Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2023 10:39 pm


Date Joined: November 12, 2016
Last Online: December 3, 2023
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States

About Me

Retired. Widowed (June 15, 2021). Two daughters both married. Two granddaughters. I love cats. I am spiritual, but not religious. I embrace tenets from many beliefs and recognize the existence of a higher power. I dislike "good ole' boy" politics & do not identify with any specific party. I am a tree-hugging animal lover & love nature.

I enjoy playing Mexican Train dominoes with friends a couple of afternoons a week & Bingo one night a week at a venue in town.

Crafts: Sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery/crewel, dried florals, papercrafting; Arts: drawing, painting, calligraphy, writing prose/poetry, journaling, cooking, playing piano, reading.

Likes: Traveling, cruising, salt air, the ocean, crisp morning air, rain on my face, fall colors, laughter of children, smiles, soft snowfall, the wind, fantasy, meditation, metaphysics, silence, hugs

Favorite Music

Genre: Folk, Blues, Alternative, World Music, Reggae, World Music, New Age: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo', Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Moody Blues, David Bowie, Dr. John, Annie Lenox, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Gary Jules, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Andrea Bochelli, Bonnie Raitt, Wilco, Mumford & Sons, Five for Fighting, Bare Naked Ladies, CCR, Steve Winwood, Dead Can Dance, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Emmy Lou Harris, Nancy Griffith, Patty Griffin, and oh, so many others!

Favorite Books

Books: American Dirt, Cutting for Stone, White Dog Falling from the Sky, Game of Thrones series, Harry Potter series, Dune series, Water for Elephants, The Silent Patient, Where the Crawdads Sing; Authors: Jeffrey Archer, Sharon Kay Pennman, Ken Follett, John Grisham; Poetry: Gail Mazur, Rod McKuen, Maxine Kumin, Edgar Alan Poe (poetry/prose), Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost

Favorite Movies

Not a movie goer-- just watch whatever's playing on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Netflix, etc.; Love foreign films (with subtitles, not dubbed); Like suspense, sci-fi, drama and deep movies that leave you thinking.

Favorite Television

Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior, American Horror Story, Dexter, Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, Hightown (of course, it takes place in P-town!), Survivor, Chicago Med, Vikings, VICE, Frontline, NCIS (all), Blue Bloods, Ice Road Truckers, The Deadliest Catch, The Amazing Race, Dr. Pimple Popper, My Aching Feet, & all the veterinary sites (Dr. Pol, Dr. T., etc.)

Favorite Crafts

Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Crewel, Any papercrafts (but especially Inchies, Twinchies, ATCs & Moo cards), Journaling, Sewing, watercolor painting, calligraphy, shell pictures, drawing


Likes: Coffee (not decaf) Caffeinated tea of all kinds, All colors, Handmade papers, Used postage stamps from anywhere, Die cuts;

Dislikes: Herbal teas, Instant coffee, Religious stuff, Disney (I’ve outgrown it)

Wish list

I have been doing papercrafts all my life & have a whole room of supplies & tools. I can honestly say I don't need another thing. I just replace supplies.

Favorite Artists

Favorite Artists: Jaime & Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Alphonse Mucha, Erte, Norman Rockwell, Peter Maxwell, Maxfield Parrish; Art Deco, Art Nuvo

About Me

PLEASE NOTE: I try to get my swaps done as soon as I sign up because I sign up for so many. Therefore, they do not reflect partner preferences as partners are not assigned until weeks later. I don't sign up for profile swaps for this reason.

Please don’t feel you must include extras in our swaps. Your awesome creative art is enough to make me happy and is the base for my rating.

I take my membership in the groups I belong to or have created very seriously. The founders/coordinators/officers of these groups work very hard to think of swaps, vet participants, and troubleshoot any problems. I do my best to support them by signing up for swaps and being available to host when needed.

I create upstairs & receive mail downstairs. I rate on the day I receive swaps (or the next day at the latest) & after rating, place the swap on the dining room table to go up & be entered in my swap journal. If you’re missing a rating, I’m missing your swap. Please pm me so I know you will resend.

I have never, nor will I ever flake on any swap I undertake. If I find, by some cruel twist of fate, that I cannot complete a swap by its deadline, I will notify you & the coordinator to obtain a mutually agreeable solution. I would appreciate it if you have any problems with or do not receive any of my swaps that you notify me so I may rectify the problem. I promise to do the same for you.

Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful creative journey with you!


RockyBeach rated for AMA: Inkbox card - hand(s) on Dec 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you for your drawn hand! So cool. And I also love your drawn envelope, some Chrismas vibes.
rarjones rated for USATC: 2 ATC Coins on Nov 28, 2023
Comment: very nice coins! TY for the work you put into making them. I enjoyed the extras as well:)
Response: So glad you liked them & the extras. I appreciate your comments. Thank you for the heart & Happy Holidays to you & yours!
luv2kraft rated for JLG: Purple Haze (1:1) on Nov 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the purple haze art peice.I love the combo of light and dark with the gold acents.I appreciate the work that went into it.
Response: Thank you for the heart and for joining in the swap. Have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!
anik4swap rated for AK4: Birdie ATC 2x2 on Nov 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for this mail also! I really appreciate your work. Hope your are alright and connected to your creativity. Have a blessed season.
Response: You are indeed welcome. The holidays are in full swing now & the days are full for which I am thankful. Thank you for the heart.
anik4swap rated for AK4: Hot Drink ATC 2x2 on Nov 28, 2023
Comment: Dear Dianne, please excuse you had to wait for my rating for such a long time. You don't deserve that, but I was really struggling. Now I am working on my come back and hope we swap again some time. Your mail was a great pleasure to me and so inspiring. Thank you so much for that!
Response: My dear Anika, all’s well that ends well. Nothing is as important as taking care of yourself & getting back your health. I appreciate & thank you for your heart & rating. See you around the mailbox soon, I hope!
boriquaz rated for USATC: 6 Inchies on 1 ATC 10/23 on Nov 27, 2023
Comment: It's made it to me, Yah! It's definitely fabulous. love the theme thank you. Happy swapping and thank you for the extras!
Response: You are welcome! Still no sign of the first mailing? Somebody’s wondering what the heck an “inchie” is! Thank you for the heart & I so appreciate you letting me know you didn’t receive the original send. 👍
papercraft70 rated for PA: Make It Musical (1:1) on Nov 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing with me of your musically incline family. I bet you play the piano very well. Your handwriting on the PC is so meticulous. Have a great day ahead!
Response: I’m a bit rusty, but still like to “tickle the keys” once in awhile. Thank you for the handwriting comment—I love to write! Thank you for the heart as well, it is appreciated!
Shiraz rated for ACTs: Thanksgiving Coin on Nov 26, 2023
Comment: Thank you Dianne for the lovely ATC Coin I enjoyed reading the background of it.
Response: I’m glad you liked it and the background story—such pleasant memories. Thank you for the heart & Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
donetta rated for MFF: Nighttime Owl Ink Box Card on Nov 25, 2023
Comment: Gosh, what an elegant nighttime owl! I love the magnificence of him amongst the tattered leaves (I may or may not have that die cut set, but if I can't find it I will order it immediately!). But I'm not surprised, because everything you make is beautifully thought out and detailed. Thank you for the gorgeous old book pages...I am besotted. As Natasa from Treasure Books says "A normal person would toss these old things in the bin...but we are not normal, are we? We see the value in EVERYTHING!" I lost my sweet Kiki about a week ago. She had an inoperable esophageal tumor, and literally could not breathe without oxygen being pumped into her lungs. I am heartbroken. I have ordered 3 sage smudge sticks from Amazon (you really can buy everything on Amazon) to rid my home and myself of the bad energy that has dogged me since my BFF died in August. I will let you know if it works...meaning, if no additional disasters happen in my life for the next year.
Response: Thank you for the lovely comment & I totally agree with you about the “bin” comment. I used to wet a napkin before we left a restaurant, pinch pieces of plants I liked, wrap them in the napkin & place them in a zip-loc bag stowed in my pocketbook. When I got home, I’d drop it in a clear juice glass with water & put it in a sunny window. It would start to root in about a week. Got TONS of free plants that way! Thank you for the heart. I am so sorry you lost your soulmate. You have had so much to deal with this year. My heart aches for you. The smudge stick(s) should help. Sending you condolences & peaceful thoughts, my friend.
Comment: I love this ATC! I'm not a big fan of Christmas. I celebrate the true meaning all year long, the commercial version is too overwhelming for me. I'm a BIG fan of wine, so your theme choice was spot on! All the extra papers are very beautiful, thank you so much!
Response: Fantastic! I really detest commercial Christmas & was searching for something else. Very glad I found something you enjoyed! You are totally welcome. Thank you for the heart.
user6937 rated for ACTS Monthly Holidays - November on Nov 20, 2023
Comment: Love your traffic lights - great idea and, yes, I use mason jars for all sorts of things, especially the pint and half pint jars - my quart jars pretty well ignored. Maybe I should utilize them in the craft room. Did you know you can buy regular (white) lids for both sizes of jars? Comes in very handy :)
Response: Thank you for the positive comment! Love Mason jars for all sorts of things & I love the interchangeable lids. Someone was smart to think of that! Thank you for the heart & Happy Thanksgiving!
wincejl rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #84 on Nov 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you! I love the dapper snowman! Thank you for the fun goodies you included too!
Response: Love to create snowmen because they were my mother’s favorite. Glad you liked the extras and thank you for the heart.
PaperPassion rated for ATC+Inchie #2 on Nov 18, 2023
Comment: Beautiful,love the image you chose.Thank you for the extras.
Response: I just thought she was so pretty & fit in so well with the burgundy & tan colors. Thank you for the heart.
Arabella rated for ACTS: 2024 Calendar Tags - November on Nov 17, 2023
Comment: Beautiful November tag, Dianne! I love the leaves and the helicopter seeds! (That's what we called them when we were kids!) Thank you!! And thank you for the great Halloween stickers - never can have too many stickers if they are Halloween!!
Response: You are welcome! I have enjoyed creating these tags & hope we do more for 2025. Glad you liked the Halloween stickers—I’m trying to clear out my stash! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for two beautiful atcs. I have been collecting quotes for years so I really appreciate the ones you sent!❤️❤️❤️
Response: I read you liked quotes in your profile. I, too, collect quotes from poems, books, etc., & have several books I created full of found “wisdom”. Glad we have something in common! Also pleased you liked the ATCs. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I feel very lucky to have your special lady. She is just beautiful. The navy blue inchies bring out all the other colors on your page together. I also found the "secret note". Well done.
Response: I’m glad you liked her, the Inchies & the secret note. I try to do one of those for each journal page I create. Thank you for the “pat on the back” comment & the heart!
Comment: Tha k you for the beautiful ATC and extras! Loved it!
Response: Glad you liked it & the extras. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you
Response: Had fun creating it for you! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you Dianne thus is the most amazing pumpkin postcard! I treasure it!
Response: I love pumpkins & the colors of Autumn—orange, especially. It was a pleasure creating it for you. Your comment puts me over the moon! Thank you for the heart.
WoodlandBanshee rated for MAE: Inchie Swap #3: Blue on Nov 4, 2023
Comment: These inchies are delightful. I love the tiny beads sprinkled in the best places with the nice deep blue background. Thank yoU!
Response: Inchies are sometimes challenging, but always fun. I’m glad you liked them! Thank you for the heart.

Rating Overview

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yvonne401 on Nov 23, 2023:

Hi Di!

Wishing you a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Sonya on Oct 3, 2023:

Thanks for sending the Mystery Supply 10/23 ATC card, Di. It's beautiful. Love those little letters you popped on there. I'll photograph all once received and email pix to everyone. Cheers!

yvonne401 on Sep 23, 2023:

Hi Di!

Wishing you a Happy First Day of Fall!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Sonya on Jul 24, 2023:

Hi Di! I just love how you completed the oriental ATC! It's just lovely. The broken tassel works perfectly for some reason. LOL Thanks also for the nice extras - they will find a purpose! Cheers, Sonya

YooperHill on Jun 25, 2023:

Ha ha! You did a great job on the ABC return! The dog sticking his head out of the fence is perfect! Thank you Dianne!

hibiscus on Feb 5, 2023:

Your giraffe grey gardenia card is just amazing .. you do very nice work.. thank you

watercolorgirl on Jan 21, 2023:

Really like how sender's choice #23 came out. You put the stamp in the prefect place. Thanks a bunch.

YooperHill on Dec 19, 2022:

Thank you for the nice return for the ABC’s junque jams dec. 22!

Hope to do more exchanges with you next year Diane!

Rrush19 on Dec 19, 2022:

Hello Dianne, Got the latest ATC collaboration (#22) Love what you did! Thank you so much for the delicate extras. I'already envisioning something to do with the,!! Have a good time during the holidays!

MuggleMom on Dec 5, 2022:

ABC: Sender's Choice #21

I love the steaming clouds on my tea ATC you sent back and I'm totally stealing the idea for future crafts. Love the texture of it. Thank you.



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