Comment: Omg I love love love it is amazing!!! It is perfect I send through the whole thing and can't wait to add other wonderful happy thoughts to it :) I loved ever page pocket tag and discovery my fave journal swap so far thank you soooooooooo much you rock and I'm lucky! Deginately think I'll do paper bag journal swaps again in the future :)
Response: Oh thank you so much. I hope you do more paper bag swaps, I love making books/journals of all kinds, these bag books are a real favorite of mine!
Comment: Oh Betsy-I love this journal. Such a variety of items used-especially liked all the ways you used paint swatch cards! I could tell this wasn't your first journal-you did a wonderful job and I really appreciate the work that went into this for me!
Comment: Thank you for the great items!!! I loved everything!! There are so many awesome things here and I had so much fun looking through this package!! Thanks for reading my profile and sending things that match my likes perfectly!! :)
Comment: Wow very nice!!! Oh Betsy, I am loving all the pretty papers you used and the stamps with the pretty Santa Claus towards the back, I was so happy with this wonderful journal you made!!! Thank you what a great job you did on it!!! Beautiful!!!!!! Thanks so very much!!!!
Comment: What a beautiful booklet you made for me! I absolutely love it. Very appropriate too...I'm a medical student and I oftentimes need uplifting words. Couldn't have come at a better time as I have exams again on Monday. Thank you so much, I will admire this lovely piece of artwork often!
Comment: Wow! Holy guacamoley! Love the journal! It is amazingly well done & good choice of colors & theme! Can't say thank you enough! Wished you lived closer so you could teach me journal making 101! Happy fall & always happy in thanksgiving!
Comment: I am so sorry for not rating!!! I did rate, but I probably put it onto someone else's. the patches were so very beautiful!!! they are going to make my tree skirt so wonderful! thank you for being willing to swap that many!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful journal! I was astonished to see that you were able to stitch through the hard spine. The cover is beautiful! The pages are all very sturdy too. The journal must have taken you a long time to make. It is one of the best journals I have ever received. Thank you so very much for agreeing to the private swap.
Comment: I love this atc, with all the layers and textures, it's georgeous! I wish my stamped images were this good. I appreciate you explaining all the steps involved when making this atc, I may have to scrap lift your technique if that's ok? Thank you so much for this wonderful atc as well as the vintage ladies, I can't wait to use them. Love the butterfly atc as well, what a wonderful swap, many hearts to you!ðŸ’–ðŸ’•ðŸ’–ðŸ’•ðŸ’–ðŸ’•ðŸ’–ðŸ’•â¤ï¸
Response: absolutely! use the technique and enjoy it! thanks for the raving review!!
Comment: I can not thank you enough for this beautiful package. These are probably some of my favorite ATCs and I love the Dotee! I have never seen one before and would love to learn more. Thank you so much for the personal touch!
Comment: I love your ATC. What stamp did you use? I must have it!!! Also, why did you have to Washi the ENTIRE envelope!?! I almost tore the ATC trying to get it open! BTW, the Washi Tape was beautiful!!!
Response: Oh I read that on your profile about taping the envelopes but I've had several tear along the bottom edges both coming and going so atc's have actually fallen out! I'll see if I can find the stamp and message you with the name! thanks for the heart in spite of the washi envie!!!
Comment: I love the ATCs you sent lovely! The whole envelope arrived with about a 1" tear through everything - must have gotten caught in a machine or something. But I've fixed them good as new! Thanks so much for sending them! By the way, the red-winged blackbird was the bird we used to gauge when spring had arrived instead of the robin. Early years in Indiana, we always saw them first in the cornfields, flitting from one stalk to the next, or maybe a fence post in between. Thanks again!
Response: thank you so much for the wonderful rating and for letting me know about the tear in the envelope. I used to cover everything in shipping tape, but then found stuff going through nicely, but it might be back to shipping tape for me! interesting story about the red winged blackbird... I didn't know that!
Comment: Oh my. Your letter hit my heart and I couldn't help but want to hug you as I read it. I am SO sorry for the hardship you've been through and it is so great that you have been blessed by the goddess to see you through it all. Your journey and story of your family shows how deep your faith is and it is wonderful that you have her to comfort you through it all.
I LOVE the spider you made me she is absolutely stunning and the amount of love and time really shows. I have named her Candidus and can't wait until the next full moon to spend time with her under it.
Response: I'm so glad you like the spider. I love making them... and thank you so much for your kind words...
Comment: Hi Betsy! Thank you for your lovely ATC . . . The little birdcage "hanging" on the cherry blossom branch is just perfect. I love the inked edges--such a pleasing design. And thank you doubly for those beautiful extras! Can't wait to use those sweet, glittered birds.
Comment: Thanks so much for the sweet dotee doll. She definitely makes me look forward to spring! And I loved the pretty matching wrapping and card. I love her and am proud to hang her on my wall so I can look at her daily :)
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap! The pocket letter is absolutely gorgeous! I'm so excited to have received my first one. :) I hope mine doesn't disappoint! Again, thank you! I absolutely love it.
Comment: Betsy, your Magazine Pocket Letter brightened my day! Your choices were perfect: made me smile, introduced new items and books, and reminded me how much I've enjoyed Oprah magazine in the past. Cheers for a terrific swap...one of my fave! Hope we swap again...â¤ jinanne
Response: I'm so glad! It was a fun swap for me to put together... I'm glad I made good choices for you! It is a good magazine... I subscribe to it. I love all the inspirational stuff!
Comment: Thank you so much. The ATC will fit into my collection and that is a rarity. I really, really like it. Thank you also for the wonderful extras. I appreciate you reading my profile. God Bless and have a wonderful weekend.......=)
Comment: I wish that I could tell you adequately how special this swap was to me. I just don't have the words. I almost died in 2003. I had developed sepsis from crohns. I was unconscious for 2 days and when I woke up they told me that if I'd arrived 45 minutes later it would have been too late. I've always thought that the winter solstice was magical and I love snowmen. Your swap was magical. Thank you so much.
Response: I am so glad it meant so much to you... I love making and sending stuff... I love touching people's lives whenever I can... blessing to you...
Comment: I love your pocket letter! Great vintage women stamps! And a cute Raggedy Ann! And the image printed on fabric! Soooo nice! And then the back pockets were stuffed with really great stamps! Thank you so very much! I love the owls and all the raven images all new to me! The steampunk shoes are so cool, and a FROG IN A JAR!!! I feel so very lucky to have you as a partner! Hope you have a very happy holiday season!
Response: Oh, thank you for your kind words. No, most of the images-etchings are from rubber stamps stamped on tissue then mod-podged onto the papers, others are images cut from napkins and mod-podged in the same way. I'm so glad you like the way I did the pocket letters...
Comment: Thank you for the pocket letter and the extra pictures and things. I really love that Pom- Raspberry tea! And the Pooh bear is so cute. Your pocket letter is very good. I read your profile and blog ~ so sorry about your daughter.
Comment: Thank you so much for the FACES themed happy things you enclosed and the envie! This was a very fun swap and I love the larger piece you enclosed! I need to know how to make those. Thank you again so very much!!! I always love getting happy mail from you. Wish I could give multiple hearts!!!
Comment: Happy mail x2 from you today! Your Valentine's day envie is lovely. The things you included (love the owls) will make great additions to my Valentine smash book, too. I love getting swaps from you. â™¥
Comment: I am so glad you joined this swap.â™¥ I really like how your envie turned out. And thanks for the tags and clippings, too. I just love the bunnies. You have inspired me to start a Spring smash book.
Comment: Thank you so much for this awesome envie that arrived today! And thank you for all that you enclosed. The larger package arrived last week and thank you so much for that, too! What happy mail last week and this week!!!
Response: Your welcome! I saw that you liked flowers and anything goes seems like a good time to send some! Yep mailed them at the same time, but the package gets there before the mailart... so odd!
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun smothered envie stuffed full of tags and other Halloweeny goodness. (I think I am going to make myself a mini Halloween smash book using your envie and a lot of the stuff you included.) I just love getting swaps from you. :-)
Comment: What a beautiful little journal! I love the way you made the double pages. I may be borrowing your idea soon :). You've made such a fun and creative book. I love it. I love your fearlessness in your entries. Also, my son adores all the colorful pictures- as do I! <3
Response: Oh wow, thank you for not being offended with some of my entries. I think journaling should contain reality and truth, otherwise it's small talk aimed toward the reader rather than about the writer...
Comment: Thank you so very much for a wonderful ATC and extras. You do absolutely beautiful work and are talented. I love everything and the envelope was terrific also. I want the rubber stamp image you used. Thank you for an awesome swap. Look forward to more swaps with you. Have a wonderful day and happy swapping
Comment: There was green happy mail in my mailbox today....yayyyyy! I like your use of stamped images/sayings and washi tape. And thanks so much for all the green goodies inside...I can't wait to add the fairies, HOPE ad, and other stuff to my smash books. â™¥
Comment: Thanks for all the good stuff - I have a lot of catching up to do in my book but I started sorting all the envelopes of ephemera I've received so maybe that will help jump start some creativity!
Comment: Oh Betsy, you really made my day! You should be crowned "queen of awesome swaps". I love that you put HOPE on my spring page. I am honored that you sent me your first full page zentangle. It looks really nice. (both have already been added to my HOPE journal). And all the other goodies were wonderful as well. I just kept pulling more and more out of the envie...it was like magic! Thank you so much for the super happy mail day!
Response: Oh your so welcome! I'm glad you liked it!
Comment: What a beautiful "winged" envie! Love the butterflies, dragonflies and bees! And thank you so much for the wonderful things you sent. You couldn't have made me happier! I love paper, so these things were perfect, tags, butterflies, beautiful papers, the playing cards, etc. Thank so much for a wonderful swap!
Comment: 10-million hearts! possibly one of the best swaps i have ever gotten from someone i didn't know!
holy crap it is like xmas over here!
i put everything back in the box just so i could reopen it tomorrow! (since i got home after 10pm from 'work'
s-w-o-o-n d-r-o-o-l and f-a-i-n-t
thank you so much!
Response: I'm so glad you are thrilled with the package. I know how hard shopping from there can be and I'm so glad to make a happy day for you!
Comment: Ohhhh, Betsy! Thank you so much for the dotees and the wonderful letter. You have been so blessed with warmth and kindness. I can only hope you will like my dotee. You know I always start out with the intention of following the pattern .... and then something takes over and a totally different creation emerges. Thank you again!
Comment: Thanks for the envie full of nice HOPE items. The ATCs are great, as is the pocketed tag. What really thrilled me was your photo of the sunrise. I can't wait to add everything to my journal. :-)
Comment: Yes-I like the vintage look of the rolo-and good motto. Thought the card you sent it in was funny too. And geeepers-thanks a lot for the art doll pieces sramped-I love that kind of stuff. Thanks for swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty HOPE page. (It will be lovingly added to my journal after I finish this rating.) I love my holly doll, all the paper doll body parts, and the other goodies you sent. They will be put to good use.
Comment: Thanks so much for such a lovely package! The notes on the outside were very thoughtful. I love both of the Rolos! And all the Halloween-ness of it is wonderful. Here are some extra hearts for you â™¥â™¥♥ :D
Response: thank you. Happy to put the notes on the outside. Glad you liked everything!
Comment: Wow, a million zillion hearts for you! You should have heard all the oohs and ahs coming from me while I was going through your package! And I LOVE the art doll. It's so funny becasue literaly yesterday I was wishing for one. You're amazing!
Comment: Wow Betsy! You made my day! I've been looking for moldavite for ages! I never found it in stores and was hesitant to buy online. I DO know how valuable this piece is and I can't thank you enough! The sea heart is SO interesting! I went on a long researching spree, reading all about them. I love it! Lastly, fluorite is always great to have. Thank you so very much for such a great package. XOXO
Comment: Oh Betsy, my mailbox was just overflowing with HOPE and awesomeness today! You outdid yourself. I could not figure out how journal pages could be so lumpy, and was thrilled to find out you sent me some Twinkling H2O's to play with. The pages and extra tags and pieces will be welcome additions to the HOPE Journal. (Now I just need to start putting it together.) Thank you soooooo much. If I could give you a whole basket of hearts, I would. :-)
Comment: What a wonderful package I received today! Wish I could give you a hundred and one hearts! I loved all the gorgeous butterflies and can't wait to smash all the items you sent!! Take care and happy swapping!
Comment: Wow Betsy! I just love it! I love the pockets and envies, and I adore the cutouts of the Asian and Egyptian statues. And all the green! I love green! I can't wait to fill it with my thoughts and scraps. I really appreciate you swapping with me. Thank you for a wonderful journal.
Comment: Thank you so much for the package stuffed full of goodies. I especially love the HOPE flag (it's going to hang in my Liss-garden), and I like the hope art piece, the 2 rolo cards, paper dolls, gloss card stock (I forgot all about asking for that), book pages, and all the other goodies. You made it a very happy mail day for me. :-)
Comment: Hi Betsy!! I adore the Marilyn Rolo you sent, it came out really beautiful!!! You were such a sweetheart for sending all the wonderful extras, thanks for making it such a special package - I love everything!!! -Vanne
Comment: Not only did you do a super duper amazing job on that mandala - I LOVE the sentiment and how pretty it is.. i have one from the first swap on my wall and this one will go with it :) You also sent LOTS of generous extras that I VERY much appreciate as I have been getting back into mixed media art :) Thanks bunches for an awesome swap!
Response: Thanks! I'm so glad you like it well enough to place it on your wall! I'm an example of the sentiment so it's very close to my heart. I'm glad you can use the things I sent. I love sending things from my stash that others can use in a meaningful way. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: I love the HOPE flag. Cool snakeskin pattern and I like that you made the decorations to flap in the breeze. I am on my second string of them and can't wait to add yours. I'm so glad you enjoyed making them.
Comment: What an awesome book page. It does have a beautiful cursive script. The envelope was in in writing. You must have looked at my profile because you put tigers on the page. "MEOW" LOL. Thank you for the extra items. You put a lot of thought and work into this swap. I wish I could give you more hearts.
Response: I did read your profile and since I love wild cats I had a ready made stash to choose from to make your page. I'm so glad you like it. I certainly loved working on it! Thanks so much for the heart...
Comment: Wow, Betsy - what great stuff! I love the signed Rosa Parks as well as the ATCs! Funny, I think my favorite thing is the Authors card! I love those, but rarely see them! Thanks for sending so much really cool stuff (and I know how hard it is to come up with stuff, too)!
Comment: What an amazing package of awesomeness! You put so many lovely profile perfect goodies in there. I liked everything, especially the paper and art dolls (the lime green one will always be special to me.) I wish I could give you a whole basket full of hearts.
Response: I'm so glad... it's just good to know the lime green doll has found her true home!
Comment: I absolutely loved your garden and I wish it was mine!!! Unfortunately, I have a brown thumb and I can barely grow bamboo. Thank you for the extra's also. I would love to meditate in a garden like that.
Comment: Hi there Betsy,
First of all my apology for giving you the rating late. Been so flood out the last two weeks my DH just left for deployment (away for 8 and half months) and families and friends are in and out to our house to say good bye and time just passes me by - I apologize.
I LOVE YOUR ATC GIRL.. I so love the little girl stamp and your baby wipe technique. Thank you for sending me your beautiful work of art. Have a great day.
Comment: It's so pretty! I love the 3 sewn "pages" type patches (I'm not really familiar how you would call them correctly, are these quilties?) You've really put love into them, such pretty embellishments! And that beaded goddess, that's so amazing! (Purple is one of my fav colours too) Thank you so much! (I'll post a picture in the comments-part of the swappage asap)
Comment: Wow! Betsy, I love the purple dotee doll you made! I love the beading and lace work. Did you make that lace yourself? It's just gorgeous! I loved the extra buttons and beads you sent as well. I'm sure they will be going on another dotee very soon! You need an extra heart for being so early, too! Thanks so much for the wonderful swap!
Comment: I really love my very first ever chunky pages!! I love the quotes and my favorite is the trick or treat one because it is so chunky!! My son loves the ATC. His eyes got all big when he saw it. Thanks for sending it! Would you like him to send you one back?
Comment: Thanks for the letter and photos -- actually I think you look a lot like your Sr. pictures -- are still pretty. In fact, either you have a dark sense of humor or need to be told that you'rea lot prettier than a "Hag" to have chosen that pseudonym. I hope in the future you'll join some of the writing swaps so maybe we can exchange stuff. It's nice to know people who also write: I wish you'd join the Over 40 "coffee talk" forum.
Comment: Your journal is absolutely wonderful! I've looked through it so many times already, and every time I see something new. We have a lot of the same opinions and beliefs, and it was a pleasure getting to know a little bit about you through your writing. Peace and Happy Holidays to you!
Comment: Thank you honey! I really enjoyed this! You have an excellent journal writing style and the coasters and notelet were gorgeous!
Your handmade journal was absolutely stunning.
Comment: Yay, it arrived! I haven't had much time yet to explore it fully as it deserves but I've leafed around a bit and am looking foward to reading it all. Love the embellishments! It's a very interesting journal style and I think I've already got a few ideas for my own journalling... Thanks for everything, this was well worth the wait :D
Comment: Betsy, this is one of the nicest things i've ever gotten on swap bot...It is gorgeous and so expertly done, wow, it took my breath away, truly...my soon-to-be hubby snatched up those stamps so fast!...lol...thanks so very, very much for a fulfilling swap!...you deserve more than one heart...
Comment: I'm going to go ahead and rate you a 5 because I love the needle-book you sent so much. If you get around to making the tip-in page, that's great. If not, I think the needle book makes up for it. :)
Comment: Thank you soooo much for the adorable Dotee mom & baby. I just love the beaded hair on the mom and her precious mom charm. The baby is sweet and adorable. And I appreciate the extra fabric pieces!
Comment: Sorry for not rating sooner ~ I was doing some housekeeping for my swapbot & realized I am behind in rating! Thank you so much for the lovely gifts ~ This is the first Dotee Doll I have ever received & she is gorgeous with her pink roses & pearls! The extras you sent are so nice & fitting to me ~ thank you for your extra efforts! I can hardly wait to put the rubber stamps to use! You are a super swapper ~ hugs Diana aka farmer di
Comment: Oh Betsy...I'm so touched by your dollies. I cried when I picked that "live-laugh-love" Goddess up. My mother is an Irish, red-haired, green-loving woman and it reminds me so much of her! I'm going to put her on my altar...after I show her her miniature self.:-) Thanks so much! Another wonderful swap with you!
Comment: I would give 2 hearts if this thing would let me!
Absolutely Fabulous Fabrics! Love the bobby pins, rainbow polka dots, and buttons especially ~ and thank you so much for the little extras... they are sure to add flair to a future project or two!
Comment: Hello Betsy,
Thank you for your wonderful same cloth dotee, I like her a lot, nice face. and the cat on her I love that!
And also thank you for al the really nice extraâ€™s you have sent as well!
Kind regards from Martha
Comment: Thank you (belatedly) for the gorgeous time quote page - and also for hosting the swap :) I love seeing other people's ideas and artwork - it always fills me with ideas and inspires me to try harder!
Comment: Sorry for my delay in rating...craziness here! Thank you so much for the delightful inchies and the extra goodies! And the box you made for them is beautiful! Fabulous presentation, my dear! Thank you! :D
Response: Oh, I am so glad. I was afraid that I hadn't done them correctly. They are my very first ones!
Comment: She's awesome, I love all the little detail that went into creating her....and she smelled fine to me, but what do I know! Thanks for the extra bits as well, they are appreciated and will be put to good use.
Comment: Beautiful book!I really like the larger size. I always make mine 4x4.5 and it was so neat to see it done a different format. Now, if I could just actually see some snow here - your book really got me in the mood for it. THANK YOU!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package! I especially love the Goddess beads - the goddess charm couldn't have been more perfect for me! I am curious: does the wooden spoon have a special use, or is it just a cool spoon?
Comment: Oh Betsy! I LOVE her! She is so beautifully made I cant stop looking at her. Thankyou thankyou thankyou! And thanks also for sending the fabrics. I have made a vow to make Dotee dolls out of every peice. I have also given you a star for being such a great swap host. You ROCK!
Comment: Hi Betsy! I received your letter today. I think we have quite a bit in common - I have ties to Vermont in that my ancestors helped settle Craftsbury, Vermont and my sister lives in Stowe. I'll be 55 in 2 weeks so we have that in common too. You'll get a letter from me shortly! Thanks for swapping!
Comment: Thank you so much for the most awesome matchbox! This is the first one I ever received. I was afraid to create mine for the first time. Thanks for all the little goodies and it was truely the greatest experience on receiving this for the first time ever!
YOU ROCK! KEEP UP THE AWESOME CREATIVE WORK!
Comment: Your beautiful Goddess Doll is wonderful! I love how you incorporated the ocean-themes into her creation. Your attention to detail and the care you put into making this amazing creation is such a blessing for me. Thank you so much!
Comment: Thanks again. Two packages from you in one day! I forgot to thank you for the ATCs in the Witchy swap...I never did get my Almas Magicas ATCs from the first round, so that was a nice surprise. Thanks again!
Comment: Oh my gosh, Betsy! What an adorable box of buttons and sooo many extras... they are all gorgeous! Thank you so much! And thank you for the beautiful paper doll fairy you sent as well... I LOVE her! :D
Comment: Great cards! How nice of you to send me a new calling card to use, you can't call yourself the "Queen of the Last Minute" since I received your cards so early. I will be doing mine tonight or tomorrow or tommorrow or....
Response: Wow, this swap was 7 months ago. I wasn't aware that you didn't get them. I sent them out and received a rating from one other swapper on 12/30. I have gone back and gotten your address and will send out another set tomorrow. I'm not sure if I still have the ones I made for that swap, but I do have something in butterfly for sure. I'm so sorry they didn't reach you. Betsy