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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: February 24, 2021
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 have lived in or near the Columbus, Ohio area for most of my life. I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for three years and in Clifton Park (north of Albany) New York for 2 years. Ultimately, we moved back to Ohio to be near family. I felt it was important for my 4 children to have an extended support system. While Ohio isn't the MOST exciting place to live, I do love the change of seasons (except summer...I'd gladly skip summer). My husband and I now live in a humble home (with an amazing back yard) in Reynoldsburg, a southeast suburb of Columbus.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here for 11+ 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!

I LOVE

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

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!)

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.

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. Presently reading, 'Elsewhere' by Dean Koontz.

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 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.

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 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."

Ratings

Tverne05 rated for YTPC: Boho Beads! on Feb 22, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely beads. I like the colors you chose. I enjoyed making mine and it was my first time. I have made paper beads and now I know what I can do with them. I really do appreciate the extras. I plan to use the napkin for collaging. Take care and be safe!
luvbird rated for AACG: Graphic 45 ATC on Feb 22, 2021
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Comment: Kristy, what a precious, sweet little G45 ATC... I love it so much! Sweetest little bird and so many lovely layers and detail to look at. Love the vintage lace and the baby blue cheese cloth! I have never seen this collection (in person) from G45 and it looks so pretty. I think I am going to have to get some. Again, lovely, sweet extras which I love so much! Thank you so very much for such a nice swap! 🌷
luvbird rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #43 on Feb 22, 2021
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Comment: Kristy, this is such a sweet little ATC! I love pocket and cute images. The lovely little fabric heart is just precious, you make such awesome little fabric embellishments that you have so generously sent to me in the past... love them all! Kristy, you spoil me with the wonderful extras you sent...some of those fabric embellishments that I love just to mention a few. I appreciate your generosity! Very nice swap and it definitely brightened my day! 💕
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Comment: Thank you for another amazing swap! I think your artistry was just fine! I loved both pockets. Ü
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Comment: Nice to find you in my mailbox. Thanks for the great postcards.
allieo rated for YTPC: Doily Pocket + Hearts on Feb 17, 2021
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Comment: Such delicate pockets! I love the "shaker" tuck in and the February poem. I think the jean heart will make it's way into my journal today :)
marymary914 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #42 on Feb 17, 2021
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Comment: Girl, you rock! Great ATC and awesome extras! I love the vintage paper! 😍
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Comment: Dear Kristy thank you so much for these two delicate tags!! They're so pretty and I love the neutral tones! And the little journal was so cute! What a great swap to receive! Lots of love for you!! Inês
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Comment: Hi, wow thank you for the index cards, I feel so bad now because the index cards I created look like crap lol! You are such a crafty and creative person and I always look forward to the envelopes you send me. I still have the sewn map envelope you gave me a while ago, now I'm keeping this music sheet envelope forever ha!
Camiliann rated for YTPC: Vintage Style Collage Cards on Feb 15, 2021
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Comment: thanks so much for the beautiful art cards for my journaling. This was my first time making one and I had a lot of fun. I do like the art form. Have a wonderful day!! Extra hugs for the extras❤️
January rated for SMSUSA: Paper Scraps on Feb 12, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for a great assortment of paper bits! And bonus, the envelope looks great too - nice decorations :) Thanks!
Curiouskitty rated for Playing card/Vintage on Feb 12, 2021
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Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the amazing journal page you made for me. I love it and I love how you used pretty embellishments on the page. I still struggle with using embellishments in my art. I appreciate the pretty papers and the homemade crochet flower & sewn heart patch! Have a great weekend! ♥️
Karmi53 rated for YTPC: Paper Corner Huggers on Feb 11, 2021
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Comment: Wow l just love your cornor huggers this are my first ones l ever got. You did a beautiful job in making them thank you alot. And thank you for the extras too the heart is just lovely as well it's going in my personal journal. Thank you for everything take care
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Comment: Wow! Kristy, get my name everytime! Lol! I love your artwork and sense of style! This tag needs to be framed it’s so pretty! The goodies are perfect for what I’m into now! I especially like the sewn heart (did you do that?) and the vintage, botanical pages! Girl, you are so talented! Thank you so much!
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Comment: Love this so much!!! Lucky me to have you as a swap partner again!!Thank you! Ü
ChrisD rated for Vintage Sewing on Feb 10, 2021
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Comment: OMG! Kristy, the journal page is amazing. You nailed it! I love it. Thanks sooo much.
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Comment: Oh my. This is a true VALENTINE. I just love it. I love the creativity of all the pieces. I love the sweet way it is packaged -- so much thought and care! And I love all the little bits and pieces! This is a true boost on what has been a hard day. Thank you so much! Just love it.
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Comment: Thank you! Everything is beautiful!!
Curiouskitty rated for WIYM: Easy as 1 - 2 - 3! on Feb 8, 2021
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Comment: Wow!! Thank you so much for such a lovely swap! I was already thrilled to receive your sewn map envie and it just kept getting better & better. I really appreciate you sharing art with me. You are very creative & talented. The sewing really adds a whole new level to the paper crafts. Thank you as well for the wonderful extras and the beautiful way you packaged everything! ♥️♥️♥️♥️
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Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers :) and thank you so much for the V-day surprise. Wow! You're super crafty and talented!

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Comments

Tessssssa on Feb 10, 2021:

Thanks for angeling the bookpage double pocket swap. They are so beautiful!

jamicam on Jan 1, 2021:

May the new year bring goodness to you and yours!

hny

lou on Dec 26, 2020:

Happy 11 year anniversary on SB!

shirleyinCA on Dec 23, 2020:

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

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

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