Comment: Oh these are so lovely, thank you! The house is beautiful, and I love the giraffe matchbox. (Actually I’m glad I got this before I sent mine, as I had misunderstood what your matchboxes look like - but I think I got it now!) thank you also for the lovely extras too! That orange background is especially stunning.
Response: you are so welcome and I'm glad you liked them! the orange is from a gelli plate!
Comment: What can I say other than WOW!!! I just recivied the resend today (I am so sorry the other got lost who knows where. It makes me a sad panda!) Not only did you send me one gorgeous prayer flag but then you stepped it up with the No Hoe Bag one and I am still laughing! The post cards are also georgeous. You absolutely made my day today and I have to commend you on your talent! What type of paint did you use to stain the fabric? These are lovely. Thank you so so so so so much!
Response: It's just regular acrylic paint with a lot of water
Comment: So beautiful!!! Thank you so much! I love the mermaid pages you sent! You're very creative and each one was so uniquely done. Thanks for the ghetto instructions and the awesome postcards! My husband loves them too!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and being a Texan living in Missouri I LOVE the card. I miss H.E.B. so much! LOL..... really I do. I love that when I opened the envelope green glitter went all over my lap. I just giggled... Merry Christmas :) â™¥
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Christmas card, itâ€™s going to make a great addition to my Christmas card display. Perfect timing to receive it too, as I used the reindeer I received last time on a Christmas card that I sent to my dad today. This one is going to go on one of my granddaughterâ€™s Christmas presents as Iâ€™m going to be wrapping them soon. Have a Merry Christmas.
Response: lol ive sent out at least 80 cards this year. sorry about doubling up on the reindeer! I have literally dozens of styles of tags.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful glittery snowman, I love it. Also thank you for the idea of what to do with other Christmas cards and the wreath. The card was sure brightened up our table. Have a merry Christmas
Comment: Hi Sam, thanks a lot for the great extra paper goodies!!! And I like your page in the Zine, you did a good job!!! :-) AND ... AND ... AND: the mermaid PC WITH Alice Stamp!!!! WOW, many thanks! XO - Ellen
Comment: Thanks for the lovely glittery card. I really like it. Thanks also for the nice paper ornament and for the instructions how to store a Christmas cards. :) Wish you and your family wonderful holidays. :)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful zines. I really enjoyed reading (and re-reading) and learning from your zine. It made my day. The time and effort you put into creating it shows. You are very talented. Thank you also for the resend.
Comment: Hi Sam! Love your zine--very creative--and your little witch is so cute. My favorite cat name is, 'Lucipurr!' GREAT idea! I remember the apples-with-razor-blades scare. Thanks for a lovely zine to add to my collection.
Response: resent two days ago, start looking for it in about three days! hopefully your postal workers can fit this one inside your mailbox and you wont have to deal with the post office! fingers crossed!
Comment: Great zine - I love the artwork! I'll have to see what kind of beach sand I have around the house. Although I've been to beaches in Maryland, Florida, and California, too, it would either be sand from Sunset Beach in North Carolina or sand from the shores of Lake Erie - I'll see what I can find because I know I saved some from those two. What a great thing - mermaids! And art teacher fits you! Thanks for sending!
Comment: You are the queen of postage stamp embellishment! First I thought, "Where did she get those stamps! I want them!" Then I realized that you're an artistic genius :-) Also, thank you for so much sparkle!
Response: took my awhile to remember that i put santa hats on the animals! lol was worried that if i defaced them, the letter would come back! i guess not! lol
Comment: I received the package today! I'm so excited! I'm going to try to wait until my bday to open it, but that's on the 26th. I don't think I can wait that long!! :) Thank you so much!! <3<3<3 I just read your profile. I'm going to Houston, for the first time, in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to see all of the museums!
Comment: Hi Sam!
What a lovely surprise to come home to your profile jar yesterday!! Thank you so much for such a lovely jar â˜º. You have to tell me, did you draw the beautiful cockatiel on the topâ€‹? She looks just like my Kohii ðŸ˜. I showed it to her, and she was very interested in it! She really looked it over good !! So many fun little items inside... I think my favorite has to be the adorable little red glass hedgehog! Thank you for all the little fun items!
You didn't put info on tag! ðŸ˜®
Thank you again!
Response: yes, I painted the top. you can use it for cockatiel treats! I wrote in the letter that you can reuse the tag which is why I did not write on it. I see from your message that you did get the post cards. yes I painted those as well! thanks!
Comment: I haven't opened the envie, but I can tell already that it's special and I'll love it! Ha! I'll update, though, when my bday does roll around and I open it! Thanks! Happy birthday to you too! Opened: Love the birthday card and the postcards inside! I can't believe you made a zine about mermaids! Cool beans! Thanks so much
Comment: Hi Sam. Thanks for a fantastic masterboard! I like the colors and textures and the hints of goldleaf and sparkle, especially as I haven't used the metallic sparkliness much, so this adds something special to my collection to incorporate into my ATCs/pocket letters. I enjoyed reading your lesson instructions for your altered book semester project. It seems like a fun challenge I might like to try over the winter. I was thinking of choosing a partially illustrated book for its appearance and theme and building my posts around that. Perhaps a book focusing on my gardening and/or other improvement efforts in our rental home. Anyway, thanks for sharing that and your mermaid zine with me, and the adorable paper clips will be perfect for a project I have in mind for one of my little girls. Have a nice day!
Response: so glad you liked it! the gold leaf is the foil off of chocolates! have fun with your book!
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful masterboard piece. It's a piece of art all by itself! I think I will use part of it to make a Marie Antoinette ATC. The mermaid zine is awesome, I have making an altered book on my to do list. ðŸ’—â˜º
Response: So glad you like it! Sounds perfect for Marie!
Comment: They came out great, I'm coloring at the moment, I love coloring it's so relaxing. I think it's great you like doing these, I'm the one fixing things here at home, need to change the oil and spark plug on the tractor lol thank you!!
Comment: ðŸŽ¨ ðŸ˜Š ðŸ’— This door is so gorgeous, much better than the pictures! I love it you really did a wonderful job on this little masterpiece. I was going to make a light made of beads but didn't; yours turned out really nice, I wish I would have made one now. Mine is on my flickr if you want to see how it turned out. Thank you for hosting such an awesome swap, it was a lot of fun! Oh and using my b-day as the house number was a cute touch, thanks. Thank you so very much for such a beautiful fairy door!
Response: aw! you are making me blush! it was a very fun challenge ( had to make two to get it right!) so glad you like it!
Comment: First of all, SOOOO cute! I love it. â™¥ I can't believe your generosity in sending the stamp along with the images. It didn't really need "fixing"-- I just cleaned it up a bit as you requested, and I've already stamped it on about 50 envelopes. :)
I think you did a fantastic job with the letters; in fact, you inspired me to try to carve words myself (I've never tried it, either). I have no idea how you got such fine detail in some areas. What kind of tool did you use for little spots like the eyes and the paws? Anyway, thanks again for a fantastic gift. â™¥
Response: just the little number one gouge that came with the carving kit. so glad you liked it!
Comment: Hi, Sam! Thank you so much for the jam packed envie of goodness! I love the postage stamps you used! Kitty card...adorable! Love the quotes, papers, mermaid postcards (omg!), mermaid zine (wow!),mermaid cards (did you draw the mermaid?),family tree zone (awesome!), and the super cool envy template! Omg....the mermaid ribbon is so cool...and the sticky beads! What a very inspiring package and I'll start using some of it tomorrow! A ton of hearts to you!
Comment: The thought you have gone to with your card and extra's is wonderful. Thank you so much. Merry Merry Christmas. (I also received a card from you that said to open on the 21st, I've not opened it yet but I wanted to thank you for sending it :D)
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card my daughter loves to pocket letter that was very nice and kind of you I do appreciate it very much for thinking of my kids and for understanding. Thanks again
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and all of the goodies that you included with the card. I especially like the instructions to make the ball out of Christmas cards. I am going to do that. Have a wonderful holiday.
Comment: The card you sent to me is quite beautiful. I love the black and white and of course, I am a huge fan of glitter. Thanks for the Martha Stewart ornament instuction. Hopefully, I will have time to try it. P.S. your washi tape is beautiful too. where did you get it? It is the wide strip with gold train on it.
Comment: I love these patches!!! I have that deer fabric - isn't it just beautiful! I haven't seen the black with bulbs on the back of the biggest one - very nice! thanks so much for having these swaps. I've loved swapping them...
Comment: Sam! This little book is so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your drawings with me! I loved them. Plus it was great to see a book in hand before I get mine completed as I've not made a book before.
Response: thank you and you are welcome! That was my first one as well and I hope I got it right! lol
Comment: Thanks so much for the portal! It will fit splendidly with several other items collecting for a new art journal/book...I am opting out of this swap this round as I have been playing it since round 18 but have never received my own zine back...So I will send this zine to swap master Dave to slide back into the next swap. It's been fun though!
Response: you should look in the group forum to see who it was sent to last...I always tell the person to let me know who they sent it to and if they don't post it in the forum, I do. you might find who has it and ask them to send it to you. so glad you liked the portal!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful package you sent. I just adore your ornament! It is one of my favorites yet! Such a creative and thoughtful ornament, I will treasure it for years! The art on your postcard is AMAZING, I really enjoyed that too. It will go into my special pc binder, that I enjoy looking through often. Big Hugs....Tammy
Response: you are so welcome and I'm really glad you liked it!
Comment: You did a very nice job for your first journal! The cover is beautiful and you did a really nice job sewing your signatures in. I'm obsessed with making them! I have a YoutTube channel with videos of all of the JJ's I've made. Check it out if you get a chance. It's under Mindy Langevin.
Response: Thank you!! I will definitely check it out!!
Comment: Hi Sam. Thanks for the fun zine. And thanks for the Quest Scouts zine. My wife is going to be all over that. We used to do geocaching but this sounds like a lot more fun. And no scratches from bushwhacking.
Comment: What beautiful patches/work! One of my partners from a Teesha Moore inspired swap is going to one of her workshops. I am so envious. Thanks so much! I am working on a cross body bag and I am going to add the one of the lady you made and probably a Christmas book cover.
Response: So glad you like them! Thanks for this wonderful swap!
Comment: Thanks so much for the interesting backgrounds. I love the shaving cream painted paper, which I've been wanting to try, the foreign and vintage book pages, and wallpaper, I'll definitely use these. :) I love the postcard of your painting too!
Comment: Wow, what a cool zine and cool swap! I love how well you used perspective to fit so much in each page...I am still working on mine...Many thanks! Ps, I have the perfect sweetie of a mailart friend to send that cute note paper to... :D
Comment: What a great little zine!! I learned a lot about your little town; thank you so much! And the glittery sea extras that floated out of the envelope made me laugh; you really do like mermaids huh?! ;-)
Comment: Ok, first - I looked at your pocket letter charms on flickr and couldn't wait for mine to come :) It is AMAZING! I love all the itty bitty stuff and the mini mail just rocks! And you are a genius - putting the stamp on upside down - I'd never thought about that! Thank you for all the itty bitty magical numshusness :) And thank for for kicking the original swap up a notch!
Response: awwww! you are so welcome! im glad you like it! it was so much fun to put together!
Comment: Hi Sam. Thanks so much for the great coloring book zines. I especially like the feather one and the owl/sun/potion? one. Did you have a theme in mind when you created that one? I love your style - so clean and uncluttered. The opposite of mine! Thanks again!
Comment: Thank you so so so much for the awesome zines and for 6 of them!!!!! and i adore the mermaid postcard im keeping that in my collection for sure or in a frame on my wall thanks again i wish i could give more hearts!!!
Comment: I love your dragon food zine. I chuckled as I paged through it, and my hubby liked it, too. You sure are on top of things, sending so early. (Mine is still in the planning stages inside my head, and won't get started until after the holidays.)
Response: i have to be doing something all of the time...so when i see a challenge i like, i jump right on it. thanks!
Comment: Sam! I looooove this dragon zine!!! You are so greatly talented! Thank you for always making your mail special. I love the card too, so pretty.
Merry Christmas! I hope we can swap more in the new year :)
Comment: where do I start!?! amazingly creative and wonderfully designed...I am working on mine this week now that company has left! boy do I have my work cut out for me...from the "bubbly" fish to the "eyeful" pirate this is one most amazing zine...if I have to pick out a favorite part I'd have to say the mermaid and her jar...excellent artwork and love the witty creativity..thanks so very much
Response: so happy you liked it!!! it thrills me when people like my work!!! thanks! can not wait to see yours!
Comment: Oh Sam, I really love these !!!ðŸŽ€ðŸŽðŸ‘“ðŸ‘™thanks so much for the time you spent panting and drawing in ink they are beautiful mermaids!!! I like the Atlantis people too, but the other grown up set is great!!
Comment: Thank you for the card...love Snowmen...and the story tucked inside. I love that song too. In fact, I would say I love all Christmas songs. :) I start playing Christmas music in November. :) Take care and enjoy the holiday season. Kathy Jane
Comment: oh wow! Your stamp is amazing! I just made my first one and am hooked. Love your details. Beautiful card too. thank you :) Yes I just found my first letterbox 2 days ago at Powells books!! So exciting!
Response: dont be suprised if you get hooked for life! if you join atlasquest, maybe i will see you on the trails!!
Comment: Love the Christmas greetings! Pretty card. The recipe sounds good however, I am visually impaired and I cannot read it. Print is too small and too light. Would it be possible for you to email it to me? I would really appreciate that. Love your Christmas memory about the gingerbread houses, something I have never done including making gingerbread men. Maybe that's a new tradition I can add.
Response: definitely!! so sorry about that! I must have missed that!
Comment: Thank you for the marvelous assortment of Circus papers and embellishments! The book pages will make awesome circus collage fodder, and the sparkly red ribbon will make any of my circus artwork really pop. Thanks again for the thoughtful and generous pack of circus inspiration.
Response: so glad it arrived!! and im glad you liked it! post your finished page on the ABES flickr page so i can see what you came up with!!
Comment: 5â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸s to you for such an AWESOME Pocket Letter!!! THE PEACOCK Cover painting is absolutely beautiful!!! ;-) You had so many great things in there!!! That envie & letter is awesome!! I luv the buttons, charms & CCs & your ATC is great!! Inchies too!!! THAT is definitely some HAPPY MAIL I will enjoy for a long time!!! my collection book is pretty awesome! ;-) Thank you , thank you, thank you AGAIN!!! ;-) Blessings, cc
Response: teehee! so glad you liked it! I had so much fun making it!
Comment: Sam, I think this has to be one of my all time favorite PL's! It is AWESOME! I love picking all the random wonderfulness out of the pockets!!! That mermaid sand pocket is stunning! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm off to check out the 'letterboxing' site now!
Response: I thank you! and a so glad you liked it! it was so much fun to make it all for you!
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely pocket letter. I hope you get a very nice one also.
Response: OMG!! I love what you made for me. I had sent the rating before, but I resent it. What a magical piece of art you created. It is definitely a favorite!! Thanks so much. Wish I could give you more hearts and stars for your effort! Have a great weekend. Thanks for reminding me. Karen Karen! so glad you liked it! I too, LOVE Johnny Depp!
Comment: OH MY! Love, love my first mermaid/sea related PL! So many hidden goodies and just really enjoyed it all!!! Now I have some new great ideas for making mine better. I really enjoyed your letter and the mermaid sightings booklet. Thank you for being a wonderful swap partner!! Many hearts to you, mermaid friend. :)
Response: lol! so glad you liked it! I love hearing that you do! :)
Comment: I Absolutely LOVE the journal you sent, it inspired me to really spruce up the one I was working on! I think the photo of the fountain was neat. and the technique you used with the tape and water was really neat-o!!! I can't wait to try that technique soon!! Thanks so much Sam! Carmen
Response: so glad you liked it! I couldn't stop making mine!
Comment: Hi Sam, What an awesome envelope to come home to. It was never ending in the most delightful way! I would love to be a student in your art class! Your mermaid block prints are GORGEOUS!! I love the Catch of the Day one and the Sardine Queen ones the best, but they are all amazing. I'm thinking of using one on a journal cover and framing the rest. You'll have a place on my Mermaid Wall forever. :o) Thank you also for all the inspiring collage, mixed media materials. The crab in the bottle keeps making me smile!! A wonderful swap, you went way overboard and it is immensely appreciated. Thanks for being such a wonderful member of the MLU group!! :o)
Response: so glad that you liked it!!! you made my day the last time...i thought it was only fair! re the block prints, i have a wall of them on my bathroom wall. it only seems fitting! lol
Comment: Sam firstly it's so great having you as partner after such a long time. Welcome back! Love not one but two matchboxes! Love the Valentine Inchies and the fairy doll! Thank you so much for the wonderful surprises and sweet note. I sent my partner two boxes as well. Who knew!?!! Love making these little boxes still. <3
Response: i know! they are such instant gratification! so glad you enjoyed!
Comment: Greetings & thank you for your awesome photo of your nativity set. I was sorry to hear about the fire, but I must say the raku look on the pieces is gorgeous! Thank you so much again for joining my swap and sharing your story with me.
Comment: I got your journal just today ! I'm not entirely sure yet how this works, but do I need to send this forward, or send it back to you after I'm finished o.o ?
Oh and thank you for the goodies you sent me ! :D I'll use them for sure ! <3
Comment: Beautiful wrapped packages and card. Thank you so much! We are waiting until Christmas Eve to open them. Enjoy all the Holidays that are coming up. Have a wonderful Fall Season and Happy Swapping!!
Comment: Thank you! What a wonderfully-drawn mermaid! I love all of the sparkles. I will definitely recycle the card into other projects -- it's so pretty! Thank you so much for this little work of art!
Comment: Thank you so much for the great package! I couldn't wait for Christmas to open it!! I loved how you wrapped it all to make it really feel like Christmas in June. I love all the tiny jars of glitter, the handmade paper and it was so thoughtful of you to include something for my daughters. THANK YOU!!
Response: lol! I know! its so hard to wait! glad you liked it!
Comment: Thanks so much for the prezzies! I opened the little note pad and the glass art kit. So cute! I don't think I will be able to wait for Christmas to open the others. We shall see. I may decide to make them birthday prezzies instead! I've been vacationing and busy with family so it has taken me several days to get to respond to you.
Response: no problem! glad you liked it! and glad it made it! :)
Comment: Thank you! I received it today and put it right into my stocking. I didn't peek, I promise! :-) EDIT: Opened on Christmas. AMAZING! Love the Doctor Who and Harry Potter (my favorite book in the world!) matchboxes you made for me! I can't wait to display them on my craft room shelf. Thanks for making my Christmas special!
Response: you are so welcome and i hope you lke it! :)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos and all the extras. I really like that angel with the sword. I've tried letterboxing but my family did not enjoy it...I dunno why... and I don't wanna do it alone. Oh well! â™¥â™¥â™¥
Response: you are so welcome! i know! it's so much more fun with someone else. I have letterboxing friends i go with.
Comment: The resend arrived! :)
Thank you for the awesome ATCs-
The students were really excited and loved the wonderful cards (looks like you have some really talented students :). This swap was great fun, thank you for hosting it and for being such a great swap-partner.
Comment: Thank you for the beautifull Christmas Card, and for writing a personal message in it. We wish you also the very best of holidays. We too are keeping it low key this year. On sunday we visit and eat at her parents and on new years eve we go to my parents for a visit and a family dinner. Merry Christmas.
Comment: Awesome student ATCs! I LOVE the ones you sent me, too! I have a group of students who are obsessing over cows and when they saw the Alien Abduction one, they wanted to make some ATCs to trade with me :) Thanks so much. It was awesome!
Response: im so glad they enjoyed it! my kids love theirs too!
Comment: Wow! ~ You sure make beautiful Fb's. Thank you so much for the swap, and, the really pretty fb you made for me - and - for the extras...p/c and all. Thank you also for hosting this swap, too. You're a lovely partner to have.
Comment: Wow, two pincushions....thank you. I love the size and style you made the pincushions. Thank you for joining the swap and being such a great swap partner. Thank you also for my first ever friendship book, I am looking forward to sending it out to my friends.
Comment: Yay! It is even prettier in person! You are so amazing and I will love playing dress-up WHEN I make another doll. I sent mine to @jailbird thinking it might inspire her to join the swaps. I guess I will have to spell it out for her. Thanks again for sending (and making) such great swaps, friend.
Response: you are so welcome and I am glad that you got it! I know you wanted it! :D
Comment: @);- & <3's a thousand times over. It is simply the most unbelievable package of creativity, style and feminine charm. These are definitely "unmentionables" that should be mentioned and I won't even get my knickers in a twist over them...the only question is...since you included hangers...where is the wardrobe (closet) to put them in?
Response: LOL! I actually have been trying to figure that out! I intended to put wire hooks on them but havent figured out what would work the best!
Comment: Beautiful doll, Sam! Thank you so much, I love her! Thanks for the extra papers too. Such a great swap idea you came up with, this weekend I'm FINALLY going to have time to make mine, and I'm so excited!
Response: you are so welcome!!! It wasnt my idea even though it was a great one! Little spoted dog hosted the first one!
Comment: Sam, I got your package today! And since it is Valentines Day, I got to open it too! Thank you for the goodies, and I'm sorry about all the trouble you had with the mix up. I know it can be confusing with several going at a time! I'm always worried I'm going to send the wrong swap to the wrong person. :)
Response: Whew! I am so glad you got it and on time! I count myself lucky that in 153 swaps, this is the first time that has happend! It could have gone so wrong! Thanks for being cool! :D
Comment: I loved the Art Nouveau look of this mermie! She is very pretty and I don't feel cheated at all!!! Heehee - (I know you know what I am referring to!) Thank you for being such a great partner! Oh the paper insert will be used, too!
Response: Whew! LOL dodged a bullet! :D I thought you would like her! She is actually from Art Nouveau papers that I ordered for a project for my painting 3 students! Good Eye!
Response: I am so sorry!! It wont happen again! I have already sent out new ones because I had one come back and did not realize the small size would be a problem and didn' t know if they would all come back.
Comment: A great way to end this series, a truly wonderful joker, thank you. Loved all of tht texture and shine. I will really miss doing this series, thank you again for hosting and keeping the group going.
Comment: Once again I love it all!! I love the mermaid and the jellyfish and the seperate jellyfish page!The colors are awesome!!I also love the bottle and the seagull page!! The altered scrabble tiles are excellent!! Thanks for everything!!
Comment: Hi Sam, thanks so much for the ornaments! The backside of the bird of peace is made out of a Dutch bookpage, what a coincidence!
A merry christmas to you and your family! Hugs from the Netherlands
Response: So you can read it!!! I hope its not naughty! LOL so glad you like it!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful & unique ornaments! Also, I love the bird with different pages of books from around the world! Very creative! Also, thank you for hosting, this was a great swap! Happy holidays!
Response: I am so glad you liked them!! I plan to host next year as well!! This was a lot of fun! thanks for joining. :D
Comment: i am lost for words with this beautiful little house you made and the oh so cute bird. to pretty to keep in a box after christmas.. will hang them both up in my room.. even the sticker on the back is sweet.. thank you for making something really special..xoxox..
Response: I am so glad you liked them! I wasnt sure about the bird as it was made from unusual materials! I had to send both!
Comment: Fun card, thank you. Another currency question is why is a dime smaller than all of the other coins.By the way, what medium do you use to create the color wash in the background?
Response: Is it because silver is worth more than nickel? I use acrylic paint and my finger and then I dust it with glitter while its wet. Its very reandom and I do a bunch at a time so what ever color you get is what you get!!!!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful 5 of diamonds.
I like using Mark's images also! I have used the man with coffee several times. We named him Joe!! This lady need
s a name as well, I have used her also and it is cool to have my own ATC with her on it.
Response: I think her name should be Gertrude! LOL Or... Levinia! or Bertha!.....LOL! this could go on and on!
Comment: I assume this is the mail I pmd you about? DH is going to forward it to me so I will come back and add further comments dear when I receive it. Thx! (";) **Update Dec. 17**: Love the polar bear card and your paper bird ornament is adorable. I also got a chuckle out of your "recipe"! lol Thx dear! Hugs, Terry
Comment: Thank you! The ornament you made is beautiful. Your recipe made me smile. When I was a kid, I decided to make dough ornaments one year. I had them all cut out and baked and was looking forward to painting them. My 4 year old brother found them cooling and crumbled them all into little bits. I felt crushed when I found them! That boy was such a brat when he was a baby!! We are close as adults though, so maybe I will try making dough ornaments again :)
Response: LOL! my nephew actually ATE his ornament last year and it was plastic!! He loves candy and the plastic sucker looked so real! This years ornament is a small sign that reads "regan, please dont eat the ornaments!" LOL!
Comment: Sam, what can I say about your mermaid pages but WOW!!!!! Really fantastic, you are an amazing artist! = ) Also, those bottle caps are SUPER. I've never seen altered bottle caps before and I was amazed. Thank you so much!
Also, thank you for your patience concerning my pages. Life is getting back to 'normal' and I will have them out soon.
Response: I am so pleased that you liked what I sent! Take what ever time you need! :D
Comment: I absolutely love the journal page paper doll idea! Very cute! And the mermaid you painted is just great!! Very creative! Thank you so much for a great journal page! And the bottlecaps are adorable!! They're already magnets on my fridge! Teehee.
Comment: Sam, I am absolutely speechless. I don't even know where to begin on telling you how awesome each and every detail in your journal package is. Wow, you must have hours and hours of work into it and I so very much appreciate it all. The paintings are amazing, the clothes closet and clothes for the mermaid are so creative, (haha, "I love Poseidon"), the hand cut print, the poem and feather tuck in, the vellum definition to veil to protect the sleepy mermaid, the doodle, and the awesome bottle caps!!! Whew, this is going to be one awesome journal!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful artwork.
Response: It was a joy and a pleasure to do them and I am so glad that you like them! Thanks!
Comment: Sam, you are an amazing artist and you made my day! Thank you for all the mermaid goodness in the swap package. I tried the dresses on my little mermaid...of course the blue one was first. Tonight I affixed the doodle to the inside of one of my covers, not sure if it will be front or back yet. Thanks again for an awesome swap that made me smile!
Response: You are so welcome and I loved doing all of it!!! this was such a fantastic swap!
Comment: You are incredible!! Thank you so much - you went over and above and WAY ABOVE! I love everything you made - and I hope you are going to play in the next one - theres a discussion on the forum -i would appreciate your input!
Response: I am really glad that you liked everything! I had a great time doing these pages and Kimmer, you need to believe that anything you do is a gift of love and is apreciated!
Comment: Your work is outstanding! I love the gorgeous hand-painted work and the Mermaid's Closet is just so wonderfully rendered. My DH even looked at your "doodle" and pronounced it great! He usually is beyond bored w/ my swaps. Love everything. Thanks so much.
Response: LOL! I am so glad I could "move" him! LOL!
Comment: All I can say is WOW!!!! I love everything, can i give more hearts? LOLThanks so so much. I played with my mermaid and dressed her in the blue dress as soon as I got her. I will never grow up!!! I love her closet and her clothes. Love Everything!! Thanks again!!
Response: Awe!!! you actually played with her! that is so great! I didnt know if anyone would see what she looked like with her cloths!
Comment: I'm not familiar with Eclipse but this is truly an outrageous and wonderful card, thank you very much. I love how you paint the backgrounds. I really need to experiement with some new techniques and looks. Thanks again.
Response: LOL! I use my fingers to spread different colors of acrylic paint onto the surface of the card. while it is wet, I sprinkle some glitter! very messy! I do about 20 cards at a time!
Comment: WOW!!! What fun it was to open your package and see all the great stuff you sent. I'm sure I can make good use of it. I like glittery and shiney too. Thank you also for the little Red Riding Hood you made me. She is so cute and will make a great addition to my collection. Thank you for a great swap.
Response: You are so welcome and I really enjoyed making little red for you so much that I made one for myself!
Comment: YEAHHHHH!!! I love this style! LOVE the caramel corn hair... very creative way of upcycling food packaging! :) The lady is very cute and Marie Antoinette-ish, the colors are fantastic... just an awesome card all around! An all-Sam (or mostly-Sam) deck is fine with me, as is the nearly complete deck of loteria cards you've sent me by now! :)
Comment: Oh! I think I have a new favorite! :) Seriously, I LOVE this one! The 3-D house is so sweet, the colors are fantastic, and I love that the postage stamp is part of the picture, not just randomly slapped on there to make it purty... :P Clever, clever work, and of course the title made me laugh out loud. :) The extras are fantastic, too. Thanks so much, Sam!
Response: im so glad you liked it, it came together so fast and easy, I still giggle to think of jack spreading his "love" ! lol
Comment: Oh my... so much going on in this envelope, I'm not even sure where to start! Okay, your Two of Hearts is a beauty, and it makes me smile to know she has a sister out there. :) The extra mermaid and Two of Spades are much appreciated, and the stamped images may come in handy for future mermaid swaps! Por supuesto, me amo "El Valiente." Okay, I think that about covers it! :) Thanks, Sam!
Comment: Aw, she's a cutie! :) Love the extras... that glittery paper is fabulous! I took your advice and signed up early for the next couple of swaps, although I think I'll still be the last one in, unless we get some new blood... but now I know for future reference! :)
Response: Its not glittery paper! its actual glitter! You shake it on while the paint is still wet. looks like it is part of the background. (martha stewart brand ..I think)
Comment: Fabulous Four! Loved the textures and choice of materials, especially those funky cigarette labels. And I really appreciate the extras, both the foreign language pages and the vintage people extras, will definitely use them all very soon. Great swap, thank you very much.
Response: you are so welcome! glad you liked all the stuff!
Comment: Thank you so much for that wonderful package :-) What a creative mermaid :-D Unfortunatly the pop-tarts were smashed to pieces, but it was a really nice thought ;-) However I don't mind eating them cold sometimes, so I imagine the rubble will go down just fine ;-)
Comment: Hi Sam I love the mermaid ATCs you made! The little girl is just perfect for that and I really like your clever use of materials. The paper doll mermaid is an awesome idea! I will enjoy coloring her and will try to remember to send pictures. It will be so fun to play "dressup" the mermaid! Thank you for the fun, mermaid-y package.
Comment: Oh my goodness, did you go overboard! It was so lovely, I was sitting at home with my broken arm feeling all sorry for myself and it really made my day! I love everything, very thoughtful. Thanks so much!
Response: I hope you get to feeling better! thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thanks so much for the wonderful surprise today! The doll is fabulous, my boys liked it too.
Thanks a lot for all the extras!! That chocolate with the toffee chips and almond is (ehhhhh....was) just too delicious :). The jello was received with cheers from the kids, and now I can finally decently make some cake-pops, with the sticks you sent!
Response: I am so glad you liked all of it! I had fun finding the stuff for you and your boys... I only have one, so i cant even begin to imagine!!!
Comment: What a lovely little ornament! Unfortunately the PO made a mess of the package and I was afraid that the ornament would be ruined, but it survived just fine, amazingly enough. The card was totally rumpled, sadly. I loved it all, though -- thank you!
Response: I am so glad about the ornament and so sorry about the card! Were you even able to read it??? Have a very merry christmas!! thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Gorgeous Jack Frost, i love him! Thank you sooo much. I also received a handwritten card which was a lovely touch and a personal story which was great. :-)
I posted a blog entry tonight here http://www.louisegale.blogspot.com/
Response: Wow! i'm going to be on your blog!! Thanks for the rating! I will go and check it out!
Comment: Thank you Sam for the glitteriest APCs ever. The Fab eggs are FAB - total masterpieces! I love the madonnas too. Your work is absolutely exquisite and I feel totally lucky to have two suites from you, both of which I love! Amazingly they got through the strike (4 days after the PO hired a bunch of agency staff - read, scabs according to the Communications Workers Union!) unscathed. Thank you so very much. with best wishes from Kim x
Response: I am sooo glad you got them! Hurray for "scabs"! LOL. I'll PM later
Comment: I love the ATCs and all of the goodies! We really are neighbors.... my pre-Ike home (& hopefully again, soon) is in San Leon, just down the road from Dickinson.... Thanks for the wonderful package!
Response: I am so glad you liked them! thanks for the rating and the heart. Best of luck and wishes! and thanks for hosting this swap!
Comment: The tarot were very interesting. were they random or picked face up?
Response: They arn't tarot. they are Mexican Bingo cards called Loteria. It took me awhile to figure out what you were talking about! I collect the mermaid out of each set and send the rest off into the world!
Comment: WOW.. I am glad I got you as my partner in this swap..This is a great atc, how very clever to use the bar code this way...Very creative and you have the talent to make it all work so beautifully..I am impressed by your art, it's wonderful..Also I love the great extra papers, I always appericate them..I Thank you with a heart and if I could I would give you a 1000 more..
Response: Ironically, this was my first challenge but took forever to finally get to send off. i am so glad you liked it and you are so welcome!
Comment: Your atc is the most creative a beautiful use of something so ordinary. One man's trash is another man's treasure. I am delighted with all the wonderful extras, I especially like the Houston playing card. Thank you very much for this surprise package.
Response: Thanks so much! I am so glad that you like it!!!! :D
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC! The Athena you drew looks like such a warrior goddess, and the altered bottlecap adds such unique dimension. Hmm.. my guess for the next
god/goddess would be Hermes. I guess we'll have to wait and see :-p
LOL don't worry, i was wrong too! I totally didn't see that one coming. Demeter...?!! :-p
Response: I am so glad you like her! I was thinking Haephastus. (cant spell that one!) Either way, I suspect it will be male.........How wrong was I?
Comment: WOW! Sam, thank you so much. These cards are brilliant, so clever and detailed - made with such obvious attention to detail and care. I am in awe of your amazing talent (and so are most of my co-workers) Thank you again for a lovely series of mini-masterpieces! All the best from Kim x
Response: I am so happy you liked them! when i saw your Bio, I thought they would be perfect and I was really excited to make them! Sam
Comment: thank you so much for the gorgeous ATC of Hera... you did an amazing job! i'm not sure which part is my favorite-- the handdone peacock feather background, the wonderful bottle cap (awesome with the lace under the resin!), or the image of Hera herself. again, thank you so much, and sorry about the delay in rating you :-)
Response: I am really glad that you liked her! I am really loving this series!!!
Comment: Sam, Great job! Both my kids and I were amazed at your creativity. (crafts coming in the mail is exciting for them too!) You have inspired me, now if only I could paint!
ps. the skull is one of the first things I noticed, it works perfect.
Thanks for the extras.
Response: I am so glad you liked them. I love to paint and fairy tales are so much fun!!! My 11 yr old love to get the mail!
Comment: Wow! You are very creative. Thank you for such a wonderful ATC, I love it! You did a GREAT JOB!!!!! I know what you mean about the weather, here in CA it is 107 today. Thank you for the atc and extras. You got more than one heart in my book. p.s. Merry Christmas to you too.
Response: I had so much fun making these queens. I am so glad that you like her! Sam
Comment: Thanks so much! The bottlecap thing is a great idea. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series! The second one is up for signups now, but I'll happily do another private one if you don't have the required swaps by the signup deadline.
Response: Laura, I would love to do another private swap. I wont have enough in time to do this one. (they only let me have 5 swaps at a time. I am about to send two off.) Are you going to be OK have art from the same artist? sam