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Date Joined: August 29, 2008
Last Online: April 13, 2022
Birthday: September 30, 1979
Country: United States
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choke's current status

2021/Sep/15 - Wow....13 years on here. I have a perfect rating but am far from it. I've gotten behind on swaps a couple times during those years and once again most recently. I am finally all caught up on swaps again though :-D Still navigating (albeit poorly) my way through the grief process. Thank you for all the wonderful support I've received in this community, I treasure you so much.

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. 21 years ago I was a totally different person and may not have made it had I not gotten pregnant. He spent most of the pandemic in San Francisco attending classes but is home now for his final year so I'm one happy momma!

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 had been having a lot of fun watching and learning from Tim Holtz but lately his stuff bores me. I do love his color palette and original grungy style, but lately it seems it's all about assemblage of the same mass produced shit...so meh. I have completed the Creative Chemistry classes and am going to start them again since I took such a long break from crafting.

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!

Alphabetical List of Likes

back by popular demand

Numbers π. 7 Gypsies.
A autumn. atc. atcoins. alcohol inks. animal prints (faux).
B black. burlap.
C creepy & cute. circuits. clovers.
D diecuts. dark chocolate. decos. dotes. dogs.
E engineering. expletives. emily the strange. einstein. embossing (heat or folders).
F fairies. fine tips pens.
G gnomes. green (just regular grass green). gelli prints. gelly roll pens. geekery.
H happy bunny. hoodies. heavy metal girl stuff. halloween. handmade cards.
I iridescense. i.
J jack off jill.
K kawaii.
L large stencils. long letters.
M monkeys doing funny things that make people freak out. map postcards. math. mowed lawn (distress ink color). mark ryden. magic mesh.
N noodles.
O owls. oxide sprays. office supplies (preferred geeky/engineering related).
P perfect pearls. postcards. pinball.
Q quiet alone time. quirky.
R rustic. rub-ons. rolos. rock/riot grrl stuff. robots.
S snow. south park. snark. slams. skulls. silver. sentimental circus. stars.
T tim holtz. textures. twinchies. tesla.
U unthemed.
V very dark coffee. vellum.
W word games. winter. washi. wood.
X xkcd.com
Z zentangles. zines.

Random stuff I really dislike:

  • Gold.
  • Puffy Stickers.
  • Lime Green.
  • Friendship Books.
  • Girly frou-frou crap.
  • Spring/Summer themes.
  • Flowers.
  • Big or chunky crafts or craft objects a.k.a. "bling".
  • 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!".


lmacdavis93 rated for ETHP: Mermaid Lagoon on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Lovely ATC but arrived very late.
Response: Thank you for rating me fairly :-)
Lishmo rated for ETHP: Broken China ATC on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Colleen, thank you so much for this ATC. It's so pretty, one of my all time favorite Distress ink colors. I always love your work.
Response: This one should be a 3 as well :-D Thank you for your kindness and friendship! I am so honored to be your friend and appreciate all the love and support you've given me and continue to give!
MamaD rated for TIMs: Gnome Moos on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Gnome Moos and for keeping in contact with me! So glad to see you back!!
Response: I deserve a 3 for this one too as it was sent well over a year late. You're a treasure to this community Dana, thank you so much for being my friend xoxo
kiddomerriweather rated for FS: WTA Decos on Aug 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the deco you made for this swap. Not only is it very visually appealing, but it's very tactile as well. I wish I had your talent. Thank you for the Little Twin Stars deco you made for me. That was a very nice surprise.
Response: I totally deserve a 3 for this swap as it was sent well over a year late. But I must thank you once again for your kind heart, patience and understanding through this difficult time. You're a dear friend Suzanne <3 I'm glad you enjoyed them!
Poeprincess rated for ETHP: Tumbled Glass ATC on Apr 24, 2020
Comment: This was mailed on March 14, but I have not received it yet. Have been informed my partner has experienced a tragedy in her life. I have swapped with her several times before & know she will make it up if need be when she returns.
mrscharlesallen rated for TIMs: It’s A Puzzle on Mar 25, 2020
Comment: I already rated you but didn't get the swap.
simcoe54 rated for 5 Blank Map PCs #4 on Mar 16, 2020
Comment: Great map pcs. Thank you
Poeprincess rated for ATCE&T: 3 Elements on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: Another great ATC! Love the colorful, creative background & embellishments. “Geek IS Chic”. Thank you for being my partner once again.
elflady rated for Collaboration #81 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Great start to the postcard.Love the envelope. elflady
Comment: Thanks for the notecard and the extras.
FLWAVE rated for ETHP: Peacock Feathers ATC on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Nice sampler card of the different mediums. Blue feathers are a sign of inspiration!
FLWAVE rated for ETHP: Pine Needles ATC on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: I really like this card and the technique you did. I appreciate your notes on how you created it. Thanks!
lmacdavis93 rated for ATCE&T: Emboss Resist on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Hi Colleen and thank you for the wonderful embossed resist ATC that I just received. It was so thoughtful of you to look at my bio and include a butterfly! And love how you incorporated it into the cute little tag. This was fun to do - I have done this technique before but it's been a long time and I like it. And I too Distress Inks - both the regular and the oxides. I use them a lot as well. And I loved your card you made as well - such great detail and color!
Highlander18 rated for Two Maps and a Touristy #9 on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the wonderful cards. Very nice addition to my Capitols collections and new ones to my maps. I guess some swappers do read profiles!
Comment: These cards are so lovely!!! Thanks you so much 🥰
Comment: 18 days after you mailed it, it finally arrived!!!! I've been patiently awaiting its arrival. For some reason, my flat mail is taking forever to get here and it's driving me nuts! It was well worth the wait. The Hello Kitty patch is AWESOME!!! I love the fabric and the embroidered details you added to it to make it even more fabulous! I also love the handmade card you sent it in. I'm sorry you had to wait so long for this rating. I'm extremely thrilled with this patch and I'm racking my brain as to what I should sew it to. Thank you so much for such an amazing swap!
Comment: All very nice PC's, thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the fun card. I celebrate Valentine's Day with my fuzzy valentine--kitty! The card I sent my partner turned out to be in Spanish and about being a lovely wife. :)
elflady rated for ETHP: Butterfly Effect Technique on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for this wonderful ATC.I too liked the softer one and that was the one I sent to my partner. I love the card and envelope thank you. elflady

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crescendo on Oct 18, 2022:

Hello my friend, here is to new beginnings! Love, Suey

bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

djcamp04 on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas card!! ❤️ I’ve been thinking about getting that set, it’s so pretty! But I got the Let it Snow instead, lol. Hugs to you dear one. Hope to swap with you soon. ❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️

kiddomerriweather on Sep 18, 2021:

Thank you so much for the September WW! I love the Halloween return address labels from jjkun. I am so thrilled to have them. =D

OrigamiGrace on Aug 16, 2021:


Lishmo on Dec 18, 2020:

You've been in my thoughts lately. ((hugs))

crescendo on Aug 26, 2020:

Dear Colleen, I am so very sorry I did not know about what you are going through till now. You are in my heart and I pray that you are doing better. My deepest condolences my friend. You helped me so much through my darkest period of life, please if there is something I can do to bring light to your life let me know. All my love, Suey.

Gobarb on Aug 3, 2020:

Hi Colleen. I hope you are doing better. It is horrible to lose someone you love. I lost my son 5 years ago and it was the hardest thing I ever had to go through, including my cancer. I hope you will be back with us soon. I really want to do some TH stuff! Best wishes...

susieq11 on Apr 27, 2020:

Stopping by to say “hello” ☺️☺️

kiddomerriweather on Apr 23, 2020:

You're welcome. I'm glad to hear you're improving a bit. Take all the time you need. We'll be around if you need us. <3

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