Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2021 4:46 pm


Date Joined: March 4, 2008
Last Online: September 12, 2021

Country: United States
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please Please PLEASE do not send extras! I'm attempting to de-stash my studio before it takes over the house. :-)

I'm Katherine, a professional genealogical researcher, speaker, and educator. I am self-employed and work full-time from home doing research for clients or preparing genealogy presentations for conferences and institutes.

My husband & I have been married for 25+ years, and have always lived in Michigan, which is lovely in the spring, summer and fall. Winter is another matter entirely (unless you love the cold and snow).

We don't have any children but have an adorable 8-year-old little beagle/Jack Russel named James. We recently moved to a rural piece of property out in the country, and James loves being a country dog.

I was born to be an artist. My first creative memory is of being 3 years old and coming across a bottle of Elmer's glue and a jar of multi-colored glitter. I took them both into my bedroom, tipped the glue upside down, and watched in amazement as it pooled into a palm-sized puddle on the shag carpeting. After rubbing it deeper into the carpet, I added a healthy sprinkling of the glitter, rubbed that deeper into the carpet, and was delighted at the resulting creation! My mother, discovering the hard, dried palm-sized creation a week later, was not so delighted.

50+ years later, I still cannot get enough of glitter (especially in shades of bright pink/fuchsia), and I've developed a magnificent passion for paper, as well. During our recent move, I discovered I have enough specialty paper to last me for about 5 more lifetimes. :-)


I studied music in undergrad with a 4-year music scholarship focused on composing music in a classical style for piano, choirs & orchestras.

I also enjoy listening to classical music, but I'm basically contemporary-music illiterate. I have no idea who's popular these days in pop, rock, country, folk, rap, etc., but I can talk for hours about Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Vivaldi! :-)


I love reading contemporary fiction, especially cozy mysteries by female authors. But my favorite books are all of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books, and Pamela Schoenewaldt's books. Both authors' writings are so incredibly different from one another, but I love them immensely and re-read their work every couple of years.


Papercrafts are, by far, my favorite. For many years, I taught various paper arts classes at our local Rec & Ed. I love making greeting cards (which I've done almost exclusively for the past few years), ATCs, art journals, handmade books, and altered books.


I collect new or used stamps from any country to use in artwork. I prefer vintage (pre-1970) stamps that were printed with only a single color, regardless of subject matter. I especially like the old 1¢ through 10¢ stamps (including the 1/2 ¢ stamps) that are printed in all blue, all green, all red, all brown, or all purple/pink. If you do not have these for a swap, my next favorite are those with birds or butterflies.


COLORS: My favorite color is glitter! Especially if it's pink/fuchsia. I also love deep, vibrant jewel-toned shades of amethyst, sapphire, ruby, and emerald.

IMAGES: Birds, butterflies, flowers, trees, maps, sheet music, oceans/lakes/streams, mountains, farm animals, dogs

CRAFT SUPPLIES: 8.5x11 sheets of white & ivory cardstock for card-making, glitter cardstock, specialty papers, and Stickles glitter glue

DRINKS: coffee (unflavored) w/cream, semi-sweet white wines, and bourbon

VACATION SPOTS: Venice, Italy; Paris, France; any rural English, Irish, or Scottish countryside; and deserts in the American southwest.

HOLIDAY: Christmas, but I'm not Christian. I just love the holiday cheer, the reds & golds, the candles & lights, the Christmas tree & greens on the fireplace mantles, the carols... I love it all!


Please do not send extras of anything - I'm undertaking a massive de-stashing of my art studio.

I scare easily & dislike things that might be considered scary, dark or macabre. I'm also not a fan of cutesy or cartoon-y things. Please don't send the following:

  • bugs
  • robots
  • skulls
  • skeletons
  • vampires
  • zombies
  • witches
  • doll faces
  • clown faces
  • Hello Kitty
  • Kawaii or similar
  • anything religious
  • anything sci-fi or post-apocalyptic
  • anything with smoking odors


tampatha rated for Mixed Media ATC: Used Postage Stamp on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Wow! That sure took its time didn't it! LOL. It's a beautiful ATC and I love that you designed it around the stamp, using the blue and yellow from the butterfly! Thanks for the extras too. :)
BethiquaC rated for Four Seasons ATC's on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for this ATC - I love the weight of it.
boriquaz rated for Free Theme ATC Swap #8 - USA Only on Aug 19, 2021
Comment: i received your wonderful atc and extra, thank you so much. Happy Swapping!
savannahsbujo rated for 3 Layer ATC #2 on Aug 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
LadyTbird rated for ATC int #17 - Nature on Aug 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your ATCs!! Your green peace wreath was really special and the extra 3 were a true bonus! I also wonder if we have met! I haven't gone to any of the Oakland Co. Genealogy Society meetings, though I have a patient who has bugged me to join, lol. I attended the NGS Convention in Grand Rapids in 2018 and go to smaller seminars occasionally as I find them, including a few held by the MGC. I'm actually working on creating a talk that combines my love for genealogy, my career in nursing, and my history degree, about how illness/medicine, etc. affected the lives of our ancestors. It's been slow going with all the other "life stuff" I have going on, but I hope it's something I can present in the near future. Again, thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATCs! I LOVE the purple one you made!
LawLibrarian rated for Retro Woman ATC on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: So cute! thank you for swapping! The envelope is stunning too!
Fabriqueen rated for Homemade Collage Card on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and the awesome butterfly die cuts! I do love purple butterflies! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
StitchingWitch rated for Used Postage Stamp #6 on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: Katherine -- Thank you so much for the stamps. They are a very welcome addition to my collection. Love the envelope, too.
lrm1980 rated for All about the envelope on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: What a fantastic envelope! So fun to pull out of the mailbox and look at all the cool components. The ATC is really cute, too. Thank you!!
Wambatty rated for Uninteresting PC Swap - USA - #13 on May 31, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the thoughtful postcard. I love it!
Cellolady rated for Uninteresting PC Swap - USA - #13 on May 29, 2021
Comment: Loved everything, especially the labels! Thank you!
StitchingWitch rated for 25 Postage Stamps Swap # 4 on May 26, 2021
Comment: Nice stamps - way more than 25 -- I'd give you two hearts if I could!.
Comment: Thank you so much for the stamps! There all so pretty!
Pepsicola57 rated for All about the envelope on May 21, 2021
Comment: Love it❤️💕❤️💕❤️
Jbondbull rated for Used Postage Stamp #5 on May 18, 2021
Comment: These stamps are awesome and so are you. Thankyou.
Mindy82671 rated for Doilies ephemera on May 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful doily and die cuts😃
cynaemon rated for All about the envelope on May 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks.
Comment: I absolutely love these cards! They are so unique and thank you for not including glitter, I appreciate it. These cards are a great addition to my collection. That butterfly one is definitely on my favorites list!!
Kittybob83 rated for All Handmade on May 15, 2021
Comment: I love all these handmade goodies! They are made beautifully! I loved the way you wrapped them up like a present, and all the vintage extras too! Thank you for a wonderful swap!

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chimerix on Sep 3, 2009:

Thank you so much for angeling me for the Asian ATC Swap. Your cards are always so lovely. Aloha

barbie1950 on Jan 12, 2009:

Katherine, Thank you for being my angel for the snowflake ATC. I love the card you made, it is so beautiful, with lots of bling. Just my style... Thanks, Barbie

Darida on Dec 6, 2008:

Thank you for Angeling snowflake swap.ATC is beautiful and makes a perfect set with your previous ATC.

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