Swap-bot Time: July 25, 2024 10:11 am


Date Joined: February 23, 2020
Last Online: April 12, 2024
Birthday: January 27
Country: United States
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💌 Hello there!

PLEASE NOTE: I’m on an extended sabbatical from art trading and hosting here (and elsewhere) due to unexpected life circumstances that are beyond my control and took me by surprise. I miss swapping dearly, and will be back to hosting and trading again as soon as circumstances allow me to participate at 100%, as I have always prided myself on doing. Thanks for your understanding and patience.

{ September 28, 2023 }

I'm Shel. Mom to four grown sons, I live with my MFT husband Tim; Rascal (our cat); and Miss Tilly the wonder dog in gloriously green Portland, OR (since 2022.) I've made whimsical works of paper, fabric, and fluff since 2004.

My Swap-Bot group
In March 2022, I founded a group entirely focused on ink box cards and named it: Exclusively { INK BOX }. I just adore these tiny, palm-sized works of collaged mini art, and I hope to swap them with you there really soon.

Wanna Swap Art?
I welcome private 1:1 trades with established, highly rated swappers whenever time permits. If you’re interested, please message me! We'll arrange our private swap through Swap-Bot, keeping things scheduled, accountable, and safe -- and as a bonus, we'll both build our ratings! Please see the “Things I love” section below if you'd like to view my favorites, to see if we're a good match.

💌 My creative journey

Paper craft is my favorite creative focus in recent years. I especially love thick and weighty ink box and Rolodex cards; ATCs; vintage collage; quirky ephemera; and textural, chunky, journals.

Art Trading
I trade art here on SwapBot and at Margarete Miller's wonderful "Collage Art Collective" on Mighty Networks. I also trade on Instagram from time to time. In the past, I traded ATCs (and was a co-moderator) at the juried site, IllustratedATCs. A contributor to their "Art Trader" ezine, I also self-published a book of member work, "Color: A Collaborative Perspective," while active there; it’s still available online. I belonged to IATC's (non-juried) sister site, ATCsforAll, back then, too.

Surface Pattern Design & Spoonflower
In 2010, I dipped a toe into surface pattern design. I even placed 1st in a Spoonflower x Etsy Craft Party collab design challenge; that was such a fun honor and surprise! A decade later, when Swap-Bot slowed due to Covid, I played with surface design once again. You can view and buy my patterns (old and new) under my Spoonflower username: shelliquinn

Artist Bears
I’ve made original, one of a kind, mohair teddy bears for adult collectors since 2004, first doing business as Potbelly Bears, then later as Shelli Makes. I'm on unofficial hiatus from bear making for a few years now, but don't think I'm through with them just yet!

A short while back, I dove into natural soapmaking, pouring bars for family and friends. I especially loved inventing original recipes using essential oils; spices; and plants like turmeric, spirulina, alkanet, or clay, to color my soaps naturally.

💌 Things I love

thick, collaged ink box cards • moons & stars • "Amelie" • chunky, junky journals • birds • woodland themes • illustrated children’s books • nature • Edward Gorey • vintage Halloween • upcycling, thrifting, & flea markets • warm, glowy wood • travel • Portland, Oregon • the fantasy art of Brian Froud • gentle hygge livingthe roaring 20's (flappers) • mossy forests • preppy East Coast aestheticbob haircutsMori Girl aesthetic • period costume dramas • photography • SoulCollage™ • shades of warm green • "Durrells in Corfu" • English Breakfast tea • the innocence of early Käthe Kruse dolls • outdoor markets • ravens & crows • bright orange poppies • rusty metal • Laika animationEdith Holden botanical book pages • wildflower bouquets • essential oils • Li Ziqi's farm-to-table mountain life • foxes • Marbushka games (illustrator: Beatrix Bohony) • architectural salvage • books • Phoebe Wahl, artist"Moulin Rouge" • thick wool felt • bees • folk art • houseplants • linen blouses • boyfriend jeans • San Francisco • Hug Snug seam binding • Sarah Horgen's botanical black & gray tattoos • fiddle leaf figs • ”Nightmare Before Christmas” • oracle decks • chunky shoes • Disneyland • earthy pottery • "goth/cute" Tim Burton-esque themes • deep mustard yellow • Ginny Sheller's gentle homestead life • daisies • traveler's notebooks in Chic Sparrow covers • great design • moths • intelligent horror films • mushrooms • "French Kiss" • gold & bronze • vintage photos of children, especially 1920-1940 • female empowerment • scrub jays • Cirque du Soleil • Mexican food • hand made natural soaps • "Friends" • warm cream (vs. bright white) • Dia de Los Muertos • cozy blankets • hummus & pita • natural dyes • green witch aesthetic • hand lettering • Sara Mearns, NYC Ballet • frogs & toads • linocut prints • "Out of Africa" • scarves • weighty, collaged Rolodex cards • mochas • pretty penmanship • fountain pens • learning • Makers: Annette Green annettemgreen; Esther Glas badasspaperlovercreates; Dody Williams lacegrl130; Suzy shabby.soul • all beautiful, artful things

💌 Shipping & tracking

I use PirateShip for all domestic/US swaps (except naked postcards) and some international ones. They send tracking info to the email address you provided here on SwapBot. Once you receive that email, you can follow your happy mail along on its journey to you!

Swaps are marked "sent" the day mail leaves my hands, so for mail dropped off on weekends and holidays, tracking updates may be delayed.

💌 Rating

Me Rating You
I strive to rate same day as receipt, and am generous with ♥s whenever care and effort show. Fancy decorated envelopes and extras don't impact how I rate in any way, because the swap itself is what attracted me; what I signed up for; and what I hope to receive as my return. If you would still like to include extras or decorate your mailing envelope, though, your gestures are appreciated and welcomed with gratitude — thank you!

If you will send late, I’d be grateful to know before the due date has passed. It's so easy to be patient and full of good will when told in advance that you're aware you're running behind, but will be sending really soon.

You Rating Me
Your rating is the only feedback about me that others are able to see here, so please rate what you receive from me just as soon as is convenient. Your rating allows me to archive my swaps timely, too, which keeps my dashboard -- and my head! -- organized.

If you're waiting on something from me and are concerned because it hasn't arrived or if I accidentally got some part of your swap return wrong (forgot an element, misunderstood the assignment, etc.), please message me before rating. I always strive to do my very best, and I would never slack or flake on a swap; never have, and never will. Whatever concerns you, I'd be grateful for the opportunity to make things right for you.


Comment: Well, these are adorable as always, Miss Shelli! I love the symbolism with the tea bag bit and wee teacup, and the sweet "animalistic" theme of the second card, with the dog tag little birds. Home run for this swap, Shelli!
Response: How did I miss this comment? THANK YOU for the kindness and the heart, my friend. I had fun with this one. :)
Comment: Thank you for your inkbox cards! I wish you a smooth move.
Response: Oh, thanks so much. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be come on every front, so I appreciate the well wishes. I also appreciate your kind thanks and rating. 😊
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You’re so welcome!
Comment: i very much liked your cards...and the interpretation of the theme..i also enjoyed your note...i appreciate that ...i like to "see" a little of my swap partner...i liked the red county tag and the dancing girl...such fun...thank you so much
Response: I’m so glad you’re pleased! Thank you for saying so. 😊
Shellyr rated for June Bug ♥ Ink Box Cards (US) on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks for your cards. One of mine was graduation as well!
Response: You know what they say: Great minds think alike! 😉 I’m delighted you like the cards. Thank you for the lovely comments and kind rating.
donetta rated for June Bug ♥ Ink Box Cards (Int'l) on Jun 30, 2022
Comment: Love your take on this theme, Miss Shelli, and the vintage yearbook pictures are just so cool. Believe it or not, I am so old that my senior picture was taken with that same black drape this sweet girl is wearing! Same pearl necklace, too...God, I feel old!
Response: Hey, I wore the black drape and pearls myself. You’re not alone! So glad you liked the cards. Thank you, as always, for the kind and timely rating. I appreciate you so much, Donetta!
donetta rated for May Flower ♥ Ink Box Cards (Int'l) on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: Oh Shelli, your little works of art are always so quirky and fabulous…I adore the Inkbox cards in general, and yours in particular. I apologize from the bottom of my disorganized little heart for my failure to rate in a timely manner…I continue to struggle with the lack of space in this tiny apartment, and the consequences are huge. I have to search through boxes and stacks every day to make the arty endeavors on my dashboard.
Response: What a relief that they actually arrived to you! Please don't apologize for the completely understandable chaos of moving (in or out.) As you know, I'm going through the very same thing myself. I'm exhausted 24/7, and nothing is where it used to be -- not a good situation for keeping organized, mentally or otherwise. Thank you for the rating, dear friend. ♥
Comment: Nice job, Shelli, Love the vintage feel since I do like that theme. Hope the move goes well. Give your self at least 3 years to get settled. I'm in my 4th and still working on it.
Response: I’m so happy you’re pleased. Thanks for the kindness. 😊 As for taking three years to settle… I’m starting to think what takes three years is the sorting and packing and prep-to-sell part. Good grief! 😆 I appreciate you!♥️
Comment: Shelli! I adore these fairytale-esque inkbox cards! The thoughtfulness in the way they are put together is your hallmark, and every detail is...is it appropriate to use the work "immaculate"? My very favorite part is the curious birds peeking at the sweet girl...I just love both of them. Thank you for the wonderful work you do, and also for the amazing stack of extras you include with your swaps. I'm just a kid when it comes to the extras...I;m almost ashamed to admit that. And your stationery is gorgeous. I love mine, and I love yours, too!
Response: So happy everything arrived and that you’re pleased! I love swapping art, but it’s a special pleasure to wrap a parcel for you, Donetta. Enjoy!
Psychopomp rated for Alphabet Gruel: J, K, L on May 2, 2022
Comment: I love these ATC coins, especially the knife! Thanks for the zine too; it is so well done. Your packages always look so beautiful.
Response: Thank you for saying so! :) I always think it's extra fun when my wonderful happy mail arrives wrapped prettily, too, so I'm just paying it forward. Enjoy the coins, and thank you for the kind heart. ♥
Comment: Hi Shelli and thanks again for another great swap! I love both of these April showers ink box cards you made - the images of the little girl are so sweet and I love the raindrop stamp - do you remember who made it? I have one but like this so much better. Like the touch of the ticket and the measuring tape as well. And thank you so much for the extra goodies - that little blue flowered notebook is awesome - perfect size for my purse. And thanks also for the die cuts and the paper goodies as well. Hope to partner with you again soon!!
Response: Hi again, Laurie! You are so very welcome; I'm glad you're pleased. :) The raindrop stamp is new to me. It's by "Art by Marlene" and the collection it's a part of is called "Exclusive Textures," which offers a lot of really fun doodle-y shapes. I'm thrilled you love the little Vera Bradley notebook and goodies. Use them and smile! :)
marymary914 rated for AMA: Inkbox card - ribbon/lace on Apr 21, 2022
Comment: Beautiful! Love the bunny!
Response: I'm so glad you're pleased. Thanks for sharing that, and for rating, and that nice heart. I appreciate you!
colodad rated for USATC Black and White ATC on Apr 13, 2022
Comment: I am so glad you decided to entrust me with your ATC! It is perfect for the theme. and thanks for the wonderful extras. What kind of corner rounder do you use, or are you really talented with a knife. I don't have any punches that will cut through the thicker backing. Your corners were so nice. (I really need a better options for your ink box swaps!)
Response: Oh, I'm really happy the ATC pleased you -- thanks for letting me know. As for corner rounders, I have a Crop-A-Dile corner punch. It's a big, weighty beast, but it does the job, offering two size options: 1/4" & 1/2". Highly recommend! It rounds anything I stick into it. :)
user6937 rated for ACTs: Masculine Coin on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: Great coin - love it! Thanks for the extra's, too (all packaged up so nicely). Funny you should mention the "beautiful" weather up north - it's snowing right now, lol!
Response: I'm so happy you're pleased. :) Thanks so much for saying so, and for rating, and for the kind heart. I appreciate you!
DeAnnaVarela rated for Alphabet Gruel: G, H, I on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: Wow! What a terrific little package of happy mail to come home to! Awesome work on the coins! Thank you for the beautiful card and package of goodies. I'm so impressed with your swap cards too.
Response: Yay! And you're welcome. :) I'm thrilled to hear you're pleased. Thank you for rating and for the lovely heart. ♥
lmacdavis93 rated for Think Spring Marie on Apr 8, 2022
Comment: Shelli, this Marie ATC is just wonderful! You created such an intricate and detailed background for this, and I love the touches of gold. And a perfect image of Marie to set it all off. Just lovely! And extra thanks for the nice note and sticker sets - love them! Also, I must compliment you on how you package your swaps - really so nice. May I ask where you got the cards you enclose where you list all the swap info? Those are so nice! Looking forward to swapping with you again!
Response: Thanks so much for all the kindness, Laurie. :) I appreciate YOUR appreciation, and I'll DM you with the answer to your question. I'm grateful for that ♥ as well.
Comment: How I wish I had the option for several hearts, Shelli! I love your adorable orange rolo (technically, it's MY rolo now!)...those darling die-cut fish! And OMG, the extras just never stopped! I am particularly happy to have my own vintage sailor greeting card...when I saw it on the back of "my" rolo, I honestly thought the sailor was holding a mermaid. But no...she's a real lady, with real legs! You're just the best, my friend...the very best imaginable swap partner!
Response: I'm so incredibly happy to have pleased you, Donetta. ♥ You've been a beautiful thread running through my entire SwapBot experience from the very start, whether as host or mentor or swap partner or resource. So it makes my heart sing a bit to know I've brought a little of that light into your life, too. I'm so grateful for your incredibly kind words, and your rating, and that heart. And for you!
Comment: Thank you so much This is a fun swap look forward to more.
Response: I'm so, so delighted you're having fun and looking forward to more! :) Thank you so much for sharing that -- and for rating, and kind heart. ♥
Psychopomp rated for Alphabet Gruel: D, E, F on Apr 5, 2022
Comment: These ATC coins look great! I think I like the devil on the best. You did a great job on the theme. Thank you also for the beautifully wrapped package and the goodies!
Response: You're so welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying the coins; they certainly are fun to make. I appreciate the rating and kind heart -- and you. :)
Comment: Thank you for your lovely ATC and wonderful goodies. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and happy spring.
Response: Oh, thank you — Happy spring to you, too! I’m glad you liked the ATC, and grateful for the heart. Thanks for that, too.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 111 14 14
Completed Fives Threes Ones
103 121 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
6 12 85 0
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bbsporty on Jan 28, 2022:

Handmade Postcard Club

Star7Lily on Mar 2, 2021:

Sending you heartfelt hugs at this distressing time, May you gain strength each day, love Jane xx

AnnaM on Jan 27, 2021:

Happy Birthday Shel! Hope your day is a special one.

debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Put a little Pumpkin spice in your life

ittybittykitty on Nov 1, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

yvonne401 on Oct 14, 2020:

Thank you for my AWG October wishes of birthday stickers and ATC supplies! Thanks for thinking of me!



Autist on Oct 13, 2020:

Thank you for the gold stars!! That is exactly what I wished for!! They will be put to good use!! Cheers!

BusyB on Sep 18, 2020:

Thank you! Hubby and I walked to the mailbox together a few minutes ago. Today's happy mail was your Star Trek postcard for his 60th birthday month. Says this is his favorite and he really enjoyed your note! He too had pain in his back for a long time before his gallbladder attack. So glad you both have relief from the pain. We also have a son that shares a September birthday. Thank you again for sending my dear hubby a smile! 😊 WW September

LadyJo on Sep 17, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome Nautical pack of goodies! I will enjoy using these items! Thank you for this lovely wish AWG September

Rainydancer on Aug 30, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

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