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smallwood

smallwood
Date Joined: January 19, 2008
Last Online: May 9, 2017
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?! :)

Ielp Me with My Project

I have a special inspirational project brewing for a friend of mine. I would love for YOU to help me complete it.
I have an old cigar box that I am filling with old odds and ends that one might discover in just such an old cigar box buried in the back of a forgotten trunk.
So far, I have a little note I wrote 25 years ago to a new friend. There is an old domino and a marble.
The purpose of this project is to inspire a story. My friend is an excellent writer and has already agreed to do this project, even though he has no idea what it is! :)
So, please help me fill the box with old momentos that seem heavy with a story. Think an old postcard, an old army tin man, old letter, pressed flower, hankie, old ticket stub...use your imagination!
If you send me something for this project, you are welcome to include a portion of the story...real or from your imagination...about the reason what you sent is so important.
Your help, and subsequent inspiration, is greatly appreciated!

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

Camg rated for Homemade envelopes on Mar 17, 2017
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Comment: Finally! it arrived! I really loved the envelopes you made for me, thanks you so much.
Response: So glad! Hope you can enjoy them all!!!
gmasusie rated for Happy Little Notecards #19 on Feb 19, 2017
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Comment: Hope you accomplished your goals especially getting your dad home from hospital.
Response: Thank you! I did get my dad home, and he is doing well. The other two goals have been moved to this week. ;)
ChristineOMFG rated for Happy Little Notecards #19 on Feb 17, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks Kay! ♥
Response: :)
lyzz rated for Quote ATC on Feb 15, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the ATC and the anatomical heart is totally appropriate for me to start with with i am morbidly obsessed with anatomical hearts bc my whole like i have had a heart condition until Dec 2016. So it is totally appropriate for me and i got it on valetines day too! Thank you so much!! Also love your envelope!
Response: So happy you liked your happy mail! Enjoy that healthy, happy heart! :)
MariaW rated for Envelopes Galore! on Feb 5, 2017
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Comment: Hi, What a lovely envelope I got in my mailbox filled with even more lovely envelopes! You gave me a great selection of different sizes, colors and patterns and I loved that you stamped and painted on some. I also loved the note you sent. I was just in San Francisco on Tuesday with my friends - great city and wonderful day there! Thanks again. Lots of hears!
Response: So glad you enjoyed your goodies! Glad to hear you had a great time in San Fran. Hope to visit there again soon myself. :)
Ac2052 rated for ATC: Mushroom - USA only on Jan 26, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC!! I love the stationary so much, I don't know if I could bear to actually use it and send it onto someone else!!
Response: Please use your stationary! I know how to make more. ;) Glad you liked the ATC. Was such a fun swap.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great variety of handmade envelopes..I will enjoy using them!!
Response: Enjoy!
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Comment: Thank you so much! I enjoyed reading about your family and the farm. I have lived in the big city all my life. I'm not sure if I could adapt to farm life. Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
Response: We have had city friends stay with us and ask why don't we get scared...it is so dark out here at night. :) Enjoyed writing you. You have a wonderful day, too!
Fabriqueen rated for Envelopes Galore! on Jan 25, 2017
5
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Comment: Wow! I love the envelopes you sent. I wish I could give you lots of hearts! Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
Response: So happy you liked them. Enjoy!
JessieB15 rated for Homemade envelopes on Jan 19, 2017
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Comment: WOW! I knew as soon as I saw the envelope that this was going to be a good swap. I'm SO super impressed by your talents! It was hard to choose a fav, but I think it might be the one with washi along the front. Can't wait to use these! Lots of love to those horses! :) THANK YOU!
Response: Envelopes are one of my favorite things to play with. So glad you are enjoying your goody pack! :)
stiffneck78 rated for Card Maker's Variety Envelope on Jan 19, 2017
5
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Comment: Wow! Thank you for the great selection of wonderful paper. I love all that you sent including the fun envelope. Thanks for hosting a fun swap!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap! It was fun making the selections and the envie. :)
BeverlyGray rated for Card Maker's Variety Envelope on Jan 18, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks for the great assortment!
Response: Hope you can make many wonderful things with them!
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Comment: I love the selection you sent, I can't get enough of different pretty papers. I love this swap, thanks a bunch!!
Response: So glad you have enjoyed it! Thanks for playing!
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Comment: Thank you so much for everything you sent! I love it all!
Response: So glad. Enjoy!
aligurl75 rated for All the Words on Dec 29, 2016
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Comment: I totally love the envelope you stamped for me :) It was so awesome getting it in the mail and I am really envious of your stamps :) Also, thank you so much for the handmade envies. I can always use them and I appreciate them a lot.
Response: So glad you enjoyed your envelope and envies. Hope you had fun making your envelope, too. :) Thanks for joining my swap!
JingleKeys rated for Christmas card swap on Dec 7, 2016
5
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Comment: I looooove this cute little kitten card... I love it! :D :D
Response: So glad! Enjoy your Christmas! :)
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Comment: Sorry for the late rating - thank you for sharing your faves!
Kraftylady777 rated for Ten Partner Happy Mail--US on Oct 23, 2016
5
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skinny52 rated for The Most Postage Stamps Challenge on Oct 18, 2016
5
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Comment: Great swap...I now have low denomination stamp envy!!! LOL And thanks so very much for the extras, they are perfect for me!
Response: Excellent! Glad you enjoyed the swap. :)
LMeowkin rated for Top Ten Things I Am Grateful For on Oct 11, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you so much - I love the colors in your list. Your printing is really pretty!
Response: So glad you enjoyed this list. It was a good exercise for me to make it! :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

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? :)

kingm21 on Feb 19, 2013:

Just wanted to let you know how much I loved the Envelopes Frenzy swap! Thank you so much for hosting. I had a great partner and ended up with an awesome selection of envelopes to add to my stash. I hope to see another one sometime soon!

snailmaillover on Feb 14, 2013:

Your destash items are so happy with me!! They love their new home. Haha. Thank you friend!

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