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Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: August 1, 2021
Birthday: December 7
Country: United States
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About Me

June 2021 UPDATE: I am taking a (hopefully) short break from swapping. Life is a bit hectic and unpredictable right now. Hope to be back soon...

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: Thanks so much for this awesome ATC!!! I have flipped it at least 5 times and I feel so inspired. Happy halloween in June!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Interactive cards are so fun, aren't they? Thanks for the SwapBot love. 😁
Comment: i love your little house! thank you for this and the terrific envelope!!
Response: Hooray! I'm glad it found its way to you. Thank you for the Swapbot love. 😊
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome Halloween ATC - what a wonderful idea. Can't wait to put it in my Halloween Journal this year.
Response: You're so welcome. Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the postage stamps !
Response: You're welcome!
KarenLaneWV rated for A.I. Handmade Envelopes ~ US on May 1, 2021
Comment: Wonderful!! I just used two of them. You did a great job on them!! Thank you!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them. Thanks!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun ATC and collage card - think I shall use it for next month's ATC challenge!
Response: What a great idea for a swap. Thank YOU!
kizzlets rated for USATC: 5 Elements ATC Challenge on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: BeautifuL! Thank you very much!
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thanks!!
Comment: I love it! You really managed to use all the supplies in a small space - impressive!
Response: Thanks so much!!
MamaD rated for Amazing Octopode ATC Swap on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: I absolutely ADORE your ATC! Thank you so much! Thanks also for doing the swap with me!!
Response: Hooray! I'm so happy you like it! I have to confess...even though I have quite a few Octopode images in my stash already our swap was a good excuse to get another one. LOL. Thank YOU!
Shoreart rated for AMA: Triangle Shape ATC on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: I love the ATC and thanks for the extras.
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you for the rating and heart. Happy swapping!
Winegeek rated for AAA: Challenge #5 on Mar 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC, I love your design and your background is fabulous. Thank you as well for the postcard.
Response: Thank you so much!
Poeprincess rated for AATC's: Something that flies ATC on Feb 27, 2021
Comment: This one gave me giggles! So cute! Like the background, too. Thank you for being my partner.
Response: Oh, good! He/She is kind of spunky. Thank you for the rating and heart. Happy swapping!
Comment: I LOVE this ATC! I wasn't expecting anything, but I wouldn't have guessed someone would send a red portrait. Very creative! Thanks so much for making it for me. :-)
Response: It was so hard to stay away from hearts with 'February' and 'red'! I'm so glad you like her. Thank you and happy swapping.
tampatha rated for Book page Valentine on Feb 3, 2021
Comment: Julie I loved your ATC and thanks so much for the extras!
Response: I'm so glad. Thank you!
mamajoy rated for MAS: A Colour Each Month on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: I love it. It's been so long since I have made ATCs. My creative juices are starting to flow again. I find that my cards are more simple than I used to make. It will take some time to gear up again. Of course, I post all on Flickr. The ephemera is very usable. All in blue too. Thanks for explaining the layers. Yes, I often fall back on Tim Holtz's paper dolls. His stuff is just yummy, isn't it. Joy
Response: It is! I go through phases with ATC making. I'll join a bunch of swaps and then lose my mojo for a while and move on to something else artsy. Thank you for the rating and heart. Happy February!
ktk8 rated for MMPC: Technique Series: Paper Collage on Jan 23, 2021
Comment: Awwww nice collaged ATC really like the Summer Strawberry idea.... I am ready for at least SPRING....... many hearts to you!
Response: Me too! As I write it's raining outside...and cold. Thank you for heart!
Comment: Love him! Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad! He's kind of weird...not everyone's cuppa tea if you know what I mean. Ha ha! Thanks for the rating and heart.
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.
Response: Thank you. I don't usually write that much. I was on a roll LOL! Wishing you a great 2021!
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!

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StarryNights on May 11, 2021:

Thank you for wonderful ATC RAK. So manly lovely ATC's.

Shoreart on Feb 26, 2021:

Hi Julie, Honestly, I am a self taught artist too. Of course, I have been taking classes for over 22 years. But, just started abstract paintings. I really have spent this past year of pandemic on YouTube. There are so many demos and tutorials available there. I feel like I am back in college!! I have learned everything from the basics of composition to color theory to mixing colors to .... I suggest that you try out some of the ones on there, and see what teachers that you connect with. Then just subscribe to them and make believe that you are back in school. I'll watch a video, then go into my studio room and try out what I learned. I am definitely beginning to like what is happening.

I do have to say that if you are at all serious about this, you should subscribe to YouTube for a monthly fee. All the videos are free, but they interrupt them constantly with ads. Not much of a problem if you are watching a 3 minute music video. But these tutorials can last a few minutes or over an hour. I just couldn't stand the constant interruptions every 3 minutes. It's been so worthwhile!!. I go on with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and see what's new that day. If it is short, I may watch a few. Longer ones I save and watch them later at night. Good luck and have fun!

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

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