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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: June 21, 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

Fabriqueen rated for YTPC: Teabag Paper Clips on Jun 20, 2018
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Comment: These are so cute! Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
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Comment: Thank you for the beautifully color pages. I had the same problem with the watermarks not showing up. It was very frustrating! I love the shimmer spray pages as well. I have never used the shimmer spray before and might just have to get some. Thanks again, you ROCK!!!!
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Comment: Hi Kristy, thanks for the lovely pockets, I will use them in one of my journals
user2148 rated for YTPC: Altered Glassine Bags on Jun 17, 2018
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Comment: So pretty!! I love the stitching!! Thank you so much!
shirleyinCA rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail June 2018 on Jun 16, 2018
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Comment: Mail from you is always a pure delight - and you really outdid yourself this time, Kristy! Such a bright and happy map envelope, and I adore the faux postage of Kate, William and the Queen! Then your cute snail mail label and the pretty flower stickers & peace rose stamps! Already I am so happy! Then special envelopes and a parcel wrapped in twine; your cheery round notepaper with flowers and a friendly letter. Love the Sun Kissed papers - new to me - isn't Graphic 45 terrific?! Now let's talk about the classy glassine envelope filled with amazing postcards: all absolute keepers - how I love maxi cards, and these are so lovely! On to 2 Cavallini beauties, my beloved Dumbo, Disney's Aulani resort (I must get there some day) and then those outrageously clever Barbie postcards - have never seen these! Oh and the cute-as-can-be washi gnomes with their wee embossed silver tools adorning an envelope. Every detail perfect, just as you, Miss Kristy, are the Perfect Swapper! Thank you sooooo much!
Response: You make me blush, Shirley! I'm just happy that my happy mail did its job so nicely. Thank you for your kind words--they started my day with a ray of sunshine!
tigermousecat rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #27 on Jun 15, 2018
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Comment: Love the colour choice! I see you are incorporating some of the different elements we have been playing with. Very nice indeed. Thanks for the tissue samples. One thing I have tried is to print on tissue. The tissue comes out quite nice.
patchworkchickadee rated for SMSUSA: Stationery Swap on Jun 14, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much, Kristy! I love the folder and stationery, and the old stamps are awesome!
Mamabemus rated for WOW: Flowers to Brighten Our Day on Jun 12, 2018
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Comment: thanks for the extras
wishfulkelly rated for MJS: Random Goodies Swap on Jun 11, 2018
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Comment: I absolutely love everything that you sent. I can use almost everything on my journal. Thank you so much.
DCasey rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on Jun 10, 2018
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BeeMGee rated for MFF: 4" x 6" Bird Collage on Jun 9, 2018
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Comment: Thanks Kristy, as usual a gorgeous piece of art.
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Comment: Lovely pages. Thank you so much they are wonderful
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Comment: Kristy, what a wonderful package you sent to me! Oh, the flipbook is marvelous, you put so much thought and effort into it, I just love it. Wish I could you give you a dozen hearts.And the charms you added ... thanks so very much. This was a very fun swap indeed. BC
swamplover rated for AMMM: Let's Make Frankenpages! on Jun 8, 2018
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Comment: Sorry for the late rate, thank you for the beautiful page.
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Comment: Thank you for such a lovely swap. The vintage items were a real treat and everything was packaged so beautiful.
orneryswife rated for YTPC: Simple Mail Art Envelope on Jun 5, 2018
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Comment: What a fun envie full of sweetness! I love the garden theme and will happily use all those pieces on future mail! 😘
janski48 rated for MFF: Bird Collage Art Journal Page on Jun 4, 2018
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Comment: I must have forgotten to rate this when I received your page, which was sooo beautiful! Thanks so much Kristy and sorry for the late rating!
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Comment: ❤️❤️❤️ Wonderful. Amazing. Kind. Insightful. Generous. All Around Goddess. ❤️❤️❤️ I am blown away with your cheery note and flat surprise. I’m very humbled that you created an atc kit just for me. Such kindness is rare in this world and your kindness means the world to me.❤️❤️❤️ Such a lovely selection of goodies! I love them all. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my shriveled, mean old ❤️. You are such a sweetheart and I adore you😍.❤️❤️❤️
Response: What a lovely rating! I smiled just reading it and am so, so happy you like what I sent. I love creating ATC's and know you'll grow to love creating them, too. You're the best!
orneryswife rated for YTPC: Junk Mail Junk Journal on Jun 2, 2018
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Comment: FABULOUS!!! I love all the pockets, and so fun to find things in them! (I wish I had thought of that!) That little flower stencil is amazing! Or was it a stamp? Either way it's going on my wish list! Thank you for this wonderful swap! 😘
Response: Awww . . . thanks, Tracy! I'm so glad you are pleased! I really enjoyed making this one for you! Have fun with your grandkids and the landscaper!
spicemom rated for SMSUSA: Summer Questionnaire on Jun 1, 2018
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Comment: Hi Kristy Thank you I love reading your summer questionnaire and thank you for the pretty address labels and stickers Spicemom

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Comments

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!

janski48 on Mar 14, 2018:

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

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