Swap-bot Time: November 21, 2017 11:05 am


Date Joined: August 29, 2008
Last Online: November 14, 2017
Birthday: September 30, 1979
Country: United States
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choke's current status
Unless you find something super unique or cool that screams "that's choke!"...please, please, please no more extras! I am overloaded with extras and 2017 is my year of craft room organization on steroids.

Winter is here so that means more time inside crafting!! My husband and I purchased our first home together last year and I LOVE my new craft space.

SPOILER ALERT: If you dig around in my flickr account you may find some things I've made. If you prefer to be surprised, don't look!

If you've noticed that I clicked sent on a Sunday it's because I mailed your swap on a Sunday. Both of closest post offices near me have automated postal machines and they're awesome! No long lines like when I go on my lunch hour!

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.

chokes world:

  • My username: About 15 or so years ago I used to play in a trivia chat site on WinMX and my nickname was givememusicorgivemedeath. The room admin didn't like me much because I know a bunch of random trivia and can type fast, and therefore won lots of points. One day they decided I needed to shorten my name (just to mess with me, I think) so I chose dontcomplainjusttypefaster. They really didn't like that and threatened to ban me if I didn't make it shorter. So, at the time "Choke" by "Jack Off Jill" was playing - hence choke was chosen, it stuck, and I didn't play in their sandbox anymore. Since then it has taken on other meanings to me, but probably not as interesting to crafty folks. Common mode choke anyone?

  • I prefer a simple life and can't stand drama. I don't have tons of real-life friends and find myself happier with my own thoughts than in a group of more than 3 people.

  • I have a gulp 17 year old son named Tristan who is my world. He is my savior. I am not sure I'd still exist in this world had I never given birth to him.

Crafty Stuff

  • I've a new sewing machine and actually have the space for it now. So far I've made an organizer that sits on my sewing table to store all my tools, a set of Halloween Hello Kitty placemats, a composition notebook cover, a ton of reusable grocery bags, and some curtains.

  • I love making altered rolodex cards more than most other papercrafts. All of my rolo holders are spinners, so if possible please put your info on the back accordingly. It doesn't seem like many are into them anymore but if you're up for a private trade just message me!

  • I store most of my ATCs in a binder so please do not send cards which extend far outside of the 2.5x3.5 dimension. If it can fit easily in an ATC sleeve, then it's good!

  • I also love many other papercrafts: ATCs, twinchies, inchies, greeting/note cards, and altered journals.

  • I also love to do cross-stitch. I've just finished a loooooong project for my son. I won't be doing anything this big for a long time, but I do have some smaller projects to work on.

  • One day I hope to learn to crochet.

Postcards likes and dislikes

I would greatly appreciate if you would check my collections before sending me a card to avoid sending duplicates.

I would appreciate a nice message on the back which is more than one sentence and that does not talk about the weather or a generic "Here's your swap, Happy Swapping!". Tell me about your day, your life, your favorite...anything, your first day of kindergarten, your last vacation, your dream vacation...anything but the same old message.

I prefer the regular touristy storebought postcards and I'm not too fond of handmade/zazzle/vistaprint/etsy/art/freebie/ad cards much. Handmade cards based on a profile like are always welcome :)

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 :)
I would never be sad to find blank maps in my mailbox, it's nice to have something other than just Michigan to trade with.

Other types of cards I adore are:

Anne Taintor - I have all of her cards from both books, but some are marked blank in the title that I would love to replace with a written and stamped version.

Geekery******Did You Know?******Bunny Suicides******Facts, History and Legends******Aviation******US capitol buildings ****** US State Symbols ****** US State Facts ListedFlags******Outer Space******Memorable People - Especially Albert Einstein, Bob Marley and Che Guevara.******Route 66USPS******Monkeys, Chimpanzees, Primates, etc******Happy Bunny******Reproduction War Posters******Hello Kitty (pretty much any sanrio character except Deery Lou)******Recipes******Dragons******Faeries

Other themes I like that I don't have sorted in my flickr: Bridges, crystal clear reflections in water, UNESCO, lighthouses, National/State Parks, cityviews, snow, winter sports, autumn, famous people, prisons, breweries/wineries, cemetaries, under the sea creatures and other stuff, ships, harbors, nightviews, fireworks, traditional clothing, and on and on.

If you'd like to do a private trade for postcards, you can find my offers here. 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!

Stuff I adore:

Alphabetized list of things I like or wish for:

~ Numbers ~
* 7 Gypsies.

* π

~ A ~
* Anne Taintor notecards (I have all of the postcards I can find, but can rarely find the notecards. Feel free to write on them as I collect these, I don't plan on using them for swaps unless I find a double.)
* Audioslave.
* Albert Einstein. @susieq11 found this awesome squished penny for me, and then out-did herself in her usual susieq way and found another one but I haven't had a chance to scan it:

* Animal prints (leopard, zebra, giraffe, tiger, lizard, crocodile). Disclaimer - faux only please!!
* Autumn.
* Alice in Chains.
* Alcohol Inks.

~ B ~
* Beastie Boys.
* Black, but not as much as green.
* Bob Marley.

~ C ~
* Click-a-day Websites
* Chris Cornell.

* Clovers.
* Chains.
* Circuits. (No I didn't spell cricut wrong...) The lovely @NaughtyElf custom made this awesome bracelet for me, I wear it with pride nearly everyday at work!
* Creepy and Cute. Or just creepy.
* Coffee (very, very, very, very dark - almost like mud).
* Coloring. (Haven't gotten into the "adult" coloring books. Still kicking it old-school with my Hello Kitty coloring book and 120 ct. crayolas.)

~ D ~
* Dotee Dolls.
* Dotee faces.
* Donate to Diabetes Education Camp a non-profit organization my friend is starting up for adults with diabetes. Send an adult to camp!
* Distressing crafts.
* Decos.
* Darkest of the darkest dark chocolate for my husband.
* Derivatives.

~ E ~
* e.
* Embossing.
* Eyelets (3/16" only as I have enough 1/8").
* Engineering.
* Electronic components. (small) I use them to make stuff like this:
* Emily the Strange.
* Ephemera - Not the stuff you can buy in the paper aisle of the local craft store.

~ F ~
* Flames.
* Faeries.
* Foils.
* Fuzzy warm socks.

~ G ~
* Green is my absolute favorite color, just regular crayola green or grass green.
* Gelly Roll gel pens.
* Glitter (I don't need any glitter, but I don't mind seeing loads of it on your crafts...or a "normal" amount I guess...)
* Geekery (Especially humorous like this).

~ H ~
* Handmade lovelies.
* Handmade envelopes sized for sending 4x6 postcards.
* Hoodies.
* Heavy metal girl stuff.
* Hello Kitty.
* Happy Bunny.
* Halloween.

~ I ~
* Iridescent.
* Intelligence.
* i.
* Inchies.
* Integrals.

~ J ~
* Jack Off Jill (The band).
* Japanese (I just started learning this language as of Feb 2012).

~ K ~
* Kinder Hippos (sent in a box - they always gets smashed when sent in envelopes).
* Kawaii.
* Korn.

~ L ~
* Lettering, books on how to do.
* Large Stencils.
* Little bitty things for ATCs.
* Leopard Print. * Long Letter Penpals.
* Little Twin Stars.

~ M ~
* Metal embellishments (I probably have enough...but...).
* Magic Mesh.
* Mowed Lawn (the color by TH).
* My job (I'm a Hardware Design Engineer).
* Maps (used in artwork, not the fold-up kind).
* Mark Ryden.
* Monkeys being silly or doing things that make people freak out.

~ N ~
* Nikola Tesla.

~ O ~
* Office supplies (work friendly, preferably geeky/engineering related).
* Ohm's Law.
* Old keys.

~ P ~
* Punk girl stuff.
* Postcards.
* Pinky & The Brain.

* Pantera.
* Pirates.
* Perfect Pearls.
* Pearl Jam.

~ Q ~
* Quiet time.
* Quirky.

~ R ~
* Rolos (altered of course).
* Rustic.
* Rilakkuma.
* Rub-ons.
* Red, but not as much as green.
* Rock/Riot girl stuff.
a huge thank you to @rainbowafterrain81 for the awesome rolodex punch!!!

~ S ~
* Sharpies (prefer the fine tips).
* Skulls.
* Slams.
* Sublime (The band).
* Silver, but not as much as green.
* Stars.
* Shiny and Sparkly.
* Skateboarding/Snowboarding type stickers.
* South Park.
* Sentimental Circus.

~ T ~
* Tools for destroying/roughing things up.
* Textures.
* Tim Holtz techniques. * Tare Panda.

~ U ~
* Unthemed.
* Unique.

~ V ~
* Vellum.
* Very large stickers (like big enough to seal an envelop with, especially of bands or rock/punk/metal style).
* Vintage stuff (not so much with the repro type stuff).

~ W ~
* Winter.
* Wood.
* White wine.
* Washi.
* Word Games.

~ X ~
* the 'X' shape.
* xkcd.com
* Xacto knives.

~ Y ~
* Your best excuses for getting out of doing chores.

~ Z ~
* Zines (I don't make one but I do love to read the very strange ones).
* Zentangled stuff (not sure I have this figured out enough to try it on my own yet, examples please!).

Things I have more than enough of:
* Paper!! I am fond of specialty papers that I can't find in stores, but please no more storebought paper!
* Random paper tidbits, I have enough bits of paper this or that to last me four lifetimes.
* Ribbon!!
* Stickers!!
* Notecards!!
* Glitter!!
* Pens!!
* Fabric!!

* Drama.
* Arrogance.
* Racists.
* Loud-mouthed, drama-infested, obnoxious, proud-to-be a bitch/asshole type people - however I love a smartassed, opinionated, intelligent individual :)
* Gold.
* Puffy Stickers.
* Lime Green.
* Friendship Books.
* Makeup & Nail Polish or any girly frou-frou crap.
* Spring/Summer themes.
* Flowers.
* Big or chunky crafts or craft objects
* Jewelry (I hardly wear it and am pretty picky.)
* Flakers.
* Rape (well if I put flakers on here I might as well put rape too).
* I get really aggravated when I RAK something to somebody and they don't even have the decency to say "Thanks!".


Comment: Another swap, another nice art journal page. Thank you:)
Comment: Lol!!! That’s funny about your son! Thanks so much for great memory and your card is awesome! Your memory reminded me of when I took my girls to one when they were 8 & 6. And it too was kid friendly. As we walked across the street to it my youngest said, “I can do this mom, I’m not scared!” Just as we got to the side walk you could hear screaming inside and outside little feet running back to our car!! I turned around and busted out laughing at her standing by our car yelling, I’M NOT GOING IN THERE!!!”
Comment: I went WOW on this one, it is colourful, full; I love it! Thank you:))
Comment: So true! I've met some memorable swappers in the past who sent me swaps in which they have put quite some work. Those swappers are rare nowadays. I like the card that you've sent a lot; the material and of course the cute owls;)) Thank you..
orneryswife rated for OW and Choke Private Rolo swap on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: These are great! Love the house!!! 😀 I'll be in touch soon for round two! 😘
Giddyanni rated for TPD: Mystery Supply Swap #10 on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: Hi Colleen and thank you so much for a lovely, lovely card! I'm thrilled to bits with it😍 Must research fuzzy powders, I hadn't heard of them before. Once again, thank you and Happy Swapping!
Comment: I love this page! Thank you so much;))
Comment: The girl on the page is funny;) I agree, it is madness. Thank you for the nice page! Unfortunately, the first one you've sent still have not shown up. Thank you for re-sending.
Comment: I can imagine you being happy with the prize;)) Lucky you! Thank you for the nice card.
Comment: I like this art journal page a lot and very expressive;) Thank you! It's awesome to swap with you.
Comment: Today I've received this envie No signs of the art journal page June yet, but we'll be patient. I like the card and your note in it;) As long as you're satisfied and happy with all you've reached! Once again, thanks for hosting these;))
Lucine rated for TPD: June 2017 Handmade Notecard Swap on Jun 30, 2017
Comment: It is a bit odd to receive a card back that I made, but yet I like it;) Anyway, thank you!
Response: I'm so sorry, I must not have realized. I try to double check if the back is signed :-/ I must have missed it. I'm very sorry Lucine.
Comment: Cute Page!!
mamalynn rated for Chalkboard technique on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: Oh wow...I LOVE the ATC you made! Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much!
AliCrafter rated for TPD: May 2017 Handmade Notecard on Jun 4, 2017
Comment: Its so nice to receive a thoughtfully handmade notecard. Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for the page expressing your interpretation of the theme showers;)
Created46 rated for TPD - Mystery Supply Swap #9 on Apr 30, 2017
Comment: Loved it. So very well done, and I love the look that you achieved with the strips/stripes. Thank you so very much.
pkpeace rated for TPD: April 2017 Handmade Notecard on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: First I have to say that this notecard is absolutely beautiful. I miss the days of driving my sons everywhere!! They are soon to be 29 and 32 years old and I can't tell you where the time has gone! As someone that loves to putz in the garden, I understand your excitement at having your own space! Enjoy and thanks for sharing with me!
Created46 rated for Add words on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: Good Grief, I thought I had rated this one ages ago, so I apologize for missing it somehow. Your work, as always is beautiful and I feel so blessed to be on the receiving end. Thank you for sharing your art with me.
Comment: I am happy to exchange these art journal pages with you:) Hopefully my art journal pages do not bore you and you continue to host:) I like the way you've decorated the page. I am looking forward to the next swap. Thank you!

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VivaLaDiane on Jun 5, 2017:

I love you. ♥♥

Paige1900 on Jun 2, 2017:

spotteddogs on Apr 27, 2017:

Thanks very much for all of the great twinchies you RAKed with the TPD Mystery Supply. You always do such a fabulous job with these supplies!!!!! It was so thoughtful.

mgallardo68 on Apr 6, 2017:

Sending hugs your way!!! ♥♥

kweandee on Feb 14, 2017:

Oh sorry hun, hadn't seen it. I do remember the swap coordinator asking and me saying not yet. Sorry about that. :)

raven on Feb 7, 2017:

Thank you for the Bday wish,,what a nice thing to do

theevidenceisme on Feb 5, 2017:

Thank you for all of the extra labels! I don't think I'm going to need any ever again, ha! The turtles are super cute.

Created46 on Jan 26, 2017:

Thank you Choke, I got the images today and they are wonderful. I am so excited to use them in my art.

mgallardo68 on Jan 26, 2017:

@choke I have received my envie of goodies and I love them ALL!!!! (CPST&F > Random Grabbie Tag(... How did you made the little asterisk (like onion paper)??? I want to make more of those!!!

kweandee on Jan 25, 2017:

Just post a new deco swap (non group related) if your interested ;)



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