Swap-bot Time: January 21, 2021 12:49 am


Date Joined: November 12, 2016
Last Online: January 20, 2021
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States

About Me

Retired. Husband retired. Two daughters both married. Two granddaughters. One cat. 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: Steven King, 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, 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!


Comment: Hi Dianne, thank you for a nice assortment of things to use in my swaps! I just love how those new things get me in a creative mood and bring up lots of ideas! very inspiring, thank you!
Response: So glad they were inspiring & that you liked them. I agree, it makes you want to sit right down & create something. Thank you for the heart.
Minivandreams rated for ATCA: Winter Wk3 on Jan 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you! I love it!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart.
Curiouskitty rated for January on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: Hi, thank you for the beautiful January journal page (& extra die cuts). I love your idea of adding the pull out paper to write on. I also really like the textures on the page from your use of different materials. 🙂
Response: You are indeed welcome. I hope you enjoy your “secret writing space”. Thank you for the compliment and for the heart.
lylanni rated for BL - ATC SWAP 3 FOR 3: BUTTERFLIES on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful butterfly ATC's and the cute little extras! They were so lovely!
Response: You are welcome. So nice to see butterflies in the cold weather! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Beautiful owl tag! Thanks so much!!
Response: You are welcome! Love this group. Thank you for the heart.
captkristi rated for PA: Coffee or Tea? Painting! on Jan 16, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness!! I thought I rated this FOREVER ago!! Thanks so much. It's a very cute design!!
Response: It happens sometimes. Thanks for the heart & I’m glad you liked it.
Bhindblueeyes rated for ATCA: J on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: As always, I am blown away!!! Thank you so so much for Jack and Jill! I’ll be posting some more letters soon :). Thanks for the extra pages- I love the texture and will put these to good use. Thank you for joining!
Response: I get a kick out of your responses—gives me renewed inspiration! Thank you for the heart.
SunTradeToo rated for PA: Sticker Graffiti Challenge on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: I absolutely LOVE your PC, and I found Waldo, so tiny! Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸💛❄ 📬
Response: I was hoping you’d be able to find her! The stripes reminded me of Waldo. So much fun to create it! Thank you for the heart.
amathyst7 rated for USATC: Rainbow ATC Series- Orange on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: Love the orange collage 💕 thank you!
Response: Happy you liked it! Thank you for the heart.
donetta rated for TIMs: Twinchie Hats on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Hahahahaha! Dianne, you give me a good laugh every time I look at these adorable twinchies! I've been watching CNN's coverage of All Things Impeachment, so this happy little swap envelope was a welcome distraction! I just love swapping with you!
Response: Was hoping you’d get a giggle! Hope this country gets back on track soon for sure. Thank you, as always, for joining the swap & for the heart.
jjhere rated for AAA: Fox on Jan 11, 2021
Comment: Wow! Your fox ATC is amazing! I've never heard of dimensional markers...will have to hunt some down. Thank you so much for some wonderful mail.
Response: The marker is made by Marvy & puffs up with a heat gun. Such fun to use! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. It is fun to see the different styles that people make.
Response: Love the Garnet color & glad you liked it, too. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty tags. I love the different mediums you used and then added your own personal touches. Love them. Going to hang on a Pom Pom banner. Thanks for joining my swap!
Response: Thank you for hosting this swap! And thank you, also, for the heart.
LinSoles rated for Art Journal Pages -December on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pages you made. Must say I love the nuvo mousse effect. Never tried it but seeing this have me itsching to try it now. Take care.
Response: So happy I inspired you to try the Nuevo mousse! Enjoy your journal pages & thank you for the heart.
roosje rated for MFF: Winter Bird Tag on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Hello Dianne, thank you so much for a great swap! I loved the tag you made, also thank you for sharing how you made it. It is great! Love the cute little stickers too, they are going to go in my planner!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the tag & happy you can use the extras. Thank you for the heart.
camelsamba rated for PA: Faux Gingerbread PCs on Jan 7, 2021
Comment: oooh, that cork background is very cool - i like rubbing my thumb on it [sorry, did that get weird? :^] Thanks for the sweet postcard!
Response: Glad it made it through the mail intact! (P.S. Rubbing encouraged & totally understood). Fun swap! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Hi Dianne! You're so brave to have drawn a winter bird and your bird is so sweet. I think you did a wonderful job on the background and the drawing of the bird and the (juniper?) berry branches. Many thanks for a lovely swap!
Response: Thank you for the compliment! I’m glad you liked my bird & berries. Thank you for the heart,
chimerix rated for OATCs: Winter Wonderland on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC. I love all of the texture! And thank you for the extras to craft with. Aloha
Response: Glad it pleased you! We are still waiting for winter—very mild weather so far with only one snowstorm that was here one day & gone the next. Thank you for the heart!
123Poggy123 rated for ATCA: Winter Wk2 on Jan 1, 2021
Comment: I get excited when I see your name on the return address label. The layering you did is just fantastic. Super ATC. I really like how you wrote all the steps you took to make this wonderful ATC. Do you get the feeling that I love this ATC? Thank you for the ephemera for me to use.
Response: Your compliment warms my heart! I look forward to receiving your swaps, too. Thank you for the heart. Happy New Year!
elflady rated for Zetti Skinny-Senders Choice on Dec 29, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the amusing zetti skinny you sent. You did a great creative job with it.Thank also for the extras. elflady
Response: You are welcome. It’s fun creating Zettis. Thank you for the heart.

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yvonne401 on Dec 31, 2020:

Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!

May 2021 be much better than 2020 for everyone in this world. Stay healthy and stay safe.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Gobarb on Dec 28, 2020:

Have a happy and very healthy new year my friend! 🎊 Wish I knew how to post a profile deco but every time I try to do it, it doesn't work!

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


yvonne401 on Dec 24, 2020:

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas! May the coming year be a better one than this year. Stay healthy and stay safe.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

yvonne401 on Nov 25, 2020:

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving! May your life be filled with happiness. Stay healthy and safe during this difficult time.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Gobarb on Nov 20, 2020:

Hi Di. Thank you so much for the Thanksgiving wishes. How have you been doing? I go to my MM specialist on Monday (Nov. 23). I think he might want to start my chemo very soon. I have been so fatigued and have lost 20 lbs.! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving! Lots of love! Barb

djcamp04 on Sep 7, 2020:

💕thanks for well Wishes! 💕 I am feeling so much better!!

Gobarb on Jun 8, 2020:

I can't thank you enough for sending me the ATC coin blanks! It was so sweet of you. These should tide me over until I get my machine running again and when I can figure it out how to use it (again)! 😉 You are a great friend! 😘

Gobarb on May 10, 2020:

Good luck with the chemo treatments. I hope they are not too bad and that they work! Thinking and praying for you. I see my oncologist at the cancer center on Tues. the 12th. Interested to see if he wants me to start chemo yet. 🤗

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