Swap-bot Time: October 29, 2020 10:27 am


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: October 28, 2020

Country: United States
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I look forward to swapping with you. My rating is very important to me. Please let me know if you do not receive a swap or if I've failed to meet your expectations. I want to make it right.

Updated 9-21-20

Tomorrow is the Autumn Equinox - I love fall time, the colors and pumpkin pie! In Oregon we need the cooler weather and rain. Many families lost their homes in the wildfires. Smoke was the main problem in my area. I was one of the fortunate. Others have to start with nothing.

Who am I? I am Christian and trust in God for the salvation he provides through his son, Jesus.

In October, I will have survived 6 years without my late husband. I miss him more every day. But, God has provided.

I have one daughter, three grown granddaughters and one great-grandaughter. My daughter and husband just moved to NJ. The granddaughters are in AZ, FL and the youngest just moved back to OR.

I like Oregon rain. Lived here all my life except for a few years in the San Francisco Bay area. Couldn't wait to return to Oregon. I'd prefer the Oregon coast, actually, but I'd miss all my friends here.

I have one cat, Tinkerbell. She will be 16 this spring (2020) She is my loving companion.

I am retired. Before isolation I enjoyed tag sales, thrift stores and flea markets. Most of my days are now full of socializing on the computer and crafting. I enjoy paper and mixed media.

Themes I enjoy

Cute birds, chickens, owls, cats, vintage toys & images, and Victorian steampunk (no skulls or goth please). I also like whimsical and playful (not Disney, but more vintage looking like 40s & 50s book pages).

I favorite postcards to collect are animals or birds with umbrellas.

I also collect vintage ephemera: Victorian Trading Cards, Vintage greeting cards, Single Swap Playing Cards (especially cats, owls, and unusual jokers) unusual cancelled postage stamps. All of my collections include used and unused paper items.

Wish List

I'm a child at heart and enjoy fun, playful themes. I also enjoy vintage era graphics (40s - 50s).

Think of Handmade, vintage, part packages, gently used from your stash first. Other people's trash is my treasure LOL.

I tend to prefer muted colors over primary colors and I like yellow and lime green for all seasons. I also like "unexpected" color combinations.

For flat surprises, I can use:

  • Textured papers, handmade paper, or paper you alter w/swirls, splatters, Gelli plate prints, stamped on and textured papers (all sizes) I love paper!
  • Swap cards and/or Return address labels
  • Cats, owls
  • Christian themed stickers with scripture.
  • Flat stickers, rather than 3D types
  • Old, interesting black/white photos/cabinet photos. You know; the instant relative types : )
  • Retro and Victorian pictures or phrases cut from books, magazines.
  • Anything handmade by you.
  • Vintage single playing cards (collect jokers and interesting pictures)


I try to be thankful for any gift received, but some things just don't work for me due to my allergies: perfumes, soaps, lotions, candles, and some foods.

Tea and coffee samples are fine.

Although I'm a Christian I don't care for crosses, pictures of Christ, or most Christian imagery. I prefer items with scripture and a flower or other non-religious pictures.

Please do not send skulls, goth, fairies, nudes, and such. I don't celebrate Halloween and also don't care much for elves, Santas, fantasy, surreal or cutesy, but will re-gift to someone who has these listed as favorites.

Reminders for me . . .

My Games, Tags, Trains, RAKs & Wishes:


warheart rated for UHM: National Cat Day on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Such an adorable envelope of happy mail! Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked your happy mail. Thank you for the nice rating with heart.
Coss rated for RSC - Fall Colors on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card and the nice stam.ped images. I love the Morton Salt one (or that is what it reminds me of)
Response: I'm glad you liked your swap. That image reminds me of Morton Salt also. It is one of my favorites. Thank you for the nice rating with a heart.
ChrisD rated for Fall Themed Card on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. The embossing is beautiful. I really appreciate it.
Response: I'm happy you liked it. Thank you for the heart rating. Happy fall.
rarjones rated for CF- Our Own Backyards on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Received your swap today. Yes God's creatures are a sweet treat to watch. At this time it's like He has provided us with our own at home safe entertainment! Thank you for the scripture and the extras too! Happy Fall:)
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the rating with heart.
24Donna rated for CMF - Card with a Die Cut on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! God bless you
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad you liked it.
123Poggy123 rated for RSC - Pumpkins on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: What a delightful card. Thank you so much & for the recipe cards.
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the nice rating with heart. Happy fall. swapping!
Jessinpa rated for WnWHS ~ Encouragement Notecard Swap on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Love the card it's beautiful and thank you for the fall goodies!
Response: So glad you enjoyed everything. Thank you for the quick rating and heart. Happy fall swapping!
Fritosmom rated for CF: Fall Postcard! on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Fall Gatlinburg PC and perfect scripture. God Bless
Response: Wow! That was fast. I'm glad you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the nice rating with heart. Happy fall.
ArtyBeth3 rated for RSC: Slimline Cards on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Sweet card! Yes, always good to try a new card design. Unfortunately, they want us back in the office on Monday. We’re hoping they push it out until the smoke clears! P.S. Thanks for the fall themed punched shapes and die cuts! 🍁
Response: You are welcome and thank you for the heart rating. I'm sorry they are calling you into the office. The air is suppose to improve, but perhaps if it doesn't they will change their expectations.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for WnWHS: Skyscraper Day on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Oo thank you for the lovely postcards! I love them all! UN Building, Eiffel Tower and the lovely vintage train cards too! This is such a special swap! I love the handmade card too- so delicate and pretty!!
Response: I'm so glad they arrived and you are enjoying them. Thank you for the nice rating with a heart. Take care.
HappyDayMail rated for CF: Vintage Stamped Mail on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: So delightful to see your lovely p.c. in my mailbox! Thanks for making this a fun swap.
Response: I'm glad it arrived safely. Thank you for hte nice rating with heart. Happy swapping.
spotteddogs rated for RSC - Christmas in September on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Joan - what a LOVELY card! I have been obsessed with olive/lime green for Christmas lately and love the trees! Thanks, too, for the exquisite cardstock extras and die cuts. Will probably use them on gift tags! Thanks again for a special swap - breathe safely up in Oregon with all those fires. Take care!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the cards and have a use for the die cuts. I'm in a safe area so far and the smoke isn't as bad as it was. Thank you for the top rating with a heart. Take care.
rarjones rated for CF: Bee Ye Kind on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: Yeah! Your re-send came today! Beautiful card as always. I love all the fixings to make one myself as well:) Thank you so much and sorry it was held up in the mail system.I will let you know if the first one ever makes it thru to me.
Response: I'm happy the resend made it to you. And, I do hope the first one will eventually show up. Thank you for being so kind about this and thank you for the nice rating.
Comment: Thank you Joan. I love all the owl items and your envelope. Blessings
Response: I'm glad it arrived quickly and you like the owls. They are always fun for fall. Thank you for the nice heart rating. Happy fall. God bless.
AbbyGailsCorner rated for CF- Fun with Tape on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: I LOVE this card Joan! So fun to learn a new technique. Thank you for your note and the die cuts and stamped images. Looking forward to Fall!
Response: You are very welcome. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the nice rating with heart. Yes. Come on fall!
Coss rated for RSC - Hello to Fall on Aug 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful card and the extra goodies. Those little squirrels are as cute as can be. Thank you for the lovely note as well.
Response: You are very welcome. I'm surprised how quickly that arrived. Some of my swaps are taking 3 weeks or more. I'm glad you liked the swap. Thanks for the nice rating with a heart. : )
LadyJo rated for CF: Share the Lesson Swap on Aug 27, 2020
Comment: Wow, Joan! What a beautiful lighthouse note card! I will enjoy this by displaying it! The beautiful blue sky, my favorite. I enjoyed Your devotional! I laughed about the material things, such as craft supplies. I love sending too! This is a great reminder, right now to humble ourselves. Thank you for the great swap, stamps, and the coloring card as well!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your swap. Thank you for the great rating with a heart. Your comments cheer me up. : )
rarjones rated for RSC - Sender's Choice on Aug 27, 2020
Comment: yeah it came in todays mail:) I love the card it is adorable! You always take alot of time in your swaps - I love getting you as a partner:) as for jpg/gif finds I just type in my theme and then gif with 300 x 300. I usually find alot to click on but not all will be the size I want - I still have to test them out many times. But I have enjoyed learning to do that:)
Response: I am so glad it came! And, happy you like it. Thank you for the tip on finding gif images and thank you for the nice rating with a heart.
Comment: Thanks so much for the Oregon Lighthouses PC I am sure I have seen a few of them when I was young. Some of the names sound familiar to me. Thanks too for hosting this swap.
Response: Thank you for joining the swap and rating with a heart. God bless.
isabellasnow rated for SMSUSA: Autumn Happy Mail on Aug 21, 2020
Comment: Hi Joan! You certainly brightened my day with your Autumn Happy Mail! What a wonderful bunch of goodies. I love everything and it went a long way toward putting me into a fall mood!
Response: And your rating just brightened my evening. I'm glad it made both of us happy. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. Happy fall swapping!

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kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2019:

SCORE! lol The Tower Records postcard! OMgosh!

ReadMoreBooks33 on Aug 3, 2018:

supersquirrel on Dec 13, 2016:

Just completed the MAE - I spy a kitty kat. My first event since joining MAE. It was a blast - a swap I truly enjoyed. Thank you for hosting such a fun event.

TamiHope on Sep 4, 2016:

ReadMoreBooks33 on Jun 30, 2015:

ginabee on Mar 2, 2012:


TamiHope on Feb 25, 2012:

Thank you, Joan, for all the card making goodies you sent to me! You are so thoughtful and I love them!

ArtyBeth3 on Feb 23, 2012:

Thank you, Joan, for blessing me with lots of fun kitty images and other images too, along with your note on the tea cup flower card, for the blessings game in the CF group. I'm so happy to hear hubby is at home and recuperating. God is so good!

glennasgarden on Feb 14, 2012:

Happy Valentine's Day dear friend. I hope it is wonder filled! Enjoy!

ginabee on Feb 8, 2012:

a cup full of love is just a token of my love

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