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Last Online: December 4, 2020
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. In the right context Country and opera are okay. 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, Seinfeld and Big Bang Theory.

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!! ❤️❤️❤️


lostinavalon rated for Blue Moon Ball Swap on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Oh, this is beautiful! Very well done---thank you!
ccmmsu rated for USED postage stamp RAK on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Congrats on winning the RAK! I agree, stamps are tiny works of art. Have fun with them! :)
Comment: Soft well made! Thank you
wildernessnomad rated for TEA BAG HOLDER on Nov 15, 2020
Comment: I love all the tuck in images. So cute! I totally agree the only way to send it was flat. I did the same thing when I sent mine.
Comment: These are just gorgeous! Even better than the video - thank you Also a pretty envelope and great vintage postage and oh my what a sweet glassine envie of pretty pink stickers! What a wonderful swap!
Tverne05 rated for YTPC: Book Page Double Pockets on Nov 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the double pockets you sent. I like the theme you used. I laughed when I read your note about you not really following directions. I could tell b/c on one of them the back pocket wasn’t sealed and the ephemera was falling out. 😭 I sealed it up...🧐😆Sometimes it’s much easier to see what the jist of the project is and then put it together a much easier way. Sometimes I look at a video and think there’s a much easier way to do that. Thanks a bunch for my goodies. Take care and be safe!
Wanda rated for HCSI: Holiday Season ATC on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Nickalli, thank you SO much for the wonderful swap! It was all so interesting, beautiful, artistic and generous! I absolutely loved it all! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
bearnbabs rated for Faux Glassine Bag on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: oh what a lovely surprise was waiting for me when I got home from my travels. You out did yourself. I wish I could send you a dozen hearts. I really enjoyed our visit and Pam was thrilled with all the goodies you sent for her. Thanks again for all that you do. Barbara
Comment: Your calling card case is darling! You always make things so beautifully...and I covet them! ♥♥♥ extra hearts for you!
Star7Lily rated for For the love of Poetry on Nov 6, 2020
Comment: My dear Leandrea, what a beautiful descriptive poem for my journal. It captured indeed how we view Comely Manor. I thank you sincerely for the kindly gesture. Many thanks, Lady Caroline.
AnnaM rated for Pretty Letter Swap on Nov 6, 2020
Comment: My Dear Leandrea, Your letter was truly a thing of beauty. Every inch of it was done with care and I absolutely loved it. You must tell me how you created the look of your folder, which I thought gorgeous. With affection, Jenny Wren
AFK rated for YTPC: File Folder Flip-Down on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all your work, I love it ❤️
Comment: Oh my goodness, Nickalli! I just came back from my honeymoon and your amazing journal was waiting for me! I can not tell you how absolutely perfect your journal is! I wish I could give you 25 ♥️ !!! It’s absolutely stunning! I can not believe how lovely and detailed it is. All of the wonderfully sewing you have done...all of the time and writing and just all of the love you obviously put into it...I am so HONORED to be it’s recipient. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will never be able to express enough in words how much I love this journal! Mine PALES in comparison, and I wish I had a fraction of your talent. Thank you, again dear friend...your beautiful journal is in the most appreciated hands to be treasured and enjoyed forever ♥️. Hugs, Jill (Priscilla)
Comment: Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!! I worked until I removed the wax seal without breaking it to put that in my journal also!! Thank you so much!!
Comment: Beautiful colors and tags ~ I love all the details and distressing and how it all coordinates ~ So pretty! Thank you :)
shellimakes rated for Cursive Sampler on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Nickalli, I LOVE the cursive sampler you sent. The bordered paper was really beautiful, with a perfect vintage-y feel. And your writing is really quite beautiful! I also appreciate the sweet little extras, and the gorgeous postage stamps which arrived uncancelled; they're little bits of art. A wonderful swap. I'd give you a hundred stars if I could. Thank you! ♥
Comment: What a beautiful little package---thank you so much! You do lovely work!
Star7Lily rated for A Recipe for the Ceilidh on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Dear Nickalli, I like the sound of your recipe. I shall try it straight away. It sounds light and delicious. I must say though, I grew up with the dark dense proper English fruit cake, we have it every Christmas, so I was saying YUM! Thank you for your lovely envelope filled with pretty delights. xxx lots hearts
Comment: The clips are so pretty. Thank you. I cant wait to use them in a journal.
AnnaM rated for Autumn Lantern on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: Leandrea, I am happy you enjoyed making the lantern and I am so impressed with the alterations you have made. I do like the frosted look of your winter lantern and I believe a crochet scarf would be the perfect touch. Fondly, Jenny Wren

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Rainydancer on Sep 19, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

phillaine on May 12, 2020:

I appreciate you taking the time and effort to "angel" the challenge image swap, and your house plant stamp is very cool. I'm looking forward to using these in some mail art. Thanks for the variety of papers as well; they're going to be fun to play with. :)

Star7Lily on May 1, 2020:

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays Nickalli. xx

AnnaM on Apr 30, 2020:

Happy Birthday Nickalli! Have a wonderful day! With all my best wishes, Anna ♥

Star7Lily on Apr 9, 2020:

Dearest Leandrea,

May the romance of spring be ever present in your day, sending you this heart song to you and your beloved.

Kindly Innes Dexter O'Cullein

AnnaM on Dec 23, 2019:

Warm Holiday Wishes, Lady Elizabeth

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!

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