Swap-bot Time: August 10, 2022 11:16 am


Date Joined: September 21, 2013
Last Online: August 10, 2022
Birthday: December 7
Country: United States
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About Me

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.

My pronouns are she/her and I'm married with adult kids. We have an active lifestyle: hockey (my husband), soccer (me), snowboarding/skiing, kayaking, hiking and travel for the whole family. We recently bought a 1970 vintage camping trailer and LOVE going out in that after years of tent camping; we're getting soft. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am a big fan of the Seattle Sounders (MLS soccer).

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.

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 over the top with recycling. 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.

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 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: Thank you so much for the seahorse card! I love all the different textures you used!
Response: Thank you!
Comment: Love the tag!!! And thanks for the extra goodies! Looking forward to Halloween!!!
Response: So glad you like it. Halloween is coming! ๐Ÿ˜
RosieRedd rated for USATC: ATC w/Texture on Jul 25, 2022
Comment: Julie OMG, your ATC is the perfect summer theme, I love it so much! The beautiful colors and texture reminds me of a coral reef and i've been lucky to have had the opportunity to scuba dive and see one. Your swap has made me so happy. Thank you so much for everything.
Response: Wow! What nice to things to say - you made my day. I am so so happy that you like it. I really had fun making it too. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š
DPClamavi rated for AAA: Cat on Jul 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for this super fun cat ATC ! I have a black cat so that fits so well ahah
Response: Wow, that got there so fast! I'm glad you like it. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC and all of the little green things!
Response: You're welcome! Happy Swapping!
Comment: Excellent additions! I might start making "people" like that...so adorable! Thank you for taking such care in adding to the atc ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you also for joining the swaps! I'm so glad you enjoy them! Thank you also for the cute tuck ins!
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Thanks!
Gobarb rated for OATC: It's NOT all Material - ATC on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: Hi Julie. I received the great ATC that you made for me. You really did a nice job. I also appreciate the other ATC that I will put into my ATC notebook. I'm glad that you are feeling better now!
Response: I'm so glad you like them. Thanks!
Comment: Hi Julie. Thank you for the wonderful atc with the Dina image on it. Nice hm card too.
Response: You're so welcome. Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the brilliant bat tag! I love it! I appreciate the purple papers too. I can't wait for Halloween!!
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you like them. Best time of year, isn't it? I think for me it's because we all get to be kids again on Halloween.
Sonya rated for USATC: All Yellow ATC on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: Thanks, Julie, for the collaged ATC and your note! Enjoy your summer.
Response: Thank you and you, too!
Comment: Thanks for sending Susanโ€™s ATC! Iโ€™ll finish it up and send it home.
Response: Perfect. Thanks!
January rated for AMA: Scribble me Amazing Art on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: OK this should be fun...and challenging! Let's see what I can come up with for your scribbles....something will emerge! (I'll let you know either with a message or a comment when I mail it back)
Response: I'm looking forward to seeing your creation!
YooperHill rated for AMA: Interactive ATC #1 - Int'l on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: So, I like stampbotique because of you & your art! And, I love the weirdo you sent. He is right up my alley! Thank you.
Response: Wow! Well that's a really nice thing to say - thank you!!
jannieb rated for EASU: All Purple ATC on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: OMG!!! I love my new ATC. I have admired your Ernest ATC since you posted a pic of it so I am super happy to have one of my own. Grayson loved his cat ATC too. Thanks so much for thinking of him & making this a wonderful swap :)
Response: Yay!!! I'm so glad you and Grayson liked your ATCs. You made my day. Thank you!
user6937 rated for June Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: I see how you did the purple - great ATC, thanks! Really like the crayon die-cuts, too :)
Response: Thanks so much!!
user6937 rated for 1:1 Weird ATC on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: Yup, that's her, lol! Love what you did with her - thanks for agreeing to this private "weird" ATC swap :)
Response: That's so funny that we have the same one...small world...maybe not for people who like weird stuff though.๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the swap!
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun ATC's.
Response: You're so welcome and thank YOU!
sunshinesuperman rated for EASU: A Touch of Gold ATC on Jun 2, 2022
Comment: OMG! I am in love with her. I love these characters so much. I only have 3 but I have seen others and this one is super cute! The paint job on the envie is stunning. I want to learn to make backgrounds such as yours. Perfect swap. Hugs, Mona
Response: Wow, Mona - thanks so much!!
tatntole rated for HEUSA - Tag Swap Series #1 - Ghosts on May 31, 2022
Comment: Love the tag you created for me.
Response: Thanks so much!
tristitia rated for CQ: Collaged Index Card on May 29, 2022
Comment: I found it oddly challenging as well! But your card is awesome! I especially like the "him" side - something about the juxtaposition of the man with the rabbit stamp is really working for me :) Thank you!
Response: Thanks so much. I'm glad you like it!!

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January on Jul 2, 2022:

Hi Julie - OK, your scribble PC just went back into today's mail with my work on it! With the holiday weekend, hopefully it will come next week but surely the week after next. Can't wait to hear what you think of it! Loved the challenge :)

HausOfImps on May 6, 2022:

Thanks so much again for the awesome RAK you sent me last month! I got a compliment on one of the ATC backgrounds I used today and it reminded me how grateful I was to receive such a nice package. I hope you're doing well :)

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!

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!

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. ๐Ÿคฉ

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

RiverTopanga on Feb 4, 2018:

Hello, Julie! Welcome to the Artisan ATC group! Like you, I am always open to new ideas and techniques. I hope you will teach me some :-) Sadly, for me, I am also a craft hoarder.. although now it's turned into everything hoarder, as I see potential in almost everything! Let me know if you would like to be an officer and host some swaps. I look forward to swapping with you :-)

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