Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Postage People Revisited Blog Swap Update No. 3

Mr Galilei says welcome to another swap update! Did you realize that this is a really international swap? Right now, we are 26 artists from 8 countries, from Germany, the UK, Finland, Brazil, the Philippines, Australia, Canada, and the USA.

The first envelopes already arrived from Liz, Alexandra, Sabine, and Sirkkis.

And here are this week´s links for you: Please have a look at the posts from Alexandra, Jo, Sirkkis, and Peggy and leave them a comment if you like what you see. I´ve already pinned their ATCs to our swap board at Pinterest here.

There´s still plenty of time to join the swap as all cards have to be in my hands before June 30.

Monday, April 27, 2015


Marsha from Tumble Fish Studio has come out with some unusual Full Page kits called "Melange", and I´ve used Melange 3 for my cut and paste Moleskine journal page above, and Melange 2 for the page below. Have a look at them and get inspired!
And in case you´ve missed the lovely kits from Hidden Vintage Studios recently, I have some bad news for you that you can make good news for you if you´d like to go shopping during Tracey´s retirement sale here:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Postage People Revisited Blog Swap Update No. 2

Nofretete is juggling with balls, and I hope that you´re already juggling with ideas for your Postage People ATCs!

Two of you have already finished and posted their ATCs:
Have a look at what Liz and Sabine have posted, and if you like what you see, please don´t forget to leave them a nice comment. I´ve already uploaded them to our Pinterest swap board.

I´ve had a few more sign-ups last week, so now we´re 23 artists from 8 countries in this swap.
If you decide to sign up, please don´t forget to send me your snail mail address so that I can put you on my swap list!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Welcome to Everland!

Marsha from Tumble Fish Studio and Hollie from Holliewood Studios have come out with lovely collaboration kits called "Everland" today at I´ve combined both kits in my digital collages "Fairy Magic" above and "I Believe" (with a Flaubert quote) below.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Postage People Revisited Blog Swap Update No. 1

Last week I announced my blog swap for this year, and  I´ve already had 20 sign-ups from 7 countries for this swap. I´m sure that many of you will feel inspired and some will join the fun soon! 
To send you in the right direction, here are a few more Postage People samples (not all of them ATC sized!) that haven´t been on my Pinterest inspiration board last week - I´ll upload them now for future reference.

There´s also another Pinterest board just for this current swap that you´ll find here. This is where I´ll upload the ATCs made by all the participants in this swap.

If you´re feeling inspired now and consider to join us, please read the announcement post carefully and remember: There´s no sign up date, but don´t forget that your ATCs have to be in my hands before June 30. Can´t wait to see your Postage People ideas! 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Announcing my 9th Annual Blog Swap: Postage People Revisited!

It´s time again for my Annual ATC Blog Swap! This year´s theme is Postage People Revisited, and I hope you´ll be inspired by it!

I´ve had a Postage People Blog Swap in 2008 already which has been a big success, and after all these years I thought we should have another one. If you don´t know what Postage People are, please have a look at the samples on my Pinterest Board here.
And there´s also a video on Postage People on my Youtube channel where you can watch me making a card and searching for the right images.

The idea is to mix postage stamps with collage images, stamped images, or even handdrawn images to create new creatures. The heads on the postage stamps can be human as well as animal heads.
I´ve seen some bad examples on the internet of heads not really fitting their bodies, so I ask you to do your best work and really try to find a perfect match! I often draw on the postage stamp to continue the outline of the shoulders. Use your imagination and tell us the story of your new character!

As always, you can use any technique you like - you can stamp, collage, draw, sew, or work digitally (if you use at least one tactile element). So if you join the swap, be aware of the fact that you won´t necessarily receive ATCs in the same technique that you used yourself.

Please sign up via personal email (just click on the link in the sidebar) and let me know your snail mail address. There´s no sign up date.

Then send 3 ATCs (each of them has to be 2,5 x 3,5 inches or 6,4 x 8,9 cm) to my address (that I´ll send you when I answer your email) so that I receive them before June 30, 2015.
There have been some issues with slow mail last year, so please do NOT use a padded or large envelope for your ATCs if you´re from overseas – if you do, the envelope will be held up in the customs for 3-8 weeks! Please do not send any extras for the recipients of your cards, no lovely small envelopes or little gifts please as I would have to pay the extra costs to send these to the recipients!
I will pay the return postage for all international players if you send a little something with your ATCs (trust me, there´s enough space in a business envelope to send along a few stamps, unmounted rubber stamps or ephemera).
If you´re from Germany, please include a return envelope with sufficient postage on it.

As always, you´ll find updates on my blog with links to all participants´ ATCs. So when you´ve finished your ATCs, please send me an email with the link to the place where you´ve posted them online, and I´ll add that link to my next update so that everyone can go to your blog or other website to have a look at your artwork. And we´ll have a Pinterest board again here as a swap gallery for all to visit and comment. Please don´t forget to comment on the other artists´ blogs if you like their cards – we all like a bit feedback, and this swap is all about connecting and getting to know other artists!

Please read the rules again before you decide to sign up and please read the newsletters that will be sent to you if you sign up. I´ve had many issues with people not following the rules last year, and I really have to be sure that you do.

 I´ll send out invitations to all previous participants, but this swap is open to all my blog visitors. Have fun creating!

Sunday, April 05, 2015


This week´s theme for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge is "Eggs", and as we´re allowed to use other than Easter eggs, I´ve made a card with my favourite bird, nest, and egg stamps from Red Lead. Happy Easter and a sunny Spring to all of you!