Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2018 9:43 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: February 19, 2018

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 3 years. God has provided. I'm also a Mother (1 married daughter), Grandmother to three grown girls and Great-grandmother to a 3 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 is a 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

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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. I like yellow and lime green for all seasons. I also like "unexpected" color combinations. I can use:

  • Handmade paper or paper you alter w/swirls, splatters, stamped on and textured papers (all sizes) I love paper!
  • Cello sleeves for handmade cards A2 size.
  • Hand stamped images (black or brown on white) and images that blend on unusual papers
  • Shipping tags (all sizes) Plain or grunge fine.
  • Cats, chickens & roosters are favs
  • Christian themed stickers with scripture.
  • Pictures of you and your family to add to my Swap-bot scrapbook
  • Pretty stickers. I prefer just flat ones, not 3D
  • 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)
  • Fun, bright printed socks (Size 9-11)
  • 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:


Sunflower107 rated for CF: Cat Mail Art #2 on Feb 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the cute kitty paper!
Comment: Happy Valentine's Day Joan! Thank you so much I LOVE the purple card you made~So pretty! Thanks for the lovely washi tapes and the pretty paper too! If I could give you a gazillion hearts I would~
PeggyO rated for CF: Send some HEARTS with LOVE on Feb 12, 2018
Comment: Joan---What a great swap FULL of hearts and more hearts! Thank you so very much ---I've already put some of them to use for current valentine swaps. I really like the hearts with kitties die cuts, AND the embossed hearts which I assume you created--not using them until I get some made so as not to forget the idea. It makes them look oh-so-special but not so hard to create---but look is quite impressive. They would work beautifully as parts of a Valentine's card. Then we have all of the heart postage stamps; wherever did you find those. At 29 cents they are from a while back, but I remember them definitely. How can I give you a dozen hearts, like a dozen red roses for the holiday? Thanks and MANY hearts added!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the top rating and nice comments. I just answered questions in a PM - Happy Heart's Day.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Valentine.I appreciate the extras.
kfaye rated for Quick - One more Valentine Card Swap on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: Awe, thank you so much <3 It was SO sweet of you to include a card for me too :) Thank you for the wonderful advise on the postcard. This is going to become a keepsake and really help them through <3 The card you sent for them is hilarious! Thank you again. Big Hugs & a Happy Valentine's Day to you!!
Comment: Thank you. I like Holly Hobby too. The cat die cuts are so cute.
Swan rated for CF: Handmade Washi Card #2 (Edited) on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: That's a beautiful card design, thank you! And thank you for the swan stamps, so cool!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the card. You are very welcome. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
marinda rated for Puppy Love Card Swap on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: I love the card. Thank you! :) :)
Response: I'm happy you liked the card. These Valentine swaps have been so much fun. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
e2java rated for Quick - One more Valentine Card Swap on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute dog card and all the cute inserts. I do have a couple sets of sheets for my pooches and it helps preserve their beds. Happy Valentine's Day!
Jeepers rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: I love the Holly Hobbie card, thank you! Happy Valentine's Day!❤
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Send some HEARTS with LOVE on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: WOW! I love all the LOVE scripture you put on your lovely red envelope. You then "spoiled" me with all sorts of wonderful papery goodies inside the envelope, things which I will enjoy using throughout this month of February. Thanks much for the unused love postage stamps too. A wonderful mail day it was. P.S. I read your long typed PM and will be re-reading it again. :).
Response: You are welcome. Than you for the wonderful rating and heart. More goodies are on the way!
Comment: Beautiful card, thank you! Please don't laugh, but I have never played scrabble, I might have to check it out.
Response: Thank you for the nice rating and heart. When I saw the word alliteration on your profile, I'm guessing you would do well at scrabble. : )
Comment: Thank you for the Valentine's day card and the extra postcards! My nephew is going to love them!
Response: I'm so happy I remembered I had those. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Comment: I got a double dose Joan! I absolutely love what you made me~So clever! Thank you so very much~Wish I could give you a gazillion hearts!!!
Response: Thank you for the special rating. Hope you get a double dose ; )
Comment: What a beautiful card you made me Joan! Your cards always give me ideas and are so pretty! Thanks for the postage too!
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the nice comments and heart. Happy crafting!
Comment: Cute card and appreciate the ephemera too! Happy Valentines Day!
Response: Thank you for the nice rating and heart. Happy swapping!
Comment: My girls likes Holly Hobbie, too, so thanks for the card, and for the valentine cat die cuts! They made this cat lady very happy. Happy Valentine's Day and happy swapping!
Comment: Love the hand made card Joan! Did you stamp on the glitter paper? What ink did you use? I enjoyed your memories and the Bible passage. Thank you for the "love" postage too! Can always use that!!
Response: Thank you for the nice rating and heart. I did stamp on the glitter paper with white color box and then sprinkled white embossing powder and used the heat gun. It was an experiment and I liked it a lot.
Peaches12 rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Jan 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Holly Hobbie card and especially the cute cat diecuts.

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debhous on Feb 17, 2018:

Thank you for the bookmark and the info on the songs for the WTA. I loved reading the info on your hymns. You always go above and beyond!

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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♥

Kellpepper on Feb 4, 2018:

Thank you for wonderful Birthday wishes! Kelli

clutterfree on Jan 23, 2018:

Oops...the last one did not get cut off when I looked at the preview....

It states "The darkness is passing and the true light is already shining!" 1John 2:8

glennasgarden on Jan 1, 2018:

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hollycm6 on Dec 27, 2017:

Your birthday package to me was amazing... SO fun! I'd forgotten you'd mentioned them earlier so was so surprised! :) ( a bad memory is great at christmas!)Thank you thank you! I sent you a birthday package too (from a wishlist of yours) but it said it would be delivered after Christmas... something else to look forward to! It's just a small thing but I hope you'll enjoy it! Thank you again!!!!!

glennasgarden on Dec 25, 2017:

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Joan!

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