Swap-bot Time: May 28, 2017 9:27 am


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: May 27, 2017
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

I'll be in San Francisco from 5/9/17 through 5/27/17 so I can't list or participate in any (maybe a few ;+) swaps during that time period. I will rate any swaps I receive as soon as I return!

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)

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!)

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! I have always loved science fiction and scary movies!

Favorite Television

I'm a fan of: The Walking Dead, Homeland, Top Chef, Unreal, Silicon Valley, Veep, Project Runway, The Monsters Inside Me, Game of Thrones, Black Sails, House of Cards, 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 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.


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.


I'm an early bird as opposed to a night owl. Hubby is a night owl so I have a few hours to myself each morning and he has a few hours to himself each night.

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 9 years already!). We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together. When we encounter problems in life, I always remember just how lucky I am to have someone who loves me unconditionally and puts my needs first.

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.

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 so sad that there are those who focus on policing and informing on others. Mostly these folks do very little actual swapping; their time seems to be spent on investigating other swappers. I worry that new swappers reading these posts will get the idea that swap-bot is a police state! I choose to think about swap-bot as a place of creativity, sharing, and making new friends. We all have enough stressors in our lives outside of swap-bot--let's not let swap-bot become one of those stressors 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."


Woolers rated for GAA: ATC with a Word on May 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much Kristy for the beautiful ATC, I love it :) and thank you for your kind welcome to the group xx
Comment: Thank you for such a cute journal.love the thought you put into it. I hope you had fun with this swap. Sorry it took a while to get to rate you. Son's HS graduation party planning got in the way. Take Care Kristy!!
Fabriqueen rated for KKL: flat cat themed surprise on May 18, 2017
Comment: I love everything you sent starting with the lovely envelope and the postcard and stickers and washi tape. Thank you so much for spoiling me. The kitty in the postcard looks just like one I had as a kid. She was named Baby Doll and she liked to eat the bar of Lava soap if you left it out. LOL! My kitty I have now "Sugar" eats rubber bands. Go figure! Hugs, Diane
Comment: All I can say is WowWeeeeeeeeeeee. I dont have most of those postcards. Its a postcard wind fall! Best part they smell like candy. Or am I just dreaming? lol Gee, Kristy thank you soooooooo much! I love your little rabbit card and the pretty envie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hearts and hugs!!!
minniepic rated for PH: Send 6 Postcards (USA/Canada) on May 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcards, also loved how you decorated the envelope:)
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #2 on May 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the PCs and all the goodies! Nice to swap with you again:)
Comment: WOWZA! I love absolutely everything you sent - everything is so unusual, fun and inspiring! Thank you so very much. I love your note and how you call jammies "jambeaux." I might have to steal that!
Maggiesmother rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #130 on May 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcards. Love them all. Happy swapping, Linda
Bavarija rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #129 on May 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Great selection of cards! Have a nice day!
Bhindblueeyes rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #1 on May 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for such a special swap! I loved every card and every extra. I really appreciate you taking the time to make this one so nice, even though you had already done it :) I was blown away - thank you!!
simcoe54 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #4F on May 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for another fantastic postcard swap.
Comment: Kristy, thank you so much for the darling Robert Best gothic arch...I love it! I like the way it is a Honey Barbie...so bright and cheery...love the colors! I love the wonderful extras, thank you Kristy for another great swap.
Comment: Oh Kristy, it's simply beautiful! I am so loving the variety of gorgeous paper napkins we have at our disposal...they are the ultimate decoupage "tool", aren't they? Every time I look at this page, I see something new...it's your trademark! Thank you for always sending such beautiful things.
donetta rated for AACG: Altered Bingo Card: Spring! on May 9, 2017
Comment: Adorable! I love the button Bingo chips, and the bunnies make my hardened heart melt! The fairy is the cherry on top...I love everything about this beauty!
Comment: Kristy darling, I wish I could give you 100 hearts! This is an astonishingly beautiful flip book, a complete joy to behold. The treasures in the pockets are lovely and I have plans for each and every one of them...and the pages themselves...I'll be looking and finding new things for weeks! So far, my favorite part is the treasure chest with all the jewels! Remember...even though you see ONE heart, it's really (at least) 100 of them!
Kimmi50 rated for Mini Moos with Flowers and Bees on May 8, 2017
Comment: OH MY....these are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Each one is a piece of art with all the wonderful embellishments you used not to mention the lovely images, I love them. I can't believe how much beauty you put into each of these "little moos." Thank you so much Kristy I always love and admire your art! 💖
Arabella rated for MFF: Your Favorite 'D' Bird ATC on May 8, 2017
Comment: Beautiful dove atc, Kristy! So pretty! Thank you so much for such an awesome swap!
Bavarija rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #130 on May 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for amazing cards! All cards are amazing!!
Tinker60 rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #11 on May 6, 2017
Comment: Kristy ~ I always feel like I've hit the jackpot when I seen an envie from you in my mailbox! The PCs you selected for this scavenger hunt are just fantastic - I love them all. . . and thanks too for the extras you sent. Thanks again so very much - you are an awesome partner!
Tinker60 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt - Your Ideas #1 on May 6, 2017
Comment: Kristy ~~ Another wonderful envie of PCs from you for this swap -- I don't know how you do it but you always seem, to select the most wonderful PCs. . . how lucky I am when I see you are my partner :-) Thanks again for the wonderful selection of PCs ~~

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pattiairel on May 9, 2017:

congraty on being co-founder for WIYM. One of my favorite groups along with you being my swap buddy !! ♥♥

Babsmomof5 on May 1, 2017:

Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the GORGEOUS vintage playing cards for my April AWG wishlist! You said you have an extensive collection, where do you find yours? I hope to continue adding to mine!

sherba31 on Apr 27, 2017:

Glad to fulfill a few wishes for you as you are a most generous swapper! The Flow postcard is likely from one of my penpals in Europe included as a tuck-in. =)

pkpeace on Apr 19, 2017:

I just opened your "sort of" wish, lol! It's 7:30 AM and you have already made my day! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity!! I really love these and am not sure if I'll share ;-) xo Patty

goinjenny on Apr 18, 2017:

for the great note cards in April AATW!!

bbsporty on Apr 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful washi tape! The mushroom tape is exactly what I've been looking for and the butterfly tape is gorgeous!

DarkSkullMistress42 on Apr 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for the great colored pens! Appreciate you thinking of me. AWG group wish.

ChrisAnne on Apr 13, 2017:

Thank you for the amazing assortment of buttons from my AWG wish list. You are so generous!

Margothecat on Apr 10, 2017:

It was Christmas at my house today by means of a Washi Wonderland!! Thank you so much for all the great Washi and stickers! You made my day!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Apr 10, 2017:

Oh wow! Thank you for this very generous wish via AWG! What a fun assortment of pink washi tapes! I will most certainly enjoy using these! Thanks for for putting some Happy in my mail!! 😊

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