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Original Member
Last Online: June 25, 2014
Birthday: March 28, 1955
Country: United States

About Me

I'm 55 and an avid rubber stamper, but love to play with all sorts of media. I'm really into ATC's just now but like to do all sorts of crafty things.

I'm a proud supporting member of the Red Hat Society and always willing to swap goodies with that theme, and chat with other members. As such, two of my favorite colors are red and purple.

I'm on Facebook as Michelle Van Raes Cole.

My favorite color is blue...any shade except aqua tinted; my least favorite is orange.

I'm no artist; I want that said up front...I can't draw. My images are primarily stamped ones with some CG items as well.

My preference in images is for "real"; not that I don't love fantasy creatures ie dragons and unicorns. But they need to not be cartoon or caricature images, kwim?

If you tag me or have a question or anything, please send a PM. I don't check every group every day and I don't want to miss anything :)

Humor is fantastic, nudity and language don't offend me (I have a few quite raunchy stamps).

Not into zentangle stuff, stuff where you put crowns and/or wings on things or cute stuff...nothing wrong with any of it; just not my style.

A Few of My Favorite things: * vintage stuff * chunky embellishments * mixed media things * altered items * jewelry (handmade) * handmade or "different" papers * would love a Tria marker * ATC's.

Stuff I could send: * blank address labels (or I can print them for you if you tell me what you want on them) * fibers * ATC blanks (white cardstock) * I have 1 duplicate Copic Sketch (E37) * an extra bottle of Smooch (Pumpkin, never opened) * some pale green/eggshell textured wallpaper (great for backgrounds) * some (used and unused) rubber stamps (unmounted) * some Pearl Ex I could put into small containers * dominoes * jigsaw puzzle pieces for altering * wood pieces...just ask; I may well have it!

I live in Colorado with my dear husband Dave and 3 dogs: Sam is about 85 lbs and an Old English Sheepdog cross, Booger is an 8 lb Maltese and Abby is a 5 lb Pomeranian/Chihuahua cross. Life is interesting...and good :) Animals are definitely in my list of "A Few of my Favorite Things". I love pretty much all critters and would have tons of them if I could.

Love to read almost anything except "romance" (if you've read one you've read them all, imo) hard core SF (I don't care how the warp drive works, I want to know what happened). I tend to read authors: King, Koontz, Eddings, Patterson, Michener, JD Robb are a few of my favorites.

Music is an important thing in my life; I'm particularly fond of oldie rock and roll, anything do-wop, blues, some alternative. About anything other than old c&w (the newer stuff isn't bad), rap and hip hop.

Movies are great. Depending on my mood I'll watch anything from comedy to horror to action...don't much care for animated stuff though.

TV for me is lots of cop shows: NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds, Medium and lots of stuff on ID, Animal Planet and TLC.

I'm crazy about animals, dogs in particular. My "royal" Red Hat name is Duchess of Dogs. Furkids give you less grief than skinkids, LOL.

A Few (more) of my Favorite Things: butterflies, hummingbirds, snowflakes, quirky and/or profound quotes, magic in fantasy, jokes, the smell of fresh cut grass and new sawn wood, rain, plain ole Columbian coffee black, art deco, childrens' laughter, horses, good friends.


dylannika rated for Healing journal for big girls on Mar 14, 2011
Comment: Hi Michelle, I hope you're doing ok. You said you'd send me a journal version of your entries, but I haven't received it yet.
Comment: Kind of ironic that you flake on a swap that is about celebrating having all fives. Guess you won't get to join anymore of those.
rhinoluvr rated for Children:1PC/1Partner-Quick on Feb 26, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the sweet "Bridesmaid" PC. I did like dressing up when I was a girl, and I thought all of my mom's clothes, shoes, hair accessories & makeup were SO glamorous. Take care. ;)
daarhon rated for Kissing Postcard on Feb 26, 2011
Comment: Thank you :)
ladyrn rated for Words Only Postcard Swap on Feb 25, 2011
Comment: Thanks
breemomto3 rated for Native American Postcard Swap R2 on Feb 24, 2011
Lucine rated for QUICK ATC swap #4 on Feb 22, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the ATC, the beautiful card and the 'blank' ATC'S.
Tammy rated for Atc and "Pass it on" on Feb 22, 2011
Comment: I sent the card with the saying to you. Dress it up, sign it, and either send it back to me to try again, or try to post a swap yourself.
17Papergoddess rated for GROUP-AFOMFT-Women PC Swap-#2 on Feb 22, 2011
Comment: nice commentary -- I would've been prairie dust myself in that situation, lol.
Turtle rated for Altered Text ATC Series: Black on Feb 19, 2011
Response: Thanks for the rating :)
lchase rated for ANIMAL POSTCARD SWAP USA ONLY on Feb 18, 2011
Comment: Michelle I loved the card AnD the envelope of cards! Thank you!
Response: Oh, I'm glad! Thanks for the rating and heart :)
aladyde rated for One person from Each State (region) on Feb 16, 2011
Comment: Thank you for your pretty postcard and your nice words.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart! :)
chakliuk rated for Strange or weird postcard on Feb 14, 2011
Comment: Thanks a lot for the crazy card! It's cracking me up. All the dancers have such pretty legs, I'm jealous :)
Response: LOL, glad you liked it...I thought it was a hoot! :)
lilmissthrifty rated for Profile Postcard #5 on Feb 14, 2011
Comment: Hey! Thank you a great fun envie and cards! I hadnt heard of walltype, but I will check it out!
Response: It's much slower than PC, but still fun. Glad you liked the cards, thanks for the heart :)
Pjevsen rated for QUICK ATC swap #2 on Feb 14, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome profile based ATC - I love it! Thank you also for the extra canvases - they already inspire me a lot :-)
Response: I'm glad you like :) Thanks for the rating and the heart!
gooseberry rated for Flowers in my mailbox on Feb 11, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much! What an absolutely lovely swap. You were a wonderful partner to check if the original swap had arrived and the resend was beautiful. Thank you so much for everything you included.
Response: Thanks! I hate when I don't get things, so couldn't do that to you ;) Thanks for the rating...and the heart.
KatlynAva rated for small COLOR swap! on Feb 11, 2011
mcall rated for Map Postcards on Feb 11, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the map postcard. I'm beginning to like map postcards.. this was my 1st of this kind.
Response: I'm glad you liked it, Mary...they're sort of addicting, aren't they?
Jenzeestyle rated for State map postcard on Feb 11, 2011
Comment: Michelle thank you for the amazing vintage like postcard of indiana i do not have that one yet,.
Response: Excellent! I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart :)
tanchyka rated for Not Your Country - PC Swap on Feb 11, 2011
Comment: Thanks!

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KraftsByKeri on Mar 11, 2011:

Hey Michelle....just came by to say, "HI" Smiles ~Keri

Marryth on Feb 18, 2011:

The envie of fibers and things arrived safely today - thank you so much! ♥

KraftsByKeri on Feb 14, 2011:


maryhassound on Feb 14, 2011:

Oh my god, what an amazing assortment of fibers for the SSH group tag. <3 Thanks so much!

dreamerkins on Feb 14, 2011:

Thank you so much for all my crapsaw pieces that arrived today!!!

Ruthshi on Feb 8, 2011:

Hello Michelle! My daughter just let me know that she got a Hermione PC yesterday! Well, that beat the blues for her. Thank you very much for making her happy!

ChikuNamika on Feb 7, 2011:

Many thnaks for the ATC blancs, they arrived several days before, bit I haven't the time to say it to you. But I like them!

Marryth on Feb 5, 2011:

Glad the ATC arrived safely and that you like it! :) I will let you know when my goodies arrive - I'm guessing they'll show up this coming week. I really wish Canada had Saturday deliveries; I don't want to wait 'til Monday for more mail! :P

Darida on Feb 1, 2011:

Thank you so much for sending me 5ATC tag!

ArtisticExpression on Jan 31, 2011:

Hi Michelle! I received your PC today {for the 3P's Group PC Tag} - thank you so much! I love it with the cat and the humor! Excellent choice! Have a wonderful week! :)

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