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jjhere

jjhere
Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: March 8, 2021
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

ATCs

Cardmaking

Rubber stamping

Mixed Media

Likes

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

Coffee

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

Dislikes

Stickers

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

Coffee

Houses

US 50 states

Quirky/Snarky/Humorous Quotes

Idioms

Ratings

Winegeek rated for AAA: Challenge #5 on Mar 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC, I love your design and your background is fabulous. Thank you as well for the postcard.
Response: Thank you so much!
Poeprincess rated for AATC's: Something that flies ATC on Feb 27, 2021
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Comment: This one gave me giggles! So cute! Like the background, too. Thank you for being my partner.
Response: Oh, good! He/She is kind of spunky. Thank you for the rating and heart. Happy swapping!
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Comment: I LOVE this ATC! I wasn't expecting anything, but I wouldn't have guessed someone would send a red portrait. Very creative! Thanks so much for making it for me. :-)
Response: It was so hard to stay away from hearts with 'February' and 'red'! I'm so glad you like her. Thank you and happy swapping.
tampatha rated for Book page Valentine on Feb 3, 2021
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Comment: Julie I loved your ATC and thanks so much for the extras!
Response: I'm so glad. Thank you!
mamajoy rated for MAS: A Colour Each Month on Feb 2, 2021
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Comment: I love it. It's been so long since I have made ATCs. My creative juices are starting to flow again. I find that my cards are more simple than I used to make. It will take some time to gear up again. Of course, I post all on Flickr. The ephemera is very usable. All in blue too. Thanks for explaining the layers. Yes, I often fall back on Tim Holtz's paper dolls. His stuff is just yummy, isn't it. Joy
Response: It is! I go through phases with ATC making. I'll join a bunch of swaps and then lose my mojo for a while and move on to something else artsy. Thank you for the rating and heart. Happy February!
ktk8 rated for MMPC: Technique Series: Paper Collage on Jan 23, 2021
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Comment: Awwww nice collaged ATC really like the Summer Strawberry idea.... I am ready for at least SPRING....... many hearts to you!
Response: Me too! As I write it's raining outside...and cold. Thank you for heart!
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Comment: Love him! Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad! He's kind of weird...not everyone's cuppa tea if you know what I mean. Ha ha! Thanks for the rating and heart.
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Comment: Thank you so much for your newsy responses to the 10 questions for this round. I really enjoyed reading about your holidays and I'm so envious that you have a sewing machine from 1950! Thanks so much for the lovely extras you sent, too.
Response: Thank you. I don't usually write that much. I was on a roll LOL! Wishing you a great 2021!
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Comment: Hi again. Thanks for the ATC. I like it very much.
Response: I'm glad. Thank you and happy swapping!
CookieMomster78 rated for MAS 1 for All - BIRD(S) on Jan 19, 2021
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Comment: OMG! I absolutely adore how you created a bird using a bird printable! It’s such a beautiful hue of green too. Thank you so much for the ATC & the inspiration!
Response: Thank you. I'm glad you like it!
chimerix rated for USATC: Rainbow ATC Series- Blue on Jan 16, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful blue dragon ATC! It is truly a work of art. Aloha!
Response: Wow, that got there fast. Thank you - so glad you like it!!
mdrogge rated for AAA: Fox on Jan 9, 2021
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Comment: Love this cute fox!
Response: Thank you. Happy swapping!
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Comment: This is a great ATC! thanks for making it for me. I have always wanted to make lilac blossom jelly but I need to find some lilacs near me. The only floral I have made is elderflower.
Response: Ohhh...that sounds good, too. I used to go backpacking with my dad in the Sierras. Reading your profile made me miss our hikes together. Thanks for the heart and rating. Happy Swapping!
BeckyG56 rated for AMA: Snowman Shaped ATC on Jan 6, 2021
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Comment: I love the shiny snowman,and the use of modeling paste. So cute! Thanks!!
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you for the rating and heart. Happy Swapping!
Poohtat rated for AAA: Blue on Dec 30, 2020
5
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Comment: Wow, what an awesome ATC. I think I might try to find a little frame for it and put it up in my craft room. Thank you
Response: What a nice compliment! Thank you!
Lolly rated for Snowman on Dec 18, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgous snowman. I 5otally love him.
Response: I'm so glad. Happy Holidays!
AmookIslandCreations rated for Tree Shaped ATC on Dec 3, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for this dimensional Christmas tree ATC and I love the note card too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks, Sherry. I hope you're doing well up there, too. Happy Holidays!
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Comment: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this postcard. I think it's just about the cutest one ever! LOL - thank you SO much, you did a great job making it. :)
Response: Wow! You made my day! What a sweet thing to say. Thank you and I'm so happy you like it. Merry Christmas!
isabellasnow rated for WIYM: Holiday Mail Art Party! on Nov 25, 2020
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Comment: Hi Julie! Wow--I just LOVE your holiday envelope! It looks like everything is hand-drawn--something I wish I could do. LOVE those sweet 3 kings and all the beautiful snowflakes. Can't wait to use the shimmering Santa envelope in my December Daily journal. This little envie put me in an instantly festive mood--many thanks!
Response: Hooray! Thanks so much. I am on the fence about a December Daily this year. We'll see... In the meantime, Merry Christmas!
morgainegeiser rated for WIYM: Handmade Christmas Card on Nov 23, 2020
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Comment: Very lovely card. Have a great holiday.
Response: Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!

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Comments

Shoreart on Feb 26, 2021:

Hi Julie, Honestly, I am a self taught artist too. Of course, I have been taking classes for over 22 years. But, just started abstract paintings. I really have spent this past year of pandemic on YouTube. There are so many demos and tutorials available there. I feel like I am back in college!! I have learned everything from the basics of composition to color theory to mixing colors to .... I suggest that you try out some of the ones on there, and see what teachers that you connect with. Then just subscribe to them and make believe that you are back in school. I'll watch a video, then go into my studio room and try out what I learned. I am definitely beginning to like what is happening.

I do have to say that if you are at all serious about this, you should subscribe to YouTube for a monthly fee. All the videos are free, but they interrupt them constantly with ads. Not much of a problem if you are watching a 3 minute music video. But these tutorials can last a few minutes or over an hour. I just couldn't stand the constant interruptions every 3 minutes. It's been so worthwhile!!. I go on with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and see what's new that day. If it is short, I may watch a few. Longer ones I save and watch them later at night. Good luck and have fun!

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:

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groundhogstamper on Dec 4, 2020:

Your box of ATCs arrived today. What fun it has been, looking at each of them. Thanks so much for this great RAK!

thisismeAXiD on Dec 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

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 :-)

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