View Full Version : Postage stamp ATCs - HEADS Due: Aug 20

06-13-2021, 04:04 AM
Due date: Aug 20
postage for non-Australians: July 16
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 JUST A HEAD on it (even better if it is a head of State eg King/Queen/ President/etc)


They can be used as part of a pattern 223602, as the head of a person 223604223603, as the head of an animal, as part of clothing 223606223605 or surprise me.

I have LOTS of postage stamps and love using them on my cards so I have decided to run a monthly series of swaps 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:
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 hand by August 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.

Australian players: please include a $1.10 stamp
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 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 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.

0. donnacr - received
1. plumhill2001 - received
2. Betsyg - received
3. CherylS - received
4. jo.on.the.go - received
5. AngelJoy - received
6. TrinaLD - withdrew
7. luckycat479 - received
8. Cleopatra - received
9. CynthiaSillitoe
10. dnewton972 - received
11. Evalila - received
12. StitchinWitch - received
13. somnia - received
14. Seascape131 - received
15. Haagmm - withdrew
16. Deb2015 - received
17. mrubyjean - received

06-13-2021, 10:07 AM
Me too, please!

06-13-2021, 10:09 AM
welcome Betsyg ​you were very quick off the mark

06-13-2021, 07:08 PM
Please sign me up!

06-13-2021, 07:09 PM
Here are my heads! :wub:
They were mailed on 6/12.
That blue Nederland stamp was my favorite. I don't know if they're sharing brains, or what? :laugh:

223625 223626

06-14-2021, 03:31 AM
plumhill2001 - that is a very good question, quite a weird stamp. Does anyone know what it was released to celebrate?

welcome to CherylS - nice to see you back.

06-14-2021, 06:43 AM
I would like to join. Here are my cards.

223637 Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865, sixteenth president of the United States) and boyhood home at Knob Creek, with symbolic birth cabin. Quote by Abraham Lincoln.

223638 George Washington (1732 - 1799, first president of the United States) and the Washington Monument, Washington DC, constructed in 1848.

223639 Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826, third president of the United States) and the Thomas Jefferson Monument, Washington DC, constructed 1939 - 1943.

06-14-2021, 06:50 AM
And the rest.

223640 Gustaf VI Adolf (1882 - 1973, reigned in Sweden from 1950) and the parliament house in Stockholm, Sweden.

223641 Queen Elizabeth II of England and Buckingham Palace, London, England. Stamp from 1950's. (Don't know why this decided to go sideways and I can't correct it. Oh, well, you get the idea)

223642 Queen Elizabeth II of England and Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, London, England.

223643 Queen Elizabeth II of England and Crown Jewels of United Kingdom, London, England

06-14-2021, 05:13 PM
Sign me up, please!

06-14-2021, 05:23 PM
DonnaCr, I can join! I have stamps with heads and enough time to make cards to reach you!

06-14-2021, 05:29 PM
I'll join again please!!

06-15-2021, 02:54 AM
welcome to all our new comers - especially excited to see you join us for the first time TrinaLD

jo.on.the.go - love the way that you have chosen togive us historic backgrounds to your cards, have they been mailed yet?

06-15-2021, 09:12 AM
I have 3 done. Maya Angelou poem from Clinton inauguration, the Queen(she looks more like Camilla), and John Lennon. I hope to do 3 more.
223668 223667 223669

06-15-2021, 01:44 PM
Please sign me up!

06-15-2021, 05:35 PM
I’ll be mailing tomorrow. Mine are on the cusp of needing extra postage so I’ll have them weighed at the PO

06-15-2021, 10:13 PM
Mine are finished. I will drop them in the mail tomorrow.


06-16-2021, 07:45 AM
Three more. Elvis, Indonesia and Buffalo Bill Cody. 223680 223681 223682

06-18-2021, 01:23 PM
I just popped my heads in the mail

06-19-2021, 12:56 AM
Lurking; waiting for my muse.....

06-19-2021, 11:09 AM
Looking ahead I'm wondering about the "Cartoon/Fantasy Characters". The closest thing I have is Muppets. Would those be okay? I did have a bunch of the Bugs Bunny stamps, but I've used them all. I may get some back on returns, but I'm not sure if that will happen in time for the swaps.

Also, I don't think I've got much if any in the "Organization" theme. If anyone has extras, please let me know. :wubclub:

06-19-2021, 12:50 PM
Ok, mailing early next week when my stamps arrive...

06-19-2021, 12:52 PM
And these

06-20-2021, 05:55 AM
Please sign me up! I am ready.
Please note that these images are not intended to offend - if the head is someone you honor, love or just care about.

06-20-2021, 10:55 PM
Lurking for now

06-21-2021, 03:34 AM
welcome to more people, including some more newcomers - Cleopatra, CynthiaSillitoe and dnewton972 (I have sent you my address)
wonderful cards being shown in the thread - love the way that everyone is approaching this topic

plumhill2001 - Muppets will be fine for the cartoon/fantasy theme, I will send you some organisation stamps

StitchinWitch - you are very welcome to lurk but I hope you find your Muse and join us

06-28-2021, 01:56 PM
May I join?


06-28-2021, 04:28 PM
Cards are in the mail!


06-28-2021, 06:28 PM
My cards should go out sometime this week. Thanks for letting me play :)

06-28-2021, 09:24 PM
Cards are in the mail!


Love those! Especially the Matisse! :)

06-28-2021, 09:26 PM
My cards should go out sometime this week. Thanks for letting me play :)

Those are great! My favorite is the one with the green cars. I used to have a '66 Mustang, so I like that you included that emblem! :cute:

06-29-2021, 02:27 AM
Am I the only one giggling at the idea of Donna's letter carrier seeing envelopes with "heads" written on the back? (My dad says we should do tails next, but I told him those are harder to find.)

06-29-2021, 11:55 AM
Am I the only one giggling at the idea of Donna's letter carrier seeing envelopes with "heads" written on the back? (My dad says we should do tails next, but I told him those are harder to find.)

I often wonder what my local postal workers think of some of the names written on the backs of my envelopes, lol. They kind of know because it's a very small post office and one lady is friendly and asks questions. :laugh:

06-29-2021, 12:02 PM
Tails shouldn’t be too hard - almost all animals have tails. I’m sure I have animal stamps showing tails!

06-29-2021, 01:16 PM
I often wonder what my local postal workers think of some of the names written on the backs of my envelopes, lol. They kind of know because it's a very small post office and one lady is friendly and asks questions. :laugh:


Tails shouldn’t be too hard - almost all animals have tails. I’m sure I have animal stamps showing tails!

That's true. I hadn't thought of if a tail is visible. I was kind of imagining like a stamp just of a tail. Or a human tail... though there are some nude stamps. Mostly sold to collectors, but I know Germany had some artsy nudes that went through the mail. Possibly other European countries, too.

06-30-2021, 03:47 AM
Hubby already mailed my cards, LOL

07-02-2021, 03:22 PM

07-02-2021, 05:26 PM
Great cards everyone. Really great stamps. I'm sorry but it doesn't look like I'll be able to participate this month. Medical things over here.

07-03-2021, 07:47 AM
I've got my cards made so I'm coming out of lurk mode and officially signing up. Due to the holiday weekend my cards won't go out until Tuesday.

07-04-2021, 08:42 PM
I go off for one little Athon and you people all get busy!
Gorgeous cards being shown - please keep telling me which cards you would like to have in your returns, it really makes swapping much easier for me.
welcome to our new players, lovely to see some new faces in there. For all those who have mailed I will tell you when I receive them.

TrinaLD - sorry to see you go but most important to look after yourself and loved ones.

07-04-2021, 08:53 PM
What do people think of doing a quick addition of 'Tails' and pushing back the planned schedule by a month?
I have done a quick flick through my stamps and there are a lot of animals proudly showing their tails, the back views of birds display their gorgeous tail feathers, cat, dogs and dinosaurs all include tails. . . even some fantasy characters such as dragons and mermaids. . .

Or would you like me to do it INSTEAD of the October theme of Organisations? I have had some people telling me that they are really having trouble finding stamps for this theme.

I am happy to go either way - interested in your ideas.

07-04-2021, 08:58 PM
Let’s do tails soon. Push back organizations a little so people can find more stamps, but don’t eliminate it. Just my opinion. I guess I’m lucky with organizations; in my move I discovered my childhood stamp album and in it is a set of Boy Scout stamps, all different, from some African nation.

07-05-2021, 09:34 AM
I would agree with Jo. AngelJoy sent me some organization stamps, so it would be nice to use them. Now tails? That may be challenging. I'll have to search and see what I have. :wub: It might be time to order another assortment of stamps! (Good excuse, eh?) :laugh:

**And I'm wanting one of Jo's Boy Scout stamps!! :jiggy:

07-06-2021, 12:36 AM
My 4 +1 cards go to the post office tomorrow.

07-06-2021, 01:52 PM
Tails will be fun, let's do it.I don't care when, just post the revised schedule. I have lots of organization stamps. If anyone is in need of some, pm me and I will send a selection.

07-09-2021, 01:39 AM
As Cartoon/Fantasy characters are due to go up this weekend I will add Tails in the month after that.

That should give people a chance to rummage through their collections and find some animal/bird/fantasy stamps for that theme and give some more time for people to find some organisation stamps.
Don't forget betsyg's offer to share some of her stamps for this theme.

07-09-2021, 09:36 AM
I would like to join the swap, hugs

07-09-2021, 10:58 AM
Please sign me up.

07-09-2021, 11:01 AM
My cards should go out sometime this week. Thanks for letting me play :)

Cleopatra - I absolutely LOVE your Ford ATC!

07-09-2021, 11:05 AM
Maybe you've already made the decision - but I agree - let's put tails in the schedule and push organizations to another month. I also probably have some extras that I would be happy to send if someone doesn't have stamps.

07-10-2021, 08:38 AM
welcome to Seascape131 and Haagmm - thanks for the offer of organisation stamps

don't forget - your cards should be on their way to me by the end of next week if you want them to be on time.

07-10-2021, 09:28 AM
Here are 4 ATCs for the Swap

07-10-2021, 09:30 AM
Here are 3 ATCs for the swap

07-10-2021, 09:35 AM
My Atcs for the swap have been mailed

07-10-2021, 10:17 AM
seascape131 - they look great, I'll tell you when they arrive

07-10-2021, 11:58 AM
Thank you so much. Donna.

07-11-2021, 08:43 PM
I'd like to participate. Here are my cards:

224504 224505
224506 224507

I have your address, Donna, so I'll mail them out in the next few days.
This was so much fun! I might need to do more heads :)

07-12-2021, 01:33 AM
you have done a great job on those cards, somnia - I find adding heads to cards quite addictive once I get started, too.
I'll sign you up now

07-12-2021, 12:20 PM
I'm constantly amazed at everyone's creativity! We all see the world from slightly different perspectives and everyone has their own unique style. :wubclub:

07-13-2021, 06:18 AM
Tails works for me! :) I hope to start on cartoons this week.

07-13-2021, 10:29 AM
Wow, I'm finding LOTS of tails in my stamp collection! I thought it might be difficult, but nope! :jiggy::rolleyes:

07-13-2021, 11:37 PM
I would like to join , cards are done and packed ready for post office tomorrow. Please send address.

07-13-2021, 11:47 PM
Thanks for such a fast reply !

07-16-2021, 06:14 AM
welcome Deb2015 - I will tell you when your cards arrive

today was a good mail day as gorgeous cards were received from: jo.on.the.go, plumhill2001 and CherylS

07-16-2021, 07:56 PM
I'd like to join, please!
Here are my cards ~ all postage stamp people.
I LOVE postage stamp people and would appreciate any included in my returns ~ thank you!

07-16-2021, 09:59 PM
welcome mrubyjean - you have done an amazing job on your postage stamp people and your request for your returns has been noted. Have you mailed yet?

plumhill2001 - you had previously asked me to send you some Organisation stamps but I noticed that you mentioned that AngelJoy had sent you some. Does that mean you no longer need any from me?

07-16-2021, 10:01 PM
DON'T FORGET - your cards should be in the mail by this weekend if they are to arrive on time.

07-16-2021, 10:33 PM
welcome mrubyjean - you have done an amazing job on your postage stamp people and your request for your returns has been noted. Have you mailed yet?

All packaged and will be in tomorrow's mail, first pick up!

07-17-2021, 02:28 AM
I will tell you when they arrive

07-17-2021, 10:28 AM
Oh, yes, Donnacr! I think I have enough organization stamps. Sorry I didn't let you know that.
I'll be mailing my TAILS cards today. :)
I'll post pics when the thread is up.

07-18-2021, 08:59 AM
plumhill2001 - so much for you not thinking you had enough stamps for the TAILS swap :D I will tell you when they arrive

07-18-2021, 01:58 PM
I KNOW! :) I had a lot of birds and some I hadn't thought of as having tails. :laugh:

07-21-2021, 08:32 AM
AngelJoy - your gorgeous cards arrived today

I am leaving tomorrow morning for a craft Retreat. My husband will still be home and I will acknowledge any cards received on Tuesday when I return home.

07-23-2021, 07:33 PM
Donna- Unfortunately I need to drop out of this one. I had stuff picked out but didn't get them done before vacation. I will start on next months as soon as I'm unpacked! :jimlad:

07-28-2021, 01:11 AM
Haagmm - you will be missed but you are taken off the list. I hope you had a good vacation and have come back refreshed.

dnewton972 and luckycat479 - your wonderful cards arrived while I was away, StitchinWitch and Betsyg - your cards arrived today.

07-28-2021, 01:51 AM
Here are my cards for this swap - the dress has a different denomination/colour of the Queen's head for every section.

07-28-2021, 08:41 AM
Love the dres!

07-28-2021, 11:41 AM
The dress is just stunning, Donna!

08-01-2021, 03:41 AM
Thanks for the compliments - the dress was a lot of fun to make.

08-03-2021, 12:57 AM
Did you receive my cards?

08-03-2021, 02:22 AM
Debs2015 - not yet. The cards I am receiving at the moment were mailed at the end of June, whereas yours were mailed 2 weeks later. I will tell you as soon as they arrive.

Cleopatra - your gorgeous cards arrived today.

08-03-2021, 05:59 AM
Still no sign of my cards? Weird that the Fantasy/Cartoon cards arrived earlier.

08-10-2021, 01:50 AM
seascape131 - your gorgeous cards arrived today

08-17-2021, 09:26 AM
Deb2015 - your wonderful cards arrived on Friday while mrubyjean - your amazing postage stamp people arrived today

08-17-2021, 10:55 AM
Wow, glad they finally made it!

08-25-2021, 06:41 AM
Apologies but returns will be slightly delayed as I am in hospital awaiting a lung biopsy tomorrow - my cancer has retuned for the 3rd time.
My husband has been collecting the mail but I have been unable to acknowledge it. I am due home on Friday and will swap returns then.

08-25-2021, 08:35 AM
Prayers going out to you and your loved ones, Donnacr!

08-25-2021, 01:20 PM
Prayers here, too, Donna! Take care! :wubclub:

08-28-2021, 01:36 AM
Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers from everyone - they do help.

Unfortunately the final 3 lots of cards still have not arrived. I can give them until the end of the month but will then have to swap wheat I have and send them on their way.

09-05-2021, 10:29 PM
The final 3 sets of cards have still not arrived so I have mailed all the returns that I had today.

When the others arrive I will swap them between each other and make some extras - I have LOTS of head stamps :D

09-09-2021, 09:03 PM
somnia and evalila - your gorgeous cards have arrived. I will hop to it and make a few cards to swap with you and your returns will be in the mail by the end of the weekend

09-10-2021, 03:00 AM
WOW, almost 2 and a half months! I thought they were lost.

09-10-2021, 03:34 AM
evalila - they were just taking the VERY scenic route, or maybe they were caught at one of our closed borders.

All International mail enters Australia through Sydney in NSW and that state has been having a very hard time with Corona for the last month. I don't know if that might have slowed everything down. . .

09-10-2021, 06:04 AM
Glad they finally arrived! I was also afraid they got lost. I’ll mail earlier from now on!