Swap-bot Time: May 23, 2019 11:48 pm


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: May 23, 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 shopping online and aliexpress should get a line item in our budget ;+)

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!


Here are some of my favorite themes:

  • Cats

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

  • Nature (especially vintage nature images)

  • Nouvelles Images postcards

  • Sumo wrestlers

  • Fotofolio cards

  • San Francisco postcards (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo or Aquarium postcards

  • Trolls and gnomes

  • Moomin

  • Birds of all kinds

  • Interesting black & white photographs

  • Vintage deckle-edged postcards

  • 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.


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 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.


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.


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 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.


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."


Comment: What a beautiful envelope full of happiness! Thank you so much! You really made it a lovely swap.
supersquirrel rated for USAPC: Spring Pansies ATC on May 14, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness - what a amazing ATC. This is so very beautiful. Thank you for the stamp stickers too - my favorite!.
Lonestarchild rated for WIYM: Spring Scavenger Hunt on May 13, 2019
Comment: AWWW What a truly lovely package. It's put together so creatively and just dang cute. And every.single.thing inside is super special. No boring old PCs here. Just grand. So much fun to open. And the windchime pen? Where on earth! Totally love it. Thank you so much!
Comment: i LOVE this page! Really, I had glanced thru Flickr and saw the page and I said 'I really like that design'....and to my surprise, I opened your envie today and said to my son 'It's mine!' Thanks! So lovely in person, the texture is great! Thanks for a great swap! ♥
MiekeC rated for YTPC: Textile Collage Journal Pocket on May 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful textile collage, Nice color.
Comment: Oh, this whole package is so lovely! Well, I mean, envelope and contents. It all fits a certain look/ tone and I just love it. Your zine is just phenomenal! Now if ONLY it would act like spring again here! We had SNOW last night. SNOW on May 8. Hmm, reminds me of...last year.
Ace330660 rated for MFF: Bird Decoupage Book Pages on May 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful pages and extra goodies ! Did you use glitter mod podge? If so, I will have to buy some. What a fun swap !
Response: Yes! It's called Sparkle Mod Podge and I love it. It's VERY glittery so I only used it on some of the pages. I'm so glad you are pleased!
janski48 rated for YTPC: Vintage Style Tags on May 9, 2019
Comment: The tags are So Beautiful! Thank you Kristie for such a gorgeous set of tags! Love them❤️❤️❤️❤️😊!!
luvbird rated for MFF: Bird Decoupage Book Pages on May 8, 2019
Comment: Kristy, thank you for the lovely bird decoupaged book pages. I love them all, but the glittery one is my favorite. I can’t thank you enough for all the great extras you sent in this swap. Love everything so much! I am in love with the tags and smaller little tidbits that look like fabric. So pretty! I’ve really got to learn how to do this! I can’t wait to use all of these sweet little pieces of beauty in my future projects!
luvbird rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #4 on May 8, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh Kristy, it was like “Christmas in April” when I opened your package filled with such lovely, sweet little surprises! This ATC is so pretty! Each of the 3 elements are just great. Love the pretty dragon fly charm hanging on the safety pin. The texture of the seed packet is awesome. Very nice swap! Thank you so very much for the generous wonderful extras. It is always such a pleasure to receive a swap from you!
ncnurse04 rated for USAPC: Ferns & Butterflies ATC on May 7, 2019
Comment: Super cute ATC. I love it. Thank you for the extras. They will work great with the junk journal I am currently working on.
Comment: Thank you ever so much! Will use all! Love the pen and paper clips! And the little note pad you made, adorable love love it!!! So creative! God bless you and yours
Kimmi50 rated for VJP: French Ephemera & a Pocket on May 5, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness what a Beautiful Journal Page. You incorporated so many lovely details like the lace, lady image, metal flower and all the amazing ephemera. I love how you added the pocket with all the “French” pieces inside. You even sewed the sides and it is just gorgeous. Your always go above and beyond and I am so happy to own your “one of a kind” Spectacular pieces of art. Thank you for the extras which is very much appreciated. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Comment: Love the zine! Thanks for swapping with me:) Love the extras too:)
georgiafae rated for Spring Button Fairy Doll on May 3, 2019
Comment: She is just beautiful! I love shades of purple and she will go in my bedroom. What a sweet touch to put a bell at the end of her tail. As always I appreciate the little goodies you send along. Thanks again for being my partner in this swap!
donetta rated for AACG: Pond Life Series: Turtle on May 2, 2019
Comment: Lovely, lovely turtle ATC, my dear friend...I confess that I found this theme a bit challenging! Yours is (as always) exceptional...and the extras you included are deeply appreciated. Another "home run" from the craft table of isabellasnow!
lukeyduke rated for GAA: Match a Dictionary Page on May 2, 2019
Comment: A card from Isabella is like a card from heaven! It's really beautiful and as always you place things so perfectly. (I love the mushroom) thank you for the pretty extras
mandymo rated for USAPC: Inchie Book on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Oh it is so tiny and dear! I just love it. It is a miniature work of art. I also love the extras! That lace is perfect for a swal I doing next month. Thank you so very much!
Comment: Kristy, another beautiful swap from you. I love this group, and making things I've not done before. I am new to making journals, and will use this technique for future journals. I'm keeping this to put in my own journal. Thanks so much!
Comment: Kristy, what a pleasure to get your lovely, no stunning, envelopes! I just sat and looked a them for a while thinking of uses. I'm working on a journal they will fit into gloriously! I thnk this is a technique I'll use again and again! Thank you! nancyb

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Angie on May 1, 2019:

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 22, 2019:

JuneRosebud on Apr 6, 2019:

I just wanted you to know that I love your swaps; especially the three elements one. I always feel inspired by them. Thank you!!

Traceyk on Feb 21, 2019:

Hello! I wanted to let you know that I received the first week of the swap February 2019 Pen Pal! We did the same thing for Valentine's Day. :) Thank you very much!

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:

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