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PaulaF

PaulaF
Date Joined: March 20, 2016
Last Online: June 5, 2017
Birthday: April 8
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi! I am just getting back into stamping and mixed media after a hiatus of about 15 years--when the kids came, all my "me" time disappeared. But now that they are adolescents, I'm just pulling all the supplies back out and having fun buying more! New toys...yay!

Back around 2000-2001 I had a few pieces published in the Somerset mags, but now I can't believe what a proliferation of fun opportunities for sharing art have arisen on the Internet in the time I've been "away." I'm looking forward to making friends here and communing with like-minded artists. :)

I am a professional classical musician living in the Atlanta area with my husband, our two kids, and our two cats (a Tonkinese and a Bengal). My work takes me all over the country and sometimes to fun parts of the world I never would see otherwise! I play historical harps--copies of instruments that were in use in the 1500s-1700s mostly.

When I'm not traveling for work, I love to play tennis. I will play every day if I get the chance. There are lots of competitive leagues in our area, so I usually have a couple of those going at once. Singles or doubles or mixed doubles--it's all good!

I am Swedish-American and lived in the Stockholm area for several years. I am married to a foreigner too and a lot of our friends are in the international expatriate community.

I love perfume, especially niche houses and indie perfumers. My perfume collection is too big. :(

Favorite Television

I love(d) Downton Abbey! I occasionally watch John Oliver and Bill Maher...and lots of Tennis Channel. :)

Favorite Crafts

In my early 20s I was a professional calligrapher active in the national scene and taught classes and workshops. I still do like to incorporate hand lettering into my ATCs from time to time.

Things I Like

I am primarily interested in ATCs, especially mixed media, stamping, collage, and hand-drawn or -lettered elements.

I like letterforms, history, and historical themes. I like the quirky and the weird and sometimes the borderline ugly, if it is thoughtfully done and makes you think a little! Pieces that seem to say something instead of merely being pretty are my favorites. (Although I do like pretty, too!)

Some labels for things I tend to like: vintage...Tim Holtz style...mixed-media art-journaling style...Finnabair...Michelle Ward. Feel free to have a look at my blog or my photos (links above) to get a feel for my style. :)

For swaps I tend to prefer to receive things that are more on the arts side than straight-up craftsy. I get excited by good design and composition, and am always looking to learn new techniques and be inspired by the work of others!

I do prefer ATCs that are ATC-sized. Lately it seems there has been a fashion for embellishments that stick out over the edges of the card by quite a bit and add significantly to the overall dimensions of the card. If the card can't fit into a 9-pocket sleeve and/or covers up part of its neighbor in that 9-pocket sleeve, I have to find a special place to store it away from the rest of my collection, and the card languishes unseen and unappreciated--a fate it surely doesn't deserve!

Things I'm Not Crazy About

I'm not really huge on themes that are saccharine-sentimental, cartoony, or pious-religious (though I do like historical references to religion, preferably several centuries removed from the present day LOL). I fear clowns (AAAAAAaaahhhh!) and dislike circus themes. :( I tend not to love obviously machine-made or too-perfect-looking embellishments like stickers, lots of punches/die cuts, etc....although if a piece is beautifully done it is beautifully done, and I will still appreciate the quality!

Warning! :)

I post most of my projects on my blog or Flickr/Pinterest, so if you are my partner and want to be surprised at what is headed your way, don't peek until after your envie gets to you! :)

Ratings

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Comment: Love it - and thanks for all the wonderful extras. Have a creative week!
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Comment: WOW, Paula! Gorgeous prints! ...and so many! THANK YOU!! I especially love the sunflower prints-those are fabulous. And the extra print you included that was made from pink metallics-I just love it and want to do something special with it-it's just lovely! Thank you again!
Pandd rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #20 on May 5, 2017
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Comment: Beautiful atc. I always love your work. Love thati i can see it on the vintage cafe flikr page. Thank you for a wonderful swap with the very nice extras that i cannot wait to use. Oh yes, your calligraphy is always beautiful. Thank you. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
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Comment: I love your prints! Thank you!
bigmamabird rated for MMA- Flower ATC (International) on Apr 8, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the cheerful envelope and the somehow moody seeming but none the less beautiful flower ATC! I didn't even see the goodies in the sewing pattern at first so I had a secondary surprise! It does seem like a while since anything from Alpharetta...The snow scene here is unfortunately normal, if I could tolerate heat better I'd totally move farther south...
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Comment: Paula- thank you so much for all the earthy prints! I think I WILL make cards with them! It will be fun. Thanks again!
gillman rated for MMA: Tree ATC (International) on Apr 8, 2017
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Comment: Paula, I absolutely LOVE the tree ATC you made- the textures are gorgeous! Thank you so much-this was a fun swap!
luvbird rated for MFF: Your Favorite 'B' Bird on Apr 6, 2017
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Comment: Hi Paula! Good to "see" you again too! Thank you so much for the lovely barn owl ATC. I absolutely love it! Love the crackle on the egg! The owl image is great as is the background! That you also for the great extras. Very nice swap. P.S. I love barn owls so much. Down in San Diego we had one nest in the palm tree in our back yard one summer. He would glide by right in front of us at night as we sat out.
gillman rated for MMA: ATC with Buttons (USA Only) on Mar 27, 2017
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Comment: Thank you, Paula for the beautiful ATC, envelope, hand lettering and gelli print! It's always great to swap with you!
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Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating. Yes rec'd and loved! Thanks you so much.
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Comment: Oooh, thanks Paula, for this great swap - ATC! I love it all: the ATC (even I don't actually like green so much, this ATC is just wonderful!). Also love the nice extra's and the beauty of an envelop! Many thanks, you're a great partner :-D XOXO - Ellen
lmacdavis93 rated for MFF: Swallow with an 'S' ATC on Mar 13, 2017
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Comment: Paula: This swallow ATC is just amazing! What you are able to do with the backgrounds just astounds me! They are always so detailed and colorful and this one is no exception. And your swallow sets it all off perfectly. I love it! And love all the fun extras you tucked in as well. Thank you for another awesome swap - your are the bestest!! Laurie
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Comment: Oh my goodness, Paula!!! You spoiled me with gorgeous gelli goodness :) The inspiration cards are stunning -- I love the colors, the sparkly, the backgrounds prints! They are fabulous! And the extras are just as amazing :) Thank you for remembering I loved the purple and green print (my favorite color combo). Your prints are even more gorgeous in person!
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Comment: WOWSER, what a beautiful ATC! I love everything about it. Thanks for doing such beautiful work-your ATCs are amazing and a joy to receive.
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Comment: Paula-THANK YOU for the gorgeous blue prints...and all the extra green ones! Wow, what a nice surprise! I love these 4X5 print swaps-it's such a fun size to work with. Thanks for swapping with me!
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Comment: Lovely gelli prints - thank you! (Beautiful envelope, too!). The only down side is that I now see that I *need* a circle gelli plate now. ;)
donetta rated for MAS - a bird on Mar 3, 2017
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Comment: Paula, I loved this beauty on Flickr, and I love it even more now that it's MINE! Your art is simply amazing. You put so much into each piece...I can't say enough about what it means to your swap partners. Thank you also for the sweet extras...I cherish that origami envelope (unlike you, I have a less generous spirit, and will keep it ALWAYS!), and the Victorian scrap is to die for!
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Comment: Hi, Paula! I love your handmade envie and your embossed signature stamp! Thank you for the awesome green prints! So cool...especially the ones with black in them! I will use these treasures in a flip book that I'm making for myself. Hope to "see" you again soon!
SamiE rated for MAS - a woman on Mar 2, 2017
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Comment: Hello again. Lovely ATC. Thanks so much and thanks for the extras.
AZmom875 rated for S animal card swap on Feb 28, 2017
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Comment: That was super cute, thank you for the extra items, and thanks for doing a private swap

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Comments

judgedbyabookscover on Feb 13, 2017:

Hey Paula, thanks so much for the jammy mail!! I really needed a fun pick me up this week and your envie was spot on! I love your stamps!! I'll get these jams moving soon.

flowerchild on Dec 7, 2016:

Thank you for sending my ATC Jam home to me - the envelope was beautiful. I will be getting yours moving after the first of the year, don't want to stress the Post Office anymore than I have to ;) Have a Merry Christmas and may we swap again in 2017

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

judgedbyabookscover on Aug 28, 2016:

Paula, your work inspires me!! I love your contribution to the card. This card turned out great. I popped over to your page and again was inspired by your words and your work. Don't be surprised if you see more cards heading your way!!

I also bookmarked your page so that I can tune in for more inspiration.

Fabriqueen on Aug 17, 2016:

Hi Paula, I enjoyed seeing your ATC's and your Blog. I bookmarked them so I can visit often. Your artwork is awesome! Hugs, Fabriqueen

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

homeandheart on May 30, 2016:

Welcome to Somerset Style! πŸ’πŸ’Œ

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