Swap-bot Time: February 23, 2018 4:30 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: February 22, 2018
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. My husband is on disability retirement and we work a small part-time job together. I love mail art; I think I enjoy making and decorating the mail as much as I enjoy creating the contents. Even if it's not a decorated envie, I love to create envies for my swaps from vintage book pages.

I haunt Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn Fabrics. I am lucky to live close to all three. In December 2015, 'my' Hobby Lobby moved their location and now it's far away--sad for me! I also adore shopping for supplies online. My latest collection obsession: washi tape! It has become a truly guilty pleasure. There are so many pretty ones! Oh . . . and postcards--just finished organizing then all (6/16) and I have 32 photo boxes brimming with them.


Postcards: I do not care for color-your-own postcards. Here are some of my favorite postcard themes:

  • Cats

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

  • Nature cards

  • Nouvelles Images cards

  • Sumo wrestlers

  • Alaska and Alaska animals

  • Fotofolio cards

  • San Francisco cards (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo or Aquarium cards

  • Little Otsu

  • Trolls and gnomes

  • Moomin

  • Any card with swans

  • Map cards (just starting to collect!)

  • Interesting black & white photographs

  • Vintage deckle-edged cards

Those are my favorite themes but I'm always open to receiving something different. I always prefer my postcards sent blank in an envie, even when the swap says to, 'send naked.' I understand if you can't do that, but it's my preference.


Anything Halloween

Paper, paper, and more paper!

Cats cats and more cats

Vintage stationery sets

All vintage paper ephemera!


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


Gnomes and other woodland creatures

Pink anything (my favorite color)

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.


Short and sweet here:

Foam crafts or stickers

Color-your-own anything (including postcards)

Scented products (I get a headache!)

Although I LOVE washi tape, please do not send samples--I have over 2000 rolls.

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 ("Stay alive; I WILL find you!"), 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: The Walking Dead, 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 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 also 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. Creating envelopes is so much fun, too--I think I join every envie swap I can.

And, of course 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.


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.


Although 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.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to four adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas & Evan). 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 10 years already!). We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together.

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 (2 shelter cats). I truly enjoy the company of cats. For me, a house is not a home without a pet.


I'm not a stickler about postmarks. 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!

In a community of inspired, thoughtful, and artistic swappers, I believe we should show each other kindness, grace, and understanding. When I read posts in the forums, I'm always puzzled that some focus on policing and informing on others. Why join a site for swapping and spend your time investigating everyone else? Very puzzling! I believe this amazing, FREE site (what a gift!) 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."


Comment: (((Kristy!!))) Your beautiful envelope, gorgeous washi, perfect emphemera and stickers (LLLLAMMMMMASSSSSS/KITTIES/delicate little gals) and sweet note were perfection. Thank you so, so much for the envie of awesome and your sweet words. I love it all!
quirkyish rated for WIYM: Blank Note Card Swap US on Feb 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the collection of lovely note cards, as well as the stickers and the lantern die cut. I especially love the guinea pig note card--I get a kick out of animals in human clothing (not just costumes). Lol.
Traceyk rated for SMSUSA: February 2018 Happy Mail! on Feb 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap! I love everything you sent me. :)
Bavarija rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #13 on Feb 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for nice cards!!
manachai rated for IWTS: Group Founding Swap on Feb 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this swap! I wanted to purchase the one with the hands but I didn't think I needed a whole roll so I'm glad for the sample <3 and thanks for the cute sticker sheet too!
Comment: Thanks for the great washi samples and extras!
ittybittykitty rated for WOW: My Favorite Color... on Feb 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute washi! I really like the butterfly one.i think I’ll get a lot of use out of the pink, too!
Comment: Thank you thank you thank you!! Such bliss in an envelope! ❤I love all of my goodies!
Comment: What a cool Tim Holtz journal page Kristy! You used all my favorite Tim Holtz ephemera! I love the way you placed them and I really love the combination of the more typical, grungy TH style with the floral paper, roses, buttons and the cute little girl in her sweet ruffled dress. Really sweet! I love this very much! Thank you for this 4x4 and the great extras. I always love receiving your great art work.
luvbird rated for GAA: Winter Fairy ATC on Feb 19, 2018
Comment: Hi Kristy! I am so sorry for taking so long to rate this wonderful swap! Such a beautiful winter fairy Gothic arch! She is pretty and her deer is gorgeous! Love all the snowy crystal glitter and the blue gems. Really looks so magical! Love it! Thank you Kristy. Great extras too...thanks.
Comment: thank you! It was such a joy to get the goodies and I especially loved the envelope that it came in :)
Comment: I sure thought this was PURR-fect.
Comment: Oh, my! You sent so many absolutely wonderful postcards! And in 2 pretty envelopes -- so sorry you had to remail it. Truly love them all, I think the maxi card and floral owl (Ikea sells postcards??!!) are my favorites; also I had never seen an Inga Paltzer card so that was fun, too. Oh, even that fabulous string clasp washi you used, and wrapping the cards like the amazing gift that they are. A billion hearts, flowers and chocolates to you for being the Queen of Swappers!
breethefrog rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #4 on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this pretty envelope. I had not seen the tea stamps before. I appreciate all the interesting postage inside too!
Comment: Thank you for the great notecards and for coordinating the swap.
mejulia rated for WIYM: Blank Note Card Swap US on Feb 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice notecards and for coordinating this swap.
grandmaroro rated for WIYM: Send 10 Happy Mail USA on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all he interesting items, but I have to say that I love those paper clips best. Thanks bunches.
donetta rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #23 on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: This ATC! It's perfection in pink...it is perfectly pinkalicious! As always, I am inspired by your beautiful aesthetic, and excited and grateful for the lovely extras you included. I can't wait to use the gorgeous rubber stamps!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Spell L-O-V-E With Postcards on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: L-O-V-E the postcards. Thanks so much for another great pc swap.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Valentine and goodies, so cute and appreciated! :o)

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RiverTopanga on Feb 18, 2018:

Profile checks completed for Artisan ATCs - Purple ATC. Have fun creating your purple ATC!

craftyone on Feb 17, 2018:

Thanks so much for the cute stickers for my February $1 wish list! They will be put to good use. It's always fun to hear from you 😊

RiverTopanga on Feb 17, 2018:

Hi Kristy... Weloome to the Group: Artisan ATCs. I love the word "haunt" for shopping at your favorite craft spots! I hope you will enjoy swapping with the group. :-)

CurlyTea on Feb 14, 2018:

BusyB on Jan 16, 2018:

Hope we'll swap again soon and many blessings to you in 2018!

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

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pattiairel on Dec 15, 2017:

bjmonroe on Dec 5, 2017:

Hope it was a very happy day

bjmonroe on Dec 5, 2017:

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