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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: April 12, 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 (except summer...I'd gladly skip summer). 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

Artistic rated for YTPC: Jeweler's Envelope on Apr 12, 2021
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Comment: Beautiful! Thanks so much for the envelope and the ephemera.
CrankDatDesigns rated for SMSUSA: STAMP IT! Mail Art on Apr 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you hearts
dmarie rated for SMSUSA: tag style flipbook on Apr 10, 2021
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Comment: Oh my goodness...these are so fabulous....your work is amazing....You sent 2๐Ÿ˜ฎ ...I would have been amazed with the first and thank you for sending them to me... Thanks for joining my swap! I appreciate it so much โค๏ธ
Sequoia183 rated for USAPC: Simple Junk Journal on Apr 10, 2021
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Comment: How do I love this? Let me count the ways! 1. You made it, for me 2. The pages from wallpaper, wow mind blown 3. Beautiful florals on nearly every page. 4. Multiple embellishments that I can copy. 5. Wonderful space to journal 6. I am blessed Thank you
Response: Brenda, you are so kind. I loved created it for you and could have gone on and on with embellishments. If you love creating them, let's do a private swap for one soon! Thank you for your sweet words and A+ rating :+)
Kalalinga rated for SMSUSA: Easy Loaded Pocket on Apr 10, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the perfect loaded pocket. I love everything you sent! This was a great swap
MellowOda rated for WIYM: Postcard Soup USA APRIL on Apr 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the amazing postcards! I love them all!! And I loved the paper you wrapped them in, too!
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Comment: Another gorgeous swap from you! The ATC is lovely, I adore the charm!! I've placed it on my wall - thank you!
Camiliann rated for YTPC: 3 Library Pockets on Apr 6, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the adorable library pockets full of goodies, And thanks for the extras that I have to use now!!! Have a wonderful day and stay safe.
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Comment: Thank you!! I loved the sewn tags with the lace the most!~I will enjoy it all :)
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Comment: Thanks so much for hosting this series of swaps! I am obsessed with birds! Where did you find the canary feather? Thanks too for all the extras! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
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Comment: Thank you for the Skinny! So beautiful and I like the embellishments you used. Thank you, also, for the generous extrasโ€”much appreciated!
Sasha42 rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #8 on Apr 5, 2021
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Comment: Wow! What a generous envelope of goodies that are just perfect for my kind of journals! Wish I could give you a hundred stars. Thanks so much for the lovely items that will be put to good use. Wishing you a wonderful spring.
Csomma827 rated for YTPC: Zig Zag Flipbook on Apr 5, 2021
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Comment: Kristy, I absolutely adore the flip book. You so get my style. Itโ€™s so lovely with the antique lace, fabric clusters, tags and antique ledger paper. I am so appreciative of the time it took you to make this for me. Lots of hearts. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
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Comment: Love it!
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Comment: Thank You so much for the pretty journal cards and all the extras. These were fun and easy to make, Take Care
user2148 rated for YTPC: Junk Journal Foldover Spot on Apr 2, 2021
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Comment: I love getting swaps from you! 1) I always learn something new watching the video and making my swap but 2) I learn even more when I get yours as see how much better it could be!! Gorgeous! I love the flower closures (brilliant) and of course your beautiful style just makes me bow down to your fabulousness!! Thank you so much for the fun additions but especially the beautiful fold-over spots! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
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Comment: tHANK YOU!
takinley rated for SMSUSA: Call Me Fish Mail! on Mar 24, 2021
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Comment: I smiled from ear to ear when I reached into my mailbox and pulled out an envelope shaped like a fish. I carefully opened it so that I wouldn't destroy it and kept it. Thank you so much for the time and effort that it took to put this together for me. I appreciate everything that you sent me; I will use it in my crafting and my journaling. Happy crafting and swapping.
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Comment: Thank you for hosting all the wonderful swaps and thank you so much for my lovely bouquets!! Can't wait to join more of your swaps - we follow the same crafters (Gi Kerr & Shabbydabbydoodah) and I've added 2 new ladies to watch and learn. xxMuggleMom
Camiliann rated for YTPC: JJ Pockets: You Choose 2 on Mar 23, 2021
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Comment: Gorgeous Gorgeous selections of GOODIES!! Not sure where to look with all this!! It will be weeks before i get a good look at it all!! Thanks so much!!

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Comments

debbiespoms on Apr 12, 2021:

Hi Kristy ! I want to thank you so very much, for my April wish in All about the wishes, for 4 rolls of Spring washi tape. I love them so much!

bethe on Apr 7, 2021:

Thank you so much for granting an Etsy digital wish for April AATW! Canโ€™t wait to use these in future craft projects ๐Ÿ˜Š

MuggleMom on Apr 3, 2021:

Thank you so much for the ephemera and paper with the postage. I love the ledger paper and layaway envelope!! Can't wait to use them. xxMuggleMom

DragonflyDreamer on Mar 26, 2021:

Thank you for the AMAZING assortment of 3x5 papers for the AATW March wish list! They are absolutely beautiful! Your crazy cat note paper is adorable too. Thank you thank you! Be well & happy swapping.

chimerix on Mar 21, 2021:

OMG! You spoiled me so much! Thank you for all of the wonderful acrylic stamps for my AATW March Wishlist. I can't decide if I like the flowers or the postage ones better. But I love them all. Mahalo!

dartha on Mar 13, 2021:

All About The Wishes - Feb. Thank you so very much for all the beautiful calm pictures and quote. WOW so many wonderful things for my vision board. take care and stay safe, darla

bethe on Mar 13, 2021:

Thank you for granting a wish in the All About Wishes group! Can't wait to use the cat stickers for my happy mail and journaling :)

PaulaF on Mar 4, 2021:

Feeling so much gratitude to you for an out-of-this-world generous and fabulous swap! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Tessssssa on Feb 10, 2021:

Thanks for angeling the bookpage double pocket swap. They are so beautiful!

jamicam on Jan 1, 2021:

May the new year bring goodness to you and yours!

hny

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