Swap-bot Time: March 25, 2023 10:23 am


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: March 23, 2023
Birthday: December 7
Country: United States
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About Me

SPOILER ALERT: If you click on my links above, you will see my current and past creations. I couldn't get my Flickr links to work above, but try this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elvesintheattic/ (or you can try searching for steedjj or ElvesInTheAttic under People). Why do I have two Flickr accounts? I couldn't access one of them and created a new one in frustration. Then, somehow I was able to access the first one again, but not the second one. Then I lost access again. And so it goes...I just keep bouncing back and forth between these two accounts.

RATING & HEARTS: I love to receive your works of art! Please don't feel you need to include anything other than that (I have LOTS of stuff already) for a heart. If you can't bear to send the swap item alone, I would love a hand-written note telling me a little about yourself.

RESWAPPING: Each person has artsy preferences and if my creations don't fit in your collection please feel free to send them on their way to a new home. I won't be offended.

I'm addicted to ATCs. I love the small format and that, for the most part, I can get them finished in one sitting while The Muse whispers in my ear.

My pronouns are she/her and I'm married with adult kids. We have an active lifestyle: hockey (my husband), soccer (me), snowboarding/skiing, kayaking, hiking and travel for the whole family. We recently bought a 1970 vintage camping trailer and LOVE going out in that after years of tent camping; we're getting soft. πŸ˜‰ I am a big fan of the Seattle Sounders (MLS soccer).

My sister told me a while ago that she and her husband were talking about couples they knew and when they came to my husband and me he said, "They're in the sandbox. They'll always be in the sandbox." That describes me (us) perfectly. I'm very in touch with my inner child.

I'm a hoarder of craft supplies (don't tell my husband I confessed to that) because I 'know' I'll be able to find a way to use them on a project. My family also thinks I'm over the top with recycling. It really pisses me off when they don't put recyclable stuff in the recycle bin and trash in the trashcan. I've been known to snatch something out of there if I think I can use it in my art.

I joke that I have crafting ADD - I'm always trying some new thing and then diving into the next new thing. I used to be a scrapbooker but haven't done much of that in a long time.

My favorite holiday, hands down, is Halloween. I prefer creepy Halloween over cute Halloween.

Favorite Movies

Nightmare Before Christmas (and pretty much anything else Tim Burton-y)

Pirates of the Carribean series

Bourne trilogy

When Harry Met Sally

Monty Python movies

I know there's more...

Favorite Crafts



Mixed Media

Book Binding


I like quirky (think Tim Burton), but can go more traditional as well. (You too? Check out The Octopode Factory and Dilly Beans Stamps - good stuff.)

Texture, color, mixed media and recycled/repurposed creations catch my eye.

Soccer (Seattle Sounders is my team!)

Outdoors - camping, hiking, beach, mountains


Snarky, tongue-in-cheek humor

Idiom art

Fave Holiday: Halloween

Favorite colors: Can't choose. They all need their moment to shine.

Folk Art like this: https://www.etsy.com/shop/indigotwin



Overly saccharine cutesy stuff - Hello Kitty, Precious Moments...

I'm not religious so please no bible verses, etc.

ATC themes I collect...

Quirky/Bizarre Holidays



US 50 states

Quirky/Snarky/Humorous Quotes



hibiscus rated for MATCS: March Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: Wonderful atc.. you are quite an artist .. thank you for this and how nice of you to include my favorites… starfish! I am so glad for the info I enjoyed your note .. great swap
Response: What a nice thing to say - thank you!!
Conni59 rated for AMA: Shaped Heart ATC on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful heart atc. I apologize for late rating 😝❀️
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you!
Cindiva rated for AA -Tic Tac Toe Challenge on Feb 28, 2023
Comment: What a very cool and unique ATC. I’d love the shape. Thank you so much for the extras.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thank you!
Comment: Definitely a big grin for this utterly cute ATC! Thank you so much <3
Response: Oh, yay! I really like those little guys. I'm glad they've done their job for you. πŸ˜πŸŽƒ
explore rated for February Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge on Feb 21, 2023
Comment: Julie, nice work!! Quite cool how you combined a pop-up star with a house and finished off with high-contrast colors. Reminds me of the All-star resorts at Disneyland. Thank you and happy swapping!!
Response: Thanks so much. I hope you had fun with the swap. Thanks for joining!
chimerix rated for USATC: Interactive ATC 1/23 on Feb 14, 2023
Comment: OMG!! I LOVE the ATC you made. I love the creepy merman and how you made him move across the water. Is he a stamp? Thank you so much an thanks for the extra bits to craft with. Aloha
Response: Yay! I loved him too so I'm so glad you like him. Thank you!! He is a stamp from Stampotique Originals. They have really weird, quirky images. Love them.
Arabella rated for CO (Collage Only) - Hearts on Feb 5, 2023
Comment: I love your heart atc, Julie!! Great background and love how you decorated the heart!! Thank you - and thank you for the vintage UNO cards and the stamps!!
Response: Thank you so much. Happy Love Month!
Tynkerbelle rated for AATC: Using pretty tissue paper on Feb 1, 2023
Comment: I LOVE IT!! oh my it did get a chuckle for sure...that is perfect...one of my favorites for sure, and yes the tissue paper is so pretty....I certainly felt the struggle as well....tyvm Happy Swapping
Response: Yay!!! I'm so glad you get my weird sense of humor. 😁
Comment: Thank you for the delightful little card, happy Valentine's Day!
Response: Thanks so much. Happy Valentine's Day to you too!!
Comment: That is the cutest raccoon I've ever seen - Happy Valentine's Day!
Response: Thanks so much! I wanted to do something a little different. πŸ˜€ Happy Valentine's Day!
Comment: Thank you so much for the little racoon card. Sooo cute!!! I love it. Of course I am going to keep it. I have a box where I keep the best handmade cards that I received. Happy swapping!
Response: What a sweet thing to say - thank you!! Happy early Valentines Day!
Comment: Thanks for nothing! Best I've ever received ;)
Response: 🀣🀣🀣 Any time!
Comment: 😢
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you I love the atc. Love that Tim Holtz - you went in the right direction. The easter egg are so pretty. Love the envelope too. Great job! thanks again
Response: You're so welcome. Thank you!
rkassman rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #73 on Jan 10, 2023
Comment: I absolutely adore the butterflies busting out of the edges! What a delightful ATC, thank you so much for creating it to share with me. <3
Response: 😁 Well, you just made my day! Thanks so much.
Response: Thank you. I hope 2023 brings you lots of good things.
Sonya rated for OATC: Weather Idioms ATC on Dec 29, 2022
Comment: A very cute card, Julie! Thanks much for joining my swap. HNY!
Response: Thanks so much!!
Tatiruth624 rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Swap on Dec 20, 2022
Comment: Really nice ATC
Response: Thank you!
YooperHill rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC on Dec 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you! I don’t think I have ever been disappointed by your art!! Merry Christmas.
Response: Wow - thanks so much!!
Arabella rated for WIYM: Handmade Christmas Card (USA) on Dec 16, 2022
Comment: Beautiful and creative card!! I love it!! I'm putting it up on my mantle to display!! Thank you!!
Response: That's so sweet - thank you!!

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thriftymermaid on Dec 14, 2022:

Happy Birthday Month from all of your swapping friends at the WIYM Group!! We hope you enjoy your special day. May all of your Birthday wishes come true and your New Year be all you hope it can be and more!! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ’ŒπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚

HausOfImps on May 6, 2022:

Thanks so much again for the awesome RAK you sent me last month! I got a compliment on one of the ATC backgrounds I used today and it reminded me how grateful I was to receive such a nice package. I hope you're doing well :)

Shoreart on Feb 26, 2021:

Hi Julie, Honestly, I am a self taught artist too. Of course, I have been taking classes for over 22 years. But, just started abstract paintings. I really have spent this past year of pandemic on YouTube. There are so many demos and tutorials available there. I feel like I am back in college!! I have learned everything from the basics of composition to color theory to mixing colors to .... I suggest that you try out some of the ones on there, and see what teachers that you connect with. Then just subscribe to them and make believe that you are back in school. I'll watch a video, then go into my studio room and try out what I learned. I am definitely beginning to like what is happening.

I do have to say that if you are at all serious about this, you should subscribe to YouTube for a monthly fee. All the videos are free, but they interrupt them constantly with ads. Not much of a problem if you are watching a 3 minute music video. But these tutorials can last a few minutes or over an hour. I just couldn't stand the constant interruptions every 3 minutes. It's been so worthwhile!!. I go on with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and see what's new that day. If it is short, I may watch a few. Longer ones I save and watch them later at night. Good luck and have fun!

groundhogstamper on Dec 4, 2020:

Your box of ATCs arrived today. What fun it has been, looking at each of them. Thanks so much for this great RAK!

RiverTopanga on Jul 5, 2020:

Hi! I am so happy you have been able to take a Dyan Reaveley class. As you said, she is an amazing teacher... I love her little stories! She is fabulous!

tcornell on Jan 17, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome birthday card and the used postage stamps from WIYM group!

shinyserra on Sep 30, 2018:

The ATC you made is so creepy cool! I love it! Thanks for sharing that with me :)

marinda on Jul 23, 2018:

What a fabulous box of ATC! So much wonderful and diverse art in one place. What a delight! Thank you VERY much. 🀩

Dsweeny on Feb 8, 2018:

AHHH!!! I received the gorgeous ATC RAK today! What a beautiful selection of cards you sent - I'm THRILLED with them! They are all beautiful, and I love the Valentine's one you did. Thank you so much for your kindness :) Dina

RiverTopanga on Feb 4, 2018:

Hello, Julie! Welcome to the Artisan ATC group! Like you, I am always open to new ideas and techniques. I hope you will teach me some :-) Sadly, for me, I am also a craft hoarder.. although now it's turned into everything hoarder, as I see potential in almost everything! Let me know if you would like to be an officer and host some swaps. I look forward to swapping with you :-)

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