Swap-bot Time: November 23, 2017 5:58 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: November 22, 2017
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 10-10-17)

♦WeLcOmE to my world♦.

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 most current swap faves are mail art 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, ATCs, altered Rolodex cards, inchies, skinnies, scrapbooking, card making, 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/cute.

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.

♦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 a few 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 have drawn original swap cards for a few partners. ♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠

Other Favorites

Favorite colors: blue, orchid, lime green;
favorite combination--aqua,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, camping, cruising, canoe/kayaking, 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

♥ plastic grocery bags (the crinkly kind) in colors (especially blue, red, purple) to crochet with

♥ handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks

♥ small dolls (paper, art, Matryoshyka, Japanese)

♥ 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

NCIS, Bones, Law & Order, Royal Pains, Major Crimes, Outlander, Ghost Whisperer, Supernatural, The Gilmore Girls, Little House on the Prairie, the travel channel


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 37 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 3-1-13 and 10-25-16) who live near Chicago, and a daughter in heaven (as of 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 apt. (Sept. 2017), 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 am very excited to be adding zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at last year. 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.

  • My focus this year (2017) is to share my talents and supplies/ tools with others:

    ♥ I gave away my Cricuit machine along with 7 cartridges to a friend who will make better use of it than I have been for the past few years.

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

  • 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.



LahDeeDah rated for Pvt: LahDeeDah and Colin Swap on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: The zine made it to my mailbox today, and it is awesome! What a fun project for the two of you to do together! Please tell Colin I'm quite impressed with his ability to write his name so nicely. I love all the fun punches and stickers and washi and shapes. Thank you very, very much for swapping with me! ETA: I LOVE the owls!
Response: That was quick! We're glad you like it. It was a fun project for both of us. I passed on your message to Colin, and he said "did she like all the owls?" (He was quite fond of using my owl washi tape)
MyRetroSoul rated for WIYM: Halloween ATC on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this great atc and the goodies! I will put the money to good use. I especially love the tiny pumpkin details on the back of the atc. I love stuff like that!
Response: I'm so glad you were pleased. Thanks for the kind comments and for the ♥.
Sola79 rated for Pumpkin ATC Halloween style on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely ATC and PL Cards :) Happy Halloween :)
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the ♥. Happy Halloween to you, too.
donetta rated for Fall Skinny on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Jo, this is quite honestly one of the loveliest odes to autumn I've ever seen! I can see how much love and work went into this beauty, and I hope you know that it is greatly appreciated. Thank you also for the beautiful mounted autumn cutout designs...it's obvious that everything you touch turns to beauty!
Response: Wow.....I am breathless after reading your heartwarming comments. Thank you so much. They really made my day.
ellie rated for Halloween is coming. on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: Love the Halloween skinny. Thank you.
Response: You're welcome.
Artstamper rated for TUT ~ Back to school APPLE on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: I always look forward to getting a zentangle from you! Thank you so much for both of them. I also like how you made the border around them.
Response: Thank you for the kind comments, they made me smile. :-) Thank you for the ♥, too.
MadeByRori rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #12 on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Halloween fun! 💌
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the ♥,
BusyB rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #13 on Sep 27, 2017
Comment: Oh my it's skull mail!!! <3 Someone read my profile. lol Thank you, love all the "bones" bwhahahaha and the envelope is so cute. Thanks again for an awesome swap! <3
Response: I'm glad I had stuff in my stash that you had listed as a like on your profile. Thanks for the ♥.
tlemon4 rated for WIYM:Halloween Countdown #10 on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for an awesome swap! Loved everything :):)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you were pleased.
laterdayze rated for WIYM:Halloween Countdown #11 on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: Hi there! Thank you so much for the Halloween goodies. You did a great job and I love the fun stuff you included. I know what you mean, I've had repeat partners too and I hope I'm not sending the same stuff to them!
Response: I'm glad you are happy with what I sent. Thanks for the ♥.
BizzyBusMom rated for 9 LP-Awesome Autumn Swap- USA on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: Loved this ❤️ The colors are so Autum. It reminds me of my childhood in Maine... the colors so beautiful there. Made me think of wonderful memories! Thank you
Response: It warms my heart to hear that it made you think of wonderful memories. Thanks for the kind comments and the ♥.
DaisyNY rated for **PBP Oct~ Leaves …** on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: Wow, LizzyJo, how spectacular - from the envelope, to the card to the piece itself! Thank you!
Response: Your comment of "spectacular" made my day! Thank you for the ♥.
HippieChick rated for TPD: Mystery Supply Swap #10 on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful bookmarks. I agree, this was one of the more difficult supplies! I kept having ideas for more mixed media projects and not so much paper based. I think you did a lovely job. :)
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the ♥.
laterdayze rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #7 on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the Halloween goodies! I love the envelope - so cute!
Response: I think I had more fun decorating the envie than gathering what was in it.
stiffneck78 rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #3 on Sep 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great envelope and all of the wonderful treasures! I have ideas of what I will use these for. Thanks again!! Love the way you decorated the envelope.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you'll be able to use what I sent. Thanks for the ♥.
tlemon4 rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #4 on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies. I loved everything :):)
Response: I am so glad. Thanks for the ♥.
delonewolf rated for Cat atc on Sep 7, 2017
Comment: Loved the card, and the extra card, and skeleton kitty!
Response: I'm glad you were pleased. Thanks for the ♥.
user5778 rated for Open Theme Moos! on Sep 1, 2017
Comment: Your Moos turned out great, I love them. Always happy to receive mail from you.
Response: Thank you for the kind comments, and for the ♥. I'm glad you are happy with my first Moos.
user5778 rated for Open Theme Twinchies! on Aug 29, 2017
Comment: I just love the cute little Twinchies, thank you!
Response: You're welcome. They were fun to make. Thanks for the ♥.
nannydino rated for Decorate A BOOK Page!! on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Hi Jo, thank you for the fox decorated book page. I really love how you used the "F" page and colored the little red fox. So cute! Also, love the book mark you made, really beautiful. Blessings of peace love light.
Response: I am so glad you were pleased. (I was lucky to find the fox page in the dictionary I have been taking pages from for projects.) Thank you for the kind comments and ♥.

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ThumperLove on Nov 1, 2017:

Wow! Thank you for the elaborate happy mail! What a treat! You are very creative. Love it!

LahDeeDah on Oct 11, 2017:

It's that skinny red tape on a roll that's sticky on both sides after you peel off the red rubbery band. I don't know what it's really called. I should maybe find out!

LahDeeDah on Oct 11, 2017:

Lawn care??? First time for that theme at my house! LOL!

LahDeeDah on Oct 4, 2017:

Hey, thanks! You wanna do a Spongebob zombie swap? Heehee. We need to do something. It's been awhile :-)

fbresnah on Sep 30, 2017:

Thanks so much for all the fantastic die cuts! You are too generous! Love them!

Mugsie on Sep 3, 2017:

MsRose on Aug 16, 2017:

💜💕lizzyjo 💜💕 Your Huge, amazing ,generous. Christmas donation package is here !!! The kids at Revive a Rual African Child Are truly blessed ;) Hugs Ms Rose xo

CurlyTea on Aug 1, 2017:

sabbysteg on Mar 19, 2017:

Wow, these are really awesome bookmarks! Thanks LizzyJo!

shinyserra on Mar 14, 2017:

Thanks so much for the beautiful bookmarks for the RAK you offered!

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