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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: April 18, 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

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Comment: Thanks for the pocket letter, it's fun to see all the different cacti.
Myerscaroline6824 rated for AN Crazy for Postcards USA on Apr 14, 2018
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Comment: I love them all so much, thank you!
BeeMGee rated for AACG: Altered Tea Bag ATC on Apr 14, 2018
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Comment: Apologies not sure why I havent rated. I have had the extras on my desk for a couple of weeks. Thanks for a fabulous swap and the extras.
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Comment: Ah, Kristy, I run out of superlatives! Thank you for creating this fun swap & then fulfilling it with such a marvelous selection of cards. The maxiicard from São Tomé and Príncipe (a country I didn't know existed) is enchanting; likewise the Cavallini butterflies (never met a Cavallini card I didn't like)! Love the dandelion ed. chart & the botanical illus. complete with a snake! The dreamy Hojo garden, spectacular Oahu wave, scary-funny hippo -- so many outstanding delights all so artfully packaged! Thank you so very much.
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Comment: As always so lovely. Love the raised roses on the side and the bit of lace trim. Thanks so much for the extras!
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Comment: thank you so much loved my mini pocket and for my goodies. LOL I have a hard time finding pants they are all to long so I just wear heels a lot and we had to have my Harley lowered so my feet would be on the ground.
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Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful card and the goodies you enclosed. It's always a happy day when I receive mail from you!
SilverD rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #17 on Apr 10, 2018
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Comment: OMG I can't believe someone made a postcard with a nasty javelina on it! This is a keeper for sure! It's not peccary pigs it's peccary RODENT, lol. Love the map too, very cool.
MidsummerDream rated for PH: Brand New Cards on Apr 10, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much! A wonderful selection! Although I don’t think I could ever part with The Everly Brothers Postcard ❤️ (Sorry so late with rating, been out of state for a funeral and I’m sorting through lots of happy mail).
donetta rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #25 on Apr 9, 2018
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Comment: So much beauty in this small format...I love it all, dear Kristy! I just adore the use of Victorian scrap...every perfect detail says "Kristy made this"! Thank you for always being the best swap partner!
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Comment: Beautiful!! As always! I love getting mail from you, I always know it's going to be amazing! I love the beautiful fairy with all the beautiful gems and flowers! Love the gorgeous colors! Love the touch of gold around the edges! Thank you for the sweet extras!
Artstamper rated for GAA: Good Luck ATC on Apr 6, 2018
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Comment: Great ATC, thanks for it and all the nice extras.
pennypuppy rated for AACG: Spring/Easter Pick 4 on Apr 5, 2018
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Comment: I love it, the flowers ARE lilies, which are one of my favorite flowers, especially the stargazer ones that are so sweet smelling. I also love the vintage image of the little girl and lambs. And many thanks for all the great tuck ins! Happy Spring!
Johanna51 rated for On The Move #3 on Apr 3, 2018
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Comment: Hello Kristy, I loved to search postcards for this swap. And I love what you have found for me. All beautiful postcards. Thank you very much.
Shellyr rated for VJP: Spring is in the Air on Apr 3, 2018
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Comment: All of my favorites wrapped up in one swap. Thanks so much!
Papergirl46 rated for Vintage Valentine ATC on Apr 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Color - Shape - Number on Mar 31, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for a great selection. I did not know a Buckeye was a tree/nut. :)
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Comment: Fantabulous selection of cards!!! Is the grasses card a postcrossing card? The PC and stamp with postmark... Thank you!!❤️❤️❤️
Response: Hello! No . . . it's a maxicard. I'm so glad you loved them all!
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Comment: Kristy, if there was a "postcard-swapper of the year" award I'd nominate you and stuff the ballot box! Your beautifully decorated envie full of such a great assortment of PCs has blown me away as always. Better than a basket full of dark chocolate Easter eggs! Thank you so much.
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely fold and seal note cards with extras! And now, I have an ever-growing collection because these aren't going anywhere!

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Comments

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!

janski48 on Mar 14, 2018:

Tha is so much for the wonder package you sent! I love all the stamps!! Hugs!!

Pandd on Mar 11, 2018:

Thank you for including me in your generous “freebie” gifts. What a wonderful thing to do. Pat💕💕

CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

bbsporty on Mar 4, 2018:

Thank you for the RAK of all the embossing folders and stamps!! You are so generous!

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