Sunday, February 8, 2015

Recent Altered Cards from Postcrossers

Drawn by a young, ill child in Russia

Altered by someone in Russia who doesn't like fat women

Altered by a South African postcrosser. She removed half of the card, then reassembled it back.

A jolly card from Germany. Guys singing songs loudly on the First of May.

A daisy surrounded by lambswool from a postcrosser in Austria

A laced up altered card from Germany

An anti-gun postcard from Australia

An altered Eiffel Tower card from a photographer/artist in Russia


Toyama is along the Sea of Japan and known for their hydroelectric business. I love the thatched roofed houses in this postcard. The postcrosser decorated the back of the card with ribbon and stickers. She used a beautiful stamp illustrating the ancient game of kai-awase.


It's my annual treat and adventure to go to the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale. For a good cause and great shopping!

Traveling Cards

Two cards from different parts of the world. The cactus is from Susan, who was visiting Tucson over New Year's She said it snowed there.
The card to the right that looks like a row of airport scanners is an art installation by Paola Pivi in China. These are supposed to dispense water, red wine, orange juice, ink, glycerin, mint syrup, espresso, almond syrup and facial tonic. Nauseating to list...

New Year Card in February

Friend Judy sent me a New Year card last week. She said it's a Happy New Year card as it isn't yet Valentines Day. That reminds me...I need to take down my New Year decorations and put up some hearts.

Kobe Daibutsu

Mom sent a retro card of the buddha statue in Kobe. It's still there but surrounded by factories and homes.

Women Do It!

Some of the lovely postcards that are arriving for the Women Do It! Postcard show. We are accepting all postcards on this theme. To apply, go to

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Two Whimseys

A German postcrosser created a cute story about a lonely Teddy Bear.

A Finnish postcrosser created characters out of buildings and the lake. I love her imagination!

Love to Read

Here's an altered card that speaks to the Portuguese postcrosser's love of reading. She explained the the quote means, "Great characters are more real than ourselves." Indeed, I love books that have good character development. 

Matryoshka Dolls

Anna, a prior postcrosser, sent a lovely altered card with Russian nested dolls. I love the way she decorated this card with markers and a pretty ornament on one edge. I will have to send her a nice altered card in return. 


 Three retro Hawaiian cards to postcrossers living in wintry conditions. The pineapple goes to Belarus, The surfer goes to Canada and the lei-maker goes to Germany. All cards from WES.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Another find at the WES! This was in a box of movie poster cards from MOMA. It is going to a young postcrosser in Taiwan who is majored in radio, TV & film and now works in radio. Working in a slowing fading field, she may appreciate Nabokov's novel and the luscious image of this Stanley Kubrick-directed film. 


Picked up this fabulous card yesterday at the White Elephant Sale. I had forgotten how svelte these women were back in the day. It is going out today to a Postcrosser in Belgium who likes Motown. I hope she enjoys this card as much as I do.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Daniel Green

Creativity Explored's announcement of Daniel Green's solo show. He makes meticlous lists remind me of the old TV Guide. I own several of his works. The opening reception is Jan 15, 7-9 pm at 3245 16th St, San Francisco. 

New Year Card

I received this lovely handmade New Year card from Riko. She used joss paper, paper ephemera and rubber stamps to create a lovely design.

2015 Japanese New Year Stamps

My mother's Christmas package had my favorite 2015 New Year stamps on it. Famous Japanese artists and calligraphers are asked each year to create their interpretation of the word, "sheep." Some are modern and stylized while others hark back to ancient crypographs. The red ones connote seals rather than calligraphy. This zodiac animal is associated with gentless and I hope this year brings plenty of that!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Retro Cards

I love this Russian postcrosser card! She is studying to be a CSI after finishing up with law school. 

A Polish postcrosser altered this vintage 1962 card of the Warsaw National Stadium. I adore it!

An altered card using all vintage elements from a Belgian postcrosser. She writes, "Being a baby can be like hell, don't you think?" A rather odd comment but ok....

Play on Harry Potter

This Chinese postcrosser altered a rather boring cat card into a Harry Potter scene.

Beautiful Back

This Ukranian postcrosser painted these lovely trees on the back of the card. The colors of the gorgeous stamps echo the trees. 

Two Cards Altered

This Finnish postcrosser got so into altering cards that she sent two! They are lovely and quite different from each other. The card at the top was altered with glitter, nail polish and lipstick. Very meticulous and effective! The card below incorporates key words for the postcrosser. She is celebrating academic freedom and love of foreign languages. There are no tuition costs in Finland so all she needs to worry about are living expenses. How wonderful!