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Date Joined: May 23, 2012
Last Online: March 6, 2021
Birthday: June 3
Country: United States
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Updated 09/14/2019

About Me

I live in Southern Colorado with my husband and two dogs. I've been messing around with art materials for nearly two decades now. The morning view from the house that we recently sold after living there for over twenty-five years:

November Sunrise

We now live in a smaller place as a result of our decision to downsize our life a bit. However, I still have space for a craft room and consider myself very lucky.

Before retirement, I worked as a systems analyst in Maryland, Texas, and Colorado, primarily in the field of telecommunications. I still follow technical issues, and do a little scripting to keep my hand in. Perl used to be my favorite language, but I write primarily in Ruby now.

For years, my main physical activity was horseback riding, mainly hunter/jumpers training. I had a bad fall from a horse several years ago, and reluctantly decided to give up riding.

I now do agility training with our Miniature Schnauzer Rion and our Boston Terrier Bandit. I also enjoy yoga and try to practice several times a week.

Favorite Crafts

I particularly enjoy making Artist Trading Cards and tags and carving images from soft blocks. I like bookmaking and art journaling. I occasionally do a little sewing, but retirement means that I require very little in the way of new wardrobe items. Photography is another interest, though mainly when I travel these days.

Favorite Books

I read a lot, mainly romance, urban fantasy, and paranormals, with a hearty addition of various types of non-fiction. Michelle Sagara, Ilona Andrews, Sharon Lee / Steve Miller, and Lois McMaster Bujold are probably my favorite authors at present. I am a big fan of our local library system, which is fabulous.

Likes / Dislikes


I love food, but am on a medically restricted diet, so must regretfully decline being sent any food.


  • decorated envelopes
  • handmade postcards and greeting cards
  • mail art
  • vintage clip art
  • rubber stamping
  • soft block carving
  • gelli printing
  • artist trading cards (ATCs)
  • horse themes
  • index card a day (ICAD)
  • dog themes
  • Art Deco
  • Art Nouveau
  • Jewel tones
  • shabby chic
  • National Parks
  • southwestern scenery
  • deco (books)


  • religious themes
  • violence

The Dogs

Rion has been with us since he was eight weeks old, adopted out of a local shelter in 2008. We think he is mostly Miniature Schnauzer.

Bandit has been with us since January 2016. We adopted him via a Boston Terrier rescue when he was three years old. He had been surrendered to the rescue by his second family, due to a damaged eye, which they could not afford to treat. He is a high energy little guy but loves to cuddle.

Rion was rather dubious about Bandit the first week, but now they get along just fine, though they do tend to squabble occasionally. Life with terrier types is always an adventure.

Despite Bandit's missing eye, he is a whiz at learning agility. We started in May 2016. Rion and I have been doing agility since November 2014, and I am continually impressed by how much better he is at it than I am.

Bandit and Rion

Swapbot Goals

I rate within 24 hours of receiving an item. If I fail to receive an item, I will contact my partner via direct message before rating. I avoid joining swaps that may arrive when I am traveling. If I am forced to give a one because I do not receive a swap, I will re-rate once I receive it.

I also avoid joining too many swaps at one time because I don't want to mail late because of Real Life. (I had one quick turnaround swap that went out the door and into our mailbox right after bringing our Boston Terrier home from the Emergency Clinic where he was treated for a rattlesnake bite.)


chimerix rated for ACTs: Tag, You’re It! on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun tag and for the wonderful die cuts! The tag is really lovely and I'll find lots of crafty uses for the die cuts. Aloha
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it, and that it made it there more quickly than I expected.
Gobarb rated for USATC Monthly Swap: DEC. Numbers on Dec 24, 2019
Comment: Hi Elaine. I really like the ATC. I love the fact that you hand carved the saying...very impressive! The gingerbread men are great and I will be able to use them on cards in the future. Also, the note card is rally pretty!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was a fun ATC to do.
Mindy82671 rated for QUICK Sender's Choice PC #6 USA on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: I love the PC. So cute💖Thank you
Comment: Oh wow -- the Post Cat card? I have a book by that artist with all these paintings! How fun is that! Thanks so much!
SilverD rated for TAG~ mystery supplies + yours on Oct 31, 2019
Comment: Love the tag you created. I tried to cut some images out of the napkin and got pretty frustrated with it! You did an awesome job cutting out the bird. This was a lot of fun, thank you for joining in. Thank you for the extras.
Response: I used a pair of tiny, sharp scissors that I hardly ever use because they are so tiny. I am glad you enjoyed it. I will send you the photo I took via email.
Comment: Thank you so much the images are new to me, and very useful. Great job of packaging and protecting the images.
Comment: YSP Sounds fun!
banjobraids rated for OSS: Random PC on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: This card is wonderful, thank you! Definitely try to remember to make art, not war most days. I hope your BBQ was wonderful, thanks so much!! :):):)
DragonflyDaisy rated for RSC - Flowers on the Way! on Mar 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card and cool gold leaves.
BusyB rated for EP Handmade Paper Envelopes on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the envelopes and postcard! I love the envelope you sent the swap in. Very nice. :)
earthnk rated for OFAP Quick Notecard swap - February on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: Elaine, I’m almost envious of all your upcoming travel. It sounds incredibly fun! I wish you great happiness throughout your adventures. Yellowstone is on my bucket list as is Ireland. Safe journeys! Edited to add a thank you for the beautiful heritage art card. The wild mustangs are magnificent.
phillaine rated for Handcarved Profile Image Swap on Feb 28, 2019
Comment: Gorgeous mail art--thank you! It was so sweet of you to think of me and make this a personal swap. I've always loved those Colorado mountain forests myself, simply magnificent! :)
Response: We are both lucky to live near such gorgeous areas.
Queensmiley2530 rated for EP February My Choice on Feb 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much super cute
Response: I am glad you like them.
TexyDeb rated for O50 & P Happy New Year 2019 on Jan 24, 2019
Comment: I love this postcard. TYVM! I used to see similar sites in Texas. You're wishes are similar to mine. :D
thequilterslink rated for EP January My Choice on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you
choke rated for ACTs: New Year Words on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great coins you created with Tim Holtz stuff, I just love his color palette. The contrast of colors you chose is perfect. Thank you too for the new gray wolf pup pc for my collection, he's adorable!
Response: I am glad you like the coins. They are only my second and third attempts, though I have made many Artist Trading Cards.
KarenFife rated for CPG QUICKIE: Animal PC - US only on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful animal postcard🐴. I enjoyed your nice note too.
milamilamura rated for FS: Send a card on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Oh wow! Thank you so much for such a lovely card, it's gorgeous, I love it! The snowflake stickers are awesome too, almost as pretty as your card, which seriously made me SO happy!! Thank you so much! And thanks for the compliments on my English and for commenting on how it's warm down here, not a lot of people realize that, so I truly appreciate you knowing it :) Hope to see you again in another swap, have a very merry Christmas, I loved receiving mail from you, thank you!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. It is 14F outside right now so we could use a little warmth.
FairyCrafter rated for ACT: Book page on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for making the Colin using Brushart like I enjoy. I thought the use of the post it in the note card was clever. Now I can use that note card. Thanks
Stampchick rated for Hand Made Enveopes on Nov 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice assortment of envelopes and extras.

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carfra89 on Nov 20, 2019:
CurlyTea on Jun 3, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


ChrisAnne on Nov 19, 2018:

Welcome to Planner Partners. I am so happy to have you on board. More swaps will be coming soon!

CurlyTea on Jun 4, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

stiffneck78 on Dec 20, 2017:

CurlyTea on Jun 5, 2017:

Happy slightly belated Birthday!

jukejan on May 9, 2017:

Just sending you out a hug!

btbeth on Dec 25, 2016:

🎅 🎅 🎅 Merry Christmas, Elaine!🎅 🎅 🎅
🎄🎄🎄I just opened my DT Shopping Spree stocking and wanted to thank you again! 🎎 So many sweet little gifties! Absolutely made my day a little more merry! 🎄🎄🎄

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