Friday, June 29, 2012

File Folders - Part 4

Every single one that comes in is my new favorite.
This one came from Dani.  Isn't it cool?

Dani, if you have a blog or flickr or facebook or something you want to share, send me an email or leave a comment so we can all go check out more of your awesome work!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Trash postcards - part 2

Here's a cool one from Steph who used the remains of her Hawaiin vacation to make a postcard.

see more of Steph's work here

Wheels ATC

got an early entry for the Wheels ATC swap from Steph.  How cool is that?

You've got until July 14th to make and send your interpretation of this challenge.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Trash postcards - part 1

I picked up the first of the "trash" postcards today.

2 from Lynn:

And two from Dori:

File Folder - part 3

Look at Barbara's beautiful file folder envelope with the cool stitching around the edges.
(okay, so the left edge didn't fit on the scanner bed, but you can see it on the right!)

This is so much fun.

Watch your mailboxes

The Summer postcards went out in today's mail.  I felt a little bit like a matchmaker figuring out who gets each postcard.  May some new mail friendships be born!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Postcards - Part 4

Look at all the gorgeous postcards that came today!
The backs are just as much fun as the fronts, but I figured I'd leave that part as a surprise for the recipient.
Click on the artist's name below their postcard to see more of their work.


Monday, June 18, 2012

File folders - part 2

Two more file folder envelopes arrived.
I wonder what is inside each of these envelopes?
Only the recipient will know!

 Dori (back)

Dori (front)

You still have oodles of time to make and mail one of these.  They need to be postmarked by June 30th.  They will make your mailbox very happy.

Summer post cards - part 3

Look at all this incoming swap mail!
That's not even the official art work.  Those are just the envelopes the art's been arriving in.
I have such a happy mailbox lately.

Here are the latest summer post cards that were waiting for me today:


Click on the artist's names under the post cards to visit their blogs and see more of their art.  As usual, if your name isn't linked to anything and you'd like it to be, just send me a message and I'll update the post.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Summer Postcards - Part 2

Here are two more postcards from our summer themed swap:


I've been out of town for a few days.  I bet there will be a bunch more waiting for me when I get home.  Stay tuned!

First file folder arrived!

I received this wonderful file folder envelope from Malinda.
Isn't it cool?  It could be yours!
Still plenty of time to join this great swap.
Envelopes need to be postmarked by June 30th.
Swap details here.

Favorite Song Postcard - postmark by July 21

  • create a postcard based on your favorite song.  It could include lyrics or images, it could be about how a song makes you feel or the person it makes you think of.  Interpretation is loose!  any style or medium is acceptable.
  • Put a stamp on it and write a short message to your partner - include your name and contact information (address and/or email and/or blog) so that you partner can thank you or find out more about you.
  • leave the address section blank
  • include a mailing label with your name and address on it (I will stick it on the card I mail back to you.  This keeps me from having to decipher handwriting on the envelope you send me, and saves me time when swapping everything and mailing it back out)
  • put it in an envelope and mail it to me:
             Karen Isaacson
             PO Box 532
             Shrewsbury, MA 01545
             United States
  • Feel free to make more than one ( you can send them to me in the same envelope).  You'll get back the number of postcards you create.  Make sure to include a mailing label for each post card you create.
  • If you live outside the US, don't attach stamps and send me $1 via paypal.  email:

"Wheels" ATC swap - postmark by July 14

  • Create an ATC based on the theme wheels.  (Artist Trading Card - 2.5" x 3.5")
  • You can interpret "wheels" anyway you like
  • Any style and any medium acceptable, as long as it can be mailed in a regular envelope (not a padded envelope)
  • Make sure you give yourself credit by putting your name and contact information on the back of your ATC
  • Put it in an envelope addressed to me:
            Karen Isaacson
            PO Box 532
            Shrewsbury, MA 01545
            United States
  • Include a self-addressed stamped envelope so I can mail you back your new ATC
  • If you live outside of the US send me a self-addressed envelope without the stamp and send a dollar via paypal: email
  • Feel free to make more than one than one - you'll get back the number you send.

Trash postcard swap - postmark by July 7th

  • Create a postcard using only "trash".  You can use anything out of your recycling bin, any found object, old magazines/newspapers, food packing, junk mail, etc.
  • no additional art supplies allowed - let's see how creative we can get!
  •  put a stamp on it, but leave the address blank
  • write a little note and leave your contact information for your partner (lots of people like to send thank you emails or send a note in return or visit your blog.  it's nice to know how to reach the talented artist to mails you something)
  • include a mailing label with your name and address on it (I will stick it on the card I mail back to you.  This keeps me from having to decipher handwriting on the envelope you send me, and saves me time when swapping everything and mailing it back out) 
  • Put your postcard in an envelope and mail it to me:
             Karen Isaacson
             PO Box 532
             Shrewsbury, MA 01545
             United States
  • If you live outside of the U.S., don't add a stamp and send me a dollar via paypal:  email address
  • If you want to receive more than one postcard, send more than one postcard.  (you can stick them all in one envelope to me).  be sure to include one mailing label for each postcard you make.
  • leave me a comment after you've sent it so I can be on the lookout for it.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Postcards - Part 1

I've decided to post the incoming mail as I receive it, to keep things lively over here.

You still have a few more days to send in your postcards!  Perhaps these pictures will provide some inspiration and motivation.  Wouldn't you be thrilled to receive one?  Send one in and you'll get one back!

I'm linking to each artist's blog if I know what it is.  If you aren't linked and would like to be, send me an email and I'll update the post. (I'll link to whatever you want - your blog, flickr, facebook, youtube, home phone number, bank account....)

The artist's name is in the caption below each postcard.  Click on their name to see more of their work.

Dori #1

Dori #2



These are fabulous and it's been so much fun to go to my mailbox every day.  Keep them coming!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sneak Peek - Summer post cards

The summer post cards have started to arrive, and boy are they beautiful!  This whole "send everything to me" idea was a good one.  I'm thoroughly enjoying getting all this beautiful mail.

So far, I have postcards from Terrie, Nydia, Dori, Jane, Carlene and Lynn.
It's not too late to join.
You still have a full week to make yours and put it in the mail!

Here's a sneak peek at what arrived this week:

What do you guys think - should I scan and post the art as it comes in the door, or should I save it all for one big blog post?  Leave me a comment.


Friday, June 1, 2012

new feature

Thanks to everyone who has joined the site and left comments and suggestions!  It's wonderful go get such an immediate response!  

I added a page for "other cool swaps"  
(see the tabs at the top).

This is the place where I'll list swaps going on at other sites.  I know lots of bloggers host swaps (particularly post card swaps) throughout the year and I thought it would be great to have a centralized  list of current swaps.  

If you know of any great swaps, or if you're hosting one yourself, be sure to leave a comment on the "other swap" page or send me an email and I'll add it to the list.  
I will only post ones that are currently accepting sign-ups and I'll pull them down once sign-ups are closed.
Thanks to Terrie for giving me my first tip on the "Liberate Your Art" postcard swap.  
See the new page for a link to that swap.

Keep those good ideas coming!