Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2019 2:41 pm


Date Joined: March 18, 2018
Last Online: January 19, 2019
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States

About Me

Crafty lady from California, proud mama of two fur babies. Addicted to all things beautiful paper and modern mixed media. Would love to get into encaustic medium but I’m too much of a chicken. I use YouTube card making and mixed media videos as therapy (it totally works, I can’t explain why), and am fiercely dependent on my Amazon Prime account (Aug ‘18: just tried grocery delivery: I’m totally never leaving my house again. Bliss!). Also a massive music fan but my Spotify account really needs to be organized before showing it off. ;)

I share items that I am proud of on my Instagram. So beware to my partners if you prefer to be surprised!

Favorite Books

I lean toward fantasy, but I will honestly read anything (string theory, memoirs, etc). I read several favorite fantasy series every year. I usually hold off until I’m having a hard time (i battle depression and pretty extreme anxiety), and then slide into a favorite series like an old soft pair of jeans. Major fantasy series favorites: Game of Thrones, Mistborn, Raven Boys (if you haven’t read this, you must. I learn something new that I love about it each time), the Way of Shadows trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy (the world building alone is worth reading it for), and just re-read the Lumatere Chronicles series. I go back and forth between fantasy and YA fantasy a lot. I just read the Throne of Glass series finale; was damn near perfect. I also love Sarah J Mass’ Court series, which is a slightly more adult version of YA fantasy. Both are wonderful.

I also will read pretty much anything related to Odin/Norwegian/Greek/other gods. A recent book that I loved (that I’m still impatiently awaiting its follow up) is The Butterfly Crest. Gorgeous retelling of Greek myth, and Asian myth cameos, but with unexpected lead characters. Very promising for a debut author (she’s actually an attorney in her ‘real life’. Currently accepting recommendations, especially for Asian folklore.

Currently reading (Dec 2018):

** The Fifth Season, a 3x (!!!) Hugo Award winning trilogy by the impeccable NK Jemisin (also author of the Inheritance Trilogy, mentioned above). NKJ is adept at using literary writing styles in her sci-fi/fantasy hybrids, with themes usually centered on culture, mysticism and oppression. I would start with the Inheritance trilogy first if you’re new to the genre. She’s also an underrepresented author who includes ltbgq characters in her work. Support her so we can get more diverse authors in the world.

** Fire and Blood, the new Game of Thrones prequel by George RR Martin. Ugh. Why do we need a 700+ page prequel when we really just wanted a 700+ page Winds of Winter, I ask you?!

** The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta (I am really enjoying the (not quite a) metaphor for gender fluidity; it’s subtle nudges are important in today’s fiction). Note: I’ve actially DNRed this one. It seemed to lose steam halfway through. I think the pacing is too front heavy, but just my opinion.

** The Iron Trial by Holly Black, while I impatiently await the Wicked Prince sequel. I’ve read everything else of hers, so I’m going middle grade while I wait. It’s cute.

** Just finished Girls of Paper and Fire. Honestly the book was good but the ending was so-so. Just a heads up.

Favorite style

November Obsession: the Wild Hare paper crafts curator service. https://thewildharekits.com/products/

Each time you purchase, you fill out a short survey of your color palette preferences and current interests/projects, and a personal curator goes and picks out items for you. It’s a lot cheaper than you may expect! The Petite pack is $20 and is enough for three scrapbook layouts (or endless happy mail projects, probably), and the next step up is $35, in which you get more paper and even more embellishments. They mix and match collections and brands and so you’re always discovering new things, and the various items they send always go together cohesively. It’s a really great way to get introduced to a new collection/trend without overcommiting or breaking the back. Needless to say: I find it pretty damn amazing and I highly recommend it. (No, I’m not on their design team/endorsed, but I sure wouldn’t kick them out of bed for eating crackers!) If you’re curious, check out some unboxing videos on YouTube. All of the recipients are exceedingly happy and surprised with what is sent. :)

I gravitate toward bright colors mixed with black/white/gray. (Emphasis on Black/white/gray: I will never cry if you send me anything b/w, including washi!) While I don’t hate pastel, the design has to be really compelling first and foremost. Think Maggie Holmes vs shabby chic.

I am not a huge vintage fan (except Halloween!!), though I do love Tim Holtz and Finnabair components in my mixed media. When I distress I use black instead of vintage photo - I just prefer the stark contrast that black provides vs Vintage Photo.

While I’m a fan of glitter, I prefer foil or better yet, gilding. I have an unnatural obsession with sequins. Meaning I keep buying them and looking over at them fondly, but I never use them for my own projects, only for others. For stunning (and cheap!) sequins, check out Cartwrights. They also sell beads and confetti:


Paper collections: not a Disney fan (Sorry!), I think I’m just more a fan of classic concepts like flora/fauna, travel, fashion, textures, seasons/holidays, etc. Recent brands that I’ve purchased. Pink Paislee (well, really, most sub brands of American Crafts), Simple Stories, My Minds Eye (pretty much always), Echo Park (preferred over Carta Bella, usually, and yes I realized they’re basically the same. But Carta Bella relies on ‘retro’ a ton, and I’m like ‘eh’.) Basically if your tween likes it...I probably do too.

Favorite Music

I grew up in a recording studio with a professional musician father (country/classic rock). Oddly I lean the exact opposite toward more modern mediums: analog made interesting via digital remastering. I like expirementation so I listen to a lot of Radiohead, Washed Out, M83, Bon Iver (basically: I love me a good falsetto, yum), and many other electronic and indie bands. Just discovered Daughter, mildly obsessed with both their arrangements and lyrics, like whoa. Summer 2018 new favorites: Glass Animals (thanks Tiff!) and Local Natives sophomore albums are pure summer confection. Also getting back into the percussive sexiness of Vampire Weekend. I also love me a good drummer (aka the instrument I actually wanted to learn, but dad said ‘nope’ and taught me Stairway to Heaven on guitar instead. Musicians. Psh.)

I would also do anything to become a music supervisor for films and television but I should’ve interned about ten years ago. Siiiiigh, dreams for my next life, eh?

If you’re looking for music, let me know and I’ll send you a play list. :)

Favorite Film

This is pretty easy. Baraka is a wonderfully shot documentary that took three years to film. It’s really like a moving dedication to the earth and it’s occupants, and juxtaposed with how the west affects the east/native populations. It awes and guts me every time I watch it, and parts will make you cry. There’s no script, just beauty in unexpected places, like finding beauty in the destroyed, or the organic in the inorganic, how things in our world are naturally synchronized. Its subtle, it doesn’t preach...but it does make you question. It’s a marvel of a film, and I think it should be required viewing for everyone before they graduate high school/enter the world as an adult. It’s also one of my favorite things to give as a gift, as it’s had a huge impact on how I look at the world and my place in it.

The Baraka trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=452SwB_vgZI

If you like watching the Discovery Channel, travel shows, learning philosophy or are a fan of the visual arts (which most of you are!), you’ll love it!


I’m not a huge fan of western religion iconography so if you send me something cross/Jesus related, it will likely go unused.

Bigotry/homophobia; basically: don’t be an a$$hole to your fellow human and we will get along fabulously.

Vintage. I like distress to a degree (see above) but I don’t like the sepia look. I prefer my paper design backgrounds/ribbon bright white so I can color it accordingly.

On those same lines, not a fan of steampunk. I will use steampunk chipboard pieces but it will only be used as general background for texture, never for a main element, and I have a ton of chipboard so hold onto your stash.

Postcards. Well...not so much dislike, more that I don’t understand the obsession? I’ve been gifted a number that have been regifted, and I appreciated the gesture. But if it’s a choice between a postcard and, say, a scrap of funky cardstock? I have more use for the funky cardstock.

If you ever have a question, please reach out!!

Other favorite: perfume/scent

Lush products. Ladies, amirite? Yum. I like most of the older products (the herbie ones), not so much their current kick (grapefruit/neroli). While I don’t hate it, I’m still not a fan of any of the cotton candy products. They just end up smelling like plastic on me. Hands down, I will always cry in joy to receive Big Blue, Butterball, wiccy massage bar, Sakura or Sex Bomb, and Woosh jelly soap, the only citrus I like of theirs: it reminds me of fruit loops! I took it on a backpacking trip to Costa Rica so it’s now my CR memory scent. :)

Lemon/citrus: I still love the JR Watkins lemon lotion you get st the pharmacy. It smells like lemon cake. Mmmm.

Violet. There are two perfumes that I absolutely love: La Violette by Annick Goutal (straightforward violet), and I Miss Violet by the Different Company.

Mimosa: I wear it in Mimosa Pour Moi by L’Artisan. Another L’Artisan line that I love is La Chasse Aux Papillons (eau de toilette). It reminds me of laying in the grass in the spring.

Jasmine. I’ve loved jasmine since I was a teen, using Lush’ Flying Fox temple balm as a solid perfume. They retired the line BUT their solid perfume Lust is practically the exact same scent.

Vanilla. Tihota by Indult makes a truly exceptional vanilla. It’s pure vanilla backed by a light dry down of musk and it’s incredible. You will never have that ‘ew, chemical vanilla’ experience with Tihota.

My point? I will take your perfume samples (especially smaller batch niche scents!) if you’re given something that doesn’t sit quite right on your skin. :) I am constantly on the look out for new scents!


Comment: haha! the struggle :P happy to be a SB addict!
Response: Me too. :) I thought of another yesterday: when you’re planning your day in the shower and the main element of that planning is upcoming swaps. 😉
mylove4craft rated for Washi wishes on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the washi! What did you have in mind for a private swap? I haven't been crafting much lately.
24Donna rated for Handmade Valentine Card on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Beautiful job for your first handmade card! Thank you very pretty and sweet sentiment written inside! God Bless
Response: Thank you! :)
Comment: Holy amazeballs Melissa! I don't even know where to begin with this swap, everything about it was so stunning! From the moment I saw the beautiful decorated envelope in my mailbox I have not stopped smiling! I started with your lovely long letter telling me about your creative process and all the gloriousness that awaited me in the beautifully wrapped gift with handmade gift topper :-D I am not a fan of extras because usually they're just random bits of destash but you sent some treasures, the metallic elements are perfect for my creations and the wooden butterfly - oooh I will have a hard time parting with that so I think I will just have (i.e. hoard) it for a little bit *squeeeee*. Then the tag...where to start. I mean these are the types of tags I see on display during like creativation or craft shows where expert artists have spent loads of time and energy to create a masterpiece. I seriously don't think I've ever received anything like this before. The background alone had to have taken quite some time with all of the layers of modeling paste through the different stencils and ink and different colored splatters and stamping, just wow! Then the added elements are all inked and embossed and splattered and painted and inked and stamped. I just can't stop looking at it and admiring it, I am just so blown away by the beauty and will treasure this always! Thank you so much for all your creative work to make this for me. It was such a thoughtful swap I wish I could give a bazillion gazillion hearts, you really went waaaay above and beyond on this!
Response: You’re making me blush. 😘
AliCrafter rated for Washi wishes on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh - the mermaids are amazing! Thank you for all the samples. You dun good, girl!
Response: Oh yay!!! I had two other mermaid washis but they weren’t in your color palette. Maybe I’ll just send them over since you’re so close and all. Edited: actually they seem to have walked away recently. If I ever unearth then I will send them your way!
MissPaula rated for Art Collab #23 Please add Postage on Jan 5, 2019
Comment: Wow! Thanks for the thoughtful and generous swap! Love the collage papers, something I will surely use but probably would not have have purchased for myself. Fun PC to add to. = )
Response: Yes her line of products is colorful and I’ve wanted to play with it for so long u til I finally broke down and got some on sale. Hope you have fun with it. :)
ccgigglebox rated for Halloween Loaded Bag Flip on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Absolutely loved it!!!!!
abshanghai rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Red on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH for the wonderful ATC! Love it and the stamps and the extras... THANK YOU!!!
Response: Im so glad it got their safely and you are more than welcome!! :)
Comment: If I could give you 100 hearts I would! Beautiful, way above and beyond. Thank you!! <3 <3
Comment: thank you for the cute Pocket Letter and happy hollidays!
Response: You’re welcome and have a wonderful 2019!
JennaZ rated for Christmas Altered Bag Swap on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Wow! Lucky me to get two wonderful packages from you this month! Thank you!
Response: I too was excited! Rarely does that happen on SB for me. I wish it did more often actially, that way I could get to know folks more instead of doing the Type 3 drivebies (what is the plural for drive-by? How can I not know this in today’s gun happy era?)
JennaZ rated for A Cozy Christmas Eve on Dec 16, 2018
Comment: Absolutely delightful package! I will have SUCH a cozy Christmas eve!!
Response: Yay!! :)
Comment: Ty for the mini PL. Love it and the goodies ( that paper clip😍 ). And definitely not just you I have tons to still do as well!
Response: I am SO addicted to shaped paper clips. I mean, if there was a rehab to get off of hunting and purchasing them, I should be locked away immediately. LOL! Glad someone loved them as much as I do. 😏
margaeli rated for Christmas Mail Art and ATC on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a bright and cheery ATC. And the extras. Happy holidays.
Response: And to you my dear! :)
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #150 (USA) on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: Lovely ATC! Thank you so much for the extras as well. <3
Response: Yay, glad it finally made it! :)
CheyanneB rated for AAA - Rainbow Series on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the little extras and the beautiful ATC! I can't wait to add it to my collection :)
Response: I still owe you a postcard blank! ;)
Comment: Thank you so much for the pocket letter, I am intrigued to say the least! I just took one of my audible credits and downloaded book 1 right in the post office parking lot lol!! I will let you know how I like it!
Response: I hope you like it! I had to push through the first part (I’m sure you know which part I’m referring to) and then it starts getting awesome. The best part is every book after gets even more amazing as you understand the timeline/players. Brent Weeks is a truly gifted writer. His other series is good too, but this is still my favorite. I had a hard time at first with how he depicted women because it seems like obvious objectification until I read the whole book/series. And his other series. The women he writes are really strong and I admire him for that. :)
nancylee rated for Lollipop Wand Craft USA on Oct 28, 2018
Comment: I love the wand and added it into my decorated branches as part of my decor- thank you too for the seasonal letter and happy thoughts > Happy Halloween!!!
Response: I’m glad you liked it! It was fun to make. :)
Comment: Yay! I get to send this one back just in time! Thank you!
Response: Phew!
keahirada rated for Halloween Pocket Letter on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: Wow, this was a lot of fun to open. Each pocket was really a piece of art and I absolutely loved your letter. It seems like we have a lot in common! Will definitely be writing you back and hope we can do some swaps/penpalling :)
Response: I’m glad you liked it and I’m so looking forward to your letter! <3

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choke on Dec 7, 2018:

Thank you so much for the tip about stencil usage, I never thought of that! I tried it last night and it worked great. Plus, even if it does make a little damage at least it's on the back and that would typically get covered up anyway. Woohooooo!

choke on Nov 23, 2018:

The swap is up! I am excited to try this, I think it will be a great challenge! I am awful at getting the stencils to stay put, even with washi, so I need more practice ;-D Hope to see you there!

choke on Nov 21, 2018:

Sorry I didnt see your comment on the distress fade swap until now. I will make a new swap with your idea, sounds fun!

RiverTopanga on Nov 19, 2018:

I wish I'd had my computer with me... I literally just returned from Sacramento/Carmichael on Sunday Morning! We could have met and swapped Crafty news! Welcome to the Artisan ATC group. We look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!

naturenerd3 on Nov 16, 2018:

I'd love to have some tag flips in the group so feel free to host whenever you'd like

naturenerd3 on Nov 16, 2018:

Welcome to Pockets and Flips USA

EmJayBe on Nov 15, 2018:

Ohmygosh I'm SO glad you liked the scents I sent. Ineke is my favorite perfume maker and my signature scent from her is Field Notes From Paris. I love perfume and have tried many other designers but I always come back to that. Can't wait til you find a guy you can make wear that one heheheee! Sending good thoughts to you through these terrible fires...maybe we can do a private flipbook swap when things calm down for you.

smmarrty on Sep 10, 2018:

Just wanted to say thanks for adding to my Art Collab post card!

ThePaperLetterBlog on Sep 9, 2018:

I'm a bit late, but decided to answer your sweet comment after all! Thank you so much for being so kind, it really made my day. Now everytime I scroll past it, it brings a smile to my face! Yay! Have a wonderful day!

Lorellie on Sep 3, 2018:

I got your comment! I actually did Nano for this first time last year. How to give advice about it, that’s a tricky question for me. Nano is extremely difficult and that stress is bound to hit everyone differently. But don’t take that the wrong way, you should challenge yourself.

Anyway, here’s what I would do, if I were going to do it again: (1) Set a time and defend it. At least an hour and be ready when it starts. Have your coffee first, put on something comfy, etc. (2) Use paper or maybe a typewriter, but stay off your laptop. If you feel the need to do an exact word count, count all your words the first day across how many pages it takes and then do an average. Assume every page you write after has your average amount of words. (3) Know that writing every day at all is a big deal, it doesn’t always have to be the max #. It’s a rough draft, you’re going to have lots of time to agonize over word counts and everything else later. Trust me. (4) Never write anything for any reason but that YOU love it, even when you hate it.

I hope that helps at all & I wish you luck!

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