Swap-bot Time: May 31, 2020 9:14 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: May 31, 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."


Comment: Stunning!! Wow!! I’m in love ❤️ Everything about this is just beautiful- that little grasshopper!! ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for the gorgeous extras to play with! I’ll be hiding in my craft room & a/c from now until January- not sure if the 4 months of perfect weather is worth the 8 months of misery here!! 😂 stay crafty my friend ❤️
CraftyShana76 rated for SMSUSA: Covid19: My Experience on May 24, 2020
Comment: I loved reading your letter and the extras. Thank you! Stay safe!!
Comment: Loved it all!! Thank u!!
LinSoles rated for YTPC: Tag Tuck with Wendy on May 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely tag tuck. It is really lovely. Love how somehow all the bits fit perfectly. It is always fun to join in with the YTPC swaps.
darcilena rated for MFF: Purple Collage + Purple Bird on May 24, 2020
Comment: Wow! Kristy, your bird Atcs always Amaze me. The tinie flowers are so cute as are the tiny bits you sent me to Create with. Those little dresses...Ahhhh! 💙💚💜
Comment: “Kristy”.....I love them both. One is on the dark side but you did justice with it...as always. They are both very nice! More to BBC add to my collection from Ms Kristy...thanks!
1koolkrafter rated for YTPC: 5x7 Framed Journal Card on May 22, 2020
Comment: I love when I have you for a partner!!!🤗 I know I’m going to find something wonderful inside your envelope. I absolutely love the Framed Journal Card that you made. It is beautiful. Thanks fir the extras as well!
luvbird rated for AACG: Shabby Blue Butterfly Tag on May 22, 2020
Comment: Hi Kristy! Oh wow! What a beautiful blue butterfly tag! So many pretty shades of blue and great collaged images...I love it! And topped off with the pretty blue ribbon ...I love the silver dragonfly and beads. Thank you so very much for the tag and all the wonderful extras you sent. Always so very nice to swap with you!
Karmi53 rated for YTPC: Easy Botanical Tags on May 22, 2020
Comment: Wow those are two very pretty tags l love everything about them. I think l need to either drop from swaps or try way harder to make mine as lovely as yours and look for different supplies for this group. Thank you. And thank you for the extras too.take care and stay safe too
Comment: Kristy, this little pocket and the pull out cards are adorable and coordinate perfectly with the double pocket folder that you sent me. This was a bit tricky - especially the part about attaching the cards to ribbon, but once it was done it was such a great effect and a really fun thing to add to a junk journal. Love the bird images that look like they came from a book? Pretty purple flowers and the botany labels I love! Thank you - I always know when I see an envelope from you that it's going to be something special!
Comment: Kristy this double pocket with ephemera turned out beautifully! I love the color scheme that you used with the lavender and the green and the pretty lavender die cut edging is so delicate and perfect for the pockets. And I love the journaling cards you included. Are they from LoveJunkJournals or some other site? And the cute little ticket/tags that you have fastened to a couple of them. Beautiful base paper as well - is it coffee dyed? I love it and would love to know where you got it or how you made it. Thank you, as always, for a special swap and for the pretty extras - especially love the ribbons!
Singske rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on May 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great zine, love it!💌
Comment: Love the Mini Junk Journal! So cute! Thanks for the extras too. Update: I am just now back in my craft room re-looking at the Journal you made. The papers are so pretty and interesting. The cover with the swan and crickets and your use of different texture is exquisite. Thank you again for the beautiful piece of art.
Ladyadybug rated for YTPC: Book Page 'Closet' on May 18, 2020
Comment: The book page closet was beautifully made. Love the extra labels and lace too! Thank you so much :)
Comment: Hey Kristy....I really liked your watercolor doodles. I'm going to cut them into -9- different little pictures and frame them individually...:) Thanks for all the fun goodies you enclosed also!!!
1koolkrafter rated for YTPC: Butterfly Journal Spot on May 15, 2020
Comment: Super cute! I love it!!! The butterflies and color scheme tat you used are very calming. Thanks!
Comment: Kristy.....I love it! I have gone thru the journal you made for me at least -9- times now and each time I found something new tucked in somewhere that I missed previously...lol. Thanks for the great tuck-ins that you included as well.
Vickyen rated for SMSUSA: Covid19: My Experience on May 12, 2020
Comment: Hi Kristy! Thank you for the goodies! I had to giggle at some of your letter - "Grums", cooking - well it just got me going! I am so sorry you had to cancel your trip though, that is not funny but hopefully you are getting to visit through FaceTime or some other media - so far I have not had to many crying spells - I work from home and the guys go to work, so life is not too drastically changed for us other then I miss getting out and about - sigh! Not sure how I will feel when things open up and masks may be the new fashion accessory for us this year! Hang in there and thanks for all the fun swaps! Please stay safe! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Paper Bag Journal/Folio on May 12, 2020
Comment: Oh Kristy, this little journal is just fantastic! I'm fine that you didn't follow the exact instructions - sometimes what you improvise on your own turns out better than the tutorial. And this is for sure the case. I love the fabric that you used - I'm not a seamstress so only have bits and pieces of material to pick from. But this is just lovely as well as all the tags and embellishments that you added that coordinate perfectly. And I love the selection of papers that you used. I assume the dotted white pages are Braille paper? And love the vintage writing paper with the beautiful handwriting. This really is just perfectly put together in every way. And many, many thanks for the great cache of extra goodies you sent - they will show up in future swaps for sure! As always, an absolute joy to have you as a swap partner!
donetta rated for MFF: Green Collage + Green Bird ATC on May 12, 2020
Comment: Oh how I love this ATC...I learn something new from you each time we swap, Kristy. How I love the delicate leaves in the same paper as one of the background papers...now I know that I must find a punch just like this! (In the process of moving, I have discovered a box of punches weighing approximately 30 pounds...I might already have such a punch!) I'm keeping this beauty out of my storage binder for now, because it's just that beautiful...I need inspiration as my craft table is being set up TODAY!!!

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warheart on Apr 30, 2020:

OMG KRISTY!! This is amazing and I am crying!! Thank you so much for the RAK of goodies you sent my way. I love all of it. Those stained paper doilies are amazing. I can't wait to play with it all! Thank you! I appreciate you so much and love it all!!

hibiscus on Apr 7, 2020:

Lucky me to be your partner in the blue and brown atc! Gorgeous card and the most wonderfully generous extras and lovely note ... thank most sincerely

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 5, 2020:

IM a cat; not an animal! lololol MOst excellent zine! Im so happy to have it in my collection. Thank you so much!

debbiespoms on Feb 26, 2020:

Thank you so much Kristy for Angeling for the swap in PSH group, for I'm Cold PC's. So sweet & thoughtful of you! You're the first to Angel in years. I love them all !

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bbsporty on Jun 17, 2017:

Thank you Kristy for the wish you granted of cute stickers! I'm totally in love with the ducky ones! So darn cute!

ShyAnn64 on Jun 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for granting my AWG wish!!! You spoiled me with so much Washi!!! Im touched by your kindness! Again, thank you so much!!!

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