Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2019 1:30 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: October 23, 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:

  • 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!)

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, 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, Silicon Valley, 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 seven adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, and London). 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!

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."


justmesks rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #17 on Oct 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the nice cards.
Highlander18 rated for SMSUSA: 4 SeAsOnS pOsTcArDs on Oct 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful seasons cards! I have received a couple of these BPG cards in previous swaps. Where do you find them? I would love to walk down the path in that Autumn card! And thank you for the Halloween card and stickers.
Comment: Aw, Kristy, you've once again gone above & beyond with your wonderful & generous selection of PCs. I'm so pleased with the variety of delightful & unusual cards you chose - each one a gem! Love the graphics on the whaleboat card; the demonic Krampus is amazing; sweetest panda photo ever; charming Cavallini Hallowe'en card; & who knew about Wine Dogs? Thank you so much, my friend.
Response: Hi Linda! You're so sweet and I'm glad you loved the cards. Wine Dogs! Just found those and I was so drawn to those Whaleboats. He's got another set, too, but I haven't bought it yet. Thanks bunches for the lovely rating and kind words; love swapping together!
ttbishop rated for SMSUSA: October Happy Mail on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: OMG! I was like, "I didn't order anything from Ebay. What sort of crap junk-mail is this?" I jumped up and down when I opened it. SO thoughtful and generous of you!! MANY MANY THANKS! It made my day, and my husband's too!
Response: haha! I'll actually be sending a letter too, but could't resist. Hubby and I are Reds fans (we fared poorly this season) so when I saw that I knew you'd love it! Glad it arrived safely. Go Jays!
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #78 on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for another awesome swap!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. I love the fall colors and leaves! 🎃
Comment: Great cards -- especially love the Kew Gardens! Thanks so much.
mermaidery rated for SMSUSA: Tell Me About ... #6 on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you :]
Noskamus rated for 💌Stickers & Washi Quick Swap💌 on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: This is the best letter I've ever gotten! The envelope alone made me smile when I found it in my mailbox. You chose very lovely washis and stickers to send and there were so many of them! I truly love it when someone puts lots of thought and effort into a swap/letter and I try to do the same every time. You certainly made my day. Thank you so much! 💕🌼
MamaD rated for RF: Large Rolo with a Halloween Theme on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic Rolo! You did a wonderful job! I agree with the small 'space' and the pumpkin filled it perfectly! Thank you again!!
Comment: Thank you for the absolutely beautiful Journal page! I love it so much!!!!
TwinMom rated for PH: Send 3 Touristy Postcards #9 on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I love the postcards! :)
donetta rated for AACG: Black and Brown ATC on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Simply gorgeous, Kristy...I adore the natural world, and you brought it to life beautifully in this ATC. Thank you so much for always putting your heart into your art!
Comment: Ohh, this is a beautiful postcard!!! I love it. Your work is outstanding. Thank you hosting such a fun swap. I'm looking forward to more.
Dinkyde rated for SMSUSA: Send Me 5 Postcards on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all the lovely cards; such a nice variety.
luvbird rated for YTPC: Halloween Paper Bag Journal on Oct 8, 2019
Comment: Wow! If I could give a thousand hearts I would! I don’t know where to begin...this is the most wonderful paper bag journal EVER and I am so happy that I am the recipient of such a fantastic work of art! I can’t begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed looking through this bag journal! Every page is so cute and magical! You are known for creating awesome Halloween craft projects but this one takes the cake! All the great little fun pockets, shaker windows, belly band with the sewn sequin pouch, the fold out paper, paper clip cuties...wow...so much work put into this great journal. And talk about sewn...sewing around all the edges is just so gorgeous...really finishes off the whole project. Love, love it! Thank you so much! Every time I see an envelope from you I know that I am in for something special!
Comment: Love these natural-looking, vintage beauties. The botanical and other lovely washi elements are wonderful. I just love the rustic, old-feeling of these tags. Using cheesecloth for the textile element at the top of each tag is great! Thank you so very much for creating such a wonderful swap for me.
Comment: These are so fun and I love the one that you made for me. Such cuteness and I love the way you made a little pocket holder to send these little gems in! I always appreciate the little extra effort to make an already wonderful swap even better! Thank you Kristy!
Comment: Oh Kristy, this is so, so pretty! I love it! Love all the botanicals and little images especially the precious little bird. The whole pocket it so vintage and amazing! Very nice swap! Beautiful creation!
luvbird rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #13 on Oct 8, 2019
Comment: Kristy, thank you for the lovely 3 Elements ATC...very nice! Love the placement of each element. So pretty!

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phillaine on Sep 14, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

PurpleEars on May 11, 2018:

Thank you so much for the birthday graphic!

Kimmi50 on Apr 16, 2018:

Thank you for the “Birthday Wishes” you are amazing!!!😀💕🆒🌷

thedreamer on Apr 9, 2018:

Thank you for the birthday wishes!! :)

yvonne401 on Apr 4, 2018:

Thank you for the belated birthday wishes!



djcamp04 on Mar 22, 2018:

OMG!!! Thank you so much for the dies!! I love everyone of them. Can’t wait to use them. ❤️💐❤️

janski48 on Mar 14, 2018:

Tha is so much for the wonder package you sent! I love all the stamps!! Hugs!!

bbsporty on Mar 4, 2018:

Thank you for the RAK of all the embossing folders and stamps!! You are so generous!

ladydy5 on Feb 26, 2018:

Yay! Glad to have you Isabellsnow!!! Thanks for joining “Picture This”.

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