Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Don't be surprised if it takes me a week or so to swap these cards, package them up again & mail them. I will start tomorrow, but probably do them in batches & it will take some time. I will email you to let you know of my progress - thanks so much for playing and creating. Yours, Lenna
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Here are Cynthia May's bright summer Garden ATCs. They are created all from fabric & they are very soft and touchable. Cynthia's ATCs are the 29th set to arrive! I hope to find 10 more sets in my mailbox in the next 2 days . . . and then I have my work cut out for me swapping these beauties out. I will be sure to keep you posted!
Barbara Roberts sent in some great ATCs she made following a technique she learned in a book I recently got and was reading on vacation: Artist Trading Card Workshop by Bernie Berlin. This is simply a fabulous book! I bought it because there were so many techniques inside that I wanted to try! Barbara tried out the technique where you fuse fibers together with a bit of fusible wonder under or pellon- one of the techniques that really caught my eye! If you click on the scan of Barbara's ATCs you will get a larger, much more detailed view. I flipped one of Barbara's ATCs over so you could see the cool way she did the back. Thanks so much Barbara!
Friday, July 27, 2007
Even though Victoria was recovering from shoulder surgery . . . and she told me that since she had her 3rd child, the children in her family out-number the adults (!!) Still, Victoria managed to participate in this swap most beautifully :^ D - lucky us! Victoria used her shade garden for inspiration.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I created these for this swap (and a couple extra) while we were away in Canada. There were a couple of stormy, rainy days that made it a good day to sit at the table, gaze at the river & do artwork. We had a wonderful vacation, and used the good sunny days for lots of boating & sailing on the river. Because we were away, and then I lost my hard drive, it feels like forever since I have posted anything here on the swaps blog. I have some catching up to do too. I have also received ATCs from Melissa Woolsey, Victoria Talcott Wormell, Cat Dodt-Ellis, Susan Metcalfe and Maggie Hannigan -- as well as a package of 20 beautiful Circle Book pages from Frieda Oxenham in Scotland!! Tomorrow I will get out my camera & share them with you.
While I was on Wolfe Island, one of the Thousand islands (the largest one) I had a special treat of meeting one of our swap participants in person and receiving her Garden ATCs - HAND DELIVERED to me! Maggie Hannigan was across the river in Kingston, Ontario for a surface design course at one of the colleges and made arrangements to meet with me the last night of our vacation. She took the ferry over, we had a lovely visit and Steven took some photos of us and Maggies ATCs. I will take some close up shots tomorrow & share them with you soon!
Friday, July 13, 2007
I received some wonderful ribbon embroidery ATCs from Vicki Page in Wisconsin today, wowser! You all continue to amaze me. Each set of ATCs is different and so beautiful. Thank you *all* for putting your best effort forth and making this such a great swap!
As I think some of you know, I will be away from my computer for the next 10 days or so . . . . please continue to send in your swaps as my mail will be safely held for me until my return. You do need to deliver your fabric ATCs for the Garden swap to me by July 31st in order to have them be part of the swap! Don't miss out - let that dealine drive you to create, if you have not already. I will be away from my computer, but busy making art along the St Lawrence River - creating my own 3 sets of Garden ATCs for our swap over the next week or so - yay!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I just love these! Catherine enclosed a note describing HOW she made them: They are made on Kunin felt and she used a method described in the book, "Pretty Little Things" by Sally Alexander. The author described a technique called "abracadabra collage technique" where you list tasks on little pieces of paper (paint, cut, chalk, wipe, ink, etc) - put them in a bowl and draw them, then do what it says!! Catherine says she translated some of the tasks to fabric (like stitch, sequin, etc) and she said it was so much fun. Then Catherine ironed on polyfilm (plastic) to keep everything in place. Catherine writes that she hopes I like the results - I DO!!! I am so happy you made an extra ATC for me!! thank you : ))
: ) yours creatively, lenna
Gosh, everytime I get the mail (almost) it seems there is another package with ATCs inside. I guess that is because it is just 2 weeks until they are all due. Click on this photo of 3 beautiful ATCs created by Fiona Brockie from Scotland, UK, to your left. Fiona worried if hers would be up to par -- you have no worries, Fiona!
They are all wonderful. I love the titles Fiona gave each ATC - click to read . . .
Fiona also sent an extra ATC for me, thank you!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Also just to let you know, I have received 2 more sets of Garden ATCs today - one from Fiona Brockie in Scotland, UK - and one from Catherine van der Hoeff in the Netherlands. They have arrived safely! I will be posting scans of the ATCs in the next day or two, thank you for your patience.