Swap-bot Time: August 8, 2020 6:05 am


Date Joined: August 18, 2013
Last Online: July 24, 2020
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

I am a child of a God and I consider myself to be a spiritual person. I am compassionate and loving, most of the time!

I am a "Jill of all trades" when it comes to crafting! I like to do many things but would not claim to be an expert in any of them. I craft for my pleasure and for gift giving.

I am retired after working for 47 years mostly in the world of law and investments. I love being a mom to boys, four of them to be exact! College football is my favorite sport (Go Ducks!)

I love being a grandma and my Texas grand daughters have turned me into a Great Grandma!! I go by "GiGi Ali" to that little gang! 3 grandsons and a grand-daughter live in Colorado and 3 grand-daughters plus 5 greats are in Texas. Way too far to snuggle!

I can easily be considered a "chocoholic"! I have never tasted a dessert that I would ever call "too rich"! I look forward to my morning coffee and afternoon teas, especially Chai, Ginger, English Breakfast and all sorts of flavored cocoa.

I consider myself a collector of the "stuff". While I don't always have time to actually make a lot of the things that I love, I do have all or most of the " stuff" it takes to do so!

I love to travel, read, go "junking" and SHOP!

I am a Doterra wellness advocate. I am passionate about essential oils and reducing toxic load in my home!

Favorite Crafts

Card making; Scrapbooking; Paper crafting but not so much ATC's; Rubber stamping; Machine embroidery; Sewing for the home, crafts and some clothing; Rock hounding; Jewelry making; Creating minis for my Nativity diorama.

Themes that I prefer are: Asian, Dragonflies, Butterflies, Floral, Gardening, Birds and Bird Houses, Friendship, Thank You, Sympathy, Thinking of You, Inspirational Quotes.

I pretty much like all colors but my favorite colors are red, black, hot pink, purple/lavender, teal, gold, copper and silver. I love shiny metallic and glitter paper!

I am in love with Stampin Up; dies for my Big Kick, double sided paper; anything Mary Englebreit; anything Graphic 45, old metal ephemera like watch gears, small pieces of stamped metal, old style orphaned jewelry, etc; adhesives of all kinds; rubber stamps; and layered embellishments (esp Jolee's, K & Co., & Tim Holtz)! Hmmm...what don't I like!? Oh there are a few...

Themes that I would rather NOT receive are: Satanic or "dark", Disney, Hello Kitty, Kawaii or similar cutsie/kiddie, anything using foul or offensive language, school or awards type stickers.

Favorite Music

I like most genres but usually listen to country radio, oldies, blues, gospel and music from the 70`s-80's! I love Sarah Brightman, James Taylor and I think that Stevie Ray Vaughn was the best guitarist who ever lived! I really don't watch movies or weekly television programs aside from the news.


I come from a non-smoking household, am allergic to cigarette smoke and animal hairs (esp cats) so if possible, please try to take this into consideration when sending me your swaps. A quick pass over with a lint remover for hairs or airing outdoors a bit for smoke usually does the trick.

Also, I donate to several charities that send me plenty of their free notecards, greeting cards, address labels, notepads, stickers and other miscellaneous stuff, so I would prefer that you don't send me any of those freebie type items.

Since I am a cardmaker, I pretty much only use size A2 envelopes or larger.

I rarely make ATC's. I don't care for bits of scrap papers, pieces of napkins, magazine cutouts, etc.

Being a sewer, I have LOTS of fabric scraps, embroidery thread and lace, so I really don't have a need for those items, either.

I pledge to send out my swaps promptly and I will rate quickly with the wonderful comments, hearts, etc that you deserve! I love reading your profiles and I am grateful when people read mine.

If for some reason you do not receive my swap in a timely manner, please send me a message so we can figure this out. I have had a few rare issues with mail not being delivered. I have never flaked on a swap. I value my good ratings.


Comment: I always loved camping too. Those were fun days. Thank you for the card and scripture.
24Donna rated for CF- July Parade Swap on Jul 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for such a wonderful swap filled envelope! God bless you
Candace rated for RSC - Sender's Choice on Jul 26, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love it!! Merci beaucoup :)
clutterfree rated for CF: Mini Pen-pal Challenge #2 on Jul 23, 2020
Comment: Ali...how nice to get your chatty note and so glad to hear you are staying healthy, enjoying your abundance of resources and trying new creative things! I'll be praying your plans to travel will come to pass...my husband was planning a mission trip to Alaska but he was unable to go. He has had work most of the time through this crazy time so we feel very blessed. I have been able to enjoy my grands. ..I didn't meet the newest one until she was 3 months but what a blessing she is and so cute! We are not quite as hot as you here in NY but I truly love summer and know the snow will arrive way before I'm wanting it too. Thanks for a great swap and the fun patriotic tuck ins..stay healthy and happy summer...blessings, Charlene
Response: Glad you liked my "chatty" note, lol! I bet that baby is a little doll! Thank you for rating, and for the heart! Stay safe!
TamiHope rated for RSC - Christmas in July on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Ali - you do such beautiful work. I absolutely love your card!! It is just gorgeous - thank you so very much!! Thank you, too, for the enclosures and nice note. Love swapping with you! Tami
Response: Happy to swap with you too Tami! Thank you for the kind words, rating and the heart!! I will reply to your email this evening. 💕
rarjones rated for CF Scavenger Hunt Beach on Jun 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the BEACH items! Beautifully decorated Envies! Thanks for the extra - Tea :) I have been sipping alot of that lately with staying home more. Great swap- thanks again.
Response: I am so glad you liked the envies Rose!They are special to me because I made them from pages colored by my mom's caregivers when she was alive. She herself never finished a whole page.
Comment: What a beautiful card, and thank you for the extra butterflies. ❤️❤️❤️
Response: So happy you like the card! Thank you for rating, and for the heart! Have a nice weekend.
LindaW rated for CF: Mini Pen-pal Challenge on Jun 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the letter and butterfly sticker. I enjoyed reading your letter and I will write you back.
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart Linda! I look forward to hearing from you too! 😊
bb2 rated for CF- Fear not on Jun 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the encouraging scripture and quote card. Beautiful art work. I loved the envelope too. I'm not sure what Multnomah County is allowing. Like you, I'm taking the safe wait and see approach.
Response: I am glad you liked the card Joan! Thank you for rating and for the heart!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
rarjones rated for CF: Scavenger Hunt TULIP! on May 23, 2020
Comment: Oh such a fun envie of stuff! I will try the tea this weekend as we are to have storms and I can watch a tv show and sip on a new tea:) I love the umbrella die cuts so cute! Ice Cream Cones are a perfect tag for a birthday gift! Labels and paper clips - everything is really great ideas! Thank you for swapping with me and I yes we are still on stay at home orders thru the end of this month and then some lifting of orders will be able to happen.
Response: So happy you like my choices Rose! Sorry for the delay in my reply. Very busy month for me! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
dchance rated for RSC - Birds are Singing on May 12, 2020
Comment: How did I get so lucky to get 2 swaps from you this month! I was so excited to check the mailbox and see hour return address. I love getting your cards and letters! Hearts!
Response: How fun to get to know you!! I am happy you like my swaps! That means alot! Thank you for rating and for another heart!
dchance rated for RSC - Spring Has Sprung on May 12, 2020
Comment: I love this card so much! And I'm writing you a reply to your lovely letter!
Response: I am so happy you liked the card! I hope you are enjoying your spring! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
LadyJo rated for CF: Local Uplifting Story on May 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing that neat local story! I loved the card you wrote in and oh the luncheon napkins are beautiful! Those stories is what I enjoy reading about during these trying days!
Response: Thank you Jo. The silver lining to all the sadness in the world today are the wonderful people coming together for a common purpose. Thank you for rating and for the heart!
BlueberryLady rated for CF: Local Uplifting Story on May 1, 2020
Comment: What beautiful Card you sent and loved the Coffee Story. thank you for your Prayers..
Response: You are very welcome Jean! I hope you continue to stay healthy. Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
LadyJo rated for CF: Rain Scavenger Hunt on Apr 23, 2020
Comment: Oh I loved my envie of goodies! I also liked your letter! I too don't get bored! In fact, I like doing different things sometimes it is hard for me to decide which I want to do. Thanks for joining this swap!
Response: I am glad you liked the swap Jo! Thank you for rating and for the HEART! Have a wonderful day!
snailmaillover rated for CF: Profile Happy Mail on Apr 6, 2020
Comment: Wow! I can’t think of much that would make me happier!! A nice letter, postage to use, and my FAVORITE types of used stamps! You made this very special! Thank you for blessing me with this swap! Hope you are well! I will write back this week :)
Response: I am so happy my swap blessed you! We can all use a smile these days! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Have a blessed Easter Audrianne!
Comment: Thank you so much dear Ali for your heartfelt message! It really brightened my day and it was so fun hearing about your life. The bird house story had me in stitches! Haha! Thank you again so much and have a lovely day!
Response: I so enjoyed "visiting" with you!! Thank you for rating and for the Heart! Stay well!!
susieq40 rated for RSC - Hearts on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: Received long ago, sorry I didn't post....thanks so much.
Response: Thanks for rating Susie. Hope you are doing well.
glennasgarden rated for CF: Encouragement Card on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful card you sent to me Ali I love the saying you stamped "wishing you blue skies and sunny days"! I am wishing the same for you my friend~
Response: Thank you for rating Glenna! I don't know what happened to your previous rating. In any event, I am glad you liked it! 😊 Thanks for the heart too! Stay safe!
clutterfree rated for CF Easter card swap on Mar 30, 2020
Comment: Ali.....Thank you so much for this beautiful hand made with love card and the useful extras.... you have bringing smiles across the miles to me a lot lately and I am truly blessed by your gift and your thoughts and prayers. ..trust you are staying healthy as well. ..happy Easter friend! Be blessed to be a blessing. ..Charlene
Response: I am always happy to hear from you Charlene! The news coming out of New York is very concerning. I listen to your governor every morning and my heart goes out to all. So glad I could bring you a smile! Thank you for rating, and for the heart! 💕

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rarjones on Aug 1, 2020:

Happy August Birthday!

Rose - CF Group

BlueberryLady on Aug 23, 2019:

Keep Celebrating your Birthday with some Hugs from me..

glennasgarden on Aug 22, 2019:


ChelleHames on Jan 3, 2019:

Oh Ali! The resend that didn't really need to be for RSC - Christmas is Here (darn the slow USPS!) is just gorgeous!!! Thank you so much! And chocolate chai tea! Yes please! I can't wait to try that! While I feel so terrible that your original snail mail send really lived up to it's name, slow to arrive, what a boon for me! You are amazing!!! I wish I could rate you again!

BlueberryLady on Dec 27, 2018:

Thankyou for the Bracelet you enclosed in the CF Christmas Card... Hugs from Ohio with No Snow.. Looks like Santa Fe got some ,saw on news tonight..( Dec. 27)

BlueberryLady on Sep 17, 2018:

Thank you for the Beautiful Flower Bouquet Birthday Card you made me. love the Color and how you raised up the Lettering part... the Stamps you sent are beautiful too. Hugs from Me to You..

clutterfree on Aug 24, 2018:

Seems I missed your special day...hope it was full of blessings! Hugs and prayers friend, Charlene

CurlyTea on Aug 22, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

BlueberryLady on Jun 8, 2018:

Thank you very much for the Blessings you sent me.. seems like I haven't had time to do anything..Thank you for the Prayers too. and you are included in mine for your Summer with your Family. ! ! Scavenger Hunts are always Fun … Grandson might enjoy that...

Animatarian on Apr 5, 2018:

Ali, Thanks so much for your thoughtful card! Was a bright spot on my day. Appreciate all your thought, prayers and offers!! Look out..... John may call on you if he has trouble in the barn (LOL). Seriously, think he'll do just fine, and all will be OK. Thanks again for caring!!

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