Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2021 7:12 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: September 20, 2021

Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

Teacher, 4th grade ELA.

I started my "art journey" as a quilter. When I took a journal quilting class and learned about art journaling, I was hooked immediately. Then I began to start exploring mixed media and here I am. I haven't quilted in years but I still sew things from time to time; recently, masks which I donated to various places in need.

I took advantage of last spring's quarantine at home to open an Etsy shop - see link above. I don't have many listings yet but I am adding to them. And I have made some sales which was exciting!

Married for 28 years with two adult sons who live in different cities from each other and from us.

Favorite Music

Broadway musicals are my favorites. Old and contemporary.

Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gregory Porter, Billy Joel. Plus our son is a musician so we listen to his music ;) (one of his songs recently reached 1 million streams on Spotify... PM me if you are interested in listening ;)

In addition to music, I also listen to podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts and my new favorite, Everything is Alive.

Favorite Books

I read as much as I can - books, magazines, newspapers.

My favorite thing to read is contemporary literary fiction, and I have a special interest in reading about Indian families and culture. I also love to read short stories.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies

Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

Rolodex cards (mine are mini - 2 by 4 inches)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, and Wanda Hanson, a quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, travel tickets and other tickets.

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Tags - my own or others' - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

Dislikes - please don't send

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you send.

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

No glitter please, if possible; thanks.

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


saturnsrings rated for HCSI: Use your words on Sep 20, 2021
Comment: Whoops I forgot to rate this earlier, but thanks for the lovely tag you made for this swap, it's really pretty & I'll enjoy using it in my journal! Thanks!
user3370 rated for WIYM: Gelli Plate PC #11 - USA only on Sep 17, 2021
Comment: Great PC! I love the colors and the face stencil!
sleepingrover2010 rated for CH - Scrap Attack! #1 on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Hi Deb, I received your swap on Tuesday. First and foremost, Thank You for your kind note. I haven't recently updated my Profile. Things haven't gone in a positive direction, like I had hoped, but I have to understand and wrap my head around the new normal. Thank You for the wonderful selection of scraps of paper,, stamped images, tickets, stickers, text, envelope windows, and die cuts. I look forward to utilizing each and every piece in future swaps. I do look forward to having more opportunities to swap with me in the future. Until we meet again, Happy Swapping!! Barbara, sleepingrover2010
cerealgirl rated for Faces Stamped Images Swap on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so very much for your stamped faces. They are gorgeous and all new to my collection which I'm excited about. :)
ChristyClark1970 rated for Gelli Print Swap on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: I love your gel prints! Always fun swapping with you! Thank you for joining my swap!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely envelope! I love the blue and brown, that combo has been making me happy of late. My town is a tiny one, blink and you've missed it. I love having the space outside to have the birds and any number of projects. I would go crazy being confined in aan apartment through these challenging times... Thanks for making me mailart!
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful PC! Before you come to Alaska, order a Milepost. It takes you mile by mile and tells you the sights as well as where you can find fuel, foo and shelter. Make your reservations and get your tickets a year ahead of time. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
lrm1980 rated for AMA: Scribbles to Amazing PostCard on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the scribble pc! The envelope is lovely and was nice to see in the mailbox! I recently (and unexpectedly) lost my father, and now my family has covid… so I will do my very best to get the pc back to you ASAP.
lrm1980 rated for AMA: 4 from 1 Masterboard PcS on Aug 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL pc!
writemoreletters rated for Paper Ephemera Swap on Aug 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ephemera pieces!
kizzlets rated for AMA: 4 from 1 Masterboard PcS on Aug 20, 2021
Comment: That is so pretty, I'm impressed!
Comment: Love the tag! Always fun swapping with you!
user3370 rated for AMA: 4 from 1 Masterboard PcS on Aug 19, 2021
Comment: Very cool postcard! Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the re-send. I appreciate all the pages. Take care.
Comment: Loved the letter and your envelope. looking forward to writing you soon.
ChristyClark1970 rated for August Mixed Media Tag Swap on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Love your tag! It’s awesome! Thanks for the extras too!
joybells2426 rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on Aug 12, 2021
Comment: I can’t believe I forgot to rate you for this! So sorry for the late rating. Thank you for the awesome stickers!
bostianh rated for LSRU-Move my excess quick-US 3 on Aug 6, 2021
Comment: WOW!!!! Oh my this swap was packed full of SO much wonderfulness! Thank You so much!!!💖. I am so excited to use these goodies, I am especially excited to use the flower stamps!😍. Literally everything you sent is awesome it felt like my birthday when I opened it. Thanks for your kindness and generosity.💗
evanselli rated for WIYM - Tiny Blind Summer Swap :) on Aug 5, 2021
Comment: Thanks hanks for the lovely swap. The postcard is very cool, I love Beatrix Potter. The stickers will come in handy too. Have a great day😊❤️
DragonflyDaisy rated for Stamping through a stencil! on Aug 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cool mixed media tag. It’s fun to see other people’s creativity. Thank you for joining my swap and trying the technique out with me. See you in the swaps again soon! 😁

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nalaqueen on Aug 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for the vintage Book & Music papers! ( This or That tag). I can't wait to use them in my journal!

wolfeagle on Aug 27, 2021:

So fun to get this is my mailbox today. Great job on making this Scribble to an Amazing mail art postcard. Thank you.

Lonestarchild on Jul 12, 2021:

Thanks so much for the B&W fun for the Quick I Need...Tag. Love these old PCs!

Scrapinitblue on Jul 7, 2021:

Thank you for swapping Dina images with me for the Cheap postage tag! I got them and I LOVE them all! I recently signed on as a Supporter on her FB page, have you seen that? It's $5 a month and there are lots of perks!

DaisyNY on Jun 28, 2021:

Thank you for the Hebrew book pages from the Cheap Postage Tag Your It. There was a wonderful variety in the packet!

AZmom875 on Jun 6, 2021:

I love the ROLODex you made for me in the challenge. Nice work.

sassafrass on Jun 4, 2021:

I'm so glad the Pick 2 tag arrived safely. Thank you so much for your kind message! I'm really glad you love everything. I had so much fun putting everything together. Happy weekend!

user6937 on May 25, 2021:

Tags > 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Tag ~ International - thanks for the SIX colourful washi tape samples :)

wolfeagle on May 12, 2021:


Thank you so much for the lovely bookmark, for the Amazing Mail Art: International Mystery supply swap.

Rabbitfreedom on May 4, 2021:

Thank you so much for the library pockets! Can't wait to use them in my junk journals!

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