Swap-bot Time: October 17, 2021 6:43 am


Date Joined: August 18, 2013
Last Online: September 3, 2021
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

I am a child of a God and I consider myself to be a spiritual person. I am compassionate and loving, most of the time!

I am a "Jill of all trades" when it comes to crafting! I like to do many things but would not claim to be an expert in any of them. I craft for my pleasure and for gift giving.

I am retired after working for 47 years mostly in the world of law and investments. I love being a mom to boys, four of them to be exact! College football is my favorite sport (Go Ducks!)

I love being a grandma and my Texas grand daughters have turned me into a Great Grandma!! I go by "GiGi Ali" to that little gang! 3 grandsons and a grand-daughter live in Colorado and 3 grand-daughters plus 5 greats are in Texas. Way too far to snuggle!

I can easily be considered a "chocoholic"! I have never tasted a dessert that I would ever call "too rich"! I look forward to my morning coffee and afternoon teas, especially Chai, Ginger, English Breakfast and all sorts of flavored cocoa.

I consider myself a collector of the "stuff". While I don't always have time to actually make a lot of the things that I love, I do have all or most of the " stuff" it takes to do so!

I love to travel, read, go "junking", hike, visit botanical gardens and gardening stores and SHOP!

I am a Doterra wellness advocate. I am passionate about essential oils and enjoy making my own cleaning products to reduce the toxic load in my home!

Favorite Crafts

Card making; Scrapbooking; Paper crafting but not so much ATC's; Rubber stamping; Doll making; Machine embroidery; Sewing for the home, crafts and some clothing; Rock hounding; Jewelry making; Creating minis for my Nativity diorama (my latest addiction!)

Themes that I prefer are: Asian, Dragonflies, Butterflies, Floral, Gardening, Birds and Bird Houses, Ocean, Friendship, Thank You, Sympathy, Thinking of You, Inspirational Quotes.

I pretty much like all colors but my favorite colors are red, black, hot pink, purple/lavender, teal, gold, copper and silver. I love shiny metallic and glitter paper!

I am in love with Stampin Up; dies for my Big Kick, double sided paper; anything Mary Englebreit; anything Graphic 45, old metal ephemera like watch gears, small pieces of stamped metal, old style orphaned jewelry, etc; adhesives of all kinds; rubber stamps; and layered embellishments (esp Jolee's, K & Co., & Tim Holtz)! Hmmm...what don't I like!? Oh there are a few...

Themes that I would rather NOT receive are: Satanic or "dark", Disney, Hello Kitty, Kawaii or similar cutsie/kiddie, anything using foul or offensive language, school or awards type stickers.

Favorite Music

I like most genres but usually listen to Hawaiian, Irish, country, blues and music from the 70`s-80's! I love Sarah Brightman, Andre Bocelli, Keola Beamer, Celtic Woman, James Taylor, Judy Collins and I think that Stevie Ray Vaughn was the best guitarist who ever lived! I really don't watch movies or weekly television programs aside from the news.


I come from a non-smoking household, am allergic to cigarette smoke and animal hairs (esp cats) so if possible, please try to take this into consideration when sending me your swaps. A quick pass over with a lint remover for hairs or airing outdoors a bit for smoke usually does the trick.

Also, I donate to several charities that send me plenty of their free notecards, greeting cards, address labels, notepads, stickers and other miscellaneous stuff, so I would prefer that you don't send me any of those freebie type items.

Since I am a cardmaker, I pretty much only use size A2 envelopes or larger.

I rarely make ATC's. I don't care for bits of scrap papers, pieces of napkins, magazine cutouts, etc.

Being a sewer, I have LOTS of fabric scraps, embroidery thread, lace, etc, so I really don't have a need for those items. I AM happy to share some of my stash so if you are looking for something in particular, feel free to ask me!

I pledge to send out my swaps promptly and I will rate quickly with the wonderful comments, hearts, etc that you deserve! I love reading your profiles and I am grateful when people read mine.

If for some reason you do not receive my swap in a timely manner, please send me a message so we can figure this out. Lately, I have had more than a few issues with mail not being delivered or arriving very late! I have never flaked on a swap. I value my good ratings.


I am struggling with the postal service. My last 2 swaps plus the Valentine's cards took a MONTH to be delivered! My Easter cards to my grandchildren arrived on Friday...3 weeks late! So, for the time being, I will only do WTAs and RAKs, because I can no longer guarantee delivery time and don't want to risk my good rating. Hopefully whatever the problem is will be resolved soon and I can jump back in.


Kalalinga rated for CF: Color Swap Purple on May 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks for all the purple goodness! I love how you packaged everything too. I'll have fun crafting with these items.
Response: So glad you liked my swap! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a wonderful remaining Spring!
TamiHope rated for CF: RAIN Scavenger Hunt on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Ali - LOVE all that you sent for this scavenger hunt! Very creative and I had so much fun going through it all. Thank you so much for a great swap!
Response: So glad you like the scavenger items Tami! Hope all is well with you. Thank you for rating and for the heart!
TamiHope rated for RSC - Welcome Spring on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Hi Ali! What a cute and sweet card you made for this swap. I love it! And you should have heard to oo's and ahh's when I pulled out the glitter paper you sent!! You made me so happy - I love it, too! Thank you for a wonderful swap and making me so happy. :-)
Response: So glad you liked my swap Tami! Always fun swapping with you! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
Hunbun rated for RSC - Butterflies and/or Dragonflies on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: This is a stunning card! You are a real artist, Ali. Thanks also for the Japanese magazine pages and bookmark!
Response: Thank you for the kind words Debbie, Thank you for the compliment! I enjoy making cards that people can enjoy. So glad the pony express finally showed up! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Hunbun rated for RSC - Polka Dots on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: Wowzers! What a stunning card! I've seen tutorials on creating cards like that but was too intimidated to try just from a video--now that I have one to examine I'm going to give it a try. Thanks also for the profile-based extras!
Response: Debbie, I am so happy my swap finally arrived! I am glad you like my card and can use it as a template. 😊 Thank you for rating and for the heart!!
orneryswife rated for CF: Color Swap Yellow on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart!
tam61 rated for CF: Mail Art Easter on Mar 24, 2021
Comment: thank you
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart! I hope you liked the swap.
Sunflower107 rated for CF: Happy Birthday Mail Art on Mar 14, 2021
Comment: Love the envelope and reading your story.
Response: So glad you liked the swap Diane! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
Kalalinga rated for CF: Color Swap Green on Mar 12, 2021
Comment: Hi. Thanks for all the green things. That greeting card is awesome! I'm very happy with the Eiffel Tower die cuts too.
Response: I am so happy you enjoyed my swap! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
gingerbee rated for RSC - Any Shade of Green on Feb 26, 2021
Comment: What a beautiful card - thank you! I love it, and the honey bee extras!
Response: I am so glad you like it! It was a fun card to make. Thank you for rating, and for the heart.
rarjones rated for RSC - Hearts on Feb 6, 2021
Comment: Oh I LOVE the color tones y ou used making the card. The card has great depth and texture to it as well:) A very nice card - TY for your time in creating this card for me. Love it! And the tea I will enjoy over this weekend - very cold here -9 today.
Response: I am so glad you like my swap Rose! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Stay warm!
BlueberryLady rated for CF - Just a Note #2 on Dec 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Pretty Handmade Card and the Magnet bookmark... Very Nice, 12/14/20. It was spitting snow here couple times Monday. but our big snowfall was before Thanksgiving..
Response: Hi Jean! So glad you liked my card and extra! Snow...brrr! None here so far. We don't usually get much in Southwest Oregon. Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF Christmas Stocking Exchange on Dec 15, 2020
Comment: Your package arrived safe and sound (which is a feat in itself this holiday season). I’m going to wait and open it up on Christmas or maybe Christmas Eve and will add more comments then. I know I’ll enjoy everything you put into this swap. Merry Christmas!
Response: So glad it arrived safely Beth. Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
DragonflyDaisy rated for RSC - Christmas Tags on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Ali, oh my goodness what cute tags you made for me - I love them! 😍 Thank you for the fun extras too! Definitely happy mail! 😁
Response: I am so happy you like the swap Michele! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
Comment: What a great bundle of everything!! Love all the pink, Ali! I especially love the fine pink glitter glue and pink post its...washi tape. I love how you put such extra care into everything you sent. It was wonderful to receive!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart Tami! I am so glad you like my "pink" items! I love sparkly Stickles too!
TamiHope rated for RSC - Put a Bird On It on Nov 6, 2020
Comment: Hi Ali! I love your bird with the birdhouses card! I have the perfect person to send it to, although it will be hard to give it away! Thank you so much for a fun swap!! Tami
Response: Hi Tami! So glad you have a use for my card! I hope your fall season is beautiful..no more smoke! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
rarjones rated for CF: A simple washi hello on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Your swap arrived today! Love the pretty pink colors:) So happy it arrived - I think the delayed might of been due to the postage. Thank you for the washi tape too:)
Response: Rose, I am so happy my swap made it to you! I am glad you like it but a bit concerned about the postage comment. Did it require extra postage? If so, please tell me how much and I will reimburse. I need to check with my 2nd partner on this swap to see if I also owe her money! Yikes....I am usually pretty good about that. In any event, thank you for rating and for the heart!
ArtyBeth3 rated for RSC - Hello to Fall on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful fall card. I love the oak leaf branch stamp you used. The flower stickers will be great to adorn happy mail. No, we haven’t been rockhounding lately. Winter is a better time for agate hunting, at the coast anyway.
Response: I am so glad you like the swap Beth! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
bb2 rated for RSC - Christmas in September on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: What a neat idea for a tree Christmas card. I may have to steal the idea. Thank you for a nice swap. I hope and pray you are safe from the awful fires.
Response: I am glad you liked my fun little tree Joan! Hard to believe it will soon be winter!! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Stay safe!!
rarjones rated for CF- Fun with Tape on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful card! Your stamp went perfectly with the three colors of the tape technique you used! So pretty. Thank you for swapping with me and I am glad you liked the technique. You are so sweet to send the extras too:)
Response: I am so glad you liked my card Rose! It was my 1st attempt at the masking tape technique. 😊 Thank you for rating and for the heart! Stay safe!

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LindaW on Aug 22, 2021:

Hope you had a Happy Birthday!πŸŽ‚πŸŽŠπŸŽπŸŽˆ

rarjones on Jul 31, 2021:

Happy August Birthday!

Rose - CF Group

bb2 on Apr 22, 2021:

Thank you Ali, for the CF happy mail. I love Bachelor's Buttons and I can't wait to get the seeds in the ground. I love everything you sent. Yes. We need rain here too. Did we think it would ever be necessary to pray for rain in Oregon?

Animatarian on Feb 3, 2021:

Ali, Love the little "upside-down" turtle.... that's how I feel at the moment! Thanks for your sweet thoughts I'm recovering, though not as fast as I want! (Hubby says "be patient"), but I'm not use to the inactivity.... though PT has me doing 1 hour of exercises and a 15 minute "walk" with my walker 4 times a day.... that does take up a bunch of time, LOL.

grammypammy on Aug 12, 2020:

CF ~ Birthday Wishes

Blessings to you on your birthday this month!


rarjones on Aug 1, 2020:

Happy August Birthday!

Rose - CF Group

BlueberryLady on Aug 23, 2019:

Keep Celebrating your Birthday with some Hugs from me..

glennasgarden on Aug 22, 2019:


ChelleHames on Jan 3, 2019:

Oh Ali! The resend that didn't really need to be for RSC - Christmas is Here (darn the slow USPS!) is just gorgeous!!! Thank you so much! And chocolate chai tea! Yes please! I can't wait to try that! While I feel so terrible that your original snail mail send really lived up to it's name, slow to arrive, what a boon for me! You are amazing!!! I wish I could rate you again!

BlueberryLady on Dec 27, 2018:

Thankyou for the Bracelet you enclosed in the CF Christmas Card... Hugs from Ohio with No Snow.. Looks like Santa Fe got some ,saw on news tonight..( Dec. 27)

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