Swap-bot Time: July 16, 2018 1:59 am


Date Joined: November 10, 2008
Last Online: July 15, 2018

Country: United States



I've got a lot on my calendar in June and July, so I plan to finish up the swaps that are on my dashboard and then probably take a 6-8 week break from sending/receiving. I'll check in on SB as time allows.

I've got: a career I love; a long, healthy marriage; a big, happy family; lots of pets (4 cats, 1 black lab, 1 white lab/heeler mix); freedom; many daily laughs; an abundance of crafting resources.
My word and focus for 2018 is "JOY."

I like

  • ocean colors
  • coffee
  • lilacs and tulips
  • interesting typography
  • Craftsman style architecture; Mission style furniture
  • stories about time travel
  • outdoorsy things and nature and anything around water (beaches, rivers, and lakes). I hike and kayak, and one of my bucket list items is to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

.... and a lot more things, but I'm choosing not to list them all here. I'm pretty much open to anything (with the exception of the things I mention below), and I like to see your personal aesthetic.

I don't have a definite artistic style, but I enjoy dabbling in a lot of things, with all kinds of media. I'm a big fan of Tim Holtz and like using his products to get less vintage-y results (although I do appreciate the vintage style). I love swaps where I learn new ways to use his inks and paints.

I'm a newbie to the world of the Silhouette Cameo 3 and the Cricut Explore Air 2 (I share that machine with my daughter-in-law) and am very open to tips and advice! I have a Cricut Easy Press so I can make t-shirts, but I've been somewhat intimidated by the Cameo, and then there's the whole working 6 days a week gig I've got going on, so not much time to learn and practice. Ugh.

Despite my crazy schedule, in 2018, I want to learn to:
1. use the Cameo and the Cricut
2. use my gelli plate
3. hand-carve stamps

I don't collect postcards, so when I join a PC swap, it's usually for what you write on the back. (Excluding hand-crafted or -colored PCs.) I don't have any preferences for what's on the front, as long as it's not on my dislike list (below). You can send your junky cards that no one wants to me. :)

I learned to sew years ago, and have made everything from quilts to cloth diapers to purses to apparel to home decor. I may or may not have a problem with collecting sewing machines and sergers.... I'm a Bernina groupie.

TV: I don't have time to watch much TV, but when I find something I like on Netflix, I tend to binge watch 2-3 episodes at a time until I'm through the whole series. I'm always open to suggestions.
I'm currently watching: The Confession Tapes

Please don't send

I would appreciate not receiving anything with the following themes or motifs:

  • Anything satanic or having to do with the occult
  • Wicca, paganism, or anything that worships or idealizes "Mother Earth" or "Goddess."
  • Eastern mysticism; Buddhism; Islam; Shintoism; pantheism.
  • Politicized rainbows
  • Rodents (mice, rats)
  • Passive aggressive communication or gas lighting. I will refuse to respond, because normal adult discourse is not possible with sociopaths and narcissists.

Notes to Self


fbresnah rated for FS: Currently I'm... on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Love the card! Good luck with the diet!
Response: It's going great so far. Hope I can stick it out for 5-7 more weeks.
LadyJo rated for FS: Currently I'm... on Jul 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice Lighthouse postcard! I hope your diet goes well! All the Best!
Response: So far, so good - down 6 pounds!
choke rated for THC: 10 step ATC challenge #7 on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Nicely done! I didn't think an image would work out well but you nailed it, I love how it turned out! Great work, thank you so much for this awesome card! It's going right on my new TH display rack that I picked up at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful mermaid notecard, it was really thoughtful ❤️ Big love to Gracie, Annie and Gus too!
Poeprincess rated for Stamping on patterned paper on Jun 3, 2018
Comment: Diane, I loved this ATC--the embossing, postal scene, and shades of brown. Very special. Thank you!
anicka22 rated for FS: May Notecard Swap on Jun 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful cards and I love your note.
VivaLaDiane rated for FS: May Notecard Swap on May 30, 2018
Comment: Well SB just ate my rating so here I go again.. I absolutely adored mail day when there's something in there from someone I truly admire. I loved the feel good/summer-ish notecard. It made me smile so much which is needed these days. My nephew is great! He came up last month and I took him to Chuck E Cheese for his NINTH birthday. That's a true sign that I'm getting oh so old. Lol. I hope that your crappy job is almost over. Take care always and thanks so much for an excellent swap!! (Of course I noticed & loved the hockey stamp).♥
123Poggy123 rated for THC: 10 step ATC challenge #6 on May 22, 2018
Comment: I really like what you did for this challenge. I also like that you wrote down the colors you used.
vanneparis rated for SUSA - Send 3 ATCs "Butterflies" on May 17, 2018
Comment: Hi Diane - Thanks so much for the incredibly beautiful Butterfly ATCs. I love them and can't wait to add them to my collection. I hope you had fun with the theme. Thanks so much for joining. Take Care -Vanne
Aladyjackson rated for Faux Silk ATC on May 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC! Yours came out perfectly!! Sorry for rating late I have been very busy these last two weeks
Comment: Lovely ATC. This one was a bit much on how many steps there were. I think we are going to have choke Choke down a bit. Lol. It is always a pleasure seeing your work. Pat💕💕😍
Response: haha! I love the detail in her swaps, but they are labor intensive! Thanks for the nice rating.
Comment: Gorgeous card! I cannot thank you enough for sharing your talent with me ... the wildflowers her are so beautiful and a true inspiration...thank you for this lovely atc
stiffneck78 rated for Cupcake ATC inside and out on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC! So pretty..
choke rated for THC: 10 step ATC challenge #3 on Mar 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this fabulous card! I'm glad you had fun with it and got some craft therapy in :-) There's nothing like it on this unexpected journey of life, that's for sure! Hope to see you around in another swap again some time.
luckycharms rated for THC: 10 step ATC Challenge #1 on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much, you did a wonderful job on the ATC!!! I guess the 4th time is the charm:) I think I remade mine about 3 or 4 times too. I love how we all had to use the same and got so different results!
lmacdavis93 rated for VTHS: Glue & Distress Inks Tag on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Hi Diane! Your glue and distress ink tag turned out great! I love butterflies so this was just my thing. I had not ever tried this technique either and made a couple of stabs at it before I got one I was happy with. I don't have the kind of glue recommended either so just used my white Scotch craft glue, and it seemed to work okay. It was pretty quick and easy (discounting the drying time) so I will most likely try it again! Thanks for a fun swap - Laurie
ktk8 rated for Using a used coffee filter on Feb 23, 2018
Comment: Hi and I love "sing" which I read at first as SPRING since I want spring to come so badly...... love what you did with the background and flowers using the used coffee filter..... so funny because I made flowers and a flower pot out of mine also. Thanks.....
Response: I hear you on wishing for spring! This unending rain is about to drive me nuts!
Comment: It took the Pony Express to get here, me thinks, but it was such a pretty flower design! I loved reading your letter too! I have 2 bad cats. They have Gangsta names- Fats and Smalls... lol
Response: Those are great cat names. I have a cat named Missy who probably ought to be named Fats, she's such a pudge.
renmagpie rated for FS: Favorite Things A-Z on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: TC - A thousand thanks and hearts for this happy mail. I really loved the way that you laid out your list (and the calligraphic elements!) - and I do understand "not feelin' it", but you definitely did a wonderful job. Thank you so much for this - and for hosting it! xoxo
Response: As always, you are too kind. :)
dancingDog rated for VTHS: ATC - Fantastic Plastic on Jan 27, 2018
Comment: This card is so pretty! love it. Thanks for the note - I know you experimented a lot with this technique - I think it came out great!

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piratecaptainmo on Jul 9, 2018:

Thank you for the cool note cards you sent for the PF swap tag(US), they're great!

jukejan on Jul 1, 2018:

Here is a hug, just read your post about your pet. The compassion as the Vet's office is so wonderful!

Hell0Z0mbie on Jun 6, 2018:

LOL! I guess there's probably worse ways to go? I'm so glad you like it, that theme was a fun challenge! :)

VivaLaDiane on Jun 6, 2018:

Okay - take a break from jury dutying to go nab me Harry Styles. He's in Houston tonight I believe. Just lock him up and I will fly down and pick him up. :D :D

VivaLaDiane on May 23, 2018:

Jury duty??! I am jealous!

craftykat68 on May 18, 2018:

Thank you for your nice letter about raising chickens for the"I feel like writing about.. Penpal tag.I enjoyed reading it!!Lovely handwriting

VivaLaDiane on May 9, 2018:

I am honored. ♥♥

VivaLaDiane on May 8, 2018:

Howdy partner! A new coach might bring a good year to the Stars! I hope all is well. xoxo♥♥

hibiscus on May 5, 2018:

Thank you for your talent and patience!

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2018:

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