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Last Online: July 5, 2022
Birthday: April 30
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! My name is Nickalli Braaten. I'm an artist/crafter in Tucson, AZ. I'm an original beta member, so my user name is generic. I'm married to my best friend (29 years!), we did 22+ years in the Air Force, he works with the Air National Guard as a civilian now. Our son is in his Freshman year at GCU in Phoenix, so we'll be here a few more years trying to deal with the heat!

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My loves are art journals, junk journals, planners & bullet journals, hand carved rubber stamps, mail art, bookmaking, ATCs, silk ribbon embroidery, polyclay, beads, jewelry, altered art and books, most anything to do with mixed media.

Favorite Music

I'll listen to most everything except for Rap.

In the right context Country and opera are okay.

My current playlist includes Enya, Meatloaf, Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, American Authors, Adele, Melissa Etheridge, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Tom Petty...

Favorite Movies

Amelie is a favorite- I can watch it over and over, Pulp Fiction as well. Anything with John Cusack also makes me happy. Love the MCU! I love old movies (Cary Grant, Dorris Day) and most chick-flick type sappy ones. Not a fan of the new horror flicks.

Favorite Television

I'm a reality show junky - I love Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother, any cooking competitions.

Steelers Football is practically a religion in this house. I miss Friends, Seinfeld and Big Bang Theory.

Favorite Crafts

Mail Art!!! Creating journal embellishments. Carving my own rubber stamps. Working with my gelli plate. ATCs. ICADs. Watercolor classes online. Journals and altered books. Making something funky to wear (jewelry, not clothes!) Working in my planner and bullet journaling - love it!!

Favorite things

Please see my note at the end!

Bumble Bees, dragonflies & butterflies* cacti & succulents * irises & pansies * Anything from Iceland* Orcas & Puffins* feathers & dreamcatchers* Asian art & images * thimbles. * Hand made art! Collages, postcards, ATCs, etc. * I like my postcards homemade & naked! :0) * Handmade junk journals * Ephemera * Bling * Anything BoHo* Anything with cool letters/writing on it * Interesting pattern papers * Art supplies! * Buttons * Beads, glass not plastic * Old book pages, especially foreign * Illustrations of any sort * Cool images for papercrafts *

things to swap ~ handmade paper crafts, Mail Art, ephemera, handmade Note Cards, handmade Envelopes, washi tape, napkins, stamped images, stuff to stick in my journal, ATCs, journal or planner stuff, recipes ~ Anything Really

Swappers who really care and it shows they weren't just trying to hit the minimum requirement needed! You are loved!

Colors ~ jewel tones. Love purple and blue. Pink and orange is starting to grow on me a bit more.

things I do not like:

I'm pretty easy going and impossible to offend, so if you've gotten something you just don't know what to do with it - send it to me. I like the funky, unusual, offensive type stuff.

Receiving something that had no thought put into it, when you can tell the person just wanted to check off another swap and did the minimum needed.

No communication! If you are going to be late - just let me know! I'm pretty easy going :0) Also, if you didn't receive something from me - contact me and let me know before rating! I've never flaked and never will!

I Pledge to Rate

My new Persona!!

I have just become involved in a role playing type group related to the Georgian era (Britain early 1700-early 1800s) my husband and I are Leandrea & Bryan Wallis proprietors of the Rose & Crown Pub.

If you have any extra victorian style items (lace, vintage, buttons, ephemera, botanical, embroidery calligraphy, stamps, images, etc.) you’d be willing to share for my journal and future swaps I would be most appreciative!! ❤️❤️❤️

JJJ-Let’s Make A Junk Journal

I prefer a more vintage style. Color is great, just nothing neon.

Nature themes: botanicals 🌿, bees 🐝, butterflies 🦋 and dragonflies, birds 🦉, flowers 🌸 , mushrooms 🍄 People are good too and definitely have a place in any journal.

Things I Love

I love to gelli print and seeing what others do.

Eco printing and handmade paper are beautiful!

Vintage papers from journals, ledgers and old books make my heart race! Anything handwritten; letters, recipes, old postcards, envelopes.

Vintage looking washi and washi stickers, antique photos. Labels!! Lace! Old looking ephemera (tickets, tags). Sari silk! Metal embellishments.

Thank you for reading through all of this! Just know I’m easy and like most everything- so no worries! Looking forward to creating and swapping with you!


Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade mushroom postcard! I love all the colors and that it's got layers and textures to it. The mushroom itself is really good; I am impressed you carved that stamp yourself! This was a really great swap to receive - thank you again :)
AnnaM rated for A Right Royal Tea Party on Jul 2, 2022
Comment: Nickalli, This was such a lovely swap! I adore that shade of green you used for your folder. I thought your menu was just perfect and could just imagine sitting down to such a delight! Enjoy your time away! Anna ♥
Comment: The sticker book you made and the stickers are great. Thank you for the extras and love the little turtle on the dangle. 😀
January rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: WOW you are an incredible carver! I love your interpretation of my challenge ideas and I appreciate the variety of images you sent, thank you! Your carving is so so clean, do you use speedball pink rubber or do you use something stronger? It's so detailed!
Response: Awww 🥰 thank you - you are too kind! I would normally choose the pink speedball speedy-carve but I have some of the tan-ish colored stuff. It is super soft to carve - but it crumbles a bit so the edges need to be cleaned up carefully. And I’ve noticed my really old stamps are starting to harden up a bit - Still usable but definitely harder. Speedball has a blue speedy-carve too, but I was told to avoid that one because of crumbliness! I had such fun with your prompts! Thanks for joining the swap! 💖🍄
Comment: Another amazing swap from you. The folder and tags are beautiful. Love the closure, and, of course, the charm. I changed mine up a bit too. Who can’t resist adding a few more pockets! Thank you for the time and creativity you put into your work.
wolfeagle rated for June Bug ♥ Ink Box Cards (US) on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute inkbox cards. Hopefully it wasn't too hot while you were this way.
JanHardt rated for YTPC: 1 sheet wonder June -USA on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful pocket folio. You used such pretty papers, and the tuck ins are gorgeous. I love your envelope, and the note on the page from a rescued planner. This was an amazing effort to send me a special exchange. Many thanks.
Comment: I hope you had a great time here in San Diego. Thank you so much for the awesome side clusters. They are so cute. I also really appreciate the numbers and words. :-)
Artistic rated for YTPC: Masterboard Tags on Jun 19, 2022
Comment: Add embellishments?! These are perfect as is! Pretty backside paper too. I will be recycling your note to take advantage of the coffee/tea stained paper! :) Thanks much.
Comment: Leandrea, what a lovely little tea packet you have smartly put together. I am delighted with your little bits of lace - I shall "borrow" your cleverness for my own wee surprise. Yours faithfully, Rachel Nickalli - Love the paper you chose as well as the tea, vanilla & caramel. Using a scallop window gives it more charm, thank you so much. xxMuggleMom
camelsamba rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: I have embraced the playful beauty of your postcard (luckily did not require embracing actual cactus :^). Thanks for the fun work of mail art!
tatntole rated for JJJ: Pocket from a Torn Envelope on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: I love everything you sent, thank you.
Comment: Hi Nickalli! Thank you so much for the beautiful ephemera holder and goodies. It's so special and I love everything (heart)! :-)
AnnaM rated for Pocket Poetry on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Dearest Nickalli, what a joy to receive this swap. Not only was is so beautifully decorated but I learned about a new poet whose poem I really enjoyed. Many hearts to you, Anna ♥
Ryleighsmom rated for EPUSA: Altering This or That on Jun 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome swap!! Love it all! ❤️
phillaine rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on May 31, 2022
Comment: Hello Nickalli ♥ Thank you for your beautiful layered cacti postcard! It definitely reminds me of my time living in the desert. The stamps on the back are quite lovely as well. Have a lovely day!
georgiafae rated for EPUSA: Collaged Paint Chip on May 29, 2022
Comment: Love the paint chip collages-you did very well! Also love the little folder you sent them in and the wonderful eyelash yarn extra! Thanks so much for sharing! Take Care!! Also, wonderful homemade card it was sent in-appreciate it!
hibiscus rated for May Flower ♥ Ink Box Cards (US) on May 28, 2022
Comment: what care and creative perfection you put in your swaps...the ink cards are so very lovely and have a perfect vintage look the images are also striking...wonderful work...love the envelope you made for them how clever! you even take time to make the adress on the envelope special...this was a very very special and appreciated swap..thank you!
Arabella rated for YTPC: 4 Slot Paper Pocket USA on May 23, 2022
Comment: Love your pocket, Nickalli! I really like the vintagy feel to it! The little notepad is just my style and the tags, too! This is a great swap! Thank you!!
Fabriqueen rated for JJJ: Be Inspired on May 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful wardrobe foldout for my junk journal! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane

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hibiscus on May 28, 2022:

thank you for the amazing ink box cards ...just perfection

Star7Lily on May 2, 2022:

Happy Birthday dearest Nickalli - Leandrea

watercolorgirl on Feb 25, 2022:

Resend of paper clip notebook arrived safe and sound. Thank you so much for a great wee notebook and the resend.

MuggleMom on Feb 21, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday card I received. A little birdie told me I have you to appreciate for mailing it to me! It was such a wonderful surprise!!


Ms. Rachel Harris

Yew Tree Cottage

Star7Lily on Apr 30, 2021:


AnnaM on Apr 30, 2021:

Happy Birthday Nickalli! Have a wonderful day and enjoy your trip!

Hugs, Anna

Rainydancer on Sep 19, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

phillaine on May 12, 2020:

I appreciate you taking the time and effort to "angel" the challenge image swap, and your house plant stamp is very cool. I'm looking forward to using these in some mail art. Thanks for the variety of papers as well; they're going to be fun to play with. :)

Star7Lily on May 1, 2020:

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays Nickalli. xx

AnnaM on Apr 30, 2020:

Happy Birthday Nickalli! Have a wonderful day! With all my best wishes, Anna ♥

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