Comment: Today a padded envelope arrived from you. It contained 3 bracelets and 3 sketch journals. I will give the journals to my 15 y.o. as she loves to sketch. My little one grabbed the pink bracelet right away. Thanks for sharing your bracelets/journals with us.
Response: Sorry. I broke my leg 4 weeks ago and have had trouble getting online as I can't get to my computer and my slow internet rarely works on my phone or tablet. I hope you have received this by now. Let me know please.
Comment: Loved the design for the mini envelopes. It was like going on a treasure hunt! It was fun. When I showed my husband the design, he found even more goodies I wasn't aware of. Thank you so much. Praying your doctors appointment goes well and you're healing nicely. Did you emboss the papers? I really like them.
Comment: I love the assortment you have sent me. Thank you kindly. I haven't been to the West Virginia state fair for a long time. Easy to drive there from SW Virginia where I am from. Troy, I must look up--not near the places I know--Beckley, Mount Hope, Mullins, etc.
Comment: This is such a clever creative atc! Love zetti and this is such a great example! Thanks for this really fun atc! I cannot say enough about the wonderful generous extras! I can’t wait to use them
Response: I love making things with magazine pictures... I once did an entire wall in my kitchen with food... that was in the first house we owned and my husband thought I was nuts... (he was probably right). Here, I only collaged the drawer fronts in the kitchen! lol
Comment: I Love it! I love the quirky style of it and how all the eyes have a "twinkle" to it. These are such fun kind of journals to receive(and make). Thanks for extra goodies tucked in the book. I had never thought to make a clear page before-what fun-Thanks for sharing your talent with me.
Comment: You did a great job. I like the whimsy of the eye shadow card, but the beauty of the knowledge tree card. Thanks for playing. Those little extra items were so fun. I will have to try to use them soon.
Comment: Hii. I am so sad. I received my journal yesterday but it wreaks of mildew and mold. I can't even hold it long enough to read it, and I was really looking forward to using it! I am giving you a 5, only because it got here on time. My allergies ARE that sensitive. Even after 26 yrs of allergy shots. My 88 yr old mum said it smelled horrible...and she can't smell a horse in a barn!
Response: I had no idea. I live in a damp area and had no idea there was any mold or mildew in the journal. I am truly sorry. I must be used to whatever it was as I did not smell anything wrong.
I bought the journal at a local store. I wonder if they had them stored for a while. Also, I used YES glue, which takes a while to dry. It has an odd scent but it was a new, sealed jar of glue when I started.
Comment: Delightful swap..... you put so much into it to, I can tell you enjoy what you do. Very thoughtful and I love the red star definition!!!! I do not know how you did such a small little book. Love the bookmark too, my daughter is a little taken with it so I might have to share. Mar as well as Scott and Brian are in my thoughts and prayers...... Thank you for the happy trip to my mail box today Karen 5+++ ❤️❤️❤️
Response: I make the tiny books from the spine of old magazines!! Great fun to play with. Try it, it's not hard! I then glue in some blank pages so someone could actually use the little things. I wrote a story in one for a little girl I know..complete with tiny illustrations... I love playing with stuff!!
Comment: The envelopes were so cute! The only issue is the ink on the little blue and black circle cutouts wasn’t dry or it melted or something and it got all over :(. But that is not your fault! Everything else was great!
Response: I got those circle cutouts in a trade...didn't know they weren't permanent. sorry. I guess the heat must have caused the problem. I'll toss the others I got in the trash. ugh.
Comment: Karen, thank you so much for the wonderful package of altered CDs! I would never have thought of using yarn like that, but it's a fantastic idea and I will definitely try it! I love the color you used, that dark navy blue is my favorite! And the decorations you added were great. The butterfly one is also beautiful, with that oh-so-delicate one being such an eye-catcher! Thanks so much for a wonderful swap! I love them!
Comment: Thanks for the fun ATC. I am very excited about the vintage emphemra you sent. Imagine paying only $3.15 for a month's supply of natural gas. BTW one of my father's first jobs at a very young age was reading gas meters.
I am going thru old magazines and saving any image or words that I think I may use in my mail art.
Comment: Thanks so much for the terrific ATC, papers and washi tape. You're right, the vintage journal page makes a great ATC background. I really like how it came out. And I love all the papers you sent - I'm partial to earth tones and these are right up my alley.Thanks again for a Great Mail Day!
Comment: Using the feathers as a mask resulted in a very interesting print. I love gelli printing as well. I'm taking Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Gelli Journal class. Some is stuff I already know about but not everything.
Response: I've seen some of her videos on the internet - she is very talented! I'm sure you'll learn a lot from her class.
Comment: I agree, I didn't use card stock either. I like the variety of color and patterns you used and am looking forward to adding to it. Thank you so much for the lovely book and the extras you enclosed.
Comment: hello Karen, I got your journal the other day,haven't had time to do a lot, I read through it very quickly, started off right away with a laugh out loud about the washable glue stick. loved all the old journal pages, and I definitely need to read all the information about west Virginia when i get a bit more time. Thanks again
Comment: I wish i'd thought of this...I have everything you used in my kitchen right now...except the wv tag...and I think that was just a great addition...I also use parts of larger art pieces as backgrounds...you really hit the mark for this great swap idea...and thanks for the extras and this special swap
Comment: Love, love, LOVE this flip book! (my very first one!!) I really loved the little leprechauns and the Irish Blessing on the back, and all the fabulous goodies you included!! Thank you so much for this fantastic swap, and for being such a great partner!!
Comment: I really appreciate your take on this atc...I am sure this little bird did as well ... in his nice warm spring environment ... thank you for this lovely card and the extra papers and the note.. I always appreciate that!
Comment: Life happens and a few days late is no biggie, especially with communication. Thank you for a fantastic "Randomness" envelope. I had so much fun going through all the goodies - the package of glittery accents and the glitter papers were my favorites. That coming from a non-glittery person! Thanks again. I loved it.
Comment: First off-it's great that you recycled and made your own envelopes! And such wonderfulness packed in-you really did stuff it-I kept finding more things tucked in! Great to get some stamps for my stamp collection and the seeds look intriguing-we like to grow herbs-will have to plant it next to the chives that come up every year outside our back door! Thanks for swapping and sharing!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful glimpse in your WV life, Love that you have bears near by (nice ones) and thanks for the idea of brown ink for my fountain pen and the name of the company. Your book is a treasure.
Comment: Hello Karen,
Thank you for your ATC you created for me for this swap. I really appreciate your description of the process you went through in developing and making your ATC. I like your rabbit. He has a lot of personality.
Comment: I appreciate anyone that can draw freehand. You did a superb job on this cute little Easter springy bunny! Thanks for all the extra little bits you sent with this swap-thanks for sharing-Happy Spring!
Comment: love her - heart 4 u
also her face if you do not mind where did you find her face?
Response: I found the faces in a box of craft stuff at a thrift shop - no tags or anything on the bag, just a bag with several of those faces. I thought they were amazing, too. Do you want me to send you a couple of them? I will if you want me to.
Comment: Thank you so much for the very fun journal! I loved looking through it and how you put it together! I loved the old piece of paper that was a list and all the other fun things you did to the pages. Thank you so much!
Comment: Hi Karen,
Thank you so much for the art. I love it and it was worth the wait. I tried to give you a heart but I couldn't.
Thank you for the extras. I'm in awe of the pages. I'm glad you saved them.
Comment: Thanks for participating. I loved seeing everyone's individual style. I would liked to have seen a little more added to the pages. But overall everyone's signature was amazing. Looking forward to making a cover and adding to my journal collection. K3
Comment: This was a fun swap-I love the smallness of it to create a different kind of junk journal will be a fun challenge-I work on glue boos/junk journals a little everyday-have many sizes and themes going on-thanks for your contribution to my journals stash!
Comment: You did a great job on my cards, and to think you dont drink coffee, Hard to believe. I appreciate your creative ideas, and the tea bag, and the note card. Thanks so much for being in the swap.
Comment: So much to love abot this little book! Cover design is awesome...what a fine owl, and the fancy hole punch:). The pics and stickers on each page scream Hallowwen from so many angles. Everything about the journal is fun, THANK YOU!
Comment: I certainly enjoyed receiving your Mini Art Journal!Loved what you did with the cord and the whimsey on some of the pages. Was loving the bird/chicken page then came to the faces, what fun. I can't thank you enough for sending this little book of Zen Art my way.
Comment: Karen, I can't wait to delve into your journal. I've flipped through it and it looks like it's going to be a hoot. Your doodles made me giggle. I saw your photo and you are too cute. Thank you for sharing your part of your life with me. I feel honored.
Comment: Hi Karen - first let me say I am so sorry for your loss. It has to be so difficult and Lord knows I take my hubby for granted at times, as we are prone to do! I hope your good memories of Ken will help you through the holidays and the support of family/friends will help as well! Wishing you all the best on your hopes and dreams! Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Loved your pocket letter and getting to know you. I lost my husband last Nov and it's tough finding the new normal but these swaps are helping me experience new things. I grew up close to the WV line in Beaver County PA. Beautiful country!
Comment: This turned out great!! It is especially junky, great use of different papers tissue papers pockets and tags with lightly painted pages ... perfect!! Lots more scraps of papers than before, you got it!! ðŸ˜€ðŸ˜ðŸ˜†ðŸ˜‡ðŸ˜Šthanks Karen!!
Comment: Dearest Karen, thank you so very much for my ATC's! Love the firetruck & the baguette stamp, Loving that soft scent from the hanging freshener, the dot stickers are great, I'm using them for an atc, & the little note card is great. Have a wonderful weekend & thank you again.
Comment: I haven't toyed around with fountain pens quite yet. You have beautiful handwriting! As far as arts and crafts go if I spend too much time "perfecting" one craft, I'm not being me!
I hope I'm your age and still doing things like you!
Comment: Hi Karen! Thank you so much for your thoughtfully made junk journal! You've got a bit of everything in there--what fun! I especially LOVED the little snippet that read, "I did it!" on the last page! Such a neat touch. Hope you enjoyed creating it as much as I will enjoy using it!
Response: I did have a lot of fun creating the journal! It's fun to take a bunch of junk and make something out of it. I have been doing something for years with old magazines and catalogs - making silly cards for my family at Christmas time. Swap-bot fits right in with that mentality!!
Comment: THANX for the Lovely swap!!!! It WAS Fun to do & receive!!! ;-) Luv all the extras & the stickers!!! I keep looking for papers to make beads out of now... and have quite a collection of SECURITY ENVELOPES stashed for that reason now, too!!! ;-) Please pm me when you find what the other swaps that go in this series are! Thanx & Blessings, cc
Comment: I was really happy to get your letter. I liked seeing your handwriting, it is very beautiful and expressive I thought. Thank you for letting me know why it was late, I'm not docking you any points for that since you were so sweet about it. I also liked the extra things you sent along with it, those will come in handy for collages and things. Thanks again.
Comment: Thank you for the great swap! Wow, your handwriting is absolutely beautiful, both cursive and print, totally impressive! Also, it is cool that you use fountain pen as well. Incidentally, what's the ink you used? It is dark brown, and very beautiful... Love the mail art envelope and all the nice extras. Thank you again!
Response: The ink is WAterman's "absolute brown ink" and I got it through the mail at the Colorado Pen Company as no place anywhere near here has fountain pen ink!
Comment: Thank you! You are so sweet! I loved getting to know you and read your letter! It was amazing. I loved the stickers and charms! :) I loved hearing about your art background too! I hope your art guild does very well! :) God Bless You! :)
Comment: Thank you! And for the extras. :) Nice to swap with you again.
Response: Hope to "run into you" in more swaps! This one was fun and I'm going to try to do the whole alphabet. My granddaughter and I have been playing with zentangles along with some of our art guild friends, too.
Comment: Karen, thank you so much for the lovely ATC (and for explaining your process...I wonder why I didn't think to use crayons?), and for the beautiful snowflake and vine die cuts. I have something in mind for those...oh, yes I do!
Response: I melt the crayons with an old iron (put a piece of wax paper or another piece of paper over the crayon pieces) - if you put paper over them, you get 2 images to play with! It's really a lot of fun. You can also make "stained glass" by melting crayons between 2 pieces of wax paper. I love playing with Crayola crayons. The only 2 brands I have found that have pure, dark colors are Crayola and Prang. The cheaper crayons come out very pastel and "waxy".
Comment: Karen, love this ATC! So very creative and a lot of time 'stitching' with copper wire! Thank you for an inspiring piece and for the heart extras. :) I also enjoyed your sweet note but I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. Hugs, Bonnie
Comment: You and I could be fast friends! I loved your note! I have maps in the kid's bathroom and they laugh! Imagine if I wallpapered the walls! Their lucky I never thought of it myself!! Awesome idea! Thanks for the nice atc. I hope we swap again in the future!
Response: Since our house fire, we have been living in a trailer and my youngest grandson has the tiny little "extra room" for his bedroom. The walls have some old faded wall paper and one day, his mother came in and yelled at him for drawing on it. I told her to leave him alone as nothing he did would look worse than that wallpaper. Well, he and I decided to "decorate"...he loves dinosaurs, so we colored them in his dinosaur coloring book, cut them out, and scotch taped them all over the wall over his bed! He'll be 8 in September and has 2 sisters way older than he is. One of his sisters did some pictures for his wall, too. (Yes, their mother thinks we are nuts - she has NO creative ideas at all, which is a shame). I always let my boys do whatever they wanted in their rooms and one of them painted a huge ship on his wall and smurfs with stop signs on his bedroom door to keep his brothers out!
Comment: How clever are you?! Your idea for "Reach as High as You Can Day" was fantastic, and your chance on the fabric is a Grand Prize Winner! My daughter will love the bracelet, and I'm excited to see what story lends itself to the book. Thanks so much!
Response: I'm glad you liked everything. I had a lot of fun putting that togther.
Comment: Thank you for the holiday gifts - there was some unusual and interesting stuff in there that I will enjoy using. And I liked the story you wrote in the notebook - thanks for taking the time to do that!