Date Joined: July 7, 2012
Last Online: January 2, 2015
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
First off , hi everyone!!! I'm "el" nick name for elena... and I totally appologize if you are checking out my profile and noticing that I dont have that many swaps accomplished yet!!! It maybe should be more..in some people's opionion but for the months I have been swapping.. it's good for me..I take my time..and pride in each and every piece of art I send out..and as it's noted..it shows!..Now that I am getting the hang of the "groove" of these swaps..lol.. I am getting a little faster! lol.. but some people..amaze me..when I see their profile and see they are in about 20 swaps at a time!!! wow! I would FREAK out!! My "friends" KNOW..my personality..and KNOW.. I could NEVER handle that!! lol.. so please .. don't JUDGE me on my ABILITY..to be a GREAT SWAPPER/AND OR ARTIST..because I feel I AM!! lol.. ok... now..my story...I have always been an "artist" in some sort of way... wanting always as a child to be an actress.. going for my dream out in Hollywood California..and music was also a big part.. My family has a long history of great artist! (on my father's side) ..Starting with my great grandfather, who painted in Paris, my grandfather, who's art hangs in my house which should be in a museum(I had many many offers to hang in a gallery and sell for a lot of money ..but I turned them down! the painting I have is so spectactular..it's the only thing I wanted from him to leave me and he "signed it for me..when he was "legally blind" and it was still perfect beautiful writing!!) ! my father, which at a very young age, Chevorelet wanted him to draw cars for them and he later became a commercial artist and photographer( could draw anything and his handwriting is amazing!! to this day..I show everyone his letters addressed to me by him!! lol) , my brother/photographer and webdesigner..and my cousins in spain also are artists whom I have yet to meet. ( have many galleries there and successful) and many other relatives all over the country!!... .my mother is also very good and so is my own daughter..who drew an entire mural inside her highschool wall and won prize for it.!!
I have wore many hats in my life, did a lot of different things ..but music and art have been top priority! I moved from California a few years ago to the mid west..and I have been a "fashion stylist" ..styling people for less money...selling all kinds of merch.... but still doing ART! ALL KINDS! , decorating someone's house, to card making..and now, ATC's..which seems to be everyone's favorite..and mine also! I I like to make wreaths, home made soaps, baskets and just started sewing with a new Singer Industrial machine I bought myself! I consider myself a MIXED MEDIA ARTIST..LOVE IT! Love to experiment with different mediums, paint, gesso, feathers, mika flakes, ironing fibers and stamping, sewing on papers/cards..canvas art ..and trying everything new! So much new to learn..and this is the place to learn and get great ideas! I love the elderly and have a big place in my heart for them!! I have taken care of all my grandparents and great aunts prior thier deaths, and found it very gratifing!! I miss them all very very very much!! When they went into a home..(some did).. I met so many other there.. I became so close to them also!! Very attached!! I started teaching arts and crafts to them and still do to this day!... Also became involved with the mental health society, and spent a lot of time in hospital with my daugter with type 1 diabetes....so began teaching arts and crafts with children also.... I can have a gang of kids with me at my house...and they ALL MIND ME!!! PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!! IT'S HILARIOUS!!! BUT THEY ARE ANGELES WITH ME!! LOL LOL LOL it's all about art!!! I'm serious!!! that is the key and the trick!!! I always was coloring since I could hold something in my hand!!! it's EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!!! KEY!!!! LOL so... now..that I have some disabilites of my own..lol lol.. I teach the mentally impaired adults....and elderly...and it's awesome!!!! ART RULES!!!!
I am excited now that I am into the internet and with others who enjoy the same passions as myself!! I am down to earth... learned a lot and live life to the fullest!! Very kind, loving and passionate about everything!!!! A great friend... life is too short for non sense!!! lol...i HAVE been around the block and NOT a fool!!.Sometimes, my "kindness" is misinterpreted for something else and I get used! I want to start a clean slate in this "artist" world with this site..and therefore, tell you I am honest and true!!
I love collecting! I have sooo much paper its not even funny! lol.. I love "vintage".. and love everything to do with it..from old "stamps" to paper, clothes..whatever!! I have been working with a lot of that also!
I also love "stamps, coins, and postcards" from all over the world!" it really makes me happy!! Looking forward to trading with others that have the same passion..and like little "presents" that mean something to them & me!"..... I'm into everything really... I make a lot of tags and bookmarks ..... baskets , flower arrangements..and tons more...., and I ALWAYS make things with LOVE...like I would like made for me.... you can tell, when someone does not "care at all" .... like even..setting my table! I believe in using EVERYTHING you have.. the GOOD STUFF... why keep it put away???? lol.. do you think you can take it with you when you are dead???? NOOOOOOO... so USE IT!! I do.. !! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A "U-HAUL BEHIND A HURSE?" NOOOOOO!!! LOL Even when my daughter was little, I had good crystal and silver etc..out always.. why not??!!! lol... I LOVE setting a great table!! it's great to see people's faces...even making the "placement" cards... etc... inside or outdoors.. whatever! LOVE IT!! Martha who?? lol People have said on here what they "don't like" or "want"... I like everything... as long, again, as it's made with love, and I appreciate other's creations!!!!! Can't wait to get to know everyone!! Please let me know if you are interested in a private swap..for something you have read...pm me..thanks!........
MUSIC?? WELL, I love it ALL really!! If you read my profile, you know I have been in the music business for many many years!! My father, played for a big group, back in his day..and it started from there! I always loved to sing myself..and did so with my little sister Jennifer..she is fabulous!! Even back in the 3rd grade, I still have cassette tapes of my friends and I singing and recording songs over and over!! I just loved it! Still do! (if it's good!) lol I have a great ear for it..and can actually hear a band and KNOW..they will be the next big thing..and I have proved it! I LOVE to dance..so I totally dig "DISCO".. seriously! lol lol !!!! and "FUNK"..how are you suppose to "dance" to this new stuff??? Jump up and down??? lol lol.. I don't think so!! Anyway... I started to work with "alternative" music when it first came about and LOVED it! still do.. I love latin music also! (I'm hispanic..Cuban)..so salsa..etc.. I like to listen to jazz, contemporary, pop, even country... dig alot of it really.. and was lucky enough to meet some of my idols and work with new artist who inspired me bigtime!.. I started to manage bands in the early 80's, and became the biggest female promoter in Hollywood, and eventually, owned my own club for live bands...It was amazing..and saw many of my bands to #1 on the charts and/or radio...can't beat that!!!!
I also LOVE and respect books! My grandfather (RIP) also, my bff and father figure..he collected all kinds of books and newspapers! He ended up with over 50,000 of them! Beautiful books.. I got into it bigtime..since that is what we always got as a present..and I do that to this day with kids... "books".. I have not had a chance to read too many lately... have read tons of "self help" lol lol.. funny ones also... auto biography books...and of course.. the most important of all.. "the bible!!!" Wish I would of "got Jesus" sooner! It took one of my best friends to die..to have me LIVE!! I'm serious! I found him in San Antonio and became "born again".. I'm NON DENOMINATION.....and it's been great ever since! I know I am NOT ALONE! .... I Love the bible now.. great stuff... will NOT throw it on anyone.. if you ask... I will be glad to respond.. otherwise... whatever! lol.. I am NOT "religious" though...just all about Jesus and the bible..simple. My art books are amazing! big and beautiful... old and new... love them!!! I love a book I can start reading..and cannot put it down! Those are my favorites!
Here is another one... I JUST started really watching current movies!! lol lol... seriously! I am on "Netflicks" and actually, have been watching movies! (do not get to go to much!) I have seen so many that I really enjoyed! from very serious... like "My left foot" to funny as hell..like "the bridemaids??? (I forget exactly now what it's title is) but sooo funny! I go back and forth, from serious... (I like real stuff) to romantic comedies.... even "precious"..comes to mind..such good acting but man!!! I just watched "the help" that was good also... so many to write! I even like military movies.. (love the military!!!) I like the series called "band of brothers"love it all...."the girl with the dragon tatoo" that was a good movie also!!!..I have seen some great others..but cannot think of name!..
Again, I watch a variety of stuff... I tape (dvr) everything..because I hate commercials!! and I like to watch them at my own pace! lol.. I currently enjoy: Hells kitchen, Master chef, 20/20, (during the day I tape:.. Dr Phil, , Fox News, and watch DVR ..for shows I missed..at night , dependes on the night..but LOVE "sons of anarcy".. America's most wanted, Crime 360, the Interrogators, All the singing competition shows and dance ones also... etc....Breaking Bad is a great show and Law and order criminal intent ..and LA COMPLEX (I love it!)Full Throttle, all the house wives lol (can't help it! better them then me! lol) Project runway , Dance moms, etc ....thank you for my dvr!!!
So many! I have to say.. Paper crafting! I AM A MIXED MEDIA ARTIST!! I LOVE making ATC;S!!!!!! "bookmarks, dividers, greeting cards and smash books! (not so much "scrapbooking" only if asked by customer! lol) I also get "journals" at the store..(plain) and personalize them for people.. they are real nice! (I love journaling!) party planning, weddings, flowers ..bouquets, etc... I am into different mediums and work with structure again on paper/board..make custom "picture frames" ..home made soaps and oil bottles..(love to the max!!) gift baskets..so much more...but I LOVE CARD making! the best!!!! can't stop and wont!! little trinkets! gift giving!!! love it!!!! !!!! and Junketes!!!!! love!!! Learning a TON on this site! It's awesome ! The BEST PART IS! Collecting , hunting, trading all kinds of "CRAP"!!!! You all know what I'm talking about! lol!! Wow! I'm totally out of my mind!! I LOVE CRAP!! ALL of it! I can't get ENOUGH CRAP!! Don't get me started on my "dumpster diving!!". my mother is my partner in crime!! lol.. excellent stories!! And.. The sales where they have "everything you can "fit" in a bag for $1!!!! HOLY CRAP!!!!! lol lol lol.. The last one..it was at the "end" of the sale.. they LOVED me and I LOVED them!! lol. they allowed me to get "boxes!" can you even imagine my JOY!!! MORE CRAP!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSss!!!!! I just got everything that was left in the entire place I think!! ol.. spending about 88$!!! Who does that??? I best be single huh??? lol lol lol..... The funny thing is.. we could NOT fit it ALL in my mom's car!! and when we did.. on the way home.. we saw something on the side of the road for the niece and newphew.. got out...and actually tried to "SHOVE IT IN ALSO!!! it was hilarious!!!! out of control.. totally out of control...but I love every minute of it and nothing goes to waste..absolutely nothing!!!! more later!!! lol lol lol (OH! It DID NOT fit! of course! I stayed with the play chest thing..while my my mom got another vehicle to come back for me and it!! How INSANE for the CRAP!!! They never got it!! But it went to a good home!! NOTHING goes to waste!!!! lol lol lol....
Art... all kinds.. there is so much PEACE in it for me! Hours and hours go by..and I am content!! I live alone..with my 2 doggies..(lilly, my lap dog maltease, and "happy" shitsu mix rescue older dog that has the best manners ever!!! UPDATE: My dog "happy"..passed away Oct 22...so sad!! It really hurts! I miss her bigtime! and my boy bird "richie" just passed March 5. it's a lot! I am looking forward to getting to know more artist..trade , and get into this 100%! I cannot believe how many years have gone by without me thinking to "look up" a site like this! I am NOT alone!!! lol lol lol.... Can't wait..Hope to create magic with you all..... love & peace... elena
stamps ...both..real ones also! from all over! Crosses (plain) !!Angels.. Inspriational quotes and poems!! ALL!! Heros..human and animals!I love "conservative" /republican campaign buttons/things from the past, buttons, etc.. ephermea , love DRAGONFLIES, ELEPHANTS, ZIGGIE.(70's character) MINITURES...& SHOES!! love sharpies! "fine" My favorite now are "PAINT Sharpies".(especially WHITE!) "(faber" caligraphy and especially "dual BRUSH tip pens"!!! smaller point the better!!!! I also love Ticket stubs from anywhere! old scrap papers and "thin" sheets for paper mache like art! (again..paper napkins!) need "quilling strips"!! LOVE to Quill!!!! Muscle Cars! yep! i loved my 71 chevelle! pens and pencils!! All Vintage! Love APRONS..collect them!!! ( the ones you wear around the WAIST)..fancy and worn worn out ograndmothers and greatgrandmother ALWAYS had one on! lol My mom got me one that says :WILL COOK FOR SHOES! " LOVE! ones that are soft! home made ones! Wear them all the time..even doing art!! Sooo cute, my collection! My As well as my collection of table cloths, runners, toppers of all sizes.. vintage match boxes..any matchboxes are welcome!!, thimbles..small perfumes..I do NOT knit or crochet..but LOVE to wear homemade items that are!!!! Leg warmers! Gloves..LONG, up arm//even fancy gloves I collect/vintage all kinds!Starting to SEW! fabrics would be cool..all kinds! LIVE FOR ANIMAL PRINT AND FEATHERS!!! FAVORITE!!!! erasers stickers RUBONS!!! (MY FAV!!)!!!!!!!! MICA , flakes, & pieces for (cuttlebug use) Dragonflies Color: Teal, Pink, Purple, deep reds..(fall colors) embellishments letters (hand written only..old ones also) postcards!! Vintage..Pin Up girls style (clothing, bags, shoes) in crafts Diva stuff/ "Queen"..Crowns, Bling! Feathers ANIMALS all! love Elephants!, kawala bears, turtles, frogs, DOGGIES!! ladybugs things from Paris France & Spain, England, Austrailia Usartquest products!! Guilding!!!! love!!!! Faber "kits" journaling, etc Old PAPER NAPKINS all patters!!! LOVE American Girl products....so cute!!! American Girl "kits" Good color ink pads ALL GLUES! TAPES/dispensers etc... SCISSORS of all kinds! AND SCISSOR SHARENERS! Small ones the best! ORGANIZING BOXES! ALL CRAFT TOOLS LOVE cool "saftey pins" LARGE colored for beads on ATC..etc... ALL EPHERMeA STICK ON JeWELS..SPARKLES ( sticky back) LIQUID INKS..for spray bottle MINITURES of ALL TYPES! I collect! (have shawdow boxes all down hallways in my house!) and little books...etc...any minitures! Perfume bottles,,OLD or minitures thimbles old or new Hankerchieifs , monogramed..vintage..or fancy...I use them too! lol seriously! why not!! socks! plain and cute prints! ankle kind (just above shoe) (because of my medical stuff..they are the most comfortable!) OR KNEE socks.. SOFT PLEASE! fuzzy..cotton...etc.... HOUSE SOCKS!! handmade or bought! all kinds!! slipper kind! love!! need lots because always in the house and need something on feet at all times!! I even like "toe socks!" lol lol..can't ever have enough!!!! Speaking of "feet" LOVE toe rings...and I love toe rings..that attach to ankle for bracelet there of a sort! sexy cute! CHUNKY JEWelry! BIG & BOLD!!! COCKTAIL RINGS.... I like to wiear on pointer finger & middle STEAL, SILVER..favorite..long chains..chucky also Pierce or Clip...like them both Bracelet..no bigger than 7' CHARMS for bracelet..ANY KIND..vintage, or new I'm like a "diva"..type..I wOULD wear Feathers, fur, leather, LOVE TIGHTS>>& Fishnets! all colors/patterned CHOCOLATE!! NUTS..all...LOVE SWEETS! Sweettarts, Flavored licorice (juice)..COOKIES! Red hots, Starburst!, NO HARD CANDY please..just "CHEWEY"! Can never have enough! COFFEE ALL...(no decaf) Hell, I love it all really...TEA? NO..not so much..
Tim Holtz Martha
What I'm Not really fancy for! lol (I notice a lot of people had this also. on their profile) I am really NOT fan of bright neon colors! do not like clowns, dolls, (unless miniture) No Stuffed animals! unless of course miniture, super cute or homade!(no room!) Never liked video games can't play don't want to! lol gorry scary movies..no! especially movies about the DEVIL/demons..they scare the crap out of me! lol or art with blood and guts lol ..no thanks! I am kinda digging "skulls" now...weird but true..depends... Obnoxious cartoons art ..like ( fat and/or skinny/ people jokes" or "farts" stupid crap like that") Oh my gosh.. I still like little kid stuff..but I feel like I'm acting my "age" lol lol!! I'm not into "practical jokes" persay..I have sorta a dry sense of humor!! lol.. like example of joke for me "why did the money fall out of the try???" answer" because he was dead!!!" lol lol lol...well, see.."I " think it's HILARIOUS..many people think I am crazy! lol lol...but it's me! "real life jokes" like.. I totally laugh when someone "trips"...or "bumps" into something!! ..(I always ask if they are ok of course! lol..but if they are ..and not bleeding... then.. I laugh!! why you ask?? BECAUSE... it happens to ME all the time!!... and I am one..who laughs at myself!!!!and that is the truth!! I don't like to be lied to either! So..if you are going to send me something in the mail...PLEASE DO!!! PLEASE!! AND LET ME KNOW YOU RECEIVED IT!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THE NERVE! AND EVEN AFTER ASKED IF REC'D!!! STILL NOTHING!! TERRIBLE!!!! HAS ALREADY HAPPENED!!!! IT truely makes me SAD!!!! And!! I like people who do things with LOVE AND DEVOTION!!....I totally can tell when people do things like this as oppose to when they "hurry up" or don't care about someone or something....I hope everyone cares! I do!!! So far...MANY awesome people I have met...some flakes...but...move up and on!!!! Too old to dwell!!! HAPPY SWAPPING!!!!!! HAPPY DAY!!!!! xxoo
I am on limited funds and house bound..the only thing I "Wish For" is craft supplies....I do not mind 2nd hand if fair condition and usuable!!
Manillia ENVELOPES ! Bubble for mailing swaps out! SMALL to large!
Original "RUBBER stamps of all kinds love MOUNTAN ED on wood! Handle kind bonus!
all shapes of "PUNCHES" wish for most is "SQUARE" free to punch "middle" of page.
Glues, all kinds..especially glue "sticks" the skinner the better..regluar white good.
Cute note cards with envies..Love Paris theme, clothes, shoes..girly....
TAPE! Scotch "clear"..packing clear rolls, Tape in canister for "rolling" onto items. (always wanted to try these!)
ATC's packs/singles..all colors, tectured
Markers, (finest) calligraphy dual tip Paint Sharpies (fine)
Paint brushes..small tip, thin
Adhesive gems..All BLING items!! RUB ONS!! ALL KINDS! (have enough "alphabet") can be from stash..partial sheets..etc...
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