Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fractured Stripes Swap - Send by July 31st

For this POST CARD SWAP,
here's your chance to be a real "cut-up!"  
You can draw groups of stripes 
at different angles, 
or take striped paper and cut it up,
arranging pieces at odds with each other. 
Note:  The focus is on "stripes," not just "strips."

One requirement:  
Some or all of the groups of stripes
should touch.


THEME:  Fractured Stripes
MEDIA:  Open
TECHNIQUE:  Groups of stripes drawn/painted/collaged at angles to each other
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/2"
CHECKLIST:
  • RETURN ADDRESS LABELS FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN 
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WAXED PAPER BETWEEN PIECES YOU SEND IN

*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 49-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE 70-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and send by July 31st

TO:
Honi Chassin
PO Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065

Questions:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four cards.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Your cards will be mailed to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail them "naked" to other swappers.  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  Things are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - Fractured" on the back of each card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • Please write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and consider including your email address so the recipient can thank you.  A short friendly note or good wishes on the message side are always appreciated. 
  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address goes)
  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (Your host will attach them to the cards she mails back to you)

  •  Please include the proper postage in the envelope or adhere stamps to your postcards (see below for postal guidelines)
  • Postcards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable)  will need non-machineable postage.  Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 6"
     x  4+1/4", and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is larger, thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non-machinable" rate of $.70
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed and measured to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov




Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Citrus Blast - Part 4

Four from Estella:







Four from Esther:






Four from Lynn Mc:






Four from Rosa:






Four from Rose:






Friday, June 23, 2017

All Sewn Up - Part 3

One from Marsha:



Two from Patrice:




Three from Susan A:




TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN - Postage Stamps

Here are some new US Forever postage stamps:.  

An unusual aspect is their thermal-sensitive design, 
which is not mentioned anywhere on the sheet. 
If you touch the back or the front of a stamp, 
the black circle disappears to reveal the full moon.  
When it cools off, the circle becomes dark again.
The sheets have 16 stamps on them.


Paardon the flash reflex...
On the back is a projection of the path 
for optimal viewing across our USA 
on August 21, 2017.  
(Those who plan to view this phenomenon 
MUST use special filter protective viewing glasses 
to prevent eye injury.
They can be ordered online.)

My postmistress suspects that these stamps, 
the first to feature this thermal-sensitive design, 
will sometime become collectors' items. 
So run right down to your local post office 
and snatch some up!
Honi

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Use Those Decorated Papers ATC Swap - Send by July 17th

After receiving an assortment of lovely decorated papers 
in a recent swap, let's make something with them!  
I know, you might just want to hold on to them, 
but if you will incorporate parts of some of them 
into Artist Trading Cards (2+1/2" x 3+1/2") 
you will still have papers left over.   


CAUTION:
Keep in mind that any embellishments like beads, brads or 3-D stickers might require cushioning with protective tissue or thin bubble wrap.

NOTE:
Those who didn't participate in the recent Decorated Papers Group Swap may participate in this swap by incorporating their own decorated papers.

THEME:  ATC's using Decorated Papers
MEDIA:  Your choice
TECHNIQUE:  Your choice
SIZE PARAMETERS:  2+1/2" x 3+1/2"
CHECKLIST:
  • SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE 
  • NON-MACHINABLE POSTAGE
  • WAXED PAPER BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON BOTH ENVELOPES
Put your ATC's in an envelope and send by July 17th

TO:
Honi Chassin
PO Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065

Questions?  s.h.greenstamps@yahoo.com  


SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four ATC's.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Mail your ATC's to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail out the swapped ATC's in the self-addressed envelope you provide.  
  • If you're sending more than one ATC, please insert waxed paper or parchment between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  Art pieces with glue, paint or sealant are very likely to get stuck together 
  • in summer's heat and humidity.
  • Write “MMSA - Use It " on the back of each ATC 
  • Please write your return address on the back of the ATC and consider including your email address so the recipient can thank you.  
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your return address, and non-machinable postage (currently 70-cents) 
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov