Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2022 1:11 pm


Date Joined: September 13, 2018
Last Online: September 19, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

I ran across a girl, Suzi blu, on Youtube who introduced my daughter and I to Art Journaling about 9 or 10 years ago. My first journal is hysterical but I have improved...a little...Early on, my daughter found out she didn't enjoy that hobby so she left me to learn on my own...I dabbled a little over the years, but really got steady with it in 2017...I do most of my learning by watching other truly amazing artistic people on YouTube....that's where I spend most of my time. My interests vary in different kinds of things one might put in a journal, trying my hand at all sorts of ideas...like one thing I started was learning how to draw faces, whimsical faces...I ran across Dina Wakely who says if you will do a hundred faces...you will be successful...so I have done many faces so far....some of those I like....and she's right...I feel comfortable with it but still need the practice....I like Art Marks....just random marks on a page or two using mixed media together...stamps, stencils, acrylics, watercolor, pan pastels, inks, distress inks and oxides, markers, etc...I also love making pocket letters and single ATC cards....My neighbor works in oils...tried that but found out I don't like oils...so I don't work with that media....I love collage and started getting ephemera kits from Etsy and collaging, along with my own scraps and leftovers, in a very large 12 x 14 book....that's an occasional journal, not every day....I just love Art....I am not a natural artist....I do have to work hard at it....I usually call myself the copycat artist but hopefully one day I will find my style....My kiddos are grown and off on their own adventures, so I have plenty of time for "arting"...papercrafting is my new time consumer as of late....like I mentioned before....ATCs,flipbooks, pocket letters and zines....so much fun to put together....

***One of my favorite things and one of the reasons I joined SB is because I SO ENJOYπŸ˜ƒ seeing other people's art and what YOU come up with....I taught 1st grade before marriage/kids and art was my fav time with the kiddos and I still have several of the kids' pieces from my time in the classroom and I cherish them....so I can continue this hobby here and join the FUN!!πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ‘πŸ€ͺ! I have two art "boards" that display all the ATCs, pocket letters, zines, etc that I have received over this last year and love looking at it everyday...so proud of everyone's uniqueness and that I have a copy of someone's imagination!....love SB!

odds and ins

We have 2 cats and 2 dogs....

I love to read....not any one genre...just depends on my mood and the book except no gore/horror...

my two favorite books on my coffee table: "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by marie kondo and "the joy of leaving your sh*t all over the place" by jennifer mccartney...hmmmm...dilemma😳

would love to be a pen and ink wash drawing artist

I thought about selling my house and living in a van (van life)....once...

I would like to live in Europe for a spell...maybe in a van there...πŸ€ͺ

I was born and raised in Texas and I hate being hot but my favorite time of the year is summer because of how long the sun stays out....plus I love the lake and water skiing....

I lived in Holland for 3 years when I was 10-12 yrs old.... got to look around western Europe just a little bit while we were there....I liked Paris because of the crepe carts....oh so yummy!....But my favorite place was the south side of France.....I remember it seemed so pretty and peaceful than any of the other places we visited.....I have always wanted to go back and experience it again.... one day maybe....but I also want to go back and see our home there in Voorschoten...I have found it on that Life360 app, so I can go and look at it whenever I want...pretty cool!!

I have lived in Colorado for 4 years, my university days (CSU) and also in Kentucky, for 4 years as well....both places are beautiful and unique in their own ways....

Favorite Crafts

Craft "parts" I like...

...I like "Shabby Chic"

...I like "grundge"

...I like coffee/tea dyed/stained paper/scraps

Great Quotes

"Creativity takes courage" -Henry Matisse

"We don't make mistakes just happy little accidents"-Bob Ross

"Happiness is an inside job! Don't assign anyone else that much power over your life"

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today"-Will Rogers

"Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold"-Josephine Daskam Bacon

"Art is the thoughts you can see"-Niamh Baly

"the view's always better from the high road"


bethe rated for AAA: Sender's Choice June on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the neat ATC! I love the colors and it is so creative and artistic :)
geekgirl1001000 rated for AAA: Sender's Choice x2 May on Jun 23, 2022
Comment: thanks for the ATCs! I esp like the one with the stamped butterflies on the lined paper background!
magicinker rated for OATCs: Something with a Tail on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: hi Mary, Got your ATC, something with a tail,,So creative.I loved it !! Enjoy your summer. Patt / magicinker
Response: I'm glad you liked it...have a good summer, too...cheers!β˜€οΈ
sunrising42 rated for AAA: Sender's Choice x2 May on Jun 18, 2022
beetle rated for ATC #9 Abstract Art on Jun 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome ATC! I love the texture! Paper cut out art is so cool. I also love the adorable bird envelope you used!
Response: glad you liked it!...there's this guy on youtube goes by the name Marc PaperScissor...look what he does with cut paper...its so cool!!...cheers!βœ‚οΈ
AZmom875 rated for AAA: Sender's Choice May on May 23, 2022
Comment: What a beautiful atc you made. Thanks for the extra.
Response: you're welcome...glad u liked it..cheers!
Comment: beautifully packaged! Thank you !
Response: you're so welcome!β˜•οΈ
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap. I especially enjoyed your packaging of the items. I look forward to using the die cuts. Happy spring.
Response: you are welcome!πŸ¦‹
Eulegirl rated for SCATTS - F - ROUND 9 - US ONLY on Apr 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the Fort Collins card. Fajitas are awesome--I love them!
Wambatty rated for SCATTS - I - ROUND 9 - US ONLY on Feb 21, 2022
Comment: I love your answers and the matching stickers. It was fun that you even had an "I" stamp!
NRGordon rated for SCATTS - J - ROUND 9 - US ONLY on Feb 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the swap, your list and the lovely PC. I haven't been to Jimmy's. It is on my list for when my wife feels better about dining inside.
TrishaLSmith rated for SCATTS - G - ROUND 9 - US ONLY on Feb 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the very cute Halloween card. Have a great day and happy swapping!
KristenCat rated for SCATTS - H - ROUND 9 - US ONLY on Feb 7, 2022
Comment: thanks so much for the swap!
Response: you're welcome...cheers!πŸ˜€
soyprincesa2 rated for SCATTS - E - ROUND 9 - US ONLY on Jan 22, 2022
Comment: Great answers. Thanks so much! Nice postcard!
Response: you're welcome...cheers!!πŸ€—
Carollee922 rated for SCATTS - B - ROUND 9 - US ONLY on Jan 19, 2022
Comment: I love London and your adorable doodle. Thanks for sending
Response: you're welcome!😁
Comment: Thank you and so sorry for the late rating
Response: you're welcome!...Happy New YearπŸŽ‰
Comment: :Love the pink!
Response: Have fun!....Happy New Year!πŸŽ‰
Comment: Oh, I really like how this ATC turned out! Nice work. I also really like the tiny Christmas cat picture/ornament. Thank you!
Response: you're so welcome!...Happy New Year!🎊
Comment: Love the cat and thank you for the little cat ornament - Happy Holidays!
Response: you're welcome!!...Happy New Year!πŸŽ‰
Maddashin rated for Glitter Only Christmas Card #1 on Dec 23, 2021
Comment: Hearts πŸ’• Thanks πŸ™
Response: Merry Christmas!πŸŽ„

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sweetgypsy on Mar 19, 2022:

Thank you for my finished ATCoin Jam with the little snow girl. It turned out really nice!

AZmom875 on Dec 1, 2021:

I had to comment that I love your profile so far. I havent even got past all you info on Journaling. I am going to have to check out Dina Wakely. I would also like to encourage you to do a group swap about a you tube tutorial that you found helpful. Check my profile some groups Everything paper or Youtube Paper crafters.

HollyBear on Aug 11, 2021:

Thank you for the completed JAM. I really like how it turned out!

captkristi on Jul 30, 2021:

Just got the finished Jam and I wanted to say thank you!! It's really cute. I love that notecard too and will reuse it. It is beautiful. Hope you are having a wonderful summer.

Mimi7 on Apr 3, 2021:

Hi Mary Alice Did you receive the swap from me? I sent Journal Circles Journal 5 x7 Journal 4 swap on Mach 15 Thanks for letting me know either way

Mimi7 on Mar 24, 2021:

thank you for the wonderful pages in my journal!!

MamaD on Oct 6, 2020:


Thank you so much for the wonderful finished jam! It is beautiful! Thanks also for the great AIW card and Queen!!!

debtea2 on Sep 22, 2020:

Wow awesome finished on the jam thank you

arystotle on Jul 7, 2020:

Just received the finished jam, thank you it’s beautiful. I love the block letters and honeycomb trinket.

Kirkdebb on May 21, 2020:

I received the jam homer today. Adding the birds was a perfect idea! Thanks for finishing it perfectly!

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