Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2021 6:23 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: September 20, 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. Just finished 'Monstre' by Duncan Swan, which was a swap-bot member's recommendation! I LOVED it and now I'm reading, 'Mexican Gothic,' and hoping the Doyle Family are vampires ;+)


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."


turtles27 rated for USAPC: Edgar Allen Poe + Raven ATC on Sep 20, 2021
Comment: Love the ATC!!! And thanks so much for the extra goodies!
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Paper Patchwork Tags on Sep 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the tags - they're gorgeous! And thank you for all the extras.
Comment: Gorgeously presented selection of beautiful memos and papers, Kristy! Thank you! I wish I could give you a heart and a crown bc this swap couldn't have been better! Tysm!
Response: haha . . . I would love to have a crown! I'm so glad you are pleased with the selection and it was a pleasure swapping together again. Thank you for your kind words and a quick giggle ;+)
Gobarb rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #55 on Sep 16, 2021
Comment: thank you so much for the great ATC. I really like how you did it and I can see how much work you put into making it! Thanks also for the extras.
Response: Hi Barb! So glad you liked my take on this 3 elements ATC. Thank you for your kind words and excellent rating. We've been regular partners lately and I've been enjoying it; hope we are partnered again soon
lovenita rated for YTPC: Junk Journal - US Only on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Wow!!! Thank you so much!! I love how you can tell all the hard work and details you put into this. Thank you so much I adore it!
Response: You are so welcome--it was a pleasure making it for you. Many thanks for your kind words--hope we get to swap together again soon!
Barbara rated for LDEM: Washi Tape Feathers on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Hi Kristy, thank you for the lovely washi feathers. I think they turned out great! I am leaving them planted on the little pocket for awhile just to keep staring at them. I also admire your sewing skills.
Response: Hi Barbara and thank you for your kind comments. My sewing skills are somewhat lacking but I do love to play with sewing on paper. So glad you enjoyed the little feathers ;+)
Comment: Love it!! So cute! And thanks for all of the goodies! Where do you get such sturdy tags??
Response: Hello and thank you for your kind words! I cut those tags from 140# watercolor paper You can get a 9x12 pad for a very reasonable price and it makes LOADS of backing for tags, ATC's, etc. So glad you loved the little ghostie!
Comment: OH so cute!!! I love how orange and purple go so well together!!! Thanks for all the extras, I use them all the time
Response: Hi Wendy! Well, the swap-bot computer has decided to make us permanent partners, hasn't it? haha I'm so glad you loved the tag; I do love purple for Halloween. So glad to hear you actually use the extras. Many thanks for your kind words!
Camiliann rated for MFF: 3x5 Collaged Index Card: Swan on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: Oh so pretty love the color combo you choose for this card. Beautiful, have a wonderful Day!!!
Camiliann rated for USAPC: Halloween Tag Flip! on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: Once again, VERY detailed piece of artwork. Each one is my favorite!! How can that be!! I have it displayed for Halloween, So excited to have this!! Out done yourself once again, AND thee extras, So gonna use those!!
Response: Hi Wendy! I'm so honored that you're actually displaying the tag flip for Halloween--I'm really touched. Many thanks for your lovely comments. I just love those tag flips.
Comment: It is always such a joy to receive a swap from you. You do such beautiful work and this is no exception. Thank you so much for all the wonderful floral pieces, the lace and the silk. I can't wait to use them.
Comment: Wow Kristy, you have definitely made my week. What a stunning album. You did so much I just love everything about what you put together. 💕. Yes, I’m still in hard lockdown here, we even have a curfew from 9pm to 6am and masks must be worn everywhere outside your house. Hoping we might get some freedom middle of next month…. Thank you again for really cheering me up. Hugs my friend ❤️💛❤️
Response: Oh, Ros, you are so sweet! You make me blush. I must admit that anything nature-themed is my absolute favorite to work with...how about you? I wish the US was following in Australia's footsteps. In our country, it's all about money, so everything MUST be open--even if it means people are risking their lives at fast food jobs for $8/hr. It's crazy. Thanks so much for making MY day with your lovely comment--I just love swapping with you!
dally rated for PSH: PC Scavenger Hunt: 8/26/2021 on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great PCs! The little folder you made is super cute!
Response: You are most welcome and thank YOU for your lovely comment. So glad you enjoyed the folder ;+)
Comment: Oh My this is gorgeous!! Love the look & feel of this flipbook! Thank you Kristy for an awesome swap!
Response: Jen, I just love swapping with you--either way! Thank you for your kind words; I had a lot of fun creating the little flipbook for you. Hope we're partnered again very soon!
Comment: Thanks for lovely and generous swap :) I love it sooo much :) thanks a million!!
jamicam rated for YTPC: Transparent Book Page Pockets on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you, Kristy! Love the pockets you made and how you improved on the original design.
ellie rated for YTPC: 3x5 Handmade Index Card Pockets on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: That's always, your swaps are amazing thank you so much. I love their pockets and look forward to using them.
Comment: Thank you for the note.
FieryCanuck rated for YTPC: Hidden Paper Clips on Sep 3, 2021
Comment: I love the way you made these hidden paperclips; your decorating and even the way you wrap and send your swaps is so creative and beautiful. Thank you so much!!! <3
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you are pleased! Thank you for your lovely comments. I have so much fun doing the wrapping-up of everything, it's so nice that you noticed. Hope we get to swap together again very soon!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard!

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Rbrstmpr on Sep 20, 2021:

Hello! Received the first mailing of the 6-week snail mail swap. I'm in LOVE with the decorated envelope! It's propped up on my desk so I can admire it. And the bird cards are nothing less than fabulous! Leave it to you to send the perfect thing my way. Thanks ever so much Girlie!

laterdayze on Sep 15, 2021:

Thank you so much for the washi tape from my wish on AATW group!! I was so surprised and I love them! :D

laterdayze on Aug 25, 2021:

Thank you SO much for the package of notecards/envelopes for my AATW August wishes. It was such a nice surprise!! Very sweet of you to get these for me :) <3

mymerakidesk on Aug 12, 2021:

Welcome to Wax Seals & Dried Flowers Enthusiasts, Kristy! Happy to have you in!

bethe on Aug 2, 2021:

Thank you for the Happy Mail stickers from AATW July!

weatherwax on Jul 25, 2021:

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday :)

heliogal on Jun 4, 2021:

Kristy, Thank you so very much for that really lovely quality tea infuser you sent me for the All About the Wishes June Wishlist! It is exactly what I needed and was really a wonderful surprise to get!!! You are so generous!

Snaileditcrafts on May 22, 2021:


heliogal on May 18, 2021:

Kristy, you totally put the biggest smile on my face today!!! Oh my goodness I can see why you would burn this candle all the time it is LOVELY smelling!! Thank you so much for granting a wish for me on the All About The Wishes May wish list. I was in town all day driving around doing errands and I just kept smelling it!! Good Aromatherapy!! This was very kind and thoughtful!!!

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!

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