Swap-bot Time: May 7, 2021 10:09 pm


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Last Online: May 7, 2021
Birthday: February 25
Country: United States
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Quest Scouts

Swap Notes

29 April: There must be some changes at my local post office (personnel or procedures) and they are causing some issues. I have had several items returned to me 4-5 days after I mailed them and I have been receiving mail addressed to my neighbors or from other parts of town (not my address but delivered to my mailbox).

My first name is AmyMarie (all one word with NO spaces, 2nd M is capitalized).
Preferred pronouns: she/her.

I love sending and receiving snail mail. Swapping is fun and a great way to have mail other than bills and ads.

Since I collect postage stamps, I'd appreciate actual stamps on mail (preferred real stamps and not metered mail).

Please no religious items.

I am very sensitive to several scents including tobacco smoke and perfumes. Please keep anything you are sending me away from perfumes and other artificially scented things.

I am allergic to several foods. Please do NOT send foods or beverages (including tea).

I collect playing cards from decks with backs different from the typical Bicycle brand blue or red backs. And decks with different pips or different design / color on the face side of the cards. I have MANY decks of cards and several duplicate cards from swaps. I am open to private swaps for playing cards if you also collect / use them or if you have interesting decks and wish to swap something else for them.

About Me

  • creative, have many artistic interests, and enjoy doing a variety of mixed media & paper crafts

  • life-long learner, love to read, explore, travel, and try new things

  • being in nature and near water (lakes, oceans, waterfalls, rivers, etc) refreshes me and my soul

  • married, no kids, several nieces & nephews

  • have one cat and appreciate all animals (supports zoos & programs that focus on conservation, rehabilitation, education, and sustainability)

  • enjoy spending time with family & friends, playing board & card games, exploring National Parks & collecting NP cancellation stamps, earning Quest Scout points & badges (see next section), browsing through antique stores, and hanging out in libraries & bookstores.

Active Hobby

I have been a Quest Scout [QuestScouts.com] for a few years and really enjoy it. I like being creative and trying new things. Quest Scouts is questing for adults and completing Quests and earning badges (stickers & metal tags) through objectives in categories like create art, DIY, literature (reading), travel / explore locally, games, photography, research, geocaching / letterboxing, etc. It is so fun and gets me doing things I wouldn't try otherwise or things I didn't even know about. There are also weekly challenges that are connected to various quest objectives and you earn a star upon completion (# stars to earn for each level badge). It's been fun to have a motivation and more of a "group activity" (even though we live in different states).

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts and using mixed media art supplies. The items I use and make shift over time. I have made handbound books, homemade paper, artistamps (faux postage), mailart, handmade envelopes & postcards, collages, zines, ATCs, altered books, altered playing cards, pocket letters, and hand-carved rubber stamps.

In the past I have done scrapbooking and art journaling. I am still doing a form of fauxbonichi / junk (ephemera from my day) journaling.

Please do NOT send me random bits of paper!


I collect the following items:

  • postcards [see Postcards section below]

  • postage stamps, international & USA (new & used) [please NO USA flag and NO religious stamps] All postage stamps are great and I especially like postage stamps with themes of mail, letter writing, post offices, PostCrossing, space & space exploration, the Olympics, National Parks, women & their contributions, nature & scenery, and shapes other than the typical rectangle.

  • Airmail and other mail/envelope stickers, including from other countries (outside the USA) and in all languages

  • Mailboxes, airmail stationery (plus these themes / designs on items)

  • Vintage ephemera including travel tickets (bus, train, etc), paper forms, letters & envelopes & postcards, languages other than English, playing cards, labels, stamps (ration stamps, grocery store stamps, tax stamps, postage stamps, etc), old passports & identification papers, maps, cookbook pages, library cards & pockets

  • Playing cards: It's fun to see the different designs and special packs, especially those that have images or decorated fronts (different colored or design face cards, fun pips on the number cards, pictures or images on the number cards, etc). I like all suits & cards and tend to prefer A of spades, all 5's, all Queens, and unique Jokers. I am willing to do private swaps for playing cards.


I would love to get Maxicards! NOT extra large postcards. They are maximized postcards = postcard picture, postage stamp, and cancellation mark all on same side and all depict the same item / image! I'd even enjoy a postcard that has a postage stamp similar to or matching the postcard image.

I also would love to receive Japanese Gotochi (shaped) postcards.

I am a member on PostCrossing and have collected postcards since I was a child. I prefer postcards sent naked (not in envelope) with postage stamps (not metered postage) and something written on the back - even just a short message. If you do not know what to write, here is a list of 20 ideas: http://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2013/02/05/20-ideas-of-things-to-write-on-postcards

Store bought postcards: waterfalls, mailboxes, post offices, mail / postal theme, letter writing / fountain pens / writing desk / correspondence theme, PostCrossing, libraries / books / reading theme, doorways, windows, maps, National Parks, State Parks, landmarks, historical sites & people, UNESCO sites, earthworks, lakes, oceans, lighthouses, skylines / scenes / images of your town / city / country, images of regional traditions / culture, nature scenery, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars, wild animals (not domesticated cats & dogs), also check out my likes section below for postcard ideas

MailArt (homemade) postcards: etegami; photography; using art, collage, drawing, painting, ephemera, rubber stamps, etc.


traveling themes, maps, foreign coins, travel tickets and tokens (bus, subway, etc.), passports & passports stamps,

waterfalls, oceans, lakes, rivers, lighthouses, autumn, trees, nature, dragonflies, owls, tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, koalas, polar bears, penguins, butterflies, (animals), sunsets and sunrises, mountains,

mail art, mailboxes, postage stamps (NOT religious ones), postal / mail / airmail themes, fountain pens & ink, typewriters, books,

antique & vintage items and ephemera, small / miniature items, different textures, unique designs,

book themes, hand-bound books / book arts, paper engineering, earth tones including terra cotta and rust-ish reds, shades of purple and mauve (pinkish, blue-ish purple), most shades of green, rubber stamps, embossing powders, {not fond of neon colors}

connecting with people, other perspectives and cultures, ancient civilizations, hanging out with family & friends, playing board & card games, interesting playing cards,

celestial / astronomy especially moon / lunar / galaxies, NASA / space travel, science fiction, Doctor Who (favorite is 10th with 11th as close second, River Song, TARDIS), the world of Harry Potter

Books / TV / Movies

I love to read. I recently started reading Terry Pratchett's books. I read "Going Postal" at the beginning of 2021 and now want to read all his Discworld books.

For fun I usually read mysteries. I also like general fiction and some science fiction. I do read non-fiction on a variety of topics and enjoy a well-written book and learning new things.

Some of my favorite authors: Kate Morton, Andy Weir, Rita Mae Brown, Donald E. Westlake, Dorothy Gilman, M.C. Beaton, Jenn McKinlay, Martha Wells, Elizabeth Berg, Brene Brown.

I watch WAY too much TV and am working on reducing the hours spent watching shows. I enjoy Resident Alien, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Young Sheldon, NCIS, Mom, Star Trek Discovery, Doctor Who, Amazing Race, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Lucifer. I enjoy British shows like Taskmaster, Would I Lie To You?, QI, and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

I (used to) get to the cinema a handful of times a year but I watch movies, series, & stand up on Netflix & Amazon Prime. I do like sci-fi, adventure, comedies, action, mystery, Independent films, and some of the older / b&w films.

Do NOT like

cigarette/cigar/pipe smoke (I am allergic)

overly glittered items (some bling / shiny is nice but when it leaves a trail of glitter on anything it touches, it gets annoying)

Christian-based religious items (plenty of that available around here).

Random bits of paper, teachers' stickers, puffy stickers

Things that interest me

Altered Art (puzzle pieces, library card pockets, strands of tickets, playing cards, etc)

Letterboxing, Geocaching

Passports & cancellations / stamps for National Parks, historic sites, state parks, lighthouses, nature preserves, etc. So fun to visit, see, learn, and fill a passport.


Tuutis rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #8H on May 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the many lovely cards, and especially your sweet message in so nice paper! Also I liked the tiny envelope, and the main envelope, with many stamps, this was so happy swap!
PrincessLeia rated for Playing Card Obsessed #3 on May 7, 2021
Comment: Hello AmyMarie, Thanks for all the cool playing cards and all those extras! Love the starwars stickers and the cutouts from the calendar!
Sasha42 rated for VES: A Little of this and that #1 on May 7, 2021
Comment: Amy, thanks for another great swap. Love the pretty card that contained the awesome goodies. Have a lovely May.
Comment: You are AWE-MAZING, AmyMarie!!! Thank you ever so, so much for sharing these great correspondence themed goodies. I looove the true vintage "unit letter" - never seen anything like it before either! Very cool. The strip of actual USPS airmail label 19-B's are super great as well. I am in postal-girl cloud nine right now! You-da-best!!!📮💌💙❤📮💌💙
MellowOda rated for Playing Card Obsessed #5 on May 6, 2021
Comment: All of the cards (including the extras) are new to me except one (one of the unicorn ones). Thank you so much! I love the tiny cards!!
Comment: Thank you again for great cards. I love this series of swaps. Also the extras that will be perfect for my journal, thank you again.
craftynut rated for Playing Card Obsessed #4 on May 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the fabulous cards. So many new designs. A really wonderful selection.
Comment: Thank you for the extras! Sorry for the late rating. Life has been crazy.
Comment: Both books sound interesting!!! I have read 'Mort' hundrets of moons ago :) and maybe this needs a re-read. And your second choice sounds eye-opening! Thank you for your postcard and for using - as always - the best stamps!!! Have a fabulous May :)
megan1230 rated for Playing Card Obsessed #4 on May 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great cards!
Comment: Love, love, love them!!! Cool idea to use themed brads!! I am inspired!!! TYSVM!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the stencil & all the fun stuff you sent me! Can't wait to start using it! :)
Comment: I love every single card you put in! Thank you so much. Also quest scouts is right up my alley! I'll check it out. Many hearts to you 💜💜💜
Carollee922 rated for Harry Potter Postcard #9 on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: I love all the HP washi and stickers, thank you for sending!
Comment: 😍Thank you!
fishsteak rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #21 on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Love the envelope and stamps and thank you for the goodies! It’s always great to hear about when someone first starts reading Discworld. Going Postal is one of my favorites.
lvpoohbr2 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #3~Swap #7 on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cards and for taking the extra time to make it special! Ü
Comment: Love the cards! Especially the GA one. Thank you 🖤
Bbstar rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 3~Swap # 2 on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Fantastic cards and birdy extras- loved them, thanks🌻🌻🌻
Comment: The card has arrived safely and will be snt to the next partner!

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thisismeAXiD on Feb 2, 2021:

happy birthday month

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


Aseret25 on Nov 17, 2020:

Ooo, Quest Scouts looks like fun!! I'm going to have to dig through the site more and find a quest I can tackle!

PostMuse on Oct 17, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed the Dear Doctor mailart! That mailbox rubber stamp is decades old. I think it was 100 Proof Press but I use it so much the company name isn’t visible anymore.

camelsamba on Sep 11, 2020:

I'm so envious that you have been to a recent Carrie Newcomer concert - I saw her once but it was many years ago. Will have to pay attention to her schedule once concerts start up again.

I first discovered Mrs Pollifax in 1992! My husband and I even listened to some of the stories as books on cassette while commuting, and more recently I've listened to some as CD. One of the later ones in the series has an interview with the author at the end of the CD, and it was interesting to listen to in light of knowledge that she suffered from dementia later in life. I read an article once saying that some later Agatha Christie works may show evidence of dementia (something to do with word choice, or word length?) and wondered if they would find the same thing if they studied Dorothy Gilman.

I didn't know there was a Mrs Pollifax movie; i will have to track it down!

samjowers on Jul 30, 2020:

I was a member of questscouts!!! still follow them on instagram! LOVE their quest and love that its like scouting in that you can earn badges!

MamaD on Dec 26, 2019:

AmyMarie, I was looking at your profile as I'm your partner in a swap. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. ❤

robinjeree on Oct 24, 2019:

I just read your profile -- I'm definitely going to check out QuestScouts!!

YooperHill on Sep 11, 2019:

Mystery supply swap, Yo! AMAZING use of the yarn! I love it. Each envelope I open is so creative! Thank you for playing!

yvonne401 on Aug 20, 2019:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here!



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