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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: February 02, 2018 08:08:34 AM
The mailman handed me my fourth, and final, swapped ATC for January on Thursday, February 1st. Thanate picked my "paper doll" theme. I indicated that I prefer either girls/women or animals as paper dolls, and an animal is what I got!

The stamp on the envelope I got from her is a red candle, and considering the subject matter of the ATC that I made for her, that's an appropriate cyclical thing.

Thanate created a movable owl ATC for me! This bold predatory bird looks great and all of those bright hues are sure to attract a mate (and the flourescent colors are even more vibrant in person than they are scanned/photographed). The otherworldly appearance of Thanate's card also makes me think of Mothman (a large bird, usually a sand crane or an owl, is one of the more plausible explanations some people have come up with to explain the sightings of that particular cryptid/alien entity).

Since this is a movable ATC, you know what that means . . . animated GIF! That's some beautiful plumage, eh? There are actually two sets of wings attached to the white button-eye brads; the upper yellow/green and lower purple/pink ones are separate components, so, there are four rotating pieces all together, which makes for a very convincing and dense array of feathers. I can almost feel the air being stirred by those beating wings!

Thanate also sent me some bonus paper doll wig templates in various styles/lengths:

Thanate, thank you very much for my new, colorful, fluttering, feathered friend!

And here's one last look at all four of the swapped cards that I received in January scanned together. Thank you again, ladies!

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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: February 02, 2018 07:40:28 AM
SpazzyBrat e-mailed me a photo of the beautiful card that Blupaisan made for her "tree of life" theme.  The whole thing is great, but I especially love the little heart in the center of the truck and the tufts of green grass springing up between the roots--this card must have taken some serious time to do!

@Rosie1981:  As long as Craftster's image hosting isn't working you'll have to use some other image hosting service to post photos.  I've been using my DropBox cloud storage (and I gave instruction for how to do it in my Jem fan art thread several weeks ago), but there are other options out there as well.  I used to employ Photobucket, but they stopped supporting remote linking of images for free accounts (and charge a small fortune for paid accounts) so that's a no-go anymore.  If nothing else, you can e-mail your card photos to me and I can post them up for you in the gallery as I've been doing for others.

Here's the link to the thread with my DropBox remote linking instructions/example (scroll down to my post with the red wig photos):

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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: January 31, 2018 08:02:27 AM
Blupaisan e-mailed me some more photos to post for her (and the offer still stands for anyone else that has photos to share of received cards in the gallery):

First is the "Wild flowers" card I made for her.  They're Devil's Paintbrushes, which are also known as Orange/Tawny Hawkweed, Fox-and-Cubs, & Grim-the-Collier.  That's my favorite flower, but, like Dandelions, they're generally considered as weeds by most people where I live.  Satan is inconsiderate like that and just drops his used art utensils in people's yards wherever he pleases.

Next is the one I made for her "Cats in odd places" theme, a tabby kitten wedged in between some books.  The titles on the book spines are things from her Craftster profile.

And this is a photo of the silly wig catalog nonsense I tend to send my ATCs wrapped up in (mainly to keep them from shifting around in the envelope).  When I first started collecting Liv dolls, I became interested in wigs, so, I requested some catalogs from several wig companies, only expecting to get one.  Spoiler: they sent a lot more than one!  If I don't use wig catalogs, I usually use pages from Women's Day instead.

The next two are both from Thanate, also for Blu's "Wild flowers" theme:

And the final one is from Curiousfae for Blu's "Made all from tissue paper" theme:

@Thanate:  Nice pair of vegetation cards; they look very much like entries from a scientific plant identification guide!

@Curiousfae:  Cool texture and color combination!  I also thought about doing this theme for Blu, but I couldn't come up with any ideas that I liked for how to make it work--I'd be interested in hearing about how you made this, from paper pulp and a screen perhaps?
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: January 29, 2018 07:52:19 AM
The mailman dropped off my third ATC on Saturday, January 27th. This time it was from Rosie1981, who selected my "Lalaloopsy characters" theme. Lalaloopsy dolls (slogan: "Sew magical-Sew cute!") are a toy line that was created in 2010 by MGA [the same company that does Bratz, Moxie Girlz, Lil Outrageous Littles (L.O.L.), etc.] The dolls were also briefly branded as Bitty Buttons when they were first released. All of the Lalaloopsy characters are supposed to be ragdolls that have come to life, but, despite that theme, MGA decided to make most of the toys out of rigid plastic instead of fabric. So, while they're certainly adorable-looking, they're not terribly good for cuddling due to their hard bodies (and a child could probably put a serious hurt on someone if they whacked them with one of the heavy, full-sized dolls!)

Inside of the white envelope I received, the ATC was protected within this smaller packet which sports a very nice pattern that has an Asian feel to me:

And the notebook page that Rosie1981 sent along with the card also had this good quote printed on the bottom. I have to admit that I'm oftentimes a drain rather than a fountain--my plumbing needs some work, so it does.

Rosie1981 went with a collage design for her Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie card. The background hues nicely compliment the colors of Crumbs' hair/attire and the overall composition is pleasing to the eye with a very warm and "sunny" feeling to it. I'm not going to lie, my first reaction to seeing this card was that someone had dismembered poor Crumbs! Of course, ragdoll heads/bodies/limbs are often sewn separately and then later assembled into a whole (as are the molded plastic parts of the real Lalaloopsy dolls), so, that's a far more likely explanation as to why Crumbs is in this fragmented state. Her pet mouse is also present, which doesn't have a name--I don't believe that any of the Lalaloopsy pets do, even though nearly every doll owns a critter of some sort. That's always kind of bothered me--who doesn't name their pet(s)?

Instead of telling you all about Crumbs Sugar Cookie myself, I'll let my 2011 Scholastic Meet the Lalaloopsy Girls children's book explain. My home "library" is such a disorganized mess that not only did it take me about an hour of shifting through piles of books to find said volume, but I uncovered four other completely different Lalaloopsy books before I unearthed the one that I actually wanted to scan. According to my spreadsheet records, I also theoretically possess an Ultimate Lalaloopsy Collector's Guide too, which would doubtlessly have been an even better reference source, but I'll be damned if I can remember where I put it--I'm such a hopeless hoarder!

I currently have the mini Series 8 "So Sleepy" Crumbs Sugar Cookie doll, but she's molded wearing yellow pajamas instead of her usual gingham dress. And I also have the pet mouse from the "Silly Hair" incarnation of the full-sized Crumbs Sugar Cookie doll (that version has Medusa-esque bendy hair tendrils, just like the pictured rodent's tail.)

Rosie1981, thank you very much for your Crumbs Sugar Cookie collage card! I like that you went with an interesting visual approach that I really wasn't expecting.

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5  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: January 29, 2018 07:32:05 AM
Curiousfae received the self-portrait card I made for her and asked me to post photos of it if I have them (and you know I do Cheesy)

Of course, immediately after writing on the back of the card (in ink, which I couldn't erase) that I hadn't drawn myself in over a decade, I suddenly remembered that I did make a quick, cartoon-y drawing of myself in 2016, to illustrate a silly dream that I had:

So, in this dream, I won a SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) R-Type video game (which shouldn't have happened anyway, because there are only two R-Type games on that console and I already own both of them) from a seller on eBay, but, instead of sending me the game in question, she informs me that she can't find the cartridge and/or it's broken and mails me an padded envelope filled with a bunch of paper coupons for stuff that I have absolutely no interest in plus photos of herself and her fifteen(!) children. Well, I'm fuming about not getting my precious video game, or at least a refund, when there's suddenly a knock at my front door. Surprise! It's the woman, who traveled over 200 miles to see me, and she brought her 2-year-old daughter with her as well. The woman barges in, plops down a boombox, turns on some music, and the child starts wildly dancing in circles around me chanting, "Check out my rhythm!" Her mother looks on proudly while repeatedly poking me and asking, "Doesn't she have wonderful rhythm?" While she never states as much, I get the distinct impression that she feels that her visit will somehow smooth over not sending me the game I bought. The dream ended with me, bewildered, wondering how I was going to get the two of them out of the house without creating a scene.

I shared this story and art with a friend of mine, on another online forum that I belong to, when I first had the dream, and his interpretation was, "You must really want to have a kid."
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: January 27, 2018 06:37:55 AM
My second swapped ATC of the month arrived on Friday, January 26th. Blupaisan chose my "a Gary Larson Far Side style comic" theme. Gary Larson's single-panel Far Side comics ran in newspapers around the country for about fifteen years (1980-1995). His work was often surreal/bizarre and refreshingly different from other strips like Garfield or Peanuts--I absolutely loved it as a child and still do today. Whenever I run across one of his many collections at used book sales or thrift stores I always snap it up, provided that it's in good condition and not one that I already own (in fact, I just bought another volume, The Far Side Gallery 3, on January, 17th!)

Inside of the envelope that Blupaisan sent was this floral card from the MD Anderson Center Children's Art Project (the proceeds from which fund patient programs for children with cancer). The work is titled "Three Blooms" and was made by 18-year-old Joye from Nebraska. The flowers seem like a combination of paint and collage to me.

The ATC itself was nestled inside of this smaller envelope, sealed shut with a cute tabby kitten sticker. I was super careful not to tear it when I opened up the flap.

Blupaisan made me a fold-out joke card! It looks like all of the artwork was done in black ink and the ATC is made from heavier cardstock, possibly re-purposed packaging from food or some other product.

Poor Al thought that 3-year-old King Whiska was a nice lap cat, but, old Al wasn't paying enough attention, because, when we flip open the card's flap, we see that what Al really got was . . .

A rap(ping) cat! Flavor Flav would be so proud. And for Al's sake, since he doesn't want to use a litter box, I dearly hope that King Whiska either (A) plans on doing his business outside or (B) knows how to use a human toilet!

For comparison purposes, here's the ATC scanned with a Gary Larson cat comic from one of my Far Side books. However, given the sheer volume of canine funnies that he's done, I'd guess that Larson is probably more of a dog-lover.

Blupaisan, thank you very much for your phat fold-out cat!

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7  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: January 27, 2018 06:25:13 AM
Blupaisan e-mailed me these photos to post for her of the Godzilla ATC + extras she got from RockingBearRanch, enjoy!

@RockingBearRanch:  I like how the layout of your Godzilla card resembles an old movie poster and your portrait of the dog in hat and glasses came out great (he/she looks so serious!)  We've got a Chiweenie (Dachsund + Chihuahua mix) and he resembles the dog on your card too except his ears are smaller/shorter.
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8  Re: 2018 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by Patraw on: January 25, 2018 07:57:24 AM
This was the first ATC I tried making for this swap, on Sunday the 20th I believe, Classic Godzilla for blupaisan, but, I didn't care for how it turned out, so I scrapped it and did one of her other themes instead.  It's not horrible or anything, I just wasn't feeling the results.

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9  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: January 22, 2018 07:34:09 AM
Craftster's image hosting still isn't working, but I won't let that stop me (I used my DropBox cloud storage instead)!

My first swapped ATC of the month, from LimeRiot, arrived on Saturday, January 20th. The yellow envelope had this awesome Jimi Hendrix stamp affixed to it:

LimeRiot chose my "The Goonies Characters" theme. That's one of my top ten favorite movies from the 1980s, and, if you've never seen it, you should definitely check it out! Sloth is the hulking, deformed son of the Fratelli criminal family that they abuse and keep chained up like a wild animal, but, despite his horrific appearance and terrible living conditions, he's actually a kindly and child-like fellow, much different from his cruel mother and two brothers. "Hey, you guys!" is a phrase that Sloth takes a liking to, after hearing his new friend Chunk say it, and Sloth repeats it several times throughout the film--it's almost like a battle cry for him or something!

 In the note that she sent with the card, LimeRiot indicated to me that her Sloth design was based on a stuffed animal that she saw and liked--I think this look suits him very well! The card appears to be done with ink/marker and watercolor paint to my eyes. LimeRiot also cleverly decided to put happy Sloth on a brad so that he can perform the "Truffle Shuffle" (a humiliating dance from the film that Corey Feldman's character, Mouth, forced his overweight friend Chunk to do before he'd allow him entry into Mikey's house at the beginning of the movie).

Rather than just telling you about how Sloth boogies, thanks to the magic of animated GIFs, I can show you! I would speculate that if Mouth actually tried the same stunt on Sloth that he did with Chunk, the not-so-gentle giant probably wouldn't be too amused, and Mouth (not to mention the fence around Mikey's house) would likely regret it.

Speaking of somepony who's about to have some regrets . . .

Finally, here's one last look at the card with a page from my vintage 1985 The Goonies Storybook, which in turn was what ultimately led me to list the film's characters when I was brainstorming ATC themes for this month's swap (the volume came in handy as reference material for drawing Rainbow Dash's Mama Fratelli mask too!) Sadly, all of the photographs in said book are black and white, rather than color--those rotten Fratellis must have made off with most of the publisher's money before they went to print!

Thank you very much for your great Goonies card, LimeRiot. I love your cutesy take on Sloth and the fact that he's also movable is like getting a BabyRuth candy bar on top of your Rocky Road ice cream!
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10  Re: Crocheted dollies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Patraw on: January 09, 2018 06:38:08 AM
I've only got one of the smaller Groovy Girls (Oki, below), but, alas, the clothing on those isn't removable like it is on the larger version(s) your daughter doubtlessly has.  Anyway, that information, and the photo of your hand, holding the unattached limbs, gives me a good sense of the scale of the two dolls that you made.

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