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Date Joined: March 30, 2022
Last Online: January 26, 2023

Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name is Joanne and I live in California. My top craft-related hobbies are: card-making, photoshop, digital scrapbooking. I love making cards and I have tons of materials and tools for card-making. My favorite techniques are stamping, die-cutting, coloring, and dry embossing. I also enjoy receiving handmade cards, postcards, and ATCs.

In swaps, I am looking forward to exchange of ideas, inspiration and good will and not simply exchange of materials. It is the personal touch and thought of sharing which make swaps unique, otherwise why not just go out and buy your own stuff? After experiencing two years of closed doors due to the pandemic, I want to explore a new way of connecting with people. I am hoping that swap-bot could provide that link through sharing art, paper craft, stationery, and creative writing.

I try to decorate every postcard/card and make it special for the recipient. I hope each piece of mail can brighten someone's day. "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." Right?

Favorite Crafts

Beyond doubt, card-making is my top favorite craft activity. I like to make relatively clean designs delivering positive messages. My favorite techniques are stamping, coloring, and die-cutting, as I don't really know how to draw. I am still having lots of fun nonetheless. Haa! I am open to exploring new techniques which are not so complicated or messy. My techniques, styles and interest are constantly evolving. Here is my "Odyssey":
1) 2003: Joined Stampin' Up.
2) 2004: Quitted Stampin' Up.
3) 2004: Designed and sold my own stamps.
4) 2005: Created sample cards for my line of stamps (confession: it was not fun because stamps which sell are not the styles I like).
5) 2006: Frugal style: buying grab-bag rubber stamps.
6) 2012: Quitted selling stamps; started selling decals.
7) 2014: "Decal Rush": design, make, sell, ship like crazy.
8) 2018: Quitted selling wall decals.
9) 2019: Wonderful discovery of Copic markers.
10) 2020: Started splurging on Aliexpress.
11) 2021: Pop-up card frenzy.
12) 2022: Swap-bot & Postcrossing fever!
13) Mid-2022: Die-cut mania: my own designs.
14) Late-2022: "Handmade Craze": I want to send everything handmade 😂
One thing is certain: I am having more and more fun 🤩

Favorite Activities

Other than paper crafts and scrapbooking, I also enjoy playing the piano, biking, hiking, swimming, puzzles & legos.

Favorite TV

PBS and NBC news. (yes, seriously!😉)

Favorite Movies

I rarely watch movies. I'd rather be making cards and playing the piano ;-)

Favorite Books

I don't really have a favorite book, but some books which I have been reading recently are: Discrete Math, Physics by Giancoli, Calculus, and Big Ideas Geometry (yes, my kids are in high school ). I enjoy intellectual challenges as well as catching up with my kids so that I can participate more in their lives.😊

Favorite Music

I enjoy classical music and certain kinds of contemporary music. I practice piano every day! I enjoy Sonatas and compositions by Chopin except the really hard ones like Heroic Polonaise... which is hopeless to me 🤣

My son and I also like music arranged by Patrik Pietschmann but these can be rather hard to play because the arrangements are so rich and flavorful (sometimes requiring all ten fingers and I don't have large hands). My favorite pianist is Lang Lang - his passion displayed during each performance is overpowering.

Favorite Foods

Corn flakes, ramen, egg tarts, eggettes 😆

Other Favorites

I like positive, witty quotes and short poems. You might be seeing some of these on my postcards. I particularly like Winnie the Pooh quotes about friendship. I still like Disney Art although I have outgrown Disney Theme Parks.

About Swapping

Likes

Handmade cards
Handmade postcards
ATCs
Disney Art
Harry Potter
Foxes, bunnies, elephants
Doraemon
Interesting materials for cardmaking
Write to me in German (beginner level, LOL)

Dislikes

(things I don't want to receive)
Tea bags
Edible items
Note papers
Coloring pages
Religious items

Preferences

I prefer to receive greeting cards or notecards written inside rather than sent blank.

Postcards sent naked are fine but I prefer to receive them in clear sleeves if possible (even if the swap states "naked and no plastic sleeves") as they tend to get smeared and ruined easily in the mail.

I always welcome and appreciate handmade/homemade and will not rate you down because it is handmade even if the swap states store-bought only 😊

No Swap Name?

I rarely forget to write the swap name but if you ever receive a swap from me with no swap name, please contact me and I will be able to find the swap name for you quickly. I keep a spreadsheet of all swaps sent including pictures. Sorry for any confusion caused in advance.

My Pledge

I am serious about every swap that I join and I will never intend to flake. I put solid effort in each piece of mail and I also want to send them out fast. I create everything ahead of schedule and I typically send out stuff right after partners are assigned. I plan to be 100% on target with no exceptions except for unforeseen human errors like mail returned to me due to inadequate postage or an envelope on the floor which is supposed to be mailed last week 😂

I mark "sent" on the day when mail is ready to go in the outgoing box. Most of the time I leave outgoing mail in my mailbox for the postman to pick up but occasionally I drop off mail in the mail collection box. Kindly note that in some cases, the item could be postmarked on the next business day after the "sent" date - e.g. if I drop off the items after 3pm or if the "sent" date occurs on a Sunday or postal holiday. I send out most swaps on day one or day two after partners are assigned, so the postmarked date should be well before the items-send-by date.

If you have not received something from me in a swap, someone (me or the post office or both) must have screwed up. Please contact me and I will be happy to resend it. If I have not received something from a partner, I also promise to contact him/her first before leaving a rating. 3-5% of the mail handled by USPS gets lost routinely so lost mail is a reality we have to deal with. Let's give each other a chance to make things right!

Disclaimer: Rest assured that I respect and observe copyright laws. All images which I use in my die-cut artwork or in swap pages I host are obtained from an online image database which I have a paid subscription for. Most of the time, I modify and combine images in Photoshop or Illustrator to make them suitable for each specific project (rarely ever a straight copy).

First written: March 30th, 2022.
Last updated: Jan 26th, 2023.

Ratings

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Comment: You've outdone yourself again! Thank you so much for the wonderful ATC- I love that your daughter had fun coloring it. Thank you for the tuck-ins, as well!!!
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Comment: Oh my goodness, the card you made is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for taking your time to make it. I love it so much. The tuck-ins are incredibly sweet- I love the postcard and I'm looking forward to using the SB stickers! May I ask where you got them? I hope you have a great Valentine's day!
captkristi rated for USATC: Robot ATC on Jan 26, 2023
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Comment: Love your swaps! Thank you so much! The SwapBot stickers are always such as great surprise and I use them all the time. Thank you
Savannahrandons rated for Swap-bot Stickers #4 on Jan 26, 2023
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Comment: Thank you so much for all of the swap bot stickers!! I love them!! Can't wait to use them on my next round of swaps. And I love the National World Flags postcard that you sent along with them. Thanks. Have a great weekend!!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card. Did your daughter color this one? It's great! I love the address labels and swap bot labels too. Have a great day!!
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Comment: I love the card, stickers, and the postcard! The envelop looks like it was damaged in transit as two of the sides were open, so I don't know if anything was lost. I love what I received though, thank you!
Response: Thanl you for the heart and rating. Yes you receive everything I sent. Glad that you like them. Happy swapping!
boriquaz rated for USATC: Valentine ATC Exchange on Jan 26, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for a wonderful swap and ATC. Happy Swapping! PS. Five wasn't that bad :-)
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Comment: Beautiful card! I used to own a stamp store! Thanks 🙏 Hearts
rarjones rated for CMF: Valentine's Day on Jan 25, 2023
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Comment: Very creative and cute card. TY for the stickers too. How did you make those?
Response: Thank you for the heart and rating. Increase those in Photoshop and printed them on glossy label sheets. Glad that you enjoyed the swap!
chandlerguera rated for MAIL ART - Maps on Jan 25, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the great envelope! I love the California theme. Also appreciate the postcard and Swap-bot stickers! xo
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Comment: Omg as I was checking out your envelope and your little valentine I'm think where did she get all these cool swap-bot stickers... and then I find a full sheet of stickers in my envie along with an adorable post card! Thank you!!! 😍
YooperHill rated for USATC: Valentine ATC Exchange on Jan 24, 2023
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Comment: I just love your art! TY.
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and goodies!
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Comment: Thanks for the adorable fox card! I love your cards! They are always so cute!! Thanks for the extras!! Happy Valentines day!! Hugs, Stacey
nancylee rated for AMA: Year of the Rabbit PC on Jan 24, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. I will guess since you pointed out a Chinese character Chinese but then I expect more red i the design so I'm not sure.(Chinatown in NYC is almost all red and gold right now. Either way it's lovely and I wish you a happy, healthy prosperous New Year :)
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and heart/rating. You are absolutely correct, red is the traditional color for Chinese New Year and not pink. The reason I used pink is that I made too many red ones already so I wanted to do something different. Now Inam starting to use blue, green and brown for my Valentine's Day cards too because I already made something like 20 pink ones 😂. Happy swapping!!
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Comment: Thank you for hosting these swaps, this panda one is even cuter than the last one! Thanks again for the awesome Swap-Bot stickers! Have a lovely Valentine's Day!
Mistyinltown rated for Valentines Day Card and Tuck In on Jan 24, 2023
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Comment: I just love these swap-bot stickers you send! Your card is adorable, and the pink your daughter chose is perfect! Have a Happy Valentine's Day.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and rating/heart. Glad that you like the stickers! I created some new sticker designs yesterday. Stay tuned for more. Happy swapping!!
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Comment: Oh I love the card. Thank you!
Conni59 rated for AMA: Shaped Mitten ATC on Jan 24, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the most adorable mitten atc! I found the shape to be an interesting way to do an atc! ❤️❤️❤️
YooperHill rated for Handmade Heart-shaped Valentines on Jan 23, 2023
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Comment: Well done! TY for the wonderful extras!

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Comments

DeboraCreates on Jan 19, 2023:

Thank you for the amazing Chinese New Year Card and your new sticker designs! (I missed the stickers in the envelope at first, but today I put the card up for display and I saw them - what a great surprise!)


Thanks always for sharing your creativity with me!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:


Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

katjl on Dec 25, 2022:

Thank you so much RAKS ONLU USA wish of Christmas cards. They are beautiful and the seals too. Appreciate it! Happy holidays to you and your family.🎄

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2022:

hi

Tricia22 on Dec 20, 2022:

RAKS Christmas Card Tag- Thank you for the cute Christmas card and gift tags. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🎄

DeboraCreates on Nov 24, 2022:

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OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:

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funstuff on Nov 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for the wonderful postcards and stickers. I've not seen anything like them before. Have a great Thanksgiving. Doris

chimerix on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great Christmas greeting cling stamps. They are going to be so useful in my crafting for the season. Aloha!!

RAKs Only - Nov

chimerix on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great Christmas greeting cling stamps. They are going to be so useful in my crafting for the season. Aloha!!

RAKs Only - Nov

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