Swap-bot Time: June 25, 2019 5:30 pm


Date Joined: March 10, 2014
Last Online: June 22, 2019
Birthday: February 21, 1966
Country: United States

About Me

I am 53 years young, mother of four adult children, an English/Language Arts teacher, and an artist.

I live in the soggy but beautiful Pacific Northwest and enjoy gardening, cooking, baking, running, crocheting, reading, writing poetry, and creating art. I have participated in some art and ATC swaps through Instagram and Facebook. I am also a member of Postcrossing (an international postcard swapping website).

In the summer, my husband and I love to travel by motorcycle and go glamping :)

Favorite Music

I like everything except country. Currently, I am listening to groups such as Young the Giant, Imagine Dragons, Aloe Blacc, Amos Lee, Weaver at the Loom, The Neighbourhood, and Josiah Leming. I also like disco and dance music, especially when I am running.

Favorite Books

I am a voracious reader. Being an English/Language Arts teacher, I mostly read Young Adult Literature (YAL). I am on Goodreads ( user name: Penney Samuel). I also read poetry, and have had the privilege of meeting Lucille Cliffton.

Favorite Movies

I enjoy movies, but I don't watch them often. I couldn't tell you the last movie I watched, much less my favorite movie :)

Favorite Television

We don't have cable, but we do have Netflix. My favorite TV show is Dr. Who, followed closely by Futurama. When we had cable, I liked Jeopardy and The Big Bang Theory.

Favorite Crafts

I love crafts of all kinds. I enjoy making cards, using my gelli plate, making ATCs, postcards, art cards, zentangle, doodling, drawing, art journaling, and anything else that has to do with paper, paint, pens, crayons, pencils, etc.

random stuff

I love writing poetry and fiction and have had my poetry published in two literary journals. During my undergraduate studies, I was the poetry editor of my university's literary and arts journal. Throughout my college career, I tutored writing, grammar, math, natural science, and spanish.

Wish List

Sometimes swaps are surprises based on a person's profile, so I thought I should provide a list of items I'd love to receive should I join that type of swap :) My favorite color is purple, so you can't go wrong when using that as a guideline!

I love songbirds and trees, so cards, stationary, postcards, sticky notes, etc with a bird or tree theme will be cherished.

I drink mostly tea. My preferred tea is Numi (breakfast blend and chocolate pur-reh). I love to try new teas, but I don't like having to buy an entire box of tea to try a new brand or flavor.

I love anything literature or book themed.

I love quotes on cards, magnets, bookmarks

I like vintage paper ephemera -- anything from a page out of a children's book to an advertisement from a magazine. Blank ledger pages, old library check out cards, old card catalog cards.

I love when friends share their favorite recipes - please know that I am a vegetarian, so meatless recipes are greatly appreciated.

I love rubber stamps -- new or used.

I love old postage stamps and stickers

Lavender is my favorite natural scent.

Art Supplies:

Molotow pens, Pan Pastels,
NeoColor II water-soluble crayons,
Golden Fluid paints, Micron Pens, Staedtler Pens,
Yupo paper,
Zentangle books/tiles, rubber stamps,
washi tape,

Last but not least, I am perfectly fine with used or regifted items as long as they are in excellent condition :)


Comment: YAY for Lupine! Are you a Harry Potter fan — Remus Lupin! :D. Cheers to you for plenty of naps, reading, and art making!!!
marymary914 rated for TPS: ATC #7 on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC! I also love the envie and card!
Comment: love the colors
Comment: Love the skyline great idea!
AmookIslandCreations rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful zine! You did an amazing job on your first one! I am inspired by many of the things you are! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
kittyhahahotbot rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Your zine is sooooooooo pretty! So happy to have it in my collection!
Heynowokay rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: What an excellent first attempt at a zine! I’ve been making them for a while, and I still can’t get my folds as crisp as yours. Definitely inspiring!
Poeprincess rated for Monochromatic Yellow Postcard on Jun 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this very bright & uplifting PC! Even your stamp was yellow—great touch! I enjoyed being your partner & hope we get to do it again in the future.
Comment: Penelope, I love your PC! I actually used to make/sell bath and spa products and used Kaolin clay in several items!
Comment: Loved the assortment of stamps!! Thank you!
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2019 on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: I love the card, and the envelope! And printing on deli paper is so much fun! Thank you for yet another AWESOME swap! :)
Comment: OH I love HORSES too...... and this is a GREAT card...... I think that by the Burden they meant that they were the WORK HORSE and burdened down by humans.... Thanks for a great postcard.....
Comment: Hi Penelope! I LOVE all the ATCs! All of them are so cool! I love your hand carved stamps and the direction you took all three ATCs in. The way you used the tea bags as base for Gelli printing and also stamping is too cool! I love how the printing looks on those. Gonna have to add that to my repertoire for sure! Oh, and the postage stamps you used on the envie are awesome! Thanks so much for another excellent swap! <3 <3 <3
Angie rated for MA: Dog Street Art Postcard on Jun 1, 2019
Comment: Wow! I LOVE your card! Thank you so much for a) being so talented, b) making this card and c) sending it to me. I really like it!! Thanks!!
Angie rated for CC: Monochrome 10 on Jun 1, 2019
Comment: First of all, I love the postcard. You selected super cool pieces and put them together well. Second of all, isn't it funny how swapbot decides to always pair two people? I mean, lucky for me that you've sent to me - what, 3 or 4 times in the last few weeks. Gina and I often send to each other too even though there are plenty of others in the swaps. Anyway, thank you. I love it and i love the green note. :-)
dobie256 rated for TPS: Presto! on May 31, 2019
Comment: Thanks for another great swap. You achieved excellent detail. I had trouble doing that with these plates. And I love the print you pulled on the dictionary page. I hope you have a wonderful summer! <3<3<3
Angie rated for CC: Monochrome blue handmade postcard on May 24, 2019
Comment: Hi Penelope! Thank you for the fabulous blue postcard. I LOVE sharks and yes, the shark stayed intact on its journey through the US mail. LOL. I like the blue swirl things. Is that a rubber stamp or a stencil? That's cool. Thanks again.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it :) The small blue swirls are a rubber stamp. There are five circles on the stamp -- it is either RubberMoon or Viva Las Vegas...Thank you for the great rating and the heart :)
LahDeeDah rated for TPS: Presto! on May 24, 2019
Comment: I'm very glad you participated in this swap! I agree that it was harder than it appeared. I love your final design. Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart :) I'm glad I joined the swap, too! It is good to challenge myself and try new techniques. I'm glad you like the print I sent :)
camelsamba rated for TPS: Presto! on May 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun prints. I, too, found it challenging to use these plates - i couldn't get good ink transfer. But it was fun! I like your design. and PS thanks for using lovely postage :^)
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you for the great rating and the heart :) I'm glad you liked the prints and the postage! I really liked how the year of the boar stamp popped against the color of the envelope.
Comment: Oh I love this card...... love love love Switzerland.....got to spend days there once! many many hearts.....thanks!!!
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart :) I am so happy you liked the postcard! I've never been to Switzerland, but it is definitely on my list of places I'd love to visit.

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OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


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CurlyTea on Feb 21, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

dobie256 on Jan 13, 2019:

Happy New Year to you too! I miss swapping here too but life is too busy right now. I hope 2019 is wonderful for you! Will try to keep in touch. 😊

dobie256 on Apr 13, 2018:

Thanks for the beautiful gelli print card surprise! Wax resist! DUH! Why haven't I tried this yet? (I LOVE all resist techniques). I'm glad to see you so actively swapping -- your artwork is always beautiful and inspirational. I am working on getting my gardens in shape so that I can spend the horrible hot Ohio summer in my cool basement art studio! :) Will be sure to play with some wax! Thanks for the lovely letter and cool bee postage stamp. May you have a glorious springtime! <3<3<3

CurlyTea on Feb 26, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

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