Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2019 8:05 am


Date Joined: August 18, 2013
Last Online: February 10, 2019
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

I am a child of a God and I consider myself to be a spiritual person. I am compassionate and loving, most of the time!

I am a "Jill of all trades" when it comes to crafting! I like to do many things but would not claim to be an expert in any of them. I craft for my pleasure and for gift giving.

I semi-retired on January 31, 2017 after working for 47 years mostly in the world of law and investments. I love being a mom to boys, four of them to be exact! College football is my favorite sport (Go Ducks!) but it gets lonely cheering by yourself now that the nest is empty and my best friend/hubby has passed away.

I love being a grandma and my Texas grand daughters have turned me into a Great Grandma!! I go by "GiGi Ali" to that little gang! 3 grandsons and a grand-daughter live in Colorado and 3 grand-daughters plus 5 greats are in Texas. Way too far to snuggle!

I can easily be considered a "chocoholic"! I have never tasted a dessert that I would ever call "too rich"! I also like teas, especially Chai, Lavender and all sorts of flavored cocoa and coffees.

I consider myself a collector of the "stuff". While I don't always have time to actually make a lot of the things that I love, I do have all or most of the " stuff" it takes to do so! Currently, I am into organizing the "stuff" so I am collecting all sorts of storage containers!

I love to travel, read, go "junking" and SHOP!

I recently became a Doterra wellness advocate. I am loving experimenting with essential oils! If you have favorite 'recipes', I would love to hear those!

Favorite Crafts

Card making; Scrapbooking; Paper crafting; Rubber stamping; Machine embroidery; Sewing for the home, crafts and some clothing; Doll making; Quilting; Rock hounding; Jewelry making...you see what I mean? I used to do dried flower arrangements, candy making and tole painting but something had to give!

Themes that I prefer are: Asian, Dragonflies, Butterflies, Heritage, Steampunk, Floral, Landscape, Birds and Bird Houses, Friendship, Thank You, Sympathy, Thinking of You, Masculine & Inspirational Quotes.

I pretty much like all colors but my favorite colors are red, hot pink, purple/lavender and teal. I also use a lot of black in my paper crafting. And gold and silver!

I am hoping to finally get going on my lifelong plan of making soft sculpture baby dolls and am always on the lookout for cute, gently used baby shoes...sizes 0-2 and soft doll patterns.

I am in love with Stampin Up; dies for my Big Kick, double sided paper; anything Mary Englebreit; interesting buttons; old metal ephemera like watch gears, small pieces of stamped metal, old style orphaned jewelry, etc; adhesives of all kinds; rubber stamps; and embellishments (esp Jolee's, K & Co., & Tim Holtz)! Hmmm...what don't I like!? Oh there are a few...

Themes that I would rather NOT receive are: Satanic or "dark", Disney, Hello Kitty, Kawaii or similar cutsie/kiddie, anything using foul or offensive language, school or awards type stickers.

Favorite Music

I like most genres but usually listen to country radio, blues and the Beatles! I love Sarah Brightman and I think that Stevie Ray Vaughn was the best guitarist who ever lived! The Voice is one of the only television programs that I regularly watch, aside from the evening news.


I come from a non-smoking household, am allergic to cigarette smoke and animal hairs (esp cats) so if possible, please try to take this into consideration when sending me your swaps. A quick pass over with a lint remover for hairs or airing outdoors a bit for smoke usually does the trick.

Also, I donate to several charities that send me plenty of their free notecards, greeting cards, address labels, notepads, stickers and other miscellaneous stuff, so I would prefer that you don't send me any of those freebie type items.

Being a sewer, I have LOTS of fabric scraps, embroidery thread and lace, so I really don't have a need for those items, either.

I pledge to send out my swaps promptly and I will rate quickly with the wonderful comments, hearts, etc that you deserve! I encourage people to give me helpful feedback to help me enjoy the whole Swap-bot experience!

If for some reason you do not receive my swap in a timely manner, please send me a message so we can figure this out. I have had a few issues with mail not being delivered. I value my good ratings.


ArtyBeth3 rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ FEB on Feb 3, 2019
Comment: You always find creative ways to use the letters in these swaps. I enjoyed everything again. F - Flags (flag notecard, US flag, & 2 flag forever stamps; E - Envelopes; B - Biblical quote stickers, & bookmark. Fun, fun!! :)
Response: Thank you Beth! I appreciate your kind words, rating and the heart!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ JAN on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Oh, I love how you represented each of the letters (J - Janis Joplin unused postage; A - alphabet stickers; and N - the pretty floral 3x3 notebook), plus the extra green tea for me (goji berry green tea). Thank you!! :) :)
Response: I am glad you liked my choices Beth! Thank you for rating and for the heart!! Stay warm and dry!!
ChelleHames rated for RSC - Christmas is Here! on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Absoutely Beautiful Card! I love that tree trunk die cut! May need to get one for myself! Thank you so much for such a lovely swap!
Response: Whew! I am so glad it finally arrived! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
rarjones rated for CF: Christmas Stocking Exchange on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: i just received your stocking today:) I will wait till Christmas Day to open...so exciting! :) Merry Christmas!! Thank you for all the thoughtful gifts. I love the HUGS stamp! I hope your day is filled with joy!
Response: So glad you got it Rose! I had to get my swap out ASAP as I am leaving on Tuesday morning for Cabo San Lucas and didn't want to miss the deadline! Thank you for rating and for the heart! I hope you are happy with my selections on Christmas. That's when I open mine too!
BeckyG56 rated for CF: Happy Thanksgiving on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beauitful card, and note. We have much to be thankful for, despite the trials we go through. Thanks for the packaged glitter! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Response: You're very welcome Becky! Glad you liked the swap! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!
DragonflyDaisy rated for RSC - Christmas is Coming on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: Ali, what a beautiful Christmas snowflake ❄️ card and fun textured crocheted lace you sent for me - love them! I live about 90 minutes south of Salt Lake where you visited in a small rural town. Love being close enough to the city to visit, but live in the country where it's not so congested and busy and close to nature - best of both worlds! Thank you for my happy mail and for being a wonderful swap partner! 🙂
Response: I am so glad you liked my swap! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF- Fall Leaves on Oct 30, 2018
Comment: What a pretty fall card you created for me. I love your leaf embellishments. The envelope was cute with the woman dancing amongst the colorful leaves. I like the kind of green tea you sent - I'll have that at work with my afternoon snack. I also enjoyed your note as well. Great swap!! Blessings to you.
Response: I am glad you liked my swap Beth! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
rarjones rated for CF: Fill a Friends mailbox Swap on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Received the last of the 3 mailings today. Thank you for each one. I enjoy embossing so I will be putting that folder to use I have never been to Utah but the PC shows beautiful mountains! I use sticky notes constantly! They help me remember so man things. I should post them all over myself lol Thanks again and enjoy the new season!
Response: So happy you liked the 3 items I chose! Thank you for rating and for the heart too!
clutterfree rated for Yard Sale Surprise/September on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Ali...thank you for the beautiful linens....the shapes and colors are great and I love the hand stitching of the yellow flower! How thoughtful of you to include all the fun patriotic items too!!! Hugs and smiles across the miles! ..Charlene
Response: So happy you appreciate vintage linens Charleen! Me too! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
Animatarian rated for CF - Welcoming Fall on Sep 21, 2018
Comment: WOW.... thanks so much Ali!! What a fun and generous envie!! I'm looking forward to creating with some of the lovely things you sent. Thanks again!
Response: I am so glad you liked the envie Patty! Glad to hear you are feeling up to creating! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
LadyJo rated for CF: Yard Sale Surprise/August on Aug 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fun gift! The cookbook is one we will use! We love to make smores~
Response: You are very welcome! I am glad you can use the cookbook! Thank you for rating and for the heart!!
clutterfree rated for CF: FLAT out FUN on Jun 6, 2018
Comment: Ali...you proved me right that it is hard for our group to do "flat" one stamp mail...so many amazing generous swappers....what an awesome envie STUFFED with fun patriotic items...such cute envies you made for the veteran "thank you" notes! The beverage napkins, stickers, washi and all in the cutest handmade envelope with the" HI to LEETA" on it!!! She gets so excited when she sees little notes for her and she has not quite figured out that I requested people to do that and she asks, "how do they know me?" my secret to bring her smiles!! THANKS for making both of our days!!! Blessings and happy summer...Charlene
Response: I am so glad you liked the swap and that Leeta was happy to see her name on the envie! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a great summer!
123Poggy123 rated for RSC: Handstamped Get Well Card on May 19, 2018
Comment: I love the card. The background is a really nice touch. Great design. Thank you for the goodies for me to use.
Response: I am so glad you liked my card! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
GrannysNamesake rated for CF - National Postcard Week on May 12, 2018
Comment: I love the lighthouses postcard and had no idea there are so many in Oregon. Though I have an admiration for them, I've never seen one in person. Thank you
Response: I've been to a few on the Oregon coast, 1 in Washington and 1 in Caliifornia. I love them too! Too bad modern technology has made them almost obsolete. Thanks for the rating and for the heart!!
ChelleHames rated for RSC - Your Favorite Colors on Apr 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful "sunny" card! It's so pretty! Thank you as well for all the awesome extras, they are all lovely! Can't wait to use them!
Response: I am happy you like the card and extras! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Ali, what a beautiful card! I'm always in awe of people who create such beautiful greeting cards. Thank you for the lovely enclosures--LOVE the map card of Oregon, the cutest EVER vintage kitten pc, and all the other little goodies.
Response: I am so glad you like my card and surprises!! Thank you for rating and for the heart!! Happy Valentine's Day to you!
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful re-purposed card~The smash book decor is new to me I will always try something once The teas have arrived at a perfect time while I am recovering~
Response: I am glad you are willing to try new things! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
JocysMom rated for RSC: Get Well Card on Jan 30, 2018
Comment: What a gorgeous card! Thanks so much!
Response: I am so glad you like the card! Thank you for rating and for the heart!!
Comment: What a beautiful card you made, thank you and for the extras also
Response: So glad you liked it! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Happy Valentine's Day!
DixieDiane rated for CF: Papercrafting Scavenger Hunt on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the NICE things you sent...HAPPY NEW YEAR ♥
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart!! I hope you are able to use the things I included! Have a wonderful day!

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ChelleHames on Jan 3, 2019:

Oh Ali! The resend that didn't really need to be for RSC - Christmas is Here (darn the slow USPS!) is just gorgeous!!! Thank you so much! And chocolate chai tea! Yes please! I can't wait to try that! While I feel so terrible that your original snail mail send really lived up to it's name, slow to arrive, what a boon for me! You are amazing!!! I wish I could rate you again!

BlueberryLady on Dec 27, 2018:

Thankyou for the Bracelet you enclosed in the CF Christmas Card... Hugs from Ohio with No Snow.. Looks like Santa Fe got some ,saw on news tonight..( Dec. 27)

BlueberryLady on Sep 17, 2018:

Thank you for the Beautiful Flower Bouquet Birthday Card you made me. love the Color and how you raised up the Lettering part... the Stamps you sent are beautiful too. Hugs from Me to You..

clutterfree on Aug 24, 2018:

Seems I missed your special day...hope it was full of blessings! Hugs and prayers friend, Charlene

CurlyTea on Aug 22, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

BlueberryLady on Jun 8, 2018:

Thank you very much for the Blessings you sent me.. seems like I haven't had time to do anything..Thank you for the Prayers too. and you are included in mine for your Summer with your Family. ! ! Scavenger Hunts are always Fun … Grandson might enjoy that...

Animatarian on Apr 5, 2018:

Ali, Thanks so much for your thoughtful card! Was a bright spot on my day. Appreciate all your thought, prayers and offers!! Look out..... John may call on you if he has trouble in the barn (LOL). Seriously, think he'll do just fine, and all will be OK. Thanks again for caring!!

clutterfree on Feb 16, 2018:

Praying for safe travels and that you relax and refresh on your trip...blessings, Charlene

BlueberryLady on Jan 29, 2018:

Loved All the NEW items you sent for the CF: Jan. WTA- Very Clever choices in Blue and Navy.. Great Ideas... and love the Embellishments you sent... Thank you very Much... Hugs from Ohio!!

TamiHope on Nov 23, 2017:

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