Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2018 7:52 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: October 16, 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.


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.


Anything Halloween

Paper, paper, and more paper!

Cats cats and more cats

Vintage stationery sets

All vintage paper ephemera!


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


Comment: Well the cool weather arrived at least. Personally I prefer the heat! I do love to decorate the house though. Thank you for the address labels, stickers and card. I love the old postage you used on the envie. This was a special one.
Comment: Loving this AJP!! So much to look at! Thanks!!
Coss rated for SMSUSA: Halloween Card & Surprise! on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the fun card and nice surprise. Liked your envelope too!
Comment: Your ICAD looks great! thanks for the extras
Comment: I love what you sent. You have really brought me into the autumn season. It is pretty here in fall. How did you print address stickers? I need them. Again, I am very happy. I am from Virginia and lived in Chicago. I prefer 90s to 0 degrees.
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you're pleased! I downloaded a template from Avery.com, bought the blank labels and design them in Photoshop Elements. I'll make more for you any time you need them!
Comment: Never disappointed in something I get from you. This is a great envelope full of wonderful cards-tags and goodies. Thanks for hosting this. While I have you here and I just thought of it-this was awhile ago but did you ever get my collage mail envelope-it was sewing themed and I sent it as a package rate as I had sewed a crochet type doily and lace on it and wanted to sure you didn't have to pay postage due. And of course since it was due back at the end of July-I've started keeping track of the comments I get for the projects I send and noticed the other day I hadn't gotten one for you. You know I'm not a flaker and will gladly make you another one if need be. Any way-I digress-thanks again for wonderful stuffed Halloween envelope=Happy Fall!
tigermousecat rated for YTPC: Halloween Mini Flipbook on Oct 4, 2018
Comment: Wow! You really did have fun with this one! All that bling and 3D elements really make it special. All those little details, you really made it over the top. Thanks for all the extras!
Comment: How cute are these little Halloween coins?!?! Each and every one of them is just darling. I love them so much! The stitching around the edge of the coins just take it over the top! Love and appreciate the great extras. Thank you so much Kristy!
Comment: Thank you for your letter! Baby Teeth sounds interesting, I may try that one! Thanks for the lovely bookmarks too!
donetta rated for VJP: Vintage Halloween Collage on Oct 1, 2018
Comment: Why, this page is simply amazing! The scared trick-or-treaters (which my kids used to call "tricky treaters") are the highlight for me, followed closely by the glittery spiderweb. Followed closely by every other detail (the BATS!!!) that make this such a special journal page. Thank you, Kristy...just...thank you!
donetta rated for MFF: Halloween Owl ATC on Oct 1, 2018
Comment: SO much to love about this adorable ATC...I adore the glam netting that makes up the background, the ghouls behind the cemetery fence are (I hate to say it) simply darling, and the owl is the perfect focal for this montage of Halloween spookiness! I simply adore being your swap partner, Kristy!
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Comment: 10/01/2018-LOVE THEM!!! Ty ever so much for making this swap with alot of effort and thought into it. You get 100 hearts, The shakers look amazing. Happy swapping,
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Halloween Pocket Letter on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great Halloween bounty. I'll enjoy spending time exploring every little bit!
Camiliann rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #29 on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Halloween Atc lots of elements. Can’t wait to see what else you create
CatieCat388 rated for USAPC: Halloween Tag on Sep 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful tag & RAKs. I love them. lol, I have the same "bat cat" die.
mandymo rated for GAA: Witchy ATC on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: THIS is Halloween! Your atc captures the spirit of the season perfectly! I absolutely love it! That little tree is perfect and the witch riding her broomstick in front of the moon is iconic. Thank you for the wonderful extras as well. :)
turtles27 rated for USAPC: Set of 3 Halloween ATCoins on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful coins and goodies! I appreciate a taste of Ohio Fall!! 🎃
Arabella rated for MJS: 5x7 Magpie Journal - US on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Got your amazing journal, Kristy! You have filled it with so many great quotes and images! You are so creative - you used images together I wouldn't even think would fit together but you made it work! I am so glad I was your partner! Thank you so so so much!
Comment: The otters are adorable! I think You Will Know Me sounds like a book to add to my TBR list.
Response: I LOVE that washi tape! I just got it and as soon as it arrived I ordered another roll! ha! Thanks so much for your kind words and the little red heart!

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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!

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!! :)

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”.

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