Swap-bot Time: August 9, 2020 4:27 pm


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: August 9, 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



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 ATC—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!
Poeprincess rated for MAS: Put a Hole in It on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Love the way you “holed” it, Julie, and I like the color green, too! Thank you for another super swap.
Response: 😀Thank you! I started out with a completely different idea, but then ended up there. Funny how that works...
Comment: Thanks for your letter. RE: Costa Rica -- we've been. Considered moving there and went down on a trip to check it out. Wasn't for us for longterm, but was a nice vaca.
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Super creative ATC! Love the thread & acetate & the dragonfly came out great. Thank you for a challenging & well-executed Swap.
Response: I am such a paper person that I kept putting this off. It was tricky but what a great challenge. I'm so glad you like it. Hope to swap again soon!
Comment: I am so sorry I didn't rate this sooner! I thought I had rated it already! I love that you made the ATC actually open and that it's a llama inside. I keep my cards in a 3-ring binder and decided to cut the space between 2 pockets so I could keep the card open. Thank you for your card!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I have a thing for interactive cards - I just think they're fun. Happy swapping!
Arabella rated for AAA: Postage Stamp on Jun 2, 2020
Comment: Great atc, Julie! Love your "wanderer"! Good quote! Thank you!
Response: Thank you - I'm so glad you like it!
ktk8 rated for MMPC - Sailboat ATC on Jun 1, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful and FUN ATC thank you so much and the gelli printing that you did on it and the envelope and note card.... I just love Gelli printing.....a GREAT SWAP.....many hearts to YOU......
Response: Hooray! I'm so glad you like it!
marymary914 rated for Master Board Mail Art on May 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC and beautiful envie.
Response: You're very welcome!
chimerix rated for USATC: Custom ATC Challenge! on May 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely ATC! You did such a wonderful job on it. Thank you also for the Halloween embellishments! Aloha
Response: I'm so glad it arrived! Thank you and enjoy!
Eulegirl rated for 5 Spooky Things - Orange on Apr 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely orange things. I especially like the ribbon!
Response: You're welcome!
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.

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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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