Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2020 12:53 pm


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: January 19, 2020
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: 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.

I'm married with almost-grown kids and we have an active lifestyle: hockey (my husband), soccer (me), snowboarding/skiing and hiking for the whole family. I am a big fan of the Seattle Sounders (MLS soccer). Vacations for us are usually tent camping by a lake or heading to the beach - we are water people.

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. In fact, I teach preschool during the day and LOVE my job because I play and get paid for it.

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 a bit of a recycling nazi. 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. In my Etsy shop I sell mostly cards and tags but I sprinkle in my new obsessions on occasion.

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

Favorite Movies

Nightmare Before Christmas

When Harry Met Sally

Monty Python movies

I know there's more...

Favorite Television

I watch some reality TV (don't judge!)

The Blacklist

This Is Us (I know. Me and everybody else...)

Favorite Crafts



Rubber stamping

Mixed Media


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 typically 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


Ocean & Sea Life



US 50 states

Quirky/Snarky/Humorous Quotes



mindy rated for Holiday Recycled ATC - 3rd Annual on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the sweet snow leopard ATC. I have a thing for snow leopards.
turtles27 rated for Be My Hallowtine! on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Love love love it!!! And I got a sneak peek of it without even knowing it! I saw your post on the Stampotique FB group and admired it not even thinking about this swap. Thank you so much for the card and all of the goodies!!
Response: Hooray! Another Stampotique fan! So glad you like it. Happy Hallowtines Day!
swayzer rated for WIYM: Need Happy Mail on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Hi Julie my neighbor ,my 80โ€™s sister. I too am sitting in the Purple Rain, thinking Girls just wanna have fun, thinking I just wanna dance with somebody , call me 867-5309๐Ÿ˜„. Thanks for the fun mail and extra special goodies. Good luck on seeing the top of your desk, sat hi to Kopi.
Response: ๐Ÿ˜† Will do! In the mean time, don't you forget about me...
graciepie49 rated for ATCO: Pick One ATC on Jan 1, 2020
Comment: Hello Julie. . . My apologies for such a late rating. . . . I just love your ATC! "Fearless Flyer," is a great theme, and shades of purple are among my favorite colors. And you used so many cool techniques very well. I bet you make really nice journals. Thanks also for sending me the magazine and ad clippings. How did you know I collect arrows?! :-) I clip a lot of stuff from PCH too. Happy New Year!!
Response: What sweet comments. Thank you and Happy New Year!
Comment: I love the envelope! Glad you got your crafting mojo back!
Response: Yay! I'm glad it arrived. Thanks for rating and Happy Holidays!
user6937 rated for MAS&M - Xmas gift tags on Nov 28, 2019
Comment: Great stamp to use for tags, thank you!
Response: Merry Christmas!
BeHappyToday rated for WIYM - Christmas Postcard Swap on Nov 28, 2019
Comment: Luv the festive & quirky handmade PC. Thank U & Happy Holidays to you.
Response: Thank you! I hope your December has been festive and fun-filled. :)
BLUR rated for AAA: Intl - Creepy Doll ATC on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: Ha! These are so funny - nice and creepy! โ™ก Love these so much! Very well done! My students wanted to keep them! Thank you!!โ™กโ™ก
Response: LOL...hooray! So glad you like them. Happy swapping!
RiverTopanga rated for ATC Fall trees and leaves on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Hi Julie! Thank you for the wonderful Tree ATC. It is very nice. I love the layering. Very pretty envie too!
Response: I'm glad you like it. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for rating. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Poeprincess rated for MATCs: Thanksgiving Theme on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: I like this ATC! Thank you for being my partner.
Response: I'm so glad. Thank you for rating and Happy Thanksgiving!
choke rated for Collaboration #70 on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for this cool card! (I had rated this awhile ago but was just going through some old swaps and noticed it didn't take, sorry about that!)
Response: No worries. Thank you!
AtTheSmithHouse rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Brown on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Beautiful ATC! Happy to add it to my collection :)
Response: I'm so happy that you like it. Thank you!
RetroChik rated for Favorite Artist ATC on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC! Love it.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for the rating and heart!
Poeprincess rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Blue on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for a pretty ATC. I like the Gelli technique you used. Thank you, also for the postcard note.
Response: You are so welcome. Glad you like them and thank YOU for the rating and heart.
abshanghai rated for ATCO: Gelli Print ATC on May 15, 2019
Comment: This indeed made me smile! THANK YOU! love the style :-)
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you!
Allegrae rated for Collaboration #69 on May 11, 2019
Comment: Beautiful card! I look forward to adding to it and sending it along.
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart. Happy Spring to you!
Eclectonote rated for ATC - Coffee (USA) on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the terrific coffee themed ATC - so fun! Special thanks for the great envelope with its fun lettering, coffee dribble, and my favorite Wonder Woman stamp.
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Thank you!
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - April 2019 on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: Julie, it is always such a joy to receive from you :) The envelope and card are delightful, and I will definitely be cutting up the envelope for collage bits :) I love the ATC, too -- beautiful colors! Thank you for the wonderful mail art!!
Response: That's so sweet, Penelope! Thank you so much. You made my day!
Katti rated for Collaboration #68 on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this challenging postcard to work on!
Response: ๐Ÿ˜‰ It IS challenging, isn't it? May the force be with you!
CheyanneB rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Orange on Apr 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a beautiful orange card to add to my collection :)
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I started second guessing myself and wondering if it was TOO orange - LOL.

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tcornell on Jan 17, 2020:

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

thisismeAXiD on Dec 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

wolfeagle on Oct 7, 2019:

Thank you for sending this Collaboration pc back to me. I'll get it back in circulation, as I have already worked on it, and then back to its owner. I appreciate you sending it to me.

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. ๐Ÿคฉ

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 :-)

Fry on Dec 9, 2015:

Hello friend! I have in my hand a RAK of some pretty awesome ATC! I collect cards with postage stamps on them and all of the others will find a permanent place within my collection! Thanks a ton friend! =) Happy Holidays!

chicklebird on Sep 21, 2015:

just wanted to say your work is awesome!!!! i hope to see you back on the atc jam list in the future, i'd love to jam with you :D i had to bookmark your site so i can stay up to date with your beautiful work

Vallmo on Jul 2, 2015:

Thank you very much for the lovely mail I received from you today! So nice of you to give those ATC's away! (And in such a pretty envelope!) I am so inspired now to start making and collecting ATC's as well!

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