Swap-bot Time: July 14, 2024 10:54 pm


Date Joined: July 4, 2014
Last Online: July 14, 2024
Birthday: October 15
Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name is Linda and I'm a mixed-media artist, instructor, and designer, teaching mostly to women, but occasionally men. I specialize in paper arts, but also books & journals, dolls, wearable art, and assemblage projects. I live in a small town in NC, and love to travel & shop at antique stores for supplies to use in my class kits. I also love to crochet while watching TV.

Things I Collect

I've been collecting rubber stamps for 40+ years, and prefer wood mounted over cling, though I own thousands of both.

I love sending & receiving decorated and handmade envelopes through the mail! Everything leaving my house is in a decorated envelope whether it's going to the IRS or a donation to the SPCA.

More fascinations I adore: handmade envelopes, foreign vocabulary cards, vintage postage stamps, antique ledger books, typewriters & typography, numbers (especially 4โ€™s and the #14), zinnias, sunflowers, tulips and pansies, paper ephemera like tickets, sachets, vintage linens & antique quilts.

I especially enjoy swapping postcards of all kinds. Those are some of my favorite swaps, especially vintage and b&w PC's.

A favorite collection: my old black & white photographs, mostly of women and groups of women, laughing and doing silly things, that I use on my journal pages, adding captions of witty sayings.

I love making journals of all shapes and sizes and then filling them with cheerful as well as unusual ephemera and rubber stamped images. I have multiple smash books, junk journals & art journals and love all the new, bright, cheerful supplies and pockets to adorn my pages.


I do a great bit of travel to teach classes, but also because we love sightseeing. We bought a new 2017 Mercedes Winnebago so we get to see far more of this great country. Road trips here we come!

I've been to England 3 times and France once. Would love to visit England again.


My favorite number is 14. Do me a favor. If you've read this far down my profile, please include the number 14 on whatever you send me. Write it, stamp it, cut the numbers off the page of a magazine or book. Tape it down, use a glue stick, or slip it loose in an envelope. Sending a PC? You can still add it on there somewhere. Let's see if I'm clever enough to find it and mention it when I rate you. Wanna play?

I love to read, preferring mysteries or humorous fiction.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I like both cute and scary.

Christmas means snowmen, lots & lots of snowmen!

Favorite color: Yellow Every room in my home is a shade of yellow, mostly a creamy butter shade of the palest yellow.

I collect unique pigs: multiple wire and metal pig baskets that hold face clothes in the guest bath & plants in the kitchen. My favorites are pig wind chimes my brother sent me from his 25 years in England.

My studio is filled with beautiful little bowls to hold beads, rubber bands, clips and embellishments. I find them in thrift & antique stores for $1-$2 each.

This and That

I have a 700+ sq. ft. studio filled with art I've made, far too many supplies, and art I've received. Since joining swap-bot my boxes of mail art are overflowing, which is a good thing!

I'm now making envelopes from old topography maps, calendar pages, book pages and scrapbook paper just to keep up with the amount of mail I have going out daily.

I own more than a dozen different sets of alphabet rubber stamps and use those often on my mail art.

My love of swapping!

Oh my, Iโ€™ve now enjoyed over 9 years of incredible swapping! Thanks to everyone who has sent me fabulous swaps and rated me graciously when you've received one of mine that meant a lot to you. Here's to another great year!!

All my mail is carried to the post office for weight and postage verification and I tend to add too much rather than too little.

Wish List

I love anything handmade! I've received coasters and tote bags that I treasure from partners on Swap-bot. I don't sew and therefore love that someone would take the time to make me a gift with their talents.

In winter months I like plain hot chocolate and keep mini marshmallows on hand for a cup most evenings, and I like warm & fuzzy socks.

I love all stationery from note cards to note pads, pens, markers, bags, stickers, etc.

I love lemon and citrus in candies, soaps, candles, lotions, etc. I love candy corn, caramels & butter rum Lifesavers when I can find them.

We have a three year old male black Scottish Terrier named Beemer after hubbyโ€™s BMW so anything with the black Scottie motif is always welcome.

I love birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and botanicals. Anything from stickers to postcards or book pages of illustrations would be much appreciated. I also love handmade envies of all shapes and sizes. Small scraps of sturdy decorative papers for punching and banners and altering are also welcomed. And if you make decorated bookmarks, pockets or layered embellishments, Iโ€™d love to be the recipient of your talents!


Comment: Lovely PC thanks so much Linda Enjoy your summer and trip through my state! BTW I love all the stamping you did on the PC :) Made me smile!
Response: Thanks!
isabellasnow rated for SMSUSA: April 2024 Pen Pal on Jun 9, 2024
Comment: Hello, my friend!! I'm always SO SO happy when you are my sending partner. Your envie and everything inside make for a wonderfully happy experience. Thank you for always sharing so fully about yourself and your family--I feel like we are neighbors! You are simply the best ;+)
Response: Thanks Girlie!
LindaW rated for Let's Be Friends (May) on Jun 3, 2024
Comment: Thank you for all card making items and tucked in items.
Sweetrizzo44 rated for Sticker Sheets #29 on May 24, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail! I love stickers and cannot wait to use them in future swaps and cards I make for the kids. I will also put to use the Spanish vocabulary cards. Take care and keep on swapping...
Response: Thanks
TeaNi rated for SMSUSA: Snail Mail Happy #7 on May 23, 2024
Comment: thanks so much for the thoughtful swap! :) I thouroughly enjoyed your nice long note, descriptions of the blooms you're enjoying in your garden, the RV trip with your grandson, and of course all the fun papery goodies you made and included! Always gleeful to add to my silly little cat playing card collection too! Thank you :)
Response: Thanks
Zefaniya rated for Pick 3 items #19 on May 18, 2024
Comment: Thank you! I love how you got creative with this swap ๐Ÿ˜€
LadyJo rated for Pick 3 items #19 on May 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap! Always in need of stamps! Nice card, too! Fun stickers!
Response: Sitting in the hospital waiting for Cโ€™s kidney stone surgery to begin. Long day. Glad you liked it all.
Zefaniya rated for Sticker Sheets #29 on May 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you! The butterflies are gorgeous!
Response: Iโ€™d been hoarding them and decided they should go to you. Enjoy!
Zefaniya rated for Quotes on a postcard #2 on May 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you! ๐ŸŒˆ
Comment: Thank you for all four butterfly envelopes as well as the two mini envelopes full of stamps to use and coordinating stickers. Much appreciated.
Response: Loved this swap. Thanks for the rating.
grammypammy rated for Quotes on a postcard #2 on May 3, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and Bette Davis quotes!
Response: ๐Ÿ˜Š
Zefaniya rated for Striped Washi on Apr 27, 2024
Comment: Thank you! And yay a letter too!!
Response: ๐Ÿ˜Š
Lobo816 rated for UHM: Mail Art - Flowers! on Apr 22, 2024
Comment: Linda I absolutely love this technique you used with the watercolor crayons & stamps. Iโ€™ve never done this & have already looked it up on YouTube to see how itโ€™s done. I canโ€™t wait to try it!! Your cards & envelope are beautiful!! You are right I donโ€™t think weโ€™ve ever been partnered before although we have a lot of interests in common. Thank you for your lovely letter, I enjoyed reading it. I have really enjoyed swap-bot this past year. I started googling one day looking for swap groups and came across swap-bot. I feel like it has given my crafts a purpose and a reason to do it and I love it!!
Response: So happy you liked everything. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Thanks for the swap. Enjoy your week. Happy swapping.
Comment: Thank you for the items you made. I really liked them. Have a great week.
monsbrick rated for Striped Washi on Apr 14, 2024
Comment: Thank you Linda!! Itโ€™s great to be back in touch with you! All these little stickers and the organizer to hold them are great! Plus yes what a delicious letter too!
Response: Thanks Girlie! I enjoyed putting it together for you as much as you enjoyed receiving it.
Hunbun rated for MAE: Handmade Envies ~ Vintage ~ US on Apr 13, 2024
Comment: I wish I could give you more than one heart! These envies are amazing and I'm in love with the one you sent them in (with the vintage women). Thanks for including the extra ones for our private swap and I will send some to you this week. Any requests for theme?
Response: Surprise me. Glad you liked everything. And thanks for the rating.
Comment: THANK you so much for all the wonderful goodies! It was such a fun envelope to open.
Response: So glad you were pleased. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Linda, you "chose well." I love it all. Thanks for reading my profile. So appreciated. I love getting die-cuts since I don't have a machine for that.
Response: Terrific! Thanks for the rating.

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LindaW on May 24, 2024:

Thank you for the notecard kits with instructions and tucked in items.

LadyJo on Dec 25, 2023:

Merry Christmas to you! Hope you have had a great Weekend so far!

bluerose3 on Dec 18, 2023:

I opened #6 of the 12 days.....I love these clothespins. Very pretty and I love how you included magnet strip.

bluerose3 on Dec 15, 2023:

Just opened day 3 of the 12 days of Christmas. Love the different shaped paper clips. And I love how you decorated the envie that they are in. Very nice :)

Zefaniya on Nov 21, 2023:

Thank you for the clever card and letter! That baby party sounds like it was fun & and decadent!!

Zefaniya on Nov 11, 2023:

Thanks for the letter! Traveling in an RV has been on my bucket list for awhile now. I will be replying soon!

LadyJo on Oct 30, 2023:

Looking forward to the swap Let's Be Friends, November ! I hope you are having a great day! Look for something soon in your mailbox!

Artistic on Sep 6, 2023:

So very glad you and your friends got a kick out of the 14s. I told a pal that this swap was supposed to be about bookmarks, but I got completely carried away with the envelope. LOL! Enjoy your trip, and your reading!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:


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