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Title: SHARE A PHOTO OF YOUR EXCHANGE!
Post by: Erica McPhee on January 05, 2015, 02:36:14 PM
I thought it would be great to start a thread of just photos from previous exchanges. This way people can get a glimpse of what others send. Here is mine from the summer exchange 2014.
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 05, 2015, 02:43:48 PM
Spring Exchange 2014.
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 05, 2015, 02:49:49 PM
Valentine's Exchange 2014. Although I probably won't ever go this elaborate again! LOL!  ;D
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Post by: Jamie on January 05, 2015, 04:12:41 PM
They're also so gorgeous. I can't wait until I do my first exchange and have something to share. :)

Do you hand-cut the card edges or did you get them from somewhere?
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Post by: Linda Y. on January 05, 2015, 04:25:34 PM
I don't think I ever took photos of my first few exchanges (oops) but here is the holiday 2014 one  :)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7529/15390852594_0149658c71_o.jpg)
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 05, 2015, 09:27:22 PM
Thank you! The postcards were die cut by the printers. I cut the mini-valentine (which tucked into the back of the fabric heart) on my Silhouette machine and handcut the envelope labels with funky scissors.  :)

They're also so gorgeous. I can't wait until I do my first exchange and have something to share. :)

Do you hand-cut the card edges or did you get them from somewhere?
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 05, 2015, 11:22:02 PM
Beautiful Linda! Such beautiful color, too!  :)
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Post by: Roseann on January 06, 2015, 12:29:25 AM
All so wonderful!  So inspiring!
Thank you!
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Post by: chiarag on January 06, 2015, 03:42:49 AM
Here it is my first exchange, autumn 2014.
I wrote a quote in Italic on a Card, wrapped with transparent paper and matched with a real leaf took in my garden.
The challenge for me was finding an idea feasible for 7 people meeting the deadline.

C
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Post by: chiarag on January 06, 2015, 03:57:37 AM
Here it is my Winter/Holiday exchange.
I prepared Xmas decorations Made of chalk. I wrote for each one 4 Messages/whishes changing colours of paper and ink.
Hope they have been arrived safe!!!
C
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Post by: jaimelynne on January 06, 2015, 09:25:05 AM
This is such a cool thread! I'm drooling and can't wait for my first exchange!!!
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Post by: Blotbot on January 06, 2015, 10:42:44 PM
This was for the winter exchange.
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Post by: Moya on January 10, 2015, 06:29:20 AM
Here's one of my Blue exchange cards all together.

These were done extremely on the cheap - I bought some blue A5 card, painted the flower outlines, used 23ct gold leaf to gild three sections on each flower, then did the calligraphy and then painted in the colour.  To get the colours I used ultramarine + zinc white gouache in three different ratios - light, medium, dark.  That's my cheat's way of making sure all the colours blend ... it's all just one colour!

Things I'd change: I think I would paint the petals before doing the calligraphy next time as it looks very amateur with the colour not meeting the letters.  I will also not be using that brand of cardboard again as it was bleedy to the max!  And I would have worked harder for consistent coverage with that background painting - maybe I'd use acrylic or watercolour instead of gouache.  Things just weren't going my way that day.

The overall effect came out OK, though.  And I look at it every time as: each exchange is something new to learn :)

(http://i.imgur.com/4X2PGPVl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/4X2PGPV)
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Post by: federart on January 10, 2015, 06:39:37 AM
'I think they are gorgeous Moya  :)
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Post by: Starlee on January 10, 2015, 09:06:31 AM
I can't find pics of my Blue or Halloween exchanges, but here is my 2014 Christmas exchange card.
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Post by: riana on January 10, 2015, 03:41:20 PM
I sent slight variations of this design for the Holiday Exchange 2014. The shimmery blank notecards are from PaperSource, then I hand lettered everything with Moon Palace Sumi ink & dual tip Touch markers (my latest obsession!)

Riana
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Post by: Sarah Foutz on January 10, 2015, 08:56:27 PM
Everyone's cards are such a feast for the eyes!!! Erica, you are crazy talented. Those examples were intense!

Thanks for sharing, everyone! I'm excited to see the progression my cards take throughout the year. :)
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 11, 2015, 10:50:28 AM
Here's one of my Blue exchange cards all together.

 (http://imgur.com/4X2PGPV)

One of my regrets for 2014 was that I was too busy to do the blue exchange! All of the cards looked so gorgeous! So beautiful Moya!  :)
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Post by: suzietwig on January 13, 2015, 12:15:43 PM
This is so helpful to see all the gorgeous work you've all exchanged. and extra helpful for those of us having not exchanged before--thank you! I would love to see more!!  :-*
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Post by: Estefa on January 20, 2015, 04:08:28 AM
Love to see all of these!!

Here's my Christmas card design from 2014. i think I posted pics from most of the other exchanges in the exchange threads themselves already :).

The original of the card was written with Ziller's Glossy Black on Borden & Riley layout paper (the Ziller's is much more dense than the walnut ink I usually use, so it scans better, especially hairlines), after I made A LOT of pencil sketches. I worked in several layers – the lettering and main flourishing was on one, for the rest of the flourishing I tried different versions on different sheets of the transluscet layout paper and merged them then in Photoshop. Finally the design was reversed so I had  a 'negative', and chose a light blue on a beautiful pearly paper my online printer offers. On the back are only some snowflakes.

The envelopes are from Artoz, handmade cotton paper 'Rondo', lovely to write on, I used walnut ink and 'Polar Blue' metallic ink by Kallipos.

Was a lot of fun, I did nearly a 100 envelopes and cards as I sent some also to wedding planners in Germany :)! Great practice too!

'Frohe Weihnacht' simply means 'merry Christmas'. Not very creative with the copy ;D.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8669/16298367226_8e256d6846_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qQeoKu)X-mas_IMG_1417 (https://flic.kr/p/qQeoKu) by Estefa1317 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7548/16138107399_5c851ac3cb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qA5262)X-mas_IMG_1307 (https://flic.kr/p/qA5262) by Estefa1317 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
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Post by: KateMothers on January 29, 2015, 04:21:57 PM
Now I'm completely nervous since I'm a beginner. I can't possible measure up to these examples!
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Post by: Amy Corrado on January 29, 2015, 07:09:11 PM
You're not alone Kate - I saw these and had a total freak out, too.  Then I picked my jaw up, took a deep breath and decided to just have fun.  Folks will be getting an experimental, sorta messy, but made with love valentine from me.  :)
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Post by: Sarah Foutz on January 29, 2015, 07:15:40 PM
Now I'm completely nervous since I'm a beginner. I can't possible measure up to these examples!

You don't have to measure up to anyone but yourself!!! This forum is all about progress, not judgement. Anything that is sent with love will be a treasure!!! No one is going to be upset to get something other than a bill in their mailbox.... :) I promise!!!!
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Post by: Moya on January 29, 2015, 07:19:26 PM
100% true!  Some people just send a single line, some people send a beautiful elaborate artwork - we all have different time commitments, different budgets, different skills. The only expectation for the exchange is "SOMETHING" in calligraphy - it can be one word on the back of a newspaper if you like! 
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Post by: schin on January 29, 2015, 07:50:45 PM
I send some over the top envelopes but absolutely do not expect something crazy back... I love all the envelopes I get from everyone, beginners and veterans alike, and as long as you do your best and put in some effort, it goes into my scrapbook!

Don't worry about being a beginner.. we all start somewhere.. I have received some pretty bad exchanges (not from Flourish!) where the person practically used folded lined notebook paper and some squiggly lines using ballpoint pen.. that I don't like even from a beginner.. as long as you send something from your heart (nothing is worse than no-shows!), it is all good and welcome!
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Post by: Nickkih on January 29, 2015, 08:44:33 PM
Here is the cards I sent for the Christmas exchange. The most important factor in the exchange is have fun.
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Post by: AnasaziWrites on January 29, 2015, 10:22:59 PM
.. as long as you send something from your heart (nothing is worse than no-shows!), it is all good and welcome!
So well said.

Spread the joy.
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Post by: AnasaziWrites on January 29, 2015, 10:31:08 PM
100% true!  Some people just send a single line, some people send a beautiful elaborate artwork - we all have different time commitments, different budgets, different skills. The only expectation for the exchange is "SOMETHING" in calligraphy - it can be one word on the back of a newspaper if you like!
Yes.

The joy is in the journey, not the destination.

The attempt at a single word, even.

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Post by: Estefa on January 30, 2015, 06:00:26 AM
I also love all that I get from an exchange!! Well said, all of you :).
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Post by: Judy G on January 30, 2015, 09:25:29 AM
I loooove looking at your photos! They're all soooooo pretty and dreamy!!!!!
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Post by: robbie.hilado on February 03, 2015, 09:24:50 PM
These are just too brilliant! I hope someday I get to make cards as beautiful as these. For the time being, I hope the cards I sent are appreciated XD
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Post by: Blotbot on February 08, 2015, 11:35:33 AM
Valentine's Day Exchange 2015
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Post by: Briana on February 08, 2015, 12:48:51 PM
If it makes anyone feel better, here's my VERY FIRST exchange card from the 2014 Valentine Exchange! I struggled with the nibs and ink so much. Seriously, I threw away about 20 cards! I had never addressed an envelope before and was terrified.
(http://i.imgur.com/3xxLwXB.jpg?2)

And here's one of the most recent, from the Broad Nib Exchange in October-ish 2014:
(http://i.imgur.com/DIwOgus.jpg?1)

I feel like I improved a lot! Confidence was up, and there was a lot more practice under my belt, haha. Plus, getting cards from so many people of varying skill levels with different creative brains and interests is SUPER inspiring. Exchanges are my favorite!
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Post by: tintenfuchs on February 09, 2015, 03:27:04 AM
Briana, those bookmarks are gorgeous!
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Post by: MakeMyPlace on February 09, 2015, 05:45:35 AM
Briana what a wonderfull idea! I love your bookmarks <3
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Post by: Chandra on February 09, 2015, 10:37:35 AM
If it makes anyone feel better, here's my VERY FIRST exchange card from the 2014 Valentine Exchange! I struggled with the nibs and ink so much. Seriously, I threw away about 20 cards! I had never addressed an envelope before and was terrified.
...And here's one of the most recent, from the Broad Nib Exchange in October-ish 2014:

I feel like I improved a lot! Confidence was up, and there was a lot more practice under my belt, haha. Plus, getting cards from so many people of varying skill levels with different creative brains and interests is SUPER inspiring. Exchanges are my favorite!

That bookmarks ! I wantttt.... Beautiful !
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Post by: AmyNeub on February 09, 2015, 11:32:07 AM
My favorite exchange so far was the Halloween/Day of the Dead exchange. I had just finished my Beginner Spencerian class so I used Spencerian to write the last name and address. I like to create a contrast in words, so I added the Pointed Textura (Gothic) for the first names. It was fun to drool the ink from the serifs/stems by swiveling the nib to a point (I over did to create more drama in the letters). I am not skilled with broad pen hands as I would like to be, but I am putting the time in. In high school I wanted to go to college for medical illustration. I even found a college, but then I found out I had to buy a cadaver (dead body), so I decided that was not for me. (I faint when I see blood.) So I drew skeleton bone hands holding a card with the address and info to get out those past creative feeling I had.

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Post by: Sarah Foutz on February 09, 2015, 12:36:07 PM
Amy, how awesome is that???! So creepy and cool at the same time! :) :)
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Post by: Briana on February 10, 2015, 01:37:25 AM
Briana what a wonderfull idea! I love your bookmarks <3
That bookmarks ! I wantttt.... Beautiful !
Briana, those bookmarks are gorgeous!

Thank you guys so much! Those were by far my favorite thing I've calligraphy...ied ever!
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Post by: Briana on February 10, 2015, 01:39:27 AM
In high school I wanted to go to college for medical illustration. I even found a college, but then I found out I had to buy a cadaver (dead body), so I decided that was not for me. (I faint when I see blood.)

These are amazing! You always go above and beyond! Maybe you could do candy medical illustrations. Draw sugar skulls and those bone sweet tarts...
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Post by: chiarag on February 14, 2015, 12:26:14 PM
This is my St.Valentine Exchange.
C
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Post by: jaimelynne on February 14, 2015, 06:59:36 PM
Awe! Chiarag! I love what you wrote as your "love is..." answer!!!!
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Post by: Alex O on February 14, 2015, 09:58:07 PM
This is a photo of my valentines exchange envelopes.  I really enjoyed participating and I hope everyone has received my cards... I say this because I was on a roll and also made them for my parents, in-laws and sister, but my sis (in Virginia) still hasn't received hers yet and it's been over two weeks! 😳

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Post by: Chandra on February 14, 2015, 11:31:28 PM
This is a photo of my valentines exchange envelopes.  I really enjoyed participating and I hope everyone has received my cards... I say this because I was on a roll and also made them for my parents, in-laws and sister, but my sis (in Virginia) still hasn't received hers yet and it's been over two weeks! 😳

What a lovely design. Thank you for sharing ! :)
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Post by: chiarag on February 15, 2015, 02:45:05 AM
Awe! Chiarag! I love what you wrote as your "love is..." answer!!!!
Thankssss
Ciao
C
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Post by: handmadeletters on February 19, 2015, 09:02:40 AM
This is my St.Valentine Exchange.
C

Chiara, that is SO lovely!!
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Post by: Judy G on February 19, 2015, 12:09:42 PM
This is my St.Valentine Exchange.
C


LOVE IT, Chiara!! :)

This is a photo of my valentines exchange envelopes.  I really enjoyed participating and I hope everyone has received my cards... I say this because I was on a roll and also made them for my parents, in-laws and sister, but my sis (in Virginia) still hasn't received hers yet and it's been over two weeks! 😳

Alex, your envelopes are gorgeous!! What ink did you use? :)
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Post by: Alex O on February 22, 2015, 03:41:52 PM


This is a photo of my valentines exchange envelopes.  I really enjoyed participating and I hope everyone has received my cards... I say this because I was on a roll and also made them for my parents, in-laws and sister, but my sis (in Virginia) still hasn't received hers yet and it's been over two weeks! 😳

Alex, your envelopes are gorgeous!! What ink did you use? :)
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Thank you!  I used white and red gouache with a tiny bit of black.
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Post by: wurlocke on February 25, 2015, 10:17:38 AM
This was how my Valentine's Exchange envelopes and cards went out as.

(https://igcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t51.2885-15/10914448_705292252923062_1070004803_n.jpg)

 I hope they got to all of their recipients. I, too have yet to receive from my list. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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Post by: chiarag on February 28, 2015, 08:05:20 AM
This was how my Valentine's Exchange envelopes and cards went out as.

(https://igcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t51.2885-15/10914448_705292252923062_1070004803_n.jpg)

 I hope they got to all of their recipients. I, too have yet to receive from my list. Keeping my fingers crossed!

I have just received IT! Thanks For this lovely Card!
C
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Post by: chiarag on April 10, 2015, 03:01:16 PM
Here it is my raNsom Note exchaNge  8)
C
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Post by: NikkiB on April 10, 2015, 04:36:54 PM
I think everyone has recieved their letter now so here is a pic of my ransom exchange  :)
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Post by: lynetteburlison on April 11, 2015, 12:41:47 AM
This was such a fun exchange.  Here are my envelopes:
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Post by: Raayynuh on April 21, 2015, 01:32:50 PM
I think everyone has recieved their letter now so here is a pic of my ransom exchange  :)

I love those little packages - so adorable! Those P's are fantastic!
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Post by: chiarag on May 16, 2015, 02:31:03 PM
This is my Mimic a Master Exchange. There is lot to improve.
That is why my Master is Ludovico Degli Arrighi in La Operina for practising Italic.
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Post by: AnasaziWrites on May 16, 2015, 10:30:44 PM
This was such a fun exchange.  Here are my envelopes:
Uhm, which exchange was this?
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Post by: chiarag on May 21, 2015, 02:41:15 PM
For the inspiring quote I chose the one from my favourite book ever: The Little Prince.
Hope you enjoy it as I do
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Post by: Erica McPhee on May 21, 2015, 02:54:56 PM
Such a sweet, delicate style. Perfect for the quote, too!  :)
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Post by: Raayynuh on May 21, 2015, 03:35:00 PM
For the inspiring quote I chose the one from my favourite book ever: The Little Prince.
Hope you enjoy it as I do

That's great Chiarag! Someone in my group did a The Little Prince quote too. So many beautiful quotes in that book.

I choose a quote from one of my favorite books A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. "Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost."

(http://s16.postimg.org/qjjscy7b9/IMG_20150513_165942.jpg)

I hope the others in my group feel feel inclined to share. Beauties they were!
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Post by: Inked botanicals on May 21, 2015, 05:33:08 PM
Oh, I love seeing all your photos!! Here is my Inspiring Quote. It is from a poem by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, a spanish poet from 19th century. I sent it in the original spanish, but also added a translation for everyone to understand  ;)

It says "El alma que hablar puede con los ojos, también puede besar con la mirada" which means something like "A soul that can talk with its eyes, can also kiss with a look".

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Post by: Matthew_R on May 21, 2015, 06:48:08 PM
For the inspiring quote I chose the one from my favourite book ever: The Little Prince.
Hope you enjoy it as I do

That's great Chiarag! Someone in my group did a The Little Prince quote too. So many beautiful quotes in that book.

I choose a quote from one of my favorite books A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. "Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost."
I hope the others in my group feel feel inclined to share. Beauties they were!

One hundred words!  I decided against a 24-word quote (including the attribution) because it felt too long for my nascent skills (and the stationery I wanted to use).  Hats off to you.  Beautifully-consistent spacing, too.
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Post by: SarahParsons on June 28, 2015, 04:54:52 AM
I loved my first exchange, thank you to everyone in list 8, I loved hearing about local history and where you come from.
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Post by: SarahParsons on June 28, 2015, 04:56:09 AM
Just a little more. ..
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Post by: Meriyou on July 05, 2015, 08:08:28 AM
You are all so talented!! I hope someday I will reach this excellence!
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Post by: handmadeletters on July 13, 2015, 03:55:06 PM
Here's a photo of List 7 Local Culture Exchange. Really wonderful work, ladies!
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Post by: steffie_sf on August 03, 2015, 11:49:09 AM
These envelopes were sent before the deadline, one of them reached its  destination already! And Ibe received one of seven letters just this morning 😍 so excited to receive all your mails :)
Thank you for this beautiful exchange Erica, you meet remarkable people who share the same passion as I di 😍 cheers to us!

Steffie
 
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Post by: karen215 on September 03, 2015, 11:43:03 PM
medical illustration. I even found a college, but then I found out I had to buy a cadaver (dead body), so I decided that was not for me.

"buy" a dead body?! That is intense!
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Post by: Jamie on October 05, 2015, 06:00:10 PM
So this isn't strictly a normal picture of the exchanges, but I felt it belonged here. I've received so many wonderful letters through the exchanges they were starting to overflow my box where I keep my letters.

So I cut a piece of fabric, tied them up and transferred them to an empty cardboard box that will start holding my older letters that I don't want to let go of. But of course I had to take a picture of them and share of the pile all tied up.
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Post by: colorsofchrist on October 27, 2015, 05:15:50 PM
A video of my halloween exchange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkBrmsvSAYY&feature=youtu.be

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Post by: schin on October 27, 2015, 05:33:41 PM
A video of my halloween exchange

OMG that's awesome!!!!!!! I would totally rock the fake teeth LOL
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Post by: Bianca M on October 27, 2015, 07:18:14 PM
Connie.  This could quite possibly be the best thing I've seen all year (from someone who is obsessed with Halloween AND calligraphy).  That coffin... that script. Call me morbid, but I might take a vampire bite just to get something that cool. 
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Post by: colorsofchrist on October 27, 2015, 11:23:36 PM
A video of my halloween exchange

OMG that's awesome!!!!!!! I would totally rock the fake teeth LOL

Before you munch them down? All body parts besides the severed fingers are edible XD
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Post by: colorsofchrist on October 27, 2015, 11:29:34 PM
Connie.  This could quite possibly be the best thing I've seen all year (from someone who is obsessed with Halloween AND calligraphy).  That coffin... that script. Call me morbid, but I might take a vampire bite just to get something that cool.

So very sweet of you Bianca <3
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Post by: Jamie on October 28, 2015, 12:02:50 AM
A video of my halloween exchange

OMG that's awesome!!!!!!! I would totally rock the fake teeth LOL

Before you munch them down? All body parts besides the severed fingers are edible XD

And the teeth holding the scroll, right? Because that seemed pretty plasticy to me, and glued down.
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Post by: ekeyart on November 03, 2015, 05:43:33 AM
Here's a photo of what I did for the blingbling exchange  8) which was my very first one!!

Just wanted to share it for those that are starting out like me and hopefully cheer them on to join in as it's a great way to practise ;)
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Post by: handmadeletters on November 10, 2015, 11:27:24 AM
Hi all, I wanted to share the amazing work I received for the Bling and HDoD exchanges. Thank you everyone for your dedication and creativity!

I'm hoping the last 2 Bling letters from Asia are waiting in my PO Box.

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Post by: chiarag on December 27, 2015, 02:58:12 AM
This is my Winter Holidays Exchange. Everyone has received a real star in the Sky named "your good star".
Happy Holidays!
C
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Post by: Thary on January 06, 2016, 10:37:57 PM
The 2015 winter exchange was my second exchange and I am now hooked! I've received such beautiful work from so such amazing calligraphers in this exchange and can't wait to do the next one! I wanted to share with you my Winter Exchange envelopes and the card I made inside :)
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Post by: Merissa on January 23, 2016, 04:22:56 PM
Here's photos of a few of my Winter 2015 exchange envelopes. I edited the address for privacy and also tried to hide them in places so please excuse me haha ;D. It was a fun exchange...actually EVERY Flourish Forum exchange is always fun! Happy New Year everyone! x Merissa

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Post by: meiteoh on January 25, 2016, 02:13:08 AM
Here's a look at my outgoing mail for Love Letters 2016 Exchange. I'm aiming to get it sent out tomorrow via registered mail and am keeping my fingers crossed (postmen here don't read cursive all that well...hmpr).
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Post by: Jamie on January 25, 2016, 11:00:33 AM
Oh, I wanted to share my winter exchange because I ended up being quite proud of the little design I made and the ink I mixed up.
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Post by: ChristenAllocco on January 25, 2016, 04:24:47 PM
Since a few of you have been posting updates, I thought I'd share some photos from the last three exchanges. Exchanges are my new favorite thing! I love getting such beautiful mail from all of you.

Holiday 2015 Exchange:
(http://christenallocco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/christmasexchange_6_blurred.jpg)
(http://christenallocco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/christmasexchange_3.jpg)

Day of the Day 2015 Exchange:
(http://christenallocco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/dayofdead_16.jpg)

Bling 2015 Exchange:
(http://christenallocco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/blingbling_4_blurred.jpg)
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Post by: r_b_calligraphy on January 30, 2016, 12:57:51 PM
List 5 done, for Love Letters exchange 2016  :D
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Post by: wurlocke on January 31, 2016, 04:25:34 AM
Sharing what I made for List 5.  :)

(http://so-phobic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/DSC07748-300x214.jpg) (http://so-phobic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/DSC07748.jpg)

(http://so-phobic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/DSC07753-300x214.jpg) (http://so-phobic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/DSC07753.jpg)
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Post by: evjo on February 12, 2016, 01:50:55 PM
Some of what I have sent for the Birthday Exchange
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Post by: evjo on March 08, 2016, 03:53:09 PM
What I sent for the 2016 Love Letters Exchange

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Post by: evjo on May 18, 2016, 09:13:27 PM
I forgot to take a photo of what I sent for the Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees exchange, but I did scan what went in the envelopes.  It was really fun to work on these.  I used McCaffery's green ink and colored pencils.  The letters are inspired by the "Rustic" lettering by Daniel T. Ames.
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Post by: Bianca M on May 18, 2016, 09:37:30 PM
Oh my god, Ev, those are breathtaking!
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Post by: Garima on May 19, 2016, 12:39:13 AM
These are superb Ev!! I just couldn't stop admiring mine and showed it off to all my friends! Get well soon!! :)
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Post by: evjo on May 19, 2016, 11:50:12 AM
Oh, thank you so much for your encouragement!  I so appreciate it.
It was really fun to create these cards, probably because it was drawing rather than script.  I've more experience with drawing than I have with calligraphy.
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Post by: Mimi on June 02, 2016, 12:34:33 AM
Valentine's Exchange 2014. Although I probably won't ever go this elaborate again! LOL!  ;D

Holy moly!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS SO INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS! You must have spent an incredible amount of time and effort on this project! WOWOWOWOW!
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Post by: Mimi on June 02, 2016, 12:36:33 AM
Seriously so much talent on this thread!
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Post by: pointedbroad on June 13, 2016, 06:04:31 PM
I installed some tackboards right above my desk -- after each exchange, I have a whole new theme decorating my "studio"! It's so fun to have it changing all the time. These are my Birds, Bees, Flowers & Trees (plus some other stuff), soon to be replaced with Flight of the Feathers '16.

(Sorry for bad photo of the actual envelopes/cards, but thought this might give someone else a fun idea):

(https://i.imgur.com/7cY1FtY.jpg)
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Post by: katerina on June 14, 2016, 04:10:06 AM
Ahhh! Christine! What a nice wall!
It's a very nice idea! Actually I store my past exchange in binder with transparent pages, but your idea is great  ;D I'll take inspiration

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Post by: 55degrees.calligraphy on June 14, 2016, 04:54:04 PM
I forgot to take a photo of what I sent for the Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees exchange, but I did scan what went in the envelopes.  It was really fun to work on these.  I used McCaffery's green ink and colored pencils.  The letters are inspired by the "Rustic" lettering by Daniel T. Ames.

I am so honoured to have received one of these! There are truely amazing... And yes... I also showed them off to my Calligraphy friends. You are sooo talented! X Anika
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Post by: 55degrees.calligraphy on June 14, 2016, 05:23:44 PM
My BBT exchange
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Post by: 55degrees.calligraphy on June 14, 2016, 05:26:04 PM
Flight of the feather exchange
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Post by: evjo on June 14, 2016, 11:32:32 PM
Anika ~ 
We can form a mutual admiration society, as I like your work very much too!  I love the feather exchange pieces you did.  I hope you will keep posting pictures of your work.
Thanks for the encouraging words, too.
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Post by: Garima on June 15, 2016, 01:43:00 AM
Anika, I agree with Ev here. I love your work!! And Ev i just can't get over your Rustic lettering!!
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Post by: Garima on June 15, 2016, 03:08:27 AM
Here's what I sent for Flight of Feathers exchange.
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Post by: AussieCalligrapherAlex on June 15, 2016, 05:20:33 AM
Anika, they are amazing, I can't wait till mine gets here
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Post by: evjo on June 15, 2016, 08:19:24 AM
Anika, I agree with Ev here. I love your work!! And Ev i just can't get over your Rustic lettering!!

Garima - you should try rustic lettering.  It's really not hard!!
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Post by: Garima on June 15, 2016, 12:38:41 PM
Garima - you should try rustic lettering.  It's really not hard!!

I'll definitely give it a try Ev. You've inspired me!
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Post by: 55degrees.calligraphy on June 27, 2016, 06:18:55 PM
Anika, they are amazing, I can't wait till mine gets here

Hi Alex, did it arrive yet?
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Post by: AussieCalligrapherAlex on June 28, 2016, 04:12:44 AM
Anika, they are amazing, I can't wait till mine gets here

Hi Alex, did it arrive yet?

Indeed it did, thank you. It's amazing :)
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Post by: schin on June 28, 2016, 12:48:44 PM
Has anyone from List 6 of the Bird Bees Flowers and Trees received mine yet?

And I also mailed out List 4 of Flight of the feathers too a few weeks ago.
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Post by: AnasaziWrites on June 28, 2016, 01:27:30 PM
Has anyone from List 6 of the Bird Bees Flowers and Trees received mine yet?

And I also mailed out List 4 of Flight of the feathers too a few weeks ago.
Received your flight of the feathers--superb.
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Post by: NikkiB on July 06, 2016, 05:44:20 PM
My offering to the Flight of Feathers Exchange 😊
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Post by: Bianca M on July 06, 2016, 06:45:18 PM
Nikki, that's beautiful!!! 

Schin, I received yours FOF one week ago - looks like it took a while in the mail!  (Mine were late... terribly sorry!)
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Post by: Mimi on August 01, 2016, 11:46:28 PM


(http://i.imgur.com/4X2PGPVl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/4X2PGPV)

These are beautiful, Moya!! <3
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Post by: Mimi on August 01, 2016, 11:47:39 PM
My offering to the Flight of Feathers Exchange 😊

LOVE LOVE LOVE this, NIKKI!!!!!!!
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Post by: evjo on August 30, 2016, 03:10:01 PM
I made some cards for the Flight of the Feathers exchange, but did not join in because I am going through a lot of medical treatment.  I sent this card to Erica.
There is a stack of letters on my desk that need to be answered.  If I owe you a letter, please be patient!  When I'm feeling better and there is less chaos in my life, I will be back to writing. 

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Post by: handmadeletters on August 30, 2016, 03:34:16 PM
Wow, Ev, this is beautiful! I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Be patient with yourself and take things slow. Calligraphy will always wait for you!
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Post by: Erica McPhee on September 13, 2016, 12:42:21 PM
Oh my goodness! I still have not opened my exchanges because I still have a few more to send out (face turns red with embarrassment). This is so beautiful Ev! I can't wait to open it! Thank you!  :)  :-*
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Post by: Gibby on September 14, 2016, 02:00:32 PM
Hi all!
After a near catastrophe with my last exchange photos (thanks again @AnasaziWrites!), I thought I'd go ahead and post them here. I've not heard back from anyone on my list – so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they made it to their destinations. (I tried using spoiler tags to hide the photos just in case, but I couldn't quite get it to work)
 
I sent what may be the ugliest USPS boxes ever to hold my exchanges. But the contents inside included a folded set of instructions and a folded map with a hand-cut paper wrap around it.

Here's the Kraken wrap:
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8035/29568064802_7f14ff1155_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3Q4wJ)

This is the outside of the instructions (I had to make up for the lack of envelope):
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7762/29568065702_febeccd493_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3Q4Nf)

Here's the outside of the map – with its riddle:
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8006/29568065582_8780120829_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3Q4Lb)

And here's the map:
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8429/29568065382_847a3c4334_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3Q4GJ)

The center rings of the map can be turned. When they arrived, they were purposely wrong, so that the recipients could try and solve the riddle. When aligned (as seen in the photo) you can read the answer to the riddle – if you look carefully.

If (and this was a huge if) everything lined up just right, and the recipient pressed down in just the right spots... and the calligraphy fairies were smiling at just the right angle – it was supposed to light up.

Proof that they worked before they left my house.:
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8250/29568065122_4497f7ff22_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3Q4Cf)

Sorry for the barrage of images. After a losing my originals, and then getting new ones miraculously sent to me – I wanted to have these out there before something else happened.

Ummm...I love maps.

Gibby
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Post by: AnasaziWrites on September 14, 2016, 03:14:14 PM
I am one of the fortunate ones to have received this particular exchange, and, having participated in more than 20 exchanges, this submission was the most creative, fun, delightful one I have received to date. I cannot imagine how much work was involved in making it. Big, big fun. Can you solve the riddle with the answer before you?

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Post by: 55degrees.calligraphy on September 15, 2016, 11:51:43 AM
I made some cards for the Flight of the Feathers exchange, but did not join in because I am going through a lot of medical treatment.  I sent this card to Erica.
There is a stack of letters on my desk that need to be answered.  If I owe you a letter, please be patient!  When I'm feeling better and there is less chaos in my life, I will be back to writing.
I LOVE IT. Take care of yourself! Lol X
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Post by: ash0kgiri on September 15, 2016, 12:06:21 PM
Hi @Gibby

This is really awesome. Hope Im able to think like you someday :d

- Ashok
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Post by: NikkiB on September 17, 2016, 06:29:12 AM
@Gibby ummmm...<rendered speechless>....wow!!

Have you signed up for the Halloween exchange? I WANNA BE ON YOUR LIST!!!!! 😂
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Post by: ash0kgiri on September 20, 2016, 08:40:46 AM
Im sure @Erica McPhee will have good balance of members for this 'Halloween' exchange. Wondering when the list would be out.
Excited and nervous at the same time. :D

- Ashok
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Post by: handmadeletters on September 21, 2016, 10:17:15 AM
@Gibby Woooooooooooow! Above and beyond the task at hand. Really stellar work!

Did you replicate this by hand 3 more times?
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Post by: Gibby on September 21, 2016, 01:09:42 PM
Awwww – thanks! Actually I ended up making 5 total. (I got overly excited once I got the first one to work). It was my first advanced exchange, and it said that some extra effort was kind of expected, so....

I really like maps.

And if you put enough stuff and twists and bad puns and hidden messages, the recipients may be a little less likely to notice the still-not-quite-right letterforms so much. :)

Gibby
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Post by: evjo on September 22, 2016, 01:02:52 AM
Wow, Gibby . . . your exchange contribution is brilliant! 

Thanks to Janice, Erica & Anika for the encouraging words about my feather with the apple blossoms.  Erica, I would not have posted if I'd known you had not opened your mail - sorry!  What will power you have. I open everything immediately.   Or did your really just misplace all your mail after your move?  hehehe. 

No pen fun for me yet.  :P   I'm either at the medical clinic or I'm sleeping.  Sometimes I wake up and then I console myself by watching Doctor Who.  Funny.  You'd think I'd be sick of anything with the word "doctor" in it. 

I hope everyone will post pictures of their exchanges so I can live vicariously. 
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Post by: june.witch on April 12, 2017, 05:50:42 PM
Last year's Flight of Feathers exchange

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/nspIr3p2NO8yn_iHEImNQaTQKRK8Q5LkfxW987byCyzLzzShD5yJmAZx-mCcBL5-WegE86tY_KCMwF_YVmYQd6QmZxPGnWyIAkICsncXUsa8w3N3YRwseT7veg8ZEmAVIiU7wXWM2xowPTYojpuM_tuKlNe_dUFaI5LykVqQsajih8HNWb8IdSHdPfG5SRzHsgbkeHVQdbKct-4l4Xk0ErD12a51Roo4ynBduNHx-pEKtuMjGcSnc9x7gw7sBFBSjwn6lFlp5T0wIi1Gd7aN9nOwCWUwzcDvSxrvBEpOwKd6FO8gj5DRyln2y7nJ8_2j4zpnwNSU9v3HytGFIzolJ0wlVF4FnY1OjzUfVWmQZpY3IxX9OLZjjU-rgP28VSe39kv2Rf8R9R5fwZCS3sakY43phvoMm-ZtFAnCkPDhfd72PGJynRebVioL_uQ_FsViAa4y-Sv7RFqHyC7a0o-Lj90MbI9P0WDlBNeUoRFuYybTeShVZkljozvYq4jOUaAcbS2xOBm-OPAmgYW1x9P7XpPq9Pe5B7XL7mrj__6UE2iSyZkvXYdvZAMVtFqZB3x4fIBNK5wlOB33lMoIZQYDN3zl0X5FmmuG0behQwcYZpMiZABw8HFesCkJSWVN53YEN4SSyO1Tc4Lx_IE8aHSHhqLfuWcEOy8uxK8xhlfYXw=s673-no)
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Post by: ash0kgiri on April 13, 2017, 06:50:26 AM
This is super amazing @june.witch. Let me know if I can DM you my address. :D :D
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Post by: june.witch on April 13, 2017, 07:31:37 AM
This is super amazing @june.witch. Let me know if I can DM you my address. :D :D

You are too kind! Thanks @ash0kgiri! And you definitely can! :D
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Post by: InkyFingers on June 25, 2017, 04:25:06 PM
I received this ... nice!

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4277/34685163114_d585f1cd09_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UR1wzG)
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Post by: ash0kgiri on June 27, 2017, 01:14:13 AM
So nice this is .... :D