Swap-bot Time: October 26, 2020 11:41 am


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: October 25, 2020
Birthday: December 7
Country: United States
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About Me

SPOILER ALERT: If you click on my links above, you will see my current and past creations. I couldn't get my Flickr links to work above, but try this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elvesintheattic/ (or you can try searching for steedjj or ElvesInTheAttic under People). Why do I have two Flickr accounts? I couldn't access one of them and created a new one in frustration. Then, somehow I was able to access the first one again, but not the second one. Then I lost access again. And so it goes...I just keep bouncing back and forth between these two accounts.

RATING & HEARTS: I love to receive your works of art! Please don't feel you need to include anything other than that (I have LOTS of stuff already) for a heart. If you can't bear to send the swap item alone, I would love a hand-written note telling me a little about yourself.

RESWAPPING: Each person has artsy preferences and if my creations don't fit in your collection please feel free to send them on their way to a new home. I won't be offended.

I'm addicted to ATCs. I love the small format and that, for the most part, I can get them finished in one sitting while The Muse whispers in my ear.

I'm married with adult kids and we have an active lifestyle: hockey (my husband), soccer (me), snowboarding/skiing and hiking for the whole family. I am a big fan of the Seattle Sounders (MLS soccer). Vacations for us are usually tent camping by a lake or heading to the beach - we are water people.

My sister told me a while ago that she and her husband were talking about couples they knew and when they came to my husband and me he said, "They're in the sandbox. They'll always be in the sandbox." That describes me (us) perfectly. I'm very in touch with my inner child. In fact, I teach preschool during the day and LOVE my job. 3-year-olds are my people.

I'm a hoarder of craft supplies (don't tell my husband I confessed to that) because I 'know' I'll be able to find a way to use them on a project. My family also thinks I'm a bit of a recycling nazi. It really pisses me off when they don't put recyclable stuff in the recycle bin and trash in the trashcan. I've been known to snatch something out of there if I think I can use it in my art.

I joke that I have crafting ADD - I'm always trying some new thing and then diving into the next new thing. I used to be a scrapbooker but haven't done much of that in a long time. In my Etsy shop I sell mostly cards and tags but I sprinkle in my new obsessions on occasion.

My favorite holiday, hands down, is Halloween. I prefer creepy Halloween over cute Halloween.

Favorite Movies

Nightmare Before Christmas

When Harry Met Sally

Monty Python movies

I know there's more...

Favorite Television

I watch some reality TV (don't judge!) - love Gordon Ramsey

The Blacklist

This Is Us (I know. Me and everybody else...)

Favorite Crafts



Rubber stamping

Mixed Media


I like quirky (think Tim Burton), but can go more traditional as well. (You too? Check out The Octopode Factory and Dilly Beans Stamps - good stuff.)

Texture, color, mixed media and recycled/repurposed creations catch my eye.

Soccer (Seattle Sounders is my team!)

Outdoors - camping, hiking, beach, mountains


Snarky, tongue-in-cheek humor

Idiom art

Fave Holiday: Halloween

Favorite colors: Can't choose. They all need their moment to shine.

Folk Art like this: https://www.etsy.com/shop/indigotwin



Overly saccharine cutesy stuff - Hello Kitty, Precious Moments...

I'm not religious so please no bible verses, etc.

ATC themes I collect...

Quirky/Bizarre Holidays



US 50 states

Quirky/Snarky/Humorous Quotes



luv2kraft rated for EASU: Punny ATC Swap on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: I've not heard this pun before. Thanks, I thought I would choke laughing.
Response: I hadn't heard it either! I liked that it was different...apparently for us both. Ha ha!
petaluda rated for A.I.: Words of Autumn on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much Beautiful work on this card
Response: Thank you so much. Happy Autumn!
Comment: What a truly amazing view this card has! 🀩 It's been soooo long since the last time I went camping and now I really wanna go. Thank you so much for the super amazing atc! πŸ₯° βœ¨πŸŒ™πŸͺβœ¨
Response: I'm so glad you like it!! Thank you for the sweet comments!
Comment: This is beautiful! You are very creative and talented! Thank you for this gorgeous art!!
Response: Wow, that is so kind of you. Thank you!
CatAroo rated for Skull Shaped ATC on Sep 20, 2020
Comment: Awesome skull! I love her! πŸ˜‚ Thank you
Response: I'm so glad. Thank you!
BusyB rated for Halloween mail <3 on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you, fun letter! Our kids (and for me my Grands) definitely make Halloween and life more fun.
Response: Definitely more fun with younger ones around. Happy Halloween!
Comment: Another JJ mastepece! Thank you!
Response: πŸ˜…πŸ€£ I thought you'd enjoy some Stampotique love. Glad you like it!
ChristineMartinez rated for USATC: Text me ATC Swap on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: What a fun card! I LOVED the dog in glasses. I did swim with sharks (Great Whites in South Africa (in a cage of course) and some smaller ones in the Galapagos where we were freely swimming with them). I am too afraid to scuba or I would have done the hammerheads in Galapagos. You should TOTALLY do it sometime. :)
Response: Ha ha! I'm so glad you like him! I have shark-swimming envy for sure. That is one I'll definitely check off the bucket list one of these days.
morgainegeiser rated for Mini Halloween Flip Book on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Love the flip book. Put it on display in my craft room. I hadn’t made one in a long time myself - but it was fun. Thanks
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I hadn't done anything like that in a long time, but once upon a time I made a lot of things like that. It was fun to get the creative juices flowing a different direction. Thanks for the rating and heart!
Lantana149 rated for MMPC: Upcycled ATC Challenge on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Loved this ATC! Mr. Newman doing a handstand!😁😁❀️
Response: πŸ˜‚ I always kind of suspected he had it in him. So glad you like it. Thank you!!
saturnsrings rated for SMSUSA: Washi Mail Art x2 on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks Julie, I got both of your envelopes and I love them! Thanks so much for the extra gelli art index cards too, they're gorgeous!
Response: Ha ha! I'm glad you like them! Thank you for the rating and heart.
Comment: Thank you very much for the sweet tree full of bows.I really like it very much.
Response: I'm so glad it got to you! Thank you for the rating and heart.
samsstuff rated for Art with Squares on Aug 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I always look forward to using up some of my many, random art supplies, too!
Response: Hooray! So glad you like it. Cheers!
beachchicken rated for USATC: House Shaped ATC Swap on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome house shaped ATC! It's so cute, I love the topiary tree!
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you like it. I was afraid it might be a little too busy.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC!
Response: You're so welcome!
geekgirl1001000 rated for ATC Challenge on Jul 10, 2020
Comment: Looks great. I like your use of texture.
Response: Thanks!
marymary914 rated for ATC Challenge on Jul 9, 2020
Comment: What a striking ATC! Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you. Happy Swapping!
RiverTopanga rated for ATC Challenge on Jul 9, 2020
Comment: Absolutely adore the ATC! Nicely collaged background and beautiful yellow flower! Thank you so much for joining this swap. I hope you enjoyed making your ATC :-)
Response: I really did - what a fun swap. Thank you!
Poeprincess rated for ATC Challenge on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: This is a super b/w ATCβ€”love the way it came together. Thank you!
Response: I appreciate you saying that. Thanks!
beachchicken rated for ATC Challenge on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC! I love all the different elements you used!
Response: Thanks so much!

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RiverTopanga on Jul 5, 2020:

Hi! I am so happy you have been able to take a Dyan Reaveley class. As you said, she is an amazing teacher... I love her little stories! She is fabulous!

tcornell on Jan 17, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome birthday card and the used postage stamps from WIYM group!

shinyserra on Sep 30, 2018:

The ATC you made is so creepy cool! I love it! Thanks for sharing that with me :)

marinda on Jul 23, 2018:

What a fabulous box of ATC! So much wonderful and diverse art in one place. What a delight! Thank you VERY much. 🀩

Dsweeny on Feb 8, 2018:

AHHH!!! I received the gorgeous ATC RAK today! What a beautiful selection of cards you sent - I'm THRILLED with them! They are all beautiful, and I love the Valentine's one you did. Thank you so much for your kindness :) Dina

RiverTopanga on Feb 4, 2018:

Hello, Julie! Welcome to the Artisan ATC group! Like you, I am always open to new ideas and techniques. I hope you will teach me some :-) Sadly, for me, I am also a craft hoarder.. although now it's turned into everything hoarder, as I see potential in almost everything! Let me know if you would like to be an officer and host some swaps. I look forward to swapping with you :-)

Fry on Dec 9, 2015:

Hello friend! I have in my hand a RAK of some pretty awesome ATC! I collect cards with postage stamps on them and all of the others will find a permanent place within my collection! Thanks a ton friend! =) Happy Holidays!

chicklebird on Sep 21, 2015:

just wanted to say your work is awesome!!!! i hope to see you back on the atc jam list in the future, i'd love to jam with you :D i had to bookmark your site so i can stay up to date with your beautiful work

Vallmo on Jul 2, 2015:

Thank you very much for the lovely mail I received from you today! So nice of you to give those ATC's away! (And in such a pretty envelope!) I am so inspired now to start making and collecting ATC's as well!

michellegarrette on Mar 4, 2015:

Hey Julie! I got the wings ATC ham back. Nice work!! Thanks so much. I just love jamming, don't you??

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