Swap-bot Time: May 25, 2019 6:51 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2010
Last Online: May 24, 2019
Birthday: July 7
Country: United States

What i like love like:

I LOVE HEARTS! I put my best effort into every swap and ALWAYS read my partners profile for inspiration. I'm here to send things that will make people HAPPY!

Themes I enjoy:

-Astrology, crystals and galaxy

-Succulents, cactus and flowers

-Vintage lace, floral and tea time

-Gothic, spooky and Halloween

-Travel, Asian art and maps

-Books, hand lettering and letters

-Dessert, foodie and sweets

-Paris, Marie Antoinette and frippery

About Me

I really enjoy Swap-bot for inspiration, connecting with pen pals and trading art. Art Journaling and mixed media are my favorites right now for swapping.

Some of my hobbies are letter writing, reading (sci fi and the classics), crocheting, travel, dancing, shopping and stamp carving.

I look like a party on the outside- but I've always kind of been a little old lady on the INSIDE - things even out more each decade : )


I'm currently living in the San Francisco area and there are MANY MANY opportunities to take classes and join groups for any kind of hobby or interest. Since moving here I've taken lots of amazing mixed media workshops, joined great groups of crafters that meet up monthly and have access to lovely shops and artist markets!

Some Favorite Artists I've learned from in person:

-Julie Balzer

-Traci Bautista

-Kelly Kilmer

-Seth Apter

-Pam Carriker

-Dina Wakley

Favorite Movies

I am in LOVE with the TCM channel, old movies from the 1920's-1950's make me so happy. The clothes, the style, the refinement, the actors and actresses, the singing and dancing, the magical sets they created - all of it adds up to a world of glamour that this world lacks in the current day.

Anything with Bettie Davis, Marlene Deitrich, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Rosalind Russel, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Marilyn Monroe or any other glorious gentleman and ladies that graced the screen!

Favorite Music

Goth, Industrial, Synthpop, New Wave, Rockabilly and Psychobilly. Some favorites in no particular order - Orange Sector- Leaether Strip- Leichtmatrose- Faderhead- Morrisey- Din{a}tod- The Cramps- Sasquatch and the Sickabillys- Doris Day- The Andrews Sisters- Cake- The Yeah Yeah Yeahs- The Sounds- Prince- Madonna- Red Flag- She Wants Revenge- Radiohead- Ours- Garbage- The Retrosic- Wolfsheim- Covenant- Cinephile- Rasputina- oh i could go on and on and on...

Favorite Books

Science Fiction/ Fantasy and the great literary classics are my two favorite genres.

If you have suggestions for authors similar to the following favorites - I'd love to hear about them!

-Sharon Shinn

-Carol Berg

-Kim Harrison

-Jim Butcher

-Patricia Briggs

Swapping with me

I love to find new penpals from all over the map. I'm a wordy penpal, so I appreciate people who have a lot to say.

I love doing long term journal swaps, message me if you're interested. When I do these, it's really about the writing part of journaling and less about the art part.

I really enjoy seeing handmade creations. I love ATCs and art journals because each person makes one of a kind art when they sit down and create. Handmade postcards are awesome.

I'm interested in the following types of swaps: Mixed media art, ATCs, Handmade Journals, Art Journaling, penpal and I'm thinking of starting a swap series for advanced/experienced card maker pen pals. I'd really enjoy seeing what some other card makers are doing and it's only fair to exchange something that takes that much time and effort to create for an equal effort.

If you want to send along vintage ephemera it's my new obsession! I will put it to good use!

Dislikes/ Do not send


-#1- please don't send ANIMAL anything - dogs, cats, goats, horses - no thank you. I am afraid of animals and i have nightmares about them, and am also allergic. (of course i am not allergic to hello kitty!)

-Don't send things smelling of SMOKE - allergic to this too

-NO Country Cutesey, rustic, Mary Englebright

-NO Outdoorsey sportsman type things

-NO Sports things

-NO Patriotic, Americana, Armed Forces etc.

-NO Religious Themes

-While i AM indeed GOTH - i am NOT into yucky bloody gory realistic horror stuff - I don't want to know about serial killers.

[added extra "NO"s for skim readers, I swear I've gotten envies filled with just my dislikes - lol]


Comment: I like what you did with this book! Great job!
Response: Have fun adding to it! Use any prompt you like! Thanks for the sweet rating!
Comment: Thanks for the stamps and the note you wrote. The envelope the stamps were in is so cute.
Response: Glad you liked everything! I tried to include a few butterflies since your profile listed them as a favorite : )
thebragal rated for ATCO: Free Theme March on May 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much!!
Response: So glad it finally made it to you! : ) Post between the US and Canada is not speedy thing. LOL. Happy you like what I created! Thanks for the lovely rating!
lizzmathwhiz rated for Art Collab #33 add postage on May 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great card. Excited to send it home soon :)
Response: Thank you for the nice comment and rating!
Frickenjazzed rated for Art Collab #32 add postage on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the added note with the PC - I agree very much! I've only just started and this is the first one I've gotten that already looks complete, but you have a great point.
Response: Have fun! And thanks for the lovely rating!
Singske rated for Collaboration #67 on Apr 25, 2019
Comment: Wow love this one! It will be great to work on and send back. Thanks!
Response: I bet you'll find a really cool stamp for it too! I think she'll really love it : ) Thanks for the sweet rating!
jjhere rated for Collaboration #69 on Apr 24, 2019
Comment: What a fabulous PC! I'm looking forward to adding a little something-something and sending it home.
Response: I loved that one too : ) It came together so nicely! Thanks for the lovely rating!
smmarrty rated for Art Collab #31 on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: Ooooh, so many possibilities. It will be in the mail soon. Thanks.
Response: some of these inspire me more than others - I'm glad this one is inspiring you!
Allegrae rated for Art Collab #30 on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Beautiful postcard! Thanks for explaining the technique, which is always appreciated. Looking forward to adding to it and sending it along its merry way.
Response: This series is just SO MUCH FUN! I'm glad you like the PC : ) Hopefully you're getting great art on your final PCs coming home to you!
lynnerfb rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R42 on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Great journal. I'll do my best.
Response: Thanks Lynne!
Comment: Thank you! I will write back asap! I actually just moved, (still living in Montgomery County) so I'm slowly replying to all my mail! Seems like we'll have a lot to talk about considering I know all the malls you mentioned plus I go to MontCo (will talk more about everything in a letter back)!
Response: Glad you enjoyed my letter : ) Thanks for the sweet rating and I look forward to hearing from you!
MissPaula rated for Collaboration #68 on Mar 30, 2019
Comment: Hmmm, interesting card to complete. I'll look at the profile and add something colorful before homing it. Thanks for the fun envie!
Response: It's all so surprising when you get the next one in the mail - so much fun! Thank you for the happy rating!
MissPaula rated for Art Collab #29 on Mar 27, 2019
Comment: Sara! Thanks so much for the total package, awesome as always. Love your Sugar Skull Girl! Thx for the great letter, I'll respond soon. β™₯
Response: Yay! I'm really glad we were partnered up on this one : ) Happy to meet you again!
donetta rated for USAPC: Roses & Lace ATC on Mar 26, 2019
Comment: Oh Sara, this is a LOVELY ATC! I love your multi-layered background, and the vintage lace trim is a beautiful accent.
Response: Thank YOU for the sweet compliment! This was a fun theme!
WoodlandBanshee rated for WIYM: Book Page ATC on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your lovely atc
Response: So glad you liked it! : ) I collect old books for collage, so this ATC was totally fun for me! : ) Thank you for the lovely rating!
dvmac rated for Art Collab #28 Add postage on Mar 16, 2019
Comment: Nice addition Sara, it will be fun to add on to. And thanks for the comic cards. Love 'em.
Response: Glad you like everything : ) Thanks for the kind rating!
Arabella rated for WIYM: Postage Stamp ATC on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: Love your postage stamp atc, Sara! The Songbirds in Snow stamp collection is one of my favorites - still have 3 sheets of them and find myself hoarding them! So this atc is just perfect! Thank you so much! I would love to go to the Postal Museum in D.C.! And Paris! Hope you have a successful trip next time!
Response: How perfect! I love when my creation makes it to just the right person : ) Isn't that why we're all here? Thanks for the lovely rating!
samsstuff rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R41 on Mar 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I wish I had some of the paper that she used for the cover, I love it!
Response: Me too! It's always so much fun to see the different ways people construct their journals for this series : ) Thanks for being a fabulous participant!
Comment: Arrived today. It is so nice I LOVE the French stamp. Thank you so much it is lovely. I did not realise my journal was too small. I thought I had followed the measurements. Really hope to swap with you again.
Response: Your tiny journal was cute! Unexpected - but very cute. It was a bit of a challenge, the smallest journal I've ever worked in, but I really enjoyed it. Thank you!
ToujoursMoi rated for MHMAJ R40.1 GB + TM on Feb 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the new journal and for all your help
Response: Thanks for great communication and for doing this swap!

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smmarrty on May 15, 2019:

Thanks so much for your contribution to my Art Collab PC - it's awesome!

DaisyNY on May 14, 2019:

Thank for putting the finishing touches on this Collaboration PC. Did you put the pink border on the back to match the stamp? That was a lovely touch!

AMA - Collaboration May2019 DaisyNY_GothBarbie_PrairieKittin_LuckyLynnL

smmarrty on Apr 9, 2019:

Thanks so much for my cool rock 'n' roll postcard. The retro lady with pearl texture paste is the bomb!

gothbarbie on Apr 3, 2019:

manders2280 on Feb 9, 2016:

When you get to Prague, go to the top of the castle first thing in the morning, and get a ticket to see the whole castle. When Beth and I went we loitered as we climbed to the castle, and didn't have time to see more than a few sights in the castle. Next time...

oblivionspin on Jan 28, 2015:

Oh my gosh! Awesome! I'm so excited for you! Happy moving and let me know the details when you have a chance <3

savannahjan on Jan 12, 2015:

OMG! I seriously JUST sent you a postcard! And this time stuck an address label on it so you'd have my new address! Serendipity!

Deeno1105 on Feb 14, 2014:

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you do something fun with your DH.

RyeRye on Feb 14, 2014:

agonysdecay on Dec 31, 2013:

Thank you SO MUCH for the rad PC for Hexmas!!! It was great to hear from you! I'm think I should do this for Hexmas next year!! I stilllll want to emboss...damn to-do list is entirely to long. Thank you for thinking of me when you felt like making PCs!

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