Swap-bot Time: May 29, 2017 8:29 pm


Date Joined: March 10, 2014
Last Online: May 29, 2017
Birthday: February 21, 1966
Country: United States

About Me

EXCITING NEWS!! I recently got married :) I have updated my profile information to reflect my new name. My address has not changed.

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 :)


Comment: Beautiful cards. The ocean card really spoke to me. Thanks so much!
Response: I'm so happy you like them :) I loved how the ocean card turned out, and I'm glad I could make something that spoke to you :) Thank you so much for the great rating! Happy Swapping!
Lila84 rated for TPS: Sender's Choice - April on May 7, 2017
Comment: Very nice; I loved this! How did you do the black raised designs? Heat emboss tool and a certain ink? Thanks for a fabulous art set!
Response: I'm so pleased you like the set :) The raised black is heat embossed. I use a Versamark watermark stamp pad to stamp the design and Stampendous black embossing powder. Thank you so much for the great rating and the heart :)
lcjustme rated for TPS: Inspiration Cards - March 2017 on Apr 10, 2017
Comment: Wow - thank you for the beautiful ATC's. I like them both. The contrast between the magenta and white is striking but I am most drawn to the Pistachio card with the gold geometric design and the counter side with the subtle blue print and Dina Wakley image. Thanks too for the envelope full of extras. I will be putting everything to good use on future projects!
Response: You're very welcome, and I'm so happy you like them :) The pistachio and geometric print is one of my all-time favorites!
mgallardo68 rated for P-NS: Quotes postcard on Mar 30, 2017
Comment: Your postcard is fantastic!! Thank you so much I love it!! ♥♥♥ Ps... You see? It was just a matter of a little more of time :-)
Response: You were exactly right about the time :) I'm very glad you like it! Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thanks for the very nice cards. That little boy is so cute and your prints are great.
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I am so glad you like the cards :) Happy Swapping!
Comment: Oooooh, how I like your style of artwork! Many, many thanks for the gorgeous ATCs!!! Also the envie is so great! I hope we will be partners soon! :-D <3 - Ellen
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating and the heart! I'm very happy you like the cards :) Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thank you sooooo much for this great PC! And guess what: I received it just in time on Valentines Day!!! This lovely heart PC!!! Well done! :-D <3 - Ellen
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart :) I'm so glad you like the postcard! Happy Swapping :)
Watsonc7 rated for TPS: ATC #6 on Feb 13, 2017
Comment: Oh muh guh, I LOVE every thing about this ATC! Not sure what your normal style is, but I'm so glad you tried something new! I want all the stamps, especially the math one...I mean come on, you even have matching washi lol. Love it. Thanks so much for be awesome
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart :) I'm sorry for the delay in responding to your rating :( I think I may have messaged you the info on the stamps, but in case I didn't...the insect is from Maki Stamps in the UK and the math stamp is from Indigo Blu :) Happy Swapping!
BeckyG56 rated for TPS: ATC #6 on Feb 13, 2017
Comment: What a beautiful card, with so many elements. Thank you! I liked your envie too, I need to remember to use my prints when I'm making home made envies.
Response: Thank you very much for the great rating and the heart! I'm glad you liked the ATC :) Making envies with my prints is one of my favorite things to do. Happy Swapping!
Created46 rated for AMA: Layering with stencils PC on Feb 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. Always good to swap with you.
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I'm so glad you liked the postcard :) It was a fun technique, and I've used it several times since this swap! Happy Swapping :)
roosje rated for AMA: Layering with stencils PC on Jan 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful postcard! I loved this technique as well, it helps to fight 'blank canvas' syndrome!
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating and the heart! I'm so glad you liked the postcard. Handmade postcards are one of my favorite forms of mailart :) Happy Swapping!
SLembke rated for TPS: Mail Art - November 2016 on Dec 12, 2016
Comment: Love how the fluorescent triangles contrast with the background. I think this will be finding a place in one of my handmade journals soon. Thank you.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I love using a bit of fluorescent paint on my gelli plate :) Thank you for the great rating and the heart! Have a very Merry Christmas :)
MiekeC rated for TPS: Mail Art - October 2016 on Nov 11, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful gelli printed mail art and card. I like it very much! And also thank you for the delipaper, i can always use it, i can't buy it here in the Netherlands.
Response: I'm so glad you like everything and that it arrived safely! Thank you for the great rating and the heart :)
Comment: Your beautiful inspiration cards arrived today in a postal body bag. :( But luckily they arrived in decent condition (thank you for encasing them all in plastic!!). I've always like that Earth/nature quote and the embellishments you used are perfect. The Poe card is exceptional. Excellent quote and lovely gelli prints. Love the swirls around his head. No worries about the flaw (my DH says it is just one of the invisible head daggers Poe had to deal with on a daily basis). I hadn't seen that quote before and really like it! Thanks for the extra prints too. I have to get into the studio in December and get myself a stock for next year's cards. Here's wishing you joyous and safe holidays. Looking forward to swapping with you again in the New Year. <3<3<3
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart! It is always a pleasure to send to you :) I was beginning to worry about them, but I'm glad they made it undamaged!! Your husband's insight is perfect! Poe was definitely a tormented soul. The Poe quote is one of my favorites : ) I hope your holidays are filled with lots of love and peace <3 I'm looking forward to more swaps after the first of the year!
PaulaF rated for TPS: Gelli-print envies (USA) on Oct 25, 2016
Comment: Oh wow, Peneleope...these are even more gorgeous IRL than they were on Instagram. Not only are the prints themselves beautiful, but the envies are impeccably constructed and look and feel so high quality! I'm so impressed! And then you wrote such a nice note inside a lovely handmade card AND included thoughtful extras as well (in addition to the extra envies you made)--I feel quite thoroughly spoiled. This was a special and memorable swap indeed! Thank you so much. <3
Response: I'm so pleased you liked everything! I tried to include a variety of colors, patterns, and embellishments. Making envelopes is my favorite way to use my prints :) Thank you so much for your kind words and the great rating and heart! I hope we get to swap again sometime.
Comment: Ohhhh I am so lucky when I receive cards from you! They are always exceptional. Both cards are great but I love love love the rabbit one. Very cool stamp and beautifully done on that pastel subtle background. And the flip side -- with the netting pattern -- is perfect for the quote. Great job! Glad you are still harvesting -- all done here. Not the best garden weather this year. And I am right there with you scrounging for prints. I have to carve out some time to get a stash together for next year's cards. Glad your teaching is going well though (that is really more important lol). Thanks for another great swap! <3<3<3
Response: Michele, you are too kind with your compliments! The rabbit card was my favorite as well :) I finally managed to find time to make some prints, but then used them all for envelopes, lol! I guess I'll be having another print session this weekend ;) Thank you for the great rating and heart. I look forward to swapping with you next year!
marissa477 rated for MA: September Sender's Choice pc on Oct 9, 2016
Comment: Love the postcard. Thank you
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It was fun to make, although I get frustrated when the squares don't match up perfectly, lol! Thank you for the great rating and the heart. Happy Swapping!
luluvision rated for TPS: Mail Art - September 2016 on Oct 5, 2016
Comment: Loved what you did with your gelli prints! Thank you so much!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I love monoprinting. The prints are so versatile. Thank you for the great rating and the heart :)
marissa477 rated for TPS: Mail Art - August 2016 on Sep 10, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your very cool gelli print postcard. I'm the opposite, I compulsively clean my gelli plates and stencils :)
Response: I'm so happy you liked it! In the beginning I was fastidious about cleaning, but I got lazy quickly, lol! Thank you for the great rating and the heart! Happy Swapping :)
Comment: Thanks for another great pair of inspiration cards. I love the blue and pink print on the "expert" card and the black stencil lines are striking. Both sayings are excellent. And the gold linework on the backs is a nice touch. I especially like the thin gold overlapping words. I am very happy to add these to my collection. Good luck on the start of a new school year -- may you have an enjoyable adventure! <3<3<3
Response: I'm so glad you like them! It was fun to play with my new stencils and have the results be better than I expected! The school year is going great. It is my first year teaching middle school, and I love the age group :) Thank you for the great rating and the heart! Hopefully you'll never tire of my contributions ;)

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bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

RyeRye on Sep 3, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

lou on Jul 25, 2016:

please read messages, thanks! - Lou from WIYM

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)

JaguarSnail on Aug 19, 2015:

oh wow! Sorry it took so long to get to you, I'm glad it did in the end :) Congrats on winning the WTA!

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