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Vicki Z
09-01-2021, 12:24 PM
Swap Due Date: Due October 31, 2021
Signup/Withdraw Date: Due October 31, 2021
Number of Cards: 3 for 3 or 6 for 6
Number of Participants: Unlimited
Medium: Any and all media and techniques are welcome

Spooky Halloween, Due October 31, 2021


Come in for a spell and enjoy this spirited and spooky swap! Create ATCs that are certain to make things go bump in the night with a wicked color palette of spooky purples, eerie oranges and moonlit blacks. You will have a “spooktacular” good time creating your frightful ATCs (NO APCs allowed) of chilling, fear-inspiring, scary ATCs, with vampires, witches, ghosts, skeletons, and monsters. Make no bones about it, you need to sign up NOW....

Halloween is filled with traditions and superstitions, and the night is rampant with a plethora of Halloween critters. In Victorian times, Halloween was more of a PARTY than the solemn/spooky holiday we celebrate today. In older days, Halloween was the traditional time for divination for the coming year, often as games for children. It was the favored time to determine the identity of one's future spouse, the location of one's future home, and how many children a person might have. Seasonal foods such as apples and nuts were often employed. Apples were bobbed. Apples were peeled. Apples were thrown.

As autumn approaches, we see fun, frightful scenes that symbolize Halloween. Look to the stores, the malls, the neighbor's house. With customs and traditions that vary widely by community, Halloween now inspires parades and carnivals, corn mazes, haunted houses, neighborhood and school parties, pumpkin festivals, and even pumpkin catapulting. Halloween remains a much anticipated celebration of the macabre in the face of approaching winter.

Your cards can be spooky, or superstitious. You can depict witches, warlocks, ghosts, or monsters. You can show skulls, skeletons, Spells and/or Magick. (NOT stage magic). I am expecting to receive Grim Reapers, Graveyard Haunts, and Creatures of the Night,. I often receive spooky spiders, snakes, clowns, and werewolves, so if you have a particular aversion to any of these, please let me know. I will attempt to keep them from finding you.

Stay away from El Dia de los Muertos, as there are usually swaps devoted entirely to this theme, so there is no need to duplicate. Beyond that, Anything to do with Halloween, as long as it is spooky. The only thing NOT ALLOWED is cute, kids, or cute kids (dressed up for Halloween).

If you are already on Halloween over-load with witches, ghosts, and haunted houses, think outside the normal Halloween box.
Draw the shape-sifting trickster fox, the Japanese Kitsune. Or the Slavik Leshy. Or the Slovenian Kurents. Or the supernatural Wild Windigo, belonging to the spiritual traditions of Algonquian-speaking First Nations in North America. Take a crack at imaginary friends (solid or invisible?) Or go back into history with the Greco/Roman Harpy. Be creative!

I have been asked about CARDS THAT MOOVE,

Halloween is that eerie, spooky, creepy, time of year, when we tend to see movement out of the corners of our eyes, a time when ghosts and monsters appear behind bushes, and things appear just barely within our sight, and everything seems to shimmer and move.

Many of you already know that cards that lift, slide, spin, pop up, or in any way moove, are my favorite cards. So, since you asked about cards the moove, you are invited to pick your Halloween critter, and make some cards that show moovement.

Think Zombies that shamble, Frankenstein that stomps, spooks that shudder, ghosts that glide, bats that fly, apparitions that flutter, vampires that rise from their coffin. In fact, a coffin lid that opens on a brad, or lifts with a fold-down top are some of the easiest cards to make that still move!!!!!!

You do NOT have to make ATCs that move, but, if you send in a SPOOKY HALLOWEEN CARD that moves, slides, or pops up, I will assure you get back at least one card in return that moves, possibly more than one, depending on how many cards come in.

For anyone confused about "cards that move", I have numerous ATCs in my gallery of cards that spin, fold, move, lift, and pull out. They are labeled as cards that move, but you may have to look for them since they move as I add and delete cards.

* 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 58 cents postage, or one "Forever" stamp if trading 3 cards; or one forever and one 20 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 31, 2021. Please allow sufficient lead time for cards to get to me, particularly if you are an International participant. Returns will be mailed promptly. Please leave iTrader for your host ONLY (me) when you receive your returns, and please take the time to leave Reputation/You Rock points for your fellow players from whom you receive cards.

* 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, please PM me for my address when you sign up or when you are ready to mail.

* Above all ~Have fun!!!

Current Participants
Spooky Halloween – Due October 31, 2021

*/. TrinaLD -- WITHDREW
1. dbuffum -- Cards Received 9/15
*/. somnia -- WITHDREW * CANADA
*2. Ancient Planter -- Cards Received 9/23
3. leydab -- Cards Received 9/15
*4. Butterbean -- Cards Received 10/22
*5. SpottedCrow -- Cards Received 9/21
*6. akunzel-- Cards Received 10/19
*//. CheezyBlasters -- WITHDREW
7. pilarfarmer-- Cards Received 10/19
*8. Dracoantares -- Cards Received 10/11
*9. Boots -- Cards Received 9/13
*//. pattisscrappin -- MAILED10/01 (apparently lost in the mail)
rn10. Suzi -- Cards Received 10/08
*11. jo.on.the.go -- Cards Received 10/11
12. catladybj -- Cards Received 9/27
*13. Vicki Z -- Cards Received 9/13


Vicki Z
09-01-2021, 05:06 PM
Spooky, Spooky, Halloween is almost here.

Vicki Z
09-01-2021, 05:07 PM
If you are already on Halloween over-load with witches, ghosts, and haunted houses, think outside the normal Halloween box.
Draw the shape-sifting trickster fox, the Japanese Kitsune. Or the Slavik Leshy. Or the supernatural Windigo, belonging to the spiritual traditions of Algonquian-speaking First Nations in North America. Take a crack at imaginary friends (solid or invisible?) Or go back into history with the Greco/Roman Harpy. Be creative!

09-01-2021, 08:29 PM
Oh, please do sign me up for this swap, VickiZ. I am back to making cards with eyes that work and I could use some tricksters or imaginary friends or any number of other spooky things. Thanks!

Vicki Z
09-02-2021, 12:47 AM
Welcome TrinaLD.
I am so glad your eyes are functioning again.
Looking forward to your creations.

09-02-2021, 11:12 AM
I'd like to join please!

09-02-2021, 11:35 AM
I love spooky Halloween from the comfort of my cozy, well-lit craft room.

Please sign me up!

Vicki Z
09-02-2021, 12:59 PM
Welcome dbuffum.
I signed you up.

Vicki Z
09-02-2021, 01:01 PM
Welcome somnia.
I signed you up.

Ancient Planter
09-02-2021, 11:55 PM
Of course I want in on this! Please sign me up.

Vicki Z
09-03-2021, 05:34 AM
Welcome Ancient Planter.
I signed you up.

09-03-2021, 03:47 PM
I will participate!

Vicki Z
09-03-2021, 05:10 PM
Welcome leydab.
I signed you up.

09-05-2021, 03:38 PM
Lurking for now — don’t mean to scare ya. You know, LURKING. . .bwa ha ha.

Vicki Z
09-05-2021, 11:34 PM
Watch out for "Lurch"
Hope you can come back.

Vicki Z
09-08-2021, 11:06 AM
If it is too early to find your spook,
Try watching "Wellington Paranormal", a TV comedy series, which is a spin-off on "What We Do in the Shadows"
Or watch "SurrealEstate", a TV drama series about things that go bump in the night, or the days

09-10-2021, 04:22 AM
Lurking for the moment - you know that I love a moving card as much as you do. Hopefully I will be ba-a-a-ck. . .

Vicki Z
09-10-2021, 04:56 AM
Lurkers always welcome!
Hope to see you Baaaack
I see several spooky Halloween cards in your gallery that are SPOOK-TACULAR!
Hope you have time to make more

09-10-2021, 12:22 PM
Please sign me up! My Halloween catalogs started to arrive and I was inspired.
I will let you know when I mail them.

Haunted Home- envelope background, stamped fence, magazine image and text

Pretties- decorative paper, magazine image and text, glitter pen

Wicked Style- decorative paper, book image, magazine image and text, washi tape

Beware- stenciled background, altered paper doll, paint pen

Vicki Z
09-10-2021, 01:55 PM
Spook-tacular cards!
I signed you up.

LOVE them all, but,
Home Sweet, Haunted Home,
With the skelly thru the window is my fave.

Ancient Planter
09-10-2021, 07:26 PM
Fabulous art, as usual, SpottedCrow! My fave would have to be Welcome My Pretties. She's great! They all are!

My catalogs are arriving, too, so I've got one set done. I'm hoping to get another set done this weekend before mailing out on Monday.

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Vicki Z
09-10-2021, 08:49 PM
SPOOKTACULAR cards, Ancient Planter.
LOVE the numerous layers you used on the first two.

Ancient Planter
09-11-2021, 10:52 PM
Last Spooky set, going out in Monday's mail. The first two have a soot background.

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Vicki Z
09-12-2021, 12:31 AM
More great cards.
The soot is a nice add.
I will let you know when they arrive.

09-12-2021, 09:54 AM
Ancient Planter your cards are fantastic!

09-13-2021, 09:37 AM
Cards are in the mail!

Vicki Z
09-13-2021, 11:24 AM
Thanks for the heads up.
I will let you know when they arrive.

Vicki Z
09-15-2021, 12:47 PM
FAB cards received from leydab and Dbuffum.
Thanks to each of you for the hostie.

09-15-2021, 05:01 PM
Can I still sign up? Looks like everyone else is already finished!

Vicki Z
09-15-2021, 06:31 PM
Can I still sign up? Looks like everyone else is already finished!

Yes, you can still sign up.

Vicki Z
09-19-2021, 11:32 AM
Still plenty of time to get your spook on.
We are getting fall storms -- heavy wind, pouring rain, dark days and power outages.
PERFECT inspiration for making spooky ATCs

Vicki Z
09-22-2021, 09:36 AM
SPOOK-TCULAR ATCs received from SpottedCrow.

LOVE them all, but,
Home Sweet, Haunted Home,
With the skelly thru the window is my fave.

I will be keeping it as my hostie.
Thanks so much for including a hostie!!!!!!!!!!!

Vicki Z
09-22-2021, 04:46 PM
Happy Equinox....
Autumn has officially arrived.
Let's make some Spooky Fall ATCs.

09-22-2021, 11:49 PM
I'd like to sign up. I tried something new for me, a double slider ATC. Now to make more! 226066226067

Vicki Z
09-23-2021, 07:39 AM
I'd like to sign up. I tried something new for me, a double slider ATC. Now to make more!

LOVE sliders!
I signed you up.

09-23-2021, 01:48 PM
Sign me up :)

Vicki Z
09-23-2021, 02:18 PM
Welcome Cheezyblasters.
I signed you up.

09-23-2021, 04:48 PM
I would like to join!

Vicki Z
09-23-2021, 05:26 PM
SPOOK-TACULAR cards received from Ancient Planter.
Even more spooky IRL.
Thanks so much for including a hostie.

09-24-2021, 12:45 PM
I’m going to lurk until I put together my cards.

Vicki Z
09-24-2021, 01:25 PM
Lurkers welcome

Vicki Z
09-25-2021, 08:32 PM
Welcome Dracoantares
I signed you up.

09-30-2021, 12:10 PM
love to join Vicki.

Vicki Z
10-01-2021, 08:07 AM
Welcome pattisscrappin.
I signed you up.

10-01-2021, 05:17 PM
Please sign me up! I finished my cards today, if your address hasn’t changed in the past year, I can mail them out tomorrow!

Vicki Z
10-01-2021, 07:58 PM
Welcome Suzi.
I signed you up.
My address is the same.
Send them out tomorrow.
I will let you know when they arrive.

10-04-2021, 12:03 PM
I would like to join. These will be mailed tomorrow. I used many half-finished cards and unusual blanks to make most of these cards.

226186 Grim Reaper

226187 In the Moonlight

226188 Night Creatures

226189 The Witch

10-04-2021, 12:05 PM
And the rest

226190 Night Spider

226191 In the Haunted Forest

226192 Werewolf

Vicki Z
10-04-2021, 12:53 PM
AWESOME cards.
LOVE the texture in the "Grim Reaper" moon
FAB Werewolf.
I signed you up.

10-06-2021, 08:26 AM
Hi there,

Sadly, I'm going to have to withdraw from this swap.

Hope to see you all in another swap soon.


Vicki Z
10-06-2021, 01:13 PM
Hi there,

Sadly, I'm going to have to withdraw from this swap.

Hope to see you all in another swap soon.


What a shame!
Your cards for the Ghost Swap were FAB. I was so looking forward to your "Spooky".

I have withdrawn you.
Hope to see you in another swap.

Vicki Z
10-08-2021, 06:11 PM
SPOOK-TACULAR cards received from Suzi.
Thanks so much for including a hostie.

Vicki Z
10-12-2021, 03:14 PM
SPOOK-TACULAR cards received from jo.on.the.go and Dracontares.
Thanks to each of you for including a hostie card.

10-15-2021, 12:31 AM
I want to join.

Vicki Z
10-15-2021, 04:59 AM
Welcome pilarfarmer.
I signed you up.

10-15-2021, 05:02 PM
Photo paint over zombies.

If these aren't too bizarre, I can put them in the mail on Monday.


10-16-2021, 11:38 AM
So sorry but I have to withdraw. I hurt my hand really badly and have to rest it for a while. See you next time!

10-16-2021, 11:42 AM
Oh TrinaLD, I hope you will be feeling better soon.

10-19-2021, 11:06 AM
I need to withdraw from this swap.

I've really enjoyed seeing all of the spooky artwork posted!

Vicki Z
10-19-2021, 06:07 PM
Cards received from akunzel and pilarfarmer

10-20-2021, 08:37 AM
I already sent in my cards, so please sign me up.

10-21-2021, 03:45 PM
I'm with Boots! I mailed cards on Monday so please sign me up!

Vicki Z
10-21-2021, 04:55 PM
I signed you up boots and catladybj

Vicki Z
10-22-2021, 11:02 AM
SPOOKTACULAR cards received from Butterbean.
Thanks so much for including a hostie card.

Vicki Z
10-29-2021, 01:30 AM
SPOOKTACULAR cards received from catladybj.
Thanks so much for including a hostie card.

Vicki Z
10-29-2021, 04:05 PM
I am still waiting on one set that has not arrived yet, but since it has been in the mail for a month, I am going to have to assume it is lost in the mail.
I am therefore sorting out returns, and unless the last set arrives in the next two days, I am swapping without it.
Mail has been slow, but not this slow,

10-30-2021, 06:25 PM
My spooky atcs made with white charcoal on black paper

Vicki Z
10-31-2021, 08:00 AM
Lovely charcoal drawings, pilarfarmer.

Vicki Z
10-31-2021, 08:01 AM
Cards have been sorted, and since there is no mail delivery today, returns have been mailed out.
Thanks to everyone who has participated.
Have a wonderful Halloween, however you celebrate.

Ancient Planter
11-02-2021, 12:13 AM
Well that was fast! My Spooky Halloween cards arrived in southern Oregon today! Thank you so much, Vicki, for another great swap!! And thanks to these fabulous artists whose cards I received: jo.on.the.go, Spottedcrow, akunzel, Dracoantares, Dbuffum, and pilarfarmer. Off to leave iTrader and You Rocks!

11-02-2021, 10:39 AM
My spooky cards arrived yesterday! Thanks for hosting, Vicki Z!

11-02-2021, 11:26 AM
Spooky cards arrived today!

Thanks Vicki for another hauntingly spooktacular swap!
You rocks on the way for artists and itrader for our fabooo host.

11-02-2021, 03:29 PM
I received my cards yesterday. FAST! Thanks for hosting, Vicki Z.

And thanks to these scary artists:
Dracoantares - Ghost
Ancient Planter - Innocent Insanity
pilarfarmer - last ghost displayed
Butterbean - Halloween!
catladybj - Eeekk
Suzi - Pick Your Poison

Vicki Z
11-30-2021, 01:48 AM
Numerous returns not acknowledged.
With the slow mail, plus the T Day Holiday, I am leaving this swap open a bit longer.