View Full Version : GEISHA, Open Media ATC Swap, Due Oct. 10

08-04-2020, 08:35 PM
Due Date: Oct. 10
Signup/Withdrawal Date: Oct. 5
Number of Players: Unlimited
Number of Cards: 3 for 3
Media: Open; Collage, mixed media, hand-drawn/hand-painted

Geisha means “a person of the arts” or “accomplished person”. Japanese Geisha were taught many artistic endeavors, including music and dance. They studied the elaborate tea ceremony, learning how to serve the tea and entertain businessmen and high officials who visited the teahouses. They were sometimes, but not always, courtesans. They were trained to be gifted conversationalists in many topics, and were trusted to be discreet. They required a wardrobe of very expensive and gorgeous kimonos and obis made of colorful silks, beautifully hand-painted or embroidered.

Your Geisha cards can be mixed media, collage, or hd/hp, and can include relatively flat embellishments if you like, such as small sequins and rhinestones, gold or silver fabric trims, etc. Please show us pictures of finished cards if you can, it is always inspiring to other players.


- Please PM 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 doesn’t 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, and 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.


1. Karr311 - RECEIVED
2. Joamosatcharterdotnet - RECEIVED
3. Blueangel - RECEIVED
4. Arc2dreams - RECEIVED
5. Carol - RECEIVED
6. RaineyDay - RECEIVED
7. Nicky - RECEIVED
8. Artbymee - RECEIVED
9. Lazyshadows
10. Luckycat479 - RECEIVED
11. Heathermae77 - RECEIVED
13. Oneeyedwonder - RECEIVED
14. Cleopatra - RECEIVED
15. Fandanie - RECEIVED
16. JenUrebel - RECEIVED
17. Msbarbara - RECEIVED
18. Kehlenn - RECEIVED
19. Mrubyjean - RECEIVED
20. Deb2015 - RECEIVED

08-04-2020, 10:40 PM
Example cards: Geisha in hd/hp by Nicky; Geisha in hd/hp by ARTG33K74; Geisha in watercolors by CiCiCreates; Geisha in collage by Queen Bee.

08-05-2020, 12:52 AM
Sounds fun, I have some lovely Graphic45 paper with Geishas!

08-05-2020, 01:10 AM
I hope you are asking to be signed up....

08-05-2020, 09:38 AM
Yes CiCicreates... sorry I wasn’t very clear about that :). Please please sign me up, already working on my set this morning

08-05-2020, 11:02 AM
Please sign me up

08-05-2020, 01:00 PM
Welcome to the swap, Karr311 and Joamosatcharterdotnet!

08-05-2020, 03:44 PM
I would like to join, please.

08-05-2020, 03:54 PM
Welcome, Blueangel!

08-05-2020, 03:58 PM
Would love to play along!

08-05-2020, 04:05 PM
Welcome, Arc2dreams!

08-05-2020, 04:54 PM
I'm lurking for now, but think this would be a fun swap. I like to make my cards before I commit......

08-05-2020, 05:24 PM
Finished my cards, will mail them tomorrow! Thank you for such a fun theme.


08-05-2020, 05:46 PM
Welcome to lurk, NYJunkie!

Great looking cards, Karr311! That has to be a record for signing up to a just-posted swap and having cards made!

08-06-2020, 08:15 AM

08-06-2020, 09:26 AM
Lurking for now.

08-06-2020, 10:42 AM
Sign me up!

08-06-2020, 11:02 AM
Please add me to this swap!

08-06-2020, 12:57 PM
Relax on the lurkers couch, Bluesky and artbymee!

Signing you up, Carol and RaineyDay!

08-06-2020, 02:48 PM

08-07-2020, 09:27 AM
Found you and your swap :) - sign me up please... anything Japanese is too hard to resist :)

08-07-2020, 11:12 AM
Happy to sign you up, Nicky!

08-08-2020, 01:40 PM
I signed up as lurking, however I finished my cards so please sign me up.
These are my cards. 217295

08-08-2020, 02:26 PM
Great cards, very pretty! Signing you up now.

08-08-2020, 06:33 PM
Just wanted to share this little wall hanging sized quilt I made a few years ago. It's called "Teahouse Gardens" and I thought it might inspire some cards. I think you can click on it to make it bigger.

08-08-2020, 08:09 PM
lurking for fun

08-09-2020, 06:50 AM
I would love to join!

08-09-2020, 08:06 AM
On this Sunday - too hot in the Netherlands to do anything outdoors - I managed to use my time well and finish the Geisha cards for this swap. Fun to see that one of the models I used as an example is the same as can be seen in the first post... although mine looks different for using different colors...
I tried some different styles...

CiCiCreates - can you PM me your address please? My spreadsheet is rather old so I like to make sure nothing goes wrong on my end.

08-09-2020, 12:30 PM
Great cards, Nicky! I would definitely recognize the one from Queen Bee’s example image. Love the pink background on one because it’s my favorite color, the bottom one is so bright and colorful, and the one with the bamboo and hand mirror is wonderful. I will PM my address. Anything you might have for me is outdated if it’s 2 years old.
Welcome lazyshadows, signing you up!

08-09-2020, 02:26 PM
Lurking for now.

08-09-2020, 02:40 PM
Hope you can join a bit later, Jen! Thanks for checking us out.

08-09-2020, 06:23 PM
Me please!!

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08-09-2020, 07:12 PM
Welcome, signing you up.

08-09-2020, 09:19 PM
can i play please

08-09-2020, 09:37 PM
Welcome, Heathermae77!

08-10-2020, 09:33 AM
Well Carol, happy to hear that you like them... especially since you can pick whichever you like best as your hostess gift :)
I created my cards from images I had on file that I would like to do in the future. When I was done, I saw that a similar one was on your thread starter as example :)

08-10-2020, 08:31 PM
Please sign me up !

08-10-2020, 08:58 PM
Welcome, Vegan4animals!!

08-10-2020, 09:05 PM
Karr311, your cards have arrived! I appreciate the extra, thanks!

08-13-2020, 12:12 PM
Here are the cards I made.

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08-13-2020, 12:35 PM
A beautiful set, RaineyDay, thanks for showing us!

08-13-2020, 06:23 PM
RaineyDay, your cards are already here! Thanks for including an extra!

08-15-2020, 04:04 PM
Sign me up! Messaging for address now.

08-15-2020, 07:02 PM

08-16-2020, 01:11 PM
Lurking for now.
I have to check my stash of materials to see what I have. My printer died a grisly death and I cannot for the life of me find a local store that has what I want in stock, so no printing of images for now.
I admire the cards I've seen so far, especially those hand drawn as that's not my forte.

08-16-2020, 01:17 PM
Happy to have you lurk until you can find what you need to join us - at least there is still time, hope to see you back!

08-17-2020, 08:58 PM
Lovely sets received today from Blueangel and artbymee! Thanks to both for the host cards.

08-18-2020, 01:59 PM
I am off the lurker’s couch and would love to play. I have things I can work with. Thanks!

08-18-2020, 02:11 PM
Great, I will get you signed up!

08-21-2020, 11:19 PM
Cards received today from Nicky and Oneeyedwonder, thanks for the extra!

08-22-2020, 06:24 AM
Good to hear they made it safe :)

08-22-2020, 01:38 PM
My cards should go out Monday or Tuesday. This was a fun swap and I found more things in my stash that I could work with. Isn't it always that way, when you dig deep and find things you've forgotten you had?

08-22-2020, 02:05 PM
Cleopatra, those cards are all wonderful!!

08-24-2020, 05:36 PM
Please sign me up.

08-24-2020, 05:58 PM
Yay, welcome Fandanie!

08-24-2020, 08:30 PM
I hope it’s ok, on this thread, to let you know about a new journal Swap we are trying to get players to commit to so that we can list it in January. It’s a little different than a regular swap, so do check it out under “Mail Art Yrades - Book Journals- List (waiting list)” to see what it’s all about. We would love to have some new artists. Basically, this is a special art journal (Japanese moleskine) that other artists contribute to, in a theme you choose, and it travels rotationally to each artist. It is a SERIOUS COMMITMENT over several months, but what a great art treasure you have at the end! Commenting or asking questions on the thread does not obligate you at all, or you could PM me with any questions.

08-25-2020, 03:51 PM
Sign me up please.

08-25-2020, 03:53 PM
You got it, welcome!

08-27-2020, 04:55 AM
ready for the mail217825

08-27-2020, 06:38 AM
Heathermae77, those are fantastic! Love every one of them! Thanks for the picture.

08-28-2020, 03:35 PM
Cleopatra, your lovely cards have arrived! I appreciate the extra.

08-28-2020, 09:50 PM
Carol, your beautiful geishas are here, and I thank you for the extra!

08-29-2020, 05:21 PM
Cleopatra, your lovely cards have arrived! I appreciate the extra.

Thanks for letting me know the cards arrived!

09-02-2020, 07:04 PM
Mailed my cards out today :)

09-05-2020, 01:41 PM
Finished cards (and a few more in my gallery) Mailing today.

09-05-2020, 02:09 PM
Wow, I will definitely have a hard time picking out a host card from those! The colors and images are wonderful!

09-07-2020, 12:49 PM
I have some ladies almost ready to go! may I join in?

09-07-2020, 12:52 PM
Absolutely, welcome msbarbara!

09-08-2020, 01:45 PM
Please sign me up for this swap.

09-08-2020, 01:56 PM
Welcome kehlenn!

09-08-2020, 09:20 PM
Cards arrived today from Arc2dreams and Heathermae77.

09-10-2020, 03:05 AM
I mailed my cards today, here they are if you want to have a look;


09-10-2020, 12:38 PM
Lazyshadows, I took a look and they are so striking - love those colors!

09-12-2020, 11:50 AM
Thank you CiciCreates! I left aside my markers this time and used watercolours and pencils. It wasn't easy he he

09-12-2020, 04:46 PM
JenUrebel, your geisha have arrived, and they are wonderful!

09-15-2020, 04:25 PM
218161 These ladies are on their way...

09-15-2020, 04:44 PM
BEAUTIFUL cards!! I will be watching for them.

09-16-2020, 08:11 PM
I finally completed and mailed my cards. Look here if anyone is interested http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=558147.

09-19-2020, 06:09 PM
Received cards today from Joamosatcharterdotnet (and thanks for the extra).

09-21-2020, 07:27 PM
Just received a very nice set from Kehlenn, appreciate the extra!

09-23-2020, 04:03 PM
I'd like to join, please ~ I have made cards.

09-23-2020, 05:04 PM
Welcome mrubyjean! Your set is perfect and wonderful!

09-25-2020, 09:06 PM
Sorry but I have to withdraw - I have developed an addiction to MSNBC and have temporarily lost all creative skills. I expect to be recovering sometime around November and hope to become creative again. ;) VOTE!!!!

09-25-2020, 09:09 PM
No problem, I will withdraw you, I appreciate your letting me know.

09-28-2020, 03:54 PM
My cards are in the mail.

09-28-2020, 03:58 PM
Great, I will be watching for them!

09-30-2020, 03:11 PM
Any sign of my ladies Carol? I'm worried about them!

09-30-2020, 03:26 PM
Thanks for alerting me, Barbara, I see it has been 2 weeks now. Maybe they will show up today or by the end of the week. I loved the pics you posted, and don’t even want to think about them being lost. My mail delivery for today will not happen for another couple of hours, I will let you know right away.

09-30-2020, 05:46 PM
Sorry, nothing in today’s mail. Maybe tomorrow......

10-01-2020, 01:12 PM
Just a reminder, ten days till cards should be in my hands. Try to get them out in the mail as soon as you can so they will reach me in time. Will let you know what today’s mail brings.

10-01-2020, 06:17 PM
I would like to sign up ,they are finished and can go in mail tomorrow. Please send address please .

10-01-2020, 06:57 PM
Welcome Deb2015! I appreciate that your cards are ready to go. I will PM my address after I sign you up.

10-01-2020, 07:59 PM
Just received cards from mrubyjean, thanks for the extra!

10-04-2020, 04:01 PM
Our signup or withdrawal date is Monday, tomorrow. Due date (when they should be in my hands) is this Saturday. If you haven't mailed yet, try to get them in the mail as soon as you can. Great art has been coming in for this swap, and I think everyone will be happy with returns!

10-05-2020, 05:29 PM
My cards were mailed this am. Should be there by Friday.

10-05-2020, 05:58 PM
Glad to hear it, thanks for letting me know!

10-05-2020, 08:24 PM
Cards arrived today from Luckycat479 and Msbarbara. Just waiting for a few more to arrive, and they are already in the mail, so we should be in good shape for our due date on Saturday.

10-08-2020, 03:35 PM
Did my cards arrive yet?

10-08-2020, 03:44 PM
Not yet, Deb, maybe today. When did you send them?

10-08-2020, 08:12 PM
Cards received today from Deb2015 and Fandanie, thank you both for the host card.

10-09-2020, 02:19 AM
So glad they got there,was worried they wouldn't make deadline.Everyone saying its taking longer for mail to get to destination.thanks

10-11-2020, 01:55 PM
Lazyshadows, your cards have not yet arrived from Greece, I know it’s been at least 3 weeks now. Since this is not your fault (I blame the pandemic related issues at postal service distribution centers), we can wait a few more days in hopes that they will arrive. As host, the rules say that I do have some leiway in mailing returns after the due date. I promise not to keep everyone waiting too long, and to keep everyone informed of status.

10-11-2020, 03:06 PM
I'm happy to wait. The mail is so unpredictable now.

10-12-2020, 12:14 PM
Thank you! I hate to be the reason for delaying the swap.

It seems that only a few envelopes made it to the US in less than a week. Everything else is still in transit.I just hope nothing has gotten lost.

10-13-2020, 07:11 PM
Hang in there lazyshadows. The mail has been terrible. I don't mind waiting for the swap.

10-19-2020, 10:38 PM
Hello everyone! Lazyshadows cards have not shown up, and I don’t feel comfortable waiting any longer. Thanks so much to those of you who were willing to wait patiently, I appreciate it. If her cards do eventually show up, I have some host cards, plus one I did as an example, that I could trade to her. ALL CARDS ARE NOW SWAPPED OUT, and will go into the mail tomorrow.

10-20-2020, 03:34 PM
Returns are in the mail on their way to new owners. Please keep an eye out for them and leave iTrader and rep points when you receive them. Great art on this theme, whether you did collage or hand-painted cards, they were all wonderful, and thanks so much for playing!

10-25-2020, 09:30 AM
I received my lovely Geisha collages from mrubyjean, Kehlenn, & RaineyDay! Thank you Carol, I'm glad that you liked my origami kimono!

10-26-2020, 09:12 AM
Nice to receive the rep.point and good to see that all my three cards found a home... still waiting for the returns here... mail to/from the US is slow these days

10-26-2020, 04:02 PM
My lovely returns arrived today, from fandanie, JenUrebel and msbarbara!
Thanks to CiCi for hosting a wonderful swap!

10-27-2020, 05:24 PM
You guys are doing great about letting me know cards have been received, I have already heard from half of you. Keep those notices coming, via iTrader or just a comment here on the thread, I appreciate knowing that returns have been received, thanks!

10-27-2020, 07:18 PM
Well, you’ll never guess!! Cards from Lazyshadows in Greece just arrived here, all in great shape, after sitting somewhere for over 5 weeks. Mrubyjean and Cleopatra, since you were both so nice about being willing to wait, I would like to give Lazyshadows your host cards if that’s ok. If I put my example card with it, she can have 3 Geishas. Thanks to all for being so understanding.

10-27-2020, 07:52 PM
No problem, CiCi...all good with me!
So glad your cards finally arrived, lazyshadows!

10-28-2020, 10:40 AM
Thanks for a fun swap! I've received my beautiful returns and left i trader and rep points.

10-29-2020, 10:24 AM
Three amazing Geisha arrived here today. Off to make tea for them and to give iTraders and rep!!

10-31-2020, 05:46 PM
I got wonderful returns from oneeyedwonder, Carol, and Deb2015. Just wonderful! Thank you CiCi for hosting this great swap. Will leave points in a bit.

10-31-2020, 05:48 PM
Well, you’ll never guess!! Cards from Lazyshadows in Greece just arrived here, all in great shape, after sitting somewhere for over 5 weeks. Mrubyjean and Cleopatra, since you were both so nice about being willing to wait, I would like to give Lazyshadows your host cards if that’s ok. If I put my example card with it, she can have 3 Geishas. Thanks to all for being so understanding.

Fine with me. I've always wanted to visit Greece!

11-01-2020, 12:55 PM
Thank you so much for your kindness, i wish the post hadn't messed everything up as i kept everyone waiting. Not just in this swap. But at least all my swaps arrived to their destinations! Yay!