Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2017 1:07 pm


Date Joined: July 4, 2014
Last Online: November 17, 2017
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.


jewnbugg rated for Just Randomness on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great letter and goodies. What a great package! Love the mail art. I will write back soon. Debbie
Response: So happy you were pleased. It was fun for me as well.
Comment: This arrived today yay! :) Thank you for all of the fun ATC goodies and the nice note.
Comment: Thanks!!!
Comment: Hi Linda! Wow . . . you certainly know how to send a make ME happy mail! I love love love what you sent! All those great stamps--just waiting for me to use them! AND a vintage postcard with deckle edges--be still my heart! I must compliment you, too, on the beautifully decorated envelope--all those amazingly quirky stamps! I'm so envious of your collection! Thank you bunches and wunches ;+)
Response: Thanks for the rating. I always enjoy sending happy mail!!
Comment: Wow! Thank you! I love the stamped images and images you sent. And the postage stamps! That is incredible you have so many stamps!
Response: Thanks for the rating. Glad you were pleased.
armadillogal rated for Wishing You A Merry Christmas on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: thanks for the great letter, card and goodies!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the rating.
smadronia rated for OSS: Senders Choice PC on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! I hope your vacation was a good one. I just returned from a week long vacation to southern California, which was great.
Meschultz rated for Happy Notecard November #1 on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Oh Linda what a fun letter. We do have much in common! I'll be writing you soon. Happy Thursday and thank you so very much
Response: Hooray! So glad it arrived and you were pleased. Thanks for the rating and I look forward to hearing from you!
MooreNature rated for Stamping a Postcard - USA on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: The stamps are great. I like them all, but my favorites are the Scrabble letters. Thank you!
Response: Me too! I try to use them daily. Thanks for the rating.
SherylKay rated for Fill My Stocking - October on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: I received this swap and forgot to rate it I am so sorry I am looking forward to opening them. I put all my gifts away to open at Christmas. I loved the way you stamped the bag I never think to do that and I really should it makes things more exciting Thank you so much for making this a fun package to open!
Response: Yippee! So glad to know it arrived safe and sound. Thanks for the rating Girlie! Enjoy!
rachellynn rated for Notecard List #1 on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card, list, and junk journal goodies! Everything is amazing! Sorry again for the late rating!
Response: Yeah! Planning to head out in the motorhome but I worried I might need to send again. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Wow! I loved you letter. I look forward to writing a response to you. I love that you made the owl stickers. What a great idea! Thank you. “Talk” to you soon.
Response: Thanks for the rating. Hope you enjoy coloring the owls. Look forward to hearing from you!
Fabriqueen rated for $1 stocking stuffer on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the stocking stuffer and the extras you sent! I am getting so ready to open my stockings. But I'm being good so far! Hugs, Diane
Comment: beautiful card and letter - i will definitely be writing you back and adding you to my "pen pal" family
Response: Great! I'm so excited!! Glad you were pleased. Thanks for the rating.
toni rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!! End Oct. on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful goodies!
Response: You're so very welcome! Thanks for the rating.
kathiann rated for CPG Oct '17 Fall PC - US Only on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: Love the fall :) thank you!
LunaMoody rated for Stocking Stuffer Swap - OCTOBER on Nov 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the gifts. I look forward to opening on Christmas day. The hard part will be leaving them alone until then. LOL
LunaMoody rated for WIYM: Christmas Stocking Gift #1 on Nov 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the gifts. I look forward to opening on Christmas day. The hard part will be leaving them alone until then. LOL
brianfuchs rated for Black and White PC - US Only on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: I LOVE this card. I enjoy old French photos so much. I have not watched Doc Martin, but I'll add it to my list. Thanks for the fantastic card.
Response: Yippee! So glad you were pleased. I love those odd little cards you find in unexpected places.
christywebb rated for Notecard List #1 on Oct 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Linda, for the list of books! I'm a Liane Moriarty fan also but haven't read any of the others but I'll check them out!
Response: Just finished Young Jane Young and returned it to the library. You should add that one to the list!!

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ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 28, 2017:


veronicasvisions on Oct 19, 2017:

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

CurlyTea on Oct 16, 2017:

RyeRye on Oct 15, 2016:

Heirloom on Oct 12, 2016:

Happy October!

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RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

Inspiration Station~

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

ReadMoreBooks33 on May 23, 2016:

institches on Jan 18, 2016:

Re: Fill My Stocking - September

I'm FINALLY getting my gifts opened today. Thank you so much for the bird postcards. They are lovely.

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