Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2018 8:01 am


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: November 18, 2018
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. My husband is on disability retirement and we work a small part-time job together. I love mail art; I think I enjoy making and decorating the mail as much as I enjoy creating the contents. Even if it's not a decorated envie, I love to create envies for my swaps from vintage book pages.

I haunt Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn Fabrics. I am lucky to live close to all three. In December 2015, 'my' Hobby Lobby moved their location and now it's far away--sad for me! I also adore shopping for supplies online. My latest collection obsession: washi tape! It has become a truly guilty pleasure. There are so many pretty ones! Oh . . . and postcards--just finished organizing then all (6/16) and I have 32 photo boxes brimming with them.


Postcards: I do not care for color-your-own postcards. Here are some of my favorite postcard themes:

  • Cats

  • Animals (photos or illustrations--no monkeys, please ;+), especially bears, foxes, and other woodland critters

  • Nature cards

  • Nouvelles Images cards

  • Sumo wrestlers

  • Alaska and Alaska animals

  • Fotofolio cards

  • San Francisco cards (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo or Aquarium cards

  • Little Otsu

  • Trolls and gnomes

  • Moomin

  • Any card with swans

  • Map cards (just starting to collect!)

  • Interesting black & white photographs

  • Vintage deckle-edged cards

Those are my favorite themes but I'm always open to receiving something different. I always prefer my postcards sent blank in an envie, even when the swap says to, 'send naked.' I understand if you can't do that, but it's my preference.


Anything Halloween

Paper, paper, and more paper!

Cats cats and more cats

Vintage stationery sets

All vintage paper ephemera!


Snail anything (especially things that say "snail mail")


Gnomes and other woodland creatures

Pink anything (my favorite color)

Heart-shaped things

Vintage buttons and needle cards, or any other vintage sewing notions

Koi fish images

Bird images

Handcrafted/decorated envelopes of ANY size--especially ones that are sewn!

Anything crafted of paper

Stickers--especially cats!

Although I am not Catholic and have my own beliefs, I adore images of the Virgin Mary and the Catholic saints. I think they are beautiful!

Recommendations of good books and bookmarks

Kind people

RAK's (sending & receiving)

Rain, snow, and cold weather

Swappers who are here for the joy of the creative process and not the opportunity to become rule-enforcers. Sheesh . . . we have enough rules in our lives already.


Short and sweet here:

Foam crafts or stickers

Color-your-own anything (including postcards)

Scented products (I get a headache!)

Although I LOVE washi tape, please do not send samples--I have over 2000 rolls.

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 ("Stay alive; I WILL find you!"), Hocus Pocus, Shawshank Redemption, White Oleander, Terminator series, Blood Creek (LOVE Michael Fassbender), Stephen King's It, Venom, Fright Night, 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, Unreal, Silicon Valley, Veep, Project Runway, The Monsters Inside Me, Game of Thrones, and more. So sad that both Penny Dreadful and Banshee have ended ;+( I'm a past fan of TWD but am increasingly irritated by the weird story arcs. Rick & Michonne . . . Really? Carl's dead . . . Maggie (the newcomer) is suddenly completely in charge of the Hilltop . . . Rick and Negan are chasing each other around in the dark. Pfffft.

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 also 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. Creating envelopes is so much fun, too--I think I join every envie swap I can.

And, of course 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.


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.


Although 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.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to four adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas & Evan). 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 10 years already!). We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together.

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 (2 shelter cats). I truly enjoy the company of cats. For me, a house is not a home without a pet.


I'm not a stickler about postmarks. I do understand the need for rules and regs 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!

In a community of inspired, thoughtful, and artistic swappers, I believe we should show each other kindness, grace, and understanding. When I read posts in the forums, I'm always puzzled that some focus on policing and informing on others. Why join a site for swapping and spend your time investigating everyone else? Very puzzling! I believe this amazing, FREE site (what a gift!) should be a place for creativity, sharing, and making new friends. 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."


donetta rated for USAPC: Bird Collage ATC on Nov 17, 2018
Comment: Oh Kristy, the remorse I feel! I found this beauty (UNRATED) still in its little plastic envelope (that's how I guessed I hadn't rated it) in a moving box I just now unpacked! I don't know where it was initially, and why I didn't see it and rate it immediately, but I want to make up for it now. Of course I adore it...a gorgeous bird, the most beautiful little knotted crinkled seam binding corner accent, and those delicate little flowers! It's a KR Original, and I'm keeping it out where I can enjoy it for awhile before putting it into a binder (for posterity). Thank you for always being the very best swap partner imaginable, my dear friend!
HannahsMommy07 rated for YTPC: 10-Page Glue Book on Nov 14, 2018
Response: hahaha . . . you are FUNNY! I wish you could ;+) You're so sweet.
marymary914 rated for YTPC Painted papers on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great papers!
me2az50 rated for YTPC Painted papers on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the painted papers. I loved the purple and yellow combination. Not something I would have chosen because it was outside my comfort zone, but after seeing how great it is together, I will definitely try it. Thank you for the envelope and the goodies.
Artstamper rated for YTPC Painted papers on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for you lovely painted papers! They are so beautiful. Yours are so controlled compared to mine, now I can't wait to see what my other partners send.Thanks so much for the extras they will be put to good use.
michelejeanne rated for USAPC: Autumn ATC with a Fox on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Kristy, your atc is amazing! I also love the stickers, the postage stamps on the awesomely decorated envelope and your perfect handwriting! I need to remember to layer, layer, layer on my atcs!! Thank you so very much!!!
Artstamper rated for YTPC: 2 Little Notebooks on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the neat little notebooks. Your tea dyed papers turned out better than mine. This was a fun swap.
Comment: Thank you for the great envelope - I love all the things you included - very special!
Comment: Gorgeous cards! Love the muted colors - so calming. Beautiful work as always! Thank you so very much!! ❤️
Comment: Always love getting a swap from you.Great coins thanks so much.
tigermousecat rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #30 on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: As always your work is lovely and perfect! Thanks so much and hope to swap with you again!
Comment: THANK YOU for all the CHEERY MAIL when I really really needed it:>
Response: Hi Loriann! I'm SO glad you're enjoying it! I'll have #5 in the mail on Monday and then a special package out to you the following week! Thanks for being a great partner!
Comment: Thank you! So creative! Loved the shaker element.
lvpoohbr2 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 16 on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this lovely card!!! I love it!!!
Pandd rated for VJP: Ode to Autumn on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Oh Kristy, love this journal page. Fantastic collage.. the details are wonderful. And the great extras. A great swap! I have missed seeing your wonderful work. Thank you for sharing. Pat💕💕
Comment: I laughed and laughed over your note...I've had to use the very same filing system for certain swaps! Love the APC, but your work is always stellar. And the extras...be still my heart! You are SO lovely and generous, my bestie!
Dasha rated for YTPC: Halloween Mini-Pocket Letter on Oct 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a nice Halloween mini PL. And for all the extras, love Halloween themed stuff since we don't celebrate Halloween. :) And love all the beautiful postage stamps on the envelope.
tam2016 rated for VJP: Let's All Go to the Lobby! on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: Sorry so late to rate. The page you made for me made me smile. I really loved it. The license plates were so unique. Thank you!!
24Donna rated for SMSUSA: Four Out the Door #2 on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Thank you! Great selection! Love the pen with the little bobble on it and fine point my favorite! The butterfly stickers wow!!! Beautiful! Little bear washi and such cute paper clips!! I’m just so blessed! Thank you so very much! This is such a fun swap! God bless you and yours!

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anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

pattiairel on Nov 14, 2018:

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

CurlyTea on Oct 31, 2018:

Happy Halloween!

anrtist on Oct 22, 2018:

THANK you for the Birthday Wishes!
Blessings, cc

Mye on Oct 18, 2018:

Thank you for posting the adorable Birthday comment for me from WIYM group! 😊

CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:

Never hide your wings!

shirleyinCA on May 12, 2018:

How sweet of you to post the adorable Birthday comment for me from WIYM group! Thank you so much!

PurpleEars on May 11, 2018:

Thank you so much for the birthday graphic!

Kimmi50 on Apr 16, 2018:

Thank you for the “Birthday Wishes” you are amazing!!!😀💕🆒🌷

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