Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lisa's card to Joss

This awesome postcard arrived from Lisa yesterday in perfect condition.
This gorgeous zebra on the front next to my address says:
"A leopard cannot change its spots, nor a zebra its stripes- proverb"
This is the back of it,with a beautiful cerelean blue (I think) background, another zebra, glittery paint and a lovely realistic material spider's web.
The completed effect is just fabadabadoolishus.
Thanks so much Lisa.
I love it.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lolo's postcard for Lisa

I found this bouquet of pansies on the arm of my chair today after work. I just love pansies. They say welcome spring to me.  Thanks so much to Lolo for sending this little bit of spring.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Card from Lisa for Caroline

This little beauty buzzed in yesterday! You really need to see this in person as Lisa has built up lots of texture on the petals and leaves which unfortunately the scanner hasn't managed to show well. But, isn't it pretty ? Love the colours and that quote is perfect! Thank you so much, Lisa - it's a perfect card for me!

A Beauty From Lolo For Cat!

This gorgeous postcard from Lolo stamped with lovely pink, purple and blue flowers and these mesmerizing hand-painted eyes arrived today!

Notice the perfectly placed Lotus!

On the back written in Lolo's beautiful script and pretty blue ink is a quote by Hubert Humphrey  ~
'The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.'
Then at the bottom is a little note in Lolo's pretty writting and bright pink ink that reads:
'picture your head filled with the flowers of friendship whenever you get a nasty migraine.'

I know we're at the end of this project and I really want you ALL to know how blessed I feel to have had the opportunity to get to know you all!  Each one of you are strong, loving, caring, beautiful, talented, artistic, warm, women and even though I have never 'met' you in the real world I am honored to call you all my 'friends!'

Thank you, Joss for introducing me to all of these incredible ladies!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ravens for Lolo!!!

Well you can all guess who made this beauty!! The Queen of stitches and sparkles and fun!
That little strip of dotted fabric at the top is silver dots on black, hard to see on the scan. I love it!  And the main raven is bejeweled like a flower. Wow, Lynn, I love this card!
Thanks so much!
It was a perfect day brightener on this thunder-stormy day :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

coming to the end...what's next?

I just sent out my last, 10th card to Lolo. What' next? Are we up for another round? We could just start over! Want to vote?
One YES vote from me, who is just getting warmed up having cleaned my art studio this weekend and found gobs of collage materials I didn't know I had!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Catching up on posting the great postcards I've received

This first beauty is from DebraKay (aka - wild and crazy Deb). Isn't this great? I had a hoot of a laugh when I got it - I wonder what the postman thought.

The next one is from Patty - and yes, it did get here in one lovely piece. Look at that kitty just eyeing those poor innocent fishies...
And Mizz Cat sent along this colorful crazy typical Cat with a Picasso quote on the back. Look closely at his eyes - took me a minute to see the wild eyed look. I love him Cat - he's colorful and fun.
And last, but certainly not least, from Caroline - this lovely card and yes...you are so right. And we all should enjoy the journey shouldn't we.

I'm a bit behind in sending out my latest postcards but they should be in the mail by next week.

Lynn's card for Joss

This gorgeous card arrived from our very own Lynn. (What makes me think you have all decided to send me wild African animals in this swap? lol)
Attached to it were two pairs of cute animal earings she got from the thrift shop.
Here is it without the earrings, which are already in my drawer ready to be worn.
Thanks Lynnie, another fabulous addition to my collection.
(PS Because of the earrings, this was sent in an envelope and so it got to me in perfect condition..... wish some of my others had been in envelopes too, as I would have got them intact. sigh.)

Marianne's card for Lisa

You captured the very essence of the things I love here Marianne. I just love it.  I could just howl with delight. Awoooooooooooo.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Two cards for Caroline

What better to cheer you up after an operation than mail art!! I've been lucky to receive two super cards recently - this from Cat - gorgeous waving magenta flowers and the quote 'Friends are flowers in the garden of life!' - I couldn't agree more! This is such a fresh looking illustration - thank you Cat, your card is so pretty!

And look at this from Laurel! Thank you Laurel - I love it! So very Springlike with that elegant Iris and butterfly. I really like the long format too - the main motif is on quite a delicate paper applied to the background (is that stamped ?). On the reverse is one of my favourite quotes - 'The earth laughs in flowers!'

I have renewed faith in the postal service - both these cards stood up to the test arriving unscathed and I see that quite a few of mine have now reached their destinations. One or two missing still, but hopefully they will drop into your mailboxes soon.

Cat's Postcard from Lisa!!

I love this postcard!  It is sooo beautiful and carries with it a message that is one of my most favorite quotes!  

It says: 'There are two means of refuge from the misery of life ~ music and cats.'  ~Albert Schweitzer

With an added piece from Lisa ~  'And I would like to add, Nature.'   That is the most perfect addition to an amazing quote Lisa!!  I love it, and look at how perfectly this card went through the post!!  Not a scratch on it!!  I love it and can't wait to get it framed!

Lisa, I want to say a special 'Thanks' for the sweet message you added to the back.  It is really touching and believe it or not, brought tears to my eyes.  What a wonderful thing to say!  You have no idea how much that meant to me.  I was going to share it but decided I would just keep it private but I wanted to publicly acknowledge it.

Thank you so much, Lisa!
Hug, Hug!! 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Marianne's card from Caroline!

What a perfect card for me!
Waiting for me what I returned yesterday!
The quote is also perfect for me, a good reminder:`
~Stop and smell the roses~
The cat has a Japanese feel and I love the perpective.
It also looks remarkably much like Sjimmie........
Thanks Caroline!
(hope you are up and feeling great!)

Marianne's card from Debra

Wow what a proffesional postcard came from Debra!
A Mustang with a real horse.
Thanks Debra!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Patty's card from Caroline

Caroline must have sent several out at the same time. I got mine a few days ago but have been too busy to post. It is a beautiful sunflower painted in watercolor and then sealed with something? Caroline - how are your cards made? It is not only beautifully painted but feels sturdy and held up really well through the postal system. If we do this again, I want to do my cards like you did. There's a quote on the back that says, "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows" by Helen Keller. I love this card and love the effort that Caroline put into it. It is gorgeous.

suki receives a post card from Caroline

"We must dream the change we want to see," is the quote on the front and back of this gorgeous card painted with watercolor and gouache. I adore the sweet little birdhouse w/birdy inside and the wonderful blossoms in the tree. Thanks, Caroline!!!!!!

Lost Postcard?

I sent a Postcard out to Mim back on March 26th at the same time I sent out to Marianne, Patty and Suki.  Seems they all got theirs...I hope yours wasn't lost Mim!  Let me know if you think it's lost and I will make another!  ;)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lisa's card from Lynn

Isn't this just the most beautiful butterfly you have seen lately?  Crewel embroidery, beads and machine quilting. This butterfly is amazing in that it didn't lose a beat while in the post. It won't have to worry around here it will be handled gently and is most appreciated. Thank you Lynn for working your magic for me.

Lynn Got Postcards from Marianne and Caroline in One Day!

Marianne's adorable postcard came with parts and instructions!I couldn't push the cord through the last hole, but I got it in well enough
to hang it over our door knob!
Now I'm off to the thrift store to do my shopping~
It looks like Henry is going with me!
Thanks, Marianne, this is just delightful.
Caroline sent a beautiful painted card...

with my very favorite saying...something I fully believe:
And her stamps from Malaysia are so beautiful I had to post them as well.

Thanks Caroline. I love adding both these cards to my collection.

Lolo's card for Joss

Ruthie the raffie arrived today from dear Lolo, still chewing leaves.
Isn't she absolutely gorjuss!
Isn't she just too bootifool for words?
And she is mine, all mine.
She reminds me of wide open spaces, green grass and blue blue skies, and the horizon shimmering in the midday heat.
Oh, almost forgot, the words on the back read"Remember, it's nice to have friends in high places."
She is now quite at home in the back garden with Marianne's raffie.
Thanks so very much Lolo. She is perfect.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lolo scored twice!!

Today this amazing, beautiful painted postcard came from Caroline in Malaysia!
The colors are translucent and the texture is delicious. I adore this!!
She must have heard me say how much I like trees :)
The quote says...
"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees."
~Hal Borland~

Thank you Caroline! I hope you're healing well and will back in full swing soon.♥

This is the other wonderful gem that came today! It's a laminated sign for my door that tells folks exactly what I need!
The beautiful quote on the other side says...
"Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow the end, but somewhere in the middle we've become the best of friends."
This is so perfect Marianne, and so very beautiful!
I love it, and you ;) ♥
Thank you ladies! I'm very, very grateful!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Debra's Postcard for Lynn!

Thanks Debra. This card is large and professionally printed! Way to go!Now I am wondering if I have it upside down.
Anyway you look at it it's a winner!

From Patty to Joss

This is how Joss was supposed to receive her card - 3 items have been torn from the front! I guess it is a long ways from Alaska to London, but you'd think the postal people would be a little more careful! I wrote on the back that I selected this quote especially for you Joss because you teach children. It is one of the most important jobs in the world, yet I don't think teachers always get the praise they deserve! Thank you for teaching our children!
Patty in AK

Suki receives a card from Cat

Oh La la. Happy pink spring flowers are blooming. Lovely Cat. On the back: "If friends were flowers, I'd pick you."

From Patty to Joss

My card from arrived from Patty in a very poor state, As you can see the front has been torn, almost the whole picture was hanging off and the back of the card is almost illegible.
I have tried to patch it up, and I think the words read:
"Teaching children is not always ....(is it enjoyable/easy/fun?), but one of the most valuable? things you could do in this world." What fantastic words.
Thanks Patty for the herd of elephants tramping across the wide open 'veldt', and the words.
This is the chance we have all taken with our cards, sending them off into the far horizon (uncovered) across millions of miles. If some didn't arrive batterd and bruised, I would wonder why. If there is ever a round 2, I would definitely put mine in envelopes, which I suppose would defeat the whole purpose, so I probably wouldn't play...sigh.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cat's Picasso Cat for Marianne

"God is really just another artist.
He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat.
He has no real style,
he just goes on trying other things!
~Pablo Picasso~
This card got in the mail today!
Did you know I love cats Cat????? ☺
Love this card also!
Thanks Cat!

A Postcard for Lolo from Patty

This is such a perfect card for me! I definately have raven as one of my totem animals, so thank you Patty!
And yes, I was told by my mother that we were part Native American which my sisters roared about. Hey, I know she told me that...whether it's true or not, I'll never know.
I love how well you cut out the raven, but then again you're a master with scissors!
I love it...it will have a place of honor in my studio with all the other ravens ;)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Caroline and Patty's Postcards for Lisa

Caroline's postcard is doing double, triple duty this week. It is so cute with the hare racing the turtle. I put it up for Animal Wedensday since lately I have done mostly flowers. The rabbit made me think of the Easter bunny. Maybe that is really why the rabbit lost the race. She was busy laying Easter eggs.

The other post card I received this week was one that Patty sent.  It has the colors that I saw while shopping this week. I think I bought a tee shirt in many of these colors while shopping.  I love the quote on the front of Patty's card "If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." 
Thanks so much ladies.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

From Cat to Patty

Imagine my delight to receive this BRIGHT colored card in my mailbox today. It's a Mad Catter original...of a dog. I love his silly expression! For some reason I thought Cat only painted cats. My mistake! There is a quote on the back from Pablo Picasso - Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life. How true. I always feel energized after spending time creating art. Thank you Cat!

All sent!

I'm proud to say that yesterday I mailed out the last of my postcards!  I hope that everyone that has already gotten one from me has enjoyed it and those that are yet to come will too!  

Thanks for allowing me to be part of this, it was great fun making the postcards, what a fun size!

Cards from Suki and Patty

These arrived this weekend!!!! The first on is from Suki
On the back:

Some say it was a pear Eve ate.
Why else the shape of the womb,
or of the cello
Whose single song is grief for the parent tree?
Why else the fruit itself
tawny and sweet
which your lover
over breakfast
lets go your pear- shaped breast
to reach for?

Linda Pastan

Isn't this just great al together?
Love the card Suki!

This one is from Patty
Done in Scherenschnitte!
A lovely delicate fan on a handcut card!

On the back:

"Make new friends, but keep the old ones.
One is silver and the other is gold."

Thanks a lot Patty and Suki!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

From Caroline to Joss

Yahoo, Caroline, it got here today, and in perfect condition, and I love it.
The words read: Heaven is under your feet as well as over your head'. Aren't they lovely words, and so true too.
The colours are muted and the bunny sits happily in the middle . Thanks C I do love it lots.

From Suki to Patty

Suki - I received your black and white card in the mail today! I too love the beauty of b & w - I'm a big fan of Ansel Adams' photography. Suki writes on the back "this collage is made from a print of my own photos and scraps from an old journal and a fragment of a b & w painting." I'm not sure if something else was attached or if it got water damaged. There is a layer of glue along the front center that makes me think something else was there. Regardless, I think it has a stark beauty to it, at first glance it looks like a lone birch tree! Thank you Suki! I love checking the mail now!

Missing card?

I sent a postcard to Debra themed "spring" at least 5 weeks ago and I've not seen it posted....Debra, did I miss it? Or I'm assuming you've never received it. Bummer! It was one of the first ones I've did and it should have only taken 3-5 days I would think from here to there. I'm making you another one today!

Patty in Alaska

Friday, March 26, 2010

Patty Sent The Queen of Hearts To Lynn

This card is so cool I just had to show it to you in all its aspects! Full on with Yellow Queen on top! Close up of details!!!

And turned around with blue Queen on top!

Patty's note made me smile! She said:
"Dear Lynn--
this was inspired by a current movie and insomnia! This Q of Hearts is kind though and rules over Art.
Although, if I don't get my ATC cards done, it'll be "OFF with her head!"
xo Patty"
Thanks Patty! I adore this card and both her queens!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Woo Hoo!!

This postcard from Lynn has given me the biggest smile today!!  I just love it and I know you will too!

This 'Picasso Cat' is fantastic!  I love every single thing about him!  His vibrant colors, that curvy tail and the funktastic mohawk on the top of his sweet multi-colored, crooked-eyed head!!
The note on the back reads: 'I'm being a copy cat and sending you a cat in your 'Picasso style!  Meow!!!'

Signed by Lynn & Henry V

Thanks so very, very much Lynn & Henry V!!

Card by Mim for Lolo

Oh man, am I loving this card! There are so many layers that it's actually like trying to peer through the water and little by little you start to see more fish. It's awesome! The pinks and chartreuse really speak to me. I even love those tiny little grommets in the corners and that wonderful heart!
The words say "I love when I am happy with the results."
I know I am! Thank you Mim ;)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

suki's card from Joss

Love all the hearts and this vibrant pink. Also note in right corner a Tuscany type villa. On the back: "Home is where you can scratch where it itches!" And Joss adds "Hope you can scratch really soon." Thanks Joss. I love it.

I am about to send out my last card to Patti. Just have to write on the back. This has been fun. Thank you all.

Card from Marianne for Caroline

This wonderful little card sailed in yesterday! Marianne has folded a map of SE Asia with Malaysia on the front side (in flight magazine, by any chance?!!), making its way across the sea to China under a big sparkly sun! What an original idea Marianne - I love it and am so happy it arrived intact! By the way, it's much brighter in real life than the pic shows - Marianne always uses such beautiful colours! I tried scanning but that flattened the boat, so I took a photo so you could see the form better and despite adjusting the levels, it's not doing it justice!! On the reverse there is some text in Dutch which reads " Met je verstand kun je ver komen. Met je verbeelding overal" which in translation I think means something like this: "With knowledge you can come a long way, with imagination you can get everywhere"! I certainly agree with this - Thank you Marianne!

P.S. Thanks for the kind messages re my upcoming operation!

Monday, March 22, 2010

lookie what I got today!

Two beauties!  One from Joss and one from Marianne!!  I love them and am so happy to have them!!  

this first one is from Joss, I just love the different patterns and prints of the papers and images she used here...the vintage images are awesome!

Note on back says:  'Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.'  (may your problems be few and your happiness great!)

Thanks so much Joss and it's perfect!!

this one is from Marianne!  Beautiful kitty and awesome colors!  (hmmm...wonder who that kitty is?)  Done in lovely watercolors and colorful stickers, the dragonfly has wings that lift up and give a 3-d effect to the card!  I love it!  Two of my most favorite things...Cats and colors!  Your sjimmie reminds me so much of my Merlin who passed away earlier this year.  Yes, as his name applies, he was magical!!  So, this postcard is extra special!

On the back the note reads:  'You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats'  ~Colonial Proverb  
That is just soooo true!!

Thanks ladies, I love these treasures so very, very much!!