Swap-bot Time: April 9, 2020 1:25 pm


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: April 7, 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: 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!)

The Blacklist

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

Favorite Crafts



Rubber stamping

Mixed Media

Art Journaling


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

Ocean & Sea Life



US 50 states

Quirky/Snarky/Humorous Quotes



JenZen5 rated for USATC: April Monthly Swap: RAINBOW on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: I love it. It's very beautiful and I love your technique. And I appreciate the card. I am a mom of boys so it is just perfect. Take care.
Response: Wonderful! Thank you so much.
wolfeagle rated for TPS: ATC #9 on Apr 1, 2020
Comment: Love this quirky seahorse. Thank you.
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Best Wishes...
Comment: ▂▃▅▇█▓▒░۩۞۩ Thank You ۩۞۩░▒▓█▇▅▃▂ Julie for the (¯`*•.¸♥♫ ♫ B░E░A░U░T░I░F░U░L ♫ ♥¸.•*´¯) ♥♥♥♥ handmade card and tag that required some of your undivided attention and quality time. I am deeply touched. They are gorgeous. I love them! Sending you a gazillion hearts! 💖❥💞❦💕❧💗♡💓♥️❤️❤💘ღ💝❣💘💚💟💙💜💛 εїз Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❤ ƸӜƷ εїз
Response: LOL...thank you and I'm so glad you like them!
MaryCheng rated for Napkin Collaged Mail Art on Mar 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you Julie for the ATC. Beautiful. Love how you made it. Lots of texture. Love your envelop.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thank you!
SwedishMum rated for AAA: Challenge #4 on Mar 12, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice ATC you sent me.Your interpretation was great!
Response: Thanks so much. That was a fun challenge.
isabellasnow rated for SMSUSA: Pretty Envelopes!! on Mar 8, 2020
Comment: Hi Julie! Thank you so much for the truly 'pretty' envelopes. I absolutely adore the one with the little cherub peeking out through the trellis. I'll put them to good use!
Response: I liked that one best, too. So glad you can use them!
wolfeagle rated for Monochromatic Mail Art-Red on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much. I love the envelope and the ATC.
Response: I'm glad you like them. Thank you!
bf0932 rated for SMSUSA: Tell Me About . . . #14 on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: I enjoyed reading your responses.
Response: Thanks!
Comment: I have not done this style before. It was a fun challenge. Yours is awesome! So whimsical and colorful. I love it, thank you!
Response: Hooray for you for trying a new style! I'm so glad you like the one you received. Thank you for the rating!
petaluda rated for AAA: Challenge #4 on Feb 28, 2020
Comment: What a precious ATC !! Thank you very much.I love the white notecard with golden mandalas the ATC was in 🌷 ,
Response: Thank you! That was a fun challenge.
Comment: Julie, What an incredible ATC...Loved it so much.Thanks bunches! Patt / magicinker
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you like it! Happy Swapping!
thequilterslink rated for Paper Pouch on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the paper pouches!
Response: You are so welcome. Happy swapping!
JudalineZ rated for Be My Hallowtine! on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Thank very much for spooky and lovely card !
Response: You're very welcome!
FLWAVE rated for 5 Spooky Things - Black on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Julie, thanks for the black spooky things. Will definitely find good use for them.
Response: Oh, good. I'm happy to know you can use them. I always wonder how to send things like this to somebody since people have different styles. Then again...we're all swappers so things find a good home eventually. Thanks for rating!
nancybarlow rated for Heart Shaped ATC on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Julie, I love the heart! So many layers...I think I see stencils, stamps, washi, silver paint dots, background paper...What else?? Thanks for a real treat!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Yes...all of those things. LOL. Cheers!
luv2kraft rated for EASU: Heart Shaped ATC on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Cleverly artistic. Thanks!
Response: Thank you and Happy February!
suepier rated for WIYM - Christmas Postcard Swap on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard.
Response: Wow, that took a long time to get to you. I'm glad you like it though!
orneryswife rated for TPS: Gelli print envelopes on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: Yes, it has been ages. I miss those fun swaps we used to do. Thank you for these fabulous envelopes! Not sure I want to send them!
Response: Oh, those got there quickly! So glad you like them, Tracy. :)
WoodlandBanshee rated for Mapped on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome!
mindy rated for Holiday Recycled ATC - 3rd Annual on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the sweet snow leopard ATC. I have a thing for snow leopards.
Response: I'm so glad! Happy 2020 to you.

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tcornell on Jan 17, 2020:

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

thisismeAXiD on Dec 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

wolfeagle on Oct 7, 2019:

Thank you for sending this Collaboration pc back to me. I'll get it back in circulation, as I have already worked on it, and then back to its owner. I appreciate you sending it to me.

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!

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