Swap-bot Time: April 21, 2018 9:58 am


Date Joined: June 19, 2015
Last Online: April 21, 2018
Birthday: October 21
Country: United States
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About Me

My day job is doing bindery at a print shop (everything after a job is printed).

My hobbies are reading, writing letters (snail-mail), and doing simple, quick crafts. I love to make cards. I studied history and environmental science at the University of Virginia, Col 2011 (Yep, I'm pissed!) and I love to learn new things.

While I'm not picky about what I receive, I do have a preference for stationary items (notecards, paper, envelopes, stickers, etc), small notions that can be used to decorate handmade cards (die cuts, washi tape, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, glitter glue, etc), or anything else that can get my crafting juices flowing.

I have decided to go back to school to get a degree and license in elementary education. One of the ideas I have for a future lesson is a creative writing assignment utilizing a picture on a postcard for inspiration. Postcards for this can really feature anything, but people and settings would probably work best. These can be photographs, paintings, drawings....the sky is the limit! These postcards need to be blank (not written on).

I'm interested in typography and would love to receive interesting labels (from wine or beer bottles, for example, though the sky's the limit) and other ephemera. I don't drink alcohol in any form (I don't care for the taste), so please only send the labels! smile

I have recently started a love affair with fountain pens and would love to receive some cool ink samples!

Or a favorite book recommendation--I'm always looking for new authors to read (any and all genres)! Articles cut out of magazines are cool, too!

I don't have a use for "Post-It" type sticky paper. I don't drink tea or coffee.

I have no food allergies and am game to try any unique snacks you may want to send.

ATCs are always welcome! As is any kind of artwork. I have very diverse taste in art.

My favorite color is orange.

I like fairies, but not the Tinker Bell type. I prefer them to be more realistic rather than cartoon-y. I love anything nature oriented.

My husband drives a tow truck, so I'm intrigued by any towing related items you may find. While we like Tow Mater, I'd rather see vintage trucks rather than cartoons.

Some of my fandoms are Doctor Who, Star Trek (particularly Voyager), and pretty much anything that is a reworking of a fairy tale (I LOVE Once Upon a Time). Oddly enough, I really get excited about fan created art/cosplay even when I don't know and/or care about the original source ☺.

I am open to participating in Private Swaps for anything listed here on my profile. I post all the note cards I make to my blog and this year, I'm planning on hosting a monthly giveaway there for (3) cards made the previous month (feel free to enter!!). I'm happy to swap any of the cards posted on my blog (if they're still available, of course). 99% of the cards I make are 4.25x5.5 inches and most don't have a sentiment (are blank inside).

As a favor to me (it's not required!), please write the name of the swap and your username somewhere on the outside of the envelope. This just makes my life easier when I'm sorting the mail. Thanks!

Christmas List

These are items that I'd be super excited to receive regardless of the swap parameters. A single one will warrant a 5 and a Heart rating from me.

*Paper Punches (any size or shape and they need not be new, just in good working order)

*Rubber/Clear Stamps (particularly words) and ink pads (all colors).

*National Geographic or Smithsonian Magazines (or really any educational magazine). They don't have to be new, but can't have torn out pages and must be in generally good shape. This is for another future lesson.

*JAN 1, 2018: I'm already starting on Christmas presents for 2018! I'm making Ornaments and I was shocked that 4 days after Christmas (I.e. this past Friday) Michaels had NO thin Christmas ribbon (eighth to half inch) on their clearance shelf! So, if you have any in your stash that you'd like to part with (any length, any color, preferably not plastic/curling ribbon) this year, I'd be more than grateful! Any other items that you'd think would work for ornaments (buttons, stickers, die cuts, etc) would also be appreciated 😊.


Pen Pals

I'm always looking for new pen pals! I like long chatty letters about anything and everything. Feel free to ask me any questions you like. Sorry, no men, please.

I swap FBs and the like (slams, bags, etc), but ONLY in small quantities (less than $1 in postage).

Administrative Stuff

Our mailbox is located at the entrance to the neighborhood, so I check it once a week in winter and 2 to 3 times a week in summer. I rate swaps the same day I get them out of the mailbox.

I honestly don't notice that the swap you're sending is late until it's been on my sent page for over a month from the send date, but at that point I do send out messages to try to figure out what happened. I refrain from rating 1 until I want to clear out my sent page, IF there's been no communication.

If you want me to run out and check my mailbox immediately for your swap, just send me a message. I really don't mind the walk when I know there's something better than junk mail in it!

1 once got a 1 because Swap Bot lost the message the recipient sent me to say my envelope had never arrived. Please be kind and send a second message if you don't hear from me, especially if SB says I've read the message.


sarah04 rated for April Friendship Book Swap-2018 on Apr 19, 2018
Comment: Hi! Thanks for these. They're all so nice! I have signed them already and will pass them along asap.
jinxspinx rated for 5th - 4 Handmade Envies - USA on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Very cute envelopes! Thank you for the extra washi card!
lomogirl rated for 5th - 4 Handmade Envies - USA on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thank You!
draco rated for Books, Bags, Sheets Mini Swap on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: thank you. i'll get them played and passed along
bcdebinbc rated for March Friendship Book Swap-2018 on Mar 22, 2018
MyRetroSoul rated for Send Anything #36 on Mar 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the great goodies! The stationary you made me is so cute! Thank you for taking the time to do that.
Zefaniya rated for Send Anything #36 on Mar 19, 2018
m3i5 rated for CPG Handmade Envies - Global on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: Hi Cathy, Thank you very much for the 5 beautiful envies and the pretty stamps! :)
NiniJae rated for March Friendship Book Swap-2018 on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: Hi Cathy! Thanks for sending. I hope you are having a good week, too!
dalbright rated for 5 FBs February on Feb 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the FBs and oh my goodness, the stickers will be a huge hit after preschool tomorrow-thanks for throwing in a bit of extra special-so thoughtful! 💗Debbie
Zander rated for Die-Cut Destash Jan 2017 INTL on Jan 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful assortment of die cuts.
jeepermom rated for US: Excess XMas Cards Round #6 on Jan 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cards. I can't wait to use them in my crafting!
noname13 rated for CPG Flat Happy Mail #2 (Global) on Jan 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks a lot!
marinda rated for US: Excess XMas Cards Round #6 on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the great postcards!
veronicallama rated for US: Excess XMas Cards Round #6 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the nice cards!
Comment: So pretty and creative! TXS❤️💖💜💙
Comment: Hi Cathy, thank you for the FBs and the cute envelope. I hope you had wonderful holidays!
laterdayze rated for Send Anything *Winter* on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! :)
Comment: Hope you've had a pleasant holiday season. Thank you for the card, & happy swapping! :)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 179 14 16
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159 210 0 0
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mgallardo68 on Apr 14, 2018:

Received your awesome RAK Cathy! I loved all the vintage looking envies you sent me for RAK Themed Handmade Envelopes. Big thank you!! ♥

Kellpepper on Mar 21, 2018:

RAK-Envelopes: Thank you so much much! These envies are beautiful. The paper is from one of my favorite paper pads. I blew through it quickly so it is nice to have a reminder of how pretty the paper was. Kelli

NiniJae on Feb 2, 2018:

Hi Cathy! I received the FB's for the Group: AFBSI 5 FB's Tag. Thanks also for the washi! Will be seeing you around.

~ Janine

simcoe54 on Dec 18, 2017:

4.25x5.5 Paper RAK - I will put all the colorful paper you sent me to good use. Thanks so much!

bluehairedmary on Dec 4, 2017:

Thank you so much for answering my question for the Postcard Question tag! What fun to be a part of the wedding! Happy swapping!

ladybugluvsstuff on Nov 27, 2017:

double sided sticky tape rak received. very nice to be able to cut piece needed, thanks 😊🐞

ittybittykitty on Nov 25, 2017:

Thanks so much for the double sided sticky foam RAK! I’m very excited to play with it!

user6937 on Nov 21, 2017:

Home > One-on-One Trades > Random Acts of Kindness > RAK--Double Sided Sticky Craft Foam: Thanks - it'll be nice to cut the size I want :)

fbresnah on Nov 16, 2017:

RAK - Received the double-sided foam. Thank you very much! This is exactly what I needed to make 3-d cards. Happy Holidays!

jaimierandolph on Jan 7, 2017:

Profile Check for Any kind of washi !!!! Welcome to the swap!

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