Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2021 7:57 am


Date Joined: September 13, 2018
Last Online: January 19, 2021
Birthday: January 14
Country: United States

About Me

I ran across a girl, Suzi blu, on Youtube who introduced my daughter and I to Art Journaling about 9 or 10 years ago. My first journal is hysterical but I have improved...a little...Early on, my daughter found out she didn't enjoy that hobby so she left me to learn on my own...I dabbled a little over the years, but really got steady with it in 2017...I do most of my learning by watching other truly amazing artistic people on YouTube....that's where I spend most of my time. My interests vary in different kinds of things one might put in a journal, trying my hand at all sorts of ideas...like one thing I started was learning how to draw faces, whimsical faces...I ran across Dina Wakely who says if you will do a hundred faces...you will be successful...so I have done many faces so far....some of those I like....and she's right...I feel comfortable with it but still need the practice....I like Art Marks....just random marks on a page or two using mixed media together...stamps, stencils, acrylics, watercolor, pan pastels, inks, distress inks and oxides, markers, etc...I also love making pocket letters and single ATC cards....My neighbor works in oils...tried that but found out I don't like oils...so I don't work with that media....I love collage and started getting ephemera kits from Etsy and collaging, along with my own scraps and leftovers, in a very large 12 x 14 book....that's an occasional journal, not every day....I just love Art....I am not a natural artist....I do have to work hard at it....I usually call myself the copycat artist but hopefully one day I will find my style....My kiddos are grown and off on their own adventures, so I have plenty of time for "arting"...papercrafting is my new time consumer as of late....like I mentioned before....ATCs,flipbooks, pocket letters and zines....so much fun to put together....

***One of my favorite things and one of the reasons I joined SB is because I SO ENJOY😃 seeing other people's art and what YOU come up with....I taught 1st grade before marriage/kids and art was my fav time with the kiddos and I still have several of the kids' pieces from my time in the classroom and I cherish them....so I can continue this hobby here and join the FUN!!😂🤣👏🤪! I have two art "boards" that display all the ATCs, pocket letters, zines, etc that I have received over this last year and love looking at it everyday...so proud of everyone's uniqueness and that I have a copy of someone's imagination!....love SB!

odds and ins

We have 2 cats and 2 dogs....

I love to read....not any one genre...just depends on my mood and the book except no gore/horror...

my two favorite books on my coffee table: "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by marie kondo and "the joy of leaving your sh*t all over the place" by jennifer mccartney...hmmmm...dilemma😳

would love to be a pen and ink wash drawing artist

I thought about selling my house and living in a van (van life)....once...

I would like to live in Europe for a spell...maybe in a van there...🤪

I was born and raised in Texas and I hate being hot but my favorite time of the year is summer because of how long the sun stays out....plus I love the lake and water skiing....

I lived in Holland for 3 years when I was 10-12 yrs old.... got to look around western Europe just a little bit while we were there....I liked Paris because of the crepe carts....oh so yummy!....But my favorite place was the south side of France.....I remember it seemed so pretty and peaceful than any of the other places we visited.....I have always wanted to go back and experience it again.... one day maybe....but I also want to go back and see our home there in Voorschoten...I have found it on that Life360 app, so I can go and look at it whenever I want...pretty cool!!

I have lived in Colorado for 4 years, my university days (CSU) and also in Kentucky, for 4 years as well....both places are beautiful and unique in their own ways....

Great Quotes

"Creativity takes courage" -Henry Matisse

"We don't make mistakes just happy little accidents"-Bob Ross

"Happiness is an inside job! Don't assign anyone else that much power over your life"

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today"-Will Rogers

"Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold"-Josephine Daskam Bacon

"Art is the thoughts you can see"-Niamh Baly

"the view's always better from the high road"


Comment: HI Mary Alice Thanks for your wonderful journal. I can hardly wait to begin creating in it. Happy Holidays!!
Gobarb rated for USATC: Rainbow ATC Series- RED on Dec 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty red bird ATC. I really like the swirl background! Have a merry Christmas and a great new year!
Response: you're welcome....cheers!😊
Csomma827 rated for Bee Mini Flipbook on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: WOW! I was absolutely blown away by your BEEutiful mini flip book. The attention to detail and the theme was incredible. I just loved everything. So, thankful to have you as my partner!
Response: oh good...I'm glad you liked this flip...it was fun to work in another mini project....cheers!!🐝
Comment: OMG!!! I absolutely LOVE the embellishment box you made. I am amazed at how much you were able to fit in it. It was totally my style and colors. Truly, thank you so much. I would give you bunches of hearts if I could.💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
Response: you are so welcome!!...Im glad you liked it...those are great color choices, too...cheers!!😊
dakotadee rated for AAA: SC June on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: I think the evie went on a long trip. I just got it today. But well worth the wait. I love, love it. My daughter does want me to write down my childhood stories. LOL, some are ones you don't tell your kids til they are old enough not to do it...like setting the house on fire or the 24 dozen egg slippy slide...all before age 6. My poor Mom
chimerix rated for JAMS: Island🌴 Tropical 🏝 on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely tropical starters and for the cute paper clips. Aloha
Response: you're so welcome...cheers!
fighterangel rated for 🌈Colorful Pocket Letter🌈 on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh!!!! Thank you SO MUCH for such a beautiful pocket letter!!! It's going in my ATC binder so it'll be safe! I'll cherish it always. Thank you!!!!
Response: you are so welcome!...glad you liked it!..cheers!🌈
Aeon rated for AAA: Bright Colours on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cute note and ATC. I love the Dina Wakley stamped cards you sent too!
Response: you're so welcome...cheers!🌈
AliCrafter rated for Mini Pocket Letter on Jun 4, 2020
Comment: Mary Alice! This is the nicest mini pocket I've received to date. Your little touches like the bead at the top of the card with washi is so clever. I love the charms including the Pisces charm! I feel so lucky that you used Graphic 45 for me as Graphic 45 is my favorite. Want to hear something ironic? On the same day I got your lovely pocket I got my order from scrapbook.com which had the same Graphic 45 paper!
Response: that is too funny...😂I guess great minds think alike!!!😜...I love Graphic 45 paps, too...and that ocean blue is so gorgeous!!..I had to use it!...so glad you liked it!!...I love using fun charms, brads, and paperclips!!...cheers!!🐠
derakisu rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (HD/HP) on May 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful sisters card. I do have a younger sister so it's nice to get this ATC ! ❤️
Response: you're welcome...growing up, I always wished for a younger sister....all boys but me in my family...glad you liked it...cheers!
AZmom875 rated for JAMS Starter Set w/ a Butterfly on May 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks this arrived and I will get working on it.
Response: you're welcome...cheers!🦋
Aeon rated for JAMS Starter Set w/ a Hair-Do on May 26, 2020
Comment: Gorgeous ATC starters for our Jams group. Thank you!
Response: thank you...glad you liked it!...cheers!👱🏼‍♀️
Allegrae rated for JAMS Starter Set w/ a Vintage Theme on May 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the bases! I look forward to adding to them.
Response: you're welcome!...cheers🕰
Comment: Hi Mary Alice! I hope your having a great week. Thank you so much for the incredible Steampunk Starters. They are perfect and I am excited to add my layer! Thank you for being part of the group. -Vanne
Response: you're so welcome!....cheers!🎩
CatieCat388 rated for OATCs: Floral on Apr 28, 2020
Comment: Got your ATC today. It is lovely. Thank you. And thank you for the extras.
Response: you're welcome!...glad you liked it!...cheers🌷
xobexox rated for Spring ENVIE flipbook on Apr 24, 2020
Response: Thank you...cheers!🌼
Moxieroe rated for Mermaid Flipbook #4 on Apr 24, 2020
Comment: This was such an absolutely gorgeous flipbook! Thank you so much. It was a joy to go through all the lovely flips and pockets. And I adore all the goodies. Thank you so much for such a wonderful and well crafted flip book.
Response: you're so welcome!...glad you liked it!...it was a lot of fun to put together!!!....cheers!🐠
MrsAlderman rated for ATC - Free Themed #3 (HD/HP) on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the zombie hand!! super cool! Thank you for the extra as well!!
Response: you're welcome!...cheers!!!
christy102194 rated for ATC - Free Themed #1 (HD/HP) on Mar 31, 2020
Comment: Loved your UNICORN atcs :D thanks!!
Response: you're welcome!...glad you liked it...cheers!!🦄
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #5 (HD/HP) on Mar 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC's! The teeth one are adorable and so is the Sally card! <3
Response: u r so welcome!!...glad you liked them!....take care out there!...cheers!👩🏼‍🎨

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MamaD on Oct 6, 2020:


Thank you so much for the wonderful finished jam! It is beautiful! Thanks also for the great AIW card and Queen!!!

debtea2 on Sep 22, 2020:

Wow awesome finished on the jam thank you

arystotle on Jul 7, 2020:

Just received the finished jam, thank you it’s beautiful. I love the block letters and honeycomb trinket.

Kirkdebb on May 21, 2020:

I received the jam homer today. Adding the birds was a perfect idea! Thanks for finishing it perfectly!

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

vontakk on Feb 26, 2019:

I have you for a swap and wanted to see if you could send me your favorite zoo animals in a PM as I'l be at our zoo on Thursday of this week! I was looking at your profile and we have a ton in common. I love British/Irish TV and movies and period pieces better than anything and just staryed The Durrells with my Mom. I am actually in the process of selling all my stuff right now and I'm converting my grandfather's camper into a tiny house. I live in Texas and absolitely love it. I've also lived in KY. I am taking the tiny house to Denver for the summers!

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