Showing posts with label swap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label swap. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Latest Fabric Postcard Creations

I took the plunge and joined two Yahoo groups (Trading Fabric Postcards and Postcard Pizzazz) that swap fabric postcards on a regular basis. I just can't get enough of making these little pieces of art - they really are addicting!  Here are some of my latest creations made for the group swaps:

Sock Monkey
Sewing Notions (Pink Version)
Sewing Notions (Blue Version)

Harvest or Halloween
Color Green
Color Purple
Color Purple

Color Purple - Detail of Machine Stitching
Stay tuned...there will be many more fabric postcards to come as I've committed to numerous swaps.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap - "Bloom"

A few months ago, I told you about this fabulous swap I participated in called the "Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap", which is organized by Beth Nicholls at Do What You Love.  The swaps are held quarterly and attract people from all over the world.  This time around, there were 180 people from 20 countries participating.  The current theme is "Bloom".

I trapped silk flowers under tulle and quilted everything in place.  The word "bloom" was free-motion embroidered on my sewing machine.

My little postcard is going to Ana in Fatima, Portugal.  I hope she enjoys her little creation. :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Repurposed Domino Doll Swap Creation

Most of the swaps I participate in are with members of my various FLICKR groups.  (I have met some of the most awesome people on FLICKR over the past several years.  No matter what your interests are, you WILL find it on FLICKR.  Seriously.)  Anyway, the Altered Dominoes and Other Game Pieces group held a domino doll swap with the theme of "Rebirth."  Here is my creation which I swapped to Cindy:

The domino isn't the only recycled part of this little doll.  The wings are from a cake decoration I've saved for the past couple of years that I thought would make perfect doll wings.  I think they suit this little doll perfectly.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

When participating in this year's One World One Heart Event, I stumbled onto a neat little blog that was promoting the "Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap".   This is the third year of this event, and people from 14 countries signed up to participate; this year's theme was "LOVE".   I've been wanting to try my hand at making fabric postcards for some time now, so I took the plunge and signed up. 

I utilized some of my depression-themed quilting fabric, a vintage hankie, a fabric printout of an old romance magazine, silk flowers, sequins and beads to complete my creation, which was sent to Gina in the United Kingdom.   Here's my little creation:

Back of card

I received an awesome fabric postcard from Nicola in London.  This features a detachable fabric brooch, which I absolutely love.  Here is what I received:

If you'd like to check out some of the other fabric postcards that were created this year and in the past, please see the FLICKR group for this event.

As always, I couldn't stop at just one postcard; I have 3 others in various stages of completion which I will share with you in the near future.  :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dress Form ATC Swap

Most of the time, I participate in the Creative Souls monthly ATC swaps.  The theme for January/February was "Dress Form". 

I love to repurpose unloved or unwanted items in my art whenever possible.  This time was no exception.  I have been saving those mesh onion bags for quite sometime knowing that I would eventually use them as a textural element in my art.  I used a portion of one of my purple bags to make the skirt of the dress, then embellished it with sequins and glitter glue.  How cool is that?   Hmmm....Now I think I'm really going to have to use some of those mesh bags in an art quilt....Time will tell...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

TWO ATC SWAPS - Retro Housewife and Christmas Music - Sign Up Here!

It's been a long time since I've hosted any swaps here on my blog and I'm itching to do it again.  So, I've decided to host not just one, but TWO ATC swaps to make it more interesting.   The themes are:

RETRO HOUSEWIFE:  Think Mrs. Cleaver, mom in the kitchen showing off her appliances, making baked goods, spoiling the hubby and the kids, etc.  This is a 3 for 3 swap.  Card designs may be the same or different and sized 2.5" by 3.5";


CHRISTMAS MUSIC:  Capture the words of a Christmas song in your creations, for example, "Walking in a Winter Wonderland", "Jingle all the Way", etc.  This is a 3 for 3 swap.  Card designs may be the same or different and sized 2.5" by 3.5".


1) Sign-up's will be taken until midnight 10/6/10.  If you are are interested in participating, please leave a comment under this post;
2) Please make sure I have your name, address and email address so I can contact you.  You may send this information to me at:  I will email you with my address information when I acknowledge receipt of your email;
3) ATC's must be post-marked no later than 11/1/10 (Monday) and received by me no later than 11/11/10 (Thursday). I will swap out all of the ATC's on the weekend of 11/13/10;
4) Please enclose a self-addressed envelope in your package and $2.00 (USA), $2.50 (international) to cover the cost of return postage.  International participants are welcome, too; you may remit your shipping fees to me by Paypal.  I will give you my Paypal payment address when you sign up;
5) I will update this post with the names of participants as I receive them, so please check back.  I want to make sure I don't accidentally leave anyone out;
6) Invite your friends to participate and please feel free to use the swap badge(s) above to help promote the swaps.  The more, the merrier!


If you'd like, please post your creations to the Two Crafty Mules altered art swap gallery page.

Wanda Eash (both)
Claudia Sullins (Christmas only)
Hope Griffin (both)
Lisa Kettell (both)
Gwen (both)
Jeannette Faber (both)
Sandra Caldwell (Christmas only)
Sunny Christensen (Housewife only)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ATC Swap - Paris - My Latest Creations

I absolutely LOVE to make ATC's (altered trading cards).  My problem is - when I sign up to participate in an ATC swap -  I can't stop at just one.  I end up making a whole collection!  Such was the case when I participated in the Paris ATC swap sponsored by Creative Souls last month.     I ended up trading the last card shown below to my swap partner in Germany.  I still have the others.  :)

Here are my little works of art:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas Ornament Swap Partners

Ho, ho, ho! Swap partners have been assigned for the ornament swap. The swap groups are as follows:

1. Donna Bell
Crosses by Claudia
Not Yet the Dodo

Nathalie Julien
Penguins Plunder

3. Susan Hickam
Leslie (Junk Girl Studio)
Lisa Kettell

4. Jan Williams
Melissa Ustik
Wanda Eash

Please make sure you send one handmade ornament to each of your partners by 12/5/08. And don't forget to post your swap creations and trades on our FLICKR site:

I will be in touch with everyone today to provide you with your partners' mailing addresses.

Happy creating!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas Ornament Swap

I'm getting ready to contact everyone with the names and addresses of their swap partners. NATHALIE, please contact me with your mailing address. I have been unable to rach you. I'll be in touch with everyone soon with your swap partner information. This is going to be fun!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Swaps for November and December!

You asked for it - you got it. Two more swaps to finish up 2008. Whoo hoo!

SWAP #1:

The first swap will be Thanksgiving themed inchies. (If you haven't made inchies before, please check out the tutorial for them shown just below this post.) Think: turkeys, harvest, autumn, oranges, reds, and yellows, pilgrims, indians, things you are thankful for, etc. when decorating your inchies.

Make 20 inchies, get 20 in return.
Sign up deadline is November 3. Sign up by leaving a comment on this post or on the Two Crafty Mules Altered Swap Gallery.
Inchies must be received by me, Wanda, no later than 11/14/08, so I can swap them out and have them to everyone before Thanksgiving.
Important: Please make sure I can contact you through your blog, FLICKRmail or email address. I will need to give you my mailing address so you can mail your completed inchies to me.

SWAP #2:

The second swap will be a handmade Christmas ornament exchange. It doesn't matter what type of ornament you use, as long as it is handmade or significantly altered so it is a one-of-a-kind creation.

Make 2 ornaments, get 2 in return.
Sign up deadline is 11/8/08. Sign up by leaving a comment on this post or on the Two Crafty Mules Altered Swap Gallery.
Partners will be assigned the week of 11/9/08.
Ornaments must be mailed to your partners no later than 12/5/08.
Important: Please make sure I can contact you through your blog, FLICKRmail or email address. Please provide me with your name and address so I can give this information to your trading partners at the time partners are assigned.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Halloween ATC Swap Mail Date Reminder

Please don't forget the deadline to mail your Halloween ATC's to me was yesterday, September 30. I have updated the list of names to show which ones I have received to date. (Please see the post below or the FLICKR Two Crafty Mules group for details.) I can't wait to see everyone's designs!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Vintage Halloween ATC Swap Update & List

So far, we have 16 people who have signed up to participate in this swap - whoo hoo! If you have signed up, please be sure to email me at with your name, email address and mailing address (if you have not already done so.) Once I hear from you, I will send you my mailing address. I tried to respond to everyone who signed up by leaving a comment on this blog, but the reply email address shown for many people was "". Please accept my apologies if you did not get a response from me due to this. I tried - I promise. :)

And way to go, Krista - I received your ATC's today and they are sooooo adorable!!!

So far, here's our list of participants:

1) Wanda Eash AKA Craftymule (Completed)
2) CindyisCrafty (Received)
3) SuperMommy
4) HellesBelles
5) Whim & Fancy Designs AKA Ann-Denise Anderson (Received)
6) Steph Tichenor (Received)
7) Leslie Patton AKA Junkgirl (Received)
8) Susan Hickam
9) Two Pixie Dolls - Krista Komis (Received)
10) Wendy Robrecht (Received)
11) Simply Kris
12) Angela Dasner
13) Seeking Simplicity
14) Awtemnymf (Received)
15) Peace Schuyler (Received)
16) Suzee Que AKA Susan Criser (Received)

Sign-ups close on September 6, so if you know of anyone else who would like to participate, please send them over. The more, the merrier!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Itty Bitty Book Swaps - You Can't Stop At Just One

I've been actively involved on Flickr since early 2007. I initially thought I'd be sharing photos of my designs with other people who have similar interests, but it turned out to be so much more than I'd ever anticipated. I have made many new friends on the site; in addition, I have discovered the "Itty Bitty Book Swaps" through FLICKR and boy, am I hooked.

Basically, the swap is limited to 25 or 30 people. A theme is decided, and participants contribute one small page (front and back) for each book. Some participants opted to make all 30 pages from scratch; others, like me, made one original copy of the page, photocopied it, then decorated it with embellishments, glitter and anything else to accentuate the designs. On my page, I used tulle and glitter glue for the dress, and added a little acrylic star to the sky.

After the pages are completed, they are sent to the swap hostess, who binds each book, then mails one to each participant. The book pages are small in size but the books themselves end up being really chunky because of all of the embellishments added to the pages.

I joined the group when it hosted it's second swap, "Vintage Prom Dress." I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my book which which should be here any day now. I have also signed up for 3 more swaps through the group - "Sweet Marie" (which is Marie Antoinette/French-themed); "Halloween" and "Vintage Christmas".

I invite you to come check out the group and participate in one (or more) of the swaps if you dare. But - consider yourself warned - this is EXTREMELY addicting. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Vintage Halloween ATC Swap - Taking Sign-Ups Now

Halloween is such a fun time of year and I thought it would be a great time to host our first blog swap with a vintage Halloween theme. This swap is a 3 for 3 ATC (Altered Trading Card) swap. What is an ATC, you ask? An ATC is a miniature work of art (the size of a playing card) which people swap with one another. The size of the ATC is always 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". It can be decorated in any form or fashion, including painting, decoupage, collage and the like. If you have not made an ATC yet, I warn you - it's really addicting. Thankfully, they are inexpensive to make, so you can craft your heart out and not break the bank.

Here are the rules for this swap:

1) This is a 3 for 3 swap. This means you will make 3 ATC's and get 3 ATC's in return. The theme is Vintage Halloween - think witches, ghosts, pumpkins, black cats and anything else that conjures up thoughts of Halloween from days past.
2) Swap sign-ups close on September 6th. If you'd like to participate, please comment here or email me at: and I will add you to the list.
3) ATC packages must be in the mail to me by September 30. After all, this is a Halloween swap and it would not be fun if we swapped afterwards. Once I get everyone's packages, I will swap out the ATC's and mail them out to you ASAP.
4) Please include a self-addressed return envelope for your ATC's and include enough money or stamps (if you are in the United States) to cover the cost of shipping. (This shouldn't be too much - $1.50 or so.) Please don't send postage meter strips. The post office doesn't accept these if they are being used to mail a package from a different state. If you live outside of the United States, you can still participate, but instead of sending me stamps, you can send me a payment through Paypal to cover the cost of shipping.
5) That's it! Let the sign-ups begin and have fun! Whoo hoo! I will keep a running list of participates on this post, so please be sure to check back for updates.

(Pictured are ATC's I designed and traded in a Halloween swap last year. Just a little something to help you get your creative juices flowing.)
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