Hello! My name is Linda and I'm a mixed-media artist, instructor, and designer, teaching mostly to women, but occasionally men. I specialize in paper arts, but also books & journals, dolls, wearable art, and assemblage projects. I live in a small town in NC, but love to travel and shop at antique stores for supplies to use in my class kits.
I've been collecting rubber stamps for 37 years. My favorite manufacturers are Artful Illusions (online as Mrs. O'Leary's), Invoke Arts, Catslife Press, Stampers Anonymous, Just For Fun, and anything collage related.
I love sending & receiving decorated and handmade envelopes through the mail! Everything leaving my house is in a rubber stamped envelope whether it's going to the IRS or a donation to the SPCA. I mail envelopes, paper plates, chunks of cardboard and clear plastic bottles filled with candy, a note, and shredded mylar.
Other things I collect: library cards & pockets, handmade envelopes, playing cards, Tarot cards, foreign postage stamps, washi tape, old ledger books, foreign text, sheet music, game pieces, and assorted ephemera like old tickets, receipts, deeds, and postcards to use in my art.
I especially enjoy swapping postcards of all kinds. Those are some of my favorite swaps, especially vintage and b&w PC's.
A favorite collection: my old black & white photographs, mostly of women and groups of women, laughing and doing silly things, that I use on my journal pages, adding captions of witty sayings.
I love making journals of all shapes and sizes and then filling them with cheerful as well as unusual ephemera and rubber stamped images. I can't resist picking up business cards, moo cards and postcards created by other artists, or colorful fliers of places I've visited that I can include on my pages.
I'm crazy about scrapbooking supplies to use in my journals but I don't scrapbook at all. I have multiple smash books, junk journals & art journals and love all the new, bright, cheerful supplies and pockets to adorn my pages.
I do a great bit of travel to teach classes, but also because we love sightseeing. We've just bought a brand new 2017 Mercedes Winnebago so I can teach at more venues and get to see far more of this great country. Road trips here we come!
I've been to England 3 times and France once. Would love to visit England again.
My favorite number is 14 but I'll settle for the #4 if I have to choose between 1 and 10. Do me a favor. If you've read this far down my profile, please include the number 14 on whatever you send me. Write it, stamp it, cut the numbers off the page of a magazine or book. Tape it down, use a glue stick, or slip it loose in an envelope. Sending a PC? You can still add it on there somewhere. Let's see if I'm clever enough to find it and mention it when I rate you. Wanna play?
Favorite books: I prefer mysteries or humorous fiction. My favorite authors are Dick Francis and Robert B. Parker.
Favorite TV: This Is Us, DCI Banks, Doc Martin, Life in Pieces, and Modern Family. Favorite season: Fall;
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I like both cute and scary.
Favorite color: Yellow
I have a 500 sq. ft. studio filled with art I've made, far too many supplies, and art I've received. Since joining swap-bot my boxes of mail art are overflowing, which is a good thing! I tried adding all my postcards to a composition book journal, but outgrew that quickly.
I'm now making envelopes from old topography maps, calendar pages and scrapbook paper just to keep up with the amount of mail I have going out daily.
I own more than a dozen different sets of alphabet rubber stamps and use those often on my mail art. If you know a funny saying, or see one in print, by all means send it to me! It will go in a journal for sure, but might just be stamped on a future envelope.
Oh my, it's now been three years of incredible swapping! Thanks to everyone who has sent me fabulous swaps and rated me graciously when you've received one of mine that meant a lot to you. Here's to another great year!!
I always mail my swaps on time and I always rate the day the mail arrives.
I often send more than the swap requires, but if you ever receive an envelope with postage due, please let me know! I have a postal scale and most times carry fat envies to the post office for confirmation. And then I adhere my own postage stamps, buying more if I need them, rather than letting the clerk add one of those dreadful printed labels. But if he tells me wrong and further down the line another clerk decides it's short, just holler. It's only happened once in just over 3 years, but worth mentioning.
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