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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: January 20, 2021
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 have lived in or near the Columbus, Ohio area for most of my life. I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for three years and in Clifton Park (north of Albany) New York for 2 years. Ultimately, we moved back to Ohio to be near family. I felt it was important for my 4 children to have an extended support system. While Ohio isn't the MOST exciting place to live, I do love the change of seasons. My husband and I now live in a humble home (with an amazing back yard!) in Reynoldsburg, a southeast suburb of Columbus.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here for 11+ 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!

I LOVE

Here are some of my favorite themes:

  • Botanicals and Wildflowers

  • Animals. especially bears, foxes, and other woodland critters (not a fan of monkeys)

  • Nature

  • Trolls & Gnomes

  • Cats

  • Birds

  • Halloween

  • Koi

  • Snails--especially things that say, 'Snail Mail'

  • Vintage Paris & shabby

I love receiving postcards in any of the themes listed above as well as:

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other cryptids

  • Fotofolio cards

  • Inge Look cards

  • Nouvelles Images cards

  • Elephants

  • San Francisco (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo and Aquarium cards

  • Map cards

  • Interesting black & white images

  • Sumo wrestlers!

I'd also love to receive:

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Vintage stationery (especially Current!)

  • Used postage stamps

  • Pretty papers

  • Layered embellishments

  • Snippets of textiles

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), 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, Project Runway, The Monsters Inside Me, Castle Rock, The Great British Baking Show, 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 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. Presently reading, 'Elsewhere' by Dean Koontz.

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 seven adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, and Londynn). 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 and 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 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 used to dislike brown, but brown is the color of our Earth, of trees! Pink? it's the color of a dancing child's leotard, the inside of a shell--ALL colors are beautiful! 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. 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

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Comment: OMG I am amazed on how you put this all together. And the variety of items. The squirrel magnet is my favorite, but all the items are so wonderful. Thank you for giving me happiness
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Comment: WOW what an awesome package loved everything you sent, Thank You
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Comment: Kristy, Your bird tags turned out so darn cute! You selected really perfect papers for them and your finishing touches and embellishments are just right. These little birds looked so easy to make in the tutorial, but they turned out to be a lot more difficult when I tried my hand at them. Anytime I have to draw something, I just freeze up. But these are both so well done. I recognize the paper now - it's a 7 Gypsies paper pad that I have and love. And thank you for the gorgeous pink lace and the little patchwork heart - did you make that? I love it! Always a special treat to swap with you!!
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Comment: Thank you! I love those postcards! That beautiful pocket journal! Well, everything really! Happy winter! Now, where's my snow? Maybe it will arrive for my birthday on the 29th!
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Comment: I love my tag and the rosette! The purple, plum, lavender hue palette that you used is beautiful! The rosette is beautiful as well in the neutral colors. I already have plans for that...lol. As always...I love and enjoy the extra goodies that you "always" include in your swap packages...oh and lastly...the sewn paper strip...to cute and I just thought of something that I will be using that on to...lol. I love the material that you use for trim on your swaps Where do you get it from? It has a silky feel to it. Happy New Year!
roosje rated for YTPC: Embroidered Book Page Pockets on Jan 14, 2021
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Comment: Dear Kristy, these pockets are so so wonderful! Thank you so much for this wonderful swap. I love how you embroidered on fabric and the little pin with beads adds such a sparkly, elegant touch. Your works is so inpiring, I am ready to make some more! I am also very pleased with the beautiful paper extras, those butterflies! Love! Just wanted to share: I used an extra layer of paper on the back for sturdiness, I guess you could also use on some fuse-on material (used for clothes making), which stays flexible. Perfect place to draw your embroudery layout too!
warheart rated for AACG: Shabby Blue Winter Tag on Jan 11, 2021
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Comment: Kristy, I love the tag you sent me! I love all the lace bits, the gal print you used is gorgeous as well as that darling dangle! Thank you!
donetta rated for YTPC: Embossed Tissue Paper on Jan 9, 2021
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Comment: OMG, I am so happy to hear that I'm not the only one who struggled with this swap! The result is lovely, but...but... Anyway. Yours are each beautiful, and I'm very fortunate to have them!
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Comment: Nature is my favourite theme too! Thank you so much for this wonderful fold out JJ pocket and the extra pocket of goodies. Take care and Happy New Year!~
Camiliann rated for AACG: Vintage Ice Skater ATC on Jan 8, 2021
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Comment: Oh so pretty. I am so excited to have this in my collection. You always make each piece of art with love.
Camiliann rated for MFF: Winter Bird Tag on Jan 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for a beautiful Tag. It’s absolutely gorgeous
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful tag and the extras. Swaps from you are always special. Sorry for the late rating. Wishing you a 2021 full of good health and happiness.
RachelM rated for YTPC: Simple Tea Bag Pockets on Dec 30, 2020
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Comment: Hey Kristy. Thank you so much for the amazing tea bag pockets!! They are beautifully made and I adore the pocket you made for them to go into too. So cute. Love the bird theme too. Hugs 🥰🥰
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Comment: REally wonderful stickers! This are FAB -- can't wait to use them. Thanks so much!
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Comment: This is a beautiful card!!! Thank you so much!! I love all of the layers and the stitch work if perfect!! Happy Holidays to you and yours.
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Comment: Thank you for such beautiful little envelope dangles!
kizzlets rated for SMSUSA: Blind Envie Swap - Stickers on Dec 22, 2020
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Comment: I'm so glad you don't know how to count, I'm like sooooo happy with the envelope full of stickers you sent me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaa!!! Merry christmas to me!! Thank you :)
luvbird rated for AACG: Christmas Deer/Reindeer ATC on Dec 21, 2020
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Comment: Hi Kristy! What a darling deer ATC! I love the stamp as well as all the bits of layers consisting of burlap and lace. I love the little white Poinsettia...so pretty! The glittery snow flakes and gems just makes it all that much more sparkly! I too love Craft Consortium papers, etc. The extras you sent are so great! The metallic papers are gorgeous and can’t wait to use them. Very, very nice swap! Thank you!
tristitia rated for YTPC: Embellished Glassine Bags on Dec 20, 2020
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Comment: I love your bags - I'm kinda glad you had to make your own after buying some just for that swap, because even though I'm not usually a fan of pink stuff, I love your pink one! I'm right there with you - I have too much stuff, and often can't find what I'm looking for... so I sometimes end up buying it again :( My first goal for 2021 is to clean out my craft room! I'm totally up for resuming our monthly exchanges in January - any ideas?
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Comment: Once again, so exquisitely done. I can’t choose a favorite because they are all so gorgeous. Love the color choices and all the textures. The pocket with extra goodies is so special. I don’t know where you get all your unique ephemera, but I love it. Thank you so much for creating such beautiful, thoughtful handmade items for me! I am truly grateful! ❤️

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Comments

jamicam on Jan 1, 2021:

May the new year bring goodness to you and yours!

hny

lou on Dec 26, 2020:

Happy 11 year anniversary on SB!

shirleyinCA on Dec 23, 2020:

jjhere on Nov 12, 2020:

I had never heard of Inge Look cards - those are so fun! Thanks for the heads-up!

hibiscus on Sep 5, 2020:

Thank you for two amazing swaps in one day !!! Lucky me !

hibiscus on Aug 2, 2020:

Those master board tags were amazing! Lucky me!

warheart on Apr 30, 2020:

OMG KRISTY!! This is amazing and I am crying!! Thank you so much for the RAK of goodies you sent my way. I love all of it. Those stained paper doilies are amazing. I can't wait to play with it all! Thank you! I appreciate you so much and love it all!!

hibiscus on Apr 7, 2020:

Lucky me to be your partner in the blue and brown atc! Gorgeous card and the most wonderfully generous extras and lovely note ... thank most sincerely

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

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