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Date Joined: March 20, 2016
Last Online: March 22, 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! :)


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
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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
Comment: Hello again. Lovely ATC. Thanks so much and thanks for the extras.
AZmom875 rated for S animal card swap on Feb 28, 2017
Comment: That was super cute, thank you for the extra items, and thanks for doing a private swap
RetroChik rated for Torn Paper on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the really cool ATC. Love it!
hibiscus rated for AACG: Torn Papers on Feb 20, 2017
Comment: this is one of those atc's that I wish I'd have designed...love it...so creative as is the envelope...thank you so much for the extras...they are great to use...great swap...
dobie256 rated for TPS: ATC #6 on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC. I agree with you about using gel print scraps. Some of them are quite lovely (whereas the overall print maybe didn't quite work). I love the palette and design of the extra print you sent. And I greatly appreciate your gorgeous handwriting. Definitely a lost art. Thanks for being a wonderful swap partner! <3<3<3
Response: Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful rating! It made me feel very appreciated. :) Who doesn't need more of that in their lives? LOL Looking forward to the next time we swap, Michele!
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: ATC #6 on Feb 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the AWESOME ATC! I love it! Thank you also for the extra print! Great swap! <3
Response: Hi Jessica! So glad you liked the ATC...but so sorry about the envelope! Thanks for telling me about that--I guess that kind of paper is too brittle to make envelopes out of. Good to know and I'm glad that everything seemed to have arrived OK anyway...thanks for the kind words and the heart, and looking forward to the next time we are partners! :)
gillman rated for MMA: Gelli Prints- ORANGE on Feb 3, 2017
Comment: The prints arrived, and as always, they are absolutely GORGEOUS! Thank you so much. Love them!
Response: Yay! I love our swaps...I look forward to every single one. :) Thanks, Amy.
CAMILES rated for White Background on Jan 26, 2017
Comment: Very nicely done ATC, love the girl on it. Thanks for the extras, too.
Response: Glad you liked! The girl rubber stamp was one I bought from Ocford Impressions over 15 years ago...I think it might still be findable if you do a Google search. It was fun putting that little rubber stamp collage together for you. :)
BeeMGee rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #16 on Jan 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you Paula. Lovely card with a great use of elements. xx
Response: I'm happy to hear you liked the card, Bev! See you again soon, I'm sure. ;)
edgetorn rated for MMA- Gelli Prints: YELLOW on Jan 21, 2017
Comment: Awesome prints! Thank you! I also love your perfect handwriting! I'll try to find some pics of my prints to send you!
Response: Thank you for the hearty rating! It was a fun swap and I enjoyed getting to see your orange ones IRL! Yummy!
isabellasnow rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #17 on Jan 21, 2017
Comment: Oh, Paula, it's such a pleasure to receive your work! Your background is so unique--so many layers of design blending seamlessly together. Your bunny is adorable; I love all anthropomorphic figures. Thank you for a beautiful piece of art.
Response: I'm thrilled to hear you liked this one, Kristy! Apparently this struck a chord on Instagram too--it got more likes than any other ATC I have posted. Now if only I could figure out what made the card so appealing, maybe I could arrive at a formula for successful ATCs! LOL Anyway, always fun to be swap partners with you, and I'll "see" you again very soon. :)
BevT rated for GAA: Marie Antoinette Gothic Arch ATC on Jan 20, 2017
Comment: Paula, Thank you for the lovely ATC, the german scrap images and the extra ATC card. I love the Marie Antoinette stamp you used for the card and the shape of the atc.... Till next time. : )
Response: Thanks so much for the kind words and heart-ful rating. It's very nice to hear that you liked our swap. :) Till next time!

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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

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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! 💐💌

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