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Date Joined: June 20, 2010
Last Online: August 17, 2018
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!


Comment: I just love the Hatteras Lighthouse & I feel the same way you do—I just can’t cut it down! The Craggy Cliff is perfect. Thanks for being my partner!
mariewilliams810 rated for IS: Mega Washi Swap USA on Aug 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are quite welcome! Enjoy using them. <3
Comment: I love, love, love the gorgeous cards you created <3 The "odd" card is my favorite :) The artist ticket stamp is very cool and I love the way the swirl accents the eyes. The backside has an abstract feel to it, especially the texture in the paint (I love it when a pull creates those ripples in paint!) The dragonflies on the second are so pretty! Is the black and orange one a dimensional sticker? It really pops against the gorgeous background! I love the opalescent white in the background. It reminds me of ocean froth <3 The quote and charm are a perfect pair! And then, on top of the beautiful cards, you sent me three sets of the amazing wings I loved from the last cards and some plain stamped ones to play with <3<3 Thank you so much for another fantastic swap and the beautiful extras! They will be put to good use :)
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything -- even the "odd" card! lol I enjoy being able to experiment on cards for a trusted partner. The dragonflies are just simple little die cuts that I layered and embellished with glossy accents and micro glitter. And I enjoyed making some more angel wings and sharing them with you. It was unusual for me to buy those stamps but I am glad that I did. See you next month. Enjoy the last gasps of summer. :) <3<3<3
crochetjunkie rated for IS: Mega Washi Swap USA on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a nice selection and for extras!
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for hosting this fun swap.
sherba31 rated for Oceana: Starfish Wishes ATC on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks for BOTH versions of the starfish wishes. Really enjoyed your take on this as well as the story you enclosed about making it and your husband's proposed quote - haha! Can't take credit for hosting - that was @poeprincess =)
Response: Yup realized that as soon as I dropped it in the mail. Lol great swap idea by poeprincess. Thanks for the kind critique and the great ratings. I'm so glad you liked it. Hope to swap with you again soon. <3
Comment: I am always SO excited when I open my mailbox and find something from you in it :) Your cards this month are stunning (as always)! I love the celebrate you card and the technique you used. I will definitely be trying that soon. The white gel pen really puts the focus on that one part of the card and the embossing gives it a lovely texture. The second card is beautiful, too! I love the matte finish and texture on the orange and turquoise side (that color combo is a favorite of mine) and the flip side is so serene -- the green circles remind me of lily pads, and the metallic paper is the perfect bit of sparkle :) The Angel Wings ATC is so cool! The print is gorgeous! I always use cardstock to clean my brayer off on, which gives me a kind of plaid print. Thank you for a beautiful set of cards! I am so happy to add them to my collection!
Response: It is always a pleasure to swap with you. Thanks for the detailed critique. I like to know what "works well" (and what doesn't for that matter). I like that I can experiment on your cards lol! I am really enjoying the printing on deli paper. I can really change the look of the print with further manipulations. Thanks as always for joining my swap. Your cards are a great inspiration to me! <3<3<3
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2018 on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Such a Great PC!! LOVING all the textures, and so well designed - thank you!! (Sending you an email too :D)
Response: Thanks for the kind compliments and ratings. Went way out of my comfort zone with this card design. So glad you liked it! Hope to swap with you again soon! <3
Comment: Oh my gosh! We had such similar vision for this but your execution is simply flawless. I really love this ATC. It's been a true pleasure to swap with you. xoxo
Response: Thanks! And thanks for picking such great animals! This sea star is so gorgeous -- incredibly colorful and graphic. I really enjoyed making this ATC. Super swap series. :) Will miss them over the summer but I'm hoping you have a fab move into a wonderful new home! <3<3
BeckyG56 rated for TPS: Inspiration Cards - May 2018 on Jun 1, 2018
Comment: Beautiful cards, as alwasy! You are so gifted. Thanks for including the details of how you made them. I'm impressed with it all, but appreciate the woven paper,the most!
Response: Yea! I'm so happy you liked them. Thanks for the kind compliments and ratings. I love weaving my paper scraps. I'm a bit OCD about wasting things, LOL. And each paper weaving is unique. Hope to swap with you again soon! <3<3<3
jjhere rated for TPS: Inspiration Cards - April 2018 on May 21, 2018
Comment: Wow, your cards are stunning! I apologize for taking so long to rate. I love the texture you created and the extra angel wing ATC is a gorgeous use of your used foam tray. Thank you so much, Michele!
Response: Thanks for the kind ratings and compliments. I'm so glad that they arrived safely and that you liked everything. The angel ATC was kind of out of my comfort zone but I liked the way it turned out. Hope to swap with you again soon. <3
Comment: I never get sick of receiving your ATCs! I love the technique you used with this one. Thank you so much for another beautiful ATC for this series and collection! xoxo
Response: You are quite welcome. Thank you for appreciating all of my "experimental" mixed media attempts. :) I LOVE this series! <3
Comment: You've outdone yourself yet again with this ATC. I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for being part of this series. xoxo
Response: Thanks for the great compliments and ratings. And for letting me practice my watercoloring on your ATCs. lol I love this series! Thanks for hosting it! <3<3
DaisyNY rated for Collaboration #53 on May 1, 2018
Comment: That's some fancy fussy cutting.
Response: Thanks for the kind rating and the heart. Glad you liked your postcard. This was the first time I have tried a collaborative postcard swap.
Comment: First, forgive me for taking too long to rate. I received this last week in the throes of some pretty awful news, and I am only now getting around to opening it, which isn't like me, but here we are. I'm so, so sorry - especially after seeing what an amazing job you did (one again) with this fish! I love the execution and inspiration behind it. Thank you so much! I wish I could give more than one heart. xoxo
Response: No apologies necessary. So sorry about your bad news an I hope and pray that things are better for you now! Thanks for the kind ratings. I had fun with this design and am glad you like it too. <3
Comment: Very nice ATC, thanks!
Response: You're very welcome. Glad you liked it. <3
Comment: Wow, Michele!! You have outdone yourself with these inspiration cards :) The embossing is stunning and the print underneath is gorgeous! I love the sentiment and the bit of sparkle. The texture and layers on the backside are fabulous as well. I love that it's deli paper on cardstock -- I haven't tried that combo, but I will definitely try it soon. The print on the Nat Geo is striking and a perfect background for the beautiful heart and quote :) Another printing technique I will be trying when I have time! Your quotes are always so thoughtful and timely -- they are almost always something I need to hear :) Thank you again for a fab swap!
Response: Thanks for the detailed critique and lovely ratings. And thanks for your inspiration to do some stamping directly over the gelli print. It is tricky to keep the background light enough but I was happy with the results. And I do enjoy picking which quotes to send to you. I try to make them literary. I'm glad they resonate. They are always quotes which help me along the way. ☺ Happy Spring!
Comment: Wow. What an amazing ATC! I truly appreciated you sharing your technique with me too. This is an absolutely beautifully done fish! xoxo
Response: Thanks so much for the glowing compliments and ratings. I especially enjoyed making this ATC. I often think of techniques to use and try to predict final results but this one actually turned out like I thought it would. lol And I am always happy to share techniques! <3
GeeLuv rated for Collaboration #52 on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: Got it and look forward to adding to it. Collaboration PCs and Pass and Paste PCs are some of my favorite swaps.
Response: This is my first time doing a collaborative PC. Looking forward to the experience. Should be lots of fun.
BeckyG56 rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2018 on Mar 29, 2018
Comment: Beautiful ATC with great quotes, and prints. Thank you for the card too. Come on Spring!!
Response: Thanks for the lovely comments and ratings. I am so looking forward to spring and getting back out into my gardens! <3
anicka22 rated for FS: Christmas Card, International on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: O wow, today I received such amazing mail from you. Love the card and all the pretty mermaid images. But these envies are just adorable !! Thank you very, very much!
Response: Wow those got to you so quickly! Sorry your last card got eaten by the Christmas crunch. Have fun coloring! :) Hope to swap with you again soon. <3

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susieq11 on Jul 24, 2018:

Just let me know when you are free! : D

susieq11 on Jul 21, 2018:

Awww, I’m glad you liked it! Believe it or not, there is nothing I’ll eat at Arepazo! Anything they make veg has bell peppers in it and I wouldn’t eat one for a million dollars LOL!!! I went last August and had a glass of water : / We can find another place to go for sure though! : D

sherba31 on Jul 20, 2018:

Forgot to say that now I want to go to Trader Joe's just for notecards! LOL! Thanks again for always being a great swap partner.

susieq11 on Jun 2, 2018:

How are you?!

LahDeeDah on May 9, 2018:

Hey there. I have some cards made for one of your TPS inspiration swaps but still don't have a printer. I'm looking forward to the day I can actually join you! Will you be gardening this summer? It's going to be a hot one here! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. :-)

susieq11 on Mar 28, 2018:

Thank you for the beautiful deer ATC and card! I dropped off mail for you today! : )

susieq11 on Dec 9, 2017:

I am working a ton next week - how about the week after? PM me?! : ) Got your gorgeous card today. Thank you and for the deer!!! xxxx

VivaLaDiane on Dec 6, 2017:

Well, imagine my surprise coming in to my desk and seeing mail for me! :) It took me an hour to figure out how clever you were! Thank you so much Michelle. I smiled all day from just the happy note. Much appreciated!! ♥♥

susieq11 on Dec 6, 2017:

Hello!!! How are you?! : )

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2017:

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