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    December 2019 Pick-A-Theme, due February 21, 2020

    Due Date – February 21, 2020
    Sign up/withdraw – None, once signed up with a theme you’re in so PLEASE be sure you want to play
    Number of Cards - 4 cards for a full group
    Number of participants -8 groups of 5 players


    Welcome to the December 2019 Pick-A-Theme


    To Play you must have:
    ~ an established positive iTrader rating of +15
    ~ no negatives within the last 6 months
    ~ no neutrals for lack of cards/communication within the last 3 months
    ~ NO EXCEPTIONS so PLEASE don’t ask


    If you think you want to play, but have questions, PLEASE read all the instructions to see if they are answered there. If they are not go ahead and sign up with an undetermined theme to reserve your spot, then PM me and I will do my best to answer them. We can always open the spot back up if you decide not to join.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT over commit yourself. Anyone who does not follow through could receive 5 negative iTraders.

    In almost every PAT there have been due date problems so.......... I strongly suggest not waiting until the last week or two before the due date to mail cards in case life or sickness or weather or the postal system or something I did not think of or mention causes problems. None of those situations are fun for me or you so consider getting them made and mailed to me ASAP as failure to have cards to the host by the due date can result in up to 5 negative iTraders.

    General Information:

    ~ This swap contains 8 groups of 5 members. Sign-ups will end when all spots are filled.
    ~ Pick a group, pick a theme
    ~ You must be willing to work on all the other themes in your group
    ~ Make a card for each of the members of your group in their chosen theme
    ~ Receive a card of your chosen theme in return from each member of your group
    ~ Send cards you are proud of
    ~ To cut down on possible mail machine malfunctions, NO Bulky embellishments (If it stick up very far off the card or you think it is to bulky don't use it.) My last PAT had a breakage of embellishments. Since it was a host card it was not as bad as it would have been had it been another player's card!
    ~ Once you sign up with a theme you can’t withdraw, as some artist start their cards immediately
    ~ CARDS are to be in my hands on/before February 21, 2020. I know life can get in the way sometimes so if something comes up please contact me as soon as possible so we can work it out some way.

    Pick-A-Theme Examples

    ~ Generic/RegularGeneric themes where is it easy to think up a card; for example fairies, cats, dogs, flowers, etc. Regular themes which require a little more thought or research but are not difficult to find a reference or collage image for example; flying pigs with hats, red poppies, whimsical houses, nature fairies, zetti, etc. (Real people or characters in books or movies are not regular themes! Something from a specific artist or person is not a regular theme)

    NEW ADDITION SO PLEASE READ..In the past there were some, dare I say, less than good results for a challenging theme or 2 so I steered clear of them for awhile. I have decided to try again for hand drawn/painted and collage. If you ask for an obscure or not obvious theme, please keep in mind I am human and do make mistakes.

    ~ Challenging –Themes that usually require research and reference. Examples are real people, characters from books or movies or perhaps obscure themes such as “Dogs in Victorian England.” They can also be themes that are difficult to interpret like music or a difficult poem. These can require a lot of thought and effort. If you have internet references please include the best one of them so I can post it for your fellow group members


    Please notice there are 2 specific groups [4 and 5] for APCs.

    Card information:

    ~ All cards should be sent in individual plastic sleeves if you have them. (If you don’t protect them some way and I will provide them. I don’t want that to stop anyone from playing.)

    ~ Please put your username, the group number and the recipient’s username on each card you make.

    ~ If you want to post your cards to the thread for all to enjoy please do, but it is not required.

    ~ A Hostess card is not required but always appreciated!

    **** I appreciate those of you who want to share your materials, but my talents are limited to cross stitching so what I receive for any other purpose I share with others. I don’t mind passing it on I just want you all to know I do not use it.

    Mailing Information:

    USA folks -----

    Please enclose a self-addressed envelope and postage. As for postage I think since there are at least 4 cards it is a good idea to put .70 on the envelope, either a forever stamp and an extra ounce stamp or .70 in stamps. If you want to do it for a forever stamp or .55 you can though, your choice! If you are in 2 groups you really need .70!

    INTERNATIONAL folks ----

    Please enclose an address label or address printed clearly on a piece of paper. I will supply envelopes to save you a little bit of postage! A dollar bill or US Forever International stamps are appreciated, but if you don’t have either please don’t let that stop you from joining the fun.
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    .........................The Groups.........................

    Your name turns color when I have your cards.
    Your name goes bold when you have your new cards.

    Group 1 - Hand Drawn or Painted ~ Generic/Regular Theme
    1. Terri F – A Deer with Flowers and Vines in its Antlers
    2. lazyshadows– Whimsical Girls
    3. CiCiCreates – A Toddler in a Tutu
    4. Ancient Planter – Hometown Historic Buildings (historic building in the hometown of the artist)
    5. MountainsAndClouds – Moon on a String

    Group 2 - Hand Drawn or Painted ~ Generic/Regular Theme
    1. HatchetPie – Aliens
    2. BArox818 – Aliens
    3. AncientPlanter – Gnomes/Tomtens
    4.
    5.

    Group 3 - Hand Drawn or Painted ~ Challenging Theme
    1. BexMadeMe – Queen Elizabeth II portrait (Queen of England)
    2. plumhill2001 – Aslan the Lion (Narnia)
    3. mcgillisj – Mulder and Scully from “The X Files” TV show
    4. CiCiCreates – Your Portrayal of Miss Havisham from Dickens “Great Exceptations”
    5. lazyshadows – Frida Cahlo

    Group 4 - APC's ~ Any Media ~ Any Theme
    1. smallgirl – Smokey the Bear (cards)
    2. Suzi – Cats (cards)
    3. Karr3ll – Santa (cards)
    4. JudyLee –Indian Style Elephant and Text (cards)
    5. CastleQueen5 – Zebra (cards)

    Group 5 - APC's ~ Any Media ~ Any Theme
    1. smallgirl – Hedgehogs (whimsical or realistic) (cards)
    2. Suzi – Cactus and/or Succulents (cards)
    3. Karr3ll – Circus (cards)
    4. JudyLee – Snowman and Text (cards)
    5. Pikkis – Vintage School (cards)

    Group 6 - Collage ~ Generic/Regular Theme
    1. Donnacr – Cats
    2. ksj1717 – Dogs
    3. AngelJoy – Angels
    4. Allegrae – Easter Island Statues
    5. mrubyjean – Landscapes

    Group 7 - Any Media (HD/HP/Collage/Digital/Photo/Fabric) ~Generic/Regular Theme
    1. Donnacr – Circles
    2. plumhill2001 – Gnome with Mushroom
    3. AngelJoy – Minions
    4. Allegrae – Stonehenge
    5. mcgillisj – Artist Self-Portrait

    Group 8 - APC's ~ Any Media ~ Any Theme
    1. CastleQueen5 – Cactus, Cacti (cards)
    2. Pikkis – Harry Potter (books and movies) (cards)
    3. MountainsAndClouds – Moon on a String (cards)
    4. HatchetPie – Dinosaurs (any card)
    5. trini70 – open theme (cards)
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    I would like to join group 4 with the theme of Smokey the Bear
    Player 1- me
    Player 2- King of clubs
    Player 3- 3 of clubs
    Player 4- 9 of hearts
    Player 5- Ace of hearts

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    I would like to join group 5 with the theme of woodland hedgehogs (whimsical or realistic)
    Player 1- me
    Player 2- 10 of hearts
    Player 3- 10 of spades
    Player 4- 10 of clubs
    Player 5- 10 of diamonds

    Thank you!

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    I would like to join groups 4 Theme is Cats. And group 5 theme is Cactus and/or Succulents.

    Group 4: Cats
    PLayer 1- 2 hearts
    Player 2- me
    Player 3- 2 clubs
    Player 4- 2 spades
    Player 5- 2 diamonds

    Group 5: Cactus and or Succulents
    Player 1- 7 spades
    Player 2- me
    Player 3- 7 diamonds
    Player 4- 7 hearts
    Player 5- 7 clubs
    Last edited by Suzi; 12-02-2019 at 09:49 PM.

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    I’d like to join group 4 Santa
    Hearts P1:Ace, P2:K, P3:me, P4:Q, P5:J

    And group 5 Circus
    Hearts P1:2, P2:3, P3:me, P4:5, P5:6
    Last edited by Karr3ll; 12-02-2019 at 02:14 AM.

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    I would like to join groups 4 and 5 please. I'll be back later with my themes and cards. Thank you!

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    Wow, the APC-groups are filling fast so I better hop on too! I΄d like a spot in group 5, please! My theme is Vintage School and suits and numbers are P1 - 2 of spades, P2 - 2 of clubs, P3 - 2 of hearts and P4 - 2 of diamonds!

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    I would like group One please.

    Theme being:
    A Deer with flowers and vines in its Antlers.

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    goodness, it looks like the APC group 5 is full and 4 has one space.

    I thought about making group 8 APC to start so am going to change it now.

    I hope the other groups fill up this quick. Maybe there will be more APC groups before it is all full!
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    the change has been made


    no time now to put in all the infor but i marked the full spots. I will be back later to put the names and info in.

    if 4 and 8 fill up i will consider another APC group if there is enough interest.
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    Can I join group 6 with CATS for my theme and group 7 with CIRCLES as my theme?

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    Could I join group 7?
    Theme- gnome with mushroom
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    I would like a 2 APC spots. one in the last place of group 4
    ZEBRA
    Diamonds A, P 1
    Diamonds 2, P 2
    Diamonds 3, P 3
    Diamonds 6, P 4


    and the first spot in group 8 please. Cactus, cacti,

    Diamonds 6 P2
    Hearts 6 P 3
    Spades 6 P 4
    Clubs 6 P 5
    Last edited by CastleQueen5; 12-03-2019 at 07:11 PM.

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    everyone to here is in and i have put "taken" in your spot.

    will be back later tonight and get everything updated. right now i am waiting on my husband to figure out what parts he needs for a plumbing emergency he created this weekend. i must go with him to the big box hardware place or goodness only knows what extras he will come home with. no self control in what he calls the "toy store"!
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    Mine bounces between Menards and Sutherlands.

    I did manage to keep him in line tonight at Menards. At least everything he bought he said he needed for a woodworking project............

    and that is why I go to Michaels during the day while he is at work!!!
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    Smart woman!
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    I would love to join group 1 !I will think about the theme and let you know
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