Swap-bot Time: December 14, 2018 7:04 pm


Date Joined: May 23, 2012
Last Online: December 14, 2018
Birthday: June 3
Country: United States
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Updated 11/20/2018

Happy Thanksgiving

About Me

I live in Southern Colorado with my husband and two dogs. I've been messing around with art materials for nearly two decades now. The morning view from the house that we recently sold after living there for over twenty-five years:

November Sunrise

Before retirement, I worked as a systems analyst in Maryland, Texas, and Colorado, primarily in the field of telecommunications. I still follow technical issues, and do a little scripting to keep my hand in. Perl used to be my favorite language, but I write primarily in Ruby now.

For years, my main physical activity was horseback riding, primarily hunter/jumpers training. I had a bad fall several years ago, and reluctantly decided to give up riding.

I now do agility training with our Miniature Schnauzer Rion and our Boston Terrier Bandit. I also enjoy yoga and try to practice several times a week.

Favorite Crafts

I particularly enjoy making Artist Trading Cards and tags and carving images from soft blocks. I occasionally do a little sewing, but retirement means that I require very little in the way of new wardrobe items. Photography is another interest, though mainly when I travel these days.

Favorite Books

I read a lot, mainly romance, urban fantasy, and paranormals, with a hearty addition of various types of non-fiction. Michelle Sagara, Ilona Andrews, Sharon Lee / Steve Miller, and Lois McMaster Bujold are probably my favorite authors at present. I am a big fan of our local library system, which is fabulous.

Likes / Dislikes

I love food, but am on a medically restricted diet, so must regretfully decline being sent any food.


  • decorated envelopes
  • handmade postcards and greeting cards
  • mail art
  • vintage clip art
  • rubber stamping
  • soft block carving
  • gelli printing
  • artist trading cards (ATCs)
  • horse themes
  • index card a day (ICAD)
  • dog themes
  • Art Deco
  • Art Nouveau
  • Jewel tones
  • shabby chic
  • National Parks
  • southwestern scenery
  • deco (books)


  • religious themes
  • pastels
  • violence

The Dogs

Rion has been with us since he was eight weeks old, adopted out of a local shelter in 2008. We think he is mostly Miniature Schnauzer.

Bandit has been with us since January 2016. We adopted him via a Boston Terrier rescue when he was three years old. He had been surrendered to the rescue by his second family, due to a damaged eye, which they could not afford to treat.

Rion was a little dubious about Bandit the first week, but now they get along just fine, though they do tend to squabble over who gets the "good" crate during the day.

Despite Bandit's missing eye, he is a whiz at learning agility. We started in May 2016. Rion and I have been doing agility since November 2014, and I am continually impressed by how much better he is at it than I am.

Bandit and Rion

Swapbot Goals

I rate within 24 hours of receiving an item. If I fail to receive an item, I will contact my partner via direct message before rating. I avoid joining swaps that may arrive when I am traveling. If I am forced to give a one because I do not receive a swap, I will rerate once I receive it.

I also avoid joining too many swaps at one time because I don't want to mail late because of Real Life. (I had one quick turnaround swap that went out the door and into our mailbox right after bringing our Boston Terrier home from the Emergency Clinic where he was treated for a rattlesnake bite.)


FairyCrafter rated for ACT: Book page on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for making the Colin using Brushart like I enjoy. I thought the use of the post it in the note card was clever. Now I can use that note card. Thanks
Stampchick rated for Hand Made Enveopes on Nov 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice assortment of envelopes and extras.
January rated for Hand Made Enveopes on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the envelopes! And thanks for the background papers, nice that they are shiny.
shiloh102 rated for RSC- October is PINK Month on Oct 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the sweet pink card. I didn't miss the envelope but it was thoughtful that you sent it. I loved the puppy card. Happy Halloween.
mjhaertling rated for CPG ~ Send any Deco Book ~ USA on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: So sorry I did not rate this when I received it. I am looking forward to altering a postcard and sending the deco book on.
kssunlover1947 rated for O50&P A postcard with a note on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and note.
Babycakesxo rated for Decos Only - USA February on Feb 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! About 7 years ago we moved from a house we had been in for 22 years. I don't plan to ever move again! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it.
mariewilliams810 rated for Decos Only - USA February on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome.
piashlara rated for Decos Only - USA December on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: yay it's here! it arrived late but the stamp says otherwise!
Response: Thanks. I hate it when the mail is so slow.
Dsweeny rated for Decos Only - USA December on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Hi Elaine! Thank you thank you for the great Deco! I can't wait to get started in it. And the STUNNING goldfish card, adorable little girl tag, monopoly money and the extra papers..well WOWZA lady!!! What a wonderful swap. I can't thank you enough.
ccmmsu rated for Decos Only - USA November on Nov 19, 2017
Comment: What a fun deco idea -- thanks for passing it on to me! And thank you also for the beautiful postcards. I love them!!
Rosekoala02 rated for Decos Only - USA November on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: thank you :)
stiffneck78 rated for Artistic Decos - October on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I got a kick out of the postcards. haha
ginny19590 rated for A.I. ATC - Collage #2 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: What a kind an considerate thought to use the die punch button. No one hardly ever considers that part of my profile. I loved your ATC it is definitely going into my collection. I wish I could give you an extra heart. Thank you so much.......=0)
joppagirl rated for Autumn Deco on Sep 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks for another great deco and I love the cute stickers!
barbieloufromKY rated for UHM: Mail Art and Surprise on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Such a beautiful envelope! I love it! Mail Art is such a fun swap to create and receive! Thanks for the post cards and stickers too.....
Ace330660 rated for Decos Only - USA September on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: Received the deco ! Thanks !
Dsweeny rated for Decos Only - USA September on Sep 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the adorable purple themed deco! Looking forward to adding a page. :)

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OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


ChrisAnne on Nov 19, 2018:

Welcome to Planner Partners. I am so happy to have you on board. More swaps will be coming soon!

CurlyTea on Jun 4, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

stiffneck78 on Dec 20, 2017:

CurlyTea on Jun 5, 2017:

Happy slightly belated Birthday!

jukejan on May 9, 2017:

Just sending you out a hug!

btbeth on Dec 25, 2016:

🎅 🎅 🎅 Merry Christmas, Elaine!🎅 🎅 🎅
🎄🎄🎄I just opened my DT Shopping Spree stocking and wanted to thank you again! 🎎 So many sweet little gifties! Absolutely made my day a little more merry! 🎄🎄🎄

ladydy5 on Sep 14, 2016:

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