Swap-bot Time: April 23, 2017 12:52 am


Date Joined: December 9, 2011
Last Online: April 22, 2017
Birthday: October 24
Country: United States
My Flickr Photos
My art blog - may have spoilers
Some of my Zetti ATCs

About SWAP-ing

It's long - most important should be in this first block. I complete all my swaps and don't need drama. PLEASE let me know if I missed anything, or if you have not received! even if traveling, I will get back to you. Please communicate before giving me a low rating. I do the same.

If I need to angel any swaps, do communicate with your partner & give them the 1 first, then let me know.

I reuse and recycle, believe in truth, democracy, and free speech. I have to avoid cigarette smoke.

I prefer real stamps to metered postage on all mail, especially older or unusual stamps. I use older stamps at times, if you can not use them, please pass them on.

Postcards: I prefer HANDMADE POSTCARDs usually even if a swap calls for store-bought. Love your creativity,

also love jewel tones, funky, steampunk, Zetti.

Smokers: PLEASE, please warn me or mark the envie. if you used lace or cloth, which traps the smoke & residue, send me s photo & I'll rate from that. I will rate fairly but I am allergic to cigarette smoke. Pet allergies in the house but not me.

On my TO DO list: - More focus - Spend less time sorting the "holy crap" I have collected to use - More mail art and postcards and fewer ATCs - Pass on or recycle lots of the papers, ephemera & derelict that I have saved for crafting. Revisit March 2012 mail for a pillbox hat request. Hope I can re-find you!

Use reverse text in some word art "ʇxǝʇ ǝsɹǝʌǝᴚ ɟo ʇsǝ⊥" generated at http://www.glitter-graphics.com/generators/reverse.php. Thanks to @erickalin for the link!

  WARNING: Flickr and blog may contain spoilers. 

I recycle. I always send. If you did not receive something, please Let Me Know so I can re-send. "Sent" means in post office hands - postmark can be 2-3+ days later with Sunday/holidays. If you don't have your stuff 3 weeks from "sent date" internationally (or less for the USA), please let me know! I do appreciate comments when you rate.

I pledge rate for every swap, as soon as I am able, rate fairly, and not badmouth. I might rate a 5 right away and add a star or comment later. I promise to PM any member before giving a 1 or 3. I will only give a 3 if the swap didn't meet the requirements and it is not corrected. We do travel but I will rate as promptly as I can.

Happy creating!

If I forget a TAG or RAK, or if it got lost enroute, please remind me! Life can get hectic - we do have some older relatives that don't live nearby, so I/we do travel, sometimes on short notice.

I swap for the encouragement to create art.

About Me & My Creating

I like to sketch, design/sew clothes by machine, collage. I enjoy zetti, mandalas, and steampunk & using postage stamps in ATCs. Purple is my favorite color, followed by turquoise, lime green, burgundy, ... bright colors, jewel tones, ethnic mixes, dark colors, most anything but princess-y pink and not find of pastels generally.

More sewing in 2016. Fewer mandalas and ATC jams in 2014. More collage in 2013. I use clean scraps (crap to some) that don't rise to the level of emphemera. I have printed onto book pages or tissue paper to get the look I want. In 2012 sketched animals quite a bit, got more realistic with birds, insects, butterflies, and some less common ones. What is next?

My ears are pierced for light weight earrings. Bracelets are a fav but I have small wrists. Allergic to cigarette smoke.

My homeschooling family is active in Boy Scouts, a local food coop, hitting the gym, and travel.

Favorite Books

Read a lot, especially science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries and information on education & learning. I enjoy YA and mysteries and history. Don't appreciate Twilight nor JK Rowling.

Favorite authors: Family's: Terry Prattchet (for his DiscWorld books) & Tamora Pierce. Mine: Tolkien, A. A. Milne, Tamora Pierce. Picture books: Jan Brett.

Sad that I have to explain this but since we read, any bookmarks need to the bit that goes in the book to be thin, flat & glitter-free. (Charms or beads may hang out or over the top!)


AMERICAN GIRL: mostly funky or uncommon.

QUICK FLATS: washi tape, pretty "post it" (stick once), ATCs, ribbon, (used) postage stamps (especially people, animals, flowers, architecture, art/artists), or non-English book pages. I don't need recipe cards, memo pads, nor bookmarks. thanks.

MANDALAs, when no size is specified: a 6 inch by 6 inch with a one inch edge on one side (so 6 x 7) can be nicely stored with many of my others.

Love non-English papers & music sheets, maps, custom paper, ... for crafting

Postcards: love hand-made! In general: art, natural settings, architecture or "local people", Photos of animals. Not interested in kitch-y tourist postcards or naked people on (or off) the beach. geek-y ones are appreciated

Love art pens, Sakura micros, Copic with a brush tip & thin Sharpies & new things to sketch/design with. Can always use more alphabets stamps. Rub-ons are OK. No more stationery please. FALL 2012, I am using mostly watercolor colored pencils. 2017: mostly collage/mixed media, still love paint pens & great white pens. Starting to use acrylic paints.

Most Asian & ethnic things are fine - but I don't appreciate kawaii. (OK, that flattened panda guy is fine as my nephew loves him, but no other kawaii please!).

Dislikes & no-no's

    • My family is allergic to cats & dogs so for crafts with fabric & pets walking around, I probably should not be the one you send it to! If you do with a sender's choice - PLEASE let me know so that I can keep it away from the family, or pass it on.
    • I am allergic to cigarette smoke. When it's sender's choice, I will rate ignoring it but warn me so someone else can open it - outside. Thanks.
  • No Christian religious pieces. (non-religious Christmas items are OK in November & December.)
  • Don't appreciate much pink or princess. No Disney.
  • No loose glitter, it's fine if it will stay on the ATC. None on bookmarks! Thanks

Food & Drinks

Negatives first:! I am allergic to cigarettes, so please as smoke-free as possible so I can keep it, or let me know so I can rate you & pass it on. Family members allergic to dog & cat.

Tea only in manufacturer's packaging, thanks! No drink mixes, unless required in swaps. (Dh & I get that unpleasant after-taste from artificial sweeteners.) Favorite tea (today): (black tea) Prince of Wales, mint green tea.

love dark chocolate, but I could easily walk away from milk chocolate, even when I coukd(was) eating dairy. Prefer European chocolate, made in Europe (even Cadbury made in the US is different!) favorites: See's with dark chocolate (love dark walnut chews). I've never appreciate Godiva. Do not like peanuts in chocolate.

Angel Dreams for

Most of those who flaked on me went on to be suspended. If my swaps do not arrive, I resend & I angel swaps that I host (if not it will be very clear in the description but I don't think I've done it yet). * Lozzabee flaked on Triptych ATC in Jan-Feb2012). Aug. 2012: hosted some triptych ATC swaps myself. * ANGEL @tc angel'ed "Artistically Inclined ATC/Note Card" in 2013 after she saw that the host & one other offered to angel but didn't. * Recycle unwanted swap items #3 * Sweet First aid kit in Dec2011-Jan2012. Host & 2 others said they'd angel but did not send. Letting go was hard - but my partner's happy note when she rec'd hers left a longer glow than the bad taste from the flaker(s). I am so glad it brought her joy & she shared it.


THANK YOU! Host-angels include: @rngstgstll
@jaminthemail @CraftyReflections @muses76 and @sagesparrow .

Beautiful RAK or forum give-away swappers include: @TerryF (RAK postcards, to-do stamp), @jukejan (Real estate plans) , @bedazzle ("gold foil"!) , and @giddyani Lovely ANGEL @tc for ARC card swap!

Wonderful swap-bot traders include @tesscalhoun @sagesparrow , @lsmahutchin and special mention to angels including: @artg33k74 (owl ATC). Great hosts include @rngstgstll

Info for GROUPs

-Mail Art: at least every 3rd month: monochrome Green next before: August 2017

-The Paper Dragon: Members at least once in 6 months, Mystery Supply June, Officers need one RAK & host a swap every other month.

US Postcard Rate(s)

For the postcard rate mailed within the USA: * $0.34 in 2016; * rectangular, * at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, AND * no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick.

If it is larger than 4.25 x 6 " (but less than 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 1/4" thick) requires first class postage (47c). Bigger than that and the "flats" (large envie) rate applies. (I got tired of looking it up on the USPS site.)


toni rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice-April on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: love my cat postcard!
AmookIslandCreations rated for MA: Monochrome Green on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful bright green postcard! Perfect for these dreary days! So appreciate the dragonflies! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks! I made a green masterboard and then detailed it for you.
skinny52 rated for CR: Monochrome Green on Mar 30, 2017
Comment: Great postcard, so much detail, and thanks for the Asian touch!
Response: Thanks! I made a green masterboard and then detailed it for you.
BluGinhm rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: This is the coolest postcard! What a great way to use all the pieces - thanks for making it and sending it my way!
Response: :) thank you
dvmac rated for MA: Drawing Practice #2 on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: Hi Robin. Nice coloring! Thanks,
Response: I love the blending with watercolor pencils - but I tried not to "correct" my sketching with them for this exercise.
GinaVisione rated for AMA: Public Service Announcement on Mar 14, 2017
Comment: Yay! 5 Calls & 5 F&V a day = winning PC and winning combo!
Response: I would not have used the same topic to just anyone!
LisaE rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice-March on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Great PC!
Response: Thank you.
bklynfinest77 rated for Zettiology ATC on Mar 9, 2017
Response: Thank you - Zetti is s chslkfnge for me in such a small space
Comment: What a cool idea on the up-cycled card! looks like it was a great dinner :) Oh yeah card came just fine :) we get all of our mail delivered to our store so no fear of it being stolen like the mail out to our house was :) Never know about teaching your kids to sew...my daughter is 19 and is eager to learn, the only thing is the fear of sewing her fingers :) thank you for the great card!
Response: We ate all of it - but I have to confess that it was not in fact all one meal! Could have been...
nancylee rated for Year of the Rooster on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the postcard- very clever to add the metal element and how you made it safe ;)
Response: Thanks, I've been really enjoying playing with rooster cards.
Abbyla rated for P-nS Dragonfly Postcard on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: So pretty! Thank you! P.s. I like it with the dragonfly pointed down -very creative!
Response: a bit more shabby chic than I had planned but I was happy with it, glad you were too
rngstgstll rated for Chinese New Year postcard love on Feb 7, 2017
Comment: Wow! A rooster and also a dragon. I love the backgrounds and the cool papers that you used, and the precision of the animals, but most of all I love receiving a Year of the Backwards Facing Artichoke postcard with a quote from Hex! Thank you, you made my year :)
Comment: Of course I love it! Thanks so much!
SilverD rated for P-NS: ad/free Postcard on Jan 29, 2017
Comment: Very colorful. 🎨 😊 I don't know why they make them so you can't put an address either. Thank you for using a peel away label so I could still read it!
AZmom875 rated for P-nS: Tissue box PC on Jan 27, 2017
Comment: This was a super postcard. Loved it.
Response: Thank you
luluvision rated for HMPC: Under the Sea Postcard on Jan 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your lovely under the sea postcard! Yes, that fish is adorable!!
Response: :)
GinaVisione rated for AMA: Holiday Paper PC on Jan 17, 2017
Comment: Yippee - a treat to have two from you! Double hearts :D
katzenjammy rated for AMA: Security Envelope PC on Jan 17, 2017
Comment: The foam is a nice use of that pattern!
Viridis5 rated for 📬 Handmade Postcard Swap📬 # 2 on Jan 13, 2017
Comment: Cool postcard!!! The blue piece did stay on lol!!!!
Response: I may be changing my mind about the beauty of sending cards "naked". I like the concept but as I do more complex collage, it is not always ready to handle the vagaries of what might happen in the Post Office machinery.
GinaVisione rated for 📬 Handmade Postcard Swap 📬 on Jan 13, 2017
Comment: Great Collage! Isn't great to have some pre-made stash to pull from? :D. Happy Swappin'

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Babsmomof5 on Apr 22, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard you made me from the pns wta. I loved it so much!!!

bbsporty on Apr 21, 2017:

Thank you for my HMPC: Tag! Let's Play green dragonfly postcard! I love the texture of it and the wings made of foreign text! It's just beautiful!

mgallardo68 on Apr 6, 2017:

I could not stop laughing when I read your note 'Adventures in the Mail!!! Lol... Great envie and the beautiful paper (not-so)scraps came perfect and in a timely manner.

Thank you so much for my tag at HPC > [Sticky] Pick One Tag..... I love it!

GinaVisione on Mar 17, 2017:

Thank you for the extra 5 calls PCs!!! :D

bbsporty on Jan 15, 2017:

Thank you for the gorgeous Penguin postcard from the HMPC: Tag! Let's Play game. I'm just in love with it and the color is to die for!

Moominbrooke on Dec 19, 2016:

Thanks for the Zetti style pc with Bollywood and Steampunk touches :0)

RyeRye on Oct 28, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

rngstgstll on Dec 22, 2015:


Thank you so much for the Hogswatch cards and my favorite Hogfather in a Hood! They arrived just in time for Hogswatch and the entire family admired them, ooh ing and aah ing. Thank goodness for the Ankh-Morpork Post, that is what I say every year at this time! Ahem.

GinaVisione on May 11, 2014:

Robin you are too kind!! I got the "fix" Red/Grey PC - you know I love that Dog Guide!! I think all the red is fabulous too :D. Thank you for you thoughtfulness. Happy Mothers Day. GinaVisione

sarashalom on Apr 13, 2014:

Holy mackerel! Thank you for your great generosity in sending me another doll, complete with custom gnome outfit! Although it was absolutely unnecessary, I am so excited to have her! If I could somehow rate you for this extra gift and give you 50 stars for generosity, I would. Thank you so much. Blessings!

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