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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP APRIL 2014 GALLERY on: May 21, 2014 10:09:08 AM
First up, I'd just like to make a quick apology for how shamefully long I've managed to leave it before posting these - a lot of stuff came up at once for me, arguments with my computer included, and I just completely lost track of time.
With that out of the way though, check out the beautiful cards I received from jo_mama and artsycandice!


When I opened this card from jo_mama my mum and my sister assumed it had come from somebody I know personally because it's very very "me"! I love the neat sort of batik-y colours and the clever use of white line art.


When I chose blackwork as one of my themes I thought about adding a note that drawn versions were perfectly acceptable, but artsycandice really went the extra mile here, patiently working a whole mini sampler on stiff card. I was very impressed!
(sorry about the slightly dodgy photo quality on this one - I took a few shots and apparently none of them ended up being straight on. I think the lovely handwork's still pretty clear to see though, thankfully)
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - APRIL 2014 (Signup April 1 - April 30) on: April 20, 2014 06:10:51 AM
I claim artsycandice for Birds

2/0/0

I'm Mostly Harmless and I live in Scotland where I can be easily distracted by bright colours, passing animals, crafted items, shiny things and food. I'd prefer cards which are fairly family friendly and aren't overtly political or religious.

My themes this month are:

Knitting
Things we do when we think no one can see us
What's for dinner?
Blackwork
Local wildlife
Properties of plants
Your favourite children's book
The Hobbes to your Calvin
and... Pineapples
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - APRIL 2014 (Signup April 1 - April 30) on: April 19, 2014 11:35:20 AM
I claim kosmicgirl for Creatures from the deep sea

1/0/0

I'm Mostly Harmless and I live in Scotland where I can be easily distracted by bright colours, passing animals, crafted items, shiny things and food. I'd prefer cards which are fairly family friendly and aren't overtly political or religious.

My themes this month are:

Knitting
Things we do when we think no one can see us
What's for dinner?
Blackwork
Local wildlife
Properties of plants
Your favourite children's book
The Hobbes to your Calvin
and... Pineapples
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2014! on: April 18, 2014 10:11:12 AM
I just received a Feb Angel card from jo_mama...it is so funny and beautiful and I feel bad posting it in the Feb ATC Swap Gallery because it seems to be buried...is there anywhere else I can post it?

If it makes you feel any better, I saw it and agree that it's very amusing and pretty ingenious, actually.  Cheesy
I've been lurking for the past few weeks, lots of lovely cards, as usual. Have been hesitating about signing up for another round as the end of term time approaching generally heralds a change of address and I was dreading the possibility of any lost cards. Now that that's out of the way, I think I'm free to send out a new questionnaire and sign up again - assuming it's still ok to do so near the end of the month.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 96 ENTRIES / Re: Fabric Art Journal birches page on: March 09, 2014 11:56:09 AM
This is lovely! I thought the word at the foot of the page looked Finnish, but wasn't sure. My Grandma's from there but I don't really know any of the language, just the general look of it.
Such crisp details...
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY on: March 09, 2014 11:45:43 AM
Those are cute. I am still laughing about the carrot tops coming out the butt  Grin But both are equally adorable.

~T

Hahaha, you should have seen the poor thing before I revised the image! The leaves were a bit more stylised and it looked like an explosion of green gas  Shocked 'Hem...  Roll Eyes

I am relieved to find that it's arrived - cmarion's is the first of mine that's finished its journey so far, this swap. I PM'd kosmicgirl to ask about resending procedures on the same day cmarion3 posted later on to say that it had come in! I don't know what I'd do with myself if I had nothing to worry about...


Mostly Harmless, definitely read it! A Light in the Attic and The Giving Tree are equally as wonderful by him. He has way more, but those are my favorites Smiley

Ah, The Giving Tree... that ones seems to have been a big deal, culturally speaking. I've never seen a copy before, but I've heard/ read people mentioning it often enough. Looks like I should add to my mental book list...

That Simplicity pattern card is pretty clever, and I really like hlillie's flower card too!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY on: March 07, 2014 09:20:43 AM
Received the following from My_RubySlippers for the "your favourite children's book" theme. I'd never heard of Shel Silverstein before, I'll have to see if I can track down Where the Sidewalk Ends and read it some time!

The text creates a really powerful atmosphere and the little candle at the foot of the card is a sweet and clever little suggestion of that. It's also deceptively simple looking because it's so neatly inked and finely shaped.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY on: March 04, 2014 06:44:21 AM
Ack, so many interesting cards! Wish I had more time to go through and comment on them individually...

In the meantime, feast your eyes on these beauties La Chapa sent me for February! Meant to post them much more promptly. Feels quite greedy not having shared them yet!

These are both worked in pastel and I'm amazed at those tiny precise lines: in Pudgie Budgie's marking's; around his watchful eye and defining his beak and cere and the detailing on Goldie's fins and her round little mouth and her spaced out eye highlights! When I'm working with pastels I can sometimes get a quasi-fine line but it's never anywhere near where I intended it to be...  Shocked
It's funny how the textured grain of the paper works so well for both feathers and scales too... I guess the direction of the grain makes all the difference?
Pudgie Budgie has something of that look on his face which my birds tend to assume when my mother comes into the room where they live. For some reason they seem to think it's quite important that she doesn't realise that they're in there and they stop whatever activity they're up to so that they can sit entirely immobile and waaaatch her.
Meanwhile with the Goldie card La Chapa's managed to perfectly capture the way that goldfish (fantails like all the ones we've kept at least - how did you know?) often don't swim so much as just sort of drift ever-so-slowly upwards and give a vague shrug of their side fins when they think they've moved just a little too much. They have this way of almost just 'looming' in the water, which Goldie definitely seems to be doing on the card.  Grin
And I love the colours on both too!*


*Looking at my preview it seems like the scans picked up the details pretty well but washed the colours out a little.  Sad May try and get better colours later.

(Og. That paddling tiger is genius, bluepaisan)
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 (Signup now - Feb 28) on: February 09, 2014 07:54:41 AM
I claim cmarion3 for "veggie/animal mixes"

(3/0/0)
 
I live in Scotland, like bright colours and have fairly eclectic tastes. I'd prefer cards which steer clear of religion and politics, please.

Themes:

-Your favourite children's book
-The Hobbes to your Calvin
-Budgies
-Goldfish
-Textures
-Silly things that bug you
-Properties of plants
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2014 Gallery! on: February 08, 2014 12:17:08 PM
Ah, well that's reassuring about the mould/dryness factors, thanks. Phew. I like how the phrase "watches me" lines up so that it's pointing towards the anatomy card's eyes - was that by design or happy coincidence? The paper/card texture combined with the dry medium makes for an interesting almost netting like effect on the Dior card's dress too.

And such a sweet little bunny from ale0005. Scylla has some great colour gradation there and the tulip's plain classy. Plus that gerbera card from cmarion3 has a really strong graphic style.

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