Swap-bot Time: May 24, 2017 7:58 pm


Date Joined: October 19, 2007
Last Online: October 25, 2015
Birthday: March 1, 1980
Country: United States
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About Me


Full-time art student


Wannabe world traveler


Amateur photographer

Good listener




Rock collector

Nature lover

Only child


age: 35

children: 2 girls (ages 15 and 13), twin boys (age 9)

places I have lived: Idaho, Washington and Colorado

pet: one sweet kitty named Pixie.

Things I Enjoy Doing

  • attending the University of Idaho as a full time art student and learning as much as I can
  • spending time with my kiddos
  • photography
  • drawing/sketching/painting
  • making ATCs
  • browsing Flickr.com~such amazing inspiration
  • bike riding/hiking/camping/rollerblading
  • going to the free book bin at the local recycle center
  • reading
  • jumping in the car for a spur of the moment roadtrip just to see where the road takes me
  • I love to check the mail everyday for fun packages from the wonderful people on Swap-bot


Favorite Crafts

  • ATCs! I love everything about them. I have been trading them for 7 years now and my book of my favorite ATCs is overflowing.
  • drawing/sketching/painting/collage
  • mail art
  • inchies
  • altered dominoes
  • Scrabble and glass tile pendants
  • altered matchboxes/tins

Favorite Music

Anything that makes me feel happy, inspired, or reminiscent...from alternative to classical to country to pop and most everything in between.

Favorite Books

Into the Wild, Summer, Ethan Frome, The Other Boleyn Sister, The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (hilarious!), anything by Anita Shreve, The Catcher in the Rye, The Twilight Series, Shogun, The Far Pavilions, The Time Traveler's Wife, Harry Potter, 1984, Madame Bovary, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Jungle, Street Sparrows...anything witty or romantic that keeps me up past my bedtime because I just can't put it down. I find that if a book or poem has the word "languid" in it then I usually love it.

Favorite Television

  • The Walking Dead
  • The History Channel
  • LOST
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Cold Case
  • Wonderfalls~why did they cancel it??? :-(
  • old episodes of Northern Exposure
  • classic tv and cartoons
  • British comedy
  • anything that keeps my kids happy and out of my hair :P

Update: what is TV? No time for TV shows these days.

Wish list

♥ I don't have one particular style of thing that I like. The best way to see what I like is to look at my flickr photos.

ATCs and MATCHBOXES made by you.

VINTAGE images of men and women-old photos or reproductions

♥ clock hands

♥ Anything having to do with BIKES

♥ 1" buttons (pins)

WHIMSY JARS of any size and theme

♥ pretty things with flowers or ♥ HEARTS

♥ Paperchase brand items


♥ coins from around the world

♥ paper and stationery (I am a paper freak and can never have enough) I really love dictionary pages and foreign text.

♥ pens, markers, pencils, paint

♥ handmade bags/pouches

CANDY~milk chocolate, gummy things, jelly beans, anything with real sugar

♥ books

♥ rocks and seashells

♥ handmade jewelry/pendants/charms

♥ journals

♥ skeleton keys and other METAL CHARMS

♥ buttons

♥ used postage stamps

♥ ribbons/threads/fibers

♥ Tim Holtz products

♥ altered dominoes


There are only a few things I don't wish to receive: plain ATCs that obviously took minimal effort, tea, foam stickers, cheap scrapbooking supplies, confetti, loose glitter, things that are poorly made.

I really hate googly eyes!

I appreciate quality over quantity and just enjoy swaps that show some thought and time went into them.

My Swap-bot Rating System

  • I never give 3s for late swaps. I know that sometimes things have to be late and it isn't the end of the world.
  • I give hearts for artistry/creativity. If I think an ATC is beautiful or shows extra effort I am more likely to give a heart than if you throw in some extras.
  • Communication is key! If you need more time, are having trouble with a theme or whatever just let me know! I am very understanding.
  • I always try to rate (unless my crazy life gets in the way and I forget) and hope you will do the same.


phrenologist rated for ATC with a Tree on Nov 13, 2013
RiittaR rated for Book ATC series #8-Vintage book page on Oct 23, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your ATC, very nice composition. Thanks for the extras too, will certainly be used.
gillman rated for BC- House ATC- #1 on Oct 20, 2013
Comment: LOVE the ATC- Love the gelli background and the texture you used on the roof. Thank you for swapping with me! Also thank you for all the extra goodies. Love them too!
Fatherted rated for photograph inchies (6) on Nov 19, 2011
Comment: Nothing received. Will rerate if the swap shows up. EDIT 19. November 2011: I received the envelope today. Due date was 8th september, you clicked sent on 11.september. I am struggling here if i should give you a five rating or a 3. I decided for a three rating. Because you did not contact me that you would send 3 days late. You pmed me 25th september that you got the package back and will send it again. On the envelope are two dates: the date you go to the po and filled out the custom form 3. October and it looks like they forget the package on your post office because there are two additional stamps with the date 31. October. So maybe you could complain about it in your po? Your package was really nice, a lot of extras! Thank you! I love the inchies for the swap, you send 12 instead of 6 and they look beautiful. Thank you too for the stamps and the rubons. The pictures you sent are beautiful! Thanks for swapping with me, but please communicate with your partners more when you will send late.
Response: It was mailed weeks ago. I hope it arrives soon. :-) Update: I am very saddened by your response. I thought I communicated with you a lot. There were multiple messages. The problem was that the postal service took almost 2 months to deliver to Germany. I'm sad you gave me a three for a package that you liked.
LeosMom4Life rated for Tick Tock Clock ATC on Oct 11, 2011
Comment: Thank you SOOO much for the GREAT atc !! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it ! Also thanks for the extras !
Camiliann rated for ATC Addicts - Dictionary page ATC on Oct 9, 2011
Comment: Thanks, nice as always
Comment: Thanks!
bluemonkeymama rated for Tick Tock Clock ATC on Oct 7, 2011
Comment: Got the swap yesterday, thank you. The ATC is lovely. And thanks for the extras.
Comment: I really love my bird ATCs! The will be great to add to my bird collection. Thank you also for letting me know about the mailing delay, and for the cool extras you sent (although they weren't necessary, I will have fun using them!).
tinkerbella rated for senders choice atc (3 partners) on Sep 13, 2011
Comment: Lovely, thank you :) xxx
Comment: thanks for the fun filled summer package Shanda :)
Response: I'm glad it finally made it to you!
gillman rated for Zetti House ATC Swap on Aug 28, 2011
Comment: Wow, Shanda-Thank you!! You did not have to send both of them... (but I love them)! Thanks again.
Response: I knew they were going to a good home. :-)
GeekChic rated for Wings on Aug 17, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! (I also love the mermaid from the local swap). :D
HeatherKelley rated for Dictionary on Aug 17, 2011
Comment: Thanks Shanda! I love her devilish look! Fun extras too :-)
Comment: Thank you so much, loved all the images on the envie. The extas are wonderful too. :0
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful black n white collage...so many pic's in one and all of which are great shots..its agreat idea when ya cant decide..i love it, takecare :) just beautiful
Response: So glad you liked it!
stitchinwitch rated for Dictionary on Aug 12, 2011
Comment: Gorgeous. Thank you
Response: Glad you liked it~thanks for the heart!
joytotheblog rated for Vintage Rose ATC Swap on Aug 10, 2011
Comment: Lovely!!
Response: Thanks Joy!
Comment: Thanks a lot for all these wonderful pictures. It was a great idea to do the collage! I can´t decide which I like the most. Probably the one with the "Beads" sign oder the one with the snowy railway bridge...
Response: Glad you liked it~thanks for the nice rating!
trollop rated for VS- ATC- Shades of White on Aug 10, 2011
Comment: thanks!
Response: Thanks for the heart!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9938 298 29 38
Completed Fives Threes Ones
248 320 1 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
1 6 135 106
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Tiam1980 on Dec 3, 2013:

Hi Shanda:
Have you received the ATC I sent you for the ATC with a Tree swap from the end of September? I haven't received a rating from you and had sent you a message on Oct 20 but it's unread. Please let me know if you received the swap. Thanks!

biasbabe on Mar 1, 2013:


Hope your birthday is awesome

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crescendo on Dec 25, 2012:

Fatherted on Oct 17, 2011:

Hello! I hope to get the Inchies soon! I see them on your flickr and they look really cool. Sorry i didnt pmed you before i left the rating, but i see your rating comment now.

RyeRye on Sep 5, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

stephiedee on Aug 2, 2011:

Yay! I'm so happy you liked the package! I don't often get to put together bigger packages, so I really had fun getting this one together for you. Thanks for giving Holga a new home! I know you'll make good use of her - your photography is beautiful as it is. I can't wait to see what images you come up with! And, the bento box, well...like I said, I couldn't help myself :) If it doesn't work out for lunches you can always use it as storage! ((hugs))

cobaltgypsy on Jul 26, 2011:

I can't wait to get your card for the ATC Elements and Techniques swap --"All Taped Up" that @stitchinwitch hosted! :) It's been forever since we've swapped together! blessings, Gypsy

mamajoy on Mar 7, 2011:

Shanda...thank you for sending the atc back to me. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your understanding. Yes, it will go out on time... Joy

Josietai on Mar 1, 2011:

Hey, Happy Belated Birthday Shanda! Hope it was a blast!

Big hugs from afar,


dmarie on Feb 18, 2011:

please come check out my postcard swap


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