Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2018 9:30 am


Date Joined: July 4, 2014
Last Online: January 15, 2018
Birthday: October 15
Country: United States
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About Me

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 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.

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.


Comment: Thanks for making Christmas a little more special i appreciate all the little gifts!
ariestess rated for USAPC: List Pad Sheets #3 on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: My apologies for the late rate! Thank you so much for the awesome list pad sheets!
Mindy82671 rated for Christmas Letter on Dec 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the letter. I enjoyed reading it🎄I will write back later this week. If you want to see some of my Junk Journals, I have a YouTube channel that I share them on. The channel is Mindy Langevin.
FrostedPeppermintLolita rated for Happy mail fun #5 on Dec 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for all the goodies !!! :3
jandmterry rated for Write a letter quick swap # 12 on Dec 23, 2017
Comment: I really loved reading your letter. 😊 Thank you for the stamped goodies. I will be writing soon.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and postcard 😘 I haven't been able to read the letter yet, but I can't wait to!! Merry Christmas!!
January rated for Happy mail fun #5 on Dec 23, 2017
Comment: You are so kind to have read my profile and chosen things that you thought I might like :) And, I do! I absolutely love the stamped faces and I am intrigued and inspired by how you have put them together. They are definitely going to be featured in my art journal and I will have to look around at my stamps to see how I can do something similar in the future. I also do stamp carving and I might use some of these for inspiration...What a great swap, thank you!
Response: I used the washi tape to hold them in place through the mail. Otherwise they all cluster in one spot in the envelope and cause damage going through the machinery. SO SO tickled that you were pleased!! Woo Hoo! Your rating is like a bonus Christmas present, so thanks for that!!
widelo123 rated for FF50-Quick Christmas Card Swap-USA on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: Linda, the dog Christmas card has to be the cutest card I have received all season. Thank you for the postcard and bookmark. I would not even know where to start making all those party mixes and loaves of bread. It looks like you have it down to a science. People must love your gifts, I know I would. I love to read. The kindle hinders my reading, I can't change the pages fast enough. I am a woman of all trades, I crochet, knit, embroider, tat and of course sew. I used to design and make my own clothes in the 60's. That was when gowns and long dresses were in style. Being tall, I never could find anything long enough. I am now 75 or will be in a couple of weeks. I have slowed down considerably and find I do not have the patience for very intricate work any more. Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Shirley
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and the lovely note. Your road trips sound amazing - I'm jealous! Merry Christmas and safe travels!
shiloh102 rated for Stocking stuffers on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: I loved the card. Thank you and Merry Christmas. I can't wait to open my presents.
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and cute scottie dogs Christmas card! I will enjoy the ephemera for my projects and love the cute stamps you used on the envelopes. I've been stamping for 30+ years. ♡ Safe travels in 2018!
Mindy82671 rated for USAPC: List Pad Sheets #3 on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the super cute list pad sheets!
pattiairel rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail November 2017 on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Thanks for a cute swap, enjoy your 3 month vacation!! Be safe and Merry Christmas♥♥3
BrendaB rated for Stocking Stuffer Swap - DECEMBER on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the stocking stuffer! I'm going to wait to open it but giving you a heart now because of the great envelope art and coffee stickers :D Merry Christmas to you.
Response: Thanks Girlie! I've owned that stamp forever but this was the first time I've used it. Just let me know if you want more and I'll send them.
Camiliann rated for Black/White PC Swap #26 - USA on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot I love it!!!
Comment: Thanks so much, can't wait to open😀
Comment: Thank you for all the stocking stuffers! Boy my stocking is going to be full this year! Thanks for the extra holiday card and stickers too! Happy Holidays! Thank you for the amazing magnet, adorable bookmark and sticky notes! Love them all!
Comment: Linda, your envelope was a delight from the time I took it out of the mailbox until I had examined all of the contents! I loved the scrabble tiles for my name in the address and the colorful tape you used as a border was a beautiful touch. The Christmas tags are adorable, and I'm sorry, but I can't part with them to use them on a gift! LOL! The stickers are perfect and much appreciated, and the card has the touch of whimsy that I love! The icing on the cake was the Christmas card with little dog in the Santa hat and with your wonderful note inside! Your husband and you are doing the traveling that I would love to do! Thanks so much for the great swap!!!
Response: Yippee! So glad you were pleased. Thanks for the lovely comments and rating.
KreativeKrafter rated for SWAPS Christmas goody swap on Dec 1, 2017
Comment: thank you
Comment: Thanks, saving for Christmas!

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veronicasvisions on Oct 19, 2017:

Thank you for the awesome card, envelope and vintage photos! Yes! These photos are great inspirations!

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