Swap-bot Time: February 26, 2021 10:46 pm


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Last Online: February 26, 2021
Birthday: February 25
Country: United States
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Quest Scouts

Swap Notes

The mail is being delivered to my house about 2 or 3 times a week right now. The USPS is short staffed because of COVID and the current weather & snow is affecting delivery routes.

My name is AmyMarie (all one word with NO spaces, 2nd M is capitalized).
Preferred pronouns: she/her.

I love sending and receiving snail mail. Swapping is fun and a great way to have mail other than bills and ads.

Since I collect postage stamps, I'd appreciate actual stamps on mail (preferred real stamps and not metered mail).

Please no religious items.

I am very sensitive to several scents including tobacco smoke and perfumes. Please keep anything you are sending me away from perfumes and other artificially scented things.

I am allergic to several foods. Please do NOT send foods or beverages (including tea).

{I am currently working on updating my profile so some sections may be repetitive.}

About Me

  • creative, have many artistic interests, and enjoy doing a variety of mixed media & paper crafts

  • life-long learner, love to read, explore, travel, and try new things

  • being in nature and near water (lakes, oceans, waterfalls, rivers, etc) refreshes me and my soul

  • married, no kids, several nieces & nephews

  • have one cat and appreciate all animals (supports zoos & programs that focus on conservation, rehabilitation, education, and sustainability)

  • enjoy spending time with family & friends, playing board & card games, exploring National Parks & collecting NP cancellation stamps, earning Quest Scout points & badges (see next section), browsing through antique stores, and hanging out in libraries & bookstores.

Active Hobby

I have been a Quest Scout [QuestScouts.com] for a few years and really enjoy it. I like being creative and trying new things. Quest Scouts is questing for adults and completing Quests and earning badges (stickers & metal tags) through objectives in categories like create art, DIY, literature (reading), travel / explore locally, games, photography, research, geocaching / letterboxing, etc. It is so fun and gets me doing things I wouldn't try otherwise or things I didn't even know about. There are also weekly challenges that are connected to various quest objectives and you earn a star upon completion (# stars to earn for each level badge). It's been fun to have a motivation and more of a "group activity" (even though we live in different states).

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts and using mixed media art supplies. The items I use and make shift over time. I have made handbound books, homemade paper, artistamps (faux postage), mailart, handmade envelopes & postcards, collages, zines, ATCs, altered books, altered playing cards, pocket letters, and hand-carved rubber stamps.

In the past I have done scrapbooking and art journaling. I am still doing a form of fauxbonichi / junk (ephemera from my day) journaling.

Please do NOT send me random bits of paper!


I collect the following items:

  • postcards [see Postcards section below]

  • postage stamps, international & USA (new & used) [please NO USA flag and NO religious stamps] All postage stamps are great and I especially like postage stamps with themes of mail, letter writing, post offices, PostCrossing, space & space exploration, the Olympics, National Parks, women & their contributions, nature & scenery, and shapes other than the typical rectangle.

  • Airmail and other mail/envelope stickers, including from other countries (outside the USA) and in all languages

  • Mailboxes, airmail stationery (plus these themes / designs on items)

  • Vintage ephemera including travel tickets (bus, train, etc), paper forms, letters & envelopes & postcards, languages other than English, playing cards, labels, stamps (ration stamps, grocery store stamps, tax stamps, postage stamps, etc), old passports & identification papers, maps, cookbook pages

  • Playing cards: It's fun to see the different designs and special packs, especially those that have images or decorated fronts (different colored or design face cards, fun pips on the number cards, pictures or images on the number cards, etc). I like all suits & cards and tend to prefer A of spades, all 5's, all Queens, and unique Jokers. I am willing to do private swaps for playing cards.

  • Doctor Who (10th Doctor is my favorite) including TARDIS and River Song.

  • Harry Potter themed items. I am Ravenclaw with strong Hufflepuff traits too. I especially like Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter, Owl Post, Hogwarts Express, Platform 9-3/4, wands, stationery, Hogwarts School, Potions & Herbology classes. Ministry of Magic.


I would love to get Maxicards! NOT extra large postcards. They are maximized postcards = postcard picture, postage stamp, and cancellation mark all on same side and all depict the same item / image! I'd even enjoy a postcard that has a postage stamp similar to or matching the postcard image.

I also would love to receive Japanese Gotochi (shaped) postcards.

I am a member on PostCrossing and have collected postcards since I was a child. I prefer postcards sent naked (not in envelope) with postage stamps (not metered postage) and something written on the back - even just a short message. If you do not know what to write, here is a list of 20 ideas: http://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2013/02/05/20-ideas-of-things-to-write-on-postcards

Store bought postcards: waterfalls, mailboxes, post offices, mail / postal theme, letter writing / fountain pens / writing desk / correspondence theme, PostCrossing, libraries / books / reading theme, doorways, windows, maps, National Parks, State Parks, landmarks, historical sites & people, UNESCO sites, earthworks, lakes, oceans, lighthouses, skylines / scenes / images of your town / city / country, images of regional traditions / culture, nature scenery, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars, wild animals (not domesticated cats & dogs), also check out my likes section below for postcard ideas

MailArt (homemade) postcards: etegami; photography; using art, collage, drawing, painting, ephemera, rubber stamps, etc.


traveling themes, maps, foreign coins, travel tickets and tokens (bus, subway, etc.), passports & passports stamps,

waterfalls, oceans, lakes, rivers, lighthouses, autumn, trees, nature, dragonflies, owls, tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, koalas, polar bears, penguins, butterflies, (animals), sunsets and sunrises, mountains,

mail art, mailboxes, postage stamps (NOT religious ones), postal / mail / airmail themes, fountain pens & ink, typewriters, books,

antique & vintage items and ephemera, small / miniature items, different textures, unique designs,

hand-bound books / book arts, paper engineering, earth tones including terra cotta and rust-ish reds, shades of purple and mauve (pinkish, blue-ish purple), most shades of green, rubber stamps, embossing powders, {not fond of neon colors}

connecting with people, other perspectives and cultures, ancient civilizations, hanging out with family & friends, playing board & card games, interesting playing cards,

celestial / astronomy especially moon / lunar / galaxies, NASA / space travel, science fiction

Books / TV / Movies

I love to read. I recently started reading Terry Pratchett's books. I read "Going Postal" at the beginning of 2021 and now want to read all his Discworld books.

For fun I usually read mysteries. I also like general fiction and some science fiction. I do read non-fiction on a variety of topics and enjoy a well-written book and learning new things.

Some of my favorite authors: Kate Morton, Andy Weir, J.K. Rowling, Rita Mae Brown, Donald E. Westlake, Dorothy Gilman, M.C. Beaton, Jenn McKinlay, Martha Wells, Elizabeth Berg, Brene Brown.

I watch WAY too much TV and am working on reducing the hours spent watching shows. I enjoy Resident Alien, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Young Sheldon, NCIS, Mom, Star Trek Discovery, Doctor Who, Amazing Race, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Lucifer. I enjoy British shows like Taskmaster, Would I Lie To You?, QI, and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

I (used to) get to the cinema a handful of times a year but I watch movies, series, & stand up on Netflix & Amazon Prime. I do like sci-fi, adventure, comedies, action, mystery, Independent films, and some of the older / b&w films.

Do NOT like

cigarette/cigar/pipe smoke (I am allergic)

overly glittered items (some bling / shiny is nice but when it leaves a trail of glitter on anything it touches, it gets annoying)

Christian-based religious items (plenty of that available around here).

Random bits of paper, teachers' stickers

Things that interest me

Altered Art (puzzle pieces, library card pockets, strands of tickets, playing cards, etc)

Vintage ephemera including old letters with envelopes, special stamps (tax stamps, S&H stamps, etc), tickets, labels, forms & notices, etc.


Comment: Thank you for the wonderful stamps! I've been trying to get my hands on some of the 1 & 2 cent apple and lemon stamps. Thank you so much!!! Be well.
Sasha42 rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #6 on Feb 21, 2021
Comment: Your awesome, generous swap arrived the day Texas started to recover from winter storm. I teared up when I saw the treasures you had curated for me. You made my day and my week. Thank you so very much!!
Comment: Thanks for the extras
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the great cards!
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies, much appreciated!!
kizzlets rated for AMA: 21 in 2021 -USA on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: This is amazing!! I'm going to use the stuff you gave me in my magpie journal!
mcorbus rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap # 24 on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the cute Valentines. You're so thoughtful for sending the postage stamps, too. This is the first mail art I've received with those spiral designs - I'll have to try them out myself.
Comment: Awesome pages! And wallpapers! Thank you for everything!!♥️
Comment: It got here ! Thank you very much I don’t have a pc of the capitol building. Hope you didn’t get too much ice and snow. Stay safe
KellyR rated for Playing Card Swap- Series2: SEVENS on Feb 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cards and your lovely note!
dally rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #128 on Feb 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package stuffed with goodies! Even before I opened it, I loved it! The rubber stamps you stamped all over the envie are so cool! And the washi you used will be carefully peeled off and put into my travel journal! The PCs are a great selection; most of them will be going into my collection, not mailed out! And thank you for the awesome emhemera bits, love them all!
Comment: Cute valentine. Love the butterfly. Thank you!
anicka22 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #8C on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely mail!
mamajoy rated for Playing Card Swap- Series2: SIXES on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Fun cards. Thank you!
Comment: thank you for the lovely stationery! The art journal pages are so fun. I'm excited to start a book and watch it grow. I love that you left places for me to add to. Thank you!
Comment: Thanks, again, for another lovely swap!! 💌💗
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cool Valentine and the extras! I love how you used the vellum envelopes and the spirograph on your mailing envelope. Very cool!! Hope you and yours have a very Happy Valentine's Day! 💜💌
Comment: Thanks for the generous swap! I especially liked the honeybee washi tape on the envie.

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thisismeAXiD on Feb 2, 2021:

happy birthday month

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


Aseret25 on Nov 17, 2020:

Ooo, Quest Scouts looks like fun!! I'm going to have to dig through the site more and find a quest I can tackle!

PostMuse on Oct 17, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed the Dear Doctor mailart! That mailbox rubber stamp is decades old. I think it was 100 Proof Press but I use it so much the company name isn’t visible anymore.

camelsamba on Sep 11, 2020:

I'm so envious that you have been to a recent Carrie Newcomer concert - I saw her once but it was many years ago. Will have to pay attention to her schedule once concerts start up again.

I first discovered Mrs Pollifax in 1992! My husband and I even listened to some of the stories as books on cassette while commuting, and more recently I've listened to some as CD. One of the later ones in the series has an interview with the author at the end of the CD, and it was interesting to listen to in light of knowledge that she suffered from dementia later in life. I read an article once saying that some later Agatha Christie works may show evidence of dementia (something to do with word choice, or word length?) and wondered if they would find the same thing if they studied Dorothy Gilman.

I didn't know there was a Mrs Pollifax movie; i will have to track it down!

samjowers on Jul 30, 2020:

I was a member of questscouts!!! still follow them on instagram! LOVE their quest and love that its like scouting in that you can earn badges!

MamaD on Dec 26, 2019:

AmyMarie, I was looking at your profile as I'm your partner in a swap. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. ❤

robinjeree on Oct 24, 2019:

I just read your profile -- I'm definitely going to check out QuestScouts!!

YooperHill on Sep 11, 2019:

Mystery supply swap, Yo! AMAZING use of the yarn! I love it. Each envelope I open is so creative! Thank you for playing!

yvonne401 on Aug 20, 2019:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here!



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