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Last Online: December 4, 2021
Birthday: January 25, 1968
Country: United States
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**Hello! It's December 2021! I love Christmastime! With that in mind I've joined Christmas card swaps. So I will put some brief information here at that top of my Profile to make it simple so you won't have to scroll thru my entire Profile. Feel free to read it though! 😂

So for Christmas cards, I love glittery, elegant, birds, deer, little furry animals, inspirational, religious, trees, snowflakes, snowmen. There's really nothing I don't like except Santa cards. 😂 Crazy huh? But true. Oh I won't be mad if I get one, he's just not my favorite. 😊 I look forward to seeing your Christmas card to me! And if you have time, I always enjoy a little note from your heart written inside. No pressure though! 😁 Have fun!

If you'd like to send a Christmas card to my 12 yo daughter Gracie, you would make her day. What child doesn't love to get mail?

Penpal wanted by my 12 yo daughter. Do you have a daughter, granddaughter, or niece that is also interested in sending letters or cards to another? Please PM me. I thought it was so sweet she said she wanted a penpal to write to and decorate letters for because I was also 12 when I got my first penpal. My penpal and I are still friends 41 years later!! 😊

Profile last updated December 2, 2021

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 9 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 23, 20, 17 and 12. I also have a 4 year old granddaughter, another granddaughter due December 17 (her sister) and a third grandbaby due May 2022, gender reveal this Saturday, November 20th! (It's a boy!!!)😊 My first two babies are having their own babies!! 😍

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 for a bookmark exchange group I play in. 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, 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. :)


  • Swap-bot's "Ernie" - anything!
  • Cupcakes
  • cute Amigurumi creatures
  • Butterflies
  • Ladybugs
  • Dragonflies
  • Flowers
  • Green frogs (like Tree Frogs)
  • Sheep
  • Waterfalls
  • Rainbows
  • Polka-dots
  • Hearts
  • Teacups/Teapots

Postage stamps that have the word "Love" or stamps with hearts would thrill me.

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

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


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!


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 always 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 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!

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

@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 used to hoard all my Christmas cards, but now I ruthlessly cut the fronts off of the ones from last year and use them for crafting - heartless I know - Merry Christmas!
fxmldr1 rated for Ho Ho Ho year three on Dec 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a pretty christmas card. Thank you for uour kind words. Merry christmas.
squince rated for Christmas card mass swap usa on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome, Sarah! Thank you again for rating. 😊... Karla, 12/2
squince rated for Snow themed Christmas Card on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: Beautiful card and thanks for the stamps! I'm signing up for so many card swaps to use up my stash!! Maybe in a year or two I won't sign up for as many! HA!
Response: You're welcome, Sarah! And yes I'm using my stash too but I don't know if I'll ever get thru my stash because I'm buying more during the after Christmas sales! 😂 Thank you for the lovely rating! 😍... Karla, 12/2
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome, Sarah! Thank you for rating! Have a Merry Christmas! 🎄😊... Karla, 12/2
Comment: Merry Christmas Karla! Thanks very much, for the beautiful card and your nice note! That would be great, to get together & do a private swap in the New Year! I will keep you in my mind, by hanging onto your card.
Response: You're welcome, Deb! Yes, maybe a private swap in the new year! 😊 Thank you for the lovely rating! 😍... Karla, 12/2
Comment: Thank you for the pretty, glittery card and your nice note! The ornament stickers are great, too. I hope your fall pillow is done, now that we're in December, but no judgment from me on having a UFO if not, ha ha! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and a happy new year.
Response: You're welcome, Janet! Girl, my Fall pillow is ALMOST done...I have to seam up the sides. 😂 Thank you for not judging me having a UFO. It's my only one! 😂 Happy Holidays to you too! And thank you for the lovely rating! 😍... Karla, 12/1
Comment: My tree goes up this weekend. I loved the card.
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating, Lilah! 😍 Enjoy setting up your tree! It's a wonderful part of the holiday. 😊... Karla, 12/1
Comment: Hi Karla Thank you for the pretty card Spicemom
Response: You're welcome, Alison! Thank you for rating! Have a Merry Christmas!... Karla, 12/1
Comment: Thank you for the really beautiful card. It is so classy! Mele Kalikimaka!
Response: You're welcome, Hannah! And yes that's one of my favorite cards. I've framed it and used it in my holiday decor! 😊 Thank you for rating! Have a Merry Christmas!... Karla, 12/1
boandsully rated for Christmas card mass swap usa on Dec 1, 2021
Comment: Great card, lovely swap. Thank you for sharing.
Response: You're welcome, Cathy! Thank you for the lovely rating! 😍... Karla, 12/1
allisonhurt rated for Christmas card mass swap usa on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and note, Merry Christmas!🎁
Response: You're welcome, Allison! And Merry Christmas to you, too! Thank you for the lovely rating! 😍... Karla, 12/1
jules4534 rated for Christmas card mass swap usa on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the very sweet card! I watched a few YouTube videos I found through Pinterest on Junk Journaling and just tried it. I still am a scrapbooked at heart so mine usually involve photos. I also have done one glue book which is weird but fun. You can see my boards on Pinterest at Julie Swan, I have a lot of my crafts I’ve made there. I need to add some of my paper crafts too I guess. Thanks again!
Response: You're very welcome, Julie! And yes I love watching YouTube videos on junk journaling! You've done more than I as I haven't even made one yet. LOL. I went to look at your Pinterest board but you may have to send me the link. Look up your name on Pinterest... Who knew it was such a common name! LOL ... Karla, 12/1
TrishaLSmith rated for Christmas Postcard swap #4 on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcard. Have a fantastic day!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you, Trish, for the lovely rating! 😍... Karla, 12/1
Comment: Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! 🎁
Response: Thank you for checking to see if my card arrived, Michelle. And thank you for the lovely rating. 😍... Karla, 12/1
Jenny345644 rated for Snow themed Christmas Card on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the incredibly sweet card and beautiful snowflake ❄️ stamps. The snow scene is so cute! My favorite things to crochet are scarfs, squares for blankets or other projects and hats. I like the variety of crochet stitches you can use for these items. A doll sound super cute good luck with your project in the new year! Merry Christmas 🎁 and Happy NewYear!
Response: You're welcome, Jennifer! I'm amazed at how fast mail traveled from Georgia to Colorado! My neighbor in North Carolina got hers in same amount of time but she's closer! LOL I'm glad you loved the postage stamps. It was fun! Have a Merry Christmas! And thank you for the lovely rating! 😍
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're welcome, Pattie! Thank you for the lovely rating! 😍
debbiespoms rated for Christmas Postcard swap #4 on Nov 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you Karla, for the oh so do Christmas PC! Happy Holidays!
Response: You're welcome, Deb! Thank you for the lovely rating! 😍
kristenlyns rated for Christmas Postcard swap #4 on Nov 24, 2021
Response: Thank you for rating, Kristen! 😊
Comment: Thanks for the sweet card and "confetti" lol
Response: You're welcome, Cyndie! You can use the "confetti" (flowers) in a project or however you'd like. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for the lovely rating! 😍

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nomElizabeth on Feb 17, 2016:

Super in love with the birthday package! Whoop!

anrtist on Dec 8, 2015:

Blessings! cc

anrtist on Dec 3, 2015:

Blessings! cc

anrtist on Jun 6, 2015:

I just Luv the ZENTANGLED Bookmark~ (U R SO Talented!!! ;-) & the peacock bookmark you sent me! ;-) the way you packaged it and in purple & with
That glitter tape ~ epic too!!! Where did you get that? ;-) THANX & Blessings, cc

lagemaz on Apr 27, 2015:

Thanks for joining the fun in the Christian Homestead April showers bring May flowers WTA -Marie

ladydy5 on Apr 14, 2015:

Approved: welcome to Make An Envelope group

Candyn29 on Feb 5, 2015:


Mugsie on Jan 25, 2015:

"Happy Birthday"!

From all of us at "WIYM" group!

anrtist on Jan 21, 2015:

I really hope you Enjoy it! ;-)

Blessings, cc

Elliepatterson on Dec 24, 2014:


A Very Merry Christmas to you!!!

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