Swap-bot Time: August 16, 2018 10:21 pm


Date Joined: September 30, 2009
Last Online: August 16, 2018
Birthday: November 10
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a mixed media artist in Lynchburg, VA. My instagram is vmarloweart. I'mma Homeschooling momma of 3....1st, 5th, and 7th. I stay BUSY with extra curricular: karate, swimming, wrestling, basketball, softball, baseball, football.....on and on! lol. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I have many interests, but am here for swapping. I like to send quality items and works. I mainly join ATC, mixed media, fb/deco, and greeting card type swaps. So, yea....Happy Swapping Y'all.

****Read "Right Now" section to know what is going on right now lol!!****


So, some of my hobbies are martial arts, volleyball, watching youtube crafting/arting videos. I love to look through Pinterest for ideas, and new takes on art/mixed media.

I mainly do mixed media on my ATCs. I love stamped images, stencils, different papers to gelli print on, I LOVE LOVE LOVE gelli printing....if you have not gotten one... DO - you will not regret it!!!

I homeschool the kids. So, I do a lot of researching on all the topics that go along with that;) Its hard...that's all I'm gonna say! LOL!

Things I like to get

Before I list all these "wants"...I just want to say that I am always growing and learning in my art...so one of the best things anyone can give me is more knowledge of their techniques, so if you are sending anything mixed media or handcrafted....a brief or detailed;) explanation of your steps to get what you got is just really awesome and very appreciated!!!

Things I like to receive:

1.) Stamped images: Really any, and I especially love them stamped on WHITE TISSUE PAPER. I will take as many as you can send. The tissue paper is very easy to add to any texture, and then it turns translucent except for the image lines. It's really neat, if you have not tried this, please do, it opens a whole other world. So, some image ideas: - sentiments (any, holiday, hellos, happy birthdays, any!) - Cute girls: I do like bigger images, but any mixed media ones, gorjuss, etc. - ANY mixed media stamps - different colors too. - any shapes, objects: examples are - coffee cups, trees, flowers, shoes, butterflies, houses, postage stamps, clocks, keys, anything;) - Background stamps- any big background stamps would be cool. NOTE If you do decide to send stamped images on tissue paper, don't worry so much about them tearing or being folded, etc. just fold them up flat to mail, no big deal;)

2.) used postage stamps - I collect them and would love any you might have on hand. They can be any...but of course the more unique the "better";) Some of my favorite designs are people, buildings, animals, landscapes, and planes...ok, so I just named about all the design categories...haha. I do like the postage mark on them, not the black sharpie cross over, but I will not refuse a stamp, any will do!

3.) handmade, by you...pretty much anything: Any gelli printed backgrounds, any mixed media-type backgrounds. I probably would use them for ATCs, but I would prefer the cuts larger.....like so they can fit in the envie of course, but almost the size of it...hope that made sense. They don't have to be "perfect"....honestly they will be layered on 1,000 times any ways;) I like handmade card embellishments, ATCs, flip books, etc. I love making greeting cars, so if you make them, I love to see other cards and see how they are put together....get some ideas.

4.) Plain and simple embellishments: nothing fancy or really thick - regular round brads, enamel dots, simple paper flowers, border stickers, border punches (the papers punched out by you, not the punches themselves), plane tags (big ones), journal cards, etc.

5.) die cuts: The papers (not the dies) - doilies, any Tim Holtz alteration or mixed media die cuts, flowers, fences, trees, sentiments for holiday and birthdays...ANYTHING hahaha.

6.) Decorative papers and stickers: Very plain with these too...I like grungy, shabby chic, vintage type card stocks, not really out doorsy bee design type stuff...unless its Tim Holtz grungy looking....pretty much everything looks good with his style.

Stuff I dislike...

I keep an open mind on this....I try to look at things from different angles and understand other points of views. So, unless it's purposefully offensive, I'll try to understand...find the good in it I guess.

As for crafty stuff, I usually just have to see it. I don't really prefer Holiday themed anything unless I signed up for it in a swap. I don't care for cutsy bee, doll, or other designs.

With that said, I would never rate down for getting something that I don't personally like, but is in good condition....another words, its not OBVIOUSLY thrown together cheaply.

Swapping with Me:-)

ATC/MIXED MEDIA JAMS: I am active with these so feel free to send!


EASU: Your Choice - Artist Trading Coin Swap x2 - STARTING

Card Making Challenge #53 - DONE

MMA - Mixed Media Envelopes - WORKING ON



Right now...

I'm ending summer with the kids, started back school. Still in Keto..down about 20lbs...got about 30-40 to go. Getting super busy this Fall. Trying to stay active and get the next belt ranks in Karate (brown) and Krav Mega (green).

Feb. 22 I had a radical hysterectomy to remove cervical cancer...it was isolated with no lymph invasion. I am trying to stay motivated for a healthier lifestyle...and really taking the time for myself and doing the things I love which are swapping here and doing mixed media paintings. I remind myself over and over, its okay to say no, I don't have to do everything. I post my art on Instagram, which is fun to have that community.

If your feeling generous....

So, I am thinking more time generous versus money. If you have time to make me address-like decorated labels...that'd be great.

So, it would not be address labels, but labels I would use to sign FBs...friendship books. Anyways, this is what I would like for them to say:

**Vanessa M. in the US **hero123ethyl12@yahoo.com **on instagram as vmarloweart **Swaps Art Decos, and nice fbs!

If you want to do this and don't understand, just shoot me a message. They also do NOT have to be on sticky paper...a plain printed sheet would be wonderfully appreciated!! LOL!

**indicates the start of a new line

FBs and DECOS made for me;)

If you are making a Deco or FB for me, please do not put my address on it. Mainly because there is a possibility we will move at some point. I much rather you put my email address instead. Thanks!!!


Comment: Thank you for the decos!
Response: Your welcome, thanks for rating!
Comment: Thank you for the deco! :)
Response: Thanks so much!!
JaneInSD rated for Card Making Challenge #52 on Jul 29, 2018
Comment: Hi stranger!!! It's so great to hear from you!! I'm with you, I haven't had a chance to pen pal either - things are so insane right now. Cora is doing well. She got a bath today & is currently mad at me. Lol. congrats on 4 dogs. Lots of work but lots of love!! I love the card you made. It is SO creative!! You are very talented!! It was so great hearing from you. Let's try to stay in touch as our schedule allows! :-)
Response: Sounds like a plan!! I am so glad the card went to you. I intend on doing more of the sketches as well. Talk to you later!!
Aladyjackson rated for Private Atc swap (mixed media) on Jul 29, 2018
Comment: I love what you did with this ATC! What did you use to get the effect on the butterfly?! Very cool!
Response: The butterfly was many back and forth layers of paint, metallic luster, white paint and metallic luster. The whole card was sprayed with gloss sealer/varnish...that always adds a little more depth too. Glad you liked it!!
Arhel rated for Beginner ATC Swap - 03 on Jul 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love the ATC, and I also appreciate the extra backgrounds you sent! <3
Response: Yay! I am glad you liked it.
Gobarb rated for EASU: Modeling Paste ATC on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Hi Vanessa. I received my ATC in the mail today. Thank you for taking the time to make it for me. working with mixed media is fun. 😀
Response: Yes! So much fun!!
doodlebugdezines rated for MMA: Gelli and More Envie on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: I’m in love with your Swap!! Appreciate the journey of your envie creation written down to share... and all the extras!!! 💝
Response: That one was very fun to make...I felt a little awkward addressing the back of the envelope, but when it was all "said and done", I think I could get use to it;)
veronicallama rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #7 on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the very interesting selection of swappables!
Response: Your welcome, glad you liked it!
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG: Handmade Postcard - USA on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Love your pc - came out beautiful!! Thank you!
Response: Thanks so much!! I happy you liked it;)
bjmonroe rated for CC: July Sender's Choice Postcard on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: I love this postcard! I wish I could give you more than one heart. I am going to frame it and put it on the wall next to a corner of my bedroom where I have little things that have really caught my eye. Thank you so much! Thanks also for telling me of all the steps it took to get it this inviting. Wish I lived next door to you so few could spill some paint together.
Response: Haha... that would be awesome! Thanks! So glad you liked it!!
user6937 rated for Postage Stamp Creations on May 7, 2018
Comment: The details on this tag are awesome - it's so nice, it's going on display! Thank you!!!
Response: Thanks for understanding when I didn't fully understand the swap! Glad you like it!!
lacedrawers rated for Just to Say Hello Swap on May 3, 2018
Comment: The ATC was so beautiful! Thank you for such a thoughtfully written notecard. <3
Response: Glad you liked it!!
Comment: Ugh! I received your ATC, but it was all grungy & distressed...ha, ha...just kidding!! I love the ATC you sent & the techniques you used were great. I might have to try some of them. I have never colored texture paste before. I have always colored it with ink when it was on the card already. Have a great day!
Response: Haha, I know, those dirty ATCs;-)
ameribuddy rated for Washi pen pals swap on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: Awesome and generous!
Response: Sweet! Glad you liked it!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC. I adore making the layered backgrounds too.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it!
Response: Thanks for rating!
Gigisupernena rated for CPG Rainbows ATCs - US Only on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Really like the ATC’s and sooo will enjoy using your backgrounds! 🙌🏻😊Thank you for sending🙏🏻💐
Response: Yay! I am glad you liked it, and can use the backgrounds.
stiffneck78 rated for Spring Deco on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this amazing deco!!! I love your work and I LOVE the mixed media envies you make. Outstanding! Thanks again.
Response: I am happy you loved it;)
luluvision rated for Yellow and White Mail Art on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: What a great envelope! Thank you so much! What a great card you made as well!! Look forward to using it!
Response: I am very glad you liked it!
vanneparis rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Rolo on Apr 6, 2018
Comment: Wow!! Thank you so much Vanessa for a spectacular Mixed Media Rolo. It came out so pretty and I love all the layers and techniques that you used. The handmade card and envelope are really cool too. Thanks for a very special swap. Take Care -Vanne
Response: Great! I am so glad you like it;)

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Aladyjackson on Jul 30, 2018:

It was amazing, this is REALLY mixed media art, I truly love it! And the backgrounds you made for me were scrumptious I canNOT wait to use them! I also cannot wait to do my entries in these awesome decos! Except the geisha one, I have no idea what I can do there but I’m gonna try!! Thanks again for this swap. You are so talented!

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