Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2019 1:58 am


Date Joined: August 29, 2008
Last Online: January 15, 2019
Birthday: September 30, 1979
Country: United States
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choke's current status

I just spent an hour and a half adding the finishing touches and when I clicked save apparently the interwebs ate it...ugh. So, some other time I will try it again.

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.

2019Jan02 - My mail issues have returned to normal and all except one swap from early December has been received, that person is still looking for it but of course I will resend if needed. If you're missing a swap or rating from me please send me a message.

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.

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!".


Jlynn rated for HOLIDAY RECYCLED ATC on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you. I think it's beautiful.
colodad rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Swap - DEC on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for a great ATC. I appreciate the hot air balloon design.
Comment: Wow, this was a beatiful atc
Created46 rated for VTHS: #8 Christmas Gift Tag on Jan 4, 2019
Comment: On the other hand guess what also arrived in todays post! This tag is awesome. I had not thought about using the fragments to make a free hanging element. I will have to use this idea one day soon. And thank you for the wonderful lavender note card as well.
Created46 rated for THC: Use It Up #4 on Jan 4, 2019
Comment: So I looked at the ATC before reading your note, and I was struck at the exquisiteness of how the spray of flowers painted out. I think they are stunning, and this has been added to the center of my collection, which is why when I read your note I had to laugh a little. so interesting how our expectations of how we are attempting to make it look, alter how we see it.
jannieb rated for USATC: Christmas Themed ATC Swap on Jan 3, 2019
Comment: I love the Tim Holtz style ATC you made. I love his grungy look. The Christmas card you made is awesome too. Thanks for a great swap!
Comment: Hi Colleen! Your 2+ distress tag turned out so well! I love the stencil you used and the ink colors. Did you heat emboss the stars? Thank you for a great swap!! Happy New Year!
TC rated for THC: 10 step ATC challenge #13 on Jan 1, 2019
Comment: Colleen, your creative mind and talent just amazes me. I love this ATC and the simple beauty you bring forth from a little ink and paper. THANK YOU.
Comment: Thank you! Your collage is wonderful !!
willowh rated for Stars ATC on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! Super cool! And thank you for telling me about your process! Xoxo
tigermousecat rated for ACTs: Deep in December on Dec 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a lovely set! Getting a balance with making items like ATCs and tags can be hard. I often go to Pinterest to get ideas and see what fits my taste and style. Everyone has their own idea of what is pleasing to the eye. Merry Christmas!
supersquirrel rated for Candy Cane ATC on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Hello friend - What a wonderful ATC. This took lots of thought and time! Thank you so much. Did you make the greeting card too? How did you make the fantastic "December"?
colodad rated for USATC: Free Themed ATC Swap Dec. on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for an impressive ATC!! Great technique and color choices. The silver edge border finishes the design perfectly.
wolfeagle rated for Collaboration #63 on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you.
TiffanySmart rated for THC: 10 step ATC challenge #15 on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful card! I love it, I'll get to my TH challenges this weekend. Thank you for the paper, also.
Comment: What a gorgeous and inspiring page! I love the techniques you used, so cool. There is so much to learn for me :D Thank you!
Gobarb rated for THC: Use It Up #3 on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Colleen, I really like the ATC. The title is very fitting since it took the mail so long to be delivered! Lol...🙄. But I am glad that it finally got here because I know that you were not happy that it didn't show up. I like the technique and I am not quite sure how it was done. Very cool effect. Thanks again! 🤗
user6937 rated for ACT: Book page on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: I really like the embossed trees - so subtle!
TC rated for THC: #8 Tag with Distress Color Fade on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Oh my gosh, Colleen, this tag is so cool. I love the colors you used and the dimension it took on when you did the embossing. How did you do the shaded effect?? And, as always, very nice hand crafted card. :) You're the best.

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supersquirrel on Jan 12, 2019:

Hi choke - Your destash ATCs arrived and what a great assortment. Thank you so much!! My favorites, of course, were made my YOU :)

Paige1900 on Jan 12, 2019:

Thank you so much for the fabulous Rndom Grabbie from CPG. I loved it all!

mgallardo68 on Jan 9, 2019:

@choke what a wonderful surprise I received today! Thank you so much for my amazing Wish (MAW group) !I wasn't expecting this at all! Really in love with this! ♥

luluvision on Jan 3, 2019:

Yay! So happy you received the Silver and White pc safely and that you like it!! I'm glad to be able to send to you!

Soph on Dec 31, 2018:

Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas postcard RAK and your kind wishes. A Happy New Year to you!

JuneRosebud on Dec 29, 2018:

Awww! Thanks for the Chrissy post card=) That was a fun RAK to get in the mail & I appreciate it! So glad I could help you out with the mounting foam! Happy New Year!

Sherry71 on Dec 20, 2018:

simcoe54 on Dec 20, 2018:

Christmas Postcards (W&S) -- Thanks for the Christmas postcard. Wishing a Merry Christmas to you and your family!

bluehairedmary on Dec 17, 2018:

Thank you so much for the Christmas postcard RAK! Very sweet of you!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 16, 2018:

Thank you for the holiday card and Merry Christmas to you!

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