Swap-bot Time: December 5, 2021 12:42 am


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Last Online: December 4, 2021
Birthday: February 25
Country: United States
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Quest Scouts

Swap Notes

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.

I'd appreciate actual stamps on mail (preferred real stamps and not machine generated postage).

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. (Including playing cards with different pips or different design / color on the front / face side of the cards.) I have MANY partial decks (~50) of playing cards and duplicate cards from swaps. I am open to private swaps for playing cards.

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/envelopes and stickers, including from other countries (outside the USA) and in all languages

  • 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.

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.

Please no coloring postcards (postcards that are meant for the recipient to color it in like a coloring book page).


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.

We cut the cable TV cord and now stream most of our visual entertainment. Some shows I enjoy are Resident Alien, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Young Sheldon, NCIS, Star Trek Discovery, Doctor Who, Amazing Race, The Blacklist, Ghosts, Lucifer. I enjoy British shows like Taskmaster, Would I Lie To You?, QI, and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year. Also I enjoy comedians such as Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Millican, Tig Notaro, Paula Poundstone, Hannah Gadsby, Trevor Noah, Gabriel Iglesias, James Acaster, Greg Davies, David Mitchell, and Alan Davies.

For movies, I do like sci-fi, adventure, comedies, action, mystery, Independent films, and some of the older / b&w films. (I avoid horror films including psychological thrillers.)

Fandoms - DiscWorld - Harry Potter (but not J.K. Rowling) - Doctor Who - Firefly - Marvel movies - Star Wars - The Mandalorian [I have only seen season 1] - Star Trek {TNG, Voyager, Enterprise, Discovery} - Sherlock Holmes

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.


thequilterslink rated for AADC - In So Many Words on Dec 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you for the neat cards, especially Rosie!
anicka22 rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #24 on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: What an awesome, awesome swap. Really adore the Sherlock file!
Comment: Thank you! Love the cards you chose for me and those extra mini cards are so CUTE! Thank you!!! x Gabi
LondonWriting rated for 🍁 Themed Swap: Autumn on Nov 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you AmyMarie for the happy mail. I knew I would love it as soon as I saw the lovely envelope. I especially love the postcards and washi tape, but you also added a few items that I haven't used in papercrafting before, so it will give me a nice challenge to think of how to best incorporate them. Thank you and all the best.
Risna rated for LLU: current read PC #3 on Nov 22, 2021
Comment: Love this PC! Thank you so much! Actually I've never read a book by Terry Pratchett... maybe I should. Wishing you all the best! Take care.
Comment: Thanks for the cards they're great. And thanks for the extras too!
chandlerguera rated for MAIL ART - Collage on Nov 20, 2021
Comment: Another lovely mail art envelope from you. The ink stamper (Lot Sipment Collect) is fabulous. Thanks very much! Also, thanks for the aerogramme and airmail stickers. xo
Comment: Thank you!
Lonestarchild rated for Mix It Up! - November '21 on Nov 16, 2021
Comment: So many great cards -- love the variety! Thank you!
Myself333 rated for WIYM: FALL/AUTUMN NAKED PC SWAP on Nov 15, 2021
Comment: That sounds like such a nice time! We don't really get any change in colors here in the Phoenix area, but my partner and I are planning on going north a bit in December to at least experience some winter snow!
supersquirrel rated for AADC - A Walk in the Woods on Nov 15, 2021
Comment: Oh my Goodness AmyMarie - These are wonderful cuts. Thank you for the great variety - I can't pick a favorite 😊. AND thank you for all the 3 of hearts - yahoo!! 🐿️❤️🐿️
Cellolady rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #8S on Nov 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
minniepic rated for Playing Card Obsessed #9 on Nov 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the great playing cards❤️❤️❤️
ScrapHappyGabi rated for JJJ: Send 6 GREEN on Nov 13, 2021
Comment: Oooo thank you so much for so many fun GREEN amazing goodies for my journaling!! I am so excited to get crafty this weekend and start my Winter/Christmas journal! Everything is so right up my alley and my style, I am LOVING the vintage goodness!! Thank you so so so so much!! I REALLY appreciate it!! xx
Ikat78 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #32 on Nov 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you AmyMarie for the nice variety of postcards!
Comment: OMGGGGGGG. The swap you put together is absolutely spectacular! Thank you so much for all the HP goodies! 🐍
Comment: thanks for the swap and the extra cards!
Comment: 😊
Response: 11/10/21 I sent you a message. I just sent the swap 3 days ago and mail takes that long to get out of the city here. I definitely sent you cards from different decks and have record of what I sent. Let me know which deck backs you received and we can work this out. Also, could these cards be from your other partner in this swap?
Aurora1 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #4~ Swap #8 on Nov 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you!

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susieq11 on Oct 16, 2021:

Thanks for the Snoopy paper too!!! Cute!!!!

mymerakidesk on Aug 17, 2021:

Welcome to “Wax Seals & Dried Flowers Enthusiasts”!

papertreasures17 on May 15, 2021:
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. ❤

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