Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2024 9:22 pm


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Last Online: June 20, 2023
Birthday: January 25, 1968
Country: United States
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Profile last updated 16th of June 2023

Hi! My name is Karla, and let me tell you

I joined my first Swap-bot swap back in June 2006, and I have had a lot of fun over the years! I have met a variety of people, made new friends, and expanded my creativity. Swap-bot is a wonderful creation itself, and I am grateful for its inception and its continual maintenance. Thank you @travisj and @racheljohnson !!!

To everyone who has sent me a swap over the past 17 years, thank you for sending smiles to my mailbox and to my face! I love snail mail!


---DO YOU EXPERIENCE THIS SPELLING DILEMMA - "Stationary" or "Stationery"?---

Here on Swap-bot, you will probably always use "stationEry" with an "e". Stationery with an "e" is writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes. If it helps, here are some ways people remember which spelling to use.

  • Remember that just like writing letters, we also "write" e-mails. "E-mail" begins with the letter "e". So since we write letters, and we write email, remember the "e" in "e-mail" and use the word "stationEry".

  • @thegypsie utilized a Google search which gave her this tip...let the "e" in "stationEry" make you think of an "Envelope"!

  • @Itti learned "stationEry because it means pEns and pEncils."

The alternative, "stationAry" is ONLY used to describe something that is not moving, still, staying in one place or position, immobile, or not changing.


If you want to trick out your profile, with links, pictures, etc., here is a helpful post from Swap-bot's blog. Click here.

Thanks go to @tiggerkitn25 for this link to an assortment of characters you can copy and paste into your profile, swaps, groups, and posts.

About My Family

I was widowed, September 17, 2014. Tommy was my first husband, although I was his third wife. Three time's a charm, right? We met each other in July of 1986, got engaged Christmas Eve 1986, had a long engagement, and married in September of 1989, on HIS birthday. We celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary September 30, 2013! ;~) Unfortunately, he passed away right before our 25th anniversary. The children and I miss him.

Tommy and I had 4 beautiful children together, 3 girls and a boy thrown in the middle (#3). I can't remember what life was like before them and can't imagine life without them. We always felt very blessed. It really is an amazing adventure to become parents and then watch those little babies grow and become. Become whatever they're going to become. They are 25, 21, 19 and 13. I also have a 6 year old granddaughter, a 1 year old granddaughter (her sister), and a grandson born on Mother's Day, May 8, 2022! ๐Ÿ˜Š My first two babies are having their own babies!! ๐Ÿ˜

About My Hobbies

My personal hobbies and interests... to put it simply I love anything to do with yarn or paper.

I love to crochet, having been taught by my mom when I was 6 years old. I taught myself to knit when I was 30 years old! I find crocheting faster, but I love the knit fabric and am glad that I know how to knit. However, I'd still consider myself a beginning knitter, though an intermediate crocheter. I also enjoy cross-stitch and will crochet with the thread skeins that you can buy for cross-stitching projects. I have crocheted with sewing thread, too, making dainty little snowflakes. Crocheting with tiny thread was challenging but the snowflakes turned out beautifully. I predominately crochet with thicker embroidery and cross-stitching thread when I'm not using yarn. I like to crochet bookmarks, snowflakes, coasters, and other small treasures with thread. With yarn I enjoy making pretty much anything, afghans, scarves, dishcloths, potholders, hats, toys, amigurumi...anything!

Besides yarn, paper is another love of mine. It started with writing letters and keeping journals as a child. I've always enjoyed writing letters and receiving them. The latest "letter" I enjoy is something called a "Pocket Letter". Google it if you like to write letters and also enjoy a bit of craftiness. Pocket Letters are my latest love! Here are a few I've done (click on picture to see larger pic):

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Since joining SB, I've learned about recycling magazines into envelopes, and I love to make them and receive them. I also enjoy creating scrapbook pages, but my time is so limited that I rarely do a large scrapbook page and instead create smaller papercrafts by making notecards, postcards, and other small items. I like to make ATCs though I consider myself still a beginner, and I rarely make them. LOL Zentangles are another love, and I have enjoyed creating zentangles and zendoodles in a small notebook I keep. I would like to incorporate zentangles into ATCs. I also like making matchbox crafts. Basically, if it's a papercraft, I'll probably enjoy it.

For my personal ephemera collecting, I love postcards, postage stamps, bookmarks, stickers, pieces of collage paper ephemera, scrapbooking papers, cardstock, and stationery.

And of course with all the papercrafts I love, I love pens and writing tools, too! My favorite pens are very fine point ones such as Sharpies, Uniball and Pilot Precise V5. The finer the point, the better. I love how much easier it is to write a more lengthy note on a postcard when I have a 0.5 or 0.7 point pen. And colored fine point pens are a bonus!

Besides, the above, here is a little more about me.


  • Pinks (pale and hot pink and all shades in between)
  • Blues (Royal/Cobalt blues and Teal blues spec.)
  • Greens (Emerald green and Lime green spec.)
  • Ivory
  • "Fall" colors of burgandy, hunter green, gold, and browns, individually or in a combination
  • Color combos of Lime Green/Fuschia, Turquoise/Brown; Pink/Brown; Pink/Black; Red/Black

I like all colors really, but those listed above really grab my attention. Yellow and orange are my least favorite colors, but they have their charm at the right time or place. :)


  • Peacocks!
  • Swap-bot's "Ernie" - anything!
  • Cupcakes
  • Cute Amigurumi creatures
  • Butterflies
  • Ladybugs
  • Dragonflies
  • Flowers
  • Green frogs (like Tree Frogs) and blue frogs, red frogs, yellow frogs, and orange frogs
  • Sheep
  • Waterfalls
  • Rainbows
  • Polka-dots
  • Hearts
  • Teacups/Teapots

Postage stamps that have the word "Love" or stamps with hearts would thrill me. Any country! ๐Ÿ˜

I love Washi Tape! I learned about Washi Tape and Deco Tape through Swap-bot and by reading other swappers' profiles. I looked online for what everyone was talking about and have even received washi tape decorated envies in my mail. I have quite a collection since those first "few rolls". ha ha! But I'm always interested in new designs!

I am into Planners and anything Planner-related. :)

I DO like tea bags if you ever want to send one but aren't sure since some swappers don't care for them. I prefer Organic but don't mind sampling what you want to share. I like pretty much all flavors. What would you like me to try? Please send me tea samples to try!!! ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ˜


I like a variety of postcards, but I'm not into "dark" or goth themes nor vampires or werewolves (not a Twilight fan nor Harry Potter). Interestingly, though, I did receive a postcard from Hell once, and I found it really interesting. I still talk about it with a smile. Who knew I'd ever get a postcard from Hell? Did you know there was a Hell, Norway? Since then, I've discovered a few other places around the world have a "Hell". So if you live in Hell, or some other darkly named town, I love getting those sorts of "dark" postcards.

While I will probably like whatever you'd like to send in the way of postcards, 'cause I just love postcards, my favorite themes are:

  • anything from my "LOVE" list above
  • postcards with illustrations of postage stamps
  • sunsets
  • moons
  • waterfalls
  • rainbows
  • night-time city views
  • daytime city skylines
  • hot-air balloons, or any balloons really
  • lighthouses
  • castles
  • cemeteries
  • dolls
  • brides
  • wedding couples/wedding scenes
  • paintings by Monet
  • paintings by Mary Cassatt
  • vintage (meaning "linen")
  • girly or cutesie

Animals I like on postcards are:

  • kittens
  • puppies
  • any baby animal, really
  • giraffes
  • wild cats
  • fox
  • sheep
  • colorful frogs
  • butterflies
  • dragonflies
  • deer/fawn
  • colorful birds

REGARDING HANDMADE POSTCARDS: I love papercrafts, and therefore I can appreciate a handmade postcard. However, I am so sad to receive a handcrafted postcard that got mutilated by our automated postal machines when I know someone has put their time and heart into making it. If you want to send a handmade postcard, I will love that you took the time to make me something. However, consider if the adhesive you use will keep your paper layers secure, with no edges or corners able to be lifted up when they go through postal machinery. When in doubt, I don't mind you sending your handcrafted postcard in an envelope to protect it. I have received some very lovely handmade postcards where the different layers of paper were so secure that it looked like one card and it traveled well. But I've also received other postcards whose glue just could not hold, and they arrived ripped and damaged by the postal machines. Please take care if you choose to send a handmade postcard. I'd love to be able to admire your handiwork as you intended it. :)

If you're at a loss as to what to write on your postcard, check out Postcrossing's blogpost of 20 ideas of things to write about on your postcard! :)


Includes, but is not limited to, contemporary Christian music, classical, a little jazz, 80's music, and strangely, music from the 50's and 60's!

And K-Pop thanks to my 13 year old daughter and her cousin! It's playing often in my house and in my car when they are present. ๐Ÿ˜‚ BTS, Twice, Ateez, Enhypen are their favorites, and mine, to name a few. To all my 80s music fans, may I suggest that you listen to BTS' "DNA (Pedal 2 LA Mix)". Even if you don't like K-pop, take a listen to that. Oh my goodness how they rocked out that version of DNA! I felt like I was in 80s America again. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was hearing flavors of Journey and Kiss.

And if you BTS fans were to ask me who my bias is, I would say V. ๐Ÿ˜Š


When I have time to read, I enjoy contemporary Christian fiction (though not romance), biographies and autobiographies, and some mysteries. I also like crafty books pertaining to my hobbies or new craft interests. I'm also interested in vegetarian cookbooks or cookie/cupcake cookbooks. My favorite publishers are Multanomah, Tyndale, Harvest, Bethany House, and Pacific Press. Some favorite authors include Ted Dekker, Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, and Richard Paul Evans.


I pretty much like any candy made of milk chocolate (Kisses, M&Ms, Hershey's chocolate bars...) I don't really care for dark chocolate, and while it's not my first choice of candy, I'll eat it if there's no milk chocolate around! I also love Turtles (chocolate, pecans and caramel), Tootsie Rolls, caramels, peppermint, and peanut or pecan brittle. My all-time favorite cookies are Oreos! I also love Fig Newtons. My favorite nuts are almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Any candy or cookie that includes those nuts is just "icing on the cake" to me!


I dislike very little but thought I'd start a list as I think of them.

  • Halloween
  • Skulls
  • Gnomes
  • Day of the Dead (including the USA postage stamps, and I LOVE postage stamps! ๐Ÿ˜Š)
  • Pugs (I know I know! My daughters think they're adorable, as do alot of people, but I just can't see it. ๐Ÿ˜‚)
  • Bulldogs (grumpy face ๐Ÿ˜‚)
  • Persians, or flat-faced, grumpy-looking cats ๐Ÿ˜‚. (Love their long hair, though!)
  • Raunchy humor
  • Nakedness/nudes/pinups (male and female). The human body is a beautiful work of art. Society tends to cheapen it, however, with lust and debauchery. LOL (That's an old word.) Some classical art is the exception to this Dislike.
  • Homosexual themed anything, such as Gay Pride postage stamps, for example

That's All About Me!

Thank you for reading my Profile. I hope it gave you a sense of my likes and interests. If there is anything else you'd like to know, feel free to ask me. If there's any other information you think I should list here in the About Me section, let me know!

Waiting for Ratings

@MKaylee455 aka as Kaylee Marie in University Place, WA for MissBrenda's Christmas Card #16 BIRDS ~ US ending Dec 18, 2021.

@jaimierandolph aka Jaimie Randolph in Odessa, TX for Christmas card mass swap USA ending Nov 27, 2021 - PM'd 12/14/21 asking if received. Message still Unread 2/12/22 and she is partially suspended with 10 - 1s currently.

@BerlinGeorgia aka Catrin M. for Adventures of the Traveling Postcard R20 ending Jan 16, 2014

@koltonsmama aka Sharon Lawrence for Fill My Home With Christmas Cards Swap ending Nov 30, 2013 - PM'd 12/25 asking if received. No reply.

@Colour86 aka H J Yang for Fill My Home With Christmas Cards Swap ending Nov 30, 2013 - PM'd 12/25 asking if received. No reply.

@Cherryswede for Attitude of Gratitude Swap (USA only) ending Nov 6, 2013 - PM'd 11/20 asking if received. She stated she had not but would check with neighbor who lives at 1111 Apache who sometimes receives her mail for 1111 Sioux. Never heard back and 2nd PM of 11/20 remains "Unread" as of 12/25/13. Today, 2/14/14 received PM stating she never received and neither had neighbor. Will offer to re-send.

@lizmoore01 aka Elizabeth Moore for Six Weeks of Snail Mail Swap #6 ending March 15, 2013 - member partially suspended w/4 1's as of 3/26/13; PM'd on 3/26/13 requesting rating

@cfroggie aka Cynthia Frank (aka @CisforCynthia ) for NTG Think "Love" Notecard Swap ending Feb 1, 2013 - unable to contact swapper to request rating as she used the "Block" feature after her disappointment in receiving two 3's from me (updated from 1's)

@faerytalz aka Erica Dorris for February Love Matchbox Swap #4 ending Feb 3, 2012; DC#03100480000358464277

@purplcircles aka Stephanie Thompson for Notecard #24 ending Oct. 8, 2011. PMd her on 10/31 asking if she'd recv'd; She replied 11/1 saying she recv'd but was behind on ratings & should have it that night; Left a Comment and another PM on 12/15 reminding her again.

@amylou2 aka Amy Johnson for October Birthdays! - KIDS ending Sept 30, 2011. Delivery Confirmation indicates it was delivered Oct. 5, 2011.

Swaps Not Received


@kittiekatsweetiepie aka Katherine Crawford for Beginner Zine: Learn Something new. Angeled!


@glitter (2012/2013, deleted account) currently known as @FightGirl (2014/2015) aka Stacey Lankford for Send 5 blank notecards+note: USA only: #5 Angeled!

@mommyrox aka Dunia Loppe/Gato for Bible Verse Swap Angeled!

@Jenneth aka Kaisa Rantanen in Finland for Valentines for You


@moepontiac aka Chaya Radin for Embroidery Floss Swap


@Treksek aka Daire Luus for Postcard of Lists #7 Top 5 Favorite Christmas Song Angeled! ; Message in a Bottle (Inter'l!) - Holiday Themed Angeled! ; Note card Swap - International #4 Angeled!

@LaineFace aka Theresa McDouglad for Quotecard Postcard #53 Angeled!

@jequirity aka Jocelyn Ford for No Introduction Needed Angeled!

@awesomesauce aka Kristin Nohe for Simple Postcard #1 Angeled!

@Sumersrose aka Hilary Summerfield for FaveCrafts Valentine's Card Swap


@Miss007 aka Cecilia Nordqvist for 30 Day Journal Project Angeled!

@aisbaby aka Aislinn Chuahiock for Quotecard Postcard #42 Angeled!

@anneress aka Serena Pyle for PRIVATE: Message In a Bottle - Round 2 - Holiday Themed

@krissywhite1 aka Kristen White for Round 5 Surprise Your Partner With 1 of Your Craft Angeled!

@Dready aka Lena Matveeva for "Simply Love" PC Swap Angeled!

@Whiskey aka Kay Anders for 48 hours to sign up and send a naked postcard in a

@browniemommie2005 aka Tabitha for ~Unique PenPal journal Swap~ newbies welcome!

@helmetwearer aka Elizabeth Barnett for Origami

@thefourthstar aka Heather Hladish for Round 3 Surprise Your Partner W/1 of Your Crafts Angeled!

@cherrygirl aka Irena Furlanic for Basic Postcard Swap # 2 Angeled!


Newbie @Prettybigbutterflies aka Hollie Burgess in the UK, did not send or rate her partner in Merry Mail ending Oct 21, 2013. Deleted her Profile as of Nov 15, 2013.

Newbie @Teafortwo aka Coralie Cram in Australia, did not send or rate her partner in Merry Mail ending Oct 21, 2013.


Comment: I haven't received this swap. Will rerate when I receive it. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Will rerate if I ever receive anything
Comment: Will re-rate when I hear from her. I see she hasn't been online in a month nor did she send this swap out.
Comment: Hello Karla! I donโ€™t think weโ€™ve ever been matched, so Iโ€™m no help with the mystery. ๐Ÿ™‚Thank you for the lovely note and all the fun goodies. I look forward to putting them to use. Take care.
Ellen101 rated for YTPC: One Page/2Pockets Folio on Jun 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the nature colored envie. (I do wish you followed the tutorial and added tags tho)
Comment: Hi Karla! Thank you so much for the wonderful Happy mail! I very much enjoyed reading your note - I am traveling to CO next week to watch my Grand (15 months old) and can only imagine how tired I will be at the end of each day! LOL! She is a busy, spunky little thing, so it should be tons of fun! Isn't it amazing how fast these kiddos grow up? Did the months go so fast when we were raising kids? LOL! I am sure they did and I tell young people, the days may be long, but the years are fast! Thank you for the wonderful pcs, so sweet, unexpected, and totally appreciated, since I have a tiny pc addiction! LOL! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
MichelleKemper rated for Postcard Surprise #10 on May 9, 2023
Comment: WOW! Thank you so much for the wonderful letter and so many great PC"s. Sure made my day!!!
Comment: WOW WOW WOW!! What an amazing piece of mail to receive. Not only is it beautifully constructed, but it was such a joy to open. Each little page and pocket held a fun little goodie! And the letter! Thank you so much for taking the time to make something so special for me!!
JBuchner rated for YTPC: Mini Double Pocket USA on May 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap! It was worth the wait! I absolutely LOVE the paper you used and the tuck ins are amazing!
Comment: Hearts ๐Ÿฅฐ Thanks ๐Ÿ™
mchesser12 rated for WIYM: WATER SWAP POSTCARD SWAP on Apr 16, 2023
Comment: Thanks SO much for all the awesome postcards and washi samples. Love the coffee cups washi. We have planted a small garden - tomatoes, squashes, and peppers - all in pots. One tomato plant already has a few little green ones on it.
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card and extras.
colodad rated for YTPC: 6x6 Paper 6-pocket Album- USA on Apr 11, 2023
Comment: The late send was worth the wait. Thank you for a well constructed and decorated swap. This did turn out to be a good model. Thanks also for the great tuck ins !!
Honeybee203 rated for Note Card Happiness March 2023 on Apr 7, 2023
aurelas rated for Note Card Happiness March 2023 on Apr 1, 2023
Comment: LoL you sound so much like me! Everything you sent is beautiful and I couldn't stop making incoherent noises as I pulled out one treasure after another. I'll be writing back!
Comment: What a fun swap and great bottle. I'll definitely write, it was fun to catch up with you.
AliCrafter rated for YTPC: Interactive pocket - USA on Mar 26, 2023
Comment: Your birthday post card really made me smile. Thank you! The pockets are very nice. I, too, made two pockets for my partner. I thought they were interesting but not a fold I'd be inclined to use in a journal. What did you think?
Unbijou rated for WIYM: Booked Up PC #3 USA ๐Ÿ“– on Mar 22, 2023
Comment: Omg! Those stamps. Perfecto! ๐Ÿ˜˜ And your card is so cute. I too enjoyed Where the Crawdads Live and agree. So good ! I envisioned my own movie ! ๐Ÿคฃ. Thank you. I just adore the stamps and appreciate them
Comment: Thanks Karla!

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USAFwife on Jul 18, 2023:

Hi Karla, hope you are ok. Haven't heard from you for our private letter swap and I see you haven't signed in for quite a while.

lou on Jul 14, 2023:

Please check your private messages!

GingerMiffy on Jun 5, 2023:

Hi Karla, I sent you a DM last month regarding a swap, please get back to me as soon as convenient :)

esmy77 on Mar 21, 2023:

I keep coming back to your profile because I loved all the tid bits of information you give here! so cool and helpful! thank you!

Mistyinltown on Dec 29, 2022:

Thank you for this beautiful Christmas card thank you! I am happy to have sent her a Christmas card, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!

3cats2dogsand2crazykids on Dec 8, 2022:

Thank you so much for telling me about the extra http. It worked great!โ™ฅ๏ธ

mizvicky on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you for joining my Fast Christmas Card Swap.. Happy Holidays! ss

lou on Jan 29, 2022:

Happy Birthday Month!

03Scarlett on Dec 24, 2021:

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! (Hugs) Debi

primaveratime on Dec 18, 2021:

Hi Karla, I sent you a message. Take care Tanja

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