Swap-bot Time: November 21, 2018 9:55 am


Date Joined: August 29, 2008
Last Online: November 21, 2018
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.

About me

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

  • My son is 18 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 18 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, I just can't help thinking the worst has happened to him when I don't hear from him - what am I going to do when he permanently moves out? cries

  • 2018 marks my 10th year here on swap-bot! Wow! I have been through many ups and downs in 10 years and it amazes me that I still have a 5.00 rating. I am not perfect, I have had to send late in the past and deserved a handful of 3 ratings. Fortunately the people I swapped with were very gracious and understanding. Those are my people :-) I am not one to take a magnifying glass to postmarks, swapping is about having fun and I'd much rather have a swap that you enjoyed creating rather than rushed together because of a deadline. So I do ask that you give me the same courtesy I have given when in the same situation: if you're having difficulty completing a swap on time just be honest and communicate with me BEFORE the deadline so we can work it out.

  • I prefer to only swap what I have signed up to swap. Please, please, please don't send me anymore random extras, I am overloaded! Especially don't send me any extras to make up for a crappy swap, how irritating!

  • For altered rolos, all of my holders are spinners so if possible please put your info on the back accordingly.

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

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.

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!".


wolfeagle rated for STEM ~ wolfeagle & choke on Nov 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the ATC. I've never seen that size Rolo....totally tiny and cute.
Comment: Aaaahhhh! This is WAY cool! I see why you wanted to keep it. LOL. I really think the white paint adds a cool touch to the background. Funny how sometimes what we think went wrong actually is a great design element. And, yes, I wish Ranger would make grungeboard again. It's such a great product. Thanks for a wonderful tag for my collection.
TC rated for THC: 10 step ATC Challenge #12 on Nov 16, 2018
Comment: I like that honeycomb stamp you used. This was a hard swap to really lay down color, I guess because of the black card stock. But a great learning experience! (I also like that you send your ATCs enclosed in a hand made card.) Thanks!!
Fairydollmilk rated for PVT: Fairydollmilk & choke on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the swap! Sending out the memos and cancelled stamps soon.
Christopherpines rated for VTHS: Make something on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the tag :o) I enjoyed seeing your techniques :o)
123Poggy123 rated for Element of ribbon on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Where do I begin? The words Discover Art is just perfect for this ATC. It goes together so well. The card you made to send it in is so elegant looking. The Band-Aid Washi Tape is a hoot on the envelope. Thank you for another wonderful swap.
Created46 rated for TPD~Changing projects on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: I love this swap, and unlike may people here, when I am going to swap with one partner the swap is perfect as long as one other person signs up. Bonus for me that I got you as a partner as I really enjoy swapping with you as my partner. Using the image to tie in the background on the ATC was clever.
dcp0112 rated for TIMs: Halloween Twinchies on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: Love the twinchies! Loved the way you used the different mediums...spooky too!
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: I see that you did good on the art supplies sale:) Love the watercolouring effects and so nice to see the techniques on vellum. Thank you!
123Poggy123 rated for THC: Use It Up #2 on Oct 21, 2018
Comment: Your background on this ATC is beyond words. It is just so beautiful & the leaf goes with it soooooo well. Just wonderful.
TreeAnn629 rated for PVT: Handmade Halloween Card Swap on Oct 21, 2018
Comment: Wow love this great card. You have got to give me some pointers. Thank you
Comment: Thank you for the lovely flowers in this trade. Maybe we can swap again in the future=) Happy swapping!!
Eclectonote rated for VTHS: TH Halloween ATC on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: What a fantastic pair of Halloween ATCs! The background effects with the shifter stencil are excellent. I hope you're having a lot of fun with it! Also, your handmade witch card card is just wonderful, what a treat to receive it. Many thanks for a Great Mail Day!
Comment: Well, I have to say that you know what to do with your new art supplies:) The page is wonderful!
dancingDog rated for VTHS: Pick a word ATC or Card on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: Awesome zombie ATC and card - so well done! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the totally AWESOME Halloween Card and lovely note:-) Best Boos to You!
123Poggy123 rated for THC: Use It Up #1 on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: I received this wonderful ATC just in time to take it to my stamp club to show off your beautiful art work. The background may not have been what you wanted in the beginning but, you turned it into something just wonderful. I just love it. I also love that you sent it in a handmade Halloween card. What a smile this swap gave me. Thank you!!!!
Gobarb rated for THC: ATC with 3 TH products on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: I really like the card and the ATC. Thank you! 🎃
Comment: Colleen, this might be my favorite tag you've sent. The texture is marvelous, and the sentiment is just RIGHT. LOL. I love everything about it. Thanks again for hosing such a fun series of swaps.

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supersquirrel on Nov 20, 2018:

...Your kindness leaves me speechless and teary eyed...

RiverTopanga on Nov 19, 2018:

Hello! Welcome to the Artisan ATC Group! We look forward to seeing your creations! - leslie/RiverTopanga

Paige1900 on Nov 16, 2018:

Stopping by to say hi!

stephiedee on Nov 8, 2018:

★·.·´¯·.·★ 𝓣𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓴 𝓨𝓸𝓾! ★·.·´¯·.·★
...for the great Fall ATC, handmade card & raccoon image (I didn't have one yet, so yay!) for my AATW November wishlist. I will have to go through my stash and see if I can't help you out with STEM related crafty things. I have a silly amount of reference books & sciencey periodicals. :D

kiddomerriweather on Nov 7, 2018:

Thank you for the November AATW wishes. I love the beautiful ATC and the kawaii sticker flakes. Thanks for the sweet note as well. I really appreciate you.

sassafrass on Nov 2, 2018:

bblue on Oct 24, 2018:

Thanks for the desk declutter RAK! Cute papers! Glad to help you destash them!

Paige1900 on Oct 24, 2018:

Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well! :) Stop by anytime!

dobie256 on Sep 20, 2018:

Thanks for the cool postcard. What a nice mailbox surprise. I hope all is well in your world. Haven't swapped with th in ages! :(

BusyB on Jun 15, 2018:

Please read your PM from me. :)

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