Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2022 3:51 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: September 24, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

Updated 5/29/22 -

Teacher, 4th grade ELA. Native NY-er, loving life in Pittsburgh, PA.

I started my "art journey" as a quilter. When I took a journal quilting class and learned about art journaling, I was hooked immediately. Then I began to start exploring mixed media and here I am. I haven't quilted in years but I still sew things from time to time. Lately, I've been exploring sewing on paper in my mixed media projects.

Married for 30 years, with two adult sons, musician and journalist.


No drama from me. Creating art is my fun and relaxation. I will always send on time, and on the rare chance that I am unable (life happens) I will contact my partner. I rate all swaps, because I hope you will do the same; if nothing else, it's my confirmation that my happy mail has arrived.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones


Collage and making collage fodder (I didn't join Fodder School but have been following those who did with interest)

Stamp carving Art foamies

Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, and Wanda Hanson, a quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art.

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

Lately, I've been loving kraft paper/cardstock to create on.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, travel tickets and other tickets.

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, old tickets, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Collage fodder of stamped images, watercolored bits, etc. (I didn't join Fodder School but I might next year...very tempting)

Tags - my own or other's - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

Dislikes - please don't send

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you send.

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

No glitter please, if possible; thanks.

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff I don't need or collect printed/scrapbook papers, have too much and am slowly giving it away

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


YooperHill rated for EPUSA: I Have Never Made…#8 on Sep 22, 2022
Comment: Fun swap! Thank you for the great art!
Gaucha rated for Teacher Tips! on Sep 14, 2022
Comment: Dear Deborah, I got your swap today in the Netherlands. I am still in the canary Islands, but I got foto's of your letter! On Fuerteventura I taught English, Latin and study skills to Spanish children and Spanish to English, German and Dutch people. I will be teaching Dutch and Spanish in the Netherlands, starting end of this month. So thanks for your tips!! Best wishes, Janneke
Comment: Awesome images! Love that you did some on acetate! They will be really fun to play with! I hope you like what I sent : ) Thanks again for swapping!
Response: Yes got them today! So glad you like the acetate! That was a new idea I learned from DW videos. I love the effect it gives - have fun!
monsbrick rated for Stained Papers on Sep 9, 2022
Comment: Hi Deborah, I love how these turned out. This was my first attempt at dyeing papers and what I did for the pink was I used beet juice. We just happened to have a bottle of beet juice my husband had purchased but didn’t like and that worked great and I added beet powder again I randomly had that even though it’s not normally something I buy. When I combined these two things it made the paper super dark and I used a low ratio of water to juice… mostly just juice. Oh and I pretreated my papers with milk that was supposed to help get it to absorb. The directions said soy milk but I used buttermilk. After I added baking soda to help it set.
Wended rated for Stained Papers on Sep 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the stained papers. I think your results were very nice and I especially like the avocado paper.
user2148 rated for HCSI: Summer Postcard on Sep 4, 2022
Comment: It made it! ☀️Same exact address 😂 I love it, thank you so much for the wonderful postcard and all the effort it took to get it to me! 💗💗
Response: Glad it arrived - and still so weird!!!
Saba rated for HCSI: Summer Postcard on Aug 29, 2022
Comment: I love the mixed media look. Thank you!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Person with a Twist -Partial on Aug 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely tag.
Comment: Thanks so very much!
luluvision rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jul 11, 2022
Comment: Ooh! I loved what you carved, Deborah! I love her as a starting off point and I appreciate your example! Thank you so much! Yes, I do know the Ink Pad and Kinokuniya! I have not been to Pittsburgh but do want to visit!!
Ikat78 rated for AMA: Houses PC -June on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: Hi Deborah! Love the cute house pc. I use Gelli plate backgrounds and book pages that I have used on the Gelli plate as well to create houses. I love the color variations on this pc. I use the Strathmore watercolor pcs as well, lol. I like to round the corners. Thank you for such a fun swap!
djcamp04 rated for Journal Page Exchange on Jun 23, 2022
Comment: I love my journal page!! You did a great job incorporating Dina’s style on these pages. 😍 Thank you so much for such a great swap!
Dasha rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Mail ARt- May on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for a cool looking postcard. ;)
bethe rated for UHM: Seriously Happy Mailbox (profile) on Jun 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much, I absolutely love mini art journals, Dina Wakley and the bright colors. I appreciate it! Happy swapping.
Saba rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Hi Deborah, Thanks for the cool tag=)
CARROLL rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks for your pinetree and water color postcard
gillman rated for MMA: Collage Fodder- BLUE on Jun 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you!!!
BeckyG56 rated for AMA: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art on Jun 4, 2022
Comment: I love the tag,and how you put it all together.
YooperHill rated for AMA: Mystery Supply Swap 4.12.22 on Jun 3, 2022
Comment: It is great! Thank you!

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itsnobody on Jul 1, 2022:

Thank you for the big variety of alphabets! I finally received the Pick Two tag. I'll have a good use 😊

jjhere on Jun 16, 2022:

It's great to meet you via your profile. I love that you added your art influences. Cheers!

ittybittykitty on Mar 3, 2022:

I just received the non-English book pages from the 54321 tag and they’re AWESOME! I’m so excited to play with them, thank you!!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 2, 2021:


nalaqueen on Aug 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for the vintage Book & Music papers! ( This or That tag). I can't wait to use them in my journal!

wolfeagle on Aug 27, 2021:

So fun to get this is my mailbox today. Great job on making this Scribble to an Amazing mail art postcard. Thank you.

Lonestarchild on Jul 12, 2021:

Thanks so much for the B&W fun for the Quick I Need...Tag. Love these old PCs!

Scrapinitblue on Jul 7, 2021:

Thank you for swapping Dina images with me for the Cheap postage tag! I got them and I LOVE them all! I recently signed on as a Supporter on her FB page, have you seen that? It's $5 a month and there are lots of perks!

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