Swap-bot Time: February 27, 2021 8:29 am


Date Joined: August 18, 2013
Last Online: February 24, 2021
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.


gingerbee rated for RSC - Any Shade of Green on Feb 26, 2021
Comment: What a beautiful card - thank you! I love it, and the honey bee extras!
rarjones rated for RSC - Hearts on Feb 6, 2021
Comment: Oh I LOVE the color tones y ou used making the card. The card has great depth and texture to it as well:) A very nice card - TY for your time in creating this card for me. Love it! And the tea I will enjoy over this weekend - very cold here -9 today.
Response: I am so glad you like my swap Rose! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Stay warm!
BlueberryLady rated for CF - Just a Note #2 on Dec 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Pretty Handmade Card and the Magnet bookmark... Very Nice, 12/14/20. It was spitting snow here couple times Monday. but our big snowfall was before Thanksgiving..
Response: Hi Jean! So glad you liked my card and extra! Snow...brrr! None here so far. We don't usually get much in Southwest Oregon. Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF Christmas Stocking Exchange on Dec 15, 2020
Comment: Your package arrived safe and sound (which is a feat in itself this holiday season). I’m going to wait and open it up on Christmas or maybe Christmas Eve and will add more comments then. I know I’ll enjoy everything you put into this swap. Merry Christmas!
Response: So glad it arrived safely Beth. Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
DragonflyDaisy rated for RSC - Christmas Tags on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Ali, oh my goodness what cute tags you made for me - I love them! 😍 Thank you for the fun extras too! Definitely happy mail! 😁
Response: I am so happy you like the swap Michele! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
Comment: What a great bundle of everything!! Love all the pink, Ali! I especially love the fine pink glitter glue and pink post its...washi tape. I love how you put such extra care into everything you sent. It was wonderful to receive!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart Tami! I am so glad you like my "pink" items! I love sparkly Stickles too!
TamiHope rated for RSC - Put a Bird On It on Nov 6, 2020
Comment: Hi Ali! I love your bird with the birdhouses card! I have the perfect person to send it to, although it will be hard to give it away! Thank you so much for a fun swap!! Tami
Response: Hi Tami! So glad you have a use for my card! I hope your fall season is beautiful..no more smoke! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
rarjones rated for CF: A simple washi hello on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Your swap arrived today! Love the pretty pink colors:) So happy it arrived - I think the delayed might of been due to the postage. Thank you for the washi tape too:)
Response: Rose, I am so happy my swap made it to you! I am glad you like it but a bit concerned about the postage comment. Did it require extra postage? If so, please tell me how much and I will reimburse. I need to check with my 2nd partner on this swap to see if I also owe her money! Yikes....I am usually pretty good about that. In any event, thank you for rating and for the heart!
ArtyBeth3 rated for RSC - Hello to Fall on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful fall card. I love the oak leaf branch stamp you used. The flower stickers will be great to adorn happy mail. No, we haven’t been rockhounding lately. Winter is a better time for agate hunting, at the coast anyway.
Response: I am so glad you like the swap Beth! Thank you for rating, and for the heart!
bb2 rated for RSC - Christmas in September on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: What a neat idea for a tree Christmas card. I may have to steal the idea. Thank you for a nice swap. I hope and pray you are safe from the awful fires.
Response: I am glad you liked my fun little tree Joan! Hard to believe it will soon be winter!! Thank you for rating and for the heart! Stay safe!!
rarjones rated for CF- Fun with Tape on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful card! Your stamp went perfectly with the three colors of the tape technique you used! So pretty. Thank you for swapping with me and I am glad you liked the technique. You are so sweet to send the extras too:)
Response: I am so glad you liked my card Rose! It was my 1st attempt at the masking tape technique. 😊 Thank you for rating and for the heart! Stay safe!
glennasgarden rated for CF: A simple washi hello on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Ali my friend It is so nice to hear from you. What a beautiful card you made. i love how you made it to. Thanks for the new idea. And thanks to for the washi tape samples. Yes I have been staying in mostly. You stay safe too.
Response: I am so glad you like the card Glenna! I am still learning how to use my stash of washi tape! Thanks for rating and for the heart!!
Comment: I always loved camping too. Those were fun days. Thank you for the card and scripture.
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart Joan. I hope you are well. So much I miss being a widow, as I am sure you can relate.
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
Response: I am glad you liked the swap! Thank you for rating and for the heart!
Candace rated for RSC - Sender's Choice on Jul 26, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love it!! Merci beaucoup :)
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart! I was happy to try out my new Paris die cuts! Glad you liked it.
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. πŸ’•
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! 😊

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Animatarian on Feb 3, 2021:

Ali, Love the little "upside-down" turtle.... that's how I feel at the moment! Thanks for your sweet thoughts I'm recovering, though not as fast as I want! (Hubby says "be patient"), but I'm not use to the inactivity.... though PT has me doing 1 hour of exercises and a 15 minute "walk" with my walker 4 times a day.... that does take up a bunch of time, LOL.

grammypammy on Aug 12, 2020:

CF ~ Birthday Wishes

Blessings to you on your birthday this month!


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!

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