Swap-bot Time: March 21, 2018 2:18 am


Date Joined: December 9, 2011
Last Online: March 19, 2018
Birthday: October 24
Country: United States
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About SWAP-ing

I Pledge to Rate If you are my partner in more than one swap and want to just put them in one envelope, that's fine - even for "naked postcard" swaps.

Dh and I are allergic to cigarette smoke. Let me know if you've got heavy smokers in your house. Also allergic to dogs - but that should not be an issue with paper craft, more with fabrics/lace.

About Me & My Creating

I love getting mail, creating, the light in autumn, purple and jewel tones, and some people. Right now I am most into collage and a bit of sewing for my crying, I like to design/sew clothes by machine, cleverness, 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.

Lots of collage in 2017 and 2018, sometimes bigger pieces. I don't have room to really paint regularly or work on anything really large. 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 ephemera. 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 love myths and legends and non-Disney fairy tales, and the different versions of the same story whether folk tales from the same place or similar stories found around the world. Is Lon Po Po from China really "Red Riding Hood"?. I enjoy YA and mysteries and history. Don't appreciate Twilight nor JK Rowling's clever but also derivative work.

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!)


Jewel tones. Handmade Postcards.Purple, Paper dolls, altered postcards. (I am not collecting ATCs now although I still have a ton here!) Clever use of book pages and maps.
Love non-English papers & music sheets, maps, custom paper, ... for crafting

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

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!).

AMERICAN GIRL: funky or uncommon.

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.

Dislikes & no-no's

    • My family is allergic to cigarettes, 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.
    • Dh & I are 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

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 and I can not eat any dairy anymore (in anything), 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

Last updated 2/2018: -?Mail Art: at least every 3rd month: monochrome blue 2/2018, Next before: May 2018

-The Paper Dragon: Members at least once in 6 months, 10 Things, 2/2018. Officers need one RAK & host a swap every other month. Last 10 things, 2/2018

-First Class Mail Art: every 4 months, last mailed 1/2018

"normality is a paved road; it's comfortable to walk but no flowers grow there"

US Postcard Rate(s)

For the postcard rate mailed within the USA: * $0.35 since 1/21/2018 * 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. Bigger than that and the "flats" (large envie) rate applies. (I got tired of looking it up on the USPS site.)

(First class & "forever stamp" value $0.50 sinice 1/21/2018) Each "additional ounce" on first class is $0.21


Singske rated for Doodle Bomb PC on Mar 20, 2018
Comment: Love your pc! Thanks a lot
Comment: Robin, your lovely mail arrived safely a couple of days ago but again I had problems with ratings. Thank you for your generous share of crazy nice stamps; u make my day:) Keep a lookout, I may drop u a couple more if I see something suitable..
Response: Hurrah! I didn’t want to put in a ton of cardboard but I wanted them to arrive flat & in-bent. Sometimes I am overly frugal! Love dragons, fan of Chinese New Year, not an actual stamp collector...
Comment: great PC - thank you!
Comment: I think this may be my favorite post card!!!!
Response: thank you! I almost made you somthing else to send.
Steinway5 rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - Feb 2018 on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! You're right, she is still little so the saying on the back applies. ;)
Comment: Thank you for the card and note. I use the boutique boxes for my tissues as I have several Plastic canvas covers that I use for them. 3 are elephant patterns and one is a cow pattern.
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful blue postcard! We are having quite the blow right now! 60 k winds and stinging hail are not fun. We are watching our neighbor's roof come off and can do nothing to help. Just have to wait for the winds to quit. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: hope all is well. we're in a lull between 2 storms - some of our neighbors don't have power back from the first storm yet.
AZBobbi rated for First Line of a book PC #2 on Feb 15, 2018
Comment: Both of those books sound really interesting. I'll have to check them out!
bombardiette rated for TPD: List 10 things about you on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: Robin - Thank you so much for such a candid and open letter! I really enjoyed getting to know you through this swap. xoxo
Comment: Thanks for the 2 cards! I like especially the one with the birds!! And thanks for all the stamps on the envelope :-D
Response: I got some unused stamps on ebay a few years back to use - cost me less than face value.
mamalynn rated for PnS: tissue paper layer on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Stunning card! Love love love the green! Definitely one of my favorites ever! Thank you!
Response: thank you. I love all the different effects with layering.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard you made for me!
dvmac rated for PnS: "free" postcard on Feb 2, 2018
Comment: Very cool card. Thank you!
user2148 rated for EJ: Faux ephemera postcard 2018 on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: So sorry this took so long - I LOVED both of the cards you sent!! Both so gorgeous ❤️ 🐝 I think they derserve to be framed! Thank you so very much!!
Response: :)
Wandervogel rated for EJ: Calendar recycling postcard on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Buddha card! It's just the theme I'm interested in :) Have a nice day, Katrin
kathiann rated for AMOPWBFS: Hogswatch YBFA on Jan 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Hogswatch card!
tigermousecat rated for PnS: winter theme PC on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a cosy card! Sorry to hear about the frigid weather. So far we have gotten wind and rain then more rain. Least we do not have to shovel it!
Dasha rated for AMA Sender's Choice-Jan18 on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a nice fall colored PC. Brought some colors to this long cold winter.
marymary914 rated for PnS: winter theme PC on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great owl PC!
bbsporty rated for HMPC: Put a "Number" on it on Jan 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous postcard! I love the stamps that you recreated! Great job!

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CurlyTea on Oct 24, 2017:

Tatsu on Oct 22, 2017:

Thank you very much for the birthday wishes. ^.^

RockyBeach on Sep 27, 2017:

A notan surprise PC! Thank you so much! First I was a little confused because I also got the PC for the actual swap today. Two notan PCs!

ktk8 on Sep 20, 2017:

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the RAK of the Not an w/ Ellison die cuts.....it is so pretty and was such a nice surprise..... have suffered quite a few losses at the hand of hurricane Harvey....... so this really made me SMILE....... THANKS!!!!

bigmamabird on Sep 18, 2017:

The Notan PC RAK was a fun surprise! Many thanks for that..! Have a great week!

camelsamba on Jul 14, 2017:

Hi Robin - you were my partner for 3 swaps that last week of June. Pretty sure the parasitic envelope was for "Map It Mail Art" in the Amazing Mail Art group. [insert sheep fluke emoji here :^]

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!

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