Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2020 2:09 am


Date Joined: August 18, 2013
Last Online: February 26, 2020
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 love coffee and teas, especially Chai, Lavender and all sorts of flavored cocoa.

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!

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

I am a Doterra wellness advocate. I am passionate about essential oils and reducing toxic load in my home!

Favorite Crafts

Card making; Scrapbooking; Paper crafting but not so much ATC's; Rubber stamping; Machine embroidery; Sewing for the home, crafts and some clothing; Rock hounding; Jewelry making.

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

I pretty much like all colors but my favorite colors are red, black, hot pink, purple/lavender, gold, silver and teal. I love glitter paper!

I am in love with Stampin Up; dies for my Big Kick, double sided paper; anything Mary Englebreit; anything Graphic 45, old metal ephemera like watch gears, small pieces of stamped metal, old style orphaned jewelry, etc; adhesives of all kinds; rubber stamps; and layered 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. I

Favorite Music

I like most genres but usually listen to country radio, oldies, blues and the Beatles! I love Sarah Brightman and I think that Stevie Ray Vaughn was the best guitarist who ever lived! I really don't watch movies or weekly television programs aside from the 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.

I rarely make ATC's. I don't care for bits of scrap papers, pieces of napkins, magazine cutouts, etc.

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 love reading your profiles and I am grateful when people read mine.

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 rare issues with mail not being delivered. I have never flaked on a swap. I value my good ratings.


bb2 rated for RSC - Black and White Card on Feb 26, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful card. Thank you for the personal note and great tuck-ins too. I'm sure you will have happy birds. I feed the birds and even a neighbor's chicken comes to my driveway everyday!
Response: I am so glad you liked the swap Joan! How cute your neighbor chicken comes to "visit"! I miss our chickens...it just got too hard keeping them safe from predators out in the country. I get my fresh eggs from a neighbor now. Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
orneryswife rated for CF: Inspiration Cards ~ February on Feb 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you! That tiny poem is so cute!
Response: You are welcome! I am glad you like it. Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a beautiful day!
rarjones rated for CF: Embossing Folder Layers Swap on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely embossed card stock sheets. They are all new to me except for one. I will enjoy putting those to use.
Response: I am so glad you received them! Glad they will be useful! Thank you for rating and for the heart!! Have a beautiful day!
rarjones rated for RSC - Anything Floral on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: beautiful card ty! I am going to look up the instructs for that fold. Thank you for the stamp as well- sweet of you:)
Response: Glad you liked the swap Rose! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!! 😊
24Donna rated for CF: HEART Scavenger Hunt on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Oh my! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Love how you put this together and everything is perfect!! Thank you! All will be used! I kind of envy you (forgive me) three craft rooms Wow! God bless you !
Response: Thank you so much for your kind review, rating and the heart! I am always happy to know if you are pleased with my swap!
ginny19590 rated for CF: SNOW Scavenger Hunt on Jan 22, 2020
Comment: I'm so sorry for the late rating. I thought I had already done it. I loved the goodies you send.......=)
Response: No worries! Thank you for rating and for the heart.,
Comment: Thank you! 🧡 creating!
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart! I am glad you like the swap. I love creating too!
orneryswife rated for CF: Show off your washi tape on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Such a pretty envelope, and oh, my goodness! That fabric is so fun! I think I will embroider on the flowers and frame each panel as a set! Thank you!
Response: I am so glad you liked the swap! I would love to see what you do with fabric! Great ideas! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
Comment: I just loved your card! It was so beautiful! I enjoyed hearing about the latest happenings as well! Thank you for the hot chocolate which not needed today! It was 62 degrees! A muddy spring like day! I will save it for a cold day!
Response: I am glad you liked the swap Jo! It is rainy and snow is expected tonight. Hot chocolate sounds good right now! So does 62°! Thank you rating and for the heart!
TereDiane1954 rated for CF: Merry Christmas Mail Art on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Dear Ali, what a pretty envelope! I love cardinals. Thank you for the bookmark and card-making extras♥ Merry Christmas!
Response: I am happy you liked the swap Tere! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Merry Christmas to you too!!
BeckyG56 rated for CF: Christmas Stocking exchange! on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you Ali for the cute and festive stocking.Thank you for the personal gifts you gave me in the stocking. I love all the types of glittery gifts, and I will enjoy each bite of the chocolates. Thanks so much for joining the swap, and Merry Christmas!
Response: I'm glad you received it Becky and I hope you will enjoy the little gifts! I sent it to the address that popped up in the swap then I was notified by the post office that it was being forwarded! Worried a bit about that lol. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
DixieDiane rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ DEC on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: It was recd today. Thanks so much for the great goodies you sent. I really liked your letter too. Thanks for that. Merry christmas and a Blessed new year
Response: Glad you liked the items I chose Diane! Thank you for rating and for the heart!!
ChelleHames rated for RSC - Christmas Card on Dec 4, 2019
Comment: What an absolutely beautiful card! I love that you used brown and cream as the color scheme! So pretty and unexpected for a Christmas Card. But, boy, does it make a lovely card, especially with that particular stamp set!!! Thank you as well for the amazing Chai teas! I love TAZO and I can't wait to try the other two! First time I've seen a caffeine free Chai tea! Nice!
Response: I am so glad you liked my card and the teas. The stamp set is from Stampin' Up. I go to card classes 2x a month. My friend is a SU demonstrator. Thank you for rating and for the heart! Merry Christmas!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Envelope Surprises on Dec 4, 2019
Comment: Oh, I loved the surprises you sent (glue dots, bronze & copper embossing, and green tea). The extra tiny silver stickers are cool too. I’m glad you had a nice Thanksgiving & weren’t caught in the bomb cyclone.
Response: I am glad you liked my choices Beth! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a very Merry Christmas!
susieq40 rated for RSC - Christmas Card #4 ~ MUSIC on Nov 22, 2019
Comment: Love love love the card, especially the deer..where did it come from? This was a fun swap. Happy Thanksgiving. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: I am so glad you liked the card! I belong to a card making group and we made these there. The deer is created from oval and circle dies. The antlers are trimmed from a tree branch die. Easy! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
BlueberryLady rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ SEP on Sep 9, 2019
Comment: Love the items you chose...!!! Love the envies and the cute paperclips !!!and recipe Cards..!!!
Response: Hi Jean! I am glad you like the items I sent. Thank you for rating and for the heart! Happy Autumn!
TamiHope rated for CF: Washi Hello #247 on Aug 26, 2019
Comment: Hi Ali! I love your washi card!! Lots of pink and sparkle! Thank you so much for the extra washi tape. That was very sweet of you! Tami
Response: So glad you like my pink and sparkly washi card Tami! I had you in my mind! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
LadyJo rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ AUG on Aug 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun swap! I love the apple things. It is that time of year for yummy apple recipes. Enjoy the end of summer!
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart! I love fall...especially apple season! But, summer has gone by way too quickly!
LadyJo rated for CF: Encouragement PC #2 on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard and the great verses of encouragement! Great verse!
Response: I am glad you liked the verse and postcard Jo. Hard to throw in 'extras' in a postcard, lol! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
BeckyG56 rated for CF: Yard Sale-August on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much Ali, for the devotional book, and washi samples. I have the book on my craft table, and will be able to read the days inspiration as I work on projects!
Response: I am so glad you like the daily devotional book and washi samples Becky! What projects are you working on now? Thank you for rating and for the heart!

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BlueberryLady on Aug 23, 2019:

Keep Celebrating your Birthday with some Hugs from me..

glennasgarden on Aug 22, 2019:


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

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