Swap-bot Time: April 30, 2017 5:59 am


Date Joined: January 31, 2014
Last Online: April 30, 2017
Birthday: October 13
Country: United States
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Things I love...

  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 or smash books. Just really don't know anything about them...
  2. Some flavors: banana, pumpkin, seafood (still craving shrimp, and now some fish, seriously, whats up with that?), fish, 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!


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!

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, 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: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

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 (undefinably 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)!!!

CD in my car now (01/25/17) Muse "The Second Law" Favorite Track: Madness (track 2)(10/28/16) The Killers "Battle Born" Favorite Track: Flesh and Bone (track 1) (1/3/16) Adele "25" Favorite Track: Hello (track 1) and Send my Love (To Your New Lover) (track 2) (LOVE Adele!) (5/25/15) Blue October "Foiled" Favorite Track: Hate Me (track 5)(3/3/15) Muse "the 2nd Law" Favorite Track: Madness (track 2) (11/10/14) A Perfect Circle's "Three Sixty. Favorite tracks: Judith (track 2) Counting Bodies Like Sheep (track 11) Passive (track 12) By and Down (track 13) (11/2/14): The Killers "Hot Fuss". Favorite track: All These Things That I've Done (track 5) (4/15/14): Lacuna Coil "Karmacode". Favorite track: Our Truth (track 3) (3/16/14): Thirty Seconds to Mars "This is War". Favorite track: Hurricane (Track 6)(2/20/14): Jonsi "Go". Favorite track: Tie between Go Do (Track 1) & Henge Las (Track 9) (His music, solo and with Sigur Ros, gives me the chills! You should check him out!)

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!

I 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.

Iceland July 2017 Baby!!! Trip is booked!!! I'm excited and nervous all at once!!!


rarjones rated for SS- Cloudy with a chance of Spring! on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: Love your cloud card. And nicely decorated envie too:) Thanks for swapping with me.
Response: Glad you liked it! I enjoy your creative swaps!!! Thank you for hosting! And, thank you for the 5 and the ♡!
Comment: What a beautiful letter set--wonder who I'll write to on it? :)
Response: Hmmmm... who could that be?!?! Glad you liked it! Thanks for the 5 and the ♡! And thanks for joinung!
PaperPassion rated for RSC: Handmade card on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Beautiful card thanks so much
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the 5 and the ♡!
Comment: thanks!
Response: Thank you for the 5 and the ♡!
rarjones rated for SS- Tic Toc...time change again on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: oh my your card is beautiful! I love how you embossed and then cut it up and matted into smaller sections. Thanks for the beautiful embossed butterflies too:) I am glad you joined in the swap with me.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I saw that technique on a card on Pinterest and liked it! I loved how it turned out! Thank you for hosting, I really enjoy your swaps! And, thank you for the 5 and the ♡!!!
PaperPassion rated for RSC - Feathered Friends on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Beautiful card thanks so much.
Response: Glad you like it! Thank you for the 5 and the heart!
Comment: Than you for the little extra card :) Have a great time on your vacation ... Iceland is on top pf my travel list to ...... Enjoy it!!!!!
Response: You got that FAST! You're very welcome for the extra postcard! Thank you for the 5 and the heart! I'm super excited about Iceland! It's going to be an amazing trip! I do love to travel!!!
djcamp04 rated for Butterfly color series #3 YELLOW on Mar 31, 2017
Comment: Love the yellow butterfly ATC! Very well done. It's fun to break away from your "go-to" or "favorite" color occasionally! Thanks for joining!
Response: Glad you like it! It does help me stretch my creative wings! Thanks for hosting! And thanks for the 5 and ♡!
ninarae4381 rated for Fill ~ Inns on Mar 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing! :D
Response: Glad you received! Thank you for the 5 and ♡!
pearlswithplaid rated for SS: Peace Out ATC on Mar 26, 2017
Comment: I love this! and the beads. I'm definitely going to use them in another project. Great swap. Thank you
Response: Glad you liked it! I loved those beads. They were just what I was wanting to finish the project! Glad you can use the extras! Thank you for the great 5 and heart!
Comment: Thank you for all of the lovely tapes--you know I love green!
Response: I knew you'd like those green ones!!! Thanks for the awesome 5 and heart!!!
Comment: Love the Ephesus postcard! Did you enjoy The Death of Bees?
Response: Glad you like the pc! I did enjoy the book! It's told from different characters perspectives, and I usually don't like books like that, but this one was well done. Thank you for the 5 and the ♡!!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely floral envelopes!! Nice mailing envie too. :)
Response: Glad you liked them! And the mailing envie! I love that red roses paper! And the sparkly gold rose deco tape is beautiful! Thank you for the 5 and the heart! And, thank you for joining my swap!!!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelopes. I love the lick and stick closure and red roses are my favorite!!
Response: That red rose paper has always been one of my favorites! I'm go glad to hear you like the lick and stick. I always worry people won't like it! Thank you for much for the wonderful 5 and heart!!! And, thank you for joining my swap!!!
djcamp04 rated for SS: A Metallic Christmas (USA) on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Absolutely beautiful! I agree with you on the stripped vellum and your sparkly red ribbon looks good on them. Thanks so much for not one great card....but TWO!
Response: Glad you liked them! Thank you so much for the kind words and the awesome 5 and heart!!!
Comment: Gorgeous ATC! I love everything about it! The background is so pretty & it makes the butterfly stand out so well. Thanks for joining the swap & all the cool extras you added.
Response: So glad you like it! The background is from a master board I created with Stampin'Up's French Foliage stamp set, French book pages, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I used my last bit for this swap. I need to make another, as it has been a very good master board! Thank you so much for your kind words, for hosting swaps, and go the 5 & ♡! Now, I'm ready for the next one! ;)
PaperPassion rated for Butterfly color series #1 RED on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Sorry this is late.Beautiful red butterfly.Thanks so much.
Response: So glad you got it, and liked it! Thank you for the 5 and the ♡!!!
spicemom rated for Note Cards on Mar 7, 2017
Comment: Hi Michelle Thank you for the cute notecards Spicemom
Response: Glad you like them! Thank you for the 5 and ♡!
JocysMom rated for SS: When's Spring?!?! (USA) on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful washi. For some reason I knew you'd have a great selection! ;)
Response: Hmmm... How could you have known??? LOL! Thanks for the 5 and the ♡!
Sertine rated for NH: You Should Read This! PC swap on Mar 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! I'll definitely look up the Thirteenth Tale :)
Response: Wonderful! Thank you for the 5 and the ♡!

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pkpeace on Apr 15, 2017:

djcamp04 on Apr 14, 2017:

Color series will end with the green. 😩

Bananers on Mar 11, 2017:

Your handmade stationery is beautiful!!

djcamp04 on Feb 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for the amazing assortment of die cuts & punches from SS group tag. Love them!!

Vickimac on Feb 12, 2017:

Girl! I was celebrating like a fool when the patriots won!! We were out of town and we were in a motel room and cheering so loudly that I thought they were going to kick us out! Thanks for thinking of me :)

bjmonroe on Feb 12, 2017:

ArtyBeth3 on Jan 26, 2017:

Thank you for the AWESOME washi tape samples you sent me for the Swapping Shenanigans group tag! :)

swap4fun on Jan 7, 2017:

CPG Snowman Profile Bling - Global

Hope you have a wonderful day! :-) Sophie (Swap4fun)

OrigamiGrace on Jan 2, 2017:

Angeling for the CPG Snowman Profile Bling - Global Swap (due out 12/31/16)



pkpeace on Dec 30, 2016:

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