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Date Joined: March 30, 2022
Last Online: September 27, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name is Joanne and I live in California. My top craft-related hobbies are: card-making, photoshop, digital scrapbooking. I love making cards and I have tons of materials and tools for card-making. My favorite techniques are stamping, die-cutting, coloring, and dry embossing. I also love all kinds of stationery and pretty craft items.

In swaps, I am looking forward to exchange of ideas, inspiration and good will and not simply exchange of materials. It is the thought of sharing which makes swaps unique, otherwise why not just go out and buy your own stuff? After experiencing two years of closed doors due to the pandemic, I want to explore a new way of connecting with people. I am hoping that swap-bot could provide that link through sharing art, paper craft, stationery, and creative writing.

I try to decorate every postcard/card and make it special for the recipient. I hope each piece of mail can brighten someone's day. "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." Right?

Favorite Crafts

Beyond doubt, card-making is my top favorite craft activity. I like to make relatively clean designs delivering positive messages. My favorite techniques are stamping, coloring, and die-cutting, as I don't really know how to draw. I am still having lots of fun nonetheless. Haa! I am open to exploring new techniques which are not so complicated or messy. My techniques, styles and interest are constantly evolving:
1) 2003: Joined Stampin' Up.
2) 2004: Quitted Stampin' Up.
3) 2004: Designed and sold my own stamps.
4) 2005: Created sample cards for my line of stamps (confession: it was not fun).
5) 2006: Frugal style: focused on grab-bag rubber stamps.
6) 2012: Quitted selling stamps; started selling wall decals.
7) 2014: "The Decal Rush": design, make, sell, and ship like crazy.
8) 2018: Quitted selling decals; focused on the real fun = cardmaking.
9) 2019: Wonderful discovery of Copic markers.
10) 2020: Discovered Aliexpress and splurging ever since.
11) 2021: Pop-up card frenzy.
12) 2022: Swap-bot & Postcrossing fever. Sent over 400 pieces of mail in 5 months.
13) Present: Die-cut mania, including creating my own designs.
One thing is certain: I am having more and more fun 🀩

Favorite Activities

Other than paper crafts and scrapbooking, I also enjoy playing the piano, biking, hiking, swimming, puzzles & legos.

Favorite TV

PBS and NBC news. (yes, seriously!πŸ˜‰)

Favorite Movies

I rarely watch movies. I'd rather be making cards and playing the piano ;-)

Favorite Books

I don't really have a favorite book, but some books which I have been reading recently are: Discrete Math, Physics by Giancoli, Calculus, and Big Ideas Geometry (yes, my kids are in high school ). I enjoy intellectual challenges as well as catching up with my kids so that I can participate more in their lives.😊

Favorite Music

I enjoy classical music and certain kinds of contemporary music. I practice piano every day! I enjoy Sonatas and compositions by Chopin except the really hard ones like Heroic Polonaise... which is hopeless to me 🀣

My son and I also like music arranged by Patrik Pietschmann but these can be rather hard to play because the arrangements are so rich and flavorful (sometimes requiring all ten fingers and I don't have large hands). My favorite pianist is Lang Lang - his passion displayed during each performance is overpowering.

Favorite Foods

Corn flakes, ramen, egg tarts, eggettes

Other Favorites

I like positive, witty quotes and short poems. You might be seeing some of these on my postcards. I particularly like Winnie the Pooh quotes about friendship. I still like Disney Art although I have outgrown Disney Theme Parks.

About Swapping

Likes

Handmade cards (written)
Handmade envies
Disney Art
Studio Ghibli Art
Harry Potter
Foxes, bunnies, elephants

Dislikes

Tea bags
Please don't send me edible items.

Preferences

I prefer to receive greeting cards or notecards written inside rather than sent blank.

Even if the swap states store-bought only and no handmade, I always welcome handmade/homemade and will not rate you down because it is handmade.

My Pledge

I am serious about every swap that I join and I will never intend to flake. I put solid effort in each piece of mail and I also want to send them out fast. I create everything ahead of schedule and I typically send out stuff right after swap partners are assigned. I plan to be 100% on target with no exceptions. No emergencies can stop me from sending out items on time unless I am so sick that I cannot even print an address label, apply postage and walk 15 steps to drop off the item. πŸ˜‚

I mark "send" on the day that I drop off the items in the mail collection box, so the day marked "sent" is the day that the item is sent.

If you have not received something from me in a swap, someone (me or the post office or both) must have screwed up. Please contact me and I will be happy to resend it promptly. If I have not received something from a partner, I also promise to contact him/her first before leaving a rating. Let's give each other a chance to make things right!

First written: March 30th, 2022.
Last updated: Sept 4th, 2022.

Ratings

doctordorkson rated for Halloween Postcards! on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Loved the spooky pumpkin <3
me2az50 rated for MissBrenda's Halloween Card Swap #3 on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the cute Halloween card. That's the town I would like to live it for Halloween. Thank you for the post card and the labels. Happy Halloween.
debbiespoms rated for Halloween Postcards! on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: TYVM for the awesome Halloween PC! Well, Like you, We don't celebrate Halloween either. But love decorations etc.
boandsully rated for Halloween Postcards! on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Love the postcard!
lunatenchi rated for Halloween Postcards! on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: thank you so much for your postcard! i love halloween but these past couple of yours have been lame. hopefully this year will be different <3 happy halloween!
chimerix rated for USATC: 2 Partner Halloween ATC on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the cool ATC. I love it and the watercolor looks great in the background. And thank you cfor the stickers and Halloween PC. Aloha!
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Comment: Thank again for the awesome card. Where did you get the post cards from? I would like to order some. They are so cute.
Response: I don't exactly remember which postcard I gave you but I think it is the one from Amazon. If you search for "Halloween postcards 50" on Amazon, you will find it (unfortunately it comes in pack of 50). Thank you for the heart!
Doreas13 rated for MissBrenda's Halloween Card Swap #4 on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Joanne, I love the card. I am so glad that you were able to use the spider web embossing folder. It looks awesome. Thank you for sharing.
turtles27 rated for USATC: 2 Partner Halloween ATC on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Super cute ATC and stickers! Thank you so much!
Trinket rated for Chinese Zodiac ATC #1 - The Rat on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Lovely ATC, thank you so much for sending it out to me.
pipsqueak51 rated for Halloween Postcards! on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the cool postcard.
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Comment: β€οΈπŸ€ŽπŸ§‘πŸ’™πŸ’– - Wow! An amazing envie outside and inside. Love the choices - beautiful handmade envies, Love the Lou Paper pcs and oh my your swap-bot happy swapping are so very cool! Thank you so very very much - tons of hearts.
Response: Thank you for your tons of hearts! A happy partner makes every swap so much more fun.
Mindy82671 rated for Fall/Spooky ATC πŸπŸ‘» on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: Love the ATC’s. Very unique. Adding them to my Halloween glue book. Thank you for the extra goodies πŸ˜ƒ
Response: So glad that I make it to your to-keep pile and not your to-discard-or-give-away pile. Haa! Thank you for the rating.
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Comment: Such a wonderful note card! Thanks to you and your daughter, tell her thank you for me! Love the colors and cute stickers. Cute Halloween card. I needed the swap bot stickers, thanks again. Cute swap/
Response: Thank you!l for your kind comments for my daughter. My daughter enjoys coloring every day πŸ˜„
geekgirl1001000 rated for USATC: Advent ATC - Sept. on Sep 25, 2022
5
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Comment: Love the negative space card. thanks
skinny52 rated for ABC USA Postcard G for: on Sep 25, 2022
5
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Comment: I've been to Glacier! Thanks for the postcard and the gratifying G words!
Artteacherjen rated for OATCs: Back to Class on Sep 25, 2022
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Comment: Hey there! I got the cute Halloween card you sent me and the goodies! Yes, I have done a lot of Halloween shopping too! I love the decorated envelope, the card, the Happy Mail stamps, and the Halloween postcard! Did you make those stamps yourself? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Halloween postcard. Wherever did you get it? Thank you so much for all of the Halloween fun stuff!
Response: By Happy Mail stamps, do you mean the swap-bot postmark stickers? I created the designs and have them printed by a sticker company. I don't remember which postcard I sent you, but I bought a pack of 30 Halloween postcards on Amazon and I created some designs myself (also printed commercially). Glad that you enjoyed this swap and thanks for the heart.
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Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely Halloween card! The extras really put a smile on my face! Thank you again!
Response: You are very welcome. I just opened a bunch of mail from swap partners this morning and I felt the same way as you did. Thank you for your kind words and the heart!
colodad rated for USATC: Advent ATC - Sept. on Sep 24, 2022
5
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Comment: I am holding my swaps for December. Thanks for being part of the great anticipation for advent this year.
Response: Thank you for the heart in advance!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 403 0 1
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407 441 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

grammypammy on Sep 23, 2022:

ABC USA - Notecard with 5H's

Thanks for sending to me even though I wasn't your partner. You are so sweet and I just love your spirit!

Love the cute card you made for this swap and thanks for the tuck-ins too!

Hugs, Pam

catlingmex on Sep 23, 2022:

That card you made and sent me for Halloween Card and a Tea? I just sent it out to another swapper. It was hard to give up (all that beautiful texture!), but I had to let it fulfill its destiny to be sent to an enjoyed by someone else. Thank you for giving me the chance to do that!

AZmom875 on Sep 20, 2022:

September RAK #2 - 3 animal metal dies + 4 word bubble dies So cute, I plan to use them right away.

tatntole on Sep 3, 2022:

I'm thrilled to receive the grass-cutting die for August RAK #2. It will go to good use.

AZmom875 on Sep 2, 2022:

August RAK #1 - Set of 4 Music-Themed Cutting Dies -

These are so awesome, I can't wait to use them Maybe even this weekends. Thanks so much

Rainydancer on Jul 3, 2022:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

yvonne401 on May 5, 2022:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! I'm glad to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

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