Swap-bot Time: August 14, 2018 9:43 pm


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: August 13, 2018
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 so 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



rjdolphin rated for ATC #3 MONTH of AUGUST (2018) on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: beautiful card
thevmatt rated for EASU: Modeling Paste ATC on Aug 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much! Loved it of course!
Response: Hooray! Thanks so much for the rating and heart. :)
ktk8 rated for WIYM: July recipe swap on Aug 1, 2018
Comment: Gorgeous envelope and looks like fun crock pot recipes to try..... thanks for a great swap....
Response: Thanks and I hope you like them. :)
tristitia rated for ATCO: A Touch of Gold INTL on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: I really love your bee ATC - thank you!
Response: I'm so glad. Thank you for the rating and heart!
Comment: Thanks for the store ATCs, I especially love the SALE sign you made. How creative!
Response: This has been a fun series. Glad you like them! Happy swapping. :)
mickey7 rated for Monthly ATCs: Keeping Cool on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: I absolutely love the ATC. I love me a nice glass of strawberry lemonade.
Response: I'm so glad! I've been known to have a sip or two myself...sometimes with a little extra somethin' somethin' added. ;)
Comment: Wonderful ATC. I love the colors.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thank you!
Comment: What a lovely farm stand a bookstore.
Response: Thanks!
Comment: What cute doggies and they have such adorable little houses to live in.They are both great and I know what you mean about gelli plate phase. Thanks also for the interesting bits of paper you sent me-I always love to get them-such treats-thanks for sharing!
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Thanks for rating and the heart love. :)
hibiscus rated for PD: ATC from partners profile on Jul 4, 2018
Comment: Love yupo paper... great job using the inks then creating a watery dreamy scene ... the pen technique added the right touch! great idea and very effective... I will get out my yupo and some new ideas and get to work... thanks so much
Response: Thank you so much! It was a bit of a stretch for me... outside the ol' comfort zone.
Comment: I got them yesterday and they are really cute. just love them.
Response: I'm so glad! Thanks for rating and the heart, Didi.
Comment: Great ATC and very clever too. This was a fun swap.
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the rating and heart. Happy Swapping!
JudalineZ rated for Halloween ATC - Month 6 on Jun 25, 2018
Comment: Love how you made that bird into witch! Thank you for the swap!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Happy June-o-ween! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the custom ATC and thank you for joining my swap! <3
Response: You betcha and Happy Summer!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC!
Response: You're welcome! Happy Swapping! :)
Comment: lovely house atcs thank you x
Response: I'm glad you like them. Thank you for the heart and rating. Happy Swapping!
thebragal rated for ATC Product Series: #10 Glitter!! on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Lovely! Thank you for the extra ATC! Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: I think this series is brilliant and a lot of fun. Thanks for the rating and for hosting!!
PeggyO rated for T Holtz MONTHLY ATC CHALLENGE--MAY on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: Julie, I love your ATC---I did flowers for may as well, mostly because of the "April showers bring May flowers" saying. The picket fence is a great addition to the card. I'd forgotten about crackle paints. I always liked the results when I used them, but I just got caught up with TH's new creations that I left it behind. I will be getting them out again and putting them to use. Thanks for the reminder!
Response: Thanks, Peggy. Glad I'm not the only one who couldn't resist May flowers! Every once in a while I excavate some old products in an attempt to justify my craft product hoarding tendencies (or so my husband calls it). LOL. I appreciate the rating and heart - thank you!
Poeprincess rated for WIYM: Triangle Shaped ATC on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: Loved your take on the triangle! Super job. Such an interesting concept! Thank you.
Response: Thanks so much! I really liked the challenge of a triangle. That cut own the space we had to work with quite a bit, didn't it?
Comment: Thank you for the "Mercurial Ooze" ATC--great title! Loved the colors & creativity in this one.
Response: LOL...I'm glad you like it. I wasn't sure if it was too weird or not. :) I LOVE the pen that I used to create the ooze. The ink is very mirror-like and well...mercurial. Thank you for the rating and heart. Happy Swapping!

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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. 🤩

AmookIslandCreations on Feb 25, 2018:

Thanks for your comment about the earthquake. We were not do concerned about ourselves but the people back in our village. I see you love the water and outdoor camping...have you been to Alaska yet? I mean the real Alaska, not cruises or as my husband calls them "the cattle drive." If you love to camp, you need to come up here! If you Google "Amook Island" you can see where I live. My house is on there.
Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

RiverTopanga on Feb 25, 2018:

Profile Check for ST. Patrick's Day Swap- Artisan ATCs. Welcome to the swap! If you find any pots of gold along the road to creating this one... don't forget to share with the other group members :-)

Excited you are hosting now!! Let me know if you would like to host one for the Artisan ATC group..

ladybugluvsstuff on Feb 9, 2018:

thank you so much for the love atc rak, awesome cards!

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 :-)

theevidenceisme on Apr 17, 2017:

Thank you for the RAK of ATCs! I always like seeing other people's creations.

shinyserra on Apr 14, 2017:

Thanks for the ATC RAK! These are so cute :)

judgedbyabookscover on Apr 13, 2017:

Thanks for the ATCs RAK!

Watsonc7 on Apr 11, 2017:

Thanks so much for the ATC RAK Julie, that was so sweet! I will have to do an ATC RAK myself one day :)

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