Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2021 2:16 pm


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: January 20, 2021
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.

I'm married with adult 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. 3-year-olds are my people.

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!) - love Gordon Ramsey

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 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



Comment: Love him! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much for your newsy responses to the 10 questions for this round. I really enjoyed reading about your holidays and I'm so envious that you have a sewing machine from 1950! Thanks so much for the lovely extras you sent, too.
Comment: Hi again. Thanks for the ATC. I like it very much.
Response: I'm glad. Thank you and happy swapping!
CookieMomster78 rated for MAS 1 for All - BIRD(S) on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: OMG! I absolutely adore how you created a bird using a bird printable! It’s such a beautiful hue of green too. Thank you so much for the ATC & the inspiration!
Response: Thank you. I'm glad you like it!
chimerix rated for USATC: Rainbow ATC Series- Blue on Jan 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful blue dragon ATC! It is truly a work of art. Aloha!
Response: Wow, that got there fast. Thank you - so glad you like it!!
mdrogge rated for AAA: Fox on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Love this cute fox!
Response: Thank you. Happy swapping!
Comment: This is a great ATC! thanks for making it for me. I have always wanted to make lilac blossom jelly but I need to find some lilacs near me. The only floral I have made is elderflower.
Response: Ohhh...that sounds good, too. I used to go backpacking with my dad in the Sierras. Reading your profile made me miss our hikes together. Thanks for the heart and rating. Happy Swapping!
BeckyG56 rated for AMA: Snowman Shaped ATC on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: I love the shiny snowman,and the use of modeling paste. So cute! Thanks!!
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you for the rating and heart. Happy Swapping!
Poohtat rated for AAA: Blue on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Wow, what an awesome ATC. I think I might try to find a little frame for it and put it up in my craft room. Thank you
Response: What a nice compliment! Thank you!
Lolly rated for Snowman on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgous snowman. I 5otally love him.
Response: I'm so glad. Happy Holidays!
AmookIslandCreations rated for Tree Shaped ATC on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks for this dimensional Christmas tree ATC and I love the note card too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks, Sherry. I hope you're doing well up there, too. Happy Holidays!
Comment: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this postcard. I think it's just about the cutest one ever! LOL - thank you SO much, you did a great job making it. :)
Response: Wow! You made my day! What a sweet thing to say. Thank you and I'm so happy you like it. Merry Christmas!
isabellasnow rated for WIYM: Holiday Mail Art Party! on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Hi Julie! Wow--I just LOVE your holiday envelope! It looks like everything is hand-drawn--something I wish I could do. LOVE those sweet 3 kings and all the beautiful snowflakes. Can't wait to use the shimmering Santa envelope in my December Daily journal. This little envie put me in an instantly festive mood--many thanks!
Response: Hooray! Thanks so much. I am on the fence about a December Daily this year. We'll see... In the meantime, Merry Christmas!
morgainegeiser rated for WIYM: Handmade Christmas Card on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: Very lovely card. Have a great holiday.
Response: Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thanks for the cute card and extras. Happy holidsays!
Response: You're so welcome and thank you for the rating and heart. Happy holidays!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty gift tag that you made with the extra snowflake diecuts. It is really lovely and looks so professional. And I like that you didn't write in the card - I think it is going to get sent to my mother in law for Christmas. Aloha
Response: Oh good! Thank you for the sweet comments and heart. Merry (early) Christmas!
Comment: Wow thanks a lot for your amazing Christmas card, love it, such a cool design!
Response: Thank you! Wishing you a happy holiday season!
BusyB rated for WIYM: Christmas Card With A Twist USA on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty handmade card and tiny tag and die cuts! I will definitely use these. Let's try this again. Sometimes my phone doesn't make the heart stick! Happy Holidays!
Response: Oh, good! I'm glad you can use them.
rarjones rated for SMSUSA: Washi Pumpkin Mail Art on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: Love the pumpkin mail art. It stayed on very well :) Thank you for your time in making the swap and the extras:)
Response: I'm so relieved! Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Aseret25 rated for AAA: Red on Nov 14, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh, I LOVE this ATC! I love how you layered the collage elements, used book pages, and splattered ink. I’m really inspired by your technique. This is amazing, thank you so much!
Response: Oh, thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I second-guessed myself on this one. I'm so glad you like it!

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wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


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!

thisismeAXiD on Dec 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

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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