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DeboraCreates

DeboraCreates
Date Joined: December 2, 2021
Last Online: February 4, 2023

Country: United States

About Me

Last updated: January 2023


My name is Debora (she/her).

I have always had pen pals from a very young age. Receiving "happy mail" is always fun, and it is a joy to spread cheer as well.

I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THE NICE PEOPLE I HAVE MET ON SWAP-BOT!!

I love to try all different types of arts and crafts, and often say my hobby is "collecting art supplies."

Cardmaking has been my one consistent hobby for the past 20 years, although the techniques and styles may vary.

While always an art enthusiast, I began to take mixed media and fine art workshops later in life. That doesn't mean it's easy for me to draw or paint realistically!

This past year I took my first wheel-throwing pottery workshop. (It was fun but I have no room for 3D hobbies!)

Gelli printing has been an obsession for about 10 years, I love collage, and I keep several art journals going at once.

Deco Booklets

Due to postage/mailing issues, as well as the preference of swap partners/coordinators, I prefer to receive deco books with "art-style" bindings (no tape, brads, or staples) and small/thin deco booklets, (letter-mail size, with no bulky embellishments) particularly if sending me EXTRAS in a swap. I also prefer to receive booklets with USA/Canada home destinations for the same reasons.

I am always willing to send a deco home and welcome being the "last page signer".

Themed decos are an enjoyable challenge (see below for dislikes), but "open theme" often suits me best, because I can use what is in my current craft stash, materials from a recent theme, or what suits my latest interest or mood.

I love the ephemeral nature of deco books and often look for opportunities to create whimsical entries and repurpose found images/backgrounds on my pages. I also love their collaborative nature.

I work on the oldest books first, to help them move along!

PM me if you are interested in a private swap, or if you just need to get some decos moving - I will gladly accept them. :-)


Swapping:

If you believe I am late with a swap, kindly reach out to me via PM to resolve the issue.


Reduce/Reuse/Recycle - I recycle bubble and large envelopes. I also save and re-use all the thin plastic packaging from craft supplies, often to protect my swaps.

I often turn mail art envelopes received into art journals or collage backgrounds.


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  • I try to rate people within a week of receiving the swap (usually on the weekends).

  • Rating me is the best way I will know that you received my swap, and I appreciate it.

  • Please send me a PM if you do not receive my swap within two weeks of my sent date.


Likes & Dislikes

Likes:

Mail art envelopes, Contemporary Art, Unique Notecards, Dogs (especially Shih Tzu's), Birds, Pink Flamingos , Beach themes, Palm Trees, watercolor imagery, Botanical Themes, Flowers, NYC, David Bowie, Star Trek (all of them), thank-the-postman stickers, Kawaii stationery, humorous and feminist (nonpolitical) notecards, and items handmade by YOU!

My art style is more colorful mixed media than chabby chic/ vintage. But I enjoy receiving YOUR style.


Dislikes:

Things I dislike: Adult coloring book pages, loose glitter, confetti, sports , kid/school stickers, Dollar Tree Stickers and Notecards (I buy too many myself), vintage book pages.

Themes I dislike:
Vintage (for now), kid, fantasy themes/images, fairies, dragons, TV, "fandom", horror, comic books, movie franchises, super heroes, sports, cats (except for Hello Kitty !), circus, rodeo, bullfighting.

Kindly avoid sending political or religious items.


I do not swap: Friendship Books (FBs) , "Sticker Books", Slams or label bags.


Important: I am neuro-sensitive, so kindly do not send any scented items, or those that may smell of smoke, or any food or drink items.

Please do not put flashing graphics on my profile.

*** Thanks for reading this. ***

Extras / Wish List

I am trying to get organized, so no extras are needed! Anything I cannot use, I will re-gift.

My wish list:

  • Zines
  • Unique (non-occasion) notecards, as I collect them
  • Images cut from books, or stamped images that would make good collage or card focal points; stamped images on various backgrounds

Favorite Music

70s/80s rock, post-punk, new wave, synth pop, new-romance: David Bowie, Duran Duran, Erasure, Devo, Depeche Mode, The Police, The Clash, Joe Jackson, Talking Heads, REM, XTC, New Order, The Smiths, (if you know who I'm talking about, you get the drill), also classic rock like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones...and ...David Bowie!

Favorite Movies

British rom-coms (think Hugh Grant and Colin Firth), Bridget Jones Diary, Love Actually, Notting Hill, Simon Pegg movies, (especially Shaun of the Dead), Harold and Maude, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek IV, Bad Santa, Mission Impossible, Bourne, Monty Python, Mel Brooks.

Postcards

I collect new/used postcards with different views of Times Square, Union Square, Greenwich Village, Gramercy or Broadway in NYC. Also looking for new/used PCs of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Prague, Paris, Vienna, San Juan, Sydney.

USPS

I use a postal scale. I do not expect any postage due, but if it happens, please let me know.

Items are marked "sent" on the date I place them in the outgoing mailbox inside my building.

Our postal carrier arrives at 6 PM ET; mail is often postmarked at a location two hours away. The "sent date" may or may not exactly match the date it is postmarked, but it should be within one-two days, depending on when the business days fall.

Kindly mail heavier items in strong envelopes with adequate postage. I have been receiving a lot of items with postage due stamped on the envelope, but so far the mail carrier delivered it to me anyway.

Lately, I notice that washi tape is coming off envelopes in the mail, or torn by machines. I love mail art envelopes but I do not recommend using washi on the outer envelopes.


Mailing in the USA - ZIP+4 is important: Here is a link to properly address an item so the USPS "optical character recognition" equipment can read the address:

Postal Addressing Standards

Ratings

explore rated for WIYM: Handmade Cards - USA Theme on Feb 1, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for your fun patriotic handmade card! The paper is... interesting. Your image goes well with it. Thank you so much again for joining this swap! Next time I won't pick a theme related to our country 😂
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Comment: Thanks for both ICM decos you sent—your new Books theme (cute cover!), and Apelser’s open theme last pager which I will be sending home soon!
Shellyr rated for DB ♥: ART Decos 1/23 (Int'l) on Jan 31, 2023
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Comment: The astrology book should be interesting to work in. Thanks
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Comment: Thanks so much for passing along Stefania's Squirrel deco, Wyrdfae's take-a-pic art deco, your secrets deco, and Rome's origami-style fruits-themed deco. I'm looking forward to adding to each one. I really appreciate your sharing some of those girl stickers with me too - I'm going to make a couple more ATCs to complete the "set" from our ABC jam! Someday, let's do a private swap for our own "new" decos! I'd really like to get a few more into the cycle and have more of your art to add to my collection! Although I haven't received a full deco back because I'm still new, I already plan to put them in my binder sleeves where I keep my zines! They're such a fun thing to flip through when I need a little morale boost...my very first deco is "cookie around the world" themed and last I checked Deanie @hothreadsSD had it back in October. My fingers are crossed it shows up soon because that will be my ABSOLUTE favorite!!!🍪💙
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Comment: Thank you for sending me the Feeling Frosty deco.Will have fun working on it.
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Comment: Thanks so much for the 4 nice decos you sent for this swap! Now to decide which vintage theme to do for the Vintage PAP deco… :)
CrystalZ rated for DB ♥️: Small Deco - 1 (USA/CAN) on Jan 17, 2023
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Comment: So glad you sent me the passport stamp themed deco for Sonya and the bluebird themed one for yourself...looking forward to adding pages to both!
CookieMomster78 rated for ABC swap for D & H on Jan 17, 2023
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Comment: Woot! Thanks for these great cards to play with and for sending some stamped "oopsie" girls! I'm excited to get started working on the cards - but I have to do my homework first (boo). I'll letcha know when your homer is on its way back though. Oh, and extra big thanks for letting me know about the spray inks bleeding through. I will use better waterproofing next go-round.
Shellyr rated for CPG Jan ‘23 Move a US Deco - US on Jan 17, 2023
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Comment: Thanks for the train deco. That was fast!
Shellyr rated for DB ♥️: Flat Deco - 2 (USA/CAN) on Jan 17, 2023
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Comment: Thanks for the vintage deco. It is lovely. Happy New Years.
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Comment: Just as I was finishing up the last deco to put in the package for you, your package arrived and OH how I love the adult language deco!! All the ones you sent are brilliant and I'm so excited to start working on a few of them today!! Thanks for setting up this swap and when I get a big pile again, I'll be sending you a message to set up a new one! xxMuggleMom
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Comment: Thanks for the great mixed-media starter, as well as the extras!
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Comment: Thank you for sending Victorian Fashion deco and free theme deco by Rome.
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Comment: Thanks, Debora! I’m looking forward to adding to Rome’s Vintage Ladies deco, as well as Sonya’s Wardrobe Malfunctions deco. Both your pages are beautiful, BTW. I admire that stamped image of the “oopsie” lady - may have to ask you for a couple stamped images of her to use in my own journals! 😃 Oh, and I got the “quotes & flowers” deco for tag as well (I’ll go to the forum and post there as well). Thank you for the lovely mason jar & leaves stickies 💙💌
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Comment: Awww I love these - your were NOT an ugly baby:) The st6ickers one is awesome - you crack me up with the chiquita banana stickers!! Thank you so much - always a delight to receive a swap from you!
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Comment: Thanks so much for sending the deco on and the jar stickers!
Shellyr rated for Deco Deco #14 on Dec 22, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the labels. You are so sweet
Shellyr rated for CPG: ICM Decos #339504 - Global on Dec 22, 2022
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Comment: Fun books orange and ice cream
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Comment: well received ,thsnkyou for your nature deco,i enjoy working on it <3 I will send it in the next round
Shellyr rated for DB ♥: ICM decos #339336 on Dec 18, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the cute icm decos. Glad one is Homer because I had a Homer last round. Now I have a pair!

Rating Overview

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Comments

bluerose3 on Jan 30, 2023:

(CPG January wishes) Thank you. Love the variety of the PDT labels. Love the stickers too.

OrigamiGrace on Jan 26, 2023:

Thanks so much for the fun decos and all the nice ephemera you sent!! I love the bee themed stuff - one day I'll have a beehive!! Much appreciate all the collage goodies too!!

Mistyinltown on Jan 24, 2023:

Thank you so much for this fun deco for my CPG January Wishlist! It is funny and unique!💕

9O96O on Jan 17, 2023:

Thank you Debora for MuggleMom's Sweet Treats deco for Established Deco Booklet Tag – International Players.

Whippet on Jan 13, 2023:

Lemon smiles! You sunny yellow lemons envelope arrived in my mail box wishing my a Happy New Year! Thank you Debora for sending me the bright Lemons Deco Book, lemons mail art & your note. You are creative to put the mail together, you inspire me. Happy New Year!

MuggleMom on Jan 12, 2023:

Your hygge page is hilarious! Thank goodness I had just finished my cup of Earl Grey or there would have been unintentional tea stains on some decos! Thanks for sending for the CPG tag!

xx

Toni

jeka396 on Jan 3, 2023:

Thanks so much for both the Pikachu and turtle deco books for the Deco Books tag game! Maybe I’ll finally have enough ICMs for continuous play, haha.

MuggleMom on Jan 1, 2023:

Wishing you a New Year full of meaningful memories!

xx

MuggleMom

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:


Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

OrigamiGrace on Dec 28, 2022:

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for sending home my deco homers!! Woohoo, it's been a while since I've gotten one back, what a treat!! I very much appreciate it and I appreciate you!!

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