Swap-bot Time: May 26, 2024 2:20 pm


Date Joined: November 12, 2016
Last Online: May 26, 2024
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States

About Me

Retired. Widowed (June 15, 2021). Two daughters both married. Two granddaughters. I love cats. I am spiritual, but not religious. I embrace tenets from many beliefs and recognize the existence of a higher power. I dislike "good ole' boy" politics & do not identify with any specific party. I am a tree-hugging animal lover & love nature.

I enjoy playing Mexican Train dominoes with friends a couple of afternoons a week & Bingo one night a week at a venue in town.

Crafts: Sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery/crewel, dried florals, papercrafting; Arts: drawing, painting, calligraphy, writing prose/poetry, journaling, cooking, playing piano, reading.

Likes: Traveling, cruising, salt air, the ocean, crisp morning air, rain on my face, fall colors, laughter of children, smiles, soft snowfall, the wind, fantasy, meditation, metaphysics, silence, hugs

Favorite Music

Genre: Folk, Blues, Alternative, World Music, Reggae, World Music, New Age: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo', Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Moody Blues, David Bowie, Dr. John, Annie Lenox, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Ed Sheeran, Gary Jules, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Andrea Bochelli, Bonnie Raitt, Wilco, Mumford & Sons, Five for Fighting, Bare Naked Ladies, CCR, Steve Winwood, Dead Can Dance, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Emmy Lou Harris, Nancy Griffith, Patty Griffin, and oh, so many others!

Favorite Books

Books: American Dirt, Cutting for Stone, White Dog Falling from the Sky, Game of Thrones series, Harry Potter series, Dune series, Water for Elephants, The Silent Patient, Where the Crawdads Sing; Authors: Jeffrey Archer, Sharon Kay Pennman, Ken Follett, John Grisham; Poetry: Gail Mazur, Rod McKuen, Maxine Kumin, Edgar Alan Poe (poetry/prose), Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost

Favorite Movies

Not a movie goer-- just watch whatever's playing on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Netflix, etc.; Love foreign films (with subtitles, not dubbed); Like suspense, sci-fi, drama and deep movies that leave you thinking.

Favorite Television

Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior, American Horror Story, Dexter, Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, Hightown (of course, it takes place in P-town!), Survivor, Chicago Med, Vikings, VICE, Frontline, NCIS (all), Blue Bloods, Ice Road Truckers, The Deadliest Catch, The Amazing Race, Dr. Pimple Popper, My Aching Feet, & all the veterinary sites (Dr. Pol, Dr. T., etc.)

Favorite Crafts

Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Crewel, Any papercrafts (but especially Inchies, Twinchies, ATCs & Moo cards), Journaling, Sewing, watercolor painting, calligraphy, shell pictures, drawing


Likes: Coffee (not decaf) Caffeinated tea of all kinds, All colors, Handmade papers, Used postage stamps from anywhere, Die cuts;

Dislikes: Herbal teas, Instant coffee, Religious stuff, Disney (I’ve outgrown it)

Wish list

I have been doing papercrafts all my life & have a whole room of supplies & tools. I can honestly say I don't need another thing. I just replace supplies.

Favorite Artists

Favorite Artists: Jaime & Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Alphonse Mucha, Erte, Norman Rockwell, Peter Maxwell, Maxfield Parrish; Art Deco, Art Nuvo

About Me

PLEASE NOTE: I try to get my swaps done as soon as I sign up because I sign up for so many. Therefore, they do not reflect partner preferences as partners are not assigned until weeks later. I don't sign up for profile swaps for this reason.

Please don’t feel you must include extras in our swaps. Your awesome creative art is enough to make me happy and is the base for my rating.

I take my membership in the groups I belong to or have created very seriously. The founders/coordinators/officers of these groups work very hard to think of swaps, vet participants, and troubleshoot any problems. I do my best to support them by signing up for swaps and being available to host when needed.

I create upstairs & receive mail downstairs. I rate on the day I receive swaps (or the next day at the latest) & after rating, place the swap on the dining room table to go up & be entered in my swap journal. If you’re missing a rating, I’m missing your swap. Please pm me so I know you will resend.

I have never, nor will I ever flake on any swap I undertake. If I find, by some cruel twist of fate, that I cannot complete a swap by its deadline, I will notify you & the coordinator to obtain a mutually agreeable solution. I would appreciate it if you have any problems with or do not receive any of my swaps that you notify me so I may rectify the problem. I promise to do the same for you.

Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful creative journey with you!


Comment: It's such a fabulous way to reuse the bits that would be otherwise discarded. I love this swap so much for this. And the results are always great. Thanks for your time making this. Always a pleasure getting your mail! Take care
Response: When I want to relax, I get my “scrap bin” and do another master board. So glad you liked what I did. Thank you for the heart.
kendall rated for USAPC: Ink Box Card #13: Swan on May 25, 2024
Comment: Your very elegant swan is here. I really like the trees in the background, with their simplicity. Telling me how it was made is a bonus for me.Now I have a couple of new things to try. Thank you for the beautiful card and extras.
Response: I hope you enjoy trying the new things and that you can use the extras. Thank you for the heart.
isabellasnow rated for USAPC: Index Card Art: Daisies on May 24, 2024
Comment: Hi Dianne! BEAUTIFUL card--so unique! Thank you so much.
Response: Your compliment inspires me! Glad you enjoyed it & thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you
Response: Hope you can use it in a future swap. Love making Masterboards! Thank you for the heart.
mjhaertling rated for OATC: Vintage People ATC on May 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap. I love your vintage people (sisters & cousins, perhaps) standing in front of the picket fence. The extras are great, especially the acetate frame. That may be finding a place in a masterboard I will be creating in a few days.Sorry for the late rate.
Response: So glad you enjoyed the “picket fence” family & the extras. Glad you find a use for the frame. Thank you for the heart.
Inesrv rated for VJP: Pick 3 Journal Page on May 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you Dianne for this beautiful page! I like it very much! Have a wonderful week!
Response: I enjoyed putting this one together. Thank you for the heart & enjoy the sun whenever it decides to shine!
Comment: Hi Dianne and thank you so much for these very special bird coins. I am so impressed with your artistic ability. I go looking for images of birds and you draw your own - and draw so beautifully! Such a talent. These are both just wonderful and I loved your note accompanying them. I remember lots of birds in my childhood in the midwest that I no longer see. Of course we have different birds in Southern California, but the bird population everywhere seems to have suffered due to either global warming or encroachment on their habitat by population explosion. We do have a lot of quail here in the desert and they are fun to watch scurry about. All of the ones we have here have a little feather top knot so they are easily recognizable. Thanks for you for such a fun swap and for all the extra goodies as well!
Response: I am so encouraged by your comment! I have always liked to draw & try as often as possible to create something by hand. Nature is suffering so much from our careless treatment of Mother Earth. Hopefully it is not too late to save her. Our quail in the Northeast don’t have the “feather in the hat”, but they are so cute. Sadly, I don’t see or hear them anymore. Thank you for the heart.
swapwithyi rated for AAA: Sender's Choice #357223 on May 22, 2024
Comment: Thankyou for the ATC you sent , it is so pretty, thanks for the extra as well
Response: Happy you liked it & the extras. Thank you for the heart.
shellbede rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #93 on May 21, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATC! I really enjoyed this prompt. And the extras are perfect!
Response: I enjoyed the prompt, too! Glad you liked it and thank you for the heart.
Sequoia183 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #92 on May 20, 2024
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. This turned out very well thank you!
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart.
Comment: Hi Dianne and thank you for this amazing journal page! The images you used are so unique and all work just perfectly together. i especially love the black cat. We have four dogs now but growing up I was such a cat person, and we have had lots of cats as pets in years past. You have captured this one perfectly! And thank you so much for the extra goodies!
Response: Thank out for the positive comment! She just begged to jump onto the journal page. I’m glad you liked the extras & thank you for the heart.
kendall rated for JLG: Surreal (1:1) on May 19, 2024
Comment: I think the surreal p/c you made is very cool and creative, a lot to look at and it's impressively seamless. Thank for that and the extras. I don't know if I like the elephant or the moose better and the rest are great, too.
Response: Luckily, I save a lot of magazine images that, put together, equal the surreal. Thank you for the encouraging comment & the heart. Glad you liked the extras, too.
RockyBeach rated for floral themed mailart PC on May 17, 2024
Comment: Your flowers also have a little vintage look. Thank you! I had to look up mountain laurel - such pretty flowers!
Response: Thank you, I did try to keep the vintage theme. Thank you for the heart. The mountain laurel is so pretty, but poisonous if you get the sap on your skin or in your eyes.
Vickyen rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC - May on May 17, 2024
Comment: Hi Dianne! I love your HMPC! It is so expressive! It has been funky weather here as well, with so much rain! The grass and plants are loving it, us not so much as the hubby cannot mow for at least five more weeks, so we have to depend on someone else, always hard to do - sigh! Thank you again for the awesome Happy Mail! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You are welcome! Some days are just collage days as it was with this swap. Glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart.
AmookIslandCreations rated for HMPC: Add a Fish PC on May 16, 2024
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful PC! I love that the fish stamp has two whales in it! The background is really cool. Can you pm me how you did it? I would like to try it too. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: The background is “bleeding tissue” on watercolor paper, on of my favorite techniques. I will send you directions—really easy. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Beautiful cards, Dianne - as always a wonderful swap!! I love the way you added a layer under the cardinal's wing to make it stand up a bit!! And nicely drawn dove picture!! Thank you so much!!!
Response: You are welcome. This series has been great because on the days that I am “on” creatively, I can do them ahead. Nice to swap with you again. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: For some reason this never was rated. For that, I am very sorry.
Response: No problem. Sometimes the swap rounds tend to go subterranean (lol)! Thank you for the heart.
Lobo816 rated for AAHMPC: Themed Collage PC- May on May 16, 2024
Comment: Dianne-Love the rabbit PC!! You did such a great job on it!! Love the way the neutrals pop on the black and the extra added textures are great!! Thank you!!
PaperPassion rated for TIMs: Bog Dweller Inchies (1:3) on May 11, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the really cute inchies.Will add to my little inches collection.
Response: Glad you liked them! I love working in the miniart medium.
Robin1969 rated for USATC: DRAGONFLY ATC on May 10, 2024
Comment: Love the Dragonfly and the goodies, thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it & the extras. Thank you for the heart.

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yvonne401 on May 12, 2024:

Hi Di!

Wishing you a wonderful 💐❤️ Mother's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

rkassman on Feb 15, 2024:

Thank you so much for Anniversary Buddy Swap return - I absolutely adore your creation!!! The gold leaf additions especially highlight how even tiny additions can make such a huge impact. I love it <3

Sonya on Oct 3, 2023:

Thanks for sending the Mystery Supply 10/23 ATC card, Di. It's beautiful. Love those little letters you popped on there. I'll photograph all once received and email pix to everyone. Cheers!

Sonya on Jul 24, 2023:

Hi Di! I just love how you completed the oriental ATC! It's just lovely. The broken tassel works perfectly for some reason. LOL Thanks also for the nice extras - they will find a purpose! Cheers, Sonya

YooperHill on Jun 25, 2023:

Ha ha! You did a great job on the ABC return! The dog sticking his head out of the fence is perfect! Thank you Dianne!

hibiscus on Feb 5, 2023:

Your giraffe grey gardenia card is just amazing .. you do very nice work.. thank you

watercolorgirl on Jan 21, 2023:

Really like how sender's choice #23 came out. You put the stamp in the prefect place. Thanks a bunch.

YooperHill on Dec 19, 2022:

Thank you for the nice return for the ABC’s junque jams dec. 22!

Hope to do more exchanges with you next year Diane!

Rrush19 on Dec 19, 2022:

Hello Dianne, Got the latest ATC collaboration (#22) Love what you did! Thank you so much for the delicate extras. I'already envisioning something to do with the,!! Have a good time during the holidays!

MuggleMom on Dec 5, 2022:

ABC: Sender's Choice #21

I love the steaming clouds on my tea ATC you sent back and I'm totally stealing the idea for future crafts. Love the texture of it. Thank you.



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