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smallwood

smallwood
Date Joined: January 19, 2008
Last Online: April 20, 2022
Birthday: November 19
Country: United States
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I am

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, and a paper artist. I love art journaling, collage, bookmaking, zines, and letter writing. I enjoy altering books and searching thrift stores and flea markets for cool paper ephemera to use in my projects. Creating art postcards, splattering paint, and crafting with my kids are my between art time fillers. Our family homeschools, and we LOVE it!

I ooks

Books on journaling, art journaling, zines made by you, journals made by you, altered books made by you.
These days, I don't get a lot of opportunity to read simply for pleasure, but, when I do, I enjoy well-told ghost, booger, or apocalyptic tales.
Some all time favorite reads, the ones I can and do go back to again and again...

The Bible
The Stand, Stephen King
The Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Coraline, Neil Gaiman
Dr. Dolittle, Hugh Lofting

I also have enjoyed some graphic novels, such as
Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Anya's Ghost, Vera Brosgol
Revolver, Matt Kindt
Page by Paige, Laura Lee Gulledge

The close pairing of story and illustration in graphic novels appeals to me!

I rganizing

One of my main personal goals is organizing my craft room. I love to hear about other folks unique, clever, and thrifty strategies for organizing their tools and supplies. I really enjoy giving new life to furniture pieces and odds and ends that I already have or that I can acquire inexpensively at thrift stores or yard sales.

I rollecting

  • unique buttons
  • rick rack
  • art rubber stamps
  • stationery
  • note cards
  • cigar boxes
  • lace
  • trims
  • sentiment stickers
  • art postcards
  • tobacco cards
  • rhinestones
  • interesting illustrations from old books
  • ledger paper
  • graph paper

I otifs

For stickers, artwork, rubber stamps, stamped images, postage stamps, collage images....anything I can use in my paper art, the following themes or motifs I am always collecting.
* gnomes
* domestic ladies of the 1950's
* crows
* owls
* cutsey flowers * doodled/zentangled shapes
* vintage themes
* mushrooms
* suns
* anatomical drawings/illustrations
* vintage cameras
* mandalas
* snail mail theme
* birds
* nesting dolls/Matryoshka doll
* cutesy houses
* quirky sayings: I currently have a few rubber stamps that I use all the time... "Unfit for Human Consumption" "Guilt-Free Mail...No reply expected" "Psychic Dominance" "Don't try this at home" "Evidence of Art"

Inspiring Artists

Charley Harper - Love his style, colors, and how he creates his subjects using the simplest of shapes without you feeling you have lost any detail.
Beth Krommes - This woman creates magic with scratch board. If you haven't visited her website, you creative world will get a whole lot bigger when you do.
Vera Brosgol - Love her illustration and tale in Anya's Ghost.
Marissa Falco, aka Miss Sequential - Her zines are ALWAYS a delight!

Irivate Swaps

I would very much enjoy doing a private swap. I would like to swap one of my handmade items for one of yours...preferrably a different genre. Things I could make for you would be handmade cards, art postcards, zine, journal, altered book, or a collage.
I'd gladly do a swap for a fellow paper lover....some stash for stash.
Zines? What are we waiting for?! :)

Iwap Philosophy

I swap because I enjoy making special packages for someone. To brighten someone's day gives me alot of pleasure. If you do not recieve a swap from me, contact me as soon as you think there is a problem.
Also, as a courtesy to your fellow swappers, please rate your received swaps. If you don't rate me, it will leave me confused and fretting...worried that you didn't receive your special mail. :) Swapping is friendly! Swapping is fun! So, let's share the joy!

Iredits

If you enjoyed the beautiful drop caps used on my profile page, then check out Jessica Hische's Daily Drop Cap. She's beautifying the internet one capital letter at a time.

Ratings

swapbotmaria rated for WIYM: Cover my Envelope on May 28, 2022
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Comment: I so sorry for this rate rating! I loved my envelope-thank you!
lrm1980 rated for USA Handmade Postcard - Random Fun on Mar 3, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome pc! Loved reading your note, too.
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Comment: I got your notecard, and I love it! I am a Taurus so it was very fitting. The stamps were the best! You made my day :)
KatKit rated for Valentine Card with a Flat Surprise on Feb 24, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the Valentine and lots of lovely papers. I think I can use all your enclosures. I watch a lot of British Mystery shows and I have never heard of the one you mention. I will be on the lookout. Thanks for the recommendation.
lillywikla rated for Goodies Swap #5 International. on Feb 16, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for your goodies!! 😍
sschibetts rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #280 on Feb 12, 2022
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Comment: Kay, this is by far the best TGIF swap I have ever gotten. the time and effort that you put in is incredible. I so enjoyed getting to read about you and hear about how much we have in common! Like you, my plant collection is getting very large LOL. I am basic and pothos are my favorite, but I also love philos and Syngonium! I am so jealous of you and your community garden, I have always thought they are so cool and want to be part of one. The extra goodies that you included are so great - i love the succulent theme! ( i just bought a string of pearls that has been my obbsession lately). Thank you so much for everything, being your partner was an honor! I wish I could give you a million hearts!! <3
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Comment: Thank you for the note & the extras!
theshyone rated for Put flowers/floral on! on Feb 11, 2022
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Comment: I got your precious swap today. First, your envie was decorated so prettily, your pocket envelope (?) was lovely, and the goodies inside were just fabulous. Also, the illustrations of drawing flowers was such a fun and unique idea! Thank you for such a thoughtful swap <3
Candace rated for Note card Pen Pals (International) on Feb 11, 2022
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Comment: I'm glad you are making a safer for Smudge!
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Comment: Loved the letter! Thank you so much!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and you note! It was nice to hear about your trip to Amish country. I hope to go there someday! :)
NJBird rated for Cover a Postcard in Postage Stamps! on Feb 10, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard. Very cute. Love the stamps!
AnnaofTarth rated for Goodies Swap #5 International. on Feb 10, 2022
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Comment: Hello Kay, thank you so much for the package, I loved all the goodies! Hugs, Luisa
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Comment: Thank you for the card with the succulents. I love it! I looked to see if they had them at Hallmark but couldn't find them. I can't believe you had lunch with Kelly Rae Roberts. I love her art...I have about 15 pieces of it.I will enjoy the goodies I sent you as well. Thanks for a wonderful Swap! Happy send a card to a friend day!!
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Comment: I haven't read your note yet, but I'm so excited to and respond! Thanks for sending cute goodies but also a nice letter too! Also, what a cute envelope!!!
elinor rated for Cover a Postcard in Postage Stamps! on Feb 6, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for all the great stamps and the lovely card!
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Comment: I absolutely love the gnomes!
allisonhurt rated for Goodies Swap #5 International. on Feb 2, 2022
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Comment: Hi! Thank you so so much for the fun package of ephemera and especially for the letter. ❤️ Thank you for sharing the other Korean shows you’ve enjoyed, I will check them out. My sister was adopted from Korea when she was 2 and I was 7 and Korea holds a special place in my heart. 😊
Response: So glad you enjoyed the letter! Hope you enjoy the Korean film suggestions, too. :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

Lishmo on Apr 25, 2019:

My condolences for your Father's passing. ((Hugs)) I am touched by your offer of prayers for my son. You are very thoughtful, and they would be much appreciated.

CaseyErin on Feb 25, 2019:

I got your letter in the mail today. It was very sweet of you to send. Thank you! I loved reading your list.

pickleme on Apr 26, 2013:

Thanks for angeling the Homeschool Swap! You have inspired this mom, the artist and the adventurer. We had airplane and dough creations within minutes of opening. Thank You!!

indygirlfriend on Apr 25, 2013:

Missing you! Hope you are well!

kingm21 on Apr 20, 2013:

Thank you so much for the surprise envie filled with destash goodies! So much cute stuff! xx

LisaLuEulalie2 on Mar 30, 2013:

What a sweetheart you are! Thank you so much for your wonderful letter and the lovely little zine! Just seeing the envelope in my mailbox made my day.

IdlersDesign on Mar 26, 2013:

Ohhh I also received a card from Niles; he's quite a handsome guy :-P

kingm21 on Mar 24, 2013:

Ok, so I received the most amazing postcard today from Niles today. You have quite a handsome typewriter if I may say so! You seem to be having a blast with it. It's giving me the urge to hunt down my own vintage typewriter!

snailmaillover on Mar 22, 2013:

Guess who I heard from today? You'll never believe it!!! NILES! :)

anandatashie on Mar 4, 2013:

Kay, what kind of glue / adhesive do you use? :)

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