Friday, June 26, 2009

about-to-be-altered card

A couple of Dutch postcrossers, one of whom works in a hospital, sent this clever postcard. All of the design elements peel off to turn your mouse into an ambulance. On the back of the card, the couple attached a mini-photo of a wren they sighted on a walk the day they sent the card. A red letter day for me.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

panda, baby

Mrpotani took an outsized tag on a t-shirt and added panda stickers to make this twice-altered card.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

latvian stamps

These sweet stamps are courtesy of a postcrosser in Latvia.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Just Read It

A wonderful altered postcard from Jacqueline. I'm trying to decide whether these are ingredients for a Turkish dish.

martta wendelin

A Finnish postcrosser sent this vintage card by Martta Wendelin (1893--1986), a famous magazine and book illustrator.

judy johnson-williams

This carved cardboard image by Judy Johnson-Williams is called American Woman. Mrpotani sent the card.

altered fantasy

A Croatian postcrosser sent this little fantasy, embellished with a stamp from his table tennis club.

altered music

A Polish postcrosser altered this view of the Academy of Music in her town and drew a guitar and saxophone on the back.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

once again stamps

Fabulous, fabulous stamps from a Finnish postcrosser who used a vintage (well, pre-euro) stamp of midsummer roses on a vintage postcard. The charming stamp of the little girl blowing a traditional birch bark horn, once used by cowherds, is more recent but looks vintage.

Love the Yiching pot in these stamps from a Chinese postcrosser.

A Czech postcrosser sent this nifty selection of stamps.

Google tells me that Arrowtown is an old gold mining town, known for its spectacular scenery.

The striking design of this Polish stamp celebrates astronomy.

Love these stamps from Croatia.

And these familiar ones from Brasil.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Torn and Reassembled

This postcrosser from Australia tore, then reassembled this card. The result is totally amazing! On the back, she spilled some coffee (or tea perhaps) and wrote a poem.

Altered into Multiview

I received this amazing card from a postcrosser in Rihimaki, Finland. When I took off the staple at the top, the card opened up into a letter. Each of the small pictures represent special events in this postcrosser's life. What a delight to receive this card in the mail!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Stapled from Lithuania

This cool card from a postcrosser in Lithuania was punched (at the lower left corner), stickered and stapled along the sides. I especially liked the use of stapes as decorative elements.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Serenely Surreal Altered Card

At first looks like a regular postcard but upon close inspection, serene landscapes and people have been cleverly glued on. Great altered card from C. Rizzuto of Sunnyvale, CA.

Bats Back Altered Postcard

Crazy altered card from Andrea Jay, Hiliarious Assistant Principal of Staten Island, NY!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

typewriter eraser

Lynn B sent this image of Claes Oldenburg's 1976 sculpture called Typewriter Eraser. She got it on a visit to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas.

Monday, June 8, 2009

More Altered Postcrossings

Her first postcrossing card and it's a beautiful collage. An actual button is inserted on bottom right.

Chewed by chinchillas!

Altered Postcrossings

Glitter and sticker card from a German postcrosser

Crumpled and scratched card from Canadian postcrosser

Inked in Kaiser Franz Josef and Kaiserin Elisabeth card from Austria.

Polish pennies adhered to card from Polish postcrosser

All in Stripes

This postcard arrived from Chandlerguera of Arizona. It's a wonderful play of stripes from swimsuits to flag to beasts and bugs. Are those marshmallows balanced on the spoons? Thanks for participating in "The Year of the Altered Postcard!"

Almost Backup

Jacqueline sent this Paulino card. He almost became the backup catcher but was traded instead.

The Glasgow School

My friend Helen sent this beautiful postcard from Scotland. The artist is Margaret Macdonald and painting is called "The White Rose and the Red Rose." Helen enjoyed a private tour of the Glasgow School of Art, which was designed by Rennie Mack.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

short cuts

Altered cards continue to amuse me. I have as much fun making them as getting them. This one is going to a friend in Tono.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

postcards of prague 6

Mozart and Kafka: fitting ends to the Prague postcards.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

postcards of prague 5

A view of Prague's famed Loreto, embellished with straw elements from a Czech Christmas ornament and a stamp by a printmaker named Anna Khunova. A large print by her hangs in the living room, a smaller one in the back bedroom.

Venetian Prague, with canal, seaweed, beach glass, glitter falling from the sky, and a Tiffany stamp.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

block village

Friend Sandy S has been carving tiny stamps and making tiny villages filled with flowers. Lovely idea and execution.

celebrating taiwan

Let's dance! A great stamp from Taiwan. If it's a repeat, then file it under 'twice is nice'.

blue puss

A Dutch postcrosser altered this card, called Blue puss, in honor of her beloved Russian Blue named Raalka, who is now 17. Wishing Raalka many more years!