Swap-bot Time: June 7, 2023 8:42 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: June 6, 2023

Country: United States

About Me

Updated 5/29/22 -

Teacher, 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 (I didn't join Fodder School but have been following those who did with interest)

Stamp carving Art foamies

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:

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.

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 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, old tickets, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Collage fodder of stamped images, watercolored bits, etc. (I didn't join Fodder School but I might next year...very tempting)

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


chaos55 rated for WIYM: Rubber-Stamped Book Pages on May 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful selection of stamped pages! I LOVE your stamps - they're really nice. My Dad grew up in PA and was a life-long Steelers fan : ) I'm working on my FS postcards now.
geekgirl1001000 rated for AMA: Triad of Colors -May on May 21, 2023
Comment: thanks for the tag! love the stitching and staples.
Coffeeegal rated for Mixed Media Memorydex on May 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you
lefroggy rated for AMA: Swear Word Mail Art on May 17, 2023
Comment: I just got home from a mentally exhausting workday, and saw the letter on the table, this made me laugh, I didn't expect to see that lol. thank you for making my day.
DonniJane rated for Vent Session - Rant Release on May 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing what’s inside. I can appreciate your story. It took guts to do this challenge. Thank you for confiding in me. I think this Swap definitely served its purpose. Hugs
Comment: LOVE! I loved the map themed envelopes and goodies! So useful! Thank you so much! I actually just got home from Escalante Nat Park yesterday! I spent a few days backpacking Coyote Gulch!!
Taimat rated for Collaged Envie - 🇺🇸 only on May 3, 2023
Comment: I was so happy to pull this envelope out of my mailbox! It's so lovely, and I really appreciate all of the work that went into it! <3 Thank you also for the fun extras! I'll have to see what I can create~ ;) Have a wonderful day!
Comment: Thank you for all the beautiful collage materials!
rkassman rated for Just Let Go: Split Image (1:1) on May 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the excellent postcard, I love your take on it. And thank you for all the extras, particularly the Hebrew pages!!
Comment: Thanks for lovely swap - I loved it all :)
Comment: Love the vintage paper, can't wait to use it for my crafts :)
Comment: Thanks for the true vintage items! Nice mix of things here. Fun swap. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the goodies. 😺
Comment: sorry for the late rating. Thanks for your songs!!
Comment: great card - one section of the marbling background reminds me of Van Gogh's 'Irises'
Comment: Thanks for the swap. Yes... those meat pies!
YooperHill rated for AMA: Triad of Colors- March on Mar 30, 2023
Comment: Yes, I like it! Thank you friend.
Comment: Hi and thank you so much for your list :) I love Ben Platt and waving Through the Window. Take care, Deb

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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:


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.

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