Hello! My name is Linda and I'm a mixed-media artist, instructor, and designer, teaching mostly to women, but occasionally men. I specialize in paper arts, but also books & journals, dolls, wearable art, and assemblage projects. I live in a small town in NC, and love to travel & shop at antique stores for supplies to use in my class kits.
I've been collecting rubber stamps for 40 years. My favorite manufacturers are Artful Illusions (online as Mrs. O'Leary's), Invoke Arts, Catslife Press, Stampers Anonymous, and anything collage related.
I love sending & receiving decorated and handmade envelopes through the mail! Everything leaving my house is in a rubber stamped envelope whether it's going to the IRS or a donation to the SPCA. I mail envelopes, paper plates, chunks of cardboard and clear plastic bottles filled with candy, a note, and shredded mylar.
Other things I collect: handmade envelopes, playing cards, Tarot cards, washi tape, game pieces, and assorted ephemera like old tickets, receipts, deeds, and postcards to use in my art.
I especially enjoy swapping postcards of all kinds. Those are some of my favorite swaps, especially vintage and b&w PC's.
A favorite collection: my old black & white photographs, mostly of women and groups of women, laughing and doing silly things, that I use on my journal pages, adding captions of witty sayings.
I love making journals of all shapes and sizes and then filling them with cheerful as well as unusual ephemera and rubber stamped images. I have multiple smash books, junk journals & art journals and love all the new, bright, cheerful supplies and pockets to adorn my pages.
I do a great bit of travel to teach classes, but also because we love sightseeing. We've bought a brand new 2017 Mercedes Winnebago so we get to see far more of this great country. Road trips here we come!
I've been to England 3 times and France once. Would love to visit England again.
My favorite number is 14. Do me a favor. If you've read this far down my profile, please include the number 14 on whatever you send me. Write it, stamp it, cut the numbers off the page of a magazine or book. Tape it down, use a glue stick, or slip it loose in an envelope. Sending a PC? You can still add it on there somewhere. Let's see if I'm clever enough to find it and mention it when I rate you. Wanna play?
Favorite books: I prefer mysteries or humorous fiction. My favorite authors are Dick Francis and Robert B. Parker.
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I like both cute and scary.
Favorite color: Yellow
I have a 700 sq. ft. studio filled with art I've made, far too many supplies, and art I've received. Since joining swap-bot my boxes of mail art are overflowing, which is a good thing!
I'm now making envelopes from old topography maps, calendar pages and scrapbook paper just to keep up with the amount of mail I have going out daily.
I own more than a dozen different sets of alphabet rubber stamps and use those often on my mail art. If you know a funny saying, or see one in print, by all means send it to me! It will go in a journal for sure, but might just be stamped on a future envelope.
Oh my, it's now been four years of incredible swapping! Thanks to everyone who has sent me fabulous swaps and rated me graciously when you've received one of mine that meant a lot to you. Here's to another great year!!
I always mail my swaps on time and I always rate the day the mail arrives.
I love cute note cards like Punch Studio from Tuesday Morning and note pads for making grocery lists or jotting down a note to include in my swaps. I can always use address labels, bookmarks, pens, markers, clips, and brads. I love little bags and envelopes to attach to the pages of my journals.
We have a little black Scottish Terrier named Mercedes Benz, named after 1 of our cars, so anything with the black Scottie motif is always welcome, like note pads, etc.
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