Swap-bot Time: June 17, 2021 11:39 am


Date Joined: March 22, 2021
Last Online: June 16, 2021

Country: United States

About Me

Hi everyone! I'm Kara from Kitschy Designs by Kara! I'm an artist based in Central PA and my focus is paper crafts, collage, mixed media, and jewelry with a funky vintage vibe! I love all things vintage and retro! Mid century modern, art deco, and 80s mall vaporwave pastels are all my type of aesthetic! When I'm not working full time or crafting, I'm either thrifting or rollerskating! Check out my Instagram: @kitschydesignsbykara I'm very active on there. I take swaps seriously and will go the extra mile! I like to send swaps out way before the deadline! The day I mark a swap "sent" is the day I put it in the outgoing mail... it may get postmarked later when it is processed by my small town's post office. I love the thrill of getting happy mail in my PO Box, so I'm open to private swaps as well! The mail is still going out super slow, so if it has been two weeks from the deadline and you still have not received anything it is because it got lost in the mail. I NEVER flake so please let me know if you didn't receive anything by that two week mark and I'll re-send promptly!

Favorite Crafts

analog collage, junk Journaling, artist trading cards, jewelry, gelli printing, stained glass, Pottery

Things I'd Like to Receive

While I never expect anything extra, here are some things I'd love to receive in happy mail: washi tape (any style)

anything mushroom or botanical related

napkins for decoupage

gelli print papers

authentic vintage ephemera

authentic vintage handwritten letters/receipts

Little trinkets/baubles I can use for mixed media collage

View Master reels

Sealed tea bags

International stamps


When swapping, I never want to limit a person's creativity and enjoy the surprise of sender's choice! I like to put a disclaimer: I am open to themes like feminism, swear words, and 420 related content! I however will not send out any of these themes unless whoever I'm paired with explicitly states like I do here that they are open to this as well. What I am not ok with: anything that glorifies and perpetuates violence, prejudice, or racism.


Here are some of my favorite things:

Crystals and gemstones


botanical themes


mid century modern themes

artist trading cards

altered rolodex cards

junk Journaling

paper crafts


roller skating

Tim Holtz products

all kinds of tea

the colors orange and pink

Doctor Who (especially Tom Baker)

Vintage and antique photographs

Gelli printed papers


Glitter and confetti (if sending me this please make sure it's well contained and not just floating loose in the envelope! I love glitter but my husband does not!)


I love receiving all kinds of jewelry! I have pierced ears and love anything from small studs to long dangling earrings! I have a medium to large size wrist (I wear a small standard fit bit band). My ring size is a 9. Sometimes I'll size up to a 10 to wear on my middle finger.

Favorite Music

The Monkees


Lana Del Rey

Billie Eilish

Jefferson Airplane

Audrey Nuna


Christine and the Queens


Anything 60s psychedelia


lrm1980 rated for ATC Mini Oracle Deck Series #1 on Jun 16, 2021
Comment: Love the card and message... and love the mystery relative!! Such a cute idea. Thank you!!
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful lace, rickrack and ribbon. I have allready used 2 pieces!
Comment: thank you
coffeef1rst rated for All Handmade on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for my stuff. Sorry I forgot to save the rating:)
Response: No problem! Glad you liked it!
michellelobo rated for Retro Woman ATC on Jun 9, 2021
Response: For some reason your rating came up blank, not sure if that was intentional or not. But I hope you enjoyed the ATC! It was fun to make!
ddoherty6138 rated for Alphabet ATC - T on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: Well yes "Hello there". What a fun ATC, love the image you chose. Thanks so much. Take care.
Response: So glad you enjoy it!
SilverD rated for CH - Tin full of Tinies! on Jun 6, 2021
Comment: Sorry I'm late rating, I got it last weekend while my parents were here. My mom and I had a lot of fun going through the tin.
Response: I'm happy you had fun! Hope the things will come in handy for your crafting!
SarafinaKaine rated for Crystal Themed ATC on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Your ATC is beautiful!!!!!! Thank you so much <3
Response: Yay! I'm glad your like it!
Comment: Thank you so much! I Love the ATC <3 AL
Response: So glad you like it!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card! I love it.
Response: Awesome! I'm happy you love it!
Olivia2011 rated for Vintage Gentleman Swap on May 31, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the men.
Response: You're welcome! Hope you can use them in your crafting!
Olivia2011 rated for COLOR Me Happy ATC #9 (Brown) on May 31, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much.
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you, I love it -- yes, it's time to explore many places and things.
Response: Wow, it arrived to you so quick! Glad you love it!
Olivia2011 rated for Vintage Ladies Swap on May 26, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the ladies and the extras
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: How stinking CUTE this ATC is!!! Thank you so much! I love the background and how you used the vintage imagery of the women in the kitchen, I love 1950s and the aprons and such! The card that you made is amazing, I need to learn how to blend colors like you do! This is all so great! Thank you for the extras, the retro book page has some amazing images! Thanks again!
Response: So glad you enjoyed it!
PrincessLeia rated for COLOR Me Happy ATC #7 (Pink) on May 23, 2021
Comment: Hello Kara, Thankyou for the lovely pink ATCs. I just went to a workshop on gelli printing yesterday - it was so much fun! I love the halloween napkins and the vintage book pages - so cool! Unfortunately im not on instagram.
Response: So glad you liked it!
kssunlover1947 rated for Found Image ATC #2 - Int'l on May 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you. Love the elephant.
Response: I was hoping you would like the elephant!
Meliknives rated for Outer Space ATC on May 22, 2021
Comment: This is a great ATC! Thank you for sharing it with me!
Response: I'm so glad you like it!

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MellowOda on May 8, 2021:

Thank you for the beautiful vintage ephemera ATC! This fits so well with my existing collection. Thank you for hosting such a fun swap! (I'll PM you with more info)

sassafrass on Apr 26, 2021:

Feel free to message me any time to pick this old brain lol. If I can help, I will :)

sassafrass on Apr 26, 2021:

We enjoy a lot of the same crafts :) I did fused glass years ago and loved it. I was making mostly little bits for pendants and earrings. I'm sure when you get the chance to try it, you'll have fun with it!

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