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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: August 19, 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. My latest collection obsession: washi tape! It has become a truly guilty pleasure. There are so many pretty ones! Oh . . . and postcards--just finished organizing then all (6/16) and I have 32 photo boxes brimming with them.

THINGS I LOVE

Postcards: I do not care for color-your-own postcards. Here are some of my favorite postcard themes:

  • Cats

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

  • Nature cards

  • Nouvelles Images cards

  • Sumo wrestlers

  • Alaska and Alaska animals

  • Fotofolio cards

  • San Francisco cards (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo or Aquarium cards

  • Little Otsu

  • Trolls and gnomes

  • Moomin

  • Any card with swans

  • Map cards (just starting to collect!)

  • Interesting black & white photographs

  • Vintage deckle-edged cards

Those are my favorite themes but I'm always open to receiving something different. I always prefer my postcards sent blank in an envie, even when the swap says to, 'send naked.' I understand if you can't do that, but it's my preference.

BESIDES POSTCARDS, I LOVE:

Anything Halloween

Paper, paper, and more paper!

Cats cats and more cats

Vintage stationery sets

All vintage paper ephemera!

Elephants

Snail anything (especially things that say "snail mail")

Frogs

Gnomes and other woodland creatures

Pink anything (my favorite color)

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.

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!)

Although I LOVE washi tape, please do not send samples--I have over 2000 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 ("Stay alive; I WILL find you!"), 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 past fan of TWD but am increasingly irritated by the weird story arcs. Rick & Michonne . . . Really? Carl's dead . . . Maggie (the newcomer) is suddenly completely in charge of the Hilltop . . . Rick and Negan are chasing each other around in the dark. Pfffft.

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.

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.

ME & MY FAMILY

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 four adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas & Evan). 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 10 years already!). We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together.

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.

THOUGHTS ON SWAPPING. . .

I'm not a stickler about postmarks. 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. When I read posts in the forums, I'm always puzzled that some focus on policing and informing on others. Why join a site for swapping and spend your time investigating everyone else? Very puzzling! I believe this amazing, FREE site (what a gift!) 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."

Ratings

BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Art Journal Page #5: Birds on Aug 19, 2018
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Comment: Loved your journal page, very colorful, and that sweet bird looks great. Thanks for the extra's. I might use those on the next page!
lmacdavis93 rated for MFF: Bird Mail Art & Newsy Note on Aug 15, 2018
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Comment: Kristy: Your bird envelope came and I don't know if I like the envelope more or what you put inside! The envelope is so freakin' cute and I love the washi tape with washi tape! And how the birdie is singing my name and address! You send me an amazing collection of bird goodies - thank you so much. I will happily add them to my stash and use them. You have the most beautiful handwriting = thank you for your lovely letter. One question: why do you want to attract crows??? It's been terribly hot and humid here as well, and my yard also needs attention, but like you, it's gonna' have to wait. Thanks for a great swap!
thureris rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail August 2018 on Aug 11, 2018
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Comment: Kristy, you spoil me! Not to my surprise at all, I absolutely love everything you sent me. The kitty washi! The beautiful pages from flow! The adorable notebook, PCs and pen! I also loved the Halloween stickers because I’m a Halloween junky too - fall can’t come soon enough. Thank you as always for the phenom swap experience. I wish I could give you a million hearts! ❤️❤️❤️
spicemom rated for Hello ,Glad to meet you on Aug 10, 2018
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Comment: Hi Kristy Thank you I enjoyed reading your letter and thank you for the bookmark Spicemom
tigermousecat rated for VJP: Vintage Venice on Aug 10, 2018
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Comment: Wow! Love this one! The hat is too clever..Thanks for such a lovely page!
tigermousecat rated for GAA: Elephant ATC on Aug 10, 2018
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Comment: Love my elephant! Thanks for the Africa related extras!
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Comment: Great index cards-I love metalllics and textured papers. The confetti and the fiber really enhance the card. Well done! Thanks for the fun extras!!
starmccoy rated for YTPC: Watercolor Cactus on Aug 9, 2018
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Comment: Awesome swap! Thank you! I loved the extras you sent!!!
Pikkis rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #28 on Aug 8, 2018
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Comment: Oh my goodness, your ATC is totally gorgeous :)! I LOVE it and all the various details and the matching colours. So many ladybirds, but each and every one suit the card just perfectly. And even the back of the card is so neat, love it too. Thank you soooo much for this beautiful card and the lovely decorated envelope + the stickers. You really made my day :)! Eagerly waiting for your next swap!
YooperHill rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 6 on Aug 5, 2018
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Comment: Very nice! Thank you.
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Kristy. Because I'm late with my rating (sorry!) I can't now remember which questions I chose to answer, so I read all of yours with great interest. I especially appreciated your answer to "the cutting question." Your viewpoint on why Camille was a cutter was a good one. :-) Thank you again for sharing! :-) <3
tigermousecat rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 4 on Jul 31, 2018
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Comment: As always a lovely card! Thanks for hosting such fun swaps! I am finding some of these cards in this series more fun than others but it is a good learning experience and challenge.
hibiscus rated for YTPC: Eco Print Watercolor Paper on Jul 25, 2018
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Comment: Perfection! The leaves came out picture perfect! Did you notice that one page had a darkbluish spot that looked like a bird! I ordered more alum and will be trying more of these... thanks so much for the idea! Amazing!
hibiscus rated for AACG: Cetacean ATC on Jul 25, 2018
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Comment: I wish I’d made this atc! I love the old fashioned deep sea diver .. reminds me of one of my favorite old movies! I have a large collection of starfish I even have a perfect 6 footed one! And the killer whale I’ve always thought how close in features and coloring to a penguin.. thanks for the great vellum stickers and this swap
swamplover rated for YTPC: Art Journal Page #2 on Jul 24, 2018
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Comment: Absolutely beautiful, thank you so much for everything!!!
BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 5 on Jul 24, 2018
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Comment: I enjoyed your card,and stamped image. I had to use what I had, too. But that makes it our own art!
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Comment: Oh dear friend!! You just made my day! I love the journal page you made! So many wonderful layers and it has a TOAD on it! One of my favorite things and this is one of my favorite journal pages!!! Thank you for all the wonderful extras!
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Eco Print Watercolor Paper on Jul 23, 2018
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Comment: And my second treat in the mail today were you eco print watercolor pages. I think they turned out great! And you can't tell they were curled - they flattened out nicely. This was one of the more difficult swaps we have done for this group, and I was not all that happy with my pages, but you really got some nice images on your's. Did you sign up for the swap where we use a Gelli plate and leaves? I'm excited to give that one a try. Thanks for two fun sways!!
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Comment: Hi Kristy! Some mail from you today with double the goodness! Your washi tape journal page is great - so much color and so many interesting patterns you used. And I'm going to have to bump up my washi tape stock - the pieces you used are so cute! These journal pages have been a lot of fun thus far. And I love the vellum stickers - did you make them or are they something you bought? Very cool - thank you!
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Comments

CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:


Never hide your wings!

shirleyinCA on May 12, 2018:

How sweet of you to post the adorable Birthday comment for me from WIYM group! Thank you so much!

PurpleEars on May 11, 2018:

Thank you so much for the birthday graphic!

MsLee on May 4, 2018:

Dearest Kristy, thank you so much for my lovely Butterfly envelope. and for the great vintage pages from the New Garden Encyclopedia. Have a great weekend, and thank you for so many wonderful swaps. xoxoxo

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!! :)

Mugsie on Apr 4, 2018:

yvonne401 on Apr 4, 2018:

Thank you for the belated birthday wishes!

Blessings,

Yvonne

djcamp04 on Mar 22, 2018:

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

Margothecat on Mar 21, 2018:

Thank you for hosting the AN Scavenger Hunt swap = I really appreciate it! HUGS!

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