Swap-bot Time: July 27, 2021 6:01 pm


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Last Online: July 27, 2021
Birthday: February 25
Country: United States
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Quest Scouts

Swap Notes

2021 June - mail is being delivered only a couple of times a week. The post office is taking feedback about its intended move to another location. Swaps seem to be taking longer in the postal system - coming in and going out. I don't know if it is still a country-wide issue or a more of a problem with my local post office.

[update June 26] I received notice that my nearest Post Office is closing in July since the retail complex is going under construction (torn down and rebuilt to be multi-story for apartments and retail businesses / restaurants). The post office may or may not be relocated as the developer will not hold space in the new complex for the post office and the intended location is also an apartment / retail development that will not reserve space for the post office. Anyway, outgoing and incoming mail will be processed and sorted for delivery elsewhere. I will be checking out other post offices since I prefer to put swaps in the mailboxes at the post office (especially since postal service in my neighborhood is not consistent). And I would like to find a location that has postal workers knowledgeable about mail art mailing and pricing.

My first name is AmyMarie (all one word with NO spaces, 2nd M is capitalized).
Preferred pronouns: she/her.

I love sending and receiving snail mail. Swapping is fun and a great way to have mail other than bills and ads.

Since I collect postage stamps, I'd appreciate actual stamps on mail (preferred real stamps and not metered mail).

Please no religious items.

I am very sensitive to several scents including tobacco smoke and perfumes. Please keep anything you are sending me away from perfumes and other artificially scented things.

I am allergic to several foods. Please do NOT send foods or beverages (including tea).

I collect playing cards from decks with backs different from the typical Bicycle brand blue or red backs. And decks with different pips or different design / color on the face side of the cards. I have MANY decks of cards and several duplicate cards from swaps. I am open to private swaps for playing cards if you also collect / use them or if you have interesting decks and wish to swap something else for them.

About Me

  • creative, have many artistic interests, and enjoy doing a variety of mixed media & paper crafts

  • life-long learner, love to read, explore, travel, and try new things

  • being in nature and near water (lakes, oceans, waterfalls, rivers, etc) refreshes me and my soul

  • married, no kids, several nieces & nephews

  • have one cat and appreciate all animals (supports zoos & programs that focus on conservation, rehabilitation, education, and sustainability)

  • enjoy spending time with family & friends, playing board & card games, exploring National Parks & collecting NP cancellation stamps, earning Quest Scout points & badges (see next section), browsing through antique stores, and hanging out in libraries & bookstores.

Active Hobby

I have been a Quest Scout [QuestScouts.com] for a few years and really enjoy it. I like being creative and trying new things. Quest Scouts is questing for adults and completing Quests and earning badges (stickers & metal tags) through objectives in categories like create art, DIY, literature (reading), travel / explore locally, games, photography, research, geocaching / letterboxing, etc. It is so fun and gets me doing things I wouldn't try otherwise or things I didn't even know about. There are also weekly challenges that are connected to various quest objectives and you earn a star upon completion (# stars to earn for each level badge). It's been fun to have a motivation and more of a "group activity" (even though we live in different states).

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts and using mixed media art supplies. The items I use and make shift over time. I have made handbound books, homemade paper, artistamps (faux postage), mailart, handmade envelopes & postcards, collages, zines, ATCs, altered books, altered playing cards, pocket letters, and hand-carved rubber stamps.

In the past I have done scrapbooking and art journaling. I am still doing a form of fauxbonichi / junk (ephemera from my day) journaling.

Please do NOT send me random bits of paper!


I collect the following items:

  • postcards [see Postcards section below]

  • postage stamps, international & USA (new & used) [please NO USA flag and NO religious stamps] All postage stamps are great and I especially like postage stamps with themes of mail, letter writing, post offices, PostCrossing, space & space exploration, the Olympics, National Parks, women & their contributions, nature & scenery, and shapes other than the typical rectangle.

  • Airmail and other mail/envelopes and stickers, including from other countries (outside the USA) and in all languages

  • Vintage ephemera including travel tickets (bus, train, etc), paper forms, letters & envelopes & postcards, languages other than English, playing cards, labels, stamps (ration stamps, grocery store stamps, tax stamps, postage stamps, etc), old passports & identification papers, maps, cookbook pages, library cards & pockets

  • Playing cards: It's fun to see the different designs and special packs, especially those that have images or decorated fronts (different colored or design face cards, fun pips on the number cards, pictures or images on the number cards, etc). I like all suits & cards and tend to prefer A of spades, all 5's, all Queens, and unique Jokers. I am willing to do private swaps for playing cards.


I would love to get Maxicards! NOT extra large postcards. They are maximized postcards = postcard picture, postage stamp, and cancellation mark all on same side and all depict the same item / image! I'd even enjoy a postcard that has a postage stamp similar to or matching the postcard image.

I also would love to receive Japanese Gotochi (shaped) postcards.

I am a member on PostCrossing and have collected postcards since I was a child. I prefer postcards sent naked (not in envelope) with postage stamps (not metered postage) and something written on the back - even just a short message. If you do not know what to write, here is a list of 20 ideas: http://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2013/02/05/20-ideas-of-things-to-write-on-postcards

Store bought postcards: waterfalls, mailboxes, post offices, mail / postal theme, letter writing / fountain pens / writing desk / correspondence theme, PostCrossing, libraries / books / reading theme, doorways, windows, maps, National Parks, State Parks, landmarks, historical sites & people, UNESCO sites, earthworks, lakes, oceans, lighthouses, skylines / scenes / images of your town / city / country, images of regional traditions / culture, nature scenery, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars, wild animals (not domesticated cats & dogs), also check out my likes section below for postcard ideas

MailArt (homemade) postcards: etegami; photography; using art, collage, drawing, painting, ephemera, rubber stamps, etc.


traveling themes, maps, foreign coins, travel tickets and tokens (bus, subway, etc.), passports & passports stamps,

waterfalls, oceans, lakes, rivers, lighthouses, autumn, trees, nature, dragonflies, owls, tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, koalas, polar bears, penguins, butterflies, (animals), sunsets and sunrises, mountains,

mail art, mailboxes, postage stamps (NOT religious ones), postal / mail / airmail themes, fountain pens & ink, typewriters, books,

antique & vintage items and ephemera, small / miniature items, different textures, unique designs,

book themes, hand-bound books / book arts, paper engineering, earth tones including terra cotta and rust-ish reds, shades of purple and mauve (pinkish, blue-ish purple), most shades of green, rubber stamps, embossing powders, {not fond of neon colors}

connecting with people, other perspectives and cultures, ancient civilizations, hanging out with family & friends, playing board & card games, interesting playing cards,

celestial / astronomy especially moon / lunar / galaxies, NASA / space travel, science fiction, Doctor Who (favorite is 10th with 11th as close second, River Song, TARDIS), the world of Harry Potter

Books / TV / Movies

I love to read. I recently started reading Terry Pratchett's books. I read "Going Postal" at the beginning of 2021 and now want to read all his Discworld books.

For fun I usually read mysteries. I also like general fiction and some science fiction. I do read non-fiction on a variety of topics and enjoy a well-written book and learning new things.

Some of my favorite authors: Kate Morton, Andy Weir, Rita Mae Brown, Donald E. Westlake, Dorothy Gilman, M.C. Beaton, Jenn McKinlay, Martha Wells, Elizabeth Berg, Brene Brown.

I watch WAY too much TV and am working on reducing the hours spent watching shows. I enjoy Resident Alien, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Young Sheldon, NCIS, Mom, Star Trek Discovery, Doctor Who, Amazing Race, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Lucifer. I enjoy British shows like Taskmaster, Would I Lie To You?, QI, and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

I (used to) get to the cinema a handful of times a year but I watch movies, series, & stand up on Netflix & Amazon Prime. I do like sci-fi, adventure, comedies, action, mystery, Independent films, and some of the older / b&w films.

Do NOT like

cigarette/cigar/pipe smoke (I am allergic)

overly glittered items (some bling / shiny is nice but when it leaves a trail of glitter on anything it touches, it gets annoying)

Christian-based religious items (plenty of that available around here).

Random bits of paper, teachers' stickers, puffy stickers

Things that interest me

Altered Art (puzzle pieces, library card pockets, strands of tickets, playing cards, etc)

Letterboxing, Geocaching

Passports & cancellations / stamps for National Parks, historic sites, state parks, lighthouses, nature preserves, etc. So fun to visit, see, learn, and fill a passport.


Comment: Thanks for the great cards AmyMarie, and for the cute book notecard. I will repurpose the top half. Hopefully you got some river time in, and stayed cool. We had a few 109 days here recently (very rare for us), I survived by staying at my daughter's lake house.
Ikat78 rated for Send 3 From the List #18 on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Hi AmyMarie! Wow, thank you for all the lovely items. It was such a nice surprise to find in the mail today. I LOVE the PCs you chose. Thank you!!
MellowOda rated for AMA: 14 Minute ATC on Jul 26, 2021
Comment: Wow, what a beautiful ATC! I absolutely love it - you did an amazing job in 14 minutes! Thank you for the cards, too! :)
Liiskah rated for Used ticket swap #7 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much :D
Comment: Thank you for such a great swap! I love what you sent and will be having a blast using some of it over the weekend while I catch up with my journals!! Thank you SOO MUCH!! xx gabi
bizzles rated for WIYM: Die Cut Exchange Swap on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful die cuts! I love all that you sent. I have only had my sizzix bs for a month so I have very few dies so far and all of these are new to me. I look forward to using them in my crafting. Thank you for the extra ls and book pages as well, that was very kind of you to include them.
amyduff rated for YTPC: Envelopes with Closures USA on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the envies!
PaperPassion rated for AMA: Circle Mail Art on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great art work.Circles are such fun and I love yours.
Comment: Thanks for the cards - there were some really neat ones in there!
marymary914 rated for JJJ Send 3: Altered Tags on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Oooh I love these tags! Thanks so much!
FieryCanuck rated for AMA: Use your Scraps Mail Art on Jul 16, 2021
Comment: How neat to get another piece of art from you!! I love your InkBox card; I was just introduced to these this week!!
FieryCanuck rated for AMA: 7 minute ATC on Jul 16, 2021
Comment: Your ATC turned out great! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the extra playing cards! I love them all! Have a great weekend!
wincejl rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #4 on Jul 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you! I love the design of your card!
Comment: Thank you for the nice envie and also for the extra's!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely stationery and extras. The envelope was decorated so pretty, as well, so a nice surprise in my mailbox. :)
Comment: Thanks for this iridescent fish! I love the colors! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Camiliann rated for YTPC: Ephemera Folio on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Ooo la la its very gorgeous, thanks for taking the time and effort to make it special for me, I can tell a lot of time and care went in to this project, just giddy to have this piece of art!!
Comment: Thanks so much - all good stuff. I will use it all for my ICADs and JunkJournalJuly.
Comment: WOW thank you

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papertreasures17 on May 15, 2021:
thisismeAXiD on Feb 2, 2021:

happy birthday month

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


Aseret25 on Nov 17, 2020:

Ooo, Quest Scouts looks like fun!! I'm going to have to dig through the site more and find a quest I can tackle!

PostMuse on Oct 17, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed the Dear Doctor mailart! That mailbox rubber stamp is decades old. I think it was 100 Proof Press but I use it so much the company name isn’t visible anymore.

camelsamba on Sep 11, 2020:

I'm so envious that you have been to a recent Carrie Newcomer concert - I saw her once but it was many years ago. Will have to pay attention to her schedule once concerts start up again.

I first discovered Mrs Pollifax in 1992! My husband and I even listened to some of the stories as books on cassette while commuting, and more recently I've listened to some as CD. One of the later ones in the series has an interview with the author at the end of the CD, and it was interesting to listen to in light of knowledge that she suffered from dementia later in life. I read an article once saying that some later Agatha Christie works may show evidence of dementia (something to do with word choice, or word length?) and wondered if they would find the same thing if they studied Dorothy Gilman.

I didn't know there was a Mrs Pollifax movie; i will have to track it down!

samjowers on Jul 30, 2020:

I was a member of questscouts!!! still follow them on instagram! LOVE their quest and love that its like scouting in that you can earn badges!

MamaD on Dec 26, 2019:

AmyMarie, I was looking at your profile as I'm your partner in a swap. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. ❤

robinjeree on Oct 24, 2019:

I just read your profile -- I'm definitely going to check out QuestScouts!!

YooperHill on Sep 11, 2019:

Mystery supply swap, Yo! AMAZING use of the yarn! I love it. Each envelope I open is so creative! Thank you for playing!

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