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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: November 22, 2017
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Taking a short break from signing up for swaps for Thanksgiving & Christmas!

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)

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 700 rolls! If you ask, I'll send YOU samples ;+)

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.

Reading

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

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.

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.

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 by the forum 'regulars,' I'm always puzzled that they focus on policing and informing on others. Why join a site for swapping, decide to rarely (if ever) swap, 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: Hi Kristy! Your BBB ATC is awesome! I love all the Tim Holtz Christmas stuff and recognize some of it here. The bling really goes well with the kind of old fashioned tone of his things. And the cardinals are great! Thanks for a great swap and for some really fun extras! Cheers, Laurie
MsLee rated for MsLee and isabellasnow swap on Nov 20, 2017
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Comment: Dear Kristy, thank you so much for my beautiful & useful paper, the October Afternoon paper it's great and the angels & fairies are awesome. Thank you also for all the stickers, I'm going to be busy this December creating my journals. Happy Thanksgiving my dear, may blessings surround your home & family.
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Comment: Great job on the card! I like the pink and aqua together. I messed up once making mine! I love card-making, and I have accumulated so many rubber stamps, dies, and embellishments like washi tape! I just bought 4 new tubes of Christmas washi tape this weekend!
Response: Well, I'm glad my card passes muster with an actual accomplished card maker! I'm a newbie at making cards but am really liking it! 4 tubes of washi! haha! I think I might be your 3rd sister!
Gwillisinc rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #22 on Nov 18, 2017
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Comment: So glad I got this blue & yellow card, one of my favorite color combos. beautiful as usual & the extras are wow also! Thank you for hosting
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Comment: You are a wonderful swapper- all great choices as usual. Thank you!
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Comment: Another awesome swap. Thank you!!!
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Comment: THANK YOU Kristy! I love the collage πŸ˜„ Thanks so much for doing a vintage theme, I liked that you collaged outside the lines, I wondered if it was allowed to have something sticking out of the 4x4 size. Thanks again. Yes the prayer flag was a bit of a wrench thrown in, but it's good to have a challange
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Comment: Oh my gosh Kristy, thank you so much! I love the Die and stamp set, so amazing! The postage stamps you sent are also really cool. You certainly made my day! :D
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Comment: Thanks so very much for the amazing post cards:)
bearnbabs rated for PH: "M" Is For on Nov 16, 2017
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Comment: WoW! you out did yourself. Loved the envie and how you wrapped all the lovely PC'S. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day. bearnbabs
EmilyT rated for AN 2 of my Favorite Nature Things! on Nov 16, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the beautifully wrapped PCs in the cactus paper! And thank you for your generous selection of four postcards! All beautiful nature but my favorites are the snowed-in barn! And the seaside flowers!
tigermousecat rated for AACG: Fairy Flipbook on Nov 15, 2017
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Comment: Love, love, love this book! Lovely choices for images! Thanks so much! The ribbon closure was ideal choice for this book.
EllenWilGraagPost rated for Postal Zine on Nov 15, 2017
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Comment: Thanks a lot for the great Postal Zine, lovely envelope and paper goodies! I loved it all! :-D
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Comment: Oh wow! Your package was amazing. It really inspires me to put more care and thought into my own. Thank-you! (Ps Was on vacation so just came home to mail...and thus late rating).
Eclectonote rated for Postal Zine on Nov 15, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the most wonderful mail art. Starting with the envelope: just gorgeous, from the postage stamp to the airmail stripes and washi. And the zine is delightful, especially the hand drawn mailbox, Pony Express little-known-fact, and the pretty mail gals. The mail box pin-up is terrific! The extras are so cute and are going straight into one of my art journals. Thanks again for a Great Mail Day.
cricketsarge rated for Paper swap on Nov 14, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the AMAZING paper you sent me, and all the little extras. I live in an area where I have not been able to really collect things like this. It is TRULY appreciated and well loved!
sabbysteg rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #5 on Nov 13, 2017
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Comment: You really pay attention to making the experience of opening the envelope special. :) Thank you.
Response: What a lovely comment . . . you are most welcome and I hope I have the chance to send to you again!
djcamp04 rated for WOW: Latest Washi on Nov 13, 2017
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Comment: KRISTY, KRISTY, KRISTY!!!! OMG! These are awesome! Every. Last. One. Of. Them! It’s hard to pick a favorite, the raccoons are adorable, the cactus, I really like this one, the terreiums are so cool and the fish kites, too! Thank you for being so generous with your tapes! You have me beat on amount of rolls. How do you store yours? I love the idea of sending samples to grand daughter. Think I will do the same ( but not these! 😁)!
Response: haha! I can hear you saying this! I'm so glad to have sent you something that made you so happy, Deb. I loved the ones I sent you, too. . . if you ever want to do a private trade, just let me know!
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Comment: Absolutely beautiful mini journal! Thank you so much! πŸ’–
Mustluvdoggies rated for AACG: Autumn tag on Nov 11, 2017
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Comment: Kristy I love the beautiful tag you made! So many great things to look at! I love all the neat fall images, music sheet, and book pages! The gold and brown leaves are beautiful! Love the gems at the top and the cut of the bottom of the tag! Another great swap, thank you dear!

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Comments

Onyx on Nov 16, 2017:

Thank you for the lovely HBD wishes!

wolfeagle on Nov 13, 2017:

hi

Don't let the swap-bot bullies ruin your day.

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

Kimmi50 on Nov 6, 2017:

Thank you Kristy for sending the flash cards and hosting this fun swap. Your such an amazing and generous person and you host so many fun swaps. I just wanted you to know I appreciate everything you do. πŸ’

craftyone on Nov 6, 2017:

Thank you for the lovely birthday greeting!

joybells2426 on Nov 5, 2017:

Thank you for the WIYM birthday wishes! What a cute picture! Have a lovely day!

CurlyTea on Nov 2, 2017:

RooBaRoo on Sep 19, 2017:

Thanks for the nice comment :) Just like you, I felt that someone can use a bit of positivity coming her way! :D

bbsporty on Sep 12, 2017:

Thank you so much for the penguin stamps you sent me for my AWG August wish! I had forgotten that they were on my favorites list and was so happy when I got them! They are adorable!

EmilyT on Aug 26, 2017:

You're very welcome 😊

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