Swap-bot Time: May 21, 2018 5:51 am


Date Joined: September 30, 2009
Last Online: May 9, 2018
Birthday: November 10
Country: United States
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About Me

Slowly getting back into swapping....and blogging, so check that out if you get the chance. There will be some spoilers on there, so if a post is labeled "Spoiler" and swap name...just scroll past really fast..lol. I'mma Homeschooling momma of 3....Kindergarten, 4th, and 6th. I stay BUSY with extra curricular: karate, swimming, wrestling, basketball.....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

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:-)

4/4 - So, I have messed up on a couple swaps. I am resending them, and just wanted to put this note here incase there are others that I didn't do right;) I will make it right;) Not sure what is going on with me lately...scatter brained I guess...but I have always been like that!lol! Thanks!!

PLEASE let me know if you have a problem...I'm easy to work with. I will resend, and am very thankful when given the chance to.


Postage Stamp Creations -- RESENT 4/8 (messaged if received 4/30)

March Flowers -- SENT 3/26 (messaged if received 4/30))

WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope!! - SENT 4/1(coming from over seas)

Just to Say Hello Swap -SENT 4/8 (going over seas)

Right now...

I have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and will have a radical hysterectomy on Feb. 22. I will probably not sign up for any new swaps until after the surgery. I do have a 6 week recovery period where I am not suppose to do anything....basically lift 10lbs, so I am hoping that I will get to do tons of crafting during that time...I am just not sure. I know the surgery is serious...and am just unsure of how I am going to feel afterwords for a while.

Surgery DONE,no complications, now I just rest.

2/25...feeling better, might be crafting soon;)

PRAYERS APPRECIATED!!! Specifically for all the cancer to be isolated to the cervix, and not the surrounding tissue, especially the lymph nodes. THANK YOU!

3/9 -- Doctors says it did not spread to any surrounding tissue or to the lymph nodes! My recovery pretty much seems done, but I still have until April 2 to "take it easy" for where the internal stitches need to finish healing. So, everything is about back to "normal"...I am in a bit of shock...it happened so quickly...and was very stressful...now it's like I am not sure what to think. I am happy and so thankful, this was the best case scenario.

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 **www.marlowesmakings.blogspot.com **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. You can also put my blog address too if you want. Thanks!!!


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;)
Comment: Great book! Thank you! I love it.
Response: I am glad you liked it, it's always a little risky on the "risky" ones;) hahah...ok that was a little dorky;)lol
Dsweeny rated for Two Deco Books, One Partner #3 on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: Hi Vanessa!! Oh my GOSH!! Your decos are STUNNING and even your envelopes are works of art! Thank you so much, I can't wait to work in them.
Response: Thanks so much!
Comment: First off the letter smelled so good! Thank you!
Response: Your welcome;)
Dsweeny rated for Two Deco Books, One Partner #2 on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you sweety, they are great
Response: I'm happy you like them! "See" you later;)
stiffneck78 rated for Make Houses Deco on Mar 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful deco!!! I love it!!! Thank you for the mono printed papers, also! They are so cool and I can't wait to use them.
Response: Very glad you liked it all;)
Babycakesxo rated for Make Kittens Deco on Feb 28, 2018
Comment: Love everything about your swap, Decos to the envelope girl!! Good luck on the surgery and hope everything goes well hun.
Response: Thanks so much!! Surgery is done, and I'm recovering slowly, glad you liked everything!!
joppagirl rated for February Holiday Deco on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: I love the deco you made for me and I love ice cream anytime! Thanks
Response: I am so glad you liked it!!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC, AND the 2 EXTRA-wow! What a nice surprise!
Response: I am glad you liked them!! Thanks!!!
MsLee rated for Painted ATC swap on Jan 31, 2018
Comment: Vanessa, thank you so much for the re-send. The glaze over it looks very nice.Great job. Have a great weekend and happy February!
Response: Thanks so much!! You have a great weekend too!
wolfeagle rated for House Shape ATC on Jan 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the ATC and envelope. I love the chimney detail.
Response: Thanks so much!

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