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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: May 18, 2022
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

PLEASE NOTE: I'm in California 'til June 16 and will rate any swaps I've received upon my return

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, New York (north of Albany) 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. Next to crafting, my favorite thing to do is sit in my recliner with a cup of coffee and look out the patio door at the three huge oak trees in our backyard. I also feed birds, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, possums, and even skunks! I love all the suburban wildlife in our little backyard forest.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here for 12+ 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!

I LOVE

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

THINGS I DO NOT LOVE

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 just love the new series, 'Wheel of Time'! Presently enjoying Succession, American Rust, See, The Morning Show, Ted Lasso (my favorite), Kin, and my guilty pleasure reality show: 90-Day Fiance. 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! I love nearly all paper crafts.

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

Reading

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 'Billy Summers' by Stephen King--not his usual fare since there is no supernatural element present. This was one of the best books I've ever read. I just loved Billy--the book held me from page one and I (literally) cried when it was over. Also finished 'The First Day of Spring' It was good . . . and disturbing.

ME & MY FAMILY

Hubby and I are retired. I'm trained as a middle school language arts, social studies, and math teacher. Occasionally, I tutor for reading comprehension. Hubby was a park ranger.

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

My hubby is the light of my life (we met on match.com and have been together for 16 years. 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.

THOUGHTS ON SWAPPING. . .

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."

Ratings

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Comment: Yay! I was so excited to see your name on this delivery! As usual, you go above and beyond with your talent and creativity!! I adore everything you made for me! I love this digital kit and thank you so much for another beautiful swap!! ❤️
shalvorsen rated for YTPC: Mini DIY Faux Postcards on May 13, 2022
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Comment: Kristy! These are absolutely perfect! I love them! They look so real! And little, oh so cute and perfect for junk journals! Thank you again for hosting a great swap and sharing your enormous talent with me again ❤️
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful washi items. I love everything - all the purple is the best! I love the notebook so much. I'm going to use it as my mini-garden journal for 2022. I appreciate all your work so much.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful collection of supplies. I can't wait to use them!
Karmi53 rated for YTPC: Glue Book Page Series: May! on May 10, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful May page love all the pictures and the background paper you used and the hello ribbon and hummingbird which l love watching them at my feeders it's all perfect. And thank you for the extras too take care
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Comment: Fantastic selection of cards!!! 7 - oh my! I think this is my first Cavallini card, thank you very much and thank you for hosting.
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Comment: Wow cant wait to put this in my new journal im starting to make
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Comment: Always love getting a swap from you-love the vintage looks and the different textures and elements to these ticket paperclips! Thanks for sharing your creativity! Take care!
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Comment: Lovely envelopes! Thank you so much... they are already in my junk journals :)
donetta rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #65 on May 5, 2022
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Comment: Gosh, this is the prettiest ATC! All the lavenders, which I adore...the almost-not-there polka dots and the soft shimmer of the entire card...it's wonderful! Love your artwork, my dear friend, and (as always) I love the amazing extras you included. Thank you for...well, for being YOU!
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Comment: Hi Kristy, oh wow!!! I'm so sorry for the late rating. I've had some family issues that's I've been working through and haven't been on top of Swap-bot. I just opened your package and I can't believe all the wonderful things you sent! Thank you SO much. It's like serendipity played it's magic on this blink swap. I love it all!! :D <3
ItaliaGirl863 rated for USAPC : Use your scraps #2 on May 1, 2022
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Comment: Thanks SOO much Kristy, for all of my lovely goodies! You definitely made great use of your scraps! I love them all so much! Thank you!!💜
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Comment: Thank you for the folder. It is beautiful. The colors are my favorite, and I love, love, love the fairies.
JenZen5 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #64 on May 1, 2022
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Comment: I love the ATC you created for me. The different materials and techniques you utilized all came together beautifully. And thanks for the extras and for hosting another great swap. Have a lovely day!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely happy mail!
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Comment: Wow,,the goodies are great.You are so clever.Thank you so much ,can't wait to add them to my journal.
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Comment: What a wonderful letter! I love your reason for loving spring -- that's so wonderful. Your story brought a huge smile to my face, thank you for sharing it!
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Comment: OH my gosh girl! YOu must of done a all-nighter, LOL, stamping! Perhaps lotsa coffee? LOL Man, you have a awesome posotid collection! I do too. You mean you have a CAT WHEN-EVER POSToID? Scream! I scoured the internet looking for that stamp! Oh my gosh! Remember MOnty Halls Lets Make a DEal? Lets make one. LOL Im sending you a PM. LOL
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Comment: Thanks so much!
warheart rated for YTPC: Notepad/Journal Card/Pockets on Apr 27, 2022
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Comment: Ahhh these are so pretty Kristy!! I'm keeping them on my desk at work to show them off and use these there!! Thank you!

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Comments

groundhogstamper on May 4, 2022:

What a Happy Mail day this has been! I love the washi tapes. Thank you. I'm so glad you are my May snail mail pal!!!

warheart on Mar 30, 2022:

Oh my!! You went overboard on those stamps and dies! I love them and can't wait to use them, thank you so much for that!! :D Love & hugs!

bethe on Feb 20, 2022:

Hi! I am so glad to hear you like your wishes! I stamped all of the images then used watercolor paint for color. I only wish I could draw that well! LOL ☺️

bostianh on Feb 17, 2022:

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the AATW Feb Wishlist gift The papers are so beautiful, I can hardly wait to start using them in my crafting adventures.

heliogal on Feb 11, 2022:

I received my Amazon wish today from AATW Feb wish list and I am so thrilled with lovely surprise you sent me! The candle smells so amazing and you are amazing for being so darn thoughtful!!!

Poohtat on Feb 10, 2022:

Thank you for the AATW pansy notebook. So pretty!

laterdayze on Feb 8, 2022:

Thank you so much for the really nice clear stamps for my February wishes in All About the Wishes group! I love them :D

DeboraCreates on Jan 22, 2022:

Thank you for your generosity in the AATW group and granting my January wishes!

debbiespoms on Jan 19, 2022:

OMG Kristy, You certainly spoiled me to the core. I received the Amazon box today, not expecting anything from them. As I haven't ordered from them in over a year & when my hubby bought mail to me, I'm like puzzled until I open it. Thank you thank you thank you for the AATW January wish for the Wine dogs postcard tin. I will definitely have enough to use for Puppy Dog PC swaps!

Poohtat on Jan 19, 2022:

Thank you for the AATW Jan wish for paper pockets. I love them.

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