Swap-bot Time: June 27, 2017 5:04 am


Date Joined: December 9, 2011
Last Online: June 26, 2017
Birthday: October 24
Country: United States
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About SWAP-ing

I have a couple of trips scheduled this summer so there may be delays in rating. I will rate everything as soon as I see it. "normality is a paved road; it's comfortable to walk but no flowers grow there"

About Me & My Creating

I like to sketch, design/sew clothes by machine, collage, create clever mail art. I enjoy zetti, paper craft, mandalas, steampunk, dotees & using postage stamps (especially to make "people"). Purple is my favorite color, followed by turquoise, lime green, burgundy, ... bright colors, jewel tones, ethnic mixes, dark colors, most anything but princess-y pink and not find of pastels generally.

More sewing in 2016. Fewer mandalas and ATC jams in 2014. More collage in 2013. I use clean scraps (crap to some) that don't rise to the level of emphemera. I have printed onto book pages or tissue paper to get the look I want. In 2012 sketched animals quite a bit, got more realistic with birds, insects, butterflies, and some less common ones. What is next?

My ears are pierced for light weight earrings. Bracelets are a fav but I have small wrists. Allergic to cigarette smoke.

My homeschooling family is active in Boy Scouts, a local food coop, hitting the gym, and travel.

Favorite Books

Read a lot, especially science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries and information on education & learning. I enjoy YA and mysteries and history. Don't appreciate Twilight nor JK Rowling.

Favorite authors: Family's: Terry Prattchet (for his DiscWorld books) & Tamora Pierce. Mine: Tolkien, A. A. Milne, Tamora Pierce. Picture books: Jan Brett.

Sad that I have to explain this but since we read, any bookmarks need to the bit that goes in the book to be thin, flat & glitter-free. (Charms or beads may hang out or over the top!)


AMERICAN GIRL: funky or uncommon.

QUICK FLATS: washi tape, napkins, pretty "post it" (stick once), ATCs, ribbon, (used) postage stamps (especially people, animals, flowers, architecture, art/artists), or non-English book pages. I don't need recipe cards, memo pads, nor bookmarks. thanks.

MANDALAs, when no size is specified: a 6 inch by 6 inch with a one inch edge on one side (so 6 x 7) can be nicely stored with many of my others.

Love non-English papers & music sheets, maps, custom paper, ... for crafting

Postcards: love hand-made! In general: art, natural settings, architecture or "local people", Photos of animals. Not interested in kitch-y tourist postcards or naked people on (or off) the beach. geek-y ones are appreciated

Love art pens, Sakura micros, Copic with a brush tip & thin Sharpies & new things to sketch/design with. Can always use more alphabets stamps. Rub-ons are OK. No more stationery please. FALL 2012, I am using mostly watercolor colored pencils. 2017: mostly collage/mixed media, still love paint pens & great white pens. Starting to use acrylic paints.

Most Asian & ethnic things are fine - but I don't appreciate kawaii. (OK, that flattened panda guy is fine as my nephew loves him, but no other kawaii please!).

Dislikes & no-no's

    • My family is allergic to cats & dogs so for crafts with fabric & pets walking around, I probably should not be the one you send it to! If you do with a sender's choice - PLEASE let me know so that I can keep it away from the family, or pass it on.
    • I am allergic to cigarette smoke. When it's sender's choice, I will rate ignoring it but warn me so someone else can open it - outside. Thanks.
  • No Christian religious pieces. (non-religious Christmas items are OK in November & December.)
  • Don't appreciate much pink or princess. No Disney.
  • No loose glitter, it's fine if it will stay on the ATC. None on bookmarks! Thanks

Food & Drinks

Negatives first:! I am allergic to cigarettes, so please as smoke-free as possible so I can keep it, or let me know so I can rate you & pass it on. Family members allergic to dog & cat.

Tea only in manufacturer's packaging, thanks! No drink mixes, unless required in swaps. (Dh & I get that unpleasant after-taste from artificial sweeteners.) Favorite tea (today): (black tea) Prince of Wales, mint green tea.

love dark chocolate, but I could easily walk away from milk chocolate, even when I coukd(was) eating dairy. Prefer European chocolate, made in Europe (even Cadbury made in the US is different!) favorites: See's with dark chocolate (love dark walnut chews). I've never appreciate Godiva. Do not like peanuts in chocolate.

Angel Dreams for

Most of those who flaked on me went on to be suspended. If my swaps do not arrive, I resend & I angel swaps that I host (if not it will be very clear in the description but I don't think I've done it yet). * Lozzabee flaked on Triptych ATC in Jan-Feb2012). Aug. 2012: hosted some triptych ATC swaps myself. * ANGEL @tc angel'ed "Artistically Inclined ATC/Note Card" in 2013 after she saw that the host & one other offered to angel but didn't. * Recycle unwanted swap items #3 * Sweet First aid kit in Dec2011-Jan2012. Host & 2 others said they'd angel but did not send. Letting go was hard - but my partner's happy note when she rec'd hers left a longer glow than the bad taste from the flaker(s). I am so glad it brought her joy & she shared it.


THANK YOU! Host-angels include: @rngstgstll
@jaminthemail @CraftyReflections @muses76 and @sagesparrow .

Beautiful RAK or forum give-away swappers include: @TerryF (RAK postcards, to-do stamp), @jukejan (Real estate plans) , @bedazzle ("gold foil"!) , and @giddyani Lovely ANGEL @tc for ARC card swap!

Wonderful swap-bot traders include @tesscalhoun @sagesparrow , @lsmahutchin and special mention to angels including: @artg33k74 (owl ATC). Great hosts include @rngstgstll

Info for GROUPs

-Mail Art: at least every 3rd month: monochrome Green next before: August 2017

-The Paper Dragon: Members at least once in 6 months, Mystery Supply June, Officers need one RAK & host a swap every other month.

US Postcard Rate(s)

For the postcard rate mailed within the USA: * $0.34 in 2016; * rectangular, * at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, AND * no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick.

If it is larger than 4.25 x 6 " (but less than 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 1/4" thick) requires first class postage (47c). Bigger than that and the "flats" (large envie) rate applies. (I got tired of looking it up on the USPS site.)


dawnielynn rated for HMPC: Going Postal on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks Robin! Love it.
skinny52 rated for IS: Mail Art - Part Human Series #2 on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: I feel quite special that you did a beach scene for me...and you did it very well! Great composition and you even got in a paw! Thanks so very much!!!
Response: thank you - a bit of a challenge but I was happy wit the result. (It was sent with two paws, maybe a machine ate one)
margaeli rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice - June on Jun 24, 2017
Comment: Apologies for the late rating; a bunch of mail got piled up and this wa.s (at least) a pleasant surprise in a pile of bills & junk mail. Loved the colors on your collage. And I loved the cardinal. A very pretty bird!! Happy swapping.
chandlerguera rated for MA: Monochrome Postcard (Red) on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the creative card and upside and sideways stamps!!
ktk8 rated for MA Scraptastic Postcard June on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: WoW WoW WoW I love this scraptastic card so much.....THANK YOU!!!!
RockyBeach rated for IS: Altered PC - INT on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: The sea horses are still freezing! Thanks for your card. Btw. in German it's the same: "kalben" also has both meanings (cow and glacier).
Response: Cow/calf & glacier don't have a common name in English, but they share the verb "calving". (English is weird)
LadyJo rated for NH: Touristy PC - US Only on Jun 22, 2017
Comment: Loved the post card! I visited their 23 years ago and saw that room! Thanks!
Response: thanks for the heart!
MommaBaxter rated for Bookish Quote 1 on Jun 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! I will have to put that book on my To Read list
Comment: I love this digital collage with all the added textures and the back is as pretty as the front! Thank you! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
penelopesamuel rated for NYUP USA Only #26 on Jun 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely nature-themed postcard! I love trees and birds, so the postcard is perfect for me :) Happy Swapping!
Response: thank you! never know whether NYUP members are open to collage or only want commercial "not usual"
Lucine rated for FCMA: orange postcard on Jun 20, 2017
Comment: I am glad with these swaps you host; keep it up:) Thank you for the nice note on the back of the pc!
Response: thanks!
SouthsideTracie rated for PC Twist 2 on Jun 20, 2017
Comment: I loved your twists, especially the TripAdvisor review :-) "Don't miss this awesome place."
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP USA Only #26 on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: Interesting collage, thank you!
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP USA Only #26 on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: What a cool handmade postcard! I love the way you used the newspaper especially! Thanks so much!
Response: :) glad to spread joy
mariewilliams810 rated for HMPC: Put a "Dog" on it on Jun 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks
Babsmomof5 rated for PC Twist 2 on Jun 16, 2017
Comment: Interesting postcard and facts, thanks so much!
Comment: Sweet! Thank you!
Babsmomof5 rated for PC Twist on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Got your PC today. The quote is perfect! Just an FYI...my state is MS not MN ;-)
Comment: Great card! Thanks so much!!
Wildchild rated for WIYM: Handmade Postcard - Games on Jun 12, 2017
Comment: So cute! Thank you!
Response: I had fun with it. Thanks for the heart

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 738 76 85
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792 904 0 0
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15 98 679 0
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GinaVisione on May 17, 2017:

Thanks for the bonus Venice PC - so thoughtful!

Babsmomof5 on Apr 22, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard you made me from the pns wta. I loved it so much!!!

bbsporty on Apr 21, 2017:

Thank you for my HMPC: Tag! Let's Play green dragonfly postcard! I love the texture of it and the wings made of foreign text! It's just beautiful!

mgallardo68 on Apr 6, 2017:

I could not stop laughing when I read your note 'Adventures in the Mail!!! Lol... Great envie and the beautiful paper (not-so)scraps came perfect and in a timely manner.

Thank you so much for my tag at HPC > [Sticky] Pick One Tag..... I love it!

GinaVisione on Mar 17, 2017:

Thank you for the extra 5 calls PCs!!! :D

bbsporty on Jan 15, 2017:

Thank you for the gorgeous Penguin postcard from the HMPC: Tag! Let's Play game. I'm just in love with it and the color is to die for!

Moominbrooke on Dec 19, 2016:

Thanks for the Zetti style pc with Bollywood and Steampunk touches :0)

RyeRye on Oct 28, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

rngstgstll on Dec 22, 2015:


Thank you so much for the Hogswatch cards and my favorite Hogfather in a Hood! They arrived just in time for Hogswatch and the entire family admired them, ooh ing and aah ing. Thank goodness for the Ankh-Morpork Post, that is what I say every year at this time! Ahem.

GinaVisione on May 11, 2014:

Robin you are too kind!! I got the "fix" Red/Grey PC - you know I love that Dog Guide!! I think all the red is fabulous too :D. Thank you for you thoughtfulness. Happy Mothers Day. GinaVisione

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