Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2022 4:14 pm


Date Joined: November 12, 2016
Last Online: December 7, 2022
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States

About Me

Retired. Recently widowed (June 15, 2021). Two daughters both married. Two granddaughters. I love cats. I am spiritual, but not religious. I embrace tenets from many beliefs and recognize the existence of a higher power. I dislike "good ole' boy" politics & do not identify with any specific party. I am a tree-hugging animal lover & love nature.

Crafts: Sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery/crewel, dried florals, papercrafting; Arts: drawing, painting, calligraphy, writing prose/poetry, journaling, cooking, playing piano, reading.

Likes: Traveling, cruising, salt air, the ocean, crisp morning air, rain on my face, fall colors, laughter of children, smiles, soft snowfall, the wind, fantasy, meditation, metaphysics, silence, hugs

Favorite Music

Genre: Folk, Blues, Alternative, World Music, New Age: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo', Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Moody Blues, David Bowie, Dr. John, Annie Lenox, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Gary Jules, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Andrea Bochelli, Bonnie Raitt, Wilco, Mumford & Sons, Five for Fighting, Bare Naked Ladies, CCR, Steve Winwood, Dead Can Dance, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Emmy Lou Harris, Nancy Griffith, Patty Griffin, and oh, so many others!

Favorite Books

Books: American Dirt, Cutting for Stone, White Dog Falling from the Sky, Game of Thrones series, Harry Potter series, Dune series, Water for Elephants, The Silent Patient, Where the Crawdads Sing; Authors: Jeffrey Archer, Sharon Kay Pennman, Ken Follett, John Grisham; Poetry: Gail Mazur, Rod McKuen, Maxine Kumin, Edgar Alan Poe (poetry/prose), Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost

Favorite Movies

Not a movie goer-- just watch whatever's playing on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Netflix, etc.; Love foreign films (with subtitles, not dubbed); Like suspense, sci-fi, drama and deep movies that leave you thinking.

Favorite Television

Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior, American Horror Story, Dexter, Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, Hightown (of course, it takes place in P-town!), Survivor, Chicago Med, Vikings, VICE, Frontline, NCIS (all), Blue Bloods, Ice Road Truckers, The Deadliest Catch, The Amazing Race, Dr. Pimple Popper, My Aching Feet, & all the veterinary sites (Dr. Pol, Dr. T., etc.)

Favorite Crafts

Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Crewel, Any papercrafts (but especially Inchies, Twinchies, ATCs & Moo cards), Journaling, Sewing, watercolor painting, calligraphy, shell pictures, drawing


Likes: Coffee (not decaf) Caffeinated tea of all kinds, All colors, Handmade papers, Used postage stamps from anywhere, Die cuts;

Dislikes: Herbal teas, Instant coffee, Religious stuff, Disney (I’ve outgrown it)

Wish list

I have been doing papercrafts all my life & have a whole room of supplies & tools. I can honestly say I don't need another thing. I just replace supplies.

Favorite Artists

Favorite Artists: Jaime & Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Alphonse Mucha, Erte, Norman Rockwell, Peter Maxwell, Maxfield Parrish; Art Deco, Art Nuvo

About Me

PLEASE NOTE: I try to get my swaps done as soon as I sign up because I sign up for so many. Therefore, they do not reflect partner preferences as partners are not assigned until weeks later. I don't sign up for profile swaps for this reason.

Please don’t feel you must include extras in our swaps. Your awesome creative art is enough to make me happy and is the base for my rating.

I take my membership in the groups I belong to or have created very seriously. The founders/coordinators/officers of these groups work very hard to think of swaps, vet participants, and troubleshoot any problems. I do my best to support them by signing up for swaps and being available to host when needed.

I create upstairs & receive mail downstairs. I rate on the day I receive swaps (or the next day at the latest) & after rating, place the swap on the dining room table to go up & be entered in my swap journal. If you’re missing a rating, I’m missing your swap. Please pm me so I know you will resend.

I have never, nor will I ever flake on any swap I undertake. If I find, by some cruel twist of fate, that I cannot complete a swap by its deadline, I will notify you & the coordinator to obtain a mutually agreeable solution. I would appreciate it if you have any problems with or do not receive any of my swaps that you notify me so I may rectify the problem. I promise to do the same for you.

Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful creative journey with you!


Sonya rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #72 on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Very pretty ATC. Fussy cutting that pine branch must have taken patience! lol
Shiraz rated for ACTs: Snowflake Coin on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely snowflake coin - very nicely done. I appreciated your directions for the snowflake. Happy Holidays to you
Response: We haven’t seen any snow yet (knock on wood), but maybe before the holiday. Still unseasonably warm & bouncing between sweater & coat weather here. Thank you for the heart & happy holidays to you, too.
Comment: What an absolutely gorgeous tag, thank you so much!!
Response: I’m glad you liked it. Holly is just so pretty. Thank you for the heart.
tigermousecat rated for Vintage Christmas on Dec 2, 2022
Comment: Love choice! Love the Santa you chose. Hope you have a lovely visit with the fellow swapper. We have snow here!
Response: We saw that Santa image a lot when we were kids. Love the pipe! Thank you for the heart & I wish you a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season.
Comment: Hi Dianne, thank you so much for the cool handmade postcard you sent for me! I like a lot of the images you used :-)
Response: You are welcome. These swaps are great to do. Thank you for the heart.
jjhere rated for AATC: Winter ATC on Nov 30, 2022
Comment: I love the way it looks like it's snowing around the little guy - great card - thank you so much!!
Response: You are very welcome! Glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart.
WoodlandBanshee rated for Your Choice on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, papers, and nice note. I'd like to have one more Spring Forward and then end all the time changing for sure! Take care
Response: You are welcome. Let’s hope they get onto that time change thing soon! Enjoy your holidays in the woodland! Thank you for the heart.
donetta rated for TIMs: Cluck, cluck Twinchie on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Well, these are adorable! A matched pair! I'm expecting chicks at any time. I love the earthy background, and the colors of the beautiful "yard birds" speak to me. I have a few ceramic chickens and roosters on a black wrought iron baker's rack in my kitchen, and I love them...but I recently read that these are passe, and need to be disposed of. Not happening! I'm old...and set in my ways! And I happen to adore chickens and roosters! On another note, the washi tape you included is really beautiful. I can't wait to use it!
Response: Don’t get rid of your ceramic roosters & chicks. I love them, too. Get ready for the peeps (they’ll be here in the candy aisle at Easter lol)! Thank you for the heart.
StitchingWitch rated for ATCET: Add 3 Elements on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Precious little roller skater on ice--love the memory. I had key skates too but no ice. Thank you.
Response: Key skates should still be around! Cheap fun & exercise for the kids. Glad you liked the ATC & thanks you for the heart!
Comment: Hi Di, yes coffee in the morning and tea after lunch! Your postcard is delicate and love all the details on the die cuts! Splendid!!
Response: Thank you for the compliment. I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart & stay healthy this winter.
Comment: I love your Vintage Photo, Dianne!! Great background and love the roses! Lovely family photo!! Thank you!!
Response: As far as I can guess, that was taken in the 50’s—a great time to grow up. Thank you for the compliment & the heart!
explore rated for PA: Here I Am! on Nov 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your hand-drawn map postcard and explanation of the arm. The map is very detailed! I probably heard of Cape Code but have no idea where it is. Thank you for this great swap idea! I turned my map design into ATCs and greeting cards too and it was so much fun.
Response: We aren’t far from “America’s Hometown”, Plymouth, MA. That’s a great idea for your map design! I liked it very much. Thank you for the heart.
ktk8 rated for AMA: Scavenger Hunt PC -Dec on Nov 26, 2022
Comment: OH FUN FUN FUN to receive this gorgeous postcard from you this morning.... it's gray and drizzly here....but not too cold..... I love everything about this card...... so very very creative a way of getting all the items in a beautiful PICTURE.....thank you so much and many hearts for you...... so looking forward to seeing you in December.... woo hoo.....quail by the lake.....hugs and have a glorious holiday season and prep.....
Response: Quail by the lake—can’t wait! Thank you for the glowing review & heart! Until we meet lakeside...
stamparose rated for HMPC: Botanical love - November on Nov 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.
MaryCheng rated for AA.HM.PC: Scraps Of Strips - Nov on Nov 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you Di for the PC, I love the blues and greens. You must have a bag full of such pretty bits of paper ... envious! Thanks again!
Response: Glad you liked it. I have a small paper cutter that makes the perfect length for PCs. Thank you for the heart.
Rrush19 rated for ABC: Sender's Choice #21 on Nov 21, 2022
Comment: Hello Dianne, Thank you so much for your starter. I love what you sent to me to play with. I'm working on it today and will mail tomorrow. I'll let you know. Actually tomorrow, Friday Nov 25. Happy Thanksgiving
Response: I can’t wait to see what you return! These swaps are so much fun. Thank you for the heart.
Gwillisinc rated for AA.HM.PC: Steampunk Themed - Nov on Nov 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your steampunked card- loved the stamped images
Response: I miss steampunk swaps! Glad you liked my PC & that we had the chance to connect again.
Sonya rated for ABC: Sender's Choice #22 on Nov 19, 2022
Comment: Love your ATC starters! I've not heard of bleeding tissue and would like to learn. I also like penguins. :) Will return one card ASAP. Cheers!
Response: I will send you a pm for bleeding tissue technique—it is fun! Thank you for the heart!
Barbara rated for ACTs: Go Ask Alice ATC on Nov 18, 2022
Comment: Just love what you sent! Thank you Dianne.
Response: Glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart & have a Happy Thanksgiving.
JanHardt rated for Let's dance on Nov 18, 2022
Comment: Great page. I love the dancing couple, and the hidden journaling spot. Thank you for an excellent swap.
Response: Thank you for the compliment, for the heart, and for being my partner. Keep on dancing & have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Rating Overview

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MuggleMom on Dec 5, 2022:

ABC: Sender's Choice #21

I love the steaming clouds on my tea ATC you sent back and I'm totally stealing the idea for future crafts. Love the texture of it. Thank you.



yvonne401 on Nov 24, 2022:

Hi Di!

Wishing you a fun and safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Sonya on Nov 19, 2022:

Hi Di, I just mailed the return ATC for ABCs #22. I think they turned out great! Thanks for being my partner. Cheers! Sonya

watercolorgirl on Sep 16, 2022:

Thank you for returning my homer. The pumpkin just makes the ATC and I love how you colored the kitty. Thanks for making this a special JAM. Stay well.

CookieMomster78 on Aug 21, 2022:

Thank you for returning my butterfly homer ATC. Your idea to put the butterfly on white paper backing was perfect! I love your irises too! This is another one of my favorites, for sure.

YooperHill on Jun 14, 2022:

The spirit animal breezed in today! This ABC return is pretty creative girlfriend! Thank you.

hibiscus on May 23, 2022:

Love what you did with and senders choice #15! Just amazing the birds… the temple.. gorgeous!

hibiscus on Mar 25, 2022:

Beautiful and so very creative!! That amazing finish on the junque jams !! The tree and birds were inspired … a truly lovely work of art … you are so good!

LauraM540 on Feb 28, 2022:

Thanks for the awesome return 'Hearts Attack' Dog return Buddy Card! Came out super cool!!

tcornell on Dec 24, 2021:

Thank you for thinking of me, and for the kind words on my profile ♥ This community has been so supportive! Y'all are more appreciated than you realize :) Tracy

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