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Date Joined: January 31, 2014
Last Online: December 16, 2018
Birthday: October 13
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Hi Friends!
As some of you know, one of the founders of Swapping Shenanigans, Shelle aka @JocysMom has been displaced by the Camp Fire wildfire that basically destroyed Paradise, CA on Nov 8 of this year. Several of you have already reached out to me asking what you can do to help. I do know she and her family would appreciate any positive vibes, thoughts, and prayers sent their way. If you would like to send a card of encouragement, she would welcome that as well. Their kids, Kiley (age 10) and Katherine (age 7), would love cards as well!

Rick and Shelle Scott
Kiley and Katherine Scott
P.O. Box 375
Oroville, CA 95965

If you have any questions, feel free to message me. I'll answer anything I can. Please, don't feel as if you need to send anything other than a card with well wishes. At this point, they don't know what they will need. When they do have a better idea, I might do a "crafting supplies drive" for Shelle. I figure she will have to at least replace her paper supplies. We don't know for sure how much of the house has been damaged, nor what part of the house. I will keep you all posted, but it may be quite a while before we really know anything! This is all very overwhelming!!!

  1. I LOVE THE COLOR ORANGE! All shades... I love other colors too, especially bright and jewel tone colors, but ORANGE is the best!
  2. I love to travel.
  3. I love to read.
  4. I love music, television, and movies.
  5. I love to make art. Currently, I do more paper ART (greeting cards) than anything else. But I also cross stitch, paint ceramics, draw, make bookmarks out of many different medias, zentangle, paper collage (with embellishments sometimes)...
  6. Birds, especially artsy/funky/whimsical birds in bright colors
  7. Stickers, of all kinds!
  8. Printed papers -- full size AND scraps (big enough to use on an ATC) welcome
  9. Fridge magnets from across the US and around the world
  10. Tea! A very spicy Chai is my favorite, but I drink most teas! I have found that I do not like flowery teas like jasmine. They smell good, but I don't like the taste. :( I think my taste buds are changing...)
  11. Star Trek
  12. Doctor Who
  13. Sherlock (BBC) and Elementary
  14. Firefly
  15. Minions (from Despicable Me)
  16. Chocolate!
  17. Embellishments: bling!, clips, brads, ribbon, bakers twine... -- full size AND scraps welcome
  18. Cutouts, punched shapes, etc...
  19. Steampunk
  20. Butterflies
  21. Vintage
  22. Sparkle and Shine! I love glitter! The more the better, I say! I absoutely don't mind if you use glitter and sparkly things on the art you send me!!! And I won't rate you lower for loose glitter! ;)
  23. Baby animals especially, but big animals as well
  24. Washi tape and other decorative tapes
  25. favorite fragrances: anything fruity, clove
  26. Postcards... I like touristy, vintage, funny, handmade, anything really! (I think) I prefer them naked with a note from my partner. But, if the swap calls for sending them in an envie, that's good too!
  27. Angels!!! Thank you to @AnitaHames for angeling the SS: Christmas washi in a note card USA only! Love the Washi and the Washi note card!!! Thank you @flowerchild for angeling Winter & Christmas Washi Fast Swap! Love the beautiful washi you sent!!! Thank you @OrigamiGrace for angeling CPG Oct '16 Senders Choice PCs - US Only! Now I want to go to Australia! @OrigamiGrace for angeling CPG Snowman Profile Bling - Global. Why would you flake on an electronic swap?!?!?!
  28. Sweet swappers with giving hearts! @pkpeace who sent me a wonderful birthday surprise (2016). @Sandara333 who, just out of the blue, sent me the most awesome box of goodies for Christmas (2016)!

I give hearts for those that go above and beyond on the swap, not on the extras sent. I do not expect extras in swaps. But everyone loves a little surprise, right!?!?! If you want to make my day, check out my "loves" list. Whatever you send me, if it's listed here or not, I will appreciate it and will try to use it in my art or elsewhere in my life. If I can't, I'll pass it along to someone that I think may like it!

Things I don't love...

Not much...

  1. I don't do friendship books, deco books, or smash books. Just really don't know anything about them...
  2. Some flavors: banana, pumpkin, flowery teas.
  3. Cigarette/Cigar smelling things. I don't mind if you smoke, it's your life and your choice, but try your best to not sent me smokey art. Thanks! :)
  4. Real spiders give me nightmares, especially tarantulas! Eeeeek! I don't mind pictures of them tho...
  5. Non-raters and people that don't respond to messages.
  6. Flakers!


My niece, @BugLeigh is now my roommate, as of November 2017. Initially, we did not have the same address, but recently admin answered our messages and now we do have the same address. She is an established swapper and we do completely different swaps. Just wanted to be transparent about our address and swapping!

I purchased a postal scale so I can send my mail without having to go into the post office. If you receive a package from me that does not have enough postage, PLEASE let me know. It was not intentional and I will reimburse you!

If you do not receive a swap from me, PLEASE let me know. I will resend. You can message me through swap-bot or my personal e-mail chellehames3@yahoo.com. I've already been flaked on (one of my first swaps! :'( BOO!) and I did not enjoy the feeling. I will not do that to someone else. I spend a lot of time on and put a lot of thought into my art and want to share it and get all the accolades from my partners! :) I won't flake! I won't be late unless it cannot be avoided (death, dismemberment, that kind of thing), and I will notify you if that type of thing happens.

I also find it sad that anyone would have to place info like this on their profile... :(

About Me

I'm a 40 something kid-at-heart. I'm happily single and have no children.

My sister @AnitaHames got me started here. She's been swapping for a while and finally talked me into joining. I'm enjoying it so much! My oldest sister @JocysMom is swapping now as well! Her daughter, @BugLeigh has also begun swapping! We are a crafty/artistic group!!!

I'm a Registered Nurse working in a Neonatal ICU. I love my job! It's so rewarding watching these tiny babies grow and get healthy and strong!

I work 12 1/2 hour shifts 3 days (in a row) a week. And I work at least 2 extra shifts a month (I have a very expensive hobby and travel habit)! I have an "8 days in a row" off stretch, which is when I usually work my overtime shifts. The rest of my work days are crammed into the rest of the month. Whew, this is a very exhausting schedule, but I LOVE my job and the time it gives me to live my life. I'm putting this here so you can see that if I'm working, I may not get back to you the day I read a message. And, when I'm working, I can't create (I need my sleep). So, if you need to get in touch with me, be patient, I will get back to you ASAP. And, if you need me to resend, be patient, I will resend. I may have to wait until I'm off work to recreate your swap.

I volunteer for the March of Dimes Arkansas Chapter. I make footprint cards for the babies in the NICU @ my hospital (holiday themed & baby themed embellishments and papers welcomed! I usually make 60 cards at a time tho...). I also help with Prematurity awareness month (November), and other fundraisers, and functions held at my hospital for mom's and families of newborns and premies.

5/23/16 -- 400 Swaps completed!!! Woot! Woot!!
7/16/16 -- 500 "5's"!!! WaHooo!!!
12/9/16 -- 500 Swaps sent!!! Sweet!

Favorite ART!

I am a paper artist! Mostly I make greeting cards. I also make book marks, ATCs, Inchies, Artist tiles of all sizes, envies, mail art, and scrapbook. I draw a bit; zentagles and doodles mostly. In high school and college I drew a lot.

I also dabble in ceramic painting, ornament making, cross stitching...

I love printed papers, stickers, cutouts, embellishments, and anything ORANGE!

I have a small Cricut and a Big Shot. I have a lot of Stampin' Up products. And, thankfully, I'm lucky enough to have a craft room! It should be a guest room, but... Priorities!

I learned how to "arm knit" and made a lovely, tho messy, infinity scarf! Now I want to learn how to knit for real!

Favorite Books

"Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose." Neil Gaiman

I love to READ!!! I've always loved to read! Yes, I was a book nerd in High School, and proud of it! I always bring a book along, just in case. It stresses me out if I forget one...

A few of my favorite books (and series): Harry Potter series, In Death series by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz, Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovitch, Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fford, The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Gahl, The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume...

I'm in a book club. We meet monthly and typically read a book a month. Current Book Club Book: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Some of my favorite books we've read in book club: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Martian by Andy Weir.

That said, I'll read just about anything! I prefer fiction. Sci Fi, Horror, Mystery, Young Adult, funny! My "guilty pleasure" is a good historical romance novel set in Regency England (a little earlier/a little later as well). I really don't feel guilty about that tho! ;)

Favorite Music

I listen to a lot of different types of music from Classical to Metal. My all time favorite band is the Eagles. But I also love Muse, Jewel, Blake Shelton, Volbeat, Adele, Hurts, Mumford and Sons, Apocalyptica (cello's on steroids!), Katatonia, Within Temptation, Device, A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Jonsi and Sigur Ros (indefinably beautiful music!), Sonata Arctica (melodic metal, beautiful!) Thousand Foot Krutch, Tool, Disturbed, Journey, CCR, Eric Clapton... I could go on and on...

Mostly I listen to Hard Rock, Rock and 80's music (what can I say, I'm a child of the 80's)... I also like a little Country and Heavy Metal \m/ (even Death Metal)!!!

Favorite Television and Movies

Favorite Television I'm a bit of a SciFi nerd and British TV nerd. My favorite television series': Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek (all series, but my favorite is The Next Generation), Firefly, Warehouse 13, Criminal Minds, Psych, The Graham Norton Show, NCIS, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Haven, Grimm, Person of Interest, Face Off, Falling Skies, So You Think You Can Dance, Wipeout, Top Chef, Project Runway, Ripper Street, Copper... I watch a bit too much TV...

Favorite Movies I love going to the movie theater to see a movie! The big screen, the sound, the popcorn... It's the whole experience. I lean towards Sci Fi, action, and comedy; but I do enjoy a good drama, suspense, and the occasional romance as well. Don't really watch horror movies, they give me nightmares! Eeeeeek! It makes me sad that movies are so expensive these days. I don't get to go as often as I would like because it costs too much... :-/


I love to travel! Anywhere, anytime.

Summer 2018 was a trip to northern CA and an ALASKAN CRUISE! Alaska was beautiful! I really want to spend more time there! Spent 2 weeks in Iceland in 2017. We had wonderful weather, which was a good thing since everything we did was outdoor related! Even though the country is small, we still didn't have time to do everything we wanted! We gave it our best shot!!! We do need to go back in the winter for the Aurora Borealis. ICELAND was AMAZING!!! Getting home, on the other hand, not so much. After delayed flights, some misplaced luggage, flat out lies from Air Canada employees, a cancelled flight, sleeping in a freezing airport, more misplaced luggage, and 41 hours of travel time, we finally made it home.

Spent 3 weeks touring England, Scotland, and Ireland through a College English course. We hit all the great "Literary" sites: Shakespeare's birthplace, Potter Farm, Thoor Ballylee, the Lake Isle of Innisfree, the Lake District, Warwick Castle, Coole Park, Glamis Castle... And many other places. It was an amazing trip and I fell in love with the UK and Ireland! My sister went on the trip as well. And in June of 2015, my sister, her husband, and I went back to England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland! We did some of the same stuff as before, but a lot of new stuff as well: Loch Ness, The Doctor Who Experience, The Isle of Skye, Skellig Michael (super cute PUFFINS!)... It was amazing!!!

I have also cruised Italy and Greece (with my sister). Another amazing trip! Venice is beautiful! Rome is exciting! Athens is so vibrant! Santorini and Mykinos were absolutely tranquil! And the food! Oh my!!! During this cruise we also made a stop in Turkey (the bazaar!!!) and Croatia.

I'm working my way through the USA as well. New York and Washington DC, Hawaii (O'ahu), the Grand Canyon (Arizona), the Painted Desert and the Petrified National Forest (New Mexico and Arizona), the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and The Stanley Hotel, Denver, Boulder and The Celestial Seasonings factory (Colorado), Yellowstone (Montana and Wyoming), Devil's Tower (Wyoming), Devil's Den, Custer State Park and Needles Highway, Badlands (South Dakota), Kalamazoo, MI, San Diego and Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Norfolk and Virginia City Beach, VA, and the Florida Gulf Coast.


AnitaHames rated for SS- Dreaming Of A WHITE Christmas on Dec 16, 2018
Comment: Beautiful card! I love the sparkles! Thanks!
Response: I knew you would love the sparkles!!! Thanks for the 5 and awesome ❤!!!
123Poggy123 rated for RSC: Rounded Squares on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: This card is stunning. I know just who to send it to. Thank you for such a beautiful card.
Response: Thank you so much! I saw a similar card that was all white. I think the gold accents made it so much prettier!!! Thank you for the awesome rating with a 5 and a ❤!
bb2 rated for RSC - Sender's Choice on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and extra note cards. I love it. Happy December swapping.
Response: So glad it arrived! Thank you so much for the lovely rating and kind words!
Kalalinga rated for SS- Look For Circles Day on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous well crafted circles card. I love it!! Thanks also for the washi tape from England. I love England too and wish I could go there so badly!
Response: Glad you liked it! England is amazing! Thanks for the 5 and heart!!!
Comment: Thank you for the great cards. Especially the Elvis card. I would love to go back to Memphis and Graceland again.
Response: Glad you liked them! I do love Memphis and Graceland as well! I just watched the new Hallmark movie "Christmas at Graceland" and it makes me want to go see Graceland all decked out for Christmas! Thanks for the five and the heart!!!
Comment: It sounds like you had a lovely trip to Venice. I want to go!
Response: I did! It is an awesome city! Thank you for the 5 and the heart!!!
susieq40 rated for SS: Sender's Choice Handmade Card on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: As usual great job done..I liked that paper too. Happy Fall
Response: Glad you liked it! Thank you for the kind words, 5, and ❤!!!
JocysMom rated for SS: All Things Sugar Skulls on Nov 3, 2018
Comment: I LOVE getting ATCs from you! This is absolutely over the top! Thank you SO much!
Response: YaY! I'm so glad you like it!! I do like how it turned out! Ended up much better than my original idea! Thanks for the 5 and the heart!!!
Comment: Thank you for the interesting postcard and note.
Response: Glad you liked it! Thank you for the 5 and ❤!
djcamp04 rated for SS- Autumn Card on Oct 18, 2018
Comment: WOW!! Your cards always put a smile on my face! I love your card making skills and I envy your creativity!! You do beautiful work Michelle, thank you for the lovely card. I will be sending this one to my 93 yr old Aunt. She will enjoy it. ❤️
Response: You are so sweet! I find a lot of inspiration on the internet! I do hope your aunt enjoys the card! Thank you for your kind words, 5, and heart!!!
PeliKat rated for SS: Musical Chairs ATC on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: Michelle, thank you so much for the fabulous music ATC! I love the dimension that you added by raising the dancer and the bugle player over the surface, and the background and embellishments were the perfect accents to the theme! Much appreciation to you for such a great creation! Also thank you for the washi samples and the beautiful notecard! Great swap!!!
Response: Thank you so much for such l0ovely words, 5, and heart! I'm glad you like the ATC! I enjoyed making it!
AnitaHames rated for SS ~ Send It Quick PC Oct 2018 on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: What a cute kitty postcard! You're just trying to make me break down and get one, aren't you!
Response: Nope! You will be able to love on my kitty, IF I get chosen to adopt her!!! Thanks for the 5 and ❤!!!
Kalalinga rated for SS: Belly Bands on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the very lovely belly band card. The papers are pretty and well matched + I love the design on the belly band. The extra papers are a nice plus.
Response: Thank you for the kind words and the 5 and ❤! I enjoyed choosing the papers and making the card! I wanted to make the belly band the star of the show! Glad you liked the extra papers as well!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Let's Go Fly a Kite on Aug 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card! What is the kite stamp/die-cut you used?
Response: The kite and clouds came from 2 different Stampin-Up sets. I just cut them out by hand. Glad you liked it! Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!
bb2 rated for SS: Yankee DOODLE Dandee on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute snail mail note card. Nice job! I think I'll save it to use when I've been slow to write a letter I owe.
Response: I'm glad you like it! I thought he turned out cute! Thanks for the 5 and heart!
Comment: You've inspired me, Michelle! These are little works of art; I love them! Thank you so much.
Response: Glad you like them!!! I'm a card maker at heart, so just made little narrow cards! Thanks for hosting such an awesome "blast from the past"!!! And thanks for the 5 and the ❤!!!
Bananers rated for SS: Handmade Envelopes USA on Jul 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envies!
Response: Glad you like them! Thank you for the 5 and the heart!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Themed Notecard Letter USA on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card! I had a feeling we'd have a similar dream vacation!
Response: Great minds and all that!!! Thanks for the lovely comment and the 5 and heart!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS- Follow the Sketch! on Jun 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card! I like the sentiment (a warm hello) all small in the corner. Cute!
Response: I thought that sentiment fit in well with the "summery yellow" theme! Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Spell It Out PC #4 USA on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: What a cute little pika on the postcard! Thanks for joining my swap!
Response: I didn't write small enough to put as many words as you did! LOL! Jocelyn called me out on it! I thought you'd like that card! It is a cute little pika! Thanks for the 5 and the heart!!!

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CurlyTea on Oct 22, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

Heirloom on Aug 30, 2018:

If you have a fall birthday (Sept-Nov) and would welcome profile greetings from fellow UHM members on your special day, be sure to post your birth date (month & date only) in the UHM group forum!

Sandara333 on May 21, 2018:

I hope you're having a great day...

great day

ChelleHames on Feb 25, 2018:

Markdown Cheatsheet

Vickyen on Feb 24, 2018:

HI! Agree about growing a thicker skin - sometimes folks just get their feelings hurt so easily over silly stuff! If she also did not care for the book, why did she think others would or should! We humans are way too sensitive at times!! LOL! Thanks for making me feel better and Happy Reading! :)

Mimi7 on Feb 15, 2018:

Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!!

pkpeace on Feb 14, 2018:

tcornell on Jan 6, 2018:

Thank you so much for the sparkly twinkly Christmas card! I hope your holidays were lovely!

pkpeace on Dec 31, 2017:

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