Swap-bot Time: May 23, 2022 1:15 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: May 21, 2022

Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

Teacher, 4th grade ELA.

I started my "art journey" as a quilter. When I took a journal quilting class and learned about art journaling, I was hooked immediately. Then I began to start exploring mixed media and here I am. I haven't quilted in years but I still sew things from time to time; recently, masks which I donated to various places in need.

I took advantage of last spring's quarantine at home to open an Etsy shop - see link above. I don't have many listings yet but I am adding to them. And I have made some sales which was exciting!

Married for 28 years with two adult sons who live in different cities from each other and from us.

Favorite Music

Broadway musicals are my favorites. Old and contemporary.

Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gregory Porter, Billy Joel. Plus our son is a musician so we listen to his music ;) (one of his songs recently reached 1 million streams on Spotify... PM me if you are interested in listening ;)

In addition to music, I also listen to podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts and my new favorite, Everything is Alive.

Favorite Books

I read as much as I can - books, magazines, newspapers.

My favorite thing to read is contemporary literary fiction, and I have a special interest in reading about Indian families and culture. I also love to read short stories.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies

Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

Rolodex cards (mine are mini - 2 by 4 inches)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, and Wanda Hanson, a quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, travel tickets and other tickets.

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Tags - my own or others' - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

Dislikes - please don't send

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you send.

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

No glitter please, if possible; thanks.

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


sunflowerpoems rated for R3 on May 19, 2022
Comment: Deborah, thanks so much for the mail! I absolutely loved going through everything you sent. I can't wait to use it all in future mails and journals.
Wended rated for USAPC: Flower-of-the-Month Tag: May on May 19, 2022
Comment: Very pretty..Thank you.
Reisegern rated for HCSI: Water Postcard on May 11, 2022
Comment: I received a brilliant card for this swap, thank a lot dear Deborah. I like your stamp of a water drop a lot, and your postcard is a great composition :)
captkristi rated for AMA: Houses PC -April on May 6, 2022
Comment: I am loving this series too! Thanks for the beautiful little scene. Those colors are beautiful and I really like the inclusion of the book page. So creative!
AmookIslandCreations rated for AMA: COLLAGE Butterfly on May 3, 2022
Comment: Thanks for this excellent PC! I love your gel print papers! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry Thanks for sticking it in an envie! One piece, I received today was soaked through, even being in an envie.
Comment: Thank you so much for the GREAT selection of stamped images. I love the ones you chose for me and love that the size of each is substantial. They are stamped so nicely, which I truly appreciate. Hope to swap together again soon!
dvmac rated for HCSI: Water Postcard on Apr 16, 2022
Comment: Hi Deborah. Thanks for the card. I don't know why, but i like that the human has a belly button. Lol
Wended rated for USAPC: Flower-of-the-Month Tag: April on Apr 15, 2022
Comment: Very nice. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the fun tag 💌
Comment: Thank You ♥ I love how you made this .... it will fit in my Journal ♥
Softawoo rated for AMA: Houses PC -March on Apr 5, 2022
Comment: Love this, Deborah! Thank you! Really cool color combo.
YooperHill rated for AMA: Altered Photo on Apr 2, 2022
Comment: Great job! I never even consider your technique! I loved it. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you.
wincejl rated for YTPC: Gelli Prints! on Mar 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful gelli prints! I can't wait to use them in my crafting!
Comment: So much fun stuff in that envie. Looks like I'll be busy with some glue sticks soon. Thank you so much for sharing your stash with me.
arimails rated for on Mar 22, 2022
Comment: Deborah, thank you so much for the wonderful swap! It was put together so nicely and in such a creative way to open up. Today was a rough day, so receiving this swap really put a smile on my face. Thank you for making this such a fun swap :)
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty daffodil tag. I will be venturing to Newburgh tomorrow for a “professional development “ in service…..the building we will be in has a beautiful view of the Hudson River….it is a small world…
Comment: Hi Deborah! Many thanks for sharing your painted papers. I rarely take time to create them, so am glad to have them at the ready!
laterdayze rated for EPUSA: 2 for 2/22/22 on Mar 7, 2022
Comment: Thanks!

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ittybittykitty on Mar 3, 2022:

I just received the non-English book pages from the 54321 tag and they’re AWESOME! I’m so excited to play with them, thank you!!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

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nalaqueen on Aug 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for the vintage Book & Music papers! ( This or That tag). I can't wait to use them in my journal!

wolfeagle on Aug 27, 2021:

So fun to get this is my mailbox today. Great job on making this Scribble to an Amazing mail art postcard. Thank you.

Lonestarchild on Jul 12, 2021:

Thanks so much for the B&W fun for the Quick I Need...Tag. Love these old PCs!

Scrapinitblue on Jul 7, 2021:

Thank you for swapping Dina images with me for the Cheap postage tag! I got them and I LOVE them all! I recently signed on as a Supporter on her FB page, have you seen that? It's $5 a month and there are lots of perks!

DaisyNY on Jun 28, 2021:

Thank you for the Hebrew book pages from the Cheap Postage Tag Your It. There was a wonderful variety in the packet!

AZmom875 on Jun 6, 2021:

I love the ROLODex you made for me in the challenge. Nice work.

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