Swap-bot Time: September 18, 2019 11:15 am


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Last Online: September 18, 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 (26 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 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 is a favorite- I can watch it 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. ICADs. Watercolor classes online. Journals and altered books. Making something funky to wear (jewelry, not clothes!) Working in my Happy planner and bullet journaling - love it!!

Favorite things

Please see my note at the end!

Bumble Bees, dragonflies & butterflies* cacti & succulents * irises & pansies * Anything from Iceland* Orcas & Puffins* feathers & dreamcatchers* Asian art & images * thimbles. * 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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My new Persona!!

I have just become involved in a role playing type group related to the Georgian era (Britain early 1700-early 1800s) my husband and I are Leandrea & Bryan Wallis proprietors of the Rose & Crown Pub.

If you have any extra victorian style items (lace, vintage, buttons, ephemera, botanical, embroidery calligraphy, stamps, images, etc.) you’d be willing to share for my journal and future swaps I would be most appreciative!! ❤️❤️❤️


Comment: Wonderful ICAD!! FYI:!im perpetually at my swap limit! Lol
Response: I don’t doubt that! Your IG is always brimming with beautifulness! Thanks so much for the rating and ❤️!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty waterfall pocket! If yours is too thick, my partner is going to horrified at mine!
Response: Lol! I’m sure they’ll feel blessed! Fun swap - thanks for the rating! ❤️
Comment: They're so cute! My grand baby is in Texas 😒. Good luck with your 6! We just got a touch of fall today with a little rain. Nice change.
Response: Happy you liked them! We just got a spot of rain as well, back into the mid 90s though. Hurry up Fall!!! 😁
Comment: Awesome to get two! And they are lovely. Thank you
Response: Thank you for the heart and rating, I’m glad you liked them! I’m pretty sure the swap was for two though 😉❤️
Comment: Love love love this pocket! Thank you so much!!! Ü
Response: So happy it has a wonderful home! Thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: Wow! I love it! Delicious colors...Super inspiring & sweet envelope too! Thanks!!
Response: Thanks so much - it was a fun swap!! Thanks for the rating and heart ♥️
Comment: Nickalli, thank you so much for these gorgeous trims to use in my creations! I love all your items, but especially the long piece with the button at the top--I'm crazy for that flower you placed under the button--it ties the whole piece together. And your button card looks professional! Love the stamped sewing machine on the front--so clever. You always make the nicest things and I'm so lucky when I'm the recipient!
Response: Awww - thank you so much! I’m so happy you liked everything- I’m always trying to step up my game when you’re my partner because I know how much you always put into your swaps as well! ❤️
Comment: Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!!
Comment: Great artwork! Love the stitching. 😊
Response: Thanks! I felt it needed a little something extra - glad you liked it!
Arabella rated for YTPC: 100 Day: Day 32: Bag Tags! on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful bag tag and your letter! Good luck with your watercolor painting!!
Response: Thanks! It’s an adventure! Appreciate the rating and heart!
Comment: Very artistic! Charming, even :0) I may have to get one of those edge-rounding thingies. Really gives it that extra Finish. Thank you- Fun swap idea!
Response: Aww thanks! So glad you liked it! The rounder is a new purchase and I’ve been very liberal with it!! Lol
Comment: Great page! And thanks for the extras!
Comment: Thank you so much for this beautifull and colourfull swap. I really loved it.
Comment: Wow! Yours turned out way better than mine! I love it. Thanks for the page and the extras. 💜
Comment: Thank you for sharing some of your precious Iceland stash with me! Very cool and nicely done. :)
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Index-Card-a-Day 2019 #5 on Aug 24, 2019
Comment: Beautiful! I love your card, Nickalli, and my MOST favorite thing are those stitches that show your dragonfly is actually 'flying' . . . so inspired. (I might borrow that idea;+) Your work is always so good and such a pleasure to receive. I always do the happy dance when we're partners!
Response: Aww, thanks!! It was a last second decision that I was quite pleased with! See ya at the mailbox again soon!! ❤️
lvpoohbr2 rated for YTPC: August Paper Clip: 'Tiles' on Aug 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for these lovely clips! I love them!!! Ü
Comment: Oh my gosh Nickalli! Your altered file folder is amazing! I had not even started mine when yours arrived and now know I should have started sooner - this one is really involved. But the end result is absolutely worth the effort. I love all the bits and pieces you used, the folders and flaps and pockets with goodies inside. I know how much time you put into this so thank you so so much for an absolutely brilliant piece of art! It absolutely inspires me to do something amazing with my own. And didn't people used to have beautiful handwriting??? Thanks for another great swap!!
Response: I’m so happy you liked it! I’ve gotta confess though - it wouldn’t have been nearly as fun if I hadn’t gotten mine from @isabellasnow first! Mine is only half as spectacular as hers was! You’ll have to check out the addresses I used on the envelopes- kinda nerdy! 😁 thanks for the lovely compliments and heart!! ❤️
Comment: Wow, you did such a great job with this swap, it looks amazing and I love it! Thank you so much for al the thought and effort and love you put into this!
Response: So happy you enjoyed it! That was definitely fun! Thanks for the heart!!
Comment: Your ICAD looks great! (I wouldn’t pay $15 either!)

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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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