Swap-bot Time: February 17, 2020 1:21 pm


Date Joined: August 29, 2008
Last Online: February 17, 2020
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!

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 loathe:

  • 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!".


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
Comment: Thank you! This swap was funny. I had to pick so many times, because I kept peeking! I hope I was someone's teacher at some point in life! :)
FLWAVE rated for ETHP: Evergreen Bough ATC on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Such a pretty card for Evergreen Bough. The twig wreath stamp turned out beautifully…it really is winter joy.
FLWAVE rated for ETHP: Lucky Clover ATC on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Feeling very lucky I got this Lucky Clover ATC from you. So very nice, thanks!
Gobarb rated for USATC: Free Themed ATC Coin Swap #1 on Feb 7, 2020
Comment: Hi Colleen. I received the ATC today and I really like it a lot! Any time TH stuff is included on it, I like it. I sure miss those TH monthly swaps that we use to do! I don't remember seeing his Distressables ephemera. They are thicker than what he does now. I really like the gel background and your cool ATC envelope.
Comment: Such a cute card, Colleen! Thanks for explaining the technique. I have a couple of the “blueprint” stamps and will have to give it a try.
123Poggy123 rated for ATCE&T: Black Ice ATC on Jan 26, 2020
Comment: You definitely nailed this technique. You did an absolutely fantastic job. I love this ATC.
Stastny1965 rated for ACTs: “Coin” a Phrase on Jan 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the 'Rockin' coin! I too need to go with the flow more. I plan to place this coin in a prime spot so I can be reminded of these lyrics and your card!
Poeprincess rated for ETHP: Forest Moss ATC on Jan 23, 2020
Comment: Another clever ATC! Love the way the metal tag & wooden embellishments worked in. Thank you for another super swap!
Poeprincess rated for ETHP: Cracked Pistachio ATC on Jan 23, 2020
Comment: Oh, my friend, this ATC did not disappoint—you are craftily clever! Thank you for another super swap.
camelsamba rated for Mapped on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Lovely postcard - thank you! Great colors, and I like all the little details. Lots to look at.
WoodlandBanshee rated for Recycled Holiday Cards on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: I was lucky to be out front when the postman walked past. He had a huge stack for me and your postcard was indeed in the stack! He won't enter my property until the construction is finished, but he promised to hold my mail and have it on him in case we bump into each other again before construction is finished. Thanks for connecting with me about rating and thanks for your patience!
Kokoxo rated for Recycled Holiday Cards on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card turned into a PC and kind note! I love it 💖
MamaD rated for ATC&T: Masking the positive image on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: So glad to have you as a partner! Thank you for the fantastic ATC! Love it and the matching card! 💙💙
IDreamOfAfrica rated for Recycled Holiday Cards on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the recycled holiday card.
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Snow birds on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: Ten hearts for you for this swap! These Inchies are fabulous. So much detail & the designs are great, too. Liking the little envelope they came in and the HM card, too. Thank you! Happy New Year.
MamaMangrove rated for Poinsettia Mail Art on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Colleen. The poinsettia card you created is beautiful. Happy New Year!
Comment: Thank you for a great ATC. Loved this technique. Thank you for hosting again. Pat💕💕
Comment: Colleen, thanks for the lovely Christmas card and extras. Have a great day!
Comment: Why thank you very much for looking at my profile & picking out a lighthouse & 2 covered bridges PC's! So sweet of you! I love them! Happy Christmas!

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dobie256 on Jan 28, 2020:

Thanks for the great set of (surprise. Lol) ATCs. I had forgotten all about our swap! Liked all of them and really appreciate your process details. I love swapping techniques most of all. I hope your have a happy crafty New Year!! <3<3<3. dobie

susieq11 on Jan 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for ALL the adorable Valentine’s Day stickers for Make a Wish January!!! You’re the best! 😘

OrigamiGrace on Dec 30, 2019:

Happy New Year from CPG!


djcamp04 on Dec 30, 2019:

What an awesome Michigan Christmas card!!! I love it, I love all your handmade cards!! Thank you so much! Also looking forward to 2020 swaps. ❤️💚❤️💚

kiddomerriweather on Dec 17, 2019:

Thank you for the Christmas card. Have a Merry Christmas!

simcoe54 on Dec 5, 2019:

CPG: Pick 2 - Global -- Thanks for the map and touristy postcards. Great choices and they fit nicely in my collection.

susieq11 on Nov 25, 2019:

Watch your mailbox! : D

VivaLaDiane on Nov 20, 2019:

HEY!! I ♥ and miss you!! xoxo

yunasy on Nov 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for the RAK of written map postcards!! I love the vintage-y feel they have :D

LilysMama on Nov 9, 2019:

Thank you for the Map Postcard RAK! Such a interesting variety, I love looking at the postmarks an seeing the old stamps as well as the fronts :)

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