Swap-bot Time: August 7, 2020 2:38 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: August 7, 2020

Country: United States
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Hello -

I look forward to swapping with you.

I enjoy making people happy, so do let me know (before rating down) if for any reason my swap content did not meet your expectations or the instructions and especially if you do not receive a swap. My rating is very important to me and I want to make it right.

I have been a widow for 5 years. I miss him more every day. But, God has provided. I'm also a Mother (1 married daughter), Grandmother to three grown girls and Great-grandmother to a 5 year old girl. My daughter and husband live in Florida and the grown girls are in three different states: AZ, AL and FL. They all like sunshine. 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 am Christian and trust in God for the salvation he provides through his son, Jesus.

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

I am retired and enjoy tag sales, thrift stores and flea markets. I love crafting with paper and all kinds of mixed media.

Themes I enjoy

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

I collect postcards. My very favorites are animals and especially birds holding umbrellas.

I also collect vintage ephemera: Victorian Trading Cards, Vintage greeting cards, Single Swap Playing Cards (especially cats, owls, and unusual jokers) Postage Stamps. All of my collections include used and unused. I love them all!

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!
  • Hand stamped images (black or brown on white or cream color) and images that blend on unusual papers
  • Cats, owls
  • Christian themed stickers with scripture.
  • Flat stickers, rather than 3D types
  • Die cuts
  • 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)
  • Vintage lace, ribbon and crinkled seam binding


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:


LadyJo rated for CF: Mail Art Ice Cream on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: I loved your Mail Art envie! It was neat! I also loved reading your note, and the fun awesome extras! All those ice cream die cuts! Fun! I am glad you are safe in your city. Also, sad to read about the Senior Center. It is good you can get outside and enjoy God's Beauty! Thank you for joining and I am glad to receive lovely things from you!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap. It was a fun one. Thank you for the nice rating with a heart. God bless.
TamiHope rated for RSC - One More Christmas in July on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Hi Joan! Beautiful Christmas card - I have not seen this one! I love all the trees - they make me happy. :-) Thanks to for the great Christmas tags. And thank you for joining my swap! Tami
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. I enjoy that full page multi-tree rubber stamp and embossing folder. It was fun to do a Christmas card in July! Thank you for hosting and the heart rating. .
Eulegirl rated for WnWHS ~ National Kitten Day PC on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the kitty card!
Response: Thank you for the rating with a heart.
Comment: Wish I could be traveling now, even in the car on the postcard! Thanks!
Response: Those were the days! Well, neither of us is that old, but I'm sure it was exciting riding in some of those early autos. Thank you for the nice rating with heart. Hugs.
TamiHope rated for CF: Mini Pen-pal Challenge #2 on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Hi Joan! Thank you for the oh so sweet handmade card and note inside. I love how your stamp matched your designer paper! I also enjoyed the stickers - thank you!
Response: I'm glad you like the card. I've had fun matching papers and stamps with that new color card stock. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
swiftbrooks rated for CMF: Black & [You Choose] Card on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: OMG, JOAN!! Thank you so much for the gorgeous butterfly themed card that you sent along with the gorgeous butterfly extras! Where did you get the butterfly dies? I LOVE them! :D
Response: I'm so glad you liked the card. The butterflies were made with a retired stampin up embosslits die - beautiful wings. There are some for sale on eBay. It is quick and easy to use.
glennasgarden rated for CF: Split panel card on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much Joan for the sweet birdie card you made for me and for the bible verse card too!
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the kind rating and heart. God bless!
BeckyG56 rated for CF: Big Summer Postcard Swap :) on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: I love the vintage beach postcard!
Response: Oh, good. I hoped you would be the right partner for that one! Thank you for the nice rating with heart.
Comment: Joan...it was wonderful to hear from you on the beautiful vintage linen PC of the beach...it is amazing how they were dressed...it made me hot to see the fancy dresses, hats and ling trousers on the men. So glad styles include shorts now!! But some today definitely need to put more on at the beach...lol Enjoyed reading your history of Victor buying RCA....and yes I noticed all your cute dragonflies that brought a smile to me across the miles! Hope you are staying healthy. ..Charlene
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the special card I chose and decorated for you. Thank you for the nice comments and the heart. Happy summer!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! The boys will love the raccoon! We had an opossum in our yard today: big storm!
Response: Thank you for the fun swap and nice rating. Happy Summer to all of you!
susieq40 rated for CF- Fear not on Jun 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for goodies. God Bless You.
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart. Take care.
Comment: I thought this swap was send things you hoard, so I was very confused by your postcard haha but I figured it out
Response: Thank you for rating. I do hoard postcards. I have boxes full.
rarjones rated for CF-Fruit on Apr 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the blessed words on my profile page. Thanks for joining in the swap too!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the top rating with heart.
Comment: Thanks Joan for sharing your favorite hymns (“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord" and “Up from the grave He arose”). You are right, we do not need to practice social distancing from Christ our Lord! Happy Easter. 💕
Comment: Thanks so much for what you wrote about the book of Daniel. I shall read it too and apply it to what is happening now..
Response: Thank you for the top rating with a beautiful red heart. God bless.
glennasgarden rated for CF - 9th Birthday Card Swap on Apr 1, 2020
Comment: Happy 9th Birthday~ What a sweet card to send to me and I have saved it to recycle it again. I can't believe it has been 9 years My how time flies when you are having fun~ Thanks for starting this group and for being such a nice friend.
Response: Thank you Glenna for the nice rating and heart. May God give us many more years in the CF group. Hugs.
Comment: Thanks so much for hoisting this swap Joan and for the beautiful He is Risen PC with daffodils on it that you sent to me!
Response: You know daffodils are a favorite of mine so it was a sacrifice to share that card. LOL Thank you for the top rating with heart. God Bless your Easter.
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Encouragement Card on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: What great encouragement! Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. James 4:8
Response: Thank you for the rating with heart. When God feels distant to me, I claim this promise.
Sunflower107 rated for CF: Encouragement Card on Mar 17, 2020
Comment: Yes I love the Rom 8:28. I am happy to give everything to the lord. Yes, I'm glad too that he is in control!
Response: Thank you for the nice rating and heart. This verse is so encouraging for our every concern. God bless.
meganimal rated for SMSUSA: Pretty Envelopes!! on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice note and the pretty envelopes! :)
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the rating with heart. Happy March!

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kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2019:

SCORE! lol The Tower Records postcard! OMgosh!

BlueberryLady on Nov 30, 2018:

Just got your note in today's mail for the CF Nov. WTA. What a Great Idea Heifer International, Yes I heard of them many years ago at Church.. Thank you for the Note and Stamps. !! Blessings and Hugs..

ReadMoreBooks33 on Aug 3, 2018:

TereDiane1954 on Jun 25, 2018:

Joan, welcome home!! We missed our illustrious leader ;) Hope you had a great time.

TereDiane1954 on May 14, 2018:

Joan, I love the typewriter and camera cut-outs you sent me! Hm, what shall I do with them . . .? Thank you so much! I'm still thinking about what a wonderful time you and Becky and Beth and I had last week. I treasure my friendship with all of you♥

Animatarian on Apr 5, 2018:

Joan, thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers!! The card was so appreciated, and your thoughtfulness at including thank-yous AND stamps was wonderful!! It's amazing how many things you "need" when you can't drive!! LOL The Lord must be teaching me something!! Thanks again for everything.

clutterfree on Mar 26, 2018:

Thank you for your generous blessings that you have shared with me and the grands..love all the fun stickers you sent for the CF challenge! What a cute card you sent them in...Also, thanks for the fun RAK blank note cards with postage and the mystery item, a vintage PC of the Amish school house in Lancaster, PA. Hope you have a joyous EASTER ...HE is RISEN!!...Charlene

marinda on Mar 21, 2018:

Thank you so much for all the lovely postcards! I love them all. Thank you for brightening my mailbox! :D

Animatarian on Feb 12, 2018:

Joan, Thanks so much for the happy Valentine I found in my PO Box today! It made my day, and made me smile :). Appreciate you so much, thank you for all your thoughtfulness!! Patty

TereDiane1954 on Feb 9, 2018:

Dear Joan, I found the sweetest welcome-home note in my mailbox this morning! Thank you for your thoughtfulness. The article about how the Scrabble game got its start is fascinating. I like knowing odd bits of information like that. It makes me feel really intelligent ;) It's so good to be home♥

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