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starrgazer

starrgazer
Date Joined: May 23, 2010
Last Online: June 1, 2015
Birthday: July 28
Country: United States
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I enjoy creating altered art and doing mixed media projects. I like to use ephemera, stamps, interesting paper, magazine clippings, found objects and distress techniques. I love learning new techniques for altering objects, paper and creating assemblage art. I also like to use small metal bits of odds and ends that I repurpose in my art work. For some reason, I am on a major steampunk kick right now and I really love it. Recently I started a blog to document my artistic musings, feel free to stop by if you are curious. I always appreciate feedback and followers!

I also enjoy mail art, reading, antique/flea markets/garage sales, going to the library/art museums, hiking and taking care of my new home. I am an avid letterboxer and really enjoy carving stamps and making little books.

Themes I enjoy include: nature (trees, birds, butterflies, flowers, owls, mushrooms), fantasy (especially fairies and mermaids...I really, really love mermaids!), vintage, travel/postal/mail, clocks/compasses/gears, steampunk, architecture (pillars, arches, gates, fixtures such as locks, door plates and hinges) goddesses, astrology/celestial, geisha, tarot and new age/ religious/spiritual imagery from all cultures. I do not mind nudity.

Favorite color is probably green, but it changes on a regular basis. I usually gravitate towards earth/muted tones or jewel tones. Not really into primary colors or pastels.

Other things I enjoy: freshly ground coffeee, going to the farmers market, antiques/flea markets (love antique keys), making jewelry, reading, astrology, psychology/self help, tarot, nature and thrifting. Anything from Tim Holtz is fantastic as far as I am concerned.

I am not into cartoon characters and that genere of imagery. No foam embellishments, googlie eyes or "cutesy" kid orientated craft materials please. Stickers are welcome if they have a realistic quality and are on a clear back (and fit into my listed interests), but no cartoons, white borders or reward stickers. I have beaded for years and have a pretty good stash going already. I would be open to beading supplies, but my taste is expensive (gemstones/sterling silver). Please do not send anything you would not use yourself.

I love ephemera. I enjoy vintage images and papers used postage stamps and post cards, old tickets and receipts, travel ephemera, cigar bands and matchbooks. I also love natural paper and nature inspired/or foiled german scrap.

I am collecting materials to make my first altered book. The theme is mermaids. I would love any mermaid/ocean imagery, stamped images (or actual rubber stamps), ocean/mermaid themed papercraft items (quality stickers, paper, cards, magazine clippings, pages from books etc.)

I love watch parts, interesting game pieces and found objects. I am always open to embellishments (brads, game spinners, gears, clock faces, metal spare parts etc). Broken jewelry, old watches and metal junk, welcome. I don't have all that much ribbon or lace as I have only rececntly embraced these materials.

I am loving art journaling, also new to me thanks to swap-bot. I am amazed at how this site has helped me artistically. I think moleskines are the coolest and I love looking for ephemera to add daily. This is such a good artistic exercise. There is beauty and art everywhere.

I like making my envelopes special for my partners. One thing I really enjoy is when I get personalized address lables from my partners. They come in handy and having a variety is really great when creating mail art. I also enjoy handmade envelopes, stationery, letter sets, mail labels etc. I really love deco tape to use in my postal projects. Vintage unused stamps intrigue me too, I would love to trade for those.

Another rediscovered interest of late, is classic fairy tales. I have always been obsessed with Hans Christian Andersons's "The Little Mermaid," even with it's unique ending. This is the root of my mermaid infatuation, which has been with me since childhood. I also love Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapuznel to name a few. Please note, I enjoy the classic versions of these tales...no Disney please.

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Ratings

Mar1l1ze rated for OCT: Halloween Mail ART #2 on Nov 15, 2012
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Comment: Holy mother! This envie is amazing! Love all the little details and the textures - oh the textures - swoon! She loves it! Her precious ;)
AmyMarie rated for OCT: Halloween Mail ART #2 on Nov 3, 2012
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Comment: Lovely creation with paper, glitter, and fabric! I assume the inside is just cardboard to keep the shape (let me know if I need to open it).
wickedred rated for DGI collage sheets on Oct 20, 2012
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Comment: Wow woman your fast I love all 5 they are wonderful numbers and men are my favs
Response: You are very welcome! Thanks for hosting! I hope you enjoy them and make some great art.
NaughtyElf rated for DGI collage sheets on Oct 20, 2012
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Comment: Thank you so much for the many wonderful and varied sheets, these will definitely inspire and help in creating many ATC's!
Response: I am so glad you liked them. I can't wait to see what you create!
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Comment: Thank you for the envie of goodies!
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Comment: Wow! You really know how to stuff an envelope with goodies. It was so much fun to go through all of it. I will use all of it. Thanks, much.
Response: Happy to share my stuff! I hope you find something that inspires you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous notebook you sent. It arrived in perfect condition and looks really cool, Rhea!
Response: I was starting to get nervous as it took a while!!! I am so glad that you liked it, thanks for the extra special rating. :)
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Comment: This notebook is totally my style! Also love your deco tape! Thank you!
Response: Wonderful! I hope you did not have too much trouble opening it up! Cheers!
stephiedee rated for C+P File Folder Mail Art on Jan 31, 2012
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envelope & goodies!
Response: Your very welcome! I hope there is some stuff you can use in there.
AmyMarie rated for ULTIMATE ~mAiLaRt~ Journal RR on Dec 22, 2011
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Comment: I love what you did and appreciate you doing so many pages!! I enjoy all the items and the way you added an actual old letter & envelope and put in fun pockets full of items. Thanks so much!
Response: I am happy to hear it made its way safely home! I had a lot of fun working in it. Merry Christmas!
LeosMom4Life rated for TH Style Ornaments ! on Dec 6, 2011
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Comment: THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH !!! These ornaments made me cry !! They are SOOO lovely !!! I can't wait to get our tree and hang them up !! Thank's again for doing this swap with me !! You are just so great !
Response: Again, you make me smile with your compliments and rating. It is a joy to share my art with you!
LeosMom4Life rated for A Ho-Ho-Holtzian Holiday on Dec 6, 2011
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Comment: WOW Rhea !!! I loved everything in my lovely box !!! So excited that I got you as my parnter !! Thanks for hosting another great swap my friend !
Response: I am glad you liked your stuff. I hope you are inspired to use it up! Thanks so much for such an enthusiastic rating. :)
Lisapotterylady rated for Altered Art Supplies #3 on Nov 30, 2011
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Comment: Excellent ~ many thanks!
Response: Hope you can find something useful in all that "junque!" Thanks for the lovely rating. :)
bluemonkeymama rated for OCT: Halloween Mail ART on Oct 31, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for the cool mail art! I love the webbing!
Response: Your welcome! I thought this was a really fun little swap!
nermalski rated for OCT: Halloween Mail ART on Oct 28, 2011
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Comment: I got my envelope today and it's perfect. How did you do the stringy black "webbing"? I think it's really cool. Thank you for my eerie envelope.
Response: I used Krylon spray webbing. It is in a spray can and it is really cool indeed! Glad you liked your mail art!
ScrappyMee rated for Holtzian Scavenger Hunt on Sep 20, 2011
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Comment: FABULOUS!!! Thanks so much for all the goodies!
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the lovely rating. :)
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Comment: Thank you for working on my journal!
Response: It was a fun and challenging subject. I guess you can always enjoy it from my Flickr photo stream :)
iLoveMail rated for ULTIMATE ~mAiLaRt~ Journal RR on Sep 13, 2011
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Comment: Absolutely gorgeous! I opened it in front of hubs and he loved it, too! Thanks so much for a beautiful piece of artwork that I will treasure.
Response: I am so glad you liked it! I thought it turned out pretty well and I really enjoyed creating it for you.
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Comment: Thank you, Rhea! Art envelopes are so much fun to give ... and receive!

Rating Overview

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Comments

TC on Nov 6, 2013:

Hey Rhea, have you worked much with hot melt products like UTEE? I'm just starting to play with it and have had some trouble. Please send me a PM if you think you can advise me.

KristinCali on Jul 26, 2013:

I love your blog and art! Such an inspiration :)

Leashah on Apr 25, 2013:

You're so amazing! CONGRATS!!! <3 <3 <3

AsAlwaysAngela on Apr 4, 2013:

CONGRATULATIONS RHEA!!! You truly deserve it!

Mar1l1ze on Apr 4, 2013:

Congrats on becoming a Graphic 45 team finalist :)

crescendo on Dec 25, 2012:

TangleCrafts on Dec 21, 2012:

Okay, this is a bit random. I was just looking at your avatar & realised it's an owl! Obvious now, of course, but for the last few years I've been convinced it was a fish (tail down, head up). Maybe it's a colour thing... Anyway, just thought I'd share. ;) Merry Christmas!

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waldenpond2 on Apr 7, 2012:

Adored the box of curiosities on your blog! So very talented you are! Congrats on making the Alpha Stamps Team... I'm going to go look them up now. :)

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