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iamrushmore

iamrushmore
Date Joined: May 19, 2011
Last Online: February 3, 2017
Birthday: November 23, 1967
Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Karen and I'm an artist, educator, mom, wife, daughter, best friend, bookworm, cook, geek, music lover, cat owner, and all-around goofball.

My sense of humor is a little bit twisted, I love indy rock, foreign films, and contemporary fiction. I could spend all day getting my hands messy - be it with paint, dirt, or food. I've worked with children for 25 years and love what I do, but hate teacher-motifs and things that are child-like. I'm passionate about fresh, local, sustainable food, red wine, dark coffee. Family and friends are the most important things in my life and I would do anything for them. I try to avoid mass media because it makes me angry, cynical and discouraged with my fellow humans. Those I surround myself with must have kindness, decency, compassion, and a killer sense of humor.

I like:

original art, unusual found items, smooth river rocks or beach stones, decorative tape, little boxes, gum, food packaging from outside of the US, birds, abstract art and collage, street photography, hand carved rubber stamps, art supplies, corny jokes, vintage dishtowels, vintage kitchen tools, old picture books, handmade or handpainted paper, interesting vintage paper (old ledger, sheet music, book pages, recipe cards, etc) handmade books, unusual packaging. Did I mention I like gum. Really. Any kind. but I'm always in the mood to try weird bubble gum or unusual flavors or interesting packaging. I love bold graphic or geometric patterns - 50s & 60s retro, marimekko kinds of stuff.

I don't like:

Disney, Anything scented, Anything pink/frilly/lacy/floral, Sports, Religion, Corporate sponsorship, Pastel colors, Holiday themes, Lotions/soaps etc

My Art Style

I love abstract painting, wild, messy colors, mixed media collage and papercraft. My style is loose, grungy, spattered. I paint all my own papers and backgrounds. I tend to avoid things that are too "nice" or pretty or perfect. I also avoid the pre-packaged tidbits and papers and borders, etc.

That being said, I'm not that picky about what I receive in a swap. I think art is for everyone, and all styles and techniques are appreciated. I like to get pieces that people clearly put time and effort into, but I'm not picky about your style or technique or level of talent. Send me something you enjoyed making, and I will be happy to have it!

Ratings

jukejan rated for SMA: Make it like Mandy! on Feb 4, 2017
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Comment: I thought I was receiving from Mandy herself! Love the colors and of course the fish. Your message was only there for half since the stuck on bit went missing in the mail. Love it!
2012ash rated for SMA: Round Robin Zine #4 on Jul 14, 2015
5
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Comment: Love the work you did in my zine, thank you.
blueackerson rated for Nesting Envelopes on Jun 30, 2015
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MissThundercat rated for SMA: Round Robin Zine #4 on Jun 28, 2015
5
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Comment: thanks so much for your work on my Zine Karen, I love the 1/2 split of the Colosseum and the alpha stamp you used :)
SFreer rated for Nesting Envelopes on Jun 14, 2015
5
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Comment: Hey Karen, this was such a fun swap! Thanks for a great envelope! Sorry for the late rating!
SCharlebois rated for SMA: Round Robin Zine #4 on May 30, 2015
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Comment: Karen, thanks for the zine within a zine. The story made me laugh. My wife and I we'd on a road trip to see her parents when we were newly married. The muffler on her car came off as we we're driving. Ironicly we were listening to U2 , the Rattle and Hum album when it happened.
Angie rated for SMA: Round Robin Zine #4 on Apr 25, 2015
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Comment: Thank you so much for the work you did on this zine! It's really great - I'm glad to have been in this project with you.XOXO
bigmamabird rated for Nesting Envelopes on Apr 11, 2015
5
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Comment: Karen, your sturdy green envelope with the oceanic drama happening on it is so awesome, I love it! The two butterfly stamps didn't even get cancelled...Thanks so much, also for participating in my first swap.
GinaVisione rated for Nesting Envelopes on Apr 5, 2015
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Comment: Hilarious clothespin workers!
SCharlebois rated for Nesting Envelopes on Apr 3, 2015
5
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Comment: Wonderful work Karen, and thanks for the great note. :)
GinaVisione rated for SMA:Flat Will Takes a Trip on Mar 31, 2015
5
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Comment: So fun! wish I could be there on show & tell day to watch the stories unfold :D
FarStarr rated for Nesting Envelopes on Mar 23, 2015
5
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Comment: What a super awesome swap!
FarStarr rated for Face in the window collage on Mar 19, 2015
5
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Comment: Love it, love it, love it! Sounds like you've had an eventful couple of weeks. Thank you! :)
GinaVisione rated for SMA: Put a Poodle on It on Dec 10, 2014
5
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Comment: "I [heart] my Poodle" !!! :D XO, G
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Comment: Awesome card Karen! Thank you! This was a fun swap! :-)
5
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Comment: Perfect label!
SCharlebois rated for Do it like bigmamabird on Jul 31, 2014
5
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcard Karen.
2012ash rated for SMA-Round Robin Zine #3 on Jun 30, 2014
5
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Comment: I just love the work you did in my zine, thank you so much.
SFreer rated for SMA-Round Robin Zine #3 on Jun 12, 2014
5
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Comment: Gosh Karen, what fun this swap was! Thank you so much for your contribution to such a great swap! I love my zine!! :)
FarStarr rated for SMA-Round Robin Zine #3 on May 30, 2014
5
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Comment: This was such an awesome project! I love seeing everyone's little bits in my zine! I recognize your gum wrappers. Thank YOU!!!

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Comments

Angie on Oct 18, 2016:

Happy National Chocolate Cupcake Day!

blueackerson on Jul 30, 2014:

Thanks so much Karen for adding to my fishy paste and pass postcard.

bigmamabird on Jul 22, 2014:

I just love your "do it like bigmamabird" card! It is bold and sweet and colorful and huge and awesome! Many thanks....what a fun and silly swap..! Hugs C

SFreer on Apr 28, 2014:

Hi Karen sorry I was too stunned to include a note in the folder! Ha! I realized it just as I was cutting the thread from sewing up the last part.. Go figure! A real "oh sh*t" moment! ;)

wolfeagle on Apr 5, 2014:

Thank you for the Use My Stuff postcard.

Angie on Jan 31, 2014:

You're awesome!

Angie on Jan 29, 2014:

Thanks for the postcard of the saucy owl! Hee hee!

FiWebster on Sep 10, 2013:

Thanks so much, Karen, for the beautiful print in honor of the late great Lucy. Yes indeed I know about that hole in your heart: I got me a hole named Annabel Lee. We black cat mourners have to stick together... =sigh=

Fatherted on Aug 21, 2013:

Hello! Got your replie pc from c+p mailart network! Thank you! Love the popping colours!

blueackerson on Aug 20, 2013:

Hi Karen, thanks so much for the p.c. RAK. Two of my favorite colors. Love all the stamped and painted papers and of course the lizard in the chair.

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