Swap-bot Time: November 19, 2019 2:53 pm


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Last Online: November 19, 2019
Birthday: April 30
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! My name is Nickalli Braaten. I'm an artist/crafter in Tucson, AZ. I'm an original beta member, so my user name is generic. I'm married to my best friend (26 years!), we did 22+ years in the Air Force, he still works for the 55th Rescue Squadron, but as a civilian now. I’m a lifestyle blogger right now but working towards a writing career. Our son is a junior in high school, so we'll be here a few more years trying to deal with the heat!

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My loves are art journals, planners & bullet journals, hand carved rubber stamps, mail art, bookmaking, ATCs, silk ribbon embroidery, polyclay, beads, jewelry, altered art and books, most anything to do with mixed media.

Favorite Music

I'll listen to most everything except for Rap. In the right context Country and opera are okay. My current playlist includes Enya, Meatloaf, Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, American Authors, Adele, Melissa Etheridge....

Favorite Movies

Amelie is a favorite- I can watch it over and over, Pulp Fiction as well. Anything with John Cusack also makes me happy. Love the MCU! I love old movies (Cary Grant, Dorris Day) and most chick-flick type sappy ones. Not a fan of the new horror flicks.

Favorite Television

I'm a reality show junky - I love Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother. This is Us and A Million Little Things are new favorites and Walking Dead I watch with my kid. Steelers Football is practically a religion in this house. I miss Friends, Seinfeld and Big Bang Theory.

Favorite Crafts

Mail Art!!! Carving my own rubber stamps. Working with my gelli plate. ATCs. ICADs. Watercolor classes online. Journals and altered books. Making something funky to wear (jewelry, not clothes!) Working in my Happy planner and bullet journaling - love it!!

Favorite things

Please see my note at the end!

Bumble Bees, dragonflies & butterflies* cacti & succulents * irises & pansies * Anything from Iceland* Orcas & Puffins* feathers & dreamcatchers* Asian art & images * thimbles. * Hand made art! Collages, postcards, ATCs, etc. * I like my postcards homemade & naked! :0) * Handmade junk journals * Ephemera * Bling * Anything BoHo* Anything with cool letters/writing on it * Interesting pattern papers * Art supplies! * Buttons * Beads, glass not plastic * Old book pages, especially foreign * Illustrations of any sort * Cool images for papercrafts *

things to swap ~ handmade paper crafts, Mail Art, ephemera, handmade Note Cards, handmade Envelopes, washi tape, napkins, stamped images, stuff to stick in my journal, ATCs, journal or planner stuff, recipes ~ Anything Really

Swappers who really care and it shows they weren't just trying to hit the minimum requirement needed! You are loved!

Colors ~ jewel tones. Love purple and blue. Pink and orange is starting to grow on me a bit more.

things I do not like:

I'm pretty easy going and impossible to offend, so if you've gotten something you just don't know what to do with it - send it to me. I like the funky, unusual, offensive type stuff.

Receiving something that had no thought put into it, when you can tell the person just wanted to check off another swap and did the minimum needed.

No communication! If you are going to be late - just let me know! I'm pretty easy going :0) Also, if you didn't receive something from me - contact me and let me know before rating! I've never flaked and never will!

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My new Persona!!

I have just become involved in a role playing type group related to the Georgian era (Britain early 1700-early 1800s) my husband and I are Leandrea & Bryan Wallis proprietors of the Rose & Crown Pub.

If you have any extra victorian style items (lace, vintage, buttons, ephemera, botanical, embroidery calligraphy, stamps, images, etc.) you’d be willing to share for my journal and future swaps I would be most appreciative!! ❤️❤️❤️


camelsamba rated for HCSI: Christmas Tags on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the sweet tags. I have reusable gift bags and the colors on your tags will coordinate nicely with some of them! And thanks for using that cool Golden Spike postage stamp - I haven't seen that before!
Star7Lily rated for Harvest in Amberleigh on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Dearest Leandrea, thank you so much for such a surprise. I love the postcard your painting of the corn bell is gorgeous. And the paperclip is so unusual, did you make it? It was a lovely letter, and I was so happy to help with your gown ideas, my feet hurt too! Many hearts dear Nickalli. xx
Comment: Thank You so much for the flip tag and the extras love the ribbon you used, this was a fun project to do.
MeggyMoo rated for 100 Day: Day #42: Washi Tape Card on Nov 11, 2019
Comment: I think your card is gorgeous: really lovely! I like what you did with the envelope, too, to ensure it became a set. I will be keeping this card and envie in my stash for inspiration! Thankyou for the napkins, too, I felt very spoilt when I opened your package this morning!
PaperPassion rated for EP: Just Add Washi - House on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: Love the houses,glad you decided to put them all together.Thank you so much for the extras also.I surly will use them.
Response: Awesome! I always hope my RAKs will be something my partner likes! Thanks for the ❤️ 😁
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Fall page. I love it! Thanks for the extras too. You were right about that being the perfect postcard for me lol Love it too 😀
Response: Loving the fall colors! Even if we don’t get to appreciate them much here- thank you for the ❤️
GinaVisione rated for HCSI: Orange Themed Postcard on Nov 3, 2019
Comment: Love the Orange zombie beast fall postcard! Thanks Nickalli - Happy Autumn to you :D
Response: Thanks for the rating & heart!! Hope to do more carving swaps with you soon!
Comment: Lucky me to receive TWO of your swaps! These butterflies are so delicate and gorgeous and you managed to include so many delightful details in each one! Love the little danglies, the jeweled and pearl bodies and the bits of lace. I can't wait to use these! Thanks, too, for the lovely stencil.
Response: My second attempts definitely were improvements over the poor little first ones I tried! Sometimes these little ones look deceptively easier than they actually are! ❤️
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: 2 Styles Journal Cards on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Hi Nickalli! These are just lovely. I'm crazy for those little fabric and lace snippets and the way you sewed around each card. Love the muted color palette s well. Thank you for the amazing extras! WOW! Those dimensional stickers are just wonderful. You're an absolute favorite swap partner!
Response: Aww! So excited To make my favorite host happy!! Thanks for all you do - and for the ❤️!!
Comment: Nickalli: Well this painted acetate ICAD is wonderful! I had trouble getting my painted stripes to work but you got them just right. And your spatters - perfect! That's another technique that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. And thank you for the variety of fun fall extras!!
Response: So glad you liked it! I ended up painting two sheets to be able to cut out that swatch! Lol I too have a love/hate relationship with splatters. Thanks for the heart!
tristitia rated for YTPC: 3 in 30: H = Hinged on Oct 29, 2019
Comment: Nickalli, these little hinged folders are so pretty! I'm sitting here flipping them open and closed and trying to decide what to do with them... I love how they each have a bit of a theme - thank you!
Response: So glad you liked them! I haven’t figured out what to do with mine either - I just like playing with them! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for this lovely invitation swap. I believe the dress and hair style you have chosen are quite fitting for a hostess. Thank you for all of the ephenera cards, tea, and note. Everything is much appreciated!
Response: So happy it made it - and you enjoyed it! Thanks for the heart!! 😁
Comment: Well, I just love this page, Nickalli. You were so clever to change the tree shape; I like yours better than the tutor's ;+) Thanks for always sending such wonderful, artsy creations; I love swapping together!
Response: Aww, thanks! I’m so glad you liked my changes - It was a fun page to do! You keep finding the best stuff!!
Comment: Great job and I like the style you use. You are like me. I purchase what I like and make it fit where I need it to fit. 🤣 Lol
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart! Glad you liked it!! 😁
marymary914 rated for YTPC: Tag Pocket with Notepad on Oct 22, 2019
Comment: I love the pinks with the tans here! Beautiful! Thanks so much!
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart! Another fun swap! 😁
Comment: Adorable index card art! Love them all!
Response: Thanks so much! They were so much fun to make!
Comment: Oh, I LOVE these! Nickalli, I love the neutral color scheme, those lovely butterflies, and all the little tags your created for the pocket. So creative (as always). Love swapping together, my friend!
Response: Aww, thank you for the sweet comments and great rating! Love your swaps!!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Stamped Embellishments on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Hi Nickalli! These really are cute--anything with cute animals is a win for me. It's so sweet of you to provide an intro to swap-bot for your mother-in-law. So glad your weather is cooling, if even only a little bit ;+) I'll definitely be using these on a journal I'm creating for my granddaughter!
Response: Oh how fun - a journal for your granddaughter! Loved those little critters! 😁
Comment: I love your journal page - you definitely rocked this tutorial better than me! So colorful and inspiring - thank you!
Response: Thank you for the rating - so glad you liked it - definitely one of my funkier pieces!!
donetta rated for YTPC: Tri-Fold Paper Bag Folder on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: This is a FABULOUS little journal Nickalli...and i respectfully disagree with you regarding your sewing skills! There are so many beautiful details...the little paper pad is wonderful, with each page beautifully coffee-dyed...the doily...the tags...i love it all. Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for your kind comments and rating! So happy you liked everything!

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CurlyTea on Apr 30, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

wolfeagle on Mar 26, 2019:


Thank you so much for the wonderful Tag you made for the AMA Mystery Supply Swap. It's fantastic.

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


BusyB on Aug 2, 2018:

Welcome to Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA!

BusyB on Aug 1, 2018:

Started a new group, my first ever! Hope you will join me..it's called Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA.

Angie on May 30, 2018:

Thank you for the beautiful little birthday wish! Can I still say happy belated birthday to you? Hee hee! Enjoy your 2 weeks away from the bot!

BusyB on May 8, 2018:

Hello, I uploaded another Memorydex swap on USAPC group. I hope you can join!

Angie on May 5, 2018:

Thanks for inspiring the August year of the dog swap: Use those scraps

Doraecyscraps on Jun 29, 2017:

Hi, i will be sending out your mail for ATC with a quote later today. Hope it reaches you safely! 😊

djcamp04 on Jun 10, 2017:

I have edited themed mini art page swap. Please check it out. Thanks

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