Swap-bot Time: July 16, 2024 8:49 am


Date Joined: July 25, 2018
Last Online: July 16, 2024
Birthday: November 7
Country: United States
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About Me

Hiya, I'm Carmen! I'm 38 years old and live just outside Anchorage, Alaska. Mom to my favorite person, my 17-year-old daughter. Married to my best friend. Vintage/antique lover/seller (and, thus, a thriftaholic), artist, illustrator, paper nerd, bookworm, crafter, poet, bookaholic. 💕 I work as an editor and graphic designer by day. I have an ephemera problem! I love vintage and antique paper - book pages, postcards, ads, etc.. I also like to collect little trinkets and miniature things for assemblage art and display. I'm into astrology, tarot, and other forms of divination, and I suppose you could say I lean a bit witchy.

I always send out my swaps. If for any reason I think it will be late, I will message you to let you know. If you didn't receive a swap from me, it must have been lost in the mail - please reach out to let me know and I am happy to resend!
I always rate, but I am, alas, human, and prone to occasional forgetfulness - if you haven't received a rating from me please let me know and I will get it done!

A - Z

A: antique, apothecary labels, astrology (esp. Scorpio-related!), Addams Family, Adventure Time, ATCs, atlases, Ancient Egypt, autumn, anatomical, astronomy, altered books, advertising (vintage/antique), Alice in Wonderland, art journals, assemblage art, ARGs

B: Beistle (esp. Halloween), bestiaries, bees, butterflies, books (reading and as a motif), birds (owls, songbirds, ravens/crows - non-tropical birds), bizarre, bicycles, Bauhaus art, bookmarks, botanical

C: chrysanthemums, cards (greeting, playing, artist trading), charts, chess, circus, cartomancy, Christmas (vintage/antique or retro), crystals, cabinet cards, cats, coffee, cemeteries, Chrono Trigger, chickens

D: Dennison (vintage, seals, labels, and gift wrap), deer, dogs (vintage or antique illustrations or photos), dictionary pages (vintage/antique), Disney (vintage), diecuts, Delia's catalogs

E: ephemera (vintage/antique), envelopes, eyes (as a motif), Egyptian mythology, escape rooms (in-person and video games), Easter (vintage/antique or retro), England, earthy colors

F: faeries, florals (esp. poppies, chrysanthemums, and peonies), frogs, France/French, forest, fall, fortune-telling (especially vintage and antique card decks), fairy tales, found object art

G: Gnomes, goblins, game cards and pieces (vintage), gas and oil ephemera, green (favorite color), Greek mythology, Girl Scouts

H: Halloween (vintage/antique or retro), haunted houses, Harry Potter, hot air balloons, horses, horror

I: Ireland, insects, incense, irises, illustration

J: junk journals

K: knights, kitsch (esp. 60s), kawaii

L: laurel, letters, leaves, lithographs, labels (vintage/antique)

M: mushrooms, magic, moths, maps, mail art, masks (vintage/antique), mid-century modern, mythology (generally, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman particularly), mermaids, Monty Python, magazines (vintage/antique)

N: 90s, notecards, newspapers (vintage/antique)

O: Occult (vintage/antique), orange (color), owls

P: paper! (vintage/antique or scrapbook paper with interesting textures/designs), postcards (vintage/antique/linen), pixies, poppies, peonies, poetry, photos (vintage/antique), puzzles (not jigsaw, more like logic, mystery, word games, etc.), punk, pinups (vintage), playing cards, pins (vintage, political, punk), postage stamps, putz houses, photography, pixel art

Q: ?

R: Roman mythology, rebuses, rabbits, railroad ephemera, Ravenclaw, rubber stamps (not cutesy or folksy), "The Room" game series, Rusty Lake games

S: snakes, Scorpio, science fiction, 60s, stamps (postage), stamps (rubber - not cutesy or folksy), space, Studio Ghibli, Silent Hill games, shabby chic, Sanrio (90s or older), squirrels

T: tags, typography, tins (vintage/antique), tintypes, Tarot, tattoos, trees, Tim Holtz, trinkets

U: unicorns, Underwood typewriters

V: vintage, Victorian, vines, valentines (vintage/antique)

W: winter, woodland, , witchy stuff, washi tape, wax seals

XYZ: x-rays, zoology, zombie movies, zines

Favorite Books & Authors

I love to read - fiction and poetry mostly, but some non-fiction, too. Some of my favorites:

Harry Potter It Neil Gaiman Jorge Luis Borges LoTR Little Women The City & the City A Wrinkle in Time Memoirs of a Geisha Tender is the Flesh Intercepts Sweep
Garden of Evening Mists The Hungry Tide 100 Years of Solitude The Waiting Years

Charles Simic T.S. Eliot Alice Oswald Robert Frost Federico García Lorca William Carlos Williams Anne Carson Emily Dickinson
Sylvia Plath Sharon Olds Max Ritvo Joan Murray

Favorite Movies

Practical Magic Blade Runner Interstellar Arrival
Ghibli Hellraiser A League of Their Own Amelie
Melancholia Matrix Pan's Labyrinth Ever After
Twilight Labyrinth Neverending Story Coraline

I've also got some nostalgic love for a few childhood movies:

The Land Before Time The Secret of NIMH All Dogs go to Heaven The Sandlot
Now and Then Fievel Goes West The Great Mouse Detective Casper

Favorite Television

• Twin Peaks
• The Haunting of Hill House (fan of Mike Flanagan's other work as well)
• The Magicians
• Altered Carbon (season 1 only)
• Dark
• Dr. Who
• Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
• Attack on Titan
• American Pickers
• Adventure Time
• Over the Garden Wall
• Stranger Things
• Daria
• Golden Girls
• Friends
• Sherlock Holmes
• Futurama

Favorite Music

I love music! I like pretty much all music except I never really got into reggae. Some super faves are:

• Radiohead (OK Computer is one of my favorite albums ever.)
• Tangerine Dream
• David Sylvian
• Pink Floyd
• Björk
• Billie Eilish
• Muse
• David Bowie
• The Smiths
• Grimes
• Counting Crows
• Deftones

Seriously, though, I love so much music!


I'm grateful for all the things! There are a few things I don't like, but I won't hold it against you if you send them. :-) They are:

• Precious Moments
• Sports
• contemporary cartoon/kids' characters (exceptions: Adventure Time, Over the Garden Wall, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe)
• Superhero/Marvel/DC movies - I do like the old comics, though.


ChrisD rated for FTLOC:: Valentine Bingo Card on Jan 25, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the adorable Bingo card, I love it! The extras were amazing too!
Comment: Oh Carmen, if only you knew how much this gorgeous swap envelope has meant to me...I've had a series of terrible events (family related) and I've been struggling to see the bright side of life...and then I opened your envelope. The most beautiful journal page, just like a lesson in creative collage! Layers upon layers, beautiful papers and finishes...I thought you had used wax as a finishing touch, but after using my fingers as well as my eyes, I think it's just the types of papers you used! And so many wonderful extras...I can't list all of them! Just know that your thoughtfulness and generosity came to me at a time when I needed them badly. Thank you.
Honeybee203 rated for Themed Mail #1 on Jan 18, 2024
Comment: Lovely! Ty
Comment: Your winter angel is lovely. It was so much fun unwrapping it too. We are getting some light and fluffy snow now. Spring is coming but not soon enough for you and I.
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card! I also really appreciate all of the stamps, envelope, paper and other cute things you tucked into the envie. It was so thoughtful of you! I love them. :-)
Comment: Thank you, Carmen, for the lovely snippet tree tag! I hope you enjoyed creating it as much as I enjoyed receiving it. Love the patterns you chose for each layer of the tree.
Comment: These tags were so nice! Thank you! I put them up on the tree as ornaments at my parents lakehouse
marclively rated for Surprise Frankendeck full suit #5 on Dec 20, 2023
Brightpinkpig rated for AMA: Inkbox card - snowflake on Dec 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the awesome snowflake ink pad swap. I’ve never done this size before but like you I think it’s a good size. The little typewriter is so cute I’m not sure I will remove the paper I’ll probably break it. Thank you for sending this from the actual North Pole I’m blown away I’ve never had a postmark like this before. I was like a big child I really appreciate all the effort you have put in. I would give extra ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ if I could xx
Christine6035 rated for Just Art Postcard on Dec 15, 2023
Comment: Love the pink, green and yellow color combination. Thanks!
Comment: Love the cards and all the game ephemera! And the collaged envelope! Thank you!
Gwillisinc rated for VC: Index Card Challenge #3 on Dec 2, 2023
Comment: Beautiful purple owl card & so many extras! Thank you. Just an fyi, I’d forget about the extra piece of cardboard- not needed, & it put it as postage due…just a small amount- so no worries
MissChief rated for Just Art Postcard on Nov 28, 2023
Comment: Such a funny postcard! pop art is so weird to me! Im glad you had a great Thanksgiving and now I want to look up the Swiss museum! TY!
Comment: Carmen, this is such a beautiful journal page! All the gorgeous elements! The wax seal is in a dead heat with the vintage Cuban postage stamp for my favorite of the many gorgeous elements...but that might change daily, because there's just so much to see here! Thank you so much for this piece of art, and for the huge pile of lovely extras, too.
Comment: Carmen, What a fun envelope of goodies you sent. Thank you for joining my swap. Glad you had mild weather in Alaska. My sister works as a guide each summer in Juneau. She loves it.
Myself333 rated for AMA: Collaged Envelope #2 on Nov 25, 2023
Comment: Your envelope is perfect, and I love the wax seal! I absolutely LOVED all the goodies you included inside, they put such a big smile on my face. Thanks so much for the thought and effort you put into the swap, Carmen!
Comment: Hi Carmen, OMG! I absolutely adore the vintage inspired Christmas bingo card! It really reminds me of my childhood with the silver glitter, tinsel, and the jolly Santas. The mitten “charms” really finish it off. Thank you also for all of the extra fun vintage goodies! They are all so fun and I’ll put them to good use. Happy Thanksgiving! Holly
Robinarie rated for MMHWH - Treasure Hunt Swap #8 USA on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Hi Carmen. You found great treasures! Lots of my favorites. Thank you!!