Swap-bot Time: February 22, 2019 9:03 am


Original Member
Last Online: February 22, 2019
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 and A Million Little Things are new favorites 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* cacti & succulents * irises & pansies * Anything from Iceland* Orcas & Puffins* feathers & dreamcatchers* Asian art & images * thimbles* 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


isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Gelli Plate Prints on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: Hi Nickalli! These are GREAT . . . I can't believe how well yours turned out and can't wait to use them in some of my own creations. You know, I love using my Gelli plate but, honestly, mine never turn out as nice at the ones I've received. You must have a big plate--I need to upgrade to a larger plate and buy some heavy body paint. I have a lot of the craft-type paints, too; they're just so affordable and the heavy body acrylics cost quite a bit. Thank you so much for all the great pages and I hope we swap together again soon~
Response: I’m so glad you liked them! My plate is the 8”x10” and I love it - although I often wish for a 12x12 size. I have good luck with the Liquitex Basics for a thicker paint that isn’t too pricey. Usually though, it’s Folk Arts at .50$! Swap with you soon, my friend!
January rated for YTPC: Scrap Paper Tags on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you - awesome tags! I love the colors and textures you chose!
Response: So glad you like them!! So fun to put together - thanks for the rating and heart!
Arabella rated for YTPC: Scrap Paper Tags on Feb 18, 2019
Comment: Ohmygoodness!!! These are super cute! Better than the ones in the video!! Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you! So glad you liked them - so fun digging through my scrap tub! Thanks for the heart!!
thebragal rated for YTPC: Art Journal Page: Paint #12 on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Lovely! Thank you
Response: You’re welcome! Thanks for the rating and heart!
camelsamba rated for Partner's Image Challenge on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all the camels - I like both designs! And the bookmark will come in handy as well :^)
Response: Glad you liked them! They were a fun challenge. Thanks for the rating & heart!
joybells2426 rated for OMAE: Arty Envelope (USA) on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: This was a VERY cool envelope! Thank you so much!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it - so much fun to make! I had a hard time knowing when to quit! Thanks for the rating & heart!
Comment: Thank you for the great assortment of destash goodies! :)
Response: You’re welcome - I hope you are able to use some of it!! Thanks for the rating!!
Comment: Lovely. Thank you
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Awww hey (ex) neighbor! You did such a good job with this, thank you so much! Did you hand letter the address or print a font? I’m actually impressed with either. Hahaha
Response: Glad you liked it, used a bunch of CTMH products from years ago! The address was hand lettered ;0) a faux style calligraphy. More drawing than lettering, but very fun! Thanks for the rating!!
valentina22 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day #24 on Feb 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the pretty Icad. I love the orange and yellow cheery touch to the card. I am also trying to use what I have but I am getting addicted to the shimmering spray paint by Tattered angels. The brightly decorated envie was great.
Response: So happy you liked it! I love the shimmery stuff too - I usually end up sparkling for days though! Thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: What a lovely spring feel! Thanks for a lovely journal page.
Response: Thank you! That one was definitely a fun one to do- thanks for the rating!!
MyRetroSoul rated for OMAE: New Year, New Artistamps on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: These are all so beautiful! Thank you so much!
Response: I’m glad you like them! I had fun making them but thing I may use thinner paper next time - oh well, live and learn! Thanks for the rating!!
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: New Year, New Artistamps on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: How fun are these!! Thank you for the variety. I think the bee ones might beeee my favorite but they are all fantastic! :)
Response: Thanks! So glad you like them!! After receiving mine I think thinner paper is the better way to go - oh well, live & learn!
Comment: Hi Nickalli! Always such a pleasure to receive your work. Everything you send is just lovely and I adore this collage page. I can see all the layers you used; I just love it! BTW, I'm LOVING using my little notebooks you created for me--I'm using the one made with the seed packets and it brings me such joy every time I use it. Thanks for being a wonderful partner and I know EXACTLY what you mean about swapping with the same talented folks!
Response: So happy you liked the page!! And aregetting use from the notebooks! I used to have a hard time using my swap goodies - but finally realized as long as I keep joining swaps - more will come! Now I take great pleasure in using things and remembering who sent them! Swap with ya soon my friend!
georgiafae rated for YTPC: Layered Embellishments on Jan 24, 2019
Comment: First off- I love the envelope you sent this in! Love mixed media look! And then the embellishments were wonderful-all the little details! And thanks also for the little mini-kit to make more embellishments. Thanks for swapping and sharing!
Response: So happy you enjoyed everything! Thanks for the rating and heart! Happy crafting!
Comment: Lovely page! Like how you worked the brickwork!
Response: Glad you liked it! It was a fun swap, a little challenging!
lauriew rated for YTPC: Stamp Pad Ink ATC on Jan 20, 2019
Comment: Love the ATC and the matching card. I love the blue colors.It turned out beautiful.
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating and heart!
ktk8 rated for OMAE: The Word is...Tranquil on Jan 19, 2019
Comment: Well HoWdY twin from another decade....so fun and I LOVE the TRANQUIL postcard yes foggy overcast days we have had here in N. TX..... for awhile I would rather be in Tucson.....trade places for a bit? GREAT CARD thanks so much!!!!
Response: Sure! I’ll trade - I’m landlocked here and need water!! So glad you liked the card - hope to meet you in sb land again soon!
marymary914 rated for YTPC: Patchwork ATC on Jan 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC!!
Response: So glad you liked it!
lvpoohbr2 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 22 on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: Loved this card!!! Thank you so much!! Fun info on your family too! Ü
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart - so glad you liked it!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 331 12 13
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315 373 0 0
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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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