Swap-bot Time: May 20, 2018 10:25 pm


Date Joined: June 20, 2010
Last Online: May 19, 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 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
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
Comment: What a beautiful ATC! I really appreciated you sharing your technique with me too. Thank you so much for such a lovely swap! xoxo
Response: You're quite welcome. This was a fun card to do. I love pulling out my 3-D goops and goos now and then. Thanks for hosting such a great series of ATCs! <3
Comment: Thank you so much for the cards, I love them :) And it's very nice of you to share the little chipmunk/squirrel stories with me, cheers!
Response: You are very welcome! Thanks for joining my swap. And for letting me share some chipmunk love with you lol. They are such beautiful little critters. :)
Comment: These are wonderful. Thank you. I LOVE printing on deli paper.
Response: Thanks for the kind comments and rating. I like how you can back deli paper with different colors of card stock and change the look of your prints. Fun stuff. Thanks for joining my swap! <3
Comment: Beautiful job! I love it thank you!
Response: You are very welcome. Thanks for the great ratings.
Comment: Thanks for your great take on the angelfish theme. It is nice to be close to the ocean -except during hurricane season! I missed it when I lived up north. Sending you warmth as it has been about 80 every day.
Response: Thanks for the kind ratings. It has been warm up here this week too -- but very rainy. I do so miss the Florida sunshine. Ohio is miserable in the winter! But it could be worse -- it could be icy! lol Hope to swap with you again soon. <3
Comment: I was so worried about my own cards that I about forgot to rate yours. Thank you so much. What kind of backing do you use ? It seems so rigid. Did you draw the giraffe ? He's adorable. Love the long eye lashes. I have giraffes all over the house and always welcome another one. Thanks again.
Response: Thanks for the kind compliments and ratings. I back all of my ATCs with an acid free cardboard I bought at a comic book store. The giraffe is a rubber stamp design. My grandma loved giraffes so they are dear to me too. <3
Comment: These cards are AMAZING. I love them! I wish I could make them like that, I love how there are so many colors in each of them, so subtle, such a nice effect. Love love love! I feel very inspired now to try new things! Thank you also for the very nice card, and I hope to swap with you again soon too :-)
Response: Thanks so much for the compliments and for joining my swap. I do hope you join in again soon -- everyone is welcome as I love seeing how other people approach this inspiration card idea. My collection of cards is very dear to me. I enjoyed looking through your Flickr account and hope to receive some of your beautiful artwork in the future. Cheers! <3<3<3
Comment: Oh, Michele! It's like Christmas every time I see an envelope from you in my mailbox :) Both cards are absolutely gorgeous, but I am in love with the flower card. That background is beautiful and the circles remind me of the Starry Night! The flower center is so unique -- I may have to give that a try sometime :) The twinchie is like a mini abstract painting and the texture and shimmer are fantastic! Thank you so much for another beautiful set of cards. This swap always stretches my creative muscles, and I love it!
Response: Thanks, as always, for your generous compliments and detailed critique. I like to know what my partner's enjoy about my cards. :) I loved the black gesso/Lumiere paint twinchie work. I need to play with that again sometime. And I promise the next time we swap I will have some brighter, happier gelli prints. LOL I very much enjoyed swapping with you again! <3
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration cards you made.Excellent quotes.I love them.
Response: Thank you for the kind compliments. I particularly liked those quotes too and enjoyed sharing them on my cards. Thanks for joining my swap! :) <3
sazalina rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Jan 7, 2018

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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:

VivaLaDiane on Nov 8, 2017:

I am humbled at the compliment. Much joy and love your way. xoxo♥

VivaLaDiane on Nov 7, 2017:

Just saw your name in my card swap and I smiled. Just wanted to let you know and hope you smile now too. ♥♥

lcjustme on Nov 3, 2017:

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration cards. What a wonderful treat to find inside my mailbox!

LahDeeDah on Oct 1, 2017:

Hi Michele! I was happy to see your inspiration card swaps pop up today because I spent the day making ATC backgrounds. I haven't made an ATC in ages. So glad to have a plan for them now. We do need to share beading ideas! I have a LOT of beads and only a few patterns. It's good to see you! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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