Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2020 1:52 am


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: December 2, 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!


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


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.


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, 'Elsewhere' by Dean Koontz.


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 and 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 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."


Comment: I love it! Such a great variety of tags you sent. It was fun going thru them over and over again. And thanks for the included extra goodies!
georgiafae rated for VJP: 4x6 Pink Holiday Angel on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: This is a most wonderful pink angel and I feel very special that you have given it to me -love the flowers on it and all the other details. Thanks also for the wonderful dyed paper-Christmas snippet and other goodies you sent-it is always a joy to get something from you. Hope you are staying safe and well-Blessings friend for happy holidays ahead!
Ace330660 rated for YTPC: Paper Snippet Strip on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the snippet strip and extras ! Do you know where the floral book and washi sticker is from ?
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating! Honestly, I don't know! If you send me a pm with a more detailed description I MIGhT be able to figure it out!
Comment: Partnered again! You're probably tired of sending to me -- but I will NEVER tire of receiving a Kristy swap! Thank you so much - beautiful as always!
donetta rated for VC: Mini-Album on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: Kristy my dear friend, this mini album is simply amazing...a vision in pink and gold! So many extravagant details and tuck-ins, all with your signature feminine, romantic style. I’m in love with it, and (as always) use your creations to spark my own creativity and ideas. Thank you for always putting your heart into your art!
luvbird rated for MFF: Christmas Cardinal Tag on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Kristy, thank you so very much for this beautiful Cardinal tag...so pretty! I love the background paper, the embellishments, the sparkly red netting and that really cool bird charm! Love it all! I really love the sparkly spray you used on the background! I also noticed it on the Birds & Blooms 5x7 that you sent. I would love to know what that spray is. I love the sweet extras that you sent. Darling little Christmas embellishments and I love the little stacked fabric embellishment that you put on your note...love the little piece of zipper...so darn cute! Such a wonderful swap Kristy! Thank you!
Response: Hi Debbie~ I will look to see the name of the sparkle spray and let you know. Thank you for your kind words!
Rosa1 rated for YTPC: No-Sew Holiday Notebook on Nov 21, 2020
Comment: such a beautiful book! and thanks so much for all the goodies :)
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Holiday Embellishments on Nov 21, 2020
Comment: Kristy - I love my 4 holiday embellishments that you made! They all have a little glitz, a little sparkle, a lot of holiday color and imagery. They will be so fun to use and will make perfect smaller package decorations. Thank you for all four. And many thanks - again - for the extra goodies. Those tiny envelopes must be the smallest I've ever seen! Love the napkin and floral sticker too. Thanks for another super swap!
Aseret25 rated for Mae- Your creativity! on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: WOW, what an amazing package! These mini envelopes are SO CUTE! :D And did you dye some of this paper yourself? I'd love to know how you did that! THANK YOU so much for this wonderful assortment of envelopes & other goodies! :)
Comment: I completely overlooked this 2nd swap in your envelope! I am so sorry...These are so nice...I like the assortment of images that you used. I am going to ha e fun using some of these..."maybe...lol on future projects.
Tverne05 rated for SMSUSA: One-Week-Journal on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: OMG! Thanks soo much for the swap. I appreciate the extras that you sent. The clusters that you made are awesome! During the Thanksgiving break I need to practice making some. They are the perfect embellishment to any project or journal. I am in the process of reading the journal you wrote. The cut off corners gave added interest to the journal. Your handwriting is lovely. Take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Be safe!
dmarie rated for YTPC: Junk Mail Envelope Album US on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks for hosting an amazing swap! I learned so much from this DIY. Thanks for the amazing journal, every page is a wonder. I love πŸ’•the theme of it and all the gorgeous things that you made inside. Thanks and Happy swapping!πŸ’—
Comment: Hi Kristy, thank you so much for the lovely card and goodies. As always your attention to detail is just beautiful. Tons of hearts. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Holiday Flipbook on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous Holiday flip book - it's intense - I love it!
JuneRosebud rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #39 on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: Wow, Kristy; I love your ATC & thank you for the goodies, too. I really enjoy these 3 Elements Swaps that you host!! Happy Holidays to you & yours=)
renmagpie rated for AACG: 3 Elements ATC #6 on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: Kristy - Thank you for another beautiful swap! Your ATCs are truly lovely. And I definitely LOVE the medieval, copper embossed fish. :D xoxo
jjhere rated for SMSUSA: Washi Pumpkin Mail Art on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: What a fabulous washi pumpkin!! I love how you stitched it. Thank you for all of the extras, too. You are so good at that style - I'm envious!
georgiafae rated for YTPC: Handmade Buttons on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: I Love all the buttons-thanks for the extras! I ordered one of those spring hole punches but it hasn't come yet. Thanks also for the wonderful extras! Always a pleasure to swap with you, friend! Take care and stay safe!
Comment: Thank you. Wow...what an awesome package. Love it all.
warheart rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #38 on Nov 13, 2020
Comment: Always love to receive from you!! Your ATCs are always so nice to include in my art journal to keep! Thank you for all the fun goodies with it as well

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jjhere on Nov 12, 2020:

I had never heard of Inge Look cards - those are so fun! Thanks for the heads-up!

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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