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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: September 26, 2017
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.

THINGS I LOVE

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.

BESIDES POSTCARDS, I LOVE:

Anything Halloween

Paper, paper, and more paper!

Cats cats and more cats

Vintage stationery sets

All vintage paper ephemera!

Elephants

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

Frogs

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)

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!)

Although I LOVE washi tape, please do not send samples--I have over 700 rolls! If you ask, I'll send YOU samples ;+)

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! 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, Black Sails, House of Cards, 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.

Reading

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

I'm an early bird as opposed to a night owl. Hubby is a night owl so I have a few hours to myself each morning and he has a few hours to himself each night.

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 9 years already!). We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together. When we encounter problems in life, I always remember just how lucky I am to have someone who loves me unconditionally and puts my needs first.

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.

THOUGHTS ON SWAPPING. . .

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.

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 so sad that there are those who focus on policing and informing on others. Why join a site for swapping, decide to rarely swap, and decide your time on a swapping site is best spent investigating everyone else? Very puzzling! Swap-bot should e a place for creativity, sharing, and making new friends. We all have enough stressors in our lives outside of swap-bot--let's not let swap-bot become one of those stressors 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."

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Comment: What a beautiful piece of art work to find in my mailbox when we got home from vacation! Love all the images you have used on it! Thank you so very much, Kristy!
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the card, and the envies are beautiful! 🎃
LowRain rated for Send A Happy Box on Sep 24, 2017
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Comment: best. happy box. ever. it was a loooong day when I opened your package. THANK YOU for making me smile. Happy Swapping to you!
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Comment: Oh my goodness!!! So many cards and they are all so great! You sent to many!! Thank you so much. Can't wait to use some of these!
naturenerd3 rated for WIYM: Halloween Pocket Letter on Sep 23, 2017
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Comment: I love the pocket letter you made. Thank you so much! I especially like the keychain bling! Where did you get the paper you used for the envelope? I'd love to buy some.
widelo123 rated for PH: 2-4-6-8 on Sep 22, 2017
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Comment: Kristy thank you for all the postcards you sent for this fun swap. Loved the way you put them in your own handmade envelope. Shirley
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Comment: Thank you for the fun Halloween things! I am loving the orange cat card!!!
pynart2 rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail September 2017 on Sep 21, 2017
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Comment: Wow! what a nice package, love all the goodies. Thank you, thank you.
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Comment: AMAZING cards. Really -- every single one is FAB. Thank you so much!
slckad rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #4 on Sep 21, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great animal and nature postcards that you sent me! I love them all!
mjhaertling rated for VC: Vintage Halloween Pocket on Sep 21, 2017
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Comment: Wish I could give you 2 hearts. This was such a special package. The front of the pocket with the dimensional objects is so fun. I can't thank you enough for all the goodies you had stuffed inside.
texasjenn rated for WIYM: List Journal on Sep 18, 2017
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Comment: i so love the journal and the extra effort that you put into it. Thanks so much for the extras. We use the YMCA to swim as well and are going to see the movie IT tomorrow! thanks again for the wonderful journal you sent my way! happy Autumn!
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Comment: WOW!! I love the key chain! Thanks. Maryland has seen a mild summer. We didn't even turn on the air conditioner. Enjoy your Christmas vacation in CA. certainly will be different weather than OH.
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Comment: Yay! Thank you for a great swap 💐 The stickers are awesome!
luvbird rated for AACG: Vintage Halloween Pinup ATC on Sep 10, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much Kristy for the darling Halloween pinup...she is so cute. I love the way you do your collage work on these small atc cards...so many cute little images all put together in such the cutest way, then the added lace, flower just tops it off. Love the little mouse cutout. Thank you so much.
luvbird rated for VC: Vintage Halloween Flipbook on Sep 10, 2017
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Comment: Kristy, I was so excited to receive your package decorated so cute. What an absolutely darling Halloween Flipbook...I love it so much! So much fun to look through these little books at all the awesome art work, images and the little surprise tuck-ins. I love all of the great Halloween colors and patterns. Such a great little book...I love it so very much! Thank you!
donetta rated for WIYM: Halloween Mini Flip-Book on Sep 9, 2017
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Comment: Ah, Kristy...you have no idea (actually, I think you DO have an idea!) how happy I am to begin swapping once again. This is the most adorable little flip book...my adult niece handled it reverently, looking at each and every page and tuck-in, and was astonished at the detail and the thought behind each. She discovered things that I'd missed, and I was able to point out a few things that she missed! It is...incredible. Thank you for always being the very best swap partner!
pattiairel rated for CHWH ~ Cute Keychain Swap! on Sep 8, 2017
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Comment: LOve the key chain, thanks for a nice swap!! ♥♥♥
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Comment: LOVE the darling library card and pocket you made. As always your work is amazing. I really like how you stapled the ribbon onto the little tags. And all the cute little birds on it is perfect! Thank you for the great extras and swap! Your one of my favorite swap partners!
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Comment: re send received. Thanks a lot.

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Comments

RooBaRoo on Sep 19, 2017:

Thanks for the nice comment :) Just like you, I felt that someone can use a bit of positivity coming her way! :D

bbsporty on Sep 12, 2017:

Thank you so much for the penguin stamps you sent me for my AWG August wish! I had forgotten that they were on my favorites list and was so happy when I got them! They are adorable!

EmilyT on Aug 26, 2017:

You're very welcome 😊

ShyAnn64 on Aug 22, 2017:

Thank you for fulfilling my AWG wish :) I received a fun package today full of Jim Holtz Ephemera! ((Hugs!))

JenniferB on Aug 22, 2017:

Thank you and the WIYM Group for the birthday wishes...cheers! 🎂🙏🦋

mayuze on Aug 11, 2017:

Hi there! I remember a swap you hosted and I loved it. It's been a few years and I still remember so I'm wondering if you like to host a similar one. (http://swap-bot.com/swap/show/145371) Have a nice day!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 1, 2017:

Thank you for the shotgun shell charm from my July AATW Wishlist/Etsy Faves. I feel like a bad@$$ when I wear it! LOL You rock!

Angie on Jul 30, 2017:

ladydy5 on Jul 29, 2017:

Yay! Isabellsnow!

Fenix825 on Jul 28, 2017:

Thank you so much for the sharpie markers from my AWG July Wishlist!

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