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Date Joined: March 4, 2008
Last Online: January 5, 2021

Country: United States
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I'm Katherine, a professional genealogical researcher, speaker, and educator.

My husband & I have been married for 25+ years, and have always lived in Michigan, which is lovely in the spring, summer and fall. Don't get me started on our winters. :-(

I was born to be an artist. My first creative memory is of being 3 years old and coming across a bottle of Elmer's glue and a jar of multi-colored glitter. I took them both into my bedroom, tipped the glue upside down, and watched in amazement as it pooled into a palm-sized puddle on the shag carpeting. After rubbing it deeper into the carpet, I added a healthy sprinkling of the glitter, rubbed that deeper into the carpet, and was delighted at the resulting creation! My mother, discovering the hard, dried palm-sized creation a week later, was not so delighted. ;-)

50+ years later, I still cannot get enough of glitter (especially in shades of bright pink/fuchsia), and I've developed a magnificent passion for paper along the way, as well. It doesn't matter that I have more than a few thousand different kinds of paper already - if it's a new one that I don't have yet, I must have it! :-)


I studied music in undergrad with a 4-year music scholarship focused on composing music in a classical style for piano, choirs & orchestras.

I also enjoy listening to classical music, but I'm basically contemporary-music illiterate. I have no idea who's popular these days in pop, rock, country, folk, rap, etc. I can talk about Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Vivaldi for hours, though!


I love reading contemporary fiction, especially cozy mysteries by female authors.

My favorite books so far are all of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books, and Pamela Schoenewaldt's books. Both authors' writings are so incredibly different from one another, but I loved them immensely.


Papercrafts are, by far, my favorite. For many years, I taught various paper arts classes at our local Rec & Ed. I love making greeting cards (which I've done almost exclusively for the past few years), ATCs, handmade books, and altered books.


My favorite color is glitter! Especially if it's pink/fuchsia.

I also love deep jewel-toned shades of:
- amethyst
- sapphire
- ruby
- emerald

CRAFT SUPPLIES: - 8.5x11 sheets of white or ivory cardstock for card-making
- glitter cardstock
- specialty paper (the kinds at the end of scrapbooking paper aisles, or the kinds at Paper Source or Papyrus)
- Stickles brand glitter glue

- coffee (unflavored) w/cream
- sweeter white wines - hot chocolate

- Venice, Italy
- Paris, France

HOLIDAY: Christmas, but I'm not Christian. I just love the holiday cheer, the reds & golds, the candles & lights, the Christmas tree & greens on the fireplace mantles, the carols... I love it all!


Please do not send extras of anything - I'm undertaking a massive de-stashing of my art studio.

I scare easily & dislike things that might be considered scary, dark or macabre. I'm also not a fan of cutesy or cartoon-y things. Please don't send the following: - bugs
- robots
- skulls
- skeletons
- vampires
- zombies
- witches
- doll faces
- clown faces
- Hello Kitty
- Kawaii or similar
- anything religious
- anything sci-fi or post-apocalyptic
- anything with smoking odors


silvermoonsnake rated for Bit of history PC #3 on Jan 3, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your card! It arrived during holiday <3
nevers rated for What the Heck..... PC swap #8 on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: Love the Degas card! Thank you so much!
soccer8s rated for What the Heck.... PC swap #7 on Dec 24, 2018
MyRetroSoul rated for What the Heck..... PC swap #8 on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: I LOVE this card! Thank you so much for sending it to me knowing i would be cool with it. I have a good collection going.
bluehairedmary rated for What the Heck.... PC swap #7 on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: I always loved Van Gogh! Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Oh wow, and I thought I had a lot of Christmas cards to write out still! Whew!!
Comment: Thanks for the nice card and note. We do have a lot in common! 🙂
bluehairedmary rated for Bit of history PC #3 on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: What a neat bit of history you sent me! Thanks!
Comment: Whoever thought that the dog days of summer was about it being too hot to move has never really watched dogs on a beach or in the woods during summer...wheeeeeee. Love the ATC, absolutely perfect. And you are right, we do have a great deal in common.
pattiairel rated for IS: Fall Inspired Happy Mail USA on Sep 15, 2016
Comment: thanks for a really nice swap
Comment: Great, unique take on this swap! Especially loved the Spell Card ;) Btw, your swap card that you can fill on the swap name and date is brilliant!
Comment: Katherine ~ Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL ATCs! I just LOVE them! I'm sorry you had to make two, but I am thrilled to bits with them! <3
Roxannya1 rated for Brighten My Week Notecard July #4 on Aug 2, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and turtle stamps! Love it!
tcornell rated for 30 Day Swap - Day 27 Heart on Aug 1, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much for the heart paper pieces, I also loved the handmade notecard they were enclosed in!
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend NC #15 on Jul 31, 2016
Comment: Thank you, the card you made is beautiful and your weekend sounds like an awesome success with the surprise party! Good luck making all those christmas cards, whee! Lovely extras as well, ♥!
Comment: Thank you for the mesmerizingly beautiful floral envelope -- it reminds me of shopping for flowers at Central Market in Houston, and it's going on my mood board :) -- and lovely postage stickers, Katherine! I look forward to using them in future projects. Hope you are having a good week and that our paths cross again soon!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for 30 Day Swap - Day 16 Dog/Cat on Jul 21, 2016
Comment: Hi Katherine! Thank you! I love the card and the little kitty paintings! I will use them in my planner to mark special days! Have a great day!!! xx Gabi
Comment: Thanks so much for all the lovely flower punches!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and the lovely vintage ladies! (I will put them to good use!) What a Happy mail day!!!! <3 :)

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lemooon on Nov 30, 2019:

Wishing you all the best!


RyeRye on Dec 24, 2016:



MVocke on Oct 24, 2013:

THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of the wonderful women postage stamps! Amazing -- such a great variety! Thanks so much.

elluzki on Nov 4, 2012:

Thank you so much for the papers you sent for the this or that tag! You were really generous and i can't wait to use them in my crafts! Thank you!!

ladyaries7 on Oct 29, 2012:

thanks so much for the envies from the i wish for tag. i rec'd these today. i can always use these! :)

JoyceB on Oct 29, 2012:

Thank you for all the lovely papers the mail man left me today. They are so pretty, I can't stop looking at them.

NorthernBorder on Oct 29, 2012:

Wow, lady, what a wonderful tag package for the forum's "Pick 2 tag--US only" ! Many thanks.

Malinbran on Oct 24, 2012:

Answer: Ok, if you say so... But I´m SO sorry that you didn´t get everything that I send :(

Malinbran on Oct 23, 2012:

Ohhh NOOO, I´m so sorry about the broken envelope!! :( I did put a lot of decorations inside and I even packed them in zipcases, so I can´t understand what happened with the envelope...;( I will resend to you in some days!! :)

tiffany17 on Oct 22, 2012:

Recieved the floral diecuts today for the U S tag! Thank you!!!! You are sooo Awesome!!!! They are so beautiful & the textures of the paper! I love it! Thanks So Much!! -Tiffany

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