Swap-bot Time: May 22, 2018 5:07 am


Date Joined: November 10, 2008
Last Online: May 21, 2018

Country: United States



My life recently changed a lot, and I now work 3 jobs (one full-time, two part-time), so I have very little time for crafting and swapping. Apologies to founders of the groups I’m in, that I can’t join as many swaps as I’d like.

I've got: three jobs I love; a long, healthy marriage; a big, happy family; lots of pets (4 cats, 2 black labs, 1 white lab/heeler mix); freedom; many daily laughs; an abundance of crafting resources.
My word and focus for 2018 is "JOY."

I like

  • ocean colors
  • coffee
  • lilacs and tulips
  • interesting typography
  • Craftsman style architecture; Mission style furniture
  • stories about time travel
  • outdoorsy things and nature and anything around water (beaches, rivers, and lakes). I hike and kayak, and one of my bucket list items is to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

.... and a lot more things, but I'm choosing not to list them all here. I'm pretty much open to anything (with the exception of the things I mention below), and I like to see your personal aesthetic.

I don't have a definite artistic style, but I enjoy dabbling in a lot of things, with all kinds of media. I'm a big fan of Tim Holtz and like using his products to get less vintage-y results (although I do appreciate the vintage style). I love swaps where I learn new ways to use his inks and paints.

I'm a newbie to the world of the Silhouette Cameo 3 and am very open to tips and advice! I have a Cricut Easy Press so I can make t-shirts, but I've been somewhat intimidated by the Cameo, and then there's the whole working 6 days a week gig I've got going on, so not much time to learn and practice. Ugh.

Despite my crazy schedule, in 2018, I want to learn to:
1. use the Cameo
2. use my gelli plate
3. hand-carve stamps

I don't collect postcards, so when I join a PC swap, it's usually for what you write on the back. (Excluding hand-crafted or -colored PCs.) I don't have any preferences for what's on the front, as long as it's not on my dislike list (below). You can send your junky cards that no one wants to me. :)

I learned to sew years ago, and have made everything from quilts to cloth diapers to purses to apparel to home decor. I may or may not have a problem with collecting sewing machines and sergers.... I'm a Bernina groupie.

TV: I don't have time to watch much TV, but when I find something I like on Netflix, I tend to binge watch 2-3 episodes at a time until I'm through the whole series. I'm always open to suggestions.
I'm currently watching: The Expanse (season 1)

Please don't send

I would appreciate not receiving anything with the following themes or motifs:

  • Anything satanic or having to do with the occult
  • Wicca, paganism, or anything that worships or idealizes "Mother Earth" or "Goddess."
  • Eastern mysticism; Buddhism; Islam; Shintoism; pantheism.
  • Politicized rainbows
  • Rodents (mice, rats)
  • Passive aggressive communication or gas lighting. I will refuse to respond, because normal adult discourse is not possible with sociopaths and narcissists.

Notes to Self


vanneparis rated for SUSA - Send 3 ATCs "Butterflies" on May 17, 2018
Comment: Hi Diane - Thanks so much for the incredibly beautiful Butterfly ATCs. I love them and can't wait to add them to my collection. I hope you had fun with the theme. Thanks so much for joining. Take Care -Vanne
Aladyjackson rated for Faux Silk ATC on May 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC! Yours came out perfectly!! Sorry for rating late I have been very busy these last two weeks
Comment: Lovely ATC. This one was a bit much on how many steps there were. I think we are going to have choke Choke down a bit. Lol. It is always a pleasure seeing your work. Pat💕💕😍
Response: haha! I love the detail in her swaps, but they are labor intensive! Thanks for the nice rating.
Comment: Gorgeous card! I cannot thank you enough for sharing your talent with me ... the wildflowers her are so beautiful and a true inspiration...thank you for this lovely atc
stiffneck78 rated for Cupcake ATC inside and out on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC! So pretty..
choke rated for THC: 10 step ATC challenge #3 on Mar 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this fabulous card! I'm glad you had fun with it and got some craft therapy in :-) There's nothing like it on this unexpected journey of life, that's for sure! Hope to see you around in another swap again some time.
luckycharms rated for THC: 10 step ATC Challenge #1 on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much, you did a wonderful job on the ATC!!! I guess the 4th time is the charm:) I think I remade mine about 3 or 4 times too. I love how we all had to use the same and got so different results!
lmacdavis93 rated for VTHS: Glue & Distress Inks Tag on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Hi Diane! Your glue and distress ink tag turned out great! I love butterflies so this was just my thing. I had not ever tried this technique either and made a couple of stabs at it before I got one I was happy with. I don't have the kind of glue recommended either so just used my white Scotch craft glue, and it seemed to work okay. It was pretty quick and easy (discounting the drying time) so I will most likely try it again! Thanks for a fun swap - Laurie
ktk8 rated for Using a used coffee filter on Feb 23, 2018
Comment: Hi and I love "sing" which I read at first as SPRING since I want spring to come so badly...... love what you did with the background and flowers using the used coffee filter..... so funny because I made flowers and a flower pot out of mine also. Thanks.....
Response: I hear you on wishing for spring! This unending rain is about to drive me nuts!
Comment: It took the Pony Express to get here, me thinks, but it was such a pretty flower design! I loved reading your letter too! I have 2 bad cats. They have Gangsta names- Fats and Smalls... lol
Response: Those are great cat names. I have a cat named Missy who probably ought to be named Fats, she's such a pudge.
bombardiette rated for FS: Favorite Things A-Z on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: TC - A thousand thanks and hearts for this happy mail. I really loved the way that you laid out your list (and the calligraphic elements!) - and I do understand "not feelin' it", but you definitely did a wonderful job. Thank you so much for this - and for hosting it! xoxo
Response: As always, you are too kind. :)
dancingDog rated for VTHS: ATC - Fantastic Plastic on Jan 27, 2018
Comment: This card is so pretty! love it. Thanks for the note - I know you experimented a lot with this technique - I think it came out great!
Comment: Thank you so much for the most glittery card ever, I'm a huge fan of glitter and that card almost left me blind, LOVED IT!! It was really sweet of you to send along those cute chocolate scented stickers, and the recipe cards, I loved them and both items are going to look great on my recipe smash book. Hope you had a fun Christmas!!
Response: I wish it had gotten to you before Christmas! But I'm glad it finally arrived, and that you like it. :)
Comment: So beautiful! Thank you 📬 ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤
vlhafer54 rated for 2 Words for 2018 on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you - great sentiment!
anicka22 rated for FS: 2018 Goals on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice mail. Hope you can run again and even more that you will have a wonderful vacation in April!
Comment: Winter here in the UK too, not nice, but thank you for the lovely spring like card.
ChrisAnne rated for FS ~ Getting to know me PC on Jan 15, 2018
Comment: I would love to hear your opinion of the oils once you try them. I've been tempted myself.
WayUpInAlaska rated for FS ~ Getting to know me PC on Jan 15, 2018
Comment: Love the term Hippy-dippy ha! that is great :) Best of luck on your getting back into running! :) Thank you for the beautiful PC :)
Comment: Yes we have snow on the ground (about 7 inches) and it is very cold out (8 degrees). Just 3 more months to go, lol.

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craftykat68 on May 18, 2018:

Thank you for your nice letter about raising chickens for the"I feel like writing about.. Penpal tag.I enjoyed reading it!!Lovely handwriting

VivaLaDiane on May 9, 2018:

I am honored. ♥♥

VivaLaDiane on May 8, 2018:

Howdy partner! A new coach might bring a good year to the Stars! I hope all is well. xoxo♥♥

hibiscus on May 5, 2018:

Thank you for your talent and patience!

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2018:

VivaLaDiane on Mar 1, 2018:

I was so sick in January and thought OKAY - that's over and then literally boom. I get down a bit here and there but I keep getting up. Good to see you too friend. xoxo♥♥

Kathy821 on Feb 26, 2018:

Thank you so much, TC. It was sweet of you to post on my profile and welcome me back. It's still pretty surreal when I think about it, but thankfully there is some light at the end of the tunnel. I am safe again! Again, thank you so very much.

RiverTopanga on Feb 24, 2018:

Profile check for Group: Artisan ATCs. Welcome to the group! I read your profile.. I envy that you can sew. I can do most crafts, but find it difficult to sew a straight line, and to knit or crochet :-( You are lucky you are so talented! I hope you will enjoy being part of the Artisan ATC group and I look forward to swapping with you. :-)

luckycharms on Feb 14, 2018:


bombardiette on Feb 7, 2018:

Ah Peaky Blinders! It's on my list...my very long list...of shows to watch, but I haven't yet. I don't have a lot of time for TV (I just finally got around to watching Stranger Things and am hooked...), but it's queued and waiting for me!

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