Swap-bot Time: August 9, 2020 6:47 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: August 9, 2020
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 6-1-2020)


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, Zentangles and ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art), ATCs, Artist Trading Coins, small hand sewing projects 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, 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 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

  • Poop emojis

  • 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). I prefer reading a series over stand alone books.

  • 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).
  • Last year (2019) my neighbor's 11 yo daughter lent me her collection of Boxcar Children Mysteries, 3 books at a time.
  • This year (2020) my 16 yo granddaughter told me I had to read the Anne of Green Gables series. So I borrowed the set from my neighbors.

Favorite Television

All Rise, 911, This is Us, NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, New Amsterdam, Bull, Outlander, Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, MASH, What on Earth, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Weird Wonders, Impossible Engineering, the travel channel, painting and sewing shows.

Favorite Music

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


Random fact: 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 (Hamlet, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, ground hogs, raccoons, opossums, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)

I have a 40 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 3-1-13 and 10-25-16) and a granddaughter (born 10-28-03).

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). Her favorite color was lime green, and that is why I like to see green hearts added to the envies of swaps sent to me.

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 (with a non-creative stretch of data entry between the 2).

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 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. 2019), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.

My word for this year (2020) is "Find". It has several applications for me. 1) I have a tendency to lose projects (or supplies) when I am working on them. I am making an effort this year to have to spend less time in unproductive searching. 2) I want to find more joy in the little things. 3) I want to find ways to avoid and release negativity.

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 and presentation 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 dropped off 1 1/2 doz. beaded angel charms when I was at the oncology clinic for my 6 mo. checkup (3-17-20) for them to pass out to any pt. who needs an angel to watch over them.

  • 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).

  • I volunteer as needed 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 also help make fund raising items.

  • I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles (and other creative endeavors) every other week with my neighbors (the mom and her 4 daughters (12, 10, 7 and 2) and 2 sons (4 and 6).

  • 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") and did one Zentangle Inspired Design page for a collaborative sketchbook for the 2020 Sketchbook Project.

  • 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 all you sent. Love it all.
Comment: Thanks for sending postcard to me. It is a shame that only a few people continue on. i wonder what happens to the cards they receive, the ones that are not finished I am talking about. I have started a few that I have not received back.Anyway I love receiving your posts. Take care.Thanks for the bookmark and your decorated envelope. elflady
LahDeeDah rated for PVT: @LizzyJo and @LahDeeDah on Aug 2, 2020
Comment: Oh, wow. This is sweeeeet! I thought of that bedroom makeover when I opened the book even before reading your note. It's so perfect. And the bookmark you included is equally lovely. How nice of you to work with pink! I love it all, of course, and will enjoy using these things forever and ever. :-) Thank you so much!
Response: You are so very welcome. I really enjoy making things for you using your favorites. Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart.
tristitia rated for Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Your ATC is adorable! The little house was a great use of the mystery supply!
Response: I'm so glad you like it. The tickets were a challenge to use. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I cannot love this piece more, it's perfect. Thank you for capturing the pure essence of cats!!!
Response: I am so glad you're happy with it. Your comments made my day! Thank you for the heart.
Aeon rated for Bird ATC on Jul 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the sweet bird ATCs! I love the one with the swap info on it too. Amanda
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you were pleased.Thank you for the heart.
ellie rated for AAA: Quick Coin #4 on Jul 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the ATC butterfly coin and all of the butterflies.🐽
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
elflady rated for TUT~ Add a wreath on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: I received my wonderful colection of your work today and I was blown away, Thank you so much for the two pieces either one i would have been happy to receive. Thanks also for the extra dye cuts. and the card. I love your work. elflady
Response: Your kind comments have made my day. Thank you for the heart.
Tara rated for ACTs: Make a Mandala Coin on Jun 27, 2020
Comment: I love them. Thank you :)
Response: I'm glad. Thank you for the heart.
chimerix rated for N&T~ Add a home on Jun 19, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love the house patch you made! Thank you. And thank you for all of the wonderful die cuts you sent for me to craft with. Much Aloha
Response: I'm glad you love it. I loved making it for you. I hope you have fun with the die cuts. Thank you for the heart.
MamaD rated for SG - Skinny Card with a Map on Jun 16, 2020
Comment: Oh My! Thank you so much for BOTH of the wonderful Skinnies!! I love them both equally! Also, THE CIRCUS STAMP! Thank you, thank you! I've been trying to get these at our local POs and no one has them! Thank you again for a great swap!!!
Response: You are very welcome. I'm glad you were pleased. Thank you for the heart.
Artstamper rated for TUT~ Orphan Tangle and Pass PC on Jun 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the extra for cuts, they are great. I love how you joined with the other tangles. Thank you for all your beautiful work!
Response: Thank you for your kind comments, and for the heart. I hope you have fun with the die cuts.
ellie rated for AAA: Quick Coin #3 on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the dragonfly coin, it is so pretty. thanks again for the die cuts. I can't wait to start using them,
Response: I'm glad you liked the dragonfly coin. I hope you have fun with the die cuts. Thank you for the heart.
AmookIslandCreations rated for Fish Shaped ATC on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for these beautiful Fishes! I love all the details, the card and the fishy envelope, with the fishy stamp too. i am always thrilled to get one of your swaps! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I love sending to you because you are so grateful and kind with your comments. Thank you for the heart.
PaperPassion rated for TIMs: Three-size Challenge on Jun 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for both of the twinchie pluses.I love them both.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you are pleased. Thank you for the heart.
mcorbus rated for TUT ~ Tangle and pass ZIA (USA) on May 23, 2020
Comment: Awesome.
Response: I'm glad you think so. Thanks for the heart.
elflady rated for TUT ~ Tangle and Pass on May 21, 2020
Comment: As always your work is wonderful. I am always amazes by it. Thank you for the card, Hope you are keeping well. elflady
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ Twinchies! on May 18, 2020
Comment: I love these!! Putting PK on the card was a nice touch! Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome. This swap was a fun challenge. Thank you for hosting, and thanks for the heart.
Kellym rated for Easter Atc on May 18, 2020
Comment: Your amazing package arrived here to Australia today! (Mail has been slow because of coronavirus restrictions). I absolutely love both ATC’s you made, especially the stitched one. They are both wonderful and I love them! Thank you so much! I will cherish them! Big hugs to you :)
Response: I'm so glad you were pleased. Thank you for all your kind comments and for the heart.
Artstamper rated for TUT~ Add a Home on May 14, 2020
Comment: Love what you did with both of these tiles and the envelope too! Thank you so much.
Response: You're very welcome. I had a lot of fun with this one. Thank you for the heart.

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YooperHill on Jul 24, 2020:

Re: mystery supply swap....oh lizzyjo! I just love your little house ATC! What a fun idea! Thank you!

LahDeeDah on Mar 26, 2020:

LahDeeDah on Mar 1, 2020:

You are so funny! I just found your spongey, scrappy surprise in my mailbox. I thought, "Wow! She already finished our swap!" What's even funnier is that I actually like it and will be using it to work on my end of the exchange. :-) Thanks for that and also for the crap. You may be getting some of it back! Hohoho!

nannycat on Feb 12, 2020:

thank you Jo ,loved all you sent. ......... I forgot to say the colors are beautiful

nannycat on Jan 8, 2020:

also ,I forgot to thank you for the christmas card , it was lovely hugs Wendy

elflady on Jan 7, 2020:

Thank you for sending my twinchie postcard home to me. I am always excited when I get a returned piece of my work. Thanks for adding your tangles before sending it home. Have a great creative tear, elflady

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

LahDeeDah on Dec 22, 2019:

Thank you for the bee-you-tee-full Christmas card! What a fabulous surprise! You did good :-) Have a very merry Christmas, Falalalahdeedah

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 19, 2019:

Thanks for letting me know it arrived safely! Thanks too for all your kind words! It is a joy to swap with you! Merry Christmas with hugs from Alaska, Sherry

luluvision on Nov 17, 2019:

Received your scribbles to art pc! Oh boy!! You sent a challenging one. I really need to put my creativity cap on for sure! I'll let you know when I send out. Thanks.

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