Take care. kat

06-05-2008, 05:37 PM
I'm back on line.

06-09-2008, 10:33 AM
SeaSong -- Your beautiful cards arrived today. They are even more dynamic in person! Thanks for the extra :) and your speedy response.

06-10-2008, 08:43 AM
I'm still adjusting to my new computer system. I have finally gotten one picture to upload (I hope). :arghh:

06-10-2008, 12:12 PM
Wow, looked at your gallery and these are amazing.

06-15-2008, 04:27 PM
Here are mine. I'll post them as soon as I get Kat's address.

06-15-2008, 06:00 PM
Lovely, elena!!!

06-15-2008, 06:53 PM
Is this still open? If so, I'd love to join.

06-15-2008, 09:03 PM
Wow! Elena, I'm so excited to see your cards. I'm glad you found the theme challenging; you certainly rose to the occasion.

06-16-2008, 01:15 PM
Kat, I posted my "wonders" in my gallery if you want to check them out. I am mailing them today. Thanks for this wonderful themed swap!

06-16-2008, 06:03 PM
lilbad -- Your cards are lovely! I'm looking forward to seeing them "in person."

06-18-2008, 12:10 PM
Elena -- Your cards arrived today. They are wonderful! You capture a different mood in each one. Thanks for the extra stamps.

06-20-2008, 10:06 AM
lilbad -- Your cards arrived today; they are beautiful. I'm delighted that you enjoyed painting them. Thanks for the extra.

06-21-2008, 10:48 AM
Beautiful cards SeaSong and Elena!!
I'm slowly working on my cards, will mail them off hopefully soon! :)

06-23-2008, 12:08 PM
Jenn --

I'm looking forward to seeing what you create. If you can, I'd love for you to post pictures to the thread.

Thanks, kat.

07-09-2008, 06:43 AM
Thanks for the PM, Joni. I'm looking forward to seeing your cards.

07-10-2008, 10:27 AM
Joni -- Your wonderful cards & extra goodies arrived safely today. Thanks for the extra card and interesting papers.

07-10-2008, 10:30 AM
Kat, my cards should have rolled in by now.

07-10-2008, 11:04 AM
lil -- Yes, they arrived on 6/20/08 (see above). I also sent iTrader points the same day.

07-10-2008, 05:19 PM
cards are going out in tomorrow's mail! :)

07-11-2008, 08:35 AM
Jenn - Great! I'm looking forward to seeing your cards. I'll let you know when they arrive.

07-14-2008, 10:59 AM
Jenn --

Your wonderful cards have arrived. I love how different they are from each other. Thanks for the extra.

07-14-2008, 05:30 PM
OMG -- i've lost your address -- could you send it again? Thanks!

07-15-2008, 08:04 AM
gizmo -- I sent you my address in a PM yesterday. I'll let you know when your cards arrive.

07-19-2008, 12:22 PM
gizmo -- Your cards arrived today. Beautiful! Thanks for the extra.

07-21-2008, 12:24 PM
Donna -- Your wonderful cards arrived today. Thanks for the extra. The differences are very subtle; it will be hard to choose.

07-25-2008, 11:01 AM
kat - My cards are done and I have posted them in the gallery.......I will mail out Monday......

07-25-2008, 01:04 PM
Carol, love your cards! :)

07-26-2008, 09:51 AM
Carol -- Your cards are wonderful. I'm really excited by the great cards everyone is creating for this swap. I'm looking forward to seeing yours in person.

07-28-2008, 09:49 AM
Welcome, Vicki Z!

07-28-2008, 10:53 AM
kat - My cards are going in the mail today........

07-28-2008, 11:56 AM
Super! I can hardly wait!!!

Vicki Z
07-28-2008, 12:11 PM
Yippie, I get to join this swap to take the place of someone who withdrew.
**Does happy dance**

Thanks for letting me participate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am working on my cards tonight, and will have them in on time.

Vicki Z
07-30-2008, 07:39 AM
My cards went in the mail this morning.
They should arrive in plenty of time to beat the deadline.
Again, thanks for letting me participate, especially at the last minute.
The cards that have been posted are all so wonderful!!!

07-30-2008, 11:15 AM
Wow! Vicki, I know you said you could make the deadline, but this is super speedy! I look forward to seeing your creations. Thanks for joining us.

07-30-2008, 10:24 PM
Boy do I feel slow. My cards are almost ready but not quite. Maybe I will stay up late tonight and work on them.

Kat I will let you know the minute they go out. And I promise it will be in plenty of time to make the deadline.

07-31-2008, 06:32 AM
Super, xstitcher! Thanks for checking in. Cross-stitch is such a time-consuming medium; I admire your level of commitment. Your results are always amazing.

07-31-2008, 03:41 PM
I'm sorry I'm going to have to withdraw from this swop.

07-31-2008, 06:37 PM
Ibus -- I'm sorry that you have to withdraw. We'll miss you & your art. Take care. kat

07-31-2008, 06:40 PM
monarch -- Your beautiful cards arrived yesterday. They're wonderful!!

07-31-2008, 06:43 PM
It looks like ibus withdrew, can i join!!

07-31-2008, 07:31 PM
Wow! That was fast. Sure. But I want this to be an on-time swap.....AND I'm not sure where the Twilight Zone is. If you can meet the deadline, please join us. PM me for my address.

08-02-2008, 12:24 PM
My cards are in the mail.

Now I can begin the worry until they get there.

08-02-2008, 12:56 PM
xstitcher -- I'll let you know as soon as your cards arrive.

Vicki Z -- Your wonderful cards arrived today. You probably broke some records getting them here that fast. Thanks for the extra & the beautiful paper.

08-06-2008, 02:39 PM
xstitcher -- Your beautiful cards arrived. You've really outdone yourself!!

08-06-2008, 06:28 PM
I can't wait for the returns, such beautiful cards for this swap in the gallery :)

08-06-2008, 07:07 PM
Jenn --

I agree we have had beautiful returns!!!

Thanks to all.

08-07-2008, 01:39 PM
frozenfire -- Your wonderful cards arrived today. They represent a unique range of collage materials.

08-08-2008, 12:28 PM
Froggie -- Your cards arrived today.

Everyone -- I can hardly believe that everything arrived on time without a hitch!! I'm planning a week's vacation in New England with my sister starting the 15th, so I was cutting it pretty close. I'll be swapping out today & mailing tomorrow. Please send feedback as soon as you can, so I can address any problems if they arise.

[BTW I have a nice scanner up for grabs. It doesn't speak to Vista, but otherwise does a nice job. Software & manual are included -- free for the cost of shipping. If you know someone who's scan-less & interested, have them PM me.]

Thank you all for your wonderful art & prompt responses. It was a delight to have this group in my first swap.


08-08-2008, 08:12 PM
Wow! The swapping-out is done.That and packaging all the cards took the entire day. It was great fun, but the process increased my admiration for those who provide us with unlimited swaps. I may be missing the necessary gene for 6 concurrent, unlimited swaps. (My husband says that he sympathizes with their spouses, but he did enjoy everybody's cards & was most insistent that I trade for his favorites. His advice was easy to take because there were so many good choices :D.)

For your trivia file ---
No one lived in the same locale. We had 12 states & one international:
IN, KS, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NJ, OR, SC, WA, & England :yes:
Media included:
collage, mixed media collage, cross-stitch, needle art, beading work, alcohol ink, watercolor, pen, markers, acrylics, gel pens, vellum, and other techniques I'm unknowledgeable about. I'd love to hear about those I left out :huh:.

08-11-2008, 09:11 AM
Thanks so much for hosting.

I am looking forward to receiving my cards.

08-11-2008, 06:40 PM
Joni Owens has received her cards, so y'all should be getting yours soon, too. I hope to hear from everyone (except maybe Frog Princess -- even with extra stamps, the postal gorillas wouldn't guarantee deliverly before 10 days to England, so I went with 1st class). I'm leaving town on the 15th; I'm looking forward to hearing from everyone soon.

08-12-2008, 12:43 PM
I'm out of town till the 19th, but I'm sure they have arrived safe!

08-12-2008, 06:10 PM
Jenn -- Thanks for checking in. Enjoy the beach!!!

08-12-2008, 09:09 PM
Kat, rec'd my cards today. Wonderful art! And, u wrapped them so perfectly that there was no damage. Thanks for hosting! I received cards from Kat---very special sheep drinking, Down by the pond by Elissa, lovely beach scene by Elena, and Water Bubbles by MynameisJenn. Thanks all!!

08-13-2008, 12:44 AM
My cards arrived today. Many thanks to Kat for hosting this fabulous swap! I got cards from Kat, xstitcher, Joni Owens and MyNameIsJenn. I'm off to leave rep points and an iTrader for our wonderful host!
Thanks muchly to you all for playing along!

Vicki Z
08-13-2008, 01:21 AM
I received my cards today, and I couldn't be happier. Thanks to dmnh, Monarch, Joni Owens, and most of all, our wonderful host.

The cards are gorgeous and represent such a wide range of water themes. Thanks to all

08-13-2008, 11:38 AM
My cards arrived yesterday.

A big thank you to kat for everything.

Thanks to lilbad, monarch and Vicki Z for the lovely cards.

Frog Princess
08-13-2008, 05:34 PM
Well they beat the 10 days!
Mine arrived today and they are GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I love, love, love my cards!
Thank you so much Kat for hosting- you did a brilliant job, hon!
I got one of Kats lovely cards (how did ya know I'd love that one??? ;) )
I also got a wonderful card from Seasong and a stunning card from Gizmo. Thank you ladies- I'll teasure these.

08-13-2008, 06:43 PM
Hey, Froggie, it did have a frog in it :rolleyes:!!

08-14-2008, 03:59 PM
I recieved my cards yesterday. Thanks to Kat, mynameisjenn, Joni Owens, and Vicki Z for the wonderful cards I now have! :) This was a fun swap!

08-15-2008, 07:09 AM
I'm off on a road adventure with my sister. I'll be out of touch until the 23rd. Thanks again to all the players!

08-20-2008, 11:57 AM
Wow Thanks to Kat, Lilbad, Gizmo, and Dmnh.
Awesome cards!