Swap-bot Time: June 23, 2018 4:35 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: June 23, 2018
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 6-18-18)


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.

Just for fun (not required), I'd like to see a small green heart (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 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, 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

  • 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, 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. (March 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 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.


lisamocker0412 rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #6 on Jun 20, 2018
Response: Thanks for the ♥.
chubbyxunicorn rated for 9LP Send a MINI Letter on Jun 12, 2018
Response: Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: Thank you. I wouldn't mind working on this one again. I liked it! :-)
Response: These Tangle & Pass PCs are so fun. Thanks for hosting, and thanks for the ♥
Comment: This swap made my ! You used all of my favorite colors on the envie, the card and the twinchies! Logan's Lotus was hard for me to get to look right too! Your's turned out much better! Everything turned green after a day of wind and rain, here. Thank you so much! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I enjoy working with your fave colors. Thanks for your comments and for the ♥.
Comment: WOW!!!! Wonderful ATC! Thank you! I love the card it came in, too! Great work!!
Response: You're welcome. I enjoyed making it for you. Thanks for the kind comments and the ♥.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT ~ J Tangle on May 12, 2018
Comment: I alway love seeing your art in my mail! Thanks for this beautiful J tile and the beautiful envie and card too! How did you do the bubble painting? It sounds like you had a fun time visiting your family! Those are precious times! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you like getting me for a partner. (For the bubble painting, we added acrylic paint to water and a squirt of dish soap, blew bubbles with a straw, and laid our card stock onto the bubbles.) Thanks for the kind comments and the ♥.
lynnerfb rated for TUT ~ I Tangle on Apr 5, 2018
Comment: Beautiful tangles!
Response: Thank you. And thanks for the ♥.
Comment: Thank you for being so considerate! This one will be a fun one to tangle and send home! I love the tangled envie and notecard as well as the tangled bookmark you sent! They brightened my day! I try to tangle mine as soon as I get them, as well, so they are ready to send on as soon as we get partners. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm happy I brightened your day. Thanks for your kind comments, and for the ♥.
Airam rated for ATC Shape Series: #2 Stars on Mar 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
bjmonroe rated for Share an Angel on Mar 24, 2018
Comment: I love the little angel ornament you made for me, she is so sweet. It was a wonderful swap. Thank you so much.
Response: I'm glad you love it. I was pretty pleased with how it turn out. Thank you so much for swapping with me, and thanks for the heart.
ElenaMaz rated for Valentine PC Swap on Mar 23, 2018
Comment: pretty pc and cute elephant, thanks for drawing it!
Response: You're welcome. I had fun drawing the elephant for you. Thanks for the heart.
nc27614 rated for TUT ~ March Challenge - Blind string on Mar 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the shamrocks/four-leaf clovers! Yeah. I know...wrong name for this tangle. Sweet work on the card and envied. Liked the "Experimental Swap Card V 1" I can see that you are having fun tangling and swapping. See ya at the mail box.
Response: You're welcome. I do have fun tangling and swapping. Thanks for the heart.
Changeling rated for Owl ATC on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a very nice swap! I am enjoying the recycled materials owl ATC as well as the fun portfolio that houses the ATC and the stickers!
Response: I'm glad you liked the swap. I enjoyed making it for you. Thanks for the heart.
TeaNi rated for UHM: Profile Based Happy Mail on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so very much for all the lovely paper goodies you sent me for this swap! :)
Response: You're very welcome. I enjoyed gathering them up for you. Thanks for the heart.
deblew rated for A.I. Stencil ATC Background on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty ATC! I love how spring-y it is. I am longing for spring! And thank you for all the extras. I love the book pages!!
Response: I'm glad you liked everything. I enjoyed working with springy colors. (I can't wait for my yard to turn green again.) Thanks for the heart.
Comment: They are both gorgeous. Love your choice of colours xx
Response: I'm glad you are happy with them. Thanks for the heart.
nc27614 rated for TUT ~ H Tangle on Mar 5, 2018
Comment: Sweet tangles. I will have to try Harfe. Great tangling! See ya at the mail box.
Response: I'm glad you liked them. Harfe is fun. Thanks for the heart.
LunaMoody rated for Art Journal Page 5x7 #1 on Feb 28, 2018
Comment: Thanks
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: Very pretty! Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome. Your finished PC will be quite the masterpiece. Thanks for the heart.
ladydy5 rated for 9LP - Groceries! on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Really very nicely done. I enjoyed the description you gave too. Our favorite place was Montana and Maine. Yellowstone was okay but have you been to the House on the Rocks ? That’s in your State I believe. I could go on forever and will write to u.
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart. Yes, I have been to House on the Rock (about 6 times I think. Can you tell I really like it? :-)

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Artstamper on May 11, 2018:

Thanks for working on my TUT Tangle and Pass PC. Your Harfe is beautiful. Since I haven't mastered profile pictures I will put it on my Flicker page.

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!

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

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