Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2017 10:12 pm


Date Joined: November 15, 2014
Last Online: September 20, 2017
Birthday: April 15
Country: United States
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Edited 17 Sep 2017

Newest love-------Mini albums from Project Life™ sized cards.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in rural KY without TV until I was 14 so I spent a lot of my free time crafting. From my Mom I learned to sew, crochet, embroidery and make all things paper. Memories of my Mother's handcrafted Valentines still make my childhood friends smile. I want people to remember me like that.

In the years between school and motherhood I worked as an illustrator and cartographer. Both of which tempered my artistic urges.

I had the luxury of being a stay at home Mom for most of my children's school years. During that time I learned to do ceramics, woodworking, basket weaving and X-stitch. I taught arts and crafts as part of an after school enrichment program at the local elementary school in Alaska.

Now I make marbled paper, handmade paper, paste paper, books, cards, postcards and knit (mostly scarves).

I love everything paper; the feel, the color, the sound, even the smell, (an old book just warms my heart).

So it is appropriate that I am a paper artist. In the last 20+ years I have settled down to seriously make books. To see what I make visit "SuZi's Samples ♥"

I also make all my own greeting cards and postcards for myself and my daughter (when she remembers to ask).

Favorite Books, Movies, TV

Many of my favorite books are posted on my Pinterest board, "Best Book EV-VER"

I can speed read but never bother to if I am enjoying what I call "entertainment reading".

To find most of my favorite movies check out, "Movie Magic"

Many of my favorite TV shows are just a click away, "Turn on the Telly"

Likes and Dislikes

Any of these things will make me when I receive them in the mail;

a. ATCs, Alphabets

b. BTCs, Butterflies, Birds, Books, Buttons, Blue (color), Brown (color)

c. Chocolate (I am always up for chocolate as my lack of waistline will attest), Cats, Cards

d. Dragons, Dragonflies, Doodles, Dogs (all sorts but if I was going to have one I would want a Heinz 57.)

e. Envelopes (handmade), Ephemera, Easter (anything/anytime)

f. Faeries, Foxes, Frogs, Folios, Fortune cookie fortunes

g. Gnomes, Glitter, Green (color)

h. Handcrafted anything, Halloween (cutesy, please not horrific)

i. Ice cream, Irises

j. Junk journals

k.Kittens, Kitsch, Kites, Keys

l. Long letters, Lace

m. Minions, Maps, Music

n. Nature, Note paper, Note pads

o. Origami, Owls, Orange (color)

p. PAPER (exotic or plain), Pocket letters, Postage stamps, Pen pals, Purple (color)

q. Quilts, Quilling

r. Ribbons, Recycle/Re-purposed/Reused items, Red (color)

s. Stickers (Teeny tiny to ATC size, I love em all and can find a place to use them), Skinnies, Sunflowers, Stamps (rubber), Stamps (postage), Short letters

t. TEA (all sorts) I maintain a board on Pinterest where I rate teas as I experience them. I am always looking for something new, Twinchies, Turtles

u. Unusual paper

v. Vintage things, Violet, Valentines

w. Washi, Washi, Washi

x. X-mas anything/anytime

y. Yarn, Yellow (color)

z. Zendangles (not to be confused with zentangles®)

Things that will make me ;

  1. Cosmetics, bath & body items.
  2. Jewelry and hair accessories
  3. Food out of the original packaging
  4. Heavy Metal, Death Metal, etc
  5. Blood and gut images
  6. Cartoons like Cow & Chicken, Beavis and Butthead, Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony, etc.

If you happen to send something from the dislike list I promise not to hate you.

Anything else you would like to know please feel free to ask.


I belong to two art based clubs.

LAFTA "Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists".

STABA (Second Tuesday Artist Book Association) a very small group devoted to creating books that are also works of art.


I have 4 International penpals, 2 of the 4 started with flat swaps I joined at random about a year ago. Another blossomed from my Post Crossing exchange, and the last came from a blog I follow called Penpal of the Week I was even featured as Penpal #141 on Aug 4th.

I am hoping to form several new penpal relationships with people I have met here on swaps.

I have been very bad about answering letters lately. If I owe you a letter and you read this, feel free to give me a hard nudge in messages.

Mini albums

Mini albums made from Project Life™ sized cards have replaced my love of Pocket Letter™s.

I don't do Project Life™ but have received many cards as extras in swaps. Rather than sending them to another swapper I decided to use them. The 1st couple of mini albums were easy and so much fun that now I am making my own 3 x 4 cards to match the swap themes I have found for these little gems.

You can still include things like a confetti packet and tags. Even add a full-fledged letter or just a note. The possibilities are endless.

This is the back of my latest.

Perfect pairing. Paper scraps 3 x 4 and smaller with Washi (I have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much). Cannot get much better.

How I became a gnome MoM

My sister in Iowa created a bunch of gnomes. She gave them to her friends in hopes that they would photograph the gnomes in their travels and send back pictures to a project she called "Gnomes2Roam".

When she made Wally (named after Crocodile Dundee's mate, Walter, because of his hat) for me, I offered to send some gnomes to my overseas pen pals. She made 6 brothers for Wally. The gnomes refer to her as "the creator".

The first brother to move out was Wiggo who went to Norway and started his own home security business and has fallen in love with the smallest Matryoshka sister living there. Wyatt moved out to live with my daughter in Ohio and practice his yoga. William went all the way to New Zealand where he had a shock shortly after arrival when it snowed. Wilson (named after the Seahawks quarterback) moved to California to quarterback his own team of Lego® football players. Finally Thor flew off to the Netherlands to live the quiet life.

After he named himself, Søren decided he liked it just fine here with Wally. He is the only gnome I know without a mustache.

Watch Wally and Søren's cousins on YouTube

Meet Olav in grey and Lars in red.

They are the newest Gnomes to move in with me.


We have one cat, Kit, who loves putting in her 2¢ on all my creations but I try very hard to limit her contact with anything I send people with allergies. So far I have been successful. Please just be aware.

" Hope to swap with you again." Six of the most coveted words on here. It really makes me smile to know what I gathered together has made someone happy.

I ALWAYS send. If the unforeseeable happens and I am going to be late, I will contact you.

I ALWAYS rate. My mail comes in around 5 PM and I am down here on the computer rating right after supper.

I ALWAYS respond. Even if it is just a "♥". This helps me keep track of the swaps that got to their destination.

What I pledged...


I learned several things from joining Swap-bot.

One - I have way too much .

Two - All my efforts to downsize using Swap-bot have

My partners are sending back waaaaaaaaaay too much stuff.

Three - There are a lot of lovely, talented people out there that have no idea what a gift to the world they are.


watercolorgirl rated for Halloween is coming. on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: That silly black cat on this skinny just makes me laugh. Talk about a scared cat. What fun.
Response: ♥ I was cutting out more cats today. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the heart.
watercolorgirl rated for Glitter. glitz and bling on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Oh my gosh. This skinny is just gorgeous. Happy swapping.
Response: ♥ It was a bit simple.Thanks for the heart.
Sharlie rated for EH~~Halloween ENVIES on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: That you for the cute envelopes! I love how you packaged everything so nicely!
Response: ♥ I hope you can find uses for them. Thank you for the heart.
Coss rated for C.I. ~ USA Collaborative PC Round 4 on Sep 16, 2017
Comment: Got the postcard. I have actually colored a section of one just like this in another swap. Thanks for the extras. I will send this on home.
Response: ♥ Perhaps the number of coloring postcards is finite. Thanks for the heart.
Newberlin rated for WIYM: LARGE OR ODD SHAPED PC NAKED on Sep 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much!! I love the card. I wish I could visit USA. I have travelled to quite some countries but not yet to the US
Response: ♥ As long as you draw breath there is hope.So hope to see you in the US sometime. Thanks for the heart.
mcall rated for A.I. Collage #1 on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: Sweet ATC, I do get a lot of feminine ATCs and I love everyone of them, thanks for the extras.
Response: ♥ Enjoy creating something with them. Thanks for the heart.
supersquirrel rated for MAE - I SPY Pumpkins on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Great pumpkin envies and great playing cards, pumpkin border and napkin!! Thank you very much :)
Response: ♥ You are welcome. Get creative. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: thanks you love the fall decos
Response: ♥ I am sorry they were too wide. I sent a second batch that were just right. Thanks for the heart.
Rimbar rated for BL Stamps and/or Die cuts on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Rec'd 9/8/2017--Ty for all the lovely butterflies. I can't wait to use them.. Happy swapping.
Response: ♥ I made myself some too and am looking forward to creating with them. Thanks for the heart.
anicka22 rated for TPD: Mystery Supply Swap #10 on Sep 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you so very, very much for the amazing book you made with all the lovely suprises inside! You are a real artist!
Response: ♥ I am thrilled it finally got to you. I was beginning to worry. I do hope you find some use for it. Thank you for the heart.
tatntole rated for C.I. ~ USA Collaborative PC Round 3 on Aug 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Response: ♥ You are welcome and thanks for the heart.
DCasey rated for JJJ: Send 6 Trees, Leaves or Flowers on Aug 23, 2017
Response: ♥Thanks for the heart. I hope you enjoyed all the leaves.
Germanbaby77 rated for BL Summer Share on Aug 20, 2017
Comment: thank you for the wonderful arrangement of goodies! so much fun stuff!
Response: ♥ Butterflies are always fun. Thanks for the heart.
nancylee rated for A.P.D.G.~ Celebrate the Eclipse on Aug 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the images I look forward to the event :)
Response: ♥ Me too. Very close to the totality point on this one. Thanks for the heart. Your stamp will be along shortly.
turtles27 rated for A 💌1PLG~ Free Themed Blues-USA on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: Beautiful pocket letter! Thank you for all of the goodies!
Response: ♥ Happy you think so. Thanks for the heart. So glad it got there so quickly.
MissPaula rated for A.P.D.G.~ Celebrate the Eclipse on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: LOVE your choices! Thanks so much for the commentary as well! ♥
Response: ♥ Part of the appeal of Swap Bot is the sharing. Thanks for the heart. Your stamp will be along shortly.
Onyx rated for A.P.D.G.~ Celebrate the Eclipse on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Great swap idea and thanks for the cool eclipse tip too! We are near the totality area and are really looking forward to Monday, but I had not read the part about the ground before - great idea!
Response: ♥ Always happy to share tidbits I find helpful. Thanks for the heart. Your stamp will be along presently.
bluehairedmary rated for Happy Anniversary to VLD♥ on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you! The postcard is awesome and I love the globe washi you used! Thanks so much! Happy swapping!
Response: ♥ Best way to celebrate a milestone. Thanks for the heart.
Margothecat rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - W - USA on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Love the card - thanks so much!
Response: ♥ You are welcome. Too bad I don't have one representing Y or Z. Thanks for the heart.
KarenLaneWV rated for A 💌1PLG-Summer Share on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: What a beautiful package! Thank you very much! I will enjoy using all of it!!
Response: ♥ Enjoy. Thank you for the heart.

Rating Overview

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5.0000 749 35 34
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475 813 0 0
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athousandyears on Sep 16, 2017:

Hello! Here I am decorating your profile for 🍁 APDG ~ Celebrate the Fall Equinox! 🍂 Enjoy & please don't forget to rate! Thanks for joining our swap :)














Kindest regards,


CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Sep 9, 2017:

Celebrate the Fall Equinox!! I hope you like the images I chose for this swap Happy Fall!!

VaGrammy66 on Sep 1, 2017:

GROUP: A.P.D.G.~ Celebrate the Eclipse

Thank you for the stamps and nice card! Hope you enjoy the pictures!

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Aug 25, 2017:

Thank you so much for the eclipse postage stamp and the washi samples.

anrtist on Aug 24, 2017:

I got you letter and eclipse stamp you sent everyone for joining in your APDG ECLIPSE swap!

THANK YOU so much for it and all the extras too! Luv the doilies! ;-) Blessings, cc

shirleyinCA on Aug 24, 2017:

Thank you for the Eclipse stamp and the sweet glassine envelopes and darling whale sticker! Loved the way you attached it with Love It washi tape! You are a thoughtful hostess!

MissPaula on Aug 22, 2017:

Thanks so much for the Paris post it's and the eclipse stamp! I needed happy Mail today and you provided it! = ) ♥

skydancer on Aug 21, 2017:

Thank you so much for the great eclipse postage stamps! What a wonderful remembrance of this special event.

kielpo on Aug 21, 2017:

Thanks so much for the commemorative stamp! Your generosity is very much appreciated ♥


Moominbrooke on Aug 21, 2017:

Thank you for the eclipse stamps! Such a special event!

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