Swap-bot Time: April 21, 2019 5:00 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: April 21, 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!


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.


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 2500 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, 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.


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.


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.


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!

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'm consistently puzzled by 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?

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."


Comment: your ICAD looks great. I want a circle stamp now too. thanks for the extras.
tristitia rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day #29 on Apr 21, 2019
Comment: Your index card is so pretty - and thank you for the mini-journal, I’m obsessed with mini junk journals at the moment 😁
georgiafae rated for YTPC: Scrap Paper Flowers on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: OH, Kristy! These are so beautiful-love them all. I too like the torn edges and the great way to use those wonderful little lace pieces we all have. Thanks for hosting this swap and I'm lucky to get yours! Thank You so much!
donetta rated for AACG: Pond Life Series: Frog ATC on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: I was horrified to discover this beauty...UNRATED...under a pile of crafty items on my craft table! Please forgive me...I usually rate when I open mail, but I forgot my computer in Grand Rapids, and lost my rhythm. You know I love this beauty, Kristy...just the cutest little frog amongst the die-cut grasses and spring daffies...and then we come to the dragonfly charm! Aaaaahhhhh! Perfection! You are the best, my dear, simply the best swap partner and friend imaginable. Mwah!
dartha rated for TT&E: Stationery Stock-Up! on Apr 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much - I LOVE everything and such amazing packaging. Thanks so much, darla
Ace330660 rated for YTPC: Vintage Vibes Tag Book on Apr 16, 2019
Comment: Great job ! I love your tag book ! That is one of my favorite paper pads ! Thanks for the extra bits as well. Just my style ! Please host more swaps like these in the future.
sassafrass rated for YTPC: 4 Floral Tags: Linda Israel on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful set of tags, Kristy! I really love the napkin you used (must find that one!) and how you decorated them. Thanks so much for hosting this great swap!
sassafrass rated for YTPC: Tartanite Tag Dolls on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful doll! I love how you gave her a mixed media dress. Now why didn't I think of that?! She's going right into my studio. I love all the beautiful papery things you sent along too and the sewing pattern. I will definitely find creativity with everything. Many thanks for the lovely swap and for hosting such fun swaps!
breethefrog rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #6 on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: Such a wonderful envelope to receive! The outside was beautiful, and you put wonderful surprises inside. Thank you so much!
edgetorn rated for YTPC: Paper Clip Charm on a Tag on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: There are no words for how much I love the beautiful charm/tag that you created! Outstanding! Thank you for the fun extras, too! Hearts galore!
sweetgypsy rated for YTPC: Tartanite Tag Dolls on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: Very lovely tag doll and sweet extras! Thank you for the wonderful swap. :)
Comment: Your version looks great. I wasn’t too happy with all the white space either.
lukeyduke rated for AACG: Tea Bag Paper ATC on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: Isabellasnow, My Hero!!! So glad to be swapping again, especially with you! Your card is beautiful (as always) you are so creative. Thank you for this card and I love the extras. Kathie
luvbird rated for YTPC: 4 Floral Tags: Linda Israel on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Kristy, these are beautiful tags that you created. I love all the great ephemera on top of the beautiful floral napkin and the blue flowers give them a great pop of color. The cheery yellow lace and pin is so pretty. And the little ladybug charms take it over the top! So sweet! Thank you so very much! Lovely swap!
ccgigglebox rated for YTPC: Paper Clip Charm on a Tag on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: WOW I love it , its so beautiful.
ginny19590 rated for USAPC: Rabbit ATC on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you!!!
ttbishop rated for SMSUSA: Things that Make Me Happy! on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the cling stamps and your lovely note. Now I feel bad that I didn't write as much as you did. I will write you a real letter to make up for it!
Camiliann rated for AACG: Mixed Media Challenge on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: I loved you mixed media item. Very gorgeous colors. And the extra of vintages papers. Adorable little book. Thanks so much for all the work you have put into this swap it really shows. And is greatly appreciated!!!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 28 on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Beautiful! I love me some bees 🐝 Thanks so much for another great swap!
Comment: The signature you sent is amazing! I love the vintage and botanical theme. Thanks so much.

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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!!

Traceyk on Feb 21, 2019:

Hello! I wanted to let you know that I received the first week of the swap February 2019 Pen Pal! We did the same thing for Valentine's Day. :) Thank you very much!

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.

MisplacedfromPA on Jan 25, 2019:

Got week 1 today for the smusa January 2019 Pen Pal swap. Thanks for the lovely letter, gift tag and heart stickers.

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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