View Full Version : FAIRY DOORS handdrawn/handpainted ATC Swap, Due Sept. 21

07-16-2020, 03:41 PM
Due Date: Sept. 21
Signup/Withdrawal Date: Sept. 15
Number of Players: Unlimited
Number of Cards: 3 for 3
Media: Hand-drawn/hand-painted, small and flat(ish) embellishments allowed

Fairy doors are enchanted entryways. They are magical portals leading to fairy dwelling interiors, or leading to secret enchanted places. The doors are often very decorative in appearance, with interesting shapes and bright (or pastel) colors. When drawing these special portals, you can decide on arched or other shapes, what sort of doorknob or handle, decorative hinges, etc.

These cards should be flat, one layer, the doors do not really open. That might have been an interesting idea, but for this swap we will just have to imagine what we might see inside.

Your background can be a tree trunk, open meadow, fat mushroom stem, ferns, or (?). THE DOOR ITSELF should be the focal point. It should make us want to open and enter, and should spark curiosity as to what wonders might lie beyond. Small and relatively flat embellishments are welcome, such as sequins and tiny rhinestones, ribbons and fabric trims, glitter glue (no loose glitter), etc. Have fun with this idea, and show pictures of your cards if you can.


- Please PM me for my address when cards are ready to mail.
- Place each 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” card in its own plastic sleeve for protection.
- Be sure it qualifies as a “card”, and cannot easily bend into a U-shape.
- Please spread evenly within the envelope, using Washi or Painters tape (Scotch tape can tear the sleeves).
- Please write your username, real name, and swap title on the back of each card.
- USA players, please include a large address label plus one Forever stamp. I will provide envelopes.
- International players, please enclose your address label plus $1 USA, or a Global Forever stamp. I will provide envelopes.
- An extra “host card” is always appreciated, but never necessary in order to play.
- When returns are received, please be sure to leave iTrader for your host, and “you rock” points for those who created your returns.

Player List:

2. Arc2dreams - RECEIVED
3. An.M.Sudyka - RECEIVED
5. Artbymee - RECEIVED
6. Juanita Vee 705 - Canada (Mailed 9/13)
7. Oneeyedwonder - RECEIVED
8. KatTaylor - England (Mailed 9/16)
9. CMontalvo - RECEIVED
10. Majanga - RECEIVED
11. Anni - RECEIVED
12. Ucallmekat - RECEIVED
13. Tamsjourneys - RECEIVED
14. EatSleepWriteABook - Canada (Mailed 9/14)

07-16-2020, 06:04 PM
Here are a couple of example cards I made:

07-16-2020, 06:16 PM

07-16-2020, 07:04 PM
Would love to join this swap! Sounds so Fun!

07-17-2020, 12:41 AM
Welcome to lurk, NIK, and happy to sign you up, RebeccaG!

Terri F
07-17-2020, 10:33 AM
lurking in the fairy flowers

07-17-2020, 11:28 AM
Ok Terri, the fairies have agreed to put a spell on you to make you join (when you’re ready).

Terri F
07-17-2020, 11:43 AM
hahaha uh oh ~*~

07-17-2020, 12:18 PM
I love to see the art in this type of swap, I will just hang around and lurk.

07-17-2020, 12:25 PM
Welcome to lurk and join in the chat anytime, CQ!

07-18-2020, 01:03 PM
Would love to play along!

07-18-2020, 01:20 PM
Welcome to you, Arc2dreams! If you have any questions about this swap that are unclear in my description, just ask. Also, please ask if you have questions about the site, I think you will love it here.

07-18-2020, 07:24 PM
I am just here for the eye candy.

07-19-2020, 11:25 PM
Thanks for checking us out, CQ!

07-20-2020, 11:02 PM
Thank you!

07-21-2020, 01:59 PM

An. M. Sudyka
07-21-2020, 02:44 PM
Please include me for this swap. Sounds really challenging.

07-21-2020, 03:05 PM
Signing you up, An.M.Sudyka, welcome!

Welcome to lurk, Bluesky, and I can just imagine what marvelous doors you can make...hope you can join us eventually.

07-21-2020, 03:22 PM
I added some information in the swap description, and will repeat it here: “These cards should be flat, one layer, the doors do not really open. That might be an interesting idea, but for this swap we’ll just have to imagine what we might see inside.” And anyway, if the doors were to open, I believe I would have to post the swap under Mail Art.

07-21-2020, 04:03 PM
I've done open door swap

07-21-2020, 04:33 PM

07-22-2020, 11:14 AM
Just here for some eye candy. TRICK OR TREAT!

07-26-2020, 01:25 PM
Can’t we all use some magic, awe, and wonder in our lives right now? Please come join us!

07-27-2020, 02:12 PM
Hello Carol
I need to drop out of this swap. Mainly because I am not good at drawing and painting. I've been trying, but results not good so hate to send in something unworthy!

07-27-2020, 03:12 PM
Sorry to see you go, but I do understand, and thanks for letting me know so soon.

07-28-2020, 02:44 PM
sign me up please!;)

07-28-2020, 02:49 PM
Welcome KittyCat93! Welcome to AFA as well, if you have questions about anything, just ask!

07-29-2020, 12:26 PM
Sounds interesting, sign me up please.

07-29-2020, 01:55 PM
Great to see you here, artbymee. Signing you up now.

07-30-2020, 05:26 PM

07-30-2020, 07:29 PM
Welcome to lurk, josiesuelupin! Hope you can sign up eventually.

An.M.Sudyka, your pretty doors have arrived safely - the first set here!

07-31-2020, 05:26 PM

Juanita Vee 705
08-01-2020, 12:33 AM
Please sign me up if I can still join!

08-01-2020, 11:46 AM
I'm going to lurk for now.

08-01-2020, 12:07 PM
Welcome Juanita, you are signed up! TrinaLD, happy to have you lurking.

08-02-2020, 03:55 PM
I am In! PMing address request now.

08-02-2020, 04:35 PM
Signing you right up, and PMing my address. Welcome!

08-03-2020, 02:59 PM
These are my cards. 217235

08-03-2020, 03:01 PM
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08-03-2020, 03:06 PM
I really love them, artbymee! Cute, colorful, and magical!

08-06-2020, 03:05 AM
I doodle fairy doors all the time and would love to join this swap please! :)

-Kate x

08-06-2020, 12:44 PM
Welcome, KatTaylor!

08-07-2020, 08:35 PM
Another great swap idea! May I join please?

Thank you

08-07-2020, 10:18 PM
Welcome, CMontalvo

08-08-2020, 07:24 PM
Today cards were received from Oneeyedwonder and artbymee.

08-10-2020, 08:40 AM
Ahh I love fairies.. and their little cute doors. However I can't really draw or paint.. Lurking, I may give it a try but doubt I find my cards swapworthy... Would love to see what all you come up with though!

08-13-2020, 12:53 PM
Craftyvox, you are very welcome to lurk and chat anytime. Who knows, maybe you will decide to join later.....

08-16-2020, 05:36 AM
Sign me up! I have some cards just about ready to mail.

08-16-2020, 11:04 AM
Welcome, majanga!

08-17-2020, 01:20 PM
How is everyone coming along? I just realized I still need to make my third card if I intend to play.

08-17-2020, 06:44 PM
Dropped my cards in the mail today!

08-17-2020, 06:48 PM
Majanga, they are wonderful! You sure managed to “spark curiosity” (at least for me) to make one want to open these doors!

08-21-2020, 11:17 PM
Majanga, your pretty cards have arrived!

08-23-2020, 11:03 AM
I would like to participate, please!

08-23-2020, 01:04 PM
Welcome, Anni!

08-25-2020, 04:32 PM
Would love to join the swap.
Thank you!

08-25-2020, 04:35 PM
Welcome, I will sign you up!

08-28-2020, 05:36 PM
Hi CiCi! I am lurking. I haven't participated in a swap in many months. I am hoping to make time to create soon and this looks like a great place to start.

08-28-2020, 06:06 PM
Hi Alyson! Nice to “see” you again. Hope you can sign up soon.

09-02-2020, 02:47 PM
I decided to play (I don't always). Here is my set:

09-02-2020, 07:00 PM
Cards sent out today :)

09-02-2020, 10:02 PM
Thanks for letting me know, I will watch for them!

Ucallmekat, your cards have arrived, I appreciate the host card!

09-05-2020, 01:34 PM
Hello CiCi. I would like to join your swap please. Thanks Tami

09-05-2020, 01:54 PM
Welcome, Tamsjourneys! Just keep the due date in mind (that’s the date they need to be in my hands), and I see you are in Arizona, so your cards really shouldn’t take more than a couple of days to reach me. If you have any questions at all, ask here on the thread or send me a personal message.

09-05-2020, 02:06 PM
Thank you! Looking forward to participating.

09-05-2020, 02:16 PM
Great, and it looks like you have plenty of time, for some reason I was thinking my due date was earlier.....no worries!

09-08-2020, 08:54 PM
Arc2dreams, your cards have arrived safely.

09-11-2020, 12:00 AM
No cards in the mail today. I just wanted to say, thanks to our postal systems slowing due to the pandemic, it would be wise for any players not in the U.S. to get their cards in the mail ASAP in order to reach me by mail the due date (September 21).

09-13-2020, 05:04 PM
My ATC's are in the mail. You should receive them Monday or Tuesday. 218112

09-13-2020, 05:15 PM
Really cute Doors, Tam! Thanks for letting me know they are on their way.

Juanita Vee 705
09-13-2020, 09:54 PM
My cards are in the mail! :v_spin::v_spin:

09-13-2020, 10:09 PM
Yay, I will be on the lookout!

09-14-2020, 06:08 PM

I would like to participate in the Fairy Doors swap. Thank you so much!

09-14-2020, 06:09 PM
And my cards are in the mail.

09-14-2020, 06:29 PM
Great, I will get you signed up now!

09-14-2020, 07:24 PM
Cards arrived today from Tamsjourneys, appreciate the host card!

09-16-2020, 05:03 PM
The signup date was yesterday, so we will be accepting no additional players, and I believe everyone’s cards are now in the postal system and hopefully will reach me by the due date. Will keep you all posted!

09-18-2020, 08:47 PM
Cards arrived today from Anni and CMontalvo. Three more sets to come in, hopefully they will get here by Monday.

09-21-2020, 08:10 PM
Just checking in to report no cards arrived today. If no one has any objections, I propose we wait three or four days (no longer) to see if they arrive during that time. Cards are coming from Canada and England, and I am aware how unpredictable the pandemic has made all the Mail services.

09-23-2020, 07:10 PM
Still no cards from Canada or England.....fingers crossed for the next 2 days!

09-26-2020, 06:40 PM
Juanita Vee, KatTaylor, and EatSleepWriteABook, I am very sorry to report that none of your cards have arrived yet. I was so hoping, and I went 5 days past the due date, just hoping! I know you will agree that it isn’t fair to the other players to wait any longer. I will be swapping out tonight. Please let me know if you would like me to send your cards back whenever they do arrive. You could put them in your galleries for private trades. Again, I’m sorry, the mail has been so unpredictable during this pandemic.

09-27-2020, 05:52 PM
Hi! Disappointed that my cards didn't arrive in time. :(
I replied to your inbox message. Thanks for thinking of us.

09-28-2020, 02:07 PM
All cards are swapped out and in the mail now - yay! Please remember to leave reps and iTrader when your returns arrive.

The players from Canada, England, and myself will make up 4 players, so we will be doing our own little mini swap when their cards arrive, will keep you posted on this thread.

10-08-2020, 04:32 PM
Received my returns a few days ago. Hadn't had a chance to leave feedback yet. Thanks to Tamsjourneys, Arc2dreams, and Oneeyedwonder for the beautiful fairy doors, and thanks again to CiCiCreates for hosting! I'm off to leave rep and iTrader now.

10-11-2020, 12:08 PM
I have only heard from about 4 players so far. Please remember to let me know, either through iTrader or just a comment here on the thread, that your returns have been received, I appreciate it.

10-19-2020, 04:32 PM
Please remember to let me know when you have received your returns, it is very much appreciated. I would like to archive this swap in a few days.

10-28-2020, 02:40 PM
I just received my first swap! Yay! The fairy doors are so beautiful, and make me want to do a do-over with the cards I made. Thanks to @CiciCreates for this.