Swap-bot Time: May 17, 2022 7:25 am


Date Joined: July 4, 2014
Last Online: May 16, 2022
Birthday: October 15
Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name is Linda and I'm a mixed-media artist, instructor, and designer, teaching mostly to women, but occasionally men. I specialize in paper arts, but also books & journals, dolls, wearable art, and assemblage projects. I live in a small town in NC, and love to travel & shop at antique stores for supplies to use in my class kits. I also love to crochet while watching TV.

Things I Collect

I've been collecting rubber stamps for 40+ years, and prefer wood mounted over cling, though I own thousands of both.

I love sending & receiving decorated and handmade envelopes through the mail! Everything leaving my house is in a decorated envelope whether it's going to the IRS or a donation to the SPCA.

More fascinations I collect: handmade envelopes, foreign vocabulary cards, vintage postage stamps, antique ledger books, Tarot cards and assorted ephemera like old tickets, receipts, letters, deeds, and postcards to use in my art. I also own 5 vintage manual typewriters and have never used any of them.

I especially enjoy swapping postcards of all kinds. Those are some of my favorite swaps, especially vintage and b&w PC's.

A favorite collection: my old black & white photographs, mostly of women and groups of women, laughing and doing silly things, that I use on my journal pages, adding captions of witty sayings.

I love making journals of all shapes and sizes and then filling them with cheerful as well as unusual ephemera and rubber stamped images. I have multiple smash books, junk journals & art journals and love all the new, bright, cheerful supplies and pockets to adorn my pages.


I do a great bit of travel to teach classes, but also because we love sightseeing. We bought a new 2017 Mercedes Winnebago so we get to see far more of this great country. Road trips here we come!

I've been to England 3 times and France once. Would love to visit England again.


My favorite number is 14. Do me a favor. If you've read this far down my profile, please include the number 14 on whatever you send me. Write it, stamp it, cut the numbers off the page of a magazine or book. Tape it down, use a glue stick, or slip it loose in an envelope. Sending a PC? You can still add it on there somewhere. Let's see if I'm clever enough to find it and mention it when I rate you. Wanna play?

I love to read, preferring mysteries or humorous fiction.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I like both cute and scary.

Christmas means snowmen, lots & lots of snowmen!

Favorite color: Yellow Every room in my home is a shade of yellow, mostly a creamy butter shade of the palest yellow.

I collect unique pigs: multiple wire and metal pig baskets that hold face clothes in the guest bath & plants in the kitchen. My favorites are pig wind chimes my brother sent me from his 25 years in England.

My studio is filled with beautiful little bowls to hold beads, rubber bands, clips and embellishments. I find them in thrift & antique stores for $1-$2 each.

This and That

I have a 700+ sq. ft. studio filled with art I've made, far too many supplies, and art I've received. Since joining swap-bot my boxes of mail art are overflowing, which is a good thing!

I'm now making envelopes from old topography maps, calendar pages, book pages and scrapbook paper just to keep up with the amount of mail I have going out daily.

I own more than a dozen different sets of alphabet rubber stamps and use those often on my mail art.

My love of swapping!

Oh my, I’ve now enjoyed over 7 years of incredible swapping! Thanks to everyone who has sent me fabulous swaps and rated me graciously when you've received one of mine that meant a lot to you. Here's to another great year!!

All my mail is carried to the post office for weight and postage verification whether it’s questionable or not.

Wish List

I love anything handmade! I've received coasters and tote bags that I treasure from partners on Swap-bot. I don't sew and therefore love that someone would take the time to make me a gift with their talents.

In winter months I like plain hot chocolate and keep mini marshmallows on hand for a cup most evenings, and I like warm & fuzzy socks.

I love vintage linens such as mismatched napkins and tablecloths that we can use when we're camping. I love the little scented sachets I see on Pinterest and etsy made from vintage linens and just received a set of 5 from a partner here on swap-bot! I’m truly blessed.

We have a two year old male black Scottish Terrier named Beemer after hubby’s BMW so anything with the black Scottie motif is always welcome.

I love birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and botanicals. Anything from stickers to postcards or book pages of illustrations would be much appreciated. I also love handmade envies of all shapes and sizes. Small scraps of sturdy decorative papers for punching and banners and altering are also welcomed. And if you make decorated bookmarks, pockets or layered embellishments, I’d love to be the recipient of your talents!

Quick Note

Please don’t send book pages, used postage stamps, or brand new faux ephemera. I have an abundance of antique & foreign books and 5 extra large wooden cigar boxes overflowing with vintage foreign stamps. Instead tell me if I can send some of those your way! I shop antique stores constantly for true vintage paper ephemera to use in class kits so have plenty to share.

Having said that, if you make something for me that includes these items or has ink distressed edges, I’ll be thrilled to receive them to display in my studio or add to the pages of my journals.


sleepykitty rated for CPG Flower Notecard + PC - US on May 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the effort you went through to resend this lovely envelope of treasures! It's always confounding when the address is correct but it isn't delivered. I appreciate your note and your generosity!
Response: Yeah! So glad it arrived this time. Happy to know you were pleased. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for the cute address labels and fun envelope!
KaliOya rated for MAE: Birds, Birds, Birds (Envies) on May 12, 2022
Comment: Such a great selection of envelopes! Thank you so much for creating them for me. I love the way you included address labels for them. Definitely has given me some ideas for future envelopes I make. You have a great collection of stamps. Thanks so much for the buggie stickers you created:). So many lovely surprises! Happy swapping:)
Response: I was so worried they might be lost. So glad they arrived and that you’re pleased. Thanks for the nice comments and the rating.
Comment: WOW! First of all, LOVE the envelope! You have inspired me to try something new. :). Second, the letter. I LOVED reading it. I also loved how you wrapped the swap in tissue, it was opening a beautiful handmade gift. And the folder! WOW! Not only is it incredible but it is so beautifully constructed. Thank you so much for taking the time to make something so beautiful for me!
Response: I loved putting together your package. Many thanks for the kind words and rating. I’m always tickled pink when someone enjoys my swaps!
JenZen5 rated for SMSUSA: Junk Journal Goodies 💌 on May 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you for an amazing swap. I love every piece you chose for me. I especially appreciate your note explaining each piece. I will treasure each item. Thank toy again and have a fantastic day!
Response: I love reading profiles for swaps like this to see if I can choose useful items, so I'm thrilled to hear you're pleased. Thanks for the kind words and the rating.
rkassman rated for Make Some Minis! on May 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely envies and all the goodies - you spoiled me! <3 Thank you so much for joining my swap !
Response: Loved putting it together for you.
Comment: Wow! so many goodies. they are all great. the water color crayon on wax paper is a great idea. I do have a water reservoir brush. thank you!
Response: Yeah!
bpl76 rated for FTLOC#1-Self-made envelopes-US on Apr 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Super Super cute~~ Thank you!
Eulegirl rated for MAE: Envelopes in Color: Purple on Apr 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you! I love the variety! Thanks also for the tiny parcheesi one and the bookmark!
Response: You’re most welcome. Thanks for the heart.
ultracinematik rated for SMSUSA: 5 Things 1 Envelope on Mar 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful goodies you sent. I especially like the Alice stickers, of course. So many handmade elements - I love it!
Response: So happy you were pleased. Thanks for the rating.
Vickyen rated for CPG QUICKIE: Notecard + a PC #2 - US on Mar 18, 2022
Comment: Hi Linda! So lovely to have you as a partner as it has been ages! Your meals for your Mom sound yummy and I hope all works out for your art retreat! My visit with Jemma was wonderful and of course, way too short! Sadly they live 13 hours away, so will not get to visit again until June - I am currently still working but once I retire! LOL! Our daffodils are blooming as well, so yes, signs of spring - yipppeee! I am tired of winter, so I am looking forward to sunny skies! All the best and thank you for the goodies and your lovely note! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Loved hearing all your news! As always, thanks for the kind words and rating.
JaneInSD rated for MAE: Hello Spring on Mar 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty, spring envelopes. I like the paper you chose. :-)
Bananers rated for MAE: Envelopes in Color: Blue on Mar 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for resending. It really pains me that mail has been having so many difficulties lately.
Response: Glad it arrived. Guess I’m lucky that I enjoy these swaps so much I don’t mind a do-over.
AnitaHames rated for UHM: Pretty Envelopes! on Mar 7, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the very pretty envelopes with coordinating labels and postage!
Response: First time I thought to add postage but thought it might tempt you to use them. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: loved the postcards and envelopes. Thank you so much for thr resend.
Comment: Oh how fun! Love all this heart-ness. Especially like the stamped images on sticker paper! Those are cool. Thanks for a great swap!
Response: My pleasure. Appreciate the heart.
DeboraCreates rated for MaE -Three different Kinds on Feb 20, 2022
Karen07 rated for CPG InCoWriMo Notecard Wk 2 - US on Feb 18, 2022
Comment: Thanki you Linda! I enjoyed your letter very much! Good luck with all the projects!
LadyJo rated for CPG InCoWriMo PC Wk 1 - US on Feb 12, 2022
Comment: I am sure you did go to the pretzel place! That is the known touristy place to visit here. Thank you for the post card!
Response: Thanks for the rating. Hope to visit there in September when we head back to VT for the car show.

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theirmimi on May 9, 2022:

Thank you for the notecard, postcard and nice letter for the May Snail Mail Pal swap. Your yard sounds beautiful. You and I have a lot in common. I hope you have a great week! 😊

CANNEKCUL on Dec 26, 2021:

Hi Linda! You have been my sending partner for several swaps this year. I wanted to thank you for the awesome gifts. You also have the cutest Christmas cards. ♥️ I am already using the tiny journal (and the magnetic bookmark).

Merry Christmas

BusyB on Dec 26, 2021:

Thank you for the CPG March 2021 Stocking Stuffer. It will be fun to play with the cotton lace tape and especially the paper doll kit with the rubber stamp images of paper doll dresses, little dolls, large chipboard doll blank and fancy papers. I so appreciate your written explanation and ideas. I love dolls of all kinds and my stash shows it. Lol Happy New Year soon!

bluerose3 on Dec 26, 2021:

(CPG May Stocking Stuffer) Thank you for the bookmark, monkey images, atc sleeves, and atc kit. It will be fun making and sending atcs in the new year :)

bluerose3 on Dec 26, 2021:

(CPG January 2021 Stocking Stuffer) Thank you for the ATC frames, washi tape, and the zippered bag. It'll be so fun to use them in the new year :)

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 25, 2021:

Linda--How cute is this button doll tree ornament you made for the CPG Stocking Stuffer-Sept. This year you really spoiled me with well made items homemade by you. Thank you so very much. Merry Christmas~~Michelle

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 20, 2021:

Today I opened the WIYM Stocking stuffer Jan 2021 and found 2 more light green/white coasters you made. I REALLY like these. Very spring-like colors. Makes me happy. I appreciate all the thought and work you put into my presents, thank you very much. ~~Merry Christmas, Michelle

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 20, 2021:

Linda, how gorgeous are hot pad and coaster you made me for the CPG Sept. Stocking stuffer. With lovely Christmas colors too. You do very fine work, thank you so much. I have the coaster next to me while I am on the computer. And the hot pad actually is under a flower arrangement I have on my kitchen table. Merry Christmas~~~

OrigamiGrace on Dec 10, 2021:


DonniJane on Oct 15, 2021:

Happy Birthday! I don't know how to add a cute picture to your profile

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