Sunday, February 2, 2014

ATCs: Bears

"Sleep Aids—Teddy Bear and Blankie"
by Bonnie Stevens
Dancing, polar, Teddy, panda—and just about every other classification of bear was represented in the January 2014 Artist Trading Card (ATC) swap.

After last week's bone-chilling cold temperatures and hazardous blizzard-like weather conditions here in the southeast, the cute fuzzy faces on these ATCs were a welcome sight. You just have to smile!

Although you don't see the backs of these cards, many of the ATC artists include additional information on the back—either about the materials or techniques they used, or information and interesting tidbits relating to the swap's theme. So, along with the delightful and creative "eye candy," ATCs offer an educational experience as well.
"The Panda Bear"
by Sharon Griffith
Did you know that pandas consume 20 to 40 pounds of bamboo a day within a 16 hour period? They also have and extra digit on each hand to help them tear the bamboo.
"Teddy" by Carlene Jacobsen.
"Polar Bear" by Karen Downer.
The technique used on this polar bear is reverse appliqué with marbled and textured papers.
"The Sleepytime Bear"
by Veronica Hofman-Ortega
The Celestial Seasonings tea manufacturer is environmentally conscious. The pillow-style tea bag doesn't have a sting, tag, staple of individual wrapping. The bags are chlorine-free, biodegradable and compostable. I enjoy a hot cup in a favorite mug.

Can you figure out this rebus word puzzle?
"Love Bears All Things" 1 Corinthians 13:7
by Linda Smith
Zzzzz… bears do have the right idea for winter!
"Bears" by Marilyn League
I also received two pretty cards this month from swap participants.

And, to my surprise, one included a lovely and thoughtful gift. (oooh, love those "squishy" packages!)
Card: "When we believe in ourselves we can make anything happen."
 A beautiful, quilted mug rug! Oh, is it too pretty to use? But it's perfect for my cup of tea!
Quilted friendship mug rug.
Thank you so much!!! You are so kind.

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