Swap-bot Time: January 15, 2021 12:29 pm


Original Member
Last Online: January 14, 2021
Birthday: February 25
Country: United States
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Quest Scouts

Swap Notes

My name is AmyMarie (all one word with NO spaces, 2nd M is capitalized).
Preferred pronouns: she/her.

I am very sensitive to several scents including tobacco smoke and perfumes. Please keep anything you are sending me away from perfumes and other artificially scented things.

I am allergic to several foods. Please do NOT send foods or beverages (including tea).

{I am currently working on updating my profile so some sections may be repetitive. 10 January 2021}

About Me

  • creative, have many artistic interests, and enjoy doing a variety of mixed media & paper crafts

  • life-long learner, love to read, explore, travel, and try new things

  • being in nature and near water (lakes, oceans, waterfalls, rivers, etc) refreshes me and my soul

  • have one cat and appreciates all animals (supports zoos & programs that focus on conservation, rehabilitation, education, and sustainability)

  • enjoy spending time with family & friends, playing board & card games, exploring National Parks & collecting NP cancellation stamps, earning Quest Scout points & badges (see next section), browsing through antique stores, and hanging out in libraries & bookstores.

Active Hobby

I have been a Quest Scout [QuestScouts.com] for a few years and really enjoy it. I like being creative and trying new things. Quest Scouts is questing for adults and completing Quests and earning badges (stickers & metal tags) through objectives in categories like create art, DIY, literature (reading), travel / explore locally, games, photography, research, geocaching / letterboxing, etc. It is so fun and gets me doing things I wouldn't try otherwise or things I didn't even know about. There are also weekly challenges that are connected to various quest objectives and you earn a star upon completion (# stars to earn for each level badge). It's been fun to have a motivation and more of a "group activity" (even though we live in different states).

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts and using mixed media art supplies. The items I use and make shift over time. I have made handbound books, homemade paper, artistamps (faux postage), mailart, handmade envelopes & postcards, collages, zines, ATCs, altered books, altered playing cards, pocket letters, and hand-carved rubber stamps.

In the past I have done scrapbooking and art journaling. Still doing a form of fauxbonichi / junk (ephemera from my day) journaling.

Please do NOT send me random bits of paper!

I have lots of rubberstamps & dies and like to use the stamped images and die cuts on various projects.


I collect the following items:

  • postcards [see Postcards section below]

  • postage stamps, international & USA (new & used) [please NO USA flag and NO religious Christmas stamps]

  • Airmail/Hand Cancel/Fragile/Priority etc. stickers, including from other countries (outside the USA) and in all languages

  • Mailboxes, airmail stationery (plus these themes / designs on items)

  • Vintage ephemera

  • Playing cards: It's fun to see the different designs and special packs, especially those that have images or decorated fronts (different colored or design face cards, fun pips on the number cards, pictures or images on the number cards, etc). I am willing to do private swaps for playing cards.

  • Doctor Who (10th Doctor is my favorite) including TARDIS and River Song.

  • Harry Potter themed items. I am Ravenclaw with strong Hufflepuff traits too. I especially like Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter, Owl Post, Hogwarts Express, Platform 9-3/4, wands, stationery, Hogwarts School, Potions & Herbology classes. Ministry of Magic.


I would love to get Maxicards! NOT extra large postcards. They are maximized postcards = postcard picture, postage stamp, and cancellation mark all on same side and all depict the same item / image! I'd even enjoy a postcard that has a postage stamp similar to or matching the postcard image.

I also would love to receive Japanese Gotochi (shaped) postcards.

I am a member on PostCrossing and have collected postcards since I was a child. I prefer postcards sent naked (not in envelope) with postage stamps (not metered postage) and something written on the back - even just a short message. If you do not know what to write, here is a list of 20 ideas: http://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2013/02/05/20-ideas-of-things-to-write-on-postcards

Store bought postcards: waterfalls, mailboxes, post offices, mail / postal theme, letter writing / fountain pens / writing desk / correspondence theme, PostCrossing, libraries / books / reading theme, doorways, windows, maps, National Parks, State Parks, landmarks, historical sites & people, UNESCO sites, earthworks, lakes, oceans, lighthouses, skylines / scenes / images of your town / city / country, images of regional traditions / culture, nature scenery, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars, wild animals (not domesticated cats & dogs), also check out my likes section below for postcard ideas

MailArt (homemade) postcards: etegami; photography; using art, collage, drawing, painting, ephemera, rubber stamps, etc.


traveling themes, maps, foreign coins, travel tickets and tokens (bus, subway, etc.), passports & passports stamps,

waterfalls, oceans, lakes, rivers, autumn, trees, nature, dragonflies, owls, tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, koalas, polar bears, penguins, butterflies, (animals), sunsets and sunrises, mountains,

mail art, mailboxes, postage stamps (NOT religious ones), postal / mail / airmail themes, fountain pens & ink, typewriters, fun pens, interesting blank journals & sketchbooks, books,

antique & vintage items and ephemera, small / miniature items, different textures, unique designs,

hand-bound books / book arts, paper engineering, earth tones including terra cotta and rust-ish reds, shades of purple and mauve (pinkish, blue-ish purple), most shades of green (NOT olive green), rubber stamps, embossing powders,

connecting with people, other perspectives and cultures, ancient civilizations, hanging out with family & friends, playing board & card games, interesting playing cards,

celestial / astronomy especially moon / lunar / galaxies, NASA / space travel, science fiction

Books / TV / Movies

I love to read. For fun I usually read mysteries. I also like general fiction and some science fiction. I do read non-fiction on a variety of topics and enjoy a well-written book and learning new things. Some of my favorite authors: Kate Morton, Andy Weir, J.K. Rowling, Rita Mae Brown, Donald E. Westlake, Dorothy Gilman, M.C. Beaton, Jenn McKinlay, Martha Wells, Elizabeth Berg, Brene Brown.

I watch WAY too much TV and am working on reducing the hours spent watching shows. I enjoy Sherlock, NCIS, Mom, Masterminds, Star Trek Discovery, Doctor Who, Amazing Race, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Stephen Colbert. Shows I like that are no longer on the air: Firefly, Leverage, Alias, Stargate (SG-1 and Atlantis), Star Trek (TNG, Voyager), Warehouse 13, Timeless, Castle, Big Bang Theory, Elementary. I enjoy British panel game shows like Would I Lie To You?, QI, and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

I (used to) get to the cinema a handful of times a year but watch movies, series, & stand up on Netflix & Amazon Prime. I avoid horror (used to watch but nightmares and now even scarier stuff in real life). I do like sci-fi, adventure, comedies, action, mystery, Independent films, and some of the older / b&w films. Some favorite movies: Star Wars (& most of the "new" ones), Harry Potter, Marvel movies (Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Thor, Avengers, etc), RED (& RED 2), The Hunger Games, Contact, Love Actually, The Holiday, No Way Out, Miracle on 34th Street, Singing in the Rain. Some favorite series: The Handmaid's Tale, Good Omens, Man in High Castle, Grace and Frankie.

Do NOT like

cigarette/cigar/pipe smoke (I am allergic)

overly glittered items (some bling / shiny is nice but when it leaves a trail of glitter on anything it touches, it gets annoying)

Christian-based religious items (plenty of that available around here).

Random bits of paper, teachers' stickers

Things that interest me

Altered Art (puzzle pieces, library card pockets, strands of tickets, playing cards, etc)

Vintage ephemera including old letters with envelopes, special stamps (tax stamps, S&H stamps, etc), tickets, labels, forms & notices, etc.


PrincessLeia rated for Playing Card Swap - TEN's on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: THANKYOU for those fantastic cards and for the Halloween papers! Can’t wait for Halloween!
Comment: Love this PC!!! A great add to my collection! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
ashanti2106 rated for MMHWH - Washi Sample Swap #1 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the special swap. I love the washi you've chosen and the extras!
Comment: Thank you for the great pockets! They will be put to good use...Happy 2021
mcorbus rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap # 19 on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cards, they are new ones for me. Happy new year!
fortannam rated for PH: 3 + 3 Postcard Swap #7 on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: thank you for the lovely selection of postcards and so many of them! your letterpress page is wonderful too! my daughter is into bookbinding, it's such a skill to be able to do that! thanks again for all the cards!!
kizzlets rated for Journal supply/add-Ins swap on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Hello AmyMarie, I appreciate the journal supplies you sent me and I will definitely be incorporating it in my 2021 journal!
Comment: Thank you for the ironing tips, lol.
Comment: Thank you for the AWESOME assortment of Vintage goodies! They will all get used with love and respect ! I am so touched that you sent me a bit of your great-grandmother's cook book! I will keep this in my special Vintage COok Book Pages binder!! Thank you so VERY much! I love it alll!! xx Gabi
Comment: I LOVE these! They turned out SUPER cute !OMG! Thank you SOOOOOO MUCH! <3 I am going to go put these in my journal RIGHT now!! xx Happy New year!!!
tammielynn1969 rated for Playing Card Swap - JOKERS on Jan 6, 2021
Drachenfrau rated for What Will You Read? Winter 2020 on Jan 5, 2021
Comment: I just loved your whole letter, AmyMarie! Thank you for your interesting list, I will check the books out! Your rubberstamps are great, especially the 'Reading is one of the most marvellous adventures anyone can have.' Where did you get it? Thank you for the Harry Potter stuff! I will write back, if you like. ☺️
Response: Thank you for the nice comments. The quote rubberstamp is from Darkroom Door (company in Australia) and in a set called Bookworm (DDRS139). I am not sure if I got it from Amazon (USA), Simon Says Stamp, or another seller of rubberstamp sets. I hope you can find it in Europe. It would be great if you write back!
rogo09 rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #27 on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Great choice AmyMarie. Thank you so much.
Comment: Thank you SO much for the awesome vintage cards and extras!! It really made my day 😊
squince rated for PH: Send 3 Touristy Postcards #16 on Dec 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cards! Loves to your cat Grady!
KellyR rated for Bridge-Sized Playing Card Swap on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: I love the owl! Thank you
NRGordon rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #16 on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the playing cards, the fun notecard and your note. We just got over a foot of snow. Unusual before Christmas. Twenty years ago, we would expect it closer to Thanksgiving.
Onyx rated for PH: Send 3 Non-Touristy Postcards #16 on Dec 17, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh I love all these cards, especially the snail mail meme card! Huge thanks!
KaliOya rated for Playing Card Swap - KING's on Dec 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for this swap. Looking forward to adding the cards to my deck. I am really enjoying the postage stamps you sent and the scarab postcard:) Happy swapping.
MissRich rated for Bridge-Sized Playing Card Swap on Dec 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you & Happy Holidays :)

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wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


Aseret25 on Nov 17, 2020:

Ooo, Quest Scouts looks like fun!! I'm going to have to dig through the site more and find a quest I can tackle!

PostMuse on Oct 17, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed the Dear Doctor mailart! That mailbox rubber stamp is decades old. I think it was 100 Proof Press but I use it so much the company name isn’t visible anymore.

camelsamba on Sep 11, 2020:

I'm so envious that you have been to a recent Carrie Newcomer concert - I saw her once but it was many years ago. Will have to pay attention to her schedule once concerts start up again.

I first discovered Mrs Pollifax in 1992! My husband and I even listened to some of the stories as books on cassette while commuting, and more recently I've listened to some as CD. One of the later ones in the series has an interview with the author at the end of the CD, and it was interesting to listen to in light of knowledge that she suffered from dementia later in life. I read an article once saying that some later Agatha Christie works may show evidence of dementia (something to do with word choice, or word length?) and wondered if they would find the same thing if they studied Dorothy Gilman.

I didn't know there was a Mrs Pollifax movie; i will have to track it down!

samjowers on Jul 30, 2020:

I was a member of questscouts!!! still follow them on instagram! LOVE their quest and love that its like scouting in that you can earn badges!

MamaD on Dec 26, 2019:

AmyMarie, I was looking at your profile as I'm your partner in a swap. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. ❤

robinjeree on Oct 24, 2019:

I just read your profile -- I'm definitely going to check out QuestScouts!!

YooperHill on Sep 11, 2019:

Mystery supply swap, Yo! AMAZING use of the yarn! I love it. Each envelope I open is so creative! Thank you for playing!

yvonne401 on Aug 20, 2019:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here!



Created46 on Aug 27, 2015:

I am so very excited that you enjoyed the package I have sent. I do hope you find a little inspiration in it.

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