Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2019 9:53 pm


Date Joined: July 4, 2014
Last Online: May 22, 2019
Birthday: October 15
Country: United States
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About Me

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.

Things I Collect

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

This and That

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.

My love of swapping!

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.

Guilty of sending too much

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.


HannahsMommy07 rated for MAE - Three Different Ones on Aug 7, 2018
Lonestarchild rated for TT&E: Summer PC USA on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Always love bird cards! Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the rating!
ccmmsu rated for Two Different on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: Hi Linda! Thank you so much for the awesome envies. I LOVED getting a long newsy letter along with them! As soon as I pulled the envelope out of my mailbox I noticed the stamped label you used and showed it to my kids. Now when I browse stamps I'll look for ones that can be used that way. :) Thanks for including some with my envies! As for places to visit in MI, I'm from the northern part of the LP and my husband is from the UP, so we think the best parts of MI are "Up North." lol But we live about an hour outside Detroit now, and if you're coming this way I would recommend the Detroit Zoo. They have an amazing polar bear exhibit. I worked there as a zookeeper while getting my zoology degree, and I love that most of their animals are rescues. Thanks again for a wonderful swap!!
Response: Thanks for the suggestion. So glad you were pleased with the envies and rubber stamped labels. I love mail art!
luluvision rated for Swaps ~ Book Related Letter on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Hello Linda! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your letter (love the envie too!) and am going to look into all the books you mentioned (I was only familiar with Celeste Ng.) Unfortunately, my library doesn't have Walking Across Egypt although they have several of his other books!! I'll have to seek it out used! I would love to write back to you! Thank you!
Response: So glad you enjoyed it. I'd love to hear from you so do write. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard (and I love the cute little duck stamp!) I hope you're enjoying your motor home trek. I haven't read the book you mentioned, but I'll look it up- I'm always searching for something new to add to my "to read" pile! :)
Response: Thanks for the rating!
suepier rated for WPS - International Postcard #2 on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard that you resent. Good luck with all of the packing. It is quite a big job.
mandigutterrose rated for Swaps ~ Happy Note card on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Oh Linda, this was just wonderful! No rain, so the envelope was perfect. I love these kinds of photos, I always try to get at least one fun shot in with my shoots, the kids are usually more amiable than the adults but it's still worth it. We do mini road trips or I drive to different air ports when my best friend comes to visit and we have little adventures like we're not too old to know better. Your stamps are right up my alley, I love sarcastic, quick-witted, tongue in cheek humor. This swap genuinely made my day, thank you!
Response: Glad one of the two I sent arrived and you were pleased. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thank you so much for your swap, I really enjoy your journal, YES, I do journal BUT not as good as you do it. My journals are mostly writing, washi, and stickers, and some print outs LOL. Thank you for the option of reusing I love to reuse, I actually have a junk journal I am working on for 2018, just from the mail I get, I am half way thru it. When I am done with reading your journal I would love to write you a letter, in a response, I feel bad not sending you anything back when you put such time and effort into your swap for me. See you at the mailbox Blessings!!! P.S YOUR journal will NOT be reused in fact its going in my hall of fame ;)
Response: Woo Hoo! So glad you were pleased. I thought I'd made you a nice sized journal until I started filling it. I suspect you can remove a few of the questions and answers and it will close, particularly the ones hidden in pockets. Thanks for the lovely comment and rating. I look forward to hearing from you!!
laterdayze rated for USAHM: Send a card on Apr 2, 2018
Comment: Hello Linda - thank you for such a lovely note! I enjoyed reading about you and your family :). The washi and blank notecard where a nice surprise. Thank you! <3
Response: Glad you were pleased. Thanks for the rating.
craftyone rated for Swaps~ Mail Art on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: Loved the mail art - such pretty ink colors thank you for the awesome letter! I will be writing back soon.
Response: Yippee! And thanks for the rating.
junemoon rated for Swaps: Quick Blind PC Swap on Mar 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the very interesting PC.
Bridgette rated for MAE: Send these! on Mar 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the awesome envelope! I loved the stamps and what a neat thing to do with the leaves! I have a project in mind for them! 💙
Response: Good luck with your project and thanks for the rating.
Shellyr rated for WIYM - Homemade Envies - USA on Mar 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely envelope and extras too.
Response: Glad you were pleased. Thanks for the rating!
tigerlilly0709 rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail March 2018 on Mar 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail and goodies!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating.
mdrogge rated for SUSA - Playing Card Swap "Clubs" on Mar 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful cards. Such an awesome selection!
Response: So glad you like them. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful letter. I'll have to sit down after the kids are in bed and finish reading it, but I wanted to go ahead and rate you. Love the way you decorated the envelope, and the extras you tucked in. Happy swapping! // Here to expand my comment after reading your fabulous letter. I had such fun reading it! My husband & I plan to buy an RV & travel when he retires (though that is still 20 years away) and reading about your travels sounded like exactly what we want to do. I'd also love to take a class sometime! Unfortunately nothing like that is offered in my little town. On the map, look for Owensboro (near the IN border) and then go to the southwest just a tiny bit and you'll find us... if we warrant a dot on the map! We have a population of 459 so it's doubtful. If you enjoyed the Longest Yard Sale, look up http://www.highway41yardsale.com as it is a 150-mile yard sale that happens annually at the end of June. It goes through neighboring counties so I usually do hit 30 miles of it or so. It's quite fun!
Response: Thanks for the rating! Hope you enjoy the rest of the letter.
squince rated for Simple Swaps USA: State PC on Mar 13, 2018
Comment: Like the fireworks stamps, thanks!
Response: Oh good. Thought it might be fun to step up my game. Thanks for the rating Girlie!
Comment: Thanks so much Linda for the lovely note stickers nice card and sweet decorated envie. You did a really nice job with this swap. A lot of thought went into it.
Response: Thanks for the rating and kind words.
Comment: Hello I am so sorry for the late rate, I just received your envelope just this morning. You didn't have your swap labeled from what I could see , but that's ok, I loved your letter and the labels you sent thank you so much. I hope to write you back within the next week. Have a great week.
Response: Thanks for the rating!

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pattiairel on Oct 23, 2018:

Pals. Patti

CurlyTea on Oct 22, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

Heirloom on Oct 15, 2018:

luckycharms on Oct 14, 2018:


luckycharms on Oct 14, 2018:

Happy Birthday

Heirloom on Aug 30, 2018:

If you have a fall birthday (Sept-Nov) and would welcome profile greetings from fellow UHM members on your special day, be sure to post your birth date (month & date only) in the UHM group forum!

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2018:

sassafrass on Mar 16, 2018:

Thanks for the rating! So glad you enjoyed the goodies. Did you find the 14 on the envelope? ;)

MsLee on Feb 18, 2018:

I love the fact that you reply to your ratings, I think that's a very nice gesture. Happy weekend!

ButterflyLover on Feb 5, 2018:

Just finished the amazing letter! You will be getting a reply, and it's okay if you are out of town. I totally understand and know that going in ♥ Have a great week and a wonderful trip if you do head out!

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