Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2020 5:19 am


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: February 20, 2020
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 10 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:

  • 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


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.


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, 'Dracul,' by Dacre Stoker.


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 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 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."


shakerra19 rated for WIYM: Snow Princess ATC on Feb 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the detail you put into the ATC! <3
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Glued Napkin Pockets on Feb 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much - they are so pretty. And all the extras.
Comment: Thanks so much for the swap. The pockets you made are adorable. I love your choice of embellishments. Nice color selections too. I don’t think you got carried away with the purple inking...since it’s my favorite color.😂🤗 Thanks for the extras and I like the way the bookmark and journal card matched the pocket that it is in. 💖 Also, cute envie.
Tverne05 rated for YTPC: 3 Washi Tape Journal Cards on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the Journal cards. You did a great job! I appreciate the extras.
Comment: It arrived on Valentine's day! Thank you so much. Everything is perfect and I now have some embellishments to use.
Adda rated for YTPC: 3 in 30: Letter X Collage Pieces on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelope full of the most precious collage pieces. I love them all and the extras are just so awesome. If I could give extra hearts I would <3. Love, love it all :)
hibiscus rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #22 on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: Can’t imagine a more love card for this swap... love the images and the collages background... beautiful! Thank you so much ... thanks as well for the thoughtful extras ... much appreciated! P.s. those postage stamps!! And the spring happy envelope !! Love it!
warheart rated for YTPC: Mini-Booklet with Envelope on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: This is so sweet! Thank you for the lovely mini flipbook/pocket and goodies!
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Collage ATC with a Bird on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Kristy your beautiful ATC with a bird arrived today - oh my! It's just wonderful. Your multi layered background is so well done and I love the lace and white and lavender flower at the bottom. Cute and colorful bird just completes a wonderful composition. And thank you for the extra goodies - especially love the little silver bees! Thanks for another 1st class swap!
luv2kraft rated for USAPC: Valentine's Day ATC on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for s sweet valentine ATC.I lovethe vintage hearts.
luvbird rated for YTPC: Paper Clutch on Feb 5, 2020
Comment: Oh, Kristy! If you could have been here to see my face and hear my oooohs and awes when I saw this gorgeous clutch! Where do I start? From the beautiful paper you used to make the clutch (is that a napkin that you used?),the great way you made the closure...all of it is just so gorgeous! And if that wasn’t enough, you filled it with wonderful special paper and lovely lace! Love, love the darling bag you tucked everything into.Thank you so much for your generousity when sharing your wonderful stash... I truly appreciate the great things you always send! Such a great swap! Thanks so much and hugs!
luvbird rated for YTPC: Guest Check Envelope Booklet on Feb 5, 2020
Comment: Lovely, lovely creation you have made... I absolutely love it. Love all the images, lace and beautiful tuck-ins. You really have a way of making paper so beautifully vintage! Thank you so very much for the great swap!
Comment: Thank you. You did such an awesome job. I really appreciate your creativity. Thanks again.
donetta rated for AACG: Betty Boop Valentine ATC on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Well, Betty is simply adorable, which I knew she would be...I love her feather! Kristy, thank you for always putting your heart into your art; it makes you the most wonderful swap partner imaginable! I adore the gorgeous papers...can't think what type of paper it is called, but I truly love it...and the lovely, romantic images are sure to be used soon!
Comment: Whenever I get a swap from you in a batch of mail I put it aside, postponing the pleasure I know is in store until I can devote the time needed to savor each component of your thoughtful generosity. Once again so many delights! The gorgeous dragonfly, brilliant butterflies, happy bathing elephants, sweet little Dutch girls & my favorite Inge Löök aunties card! I could rhapsodize about each of your wonderful choices, but I'll just say thank you, Kristy. You brighten my life.
thequilterslink rated for YTPC: Lacy Paper Clips on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful lacy paperclips and the extras.. Love the swaps you put up, always so much fun!
Comment: I loved my goodies!! Did you use an actual typewriter??? Now i am wondering what happened to my moms. I would reather use a typewriter then a laptop any day to write letters! I loved reading your answers.
Comment: Kristy, I really enjoyed all my goodies you sent me & can't wait to use them in craft projects. Also wanted to let you know I did not have anything you sent, yippee. Have a wonderful weekend & Valentine's Day. AnnaL.
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous ATC! I love all the layers and the German embossed birdies are amazing! Thanks too for the lovely packet of extras! This romantic swap deserves 10 stars! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: WOW! I love the pocket jourmal. It is stunning! Thank you also for the extras. I think the white pen is awesome. Thank you again.

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lou on Dec 28, 2019:

Happy 10-year anniversary on Swap-Bot, so glad you’re here!

phillaine on Sep 14, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

Kimmi50 on Apr 16, 2018:

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

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”.

RiverTopanga on Feb 18, 2018:

Profile checks completed for Artisan ATCs - Purple ATC. Have fun creating your purple ATC!

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