Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2019 3:11 pm


Date Joined: June 20, 2010
Last Online: December 8, 2019
Birthday: September 18, 1956
Country: United States
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About Me

I live outside of Columbus, OH with a DH and two terribly rowdy cats (Galen and Cody aka Riot and Chaos). I am a stay-at-home graphic designer and spend much of my time caring for a retired husband and trying to keep up with my out-of-control acre of yard/gardens. Former jobs include bartender in a poolhall, graphic artist in an offset printshop, a stained glass artisian, a high school freshman science/biology teacher, and a raptor rehabilitator/field researcher and zookeeper.

compassion singing heart

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Favorite Music

I like all kinds of music (except for most rap). My tastes are eclectic. I like obscure artists like Townes Van Zandt, Keb 'Mo, Leon Redbone, and Hazmat Modine. Adore Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bonnie Raitt, and most all rhythm and blues. Other favorites that spring to mind are The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Ani DiFranco, The Blasters, Offspring, Stained, Bad Religion, Jimmy Buffett, Beethoven, Bob Dylan, Green Day, and everything from the late 60s.

elephant heart

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

Favorite Books

I read mostly forensic novels, mystery novels, crime novels. With a scattering of other things thrown in there. Favorite character is Lucas Davenport from the "Prey" series by John Sanford. Like Tom Robbins (esp. "Jitterbug Perfume"). Reread "Shogun" and "The Drifters" about every five years. Used to read a lot of Piers Anthony fantasy (now that would make for a fun swap series!)

thoughts owl

Fall down 7 times . . . get up 8!

Favorite Movies

Waaaaay to many to list fully. Like most movies by Walter Hill, John Carpenter, and the Cohen Brothers. Movies I see over and over include Immortal Beloved, Continental Divide, Streets of Fire, The Hunt for Red October, Fargo, Braveheart, Excalibur, A Lion in Winter, The Birdcage, Breaking Away, Thelma and Louise, and Point Break.


And the flowers bloom like madness in the spring

Favorite Television

Mostly watch forensic/drama stuff. Favorite show of all time -- Law and Order Criminal Intent with Vincent D'Onofrio. Also like Criminal Minds. Dexter is da bomb! Like obscure series like "Good Neighbors" (The Good Life) out of England and quirky stuff like Monk. Love to hate Dr. House. Rewatch the Firefly/Serenity series often. And DH is a HUGE Star Trek and Simpsons fan so I absorb that whether I want to or not! :) Newer shows that I am enjoying include Vikings, Modern Family, Person of Interest, Elementary, and Castle. And, unfortunately, they cancelled Lie to Me -- major bummer! New fan of The Big Bang Theory! It is too funny!


T.H.I.N.K. before you speak. Is it True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?


Favorite Crafts

Have tried them all -- knitting, crocheting, weaving, pottery, stained glass, beading, sewing, cross-stitch, painting, silkscreening, and numerous paper crafts. I have moderate arthritis in my hands, so presently I concentrate on paper and fabric designs, and some beading. I really miss stained glass as I used to design huge pieces for churches and restaurants. And 30 years of cross-stitch has wrecked my left thumb, so I don't do much stitching anymore (but still appreciate the medium).

I am presently concentrating on ATCs and Inchies while swapping on Swap-bot. I also want to try to do some block printing (which I did ages ago while in college) and I am a novice at zentangles (but am enjoying the learning process!) I am pushing myself to improve my average illustrating skills. Recently I have been trying to teach myself to watercolor. I also like Gelli printing, marbling paper, making handmade papers, and doing eggshell mosaic work. I am also teaching myself bookbinding.

I do mostly mixed media -- watercolor pencils, gel pens, sharpie markers, chalks, alcohol inks, and distress inks. I use intricate original design paper-piecings cut on my professional die-cutter. I often embellish with fabric, fibers, buttons, or beads. Occasionally I use my own photography in projects. Sometimes I use scrapbooking techniques on my cards. I really like to mix it up and do different types and styles of artwork.

Other Interests

I have a few other favorite hobbies: bird-watching, gardening, cooking, photography, fishing, and travel. I have an advanced degree in biology (concentrated in ornithology) and all science fascinates me. I like all colors, but love purple! Also jewel colors -- teal, turquoise, ruby, emerald. I collect dragonflies mostly, but also frogs, hedgehogs, turtles, and puffins. I am also a big fan of mermaids, fairies, and Noah's ark. I love Art Nouveau designs. Charley Harper is my all-time favorite artist, but I am also quite fond of Sulamith Wulfing, John William Waterhouse, Alphonse Mucha, Susan Boulet, Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh, Robert Bateman, Glen Loates, Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies, and photography by Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, and Anne Geddes.

Quick List of Favorite Things:

♥ Autumn, sunsets, dewy mornings, snowflakes (one at a time LOL)

♥ Beaches, mountains, sparkling lakes

♥ Dragonflies, butterflies, bees

♥ Frogs and turtles

♥ Bizarre Animals: platypus, pangolin, okapi, coelacanth, jellyfish, sloth, narwhal

♥ Seahorses, starfish, horseshoe crabs, sea turtles

♥ Cephlapods! (octopus, squid, cuttlefish, nautilus)

♥ Raptors (esp. owls), hummingbirds, ostrich, puffins, flamingos, peacocks

♥ Hedgehogs, tapirs, big cats, giraffes, polar bears

♥ Any and all type of family pet

♥ Violets, iris, columbines, morning glories, wildflowers

♥ Noah's Ark, mermaids, fairies, gnomes, griffins, phoenix

♥ Anything by Charlie Harper (nature artist)

♥ PURPLE, jewel colors, silver

♥ Tiny charms, designs, ephemera, etc. for use on ATCs and inchies

♥ Decorative buttons -- vintage or newer, to be used in jewelry design and bookmaking.


I have started collecting postcards again after a 50 year hiatus. Therefore, pretty much any kind of postcard is welcome. Especially ones that reflect my interests -- favorite artists, photography, nature, animals and flowers, quirky, unusual, travel (especially map cards), etc. I have recently discovered Vanity Fair postcards and I think they would be fun to collect.


They are beautiful little artworks. If you go to the trouble to use actual stamps on my envelopes (as opposed to metered mail) I will greatly appreciate it!


Please no Disney, Kawaii, Girly girl / baby / kid's stuff. I just have no use or interest in them. Thanks!


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Private Swaps / Wishlist

I am finalizing my ATC collection and would love to fill in the following themes. Please let me know if you would like to do a private swap.

Heart (2), Fortune (1), Halloween (1), Snow (1), Reindeer (1), Bird (5), Moon (4), Dragonfly (1), Mermaid (1), Octopus (1), Seahorse/Starfish/Jellyfish (6), Turtle (1), Waterlily (1), Rainbow/Sunshine (1), Renaissance/Royalty (1), Mushroom/Toadstool (1)


Thank you Thank you to these lovely ANGELS!

MonsterAlice for "Science Quote ATC (smallgirlafterall)" [Thanks for the wonderful ATC! Love it!]

JenHuff for "Design a . . . Cat . . . ATC (Goggabos)" [Gorgeous zentangle design - THANKS!!]

yunasy for "History ATC - Middle Ages #1 (Smilinthyme)" [I have always dearly loved that unicorn tapestry - thanks so much!]

LauraAust for "MEGA SWAP!! (US only) (rajo04)" [Love the pretty colorful jellyfish -- he makes me happy!]

LauraAust for "Pink Christmas (half-MEGA) ATC Swap (scrappintwins)" [Pink and white snowflakes -- how appropriate LOL Very cute ATC!]

islandgirl for "ATC Addict's - March Sender's Choice (angelslater)" [Absolutely a magical delightful Make-me-laugh ATC -- thanks SO much!]

OMG!! February 2012 Marryth angled me everything outstanding to date! She sent me "Design-A-Cat", "Steve Irwin (Whiskey)", "Pink Christmas", "Science Quote", "Pastel Inchies (HusFrejaVirk)" plus FIVE more ATCs for WTA flakes. Thank you thank you thank you!

KatarinaNavane for "ATC Mega Swap with a Catch (CreepyGirl)" [Incredibly delicate and detailed etching/drawing -- absolutely beautiful!]

Fatherted for "Dragonfly ATC (lilpuddin)" [Beautiful summer-fire dragonfly -- a special addition to my collection!]

dardarbinx for "Dragonfly ATC" [Thank you so much for angeling your swap -- so sorry the flaker hit right before your vacation. I love the ATC you made when you returned home]

VivaLaDiane for "I Need Some More ATCs in My Collection!!!" [Very cool ghostly spooky vintage Halloween ATC -- it is hard to describe in words because it is just so dang perfect!]

Paige1900 for "3 Techniques ATC - Bat (Popcornikimppu1)" [One of the coolest ATCs ever -- the wings are just incredible. I absolutely love him!]

KatarineNavane for "3 Techniques ATC - Sea Turtle (O2girl)" [beautiful colors and intricate background design. Thanks for angeling this for me!]

zoev1975 for "TNW-ATC-Toadstool (NaughtyElf)" [Thank you for sending me some magical fairy mushrooms!]

Sternenfee for a RAK "Decipher this Code" postcard. I had to work but my reward was a delightful message and beautiful map postcard. Thanks!


stiffneck78 rated for BTH: Mushroom ATC on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: These ATCs are beautiful!!! I love how you accented the pressed flowers with a metallic watercolors. Very soft, yet bold. I love the spider ATC. These are going to be great additions to my collection. Thank you so much. Also, cool mushroom card!
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything. I can hardly wait for some soft spring leaves to play with that technique some more. And I was thrilled to share a spider with you. I love them too! Thanks for the generous ratings and critique. Hope to swap with you again soon! <3<3<3
gillman rated for MMA: ATC Sender's Choice- ORANGE on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Michele! Love them!
Response: You are quite welcome. This swap made me like orange a bit more! lol It was a good challenge for me. Thanks for hosting! <3
orneryswife rated for MMA: ATC Sender's Choice- ORANGE on Oct 29, 2019
Comment: I always love having you as my partner because not only do you create such beautiful art, but you share your process which is usually something I have never seen! Thank you for the extra ATC. I really like that stamp, as well as the beautiful dragonfly and flower on the card. Wonderful swap!
Response: Thanks for you kind compliments and ratings. If you ever need any details on one of my processes feel free to PM me. I am on swap-bot to share ideas and inspiration with fellow artists. I am certainly inspired by your artworks. Hope to swap with you again soon! <3<3<3
renmagpie rated for BTH: ATCoin - Jack o'Lantern on Oct 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you so, so much for such a beautiful swap! I love, love, love your technique on the jack-o-lantern and the added seahorse coin is just beautiful. You made my day! xoxo
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I haven't done an eggshell mosaic for awhile but it seemed to be a good time to try it again. Thanks for hosting this coin swap. I really had fun with it! Cheers! <3<3<3
gillman rated for MMA: 2 ATCs-Sender's Choice on Oct 6, 2019
Comment: Gorgeous! Thank you!
Response: You are very welcome! So glad you liked them.
orneryswife rated for MMA: 2 ATCs-Sender's Choice on Sep 27, 2019
Comment: 💟💟💟💟💟 Oh. My. Goodness!! These ATCs are amazing!! Thank you for the extras. I love them all! Thank you for a fabulous swap!
Response: Awwww. You just made my day! I LOVE creating with flower images and then sharing them with fellow gardeners. I am so glad you like them. I hope you have a glorious fall. It is my favorite time of year! Hope we swap again soon. <3<3<3
darcilena rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 2, 2019
Comment: Thanx so much Michele! My 1st set of coins! I love them both and the techniques too. I found it hard to Create on a circle. Think I'll enjoy the Atc's I'm doing next! Love to swap a MM postcard with you! Happy Arting! 😘💕 Darcilena XO
Response: Thanks for the kind compliments and ratings. Just keep creating. All sizes and formats have their own challenges. I love making the coins! Hope to swap with you again sometime. <3
gillman rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Aug 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the awesome coins!!
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for the great ratings. <3
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Aug 26, 2019
Comment: Wow - great ATCoins! They are all lovely, but I'd have to say my fave today is the orange poppies! Thank you so much :)
Response: Thanks for the nice compliments and ratings. I enjoyed making these coins for you. Hope to swap with you again soon. <3
camelsamba rated for TPS: Presto! on May 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cheerful prints! I'm curious to know how you got two colors on the angel wings one. And I agree with your assessment of the plates. You got better ink/paint coverage than I did though! And thanks for the lovely greeting card :^) - I'm going to check if my local TJ has that one in stock.
Response: Thanks for the kind ratings. Trader Joes cards are 'da bomb!! I first pulled my print in blue. I then washed the plate. I applied the gold ink with my brayer trying to just cover the wings (I quickly wiped off the overflow with a baby wipe). I pulled a second print. I used the bottom edge of the paper and the bottom edge of the plate to register the image. Close was OK :). I thought about making a red heart but was afraid to mess it up. This way the wings were the focus. Great swapping with you again! <3
wolfeagle rated for TPS: Presto! on May 25, 2019
Comment: What lovely prints. I found this difficult and mine were horrible. lol But it was fun to try with the foam. Thank you.
Response: I agree. It was challenging. Thanks for your kind rating. It was a pleasure swapping with you again. <3
LizzyJo rated for TPS: Presto! on May 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the 3 lovely prints. I really like the designs and colors you used (and the flamingo note card, too)
Response: You are quite welcome! This was a fun (but a bit challenging) swap. I'm glad you liked my results. :)
user6937 rated for Oceana - Q (two choices) on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: You always come up with such wonderfully special ways to represent our undersea friends - thank you!
Response: You're quite welcome. I found this one to be a bit of a challenge so I am glad you like it. Happy New Year!
Shiraz rated for IS: Christmas Themed ATC Coins on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: As always, an absolutely AMAZING swap!!! I couldn't wait to open my main ornament, so it never made it under the tree, haha! Wow, it is so wonderful, Michele! The layered paper ornaments are gorgeous, too! And the fox is just adorable. Oh, and your handmade card is so cool! My son was impressed as well. Thank you SO much for such a fantastic swap! <3 <3 <3
Response: Thanks so much for the glowing compliments and ratings. This is my favorite swap each and every year. I like trying to make some different types of ornaments for you. The fox design I found at a local craft fair this winter. I was glad I had some tiny wooden stars in my stash so I could try him out. :) I hope your Christmas is delightful and that all of your New Year dreams come true. <3<3<3
Comment: Wow. Just wow. One of the nicest ATCs I have ever received and the polar bear extra is amazing too! thank you so much and have a very Merry Christmas
Response: Thanks for the delightful critique and rating. All of my penguin stamps were too cute so I decided to go free-hand. I have been having fun playing with polar night skies. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year. <3
Comment: Thank you! Happy Holidays :)
Response: You are quite welcome! I hope your Christmas is wonderful! <3
sherba31 rated for Oceana - Narwhal ATC on Dec 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks for both atcs - love the two different but equally beautiful techniques. Gold leaf and alcohol inks are both on my "to try" techniques.
Response: Thanks for the compliments and great ratings. I hope you enjoy playing with the lift ink. I find myself happy with the results about half the time. It is a bit tricky. But wonderful when it "works". <3
FiveAcres rated for FS: Send a card on Dec 4, 2018
Comment: I loved the cardinal card that you sent. We don't seem to have them here in Colorado, but we have lots of finches, magpies, and towhees.
Response: We have tons of finches here. And a rufous-sided towhee that visits us each winter. No magpies though. :( They are incredibly beautiful birds! I love seeing them when I visit out west. Have yourself a delightful Christmas and a Happy New Year! <3
Comment: Michele, fantastic octopuses! Love the alcohol lift—I have the stuff, just haven’t tried it yet. So glad for the example & the stamp/die set is great. Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for the compliments and great ratings. Have fun with the lift ink. Sometimes it works great, sometimes not so much! lol But when it works it is awesome!! <3

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susieq11 on Dec 6, 2019:

You got it!!!!! Yes, we have been to the top. There’s even a section of clear flooring and you can see all the way to the ground!!!

susieq11 on Nov 27, 2019:

I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving!!

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susieq11 on Apr 8, 2019:

Oh no.... hope you’re feeling better soon. Let me know! <3

susieq11 on Apr 5, 2019:

How are you? Happy Spring! I’ve seen a few daffodils so I know it’s coming!

DaisyNY on Mar 29, 2019:

Thank you for your contribution on this:

Lishmo on Mar 21, 2019:

Thank you for the prayers for my son, they are much appreciated.

choke on Mar 17, 2019:

Thank you so much for the wonderful mini rolos you made for me! I loved reading about all of the difference techniques you used, you totally nailed these! I haven't heard of that one with bubble water, what a fabulous idea! The effect is stunning. All of them are truly fabulous as always. You're a doll to make me such treasures for my mini rolo holder. I will get a return swap back out to you soon!

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penelopesamuel on Jan 12, 2019:

Happy New Year, Michele! I hope all is well with you :) I miss the Inspiration card swaps! I hope you're finding time to make lots of prints and other art.


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