Date Joined: October 17, 2017
Last Online: September 25, 2021
Birthday: November 17
Country: United States
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Hi, I’m Melissa and I live in the Chicago, Illinois area. I work full time, and am married to a wonderful guy. We have a spoiled rescue dog, and home life that I love very much.
I’ve traded artist trading cards (ATCs) & mail art extensively on Facebook and Instagram for years. My social platform preference nowadays is Instagram, and you can find me there at @melissacre8s Link to view some of my art HERE
I take trading art seriously, and can honestly say I have never flaked on a swap. It’s important to me to create something my swap partner enjoys, and to send it in a timely manner. If for some reason my mail to you is lost or mangled by the post office, I’m truly sorry and would appreciate a chance to make it right for you instead of receiving a negative rating.
What I make: I’ve tried many crafts from jewelry making to ceramics. My latest focus is paper crafts, including ATCs, postcards, collage, mail art, altered Rolodex cards, tags, index cards, Inkbox cards, etc. I love to trade small art around the world.
Themes I enjoy:
What I like to receive: I always enjoy and greatly appreciate whatever anyone takes time to create and send to me. Some faves: 💕 * bright, saturated colors * hints of texture * Vintage papers * Old postage stamps * old playing cards * vintage book pages * other ephemera * washi * painted or gel print papers * die cuts * ribbons or lace
Not my favorite: 👎🏼 * cutesy characters (big eyes, Gorjuss, etc.) * religious themes * political * clowns * video game, comic book, or anime characters
90s-2000s rock, alternative, grunge, singer/songwriter, and even some older (80s) pop and hard rock/metal. I also enjoy modern classical (at least, that's what I call it).
I love live music, traveling, reading (thrillers, true crime, autobiographies), cooking, working on home improvements, gardening, flea markets, auctions, and watching sports in my spare time. I love architecture and have a degree in Housing & Environmental Design.
Favorite foods include spicy cuisines (Mexican, Asian), grilled food, fresh summer fruits, thin crust tavern-style pizza, chicken and pork (I can't eat red meat).
Favorite drinks: Iced tea, hot black tea (don't drink coffee & not big on herbal teas), chai, coconut water, diet lemonade, an occasional diet soda, Bai fruit drinks, bubble tea.
My style can vary widely depending on my mood, but I adore working with vintage ephemera and finding contemporary pieces to complement it. I also use mixed media techniques throughout my work. Some favorites are texture paste, gel printing, spray inks, stamps, stencils, and acrylics. I take great pride and spend a lot of time on the pieces I create, and I love to share them with my fellow creative types.
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