Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2018 10:08 am


Original Member
Last Online: September 18, 2018
Birthday: April 30
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! My name is Nickalli Braaten. I'm an artist/crafter in Tucson, AZ. I'm an original beta member, so my user name is generic. I'm married to my best friend (25 years!), we did 22+ years in the Air Force, he still works for the 55th Rescue Squadron, but as a civilian now. I’m a lifestyle blogger right now but working towards a writing career. Our son is a sophomore in high schooll, so we'll be here a few more years trying to deal with the heat!

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My loves are art journals, planners & bullet journals, hand carved rubber stamps, mail art, bookmaking, ATCs, silk ribbon embroidery, polyclay, beads, jewelry, altered art and books, most anything to do with mixed media.

Favorite Music

I'll listen to most everything except for Rap. Country and opera need to be in context (movies). My current playlist includes Enya, Meatloaf, Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, American Authors, Adele, Melissa Etheridge....

Favorite Movies

Amelie I can watch over and over, Pulp Fiction as well. Anything with John Cusack also makes me happy. Love the MCU! I love old movies (Cary Grant, Dorris Day) and most chick-flick type sappy ones. Not a fan of the new horror flicks.

Favorite Television

I'm a reality show junky - I love Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother. This is Us is a new favorite and Walking Dead I watch with my kid. Steelers Football is practically a religion in this house. Been trying out a few new shows with my hubby (Ozarks, Defenders). I miss Friends and Seinfeld.

Favorite Crafts

Mail Art!!! Carving my own rubber stamps. Working with my gelli plate. ATCs. Altered Rolos. Watercolor classes online. Making something funky to wear (jewelry, not clothes!) Working in my Happy planner and bullet journaling - love it!!

Favorite things

Bumble Bees, dragonflies & butterflies* Anything from Iceland* Happy planner supplies, stickers, etc. * Hand made art! Collages, postcards, ATCs, etc. * I like my postcards homemade & naked! :0) * Handmade junk journals * Ephemera * Bling * Anything with cool letters/writing on it * Interesting pattern papers * Art supplies! * Buttons * Beads, glass not plastic * Old book pages, especially foreign * Illustrations of any sort * Cool images for papercrafts *

things to swap ~ handmade paper crafts, Mail Art, ephemera, handmade Note Cards, handmade Envelopes, washi tape, napkins, stamped images, stuff to stick in my journal, ATCs, journal or planner stuff, recipes ~ Anything Really

Swappers who really care and it shows they weren't just trying to hit the minimum requirement needed! You are loved!

Colors ~ jewel tones. Love purple and blue. Pink and orange is starting to grow on me a bit more.

things I do not like:

I'm pretty easy going and impossible to offend, so if you've gotten something you just don't know what to do with it - send it to me. I like the funky, unusual, offensive type stuff.

Receiving something that had no thought put into it, when you can tell the person just wanted to check off another swap and did the minimum needed.

No communication! If you are going to be late - just let me know! I'm pretty easy going :0) Also, if you didn't receive something from me - contact me and let me know before rating! I've never flaked and never will!

I Pledge to Rate

Special Thanks!

To @barbieloufromKY for angeling on her swap: USAPC: List Pad Sheets #1


BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Mini Journal on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Awesome that you used your own stamps on this journal. Thanks for all the tags. The paper pad is quality paper! Thanks so much! My compassion daughter turns 21 this year. She will graduate out, and I've been her sponsor since she was 7, very emotional. I visited her on a sponsor trip in 2014.
Comment: Hi Nickalli and thank you so much for the amazing journal page! I love it! And I would never know that vintage is not your style as you captured it perfectly here. I especially love the beaded dangles at the top. Great images and composition as well. And thank you so much for the fun extra goodies you sent me! Cheers!
BusyB rated for Halloween Memorydex Card October on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Hi Nickalli, The envelope creeped me out! lol Thanks for the dex and the tiny extra ephemera! Oh my, it is like fall here and I'm happy we don't have summer temps. Fall is in the air!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful ATC....I love it! and thanks for the little extras, I can definitely use them :)
Comment: Thank you for an awesome pen pal letter!! Your vacation sounded incredible!! Iceland is very trendy and all the pics on Instagram look beautiful. I hope to visit one day!!
gillman rated for MMA: ATC Set on Sep 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful set of ATCs, love them and love the gorgeous envelope you sent them in! Thanks for swapping!
GinaVisione rated for HCSI: Partner’s Challenge Swap on Sep 13, 2018
Comment: WOW! 100 stars for the multiple copies of 3 (!) gorgeous great horned owl carvings, oh my!!! All your wonderful work and generosity is greatly appreciated - thanks so much.
Angie rated for HCSI: Year of the Dog PC September on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Hello! Thank you very much for the precious postcard. I think I've seen that carving before but I still like getting this postcard from you. I am actually having a lot of fun with that palm leaf I carved for you. I'm listening to the Jurassic Park and Lost World audio books and making ATCs with that stamp and thinking about jungles and dinosaurs. It's quite fun. Thanks again for the pc! XXO
Comment: Another great ICAD. Love your work!
geekgirl1001000 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day #13 on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: This is great! love the colors and the quote! We've been in the 90s. But we are in the path of the impending hurricane right now. At least it's cooling things off and it's going to be in the high 70s!
Comment: Thanks for the great page!!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Gelli Plate Leaf Prints on Sep 2, 2018
Comment: Hi Nickalli! You're right--there was DEFINITELY a learning curve to creating these. I had to make about 20 just to have enough to send! I thought yours turned out very nicely and I'll enjoy using them in my collage work ;+)
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Gelli Plate Leaf Prints on Aug 24, 2018
Comment: Nickalli: I got your leaf prints yesterday and they are wonderful! I never thought that some people might live in areas where they don't have a lot of trees like we do in Massachusetts, but the prints you made using grasses are just amazing! All of the prints are really great. Sometimes I feel like if I use someone else's work in a project of mine, it's cheating. But I will most definitely use your leaf prints!! Thanks for a great swap.
Comment: Omg!!! These were AMAZING!!! I haven’t made mine yet and don’t think they will be nearly a wonderful!!! Thank you so much!!! Ü
bigmamabird rated for MMA - Mixed Media Envelopes on Aug 23, 2018
Comment: These sure are fun to make and receive...thanks and enjoy the last of the summer! PS just wanted to add that I am really loving the texture you got going on these! Like now Imma have to get the cheesecloth out... :D
Dsweeny rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 9 on Aug 21, 2018
Comment: Ahh!!! You did an absolutely STUNNING job on this card! It's one of my favorite so far...every one of these cards is so special...I love how everyone is watching the video, but making it their own. Fantastic job. Thank you so much!
Comment: Hi Nickalli. I'm so sorry I'm so late on rating you for this super cute PC. It' s great! What kind of carving material do you use to be able to such detail? They are so good! Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the rating! I usually use Speedball peedy-cut blocks that I get from Blick -(tan color) it is soft, but tends to crumble. I also like the small white erasers from the $ store for quick little things. Most of the time I make one good one out of 3 tries!
Comment: Your birds came out better than my first try did! I am also a big fan of stamps ( also have way too many of them). Sounds like you had a lovely trip to Iceland you lucky gal! Thanks for a fun page!
graciepie49 rated for YTPC: Stamping/Painting Tea Bags on Aug 11, 2018
Comment: Oh Nickalli 😮😄 WOW! I love your tea bags and what an inspiration for me (I've never made these before). I especially love the whole-bag one with the trees and colorful sky background, it is so gorgeous. Thank you!
Ac2052 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 10 on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: I would have never guessed you didn’t have the same materials- it turned out beautifully! I love it! Thank you so much!

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BusyB on Aug 2, 2018:

Welcome to Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA!

BusyB on Aug 1, 2018:

Started a new group, my first ever! Hope you will join me..it's called Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA.

Angie on May 30, 2018:

Thank you for the beautiful little birthday wish! Can I still say happy belated birthday to you? Hee hee! Enjoy your 2 weeks away from the bot!

BusyB on May 8, 2018:

Hello, I uploaded another Memorydex swap on USAPC group. I hope you can join!

Angie on May 5, 2018:

Thanks for inspiring the August year of the dog swap: Use those scraps

Doraecyscraps on Jun 29, 2017:

Hi, i will be sending out your mail for ATC with a quote later today. Hope it reaches you safely! 😊

djcamp04 on Jun 10, 2017:

I have edited themed mini art page swap. Please check it out. Thanks

dearchelsie on Oct 21, 2016:

I received your handmade postcard today. Thank you very much. I am happy to add it to my collection. Great job on the hand-carved stamp. Have a blessed weekend.

Mugsie on Apr 30, 2015:

"Happy Birthday To You"!

From all of us at "WIYM" group!

LittleDonnaGirl on Sep 6, 2014:

I received your email and wanted to say you made some very valid points. I apologize that I did not investigate things further. I did not even think to look at the "uncategorized" swaps. I hope you will be a part of one of my future swaps, and I will ~ from this point on ~ be sure to look at uncategorized swaps when preparing to assign swap partners. Lesson learned. Thank you.

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