Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2021 11:54 pm


Original Member
Last Online: April 20, 2021
Birthday: April 20
Country: United States
Some of my ATCs and swap items

About Me

I am a mid-40s empty-nester in the Midwest. Remaining isolated until vaccinated- luckily have a partner and three cats to keep me company. Unfortunately I just had to say goodbye to my beloved, 17+ yr old dog, my constant companion.

I like dabbling in various crafts as the mood strikes me. Not really artistic, but love ATCs and playing with mixed media. Perfect size art to not feel intimidated and have fun with different techniques. I prefer to use recycled materials as much as possible. Avoiding going to the stores has been a very good challenge for me to get creative with what I have at home.

I love nature, I grew up in the Midwest, lived in the Rockies and the East Coast, and now back to the Midwest. The mountains are definitely the home of my heart. I have really been missing the Rockies, so be aware, a lot of my HD/HP ATCs will probably be of mountains right now. I love all kinds of creatures and critters (so any kind of animal on an ATC will make me smile). I have raised large moths, rescued birds and countless cats, used to have barely feral Muscovy ducks in the neighborhood when I lived in Florida (I really, really miss those!). Even have gotten over my fear of spiders (again, Florida- they are absolutely everywhere) and actually appreciate them quite a bit now.

Mid-Century Modern has never been my style, however since buying a MCM house with so many vintage elements, I have come to accept that it just works best here. My other eclectic tastes fit into it enough. But the worst part is that now I am obsessed with vintage paint-by-numbers.

Truth be told though- I'd rather do yardwork than housework. I am taking it slowly with having a backyard and front yard to do whatever I'd like. It's almost too much freedom. Can I just plant trees everywhere? I've already planted six lilac bushes and cosmos. I am planting poppies and daisies as well (I like flowers that grow like weeds). I had a renegade morning glory pop up last year, so I scattered the seeds all around the sides of the front deck. I love dandelions, so they are allowed to propagate freely. Also planting milkweed and some local prairie flower seeds this year. Whatever lives, I'll just keep planting more- no manicured gardens for me.

I used to be really, really into yoga, but stepped away from it for a couple of years. My mental wellbeing has suffered greatly without it and I am getting back into it again, but it's difficult to do so, alone, at home.

My only social media is Instagram, I follow people and feeds that bring me joy and inspiration. I haven't been on Facebook for years and it is amazing how good it felt to let it go, and I don't miss it one bit. Likewise, I am here on Swap-Bot to enjoy, and want to avoid drama and stress as much as possible.


If I am hosting a swap, I will angel for it. I don't specify this in the swap descriptions, but do not hesitate to contact me if you did not receive your swap item.

For single ATC swaps I usually lower the rating limit and allow new, unrated swappers. I want to give people a chance that need it, knowing that I am able to angel a single ATC quickly, even for multiple people. For more time intensive swaps I raise the rating limit so that it is less likely I will need to angel for multiple people.

I do screen regardless of rating limits to see what most recent history has been.

If you have concerns about any swap I am hosting, please message me! I am happy to try to resolve things, or get needed feedback.

Private Swaps:

Often I have a lot of ATCs I've made as I am trying various techniques, or have various items I am inspired to use. But the ATCs don't always fit the theme of a swap, or the profile of my partner, so they sit and wait and wait to be sent out. I've decided to make a list here in case anyone wants to message me for a private swap for the following ATCs:
* a simple, but super cute fox ATC + a pressed flower ATC
* floral watercolor ATCs
* purple ATCs
* butterfly ATCs

Favorite Crafts

Beaded jewelry (simple)
Recycled crafts
Dabbling in new crafts

Swap Ideas

Pressed Flower Swap
Snarky T-Shirt Swap (or an iron-on swap, no worries about sizes, etc, and cheaper to mail)
Recycle/Reuse Craft Challenge Swap
Photo Challenge Swap
Blank Notecard Swap
Photo Kaleidoscope Art ATC Swap

If anyone wants to take any of those ideas and run with it- feel free, just drop me a line so I can join too!

Extra Extra

Please- do not send extras!! (I give out hearts regardless)
*Adding an exception: I am looking for a few more of the US frog stamps (used) for an ATC I am working on, if you have any you could send along with a swap, that would be great!

I have gotten so many great extras in the past, it is now time to use them up! I am also trying to upcycle and recycle as much as I can. Just getting swaps and getting inspired by other's creativity is such a delight!

What I particularly appreciate:
* ATCs with quotations, uplifting sayings, words of encouragement
(non-religious please)
* Anything reusable/recycled
* Ideas for ATCs- add a note about art techniques you like and recommend
* Book recommendations
* I love abstract art- so I would enjoy getting ATCs that are just abstract, without embellishments, if that is your style. I hesitate myself to send such ATCs because I worry the recipient may think it is unfinished or incomplete (just a background). But I find abstract paintings and collages so enjoyable to look at, and very difficult to create.

Favorite Books

Science fiction/fantasy
Anything by Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Tana French
Guilty pleasures like Nora Roberts' trilogies
Have been reading a lot of M.R. Carey and Naomi Novik lately.


Anything blue
Things from nature
All animals, especially wildlife
Anything handmade
Dark roast coffee (daily, all day)
Black tea

ABCs of Me

A: Art
B: Books
C: Coffee
E: Embroidery
F: Forget-me-nots
G: Genetics
H: Hiking
J: Jewelry
K: Kaleidoscopes
L: Love
M: Mom
N: Nature
O: Outdoors
P: Photography
Q: Quiet
R: Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose
S: Science
T: Trees
U: Understanding
V: Violet-flavored (anything)
W: Wisconsin
Y: Yoga


CHOWEFACE rated for Write a List PC Swap #3 on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Thanks for all the different recommendations!
1happyday rated for Handmade PC swap on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and the encouragement to make my own! It was lovely.
Comment: Thank you for the great ATCs! I love how your chalk marbleized (a very different result from mine!) and your finishing touches! How neat to dry a flower in the microwave!
Shuttlebug rated for Good as Gold ATC swap (USA) on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: I like all 3 of the ATCs you sent, but my favorite is the mountain scene. I have a small collection of your mountain ATCs! Also, the post office ripped your envelope - thought you'd like to know...
Response: Yay! At least they made it, I was beginning to wonder! What is going on with the post? I thought I sent it in a business envelope? Oh- and did you see the stag in the mountain ATC? He's tiny.
Rabbitfreedom rated for Junk Mail ATC challenge on Apr 18, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun ATC swaps - love the poetry you created. Thanks for hosting a cool swap!
Response: I'm glad you liked the poetry!
brooklynbunch rated for Write a List PC Swap #3 on Apr 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card--I'm not familiar with some of these films/programs. Always looking for something new. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Comment: Denise! Thank you for the beautiful ATCs! I really like the Easter theme....and happy birthday! <3 -k
Response: I'm so glad you like them - I just love that bunny image and love how the egg and nest turned out.
jannieb rated for Free Theme ATC Swap #1 - USA Only on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the 2 gorgeous ATC's that you sent. I absolutely love them! You did such good work on them. Take care โ™ฅ
laterdayze rated for Recylce a Used Postage Stamp on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the ATC's!!
colodad rated for USATC: March Free Theme ATC Swap #2 on Apr 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the two great ATCs. I love the way the clouds look on the mountain ATC. The trees is highlighted so well by the blended background colors. I bet you do miss the mountains here. I wont tell how wonderful they look currently with bright white snow, against a bright blue sky and 80 degree temps this weekend. But, well, you know what you are missing. Thanks for sharing your talents with me.
PerArduaAdAlta rated for Tickled Pink ATC swap (USA) on Apr 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the tickled pink ATC! I love that you are watercoloring again. I think these are lovely! All my watercolors so far have a lot of negative space! I love your use of highlighting with white (gel?) pen. I just rated for our texture of and forgot to note your addition of a watercolor snowdrop! I also love your envelope you made me! I don't know why I love the "color" black so much ๐Ÿค“
Response: I also really like black and dark colors!!
Comment: I think this experiment is great! You really got the texture down. And I like your use of negative space where things pop through! Same with the gold, very cool! And I love how you used an old Christmas card for your substrate, which allowed for the subtle texture on the back which you smudge colored. Just great! I am having trouble getting started on mine. I feel like I need to clean off my desk to spread out my l need ideas for a new project, but I have to finish my old ideas which are laid out here and there! I hope that's relatable! ๐Ÿค“
Response: Quite relatable!! I feel like my arts and crafting supplies and bits are taking over my entire home!
Comment: Great ATC's. Thanks for the extras. That little envelope is so stinkin' cute.
Artteacherjen rated for HD/HP ATC swap #5 USA Only on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the coffee ATC! I also loved how you packaged the 2 ATCs and the extras to collage with! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely atcs! This was a fun swap to be in. <3
K8thecrafter rated for HMH: Quick hello PC swap on Mar 21, 2021
Comment: I am so stunned by the beautiful art you put on a piece of cardboard. I loved both PC's you sent and hope I get to see more of your art in the future. Amazing! Thank you!
Sendingkindness rated for Feeling Blue ATC swap (USA) on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful forget-me-not ATC! Your watercolor work is lovely. The extra ATC is so much fun as well. Very sweet of you to include it <3
grammypammy rated for USATC: March Free Theme ATC Swap on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: Beautiful Ladybugs, thank you!
LeftOverDinos rated for Sunshine in a postcard #4 on Mar 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard! I really love your handwriting and the way you painted it is beautiful <3 stay safe
YooperHill rated for HD/HP ATC Swap: March - USA Only on Mar 13, 2021
Comment: Great technique! Thank you.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 121 33 36
Completed Fives Threes Ones
124 146 0 0
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tcornell on Apr 13, 2021:

Denise, thank you so much for all 3 ATC's that you sent me for the "Make an ATC in My Favorite Theme" tag! They are beautiful โ™ฅ I also really appreciate the note that you sent along with them... your kind, thoughtful and encouraging words mean so much. Tracy

DaisyNY on Apr 12, 2021:

Hi Denise!

Thank you so much for the thoughtful tag package and postcard! The scrap paper, including the tiny butterflies, will certainly be used.

I enjoyed the Eurydice poem - so evocative. I have loved Greek myths for many decades now, from when I was a child.

supersquirrel on Apr 10, 2021:

Hi Denise - you recently returned a jam home to me. It's the one I started with gears, luv2kraft added a lady photo and you added these wonderful white markings. I absolutely LOVE your markings. It's something I've always wished I could do but haven't even attempted because I wouldn't want to ruin the piece. Anyways, well done and thank you so much ๐Ÿฟ๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

PerArduaAdAlta on Apr 6, 2021:

Congrats on the new job!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค“๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’–

PerArduaAdAlta on Apr 6, 2021:

Wow! You sent me another one! I love this one too, of course. These are so interesting because there are so many elements it takes awhile to fully absorb the card. These really are mini pieces of art! Again, amazing texture, the cool braille piece, and you used ones of my flowers! Great idea, and I'm flattered. Love the gold theme, especially those great scratchy tape pieces. And more snowdrops! And raccoons ๐Ÿ’–. I really have to find time to spread out and get inspired, but your PC's are certainly helping! Is that latin?! Love all the white doodled elements. So much, thank you!!

CariahCreates on Mar 5, 2021:

Thank you so much for the great Cheap Postage PIB tag. The papers are lovely. Hopefully the sprout will survive with me-I've killed a few plants lately.

PerArduaAdAlta on Mar 3, 2021:

I love this white based faux marbling pc with the black and blue and little bit of glitter! I think it's my favorite one you've sent. Reminds me of ice, or an overhead shot of antarctica. Thank you, as always!

PerArduaAdAlta on Jan 30, 2021:

Thank you so much for the cheap listen postage - pay it back today! You should not have worried, I love the ATC's you sent, not one but THREE!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ They are all great design, and I love the texture on the gold one! I am so in love with your watercolor especially the bubble one! I really need to try this. And the coloring sheets are the perfect size to be used in projects. Thank you! Everything was very thoughtful. Thank you for reading my profile and for the show suggestions. I will have to check them out, they sound perfect!

beachchicken on Jun 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the angel of the swap you hosted. Pick your own theme ATC! The ATC's are great! I will have to look up the bubble paint technique, it is such a cool background! As soon as I can rate the flaker/double profiler a 1 I will.

Cupcakecalamity on Feb 15, 2008:

Thanks so much for posting the pictures! I never even realized that you had posted the comment until today...haha! man I am terrible with a computer! You totally rock! :)

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