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Last Online: August 14, 2022
Birthday: April 30
Country: United States
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About Me

7/2722 - heading out of town for a couple weeks! I’m all caught up on sending and rating - see y’all when I get back! Happy Swapping! ❤️

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 (29 years!), we did 22+ years in the Air Force, he works with the Air National Guard as a civilian now. Our son is in his Freshman year at GCU in Phoenix, so we'll be here a few more years trying to deal with the heat!

original member

My loves are art journals, junk 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.

Banana Tea🍌🍌🍌🍌 I’m searching for banana tea! PickWick’s one, two Tea Banana is the one I was sent in a swap ages ago and I can’t find it here! If you have access and send me a bag or two, I will forever be in your debt and will send you a profile based envie of love! 💗

Favorite Music

I'll listen to most everything except for Rap.

In the right context, I like some Country and opera.

My current playlist includes Enya, Meatloaf, Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, American Authors, Adele, Melissa Etheridge, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Tom Petty...

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, any cooking competitions.

Steelers Football is practically a religion in this house. I miss Friends, Seinfeld and Big Bang Theory.

Favorite Crafts

Mail Art!!! Creating journal embellishments. Carving my own rubber stamps. Working with my gelli plate. ATCs. ICADs. InkBox Cards. Watercolor classes online. Handmade books. Journals and altered books. Making something funky to wear (jewelry, not clothes!) Working in my planner and occasionally bullet journaling.

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!

I Pledge to Rate

My new Persona!!

I’m 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 regency/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!! ❤️❤️❤️

JJJ-Let’s Make A Junk Journal

I prefer a more vintage style. Color is great, just nothing neon.

Nature themes: botanicals 🌿, bees 🐝, butterflies 🦋 and dragonflies, birds 🦉, flowers 🌸 , mushrooms 🍄 People are good too and definitely have a place in any journal.

Things I Love

I love to gelli print and seeing what others do.

Eco printing and handmade paper are beautiful!

Vintage papers from journals, ledgers and old books make my heart race! Anything handwritten; letters, recipes, old postcards, envelopes.

Vintage looking washi and washi stickers, antique photos. Labels!! Lace! Old looking ephemera (tickets, tags). Sari silk! Metal embellishments.

Thank you for reading through all of this! Just know I’m easy and like most everything- so no worries! Looking forward to creating and swapping with you!


AnnaM rated for Third Annual Garden Fete on Aug 11, 2022
Comment: Nickalli, I loved all three of your entries. I know you will win a ribbon this year! Anna ♥
BeeMGee rated for AACG: Butterfly Inkbox Cards on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much Nickalli for the gorgeous swap I love them and the envelope. Just fabulous!
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful mixed media items you sent ! I love the rubber stamps especially ! There are never enough mixed media swaps on here! Let me know if you have any other items you would want to swap.
LDeWitt rated for AACG: Red, White, and Blue ATC on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: Hi Nickalli, Thank you for such a beautiful ATC. As a military mom, I love everything red, white and blue and the American flag. You really did beautiful work with this swap. I love the background, the fantastic cutting and images. The balance of the composition is spectacular. Thank you also for the bits and pieces. Stay well.
dvmac rated for HCSI: Summer Postcard on Jul 30, 2022
Comment: Hi Nikki. I love the card. The multicolored cactus is great. And a fine job on the quail. Thank you.
AnnaM rated for Regency Royal Tea - Book TAG #2 on Jul 29, 2022
Comment: Such a lovely tag, Nickalli. It's always a pleasure to have you as my partner in a swap. You always create beautiful thins! Anna ♥
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Peek-a-Boo Pockets on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Nickalli, it's always such a pleasure to receive your work. These are beautiful pockets! I love the papers you chose, the embellishments and, of course, all the goodies inside! Thanks so much for another wonderful swap.
Comment: I LOVE your creations!! Thank you so much!! Love the extras too! 💚
Comment: Hi Nickalli, Yay! I love your amazing red, white, and blue themed ink box cards for July😍Thank you! It seems like a great idea to start out with a masterboard then just cut it into fourths. Your collage work is spectacular! Loving all the fun details.
Comment: Beautiful ink box.Wish mine had turned out as great as these.Thank you so much.Won't let me give you a heart will try again later.
Comment: Thank you for the JJ items you sent. I can most definitely incorporate them in my “blank” junk journal.
Wended rated for JJJ: Create a Mini-Junk Journal *USA* on Jul 18, 2022
Comment: Hi Nickalli. I love the mini junk journal you made. You do beautiful work..Thank you for a lovely swap..💕
pynart2 rated for Annual Fete Bingo Game on Jul 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you for lovely Bingo Card and Holder, very creative. And the extras are always appreciated, thank youi. Looking forward to the game, should be a lot of fun.
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Fabric Page Flags US on Jul 10, 2022
Comment: Lucky, lucky, lucky me! Oh, Nickalli, these are simply delightful . . . and there are so many--I'm humbled by your work on these flags. Such gorgeous sequins, sewing, charms, and beads adorning each and every one. Thank you so much for creating these AND for the lovely stamped bags--SO sweet. Hope we're partnered again very soon!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade mushroom postcard! I love all the colors and that it's got layers and textures to it. The mushroom itself is really good; I am impressed you carved that stamp yourself! This was a really great swap to receive - thank you again :)
AnnaM rated for A Right Royal Tea Party on Jul 2, 2022
Comment: Nickalli, This was such a lovely swap! I adore that shade of green you used for your folder. I thought your menu was just perfect and could just imagine sitting down to such a delight! Enjoy your time away! Anna ♥
Comment: The sticker book you made and the stickers are great. Thank you for the extras and love the little turtle on the dangle. 😀
January rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: WOW you are an incredible carver! I love your interpretation of my challenge ideas and I appreciate the variety of images you sent, thank you! Your carving is so so clean, do you use speedball pink rubber or do you use something stronger? It's so detailed!
Response: Awww 🥰 thank you - you are too kind! I would normally choose the pink speedball speedy-carve but I have some of the tan-ish colored stuff. It is super soft to carve - but it crumbles a bit so the edges need to be cleaned up carefully. And I’ve noticed my really old stamps are starting to harden up a bit - Still usable but definitely harder. Speedball has a blue speedy-carve too, but I was told to avoid that one because of crumbliness! I had such fun with your prompts! Thanks for joining the swap! 💖🍄
Comment: Another amazing swap from you. The folder and tags are beautiful. Love the closure, and, of course, the charm. I changed mine up a bit too. Who can’t resist adding a few more pockets! Thank you for the time and creativity you put into your work.
wolfeagle rated for June Bug ♥ Ink Box Cards (US) on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute inkbox cards. Hopefully it wasn't too hot while you were this way.

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MuggleMom on Jul 24, 2022:

Thank you for the mystery envie.


Rachel Harris

Yew Tree Cottage

hibiscus on May 28, 2022:

thank you for the amazing ink box cards ...just perfection

Star7Lily on May 2, 2022:

Happy Birthday dearest Nickalli - Leandrea

watercolorgirl on Feb 25, 2022:

Resend of paper clip notebook arrived safe and sound. Thank you so much for a great wee notebook and the resend.

MuggleMom on Feb 21, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday card I received. A little birdie told me I have you to appreciate for mailing it to me! It was such a wonderful surprise!!


Ms. Rachel Harris

Yew Tree Cottage

Star7Lily on Apr 30, 2021:


AnnaM on Apr 30, 2021:

Happy Birthday Nickalli! Have a wonderful day and enjoy your trip!

Hugs, Anna

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

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