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Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: December 4, 2022
Birthday: December 7
Country: United States
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About Me

SPOILER ALERT: If you click on my links above, you will see my current and past creations. I couldn't get my Flickr links to work above, but try this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elvesintheattic/ (or you can try searching for steedjj or ElvesInTheAttic under People). Why do I have two Flickr accounts? I couldn't access one of them and created a new one in frustration. Then, somehow I was able to access the first one again, but not the second one. Then I lost access again. And so it goes...I just keep bouncing back and forth between these two accounts.

RATING & HEARTS: I love to receive your works of art! Please don't feel you need to include anything other than that (I have LOTS of stuff already) for a heart. If you can't bear to send the swap item alone, I would love a hand-written note telling me a little about yourself.

RESWAPPING: Each person has artsy preferences and if my creations don't fit in your collection please feel free to send them on their way to a new home. I won't be offended.

I'm addicted to ATCs. I love the small format and that, for the most part, I can get them finished in one sitting while The Muse whispers in my ear.

My pronouns are she/her and I'm married with adult kids. We have an active lifestyle: hockey (my husband), soccer (me), snowboarding/skiing, kayaking, hiking and travel for the whole family. We recently bought a 1970 vintage camping trailer and LOVE going out in that after years of tent camping; we're getting soft. 😉 I am a big fan of the Seattle Sounders (MLS soccer).

My sister told me a while ago that she and her husband were talking about couples they knew and when they came to my husband and me he said, "They're in the sandbox. They'll always be in the sandbox." That describes me (us) perfectly. I'm very in touch with my inner child.

I'm a hoarder of craft supplies (don't tell my husband I confessed to that) because I 'know' I'll be able to find a way to use them on a project. My family also thinks I'm over the top with recycling. It really pisses me off when they don't put recyclable stuff in the recycle bin and trash in the trashcan. I've been known to snatch something out of there if I think I can use it in my art.

I joke that I have crafting ADD - I'm always trying some new thing and then diving into the next new thing. I used to be a scrapbooker but haven't done much of that in a long time.

My favorite holiday, hands down, is Halloween. I prefer creepy Halloween over cute Halloween.

Favorite Movies

Nightmare Before Christmas (and pretty much anything else Tim Burton-y)

Pirates of the Carribean series

Bourne trilogy

When Harry Met Sally

Monty Python movies

I know there's more...

Favorite Crafts



Mixed Media

Book Binding


I like quirky (think Tim Burton), but can go more traditional as well. (You too? Check out The Octopode Factory and Dilly Beans Stamps - good stuff.)

Texture, color, mixed media and recycled/repurposed creations catch my eye.

Soccer (Seattle Sounders is my team!)

Outdoors - camping, hiking, beach, mountains


Snarky, tongue-in-cheek humor

Idiom art

Fave Holiday: Halloween

Favorite colors: Can't choose. They all need their moment to shine.

Folk Art like this: https://www.etsy.com/shop/indigotwin



Overly saccharine cutesy stuff - Hello Kitty, Precious Moments...

I'm not religious so please no bible verses, etc.

ATC themes I collect...

Quirky/Bizarre Holidays



US 50 states

Quirky/Snarky/Humorous Quotes



Comment: Happy holidays!
Comment: love the card, thanks💗
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
Poohtat rated for Holly Jolly Christmas Card Swap #1 on Dec 2, 2022
Comment: Love the card. Thank you
Response: Thanks so much. Merry Christmas!
Sonya rated for AATC: Winter ATC on Nov 30, 2022
Comment: I love your beautiful, interactive ATC, Julie! And you card and envie in the theme. So special. Cheers!
Response: I'm so glad you like them! I'm such a sucker for interactive cards...they're just fun. Thank you.
Doreas13 rated for Holly Jolly Christmas Card Swap #1 on Nov 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card
Response: You're so welcome. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade poinsettia card! I love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family! xx G
Response: Thank you so much. Making it definitely got me in the Christmas spirit and I've been humming Christmas carols ever since.
lovesmail rated for Holly Jolly Christmas Card Swap #1 on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: What a beautiful card! I love all your stamps! :) Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!
user6937 rated for MAS Weird Holidays - November on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Great ATCs, Julie; you have such nice stamps - I love how you made the Dunce Day one - it's nice you found some "older" stuff in your stash. You sure did a lot of colouring for your button stamp (hope it was relaxing)! Thanks for always sending nice art; I never get tired of receiving from you :)
Response: What a nice thing to say...thank you!!
Comment: BEAUTIFUL card thank you so much. Love it. :)
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I really enjoyed making them and it definitely helped me get in the holiday spirit.
Comment: I love the ATC! Great composition
Response: Thanks for joining the swap and for the rating, too. Happy Halloween!
Comment: Thank you for the "Dead Man's Party" handmade PC. Very cute and creative! I love Halloween too!
Response: You are so welcome. Thank you and Happy Halloween! 🎃
BrazenIntrovert rated for HEUSA: Handmade Card on Oct 8, 2022
Comment: I love the card! So creepy cool. Thank you for all the effort!
Response: Hooray! They got there! Thanks so much and Happy Halloween. 🎃
user6937 rated for MAS Weird Holidays - September on Oct 7, 2022
Comment: Peace out, friend! lol, Mud Pack Day! Will miss you in the next round :)
Response: 😁 Thanks so much. I'll catch you in November!
Comment: The ATC looks awesome. Let's hope the post office figures out I do actually live at my address! 😁. Update: It looks even better in person! Thank you for a great ATC to add to my collection.
Response: Thank so much. I hope they actually get to you this time!
YooperHill rated for USATC: Bee ATC on Sep 7, 2022
Comment: Great coin Julie. Thank you.
Response: Thanks so much!
Psychopomp rated for Movie ATC Series: Hocus Pocus on Aug 26, 2022
Comment: Such a lovely ATC! I love Thackery most especially! Thanks also for the goodies!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Happy swapping...
ccmmsu rated for AMA: Interactive ATC #4 - Int'l on Aug 23, 2022
Comment: Oh my gosh -- I just saw this on your Flickr account this morning and thought, "That's a great idea! I love the girl on the swing." Little did I know she'd be mine! Thank you so much for a gorgeous ATC. I love it!
Response: 😁 It was meant to be! Thanks so much.
user6937 rated for MAS: Weird Holiday ATC - August on Aug 18, 2022
Comment: Love the Frankenstein card, and Underwear Day is great :)
Response: Thanks so much. 😊
user6937 rated for MAS: Weird Holliday ATC - July on Aug 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank YOU for your patience!

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HausOfImps on May 6, 2022:

Thanks so much again for the awesome RAK you sent me last month! I got a compliment on one of the ATC backgrounds I used today and it reminded me how grateful I was to receive such a nice package. I hope you're doing well :)

Shoreart on Feb 26, 2021:

Hi Julie, Honestly, I am a self taught artist too. Of course, I have been taking classes for over 22 years. But, just started abstract paintings. I really have spent this past year of pandemic on YouTube. There are so many demos and tutorials available there. I feel like I am back in college!! I have learned everything from the basics of composition to color theory to mixing colors to .... I suggest that you try out some of the ones on there, and see what teachers that you connect with. Then just subscribe to them and make believe that you are back in school. I'll watch a video, then go into my studio room and try out what I learned. I am definitely beginning to like what is happening.

I do have to say that if you are at all serious about this, you should subscribe to YouTube for a monthly fee. All the videos are free, but they interrupt them constantly with ads. Not much of a problem if you are watching a 3 minute music video. But these tutorials can last a few minutes or over an hour. I just couldn't stand the constant interruptions every 3 minutes. It's been so worthwhile!!. I go on with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and see what's new that day. If it is short, I may watch a few. Longer ones I save and watch them later at night. Good luck and have fun!

groundhogstamper on Dec 4, 2020:

Your box of ATCs arrived today. What fun it has been, looking at each of them. Thanks so much for this great RAK!

RiverTopanga on Jul 5, 2020:

Hi! I am so happy you have been able to take a Dyan Reaveley class. As you said, she is an amazing teacher... I love her little stories! She is fabulous!

tcornell on Jan 17, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome birthday card and the used postage stamps from WIYM group!

shinyserra on Sep 30, 2018:

The ATC you made is so creepy cool! I love it! Thanks for sharing that with me :)

marinda on Jul 23, 2018:

What a fabulous box of ATC! So much wonderful and diverse art in one place. What a delight! Thank you VERY much. 🤩

Dsweeny on Feb 8, 2018:

AHHH!!! I received the gorgeous ATC RAK today! What a beautiful selection of cards you sent - I'm THRILLED with them! They are all beautiful, and I love the Valentine's one you did. Thank you so much for your kindness :) Dina

RiverTopanga on Feb 4, 2018:

Hello, Julie! Welcome to the Artisan ATC group! Like you, I am always open to new ideas and techniques. I hope you will teach me some :-) Sadly, for me, I am also a craft hoarder.. although now it's turned into everything hoarder, as I see potential in almost everything! Let me know if you would like to be an officer and host some swaps. I look forward to swapping with you :-)

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