Swap-bot Time: May 23, 2019 11:55 am


Date Joined: August 29, 2008
Last Online: May 23, 2019
Birthday: September 30, 1979
Country: United States
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I found the most adorable miniature rolodex holder and cards, the cards are like 2"x3". If you're willing to make a decorated rolo for me (I'll send you the blank) please message me. In return I can make ATCs, twinchies, notecards, rolos, or some other small craft. Thanks!!

If you haven't received a swap from me please contact me before rating a 1. I always send out my swaps so if it hasn't reached you I'm happy to resend.

Please don't include extras in your swaps to me, I am overloaded so I end up tossing them in the recycling bin to avoid the clutter. I hate doing that but I never use the majority of "extras" I get.

About me

  • I am a mother, wife, and an engineer who is owned by 2 rescue pups.

  • I tend to be very long winded in my writing :-)

  • My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. He is my savior in life. 19 years ago I was a totally different person and may not have made it had I not gotten pregnant. So yeah, he's 19 years old and just started college in the fall of 2018. Though he's a commuter, he's rarely home unless he's hungry, stinky or needs to drop off the latest pile of laundry ;-) It's been a huge adjustment for me as I have spent the last 19 years dedicated to him and now I don't know what to do with my mind and so much free time. I craft and swap a lot more as I really don't want to be one of those moms. He loves baseball, working out, laughing, computer science and being kind to people. I am very proud of him :-)

  • The story behind my husband and our pups kind of goes together. I was never the type to think I'd get married until I met Bill. We just work more perfectly than anything I've ever experienced. He understands my need for lots of alone time and doesn't nag me about anything, and same with me for him. We've been together since 2007, got married in 2014, and bought our first home together soon thereafter.

  • Our first pup together was a gorgeous golden retriever named Bella. I kind of stole her from my dad, after he retired he would be off traveling the world and we'd have her for weeks at a time. Once it got to be a constant back and forth I told him either he was a world traveler or a dog owner and I wasn't giving her back until he decided. She never went back and hence became Porta Bella :-) Very soon thereafter she became Bill's dog and I was chop liver if he was around. He just has a way with animals, it's sweet and frustrating at the same time...as you'll see if you're still reading.

  • I had always wanted a puppy but the house we were living in was far too small for the four of us already. As Bella got older I wanted one more and more, both to keep her more active and to help the mourning process as I knew one day we would have to say goodbye. I had been looking around online for a few months and came across a mountain cur puppy named Bruce. I fell in love with him immediately but he was ~50 miles away and my husband had recently had a falling out with a friend named Bruce so considering he wasn't all-in on the idea of getting a puppy there was probably no chance he'd be interested in this one. We moved in to our new house at the end of August and on Sep 19 a friend and I went to a local pet rescue event and guess who was there!??! - BRUCE! I picked him up and he just snuggled me and I never put him back down. I paid my adoption fee and just brought him home. Bill was livid...

  • After ~30 minutes of that I finally just said "You know he's not going back because I already love him and well, his name is Bruce so he needs a new name. Would you like to name him?" And he grumbled "Ruger". I said fine and Bill finally got up to play with him. Those little suckers are inseparable now! If you see Ruger you see Bill, if you don't see Bill then Ruger pouts. This was supposed to be MY puppy dammit! I still get my puppy snuggles and playtime. I've also learned if I use his favorite blanket on my lap that is one time he will choose me over Bill :-P He's a strange pup, when we have friends over they'll say hi and give him pets and he's just kinda like "meh, whatever, where's my dad?" and goes to find him and sits on his shoe.

  • We did eventually have to put Bella down due to old age, the day after my birthday in 2017. We're still heartbroken but it especially hit Ruger. That was his best friend and she was so sweet with him. So Bill started to look around at the rescue sites and came across a black mouth cur named Lucy. She was over a year old and had a tumultuous yet somewhat unknown history. She had been found with a broken yet partially healed hip so she spent the first few weeks of her rescue isolated in a cage to continue healing. Her previous owners refused to crate her and eventually returned her because she ate their couch... But she was super adorable and looked nearly identical to Ruger so we filled out the paperwork and set up the meet and greet. Fortunately for me, Bill wasn't there - he was off hunting up north for 2 weeks! It was an awkward meet, poor Lucy wouldn't let me come anywhere near her and was very skittish. All I wanted to do was love on her. But I made the plunge and said we would take her, she'll come around. I really think that 2 weeks of initial bonding with her set everything in place perfect for me because I can say Lucy is MY dog. Anytime she is scared or wants to play she comes to me and Bill is chop liver!

  • TL;DR: We got each other dogs named Ruger-roo and Lucy-loo

Crafty Stuff

I am primarily a papercrafter but also dabble in sewing and upcycling. I enjoy making handmade cards, ATCs, altered rolos, twinchies, art journal pages, slams and decos.

I have been having a lot of fun watching and learning from Tim Holtz. His color palette and grungy style is perfect for me. I am just now working through the Creative Chemistry classes and am glad I waited as I have a lot more Ranger products (and time!) now than when the classes were first released.

I am co-founder of a new group called Exploring Tim Holtz Products so if you're a fan be sure to check it out!

Postcards likes and dislikes

I'm not really swapping postcards on here much these days but these are my interests:

  • Regular touristy storebought postcards
  • Not fond of zazzle/vistaprint/freebie/ads
  • Handmade cards based on a profile like are always welcome :)
  • At the top of my profile you can find a link to my entire PC collection which is sorted by my favorite collection topics.
  • I'd really appreciate it if you'd check my collection, which is very large, to avoid sending a duplicate.

My absolute favorite type of postcards are maps!! You can find my entire collection here. I'd love if you could find one that I don't have :)

If you'd like to do a private trade for postcards, you can find my offers here which I try to keep updated but have slacked off in the past couple of years. Some of the more expensive or particular themed cards I will only trade for similar cards, but feel free to send me a message if you see something you like!

Random stuff I adore:

  • Coffee (very, very, very, very dark - almost like mud).
  • Green is my absolute favorite color, just regular crayola green or grass green.
  • Monkeys being silly or doing things that make people freak out.
  • Perfect Pearls.
  • Word Games.
  • Albert Einstein.
  • Engineering.
  • Rustic.
  • Tim Holtz.
  • Creepy & Cute.
  • Autumn.
  • Unthemed.
  • Mark Ryden.
  • Chris Cornell. (RIP

Random stuff I loathe:

  • Gold.
  • Puffy Stickers.
  • Lime Green.
  • Friendship Books.
  • Girly frou-frou crap.
  • Spring/Summer themes.
  • Flowers.
  • Big or chunky crafts or craft objects
  • Jewelry (I hardly wear it and am pretty picky.)
  • I get really aggravated when I RAK something to somebody and they don't even have the decency to say "Thanks!".


Comment: Thank you! :)
elflady rated for ETHP: Squeezed Lemonade ATC on May 20, 2019
Comment: Another great ATc, Thanks so much. elflady
elflady rated for ETHP: Shabby Shutters ATC on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC. I love the way you create these ATCs. .Thanks also for the card and note. elflady
SLembke rated for OATC: Number 1 on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the one ATC. Your note was punny. ;-) Sorry for what is likely a late rating. I've been traveling for a little over two weeks and just returned this weekend. But ATCs in the mail box are a nice little present. The card you made is fabulous too!
Poeprincess rated for ACTs: Coin Wheel Spinner on May 18, 2019
Comment: Great job on this spinner! Love the colors, words & spin tab, too. Your oxide technique is fabulous. Thank you!
djcamp04 rated for ETHP: 10 step ATC challenge #5 on May 13, 2019
Comment: Wow! I love the colors on this ATC & the travel badge is great! Thanks for a great swap! The notecard was cute with the sparkly pen writing 😁.
elflady rated for ETHP: Wild Honey ATC on May 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for this great ATC. Love it. Thanks also for the Geli Print page also. elflady
elflady rated for ETHP: Mustard Seed ATC on May 12, 2019
Comment: As usual a great creative card. Thanks so much. elflady
elflady rated for ETHP: Scattered Straw ATC on May 12, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for this ATC.I so love receiving your work. It is very creative and so different to mine. elflady
AnitaMac rated for ETHP: 10 step ATC challenge #4 on May 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for a wonderful ATC and for hosting this swap! I haven't tried the new oxide sprays, yet, but I am so tempted to get some - now more than ever. They are on my list. It's hard to resist Tim Holtz products.
Comment: Thanks for your sweet note and lovely handmade card!
Comment: Thank you for your gorgeous ATC and the pretty card. I love gelli printing!
Bucket rated for Collaboration #68 on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating -- happy to get this one sent home!
carol rated for Collaboration #69 on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: Very cool background! Thanks for an interesting challenge!
PaperPassion rated for BOKEH Backround Technique ATC on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: the ATC you sent is great,thanks so much .It is so pretty.
Comment: Thanks, they are new ones for me.
Comment: thank you for the awesome ATCs and the extra gelli print page, I just love it!
123Poggy123 rated for ATCE&T: Wax Paper Resist on Apr 21, 2019
Comment: Great color combination on this beautiful ATC.
Poeprincess rated for A,C & T: Senders Choice ATC on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: My dear, I love your very artistic ATC. I have a Gelli plate, but haven’t tried it yet. Have signed up for a swap in May & hope I can create something as nice as you did!
RiverTopanga rated for ATC with a Tag on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Hi Colleen! I am so glad you liked the swap :-) What a creative ATC. Love it! Thank you so much... I also love the card you made :-) Thank you for both!! Swap on!!

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susieq11 on May 17, 2019:

Thank you so much for the awesome address labels for Wonderful Wishes May!! They’re perfect!! : ) And thanks so much for your note - I’m going to send you one back soon! : ) Hope you have a great weekend!!!! xxx

DarkSkullMistress42 on May 15, 2019:

Thank you for the lovely bday card😁

MaryCheng on May 13, 2019:

Thank you for your contribution to the Postcard for the Pass and Paste #60 swap which I recently received after it was filled in and returned back to me. Love the colours. Much appreciated. Mary

bluehairedmary on May 11, 2019:

Thanks so much for the fox washi tape and the handmade fox card! Foxy goodness for my WW wishes! Thanks again!

VivaLaDiane on May 9, 2019:

We all love and miss you. Especially me, and while Bronson says especially him -- he lies. :D I hope all is well love. xoxo♥

stiffneck78 on May 8, 2019:

Profile check! Enjoy your day.

Paige1900 on May 6, 2019:


mgallardo68 on May 5, 2019:

Thank you so much for a wonderful surprise!! Your jellies RAK is FANTASTIC!! Can't wait to use these and yes, you're doing great at making them♥♥

susieq11 on May 1, 2019:

Hey! How are you?!

VivaLaDiane on Apr 16, 2019:

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