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Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: May 25, 2024
Birthday: December 7
Country: United States
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About Me

AUGUST 2023: I'm taking a little break from swapping for a while. I hope to be back in a few months. Admins of the groups I'm in, if you need to delete me for inactivity, I understand (but I hope you'll reconsider). All the best to my fellow swappers and have fun creating!

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: Thank you so much for the bee themed Greeting card. I absolutely love it!
Response: I'm happy it made you smile! Thank you. 😊
lmacdavis93 rated for EASU: Things with crowns ATC on May 8, 2024
Comment: Hi Julie and thanks so much for this very fun ATC. Love the guy wearing the crown - he looks very proud of himself! Great background and layering and love the machine stitching. And thank you so much for the stamps - wow! I have a whole notebook of old stamps that I use in my crafty projects and I'm so excited to have these - I don't have any like them so thank you!! And did you make the collage on the front of your card? It's awesome!!
Response: Ha ha! That guy cracks me up, too. Thanks so much for your kind words and I'm so glad you can use the stamps. Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you Julie for the crockpot recipes and blank recipe cards. Both recipes look delicious and I can't wait to try them. Thank you for joining my swap!! Have a wonderful weekend!!
Response: You're so welcome. Wishing you a delightful Spring!
Comment: Hi Julie Thank you for the yummy recipes and recipe cards Spicemom
Response: Thank you and bon appetit!
Comment: I love this ATC! I love all the details! And thanks for the extras!
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you and happy Spring. 😊
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas cards, especially the Nativity Card.
Response: I'm so glad you like them. Happy 2024 to you!
teejlc rated for WIYM: Leftover Christmas card swap #2 on Jan 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the great envíe of cards! I love the little make-your-own kit too, right up my alley. 😊
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you.
Comment: OMG - GREAT SEND Julie
Response: Thanks! Merry Christmas!
Comment: The card is so cute! Thank you!
Response: Glad you like it. Merry Christmas!
Comment: I love the card with the wheel to turn! And thank you for the nice surprises. I like you goal, I think I'm going to try that too. Happy holidays!
Response: Thank you and Merry Christmas! I think I make a similar goal each year. Maybe this year it will take. 😉🎄🤶🏼
hibiscus rated for MAS One for All - owl on Nov 2, 2023
Comment: Excellent card… owls are interesting and quite the hunters! Thank you so much for a very well made swap!
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and heart. Happy Fall!
Comment: Hi Julie, these recipes are super! My husband loves ale and I’ve often used ale to make bread. But I haven’t done this recipe before. And I’m always trying new variations in pumpkin muffins so I can’t wait to try this one. But the recipe cards are absolutely the cutest recipe cards I’ve ever seen! Did you design them yourself?
Response: I hope you like them! I would love to take credit for the recipe cards, but nope, I didn't design them. Happy Fall!!
Sonya rated for OATC: 3-Panel (Triptych) ATC #2 on Aug 3, 2023
Comment: Wow, Julie! What a beautiful, fun, quirky card. I just love the colors and Dr. Seuss-style flowers. Such a happy ATC. Cheers!
Response: Thanks so much! Thanks for hosting a fun swap!
debbee2014 rated for USATC: ONE DOZEN LAYERS ATC on Jul 19, 2023
Comment: Thanks for digging out your expensive stationary for me.LOL. Love it! Good luck with your new and improved art space.Yes I would love to take a class with those women....The atc is great, it is blue,(my favorite color). I had to take it out of the sleeve to feel it and get a good look at it. Awesome! The graphic detail are great too. Thanks! I love it. Oh and dont forget the envelope, trying to figure out how to use it in the compostion book im wrecking. Thanks!
Response: 😂 Thanks!! I love wrecking composition books, too.
lunatenchi rated for AATC: Senders choice ATC on May 1, 2023
Comment: Your ATC and backgrounds are all so lovely. thank you I can\t wait to use these :D
Response: Thanks so much!
hibiscus rated for MATCS: March Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: Wonderful atc.. you are quite an artist .. thank you for this and how nice of you to include my favorites… starfish! I am so glad for the info I enjoyed your note .. great swap
Response: What a nice thing to say - thank you!!
Conni59 rated for AMA: Shaped Heart ATC on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful heart atc. I apologize for late rating 😝❤️
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you!
Cindiva rated for AA -Tic Tac Toe Challenge on Feb 28, 2023
Comment: What a very cool and unique ATC. I’d love the shape. Thank you so much for the extras.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thank you!
Comment: Definitely a big grin for this utterly cute ATC! Thank you so much <3
Response: Oh, yay! I really like those little guys. I'm glad they've done their job for you. 😁🎃
explore rated for February Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge on Feb 21, 2023
Comment: Julie, nice work!! Quite cool how you combined a pop-up star with a house and finished off with high-contrast colors. Reminds me of the All-star resorts at Disneyland. Thank you and happy swapping!!
Response: Thanks so much. I hope you had fun with the swap. Thanks for joining!

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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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