Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2018 9:06 pm


Date Joined: November 15, 2014
Last Online: January 19, 2018
Birthday: April 15
Country: United States
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Edited 4 Jan 2018

Hope everyone's New Year is starting off well. I am experiencing some reaction to my radiation therapy so I may not be swapping a lot for the next month.

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

photo of my Mostly Gold swap

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.

more of my Mostly Gold swap

Perfect pairing. Paper scraps 3 x 4 and smaller with Washi (I have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much of both). 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.


Comment: Wow, thank you so much!!! I loved it!!! What a beautiful and wonderfull book. I was amazed to find some Dutch text in it. I was really surprised to find such a beautiful book. A heart is not enough ❤❤❤❤
Response: ♥ I am very happy you liked it. I hope you have fun filling in the empty pages. Thanks for the extra nice rating.
Comment: Love the cover paper. Thank you
Response: ♥ I try to make them sturdy enough to use for a long time. Thanks for the heart.
PaperPassion rated for 6x6 JPC~January Pages on Dec 20, 2017
Comment: Really beautiful pages.I love them thanks so much.Love the pocket idea,will have to try it.
Response: ♥ Glad you liked. Hope you have fun using them. Have a great Holiday. Thanks for the heart.
Jannified rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Christmas on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the flipbook! It's my first (; Happy-Early-Christmas from Singapore!!
Response: ♥ So glad to hear it got there. Happy Early Christmas to you too.
janineureka rated for IS~Winter Flip Book - INT on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: I’m sorry to be so long with this but I’ve been sick and now finally getting better. I love the flip book you made for me! Hope you don’t mind if I (sort of) copy it, it is really awesome. I love the cute gnome card, too.
Response: ♥ Copy as much or as little as you wish. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Have a safe and Happy Holiday.
lauriew rated for 9LP Let it Snow!!! on Dec 17, 2017
Comment: I love this beautiful pocket letter. I love the snowflake paper clips and other goodies!. Thanks so much! I hope you have an enjoyable holiday season.
Response: ♥ I am glad you love it. I have a lot of fun making this swap about this time every year (before it actually snows) Enjoy your Holidays as well.
Minivandreams rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY DECEMBER!!!! on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas!
Response: ♥ Merry Christmas to you. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: LOVE love love this journal!! Awesome papers and I love the cover and binding! Thanks!!
Response: ♥ I brought in my bookbinding skills to create something I hoped would last. Enjoy!!! Thanks for the heart. Happy Holidays.
Sparkling12335 rated for IS: Put-a-bird-on-it INT on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful flipbook you have made. Love it 💜
Response: ♥ My sneaky way of inspiring others to make flip books. So glad you love it. Thanks for the heart. Happy Holidays.
karry rated for If you could turn back TIME on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for a superbly designed ATC. This will be a prized one in my collection. I also needed this particular quote right now!
Response: ♥ Very happy to oblige. Thanks for the complement and heart. Happy Holidays.
Comment: Thank you so much for the pocket letter filled with glorious greens! Love all the little goodies enclosed. Your painted papers are beautiful! I will treasure this PL.
Response: ♥ Thank you for the lovely complement. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season. Stay safe and warm.
MCGalaxy rated for 3LP ~ Tea for Two mini LP on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for sending this pocket letter. I just received a bag of mail from my Mom and your swap was in it. I'm so sorry for the delay but with my stepfather's passing we haven't made it to the PO box for the past few weeks.
Response: ♥ It is good to see it got there. Sorry to hear about your lose. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: I am in love with the adorable little flip book and extras you sent - thank you so much - marvelous!!!
Response: ♥ I am glad you liked it. Hope you find it useful. Thank you for the heart
Shellyr rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY DECEMBER!!!! on Dec 3, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much really loved the snowball. Funny.
Response: ♥ It is good to have a good laugh. Thanks for the heart.
YooperHill rated for FBF- Christmas Flipbook-USA on Dec 1, 2017
Comment: BEAUTIFUL SWAP! Thank you very much!
Response: ♥ I am glad you think so. Have a Happy Holiday Season. Thanks for the heart.
Amyncognito rated for EH~~Winter Envies on Dec 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute envelopes!! Your november envelope was adorable too - and love that fox washi!
Response: ♥ I thought you might. I ordered them from Blitzy some time back. Thanks for the heart.
stonekeepers rated for A Good MAN is Hard to Find on Dec 1, 2017
Comment: I love the ATC you made for this one. :-) Thanks so much for the beautiful bird card too. :-)
Response: ♥ Glad you liked it. I love those cards I buy at Marshall's. Thanks for the heart.
Naya rated for FBF ~Winter Flip Book on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely flip book and all of the goodies ! I really like it. And looking forward to other swaps which you host :)
Response: ♥ Thank you for the lovely complement. I strive to host swaps people enjoy. Thank you also for the heart.
kathiann rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY DECEMBER!!!! on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Great images! Thank you so much. Love the little snowman poem :)
Response: ♥ It made me giggle. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely pics on my Profile. Happy Christmas
Response: ♥ Thanks. Hope to see your's soon. Thanks for the heart.

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CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

Minivandreams on Dec 15, 2017:

Have a great December!

-Julia (minivandreams) APDG Happy December

Quiltbutterfly on Dec 7, 2017:

Merry Christmas from Sydney Australia., I hope you like my Pics for the A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY DECEMBER!!!! This is Very me Sparkly and lots of decorations.

Christmas Tree in Queen Victoria Building Sydney - 24 metres tall, decorated with 82,000 Swarovski crystals. I try to visit it every year, it’s breath taking.

donetta on Dec 4, 2017:

Suzi, I have tried repeatedly to rate you for the "Use 3" Skinny, but although my words are there, and although I click "save rating"...it simply will not show up on your profile. I am so, so sorry...I also count on being rated, so I know how frustrating this has to be for you. I love the Skinny, and the extras you sent - oh MY! Such a gorgeous pile of crafty goodness! Thank you so much for being the epitome of a great swap partner!

Shellyr on Dec 3, 2017:


Have a wonderful Christmas season. May your wishes come true.


kathiann on Dec 1, 2017:

Stopping by for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY DECEMBER!!!! Some of my favorite thigns in December are Christmas trees, lights, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. I thought I would share them with you! December


charlie brown


CurlyTea on Nov 28, 2017:

Snowball Fight!

anrtist on Nov 27, 2017:

WOW!!!! Can you believe it is the CHRISTMAS SEASON Again? This year just flew by!!! I Pray you have a WONDERFUL Blessed Holiday season!










Blessings to you all for a wonderful/magical/amazing
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!
...as always...
Blessings, cc

SuZignomeMoM on Nov 27, 2017:


To Do List

Finally just for grins

May you have the best December yet. Happy Hollidays.

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

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