Swap-bot Time: October 18, 2018 12:49 am


Date Joined: January 31, 2014
Last Online: October 15, 2018
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, 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!


July 14, 2018 I am on vacation until the end of the month. I have one swap that is due on July 28th, but it will be posted on Monday. I'll rate any swaps I receive when I get home!

My niece, @BugLeigh has moved in with me. However we will not have the same address. In early November of 2017, and more recently, we both messaged admin about this, but have had no reply. Since admin is MIA in regards to this and the system won't let her change her address, we had to rent a PO box for her.

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.

Headed to ALASKA in July 2018!!! Surprise cruise this summer. Can Not Wait!

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.


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!!!
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!!!
thequilterslink rated for SS: Blind PC w/ a Quote on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks
Response: Thank you for the 5 and the ❤!
AnitaHames rated for SS: All the little creatures:) on Jun 1, 2018
Comment: Another awesome card...of course! I don't have that bee, but I have another one, so I could recreate this card! I can come help you organize your craft room if you want.
Response: I found that one on Splitcoast Stampers. They have a gallery you can search by stamp set and see what people have created with the set... Glad you liked it! I liked how it turned out! I may need you to help with the craft room. Its daunting! I do a little here and a little there, as does Jocelyn, but it's a MESS!!! Maybe between the 3 of us we can get it done in a day or two! LOL!
Mimi7 rated for SS - I Spy a Kitty Kat on May 25, 2018
Comment: Hi Michelle, I loved the decorated envelope!! Thanks for a great swap, I love everything you sent and those stinkin cute cat stickers of the cats wearing glasses, too cute!!
Response: I'm glad you liked it all! The cats in glasses are adorable!!! Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!!!
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved reading about your songs ❤️
Response: Glad you liked it! Maybe you found a new song? Thanks for the 5 and heart!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Green on Green on May 15, 2018
Comment: That is really a beautiful card! I can never come up with design ideas like that either.
Response: Glad you like it! It got to you quickly!!! Thanks for the 5 and the heart!
delonewolf rated for SS - National Postcard Week on May 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the coffee post card and nice note!
Response: Thank you for the 5 and the ❤!
mandigutterrose rated for SS Mother's Day Greetings on May 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for joining. I appreciate your kind wishes and the washi.
Response: Thank you for hosting!!! And thanks so much for the 5 and ❤!!!
texdel rated for RSC - Pink! on May 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the card. I archived it with out rating. OOps!!
Response: I'm always so afraid of doing that! Thanks for the 5 and ❤!
carol rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 7 on May 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the recommendation! I love cozy mysteries too!
Response: You are welcome. Just recently started reading cozy mysteries. They are quite fun!!! Thanks for the 5 and ❤!
Comment: Thanks so much, love them!
Response: Glad you like them! Thanks for joining! And thank you so much for the 5 and ❤!

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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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