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Date Joined: March 30, 2022
Last Online: February 4, 2023

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 enjoy receiving handmade cards, postcards, and ATCs.

In swaps, I am looking forward to exchange of ideas, inspiration and good will and not simply exchange of materials. It is the personal touch and thought of sharing which make 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. Here is my "Odyssey":
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 because stamps which sell are not the styles I like).
5) 2006: Frugal style: buying grab-bag rubber stamps.
6) 2012: Quitted selling stamps; started selling decals.
7) 2014: "Decal Rush": design, make, sell, ship like crazy.
8) 2018: Quitted selling wall decals.
9) 2019: Wonderful discovery of Copic markers.
10) 2020: Started splurging on Aliexpress.
11) 2021: Pop-up card frenzy.
12) 2022: Swap-bot & Postcrossing fever!
13) Mid-2022: Die-cut mania: my own designs.
14) Late-2022: "Handmade Craze": I want to send everything handmade πŸ˜‚
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 πŸ˜†

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
Handmade postcards
ATCs
Die-cuts
Disney Art
Harry Potter
Foxes, bunnies, elephants
Doraemon
Interesting materials for cardmaking
Write to me in German (beginner level, LOL)

Dislikes

(things I don't want to receive)
Tea bags
Edible items
Note papers
Coloring pages
Religious items

Preferences

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

Postcards sent naked are fine but I prefer to receive them in clear sleeves if possible (even if the swap states "naked and no plastic sleeves") as they tend to get smeared and ruined easily in the mail.

I always welcome and appreciate handmade/homemade and will not rate you down because it is handmade even if the swap states store-bought only 😊

No Swap Name?

I rarely forget to write the swap name but if you ever receive a swap from me with no swap name, please contact me and I will be able to find the swap name for you quickly. I keep a spreadsheet of all swaps sent including pictures. Sorry for any confusion caused in advance.

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 partners are assigned. I plan to be 100% on target with no exceptions except for unforeseen human errors like mail returned to me due to inadequate postage or an envelope on the floor which is supposed to be mailed last week πŸ˜‚

I mark "sent" on the day when mail is ready to go in the outgoing box. Most of the time I leave outgoing mail in my mailbox for the postman to pick up but occasionally I drop off mail in the mail collection box. Kindly note that in some cases, the item could be postmarked on the next business day after the "sent" date - e.g. if I drop off the items after 3pm or if the "sent" date occurs on a Sunday or postal holiday. I send out most swaps on day one or day two after partners are assigned, so the postmarked date should be well before the send-by date.

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. If I have not received something from a partner, I also promise to contact him/her first before leaving a rating. 3-5% of the mail handled by USPS gets lost routinely so lost mail is a reality we have to deal with. Let's give each other a chance to make things right!

Disclaimer: Images which I use in my die-cut artwork or swap pages I host are obtained from an online image database with a paid subscription. Most of the time, I modify and combine images in Photoshop or Illustrator to make them suitable for each specific project (rarely a straight copy).

First written: March 30th, 2022.
Last updated: Feb 3rd, 2023.

Ratings

SkaGirl rated for booklines in notecard 27 usa on Feb 4, 2023
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Comment: Thank you! I also loved the card you sent :)
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Comment: I absolutely loved the card, thank you so much!!! :)
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Comment: I am so Happy when I seen an envelope from you, I have loved every one of your handmade cards! Have a Happy Valentine's day!
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Comment: This card is great! It does look like a donut! I love it! Happy Valentine's day.
rarjones rated for RSC: White on white on Feb 4, 2023
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Comment: Very pretty card. I like the gold embossed accent:)
anik4swap rated for AK4: Chocolates ATC 3x1 on Feb 4, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for this extra special idea. Your support is so helpful to me.
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Comment: Thanks for your wonderful ATCs and all the swaps you host. <3 <3
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Comment: What a beautiful rose card you made! Thank you for it and for the wonderful extras. <3 I always love swapping with you! (I love those Swap Bot stickers!!)
chimerix rated for Encouraging Card & Note on Feb 3, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade card. And thank you for the coffee note card to use and the happy mail stickers. Aloha!
Kitty2cats rated for AADC - ATC in a pocket on Feb 3, 2023
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Comment: Hi Joanne, Wow girl, you did a fantastic job on this adorable Chinese takeout ATC! I love it❀️ It is simply stunning. The colors just pop. What a good idea to mount it on black cardstock. Loving that stitched envie and also the mailing envie. Thank you also for the SB mailing stickers. How cool. Is that something you did in photoshop?
jannieb rated for USATC: Valentine ATC Exchange on Feb 3, 2023
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Comment: I absolutely love the fox ATC you made. It is so adorably cute. The swap-bot stickers you made are always a nice surprise too. It's always great to be your swap partner. Happy hearts day!!
bb2 rated for AADC: Winter Cards on Feb 3, 2023
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Comment: Another wonderful swap from you. I love both cards and the stickers too. You sure have some fancy crafting tools and a lot of talent. Thank you for hosting swaps in this group, too.
ChrisAnne rated for CPG ~ ATC of the Month Jan ~ USA on Feb 3, 2023
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Comment: Gorgeous ATC! Your layering and color choices created a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing your talent with me.
Response: Thank you for the heart and glowing comments. Glad that I got the theme right this time πŸ˜‚
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Comment: Such a cute little fox! Thank you for the delightful card and cute little swap stickers. Where do you get them?
Response: Thank you for the heart and rating. I created those stickers. I send them in about every swap I join, so quite likely you will be receiving them again in the future. Happy swapping!
Berylune96 rated for AK4: Chocolates ATC 3x1 on Feb 1, 2023
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Comment: What a extraordanary envelop....i think you like chocolate. Thanks for this very nice swap
Response: Thank you for the rating. Actually, I don't eat chocolate... but I just love making cards and envelopes πŸ˜‚
Brightpinkpig rated for AK4: Chocolates ATC 3x1 on Feb 1, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely chocolate ATC looked sooooo yummy. The envelope is beautiful I’ve put it all in my mail book thank you again ❀️
Response: Thank you for the heart and rating. Proud and happy to make it to your mail book. I love making pretty stuff!
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Comment: Awesome card I love your style and always look forward to swaps from you. Super cheerful start to 2023. Thank you ❀️
Response: Thank you for the heart and rating. So glad that you like my style as I am sure we will be partners again and again in this group πŸ˜‚
Eijashome rated for AK4: Hearts ATC 3x1 on Feb 1, 2023
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Comment: Thank you so much for the hearts atc and goodies! ❀️
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Comment: Hi Joanne, Thanks for the great handmade card! I saw your hanzi and thought, wow they look really good. Then i saw your note - i am half chinese and half japanese in heritage, but fourth generation born in Darwin, Australia, so all i speak is β€œDarwinese” LOL. ❀️❀️❀️
Response: Thank you for the heart and rating. My handwriting is known to be "kindergarten level writing" since a long time ago. I got an "N.I." grade (Needs Improvement) when I was in elementary school. But I do make an effort to write neat and legible in swaps though as I want to leave a good impression that I care πŸ˜‚
marymary914 rated for USATC: Cool Cats ATC on Jan 31, 2023
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Comment: Adorable ATC!! That cat is mega cool! 😎

Rating Overview

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Comments

DeboraCreates on Jan 19, 2023:

Thank you for the amazing Chinese New Year Card and your new sticker designs! (I missed the stickers in the envelope at first, but today I put the card up for display and I saw them - what a great surprise!)


Thanks always for sharing your creativity with me!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:


Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

katjl on Dec 25, 2022:

Thank you so much RAKS ONLU USA wish of Christmas cards. They are beautiful and the seals too. Appreciate it! Happy holidays to you and your family.πŸŽ„

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2022:

hi

Tricia22 on Dec 20, 2022:

RAKS Christmas Card Tag- Thank you for the cute Christmas card and gift tags. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year πŸŽ„

DeboraCreates on Nov 24, 2022:

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OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:

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funstuff on Nov 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for the wonderful postcards and stickers. I've not seen anything like them before. Have a great Thanksgiving. Doris

chimerix on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great Christmas greeting cling stamps. They are going to be so useful in my crafting for the season. Aloha!!

RAKs Only - Nov

chimerix on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great Christmas greeting cling stamps. They are going to be so useful in my crafting for the season. Aloha!!

RAKs Only - Nov

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