Swap-bot Time: August 25, 2019 1:28 pm


Date Joined: June 17, 2008
Last Online: August 25, 2019

Country: United States

How Did I Get Here?

There used to be a site specifically for swapping fabric postcards - 25 swappers in each bunch! I made hundreds. When they shut that down, someone referred me to Swap-Bot.

Some stuff that I've made: Etsy Shop Product Examples

Did Something Go Missing?

Please let me know if you were entitled to a swap item from me and didn't receive it. I ALWAYS send. The only way that I know if something has gone missing is if you tell me, so help me help you!

I also try hard to rate everything that I receive, but be warned it might take a while. I will definitely send you a message before rating if something hasn't arrived. If you haven't heard from me, don't waste any energy worrying about the swap.

Stuff I Like To Buy

  • fountain pens and ink
  • paper and notebooks
  • mechanical pencils
  • gel pens
  • stationery supplies (washi, staplers, glue, hole punches, etc)
  • typewriters (do I have too many or just the right number?)

Stuff I Like To Make

  • junk journals
  • Midori Traveler and Faux-Dori notebooks
  • quilts and other sewing projects
  • food - I enjoy cooking

Stuff I Like To Do

  • read (memoirs, magical realism, crime/mysteries, entertaining non-fiction)
  • watch movies & streaming tv
  • play badminton, and I am trying pickleball
  • nap - I'm retired and I love that I get to nap whenever I want to


  • Markdown language. I'm a retired programmer and have done a fair bit of web development, but this Swap-Bot markdown language to format profile information drives me nuts. I can never get my profile to look like I want it to.
  • Housework. Why am I so bad at it?
  • Stingy raters. Make the world a better place. Be generous with kind words and gratitude.


scrappermama rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2019 on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Aladka was fabulous! Hot tho! Thank you for the chunk & your continued hosting of these swaps! Love them! Be well mz. Betsy!!
Comment: I also reuse plain cardboard. I get the Smithsonian magazine and use the pictures from it in my creations.
Response: Oooo! How do you like Smithsonian? I'm thinking about getting one more magazine to fill time instead of looking at my phone so much every day.
lilianwillow rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2019 on Aug 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I love the jellyfish. Let It Snow is the only John Green book that I haven't read. I put it in my TBR pile every winter, but never get to it. I'm going to put it on the top of the pile this year.
Response: Heads up! You're gonna wanna read Let It Snow twice. There are several intertwined stories, and after you finish you're going to want to go back to see the connections you missed the first time around. That's one of the reasons it's fun to read every year.
Hoxiedove rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2019 on Aug 9, 2019
ericabella rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard! I just love how you jazzed it up.
Comment: Thanks for the clear postcard! I’m glad it was mailed without any problem! Let me guess, you like sewing? 😁
Response: I am SO EXCITED that I finally learned how to do zippers! I like to make lined zipper pouches to keep things sorted like my charger cords and my gel pens.
lizzmathwhiz rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcard made from the farfalle box. Very clever using the box's peekaboo hole for butterfly art. I am working on my second actuarial exam now, Thanks for asking ❀
Response: I never really thought about farfalle pasta much, so I was super excited when 1) it turned out to be butterflies, and 2) I actually had butterfly paper in my stash. Good luck with the exams! Keep on crack a lacking at them!
Comment: Love all the colors! Thank you!
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun "chunk" and your note. My mother kept birds. My younger daughter would knock at her door and stay outside until they were in their cages.
Response: It's funny how much free flying birds bother some people. I think it's delightful. Although I used to have nightmares about my birds getting loose out of the house. >shudder< Thank goodness that never happened! (And I hope that it never does!!)
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard!
chandlerguera rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2019 on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the pasta shell box with goldfish peeping through the window!
MeggyMoo rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - June 2019 on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Retirement is the best, isn't it? It gives you the time to do fun things like this! I enjoyed your card with its recipes for Jiffy Bake, not something we have here. I gather it is like a super version of plain flour? (ie with extra added goodies of some description!) A box to be contemplated - what to make next - while drinking coffee!!!! Thanks for being my swap partner!
Response: I think that Jiffy Bake is generic Bisquick - which is pancake/waffle/biscuit/etc mix. Just add water - no oil or eggs (usually - I only do biscuits so maybe it's different for pancakes or waffles). I like to get generics and store brand stuff whenever I can.
saturnsrings rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2019 on Jul 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the PC Betsy!
Comment: I love your post card stamp! very cool!
earthnk rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - May 2019 on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: What a fun chunk! Haven’t filled in the story yet but the possibilities are endless. Thanks!
Response: It's one of the better cereal box backs for sure!
MsBellaDonna rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2019 on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Great "chunk!" I love it!
bunny3ars rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2019 on Jun 4, 2019
Comment: I love that bioluminescent stamp too! So cool! Thank you
Response: I am totally rationing those stamps! I only got two or three sheets and now you can't get them from the post office any more and I'm kicking myself. I'm too cheap to pay more than face value on eBay to get more.
scrappermama rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2019 on Jun 3, 2019
Comment: Got it!! Omg... traveling with your bird!! I have 2 huge macaws!! I don't want to imagine!! Haha!! TY for the honey wheat chunk! Have a mah-velous summer!! β™‘β™‘β™‘
Response: Traveling with the bird is a whole big fuss with a medium size dog crate we got free on Craig's List. We actually have FOUR (all free), given how much parrots like to chew it makes sense to have backup crates. It's pleasantly surprising how many people are giving away free dog crates. It took a coupla months of pre-trip practice drives to get her used to being in the car, and then in the car in the crate. She did so much better than we feared she might! She was even great in the hotels (a huge FAIL in our practice sessions - overnight in the crate did NOT work at home).
dakotadee rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2019 on May 18, 2019
Comment: the way you decorated the card gives me more ideas...thanks :)
dakotadee rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2019 on May 18, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading your message. Loved that you used the cardboard from a card box and the stamping you did

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earthnk on Jan 7, 2019:

Thanks for hosting this fun swap. Just mailed mine off to recipients. So fun handing chunks of cardboard over to postal clerk and seeing them smile when they look them over before adding postage. Yay!

lou on Jun 11, 2018:

Happy 10 year anniversary month with SB!!

MissThundercat on Jun 9, 2016:

Glad to see you hosting again :) hope you got my little surprise package :) xoxo tarah

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 24, 2015:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Merry Christmas!

lettergirl on Apr 20, 2015:

Well, but, as long as you HAVE the Vandercook press..well, I mean, would you maybe TRY to make me some sort of trinket..I dunno, like maybe my own personalized...oh...moose head postcard? I especially enjoy ones featuring them enjoying a good Grape Tang, but I'm not picky. Thank you.

Candyn29 on Feb 5, 2015:


squince on Jan 4, 2015:

I have you as a partner for a swap and love how you call out bratty SB users! I also put a disclaimer on my profile due to snotty people I've 'gotten' to encounter on this site. The entitlement of some people is just disgusting!

In saying that, I Hope I find a card that you will like! :D

FiWebster on Jan 31, 2014:

Thanks so much for keepin' the Fountain Pen pal swaps going, Betsy, as well as the Typewriter swaps. I've done both of them, more than once, and I want to do more in the future, because I've met some great people through them! (P.S. Did you get my letter? =smile= No rush on the reply: I just wanted to make sure you got it.)

BlueberryLady on Dec 10, 2013:

Love Your "Chunk-o-Cardboard" Postcard Swaps that you Host. Its got me looking for unusual Chunks to use and I got one of my Friend to start using Cardboard like that too...I have even started to Decorate them according to the partners Profile... It Fun Fun Fun! Thanks for being a Great Host...

smadronia on Nov 21, 2013:

Thanks for your third quarter reading swap. I was flaked on, so it was nice to receive an angel of my own :)

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