Sunday, February 7, 2016

Announcing a New Creative Swap: Ocean/Sunset Mixed Media ATCs

Feb. 7th - Announcing a 6 for 6 ATC swap - Due IN MY HANDS on or before April 23rd, 2016.

Create 6 Artist Trading Cards (3.5” x 2.5”) using any medium and the colors of the Ocean: blues, greens, grey & white for example – or Sunset colors: pinks, orange, red, yellow, purples etc. One “family” of colors per card – You could create ALL of your ATCs with sunset colors or ALL with ocean, or do some of each, like I did above. The ATC base must be made of: cardstock, canvas, fabric, watercolor paper or matte board –something sturdy. You may add to this: watercolors, acrylic paint, rubber stamping, pastels, pencils, markers, gelli printing, inks, collage, photography, paper, small dimensional items or fabric.

There is general information about ATCs and samples on my website. If you are unfamiliar with ATCs, go there to see if this swap is for you. Those who register for the Ocean/Sunset ATC Swap will also have access to a private lesson I’ve just added to my website ONLY for swap participants.

You must register for the swap in order to participate. Registration is $10.00. 

The $10 fee applies any and all participants (International & USA) and includes return postage for your swaps, plus the private lesson on my website. After you successfully register for the swap via PayPal I will confirm your registration within 24 hours and email you the swap instructions, plus the link and password for the private lesson on my website that shares step by step how I made the ATCs above. 

☀ Find the PAYPAL button on the Creative Swaps Blog Registration Page:

Payment for the swap can ONLY be done through PayPal. Swap Registration is limited.
I reserve the right to close registration for this swap at any time.

After the swap concludes on April 23rd, I will swap all the entries and mail you 6 ATCs created by other artists in the swap. PLEASE NOTE: Late entries will not be included in the swap – MAIL EARLY!

I hope to see you Register for this swap. As the ATCs come in, I will share them on the blog

Monday, February 1, 2016

Collage Inspiration Swap is complete!

The collage Inspiration swap is done & dusted! I sent the swap envelopes out this morning. Participants should be on the lookout, your collages will be there soon. I also updated the blog header here: so it shows off just a bit of all participants' collages -a fun celebration for the end of the swap. I did this with PicMonkey, an online editing program. Enjoy!

Everyone did a great job for a fast turn around, thank you. A peak into my swap process below.

I will be announcing another swap with in a few days - stay tuned!  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lenna Andrews - Inspiration Collage Swap!

 ❤ YES! I decided I would make 3 collages for the swap! I often play in my own swaps as it's a fun thing to do. Thanks very much to all of you who either sent an extra collage or some collage goodies with your swaps -or both. I appreciate all of these things. This is not a swap requirement, so do not worry if you did not do this . . . it's simply helpful to me and enjoyed.

Earlier today I was waiting on 2 possible outstanding packages & neither one has arrived. One was definitely mailed from overseas earlier this week and the other one, I'm not sure if it was sent or not. But today is the deadline for all swaps to be here. I will start swapping what I have in my hands. For the one package that is still coming, I will use any extra collages or collage bits that were sent and I will swap these extras for the late swaps so something is received by the participant... but anything late cannot be part of our regular swap that I will do today. I need to run my swaps this way, with no one waiting for packages because I have been through that before (yuck) and learned the hard way!!

Anyways . . . here is what I came up with myself. And I want to let you know I am organizing a new swap idea! Plus, I will announce here when all is swapped and sent. Thank YOU! 

Tea dyed paper, a familiar looking ticket (for this swap)
Two photos of me, watercolor crayons
recycled cardboard from box wine & a bit of an old map

The scan did not do this justice, so a photo
Old music paper some of you received 
Paper from Mary Green's class, collage square from ARTchix Studio
Tea bag tag and Colorshine Gold spray ink from Heidi Swapp

Fabric & paper plus watercolor crayons
The fabric is a leftover unfinished ATC from Color Groupies in 2009! 
I sewed it to the 5x5 card as it was rough with batting on the back
I enjoyed sewing on paper.

I hope you enjoyed, I will be back with a note when the swaps are sent.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Julie Wolkoff - Inspiration Collage Swap

This is Julie's 4th Creative Swap - Yay! Glad to have you, Julie.

I especially love this one
It has a lot of feeling I think



I believe Julie works with fabric for the most part, her first 3 swaps were fabric
None the less, your collages are fabulous, Julie! 


Cynthia Zdanzukas - Inspiration Collage swap

These collages are from Cynthia in CT, who now lives down the road from where I used to live in Canton, CT. It get even odder . . .  she recently found out her new boss owns the house in Avon, CT (he bought it from us) where we used to live 6 years ago . . . it's a very small world sometimes! Cynthia has done many, many swaps with me -this marks her 12th one!

So beautiful! 

Thank you Cynthia ❤

Julia Lang - Inspiration Collage Swap

From Julia Lang in NY - we have 3 wonderful collages:

I so enjoy seeing all the creative variations 
and spying things I sent in the collage goody bag! 

Wonderful, Julia :0)

Jil Manning - Inspiration Collage Swap

From California, Jil Manning's collages have arrived!
I really like them, they are a bit different and very appealing. So glad you joined us, Jil!

so lovely!! 

I've got a few to upload tonight,
so I'll keep this short & sweet.
Please know I love receiving all of your art
and especially looking at it first hand. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sharon Borsavage - Inspiration Collage Swap

Sharon is a dear friend of mine, we met online a few years ago and even altered 2 books together! Sharon's book is HERE and our work in both books is HERE. I love Sharon's collage and she has treated us with 3 in her wonderful style . . .

Thank you, Sharon! 
This was the only package I received today.
I have Friday & Saturday left to receive - and there are 6 outstanding left
to come in. Fingers crossed!! let me know if you have to drop, thanks.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lisa Robinson - Inspiration Collage Swap

Lisa's package is the 26th one to fly into my mailbox! We are only waiting on 9 more swap packages to get here by Saturday, the deadline day. I have my fingers crossed they will all make it! Whatever I have in my hands on that day is what I will swap back out to the participants, starting on Saturday. And I am planning another swap if you are interested . . . I will let you know the details soon.

Here are Lisa's collages; I am very fond of them! This is Lisa's 7th Creative Swap.

Barbara Roberts - Inspiration Collage Swap

From Barbara Roberts in Florida, 3 collages that really utilized the collage grab bag I sent. I spy so many things I recognize! You pulled them all together very nicely Barbara. Thanks for joining us for your 8th or 9th Creative Swap!

Really all so lovely! 

Ann Hall - Inspiration Swap

I am so happy my friend Ann Hall could join us. She is preparing to move and at one point told me she had packed all her glues -eeep!! :0) Obviously she got a hold of some glue, as her finished collages arrived in my mailbox today. Hooray!

They have a lovely shabby-chic look to them . . . 

Very nice! Thank you Ann. ❤

Monday, January 25, 2016

Laura Hummel - Inspiration Collage

This is Laura's 10th Creative swap! Congratulations. I am so glad to hear you were happy to be part of this swap, Laura. I'm happy you participated! Laura's collages also had to fight storm Jonas to get here from MD, but they made it, hooray. Best wishes for the rest of the swap pieces that are on their way to get here by Saturday!

Laura wrote and said, "I used a lot of what you sent . . . 
but it is hidden under paint & houses."

I still spy a lot! 

Laura made an extra collage for me as a gift, thank you! 

Oh wait, her note says, "HELP . . . I can't stop doing these
houses!!" :0) I don't know Laura, I think that could be a good thing! 
They look great. Thanks so much for your art. 

Barbara Warrick-Fischer - Inspiration Collage

From Barbara in NY, 3 awesome collages. They made it here despite the blizzard, hooray!

Isn't this a beautiful collage?

 Barbara transferred the quote, which I think I sent on white paper!
I love the "stamp head" father sitting in  the chair :)

 Awesome job, all around Barbara, Thank you! 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

just for fun

I have added a new "Header" to the blog - a photo grouping that shares one collage of everyone I have received from so far! Go here to see it: Creative Swaps. I will make a new blog header a week from now when all of the swaps are in! whoo hoo!! Thank you . . . Lenna

Sabine Schneider - Inspiration Collage

Sabine Schneider from Germany has participated in another one of my swaps again - I believe this is her 15th creative swap! WOW!! I have a list in the sidebar of the blog that tracks this . . .  so amazing! Anyway, here are the lovely collages Sabine sent in for our swap:

Thank you Sabine for your ongoing participation, your beautiful collages 
and for the generous packet of collage goodies you sent!!! xo

Karen Le Guilcher - Inspiration Collage

Karen is from the Channel Islands UK off the French Coast. It took about 3 weeks for her swap envelope to reach me, my goodness. I am hoping her swap returns find their way to the island more quickly . . . I met Karen through the Blipfoto photo journal site (here's my journal) and fortunately for us she found my website and this swap! Here are the lovely collages Karen sent in:

Thank you Karen!! So glad you joined us.


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