Swap-bot Time: February 4, 2023 2:18 pm


Date Joined: September 5, 2012
Last Online: March 10, 2018
Birthday: February 20
Country: United States

About Me

I am a mid-west girl, happily married to my childhood sweetheart. We have 2 girls and 2 very spoiled Jack Russell terriers. I have always been a creative being. Loved to spend hours drawing & creating as a child. I spent my childhood in the northern woods of Wisconsin doodling while I sat in trees, hiking, riding horses & riding motorcycles. Other than art journaling, mail art, swaps, mixed media and zines, I enjoy the following: painting, sketching, gardening, practice/learning more about photography, motorcycle rides, walking outdoors & collecting "treasures", target shooting and DIY projects with my husband (we have done tons of remodeling to our house) going to antique & second-hand stores to find "goodies". SWAPS If I find myself running behind, I ALWAYS message my partner. I will have to limit myself as to how much & what types of swaps I will be able to participate in due to a demanding (& sometimes unpredictable work schedule) I always strive for craftsmanship & artistry and NEVER want to slap something together just to get it in the mail! But PLEASE, message me with any problems before rating lower. ...I am willing to go the extra mile to make it up!

Favorite Music

My music tastes are quite varied. A sampling may include: Maroon 5 & Daughtry, Imagine Dragons, Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi (and alot of the "old school" rock) I also like Jason Mraz, Adele & have an embarrassing guilty pleasure for some pop music that will remain unnamed in this format.....;-)

Favorite Books

I like mixed media, military history & horror/suspense mystery. I love reading about other cultures and their history as well. I love journal art & sketching books (♡Danny Gregory & the cheeky Mary Ann Moss!) Poetry is something I enjoy as well. A few that I am especially fond of are Henry David Thoreau, Emerson, E. Dickinson.

Favorite Television

I don't get alot of time to watch TV. When I do, I like the following: The Strain, Walking Dead, The Haunted, almost anything on I.D. channel, History or Millitary Channel. I watch a few reality shows such as DIY'S and Fast n' Loud.

Favorite Movies

It's hard to pick favorites.....generally, I like movies that follow my TV tastes. I like military & scary movies (horror & suspense) (not mindless, gory, "teenage" movies that lack a good plot & suspense.)I'm into most action movies. I also love movies that have terrific theatrical costumes & settings. I like pretty much anything that Tim Burton & Johnny Depp have collaborated on.

Favorite Crafts

I love art journaling & mixed media, mail art, zines. I have a large stash of paper (I'd love to share!) and I enjoy making handpainted papers & using recycled & vintage items. I love collecting some of the following: old postage, vintage or foreign text (book pages, newspaper, tickets, maps....no glossy papers, please) old encyclopedias & maps, vintage postcards, rusty metal bits, old buttons & rhinestone costume jewery, bits of vintage fabric/trimmings, glass beads, any small pieces of interesting fodder that can be incorporated into my mixed media journals, hand carved stamps, "found text" (collected from mags/books), fortunes, band stickers, old flyers from outdoor kiosks (i.e. indie/rock band flyers)and hand painted paper & fabrics. I also love contemporary doodling, cityscapes & artistic b&w photography featuring old buildings, trees etc. I love to collect photos or magazine photos that I can alter and incorporate into my many art journals.

My Favorite Styles

My eclectic tastes in style include: vintage,(l L♡ve vintage paper of practically any sort!) sketches, doodles, collage, Zentangles and lots of paint splatters & ink. I dig quirky and imaginative design & favor mixes of pattern, color, texture and style. I like to work with acrylics, watercolor and mix fabric, paper & found objects. (& I have an inordinate amount of washi tape!) I enjoy incorporating recycled items (i.e. office supplies, envelopes, cardboard etc.) into my art. I love to create with no rules!

NO Thank You....

"Art" without thought or effort (if there isn't any thought or effort...there isnt any art!) Stickers & commercial scrapbook papers Commercial/store bought PC's Cigarette smoke Disney/cutsie type stuff In general, any "cartoon character" stuff (I do like doodled characters...just not cutsie) Food, beverage items


OlcSylvia rated for ZMACS Oct: Mammoth Zine on Nov 29, 2016
Comment: Have not received, has not marked sent - 30.11.16
Germanbaby77 rated for October / Halloween themed ATC on Oct 24, 2016
chandlerguera rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard on Sep 11, 2016
Comment: The postcard you made me was an absolute stunner. I can't believe that masking tape on the written side would provide such a perfect background. Your handwriting is lovely, and cool stamps. I am so pleased - THANK YOU!
Response: Wow! Thanks, I'm so glad that you liked it....never 100% sure with "sender's choice"...just tried to make it with arty l♡ve" So appreciate the rating & ♡!
tristitia rated for MA: Put a FISH on it! USA on May 19, 2016
Comment: Sorry for the late rating - I really love your postcard, I love your style. It is hanging in my office now :)
Response: No problem...my work schedule has been so insane that it's been forever since I checked in last! I'm glad you liked your PC. Thanks for the compliment & ratings!!
KarensMonsters rated for FEB: Unicorn Yeti on Mar 3, 2016
Comment: It's magical! Thank you for sending such a wonderful package. I love your drawings and the story to go along with them. Is the fabric you sent with the cool scribbles heat set? Or should I avoid using it on something that will go through the wash? Thanks also for the note. I love little peaks into another's life.
Response: The fabric was doodled with a sharpie....I don't believe it was heat set. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! T/Y for the kind words & rating♡!
smmarrty rated for FCMA: 52WKSofPCs - #5 Gelli Printed on Feb 23, 2016
Comment: OMG! It's gorgeous! Thanks so much for your communication and the lovely postcard.
Response: So glad you liked it!! Thanks so much for the rating!
mle rated for WIYM: Washi Doodle Postcards on Feb 10, 2016
Comment: Love the card! Now i want gold washi tape!
Response: Glad you liked it...I had a bit of a gold washi obsession for a bit too!!! T/Y for the 5 & ♡!!
Comment: Love the chalkboard look on the written side and the variety of washi tape on the front. Such bright happy tapes-especially like the scottie dog of course and the zentangling between the tapes-very creative. Thanks for sharing!
Response: Glad you like it and it arrived safe (I used quite a few layers of gel medium to keep all the tape & paper layers down!!) Damp and cold are NOT friends to collage!! T/Y for the lovely comments & ratings!
EmilyT rated for WIYM: Washi Doodle Postcards on Feb 1, 2016
Comment: Beautiful washi's and doodles!i would love if your doodles were a washi pattern :). We had our heat wave of high 50s last week and back to the snow storms today :)
Response: Glad you liked it and sorry your balmy weather disappeared!!! Thank you for the rating & ♡.....I really appreciate it!
Manurnakey rated for HMPC Swap- Halloween on Dec 21, 2015
Comment: I'm sorry I am so late rating. I was organizing my swap notes and postcards last night and came across this discrepancy! I really adore your Halloween postcard - the colors are awesome and the depth is really cool.
Response: Thanks so much! I've been super busy with work (I'm a manager in retail!) & overlooked the missing rating too! No worries, better late than never. I'm glad you liked it...happy new year!
tristitia rated for WIYM: Mail art Challenge #16 on Dec 1, 2015
Comment: Love your envelope - and you have beautiful handwriting!!!
Response: Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it...have a super winter season!
AmandaJay rated for WIYM: Cover My Envelope SWAP! on Nov 30, 2015
Comment: I am beyond the moon excited about this beautiful envelope you sent! It is a piece of art! I am so tickled with it and everything inside! I love love love the old paper and have already used it in my art work! Thank you so much for the thoughtful swap! Have a wonderful Holiday :)
Response: You're super welcome & I'm so pleased that you loved everything! Have a wonderful winter season..stay cozy warm!
chicklebird rated for CC: Monochrome ORANGE on Nov 10, 2015
Comment: i got your beautiful pc in the mail today, you're handwriting is perfection, i have to try really hard not to write like a serial killer lol!!
Response: Haha! Silly girl, serial killers don't write, they cut n' paste!! Thanks so much for the compliment and I'm glad you liked your PC. T/Y for the 5 & ♡!!
pernie123 rated for Poetry Journal Swap #3 on Oct 31, 2015
Comment: Nice choice of poetry, well presented. Also, thanks for the additions. have a nice fall weekend.
Response: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the poems...they are some of my favorites that I refer to often.
Darida rated for CC: Sender's Choice PC - October 2015 on Oct 30, 2015
Comment: Hello Susan Thank you for very provoking, different style card !yes it is exactly weird style that I like because it certainly made me puzzled...
Response: Well, I'm glad it piqued your curiosity and you are enjoying it!! Thanks for the 5 &♡...I appreciate it!
kankalin rated for Mixed media Postcards:Birds on Oct 29, 2015
Comment: thanks for the fantastic PC
Response: Aw, your welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed! Thank you for the ratings!
shelleym rated for Art Journal Tip-Ins, round 2 on Oct 26, 2015
Comment: HOLY COW SUSAN. This is above and beyond - your octopages are fantastic! The extras are sweet too, especially the octopostcard. I might not be able to send it out though. It seems like something I might selfishly keep for myself. Heh. Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you liked them...I was excited for this swap series as I've recently finished an ICAD journal and it was so much fun! Thanks for the enthusiastic comments & ratings! (And you just go ahead & keep that PC!!)
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful pumpkin PC!!
Response: Glad it arrived safely & you enjoyed it. Have a beautiful Autumn with many things to be thankful for!! (^_^) smiley pumpkin for the 5 & ♡!
rngstgstll rated for CC: Bony Structure Transaction on Oct 7, 2015
Comment: Lady Gaga a la Caterina for sure! Loved this postcard, hope she appears as often as you want her to! Thanks for joining in!
Response: Haha! Actually the model is from a Louis Vuitton ad, but she did very much remind me of Gaga! Glad you liked the PC.....thank you for the 5 & ♡!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely mail art postcard! I really like the muted but varied colors of the papers...the poison ivy illustration made the song of the same name start running through my head..!
Response: Glad you liked it....that botanical print was from a tiny vintage field guide I found at an antique shoppe...the book was from the very early 1900's! Thanks for the rating & ♡!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9600 184 0 0
Completed Fives Threes Ones
165 198 0 2
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 40 125 0
View all

Currently Hosting

  • the user is not hosting any current swaps


kerrydwynn on Aug 4, 2014:

We're glad to welcome you and your artistic talent to Cold Hands Warm Hearts . H. D Thoreau is a favourite of mine by the way!

RyeRye on Feb 14, 2014:

Veterok on Jul 9, 2013:

I just wanted to come and say that your username is fantastic!

abbyaguas on Jun 30, 2013:

Thank you for joining Random Postcard Swap #19

London13 on Mar 10, 2013:

Not sure what had happened to the heart, but I corrected it. You definitely deserve one!

Login to leave a comment now!