Liberate Your Art Blog Hop 2018


L.Y.A. 2018 Postcards. SMD

L.Y.A. 2018 Postcards. SMD


No! No! Say it isn’t so! The 2018 Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap can’t be over! Well, it isn’t really. The official swap has concluded, but NOW the side swapping begins. Well, truth be told some of the artists sent out their sides a month ago. Yes, YOU know WHO your are 🙂

This is my 8th LYA event. If you would like to see Kat’s videos from previous years, click the Liberate Your Art link under the gallery tab at the top of this page. I am pretty sure I forgot to post my cards in the LYA Facebook group. Only did two this year. A couple of my favorites from the 30 in 30 challenge.

Here are this year’s stats, from Kat:

804 pieces of art liberated
134 artists
10 countries
31 US states

Way to go Kat!
High five LYA artists!


My first arrival came from Sue Brinner in Springfield VA. You know, it actually has a few chunks missing, but I didn’t even notice. I guess love is in the eye of the beholder. Her photo features Chihuly glass on display at the New York Botanical Gardens. I LOVE his work. Aren’t these beautiful?


LYA #1 Sue Brinner


Karen Koch’s card came next. Karen is in Hudson Ohio and you can find her at I love map art. If you do as well, check out my Pinterest board. I also have a board on postcards, naturally. Nature and nostalgia inspire Karen. She uses modern and vintage paper, book pages, paint, and thread to create her awesome art. Her work is rich in texture and meaning. Karen’s message:

Believe in  your creativity!
Let it shine!

So glad you followed your own advice Karen, and joined in the swap!


LYA #2 Karen Koch


The next two postcards arrived on the same day.


“Serene Poppies” by Fran Stamper, and “Angel Of Courage” by Cathy Clement.


Fran Stamper lives in Little River South Carolina. Her poppies are alcohol inks. I love the loose,  simplified forms! Gorgeous! Fran’s Message:

An artist has to be a little like Lewis & Clark,
Always exploring in new, uncharted directions.
C.W. Mundy


Cathy Clement’s greeting came from the beautiful icy shores of Lake Superior. The message around the angel, “Step into the light and trust, trust, trust.” How wonderful is that!

On the back:

An angel told me you want to Liberate Your Art!
Today… Liberate your inner awesome!



LYA #5 Chrisann Risser


My fifth card is from Chrisann Risser. You can see more of her terrific photos at the link. Her image is so peaceful and quiet. I Love Chrisann’s message:

Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy!
Liz Gilbert, Big Magic



Anomalous, Kat Sloma


Kat’s coveted card closes out the correspondence. Isn’t this awesome! Kat’s message:

Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

You have proved yourself courageous!


You can see more of Kat’s amazing work at Kat Eye Studio. If you would like to take part in next years LYA, sign up for her newsletter. Do be sure to visit Kat’s post on the swap. Her awesome, art filled video is there, and news of her swap giveaways. More enticement for you to consider signing up!

As always, each card I received reinforces my believe that we are all connected. Common interests with each of these. Trees, maps, Chihuly, mixed media, alcohol inks, photography, ocean appreciation.

HUGE thanks Kat, for another awesome Swap! For the terrific video, and most of all, for all your time and efforts! Thanks to the LYA helpers! Thanks to all the L.Y.A. swappers! I love each card I have received, and I am grateful you have shared your fabulous art with me!


I will be sharing the side swaps as they come in. They are really too wonderful to keep to myself 😉 Follow the links below to see more wonderful postcard art.


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30 thoughts on “Liberate Your Art Blog Hop 2018

  1. cathyhubmann

    The cards you swapped are beautiful! And, you received such a lovely set in return! I’ve also been doing the swap since the very beginning. I love this way sharing art!

    1. Sheila Post author

      They are aren’t they Cathy 😉 Lovely all 🙂 We have swapped before Haven’t we? Hope to see you in the next LYA 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  2. natashapapousek834277821

    Gorgeous cards! And beautiful displays as well! Looking forward to getting your card, too! And seeing you next week!

    1. Sheila Post author

      Hi Natasha! Came up quick huh! I know you are excited about your class 😉 Well have fun too 😉

  3. mmatuche

    Nice post, Sheila. You received some beautiful cards and inspirational quotes, too. You seem to find common ground / affinities everywhere! And yes, we are all connected. Interesting new directions with your own art, too. I’ve been keeping track on FB. 😉 –Michele at Sweet Leaf

    1. Sheila Post author

      They are there if we look, aren’t they Michele 🙂 Have you seen the comments? Everyone loves your leaf!! Thanks for following on Facebook. I need to get on there more. Happy creating to you 🙂

    1. Sheila Post author

      Me too Kelly, Stamps are on! Now just to write them out. So excited to see your card in my box 😉

    1. Sheila Post author

      So glad I got your card, and got to meet you Karen 🙂 Your 100 collages are so awesome, Love them!! Good luck with the rest of the 100, I will be looking forward to them 🙂

  4. suzettedesertskyblue

    Hello Sheila,

    You received some beautiful postcards this year. It’s always sad to see the LYA project come to an end. I’ve sent your side swap postcard just today. Take care and I’ll follow your art. Love to you and yours,

    Notes From the Road


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