Swap-bot Time: April 21, 2019 9:59 pm


Date Joined: August 29, 2008
Last Online: April 21, 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!".


123Poggy123 rated for ATCE&T: Wax Paper Resist on Apr 21, 2019
Comment: Great color combination on this beautiful ATC.
Poeprincess rated for A,C & T: Senders Choice ATC on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: My dear, I love your very artistic ATC. I have a Gelli plate, but haven’t tried it yet. Have signed up for a swap in May & hope I can create something as nice as you did!
RiverTopanga rated for ATC with a Tag on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Hi Colleen! I am so glad you liked the swap :-) What a creative ATC. Love it! Thank you so much... I also love the card you made :-) Thank you for both!! Swap on!!
wolfeagle rated for Pass and Paste #60 on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the great twinches and inches I love them. Have a great spring
marymary914 rated for ETHP: Rusty Hinge ATC on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Lovely ATC! I love this color a lot too!
elflady rated for ETHP: Dried Marigold ATC on Apr 4, 2019
Comment: As usual a lovely ATC. Thanks so much for your creativity. elflady
TiffanySmart rated for Atc with paste on Mar 30, 2019
Comment: What a wonderful notecard and ATC! I love it!! The crackle is gorgeous! I never get those amazing results!! Thanks so much Colleen!
Comment: I love your little mummy :) This series is so much fun!! Tell me about the "paper towel" ... ???
Tverne05 rated for Sender's Choice ATC on Mar 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the Geek Chic ATC. I like the way you created it with gelli print and heat embossing. ❣️ The handmade card.
Comment: I absolutely love the card and atc you made with your Scavenger Hunt items!! You did an awesome job! Thank you. I’m a little nervous but plan to work on mine for you in the weekend! On its way soon!!
TiffanySmart rated for ETHP: Candied Apple ATC on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you!!
TiffanySmart rated for ETHP: Festive Berries ATC on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Wonderful card! Thank you!
TiffanySmart rated for ETHP: Aged Mahogany ATC on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Love this color! Thank you, the different effects on the card are great!
TiffanySmart rated for ETHP: Carved Pumpkin ATC on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: So cool! Oops this one is for Festive Berries! Sorry lol. And yes I love the post marks!
TiffanySmart rated for ETHP: Spiced Marmalade ATC on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: I love this! It’s a coin and a card! Thanks!
elflady rated for ETHP: Fired Brick ATC on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Iwas happy to receive another ATC from you well done. Thanks elflady
elflady rated for ETHP: Barn Door ATC on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the ATC. I am so pleased you were my partner. elflady
GinaVisione rated for Map PC on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great PC! Happy Swapping~
Gobarb rated for You Found What on Your Craft Area?? on Mar 16, 2019
Comment: Hi Colleen. As always, I like your ATC. I really love the name "Sun-dried Mud"! You should see the one that I sent to my partner...It had so much on it because my craft area is a disaster! 😆

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VivaLaDiane on Apr 16, 2019:

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


jamicam on Mar 25, 2019:

LOVE the gelli prints!!! Thank you so much for your generosity!


ChrisAnne on Mar 25, 2019:

Thank you for the gelli print RAK. They are so interesting. I may have to make the jump into trying these myself.

supersquirrel on Mar 22, 2019:

Thank you so much for the generous supply of gelli prints. Such a wonderful RAK. I love them all and can't wait to try my hand at it. I'll be asking for tips! ~Susan

groundhogstamper on Mar 21, 2019:

Thank you for the gelli prints that you sent to me. Seeing yours has given me courage to try making gelli prints when I finally get my art corner together. I haven't got everything unpacked since our move in late February, and my gelli plate is still missing.

kiddomerriweather on Mar 21, 2019:

Thank you for the gelli print bits from the PF RAK. I can't wait to make pretty things with them!

dobie256 on Mar 18, 2019:

Hi Colleen. Thanks for the lovely rolos critique. I'm so glad I did them right. It's been years! Thanks again for our little private swap. Your ATCs were wonderful and I love them in my collection. It is always inspiring to swap techniques with you! Anytime you want to do this again JLMK. I hope you have a delightful spring!!

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


Ronya on Feb 26, 2019:

Thank you very much for working on my very first Pass&Paste-postcard. I love how it turned out!

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