Swap-bot Time: January 26, 2020 12:51 pm


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Last Online: January 25, 2020
Birthday: February 25
Country: United States
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Quest Scouts

Swap Notes

My father passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Christmas Eve day (12/24/19). I will be reducing the amount of swapping I do for a while. I need to spend most of my time with my mother & family - we are devastated.

My name is AmyMarie (all one word with NO spaces, 2nd M is capitalized).

Please use postage stamps instead of metered postage when possible - especially on postcards. Thank you!

I am ALLERGIC to WHEAT. Usually items that are gluten-free are okay for me. I won't be doing food swaps because of food allergies. Note: WHEAT is sometimes used in lotions, shampoos, soaps, glue, etc so I am very careful with what I put on my body. I am ALLERGIC to WHEAT or any of its parts.

About Me

I am married and have 2 rescued cats. I am an aunt to 5 nieces and 2 nephews. My parents now live much closer to me and I love being able to spend more time with them. I love to travel - domestic and international destinations. I enjoy trying new things, seeing new places, and learning about other cultures/regions and people. I love being in nature and especially near water (waterfalls, lakes, rivers, oceans). I also enjoy reading books, playing board games, spending time with family & friends, going on adventures, and being creative.

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.

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy creating art - collages, altered items, art journaling, rubberstamping, paper arts, bookbinding, greeting cards, scrapbooking (more simplistic style focused on the photos to remember people, moments, events, and trips instead of using tons of embellishments).

Things I enjoy making:
--hand-bound books
--homemade paper
--artistamps (faux postage)
--handmade envelopes
--handmade postcards
--hand-carved rubber stamps


I collect the following items:

  • postcards [see Postcards section below]

  • faux postage/artistamp/artist's stamps

  • postage stamps (including unused for mailing fun swaps!) [used / unused USA and international stamps - not USA flag stamps]

  • Airmail/Hand Cancel/Fragile/Priority etc. stickers, including from other countries (outside the USA) and in all languages

  • (envelope) wax seals and wax seal stamps

  • old inkwells, writing sets, fountain pens, wood-turned pens, dip pens, and writing inks

  • Currency (coins & paper bills) from around the world and special USA collections [I am missing US Quarters of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and many of the US National Park Quarters.]

  • cast iron trivets (antique)


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 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, libraries / books / reading theme, doorways, windows, maps, National Parks, State Parks, landmarks, historical sites, 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, 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, waterfalls, mail art, improv, postal / mail themes, fountain pens & ink, typewriters, hand-bound books / book arts, paper engineering, autumn, trees, nature, connecting with people, learning, other perspectives and cultures, ancient civilizations, science fiction, playing board & card games, hanging out with friends, antique & vintage items, earth tones and shades of purple and green, rubber stamps, embossing powders, fun pens, interesting blank journals & sketchbooks, small/miniature items, papers/flat items with different textures, foreign coins, travel tokens (bus, subway, etc.), dragonflies, owls, unique designs, candles [votive & tealights], candle-holders, books, celestial/astronomy especially moon/lunar, trying different foods & cuisines, Marvel / Avengers movies

Harry Potter books & movies & world - I've been sorted into Ravenclaw. I like Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Owl Post, Harry Potter, wands, Hogwarts Express, etc.

Doctor Who - 10th Doctor is my favorite Doctor, favorite character is River Song, love the TARDIS

Books / TV / Movies

I love to read. 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.

Some books I have enjoyed: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, The Martian by Andy Weir, Artemis by Andy Weir, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman, Crosstalk by Connie Willis, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, Lola's Secret by Monica McInerney, Leave Me by Gayle Forman, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I watch WAY too much TV and am working on reducing the hours spent watching shows. I enjoy Doctor Who, Sherlock, NCIS, Speechless, Stumptown, Mom, Instinct, America Says (game show), Best Ever Trivia Show, etc. Shows I like that are no longer on the air: Firefly, Leverage, Alias, Stargate (SG-1 and Atlantis), Star Trek (TNG, Voyager), Warehouse 13, Timeless, Castle, Big Bang Theory, Elementary. I enjoy British panel game shows like Would I Lie To You?, QI, and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

I get to the cinema a handful of times a year but watch movies, series, & stand up on Netflix & Amazon Prime. I avoid horror (used to watch but nightmares and now even scarier stuff in real life). I do like sci-fi, adventure, comedies, action, mystery, Independent films, and some of the older / b&w films. Some favorite movies: Star Wars (& most of the "new" ones), Harry Potter, Marvel movies (Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Thor, Avengers, etc), RED (& RED 2), The Hunger Games, Contact, Love Actually, The Holiday, No Way Out, Miracle on 34th Street, Singing in the Rain. Some current favorite series: The Handmaid's Tale, Good Omens, Man in High Castle, Grace and Frankie.

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).

Things that interest me

Pocket Letters

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

3-D Collage like shrines, cigar boxes, and matchboxes

Book Arts

Paper Arts and techniques

Paper Engineering

The Environment and ways to lessen my "footprint" and save energy (and $$)

Trying ethnic cuisines from different areas and countries


Tverne05 rated for USA: Puzzle Collaboration #8 on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: I love the puzzle 🧩 piece. The color and buttons were an excellent choice. Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. Take care. <3
myancey rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #85 on Dec 23, 2019
Comment: Any Marie thanks so much. I love the bonus dr who pc. I lived in Delaware 30+years ago and this one is extra special to me. I love the boardwalk too the train and nature are cool too. Thanks. Merry Christmas
Comment: Great set of bookmarks, AmyMarie! Thanks! I especially like the hot pink one with the gold accents.
SydneySix rated for Happy Christmas Swap on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much, this package was so much fun to open with all of the layers! Very well done. I'm looking for a place to put the stickers now! Hope you have a Happy Christmas!
Comment: I received the PC for the swap. Thank you for your note and the information. I will look into Q.S. It looks interesting.
Comment: Hiya! Thank you so much for the awesome postcard! Plus, I love that you added the 13th Doctor to it and gah, I just love everything! I hope you have a lovely day!
Poohtat rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #84 on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: Great selections. I love your choice for furry pet! Thank you.
SeleneW rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #23 on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the PC.
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful envelope full of goodies! You were so generous and I love everything you sent, including some of your 'clean-out postcards'. Thank you! I also loved your Gingerbear card - super cute!
Comment: Thank you sorry I thought I rated you
georgiafae rated for SS: A set of stamps on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: I love the vintage looking sewing stamps-perfect for use in the sewing journal I am working on! And the square ones are the right size of inchies! Thanks for the great stamps and Happy Holidays!
DaisyDDD rated for 💌 Snail Mail Starter Kit 💌 on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: Hi!!! I just received the mail in my mail box and I LOVE everything inside!!!! All the postcard are so cute and the matching paper and envies are all really pretty. I can't wait to use them all. thank you so much for all the extras and goodies!
orneryswife rated for USA Puzzle Collaboration #7 on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: Oh. My. Goodness! This is my favorite piece of all time! You nailed it! Thank you so much, and if you could possibly share your source for those itty bitty pieces, I would be so grateful! 💟😘
Response: I don't remember for sure where I purchased them. It may have been at a rubber stamping convention (booth with lots of small embellishments & vintage papers). If so, that company (Studios Blackbird) has since closed. The packaging has "Stanislaus Imports" on it.
Comment: cards arrive safe and sound, ready for the next round
Comment: I love water! The park sounds like a nice place to visit, and ducks like it! Love the wave pc :)
Mamasch rated for MARK'S WEEKLY SWAP-WK 46 (MAPS) on Nov 26, 2019
carfra89 rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #22 on Nov 24, 2019
simcoe54 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #9 on Nov 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for resending this swap and for all the extras.

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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!



Created46 on Aug 27, 2015:

I am so very excited that you enjoyed the package I have sent. I do hope you find a little inspiration in it.

2rasta on Mar 22, 2015:

Dear Amy, Thank you for returning my stamp bag, cheers! 2rasta

MissWhimsy on Jun 12, 2014:

Hi :) I just wanted to follow up to see if my email reached you for the A-Z Survey swap in Carpe Librum Group, Let me know if I need to resend? I hope you enjoy reading it, Thanks :)

dmarie on Apr 22, 2014:

Please check out my new stamp carving group

Carolinaray23 on Feb 13, 2014:

Happy Valentines Day <3 Hope to see you around the group =D <3 FitChick


NatashaMay on Nov 21, 2013:

Thanks for playing in my PLU: Animal PC Swap at Postcard Lovers Unite Group. :)

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