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Last Online: September 21, 2021
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 (28 years!), we did 22+ years in the Air Force, he works with the Air National Guard as a civilian now. Our son just started his Freshman year at GCU in Phoenix, so we'll be here a few more years trying to deal with the heat! I just started a new job so my swapping will be greatly reduced going forward, hopefully I can figure out a good balance.

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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 Happy 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!! ❤️❤️❤️


Star7Lily rated for Altered Tin Email Swap on Sep 17, 2021
Comment: Oh Nickalli what a darling tin, and fab earings too! Did you make them? I really was taken by the dark blue floral paper used to decorate the outside of your comfit tin. Stellar effort. and Many hearts for the lovely letter from Leandrea. xxx
pynart2 rated for Rose Tag with Folk Art Border on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Your Roses were lovely thank you so much. I would enjoy visiting with you soon, we could see about some more painting.
Wanda rated for A Character Zine on Aug 17, 2021
Comment: Nickalli, your beautiful zine arrived this morning. It is an absolute treasure! Thank you so much!
Comment: Nickalli, it's always such a treat to receive a swap from you. Pure gorgeousness from beginning to end. I adore the poem you highlighted in booklet form, so pretty. Thank you for all the care and attention you put into your swaps. Anna ♥
Comment: Nickalli! Thank you so much for your lovely email and your photos!! Your hydrangeas are simply stunning!! And your paper craft entry is amazing!! All my votes are for you!!! Hugs! ♥️♥️♥️Jill (Priscilla)
weatherwax rated for JJJ SEND 3: Paper clusters on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your clusters in a fab envelope - they are fantastic!!! May favourites are the sewn ones! Have a lovely day :)
AnnaM rated for Belly Band and Pocket Page swap on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: I adore the beautiful delicate belly band you created fro my journal. The envie with goodies was a lovely treat! Thank you! ♥
AnnaM rated for A Georgian/Regency Scavenger Hunt on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Nickalli, this was such a lovely swap from you, thank you for all the wonderful things you made! It's always a pleasure to receive a swap from you, thank you for making it special. ♥
Comment: Nickalli, oh how lovely to recieve such gorgeous pebbles, in such a pretty tuck for the journal too. You are so beautifully Georgian in spirit and this shows superbly in your swaps. Thank you and many hearts. Freyda thanks Leandrea very kindly for the letter, she was very touched. xxxx
Comment: Thank you for my amazing envie of goodies! Love your new clear stickers, funky paper clips, and tiny book pages!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Journal Spots and extra. I love the decoupage you've made on them. They will look great in a future journal <3
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Scrappy Fabric Tags on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Hi Nickalli! I LOVE the tags you created. My absolute favorite aesthetic is a dark background with florals on top and these are PERECT!! So beautifully made and so many! What a treat. Many thanks for joining and for sending such beautiful tags.
Wanda rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness, Nickalli! Your carvings are WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you so much for all you sent! I love all of those cute snails! The envelope was amazing, too!!!
michellelobo rated for YTPC: Book Page Envelopes USA on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: OH.MY.GOD!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for my book pages envelopes!!!!!! You nailed my aesthetics!!!! And you even sew them!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! I'm putting them on my current junk journal right now!!!! My husband is also military so I totally understand. Keep crafting and thank you for your service.
Response: ❤️ Thank you!! And thanks for the warm fuzzies - So glad you like them!! Thank you for your service as well! 🥰
Comment: Thank you for a fun selection!
Hunbun rated for AMA: Altered Text Mail Art on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: What a beautiful ATC! Thank you! I'm literally working on my own creation for this swap and am now re-thinking my choices after seeing yours :). I hope the graduation was all you hoped--congrats to you and your kiddo!
RockyBeach rated for AMA: Used Postage Stamp Mail Art on May 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your sea scene postage stamp ATC. I love how you continued the design of the stamps in colour and theme!
captkristi rated for I&B: Handmade Postcard on May 30, 2021
Comment: What a wonderfully fun card!! I love it. Thank you so very much!! The little chicken in the cup bring me such a smile.
Wanda rated for Fold-Over Journal Spot on May 29, 2021
Comment: Nickalli, your beautiful botanical work of art arrived in my mailbox this morning! It is all - fold-over journal spot, beautifully decorated envelope, with special stamps(!), and extras - a confection of treasures. Thank you so much! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
AnnaM rated for A Postal At Home 4 on May 29, 2021
Comment: Nickalli, what a wonderful letter! I loved hearing how your character got her name. Thank you for all the extras, you are always so generous. Anna ♥♥♥

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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 ♥

Star7Lily on Apr 9, 2020:

Dearest Leandrea,

May the romance of spring be ever present in your day, sending you this heart song to you and your beloved.

Kindly Innes Dexter O'Cullein

AnnaM on Dec 23, 2019:

Warm Holiday Wishes, Lady Elizabeth

CurlyTea on Apr 30, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

wolfeagle on Mar 26, 2019:


Thank you so much for the wonderful Tag you made for the AMA Mystery Supply Swap. It's fantastic.

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