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ChelleHames

ChelleHames
Date Joined: January 31, 2014
Last Online: April 20, 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!

FYI...

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: 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 (3/15/18) "Whaler" Favorite Track: As I Lay Me Down (track 4)
(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... :-/

Destinations!

I love to travel! Anywhere, anytime.

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.

Ratings

smadronia rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 6 on Apr 3, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you! Welcome to the swap
Response: Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!
rarjones rated for RSC - Birds/Birdhouse on Apr 1, 2018
5
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Comment: Love your card! The little birds are so cute. Thank you :)
Response: Glad you like it! Thanks for the 5 and ❤!
kaypendragon rated for SS: B&W PC on Mar 19, 2018
5
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Comment: Lovely postcard! No snow here right now - I hope we're done for the season!
Response: Glad you liked it. We've had some lovely 80° weather mixed in with all the rain. I'm hoping we're headed for an early spring. Thanks for the 5 and ❤!
rarjones rated for SS: White on White on Mar 16, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for a lovely embossed card.
Response: Glad you liked it! Thank you for the 5 and ❤!
katmiller rated for All About Me Pinterest Swap on Mar 15, 2018
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Comment: I loved your board! It was very you ;)
Response: I tried to describe me the most! I found a few more that I could have put from some of your boards! Thanks for hosting! And, thanks for the 5 and ❤!
paperlover rated for Luck O' The Irish on Mar 12, 2018
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Comment: Your ATC is fabulous! I really like it. We are going to eureka springs are and Branson mo St Patrick's day weekend. It's my husband's birthday. Hope you have fun!
Response: Glad you like it! I loved the image of the girl! She looked like she was dancing! Have fun in Eureka Springs and Branson! Both fun places to visit!!!
Minxy1964 rated for FS ~ Getting to Know Me PC ~ #4 on Mar 8, 2018
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Comment: Yay, another lip balm addict!! Xx
Response: Very much so! LOL! Thanks for the 5 and ❤!
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Comment: Thanks so much for the card! It actually arrived a while ago, but I realized I forgot to rate! So sorry! That sounds like a very interesting book!
Response: You are welcome! It was a good book! Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!
Lucine rated for SS: Christmas in February (INT) on Mar 6, 2018
5
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Comment: A very nice card! Thank you:) I host card swaps in the group Card sharks, if your interested;))
Response: Glad you like the Card! Thank you for the 5 and ❤! I'll have to check out Card Sharks, thanks for the tip!
ChrisAnne rated for FS ~ Getting to Know Me PC ~ #4 on Mar 6, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you! I'm not a big lip balm person, but my fave is also the Bistex Soft & Lush. I would love to see a pic of the beads in the vase.
Response: Oh, I can't go without it! I probably (definitely) need to drink more water. I will try to get a good picture of my vase of beads and post it to my Flickr. I dont even have room for this years beads, I need a bigger vase!
rarjones rated for SS: I See You! on Mar 1, 2018
5
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Comment: Love your card! Thank you for sending the extras - I will try to make a similar card from them:) I love using the clear windows:)
Response: So glad you like it! That's my new stamp and die set! I love it! And it worked so well with this acetate window technique! I really like using the acetate to create a window, so fun! I think I need sturdier acetate tho. Thank you for the 5 and the heart!!!
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Comment: thank you so much for the awesome samples and all the extras! i really love the jelly fish! ♥
Response: So glad you like them! I thought my mis-remembering was funny. Thank you so much for the 5 and the heart! And for hosting!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Crimpin' Along on Feb 16, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty red card and washi tape! The (stupid) PO tried to charge me extra postage, but then marked it OK, and the stamp did not get cancelled. Bonus!
Response: I was worried about the gems on it. But it was definitly not too thick with them. Glad you liked it and the PO didnt charge extra!!! AND, you get an uncancelled stamp!!! Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!
carol rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 5 on Feb 13, 2018
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Comment: I got your Book Club card! I hope you like the books from my profile--Here's another I love: Sherman Alexie's novel (based on parts of his own life) called The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. I used to read excerpts to my high school students to get them interested in reading a book for fun, and they always loved it! An easy read, too!
Response: I'll have to check that out! I might can use it for my reading challenge too!!! Thanks! Thanks for rating! Happy reading!!!
katmiller rated for SS: Dr. Seuss ATC on Feb 10, 2018
5
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Comment: I was so glad to finally get a swap from you! The hat was drawn perfect! I loved it thanks!! ❤️
Response: YaY! Glad you like it! I spent a lot of time getting it just right. I wanted to have The Cat in the Hat's eyes peeping in, but I made the hat too big! LOL! I love how it turned out! Glad that you do too! Thanks for the 5 and heart!!!
JocysMom rated for SS: Christmas in January - USA on Feb 9, 2018
5
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Comment: As always a GORGEOUS card! Thank you so much!
Response: Glad you liked it! I thought it was pretty! Thanks for the 5 and ❤!!!
JocysMom rated for SS: Aerogrammes (USA Only) on Feb 9, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for my fabulous swap!!
Response: Two letters almost back to back! How cool is that! Won't happen again! LOL! Thanks for the 5 and the heart!
Lucine rated for SS: Aerogrammes (INT) on Feb 8, 2018
5
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Comment: Hope you had a wonderful time with your best friend and wishing you success with your beads project:)
Response: Thank You! We had a blast! Got a ton of beads to help it along! Thanks for the 5 and ❤I
knitterofhats rated for FS: 3 New Notecards w/ Envies on Feb 5, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks! I do love the bike one!
Response: That one is a favorite of mine!!! Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!
JocysMom rated for SS: Wonderful Wyoming ATC on Feb 3, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the FABULOUS Wyoming ATC. <3
Response: Glad you like it! Thanks for the 5 and ❤!!!!

Rating Overview

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Comments

ChelleHames on Feb 25, 2018:

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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!

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