Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2019 4:44 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: February 18, 2019
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 1-19-19)


Creativity is my passion. I am a serious craft-a-holic, and have been ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. If anything sits still long enough, it is fair game for decorating. I find it difficult to send out an envelope without some form of decoration on it.

My current swap faves are mail art, ATCs, Artist Trading Coins and smash books. (If you happen to have any spare bits of Spring (rabbits especially), Halloween, Valentine, St. Pats, lime green, iris, or angel goodness, I would be happy to give them a good home in my smash books.) I enjoy drawing (especially Zentangle inspired designs), beading, other jewelry making, crocheting, paper crafts, altered Rolodex cards, inchies, skinnies, scrapbooking, macrame, and misc. other crafts. I like recycling materials. In the past I have also done counted cross stitch, needlepoint, decorative painting, glass etching, wood carving, knitting and origami.

My style tends to be stylistic.

I can use any size art journal/smash book page.

Note to future rolo swap partners: I prefer to have the back of the card (2 1/4" x 4") decorated with the notches up.

Just for fun (not required), I'd like to see a small green ♥ (drawn, stamped, a sticker, etc.) somewhere on the envie/package my partner sends.

THINGS I CAN MAKE TO SWAP --- I have a Sizzix die cutter and a nice variety of die shapes---I can cut designs for embellishing projects, make shaped note cards, cut stencils from plastic, etc. I also have texture plates for embossing patterns on card stock.

I make small crocheted flowers (for use on ATCs or note cards, etc.) and have sent out 4 batches to swap partners so far. I also crochet bookmarks.

I have drawn original swap cards for a few partners.

Other Favorites

Favorite colors: blue, orchid, lime green;
favorite combination--aqua, burnt orange, brown and ivory.
Lately I have been drawn to orange (not neon, but more the orange on Baltimore Orioles or burnt orange shades.)
I am not overly fond of an abundance of pink.

Favorite artists: Miro, Klee, Kandinsky, O'Keeffe, Monet, Van Gogh, Escher, Charley Harper

Favorite animals: dogs, rabbits, fox, cats,
hedgehogs, frogs, lambs,
polar bears, pandas, moose,
dolphins, sea lions, orcas, jelly fish, dragonflies, owls, hummingbirds, flamingos

Favorite cartoon characters: Snoopy, Kermit, Eeyore, Grinch, Tazmanian Devil, Suzy's Zoo critters, Lambchop

Favorite scents: cucumber melon, apple, peach, fresh linen, seabreeze

Favorite gems: Tanzanite, Larimar, green Amethyst, Alexandrite

Favorite flavors: chocolate, peach, green apple, pear, watermelon, bacon

Favorite places traveled to: San Diego CA,
Door County WI, Grand Cayman Island, Kyoto Japan, London UK

Favorite activities: in addition to crafting--- reading, RVing in our newly bought 5th wheel, cruising, canoe/kayaking as well as just sitting by water, hiking with my dog

More favorites angels, anything with the words JOY, HOPE, or BREATHE on it

  • washi tape (looking for the following themes: postage, frogs, scisssors, seasonal themes)

  • beads & charms, rings (size 7 or 9), bracelets

  • fun fibers, stickers, shaped confetti/sequins, brads

  • Pigma Micron pens, Copic markers, extra fine point Sharpies, metallic gel pens

  • maps, travel brochures, used stamps (especially foreign), paper doilies

  • handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks

  • small dolls (paper, art, Russian Matryoshyka, Japanese Kokeshi)

  • bird cages, hot air balloons, light houses, castles

  • rainbows, sunsets, shooting stars

  • oceans, lakes, rivers

  • irises, trees, autumn

  • a current (as well as long time) favorite is paths. It doesn't matter if they are through the woods or just tall weeds, I find them very compelling.

  • abandoned theme parks, buildings, other structures

  • For Christmas swaps: snowmen, reindeer, angels, gingerbread houses, snowflakes, old world Santas, mittens


  • the smell of smoke

  • coffee, herbal and green tea

  • zombies

  • Sponge Bob

  • violence

  • negativity

  • drama

Favorite Books

I love to read (both on my Kindle and "real" paper books). I can't fall asleep unless I have read for an hour (or 2...or 3).

  • Craft how-to and idea books
  • Cozy mysteries (most recent fave is the Bellingwood series by Diane Greenwood Muir)
  • Historical fiction (Lori Wick and Kathleen Ernst.)
  • Crime novels--(Michael Connely, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais)
  • Paranormal romances--(J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Rain)
  • Christopher Moore
  • Rock star romances (Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning; Silver Strings Series by Lisa Gillis)
  • A couple years ago I was on a circus kick and read "Water for Elephants", "Under the Big Top", "Mumbo Jumbo Circus", and "Toby Tyler".
  • A few years ago I read the "Little House on the Prairie" books (I never read them as a child.) I got the "Pioneer Girl...The Annotated Autobiography" for Christmas (2015).

Favorite Television

This is Us, NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, New Amsterdam, Outlander, What on Earth, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Impossible Engineering, the travel channel, painting and sewing shows.

Favorite Music

Oldies (especially Beatles, Bad Company, Badfinger, Beach Boys, etc.)


I used to play the accordion.

Favorite Movies

Princess Bride; Romancing the Stone; Cutting Edge; Dirty Dancing; The Thornbirds; Tombstone; Despicable Me, cheesy sci-fi like the Sharknados, and Tremors

About Me

I live in the country (midwestern USA---Wisconsin) with hubby and a rescued furbaby (Theo, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, ground hogs, racoons, opossums, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)

I have a 39 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 3-1-13 and 10-25-16) . The end of 2017 they moved back to Baton Rouge, LA, so I am trying to come to terms with them living 1,000 miles away. My daughter became an angel when she was 19 (on 3-23-03).

I was an Activity Director for a psych hosp. for 7 years before having kids, then an Activity Coord. for a nursing home for 11 years after kids.

When I was diagnosed with cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) Oct. 2011, I didn't think I would be around to celebrate another birthday. But 6 months of chemo did what it was supposed to. I still have cancer, but don't need more chemo at this time. I had my stem cells collected the end of Oct. 2012 and they are being cryo-stored until I need my transplant. As of my latest oncologist appt. (Sept. 2018), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.

 what I pledged * I appreciate being rated soon after you receive my swaps. What's even more important to me than seeing the rating is just knowing that my swap made it to you. I feel bad asking if my swap disappeared on the way when I don't hear in a reasonable amount of time (2 weeks for USA swaps, longer for international), but I am concerned, and need to know if I should get started on a re-send if need be.

  • I enjoy reading your comments about my swaps. I also like reading the responses to my comments.

  • I put a lot of effort into my swap presentation (decorated envie, personalized note card, folder, or hand drawn swap card) as well as the swap item itself, and I really appreciate it when it's evident that my swap partners add extra effort as well. It makes my day when I can tell that my partner took the effort to read my profile.

Artsy Accomplishments

  • I have been "abandoning" Zentangled bookmarks and seasonal tags at restaurants, and at Little Free Libraries (started doing this in 2014).

  • My focus this year (2019) is to share my talents and supplies/ tools with others:

  • I volunteer several times a month at the Senior Living Complex my dad lived in. I take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations.

  • I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles (and other creative endeavors every other week with my neighbors (the mom and her 3 daughters (9, 7, and 4). The boys (2 1/2 and 1) don't seem to be very interested yet. :-)

  • I added Zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at. I also was asked to draw a series of adult coloring pages (which I completed in May 2016). I made 80 tangled thank you bookmarks for the staff at the assisted living complex and the nursing home where he spent his last days.

  • I entered a sketchbook to the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project 2011 (theme "It's Raining Dogs and Cats")

  • I crocheted 18 scarves for 2010 Special Olympics.

  • I crocheted 12 angel gowns (infant burial gowns) for a local hospital in 2010.

  • I crocheted 8 shawls and 2 doz. coin purses for nursing home residents in 2009-10.


Comment: Thanks for this stunning PC! Now I have to think of something cool to do to the other one! This one is just fine! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you like it. (It was really hard for me to leave it as just a line design, and not add any pencil shading.) Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: Yup, we are the 3 musketeers of zentangling! LOL Thanks for the wonder PC to work on, the extras and the lovely envie in "my" colors! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry PS: More coming your way from me too!
Response: All for one and zen for all! Another one is on the way to you, too. Thanks for the ♥.
Anettethhjertnes rated for AAA - Paper doll ATC on Feb 3, 2019
Comment: Love your cute atc and the diecuts are also cute
Response: I'm glad you love it. I just love that die. Thanks for the ♥.
Lisapotterylady rated for AI ~ Embellishment Clusters on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Wow ~such a bright folder! And the embellishments are wonderful!
Response: I had a good time making them for you. I hope you can use them. Thank you for the ♥.
LahDeeDah rated for PVT: Coin Banner Installment #2 on Feb 1, 2019
Comment: Your swap came already! These coins are wonderful, of course! I love that little kokeshi and your zentangled piece looks really 3D. I actually thought it was, at first. You're so creative! Your Mo + Jo will definitely help and SpongeBob . . . oh, SpongeBob. Although he's an extra, he's headed for a place in the banner because he cracks me up and he reminds me of you. Thank you for everything! BTW - LoAn had that same purple tape you used on the envie. Seeing that was a cool moment of deja vu :-)
Response: I'm glad it got there so fast. With all the mail delays in the Midwest last week, I had my doubts it would be a fast trip. I'm happy you were pleased with the swap. Thanks for the ♥. I like that the tape reminded you of Loan, too. So, are you ready for round 3?
user2148 rated for OMAE: Arty Envelope (USA) on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: Beautiful envie!! Love the doodly front and the charming bees on the back! Thank you for all the effort and time!
Response: I'm so glad you love it. I had fun making it for you. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: Thank you for the envelope of goodies. The coins, papers and embossed tags, even the envelope are amazing. I will be embossing tags now. Did you emboss them before or after cutting the tags?
Response: I'm glad you were happy with what I sent. The tags were embossed after cutting them out. (If you emboss before cutting, the embossing gets kind of smooshed.) Thank you for the ♥.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT ~ Q Tangle on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for TWO wonderful Q tiles. I love your art and the tangles you put on the outside of your envies! Thanks too for the card! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome. I love your art, too. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: Jo, thank you for the beautiful ATCoins. I loved how you built a scene with them and the card you sent with the swap was beautiful too - I am definitely going to recycle it and make something crafty from it. Happy crafting! 🙂
Response: Thank you for the kind comments and for the ♥.
Poeprincess rated for AI: Watercolor ATC on Jan 19, 2019
Comment: Great ATC! Love the frame, drawing, background & colors. Thank you.
Response: I'm so glad you love it. I enjoyed making it for you. Thanks for the ♥.
Caithness rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope! on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your delightful envelope and goodies, so lovely to come home too. best wishes
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you were pleased. Thank you for the ♥
Comment: Thank you for these wonderful treasures and the "Just for Fun" ones too. Thanks too for the cards, you attached them to, in my colors! I keep your envies as inspiration too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Your kind words have made my day. I'm glad you like what I sent. Thank you for joining my swap and thank you for the ♥.
Comment: I love the postcard you made, thank you so much is very cool.
Response: You are very welcome. Thanks for the ♥.
LahDeeDah rated for PVT: Coin Banner Installment #1 on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Jo! I not only love the coins but also the thought you put into personalizing them. I can't believe you sent three additional pieces to celebrate the season! That's so like you. :-) I will enjoy these very much!
Response: I'm glad you were pleased. I enjoyed making them for you, and look forward to our next installment. I can't wait to see the ones that are on their way to me. Thank you for the ♥.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ P Tangle on Dec 24, 2018
Comment: Excellent work. The shading is exquisite. Thank you.... oh, and the ATK is fabulous!!
Response: I love comments like this----they make me glow! Thanks for the ♥ too.
Poeprincess rated for ACTs: Xmas tags on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Jo, for those wonderful Tags! I agree with you, they are so much fun to make. I love all of them & the colors you used are fantastic.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the ♥. I'm so glad you love them.
smmarrty rated for JJJ: Send 6 Holiday Things on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks a bunch - love the die cuts and all of the other goodies, too. Happy Holidays to you!
Response: I'm glad you were happy with what I sent to you. Thanks for the ♥.
JennLostAndFound rated for ACTs: Coin Wreaths on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the coin wreaths! They are so cute! I will be using them in my December daily! I like how neat your work is!
Response: I'm glad you like them and can use them. Thank you for the ♥.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT: Punched Tangled Tile on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: What great tiles! Thank you!! I love the purple!! And, yes, I have the same thoughts when I do a tangle in color! LOL!!
Response: I'm glad you like them. They were fun to work on. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: Oh my goodness - Lucky, lucky me. Such a fantastic set of ATCoins. Also, the zentangle card has my entire family speechless. Thank you so much.
Response: You are so very welcome. Your kind comments made my day. Thank you for the ♥.

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Gatzcat on Jan 21, 2019:


Thanks for thinking of me when you sent your unassigned postcard roulette postcard. I really enjoyed your sweet words and the handmade postcard. Very thoughtful and neat!

Bhindblueeyes on Dec 24, 2018:

Thank you so much for the PC of Theodog - what. a. doll!!!!!!!! I'm not sure I have the correct name, I took it from the postcard. :) I hope the stickers reach you soon. Thanks again for this trade!!

shellbede on Dec 4, 2018:

Thanks for sending my twinchie home - love it!

AmookIslandCreations on Sep 28, 2018:

I am so glad you like your zine! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

Cgscdy on Aug 28, 2018:

I know I sent a msg but wanted to post here as well for the amazing RAK you sent! Beautiful from the envie to the goodies inside. Still trying to figure out the folds to make the card inside Lol so it gives me puzzle to figure as well. Tysvm !😊🎃

monsbrick on Aug 21, 2018:

Belated Happy Birthday!🎉🎁🎂

LahDeeDah on Aug 8, 2018:

Heirloom on Aug 5, 2018:

Belated birthday wishes!

CurlyTea on Aug 1, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

lttleetoile on Jul 25, 2018:

Real rainbow

You should receive your In Memory RAK soon! I hope you enjoy the papers! Thank you again for all your support!

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