Swap-bot Time: May 15, 2021 9:47 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: May 15, 2021
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello fellow swappers!

My name is Kristy, crafting is my favorite pastime and I love all things handmade. I love shopping online and aliexpress should get a line item in our budget ;+)

I have lived in or near the Columbus, Ohio area for most of my life. I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for three years and in Clifton Park (north of Albany) New York for 2 years. Ultimately, we moved back to Ohio to be near family. I felt it was important for my 4 children to have an extended support system. While Ohio isn't the MOST exciting place to live, I do love the change of seasons (except summer...I'd gladly skip summer). My husband and I now live in a humble home (with an amazing back yard) in Reynoldsburg, a southeast suburb of Columbus.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here for 11+ years and have met so many lovely people. Crafting and swapping give me such a lift. When I'm creating, the hours just fly by!


Here are some of my favorite themes:

  • Botanicals and Wildflowers

  • Animals. especially bears, foxes, and other woodland critters (not a fan of monkeys)

  • Nature

  • Trolls & Gnomes

  • Cats

  • Birds

  • Halloween

  • Koi

  • Snails--especially things that say, 'Snail Mail'

  • Vintage Paris & shabby

I love receiving postcards in any of the themes listed above as well as:

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other cryptids

  • Fotofolio cards

  • Inge Look cards

  • Nouvelles Images cards

  • Elephants

  • San Francisco (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo and Aquarium cards

  • Map cards

  • Interesting black & white images

  • Sumo wrestlers!

I'd also love to receive:

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Vintage stationery (especially Current!)

  • Used postage stamps

  • Pretty papers

  • Layered embellishments

  • Snippets of textiles


Short and sweet here:

Foam crafts or stickers

Color-your-own anything (including postcards)

Scented products (I get a headache!)

I do not like user profiles with a HUGE "do not like" list--some of these are more detailed than my family's Christmas lists! haha!

Favorite Movies

Some favorite movies: The ORIGINAL Fright Night, Prometheus, The Talented Mr. Ripley (this is probably my favorite movie of all time), Aliens, Last of the Mohicans, Hocus Pocus, Shawshank Redemption, White Oleander, Terminator series, Blood Creek (LOVE Michael Fassbender), The Thing. I love well-made scary movies! Not a fan of romantic comedies. My movie & tv choices might not seem to "fit" with the rest of my profile but I have always loved science fiction and scary movies!

Favorite Television

I'm a fan of: Homeland, Top Chef, Project Runway, The Monsters Inside Me, Castle Rock, The Great British Baking Show, and more. So sad that both Penny Dreadful and Banshee have ended ;+(

I think (ok, I know) I watch too much TV but there is a TV in my craft room so I'm not likely to stop any time soon.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art is one of favorites. I love to jazz up all my envies before sending--fun, easy and what's more fun than a colorfully decorated envie in your mailbox? I especially love the postoid rubber stamps--the ones that look liike a postage stamp but say something funny. I have quite a collection!

I love paper of all kinds and, along with the beautiful papers, papercrafts.

ATC's! I used to hate them and be consistently irritated at how many ATC swaps there were here on swap-bot. Now I love them! Also love twinchies and other paper crafts.

Love creating junk journals using vintage ephemera and I'm crazy for using vintage books in all my work.


I LOVE to read but am super fussy about what I choose to read. If you are an avid reader and read anything in the suspense/thriller/horror genres, please send me a recommendation! With so many book choices available, a recommendation from an avid reader is worth its weight in gold. Presently reading, 'Elsewhere' by Dean Koontz.


Hubby and I are nearly retired. I'm trained as a middle school language arts, social studies, and math teacher. I still tutor for reading comprehension. Hubby was a park ranger. In our nearly-retirement, we 'work' for my daughter and son-in-law, overseeing several of the apartment buildings/houses they own.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to seven adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, and Londynn). Unfortunately, my sweet Noelle and Lucas live in San Francisco ;+(--much too far away from their granny.

My hubby is the light of my life (we met on match.com and have been married for 12 years already!). We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together. I love my life and count my blessings every day.

I am an only child and have always wanted a sister to share with. I love that I have some crafting 'sisters' here on swap-bot!

My four-legged furbabies are: Mizzy and Junebug, Mizzy was a shelter cat and my daughter found Junie abandoned in a cart in a Target parking lot in mid-December. She had a collar mark around her neck, so she was someone's pet and was just dumped. I truly enjoy the company of cats. For me, a house is not a home without a pet.


I'm not a stickler about postmarks; in fact, I've never checked a postmark in my life! I do understand the need for rules within this swapping community, but if you're going to be late in sending a swap to me, just be courteous and let me know. Although I take my role as swapper and host very seriously here, I will never engage in public shaming of other swappers or have a 'Flaker List' on my profile. Let's be kind to each other!

I'm consistently puzzled when swappers say they 'hate' a specific color. I want you to be inspired to create something special for me, so use whatever color speaks to YOU. It's not my job to ban a color that might spark your creativity. I used to dislike brown, but brown is the color of our Earth, of trees! Pink? it's the color of a dancing child's leotard, the inside of a shell--ALL colors are beautiful! I appreciate anything created with love and inspiration and if it's not one of my favorite colors? It must be one of yours and that's good enough for me.

In a community of inspired, thoughtful, and artistic swappers, I believe we should show each other kindness, grace, and understanding. We all have enough stress in our lives outside of swap-bot--let's not let swap-bot become a source of stress and negativity instead of the joy it is meant to be!

I appreciate kindness in any form. One of my favorite quotes is from the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible . . . it is always possible."


pynart2 rated for SMSUSA: 4-Week Penpal Swap on May 14, 2021
Comment: What a wonderful 4 weeks. Looking forward to more letters. A Bouquet of Hearts isn't enough to tell you how special you are. Thank you for making this one of the best swaps I've ever been in. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Comment: Wow, what an awesome assortment of cards, I loved them all! Thank you so much :D
Sequoia183 rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #1 on May 13, 2021
Comment: I love this swap, I do wish we had a designated card each time until we had a full deck lol! Always wanting to take it farther....
creativeseconds rated for USAPC: Faux Postage Stamps on May 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you!! I love them all ~ You did such a fantastic job ~ you package everything so nicely, it feels like I'm opening a gift :) Blessings to you!!
dmarie rated for SMSUSA: Rainbow Scavenger Hunt on May 12, 2021
Comment: ♥♥♥ I feel so spoiled with such a wonderful package of gorgeous goodies...So nicely packaged and so fun to look through each of the colors... I love the quilty bits and the handmade tags and goodies so much! Thank you!
Comment: Hey Kristy! Those envelopes are gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful printables and extras. There was a tear at the bottom of the main envelope. I hope nothing fell out. Take care!
Comment: Another beautiful swap, love the pockets and the inserts and you sent some lovely extras. Thank You so much, Take Care
Artstamper rated for Blue Color theme on May 6, 2021
Comment: It's always a pleasure to get something from you Kristy! This page is so lovely, love the cross stitch flower. Thanks for the page, extras and sweet note. Hope to see another page from you soon.
Comment: Ok, I think this is for the right swap! I received a whole bunch of great postcards from you but the note didn't have the swap name on it. But I found this swap and I hope I'm right! Thank you so much, great selection! :D
Response: Oh, I'm so sorry I neglected to put the swap name on my note! Thank you for the wonderful rating and I'm so glad you liked the cards.
tigermousecat rated for YTPC: 2 Spring Tags on May 4, 2021
Comment: As always, a treat to swap with you. I was not best impressed with the technique. I did glue all the pages together and afterwards, thought what a waste of glue. The same look is achieved with just covering card stock. Like the images you chose. Have seen a few around our building but not as many due to the construction going on each side of us. Thanks so much for such pretty tags and extras.
Comment: Lovely Journal card! Thank you so much for being my partner once again. Love your swaps! Thank you for the extras, too, and glad to hear you are hand feeding the squirrels. Smart little critters.
Ace330660 rated for YTPC: Triple Pocket JJ Insert on May 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the pocket and extra goodies ! As always, I love what you sent !
Rosa1 rated for USAPC: 2-Envelope Flip Book: Spring! on May 4, 2021
Comment: thank you ~ love it!!
Comment: Thanks for all the lovely stickers!❤️
user2148 rated for AACG: Bee-youtiful Bee ATC on May 3, 2021
Comment: WOW!! 😍 I came home from a trip to the most A-MAZING BEE 🐝 ATC!! What a beautiful little card- I can believe how much you packed into that little space!! I bow to your creative genius! 🙌🏻 Thank you, my friend. You always spoil me!! ❤️❤️
Comment: A swap from Kristy is like a swap from no other. Always so thoughtfully chosen, so beautifully presented, & so generous. I have to admit I joined this swap you hosted in hopes that I might be paired with you either as sender or sendee. Well, lucky me to be the recipient of your wonderful selection of PCs! A Redstone matchbox card that is also an "upside-downie" - Wonderful! A Nick Bantock collage card - Woo-hoo! A B&W photo of that impish rogue, Dali - Wow! Each card is a gem & I love that patterned paper you wrapped them in. Thank you so much, my friend,
Comment: Beautiful items to go in my journal thank you.
Comment: What a fabulous stationery folder. Thanks for all the goodies - it will so fun to use everything.
papertreasures17 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #48 on May 1, 2021
Comment: As always, you never disappoint. The ATC is stunning. I’m speechless. The cluster is such a cool idea and your paper choices and the vintage lady fit perfectly together. You also manage to send me goodies I don’t have and just love so much. I have so many fabric pieces that I need to put together some clusters as well. Thank you, thank you so much. I love it all❣️
Curiouskitty rated for YTPC: Exciting Envelopes #2 on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Fun note, I am definitely one cat away from crazy! lol I love the envelope you made for me, the colours, flower patterns and composition are wonderful. The sewing embellishment is a favorite aesthetic of mine and having the window on both sides is cool. Thank you so much for all the effort you put into your swap and I appreciate the awesome extras and the overall theme you used! ♥️ Smiles

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debbiespoms on May 14, 2021:

Thank you so very very much, for the All about wishes May 2021 wish for Gelly roll pens! I love them so much!

bethe on May 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for grating a wish from my Etsy favorites. The papers are so cute and I cannot wait to use in happymail and journaling!! All About the Wishes, May. :)

chimerix on May 5, 2021:

Thank you for the birthday greeting for my DH. It showed up just in time for his big day today. Aloha!

AATW - April wishlist

manders2280 on May 5, 2021:

Thanks ever so much for the sunny mail. There's even sun in the postcards! You're an angel!

Autist on Apr 17, 2021:

Thank you for the AATW wish! There were s many wonderful stickers. They will for sure come in handy!! Thank you for thinking of me!! Cheers - Evan

dartha on Apr 14, 2021:

AATW-April Thank you so very much Kristy for all the beautiful treasures to include in my journals. WOW I love the stitching and fabric pieces. So cool - thank you!!! and take care, darla

debbiespoms on Apr 12, 2021:

Hi Kristy ! I want to thank you so very much, for my April wish in All about the wishes, for 4 rolls of Spring washi tape. I love them so much!

bethe on Apr 7, 2021:

Thank you so much for granting an Etsy digital wish for April AATW! Can’t wait to use these in future craft projects 😊

MuggleMom on Apr 3, 2021:

Thank you so much for the ephemera and paper with the postage. I love the ledger paper and layaway envelope!! Can't wait to use them. xxMuggleMom

DragonflyDreamer on Mar 26, 2021:

Thank you for the AMAZING assortment of 3x5 papers for the AATW March wish list! They are absolutely beautiful! Your crazy cat note paper is adorable too. Thank you thank you! Be well & happy swapping.

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