Swap-bot Time: March 28, 2017 8:24 pm


Date Joined: November 15, 2014
Last Online: March 28, 2017
Birthday: April 15
Country: United States
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Post Crossing


Edited 5 Mar 2017

Dear creative friends,

My LAFTA group is participating in this and I thought perhaps some of you would like to send your work. Postecard Project Deadline is May 31st.

It is all about mixed media postcards and HOPE.

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.

Latest craze, mini pocket lett

I, like so many others, find Pocket Letter™s are often too involved and time consuming. But I love the idea of filling pockets so when I found mini pocket letters I felt as if I had stumbled onto a perfect fit.

• You start with a 3rd of a pocket page. Three pockets are much easier to fill than 9.

• Those who want to stuff the pockets with goodies can still do so, just not so many to stuff.

• I intend on making a new hole centered in the end and fasten my collection together much as you do binder trading cards (those little works of art 3.5 x 1.75, not baseball cards)

Things to include; (nearly the same as the full pages, just 1/3 of the amount)

Some swaps only call for a brief note while others, a full fledged letter.

"goodies" that range from coffee, tea or chocolates to things as simple as a hand written poem.

Pretty papers and/or card stock cut to ATC size 2½ x 3½.

To see examples of what I have done for various exchanges please go to my blog SuZignomeMoM or to my Pinterest board "Presenting Pocket Letters™ and Pocket Letter Pals™"

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.


Comment: Thank you for the creative ATC. Love the shaker insert with the metal key. I'm sorry you had to do the card twice to make sure it gets through customs. Cork would have been okay, I guess. And thanks also for the pretty washi tape. I have to say, I also loved the greeting card. Take care.
BetsyG rated for C.I. ~ Collaborative postcard #1 on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: Love the postcard you chose to color. I look forward to the next round so I can color my 1/4 and send it on. You won't believe this, but the pc you sent for me to color is the same one I sent my partner. I almost chose it for this swap. Isn't that funny! Thanks for the extra one that you colored completely. Have a great Louisville day!
ImnotDorothy rated for ♥Journal/ Collage Fodder♥ on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: Holy you know what!!! I love it, especially that little flip with the robots inside. All those textured papers will get used really quickly. I would give you so many more hearts if I could. Thank you for everything!❤❤❤❤❤
Response: ♥ Love to hear the enthusiasm in you comment. Enjoy! Thanks for the hearts.
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your state butterfly, so pretty!
Response: ♥ So glad you liked them. Thanks for the heart.
lauriew rated for A 💌1PLG=A1 Spring Cleaning on Mar 16, 2017
Comment: Wow, you sent so much great stuff! I love it all, esp.the beautiful papers and the cute doll with the apron. Thanks so much!!
Response: ♥ Once I started cleaning I had trouble stopping. I hope you are inspired. Thanks for the heart.
geekgirl1001000 rated for A.I. Playing Card ATC on Mar 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the ATC. It looks great. I like the idea of the postage stamp tag tied around the card. And thanks for the extra stamps!
Response: ♥ I read on your profile that you liked heads. Hope these work well. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely CD! and also thank you for the playing cards too! happy swapping
Response: ♥ I hope they are not like anything you have had before. Thanks for the heart.
ImnotDorothy rated for <1 oz Journal Fodder on Mar 11, 2017
Comment: I can't wait to use all of it! Thank you. I have such great ideas runnng around my head now.
Response: ♥ So happy you are inspired. Thanks for the heart.
ArtyBeth3 rated for SS: When's Spring?!?! (USA) on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: What a lovely envelope FULL of spring washi, cute spring die cuts, & interesting sounding tea (I'll try this tomorrow afternoon at work.). The cupcake card was very cool too! It was a happy mail day for sure! :)
Response: ♥ It sounds as if it made you smile. Always a plus in swapping. Thanks for the heart.
Cocoa rated for USAPC: ATC with a Flower on Mar 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC! Also for the tea♥
Response: ♥ Enjoy both. Thanks for the heart
Germanbaby77 rated for 9LP Send a Spring letter on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the amazing Pl you sent. LOVE it! very elegant and beautiful!
Response: ♥ Glad you liked it. Hope you enjoy everything. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for the great assortments of hearts!
Response: ♥ You are welcome. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Sorry to rate late. Thank you for the great deco on my profile.
Response: ♥ You are welcome. Thanks for the heart.
Ngake rated for NH Tea for Two Swap on Feb 26, 2017
Response: ♥ Glad to see the tea got to you in a timely manner. Thanks for the heart.
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart.
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart.
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart.
audrey rated for USAPC: ATC with a Butterfly on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Beautiful card and extras I love! Thanks!
Response: ♥ So glad it finally got there. Thank you for the heart.
mahlermail rated for A.I. Recycle - ATC on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks - cute ATC! Love the napkin extras.
Response: ♥ So glad it got there so quickly. I believe your profile mentioned napkins. Thanks for the heart.
sillysusie rated for A.I. ~ Spring Cleaning on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Your package was like hitting a craft lottery. It exceeded my wildest dreams. You are a very kind and giving person. Wow and thank you.
Response: ♥ Downsizing actually. Lol. Hope you enjoy every bit of it. Thanks for the heart.

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yvonne401 on Mar 16, 2017:

BL ~ Butterflies From Our State or Country #1

I hope you like the pics that I've chosen for you!

Unfortunately Pennsylvania doesn't have a state butterfly. I will share will you one of the butterflies from my state of Pennsylvania, the White Admiral Butterfly.

Identification: Upperside is black with broad white median bands on both wings; hindwing has a marginal row of blue dashes and a submarginal row of red dots. Underside is reddish-brown with white median bands as on the upperside. The other form of this butterfly, the Red Spotted Purple, hybridize where their ranges overlap, creating various intermediate forms which may be found in or near the overlap zone.

Wing Span: 2 1/4 - 4 inches (5.7 - 10.1 cm).

Life History: Males perch 3 feet or more above the ground on trees and tall bushes and rarely patrol for females. Eggs are laid singly on tips of host plant leaves; caterpillars eat leaves. Third-stage caterpillars hibernate.

Flight: Two broods from April-October.

Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of many species of trees and shrubs including wild cherry (Prunus), aspen, poplar, cottonwood (Populus), oaks (Quercus), hawthorn (Crataegus), deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum), birch (Betula), willows (Salix), basswood (Tilia), and shadbush (Amelanchier).

Adult Food: Sap flows, rotting fruit, carrion, dung, and occasionally nectar from small white flowers including spiraea, privet, and viburnum. White Admirals also sip aphid honeydew.

Habitat: The White Admiral form is usually found in the north in deciduous broad-leaf or mixed evergreen forests dominated by aspen or birch. The Red-Spotted Purple form is usually found further south than the White Admiral, in deciduous or mixed forests, moist uplands, valley bottoms, and coastal plains.

Range: Red Spotted Purple is in Alaska and subarctic Canada southeast of the Rocky Mountains to central Texas; east to New England and central Florida. Isolated populations in Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas south into Mexico. The White Admiral form usually occurs north of a line through north central New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota. The Red-spotted Purple form is usually found south of this line. Much hybridization occurs where these forms meet. The Red-spotted Purple is a mimic of the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor).

Here is an example of the Red Spotted Purple. This butterfly is not found in Pennsylvania.

Both of these butterflies are very beautiful. I hope you enjoyed.



SuZignomeMoM on Mar 15, 2017:

BLG ~ Butterfly profile deco ლ July

Meet the Viceroy, Kentucky's state butterfly.

Although the Viceroy shares the Monarch's color scheme that is where the similarity end. Viceroys do not migrate. They overwinter as 1st or 2nd instar larvae, rolled up in a leaf of their host plant (willow or poplar).

The most distinctive difference is evident here in this comparison photo. The upper is a Monarch, the lower a Viceroy. You can see the black line across the Viceroy's post median hind wing.

Viceroys flit as they fly instead of the floating flap flap of a Monarch.

I hope you enjoyed meeting the Viceroy.

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Mar 15, 2017:

BL ~ Butterflies From Our State or Country #1

Hello, I am sending this early, since 4 ppl signed up for the swap and theirs 3 partners. I will be busy the next couple of days, so I wanted to get this out to you now :) Partners are not assigned yet I love this butterfly!! Official State Insect of Illinois

Illinois designated the iconic monarch butterfly as the official state insect in 1975, the result of lobbying by Illinois schoolchildren (a third grader from Decatur was the first to suggest the monarch as state insect) Monarch Butterfly Facts

Both the caterpillar and adult monarch butterfly are brilliant in color as a warning to predators - the monarch ingests toxins from the milkweed plant which are poisonous. Monarch butterfly populations are declining due to loss of habitat; listed as NF (near threatened) by the World Wildlife Fund.

jannieb on Feb 25, 2017:

Just stopping by to say Hi!

I loved reading your blog :)

paperfilia on Feb 19, 2017:

Hi! Here are your hearts from me for APDG ❤ Lottsa Hearts! ;-)





Janevey on Feb 19, 2017:

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Hello! Here are some hearts to brighten up your day. Enjoy :)

kdeorne1 on Feb 18, 2017:

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Here are some of my favorite hearts as of today. I hope you are having a good day.

~Karin / kdeorne1

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Hello! Hope you enjoy the hearts!! Sharing the love this February ♥

Sending ♥♥♥♥ to you


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APDG 💙💚💛❤️💜 Lottsa Hearts! ;-)

I just love the beach! I would be a beach bum if I could get away with it!








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