Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2024 1:14 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: July 22, 2024

Country: United States

About Me

Updated July 2024 -

Teacher, 3rd and 4th grade ELA. Native NY-er, loving life in Pittsburgh, PA.

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. Lately, I've been exploring sewing on paper in my mixed media projects.

Married for 30+ years, with two adult sons, musician and journalist.


No drama from me. Creating art is my fun and relaxation. I will always send on time, and on the rare chance that I am unable (life happens) I will contact my partner. I rate all swaps, because I hope you will do the same; if nothing else, it's my confirmation that my happy mail has arrived.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones


Collage and making collage fodder

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

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Dina Wakley, Willa Wanders (Wendy S), Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

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

I love folk 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.

Lately, I've been loving kraft paper/cardstock to create on.

I enjoy using text - either writing or typing - on my pages. I tend towards a grungy, imperfect look.

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

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

Paper ephemera - such as old maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, book pages, especially in foreign languages, old tickets, old ledgers and ledger paper

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Collage fodder of stamped images, watercolored bits, painted papers, painted cut outs.

Tags - my own or other's - 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 I don't need or collect printed/scrapbook papers, have too much and am slowly giving it away

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


Comment: Thanks for your letter and the stickers - Nice to read your answers. I like Pittsburgh and didn't realize there were so many cool museums!
goosey rated for CE Colorful Mail ART on Jun 29, 2024
Comment: deborah, thank you for the fun and handpainted tag and papers .. this envelope is filled with a great splash of colors!
stephiedee rated for CE Creative Hands on Jun 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the creative hand.
sweetgypsy rated for CE Creative Hands on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: Thanks for your hand
BeckyG56 rated for AMA: USA Puzzle Collaboration M24 on Jun 6, 2024
Comment: Great, creative addition to my puzzle collection. I have many tim holtz words, too!
Comment: Hi Deborah! Thank you so much for your newsy letter; I rally enjoyed reading it. Sounds like your day was very full and I admire all your food choices ;+) A teacher's life is always busy . . . a game of catch-up. Hope we are partnered again very soon!
mspandatrain rated for CPG: Mystery Supply #1 - USA on May 4, 2024
Comment: The tag you made is soooooo cute! What a great idea and creative. The colors were so bright and happy, This mystery supply was bit of a challenge. Thanks so much!
Comment: Thanks so much I love it!
Pantlessrobot rated for CPE Black & White on Apr 17, 2024
Comment: I love the assortment you sent! Especially all of the tickets Thankyou so much!
marymary914 rated for USAPC: Tag Flip on Apr 15, 2024
Comment: Love love love! Thanks so much for the cool tags!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: USA Puzzle Collaboration M24 on Apr 7, 2024
Comment: Thank you.
ambhi2024 rated for Random Questions E-Mail Swap #2 on Mar 24, 2024
Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers. Thank you! ❤️
NRGordon rated for Random Questions E-Mail Swap #2 on Mar 23, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the swap and your answers. As an X-EMT, I can relate to that "disgusting" smell.
SatisHuman rated for Random Questions E-Mail Swap #2 on Mar 12, 2024
Comment: Introverts unite! It's so cool that you can speak Hebrew. I think exes can be friends too.
Piccolo rated for AMA: International Mystery Supply 24 on Mar 10, 2024
Comment: Thanks Deborah! Mine was so similar to yours! I did a watercolor bunny- same size paper. I found this one challenging and the foil was super fussy! My little cat got a face full of foil dust and I had to brush and blow it out of her face! I enjoyed the challenge, but I won’t be using that again! 🤓
Comment: Thanks for the letter and goodies! I might have to check out the L'Occitaine shea butter hand cream.
wolfeagle rated for AMA: USA Puzzle Collaboration -Jan on Jan 30, 2024
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Hi Deborah - I received your postcard - thank you - it’s wonderful - I love the colours!
stephiedee rated for CPE Me, In Paper on Jan 28, 2024
Comment: Hi Deborah! I loved your selection of papers "showing & telling" about yourself. The painted paper in the pink+green color scheme is so delicious...and the quote is going to be a great addition to one of my journals. Thank you for sharing with me...happy you had a good time with the swap.

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wolfeagle on Dec 25, 2023:


TaraBird on Jul 18, 2023:

Thanks for the awesome sheet music pages for the This or That Tag! So sorry for the late reply. They are very appreciated ♥

LauraM540 on Jun 10, 2023:

You for the cool tickets from the 54321 swap! Looks like you are very busy?

Highlander18 on Feb 13, 2023:

Thank you for the very special Mount Rushmore postcard you sent for UHM:February Happy Mail.❤️❤️❤️❤️

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

itsnobody on Jul 1, 2022:

Thank you for the big variety of alphabets! I finally received the Pick Two tag. I'll have a good use 😊

jjhere on Jun 16, 2022:

It's great to meet you via your profile. I love that you added your art influences. Cheers!

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!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 2, 2021:


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