Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2021 10:17 am


Date Joined: October 6, 2010
Last Online: December 21, 2019
Birthday: January 31
Country: United States
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about my ratings: I now have a 3 rating. The swapper is uninterested in a re-send so sadly there is nothing I can do about this rating.


I vow to try my best to not only send on time but also rate as quickly as possible. I don't rate until I have had a chance to open and appreciate what is sent to me, and sometimes that takes a few days so please be patient with me :)

I'm not super concerned if a swap being sent to me is a day or two late. Later than that please communicate with me.

I never expect extras. Just put your heart into your art. :)

I never send anything I wouldn't like to receive.

I feel like I've tried just about every craft out there at one point or another. I can't knit or crochet, and I never quite took to sewing. Paper is my true love.

My online art journey started circa 2005 trading ATCs via yahoo groups. I've taken several long breaks, but I've never truly stopped trading since.

I love pretty much all things related to nature and science. I've been obsessed with cats my entire life. I love to make seasonal decorations with which to decorate my house. I spend most of the year waiting for Halloween. My fandoms are Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Disney. I watch a lot of animated movies.



I'm not actively collecting postcards anymore. That doesn't mean I won't sign up for swaps from time to time I have so many to share. I've decided to leave this list up to give people a general idea of the things I like

What I like:

*subversive & weird

*art and illustration

*book covers/ reading

*flowers and plants (especially wildflowers, violets are a favorite)

*nature and nature scenery



*animals (especially unusual animals, frogs, CATS, foxes, insects, sea life... please no dogs)

*birds (OWLS, crows/ravens, songbirds, penguins. ostrich and kiwi)

*weather (lightning,rain, rainbow,snow, etc.)


*Charlie Harper

*Edward Gorey

*Sci-Fi, fantasy, and horror

  • food and drink and food production/ agriculture (wineries, etc.)





*vintage of any of the above topics

What I don't like:

  • Dogs

  • buildings

*ads cards unless it is really cool

  • I prefer not to receive touristy cards

Why I swap

  • It pushes my creativity to work within a theme with a strict deadline

  • It challenges me to improve or try new techniques or crafts

  • I get to "meet" different people from all over the world

  • I get to share my art with other people

  • I get to see other people's art

  • I learn new things

  • I love planning and organizing

  • It give me a reason to look forward to the mail

  • It gives me a reason to use my art supplies

  • It gives me an excuse to buy more art supplies

  • Cool looking postage stamps

  • It's fun


I do collect commemorative stamps and use the duplicates for art projects. It really makes my day when people use cool stamps to send their mail! An envelope with a plain old flag stamp on it is a lost opportunity! The next time you buy stamps go to the post office and take a look at all the beautiful choices. :)

Mail art

I'm happy to receive nicely handmade postcards. I consider these to be a form of mail art separate from my postcard collection. I think it's a shame most people seem to hate handmade cards.


Comment: I’m sorry you’re having a tough time with family. I hop it gets better. The pocket letter you made is beautiful.i love the colors. Thank you 💖
Comment: Thank you for the card and all of the goodies you sent.
Comment: Thanks!
bluerose3 rated for CPG Xmas Pocket Letter - US only on Dec 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Nicely done and a great variety of goodies you selected :)
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Poinsettia cards are my favorite. Thank you for the goodies 🎄
Comment: Hi, thanks for the card and goodies. I really liked it all. :-)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas Pocket Letter! I absolutely love it! Have a beautiful holiday season!!
Comment: What a lovely card! Thanks for all the extras too! Happy holidays!
Comment: Hi Elyse, I received your Pocket Letter over the last couple days. I appreciate you filling each pocket with some goodies and I look forward to using the items in future swaps. Each Pocket you created had something to do with the season that Thanksgiving is in or the holiday. The only thing I would encourage you on is to improve on your letter for the Pocket Letter. Your letter needs to be at least a page long and put in one of the pockets. I did not drop your rating this time because of the lack of a substantial letter, but others may do so in the future. Happy Thanksgiving! Barb sleepingrover2010
Response: I re-read the swap description and there wasn't any specification as to the length of the letter. I will be the first to admit, I am not much of a letter writer. I focus on the crafting. I'm sorry that you found any disappointment in my letter and thank you for still rating a 5. I will keep your comments in mind.
vontakk rated for Cat Themed Halloween Card Swap - USA on Nov 10, 2019
Fairwind rated for MissBrenda's Halloween Card swap #5 on Nov 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card and extras. Have a great holiday season!
LilysMama rated for Halloween Pocket Letter on Nov 9, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the late rating, I finally received it today. This one is very different from the last one you sent me. I love it! Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you, very nice.😊
Comment: cute! :D loved all the goodies :) happy halloween to you! :)
Comment: Ohhh wow! Thank you for the adorable Halloween card packed with treats! You made my day ❤️ I’m making a large personal junk journal and I am going to add the vintage playing card and little book 😃🎃👻
Comment: Thank you for the extras.

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Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

Hi, your profile mentions you like unusual animals so I was wondering if you'd be interested in joining my Scales 'n' Tails group?

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

CurlyTea on Feb 1, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

sassafrass on Dec 16, 2018:

Don't let people get you down and spoil things for you. Do what makes you happy! There are always going to be negative people in this world that feel better by tearing someone down. If drawing and making art makes you happy, that's all that matters. If someone can't appreciate that, they are just a stinky person :)

meenaRN on Nov 16, 2018:

Yes I sent you a "Just because" envelope. I'm glad you got it and liked it. Sometimes its nice to just make something not for any particular reason. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving 🍗

BusyB on Aug 20, 2018:

Hi Elyse, I'm sending your envelope today for my swap you were flaked on "Any Theme Memory Dex" I think you're gonna like it! Have a great day! Bonnie

BusyB on Aug 5, 2018:

Welcome to Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA!

BusyB on Aug 1, 2018:

Started a new group, my first ever! Hope you will join me..it's called Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA

CurlyTea on Jan 31, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Hell0Z0mbie on Jan 18, 2018:

I'm so glad you liked it! I try a lot of different techniques, but for that one, I'd photoshopped some images I found online, printed them, and did mixed media stuff over it. It ended up with several layers of gesso, stamps, spray mod podge and some paint markers. I've been trying to get more comfortable with mixed media!

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