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Donnacr
03-14-2021, 06:56 AM
Due date: May 20
postage for non-Australians: April 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 showing a CELBRATION or an EMOTION on it


MAILED MAY 24



I have LOTS of postage stamps and love using them on my cards so I have decided to run 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:
June - Space (astronauts, planets, spaceships - real or fictional eg Star Trek, etc) July - Household items/food (chairs, lamps, coffee pots, clocks, jugs, etc) August - heads (stamps that just show a head - even better a head of State eg King/Queen/President, etc) September - Cartoon/Fantasy characters October - Organisations (WHO, UNICEF, Scouts/Guides, etc) November - 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 May 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 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 - returned
1. plumhill2001 - returned
2. Betsyg - returned
3. CynthiaSillitoe - returned
4. AngelJoy - received
5. jo.on.the.go - returned
6.CastleQueen5 - returned
7. VickiZ - received
8. Seascape131 - received
9. Juju - witdrew
10. Cleopatra - returned
11. luckycat479 - returned
12. Reinikka - received
13. mrubyjean - returned
14. fandanie - received

plumhill2001
03-14-2021, 03:15 PM
Marking my place! :)

Betsyg
03-14-2021, 08:50 PM
Yes, please.

Donnacr
03-15-2021, 01:41 AM
welcome to plumhill2001 and Betsyg. You were both very quick off the mark - glad you are enjoying this series.

Did you notice the few extra topics that I have added? They will be the end of the series then.

CynthiaSillitoe
03-15-2021, 01:00 PM
I’m in. I finished my cards yesterday and just need to get them packaged. The new topics sound great, too.


221844
221846
221847
221845

Will mail today, March 16th.

Donnacr
03-17-2021, 06:23 AM
welcome CynthiaSillitoe - I love your cards, especially the rooster on red. Is the background on that card dimensional or is it just clever colouring?

AngelJoy
03-17-2021, 07:04 PM
Sign me up, please.

Donnacr
03-17-2021, 11:36 PM
you are signed up AngelJoy. Love your new avatar!

CastleQueen5
03-19-2021, 12:04 PM
I am also on swapbot. The log in over there has a gallery of art connected to Flickr.com. Sometimes I like to click on the links to look at the art. I DID TODAY

I found this one https://www.flickr.com/photos/elvesintheattic/51046345637/in/feed-43282505-1615990438-1-72157718680320713and and Now I want this postage stamp. Isn't that cute?

I found it was from the mythical creatures 2009 UK postage series. There is also a well done unicorn. The rest in the series does not interest me as much.


In my search I also found that AU had something like this series. Different artist. No snail.

CastleQueen5
03-19-2021, 12:06 PM
I am going to try to rotate back into this series. So please add me to the list.

plumhill2001
03-19-2021, 09:16 PM
CQ, that is a really cute stamp!

Betsyg
03-21-2021, 03:24 PM
These will go into the mail tomorrow. My 10 year old grandson was doing spring break art camp by Zoom from my house last week. One of the projects was crayon resist textures and then watercolors. I was really taken by the easy process so I made backgrounds for all these Love stamps. I needed the inspiration because they just weren't speaking to me. He and I had a lot of fun with art camp. Shout out to the teacher who was teaching 10 year olds with paint and scissors over Zoom!

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plumhill2001
03-21-2021, 09:28 PM
These will go into the mail tomorrow. My 10 year old grandson was doing spring break art camp by Zoom from my house last week. One of the projects was crayon resist textures and then watercolors. I was really taken by the easy process so I made backgrounds for all these Love stamps. I needed the inspiration because they just weren't speaking to me. He and I had a lot of fun with art camp. Shout out to the teacher who was teaching 10 year olds with paint and scissors over Zoom!

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They turned out great! Number 3 really jumps out at me! Love that!

jo.on.the.go
03-22-2021, 12:29 PM
I would like to join. Here are my cards

221946 Celebrate!

221947 Fireworks

221948 Love Flowers

221949 Love 'N' Hearts

jo.on.the.go
03-22-2021, 12:32 PM
And the rest

221950 Love is Blue

221951 Hearts and Love Forever

221952 Earth Day

plumhill2001
03-23-2021, 11:24 AM
I'll be mailing mine today! :jiggy:
221961
221962

TrinaLD
03-23-2021, 09:15 PM
I might have some stamps for this swap. I'll check and let you know if I'm a go.

CynthiaSillitoe
03-24-2021, 11:39 AM
Sorry, I didn’t see this. No it’s flat, just a stained glass type of paper. :)

CastleQueen5
03-24-2021, 05:08 PM
I sure am seeing some great cards, and you are all very inspiring.

Donnacr
03-25-2021, 05:36 AM
welcome jo.on.the.go - love your cards

Betsyg - love the backgrounds of your cards and the story behind them

TrinaLD - I hope that you have some stamps and come back to join us

Plumhill2001 - I will tell you when your gorgeous cards arrive

Cleopatra
03-25-2021, 05:45 PM
Lurking till I can go through my stamps.

Vicki Z
03-25-2021, 06:15 PM
FAB cards everyone!

CynhiaSillitoe LOVE your Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox, ATCs.

plumhill2001, LOVE your Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox, ATC.
GORGEOUS background.
Is that watercolor?

Betsyg,
Cool Mailbox card.
LOVE it

jo.on.the.go,
FAB Fireworks card

Donnacr,
Please sign me up...
I have some cards already completed.......

Here are my first 3

222011
CELEBRATE! I Hear You've Been Shot !!
.....Congratulations on your Immunization !
....."Celebrate!" Postage Stamp
.....Mailer Image
.....Liquid Crystal Dimensional Drops
.....Sticky Back Printed Text


222012
CELEBRATE: Happy Birthday
.....Colorful Notecard Background
....."Happy Birthday" Postage Stamp
....."Scooby-Doo" Postage Stamp
.....Magazine Verbiage
.....Liquid Crystal Dimensional Drops


221983
EMOTIONS: LOVE Being Able to Attend Church Again.
.....Stained Glass Background
....."LOVE" Postage Stamp

CastleQueen5
03-29-2021, 09:46 AM
I would love the Church LOVE card.

Seascape131
03-29-2021, 11:41 AM
I would like to join the swap

Seascape131
03-29-2021, 12:29 PM
Here are 4 ATCs for the Swap

maryfreeman0622
03-29-2021, 01:34 PM
I'm seriously lurking on this thread - just need to go an find some stamps before i sign up!

Reinikka
03-29-2021, 05:32 PM
Lurking ~ I have two done just need to finish the rest :)

Seascape131
03-31-2021, 09:12 AM
My Atcs for the swap have been mailed

Juju
04-02-2021, 02:10 PM
Please add me! I'll get these out Monday or Tuesday.:jiggy:

Cleopatra
04-06-2021, 04:21 PM
I would like to join please. I will upload my cards and get them in the mail in a day or so. Thanks!

Cleopatra
04-08-2021, 07:01 PM
My cards will go out Friday. I had limited celebration/emotions stamps so hope they are okay. I used collage, glitter, colored pens and pastels. Thanks!

mrubyjean
04-08-2021, 07:58 PM
Love your cards, Cleopatra ~ really creative!
Lurking...

Donnacr
04-09-2021, 04:36 AM
I don't think that we have ever had so many lurkers - you are all welcome to sit on my comfortable lurkers' couch but you know you are only there as it is easier to see all the beautiful cards being created.
I hope you will all come and join us soon.

welcome to all the people to join while I was away with my grandkids - CastleQueen5 (sorry, forgot to welcome you earlier), VickiZ, Seascape131, Juju and Cleopatra

I am absolutely blown away by the variety of cards being shown in the thread - you are all so very creative! For those who have mailed I will tell you when they arrive. CynthiaSillitoe - yours arrived in today's mail.

Juju - if you have any questions (about this thread or about navigating this site) feel free to either ask in the thread or send me a PM. There is no such thing as a silly question - I know that I asked a lot of questions when I was new (some a number of times before I remembered/understood the answer)

Vicki Z
04-09-2021, 06:46 AM
Thanks for signing me up.
My cards are in the mail.

plumhill2001
04-09-2021, 06:07 PM
FAB cards everyone!

CynhiaSillitoe LOVE your Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox, ATCs.

plumhill2001, LOVE your Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox, ATC.
GORGEOUS background.
Is that watercolor?

Betsyg,
Cool Mailbox card.
LOVE it

jo.on.the.go,
FAB Fireworks card

Donnacr,
Please sign me up...
I have some cards already completed.......

Here are my first 3

222011
CELEBRATE! I Hear You've Been Shot !!
.....Congratulations on your Immunization !
....."Celebrate!" Postage Stamp
.....Mailer Image
.....Liquid Crystal Dimensional Drops
.....Sticky Back Printed Text


222012
CELEBRATE: Happy Birthday
.....Colorful Notecard Background
....."Happy Birthday" Postage Stamp
....."Scooby-Doo" Postage Stamp
.....Magazine Verbiage
.....Liquid Crystal Dimensional Drops


221983
EMOTIONS: LOVE Being Able to Attend Church Again.
.....Stained Glass Background
....."LOVE" Postage Stamp

Sorry, Vicki, just saw your question about my Year of the Ox stamp card! The thing that looks watercolored is actually something I received as part of CastleQueen5's Trash to Treasure swap. I think it's a coffee filter that's been painted or dyed. I don't remember the details. :laugh:

luckycat479
04-09-2021, 09:57 PM
Please add me in! I'll join all your stamp swaps indefinitely!

Reinikka
04-12-2021, 07:20 PM
I'd like to officially join now :) These are packed up and will be going out tomorrow

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/45925/small/1_March2021_CelebrateForever.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/45925/small/1_March2021_ForeverAmazed.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/45925/small/1_March2021_LoveGrows.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/45925/small/1_Apr2021_LoveIsTheUltimateLaw.jpg

plumhill2001
04-13-2021, 11:51 AM
I saw some stamps at my post office yesterday with cups of coffee on them! I'll be grabbing some of those! :)

jo.on.the.go
04-13-2021, 11:53 AM
Oh...I'll have to get some of those coffee stamps. I haven't seen those stamps!

plumhill2001
04-13-2021, 07:40 PM
Oh...I'll have to get some of those coffee stamps. I haven't seen those stamps!

Just got some! They're pretty cute! :)

CastleQueen5
04-14-2021, 07:42 PM
These are my 4 cards, mailing Tomorrow.

CastleQueen5
04-14-2021, 07:45 PM
Does anyone know off the top of their head the cost to AU for over an ounce?

They won't give a rate on USPS.com for a basic letter over an ounce.

mrubyjean
04-14-2021, 08:12 PM
It is $2.24.

mrubyjean
04-14-2021, 08:12 PM
I would like to join please.
I am finishing up my cards tonight in hopes of mailing tomorrow.

CastleQueen5
04-14-2021, 09:03 PM
This is the info I found and AU is group 6

Weight Not Over
(oz.) Price Groups
1Canada 2Mexico 3–5 6–9
1 $1.20 $1.20 $1.20 $1.20
2 1.20 1.81 2.24 2.08
3 1.69 2.40 3.28 2.95
3.5 2.18 3.00 4.32 3.82

mrubyjean
04-15-2021, 01:23 PM
OK, thanks, CQ - guess the site I looked at was wrong.

plumhill2001
04-15-2021, 07:35 PM
CQ, love your cards! My favorite would be the one on the far right! :)

CastleQueen5
04-15-2021, 08:48 PM
The usps.com is not very user friendly for just a plain letter. Then I had to find what zone was AU.

It looks like the Major countries are zone 6-9. and lower rates.

The obscure countries have the higher rate, and in group zone 3, 4 and 5.

Canada is 1 and Mexico is 2.

CastleQueen5
04-15-2021, 08:52 PM
I went to the PO today. I bought the Purple butterflies (Hairstreaks) for the extra ounce and the Coffee forever stamps. I was so excited. BTW the PO is coming out with the Starwars, droids on ...... you guessed it May the 4th. May the 4th be with you!!!! ok true story y'all.

CastleQueen5
04-15-2021, 08:54 PM
ONE MORE THINGY DINGY. I have an extra stamp for the next swap inside the ones I just mailed. AND a NICOLE kidman stamp, that I thought maybe you could use for the next art a thon trade we do DONNACR. I thought I was going to get the next set done or the set before, but well hmmmm some tiny things have gotten in the way lately.

mrubyjean
04-16-2021, 01:46 PM
My cards are done and were mailed today.

Betsyg
04-16-2021, 02:31 PM
Love the Carnival one! Hint, hint!

plumhill2001
04-16-2021, 04:32 PM
My cards are done and will be mailed today.

Great cards! So colorful! :)

AngelJoy
04-17-2021, 02:26 PM
Finished mine. They will go out on Monday.

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plumhill2001
04-17-2021, 07:49 PM
Great cards, AngelJoy! My fave would be the one with the yellow ruler. So much good stuff going on! :D

Donnacr
04-19-2021, 06:19 AM
Thank you to everyone who is giving me ideas of the cards they would like (so far all that have been hinted at are able to be given to the hint-er)

welcome to all those who have decided to join us from the lurkers' couch. To all those who have mailed - I will tell you when they arrive. Betsyg - your cards were in today's mail.

For those who have not mailed yet - please mail as quickly as you can, my suggested mail-by date was April 15

AngelJoy
04-19-2021, 12:03 PM
I just mailed mine.

Donnacr
04-20-2021, 11:38 PM
AngelJoy - thanks for telling me, I will tell you when they arrive.

luckycat479
04-22-2021, 09:00 AM
In the mail!
We have JOY, LIBERATION, & REUNION
222458222459222460

Vicki Z
04-22-2021, 06:07 PM
AWESOME ATCs, luckycat479.
LOVE the first card!
That Japanese Noh mask is so cool.
The Noh Dramas are FAB.
AWESOME ART

Reinikka
04-27-2021, 06:36 PM
Wow! I love all your cards luckycat! But especially the last one, so fun and playful :)

Donnacr
04-28-2021, 01:18 AM
Today I received cards from: vickiZ, Seascape131 and plumhill2001

Juju
05-11-2021, 08:59 AM
Donnacr, I need go withdraw. I'm sorry!

Betsyg
05-11-2021, 11:42 AM
Love! The purple one, Luckycat!

Donnacr
05-12-2021, 03:45 AM
juju - I will withdraw you but you told me that you had mailed cards on April 6. Was this incorrect or did you just forget?

sorry to have gone MIA but cards have been received from: fandanie, jo.on.the.go, Cleopatra and CastleQueen5

I will be leaving very early tomorrow morning for a 5 day retreat so will next acknowledge mail on Tuesday (my husband is still home to collect the mail)

Juju
05-18-2021, 04:49 PM
I keep thing to withdraw from this swap and I already had. I couldn't tell you Donnacr! I don't remember sending but I'm sure if I told you I probably did. If I find them still I'll let you know. But it they aren't there by now, I'd rather withdraw. I remember picking out stamps to do them. Other then that, I don't remember. I'm sorry. Chronic headaches and other issues at times messes up the ol' brain! :unsure: Thank you for understanding.

Donnacr
05-19-2021, 02:58 AM
No problems juju - if they arrive I will tell you.

whilst I was away my husband collected cards from: mrubyjean and luckycat479and cards from: Reinikka arrived today.

AngelJoy - I expect your cards within the next few days, if these cards are anything to go by, as they all mailed within a few days of yours.

mrubyjean
05-19-2021, 12:59 PM
So glad mine finally arrived.
Goodness, you are right about the slowness of the mail to/from Australia!

Donnacr
05-21-2021, 07:52 AM
AngelJoy - your cards arrived today :jiggy::jiggy:

I will be swapping them tomorrow and they will be on their way to you all

AngelJoy
05-21-2021, 09:00 AM
YAY! Finally! Looking forward to the returns.

CastleQueen5
05-21-2021, 10:54 PM
My son got his Kidney transplant May 20th, And I am exhausted.

AngelJoy
05-21-2021, 11:13 PM
My prayers are with you both, CQ5!

plumhill2001
05-22-2021, 10:24 AM
Prayers for a quick and complete recovery and healing and for rest for you!

CastleQueen5
05-22-2021, 08:33 PM
My son is home, and resting. He is in pain, but is doing well.

mrubyjean
06-05-2021, 04:29 PM
My returns arrived!
Thanks to AngelJoy, jo.on.the.go and BetsyG ~ and to Donnacr for continuing to host wonderful postage stamp swaps!

Donnacr
06-06-2021, 12:43 AM
yay, first ones home! May the rest be just as quick

CastleQueen5
06-07-2021, 11:31 PM
My returns arrived. Odd thing is it had RETURN TO SENDER sticker undeliverable, unable to forward, which is stupid because both addresses were mine. Some times I think the PO makes silly mistakes.

I got cards from plumhill2001, VickiZ and CSillitoe

CynthiaSillitoe
06-09-2021, 10:31 AM
Fun cards arrived yesterday! Thanks to Donna and to Seascape131, Fandanie, and Vickie Z for great cards!

plumhill2001
06-09-2021, 01:46 PM
Got my gorgeous cards today! Thanks to AngelJoy (2 of 7), CQ5 (moth on map/Love stamp), and Betsyg (Love stamp/blue and red background)! You all did a wonderful job! Thanks, donnacr, for being a great host! :)

jo.on.the.go
06-10-2021, 08:32 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, 08:28 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.

Cleopatra
06-12-2021, 03:07 PM
I got wonderful returns from AngelJoy, jo.on.the.go and fandanie. A big thank you to all and to Donna for continuing this fun swap!

Donnacr
06-13-2021, 03:30 AM
for anyone who receives a card from Fandanie - she has sent cards for this swap but has not signed up so you will be unable to leave Rep points. Don't let this worry you as she has also not answered numerous PMs I have sent her

Betsyg
06-14-2021, 12:37 PM
wonderful cards today from VickiZ, mrubyjean and Luckycat49! Lucky me! Thanks for hosting, Donna!

Donnacr
06-15-2021, 02:13 AM
nearly all the cards have made their way to their new homes - so glad that people are enjoying them.