Swap-bot Time: June 21, 2018 9:11 am


Date Joined: March 10, 2014
Last Online: June 18, 2018
Birthday: February 21, 1966
Country: United States

About Me

I am 51 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 travel by motorcycle. Last year we rode to Yellowstone.

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 :)


dobie256 rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2018 on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your wonderful postcard and message. I really like your tape stripes -- it makes for a nice bunch of printing samples! Clever idea. I hope you have a great crafty summer. If you discover a particularly cool gelli technique I hope you share it with me :) <3
dobie256 rated for TPS: Inspiration Cards - May 2018 on Jun 9, 2018
Comment: Good golly what an awesome swap package! Stellar envelope and presentation (as usual). Thanks so much for the gorgeous bioluminescent postage stamp! (and penguins!) The greeting card is STUNNING! I have to start using die cuts on my gelli prints (instead of just placing them on top of the print). The turquoise gold and white combo is spectacular. Then I get to the actual cards ... and they are amazing. Great prints and quotes and I love the cute critters you played with in this round. And the wash tape raindrops -- brilliant! I am always thrilled to see mail art from you heading my way. Don't ever worry about "same old same old". You always teach me new tricks and inspire me. Have yourself a glorious summer! <3<3<3
Comment: There you go stamping on your prints again! With absolutely perfect results. I LOVE the little girl and her quote. lol And you are right, the blue side is spectacular. I'm glad you left it unadorned. The sparkle quote is one of my favorites and I like you little vintage dancer. And thanks for the reminder to use some of my punchella -- I have a ton of that stuff. As always, I am beyond thrilled to add some of your beautiful cards to my collection! <3<3<3
Angie rated for TPS: Mail Art - April 2018 on Apr 28, 2018
Comment: Hello Penelope! Thank you so much for the really pretty card! I let out a little gasp when I saw how pretty it was as I opened the mail. I love the unconventional rainbow for sure! Thanks again!!
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating and heart! I am so pleased you liked it :) I love using up my random strips instead of throwing them away!
BeckyG56 rated for TPS: Inspiration Cards - March 2018 on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: I'm glad to have been your partner for these beautiful inspirational cards. I'm going to check out the artist on you-tube that you mentioned. The card that you made is beautiful too. Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart :) I'm very happy you liked the cards! Happy Swapping!
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2018 on Apr 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the card! The print is gorgeous! As always, a fantastic swap from you! <3
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! If it was the teal and purplish print, it was difficult to part with ha ha! I'm glad you liked it. That stencil is one of my favorites :)
Comment: Thanks for the awesome postcard, Penelope! I love the stamp with the newspaper hat boat and the girl, too. <3
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I'm glad you liked the postcard. I'm trying to use some of my neglected stamps more often!
Comment: OK I need to start making my own printed envelopes. Yours are always so bright and inspiring! (Thanks for the beautiful postage stamps too!). Your cards are exceptional. It is so fun to swap with you! I'm partial to black birds and the back of that card is really interesting. It almost looks like you outlined the white elements but it is just how the paint ridged up? Very cool. The quote print on the other card -- yellow and blue with the purple over-print -- is a wonderful color palette. And both quotes are excellent. Definitely ones to ponder. I am SO thrilled to add these cards to my collection. <3<3<3
Response: Thank you for the kind compliments, the great rating, and the heart :) Making envelopes from prints is probably my all time favorite way to use them! I have the We R Memory Keepers envelope punchboard, which makes it super easy. You are correct about the paint ridging up :) I'm glad you like the quotes -- I love searching for new ones :)
camelsamba rated for HCSI: Winter Mail Art on Jan 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty postcard! By the way, my oldest child is a nerdfighter from way back and I just finished TATWD last week :^) PS great postage stamps!
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I'm so happy you liked the postcard :) Tell your nerdfighter DFTBA! I love postage and I might be addicted, so it's always fun to share cool stamps. Also, in case you hadn't heard, Hank Green wrote a novel and it's available for presale on various platforms. The release date is September 25.
GinaVisione rated for HCSI: Winter Mail Art on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: LOVE this is person!! All the beautiful layers from start to finish! How did you do the rubber-stamps (glitter? embossing powder? how are they clear underneath?! So many things I don't know about supplies :D!!) Thanks for joining the swap and for another beautiful MailArt piece from you!!
Comment: Thank you for sending me such a fabulous swap! I love the envelope -- so bright and cheery -- and the striking greeting card print and stencil cutout -- I am so stealing that idea! -- and the cool starlight washi tape! :) But then it really gets good .... your gorgeous cards. I really appreciate your gelli prints as textured eye candy. Lots of interesting detail. Very inspirational "Just Do It" quote and lovely snowflake haiku. But my favorite thing of all is your moonlit tree artwork -- stunning color and composition. I am displaying it on an easel in my art room for the winter. Here's wishing you beautiful holidays. Hope to see you again swapping in January. <3<3<3
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating and the heart! I'm so pleased you liked everything!The stencil cutout is actually a die from Tim Holtz. He did several sets. I believe they are called mixed media dies. I was very happy with how the tree and moon card turned out, and I am glad you liked it too! Have a wonderful Christmas, and I will definitely be participating next month :)
Comment: Recieved my cards. I really like the one reminding that "Your today is not your forever" - often hard to remember when life throws you a curve. I appreciated the notecard made from your print!
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart :) I am very glad you liked everything!
Angie rated for HCSI: Halloweenie PC (USA) on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for the spooky card! It's very cool. XO
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I'm glad the card finally showed up, and I am happy you liked it :)
Comment: Beautiful work. Thank you!
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating and the heart :) I'm glad you liked the cards! They are one of my favorite things to make.
Comment: Thank you for another beautiful set of cards. The "Special" card is definitely my favorite. I love the pink and teal palette and your glitter gesso/stencil work. And I agree the print on the back stands alone. I also really like the quote by Moshe Dayan. And I got a hoot out of how you addressed the beautiful envelope. I hope the postal workers appreciated it. Always a pleasure to have you in my swap. Thanks again. <3<3<3
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I had a lot of fun with the envelope, and I had my fingers crossed it wouldn't get waylaid on the way.
Comment: Great job on the envelope. Thank you
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I'm glad you liked it :) Envelopes are one of my favorite things to create. Happy Swapping!
Comment: Guess what showed up in my mail today? A beautiful heart! I love the bright colors and the stenciling is awesome! The gold around the edges just sets everything off! Thank you for taking the time to make me something special!
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I'm so pleased you like it and that it arrived safely! I had a lot of fun creating it. It never fails that they show up as soon as I start panicking! Happy Swapping :)
midwestkiwi rated for HMPC: Put a "Cat" on it on Aug 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you. I loved the cats, and the background. And the nod to the eclipse.
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating and the heart! I'm so glad you liked the postcard! Those cats are very versatile and so fun to color! Happy Swapping!
secretterrabite rated for Intl-Hearts PC-August on Aug 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cool card, I especially love the texture paste. OMG the thermal stamp, my daughter will keep forever! She even took it to the Post Office to show the lady as we always discuss American stamps being cooler than ours :-)
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I'm so glad you liked the postcard and that the eclipse stamp was a hit! One of my favorite things about international mail is the postage stamps from other countries. Happy Swapping!
bjmonroe rated for TPS: Mail Art - August 2017 on Aug 21, 2017
Comment: The card is so pretty, I like your new die too. Where do you shop for dies? Nicely done, extras, card and the beautiful envelope. Thank you so much for making it special for me.
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I'm so pleased you liked the card. I buy dies wherever I can...I am a bit of an addict! That die is from a set of four that I found on Amazon. It is Sizzix brand and there is a second set of four with different designs too. If you want more info on the dies, send me a message :) Happy Swapping!!

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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!

bbsporty on Jun 5, 2017:

Handmade Postcard Club

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RyeRye on Sep 3, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

dobie256 on Jul 8, 2016:

Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration cards. What a lovely mailbox surprise! <3<3<3

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Moominbrooke on Jan 27, 2016:

Thank you for my C and C WTA packet! I love the envelopes, too. Did you gelli print them? I love learning new stuff on Swapbot, too. :0)

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