Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2018 6:04 am


Date Joined: November 15, 2014
Last Online: February 18, 2018
Birthday: April 15
Country: United States
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Edited18 Feb 2018

I have been in the hospital since the 13 th with a pulmonary embolism..I have no idea when I will be released. Hope to be back soon.

I also found a fabulous artist Nik the Booksmith who has some great idea for using up all those scraps.

Newest love-------Mini albums from Project Life™ sized cards.

photo of my Mostly Gold swap

About Me

I grew up on a farm in rural KY without TV until I was 14 so I spent a lot of my free time crafting. From my Mom I learned to sew, crochet, embroidery and make all things paper. Memories of my Mother's handcrafted Valentines still make my childhood friends smile. I want people to remember me like that.

In the years between school and motherhood I worked as an illustrator and cartographer. Both of which tempered my artistic urges.

I had the luxury of being a stay at home Mom for most of my children's school years. During that time I learned to do ceramics, woodworking, basket weaving and X-stitch. I taught arts and crafts as part of an after school enrichment program at the local elementary school in Alaska.

Now I make marbled paper, handmade paper, paste paper, books, cards, postcards and knit (mostly scarves).

I love everything paper; the feel, the color, the sound, even the smell, (an old book just warms my heart).

So it is appropriate that I am a paper artist. In the last 20+ years I have settled down to seriously make books. To see what I make visit "SuZi's Samples ♥"

I also make all my own greeting cards and postcards for myself and my daughter (when she remembers to ask).

Favorite Books, Movies, TV

Many of my favorite books are posted on my Pinterest board, "Best Book EV-VER"

I can speed read but never bother to if I am enjoying what I call "entertainment reading".

To find most of my favorite movies check out, "Movie Magic"

Many of my favorite TV shows are just a click away, "Turn on the Telly"

Likes and Dislikes

Any of these things will make me when I receive them in the mail;

a. ATCs, Alphabets

b. BTCs, Butterflies, Birds, Books, Buttons, Blue (color), Brown (color)

c. Chocolate (I am always up for chocolate as my lack of waistline will attest), Cats, Cards

d. Dragons, Dragonflies, Doodles, Dogs (all sorts but if I was going to have one I would want a Heinz 57.)

e. Envelopes (handmade), Ephemera, Easter (anything/anytime)

f. Faeries, Foxes, Frogs, Folios, Fortune cookie fortunes

g. Gnomes, Glitter, Green (color)

h. Handcrafted anything, Halloween (cutesy, please not horrific)

i. Ice cream, Irises

j. Junk journals

k.Kittens, Kitsch, Kites, Keys

l. Long letters, Lace

m. Minions, Maps, Music

n. Nature, Note paper, Note pads

o. Origami, Owls, Orange (color)

p. PAPER (exotic or plain), Pocket letters, Postage stamps, Pen pals, Purple (color)

q. Quilts, Quilling

r. Ribbons, Recycle/Re-purposed/Reused items, Red (color)

s. Stickers (Teeny tiny to ATC size, I love em all and can find a place to use them), Skinnies, Sunflowers, Stamps (rubber), Stamps (postage), Short letters

t. TEA (all sorts) I maintain a board on Pinterest where I rate teas as I experience them. I am always looking for something new, Twinchies, Turtles

u. Unusual paper

v. Vintage things, Violet, Valentines

w. Washi, Washi, Washi

x. X-mas anything/anytime

y. Yarn, Yellow (color)

z. Zendangles (not to be confused with zentangles®)

Things that will make me ;

  1. Cosmetics, bath & body items.
  2. Jewelry and hair accessories
  3. Food out of the original packaging
  4. Heavy Metal, Death Metal, etc
  5. Blood and gut images
  6. Cartoons like Cow & Chicken, Beavis and Butthead, Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony, etc.

If you happen to send something from the dislike list I promise not to hate you.

Anything else you would like to know please feel free to ask.


I belong to two art based clubs.

LAFTA "Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists".

STABA (Second Tuesday Artist Book Association) a very small group devoted to creating books that are also works of art.


I have 4 International penpals, 2 of the 4 started with flat swaps I joined at random about a year ago. Another blossomed from my Post Crossing exchange, and the last came from a blog I follow called Penpal of the Week I was even featured as Penpal #141 on Aug 4th.

I am hoping to form several new penpal relationships with people I have met here on swaps.

I have been very bad about answering letters lately. If I owe you a letter and you read this, feel free to give me a hard nudge in messages.

Mini albums

Mini albums made from Project Life™ sized cards have replaced my love of Pocket Letter™s.

I don't do Project Life™ but have received many cards as extras in swaps. Rather than sending them to another swapper I decided to use them. The 1st couple of mini albums were easy and so much fun that now I am making my own 3 x 4 cards to match the swap themes I have found for these little gems.

You can still include things like a confetti packet and tags. Even add a full-fledged letter or just a note. The possibilities are endless.

more of my Mostly Gold swap

Perfect pairing. Paper scraps 3 x 4 and smaller with Washi (I have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much of both). Cannot get much better.

How I became a gnome MoM

My sister in Iowa created a bunch of gnomes. She gave them to her friends in hopes that they would photograph the gnomes in their travels and send back pictures to a project she called "Gnomes2Roam".

When she made Wally (named after Crocodile Dundee's mate, Walter, because of his hat) for me, I offered to send some gnomes to my overseas pen pals. She made 6 brothers for Wally. The gnomes refer to her as "the creator".

The first brother to move out was Wiggo who went to Norway and started his own home security business and has fallen in love with the smallest Matryoshka sister living there. Wyatt moved out to live with my daughter in Ohio and practice his yoga. William went all the way to New Zealand where he had a shock shortly after arrival when it snowed. Wilson (named after the Seahawks quarterback) moved to California to quarterback his own team of Lego® football players. Finally Thor flew off to the Netherlands to live the quiet life.

After he named himself, Søren decided he liked it just fine here with Wally. He is the only gnome I know without a mustache.

Watch Wally and Søren's cousins on YouTube

Meet Olav in grey and Lars in red.

They are the newest Gnomes to move in with me.


We have one cat, Kit, who loves putting in her 2¢ on all my creations but I try very hard to limit her contact with anything I send people with allergies. So far I have been successful. Please just be aware.

" Hope to swap with you again." Six of the most coveted words on here. It really makes me smile to know what I gathered together has made someone happy.

I ALWAYS send. If the unforeseeable happens and I am going to be late, I will contact you.

I ALWAYS rate. My mail comes in around 5 PM and I am down here on the computer rating right after supper.

I ALWAYS respond. Even if it is just a "♥". This helps me keep track of the swaps that got to their destination.

What I pledged...


I learned several things from joining Swap-bot.

One - I have way too much .

Two - All my efforts to downsize using Swap-bot have

My partners are sending back waaaaaaaaaay too much stuff.

Three - There are a lot of lovely, talented people out there that have no idea what a gift to the world they are.


SouthernBell rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 9, 2018
Response: ♥ I am very glad to see it made it to you.
MisplacedfromPA rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the variety of paper goods.
Response: ♥ I hope you find a use fore every one of them. Thank you for the heart.
PostcardAl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Hi Suzi -- thanks for the packet, in TWO lovely envelopes. (I'm sorry the PO messed up your mail; I've had that happen and it's so irritating.) I love all the little pretty bits and pieces. All the best, al
Response: ♥ So s glad it made it to you the second time out. At least they returned it to me and didn't drop it in some ditch. Thanks for the nice rating and heart.
SGriffin rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: ♥ Happy to see t made it to you. Thanks for the heart.
Coco26 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: ♥ Glad to see it made it.
georgiafae rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 2, 2018
Comment: Beautiful envelope(who ever made it!) Love the selection of things-thanks for sharing!
Response: ♥ They are talented people, the MAE group. Glad you like them and thanks for the heart.
washingtonmaverick rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Oh my kitties! Talk about making me a crazy cat lady! I loved everything! Thank you! I'll be over there in the corner making my origami valentine's kitty! <3 <3 <3
Response: ♥ I thought about making copies but never did. I hope you have lots of fun. Thank you for the heart.
Bridgette rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Loved this envelope from the moment I opened my mailbox! Thank you for a great assortment of goodies! 💙
Response: ♥ It is a pleasure to make you happy. Thanks for the heart.
Chaton13 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Response: ♥ Glad it made it. Thanks for the heart.
Saba rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: I love happy mail! Thank you!
Response: ♥ I must agree. Thanks for the heart.
ayates rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Jan 29, 2018
Response: ♥ Glad to see it made it.
ckwini rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful goodies! My favorite is the embossed horse note card but I loved all of it.
Response: ♥ Had to include a horse from Kentucky. Glad you think they are wonderful. Enjoy.
cbpoole rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for all the lovely items you stuffed in the envelope! I look forward to putting them to use in future swaps!
Response: ♥ I hope they inspire something wonderful. Thanks for the heart.
Soapboxgirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful homemade card and all the goodies you sent!! Wish I could give more <3's for the generosity! :)
Response: ♥ It is fun to know you liked it. Thanks for the heart.
wokeupmissing rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the super awesome envies and the strange goodies inside! Hope your other partners enjoy their envie as much as I enjoyed mine!
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart. I enjoy hearing you liked it.
monteverde1997 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Wow! What an awesome envelope!! I love everything you included! How did you make the blue circle on the parchment paper? I would give many more hearts if I could. Thanks so much!!
Response: ♥ It is just several globs of paint squished between two pieces of paper. Experiment til you get something you like. Thanks for the heart.
Jenicat rated for Stuff the Mailbox #5 on Jan 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all of the stuff you sent. I can tell you read my profile. Those cat sticky notes are too cute! 💜
Response: ♥ Glad you liked what I sent. Enjoy. Thanks for the heart.
widelo123 rated for Sweet! This isn't a bill! PC US on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: Suzi, thank you for the pretty US stamp postcard. I would have loved to see your mother's postcard collection. Did she have any of lighthouses? Shirley
Response: ♥ She had a few she had visited but since my nephew also loves lighthouses he got them when she died. We all shared in her wealth. Thanks for the great rating.
PaperPassion rated for 6x6 JPC~February Pages (edited) on Jan 22, 2018
Comment: Beautiful as always.Thanks so much,love your work.
Response: ♥ I am very happy with this series of swaps even if it is just the two of us. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: SuZi! What a lovely book...so beautiful and so carefully put together. I shall enjoy it...maybe stick in some of my favorite butterfly poems and haiku. Thank you so much! The butterfly garland will probably drape my workroom lamp. :)
Response: ♥ I think those are lovely ideas. I am always happy to share my butterfly stash. Thank you for the heart.

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CurlyTea on Feb 14, 2018:

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

Minivandreams on Dec 15, 2017:

Have a great December!

-Julia (minivandreams) APDG Happy December

Quiltbutterfly on Dec 7, 2017:

Merry Christmas from Sydney Australia., I hope you like my Pics for the A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY DECEMBER!!!! This is Very me Sparkly and lots of decorations.

Christmas Tree in Queen Victoria Building Sydney - 24 metres tall, decorated with 82,000 Swarovski crystals. I try to visit it every year, it’s breath taking.

donetta on Dec 4, 2017:

Suzi, I have tried repeatedly to rate you for the "Use 3" Skinny, but although my words are there, and although I click "save rating"...it simply will not show up on your profile. I am so, so sorry...I also count on being rated, so I know how frustrating this has to be for you. I love the Skinny, and the extras you sent - oh MY! Such a gorgeous pile of crafty goodness! Thank you so much for being the epitome of a great swap partner!

Shellyr on Dec 3, 2017:


Have a wonderful Christmas season. May your wishes come true.


kathiann on Dec 1, 2017:

Stopping by for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY DECEMBER!!!! Some of my favorite thigns in December are Christmas trees, lights, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. I thought I would share them with you! December


charlie brown


CurlyTea on Nov 28, 2017:

Snowball Fight!

anrtist on Nov 27, 2017:

WOW!!!! Can you believe it is the CHRISTMAS SEASON Again? This year just flew by!!! I Pray you have a WONDERFUL Blessed Holiday season!










Blessings to you all for a wonderful/magical/amazing
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!
...as always...
Blessings, cc

SuZignomeMoM on Nov 27, 2017:


To Do List

Finally just for grins

May you have the best December yet. Happy Hollidays.

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