Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2019 1:53 pm


Date Joined: August 29, 2008
Last Online: December 6, 2019
Birthday: September 30, 1979
Country: United States
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I found the most adorable miniature rolodex holder and cards, the cards are like 2"x3". If you're willing to make a decorated rolo for me (I'll send you the blank) please message me. In return I can make ATCs, twinchies, notecards, rolos, or some other small craft. Thanks!!

If you haven't received a swap from me please contact me before rating a 1. I always send out my swaps so if it hasn't reached you I'm happy to resend.

Please don't include extras in your swaps to me, I am overloaded so I end up tossing them in the recycling bin to avoid the clutter. I hate doing that but I never use the majority of "extras" I get.

About me

  • I am a mother, wife, and an engineer who is owned by 2 rescue pups.

  • I tend to be very long winded in my writing :-)

  • My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. He is my savior in life. 19 years ago I was a totally different person and may not have made it had I not gotten pregnant. So yeah, he's 19 years old and just started college in the fall of 2018. Though he's a commuter, he's rarely home unless he's hungry, stinky or needs to drop off the latest pile of laundry ;-) It's been a huge adjustment for me as I have spent the last 19 years dedicated to him and now I don't know what to do with my mind and so much free time. I craft and swap a lot more as I really don't want to be one of those moms. He loves baseball, working out, laughing, computer science and being kind to people. I am very proud of him :-)

  • The story behind my husband and our pups kind of goes together. I was never the type to think I'd get married until I met Bill. We just work more perfectly than anything I've ever experienced. He understands my need for lots of alone time and doesn't nag me about anything, and same with me for him. We've been together since 2007, got married in 2014, and bought our first home together soon thereafter.

  • Our first pup together was a gorgeous golden retriever named Bella. I kind of stole her from my dad, after he retired he would be off traveling the world and we'd have her for weeks at a time. Once it got to be a constant back and forth I told him either he was a world traveler or a dog owner and I wasn't giving her back until he decided. She never went back and hence became Porta Bella :-) Very soon thereafter she became Bill's dog and I was chop liver if he was around. He just has a way with animals, it's sweet and frustrating at the same time...as you'll see if you're still reading.

  • I had always wanted a puppy but the house we were living in was far too small for the four of us already. As Bella got older I wanted one more and more, both to keep her more active and to help the mourning process as I knew one day we would have to say goodbye. I had been looking around online for a few months and came across a mountain cur puppy named Bruce. I fell in love with him immediately but he was ~50 miles away and my husband had recently had a falling out with a friend named Bruce so considering he wasn't all-in on the idea of getting a puppy there was probably no chance he'd be interested in this one. We moved in to our new house at the end of August and on Sep 19 a friend and I went to a local pet rescue event and guess who was there!??! - BRUCE! I picked him up and he just snuggled me and I never put him back down. I paid my adoption fee and just brought him home. Bill was livid...

  • After ~30 minutes of that I finally just said "You know he's not going back because I already love him and well, his name is Bruce so he needs a new name. Would you like to name him?" And he grumbled "Ruger". I said fine and Bill finally got up to play with him. Those little suckers are inseparable now! If you see Ruger you see Bill, if you don't see Bill then Ruger pouts. This was supposed to be MY puppy dammit! I still get my puppy snuggles and playtime. I've also learned if I use his favorite blanket on my lap that is one time he will choose me over Bill :-P He's a strange pup, when we have friends over they'll say hi and give him pets and he's just kinda like "meh, whatever, where's my dad?" and goes to find him and sits on his shoe.

  • We did eventually have to put Bella down due to old age, the day after my birthday in 2017. We're still heartbroken but it especially hit Ruger. That was his best friend and she was so sweet with him. So Bill started to look around at the rescue sites and came across a black mouth cur named Lucy. She was over a year old and had a tumultuous yet somewhat unknown history. She had been found with a broken yet partially healed hip so she spent the first few weeks of her rescue isolated in a cage to continue healing. Her previous owners refused to crate her and eventually returned her because she ate their couch... But she was super adorable and looked nearly identical to Ruger so we filled out the paperwork and set up the meet and greet. Fortunately for me, Bill wasn't there - he was off hunting up north for 2 weeks! It was an awkward meet, poor Lucy wouldn't let me come anywhere near her and was very skittish. All I wanted to do was love on her. But I made the plunge and said we would take her, she'll come around. I really think that 2 weeks of initial bonding with her set everything in place perfect for me because I can say Lucy is MY dog. Anytime she is scared or wants to play she comes to me and Bill is chop liver!

  • TL;DR: We got each other dogs named Ruger-roo and Lucy-loo

Crafty Stuff

I am primarily a papercrafter but also dabble in sewing and upcycling. I enjoy making handmade cards, ATCs, altered rolos, twinchies, art journal pages, slams and decos.

I have been having a lot of fun watching and learning from Tim Holtz. His color palette and grungy style is perfect for me. I am just now working through the Creative Chemistry classes and am glad I waited as I have a lot more Ranger products (and time!) now than when the classes were first released.

I am co-founder of a new group called Exploring Tim Holtz Products so if you're a fan be sure to check it out!

Postcards likes and dislikes

I'm not really swapping postcards on here much these days but these are my interests:

  • Regular touristy storebought postcards
  • Not fond of zazzle/vistaprint/freebie/ads
  • Handmade cards based on a profile like are always welcome :)
  • At the top of my profile you can find a link to my entire PC collection which is sorted by my favorite collection topics.
  • I'd really appreciate it if you'd check my collection, which is very large, to avoid sending a duplicate.

My absolute favorite type of postcards are maps!! You can find my entire collection here. I'd love if you could find one that I don't have :)

If you'd like to do a private trade for postcards, you can find my offers here which I try to keep updated but have slacked off in the past couple of years. Some of the more expensive or particular themed cards I will only trade for similar cards, but feel free to send me a message if you see something you like!

Random stuff I adore:

  • Coffee (very, very, very, very dark - almost like mud).
  • Green is my absolute favorite color, just regular crayola green or grass green.
  • Monkeys being silly or doing things that make people freak out.
  • Perfect Pearls.
  • Word Games.
  • Albert Einstein.
  • Engineering.
  • Rustic.
  • Tim Holtz.
  • Creepy & Cute.
  • Autumn.
  • Unthemed.
  • Mark Ryden.
  • Chris Cornell. (RIP

Random stuff I loathe:

  • Gold.
  • Puffy Stickers.
  • Lime Green.
  • Friendship Books.
  • Girly frou-frou crap.
  • Spring/Summer themes.
  • Flowers.
  • Big or chunky crafts or craft objects
  • Jewelry (I hardly wear it and am pretty picky.)
  • I get really aggravated when I RAK something to somebody and they don't even have the decency to say "Thanks!".


FLWAVE rated for ETHP: Peeled Paint ATC on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Another great card. I might be interested in doing some of the other colors you did before after the first of the year. Thanks!
FLWAVE rated for ETHP: Bundled Sage ATC on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Colleen, thanks for the great ATC. I think these are great swaps for exploring new techniques.
Comment: Oooh lots of fun books! Thank you - always nice to get a swap from you! Look forward to working on them. Hoping to find more deco swappers in 2020.
simcoe54 rated for Two Maps + Two on Nov 27, 2019
Comment: Great postcard choices. Thanks
Hell0Z0mbie rated for FS: ATCs November 2019 on Nov 21, 2019
Comment: Super cute ATCs, thank you! :)
Lucine rated for Monochromatic GREEN Postcard on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Well, this one got me:) Another postcard was perfectly stuck unto yours. I read your note and I didn't understand it one bit, because the front was a regular postcard showing a photo scene from Indiana/USA. But then I noticed the paint on the back of your postcard and I knew something went wrong. I pulled the upper card and there...I could relate your note about distress and stencils:)) The Indiana postcard has a message all in German and an address in Germany. I'll put it in the mailbox..someone in Germany is waiting for a postcard:) Thank you for the resent.
elflady rated for ETHP: TH Distress Crayon on Jul 18, 2019
Comment: Lovely ,lovely ATC . I too love these crayons. Thanks so much for the great ATc. elflady
suzwa rated for OATCs: Number Series Swap #4 on Jul 13, 2019
Comment: So creative, love it !! Thanks
mgallardo68 rated for FS: Send a card on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Dear Colleen, I got your pretty card. I really loved it! Tell me how to find the tool and supplies to do those holes you often use to embellish your cards! And we are in the same situation, happy mail is always nice! Business is growing, slowly, but doing it! Many hugs!
Response: Hi Maria! It is called a Crop-a-Dile Big Bite. I think there is a 2nd version out there now but I have the original and love it. I've had it forever and never any problems. It's the easiest eyelet setter I've ever found. I am pretty sure you can find it on Amazon by that name but if you have any problems let me know and I'll try to send a link via email. Have a great day!
Comment: Love it! Thanks a ton!!
djcamp04 rated for OATC: Number series No. #3 on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for another great @choke creation!! Love it!
simcoe54 rated for 5 Blank Map PCs #3 on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Great map postcards. Thank you!
lukeyduke rated for TIMs: Inchies—Whatever on Jun 23, 2019
Comment: Love these inchies! great job, thank you
djcamp04 rated for ETHP: TH Style Flip Book - US Only on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: I’m going to start with the card, which is amazing! I love receiving cards from you. They’re always so cool! The thought & design of it.....wowed me! Thank you. Now for this even more amazing flip book. The cover is GREAT! I think the “hook” with picture tag & my initial is a fun add-on along with the side metal flower. Opening it up I see so many tuck spots, flips and pockets all with something awesome inside. Lots of places to add my thoughts & ideas. Each page done in Tim Holtz style. The washi tapes are some I don’t have, thanks! And the chipboard die cuts feel like leather. Are they leather or chipboard? Either or I freakin love them. I see you used a couple in the book & they stain/paint great. Thank you so much for doing the swap with me! I enjoyed it so much!!
elflady rated for ETHP: Mowed Lawn ATC on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: As usual a great ATC. Thanks so much .elflady
elflady rated for ETHP: Twisted Citron ATC on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great Atc. I love your creativity. elflady
123Poggy123 rated for ETHP: 10 step ATC challenge #7 on Jun 16, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this ATC. The background is fantastic. Tim Holtz couldn't have done any better himself.
CAMILES rated for CPG Made with Washi ATC - Global on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Love the Fish ATC, nicely done.
Poeprincess rated for ETHP: Crushed Olive ATC on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for my crushed olives! Nice technique on the background, too. I enjoyed this swap.
Comment: Thank you for the little notes! I'm sure I'll enjoy them!

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simcoe54 on Dec 5, 2019:

CPG: Pick 2 - Global -- Thanks for the map and touristy postcards. Great choices and they fit nicely in my collection.

susieq11 on Nov 25, 2019:

Watch your mailbox! : D

VivaLaDiane on Nov 20, 2019:

HEY!! I ♥ and miss you!! xoxo

yunasy on Nov 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for the RAK of written map postcards!! I love the vintage-y feel they have :D

LilysMama on Nov 9, 2019:

Thank you for the Map Postcard RAK! Such a interesting variety, I love looking at the postmarks an seeing the old stamps as well as the fronts :)

stephiedee on Nov 9, 2019:

I just wanted to break with the usual snail mail correspondence and thank you for the wonderful happy mail! Wunderbar as usual and the stamp is perfecto (and it's my birthday no less! - I will definitely use it). This is highlight reel mail art of the last couple of weeks, for sure.

Paige1900 on Nov 8, 2019:

Thank you so much for the adorable stamp and for thinking of me. I love it. You are such a sweet heart. It was such a delightful surprise. ❤❤❤

jinxspinx on Nov 6, 2019:

What a kind soul!! I sent you a personal message thanking you- but i wanted to also post this on your wall. Thank you for the rak you passed along to me. I truly appreciate you!!!

Lishmo on Nov 6, 2019:

Colleen!! That is too generous of you, and so very thoughtful. Thank you. For the awesome stamps, and envelopes, but thank you most of all for your kindness. ((Hugs))

Cgscdy on Oct 18, 2019:

Hope as is well with you!

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