Swap-bot Time: January 23, 2019 3:46 am


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: January 22, 2019
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 almost-grown 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 because I play and get paid for it.

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


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 typically 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



Gatzcat rated for WIYM - Book Page ATC on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sending! I love your take on the book page ATC! You did a great job.
pat5036 rated for ATCO: Valentine's Day on Jan 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the very cute Valentine ATC and your nice note. I loved your envelope too. How did you do that background without getting spray on the butterfly?
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I would love to share how I did it, but I don't remember which envelope I sent. LOL!
michelemb12 rated for ATC Product Series: #15 Ink Mist on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: I love this card. The polka dotted boots are so adorable. You have inspired me to splash my friends. Thanks for the fun!
Response: LOL...you can tell them I encouraged you!!
michelemb12 rated for HOLIDAY RECYCLED ATC on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: I love this ATC and I don't mind being "stuck" with you. I will never ever mind getting you. Did you add the beads to the bottom? Is that where you used the gel medium? Great idea!
Response: Ha ha! Glad you didn't mind getting me again. Along the bottom I used glass bead gel medium. Love that stuff but it's torture to wait for it to dry so I don't use it that often.
Kimmi50 rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Swap on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much Julie I love the atc you created. You did a wonderful job!!!! I really like how you used the TH paper dolls on this atc and I am so proud to have this in my collection.💖
Response: What a sweet thing to say! I'm so glad you like it. It feels like it's been a while since I've done Tim Holtz vintagey style art so it was fun to jump into that again. Happy New Year!
evanselli rated for AAA - Fun Holidays November on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the great ATC! It’s always awesome when you are inspired to make something and it turns out being the best thing for a swap. I love it!
Response: Hooray! So glad it finally made it's way to you. :)
sunshinesuperman rated for EASU: ATC with a Pocket on Dec 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this amazing card which I adore! Love the little Frankie but just think the way you constructed the card is so awesome! I just keep looking it over and thinking I need to up my game. Truest a one of a kind pieces of unique goodness! Hugs, Mona
Response: Wow! Thank YOU! I'm glad you like the little dude. I loved putting him together. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thanks for the fantastic ATC!
Response: Yay! You betcha! Thank YOU!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Halloween theme Bookmark on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: thank you for the gorgeous bookmark - I never get tired of swapping with you! thanks for all the great projects and goodies! Have a happy Halloween!
Response: LOL...well that's good because you keep getting stuff from me. :D Thank you for the 5 and heart. Happy Halloween!
Gobarb rated for EASU: Color Theory - Autumn on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Hi Julie. I just received the ATC that you made for me. I really like what you did. I am working on loosening up my style and do more mixed media. I find that doing the Tim Holtz swaps really helps me. Thanks for doing such a nice job!
Response: Thank you so much, Barb! I know what you mean. I find that I start getting into a creative rut. I loved participating in the Tim Holtz monthly tags challenges "back in the day" - ha ha. It was a great way to get the creative juices going and pull out some of the artsy supplies that were collecting dust.
colodad rated for EASU: Bookpage Heart ATC Swap on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: What a great ATC. Thanks for the profile custom creation. What did you use to color it? Your work is very impressive.
Response: Wow, thank you! I mostly used Distress inks and stains. Happy October to you!
scrappermama rated for WIYM: ATC with a Napkin on it on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Love it!!! I love looking at spider webs! Amazing!!! Thank you so much!! Happy fall!!
Response: Thank you and happy fall!
Minivandreams rated for WIYM. September recipe swap on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Both of these recipes look amazing! Can't wait to try them. Thank you!
Response: Yay! I hope you like them. Happy Autumn!
thebragal rated for ATC Alphabet Series: Ee on Sep 30, 2018
Comment: Sorry for the late rate. I don’t recall getting this but I KNOW you sent it and if it had arrived I’d have loved it. It either didn’t arrive or I lost it. I’m pretty sure it didn’t arrive but since I’m not sure, I won’t make you resend after all this time (I took the summer off) so you get a rating anyway.
Response: Oh no! It was a weird one. For some reason I was challenged by the letter E - ha ha. It was a 10-Eyed Eggplant on an Ecru background. https://www.flickr.com/photos/elvesintheattic/40776775370/in/dateposted-public/
thebragal rated for ATC Product Series #11: Pastes on Sep 30, 2018
Comment: Lovely! (Of course!) Thank you for joining my swaps and always sending such lovely work!
Response: So sweet of you to say. Thank you!!
Kskollections rated for AAA - Fun Holidays September on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: Love it!
Response: So Glad - thanks!!
evanselli rated for WIYM: The Napkin Exchange on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks I much for the cute napkins, I’ll use mine for the same, my junk journal Atc’s and covering cute little boxes:)
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Napkins are awesome to work with, aren't they? Thanks for rating and the heart!
allieo rated for Mason Jar ATC International on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC! I really enjoyed all the techniques you used.
Response: Thanks so much. Happy Swapping!
Comment: Love the recipes you sent, can't wait to try them. Hope your summer is going great.
Response: I hope you like them! :)
Lilianders rated for Mason Jar ATC International on Aug 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Love the way you used old book paper and the string on the top of the jar! Cute!
Response: Oh, thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

Rating Overview

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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??

fiennesgirl on Jan 22, 2014:

Cool! I can't wait to get your ATC's! We seem to have a lot in common based on your profile! My kids will freak if you send me a Nightmare Before Christmas ATC! That's one of their favorites...I'll be happy with whatever kind you'd like to send though so don't feel pressured to do the Nightmare one...lol.

TC on Oct 9, 2013:

Congrats on the blog feature! Your ATCs are amazing!

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