Swap-bot Time: June 29, 2022 2:51 am


Date Joined: November 27, 2017
Last Online: June 28, 2022
Birthday: December 18
Country: United States

About Me

I am an neuro/medical/trauma ICU and Pre-op/PACU registered nurse. I have 2 dogs (1 short haired border collie, and a shepard lab mix). I have been married to my wonderful wife for 16 years. I love the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks but love sports in general. I love to travel and hope to make it to Ireland, Greece and Denmark someday. I am from New Jersey, but my favorite US city is Portland (Oregon not Maine). I recently traveled to Rome, Venice, Prague and Paris and it was absolutely amazing. I can't believe I waited so long to travel outside the U.S. My favorite animal is the hippo, but love pretty much all animals. Although I don't have any I am obsessed with tattoos, but do have quite a few body piercings (mostly in my ears).

Favorite Music

Outkast, Temptations, Mary J. Blige, Eddie Vedder, Live, The Doors, Common, Nora Jones, Al Green, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Heart, Alicia Keys, Queen

Favorite Movies

Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Dancing, The Italian Job, S.W.A.T, Batman The Dark Knight Rises, Empire Records, Coming to America, Lilo & Stitch, 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knights Tale

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media art journal, Greeting Cards, Stamping and Coloring, Flip books, Memory Dex cards, ATC, Origami

Favorite Television

Law & Order SVU, Chicago Fire/PD/Med, Elementary, CSI, Bull, The Blacklist, Married at First Sight, The Voice, Ink Master, Orange is the New Black, Shameless, Lip Sync Battle, Wicked Tuna, The Good Doctor, The Masked Singer



I am pretty easy to please, as long as effort is put forth. I love the color green in all shades. I love music of all kind but especially R&B especially old school Motown. I enjoy the rain and gloomy days (not many here in Phoenix). My favorite holiday is Halloween and I love everything sugar skull, day of the dead and Frida Khalo. I like coffee and tea (but coffee much more). My favorites are bold patterns like argyle and paisley, but do also like polka dots and stripes.


I really do not like bugs or frogs even the images of. I especially do not like the Tim Holtz bird images.I detest lateness or flaking. I have had this happen far too many times on other sites. Over-embellished items (give it room to breathe). And the over use of glitter. I like using glitter paper, but if it is falling off and getting everywhere I would rather just avoid the mess it makes.


Stencil pal from Thermoweb


Alphabet dies

Simon Says Stamp metallic envelopes

The Greeting Farm-(magical kit, hairoscope, birthday wishes die, thank you die)

Tim Holtz-distressing tool, Metalliac paper

Doodlebug enamel shapes

WeR Memory Keepers-mini envelope punch board

Studio Katia- embellishment wand


I starting sewing in May of 2020. I learned to sew by making scrub hats for myself and co-workers. It turned into making quilts. My first quilt was a rail fence ottoman topper using the scraps from all the scrub hats I made. Next was a "tea time" pattern using a jelly roll that I gave as a baby gift. Next is a queen size plus "balancing act" quilt for my mom. I love bright colors with high contrast. I really love Tula Pink fabrics and Moda grunge. I try to avoid solid color fabrics but love tone on tone.


aspens rated for Brighten My Week Notecard June #2 on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: Your handmade card is so cute!! Thank you for sharing your work with me. You are very talented! I hope your week is full of love and light. <3
DragonflyDaisy rated for Animal memorydex swap on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: Oh my goodness Melina! That little koala 🐨 bear is so stinking adorable!!!!! 😍 And the design of the MD card is beautiful! I love what you made for me and that you sent me an extra koala to play with too! ♥️ I was so excited to see your name on the envelope in my mailbox 📫 because I always know it’s going to be magnificent! I’ve never seen a hummer nest in person just in videos. That would be so cool. I’m glad your mom was able to find somewhere to take them. She’s a sweetheart for taking care of them. Hopefully they will survive with help from the bird refuge. Thank you for always being such an amazing swap partner. See you in the swaps again soon! 😁
Shellyr rated for sender's choice memorydex on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: Your memorydex card is sweet. Thanks for the extras.
Comment: Thanks much!
Nevi2018 rated for June MDC - Summer Fun on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: I enjoyed your Swap ALOT!! Thank you Very Much!!
MamaCat rated for June Memorydex Card Swap on May 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you! I love the card!
Response: Glad you liked it and thanks for joining my swap.
tatntole rated for Shaped MemoryDex on May 28, 2022
Comment: I love the shaped MemoryDex cards you sent.
Response: glad you liked it, I thought it was simple but cute.
Kitty2cats rated for Use your wings and fly! on May 19, 2022
Comment: Hi Melina, Thank you so much for the gorgeous MDC! I love everything about it, starting with the sentiment. I’m crazy about the scene itself, what paper is that? Love the butterflies, the sparkles, and the shape of the MD card…I haven’t seen that shape before, so pretty. Thank you also for the extras. Those butterflies made with alcohol inks are so unique, do you heat emboss them? I have some ink, but don’t know how to use them. Better start watching some vids. Thanks again❤️
Response: I am glad you liked it all. Yes I heat embossed the vellum. I liked how they turned out. The paper I think came from Paper Rose. It was in a card kit awhile back from Simon Says Stamp. I hope to swap again soon.
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty card. I can’t believe that you have time for school, crafting, and, just life! Congratulations on your degree, you are amazing.
Response: Glad you liked it. I don't really have time for everything. I am so glad I only have 4 more weeks.
DParker85 rated for Fill Your Faith Journal Round 2 on May 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the variety of things!
Response: Glad you liked it and I hope you put them all to good use
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful card. and the goodies are wonderful. So nice. So very very kind and nice just when I needed it.
Comment: WOW - I love it Melina!!!! 😍 I knew when I saw your name on the envelope in my mailbox that I was in for a treat and you didn’t disappoint! Your MemoryDex was soooooo cute! You always do such beautiful work. Definitely happy mail 😀 thank you! See you in the swaps again soon.
Response: I am so happy you liked it. I was excited when I saw you were my partner from all our previous swaps. I think this card is in my all time favorites I've made. Tha KS for joking my swaps. I look forward to more swaps with you.
rarjones rated for OATCs: Tea on Apr 26, 2022
Comment: Beautifully done Tea ATC! So pretty. I love your notecard too! I may need to repurpose that card top:) Thank you for your time in making this swap
tatntole rated for May Memorydex Swap on Apr 22, 2022
Comment: Nice touch with the bee. I just did flowers on mine. I'll send it out tomorrow. I love these swaps!
Response: Thanks. Glad you liked it. I subscribe to Coco & Reno dies monthly and that was their latest kit. I will try and host more. I love MD cards.
tonat80 rated for Snarky Memorydex Swap on Apr 22, 2022
Comment: Love Love Love! Super cute dex; one of my favs.
Response: That says a lot since you have so many of mine.
tatntole rated for Brighten My Week Note Card April #3 on Apr 20, 2022
Comment: What a cute card and Easter cutouts. We went to my stepsons for hotdogs and delivered Easter candy to the grandkids. Their parents said it was the last thing the kids needed but they let us give it to them.
Response: Oh I'm so glad you liked it. Sorry it came after Easter. Sounds like you had a fun Easter. Ours was good we went on a morning hike and the kids did an egg hunt in our back yard.
Comment: Thank you for the cute card, tags and your nice message. You make beautiful cards! I would love to have your warm weather right now. We've had snow, graupel, sleet, hail, a bit of sun and of course our normal rain. It has been so cold! I'm ready for summer! Take care!
Response: Thank you I am glad you liked it. It is already in the 90s here. We had a short winter and spring lol
tonat80 rated for Foil Technique ATC on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: I love the butterflies - beautiful with the foil. The saying about directions is funny LOL
Response: I am so directionally challenged so directions need to be descriptive like turn left at the QT. Lol
tonat80 rated for April memorydex card swap on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: The little gardening tools are so cute! I love them. I need to try and use vellum more. It looks great on here! Thanks
Response: I love the tools too. Well you have plenty of vellum to use. I forget to use it to. But I love it when I do.
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card! I just cleaned up the backyard last weekend. I didn’t realize how much “junk” I had until my boyfriend’s truck was full - inside and out. Thanks for the goodies!
Response: Glad you liked the card. Yeah junk piles up quick.

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BlueberryLady on May 17, 2020:

Hi this is Jean, Welcome to Beginner's Crafting Group. Check out the latest Swap on our page.. If you have any ideas for crafts let me know..

CherryBlossomLady on Feb 17, 2020:

Hi there! I looked you up during our last swap and I loved your profile, so I wanted to invite you to join my first hosted swap. It's called: 3-person PC Collaboration #1- Theme: Anything Goes. Would love to have your art skills on deck!

Indira CherryBlossomLady

DragonflyDaisy on Oct 29, 2019:

Thank you Melina for the beautiful MD butterfly RAK. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! The background is AMAZING!!!! I would like to know how you did the background because I love it! Thank you!!!!

craftykat68 on Aug 2, 2019:

Hi Just letting you know that I got your letter an pics today.I'll be sending you a letter real soon.

iamdawt on Apr 2, 2019:

Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful handmade happy mail! Lauri and I get so excited when we get something from you guys. It was so fun to watch her open hers via Facetime. You are so thoughtful to write and give us updates on what's going on in your lives. Thank you for everything!

Lablauri57 on Apr 2, 2019:

OMGoodness, got your package and I was FaceTiming with Dorothy so we got oooohhhh and ahhh together! Nice job on the assortment. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

DragonflyDaisy on Feb 5, 2019:

Meena ~ You are so SWEET!!! Thank you so much for the RAK! ❤️ It is beautiful ~ I definitely loved the happy mail you sent! 💌

Kellpepper on Jan 5, 2019:

Thank you so much for my RAK! Both MD cards are beautiful. I hope you had a great holiday season.

naturenerd3 on Oct 25, 2018:

Did you send me a RAK? LOL. I got one without a user name attached so I'm not sure but I think it was you. If I am correct thank you so much for the dex cards. It was a complete surprise!

whytewillow on Oct 9, 2018:

Hi Melina,

I wrote a resounding and grateful comment when I received my beautiful flipbook...evidently I didn't hit leave comment. So I will write this once more. I loved my beautiful flipbook and the goodies you made for me. They're awesome and so are you... an angel is what you are. Thank you a 100 times. Many hearts, stars, and unicorns. ♥️🌹

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