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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: September 26, 2020
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello fellow swappers! My name is Kristy, crafting is my favorite pastime and I love all things handmade.

I love shopping online and aliexpress should get a line item in our budget ;+)

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here 10+ years and have met so many lovely people. Crafting and swapping give me such a lift. When I'm creating, the hours just fly by!

I LOVE

Here are some of my favorite themes:

  • Botanicals and Wildflowers

  • Animals. especially bears, foxes, and other woodland critters (not a fan of monkeys)

  • Nature

  • Trolls & Gnomes

  • Cats

  • Birds

  • Halloween

  • Koi

  • Snails--especially things that say, 'Snail Mail'

  • Vintage Paris & shabby

I love receiving postcards in any of the themes listed above as well as:

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other cryptids

  • Fotofolio cards

  • Inge Look cards

  • Nouvelles Images cards

  • Elephants

  • San Francisco (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo and Aquarium cards

  • Map cards

  • Interesting black & white images

  • Sumo wrestlers!

I'd also love to receive:

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Vintage stationery (especially Current!)

  • Used postage stamps

  • Pretty papers

  • Layered embellishments

  • Snippets of textiles

THINGS I DO NOT LOVE

Short and sweet here:

Foam crafts or stickers

Color-your-own anything (including postcards)

Scented products (I get a headache!)

I do not like user profiles with a HUGE "do not like" list--some of these are more detailed than my family's Christmas lists! haha!

Favorite Movies

Some favorite movies: The ORIGINAL Fright Night, Prometheus, The Talented Mr. Ripley (this is probably my favorite movie of all time), Aliens, Last of the Mohicans, Hocus Pocus, Shawshank Redemption, White Oleander, Terminator series, Blood Creek (LOVE Michael Fassbender), The Thing. I love well-made scary movies! Not a fan of romantic comedies. My movie & tv choices might not seem to "fit" with the rest of my profile but I have always loved science fiction and scary movies!

Favorite Television

I'm a fan of: Homeland, Top Chef, Project Runway, The Monsters Inside Me, Castle Rock, The Great British Baking Show, and more. So sad that both Penny Dreadful and Banshee have ended ;+(

I think (ok, I know) I watch too much TV but there is a TV in my craft room so I'm not likely to stop any time soon.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art is one of favorites. I love to jazz up all my envies before sending--fun, easy and what's more fun than a colorfully decorated envie in your mailbox? I especially love the postoid rubber stamps--the ones that look liike a postage stamp but say something funny. I have quite a collection!

I love paper of all kinds and, along with the beautiful papers, papercrafts.

ATC's! I used to hate them and be consistently irritated at how many ATC swaps there were here on swap-bot. Now I love them! Also love twinchies and other paper crafts.

Love creating junk journals using vintage ephemera and I'm crazy for using vintage books in all my work.

Reading

I LOVE to read but am super fussy about what I choose to read. If you are an avid reader and read anything in the suspense/thriller/horror genres, please send me a recommendation! With so many book choices available, a recommendation from an avid reader is worth its weight in gold. Presently reading, 'Dracul,' by Dacre Stoker.

ME & MY FAMILY

Hubby and I are nearly retired. I'm trained as a middle school language arts, social studies, and math teacher. I still tutor for reading comprehension. Hubby was a park ranger. In our nearly-retirement, we 'work' for my daughter and son-in-law, overseeing several of the apartment buildings/houses they own.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to seven adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, and Londynn). Unfortunately, my sweet Noelle and Lucas live in San Francisco ;+(--much too far away from their granny.

My hubby is the light of my life (we met on match.com and have been married for 12 years already!). We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together. I love my life and count my blessings every day.

I am an only child and have always wanted a sister to share with. I love that I have some crafting 'sisters' here on swap-bot!

My four-legged furbabies are: Mizzy and Junebug Mizzy was a shelter cat and my daughter found Junie abandoned in a cart in a Target parking lot in mid-December. She had a collar mark around her neck, so she was someone's pet who was just dumped. I truly enjoy the company of cats. For me, a house is not a home without a pet.

THOUGHTS ON SWAPPING. . .

I'm not a stickler about postmarks; in fact, I've never checked a postmark in my life! I do understand the need for rules within this swapping community, but if you're going to be late in sending a swap to me, just be courteous and let me know. Although I take my role as swapper and host very seriously here, I will never engage in public shaming of other swappers or have a 'Flaker List' on my profile. Let's be kind to each other!

I'm consistently puzzled when swappers say they 'hate' a specific color. I want you to be inspired to create something special for me, so use whatever color speaks to YOU. It's not my job to ban a color that might spark your creativity. I used to dislike brown, but brown is the color of our Earth, of trees! Pink? it's the color of a dancing child's leotard, the inside of a shell--ALL colors are beautiful! I appreciate anything created with love and inspiration and if it's not one of my favorite colors? It must be one of yours and that's good enough for me.

In a community of inspired, thoughtful, and artistic swappers, I believe we should show each other kindness, grace, and understanding. We all have enough stress in our lives outside of swap-bot--let's not let swap-bot become a source of stress and negativity instead of the joy it is meant to be!

I appreciate kindness in any form. One of my favorite quotes is from the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible . . . it is always possible."

Ratings

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Comment: Your work is above and beyond.way better than mine. Thankyou for everything.
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Comment: As always a pleasure to swap with you. Good to be back in the swing of things. Of course, it had to be a black cat, lol! Love all the details and the shine! Thanks for always being such a great partner!
shalvorsen rated for YTPC: Journaling Booklet US on Sep 25, 2020
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Comment: Kristy.... wow, I’m speechless!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! You are such a talented crafter. I love receiving your swaps! The paper in the little notepads...amazing!! How did you get that design on there?? I love the opening. And all the extras. I wish I could give you 100 hearts. Thank you for making my day!!! ❤️❤️❤️
luvbird rated for YTPC: Library Card Button Cards on Sep 23, 2020
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Comment: Kristy, I love these precious little button cards...each one of them is so cute! The Halloween card is so darling with those great Halloween buttons, the froggy card is so stickin cute...love that frog paper, and I adore the pretty one with pink roses! You create the best button cards! I have another one of your darling button cards from an earlier swap that I keep on my craft table to enjoy! Thank you so very much for this wonderful swap and those awesome extras! 💕
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Comment: Kristy, I am totally wowed! What lovely work, and yes, I am crazy about the deer paper! The stitching is a terrific finish. These"cut-outs" were challenging, but fun. I think they add a lot to a journal! Thanks so much for the stunning triple pocket!
lmacdavis93 rated for MFF: Collage Bird Tag on Sep 22, 2020
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Comment: Hi Kristy! I love this collaged bird tag you made - your layered background is perfect. Love the colors and patterned you chose. And the bird - I guess it's a Marsh Tit? Adorable! And finished off perfectly with the lace trim and brass bird charm. Love it all! And once again you have sent me the best extra goodies! I love these bird book pages - can you tell me the name of the book? I'd love to find one. And the sheet of butterflies - gorgeous. Where did this come from? The images are so clear and detailed. Love the coffee dyed doily and paper and the belly band - squee! Thanks so much for another fantastic swap - both as our coordinator and as my partner!
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Comment: lovely lavender indeed! you have such amazing taste and a knack for elements to enhance your cards...the butterflies variation in size gives the appearance of flight...so cool...lovely image chosen ...love the green and white to set off the lavender .....thank you for another amazing atc...i don't know where to begin on the extras...now i'm looking for swaps in which to use them...seriously...so generous...thank you...now i am trying to figure out how you made that design on the coffee? textured paper...thanks so much...wow
Pandd rated for AACG: 3 Elements ATC #3 on Sep 21, 2020
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Comment: What excitement when I saw your name on the envelope. And inside a beautiful atc. I love it. Thank you and thank you for the thoughtful extras. I missed our swapping. Finally the computer saw fit to put us together again. Stay safe, Pat💕💕
LDeWitt rated for AACG: Halloween Tag~~~ on Sep 20, 2020
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Comment: Oh my goodness, if I could give you a 10 I would. I hit the honey hole with you as a swap mate. Incredible work. The size, the webs, the background, the texture, the glitter. I love looking at it and see something different each time. Thank you also for all the great goodies. I certainly will put them to good use. Wow, I'm so breathlessly impressed with your artistry.
fiennesgirl rated for YTPC: Halloween Flip Book - US on Sep 19, 2020
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Comment: Oh wow! I love, love, love the Halloween flipbook that you made for me! It is beautiful! Questions...did you use a stencil to make the pattern on the coffee dyed paper? Where did you get the cards that looked sort of like different-sized project life cards? I have never seen those ANYWHERE before. I love the layered clusters that you made and added in and the sewing and the awesome bookmark that you made and tag and the old-timely witches’ photos and the cards...did I mention them? Lolol. I love it all! Thank you sooooo much! A million hearts...and thank you for all of the extra goodies!
Response: Aww..you are so welcome! I love Halloween and loved creating this for you. Yes, I used a stencil from Echo Park. I can't remember the cards--I'm sorry. If you can describe them to me, maybe I'll remember. Thank you so much for the wonderful rating and your kind words!
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Comment: LOVE your postcard!! I can't believe the trim made it all intact too! Thank you so much!
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Comment: I love the embellishments!! Thank you so much!!
mandymo rated for AACG: Halloween ATC with an Owl on Sep 15, 2020
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Comment: Ohhh! I love it! Thank you for such a wonderful ATC. I love the images that you used and the extra texture from the ribbon accents. I also really appreciate the extras. So happy to be swapping with you again! Thank you!
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Comment: Sorry I have not said thanks sooner! Beautiful work
user2148 rated for YTPC: Stamped Image Embellishments on Sep 15, 2020
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Comment: I always love getting an envie from you, ‘cause I know it’s gonna be good!! Wow!! I love the stamps you chose and they are all clustered perfectly!! Love al the “messy stitches” and that cone flower ❤️❤️. Not only was the packaging phenomenal but you overwhelmed me with the additional ephemera, appliques, handmade paper! ❤️❤️ All so lovely and so bery much appreciated 😁
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Comment: Thank you for everything. I can tell you put so much effort into this swap you really deserve many more hearts.......=)
papertreasures17 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #34 on Sep 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC and the goodies. I love how you packaged everything together. As always, your work is exquisite!
EllenWilGraagPost rated for MFF: Raven ATC on Sep 9, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for hosting this swap and also a lot for this wonderful ATC!!! I love raven and I love your ATC. And I appreciate the great Halloween extra's :-D
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Comment: Okay, all swaps came in late ... But not this late! I am so sorry for not rating you sooner!!! It was on a 'hidden pile' waiting to be rated. Thank you for the wonderful butterfly page and for the nice extra's!!! XO
donetta rated for TOTM: August Tag on Sep 8, 2020
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Comment: I hardly know where to start! This tag is...well, it's simply beautiful! And amazing! I love the tulle overlay, the sparkly little shaker aspect, the gorgeous mini-tag with the bee charm...Kristy, I love it all. It's so exceptionally "you"! Thank you for creating this group, and for making so many beautiful things for your swap partners. You are one in a million, my dear friend.

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Comments

hibiscus on Sep 5, 2020:

Thank you for two amazing swaps in one day !!! Lucky me !

hibiscus on Aug 2, 2020:

Those master board tags were amazing! Lucky me!

warheart on Apr 30, 2020:

OMG KRISTY!! This is amazing and I am crying!! Thank you so much for the RAK of goodies you sent my way. I love all of it. Those stained paper doilies are amazing. I can't wait to play with it all! Thank you! I appreciate you so much and love it all!!

hibiscus on Apr 7, 2020:

Lucky me to be your partner in the blue and brown atc! Gorgeous card and the most wonderfully generous extras and lovely note ... thank most sincerely

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