Swap-bot Time: April 12, 2021 5:09 pm


Date Joined: November 12, 2016
Last Online: April 12, 2021
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States

About Me

Retired. Husband retired. Two daughters both married. Two granddaughters. One cat. I am spiritual, but not religious. I embrace tenets from many beliefs and recognize the existence of a higher power. I dislike "good ole' boy" politics & do not identify with any specific party. I am a tree-hugging animal lover & love nature.

Crafts: Sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery/crewel, dried florals, papercrafting; Arts: drawing, painting, calligraphy, writing prose/poetry, journaling, cooking, playing piano, reading.

Likes: Traveling, cruising, salt air, the ocean, crisp morning air, rain on my face, fall colors, laughter of children, smiles, soft snowfall, the wind, fantasy, meditation, metaphysics, silence, hugs

Favorite Music

Genre: Folk, Blues, Alternative, World Music, New Age: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo', Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Moody Blues, David Bowie, Dr. John, Annie Lenox, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Gary Jules, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Andrea Bochelli, Bonnie Raitt, Wilco, Mumford & Sons, Five for Fighting, Bare Naked Ladies, CCR, Steve Winwood, Dead Can Dance, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Emmy Lou Harris, Nancy Griffith, Patty Griffin, and oh, so many others!

Favorite Books

Books: American Dirt, Cutting for Stone, White Dog Falling from the Sky, Game of Thrones series, Harry Potter series, Dune series, Water for Elephants, The Silent Patient, Where the Crawdads Sing; Authors: Steven King, Sharon Kay Pennman, Ken Follett, John Grisham; Poetry: Gail Mazur, Rod McKuen, Maxine Kumin, Edgar Alan Poe (poetry/prose), Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost

Favorite Movies

Not a movie goer-- just watch whatever's playing on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Netflix, etc.; Love foreign films (with subtitles, not dubbed); Like suspense, sci-fi, drama and deep movies that leave you thinking.

Favorite Television

Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior, American Horror Story, Survivor, Chicago Med, Vikings, VICE, Frontline, NCIS (all), Blue Bloods, Ice Road Truckers, The Deadliest Catch, The Amazing Race, Dr. Pimple Popper, My Aching Feet, & all the veterinary sites (Dr. Pol, Dr. T., etc.)

Favorite Crafts

Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Crewel, Any papercrafts (but especially Inchies, Twinchies, ATCs & Moo cards), Journaling, Sewing, watercolor painting, calligraphy, shell pictures, drawing


Likes: Coffee (not decaf) Caffeinated tea of all kinds, All colors, Handmade papers, Used postage stamps from anywhere, Die cuts; Dislikes: Herbal teas, Instant coffee, Religious stuff, Disney (I’ve outgrown it)

Wish list

I have been doing papercrafts all my life & have a whole room of supplies & tools. I can honestly say I don't need another thing. I just replace supplies.

Favorite Artists

Favorite Artists: Jaime & Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Alphonse Mucha, Erte, Norman Rockwell, Peter Maxwell, Maxfield Parrish; Art Deco, Art Nuvo

About Me

PLEASE NOTE: I try to get my swaps done as soon as I sign up because I sign up for so many. Therefore, they do not reflect partner preferences as partners are not assigned until weeks later. I don't sign up for profile swaps for this reason.

Please don’t feel you must include extras in our swaps. Your awesome creative art is enough to make me happy and is the base for my rating.

I take my membership in the groups I belong to or have created very seriously. The founders/coordinators/officers of these groups work very hard to think of swaps, vet participants, and troubleshoot any problems. I do my best to support them by signing up for swaps and being available to host when needed.

I create upstairs & receive mail downstairs. I rate on the day I receive swaps (or the next day at the latest) & after rating, place the swap on the dining room table to go up & be entered in my swap journal. If you’re missing a rating, I’m missing your swap. Please pm me so I know you will resend.

I have never, nor will I ever flake on any swap I undertake. If I find, by some cruel twist of fate, that I cannot complete a swap by its deadline, I will notify you & the coordinator to obtain a mutually agreeable solution. I would appreciate it if you have any problems with or do not receive any of my swaps that you notify me so I may rectify the problem. I promise to do the same for you.

Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful creative journey with you!


PaulaF rated for Zetti Journal Page on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: And hello again! Your zetti journal page with quirky BFFs is here! I have to say that the pocket with slide-out tabbed card is ingenious. And we are twins with the "ART" rubber stamp on the back...I've had mine for like 20 years and can't even remember where I got it from! Maybe yours is that old too? Anyway, thanks for the thoughtful extras as well...nice variety and much appreciated! Till next time... <3
PaulaF rated for April Zetti Bookmark on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Hello Di! Not one but TWO wonderful zetti packets arrived from you today! This rating is for the cute bunny bookmark. I love the vintage children's paper you backed it with, and the quirky selection of extra ephemera you sent will be fun to use! Thanks for being a great swap partner!
Comment: The Ransom PC you sent was too funny! It definitely gave me a chuckle. I love the style you used to decorate it too. Thanks for the great swap <3
Response: Thanks! It was fun to do, but time consuming, as I'm sure you found out. Thank you for the compliment, for being my partner & the heart.
papertreasures17 rated for ACTs: Rainy Day Tag on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute Rainy Day tag. The girl is just adorable. The extra ephemera is much appreciated and the pouch for the tag is a great idea. Love it!
Response: You are welcome! I loved playing in the puddles when I was young, and this girl reminds me of that. Glad you liked the extras, and thank you for the heart.
donetta rated for ACTs: February Red(s) Tag on Apr 8, 2021
Comment: I was mortified to discover this beautiful tag at the bottom of an absolutely hellacious pile of papers and...well, stuff. Unrated. Not even removed from it's little clear envelope...the better for everyone along the delivery route to enjoy! But...UNRATED! I bow my head in shame. I even have a statement regarding non-raters on my profile page! Dianne...this is just so gorgeous! I adore the glossy robin's breast, and the red rose, too...it's absolutely lovely. Please forgive me!
Response: No problem! We all know how hellacious those piles (of paper) can be. I know you and your dependability from all the swaps we’ve done & you don’t have to worry—all’s well that ends well, my friend. Rise up & create!
tam2016 rated for Birthstone and Flower April on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful page for April. I really love the "secret pocket" you put in it. Such WOW!
Response: You are welcome! I enjoy doing these journal pages! Enjoy the pocket for secret thoughts, ephemera or a picture. Thank you for the heart & hope we are partnered again soon.
ccmmsu rated for AMA: Art Journal Pages -Mar on Apr 5, 2021
Comment: I am so lucky I got to be your partner this month! I absolutely love your women. I can totally relate to the fractured page, and it's a perfect example of how simplicity in art can be really impactful. And, oh, the confident woman... she'll be out on my desk for awhile before going into the journal. I truly love these pages. Thank you so much!!
Response: I like the way they turned out, too. I was very inspired the day I created them & I’m glad you liked them as well. Thank you for being my partner & for the heart.
chimerix rated for ABCs: Winged Things! on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun starters. I'll get to work on them soon. Aloha
Response: I’m sure you will come up with something fabulous! Thanks for rating.
supersquirrel rated for ABCs: SCSS #2 on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: Hello Partner - Thank you for the great buddy starter. Yes, rainy April is so true, especially here ☂️🐿️☂️
Response: You are welcome. Glad to be paired with you again. Thank you for the heart.
Conni59 rated for OATCs: Decade 1930’s on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you kindly for the lovely 1930s atc. Love the outfits.
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for joining the swap and for the heart.
shellbee8 rated for ATC SWAP 3 for 3: TEA or COFFEE on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: You said you don't normally join public swaps but I'm so glad you did! These ATC's were beautiful and a great addition to my collection! Thank you for sharing!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them! I usually join the coffee/tea swaps because I drink both. Thank you for the heart & for being my partner. Nice to meet you through our creative art. Happy Spring!
camelsamba rated for HDoP Spring Postcard on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: thanks for the fun postcard! it's been relatively dry here this calendar year but there's lot of rain in the forecast for next week.
Response: We’ve started April with a couple of downpours. We need it! Thank you for the heart & stay dry!
camelsamba rated for HMPC: Bird love - January on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: wonderful drawings of sweet birds - thank you so much! [btw, the robin is the state bird of MI]
Response: Thank you for the compliment. Our robins are back, pulling worms from the lawn. (Chickadees are our state bird). Thank you for the heart.
elflady rated for Vintage Man and Woman on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: I love this journal page and how creative you are. Thanks also for the extras and the lovely written note. Keep safe. I am having my COVID shot in a couple of weeks. elflady
Response: You are welcome, my friend! Glad to hear you’re getting the COVID vaccine. Thanks for being a great partner and for the heart.
Comment: What an amazing piece - I love it so much! Thank you for the wonderful extras too 🐿️❤️🐿️
Response: I had fun creating it for you. Thank you for the heart.
Karmi53 rated for BL - April birthstone on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great butterfly and Daises atc very pretty. I love the color of the butterfly and the daisy are very pretty l like them too you know it's spring everything is perfect. And thank you for the extras too take care
Response: Thank you for the compliment! Glad you liked it and the extras. Thank you for the heart.
evanselli rated for Three Elements on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful journal page, I’ll find a special place for that😊❤️
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart.
megan1230 rated for ABCs: Anything Goes Challenge! on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the jams and the extras!
Response: Looking forward to seeing what you add! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for your spring birds post card! Spring is in full swing here. I love listening to the spring songs of the birds too!
Response: You are entirely welcome! Our Spring is still stubbornly trying to establish itself. Thank you for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #46 on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Hello Dianne--so nice to swap together again! I love the sweet ATC you sent for this swap--cute little yellow bird looking up at the daisies is just precious, as is the little bee Your spattered background is the perfect base. Many thanks!
Response: Delighted to swap with you again! Thank you for the encouraging comment and the heart!

Rating Overview

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supersquirrel on Apr 10, 2021:

Great finishing touches on the ABCs: Aquatic Theme buddy jam. Thanks for the great ephemera too 🦆🦆🐿️ (duck duck squirrel - haha)

beachchicken on Apr 10, 2021:

Thanks for the finished Explore buddy jam, I love the way it turned out! Have a great weekend!

camelsamba on Apr 1, 2021:

Sorry for the very delayed rating on Bird Love January - it's a wonderful card and worthy of extra hearts <3 <3 <3

megan1230 on Apr 1, 2021:

Thank you so much for your return of Moose (the ABC Canine swap)! He's gorgeous! My favorite ATC ever!!

Gobarb on Dec 28, 2020:

Have a happy and very healthy new year my friend! 🎊 Wish I knew how to post a profile deco but every time I try to do it, it doesn't work!

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

Gobarb on Nov 20, 2020:

Hi Di. Thank you so much for the Thanksgiving wishes. How have you been doing? I go to my MM specialist on Monday (Nov. 23). I think he might want to start my chemo very soon. I have been so fatigued and have lost 20 lbs.! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving! Lots of love! Barb

djcamp04 on Sep 7, 2020:

💕thanks for well Wishes! 💕 I am feeling so much better!!

Gobarb on Jun 8, 2020:

I can't thank you enough for sending me the ATC coin blanks! It was so sweet of you. These should tide me over until I get my machine running again and when I can figure it out how to use it (again)! 😉 You are a great friend! 😘

hibiscus on Oct 11, 2019:

thank you for the most amazing and inspiring zetti… great technique...

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