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11  Re: GALLERY: ATC swap ring -round 2 in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: December 16, 2006 02:45:25 PM
I'm so glad you like it, Taloola! I was worried I went overboard with the embellishing, so I'm glad you like, um... embellishment.  Grin

It did take some photos and scans, but everyone should also post their cards, as my scans don't do them justice. I put all of the cards in plastic sleeves, so that takes away from the beauty in some cases.

It was very difficult to get a picture of the entire "book" -- the format was very simple... it was just accordion folded... but it was tough to get the full effect with photos.

This pic gives you and idea of how all of the pages are folded into that metal folder. You can see the first two (or four) "pages" unfolded here (you can see air and fire -- earth and water are tucked underneath, inside the holder):

Getting a shot of the whole thing was a nightmare, but in this picture, I put the metal holder on the floor (the final page of the book is glued down in it) and held up all of the pages with one hand. It's a crappy blurry shot, but I think it gives a better idea of how it all "works":

Here are scans of each of the pages... I'll leave it to Taloola to identify which cards are from which person [edit: which she thoughtfully did while I was writing this super-long post!]:





And finally (if you aren't sick of me already), I put those magnets inside the front cover so that taloola can display whatever card strikes her fancy that day (the front cover can stay open on its own). Here is gingerquilts' lovely card as the Display Model:

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12  Re: ATC Gallery - Post your ATC pictures & scans here. in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by onetomatotwo on: December 16, 2006 12:01:42 PM
Here's my contribution to Bigmouth's glasses collection. I felt like I went a bit far from the glasses theme, but... who can resist Wonder Woman?

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13  Re: ATC Gallery - Post your ATC pictures & scans here. in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by onetomatotwo on: December 15, 2006 04:40:59 PM
I love that pincushion! It's so great! (AND it's mine!!  Grin)  And the fabric and stitching you use for the Eiffel Tower are just fabulous -- I love the texture.

Here are some of the cards I made for that swap...

For OriginalYouth, I used my own photos of the Eiffel Tower to make this card:

For Goatgoddess, I made this fairy:

Those leaves are a satin ribbon/trim, so they're a bit 3D, which is quite nice in person (if I do say so myself).

And I already posted this one in the other gallery, so sorry to bombard you with a duplicate, but I just love this little guy. Birds for Bobolink:

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14  Re: Gallery: ATC swap ring -round 2 in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: December 15, 2006 01:51:05 PM
Kaesea- what's the inside of your book like?

Was this question intended for me or was it for goatgoddess? The 3rd and 5th shots in my post show my book open. I think we're still waiting to see what amazing things foufigirl did inside of goatgoddess' book -- she said in her last post that she ran out of time last night but will try to post photos tonight (by her Thank Goodness it's Friday comment, I think she's had a rough week!  Wink)

Keasea- was your card made with digital images you drew? It's super cool!!

When I first read this question, I wondered again if it was for me... then I went back and looked at the card. Oh, yeah! It IS me! It's a digital image, although I didn't really draw it myself -- more like tracing. I've never tried that before and I think it came out really well.

I used several bird photos and then basically reduced them to line drawings in Photoshop. Then I fiddled around with coloring and shading. I really like how the image turned out. I'm glad you like it too!  Grin

I know we're not really posting cards in this gallery, but since I'm talking so much about the card, it seems weird not to show it. So here it is:

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15  Re: ATC Gallery - Post your ATC pictures & scans here. in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by onetomatotwo on: December 14, 2006 10:52:07 PM
Kaesea, do you still have a pic of the Kate Hepburn ATC you made for me? It's one of my all time favorites. Cheesy

Your wish is my command!
(Of course, flattery will get you everywhere... Wink)

I had almost forgotten about this card until I saw a glimpse of it in another post of yours...  and I thought, "Oh, yeah -- I made that!" I think it's one of my favorites, as well. And one of my first cards! (Waaay back in the first ongoing ATC swap  Smiley)
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16  Re: ATC Gallery - Post your ATC pictures & scans here. in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by onetomatotwo on: December 14, 2006 12:57:06 PM
I love the tomato cards. All of the cards for kaesea were lots of fun. I think she'll really like them.

I DO love them! They're fabulous! And I've posted my book and other goodies in the gallery that rackycoo mentioned above, if anyone wants to see more.

For that same swap, here is the card I made for gingerquilts:
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17  Re: Gallery: ATC swap ring -round 2 in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: December 14, 2006 11:20:56 AM
All right! Is everyone ready? (That's rhetorical -- I know you are!)

Here's my tomato-y book (love the ribbons along the side!):

One of my favorite parts of the book is this fabulous little tomato bead tied to one of the ribbons... I couldn't get a great photo of it, but here it is:

Here's a shot of the first page of the book (with the card from Stifflersmom on the right):

In the lower left-hand corner of the page, you'll note this informative description of Tomato Aspic (mmmmmmm...):

On subsequent pages thoughout the book, the steps for making tomato aspic have been affixed opposite each ATC. You know, so I can browse through my ATCs while I make my aspic... Wink :

I wish I could credit this card, but there's no name on the back! By process of elimination, I think it's by Bobolink -- claim it if it's yours, sister! (Isn't it juicy looking?   Smiley)

I just read rackycoo's suggestion that we post a group shot of the cards  -- I had taken photos of each page of the book, so I just copied and pasted them together into a couple of files (which is why they look so weird here). Here are the rest of my cards...

Top row, left to right:
Phizzychick -- Love the pincushion and scrabble tiles here -- two of my favorite things!
taloola -- It says, "2 pounds of tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced." and "Serves 4-6." Where did you get that graphic? It's great!
rackycoo -- Lovely work, as always. It says, "Your health is important. Eat your vegetables!" (Did my mom call you, rackycoo?)

Second row, left to right:
amaryllisroze -- Is it really a seedpack, or did you make it to look like one? Also, how did you make that tomato shiny?
OriginalYouth -- That tomato seems to be made of... polymer clay (?) It's very cool! The background is also sewn, which is super nifty.
foufigirl -- That chick cracks me up!

And here's the second set:

Top row, left to right:
gingerquilts -- This photo doesn't do this card justice! It's fabric and it looks just like a tomato pincushion - the strawberry you see is actually hanging off of the card, just like a real pincushion. Also, it's got real pins in it! It's great! (Unfortunately, the black background blended with the black page...)
qazicat -- The text says: "Tomatoes were once called the apple of love by the french because it was believed that they had aphrodisiac qualities." It's obviously working for these two!

Second row, left to right:
goatgoddess -- This dude has googly eyes - he's hilarious!
Bigmouth -- The last two pics are the front and back of this card. Love that take on the old phrase. It's made of felt and sewn around the edges. The tomatoes are ironed on (right?)


In addition to the book, she sent me these sweet-ass vintage flash cards:

Here's a shot of the back of one. You know, in case you need a refresher that this is: "TOMATO, WHOLE." Where on earth did you find these, Stifflersmom?

AND (yes, there's more) she made me this card holder from an old toothpick holder that she had that looks like a tomato on its side:

Hee hee!

This is all going to go perfectly in my tomato kitchen... I really need to post photos of that sometime!

Thank you, Stifflersmom! This was great!! And thanks so much to everyone for all of these cards -- they're beautiful and funny and great and... just perfect! Please, please, please post photos/scans of your cards if you have them -- my pics do not do these cards any justice at all.

Whew! I can't believe we're finally wrapping up this swap!
Now I just have to wait on pins and needles for taloola's book to reach her...
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18  Re: ATC & Book Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: October 21, 2006 02:01:34 PM
Whee!! Its my turn to post all of my lovely cards and holder together!

In order, the creators of these little masterpieces are:
phizzychick, modus operandi, bigmouth
stifflersmom, taloola, rackycoo
amaryllisroze, gingerquilts, goatgoddess.

Aren't they fabulous?!

And heres the book Little Miss Im-the-first-one-done!  Wink (AKA Modus Operandi) sent me:

Top view:

And the card that Modus Operandi sent me so you can see how it works in the book:

Heres how the cards get in there -- on the back of every page is a pocket to slide the cards in. The front has a window that they show through. Cool, eh?

The cards all look so great in the book. This was SO much fun (Im going to miss getting skull cards in the mailbox!)

Now Im off to finish my last two cards and continue work on bigmouths ATC holder!
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19  Re: ATC Swap Ring with Book, final send out date 10/26/06 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by onetomatotwo on: October 21, 2006 01:47:41 PM
Is everyone [who clicked on that link, at least] ready to erase the memory of that scary-ass clown from their minds? GOOD! Cause I've got some eye candy here that is perfect for such a task!

First up, I received an amazing card from the lovely and talented (oh, wait -- we're all lovely and talented, so that's redundant, right? Oh, well -- it bears repeating!)... amaryllisroze! Check this beauty out:

Hard to see from the scan, but those are tiny metal skulls (what are those, amaryllisroze? Brads? What? Need some!) in the corners. They're fabulous! She made this to look like a playing card and when I showed it to my boyfriend, I pointed that fact out and said, "See? It's the, um... well, it's the Skull of Skulls, of course!" (Hee hee. I totally crack myself up: "Skull of Skulls.")

Even the back of this card is beautiful:

But wait! There's more! Smiley

I also received from the lovely and talented miss gingerquilts. This guy is great -- he's appliqued felt with a great blanket stitch around the edges. He's fun to touch:

Aaaand... not to be outdone in the "even my backside is lovely" category, gingerquilts also decorated the back of the card (the blurry stuff is her personal information, which I didn't think she'd want broadcasted here):

That image is great, gingerquilts -- what's the back made of and how'd you get the laughing guy on there? Curious about the technique. The scan doesn't do it justice, because it's way cooler in person.

Aaaannnd... I am done receiving! For a re-cap, check the big gallery to see my fabulous collection together with my book.

In news of sending... I'm down to the final 2 cards and the holder. Yay! One card is for the lovely and talented goatgoddess and that should go out on Monday. The final card and holder is for the lovely and talented Miss Bigmouth. At this point, I'm kind of curious as to how that will turn out.  Grin
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20  Re: ATC Swap Ring with Book, final send out date 10/26/06 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by onetomatotwo on: October 16, 2006 09:44:03 PM
I received an amazing card from goatgoddess today! Yay!

My scan doesn't do it justice -- his crown is made from... what is it, goatgoddess? Is it a baked CD? And the part that covers the skull is shiny and looks burned around the edges -- what did you do there? I'd love more details on how you made this!

In other news, I made a card for taloola today. Yay!
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