Swap-bot Time: December 11, 2023 4:28 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: December 10, 2023

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


Comment: Gorgeous postcard - thank you!
rkassman rated for AMA: Collaged Envelope #2 on Nov 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous envie and I can't wait to turn it into new art! <3
LaureAndLucky rated for CPG: Fragmented Faces Art on Nov 20, 2023
Comment: I'm still a bit confused by ATC's but it's the first one I receive ! I always work on postcard size, I have to admit it's an interesting format to work on, I might try ! This swap was super fun to make and I like your ATC ! (I think it takes waaaaaay more patience to work with kids than to work with people with cognitive neurodegeneration ! At least if they're too annoying, I just have to disappear for a few minutes and when I come back they completely forgot what they were annoying about lol, Bravo to you !) Have a nice day !
BeckyG56 rated for AMA: More Heart Love - October on Nov 7, 2023
Comment: A beautiful postcard. Thanks for all the work you put into making it, very creative. I agree with the quote, to always have a grateful heart.
Comment: Thanks for the masterboard PC.
Comment: Nice card, thank you!
Comment: Ty for this piece of masterboard, I love the choice of papers and how well coordinated they are :)
DaisyNY rated for AMA: More Heart Love - September on Oct 5, 2023
Comment: Thank you for this postcard! One thing though - the directions say that the PC is supposed to be portrait oriented - short side up.
Response: Oh no, thank you for letting me know! I clearly didn't read carefully enough..or forgot when I actually sat down to create...and I've done a few of the same series and sadly may have oriented them in error. I'll do the next ones correctly now.
Comment: Thank you for the ephemera. Can’t wait to use it.
Comment: Thank you for the fun bits of ephemera! I will definitely be using these in my creations! xx Gabi
Comment: Great Vintage goodies! Thanks so much!
KathleenHope rated for AMA: More Heart Love - August on Aug 30, 2023
Comment: I don't get a lot of postcards that I keep for my collection, this one is a keeper! Love the colors, stamps, texture....Thanks for the beautiful card! ❤️❤️
Comment: Thanks for the weaving postcard. Simple and nice to look at.
papercraft70 rated for HMPC: Add Stitching - August on Aug 29, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard. Polka dots looked cute.
lefroggy rated for UHM: Sketchy Mail Art on Aug 29, 2023
Comment: thank you, it looks cute, and thank you for the little extras :)
Comment: Thanks
Comment: Thank you for the tag. I agree, the Uniball Signo is a great white pen!
Comment: Thank you for the very cool postcard. Your names are great! I love your rapper name :) Hugs, Nikki
quaisoir rated for AA.HM.PC: Book Pages Art - July on Aug 13, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your artistic creation. 😁I love it!
Pantlessrobot rated for AA.HM.PC: Washi Tape PC - July on Aug 11, 2023
Comment: Pretty, I like the simplicity of the design

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TaraBird on Jul 18, 2023:

Thanks for the awesome sheet music pages for the This or That Tag! So sorry for the late reply. They are very appreciated ♥

LauraM540 on Jun 10, 2023:

You for the cool tickets from the 54321 swap! Looks like you are very busy?

Highlander18 on Feb 13, 2023:

Thank you for the very special Mount Rushmore postcard you sent for UHM:February Happy Mail.❤️❤️❤️❤️

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

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:


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