Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2019 3:04 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: June 25, 2019
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 5-15-19)


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), 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).
  • This year (2019) my neighbor's 11 yo daughter has been lending me her collection of Boxcar Children Mysteries, 3 books at a time.

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). Many of my projects are done with thoughts of her working right along with me. We loved making "ugly art" (repurposing leftovers into crazy pieces of art).

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. (March. 2019), 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, doctor's offices, hospitals, 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) and 2 sons (3 and 5). The baby (18 months) loves to scribble, so she will be joining us soon.

  • 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: Thank you for the swap! I loved your envelope you created. Have a great day!
djcamp04 rated for ATCO: Pick One ATC on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful ATC Jo!! I love the German book page background. And the colors you chose (my favorite, 😉) , thank you! It’s a very beautiful & artistically done ATC! Thank you! I’m so happy to add it to my collection!!
eimn rated for PVT: @eimn and @LizzyJo Zentangle ACT on Jun 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you Jo for the beautiful zentangles that you sent me. Best wishes, Enora
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart. (Are you ready for another Zentangle swap?)
Comment: Coco and I have finished our part of the swap so I opened yours today. It's great! It's also nothing like the one you will be getting which is offensive and disgusting. Your mouse blanket is adorable and your artsy style is super creative. Of course, we knew this would happen because everything you make is adorable and super creative. We thank you for a fun swap and ask your forgiveness in advance. :-D
Response: This swap was quite a challenge, but I loved every minute of it. Thank you for all the kind comments. PS-You aren't allowed to call your swap offensive and disgusting before I have had a chance to see it and defend it. I think it's great that our pvt. challenges always turn out so different from each others.
Comment: Lizzy Jo: Love everything! Great swap! Super presentation. Thanks ever so much! Lynn
Response: I'm so happy that you were pleased with what I put together for you. One of my great swap-bot joys is being able to send profile specific items that I can make from my stash of supplies. Thank you for the heart.
Manurnakey rated for BMG:ATC challenge - triangles on Jun 12, 2019
Comment: I also did two versions of ATCs for this swap :) The challenge is so open ended - it leaves a lot of room! I adore the security background patchwork ATC. That is awesome! I looked carefully and you only used triangles. Impressive!!! And the zendoodle one also speaks to me as a fellow doodler :) Thank you so much for sending both to me <3
Response: You are very welcome. I'm glad you liked them both. It was more of a challenge than I originally expected. Thank you for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ U Tangle on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: WOW! I really love both of these!! Thank you!!!
Response: I'm glad. Thank you for the ♥.
Comment: This PC is already so gorgeous! I love the colors! Thank you for the pretty decorated envie, card and stickers in my favorite colors! When I see mail from you, it always brightens my day. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks for your kind comments. They make me feel warm and fuzzy. And thanks for the ♥.
DaisyNY rated for BMG: Landscape ATC on May 28, 2019
Comment: Two very different cards - both interesting. I love the security print one very much because of the visual textures. The soft colors on the bubble print one are lovely. Thank you so much.
Response: You are so welcome. I had a good time experimenting with the different styles. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: ooohhhh........... I love the tan card! You always do a wonderful job!
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart. I really appreciate you hosting these enjoyable swaps.
Comment: Thank you so much! I also appreciate the extra goodies
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad the goodies are appreciated. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous owl themed envelope! It definitely made me smile!
Response: Knowing it made you smile is one of the best results of swapping for me. Thank you for the heart.
jeka396 rated for CPG Yellow Flat Envie - US Only on May 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the stuffed yellow envie! I’m especially fond of the die cut cats and flowers!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you are happy with the die cuts. Thanks for the heart.
LahDeeDah rated for PVT: The Final Frontier (CBI #4) on May 8, 2019
Comment: Finally! I can rate this wonderful swap! Thank you, Jo. The coins you made for this entire series are so sensitive and sweet. I love your style, your thoughtfulness and your creativity. The little flip flops on the beach are so LoAn. I still tear up a little when I look at that one. Thank you for honoring Muriel, as well. You made a perfect tribute to her. I always love swapping with you. It feels like Christmas morning every time I find one of your projects in my mailbox. You're a keeper, for sure! ❤️
Response: This has been the longest swap series I've been in, and I loved doing all 4 installments. I'm honored that you shared memories of loved ones with me that I could use in making some of the coins. I love swapping with you, too. Thank you for the heart.
Rainydancer rated for Wavy Wiggly Lines on May 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
AZmom875 rated for A.I. Make a tag on May 4, 2019
Comment: Super cute, thanks for the extra goodies.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
goosey rated for A.I. Make a tag on May 3, 2019
Comment: thank you for the wonderful tags! such a great assortment of techniques!
Response: I'm glad you like them. Thanks for the heart.
Susang7 rated for CPG Flower Flat Envie - US Only on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you for everything!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the ♥.
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: I love the whole blue/green color scheme this one is developing. Your work is fantastic!!
Response: I like the color scheme, too. Thanks for your nice comment and ♥.
Comment: What a wonderful little creature!!! I adore this one!! (I wish I could keep this one!). Thank you. Not sure what to add that will do it justice, but I'll try. :-)
Response: I'm glad you like him so much. What a compliment, wanting to keep it. Thank you for your kind comments and for the ♥.

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PrairieKittin on May 23, 2019:

thank you
Thank you for hosting a swap in Tangled Up, Too!

gooddog56 on May 22, 2019:

Hey! 4 years ago you sent me a bookmark in a swap--I hadn't been reading much for the past few years, but have taken it up again, and am using your bookmark! I still love it! Thanks again! (Paper Dragon mystery supply swap, paper gears, you drew a woman's face on a dark blue card background, and used gears for hair, it's great!)

LahDeeDah on Apr 18, 2019:

The envie is an embellished print too? Wow!!!

LahDeeDah on Apr 18, 2019:

My smile got ripped off but I'm still happy :-)

LahDeeDah on Apr 18, 2019:

Oh, boy! I just KNEW a foam print of a @LizzyJo zentangle would be spectacular! Were you so proud of yourself when you saw the results? Both of your plates are wonderful! I'm excited about receiving these. Thank you very, very much for joining the swap and for sharing your finished pieces with me :-)

ktk8 on Apr 15, 2019:

Thanks for working my TUT card..... I LOVE the Bijou SNAIL......

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

PrairieKittin on Mar 1, 2019:

Thank you so much for sending me a copy of the finished "ZIA Collab PC". I love how it turned out!! Welcome to the Koi Pond!

spotteddogs on Feb 21, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful stamp assortment for our trade! I will definitely put them to good use. Thanks for doing this trade with me!

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!

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