Swap-bot Time: November 22, 2017 6:55 am


Date Joined: July 8, 2010
Last Online: November 21, 2017
Birthday: September 3
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a stay at home mom and I home school my son. I was in the Navy active duty for 4 years. My first duty station was Naples, Italy for 2 years. Loved living there! I met my husband in the Navy in Charleston, SC. Loved Charleston with all the history and beautiful beaches. We still go back and visit friends as often as we can. We were both active duty and working near each other on base. We now live back in Illinois, which is where I am from, to be close to family. We have lots of wineries here and I love visiting them and trying out the local wines. I love the outdoors, and l love going hiking and bike riding.

Favorite Music

Country music

60's/70's/80's rock

Texas Swing

Big Band

Oh, and love some Rat Pack music too!

Things I want to try

Mail art


Polymer clay


Favorite Movies

My fav moives are romantic comedies, and love stories, as long as they don't make me cry too much. I like the happy ending. Life has enough sad endings. My fav old movies are:


It's a Wonderful Life

Fried Green Tomatoes

Dirty, Rotten, Scoundrels

I also love old Charlie Chann movies that I used to watch with my dad when I was younger.

Favorite Television

Parenthood- I loved this show and cried most of the way through it. Happy tears and sad. I have many parallels with this show (as many people have) and some I wish I had. It was beautiful seeing how a loving family and forgiveness work. If you have that, be thankful. I thought they did a great job showing reality of life and not just sugar coating it.

The Middle

Modern Family

House Hunters International

Dr. Who



This is Us

Big Bang Theory

The Walking Dead


The Blacklist


Life in Pieces

Better Call Saul

Last Man On Earth

Last Man Standing



Favorite Crafts

Altered Art of all kinds


Collage art

Re-purposing old boxes, tins, domino's, wood blocks

Personal items

Lotions with fresh scents such as white linen or cotton.

Candles with fresh/spicy scents such as cinnamon, hazelnut, pine.

I don't wear much make up except for blush, powder, mascara, and neutral eye shadow.

I love coffee and mugs.

Tea of any flavor!

I love all colors, but my favorites are autumn colors, burnt orange, brown, muted greens, gold. I really love so many colors from muted to bold.

I love milk and dark chocolate

My sock size is 8/9 USA

Wish List

ATC supplies

Vintage ephemera


Anything Tim Holtz


Glass beads

Collage sheets

Pretty notecards

Small notebooks for altering (like small composition notebooks)


French themed ephemera

Vintage lace

Shabby Chic

Day of the Dead

Mark Ryden

Halloween images


Vintage Halloween


I'm not into the cute stuff like Hello Kitty, Kawaii, anime (unless they are dark and gothic), Disney, children/teacher stickers.

For the Yard Sale/Thrift Store swaps, please do not send any stuffed animals.


I love to read many different kinds of books such as travel books, history, biography, and fiction of course.

I love Poe, Shakespeare, Frost, Dickinson, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Tolkien, Wilde, Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, Browning.

I really love the young adult books such as the Hunger Games series and the City of Bones series.


Comment: I so love it! Thank you so much for such a wonderful little scene. It is my first Christmas decoration out! (shhhh! Don't tell!)
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Thank you!
Comment: I love the darling math card you made! The stamp is great! And love the transparent stickers on it! You did a great job on having the math showing! Thank you for the wonderful vintage extras, love them!!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thank you for the heart rating❣❣
Comment: I love how you altered this flash card! The transparencies you used are so cool. It really gave the card a unique and clever look. I liked how you used the numbers as part of your artwork I wished I would have thought of that. I also love the β€œdiva girl,” this is just adorable. I have really missed swapping with you and seeing your beautiful art. Thank you so much for the awesome vintage ephemera, I can’t wait to use these on a special project. I wish I could give you a hundred heartsβ€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’•
Response: That makes me happy that you're pleased with the card! 😊 Thanks so much for the heart rating and your sweet comments. Hopefully we'll meet again soon at the mailbox! 😊
luv2kraft rated for VS - Halloween ATC on Nov 4, 2017
Comment: Love the ATC! Gorgeous!Thanks for all the luscious vintage papers.
Response: So glad you like it and thanks for the heart rating!
Comment: Oh my goodness it didnt save. Thank you for the fab postcard! I love all the busyness in the scene and the various ships. Very cool. Thank you so much!
Response: Your welcome! Thanks for the heart rating!!
marymary914 rated for MMPC - Handmade Envies - USA on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great envies and extra vintage papers!!
Response: Your welcome! Thanks for the heart rating!
Kimmi50 rated for AACG: Pick 4 Halloween Themed ATC on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Oh WOW Jan I love this atc!!!! You did so much on this card with all of the images and wording. The skeleton is just so adorable. I love your attention to detail and this atc is just amazing! I am so happy to have this in my collection. Thank you so much for the vintage extras, I love them all and I can’t wait to use them. It was so good to see you in a swap. πŸ’•πŸŽƒπŸ’•πŸ‘»πŸ’•β˜ οΈπŸ’•
Response: Thank you for the heart rating and kind words! Hope to see you at the mailbox again soon. :)
isabellasnow rated for Bird Ephemera ~ USA on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Jan, I'm in LOVE with all the gorgeous bird ephemera you sent my way! My absolute favorites are those beautiful vintage trading cards and playing cards and the gorgeous napkin (for which I have big plans ;+) I can't wait to use everything! Is your middle name 'Cloud?' That's beautiful!
Response: I'm glad you like it and thanks for the heart rating!! My middle nams is actually Elizabeth, but when i married i changed my i decided to use my maiden name as my middle name. My mom was not happy! Lol
thequilterslink rated for Halloween ATC on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: thanks for great ATC and extras
Response: Thank you for the heart rating! 😊
Comment: Thank you! I love the collages ATC. I too think homeschooling is one of the best decisions I have made. Time flies by so fast.
Response: Thank you for the heart rating! Happy Fall to you!!
Comment: I love this Library journal page. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for the postcard, too.
Response: Thank you! Im so glad you like it❣❣
Comment: OMG! Jan, The BTC is wonderful! I love the dimension, the fibers, the bling and the tiny Halloween pumpkin she is holding..Please! I know how much work BTC's are and I thank you for all the effort you put into this. Such a wonderful start to the collection! Also, thanks for the tag and I think it's cool that you pick your cards up at sales like that. I am so happ with the swap! Sue
Response: Thank you Sue for your sweet comments and the heart rating! I'm glad I could start your collection out on a good note!
donetta rated for MFF: Raven or Owl Tag on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Oh Jan! This is such an amazing tag...I love the owl (of course), but my absolute favorite part is the "At 12 o'clock..." book that opens to a winking cat!!! I love how your mind works! Thank you also for the sweet extras...and most of all for your note. OMG, it would be heaven on earth to meet up with you and the awesome Mandymo...the class would be great, but it's really the meeting I'd look forward to! Well. First comes my other (left) foot surgery...and then I have an abdominal surgery (ugh)...but after all that, I'll be ready to drive and meet the two of you!
Response: You're sounding like me Donetta! After I hit 40, I had a c-section, ankle surgery (on crutches 6 weeks for that one), finger surgery, a few tummy issues that had me at the hospital, and then my double knee surgery! Getting older is not for babies!! Hahaha I'm glad you like the tag and I look forward to us getting together one day. :)
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Dracula ATC on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Hi Jan! I LOVE your Dracula card! I really love the image of him coming down the stairs with his bride . . . spooky! I also love what you did with the little red beads and that beautiful black lace . . . and who could overlook those red eyes! Muwahahaha!
Response: Thanks so much! I love the old movies of Dracula the best! :)
Comment: I love the darling Halloween Bingo card you made! The black trim/lace on the bottom is beautiful! All the details are great! I have it hanging in front of my craft table! Thank you for the wonderful extras!
Response: Thank you Lori! :)
hibiscus rated for GAA- Amelia Earhart on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Very impressive technique ... even those pearls looked so vintage... great quote... I like this card very much thank you for the extras... very thoughtful!
Response: You're welcome and I'm so happy you like It! The pearls I used are vintage and came from a tattered necklace I got at an Estate sale. I love to repurpose old jewelry that's broken or missing pieces. Thanks so much for the heart rating! 😊
isabellasnow rated for GAA: Edgar Allan Poe ATC on Sep 3, 2017
Comment: Oh, Jan, your 'Edgar' is beautiful! I love how you framed and 'resined' him! How neat! I can't wait to try it ;+) The clock is the perfect accent for the apex. SO creative. Thank you so much for making something so special for me. And stay strong with your home schooling--if my children were young again, I would do that in a MINUTE.
Response: Yay, glad you like it. Poe is my very favorite to make! Thanks for your sweet comments and the heart rating. πŸ’—πŸ’—
Comment: Jan, thank you so very much for the lovely vintage flipbook...I really love it! It definitely has a great vintage flair! Love every little pocket and tuck in. These little books are so much fun to make and even better to recieve! Love it!
Response: It was fun to make. I love making them too and filling them with papers from my stash! I think I love going through all my supplies as much as making it. Thanks so much for the heart rating!
Fenriss rated for Paper Collection- U.S. Only on Aug 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a wonderfully diverse package of papers! I love the textures, and all the vintage items.
Response: So glad you like the package! Thanks for the heart rating!
Comment: Thanks for all of the goodies - some may or may not have already been used!
Response: Glad you like them! :) Thanks for the heart rating!

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CurlyTea on Sep 5, 2017:

kittyhahahotbot on Aug 21, 2017:

Well it came and went and my world just dimmed a little. lol

jinxspinx on Mar 22, 2017:

Thank you so much for the extra goodies in the two journal group swaps you sent me today. :) I absolutely loved everything! Thank you!

wolviechick121 on Jan 1, 2017:

anrtist on Dec 28, 2016:

THANK you for the fun PF RAK of a fun CHRISTMAS crafty Inspiration Kit!!! Blessings, cc

LMeowkin on Dec 27, 2016:

Thank you SO much for the Christmas Inspiration Kit RAK from the forums! This is the coolest thing ever! I cannot wait to use it to start creating. I already have a few ideas.... thank you so much!

RyeRye on Sep 3, 2016:


DecoPalace on Aug 17, 2016:

Thank you for the tag you made me with the MLU stamper you won from me.

I appreciate it!!!

wolviechick121 on Jul 4, 2016:

Happy Independence Day!!!

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

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