Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2017 1:01 am


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: August 16, 2017
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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My LATEST project July 2017 is bird atcs. So I would love any cancelled bird postage stamps or if you would use a bird stamp when you mail. I I also want any bird die cuts, punches, and rubber stamped images. I can find uses for 4 of the same items so don't feel like you can not send me duplicate items. I make atc Jams that require 3 of the same. So they will get used. FYI I have a ton of penguin cancelled postage stamps.

I have been married 29 years, and we used to be foster parents. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway)

We have both cats and 4 dogs. I bought the crazy cat lady starter kit, but I swear the last 2 cats adopted us. One just came in the back door and started eating. So we fixed her and she is still here. How I got 4 dogs, when I swore I was not a dog person, is very hard to explain. The oldest dog Sadie is 11 and at the request of a friend we took in her unwanted dog 2007. Then I needed Princess, in Aug of 2015 (humane society), then Shyanne, needed me in OCT of 2016, and this Year Tess needed us. So four dogs. And they are all so lovely and sweet. We are family.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. We presently have 3 kids who are all adults, living with us. Two adult kids that live in Phoenix, one is going to college in Tuscon, and 2 adults that live in New Mexico near their bio mom. So 3 kids in college right now, and no we are not paying their way. We will put a roof over their head while they are in college as long as they can follow a few simple rules. As IF!

I am CastleQueen over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didnt reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better. It stuck with me.

Things we leave behind.

Sometimes in life, we take a deeper look and try to decide what would we leave behind if we were to die? What brings me joy while I am alive? After doing some reflection due to having life's big events shoved in my face, I have decided I want to leave behind more quilts for my family and less paper items that might not mean so much to them. I rightly suspect that when I die they might toss all my ATCs and postcards, as they have no meaning to them. My ATCs do bring me joy while I am alive, and some postcards also do. But my future will be focusing creating some quilts to leave behind. No, I am not dying. Well, we are all going to die someday, but I should be fine for another 20 years or so.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards:
I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, John Cusack, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, zebras, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Geigo Gecko, Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I host swaps once a month for one bizarre holiday in the group ALL ABOUT ATC. See my profile for the group.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.

Dislikes/ No JOY

I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com Azmom875 there too.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do swap tea, here and on Paperbackswap.com I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

if you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.


TheDogess rated for Keep Cool USA only on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the adorable cards.
Wildchild rated for keeping cool on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: I really enjoyed all the fun techniques you used on the D tiny house. I really like the watercolor, especially. Thank you.
Bargnoffle rated for Desert Cactus ATC on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the extra ATC! That bunny postcard is toooo cute 🐰
Hijinkz rated for coffee, tea and me! INTERNATIONAL on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: My partner wants me to tell you from him that they are really unique and he likes how you did them XD He jumped in before I could even say anything
Toby2017 rated for coffee, tea and me! USA on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Absolutely beautiful and stunning ATCs....thank you so much!!!!
Mimi7 rated for It takes 3! embellishment swap. on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Hi Heather, You spoiled me also. Loved everything, the tea, the words, such cool dragonflies, loved the napkins, and the 3 of everything paper goods plus the little baubles in the jar!! :)
hibiscus rated for All decked out APC TWOS flamingos on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: Ah! The pink flamingo... very cool... your "big" 2's mimic the shape of the birds head and neck ...great job and thanks so much!
hibiscus rated for Keys and crowns starter sets on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: Great sets! Looking forward to working on them..really liked the red and white background
smmarrty rated for JJJ: Send 6 Heads, Eyes or Hands on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all of the goodies - I have already used some things in my glue book/art journal!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC.......=)
KathleenHope rated for Alter ONE Postcard - USA on Aug 4, 2017
Comment: Your postcard made me laugh- thanks for the happy mail! 😊
Comment: Gorgeous ATC! I love it! Glad you were my partner again... thx for joining my swap =D
Comment: I love this little house, it's super cute, I love the bird die cuts you sent with it to. Thanks
Comment: Thank you for the adorable Utah postcard. I love the sketched otter.
MAGALA rated for Calling all birds on Jul 26, 2017
Comment: Love all the techniques you took into making this ATC. You did an excellent job. Liked having you for this swap.
LadyWoods rated for Make Someone's Day Swap on Jul 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
susiescottsdale rated for ~*~ Cuppa Joe ATC ~*~ on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: I'm so glad you were my swap partner bc I love your art and your talent! TY for joining this swap! I love this ATC u made me!!
Comment: I had a hard time with the menus too. Thanks for all the interesting stuff you sent.
shinyserra rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE #2 on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sending :) This is such a fun swap!

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CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2017:

Thank you for the adorable pink zebra pouch and all the fun goodies inside. So cool!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Aug 15, 2017:

Got back the jam with Wonder Woman - very cool! I'll have fun finishing up this kitty one too :)

orneryswife on Aug 14, 2017:

OMG!! What a fabulous surprise in my mail today! I love the yarn you sent! THANK YOU! A Wish Granted August wishlist.

kaypendragon on Jul 19, 2017:

Thank you so much for the tea die from AWG! It's awesome!!

Babsmomof5 on Jul 16, 2017:

Just a little Monday fun!

bluehairedmary on Jul 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for the birthday card and postcards for my AWG July wishlist! Yay!

craftyone on Jul 15, 2017:

Thank you sooo much for the magpie journal items! I'm doing my first one and needed both items and ideas. You sent me both! Have a great day!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jul 15, 2017:


Thank you for the lion ATC! That's a great stamp :)

moM on Jul 14, 2017:

It was so fun meeting you tonight! Thank you!!! Next time my hair will be purple too!

orneryswife on Jul 13, 2017:

Thank you for the cheery Rolo card and the butterflies from my July wishlist AWG. 😘

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