Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2019 3:43 pm


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Last Online: June 26, 2019
Birthday: April 30
Country: United States
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About Me

Update for June: heading to CA to help my folks out around the homestead. Everything will be sent out, but rating will be delayed until I make it back home and go through my awesome stack of mail!

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 will be a junior in high school, 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. 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 BoHo* 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!

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Comment: What gorgeous tags,,, I can’t stop looking at them! I love your style! Thank you for the quote...I’ll hang it on my quote board! Best of luck downsizing...something I’m also working on!
Comment: That is beautiful. I do hope for these swaps you are making duplicates for yourself for a journal. I started doing that.
Tessssssa rated for YTPC: Book Page Pouches on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for these pouches!
Response: So welcome - thanks for the heart and rating!
Comment: Great journal page. Love your take on the theme!
Response: Happy you liked it! Thanks for the rating and heart!
tristitia rated for YTPC: Vintage Vibes Tag Book on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: Hi Nikalli! I'm so sorry for the late rating, I absolutely love your tag book, it's so colorful and fun (and sturdy!). Thank you so much :)
Response: No problem- just happy you rec’d it and liked it! Thanks for the rating and the heart!!
Comment: Loved them so much. You did a great job. I think this was a fun swap!. Thank you so much!!
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart- loved this swap! Slowly getting better at working small!
Comment: Nickalli - your clock face tags are brilliant! I love the different sentiments you used for each as well as your trims, buttons and papers. This was a really fun project and these will be perfect in the junk journal I plan (hopefully soon!) to start. Cheers!
Response: So glad you like them and can use them! Definitely a fun swap! Thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: So beautiful! thank you for the great artwork, I am looking forward to adding al these items to a journal.
Response: Happy you liked them! Thanks for the rating and heart! Keep cool!!
Comment: Hi Nickalli! Well . . . you've done it again; it's gorgeous! I absolutely love the detailing on the figure and the song you chose? Perfect! I just got home from San Francisco and saw my granddaughter's recital where she sang that song! Your page brought me to tears remembering. I adore the fact that your figure is full-figured and still 'beautiful.' What a lovely sentiment; I'll treasure it! p.s. I also thought your collaged envelope was amazing!
Response: Awww, now I have tears! How wonderful to be able to see your Granddaughter’s recital - as soon as I signed up that was the song in my head! So happy it made it’s way home to you! Thanks, my friend - you made my day!!
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Flow-ish Journal on May 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful papers and bits and pieces - can't wait to start using them.
Response: You are so welcome! I hope they find lots of use in your future projects! ❤️
Comment: Your embossed shapes were beautiful. I am loving this series. of swaps.
Response: Glad you liked them! Thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: Nickallli! OMG! For someone who "isn't much of a vintage-look person", you did an amazing job! I just love this...it's beyond gorgeous. And I"m worried, because what I ordered from Amazon was glassine ENVELOPES! I wonder if I can make them into bags somehow. Just know that this is an absolutely spectacular swap, that I love it and that I'm in awe of your beautiful calligraphy skills!
Response: Aww, thank you so much for your kind words! So happy you liked it! I’m sure what you got will work - that was actually made from a sheet of tracing paper! Thanks again!!
Comment: Thanks..Love the envies and extras!
Response: Glad you were happy with it! Thanks for the rating and heart!
phillaine rated for EP Layering/bavkground Paper Swap on May 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all the interesting papers. You sent a great variety of colors and textures, and I like that you made it into a little book: how fun! I hope your birthday was delightful. I was definitely spoiled this year. ♥
Response: Thanks! I’m glad you liked how it was put together! I had done a previous swap making a sampler book & thought this would lend itself well. Thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: Love my envies-purple is my favorite color and the tan is so multi purpose.
Response: Glad you liked them- the purple is my fav too! Thanks for the heart!
PaperPassion rated for YTPC: Vintage Style Tags on May 11, 2019
Comment: The tags you sent are beautiful thanks so much for the extras also.
Response: You are so welcome- thanks for the heart!
Comment: Oolala! Two pockets for ME! And (best of all) they are both gorgeous! Love the fabric/ribbon/button/lace combos on both--such pretty combinations. Love the little hanging threads--that look is really neat--and that you covered the backs so nicely. I can't wait to use that fabric snippet you sent--it's beautiful! Thanks so much for always being such a wonderful partner; I just love receiving your work.
Response: Aww, so glad you liked everything! Thanks for always being a super host & swapper!
Comment: 2 journal pockets that are both beautiful! I have a love -hate relationship with sewing, so you and I are in the same club. Thanks again, for sending me 2!
Response: I’m glad you liked them - would have been too hard to choose the best one to send! Thanks for the heart!
Jenicat rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day #29 on May 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for another beautiful ICAD! I store my cards in a recipe box. I got the box at Dollar Tree then decorated it. 💜
Response: Great idea! Hope all of mine will fit! I made two each time so I could keep one and send one (and have a back-up in case of lost mail). Thanks for the rating!!
roosje rated for YTPC: Paper Clip Charm on a Tag on May 1, 2019
Comment: Hello Nickalli, Thank you so much for such pretty charms! i loved what you send me, and thank you for the paper goodies too!
Response: So glad you liked the swap! Thanks for the rating and heart!

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CurlyTea on Apr 30, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

wolfeagle on Mar 26, 2019:


Thank you so much for the wonderful Tag you made for the AMA Mystery Supply Swap. It's fantastic.

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


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

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