Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2018 4:00 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: February 24, 2018
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 2-2-18)

♦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, ATCs, 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/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, 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, 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).

â—˜ Craft how-to and idea books
â—˜ Cozy mysteries (most recent fave is the Bellingwood series by Diane Greenwood Muir)
â—˜ Historical fiction (Lori Wick and Kathleen Ernst.)
â—˜ Crime novels--(Michael Connely, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais)
â—˜ Paranormal romances--(J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Rain)
â—˜ Christopher Moore
â—˜ Rock star romances (Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning; Silver Strings Series by Lisa Gillis)
â—˜ 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".
â—˜ 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, Law & Order, The Good Doctor, Outlander, Supernatural, The Gilmore Girls, ER (I have been binge watching it), 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 38 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 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 (2018) 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.



thebragal rated for IS: ATC Product Series #6 - Tags on Feb 24, 2018
Comment: Lovely! Using your dads thread was very cool. And an extra ATC was nice too. Thank You
Comment: Thank you for doing this in my favorit color, the atc is lovely. Sorry to hear that you also have an angel up there.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the ♥. Sending *hugs* from the mother of one angel to another.
lynnerfb rated for TUT ~ February Challenge: Blue Moon on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: This card is wonderful. thank you
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the ♥.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT ~ G Tangle on Feb 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for these 2 (TWO) great tiles! Most of the designs, I had not seen before! Whenever I hear "It's Me again..." it always makes me think of that Cat Stevens song: It's Me again Margaret! LOL Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you like them. Most of the tangles were new to me. Thank you for the ♥.
Comment: Ohh! This one is great! Thanks for the homemade envie as well as the zine, all in my favorite colors! I love that you used security envies and bright yellow doilies! I am borrowing that idea for another swap! We might as well just send each other a swap a week. LOL Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I'm always happy when reading my partners profiles gives me lots of likes to work with. Thanks for the ♥.
Mustluvdoggies rated for TIMs: Your Choice Valentine on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Love the darling TIM you made! They're all so cute! And you made me 6!! Love the hand drawn ones and the ones with all the wonderful layers are great! Love the colorful folder, did you draw that? Thank you for the great swap!
Response: You are very welcome. Thanks for the kind comments and the ♥. (I did draw the design on the folder.)
Comment: You did a much better job of it than I did! And I love the ferris wheel... Xx
Response: Rumpus has become one of my favorite tangles. I thought the ferris wheel was fun. I'm glad you like it, too. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: Thanks for this great PC! I love the tangles you did on the reverse too! These are so fun! I am teaching the kids, at school how to do them, as part of another project. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you like it. I really had fun doing this one. Thanks for the ♥. I bet the kids are having a good time with the Zentangles. I taught our neighbors daughters (9, 7 and 5) and a friend's son (11) and they really enjoy them, too.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT ~ F Tangle on Jan 28, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this very generous swap! I love your tangles, and the extras of a mini-file folder, book mark, doilies and beautiful envie are appreciated as well! Sounds like you have a great plan for staying in touch with your family! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you were pleased with what I made. I enjoyed putting the swap together for you. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: One thing that's true about our private swaps is they're always a LOT of work. I can't believe the amount of zentangling you did to complete this project! It's beautiful! And how smart are you to add strings to make it easier to retrieve the lovely designs you tucked into the pockets?!? As always, I LOVE what you made and am so glad to have had another opportunity to swap with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Response: Our swaps do fall in a challenge category all their own, don't they? And I've enjoyed every one of them, especially this last one. I'm glad you love what I made, and appreciate the time put into it. Your's was pretty spectacular, too. So, what's next??? :-)
Airam rated for Snowflakes ATC on Jan 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Your Atc are so cute. My chinchilla is 3 years old and they lives about 15 years. If you want to know more things write me :D
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: the perfect envelope, Love this
Response: I'm so glad you were pleased. Thanks for the ♥.
Created46 rated for TPD~Changing projects on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness LizzyJo, Thank you so very much for sharing this little bit of your journey with me. The art is stunning and the story behind it only heightens the loveliness of it.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments, the ♥, and for hosting this swap. I really enjoyed it.
Comment: Sorry to hear you have been sick, hope you are getting over it now. Our weather is the same very cold then warm. Loved the tangle you picked and like how you added the light color.I had the owner of the card with another round, it happens a lot. Thanks for your beautiful work on the PC, envelope and the neat note.
Response: I'm glad you like the tangle. It's become one of my favorites. I look forward to seeing the completed PC. Thank you for the nice comments and the ♥.
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome. I hope your new year starts better than the old one ended.
Artstamper rated for TUT: E Tangles on Dec 20, 2017
Comment: So happy to see you back in the swap! Absolutely love this tile. Two of my favorite E tangles. I really liked the bookmark, Is that a die cut? Thank you for both as well as the Christmas greetings. Almost forgot to mention the envelope is great too!
Response: Thank you for your kind comments. They made my day. (The chevrons on the bookmark were cut with a punch from Stampin Up. The cool thing about it is you can make the piece as long as you want.) Thank for the ♥ too.
Hoosfoos rated for WIYM: ATC with Washi Tape on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so very much for my ATC and fox goodies! I can see that you read my profile, and your package really made my day!
Response: I am so glad you were pleased. Thank you for your kind comments and the ♥.
lob rated for IS ~ Zentangled Mail Art! on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks
Response: You're welcome.
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 ♥.

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AmookIslandCreations on Feb 11, 2018:

Yay! I was thinking the same thing! So glad your labs are looking good! Now...what to make??? (twisting my mustache mysteriously) Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

LahDeeDah on Dec 8, 2017:

Ah! ZIA = Zentangle Inspired Art. That's what I have going on here! Woohoo! On the right track :-)

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!

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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

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