Swap-bot Time: October 29, 2020 3:54 am


Date Joined: April 28, 2019
Last Online: October 28, 2020
Birthday: August 31
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello Swappers!

                      Update Oct. 17, 2020

At last, my husband and I arrived in New Jersey one week ago. I almost have the entire house set up. Just waiting on a new craft desk to arrive, and then I hope to be back to crafting and swapping again.

Thus, I have updated my address to NJ on the swapbot profile page and will work on updating my address in my groups.

Also, for the foreseeable future, I am only participating in US swaps. Covid has been interfering with long delays for overseas mail. At least this has been my experience.

I am otherwise enjoying Swapbot. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging. It's a great community of inspiration!

My Flickr account has photos of my craft projects. You can find me by typing in Elenamarie123.

                      My Pledge to You

I pledge to do my best to complete each swap on time, package swaps securely, and pay correct postage.

I pledge to communicate with my partners before rating if a swap is late/lost, damaged, or has incorrect postage.

I pledge to give swap partners the benefit of the doubt, as well as the opportunity to make things right.

I pledge to rate swaps once received.

I humbly ask that my partners will extend the same courtesies to me. Thus far, this has been the case. Thank you kindly.

                      My Heart

I love to be creative, to inspire others, and to be inspired. I always do my best no matter the creative project. My desire is to spread joy through creativity and thoughtfulness. I hope my heart shows through in my swaps.

                      About Me


Unfortunately, due to Lyme disease, I am allergic to many things: dust, cats, dogs, perfume, candles, cleaning products, smoke, almost all chemicals.

My Everyday Joys:

I enjoy reading, writing, making paper crafts, walking, drinking herbal tea, and watching British and Hallmark television shows. I am a huge PBS and When Calls the Heart fan. My all-time favorite show is Gilmore Girls.

Fun Facts:

I often teach part-time college writing courses and/or tutor, which works out well for me. I am married. I have no kids of my own, but adore my nephew and godson.

Favorite Colors:

I love all shades of blue and green. l also enjoy rosy pinks, and warm golden yellows. I don't care much for purple; it is my least favorite color next to black. Not a fan of glitter. I love gold. Copper and Brass can be lovely. Don't care much for silver.

Fall is my favorite season and I adore fall colors as well as fall foliage and Kansas Sunflowers.

Green and gold are a great combo in my book, especially when it comes to my favorite football team the Green Bay Packers.

Tea and Treats:

I enjoy all teas, especially herbal teas. I'm always wanting to try new healthy/flavorful teas.

My favorite fruits are cherries and strawberries. I like white chocolate and vanilla flavors over milk chocolate. My tummy doesn't do as well with milk chocolates. I love raspberry vanilla cake and strawberry shortcake with homemade whip cream! Yum!

              Other Interests/Animals/Flowers,Etc.


love inspirational quotes, poetry, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Bible scriptures.


butterflies, birds (esp. blue birds), geese, sheep, baby ducks, woodland critters. I love vintage Whinnie the Pooh art and sayings.


My favorite trees are maple trees and my favorite flowers are wildflowers, begonias, sunflowers, roses, blue flowers. I love botanical themes.


all different kinds of paper; sheet music paper, book paper, tea-dyed paper, magazine paper, art photos, scrapbook photo, cotton fabrics, lace, ribbon etc.


Vintage (shabby chic), French Style like Amity Bloom (YouTube), Botanical, Homespun Farmhouse, Quilted, Crocheted, Sewn, Regency/Geoorgian Era, Tea Time, Seasons and Holidays. Fall/Harvest is my favorite.

Favorite Magazines:

Magnolia Journal, MaryJane"s Farm, Stampington/Sommerset, and Daphne's Diary.

Favorite Books:

Pride and Prejudice, Little Women book, The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, Chronicles of Narnia, One Thousand Gifts The Best Yes, and most Paper Craft

I could go on and on about all the things I enjoy in life. Mostly, it's the small things...a warm cup of tea, a sunset, a walk in the park, a soul talk with a friend. I'm an old soul who enjoys a quiet and meaningful life.

                      Please Don't Send

I have many more likes than dislikes but I thought to list a few dislikes so you don't waste time, money, etc.


tiny paper/sticker pieces like the size of a fingernail, unicorn things, norwals, big foot creatures things, rainbow things, florescent, tye-dye and neon/bright colored things, cats, sloths and creepy things like goblins, zombies, nor dream catchers, comic book/super hero things, bugs, snakes, spiders, clowns, guns, camo pattern things, and Hawaian, or Asian comic art or characters. I don't mean to offend. These are just not my style.


Please no glitter, or any kind of texturing that is not smooth. I like to use smooth paper/ephemera. Modge podge matt and gloss finish are fine. Just nothing that leaves residue or scratches/tears at other paper. Ribbon, lace, and twine are great. It's the sharp surface texture stuff that is problematic.

                       A Few Thoughts

Thanks for caring about my preferences and reading through my profile. I'm truly grateful for the time you take with your swaps. I know I appreciate it when profiles are detailed. I aim to please.

Once again, should you ever dislike the mail I send, or it arrives damaged, or perhaps gets lost and you don't receive it, or perhaps the postage was short, please let me know and I will do my best to replace/resend as soon as possible.

Here's to making hearts happy with happy mail!

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to share my creativity and connect with creative souls. You all are a blessing!



user2148 rated for Antiques with Alice Powell on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: My dear Maria - what a darling place you set for your distinguished company. I am sure they were impressed with your cooking as I always am (and were able to overlook any tarnish). Thank you for your sweet note and picture. Much appreciated! ~ L
Response: Thank you for these sweet words. You are always so kind.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC. Love all the pictures. The farthest I have every be is Sullivan MO. Went to the to the Meramec Caverns love it. Been down the Mississippi river a couple times.
Response: You are very welcome! Glad you liked your PC.
grammypammy rated for ABCUSA ~ Postcard Letter A on Aug 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the pretty fairy postcard and for the "A" nouns.
Response: You are most welcome Pam! Happy birthday month to you!
Comment: pretty card
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Wow! You hit a home run! I love the Austen cards, and all of the extra goodies. You rock! Thanks a bunch.
Response: Your response makes me smile. You are very welcome!
Comment: Elena! Thank you so much for the amazing swap. I always get so excited when I know that you are going to be my partner. You always send the best swaps. I especially love the little women cards and all the handmade things you made. The tags are amazing, the Chicken stickers, you just know me so well. Love your long letter so excited for you to move to New Jersey. Now you and Gabi both will be in the same state I’m so jealous LOL and really excited also that you’re in the same place so I can visit you both someday. Yes I’m excited for the Kentucky Derby but it’s so weird for it to be in September. I long for the world to go back to the way it was. I hope you and your family are well. Talk soon thanks again♥️ Jill
Response: Ah thanks for this fun note Jill! Made my day to read it. You are so welcome. I get excited when I receive swaps from you too! It's such a blessing to have wonderful swap friends. Gabi and I look forward to your future visit!
Comment: Thank you so much for the GORGEOUS Halloween themed butterfly skinny! I love the additional butterfly jar that you sent with the wonderful Halloween stamped extras! 1,000 hearts to you! :D
Response: Oh yay! So happy to hear you love my special creation for you and the extras!
Comment: Hi Elena, Got your red,white,and blue ATC today along with all the goodies,What am artistic ATC ! I so loved it...Thank you very much for that and the goodies also.Enjoy your summer...
Response: Yay! Glad you love it!! You are welcome! I love to share.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for 5HS: HAPPY MAIL PROJECT!! on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Love your sweet caring heart!! xx
Response: Ahhh. You are so sweet Gabi! Thank you!
stkirsch rated for CPG Xmas in July Card - US only on Jul 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the custom made card. The sheets were great.
Response: Awesome! So glad you appreciated the graphic 45 design paper. I love to share. Thanks for the rating!
craftykathy1 rated for MMPC: Upcycled Collage ATC on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating. I thought I had done this already. Thank you for the ATC and the little extras. Stay well.
Response: You are welcome. No worries. Thanks for the heart too.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for 5HS: Weird JUNE Holidays! on Jul 17, 2020
Comment: <3 <3 <3 <3 **HUGS** Thank you! You went above and beyond! Love everything!! xx
Response: You are too kind, Gabi. Many thanks and hugs to you.
Comment: Thank you for the Bulgarian PC!! I've never been to either Poland or Bulgaria and at this rate, I never will, boo!! LOL!
Response: Never say never dear swapper friend! :) Glad you liked your postcare. Thank you for the heart.
debtea2 rated for The First Annual Garden Fete - swap on Jul 11, 2020
Comment: your entry is absolutely gorgeous, I am sure you will win .. Have a wonderful day
Response: Thank you kindly Deb/Patience. I'm glad you liked my entries for the Fete.
Comment: Oh Elena! Once again you have completely outdone yourself! ♥️ I can’t believe all the amazing goodies you sent me! And I loved your letter! I’m praying for your husband’s health - and keeping an eye out for rentals for your friend! Hope you are doing well and look forward to hearing from you soon. ♥️ Jill
Response: Thanks Jill! I'm happy you liked your goodies!
carrotkate rated for FLTN: SUMMERTIME! on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the goodies! I particularly loved the library cards.
Response: You are most welcome! Glad you liked the library cards. Thanks for the heart!
HustleNGrow rated for MMPC - Vintage Inspired ATC on Jun 27, 2020
Comment: Just made it to the mailbox area today, this ATC is most definitely making its way to my ATC collection. Very creative and well made! I love the elements and colors that you went with. Thank you for the goodies!!
Response: Oh I'm so glad this ATC made it to you and that you really do like it! Thank you for the compliment and the heart. I am quite proud of how it turned out! Glad it has a home in your collection.
kclicquot rated for WIYM: Color Swap USA on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: THANK YOU!!!!! Everything is wonderful, to pick a favorite, as you asked is a tough task! I think the library pocket and all the wonderful treats i there! the orange butterflies on the envelope, the die cut orange butterflies, the cherish card! Die cuts galore and flower fairy postcards! You totally made my day!!!! THANK YOU again!
Response: This message made my day! I'm so glad you liked everything, even my handmade items. Thanks for the kind words and heart.
bearnbabs rated for Midsummer Masque Dance Card on Jun 21, 2020
Comment: Maria, Thank you for the lovely note. I look forward in seeing you at the mask Ball too. Your gown sounds wonderful. I can't wait to see it. And I just loved the dance card with its gems and blue fan. that you designed. I am still planning my costume, with only a few days before the ball, I must quickly finish. Until then. Best regards, Phebe (bearnbabs)
Response: Thank you for your kind words Phebe. It's always good to hear from you. I can't wait to see how your ensemble comes together, as I know it will work itself out perfectly. All my best.
pattiairel rated for WIYM: Send 5 random off list on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for a nice swap. I love receiving Christian items. I hope you have a smooth move. Are you in the service or husband. You said military move.
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for kind wishes. My husband is in the Army.

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grammypammy on Sep 5, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday goodies! The handmade card is beautiful and I appreciate the encouraging words! All the paper goodies are so cute and the little handmade pocket you put them in, is just so adorable! I appreciate you taking the time to think of me during a time that you yourself are so busy with another military move. May God bless you in your new home and keep you and your family safe. I hope you make lots of new friends there and continue to swap when you can. What a blessing you are to others!



Star7Lily on Sep 4, 2020:

Happiest of belated birthdays Elena, from the Georgettes. xxx

Christianmom on Sep 1, 2020:

Happy Belated Birthday! Wishing you a happy and extremely blessed birthday filled with unimaginable joy and love.

craftykathy1 on Jul 30, 2020:

I was later than I would have liked in sending a rating for the upcycled ATC collage, so I didn't leave a longer message. I truly LOVE the ATC! I like all the elements you included that were profile based for me. I very much enjoyed your letter too. It's nice to find other Catholic women (and families) on here to connect with. If you'd ever like to write or do a private swap, I'd enjoy that very much. Blessings to you and your family, Kathy

grammypammy on Jul 28, 2020:

Thank you for your participation and swapping in ABCUSA Swaps!



pynart2 on May 4, 2020:

I want to thank you nfor the lovely Birthday greeting, what a nice surprise. Barbara and I have been making Face Mask for our local Hospital, Rescue squad, Police and Fire Dept.. So far we've made close to 500 since March 20th. we're now taking a break, working on our Hexie's and other swaps. Again Thank you, stay safe. Hugs Pam/ Hester

1OldfoolPlanner on Mar 17, 2020:

AnnaM on Dec 23, 2019:

Warm Holiday Wishes, Lady Elizabeth

lou on Aug 27, 2019:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

SeleneW on Aug 17, 2019:

Have fun junk journaling!

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