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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: June 25, 2019
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello Fellow Swappers! My name is Kristy, crafting is my favorite pastime and I love all things handmade.

I love shopping online and aliexpress should get a line item in our budget ;+)

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here 9+ years and have met so many lovely people. Crafting and swapping give me such a lift. When I'm creating, the hours just fly by!

THINGS I LOVE

Here are some of my favorite themes:

  • Cats

  • Animals (photos or illustrations--no monkeys, please ;+), especially bears, foxes, and other woodland critters

  • Nature (especially vintage nature images)

  • Nouvelles Images postcards

  • Sumo wrestlers

  • Fotofolio cards

  • San Francisco postcards (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo or Aquarium postcards

  • Trolls and gnomes

  • Moomin

  • Birds of all kinds

  • Interesting black & white photographs

  • Vintage deckle-edged postcards

  • Halloween

  • Paper, paper, and more paper!

  • Vintage stationery sets

  • All vintage paper ephemera!

  • Elephants

  • Snail anything (especially things that say "snail mail")

  • Frogs

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Vintage buttons and needle cards, or any other vintage sewing notions

  • Koi fish images

  • Bird images

  • Handcrafted/decorated envelopes of ANY size--especially ones that are sewn!

  • Anything crafted of paper

  • Stickers--especially cats!

  • Although I am not Catholic and have my own beliefs, I adore images of the Virgin Mary and the Catholic saints. I think they are beautiful!

  • Recommendations of good books and bookmarks

  • Kind people

  • RAK's (sending & receiving)

  • Rain, snow, and cold weather

-Swappers who are here for the joy of the creative process and not the opportunity to become rule-enforcers. Sheesh . . . we have enough rules in our lives already.

THINGS I DO NOT LOVE

Short and sweet here:

Foam crafts or stickers

Color-your-own anything (including postcards)

Scented products (I get a headache!)

I do not like user profiles with a HUGE "do not like" list--some of these are more detailed than my family's Christmas lists! haha!

Favorite Movies

Some favorite movies: The ORIGINAL Fright Night, Prometheus, The Talented Mr. Ripley (this is probably my favorite movie of all time), Aliens, Last of the Mohicans, Hocus Pocus, Shawshank Redemption, White Oleander, Terminator series, Blood Creek (LOVE Michael Fassbender), Stephen King's It, Venom, Fright Night, The Thing. I love well-made scary movies! Not a fan of romantic comedies. My movie & tv choices might not seem to "fit" with the rest of my profile but I have always loved science fiction and scary movies!

Favorite Television

I'm a fan of: Homeland, Top Chef, Unreal, Silicon Valley, Veep, Project Runway, The Monsters Inside Me, Game of Thrones, and more. So sad that both Penny Dreadful and Banshee have ended ;+( I'm a former fan of TWD but the story lines just became SO WEIRD so I cut the cord from The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead.

I think (ok, I know) I watch too much TV but there is a TV in my craft room so I'm not likely to stop any time soon.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art is one of favorites. I love to jazz up all my envies before sending--fun, easy and what's more fun than a colorfully decorated envie in your mailbox? I especially love the postoid rubber stamps--the ones that look liike a postage stamp but say something funny. I have quite a collection!

I love paper of all kinds and, along with the beautiful papers, papercrafts.

ATC's! I used to hate them and be consistently irritated at how many ATC swaps there were here on swap-bot. Now I love them! Also love twinchies and other paper crafts.

Love creating junk journals using vintage ephemera and I'm crazy for using vintage books in all my work.

Reading

I LOVE to read but am super fussy about what I choose to read. If you are an avid reader and read anything in the suspense/thriller/horror genres, please send me a recommendation! With so many book choices available, a recommendation from an avid reader is worth its weight in gold.

ME & MY FAMILY

Hubby and I are nearly retired. I'm trained as a middle school language arts, social studies, and math teacher. I still tutor for reading comprehension. Hubby was a park ranger. In our nearly-retirement, we 'work' for my daughter and son-in-law, overseeing several of the apartment buildings/houses they own.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to six adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, and Aaliyah). Unfortunately, my sweet Noelle and Lucas live in San Francisco ;+(--much too far away from their granny.

My hubby is the light of my life (we met on match.com and have been married for 12 years already!). We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together. I love my life and count my blessings every day.

I am an only child and have always wanted a sister to share with. I love that I have some crafting 'sisters' here on swap-bot!

My four-legged furbabies are: Mizzy and Junebug Mizzy was a shelter cat and my daughter found Junie abandoned in a cart in a Target parking lot in mid-December. She had a collar mark around her neck, so she was someone's pet who was just dumped. I truly enjoy the company of cats. For me, a house is not a home without a pet.

THOUGHTS ON SWAPPING. . .

I'm not a stickler about postmarks; in fact, I've never checked a postmark in my life! I do understand the need for rules and regs within this swapping community, but if you're going to be late in sending a swap to me, just be courteous and let me know. Although I take my role as swapper and host very seriously here, I will never engage in public shaming of other swappers or have a 'Flaker List' on my profile. Let's be kind to each other!

I'm consistently puzzled when swappers say they 'hate' a specific color. I want you to be inspired to create something special for me, so use whatever color speaks to YOU. It's not my job to ban a color that might spark your creativity. I appreciate anything created with love and inspiration and if it's not one of my favorite colors? It must be one of yours and that's good enough for me.

In a community of inspired, thoughtful, and artistic swappers, I believe we should show each other kindness, grace, and understanding. I get so frustrated with those who complain, complain, complain about swap-bot in the forums. One word of advice to those folks: move on! Please allow new members to form their own opinions and (perhaps) learn to love swap-bot through their own experiences. I wonder about the intentions of those who act as a self-appointed police force on the site. Why join a site for swapping and spend all your time investigating everyone else? My thoughts on the self-appointed swap-bot detectives? More swapping . . . less snooping ;+)

I believe this should be a place for creativity, sharing, and making new friends. We all have enough stress in our lives outside of swap-bot--let's not let swap-bot become a source of stress and negativity instead of the joy it is meant to be!

I appreciate kindness in any form. One of my favorite quotes is from the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible . . . it is always possible."

Ratings

Lantana149 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #6 on Jun 24, 2019
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Comment: Wow!!! Loved both ATC's, you did an awesome job, lucky me for being your swap partner. Big thank you for the extras as well!!! HEARTS, HEARTS, HEARTS!
Trinket rated for AACG: Pond Life Series: Dragonfly on Jun 22, 2019
5
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Comment: When I first got this card I was looking at it backwards, reading the book page on the back and thinking, how does this dragonfly. Then I turned it over and saw the glittery wings of your dragonfly. Yay! it is the bestest.
Tryph rated for MJS: Mini-Magpie Journal on Jun 21, 2019
5
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Comment: A lovely journal with surprise extras throughout. I really enjoy your style,especially all the use of textiles. Thank you.
Jessicat rated for SMSUSA: No Peeking! June 2019 on Jun 21, 2019
5
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Comment: You peeked! Ahahaha! That's so funny! Thank you for everything Kristy, you really brightened my day, my smile and my mailbox. You are awesome!
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Comment: thank you for the beautifull journal pocket and tag. I allready glued it down in my journal. Thanks for the extra's too, I really love those pages out of a pocket dictionary
keahirada rated for YTPC: Paint Chip Pocket Tutorial on Jun 21, 2019
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Comment: I love it! I am so glad to finally see something you made :) I love the swan theme and colors. This was such a cool tutorial, thank you for coming up with it. I agree, It did have a lot of steps at the end but I have never seen anything like it and love using paint chips. Thank you for the little notebook too! Cute!
donetta rated for MFF: 5x7 Collaged Bird Page on Jun 19, 2019
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Comment: I was sure I'd rated this swap, but either I was rating in my dreams, or I forgot to click "save". Kristy, this is an exquisite collage. I am so, so lucky to be the recipient...oh, how I wish we had swapped with each other this time! You are a wonderful artist, and the very best of friends. I just love you!
Response: Me too, Donetta! I drooled over your bird. Next time we will have to do a private swap. I'm so glad you liked this one--I loved creating it and was so happy to have a chance to use the Hanami Garden papers. Going to send a longer message later!
5
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Comment: I am sorry, Kristy, i’ve been looking through old swaps & thought I got your swap, but I can’t find it. I see you send it out early, so I know it’s either lost in transit or lost in my piles of stuff (one reason I rate the day I get my swaps). I know it was super, so don’t fret about a resend. Thanks for being my partner, and forgive the late rating.
donetta rated for USAPC: 3 ATCoins: Nature Themed on Jun 17, 2019
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Comment: I am guessing that each of these beauties was labor-and-time-intensive...they are exquisite. The layers! The gorgeous trims and embellishments! I share your love of and fascination with Asian art...the papers are wonderful! Opening your package was like Christmas morning, my dear friend...I'm still ooh-ing and aah-ing over all the little amazements! Thank you...you are the sweetest lady!
5
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Comment: Amazing cute tags and all the stamps covering the envelope! Thanks so much. x
Frickenjazzed rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #5 on Jun 16, 2019
5
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Comment: Such a cool ATC! I love the 3D aspects and all the different materials you used on it. It does bring a smile to my face. Great work, thanks so much! PS I love the extras, too! The paper is gorgeous! Thank you!
5
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Comment: two goodies from you in one day - wahoo!! This envelope pocket is gorgeous - I love the vintage-y feel it has and the colors you used are my favorites. i have that same 7 Gypsies paper and love it. Beautiful lace and fabric trim and love the note card you made to tuck inside the envelope. wonderful work as always and always a pleasure to receive a swap from you!
lmacdavis93 rated for GAA: Sender's Choice w/a Frame on Jun 15, 2019
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Comment: Hi Kristy - your GAA is so pretty! Love the colors and the bits of glitz you added as well as the varied color paper flowers. And the image you used just fits perfectly. Thanks so much for another special swap!! And thank you for the special extra goodies - love the mini dictionary pages!
scrappermama rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #1 on Jun 11, 2019
5
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Comment: Very, very cool! Thank you for the great apc! I too love the sewing hands & now to mention the postage stamps... love them!! I am going to incorporate 1 of them into a swap I'm in! TY! TY! TY! Have a great summer!!
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Comment: Love these very vintage beautiful embossed shapes Kristy! Each one of them is great. Love the little charms, buttons and lace you used to embellish them. Your work always inspires me so much! I did enjoy getting out my embossing folders, something I seem to forget about using in my crafting. Thank you so very much for these lovelies and for the wonderful extras which I love and appreciate so much. Another wonderful swap from you!
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Comment: Fun little project and yours turned out so cute! Love them! Having so much fun with these 100-Day projects. Learning so much while enjoying trying new things. Thank you so very much for bringing these great projects to us! Darling little envies!
luvbird rated for AACG: Rene Cloke Fairy ATC on Jun 11, 2019
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Comment: Kristy, this a darling little fairy ATC. I do love the Rene Cloke fairies also. Some of my favorite colors are on this card...the greens and purples are so pretty. Just so many sweet little details...the green fabric, the tiny bee, the gold thread...all so lovely! The quote is perfect and just sets it off wonderfully. Thank you so very much! Nice extras too...thank you.
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Comment: I pulled out your note before the page and instantly began singing 'When you're strange, when you're straaaaannngge....' lol Thanks for the extra goodies also! = )
lvpoohbr2 rated for YTPC: File Folder Pocket Letter on Jun 10, 2019
5
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Comment: Love love love this pocket letter! Thank you so much for all the goodies too!!! Ü
MiekeC rated for YTPC: Vintage Style Glassine Booklet on Jun 10, 2019
5
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Comment: How nice to receive your glassine booklet. A very beautiful vintage looking envie. I always love the sound of the glassine envie.

Rating Overview

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Comments

pattiairel on Jun 12, 2019:

Lets do a summer private swap!!

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 22, 2019:

JuneRosebud on Apr 6, 2019:

I just wanted you to know that I love your swaps; especially the three elements one. I always feel inspired by them. Thank you!!

donetta on Feb 2, 2019:

Oh, my dear friend...I returned home after a week of horrible anxiety and dread (I was trapped away from home by weather, and my kitties were without food for at least 3 days) to find the most wonderful envelope waiting for me. All the kitty-esque return address labels! To die for! and the embellishment clusters you made are so incredibly feminine and elegant...just like the lady who made them. Have I mentioned lately that I treasure you? I absolutely do! Thank you from the bottom of my heart...I just love you, and your friendship means so much...so, so much.

kiddomerriweather on Jan 19, 2019:

Awwww, thank you, my dear.

bluehairedmary on Dec 22, 2018:


Thank you for the holiday wishes on the forum! It was quite a moment in that car with my kids! Luckily, the tow finally arrived. Hopefully it will be fixed by Monday! Happy holidays to you and yours!

CurlyTea on Dec 10, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

goinjenny on Dec 6, 2018:

lou on Dec 6, 2018:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

thriftymermaid on Dec 4, 2018:

Thank you for the birthday wishes and a very Happy Birthday month to you!!

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