Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2019 2:10 pm


Original Member
Last Online: October 21, 2019
Birthday: February 25
Country: United States
My Website
Quest Scouts

Swap Notes

My name is AmyMarie (all one word with NO spaces, 2nd M is capitalized).

Please use postage stamps instead of metered postage when possible - especially on postcards. Thank you!

I am ALLERGIC to WHEAT. Usually items that are gluten-free are okay for me. I won't be doing food swaps because of food allergies. Note: WHEAT is sometimes used in lotions, shampoos, soaps, glue, etc so I am very careful with what I put on my body. I am ALLERGIC to WHEAT or any of its parts.

About Me

I am married and have 2 rescued cats. I am an aunt to 5 nieces and 2 nephews. My parents now live much closer to me and I love being able to spend more time with them. I love to travel - domestic and international destinations. I enjoy trying new things, seeing new places, and learning about other cultures/regions and people. I love being in nature and especially near water (waterfalls, lakes, rivers, oceans). I also enjoy reading books, playing board games, spending time with family & friends, going on adventures, and being creative.

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.

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy creating art - collages, altered items, art journaling, rubberstamping, paper arts, bookbinding, greeting cards, scrapbooking (more simplistic style focused on the photos to remember people, moments, events, and trips instead of using tons of embellishments).

Things I enjoy making:
--hand-bound books
--homemade paper
--artistamps (faux postage)
--handmade envelopes
--handmade postcards
--hand-carved rubber stamps


I collect the following items:

  • postcards [see Postcards section below]

  • faux postage/artistamp/artist's stamps

  • postage stamps (including unused for mailing fun swaps!) [used / unused USA and international stamps - not USA flag stamps]

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

  • (envelope) wax seals and wax seal stamps

  • old inkwells, writing sets, fountain pens, wood-turned pens, dip pens, and writing inks

  • Currency (coins & paper bills) from around the world and special USA collections [I am missing US Quarters of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and many of the US National Park Quarters.]

  • cast iron trivets (antique)


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 also would enjoy receiving shaped postcards like Gotochi.

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, libraries / books / reading theme, doorways, windows, maps, National Parks, State Parks, landmarks, historical sites, 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, 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, waterfalls, mail art, improv, postal / mail themes, fountain pens & ink, typewriters, hand-bound books / book arts, paper engineering, autumn, trees, nature, connecting with people, learning, other perspectives and cultures, ancient civilizations, science fiction, playing board & card games, hanging out with friends, antique & vintage items, earth tones and shades of purple and green, rubber stamps, embossing powders, fun pens, interesting blank journals & sketchbooks, small/miniature items, papers/flat items with different textures, foreign coins, travel tokens (bus, subway, etc.), dragonflies, owls, unique designs, candles [votive & tealights], candle-holders, books, celestial/astronomy especially moon/lunar, trying different foods & cuisines, Harry Potter books & movies & world, Marvel / Avengers movies

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 Doctor Who, Sherlock, NCIS, Speechless, Mom, Instinct, America Says (game show), Best Ever Trivia Show, etc. 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 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 current favorite series: The Handmaid's Tale (don't have Hulu so waiting for DVD of season 3), 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).

Things that interest me

Pocket Letters

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

3-D Collage like shrines, cigar boxes, and matchboxes

Book Arts

Paper Arts and techniques

Paper Engineering

The Environment and ways to lessen my "footprint" and save energy (and $$)

Trying ethnic cuisines from different areas and countries


BeHappyToday rated for NYUP USA Only #54 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: Oh the board game parlor sounds fun! Thank you for the Quest Scouts oversized PC. Have a good week.
aladyde rated for NYUP Oversized PC #3 on Oct 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card.
Mindy82671 rated for USAPC: Mini Autumn Pocket Letter on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the PL. The acorns were adorable.
goinjenny rated for NYUP USA Only #54 on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you
pernie123 rated for NYUP USA Only #54 on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Love the card! Never heard of Scouting for Adults--We are lovers of England. I must check out You Tube.
midteacher rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #18 on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: This design reminds me of wrapping paper! And I can see why you dislike it. Thank you for joining in on this swap.
veronicallama rated for NYUP Oversized PC #3 on Oct 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for teaching me about Quest Scouts. I had not heard of them, and will definitely check'em out!
Comment: These are great! I found the length a bit challenging. In the past when I made them, I made much shorter feathers, and they were less challenging.
suepier rated for WIYM: Woot! PC Swap time! #7 on Oct 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard.
Comment: Thanks for the delightful post card -- where on earth did you find that adorable stamp?
Response: Thank you. I believe I got the Mr. Zip rubberstamp through Viva Las VegaStamp (website / store).
silvermoonsnake rated for Bit of history PC #10 on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Hi AmyMarie! What a great PC! A Dalek.. I wish I could find cards like that!! Thank you for sharing the books you are reading with me... I've never read any Dorothy Gilman or Benjamin Spall/Michael Xander. What were you looking for in the cookbooks? The post office stamped their mark over your last few sentences..I can barely make out "...from the libary..." for the cookbooks. Arrgggh. Do you cook a lot? I
Response: I am glad you like the postcard (got a Doctor Who set of postcards from Amazon). I have lots of food limitations (allergies & medical conditions) so I usually have to cook at home. I look for gluten-free, specialized diets, healthy, quick & easy recipes plus ones for the InstaPot (got one as a gift).
Comment: Thanks for the pretty papers ! Can't wait to use them !
Comment: I don't mind Ohio cards. I do have blank ones, but not many sent to me. I bet Sandy Hook was interesting. Thank you.
RockyBeach rated for MAIL ART - Space on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the galaxy envelope. The watercolor make also a interesting haptic effect. Also thanks for the matching goodies!
carol rated for USA Puzzle Collaboration #5 on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely puzzle piece! It's crazy how sometimes you do keep getting the same person. I appreciate how you have made each so different! They look great! I like your gelli print! I have been making solar prints lately, and have the same problem. I'm going in to open studio time this weekend--yikes! And I hope to make some cards for swaps and for the holidays.
Allylu rated for What are you reading? - US only on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: I like to read more than one books at once as well. I will have to look the fiction book up. Thanks for sharing! Happy Reading!
diesel101 rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #18 on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards!!
CWarner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #178 on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Love the cards---the Chicago Fire ones are really interesting! Great stamps too -- thanks very much!

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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.

anrtist on Aug 5, 2015:

AMAZING MAIL ART GROUP has a ~B I N G O ~ Game starting SUNDAY if you wanna play! Just check in the group and select your words, say you're in & pm me your list! ;-)
ENJOY!!! Blessings, cc

2rasta on Mar 22, 2015:

Dear Amy, Thank you for returning my stamp bag, cheers! 2rasta

MissWhimsy on Jun 12, 2014:

Hi :) I just wanted to follow up to see if my email reached you for the A-Z Survey swap in Carpe Librum Group, Let me know if I need to resend? I hope you enjoy reading it, Thanks :)

dmarie on Apr 22, 2014:

Please check out my new stamp carving group

Carolinaray23 on Feb 13, 2014:

Happy Valentines Day <3 Hope to see you around the group =D <3 FitChick


NatashaMay on Nov 21, 2013:

Thanks for playing in my PLU: Animal PC Swap at Postcard Lovers Unite Group. :)

basykes on Nov 7, 2013:

Just to let you know that I sent the Shared Journal Experiment book out to you this morning.

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