Swap-bot Time: July 24, 2021 5:15 pm


Date Joined: March 4, 2018
Last Online: July 24, 2021
Birthday: September 17
Country: United States
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I am a retired teacher aide in junior high. I substitute teach in my local school district as often as I can. I have a B.S. in Education and am certified to teach junior high-high school. I have three children and six grandchildren. I live in a very small community, but have spent several years in Georgia and North Carolina teaching.

💌🥰 I need to send out a huge “Thank you!” to all the participants in the swaps I have/am hosting. I appreciate each and every one of you also enjoying what I like to create. If anyone wants to see a particular swap, but not interested in hosting, please feel free to message me. I will try my best to accommodate.

I know it’s not required, but I enjoy sending a couple extra goodies that are profile based. It’s just my way of saying that I enjoyed getting to know someone by reading their profile. On a humorous note, I have had partners who like things that I have never heard of so I had to seek out Siri to assist! It’s always fun learning new things!

I also don’t join swaps unless I feel confident that I can create something special for my partner. I have this ritual with each swap. I complete it. Set it aside and revisit everyday sometimes for several days. I know if it doesn’t feel right and then I start over. I am really tough on myself with ATC’s as they are a newer craft for me. I don’t rush through swaps just to complete them as I want to be proud of what I send.

I try to run most of my envelopes with postal approval, but if I ever send a swap and there is postage due...please, please let me know. I will promptly send stamps to make up for the postage due. 💌

3/2021 My new passions are collaging and ATC’s. I have been dabbling in mixed media...have a way to go, but having fun with it. My jelly plate printing has turned into a challenge...not giving up though! Just ordered a new brayer which I hope helps.

Simple Pleasures

*Reading -My favorites authors include: James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and Kristin Hannah. I also do not mind reading young author selections.

*Gardening - I had the best flowers ever spring/summer of 2020.

*Shopping-I enjoy searching through craft clearance and visiting thrift and resale stores.

Favorite Craft Projects *ATC’s ❤️ *Dies in general❤️ *Tag books/flips *Tags in general. *Altered paper clips *Memorydex cards *Collaging❤️ *Mini pocket letters *Small item paper crafting like boxes, tuck spots *Paper crafted items for junk journals *Mini journals and flip books ❤️ * Pocket projects❤️ * Altered playing cards ❤️ * Rolodex * Recycled items * Faux postage stamps ❤️ * Dangles❤️

Favorite Colors *turquoise *green *pink *gold *yellow *earthy tones Lately, Feb. 2021, I have been leaning towards much more muted colors...naturals, earthy, woodsy, mauve, lavender, pale blues... rather than super bright colors.

Favorite Themes *woodsy animals🦌 *vintage *botanicals *seasonal *flowers🌸 *butterflies *books *rain/umbrellas *garden *hearts *spring and summer *fall *fruit theme *mini anything

Newfound Loves *ATC’s and Altered Playing cards * snippets - fabric and paper bits *embossing folders *mini envelopes *stitching on paper *die cutting *flat mail *mixed media *stencils *gnomes *fairy gardens

Embellishment Loves *tags *charms *resin *die cuts *ribbon *trim *pearls *gems *washi *ephemera *tiny envelopes and pockets *lace *fabric bits Anything goes here!

When swapping tea I prefer fruit flavors, vanilla, chai.

Memorydex- Love when cards hang over edges...top and sides. I store mine in a box wide enough to accommodate so don’t hold back!

Want to learn to do list: *water coloring *bead tassels and baubles I have been collecting items and watching videos to learn but need confidence in sharing my “firsts” with anyone.

Not Too Crazy About List *Harry Potter *Disney *Mystical - except for unicorns and mermaids *Creepy crawlies *Gothic *Skulls *Steam Punk

My Watchlist *Outlander ❤️ *The Last Kingdom *Law and Order - all *British crime series on Netflix *Virgin River * Soaps - Young and Restless, Days of Our Lives, Bold and Beautiful (guilty pleasures) * Yellowstone ( best tv show ever) ❤️ * Bull

Music My tastes vary, but I do not like hard rock or twangy country.

Not Interest In *Religious brochures *Candy

Wish List *Any vintage/shabby washi…I would ❤️ those washi samples! *Postcards *Vintage anything *Postage stamps - used I’m really not picky and enjoy anything that I receive!

Goals for 2021 *To host more swaps *Learning mixed media techniques. *Using more of my stash. *Play with water coloring. *Continue my ATC journey. *Put together my junk journals *Decorate my mailing envelopes more

On a personal note, I have met some very lovely swappers on this site. Even though we haven’t met in person, I feel I have friends here. I have been given encouragement, advice, and have received swaps and goodies that have brought tears of joy to my eyes. It can be a very special place!

About Me

I love to create but sometimes have no one to share anything with so I thought a swap group would be the answer. I really am enjoying the fact that I can pick and choose my interests and when I want to swap. I love the mail when it arrives and the beautiful creations made for me. I love trying new things to create as long as I can view a picture or tutorial.


dmarie rated for YTPC: Easy Fold Pocket Insert USA on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: I feel so spoiled ---I love it all ♥ Thanks so much for the camper ...It is perfect!!! THAnk you so very much!!!♥♥♥ and of course Thanks for hosting the fun swaps!!
Response: I couldn’t wait for you to get the camper. It’s the first one I made. You are a great swapping friend and host. Thanks for joining in!
Gwillisinc rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #52 on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Beautiful vintage card for Tea & awesome extras, thank you
Response: You’re welcome. I enjoyed making it. Happy Summer!🌞
mcorbus rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #5 on Jul 21, 2021
Comment: Love the ATC, such a neat design and textures. Thank you :)
Response: You’re welcome! And thank you so much for joining my swap and the the heart. So appreciated!
renmagpie rated for USATC: You're A Star ATC on Jul 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for such an amazing ATC - and for your process description! Did you hand draw the girl? She's amazing - and the stars are perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you! xoxo
Response: I am so happy you liked it. I must confess that the girl was cut from a sheet of images. I only wish I had an ounce of drawing talent! The host of these swaps sure has some fun ideas for us to try. Had fun with this one!
Comment: I don't even know what to say. This is a miraculous swap! I'm so impressed with your skills. Thanks so much for all the effort!
Response: Oh my! Did you really like it? I see so many interested in Alice in Wonderland so you were perfect to do something new for me. I wanted to use book pages but the images were too large. I was so worried wondering if it would be ok. Thanks for joining my swap and the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful cards! I love these washi series you come up with! I'm kind of sad this is the final project of this series, really hope you can come up with new ones :D Also, I love the tea dye papers you included as extras! I have always wanted to try the method, but worry about the mess they will make when drying. Have a great summer!
Response: You’re welcome and I so appreciate the kind words. I will see what else I can find for follow up washi projects. And yes, tea dying can be messy, but so worth it!
Comment: Hi Karen and I love these mini file folders you sent me! This was a really fun swap - I didn't use the template but used your directions for cutting and folding a 6 X 4 piece of paper instead, which worked great. All three of your folders are just so well done - I love how you embellished each of them and that they all have a nature theme so work so well together. And thank you so much for the coffee dyed pages - I love them! I will definitely be using them in future projects. Thanks for a super fun swap!
Response: You’re welcome. I just enjoy mini type projects so much. Appreciate your kind words and the heart!
Comment: Love the pockets you sent to me.All the goodies inside are also wonderful.Thanks so much.
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for joining in my swap and the heart.
wincejl rated for YTPC: Envelopes with Closures USA on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelopes and the great succulent stamps! Thanks again for hosting this fun swap!
Response: You’re welcome my crafty friend. I so appreciate you joining my swaps. 🌸 .
Comment: Thanks, Karen! What a delightful little book! I love alll the tiny inserts, but hate to use them! Too much fun to open and explore!
Response: You’re welcome. I feel the same way when I get a fun pocket. I don’t want to take anything apart and use it. Thanks for the heart and joining the swap.
peipeicl rated for SMSUSA: ATC With Fibers on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Love your beautiful ATC! The stamped shiny background is so cool! Also, love the extras! never seen such adorable mini paperclips!
Response: You’re welcome. I’m so happy you liked everything. The heart is appreciated!
Camiliann rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #4 on Jul 2, 2021
Comment: thanks for the pretty purple altered card!!!
Response: You’re welcome! Thank you for joining in on the swap.
Ajijic rated for EPUSA- Coin Circle Tag w Pocket on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great CC Tag w Pocket and all the other goodies. This swap was so much fun. Have a nice summer.
Response: You’re welcome! Thanks for the heart. Keep cool!
Comment: I Love, Love, Love my Journal Cards ! Please , Please do this Swap again ! My Partner stared making them with me and wants to make more !!!
Response: You’re welcome! I thought they were fun to make as well. I would be willing to repeat if I knew enough would join in!
Comment: Thank you Karen .Love what you sent to me.Very special.
Response: You’re welcome. It was one that I really liked when I finished. Heart is appreciated.
Comment: You went above and beyond! Thank you for the adorable pockets that you stuffed with such fun extras. Seriously. I love it all!
Response: You’re welcome! I love making little pockets and stuffing them with goodies. The heart is so appreciated.
jannieb rated for USATC: Metal Works ATC on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the ATC. I absolutely love it! I can't wait to add it to my collection. Also, thank you for the charms. That was so sweet of you to pick out ones I liked. Happy Swapping!
Response: You’re welcome! Still a bit uneasy when sending ATC cards out. I can’t draw which I think are the true artist cards. I have received many varieties of styles which I enjoy seeing partners’ creativity!
rarjones rated for YTPC: Mini Criss Cross Pockets USA on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: I love what you made! These pockets were so much fun to make. I really like how you embellished yours and all the little tuck-ins too. Thanks for swapping with me.
Response: You’re welcome. I agree. They were easy to make. Thanks for joining my swap!
tristitia rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #3 on Jun 20, 2021
Comment: Your card is lovely - you really did a great job using only white! It's a fun challenge to use only one color, and still have dimension and a focal point - and you nailed it! Thank you also for the extras, I can definitely use them!
Response: You’re welcome! I’m still learning new techniques. Some work for me and some don’t. Texture paste and paint is a big challenge. Mine doesn’t spread like I want. Fun in trying though!
Comment: Thanks so much for the beach theme Rolodex you sent. It made me want to go to the beach. This was a fun swap to participate in. Take care!
Response: It was a fun swap! I’m so happy you felt beachy…I do all the time! Happy swapping!

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JuneRosebud on Jul 20, 2021:

Karen, Thank you for the July RAK #3 Paper Tole Die Cuts. Wasn't really sure what to expect but they look really fun!! RAKS ONLY USA

Highlander18 on Jun 29, 2021:

Thank you so very much Karen for the June RAK #2 Pink Pillow Box Kit - I love all the items you sent - wow - Happy mail for sure!

mejulia on Jun 28, 2021:

Thank you for the great RAK, it arrived today.

phillaine on Jun 23, 2021:

Thank you for the gorgeous array of embroidery thread you sent me for your June RAK (#4)-- such beautiful colors! ♥

colleenbUSA on Jun 19, 2021:

Thank you so much for the embroidery thread RAK!

Barbara on Jun 5, 2021:

The paper crafting swaps are so fun. Thank you!

Raven93 on May 29, 2021:

Thank you so much for the unicorns and rainbows (RAKS Only). They are super-cute!!

BusyB on May 27, 2021:

RAKS Only USA May RAK Paper Napkins Thank you for all the pretty napkins! I love using these in my projects of all kinds!

AZmom875 on May 22, 2021:

Thanks for the straws and the party sacks in the Raks only USA group. They are so cute.

Kirkdebb on May 21, 2021:

Thank you for your sacks and straws RAK! What a great variety of cute little gift bags! I will definitely put these to good use!

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