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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: July 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.

THINGS I LOVE

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.

BESIDES POSTCARDS, I LOVE:

Anything Halloween

Paper, paper, and more paper!

Cats cats and more cats

Vintage stationery sets

All vintage paper ephemera!

Elephants

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

Frogs

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.

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!)

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.

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.

ME & MY FAMILY

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.

THOUGHTS ON SWAPPING. . .

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."

Ratings

BeeMGee rated for AACG: Library Pocket Free Theme on Jul 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much Kristy for the gorgeous altered library card. I love it! A beautiful piece of art as usual. Keep cool my friend..we are experiencing a very cold winter but not much rain which is a worry. till next timexx
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Collage Mail Art on Jul 14, 2018
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Comment: Hi Kristy! Your collage envelope was amazing! Blue is my favorite color and I can't believe all the wonderful elements and bits and pieces you put together to make such a fantastic work of art! I really hated to open it! And you sent me the best assortment of goodies inside - wow! I love it all and I have absolutely none of it in my craft stash. Also noticed one of the items was a decoupage napkin over printed paper! Thanks so much for a really great swap! Laurie
PaperPassion rated for MFF: Magpie Treasure ATC on Jul 14, 2018
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Comment: Kristy,Thank you so much.The ATC is great and you are so sweet to send the stamps.I sure will use them.Talk about Christmas in July.Your kindness is over whelming.
BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Art Journal Page #1 on Jul 13, 2018
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Comment: Thanks Kristy for the beautiful journal page. Thanks for adding the page for writing, on the back. I struggle with wanting my art to look like other swappers I've received from. I have decided to be content with what I can do, because I never considered myself an artist! I love this group, and learning techniques and having a prompt to start my creative juices flowing! Thanks for the stencil. I found a few at Dollar Tree that have a great design, that I might put on envelopes. I will use yours too! The heat is too much, but great for staying indoors and crafting!
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Comment: That was an awesome review. You answered questions that were awesome to hear what you thought. Ones I didnt answer thank you.
Rimbar rated for SMSUSA: Sunshine in My Mailbox #2 on Jul 10, 2018
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Comment: 07/10/2018-First I want to say you have ever so lovely penmanship. Ty ever so much for such an awesome envie full of sunshine. I loved everything you sent me. Happy swapping.
fairyduster53 rated for MJS: Kitchen Magpies on Jul 10, 2018
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Comment: Lovely swap!! Thank you so much!! Love the paper bag envelope!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Let's Make Paper Tassels on Jul 10, 2018
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Comment: Gorgeous!! Love them all so very much! Thank you for the fun swap!!
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Comment: Kristy, wow, what a lovely swap package from you. The envelope was lovely and the washi tapes and ephemera and stickers are perfect. I love them all! I apologize for the late rating, I had someone very close to me pass away and I am having a rough time keeping things updated. cheers, Bre
hibiscus rated for GAA: Springtime in Paris on Jul 6, 2018
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Comment: you have the very best ideas...this was like looking in a garden at that lovely elegant lady with the tower in the back ground...great idea to use the folded print as the arch..amazing...thank you so much for the swap and this atc….
pattiairel rated for Very Happy Mail! on Jul 5, 2018
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Comment: Kristy I am in love with each and every item you sent my way!!!! Oh I am so happy I cant express how much ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ thank you so much. Yes we will do this again in the fall!! Oh how we will find so many goodies then in beautiful colors. My favorite time of the year!!!!!
donetta rated for AACG: Tim Holtz Style #8 tag on Jul 3, 2018
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Comment: I was afraid of this...I just knew I'd forgotten to rate you for this fabulously Holtz-y tag, and when I checked just now, my fear was confirmed. I am so sorry...if anyone deserves being rated immediately, it's you. Kristy, your attention to detail is amazing, and the results are gorgeous...you are simply the BEST swap partner! Thank you for the beautiful papers...they are feminine and lovely, just like you!
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Comment: Hi Kristy, thank you so much for your gorgeous mail. Your postcard is gorgeous and I love all the little delights you filled the envelope with. I've never seen vellum stickers before! Hope we swap again soon 😗
tigermousecat rated for VC: Vintage Blue Collage ATC on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: By the sea, by the sea...Love the blue mix! The turtle is so pretty! Thanks for all!
luvbird rated for AACG: Lovely Lady in Lavender on Jun 29, 2018
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Comment: Indeed, such a “lovely lady in lavender” she is! This is so pretty Kristy. I am always in awe of how many little sweet tidbits you use to make your little works of art so special! I really love this one. Thank you Kristy.
luvbird rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Tag Book! on Jun 27, 2018
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Comment: Kristy, I am so much in love with this darling tag book! I just can’t stop looking at it, going through the pages over and over...there are so many wonderful things to look at. So much fun! Great nature images and embellishments. Thank you, thank you so very much for such a great swap.
luvbird rated for MFF: 2 Envelope Bird-Themed Flipbook on Jun 27, 2018
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Comment: Hi Kristy! This is just too cute! Love, love the cute bird paper that you used for the envelopes. So many cute little tidbits tucked in everywhere. Cutest little pocket inside. What a fun swap. Thank you so very much. Love it!
CharlieChick86 rated for YTPC: File Folder Flip Book on Jun 24, 2018
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Comment: Oh my goodness, this is amazing thanks so much I’d give a 10 and extra hearts if I chould. Thank you
StwbyQT rated for WIYM: PC, Tea, & Me! on Jun 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank you, thank you, thank you! You sent an absolutely lovely swap and I'll definitely be writing back. :) I hope you have a great rest of your weekend! <3

Rating Overview

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Comments

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!

MsLee on May 4, 2018:

Dearest Kristy, thank you so much for my lovely Butterfly envelope. and for the great vintage pages from the New Garden Encyclopedia. Have a great weekend, and thank you for so many wonderful swaps. xoxoxo

Kimmi50 on Apr 16, 2018:

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

thedreamer on Apr 9, 2018:

Thank you for the birthday wishes!! :)

Mugsie on Apr 4, 2018:

yvonne401 on Apr 4, 2018:

Thank you for the belated birthday wishes!

Blessings,

Yvonne

djcamp04 on Mar 22, 2018:

OMG!!! Thank you so much for the dies!! I love everyone of them. Can’t wait to use them. ❤️💐❤️

Margothecat on Mar 21, 2018:

Thank you for hosting the AN Scavenger Hunt swap = I really appreciate it! HUGS!

janski48 on Mar 14, 2018:

Tha is so much for the wonder package you sent! I love all the stamps!! Hugs!!

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