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Donnacr
05-20-2021, 07:54 AM
Due date: July 20
postage for non-Australians: June 15
I live in Australia - mail will NOT reach me quickly! Mail is getting back to closer to normal but, with reduced international flights I would still suggest you allow at least 5 weeks.
cards: 3:3 or 6:6
participants: unlimited
media: any and all but MUST include at least 1 postage stamp with SOMETHING FROM THE HOUSEHOLD (chairs, lamps, coffee pots, clocks, jugs, etc) or FOOD on it.


​MAILED AUGUST 1



I have LOTS of postage stamps and love using them on my cards so I have decided to run a monthly series of swap using different topics on the stamps.
short of stamps? Just ask - I have lots on most topics and I am very happy to send them to you. If you need some a little quicker just PM AngelJoy - she is in the US and has lots of postage stamps to share as well.

future topics so you can plan ahead:
August - heads (stamps that just show a head - even better a head of state eg King/ Queen/ President/ etc) September - Cartoon/ Fantasy characters October - Tails (animal, bird, fantasy eg mermaid/ dragon) November - Organisations (WHO, UNICEF, Scouts/Guides, etc) December - Christmas January '22 - Children (real, cartoon, etc)

Please include a background for your stamp(s) - it can be an extension of the stamp design or abstract, or something in between. Plain white backgrounds will be returned unswapped.

Post to the thread to sign up or you can't get Rep points.

PM me for my address when you are ready to mail - if you have an address in Robina, I am still there.

Due date:
Cards are to be in my hands by July 20. I will mail your returns as soon as possible but remember, it took up to a month to reach me so your returns may take a month or more to reach you. Please be on time so others don't have to wait.

Postage:
Australian players: please include a stamp equivalent to your postage.
International players: unfortunately Australian international postage has gone up to at least $3.40 so I must ask for a well hidden US$2 or a Global Forever stamp.

ALL players please include include a LARGE address label (AT LEAST 2" x2"), I will supply envelopes. Please do NOT send those 3-in-a-row sleeves - they do not fit in my envelopes.

1. Do your best work - I plan to swap effort-for-effort as much as I can.

2. Clearly write your USERNAME and the SWAP NAME on the back of all your cards (so you can get fun Rep points) and on the back of your mailing envelope. I am running a few swaps and do not want to put you with the wrong returns.

3. Please mail early to allow time to reach Australia.

4. An extra card for the swap Host is greatly appreciated but is not required.

5. Embellishments are fine. The completed card needs to fit into a standard pocket and the embellishments need to be securely fastened so they don't fall off during shipping. If it is too bulky it is more than likely that the card will not reach me - either because the envelope has been torn and the card lost, or it is too heavy.

6. Have fun!

7. I will give iTrader feedback when I receive your cards and will also update this post showing that your cards have been received. In return I encourage you to give iTrader Host feedback to me when you receive your swap returns, and Rep points to the artists whose cards you receive. After all, knowing where your cards went is half the fun I think.

PLAYERS:
0. donnacr
1. CynthiaSillitoe - returned
2. Haagmm - received
3. luckycat479 - returned
4. Betsyg - returned
5. plumhill2001 - returned
6. AngelJoy - received
7. jo.on.the.go - returned
8. Cleopatra - returned
9. CherylS - returned
10. CastleQueen5 - withdrew
11. Seascape131 - received
12. mrubyjean - returned

Haagmm
05-20-2021, 10:24 PM
Please sign me up. I already have stamps and backgrounds picked out. Thanks for hosting!

luckycat479
05-20-2021, 10:29 PM
Ready!!

Betsyg
05-21-2021, 08:35 AM
Me too, please

plumhill2001
05-21-2021, 08:00 PM
Sign me up, please! :jiggy:

Donnacr
05-21-2021, 08:44 PM
welcome to all our new players - so glad you can join me as we slide slowly to the end of the series.

Would you believe that the first in this series was due January 2020? That means, by the time we finish, there will have been a full 2 years of monthly postage stamp swaps. WOW!! Thanks for continuing with me and making your amazing creations.

plumhill2001
05-22-2021, 10:17 AM
Mine will be in the mail today! :)

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Donnacr
05-22-2021, 08:11 PM
plumhill2001 - those are great! I love the telephone stamps, maybe you should save 1 to show the grandkids as they will have no idea what a rotary/dial phone was. I will tell you when they arrive.

Donnacr
05-22-2021, 08:20 PM
CynthiaSillitoe - I received your cards before I loaded this swap and have only just looked at them. They are amazing! Would you be able to show them in the thread or would you like me to show them?
She has colour co-ordinated her stamps to the backgrounds - stunning. (they are currently on p3 of her Gallery if you want to have a look)

plumhill2001
05-22-2021, 08:20 PM
plumhill2001 - those are great! I love the telephone stamps, maybe you should save 1 to show the grandkids as they will have no idea what a rotary/dial phone was. I will tell you when they arrive.

Ha ha. I know what you mean. I actually got an old rotary phone at a free rummage sale a while back and they couldn't believe how weird it was! :)

Donnacr
05-22-2021, 08:24 PM
When we were moving from Melbourne to Queensland we found one of my old mobile phones from the 1990s - the kids couldn't believe how big and clunky it was and that it ONLY made phone calls. :shocked::swoon:

plumhill2001
05-23-2021, 02:15 PM
Oh yeah! I remember those...vaguely. ;) I still feel like a dinosaur with my flip phone, lol. Hey, are you having any problems from the "mouse plague" I'm seeing videos about? Yikes!

AngelJoy
05-23-2021, 06:41 PM
sign me up, please!

jo.on.the.go
05-24-2021, 05:48 PM
I would like to join. I will mail tomorrow.

223238 Cherries (stamp is from Bulgaria, 1956)

223239 Grapes (stamp is from San Marino, 1958)

223240 Quince (stamp is from Bulgaria, 1956)

223241 Watermelon

jo.on.the.go
05-24-2021, 05:53 PM
and the rest

223242 Mmmm...Rootbeer Float

223243 Tamales, Tamales!

223244 Silver and Turquoise Jewelry

plumhill2001
05-24-2021, 07:00 PM
Cool cards, jo! Yeah, a rootbeer float does sound good about now! :)

Haagmm
05-24-2021, 08:03 PM
jo, I love that watermelon card!!

CastleQueen5
05-25-2021, 06:21 PM
I am going to try to make something for this round.

Cleopatra
05-26-2021, 04:18 PM
Please sign me up! I love what I'm seeing here and am in awe of the art accompanying the stamps!

CherylS
05-26-2021, 05:55 PM
Please sign me up

Donnacr
05-26-2021, 09:27 PM
welcome to all our new players - AngelJoy, jo.on.the.go, Cleopatra and CherylS

CastleQueen5 - I do hope you find the energy to join us here

gorgeous cards being shown - I will tell you when they arrive

CherylS
05-27-2021, 04:27 PM
I have 4 food cards done.. my next 2 will be household cards
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plumhill2001
05-27-2021, 09:34 PM
I love the ice cream truck! Brings back memories. The Mexican food stamps are great, too!

CherylS
05-28-2021, 09:30 AM
Thanks. The ice cream truck passed my house while I was working on these. I felt like running after him to,get a creamsicle.

plumhill2001
05-28-2021, 07:33 PM
Thanks. The ice cream truck passed my house while I was working on these. I felt like running after him to,get a creamsicle.

:laugh:

CherylS
05-30-2021, 11:21 AM
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Donnacr
06-03-2021, 07:44 AM
CherylS - great cards! Don't forget to tell me when you mail

CherylS
06-05-2021, 07:43 AM
I mailed them a few days ago.

luckycat479
06-05-2021, 09:30 PM
Hi there! Cards are going in the mail tomorrow! Will post pictures in the thread soon.

luckycat479
06-06-2021, 10:49 PM
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Cleopatra
06-07-2021, 07:56 PM
My cards should go out in the next day or so. I enjoyed trying a new (to me) technique on the Coffee House card. I thought of my mom when I did the quilt card, as she was a big quilter.

plumhill2001
06-07-2021, 09:48 PM
Great job on all of those, Cleopatra! The Coffee House card is really nice!

Betsyg
06-09-2021, 10:00 AM
Great cards, Cleopatra and Luckycat! LOVE! The corn card! I’m from Iowa, what else can I do?

Betsyg
06-09-2021, 10:00 AM
That was a hint, Donna.

Betsyg
06-09-2021, 01:15 PM
My son in law fixed my scanner problem, finally. These will go out today or tomorrow.
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plumhill2001
06-09-2021, 01:38 PM
Betsyg, those are great! I love the luscious colors in the first one! The toleware one would be my second fave! :)

AngelJoy
06-09-2021, 03:08 PM
Finished my cards. They will go out in tomorrow's mail. These celebrate the joy of fresh produce!

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CastleQueen5
06-09-2021, 09:43 PM
My son in law fixed my scanner problem, finally. These will go out today or tomorrow.
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I just love the simplicity of that coffee card. DIBS!!!

CastleQueen5
06-09-2021, 09:44 PM
Finished my cards. They will go out in tomorrow's mail. These celebrate the joy of fresh produce!

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You sure found some fresh and realistic vegetables for the cards. It makes me wonder where I could find some of those. I think I need to be more selective on what I throw away.

plumhill2001
06-09-2021, 11:13 PM
You sure found some fresh and realistic vegetables for the cards. It makes me wonder where I could find some of those. I think I need to be more selective on what I throw away.

Seed catalogs are a good place! I got on the Burpee's mailing list a few years back and they just keep on coming. :)

Seascape131
06-10-2021, 09:58 AM
I would love to join the swap

jo.on.the.go
06-10-2021, 08:31 PM
I just found out about the neatest FREE item you can get from the post office.

Every quarter the post office publishes a catalogue featuring all of the newest stamps, plus some older ones that are sold by the post office. You can subscribe by going to the web site: usps.com/philatelic. There are pictures of the stamps, and wonderful backgrounds, and it tells when the stamps are first being offered. When I filled out the form, I saw that it has a drop down box for country, which leads me to believe that even if you don't live in the US, they will send you the catalogue.

The site also sells some cute PO-related gifts: tee shirts, a mug featuring the newest Chinese New Year image of the rat, kids' toys of PO vehicles, tote bags (there is a fantastic T rex tote bag that isn't outrageously expensive), and Christmas ornaments.

I found out about the catalogue because it was on a reading table where I now live. I am not sure when the issue was published, but it appeared recent because some of the newer stamps identified are not yet available in post offices.



All of you stamp addicts might be interested in receiving this publication.

Vicki Z
06-11-2021, 08:30 AM
AWESOME find, jo.on.the.go.
Thanks so much for sharing the information.

As long as we are talking about the post office, they have requested a rate increase to go into effect this coming August.
On regular letters, 55 cents increases to 58 cents, and International stamps increase from $1.20 to $1.30.
Not enough to buy a bunch of postage ahead and hoard, but I did get some International stamps.

Seascape131
06-11-2021, 09:39 AM
Hi Donna....my Atcs were mailed today.

mrubyjean
06-11-2021, 12:25 PM
I wasn't going to do this round, but people's cards are so bright and cheerful...and I ADORE your crossword puzzle card, BetsyG...so I'm going to work on mine this weekend to make the mailing deadline. Please sign me up.

Seascape131
06-12-2021, 09:39 AM
Here are 4 ATCs for the Swap

AngelJoy
06-12-2021, 01:02 PM
You sure found some fresh and realistic vegetables for the cards. It makes me wonder where I could find some of those. I think I need to be more selective on what I throw away.

Park Seeds catalog.

Donnacr
06-13-2021, 09:49 AM
welcome to the people who have joined us since I last welcomed you - CherylS, CastleQueen5, seascape131 and mrubyjean.

everyone's subtle hints have been taken down and will be found in your returns :D

GORGEOUS cards are being shown in the thread with some beautiful stamps and backgrounds being created. Thank you to all those people mailing early - I managed to send returns out for the SPACE swap a week before the due date, let's see if we can do the same for this swap.

mrubyjean
06-14-2021, 10:49 PM
My cards are finished. Hope it is okay that I used items from our childhood, rather than present day, households because I really love these radio, typewriter and old-fashioned camera stamps. (The camera card contains an actual photo of me on a swing when I was 2 & 1/2 years old.)

AngelJoy
06-14-2021, 11:00 PM
Love both the camera and the typewriter (very clever!), mrubyjean.

plumhill2001
06-14-2021, 11:04 PM
My cards are finished. Hope it is okay that I used items from our childhood, rather than present day, households because I really love these radio, typewriter and old-fashioned camera stamps. (The camera card contains an actual photo of me on a swing when I was 2 & 1/2 years old.)

Those are wonderful! Cute little you! I also love the El Cantaro Loteria stamp! :)

Donnacr
06-15-2021, 02:08 AM
I love your cards mrubyjean and I join with plumhill2001 in admiring your use of different fonts on your typewriter card.

My husband still has a box brownie camera - his grandfather taught him how to take photographs using it.

Haagmm
06-21-2021, 06:13 PM
Donna- I mailed my cards this morning.

Donnacr
06-23-2021, 10:26 PM
Haagmm - thanks for telling me, I will tell you when they arrive

CastleQueen5
06-24-2021, 02:03 PM
I have been too busy with Mayo visits for adult son, or chemo for myself to get anything done. I have enjoyed the cards posted, but I wont be participating for this one.

I am not sure when life will slow down so I can be at home, and in my craft room. We just signed up for twice a week Physical therapy appointments for adult son, for 4 weeks. Working on his balance and neuropathy in feet.

AngelJoy
06-24-2021, 02:07 PM
My prayers are with you and your son, CastleQueen5. I hope you can find some time to be creative to help with the stress of your busyness.

Haagmm
06-29-2021, 11:46 AM
Here are pics of my cards

I got a new phone this week and it looks like it does not do the automatic rotate of pics. I’m going to have to stop taking pics of my cards on their sides.

Donnacr
07-02-2021, 04:18 AM
I don't know what Australia Post is doing - I have received a clump of mail with postmarks ranging from 25 May to 11 June?!?
Gorgeous cards have arrived from: jo.on.the.go, plumhill2001, CherylS, Betsyg and AngelJoy
off to give iTraders now

CherylS
07-02-2021, 06:15 AM
Well, Iím happy they got to you. Itís probably our postal system which has become slower.

mrubyjean
07-02-2021, 08:56 AM
My cards were mailed on June 15.

Donnacr
07-03-2021, 06:40 AM
mrubyjean -I will tell you when they arrive

CastleQueen5 - you will be missed but look after yourself and your son, much more important jobs.

Donnacr
07-10-2021, 10:20 AM
mrubyjean and Cleopatra - your gorgeous cards have arrived.

Donnacr
07-12-2021, 01:34 AM
luckycat479 - your gorgeous cards arrived today

Donnacr
07-18-2021, 08:24 PM
haagmm - your wonderful cards arrived on Friday

seascape131 - I am sure that yours will arrive soon

Donnacr
07-21-2021, 07:56 AM
There was nothing in today's mail and tomorrow morning I leave for a 4 day Craft Retreat. My husband is still home to collect the mail and I will acknowledge arrivals and swap and send out returns when I return on Tuesday.

CherylS
07-21-2021, 01:37 PM
Have fun!

Donnacr
07-28-2021, 01:54 AM
Thanks CherylS - it was a lot of fun!

nothing in the mail today or while I was away. I can wait until Friday's mail but I will then have to swap what is here and send out returns.

Donnacr
08-01-2021, 03:48 AM
nothing in the mail on Friday so I have had to swap and mail returns but I have PLENTY of stamps to make some cards personally for you when your cards arrive seascape131

Donnacr
08-01-2021, 04:54 AM
For those players who receive a card from CynthiaSillitoe - you will not find a post by her in this thread (she sent me her cards before the thread was started) so send her a PM or a Visitor message to acknowledge her card.

CynthiaSillitoe
08-16-2021, 01:25 PM
Oh, I totally forgot. Sorry about that. Here's a post people can rep. :)

CynthiaSillitoe
08-16-2021, 01:34 PM
I just found out about the neatest FREE item you can get from the post office.

Every quarter the post office publishes a catalogue featuring all of the newest stamps, plus some older ones that are sold by the post office. You can subscribe by going to the web site: usps.com/philatelic. There are pictures of the stamps, and wonderful backgrounds, and it tells when the stamps are first being offered. When I filled out the form, I saw that it has a drop down box for country, which leads me to believe that even if you don't live in the US, they will send you the catalogue.

The site also sells some cute PO-related gifts: tee shirts, a mug featuring the newest Chinese New Year image of the rat, kids' toys of PO vehicles, tote bags (there is a fantastic T rex tote bag that isn't outrageously expensive), and Christmas ornaments.

I found out about the catalogue because it was on a reading table where I now live. I am not sure when the issue was published, but it appeared recent because some of the newer stamps identified are not yet available in post offices.



All of you stamp addicts might be interested in receiving this publication.

Seconded. The photos are great and the paper is an exceptionally nice quality. Most catalogs have gotten so thin that they can be problematic to use.

mrubyjean
08-16-2021, 09:59 PM
My returns are here ~ thanks to AngelJoy, Betsyg and plumhill2001...and to our intrepid host, Donnacr!

CherylS
08-17-2021, 07:19 AM
I received my returns yesterday. Very creative cards.

jo.on.the.go
08-17-2021, 09:21 AM
I received my cards yesterday. Thanks for hosting yet another fun stamp swap, Donnacr.
And thanks to these artists for some really beautiful cards:

CherylS - card with stamp of a chair
Haagmm - Hope is Patience
Cleopatra - Cappuccino
AngelJoy - Lettuce
luckycat479 - Vase
Donnacr - Australian Honey

plumhill2001
08-17-2021, 01:53 PM
I got some really great cards today! Thanks to CherylS (ice cream truck!), mrubyjean (pour me some juice!), and Betsyg (parasols)! They are all so fantastic! Thanks, donnacr, for another great swap! :)

Cleopatra
08-17-2021, 06:59 PM
I received wonderful cards from jo.on.the.go, CherylS and CynthiaSillitoe. Thanks to Donna for another fun swap! Off to leave points.

Betsyg
08-17-2021, 07:07 PM
Wonderful cards from Luckycat79, plumhill2001, and mrubyjean! Thanks! I couldn't give You Rock to Mrubyjean. It was too soon after the last time. YOU ROCK! Thanks for hosting Donna! (you rock too!)

Donnacr
08-18-2021, 03:37 AM
so glad that the cards have started to find their way to you all and that you like your returns - there were some very imaginative cards and a lot that I wanted to keep to myself but couldn't.

Donnacr
08-28-2021, 08:59 PM
seascape131 - your cards have arrived!! :jiggy::jiggy:
They arrived on Aug 23 without a single mark on them except for your mailing postmark of 11 June. There is no stamp of when they arrived in Sydney so I don't know when or where they have travelled, but it looks as though they had a lovely relaxed time of it as your envelope is pristine.

CynthiaSillitoe
09-01-2021, 04:30 AM
So these arrived here on 8/31. (Clearly USPS is still moving backlog.) Thanks to Donna for hosting and also for a card from her and cards from Haagmm and Cleopatra. These are lovely and each distinct.

Donnacr
09-10-2021, 01:28 AM
If I am to load the next swap in this series I need to archive this one so if you have any attachments in this thread please remove them now or you will have to ask a Mod to do it for you.

I will be asking to have this swap archived tomorrow - this only means that you can't leave comments, you CAN still leave Rep and iTrader.
Keep an eye out for the Organisations swap going live sometime this weekend.