Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2019 7:10 pm


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Last Online: August 21, 2018
Birthday: January 25, 1968
Country: United States
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**Hello! Wow it's been over 2 years since I was here! Time flies! Life's difficulties took over me back in 2016 and my dad developed cancer back in 2016. This was hard to endure after losing my husband to cancer just 2 years prior. We are grateful my dad is still with us though his health has steadily declined over the past 2 years.

I have missed Swapbot and the joy it brought my life through the friends I'd made and the creativity I could express. I need a bit of that again so I am back! I see I have swaps on my Dashboard. I will begin with those and make sure they were fulfilled and if not will be sure to send them. I apologize to anyone who was concerned about my intentions. Just know I was always a good swapper during my years here and life simply overwhelmed me as it is sometimes apt to do.

March 29, 2016: Please accept my apologies for having been away from Swap-bot for the past month. I have allowed my swaps to become late, and I'm really sorry! Logging on today to contact partners and hosts to let you all know I am going to fulfill these swaps this week and next. Again, I'm so sorry for my lateness. Thank you to those who checked up on me. And thank you all for your patience.**

profile last updated August 20, 2018

Hi! My name is Karla, and let me tell you

I joined my first Swap-bot swap back in June 2006, and I have had a lot of fun over the years! I have met a variety of people, made new friends, and expanded my creativity. Swap-bot is a wonderful creation itself, and I am grateful for its inception and its continual maintenance. Thank you @travisj and @racheljohnson !!!

To everyone who has sent me a swap over the past 9 years, thank you for sending smiles to my mailbox and to my face! I love snail mail!


---DO YOU EXPERIENCE THIS SPELLING DILEMMA - "Stationary" or "Stationery"?---

Here on Swap-bot, you will probably always use "stationEry" with an "e". Stationery with an "e" is writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes. If it helps, here are some ways people remember which spelling to use.

  • Remember that just like writing letters, we also "write" e-mails. "E-mail" begins with the letter "e". So since we write letters, and we write email, remember the "e" in "e-mail" and use the word "stationEry".

  • @thegypsie utilized a Google search which gave her this tip...let the "e" in "stationEry" make you think of an "Envelope"!

  • @Itti learned "stationEry because it means pEns and pEncils."

The alternative, "stationAry" is ONLY used to describe something that is not moving, still, staying in one place or position, immobile, or not changing.


If you want to trick out your profile, with links, pictures, etc., here is a helpful post from Swap-bot's blog. Click here.

Thanks go to @tiggerkitn25 for this link to an assortment of characters you can copy and paste into your profile, swaps, groups, and posts.

About My Family

I have recently been widowed, September 17, 2014. Tommy was my first husband, although I was his third wife. Three time's a charm, right? We met each other in July of 1986, got engaged Christmas Eve 1986, had a long engagement, and married in September of 1989, on HIS birthday. We celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary September 30, 2013! ;~) Unfortunately, he passed away right before our 25th anniversary. The children and I miss him.

Tommy and I had 4 beautiful children together, 3 girls and a boy thrown in the middle (#3). I can't remember what life was like before them and can't imagine life without them. We always felt very blessed. It really is an amazing adventure to become parents and then watch those little babies grow and become. Become whatever they're going to become. They are 20, 17, 14 and 8.

About My Hobbies

My personal hobbies and interests... to put it simply I love anything to do with yarn or paper.

I love to crochet, having been taught by my mom when I was 6 years old. I taught myself to knit when I was 30 years old! I find crocheting faster, but I love the knit fabric and am glad that I know how to knit. However, I'd still consider myself a beginning knitter, though an intermediate crocheter. I also enjoy cross-stitch and will crochet with the thread skeins that you can buy for cross-stitching projects. I have crocheted with sewing thread, too, making dainty little snowflakes for a bookmark exchange group I play in. Crocheting with tiny thread was challenging but the snowflakes turned out beautifully. I predominately crochet with thicker embroidery and cross-stitching thread when I'm not using yarn. I like to crochet bookmarks, snowflakes, coasters, and other small treasures with thread. With yarn I enjoy making pretty much anything, afghans, scarves, dishcloths, potholders, hats, toys, amigurumi...anything!

Besides yarn, paper is another love of mine. It started with writing letters and keeping journals as a child. I've always enjoyed writing letters and receiving them. The latest "letter" I enjoy is something called a "Pocket Letter". Google it if you like to write letters and also enjoy a bit of craftiness. Pocket Letters are my latest love! Here are a few I've done (click on picture to see larger pic):

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Since joining SB, I've learned about recycling magazines into envelopes, and I love to make them and receive them. I also enjoy creating scrapbook pages, but my time is so limited that I rarely do a large scrapbook page and instead create smaller papercrafts by making notecards, postcards, and other small items. I like to make ATCs though I consider myself still a beginner, and I rarely make them. Zentangles are another love, and I have enjoyed creating zentangles and zendoodles in a small notebook I keep. I would like to incorporate zentangles into ATCs. I also like making matchbox crafts. Basically, if it's a papercraft, I'll probably enjoy it.

For my personal ephemera collecting, I love postcards, postage stamps, bookmarks, stickers, scrapbooking papers, cardstock, and stationery.

And of course with all the papercrafts I love, I love pens and writing tools, too! My favorite pens are very fine point ones such as Sharpies, Uniball and Pilot Precise V5. The finer the point, the better. I love how much easier it is to write a more lengthy note on a postcard when I have a 0.5 or 0.7 point pen. And colored fine point pens are a bonus!

Besides, the above, here is a little more about me.


  • Pinks (pale and hot pink and all shades in between)
  • Blues (Royal/Cobalt blues and Teal blues spec.)
  • Greens (Emerald green and Lime green spec.)
  • Ivory
  • "Fall" colors of burgandy, hunter green, gold, and browns, individually or in a combination
  • Color combos of Lime Green/Fuschia, Turquoise/Brown; Pink/Brown; Pink/Black; Red/Black

I like all colors really, but those listed above really grab my attention. Yellow and orange are my least favorite colors, but they have their charm at the right time or place. :)


  • Swap-bot's "Ernie" - anything!
  • Cupcakes
  • cute Amigurumi creatures
  • Butterflies
  • Ladybugs
  • Dragonflies
  • Flowers
  • Green frogs (like Tree Frogs)
  • Sheep
  • Waterfalls
  • Rainbows
  • Polka-dots
  • Hearts
  • Teacups/Teapots

Postage stamps that have the word "Love" or stamps with hearts would thrill me.

I love Washi Tape! I learned about Washi Tape and Deco Tape through Swap-bot and reading other swappers' profiles. I looked online for what everyone was talking about and have even received washi tape decorated envies in my mail. So since I first learned of them about a year ago, I have quite a collection since those first "few rolls". ha ha! But I'm always interested in new designs!

Lately I am into Planners and anything Planner-related. :)


I like a variety of postcards, but I'm not into "dark" or goth themes nor vampires or werewolves (not a Twilight fan nor Harry Potter). Interestingly, though, I did receive a postcard from Hell once, and I found it really interesting. I still talk about it with a smile. Who knew I'd ever get a postcard from Hell? Did you know there was a Hell, Norway? Since then, I've discovered a few other places around the world have a "Hell". So if you live in Hell or some other darkly named town, I love getting those sorts of "dark" postcards.

While I will probably like whatever you'd like to send in the way of postcards, 'cause I just love postcards, my favorite themes are:

  • anything from my "LOVE" list above
  • postcards with illustrations of postage stamps
  • sunsets
  • moons
  • waterfalls
  • rainbows
  • night-time city views
  • daytime city skylines
  • hot-air balloons, or any balloons really
  • lighthouses
  • castles
  • cemeteries
  • dolls
  • brides
  • wedding couples/wedding scenes
  • paintings by Monet
  • paintings by Mary Cassatt
  • vintage (meaning "linen")
  • girly or cutesie

Animals I like on postcards are:

  • kittens
  • puppies
  • any baby animal, really
  • giraffes
  • wild cats
  • fox
  • sheep
  • colorful frogs
  • butterflies
  • dragonflies
  • deer/fawn
  • colorful birds

I do not have, but would LOVE, a postcard(s) of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

REGARDING HANDMADE POSTCARDS: I love papercrafts, and therefore I can appreciate a handmade postcard. However, I am so sad to receive a handcrafted postcard that got mutilated by our automated postal machines when I know someone has put their time and heart into making it. If you want to send a handmade postcard, I will love that you took the time to make me something. However, consider if the adhesive you use will keep your paper layers secure, with no edges or corners able to be lifted up when they go through postal machinery. When in doubt, I don't mind you sending your handcrafted postcard in an envelope to protect it. I have received some very lovely handmade postcards where the different layers of paper were so secure that it looked like one card and it traveled well. But I've also received other postcards whose glue just could not hold, and they arrived ripped and damaged by the postal machines. Please take care if you choose to send a handmade postcard. I'd love to be able to admire your handiwork as you intended it. :)

If you're at a loss as to what to write on your postcard, check out Postcrossing's blogpost of 20 ideas of things to write about on your postcard! :)


Includes, but is not limited to, contemporary Christian music, classical, a little jazz, 80's music, and strangely, music from the 50's and 60's!


When I have time to read, I enjoy contemporary Christian fiction (though not romance), biographies and autobiographies, and some mysteries. I also like crafty books pertaining to my hobbies or new craft interests. I'm always interested in vegetarian cookbooks or cookie/cupcake cookbooks. My favorite publishers are Multanomah, Tyndale, Harvest, Bethany House, and Pacific Press. Some favorite authors include Ted Dekker, Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, and Richard Paul Evans.


I pretty much like any candy made of milk chocolate (Kisses, M&Ms, Hershey's chocolate bars...) I don't really care for dark chocolate, but I'll eat it if there's no milk chocolate around! I also love Tootsie Rolls, caramels, peppermint, and peanut or pecan brittle. My all-time favorite cookies are Oreos! I also love Fig Newtons. My favorite nuts are almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Any candy or cookie that includes those nuts is just "icing on the cake" to me!

My Work

I am so thankful to be able to stay home with my children and homeschool them. When I'm not at home, I am working part-time with my local county health department as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. I have taken the courses and trained to obtain my CLC license (Certified Lactation Counselor). I feel so blessed to be available to other moms who want to breastfeed their babies but who are faced with obstacles, real and perceived. Sometimes a mom just needs to know that she's doing it "right", or that her baby is actually getting her milk, or that she is legally protected to breastfeed in public in the United States of America (can you believe we have to have a law?!), or maybe just hear from a fellow mom that she's doing great!

That's All About Me!

Thank you for reading my Profile. I hope it gave you a sense of my likes and interests. If there is anything else you'd like to know, feel free to ask me. If there's any other information you think I should list here in the About Me section, let me know!

Waiting for Ratings

@BerlinGeorgia aka Catrin M. for Adventures of the Traveling Postcard R20 ending Jan 16, 2014

@koltonsmama aka Sharon Lawrence for Fill My Home With Christmas Cards Swap ending Nov 30, 2013 - PM'd 12/25 asking if received. No reply.

@Colour86 aka H J Yang for Fill My Home With Christmas Cards Swap ending Nov 30, 2013 - PM'd 12/25 asking if received. No reply.

@Cherryswede for Attitude of Gratitude Swap (USA only) ending Nov 6, 2013 - PM'd 11/20 asking if received. She stated she had not but would check with neighbor who lives at 1111 Apache who sometimes receives her mail for 1111 Sioux. Never heard back and 2nd PM of 11/20 remains "Unread" as of 12/25/13. Today, 2/14/14 received PM stating she never received and neither had neighbor. Will offer to re-send.

@lizmoore01 aka Elizabeth Moore for Six Weeks of Snail Mail Swap #6 ending March 15, 2013 - member partially suspended w/4 1's as of 3/26/13; PM'd on 3/26/13 requesting rating

@cfroggie aka Cynthia Frank for NTG ♥ Think "Love" Notecard Swap ♥ ending Feb 1, 2013 - unable to contact swapper to request rating as she used the "Block" feature after her disappointment in receiving two 3's from me (updated from 1's)

@faerytalz aka Erica Dorris for February Love Matchbox Swap #4 ending Feb 3, 2012; DC#03100480000358464277

@purplcircles aka Stephanie Thompson for Notecard #24 ending Oct. 8, 2011. PMd her on 10/31 asking if she'd recv'd; She replied 11/1 saying she recv'd but was behind on ratings & should have it that night; Left a Comment and another PM on 12/15 reminding her again.

@amylou2 aka Amy Johnson for October Birthdays! - KIDS ending Sept 30, 2011. Delivery Confirmation indicates it was delivered Oct. 5, 2011.

Swaps Not Received


@kittiekatsweetiepie aka Katherine Crawford for Beginner Zine: Learn Something new. Angeled!


@glitter (2012/2013, deleted account) currently known as @FightGirl (2014/2015) aka Stacey Lankford for Send 5 blank notecards+note: USA only: #5 Angeled!

@mommyrox aka Dunia Loppe/Gato for Bible Verse Swap Angeled!

@Jenneth aka Kaisa Rantanen in Finland for Valentines for You


@moepontiac aka Chaya Radin for Embroidery Floss Swap


@Treksek aka Daire Luus for Postcard of Lists #7 Top 5 Favorite Christmas Song Angeled! ; Message in a Bottle (Inter'l!) - Holiday Themed Angeled! ; Note card Swap - International #4 Angeled!

@LaineFace aka Theresa McDouglad for Quotecard Postcard #53 Angeled!

@jequirity aka Jocelyn Ford for No Introduction Needed Angeled!

@awesomesauce aka Kristin Nohe for Simple Postcard #1 Angeled!

@Sumersrose aka Hilary Summerfield for FaveCrafts Valentine's Card Swap


@Miss007 aka Cecilia Nordqvist for 30 Day Journal Project Angeled!

@aisbaby aka Aislinn Chuahiock for Quotecard Postcard #42 Angeled!

@anneress aka Serena Pyle for PRIVATE: Message In a Bottle - Round 2 - Holiday Themed

@krissywhite1 aka Kristen White for Round 5 Surprise Your Partner With 1 of Your Craft Angeled!

@Dready aka Lena Matveeva for "Simply Love" PC Swap Angeled!

@Whiskey aka Kay Anders for 48 hours to sign up and send a naked postcard in a

@browniemommie2005 aka Tabitha for ~Unique PenPal journal Swap~ newbies welcome!

@helmetwearer aka Elizabeth Barnett for Origami

@thefourthstar aka Heather Hladish for Round 3 Surprise Your Partner W/1 of Your Crafts Angeled!

@cherrygirl aka Irena Furlanic for Basic Postcard Swap # 2 Angeled!


Newbie @Prettybigbutterflies aka Hollie Burgess in the UK, did not send or rate her partner in Merry Mail ending Oct 21, 2013. Deleted her Profile as of Nov 15, 2013.

Newbie @Teafortwo aka Coralie Cram in Australia, did not send or rate her partner in Merry Mail ending Oct 21, 2013.


CarolWestcamp rated for WIYM: Rainbow Mail on Nov 5, 2016
Comment: She never sent this swap.
Comment: I shall rerate if I receive anything.
TwinMom rated for TCH: This or That... on May 19, 2016
Comment: Hi Karla. I hope everything is alright. I hate to rate you a 1, but feel it is the fair thing to do. Your profile states you are contacting swap partners and hosts, yet I haven't had any messages from you. I will change the rating if you send the swap. Again, I hope things are okay with you. I have enjoyed swapping with you in the past. Hugs & Prayers, Christina
03Scarlett rated for Private letter swap: Karla & Deb on May 8, 2016
theirmimi rated for WIYM: The postcard Exchange #1 on Apr 12, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the nice note and the great postcards. I love them all.
Gardener rated for WIYM: Hurry Up Spring on Apr 11, 2016
Comment: I emailed KarlaKC and waited a couple more week. She said that the swap would be sent but I never received it. I'll re-rate once it arrives.
Comment: I've not received, and had no contact from you. Normally I would contact you to resend, but have been instructed by WIYM to rate now. I'll be happy to change if I receive anything!
Response: Hi Barbara! I totally understand. I've just come online tonight after being away for over a month due to some difficulties, but I am contacting my partners and hosts to let you know I am catching up over the next two weeks. I sent a PM earlier tonight before seeing your rating, but wanted to reply to your rating also to assure I am going to get my swaps out. Thank you for your patience and I'm sorry to have put you in a position to have to leave this rating. ... Karla, 3/29/16
ladyb0369 rated for TCH: Easter Card & Flat Surprise on Mar 28, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the Easter card and surprise.
Comment: Your envelope was so much fun to receive! I had a blast looking at every single element you included and you did manage to cover the whole envelope! Thanks, too, for the goodies inside . . this was such fun to open!
choconerd rated for Snail Mail Flip-book on Mar 17, 2016
Comment: So far I haven't received anything =( and you didn't reply to my message.
Response: Hi, Ngoc! Yes I've been away from SB for over a month but came online today to let my partners and hosts know I will be sending their swaps. I've already PMd you earlier tonight when I went thru my mailbox and replied to all the messages that required a response. But I saw your rating here too so wanted to let you and others know I am sending out my swaps and will catch up over the next two weeks. Thank you for your patience, and I'm sorry to have put you in a position to have to leave this rating. It's totally understood though. Your swap will be first to be sent. I'll email when I've mailed. :) ...Karla, 3/29/16
03Scarlett rated for Between Friends Journal Swap on Feb 20, 2016
Comment: Karla, if I could give you higher than a 5 rating and more hearts, I would because you really out-did yourself with the journal package and I love it [and Bella Grace too!] (Hugs)
Response: Aw, thank you! I loved doing it and isn't "bella Grace" Magazine just BEAUTIFUL! :) Enjoy it all!...Karla, 2/20/16
meganporter789 rated for January Birthdays on Feb 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and extras! Did you make the card?!
Response: Yes, I made the card especially for you! I wanted to give you something extra special. You've been a GREAT swap partner! ... Karla, 2/18/16
Panj rated for QUICK Christmas card #61 on Feb 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you! :-) It was funny, I opened the envelope and the first thing I saw was the thin piece of paper, so I glance at it, I see the decorative swirl and think it's a quote - nope, just the extra piece to protect the card! Thank you for the two envelopes filled with paper goodness! :-)
nomElizabeth rated for January Birthdays on Jan 10, 2016
Comment: Your warm wishes sure got me all fuzzy inside! ;)
Comment: WOW! Thank you for the adorable goodies- love them all- cool stuff. happy 2016.
winniethepooh rated for CSG ~ MEGA CHRISTMAS CARD SWAP on Dec 30, 2015
Comment: Thankyou Karla for the lovely Christmas card, with Christmas Blessings,Jjennifer.
Comment: Thank you so much Karla for your big envelope stuffed with stationary! You sure wowed me with it all and put a huge smile on my face :-D. Btw, I love your handwriting, especially the cursive! Happy new year!!
TwinMom rated for TCH: Send me 3, Please! (Dec. '15) on Dec 23, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the awesome package of goodies! I really like everything! :)

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lou on Mar 29, 2016:

Karla: please get caught up ASAP, you're in a lot of WIYM groups!

nomElizabeth on Feb 17, 2016:

Super in love with the birthday package! Whoop!

anrtist on Dec 8, 2015:

Blessings! cc

anrtist on Dec 3, 2015:

Blessings! cc

anrtist on Jun 6, 2015:

I just Luv the ZENTANGLED Bookmark~ (U R SO Talented!!! ;-) & the peacock bookmark you sent me! ;-) the way you packaged it and in purple & with
That glitter tape ~ epic too!!! Where did you get that? ;-) THANX & Blessings, cc

lagemaz on Apr 27, 2015:

Thanks for joining the fun in the Christian Homestead April showers bring May flowers WTA -Marie

ladydy5 on Apr 14, 2015:

Approved: welcome to Make An Envelope group

Candyn29 on Feb 5, 2015:


Mugsie on Jan 25, 2015:

"Happy Birthday"!

From all of us at "WIYM" group!

anrtist on Jan 21, 2015:

I really hope you Enjoy it! ;-)

Blessings, cc

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