Swap-bot Time: July 16, 2018 5:03 am


Date Joined: December 9, 2011
Last Online: July 15, 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.

Always please let me know if you think I missed anything or if something has not arrived. Items nailed on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday may not be postmarked until Monday, sometimes Tuesday.

I prefer natural fibers: 100% cotton, linen, or silk (but not wool) for fabric. 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: pink/gray 4/2018, Next before: July 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


Fieke rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard #3 on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcards. I love them both !! I'm happy you choose the theme "dogs" :)
Comment: Thanks for the great green PC, now I have a pair! The quote is great too! Creativity can take your mind off almost any problem you have and help you solve them too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
HannahsMommy07 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2018 on Jun 25, 2018
user6937 rated for HMPC: Picasso Face on Jun 22, 2018
Comment: Love how you can go nuts with colour when doing a Picasso face!
Response: Ooooh, maybe we should do one But collage with bright papers?!?
marymary914 rated for HMPC: Pulled string art PC on Jun 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the awesome PC!!
Response: Loved how that background worked. Thanks for the heart.
Giddyanni rated for Paper Sampler on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much. Happy swapping!
MSturgill87 rated for FF: June 2018 Letter on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a long letter about your month and for the washi samples. I liked how you had the plans for the month grouped together. :)
Response: Now to go back & see how I’ve done...
ByJQ rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2018 on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: I love pasta night too! Thanks for the fun chunk o cardboard. :)
doodlebugdezines rated for HMPC: Put a "Map" on it on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: Liked the history and creative map. Thank you!
samjowers rated for Masterboard of Collage #2 on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: You did a great job on it. I like all the random Ness and the tiny scale! Thanks!
Response: Enjoy using it. I tried to mix in more layers than I might have for myself.
geekgirl1001000 rated for Masterboard of Collage #2 on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Looks great! Thank you
Response: Happy creating.
wittmert rated for HMPC: Picasso Face on Jun 4, 2018
Comment: LOVE the face!
Response: thanks!
Comment: I loved the way that you interpreted this swap. The doodles in the negative space were fun as was the painted part. My envie was more like the ones you so thoughtfully included inside. I was happy to read about your slice of life, too!
Response: Thanks for letting me know you were hosting!
GlitterBird rated for Fabric Curiosities on May 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely package! I loved how you decorated the envelope and note inside!
Response: hurrah! I wasn't 100% sure the packaging was "enough"
bbsporty rated for MA: Orange/ephemera PC on May 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful orange ephemera postcard! I just love the goldfish on it! Very nice job!
Response: I really liked that one. thanks for the heart
tigermousecat rated for HMPC: Cancer Sucks on May 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a very pretty card!
doodlebugdezines rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard #2 on May 21, 2018
Comment: LOL!! Love all the kitties!! Thank you!
bbsporty rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art-May on May 17, 2018
Comment: I just love your ephemera postcard! Thank you so much!
Response: thanks for the heart
1koolkrafter rated for Mother’s Day For us on May 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
AmookIslandCreations rated for HMPC: Use a bar code on May 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful B&W postcard! I love how you used the barcode as the bark of the tree! Perfect! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: So many options, glad you liked my final plan.

Rating Overview

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RooBaRoo on Jun 20, 2018:

Hey Robin! Think up your CAH questions!

anrtist on Jun 9, 2018:

They arrived today and they are so delicate and lovely!
They will have to be framed in a gold bamboo frames with black backgrounds!!! ;-)
Thanx again! Blessings, cc

user6937 on May 31, 2018:

HMPC WTA - April has arrived. Going to use some of the pages today, Robin - thanks for plastering the envelope with real stamps, too!

jukejan on May 8, 2018:

Just took a look at your Blog and saw that you like Negative Space! Perhaps you would like my swap in Crafty Recyclers. You are my partner for Cancer Sucks and that's why I popped in!

RooBaRoo on Apr 22, 2018:

Thanks so much for the CHinese New Year DIY RAK :) Those dogs are so cute! & the dragon is awesome too ... you have some great dies! I love it that they're cut from newspapers - suits my style :) Thanks for the Dragon extra handmade postcard too! Now I only have to think what to do with the 4 roosters ... certainly something :) :)

Thanks for the Happy Mail Fest Robin!!! So loved it last 2 weeks!!

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!

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