Swap-bot Time: April 22, 2021 11:04 pm


Date Joined: March 4, 2018
Last Online: April 22, 2021
Birthday: September 17
Country: United States
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I am a retired teacher aide in junior high. I substitute teach in my local school district as often as I can. I have a B.S. in Education and am certified to teach junior high-high school. I have three children and six grandchildren. I live in a very small community, but have spent several years in Georgia and North Carolina teaching.

4/5/21 It’s Covid vaccination time. Scheduled appointment is on 4/8. Kinda scared to go, but am hearing more people I know have been quite ill. 😥 Hoping all goes well and no problems.

4/5/21 Not sure about anyone else, but I am having a terrible time at my post office mailing swaps. I sent my second swap to Canada and the clerk wanted me to fill out customs forms...$14.25 to mail a tag. I persisted and got the cost down, but it was a challenge. Also, my envelopes are being bent and prodded which bothers me as I don’t know if anything inside is being ruined. One small bump in the envelope sends it to a first class tracking envelope...minimal cost $4. Is anyone else having issues???

💌🥰 I need to send out a huge “Thank you!” to all the participants in the swaps I have/am hosting. I appreciate each and every one of you also enjoying what I like to create. If anyone wants to see a particular swap, but not interested in hosting, please feel free to message me. I will try my best to accommodate.

I know it’s not required, but I enjoy sending a couple extra goodies that are profile based. It’s just my way of saying that I enjoyed getting to know someone by reading their profile. On a humorous note, I have had partners who like things that I have never heard of so I had to seek out Siri to assist! It’s always fun learning new things!

I also don’t join swaps unless I feel confident that I can create something special for my partner. I have this ritual with each swap. I complete it. Set it aside and revisit everyday sometimes for several days. I know if it doesn’t feel right and then I start over. I am really tough on myself with ATC’s as they are a newer craft for me. I don’t rush through swaps just to complete them as I want to be proud of what I send.

3/2021 My new passions are collaging and ATC’s. I have been dabbling in mixed media...have a way to go, but having fun with it. My jelly plate printing has turned into a challenge...not giving up though! Just ordered a new brayer which I hope helps.

Simple Pleasures

*Reading -My favorites authors include: James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and Kristin Hannah. I also do not mind reading young author selections.

*Gardening - I had the best flowers ever spring/summer of 2020.

*Shopping-I enjoy searching through craft clearance and visiting thrift and resale stores.

Favorite Craft Projects *ATC’s *Dies in general❤️ *Tag books/flips *Tags in general. *Altered paper clips❤️ *Memorydex cards❤️ *Collaging❤️ *Mini pocket letters *Small item paper crafting like boxes, tuck spots *Paper crafted items for junk journals *Mini journals and flip books ❤️

Favorite Colors *turquoise *green *pink *gold *yellow *earthy tones Lately, Feb. 2021, I have been leaning towards much more muted colors...naturals, earthy, woodsy, mauve, lavender, pale blues... rather than super bright colors.

Favorite Themes *woodsy animals🦌 *vintage *botanicals *seasonal *flowers🌸 *butterflies *books *rain/umbrellas *garden *hearts *spring and summer *fall *fruit theme *mini anything

Newfound Loves *ATC’s * snippets - fabric and paper bits *embossing folders *mini envelopes *stitching on paper *die cutting *flat mail *mixed media *stencils *gnomes *fairy gardens

Embellishment Loves *tags *charms *resin *die cuts *ribbon *trim *pearls *gems *washi *ephemera *tiny envelopes and pockets *lace *fabric bits Anything goes here!

Want to learn to do list: *water coloring *bead tassels and baubles I have been collecting items and watching videos to learn but need confidence in sharing my “firsts” with anyone.

Not Too Crazy About List *Harry Potter *Disney *Mystical - except for unicorns and mermaids *Creepy crawlies *Gothic *Skulls *Steam Punk

My Watchlist *Outlander ❤️ *The Last Kingdom❤️ *Law and Order - all *British crime series on Netflix *Virgin River ❤️ *Medici

Music My tastes vary, but I do not like hard rock or twangy country.

Not Interest In *Religious brochures *Candy

Wish List *Postcards *Pretty papers with small flowers *Vintage anything *Postage stamps - used I’m really not picky and enjoy anything that I receive!

Goals for 2021 *To host more swaps *Learning mixed media techniques. *Using more of my stash. *Play with water coloring. *Continue my ATC journey. *Put together my junk journals *Decorate my mailing envelopes more

On a personal note, I have met some very lovely swappers on this site. Even though we haven’t met in person, I feel I have friends here. I have been given encouragement, advice, and have received swaps and goodies that have brought tears of joy to my eyes. It can be a very special place!

About Me

I love to create but sometimes have no one to share anything with so I thought a swap group would be the answer. I really am enjoying the fact that I can pick and choose my interests and when I want to swap. I love the mail when it arrives and the beautiful creations made for me. I love trying new things to create as long as I can view a picture or tutorial.


Comment: Thank you for the beautiful tags! I like how the faux stitching turned out. Thanks for the notecards, lace, and fibers, too!
Response: I really enjoyed making these tags. It was a great way to use scraps and mix patterns. The heart is appreciated.
JenZen5 rated for USATC: Whimsical ATC on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Well I'm glad you did step out of your comfort zone because this ATC is really cool. What a fantastic idea. I love the colors. And thank you for the extras, especially the envelopes. Very cool. And I'm happy to let you know it made it here safe and saound. Have a wonderful day!
Response: Whew! I am so relieved. So happy you are pleased with what I made for you. Gives me confidence to keep trying new things. Heart is so appreciated.
Sequoia183 rated for USAPC: Altered Key Tags on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: These were a blast to make! I love yours. I purchased a box of the key tags at the thrift store, then got home and saw the swap the same day. It was meant to be, I will use the box up.
Response: I enjoyed making these too. They’re like little personalized charms. Thanks for joining.
Sequoia183 rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #2 on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: So beautiful! I am excited for your future ideas, it is lots of fun and a bit of a challenge to make!
Response: You’re welcome. So happy you’re enjoying the collage art!
Comment: Hi Karen! Your creations just amaze me! These secret journal spots are so sweet and . . . just really 'fresh,' if that makes sense. Beautifully pastel with so many lovely layers. The strawberry-themed one is out-of-this-world! Thank you for the secret spots AND for the amazing array of extra goodies you included--so generous and thoughtful. I just love swapping together!
Response: You’re very welcome. I, too, love swapping with you and appreciate all of your support. 🌷💌🥰
user6937 rated for ACTs: Rainy Day Tag on Apr 17, 2021
Comment: You found a great image and embellished it nicely with two more umbrella's (great idea). I like that the back is also decorated. Thanks for the cool pc's (not a fail at all - the IL map card is a new one for me, and I love the turtle one) and for the shaped paperclips (a SWAN!!), and the clear stickers. I feel very lucky getting your great swap. I enjoyed your letter, too, thanks for everything. :)
Response: Oh my! I’m so relieved and very happy you liked everything. It appeared to me the lady in the image was barefoot which is so cool in the rain! Thanks so much for the kind words and the heart.
JaneInSD rated for USAPC: Words/Washi Mini File Folder on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Karen thank you so much for the adorable mini file folder. I love the paper so much!!! It is so cute I can't wait to use it. I also love the words and definitions and washi tape you included - they will work so well in my journals. I also love all of the extra too - they will be so fun to collage with! Thank you for a great swap, and thanks for hosting such a fun swap.
Response: Thank you for your many kind words. I am so pleased you liked everything and can use the goodies in your journals. Also, a big thanks for joining my swap! 🌷
hibiscus rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #47 on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: really like all the elements in this delightful collage....beautiful image...like the yellow black and hint of green and pink...by the way...the extras were so generous and much much appreciated...thank you for an amazing swap
Response: You’re welcome. I tried several times to make it with no success. Then I found the background paper and it all came together. Happy you like it! Heart is appreciated. 🌷
BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Fabric Swatch Tags USA on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Beautiful, well made tags! I love the fabric combinations. Thank you for the extra's too!
Response: You’re welcome! I had fun making them for you. 🌷
MellowOda rated for ABCUSA ATC - Letter Y on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: I love your ATCs so much & this one is no different! Thank you for the additional images! They're great!
Response: You’re welcome. I have been working in stepping out of my comfort zone with my ATC’s. Yours was one I feel most comfortable sharing. Thanks for heart! Keep the swaps coming!
megan1230 rated for Tickled Pink ATC swap (USA) on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Adorable! Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for the heart. I stepped a bit out of my comfort zone with the design. Happy you’re ok with it!
amyduff rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #1 on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the super collage index card and I really enjoyed reading your letter. Your friend sounds like an incredible mentor! Thanks for the extras too! Wow! Love the new stamps you purchased.
Response: So pleased you liked everything. I have been enjoying using stamps for backgrounds...get what I can on sale! Happy Spring!🦋
donetta rated for USAPC: Glue Book Page: Green! on Mar 27, 2021
Comment: Karen, I would never have guessed that this is your first glue book page...it's beautiful! Thank you so much for making and sending something so pretty, and for the sweet extras also. More glue book page swaps coming up!
Response: Oh my! I am so relieved. I started it over three times just hoping I did it right! Thank you for the kind words and will be watching for more glue book page swaps. Heart is appreciated.
MellowOda rated for Green with Envy ATC swap (USA) on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Wow, what a beautiful ATC! I love the muted green color! Thank you!
Response: I am so pleased you like it! Thanks for the heart.
vcox rated for YTPC: Mini Embellishment Kit - USA Only on Mar 19, 2021
Comment: So adorable! Thank you for using one of my favorite colors. All of the items, I will certainly use. Thanks again!!! You did justice to my swap.
Response: I always wanted to make an embellishment box and this swap did it for me. Thank you for hosting and the very kind words!
lauriew rated for ACTs: Rabbit Coin on Mar 19, 2021
Comment: Adorable rabbit coin. Thank you and thanks for the extras.. Beatrix Potter was loved in my house.
Response: You’re welcome. Happy I found another Potter fan!
wincejl rated for YTPC: Flat Mail Pocket USA on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful spring tag and goodies! I love the floral velum as well! Thank you for hosting this fun swap! I hope the snow is over for you soon and you can enjoy the spring!
Response: You’re welcome. And special thanks to you for being part of my swap. No snow today, but rain and wind! Getting there!
Burger1girl rated for TFT- Perfectly Paris ATC & Tea on Mar 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC. I love your presentation! Gorgeous.Thanks for the extras, tea looks good! Happy Swapping!
Response: So happy you liked what I created. Enjoy the tea...a new one for me. Thanks for the heart!
Christianmom rated for Easter Themed Happy Mail 6x6 on Mar 13, 2021
Comment: Hi Karen thank you so much for the Easter Themed Happy Mail 6x6. I love it and everything you put in it. I love the little rabbit charm. It is so adorable. I love the paper you used to make the Easter Themed Happy Mail. That is pretty. Hope you have a great and Happy Easter!!
Response: Happy Easter to you as well! Enjoy the goodies. Heart is appreciated.
wincejl rated for YTPC: Multi Pocket Insert USA on Mar 12, 2021
Comment: I love them both and all the goodies! Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome. I have fun making and filling small pockets. Heart is appreciated.

Rating Overview

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Barbara on Apr 10, 2021:

wow! I am enjoying your paper crafting swaps. i like all yur fun recycle ideas!

bostianh on Dec 28, 2020:

Thank you for sending an extra swap, you are truly an angel.💓

cmalaina on Sep 22, 2020:

Happy Fall 2020

debtea2 on Jul 15, 2020:

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