Swap-bot Time: June 16, 2021 11:15 pm


Date Joined: January 5, 2012
Last Online: February 24, 2021
Birthday: August 11, 1967
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm 52. I moved to Annapolis, MD from Newport, RI in 2011 and I work at the U.S. Naval Academy. I have worked for the government for 36 years. I was a graphic artist for about 20 years and because of government realignments and command closings, I have found myself back in the Human Resources field. I was married on 1/15/11 but met my husband in 2003. He is retired military and also works for the government. We have 1 cat and her name is Peanut. I love making ATC's. I just started dabbling with art journaling and want to get more into that. If you want to see some of my work, please check out my Flickr photos (link above). I love going to flea markets to find all kinds of vintage goodies, like old books, maps, sheet music, knick-knacks, tchotchkes, and just things from the past. Flea markets have the best scraps and ephemera that can be used for ATCs or journals. I can never have enough! But don't ask the hubs if I have enough ;)

Favorite Music

I mostly listen to my Pandora, which is loaded up with songs from the 70's and 80's. I'm really out of the loop when it comes to alot of the new music that comes out. I guess you could say I have crossed the line into "easy-listening". I'm getting old :( Oh except for Bruno Mars! Love me some Bruno Mars!

Favorite Books

I love family saga's/rags to riches stories that span many, many years. Lately all I want to read are historical romance books.

Favorite Movies

I'm all over the place on my favorite movies. Some are: Brooklyn, Far From The Maddening Crowd, Lonesome Dove, Shawshank Redemption, The Horse Whisperer, Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightly version), Sense & Sensibility, Chocolat, Little Women, Saturday Night Fever, Dances With Wolves, The Other Boleyn Girl, Rob Roy, An Education, Last King of Scotland, Notes on a Scandal, Les Miserable (only the Liam Neeson version...hated the new one) and others that I can't think of right now. See what I mean about being all over the place?!

Favorite Television

Some of my favorite shows: Big Brother, Survivor, Amazing Race, Game of Thrones, Parenthood (I miss it), Deadliest Catch, Versailles Little People, and of course, Outlander!

And yes, I will admit it....I love Judy Judge!

Favorite Crafts

Other than ATC's I LOVE counted cross stitch and I only do very large projects. My last one took me 2 years. I also makes rolos, inchies, and ICADs. Recently I started messing around with art journaling and I love it. Also started getting into adult coloring books and also Diamond Painting. I also love collecting and going through old magazines from the 50's and 60's. The retro graphics/images are fabulous! I feel the same about vintage greeting cards. They don't make card like that anymore.

Thoughts on Flaking and Rating

I have been making ATC's and trading for 12+ years. I consider myself a reliable person and already know I will never flake and never not send out a card. I will always leave a comment/rate my partners and my cards will never go out late. If, for some reason it can't be helped that a card will go out late, I WILL notify you and not leave you hanging. I will communicate with you. I am honest to a fault and disrespect is just not in my blood. If you don't receive my package in a timely manner, PLEASE email me first and I will gladly send out another. Sometimes things get lost in the mail and I would hate to be given a bad rating for something that was beyond my control. I will always make a comment to any rating I receive. I just think it's the polite thing to do.


I don't usually send extras but if I do and I accidentally send you extras that you sent me....well, I apologize in advance. Let's be honest....it's rare but we aren't always crazy about the extras that are sent to us. It happens. So rather than throw them out, I pass them on. And if they come back to you it's only because I get a lot and I can't keep track of everything!!! Hopefully no offense will be taken. If I don't get any extras from my partner, I will not be offended and it will have nothing to do with the rating I give.

Some Likes

  • I LOVE vintage womens magazine from the 50's and 60's! Such as Good Housekeeping, Journal, etc. I love the graphics in the ads and I love the images of the women. Magazines today are nothing compared to back then.

  • I also like vintage sewing patterns from the 50's and 60's. Not just the patterns themselves but the packaging. The graphics and the images on the packages are awesome! The colors, the drawings of the people.....they just make me happy and I can't even sew!

  • I love vintage cookbooks from the 50's and 60's. Again....the images are to die for. These also make me happy even though I HATE to cook.

  • Old maps. Especially maps from Paris.

  • Vintage ledger paper. Especially if it has writing on it. I have some and use it very sparingly. I can never have enough.

  • My newest addiction is Washi tape. Love!

  • Paper! I have paper coming out of my ears but can not and will not stop buying it. It just makes me happy :)

  • Some themes I especially like are: Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, any Jane Austin...especially Pride & Prejudice, EA Poe, vintage/kitschey/Anne Tainor-ish things, pin-ups, Paris.

  • Cats...but not cutsey cats.

Some Dislikes

  • Stickers. Well...actually I do like some but I am very fussy about which ones I will use.

  • Disney, cartoony things.

  • Anything too cutsey.

  • Computer generated ATCs. I like to feel and see the layers.

  • Science fiction, Twilight, Harry Potter, Star Wars/Trek,...you get the picture.


Toby2017 rated for Retro Halloween ATC Swap on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Absolutely stunning! I love your ATCs!!! Thank you so much!
Response: Glad you liked it. Thanks so much for the 5 and the heart :)
Toby2017 rated for Snarky & Sarcastic ATC on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: LOVED the atc!!! It is gorgeous!!! And thank you for the idea of "sealing" the atc. I make atc's like that too....I never even thought about sealing them! Great idea!!
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks so much for the rating and the love!
RetroChik rated for Valentines Day atc swap on Mar 15, 2017
Comment: I love, love. love this ATC. Thank you so much!
Response: You're so welcome. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the 5 and the heart :)
isabellasnow rated for AACG: January Pinup ATC on Feb 17, 2017
Comment: I love this ATC, Gina. . . your ATC's are always so clever and marvelously well made. Love the theme for this one and how all the elements add to the theme (even the ones on the back of the card!) Always a pleasure to receive from you because I know I'm in for a treat!
Response: Thanks so much Kristy!! I'm so happy you liked it. Thank you so much for the rating and the 5!!! Much appreciated.
vanneparis rated for ATC - Totally Awesome 80's on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Hi Gina - Thanks so much for another amazing ATC!! I loved Journey and I still listen to them all the time. My first Rock album was Infinity. I absolutely love it!! Talk to you soon -Vanne
Response: I just had a feeling you were (are) a Journey fan. I think we are about the same age and who didn't like Journey in the 80's?! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart :) Till next time...
piglet59645 rated for Free Theme on Jan 26, 2017
Comment: Very neatly put together ATC. I enjoyed this swap with the little explanation enclosed. I could relate. lolol
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks so much for the 5 and the heart :)
Sugardragon rated for Snowman atc swap on Jan 26, 2017
Comment: lovely atc, Chip board is amazing stuff !! I love this type of swap and hope to swap with you again. Cheers :0)
Response: I'm so happy you like it and SO happy it finally arrived. Thank you so much for your patience, the rating, and the heart :)
Mimi7 rated for Free Theme on Jan 23, 2017
Comment: Gina, no need to fear I can really relate to this ATC!! My friends and I go to crafting crops together and something might be right in front of our faces and we will say, Now where did that go to? Lol Love the ATC, and the glitter on it and the trim. Thanks for a great ATC!!
Response: I'm so glad you got it! Thanks so much for the 5 and the heart :)
Mustluvdoggies rated for Vintage Puzzle Piece on Jan 19, 2017
Comment: I love the puzzle piece!!! It so cute and adorable! I just wanna hold and snuggle that kitty! Thank you another wonderful swap!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I loved that kitty too and just really wanted to use him. Thanks for the 5 and the heart. Much appreciated.
JenniferB rated for Santa Claus ATC swap on Jan 11, 2017
Comment: Hi Gina...thank you for the gorgeous Santa Rockin, I love it! The way you've collaged is wonderful. It is also very rare that someone will sent they're ATC 'sturdy'...so I'm really loving your card! Thanks again 😊❤
Response: Hi Jennifer....I'm so happy you liked it! And very happy it got all the way to Australia in one piece! Thank you so much for the 5 and the heart! Happy New Year!!
skinny52 rated for EJ: Patterned Napkin Destash on Nov 7, 2016
Comment: Wonderful assortment!!!! Best wishes to you with your surgery
Response: So happy you liked them. Thanks for the well wishes. Surgery went fine. Thanks for the 5 and the heart :)
mandymo rated for AACG: Wintry ATC with a Deer on Nov 4, 2016
Comment: Oooooh! I love the atc you created! IT is so colorful and has do much detail. IT is absolutely perfect and is a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas swapping season. Thank you so very much!
Response: Thank you so much. I'm thrilled that you liked it! Thank you for the 5 and the heart :)
Comment: OH! I love it-so festive and sparkly! It will surely go on the tree! Last Christmas I had just had hip replacement surgery on the 7th of December so the tree and all were my husbands doings-which was ok-better than nothing but this year will be grander and your bingo card will have a reserved spot! Thanks also for the extras-good to swap with you!
Response: Awwww....thanks so much. I'm so glad you think it's "tree-worthy"...lol. It was a lot of fun to make. I hope you have a great holiday season. Thank you so much for the 5 and the heart :)
vanneparis rated for VS - Fabulous 50's Rolo on Oct 11, 2016
Comment: Hi Gina! Thanks so much for another incredible 1950's Rolo. It came out so cute and I love the gold car! You are a sweetheart for sending the Ephemera I love all of it. Thank you for a very special swap. Talk to you soon -Vanne
Response: Awwww...thanks Vanne. So glad you liked it! You already know I love your swaps and wish I could join them all. Thanks for the 5 and the heart :)
BeeMGee rated for AACG: Vintage Witch ATC on Sep 26, 2016
Comment: Oh so glad to have one of your gorgeous creations.Love this cheeky card. Thank you.xx
Response: Hey Bev!! So happy you liked it! Thanks so much for the 5 and the heart :)
luvbird rated for AACG: Halloween Pin-Up Girl ATC on Sep 16, 2016
Comment: Gina, thank you so much for the darling Halloween pin up atc...so cute! I love all the details and her blue sparkly dress and hat. I especially love the quote...so very funny! Thanks.
Response: I'm so happy you liked it! I love this time of year. Besides the cool weather, the leaves turning color...I love making Halloween ATCs. Thank you so much for the 5 and the heart :)
ScrapLady rated for Magazine images #1 (USA) on Sep 11, 2016
Comment: Wow!! Gina! I'd give you TWO hearts for this if I could!! Thanks for all the awesome magazine images, and for packaging them up in such a lovely package!
Response: Phew! SO glad you liked everything. Like I said, it was my first magazine image swap so I wanted to make sure I did everything right. Thanks for the 5 and the heart!! Much appreciated :)
isabellasnow rated for GAA: Halloween ATC on Sep 11, 2016
Comment: omG!!! This is one of the neatest ATC's I've ever received! The green ghoul hand is SO clever and truly inspired! It really brought a smile to me. Love your use of dimension also; it really brings the ATC to life! BEWARE!!!
Response: BOO! So happy you liked it! I just love making Halloween ATCs and I especially love it when the person I sends it to loves it too! Thanks so much for the 5 and the heart!!!
donetta rated for AACG: Lets's Dance - ATC on Sep 3, 2016
Comment: Gina, your new style is every bit as wonderful as your usual style...you simply can't go wrong! You have the "eye", you know? I would not have immediately known that this beauty was your work, but your attention to detail and the way you layer the elements are very true to your aesthetic!
Response: Hey Donetta...well, I wouldn't call it my "new style" exactly. I just made 2 cards and reverted right back to my old ways. I'll probably save trying new techniques for when I do my journaling. I really want to get more into journals...specifically junk journals. So many project, so little time. Anyway, thanks you for the rating and the 5 as always! Till next time....
BevT rated for AACG: Typewriter ATC on Sep 1, 2016
Comment: Gina, thank you for the lovely ATC... I LOVE your ART!! I am always so happy when I have you as a partner. Thank you for always going above and beyond on your swaps...
Response: Awww...thanks Bev. And I enjoy making card for swappers who I know will appreciate them. Thanks so much for the 5 and the heart. Have a great weekend!!!

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