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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: February 20, 2019
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 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.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here 9+ 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!

THINGS I LOVE

I'm always happy to receive postcards in the following genres:

  • Cats

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

  • Nature cards

  • Nouvelles Images postcards

  • Sumo wrestlers

  • Alaska and Alaska animals

  • Fotofolio cards

  • San Francisco postcards (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo or Aquarium postcards

  • Trolls and gnomes

  • Moomin

  • Any card with swans

  • Interesting black & white photographs

  • Vintage deckle-edged postcards

I also love anything from the following themes:

  • Halloween

  • Paper, paper, and more paper!

  • Vintage stationery sets

  • All vintage paper ephemera!

  • Elephants

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

  • Frogs

  • 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 2500 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, 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 former fan of TWD but the story lines just became SO WEIRD so I cut the cord from The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead.

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

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 six adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, and Aaliyah). 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 11 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 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. I get so frustrated with those who complain, complain, complain about swap-bot in the forums. One word of advice to those folks: move on! Please allow new members to form their own opinions and (perhaps) learn to love swap-bot through their own experiences. I'm consistently puzzled by those who act as a self-appointed police force on the site. Why join a site for swapping and spend all your time investigating everyone else?

I believe this 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

marymary914 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 25 on Feb 17, 2019
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Comment: Awesomely done! Love the colors and gold flowers! Thanks!
Response: HI Mary! I'm so glad you liked it. After it was finished, I wish I had toned down the pink a bit ;+) Thanks for joining and for the stellar rating.
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Scrap Paper Tags on Feb 16, 2019
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Comment: Thank you - love the tags and the ephemera!
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Comment: Beautiful clips that will add beauty wherever I put them. This was a fun swap, and I hope to make more of these for some of my projects!
Response: Thank you, neighbor! I'm so glad you like them. I didn't have the eyelash yarn and was worried they wouldn't turn out as nice, but I'm so glad they did Thanks, Becky, for your kind words and lovely rating.
Pandd rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #27 on Feb 15, 2019
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Comment: Love, love your atc. Very Timmy at his best. Your work is always beautiful and so well designed. Thank you also for the great extras. Your extras are always things I have never seen. Great swap. Thank you for hosting again. I know that it is a lot of work. Pat💕💕
Response: You are so kind, Pat. Thank you. I love hosting and sharing extras, too. I order a lot of things directly from China (at very low prices) and love to share. I'm so glad you loved it all!
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Comment: OMG Kristy...I don’t know where to start! Thank you so very much for the fantastic envelope flip book! So pretty and so very generous with all the pretty Valentines goodies. I can’t tell you how many times over and over again I have looked at each beautiful envelope and it’s embellishments! Love, love it so much! I do think this is my all time favorite swap that I have received. Thank you so very much!
Response: Debbie, this is high praise, indeed! I am SO SO happy you liked what I created. I love those 'things on a ring' and think I might list another shortly. Thank you for your kind words; you are a treasured friend.
donetta rated for YTPC: Scrap Paper Tags on Feb 14, 2019
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Comment: Oh Kristy...both tags are beautiful! I also love a neutral palette...but it's your use of beautiful stitching and the adorable little bee charms on tiny safety pins that had me drooling immediately. Thank you so much, my dear friend...your swap envelopes are simply amazing! ETA: OMG, the little bag of die cuts and trims...wOw!
Response: Drooling! haha! That's so cute! The bee was a last minute addition. I love those tiny things and the lightbulb pins, too. You're so sweet. Thanks for your lovely rating my dear friend.
lukeyduke rated for AACG: Postage People ATC on Feb 12, 2019
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Comment: Isabella!!! So happy to hear from you! The best partner ever ever ever Your card is absolutely awesome and so nicely put together. Thank you Kathie
laterdayze rated for USAPC: Valentine ATC on Feb 11, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the ATC and for hosting this swap. I love layered ATC's, they are my favorite! :D
Luvslife3 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #2 on Feb 10, 2019
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Comment: Thank you Kristy!! Love the ATC and all the extras!! Did you make the stickers?? Thanks for hosting!!
Response: Oh, I can't remember which stickers I sent! Were they vellum? If so, no. Thank you for the lovely rating.
georgiafae rated for EP ATC Background Papers on Feb 8, 2019
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Comment: I also have more precut paper scraps than I know what to do with. I have one that is by color-one that is by themes-and one I call "fancy" paper. I cut my scraps into 4 x 4 squares to fit perfectly in my suitcase containers. I also have a suitcase of those cut to exact ATC size and they are all just mixed together all categories. These suitcases help when I go to a retreat that does sell supplies. But enough about me--Love the way you sent the ATC background papers and the papers are some unique that I haven't seen before-thanks for sharing. Always great to swap with you friend!
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Comment: Ooh, this is a true beauty, Kristy! Your artwork is always perfection...you have a true gift for adding the perfect embellishments, and the result is so beautiful. I do believe in magic...as long as you're my friend and swap partner!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap! I LOVE The bird envelope! I am not great at making my own, so these are wonderful. I'm pretty sure you sent a lot more than "4" items - all I can say is Thank you!
mandymo rated for AACG: Pink and Black ATC on Feb 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC. It is always a pleasure getting a swap from you!
Response: Thank you, Mandy! It seems like FOREVER since we have swapped together; I miss you ;+) Thank you for your kind words and I hope we get to swap together again soon!
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Comment: I really enjoyed your package. thank you
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Comment: Your kitty washi tape is adorable. I gotta find some for me. This package made my day. Thank-you, thank-you. Your special touches did it. Thank-you for the gel pens. Believe it or not, i never tried them...well i have in just black, but not color. Woo-hoo, my pen pals will get a new me in the mail. The Llama booklet is perfect. LOVE the floral stickers. Looking forward to joining more of these swaps. Have a blessed week.
carol rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #5 on Feb 4, 2019
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Comment: What an amazing envelope! I love the stamps, too. Thanks so much!
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Comment: Kristy: Your VJP with a sewing theme was amazing! I love the little dress you stitched out of the pattern material and am wondering if the scissors and dress forms are your new die cuts?? It's just wonderful - all the detail and elements and machine stitching. Are you a seamstress as well?? And thank you so much for the "sewing" extras!!
Response: Hi Laurie! Yes! Those are my new dies -- I had such fun creating scissors! I can sew well but rarely opt to sew, except on paper. You are most welcome for the extras and if you should find yourself in need of scissors, give me a shout!
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Comment: I love all you sent! You’ve sent me the otters and cat heads before and I’m glad you sent them again!! They are two of my favorites. Your handwriting looks like you do calligraphy. Do you? I think calligraphy is beautiful but I wouldn’t be able to do it. Lol Thank you!!
Response: Oh, I'm glad you didn't mind the repetition of patterns! I love those two--especially the otters! Thank you for your kind words and I hope we get a chance to washi together again!
1koolkrafter rated for SMSUSA: Send it Blind! #1 on Feb 1, 2019
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Comment: I absolutely loved everything! Thank you sooooo much!

Rating Overview

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Comments

donetta on Feb 2, 2019:

Oh, my dear friend...I returned home after a week of horrible anxiety and dread (I was trapped away from home by weather, and my kitties were without food for at least 3 days) to find the most wonderful envelope waiting for me. All the kitty-esque return address labels! To die for! and the embellishment clusters you made are so incredibly feminine and elegant...just like the lady who made them. Have I mentioned lately that I treasure you? I absolutely do! Thank you from the bottom of my heart...I just love you, and your friendship means so much...so, so much.

MisplacedfromPA on Jan 25, 2019:

Got week 1 today for the smusa January 2019 Pen Pal swap. Thanks for the lovely letter, gift tag and heart stickers.

kiddomerriweather on Jan 19, 2019:

Awwww, thank you, my dear.

bluehairedmary on Dec 22, 2018:


Thank you for the holiday wishes on the forum! It was quite a moment in that car with my kids! Luckily, the tow finally arrived. Hopefully it will be fixed by Monday! Happy holidays to you and yours!

CurlyTea on Dec 10, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

goinjenny on Dec 6, 2018:

lou on Dec 6, 2018:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

thriftymermaid on Dec 4, 2018:

Thank you for the birthday wishes and a very Happy Birthday month to you!!

pattiairel on Nov 14, 2018:

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

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