Swap-bot Time: May 31, 2023 11:39 am


Date Joined: August 4, 2015
Last Online: May 12, 2023
Birthday: July 17
Country: United States

About Me

Hello Everyone!

I'm so excited to be part of swap-bot. I joined in August 2015.


I'm a 66-year-old married woman, recently retired and really enjoying life. I have two grown daughters. I'm very proud of both.


I have always loved paper. I collected it when I was a child, spending most of my tiny allowance each week on colored paper and fancy pens. As an adult, I've worked in design (only as part of a much larger job) and it the favorite aspect of what I do. Even if it is only design using text, I love it.

A couple of years ago, two of my friends bought me a Sizzix BigKick for Christmas. Talk about a hobby that took off like wildfire. I am obsessed and have learned from attending meetups, classes, and conventions that most papercrafters are just as crazy about the craft, the accessories, the dies, the embossing folders, the pens . . . as I am. I'm pretty sure that my husband is sorry that Janet and Kathy bought me the machine, although he dutifully admires each creation I show him.

I love ATCs. I especially love that I am making something new every time. My favorite projects are those that make me try something completely out of my comfort zone. I am often surprised at what I come up with. I love the idea that it is just art for art's sake

For the last few years, I've been working on original mixed media art, both in art journals and on canvas. I love the creative outlet (even when I don't really like what I've created, which happens). I trade art journals with a friend in Canada monthly and am always impressed with the art she makes.

I still make greeting cards but don't find this to be as creative a process as mixed media art or the ATCs. I do like to make a card for someone special.

I do some scrapbooking for a great niece that lives out of town and for my aunt. I enjoy the 8x8 size and love the results. I will likely continue to scrapbook for her. I am daunted by the 60+ years of photos that I have accumulated myself and am not sure where to start scrapbooking for myself. Maybe when I'm retired.

I've begun making mixed media canvases and collages from Gelli prints. Some are huge! And, if I say so myself, beautiful. I'm finally coming to terms with the fact that I am an artist.



I'm a reader -- at least three books a week on varied subjects, mostly fiction. I like most genres but am particularly fond of mysteries/thrillers, fantasy, historical novels. I like European history best and really like learning about Medieval times in the British Isles, France and Germany.

A couple of authors that I am really enjoying right now are Louise Penny and Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling). I also discovered Estelle Ryan's Genevieve Lenard's series around the first of the year and have been gobbling up the books as fast as I can buy them. This summer I read all of Elly Griffith's book about archaeologist Ruth Galloway and Connie Shelton's books about baker Samantha Sweet. I'm still devouring Aaron Elkins's Gideon Oliver series. I reread Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. I'm thinking I may reread the Game of Thrones this fall. There were things in the TV show I didn't quite remember.

I have a Kindle and take many of the free books that are offered by Amazon. I've read a number of really good books that most people know nothing about this way. If you have a Kindle, you should check out the free book section.

I like to knit and do counted cross-stitch. Any embroidery is delightful. I've been busily making afghans for my daughters and friends. I completed a cross-stitched picture for one of my friend's first grandson this summer. It turned out great. I hate to sew on a sewing machine because sewing machines hate me, but I do make pillows and curtains and things of that nature when it is necessary. I know how. It just isn't fun for me.

I like to cook (and eat!). I use Google and an ingredient list to find many recipes. I don't always follow the recipes but I get ideas.

I love my garden -- flower, fruit and vegetable. We grow (and I can or freeze) loads of vegetables each year. Tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, summer squash, winter squash, lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, eggplant, potatoes, green beans, raspberries, figs, blackberries, blueberries, etc. It certainly is nice to have those lovely fruits and vegetables on the shelf in the winter. I like eating locally and it can't get much more local than your back yard.

I've been playing with watercolor and finding out that I'm not quite an inept as I always believed. I guess that you really can teach an old dog new tricks! I also really like Derwent's Inktense and Faber Castell's Gelatoes.

I like to walk, especially in nature. Inspirational.


I'm very interested in swaps of ATCs, pocket letters and journals and cards, especially handmade.

I really don't need any craft supplies so please don't feel obligated to send anything along with the swap. I find myself just sending it along to my next swap. I do not give hearts based on the amount of extras in the envelope. Maybe that is the purpose but I use hearts to show how much I appreciate the effort someone took in fulfilling the swap. For me, swap-bot is a way to share art and friendship, not stuff.

Please know that if you do not receive a swap from me, please PM me first before rating. I will always fulfill swaps. The postal service can be unreliable and slow and want to make sure you get your item(s).


On the advice of a few very friendly and welcoming people at swap-bot, I am adding things I don't like here:

I hate gory things. No blood, ever. I like Halloween themed things but not nasty, bloody ones.

I'm not into religious things. I like Christmas cards and Easter cards but I don't want things that have religious sayings or saints or anything like that. For me, religion is too personal to put on paper.

I don't like cutesy themes like Precious Moments or the big eyed kids. I do like the Stampendous House Mouse series, which is pretty cutesy. Oh well.

I think funny is in the eye of the beholder. It is a difficult thing to get right but when it is right it is hilarious!


I love teal, turquoise, teal, coral, green, blue, yellow, and pink. I like purple, red, and brown. Black is always great but not as the main color. I don't care for florescent colors much. I really like colors that have a grayed tone.


My taste in movies is very much like my taste in books -- I like most anything except horror. Well, I can read horror but I can't watch it. I don't like to see it.

I absolutely love the new Star Trek movies and can't wait for the next one.

I have begun bingeing on Netflix ever since my husband finished my art studio. I pick a program and watch (or listen) while I work. I now have a hard time watching regular TV because the next episode doesn't automatically start! I binge watched all of the Star Trek series while crafting. I've recently binged on Game of Thrones and Outlander as well. Loved This is Us and The Handmaid's Tale.


Comment: Thank you for the starter set. I will begin working on them this weekend!
monsbrick rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R75 on Nov 21, 2022
Comment: Hi Melinda, thank you for this round and YES I was wondering how you creates your entry! Love the St. Louis stamp and the watercolored landmarks!
YooperHill rated for ABC: Sender's Choice #22 on Nov 18, 2022
Comment: That was quick! Looking forward to working on them! Thank you.
thebragal rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R73 on Oct 30, 2022
Comment: Awesome. Thank you
monsbrick rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R74 on Oct 17, 2022
Comment: Hi Melinda, absolutely gorgeous journal spread! Thank you for the ATC I’ve been struggling for inspiration in that area! Great to see you in my mailbox! Happy Halloween!!
Response: I had that scrap of leather paper that I had made years ago lying around. I liked the way it turned out. Thanks for the heart!
Artstamper rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R71 on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: Hi Melinda, i love how your spread looks! Your pages are always so attractive. Thanks for getting it to me quickly.
Comment: I can't wait to start work on a fresh book! Your cover is beautiful :)
Comment: LOVED the card! SUPER creative! Thank you so much!!
Response: Glad you like it. Thanks for the heart.
shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R69 on May 15, 2022
Comment: You did a great job with your 'sea' spread! Lovely. :)
Response: I'm learning to draw and was really proud of those rocks. Thanks for the heart.
DollyDotBoo rated for 3 Layer ATC #19 - USA on May 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart.
Mimi7 rated for Catbook 11 on May 6, 2022
Comment: Hi Melinda I sure appreciate you all for rescuing Bous and Tortilla after the hurricane Thanks for sharing. All of my cats have been rescues or rescued from having the life of a barn cat. This journal is turning out so nice. Thanks for this swap. take care
Response: We love our cats so much1 It sounds like you do as well. Thanks for the heart!
kankalin rated for 3 Layer ATC #13 - International on Apr 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nice pc and all the extras. [
Response: Thanks for the heart! I'm so glad it finally arrived.
DollyDotBoo rated for 3 Layer ATC #17 - USA on Apr 7, 2022
Comment: I 💘LOVE💘 your ATC and note card. I wish I could give you more than 5 stars.
Response: Thank you! You made my day!
Ace330660 rated for 3 Layer ATC #14 - USA on Mar 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the atc !
Response: I'm glad it arrived.
lynnerfb rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R67 on Mar 2, 2022
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Fullsteampowell rated for Catbook 10 on Feb 24, 2022
Comment: Super cute!
Response: Thanks! I appreciate the heart.
ChristineMartinez rated for 3 Layer ATC #12 - USA on Feb 14, 2022
Comment: I LOVE your card and the creativity that went into it. Thank you so much!
Response: I can't believe you keep getting my ATCs! I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Cute ATC! I liked it even more after hearing the details on how it was made. Thanks for signing up for my swap.
Response: I'm so glad it arrived. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: LOVED this card!! It turned out great. Thanks for the extras too!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
stamparose rated for 3 Layer ATC #9 - USA on Jan 10, 2022
Comment: Nicely done.. love to front of card you made also. Thank you
Response: Thanks for the heart!

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Tverne05 on Jan 31, 2023:

Hi! I hope all is well. Thanks for sending the homer ATC. I love the way it turned out.

Poeprincess on Dec 28, 2022:

I love what you did with the ABC Dec. ‘22 Junk Jam! Great job with all the elements. Thank you.

CookieMomster78 on Dec 9, 2022:

Your homer ATC from our ABC: Junque JAM DEC’22 swap is on it’s way to you with tomorrow’s outgoing mail. You sent so many great elements that it was practically finished for me, like a kit! I managed to figure out how to add a small button, star, and some washi in the mix though - hopefully you’ll enjoy how it turned out. 😉

MamaD on Mar 16, 2021:

Thank you for sending my completed jam back home! I love it!! Love the starter you sent as well!

vanneparis on Feb 12, 2021:

Thanks for the adorable completed Circus JAM. It came out great! Thanks for all that you do in the group. -Vanne

shirleyinCA on Jan 31, 2021:

I love the completed ATC Jam and I especially love the beautiful handmade card you created to send it it! Thank you so much for making and sending that lovely bird in front of the great picket fence! The blue sky and sunshine are very cheery too.

MamaD on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you for the 2 ATC Jam Homer's! Your cards are GORGEOUS!!

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


vanneparis on Nov 3, 2020:

Thanks so much Melinda for the completed JAM. I love how it turned out. Thank you for being part of the JAMS Group! -Vanne

Mimi7 on Oct 11, 2019:

Hi Melinda, Love the completed fox jam. thanks for working on it and sending it home.

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