Swap-bot Time: October 15, 2021 7:51 pm


Date Joined: November 12, 2016
Last Online: October 14, 2021
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States

About Me

Retired. Recently 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.

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, 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, 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!


123Poggy123 rated for ETHP: Tim Holtz People ATC on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: I adore what you sent. It just all goes so well together. Well thought out & well put together. I would give more hearts if I could.
Response: Thank you so much for the words of praise. So glad you liked it. Thanks, also, for the heart.
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the heart.
elflady rated for Vintage School on Oct 9, 2021
Comment: Wow what a great journal page. I love the way you put the pocket on the back and i always love receiving from you . Thank you for posting nd fo the extras. Stay well. elflady
Response: Glad you liked it & the extras. You just bring out the best in me—love our swaps. Thank you for the heart.
tam2016 rated for September Birthstone on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Dianne, thank you for the beautiful page for September. I love Morning Glories too. Have a great vacation!
Response: Thank you for the positive review! Vacation w/3 dogs & 2 cats to watch has been hectic, but fun. Cats are much easier! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I'm the same way, Dianne! You made me smile with this ATC :)
Response: Very typically me—so glad we’re alike & you got a giggle out of it! Thank you for the heart.
mdrogge rated for AO: September Theme Swap - Fish on Sep 29, 2021
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Zomac rated for MAE: ATC COLOR SWAP 3 for 3: RED on Sep 26, 2021
Comment: Amazing cards! Thank you for extra goodies.
Response: Glad you liked them (goodies, too). Thank you for the heart.
luv2kraft rated for OATCs: Decade 2020s on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the signs of the times ATC.
Response: Hopefully the need for masks will pass soon. Thank you for the heart.
Camiliann rated for VJP: Autumn Fairy 5x7 Journal Page on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: thanks for the cute fairy journal page, I hope to have a fairy journal one day, stay safe
Response: You are welcome!
Comment: Another great piece of art. It is amazing how different each persons collage can be. One learns a lot from swapping I feel. Thank you for being my partner again and for the extras. elflady
Response: I agree & love to see how different interpretations of the same theme can be. Very inspiring! Thank you for the heart! Stay well!
wincejl rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #8 on Sep 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful collage card and the extra goodies! Thank you also for the lovely note...your handwriting is flawless!
Response: I am so glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart & compliment on my handwriting. I enjoy the written word.
Comment: I love this creative cube as I do all your pieces you send to me. I am always thrilled when you are my partner and I appreciate your work. Thanks for the extras and stay safe and well.
Response: Thank you for the your comment—it’s nice to hear from someone I consider a mentor! Thank you for the heart, too.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC's. My grandmother had a confederate rose, that had huge blooms on it. I think similar to the rose of sharon, but I also hated to see it cut down.
Response: So glad the flower brought back a memory. Thank you for the heart.
evanselli rated for Dog days of Summer on Sep 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely jp, I loved the little dog and the little tuck spot is awesome 😊❤️
Response: You are welcome. I enjoyed making it for you. Thank you for the heart.
RockyBeach rated for AMA: Inkbox card - Spiral on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: What a fun idea to use the spiral theme! She really looks not very amused. Thank you!
Response: It was the face that gave me the idea when I started putting it together. She definitely isn't amused! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the pretty ATC. I loved that you explained your process for the tissue. Super cool! Also thanks for the nice extras. I'll definitely use them.
Response: I had fun with that one! Thank you for the heart.
vlhafer54 rated for Altered Index Card #2 - OCEAN on Sep 19, 2021
Comment: I love it - and the netting is such a great idea - Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart.
stephiedee rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book Page 3 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun page!
Response: Glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart.
Artstamper rated for Bingo Card on Sep 17, 2021
Comment: Love what you did with this card! Thanks for it and your lovely extras. Great swap.
Response: Thank you for the appreciative comment & for the heart.
mahlermail rated for HMPC: Bird love - September on Sep 17, 2021
Comment: so in love with this art piece -- thank you for such a lovely birdie
Response: You are welcome! It was a pleasure to create it for you. Thank you for the heart.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1041 191 196
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1065 1069 0 0
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yvonne401 on Sep 22, 2021:

Hi Di!

"Autumn is the season that teaches us that change can be beautiful." - Unknown

Have a fun and safe fall!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

YooperHill on Sep 9, 2021:

Hey there! I received the ABBc’s black & white return today & I love it! Thank you!

yvonne401 on Sep 6, 2021:

Hi Di!

Wishing you a happy and safe Labor Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

LauraM540 on Jul 29, 2021:

Hi Dianne! I got back the beach chair ATC from the ABC's group SCSS#6 Swap! LOVIN' the way it turned out!! The seagull rocks! (I can appreciate them more now that I don't live mear a beach lol) And also, thanks for all of the fun Beachy extras! Have a super weekend, hope it doesn't rain!!

Poeprincess on Jun 23, 2021:

Thank you, LizzyJo & Mummsie for your kind words of comfort. They are appreciated.

mummsie on Jun 20, 2021:

Dear one, I am so sorry for your heart breaking news. Please know I'm thinking of you....

LizzyJo on Jun 20, 2021:

So sorry to hear your heartbreaking news. Sending positive thoughts and heartfelt hugs.

georgiafae on May 28, 2021:

Thanks for finishing the POE stamp card-I love the story behind how you arrived at finishing it! Thanks for the wonderful little bits you sent too-Take care, friend!

donetta on May 15, 2021:

Oh, Di! How you embellished this ATC is a pleasure to behold! The sweet feather! The bark-y stuffs down the side! Is it bark from a tree or bush? I must be looking for this while I'm outside! As always, you are truly an inspiration, and I'm so happy that we met in swap-land!

supersquirrel on Apr 10, 2021:

Great finishing touches on the ABCs: Aquatic Theme buddy jam. Thanks for the great ephemera too 🦆🦆🐿️ (duck duck squirrel - haha)

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