View Full Version : Monsters Bi-Annual Family Reunion Summer Picnic, Due October 19, 2020

Vicki Z
07-28-2020, 01:16 PM
Swap Due Date: October 19, 2020
Signup/Withdraw Date: October 19, 2020
Number of Cards: 3 for 3 or 6 for 6
Number of Participants: Unlimited
Medium: Any and all media and techniques are welcome

Monsters Bi-Annual Get-Together Extravaganza, Due October 19, 2020
Food, Fun, Games, and Monsters at the Summer Picnic Family Reunion

You know how much YOU enjoy Summer Picnics. Friends and Family. Beer and Burgers. Cotton Candy, Cake Walks, and Sodas. Wheelbarrow Races, 3 Legged Races, Water Balloons, and Fireworks. Races, competitions, challenges, and oppositions.

Did you ever stop to consider how Monsters might celebrate their family reunions or summer picnics?
They like to have a good time. Food, Friends, and Fun.
The Werewolves would wage a Wild Wolf Howling Wrangle. Frankenstein, wife, and relatives could have Bolt Polishing Competitions or Lightning Rod Disputes. Witches might have flying broom races, or a black cat challenge, A SPELL-ing Bee, or perhaps poison potion battles. Everyone else can fight over who is the Meanest, the Greenest, the Ugliest!

Think of a Monster Picnic or Pot Luck, serving an assortment of finger sandwiches, knuckle sandwiches and fried spiders; Bloody Mary's and Rat on a Stick; spaghetti and eyeballs with Marinara sauce; ghoul-ash casserole; pickled eyeballs and pickled pigs feet; and blood orange crepes flambe followed by scared silly jiggling jello. Or witches' Fingers, and Deep Fried Bat Wings.

Frankenstein is always popular at the Monsters Annual Summer Picnic. They put a Solar Panel in his head, and start him spinning, and he keeps on going until the sun goes down. Just grab a hand, and hang on. He's better than a Merry Go Round! Then, after dark, he is the regular Disk Jocky. His music is ELECTRIFYING! Unfortunately, he keeps playing "The Monster Mash", and that can drive one MAD!!!!

There is a Blind Date Night and a Couples Mixer. Last year the Angel and the zombie were the hit of the picnic, although Skelly and Pumpkin Head were a close second.
The canning competition brings out the best and the worst in bat wings and eye of newt.
Imagine Count Dracula drinking beer with his vampire ancestors, with Bad Bart as bartender mixing Bloody Mary’s. Think about Frankenstein out on the dance floor doing the Monster Mash.

ALL MONSTERS are welcome.
These include witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, trolls, ogres, zombies, pumpkin heads (a race of people with jack-o'-lanterns for heads), skeletons, goblins, humanoids with varying numbers of heads, humanoids with varying numbers of limbs, and even Gargoyles!

This Summer Picnic is a 3-Day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Event.
There is on-site camping with grills and campfire rings available at each camp site.
Firewood bundles available at a small charge. (DO NOT bring in your own firewood. It is not allowed and will be confiscated by Bad Bart.) There is a sheltered picnic site in the event of rain. The Community Building includes bathrooms. Area includes on-site Monster Focused Restaurants and Fast Food Vendors but this is also a HUGE PICNIC/POTLUCK. There is Free Parking plus a separate Broom Coral for Witches (and any others who use that means of transport.)

Send in your cards. I will have an escape-proof box, and extra duct tape, ready to keep them safe (or ME safe) until I swap them out again.

I just completed a card with Frankie and the Drac Dude and Nosferatu drinking Coors in the Colorado Mountains, and it turned out sooooo cool! I should have samples up soon!

* This is a 3 for 3 or 6 for 6 card trade. Make 3 or 6 cards and receive the same number back.

* ALL mediums and techniques are welcome. Please make sure you add some depth to your cards, whatever style you choose. Your mediums can include, but are not limited to: paper, tissue paper, crayon, acrylic, watercolor, gel pens, colored pencil, rubber stamping, ink, newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, etc. Please do not take an image, cut it out, glue it to a card, and call it done. Color the background. Add some texture. Add more than one image. Make the ATC YOUR CREATION! I do ask that you send in your best work. Something you would not be disappointed in receiving if it was sent to you.

* Please sign up by posting to this thread. I will acknowledge you and add your user name to the participant list below.
* ONLY ATCs allowed. No APCs accepted.
* All cards need to be sent each in their own plastic sleeve.
* 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). If it is created on a single sheet of paper, and "flimsy", please back your ATC with something stiffer, or more firm, such as a cereal box.
* Just as important, check for cards that are too thick. Each card must still be capable of fitting into the standard ATC sleeve. If your ATC will not fit into an ATC sleeve, it is too bulky.
* Please put the Swap name and your Username on the back of all cards. And please write clearly on everything!
.....We can't give you itrades and/or You Rock! points if we don't know who you are.
* Please confirm there is enough postage on both the envelope you send to me, and the envelope I need to send back to you.
* If you are unsure about mailing ATCs, or just may want to pick up some good tips for shipping, here is a great link.

* If you are inside the U.S., please include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope 4 by 9 1/2 inches, with 55 cents postage, or one "Forever" stamp if trading 3 cards; or one forever and one 15 cent stamp (additional ounce postage) if trading 6 cards, OR if your cards are extra heavy or extra bulky (or 2 forever stamps if that is easier).

* International participants, if you have U.S. funds, or U.S. postage, it is greatly appreciated. However, since many of you do not have access to U.S. stamps, I will cover your postage. Please include a self addressed envelope 4 by 9 1/2 inches (10 x 28 cm), or if you do not have the correct size envelope, please include a large mailing label with your address and I will provide the envelope.

* I apologize for being so demanding about the envelope size, but the postal rates in the US charge extra for thickness. When cards are stacked, or overlapped, in (a smaller) envelope, it almost always costs more to mail. If you send me a small envy, the cards get stacked. When I use the 4 inch by 9 1/2 inch business size envelopes, I can spread the cards over the area, making a THIN package, and only pay for basic (minimum) postage.

* Cards are due IN MY HANDS by October 19, 2020. Please allow sufficient lead time for cards to get to me, particularly if you are an International participant. Returns will be mailed promptly. Late cards will be returned, as it is unfair to those participants who always have their cards in early or on time.

* A hostie card in this theme is appreciated but not at all expected!

* Thank you for considering this swap! If you have my address from previous swaps, it hasn't changed. If you are new, or have not been in one of my swaps for a while, I’ll PM you with my address when you sign up!

* Above all ~Have fun!!!

Current Participants
Monsters Bi-Annual Summer Picnic Extravaganza, Due October 19, 2020
Food, Fun, Games, and Monsters at the Summer Picnic

*1. Ancient Planter -- Cards Received 9/09
*/. josiesuelupin -- NO CARDS NO COMMUNICATION
*2. Sandy -- Cards Received 8/13
*3. Allegrae -- Cards Received 10/19
*/. DebbaPeot -- WITHDREW
*4. poonwugget -- Cards Received 8/28
5. TrinaLD -- Cards Received 10/10
6. Monroy28 -- CARDS MAILED 10/09
*7. Boots -- Cards Received 8/13
*8. Vicki Z -- Cards Received 8/13

07-29-2020, 01:14 PM
I must resist the urge to instantly sign up for every single Halloween themed swap, but I'm lurking for sure!

Vicki Z
07-29-2020, 02:42 PM
Lurkers welcome.
Don't resist the urge to sign up toooooooo much

07-29-2020, 04:54 PM
looks fun...lurking for the moment

Ancient Planter
07-29-2020, 09:39 PM
Me, me, me! Sign me up, please! Sounds so creative and fun - looking forward to getting started on these!

Vicki Z
07-29-2020, 11:24 PM
Lurkers welcome Monroy28.
Hope you comeback and join us.

Vicki Z
07-29-2020, 11:25 PM
Welcome Ancient Planter.
I signed you up.

07-30-2020, 05:26 PM
I am excited for this one. Sign me up!

Vicki Z
08-01-2020, 09:25 AM
Welcome josiesuelupin.
I amexcited you are excited.
I signed you up.

08-01-2020, 11:41 AM
I really need to do this one, but I'll lurk until I get my cards made. What a great theme!

Vicki Z
08-02-2020, 12:44 PM
Lurkers welcome TrinaLD.
Come on back and join us.

Vicki Z
08-03-2020, 02:03 PM
Full Moon rising soon.
Time to create some fun, funky, frightening, monsters!

Vicki Z
08-05-2020, 09:46 AM
Last night's moon had a very golden color to it.
The moon looked more like a Harvest Moon than the August Moon, and the Harvest Moon is still a month (or more) out.

08-06-2020, 02:56 PM
Lurking behind the grill.

Vicki Z
08-06-2020, 03:08 PM
Lurkers welcome.
Hope you return.

Ancient Planter
08-12-2020, 09:11 PM
One down: Uncle Moe wins the 3-legged race


Vicki Z
08-13-2020, 12:57 PM
One down: Uncle Moe wins the 3-legged race


LOVE Uncle Moe!!!!!!!

08-14-2020, 04:57 PM

Ancient Planter
08-14-2020, 06:13 PM
Grandpa and Grandma are joining the fun - Grandma jumped into the 3-legged race while Grampa enjoyed the old swimming hole...

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Vicki Z
08-15-2020, 05:30 AM
LOVE your newest cards, Ancient Planter.
Grandma in the 3-Legged race is priceless!
And that must be a CHILLY skinny-less dip in the old swimming hole for Grandpa.

Ancient Planter
08-16-2020, 07:10 PM
Got on a roll last night and this morning and finished the rest. Hope they inspire more to join in; this was a really fun swap to work on!

217530 The Twins ALWAYS win the pie eating contest

217531 The Sisters bring Mummy's finger food recipe

217532 Francesca brings the boombox. 'Monster Mash' is always a hit!

217533 Cousin Ned brings appetizers

08-17-2020, 12:40 AM
Ancient Planter, your cards are creatively awesome!!!

Vicki Z
08-21-2020, 09:47 AM
AWESOME cards, Ancient Planter, and sooooo creative.
LOVE the way you have merged hand drawing and collage images.
I think the twins in the pie eating competition is my favorite, but they are all Monstrously Magnificent.

Thanks for posting

08-21-2020, 10:51 AM
Count me in!

Vicki Z
08-21-2020, 11:17 AM
Welcome Allegrae.
I signed you up.

08-22-2020, 01:34 PM
Sign me up please. So happy I made these, cause it looks like my returns are gonna be amazing!

Vicki Z
08-22-2020, 07:03 PM
AWESOME cards, poonwugget.
LOVE the entry for the FIVE legged race competition.
I signed you up.
I also just sent you my address via PM.

08-23-2020, 09:01 AM
Please sign me up!

Vicki Z
08-23-2020, 09:07 AM
Welcome Boots,
I signed you up.

Vicki Z
08-23-2020, 02:55 PM
It looks like the Great Ghostie Family and the Vamp Family are the first to arrive at the Summer Picnic.
I hope they behave themselves and leave some food for later arrivals.

Vicki Z
08-28-2020, 01:42 PM
FAB cards received from poonwugget.
Thanks so much for including a hostie card.

Vicki Z
08-31-2020, 03:31 PM
There is a full moon tomorrow night into Wednesday morning.
What a perfect time to create spooky cards.
I hope your Muse is with you.

Vicki Z
09-07-2020, 10:15 AM
The Halloween Stuff is already out!!!!!!!

There was a news item a few days ago, that due to COID-19, candy venders thought trick or treating might be down, so they were sending their Halloween candy to grocery stores early.
But, yesterday, I found a bunch of stores with not only Halloween candy, but also HUGE Halloween displays of other items from nic-nacs to yard inflatables.
Some of the monsters were even wearing face masks, which looked pretty funny.

Vicki Z
09-10-2020, 02:01 PM
BOO-TIFUL cards received from Ancient Planter.
These are so creepy cool!!!!!
LOVE how your mind works.
GREAT and GHOULISH Monsters.
Thanks so much for including a hostie card.
I don't know how I will choose.
I LOVE them all.

09-12-2020, 12:45 PM
VickiZ- sign me up!

Vicki Z
09-12-2020, 06:25 PM
Welcome DebbaPeot.
I signed you up.
I also sent you my addy via PM.

Vicki Z
09-17-2020, 11:58 AM
Dank, damp and dreary.
It is also very smoky and dark.
All the smoke in the air from the fires has made the moon red and the nights spooky.

Hurricane Sally has so much humidity in the air, it feels like San Francisco.
The California fires are sending smoke and smell everywhere.
I feel for all of you who are close to the actual hurricanes and fires.
Even those of us far away can feel many of the effects.
It is amazing how far the Jet Stream can carry the smoke and smoke smell, as well as the heavy humidity.
I closed all the windows and made ATCs.
This is actually good inspiration for ATCs!
Be safe everyone.

09-28-2020, 07:13 PM
I need to finish my last 2 cards. I got derailed attending a virtual convention on watercolor and am recovering from all of the screen time. Love the cards here. How fun.

Vicki Z
09-29-2020, 02:03 AM
I need to finish my last 2 cards. I got derailed attending a virtual convention on watercolor and am recovering from all of the screen time. Love the cards here. How fun.

Welcome TrinaLD.
I am looking forward to seeing your cards.

How was your virtual watercolor convention?
I have always wanted to go o a watercolor convention, I didn't know there was a virtual one around.

I signed you up.

Vicki Z
10-02-2020, 06:50 AM
I just heard an updated press release stating that the post office is not able to meet their own mailing deadlines......
This means delayed mail.

I recently received (today) cards mailed on the 15th and on the 17th.
This translates to a 10 day, and an 8 day, mail transit time (for items mailed within the U.S.) as versus an earlier 3-5 day mail transit time.

Please mail early to meet swap deadlines.
Mail is taking longer these days.

10-04-2020, 03:35 PM
Vicki Z, the convention was FABULOUS! Florida Watercolor Society hosts an annual convention and this was the first virtual and I was very impressed. Plus, it was $30! So many artists talking and demonstrating in a variety of techniques, styles, and with different media. It was a lot of screen time and my eyeballs practically fell out of my skull. I'm not even sure where I learned about it. I'm super inspired and was so happy to learn about other artists and other techniques and continue to build my skills.

Thanks for signing me up.

Vicki Z
10-04-2020, 05:02 PM
Thanks for the info.

10-05-2020, 09:46 AM
Cards are finished! I'll mail tomorrow (Tuesday).

Vicki Z
10-05-2020, 08:07 PM
Cards are finished! I'll mail tomorrow (Tuesday).

Always happy to have you in my swaps.
I sent you a PM confirming my address.
I will let you know when your cards arrive.

10-06-2020, 02:58 PM
I'll be dropping these off at the USPS in about an hour. Thanks again.

Vicki Z
10-06-2020, 03:51 PM
I'll be dropping these off at the USPS in about an hour. Thanks again.

Thanks for letting me know.
I will watch for your cards.

10-09-2020, 12:31 AM
Can you add me- Guess who is coming to the picnic- Hannibal with a bag of Fava beans, Jason with a bag of teen age bones and pinhead is bringing pin the tail on the donkey....I will pm you for your addie....

Vicki Z
10-09-2020, 06:58 AM
Can you add me- Guess who is coming to the picnic- Hannibal with a bag of Fava beans, Jason with a bag of teen age bones and pinhead is bringing pin the tail on the donkey....I will pm you for your addie....

Your cards sound AWESOME.
And I haven't seen them yet....

I signed you up.
I just sent you my addie via PM.
I will let you know as soon as your cards arrive.

Vicki Z
10-11-2020, 04:44 PM
AWESOME cards received from TrinaLD.
Thanks so much for including a hostie card.

10-13-2020, 06:56 AM
My cards have mailed!

Vicki Z
10-13-2020, 08:48 AM
I will watch for your cards, Allegrae, and let you know when they arrive.

10-13-2020, 11:23 AM
I'm sooooo glad that they arrived. I've had some items either take over a month or be lost. I just received a card from a friend 2 states to the north. It took just over 3 weeks to get here. Earlier this year, I mailed a small package to a friend 20 miles from here and it took almost 2 weeks!

Vicki Z
10-13-2020, 04:08 PM
Mail is so weird.
Some envelopes "fly" to me in 2-3 days.
And other stuff mailed the same day takes 2-3 WEEKS.
USPS has made several public announcements that 1 in 4 letters are NOT MEETING delivery expectations.
Mail early, and be patient!

10-14-2020, 02:08 PM
Vicki, Iím going to have to drop this swap too due to health issues. So sorry. I was excited to do this Monster Reunion Swap!

Vicki Z
10-15-2020, 09:12 AM
Vicki, I’m going to have to drop this swap too due to health issues. So sorry. I was excited to do this Monster Reunion Swap!

Sorry to lose you.
Thanks for letting me know.
I will withdraw you.

Vicki Z
10-19-2020, 04:58 PM
Cards received from Allegrae.
Thanks for including a hostie card.

Still waiting for cards from Monroy 28.
Mailed 10 days ago, I am hoping they will be here shortly.

10-19-2020, 05:05 PM
uuuggg..WOW THE Mail Is SUPEr slow

Vicki Z
10-19-2020, 05:13 PM
uuuggg..WOW THE Mail Is SUPEr slow

The mail really is super slow!!!!!
I will continue to check and let you know when your cards arrive.

Vicki Z
10-20-2020, 10:04 AM
The Weather Service is predicting a Record Breaking Winter Snow Storm for today, starting in about an hour, and dropping an estimated 3-6 inches of wet snow.

It is too early to bolt to the Post Office, since they will not have their sorting done yet, anyway.
So anyone with mail en-route has another day for their cards to fly in.
I will let you know as soon as your ATCs arrive.

10-22-2020, 04:25 PM
Vicki Z, I've heard about the weather situation out your way. This year just keeps tossing us stuff to handle.

I just picked up some really cool Halloween stamps. Have you seen them? I wish I'd had them earlier, but I don't get to the USPS as frequently as I used to.

Stay warm and safe!

10-22-2020, 04:35 PM
Monroy28, the mail's been really strange. I think my cards reached Vicki in MN from me in CA in only a few days. Another ATC person sent me a postcard from WA and it took over 3 weeks! By the way, Monroy28, I don't know Pinhead, but I know Hannibal and Jason (boy that brings me back a long ways). I love your ideas.

Vicki Z
10-22-2020, 04:41 PM
Vicki Z, I've heard about the weather situation out your way. This year just keeps tossing us stuff to handle.

I just picked up some really cool Halloween stamps. Have you seen them? I wish I'd had them earlier, but I don't get to the USPS as frequently as I used to.

Stay warm and safe!

Most of the 7 inches we got two days ago melted, but it put enough moisture into the air, it is snowing again today.
Hope this melts also!!!!!

If you are talking about the "Spooky Silhouettes" that are black images on red, orange, gold and purple backgrounds that look a little like stained glass windows, and are shiny/irredescent/iridescent,,,,,,,yes, they are sooo cool!

Vicki please go ahead and mail out. Oh so sad. Please do not hold up anymore on account of me. If they come in please keep one and send them back.

I am so sorry Monroy28, but your cards haven't made it yet and I have to swap out what I have. I will tell you if/when they arrive. Thank you for your input.

Returns are in the mail!

10-29-2020, 06:27 PM
It is amazing how my mail got to France in 1 week (usually takes 3 weeks). And it is 18 days and has not arrived with you yet.....

10-29-2020, 06:29 PM
Is there someone I can send it to by phone to post?this way people can see it. My phone files are too big for the sote.

10-29-2020, 11:54 PM
I can not resize on my phone and my email is not connected to my phone....yes my atc cards from this swap

Vicki Z
11-03-2020, 01:29 AM
How was everyone's Halloween?
This year a Full Moon fell on Halloween, making it the second Full Moon of 2 full moons in a single calendar month, and making it a Blue Moon, and the Full Moon/Blue Moon fell exactly on Halloween.
This hasn't happened for 44 years.

The full moon on Halloween was beautiful. I hope you didn’t miss Mars which was above and to the right of the moon. It was a brilliant, unmistakable red.

Tonight is two days past full moon, and the moon is still FAN-TAB-ULOUS!
I hope everyone had a SPOOK-TACULAR Halloween!

Ancient Planter
11-07-2020, 12:06 PM
Halloween was fun here, watched both Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus. We decided to go with a fun movie night, rather than horror or really scary. :twitcy:

Got my Monster returns yesterday and have left You Rock! for everyone but Sandy. I didn't see her post on the thread so I couldn't do it. But - Thank you Sandy!! You Rock!

Vicki Z
11-07-2020, 12:12 PM
One of our cable channels had back to back to back Halloween movies the entire month of October.
One good thing about isolation, I saw Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Adams Family, Teen Witch, Transylvania One Two and Three, Halloween Town I, Halloween Town II, Halloween High, and Return to Halloween. (I've never seen any of the Halloween Towns before. They were "okay", Halloween High was very, very good.)

Ancient Planter
11-07-2020, 12:26 PM
I love all the Addams Family movies - Raul Julia and Angelica Houston are just as fun as John Astin and Carolyn Jones. Now I'm in the mood to find them and have an Addams Family Weekend!

Vicki Z
11-07-2020, 01:17 PM
Some channels still have "Halloween" Movies, although a lot of them have already moved into a Christmas Athon mode.
I understand "Grinch", and "The Man Who Invented Christmas" (AWESOME if you haven't seen it!!!! or even if you have seen it), The "Santa Claus" 3 part series, and "Home Alone" (at least it is set during the Christmas season), but I was a bit surprised at the "Hunger" movies being in the Christmas line-up. I suppose I will have to watch them to see how they relate to Christmas.