Swap-bot Time: December 13, 2018 2:12 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: December 13, 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.

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!


I'm always happy to receive postcards in the following genres:

  • Cats

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

  • Nature cards

  • Nouvelles Images postcards

  • Sumo wrestlers

  • Alaska and Alaska animals

  • Fotofolio cards

  • San Francisco postcards (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo or Aquarium postcards

  • Trolls and gnomes

  • Moomin

  • Any card with swans

  • Interesting black & white photographs

  • Vintage deckle-edged postcards

I also love anything from the following themes:

  • 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 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 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 11 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 (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; 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: thanks for resending. I hope the person who got my first one is enjoying it!! Merry Christmas♥♥♥ Love the stuff you sent
Response: Patti, I'm so glad this one arrived and that you love what I chose to send. Hope you're having a lovely holiday season!
Comment: Thank you! I also helped my Mom address our Christmas cards! Wonderful memories!
AlishaK rated for Brenda's Santa Card Swap on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card, my favorite. Also thank you for the washi and stickers. They are very much appreciated.
amburrito rated for Brenda's Santa Card Swap on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! The card is so pretty! I'd love to be penpals if you're looking for one. I love hearing old stories! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card!
Comment: Hi Kristy, thanks for the cute card and extra goodies. Merry Christmas to you and yours too.
Comment: Love the wording “Jesture Season”... never seen anyone write it that way before! Thanks for the Card & extra’s. Merry Christmas to you Kristy!
tigermousecat rated for VC: Vintage Star Ornaments on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: She is a lovely little one! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Comment: Love it. Your version is great!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Have a happy Christmas!
Comment: I am so sorry! I thought I had rated you ... love the JOURNAL!!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the card and cute stickers! The recipe you included looks amazing and I’m going to try it. Oh, and that image you sent of the woman at the tree, Love her!! ❤️❤️ I’m going to do something special with her. Merry Christmas!
ginny19590 rated for USAPC-STUFFED CHRISTMAS ENVIE on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for all the nice Christmas items you sent. It will definitely get used........=)
Comment: I love, love, love this ATC! Thank you so much! I grew up in the 70's too. You did a great job on it and I'm proud to add to my collection :D <3
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your letter. I love pecan pie too! Thank you for the recipe! <3
Comment: How lovely! I just adore this time of year. Thanks for adding to the specialness!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful snowy card.
Comment: Kristy ... your swap was amazing!! I LOVED the card and all the goodies stuffed inside. Thank you so much for making my day and Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!
Response: I'm so glad you're pleased! I had so much fun putting this together--I was in a holiday mood! Thank you for your kind words and I look forward to swapping together in the new year!

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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!!

pattiairel on Nov 14, 2018:

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

CurlyTea on Oct 31, 2018:

Happy Halloween!

anrtist on Oct 22, 2018:

THANK you for the Birthday Wishes!
Blessings, cc

Mye on Oct 18, 2018:

Thank you for posting the adorable Birthday comment for me from WIYM group! 😊

CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:

Never hide your wings!

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