Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2021 1:39 pm


Date Joined: February 16, 2009
Last Online: January 13, 2017
Birthday: August 29
Country: United States
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Hi there...

I'm Amanda.. a cat lover and crafter. I go through phases of crafting every free moment or not at all. Currently, I am focusing on caring for my dad in my home. He recently fell very ill and had been in a nursing home but my husband and I have decided that our home will be a better place for him. We could all use some prayers, encouragement and positivity for sure-- (:

Originally, I am from southeastern Virginia but have lived in Cleveland, San Diego, and now my husband (+ 3 loved cats) and I live in Illinois.

I have mainly worked in the horticultural field as a profession and really enjoy sharing my passion for plants and growing things with others. Recently, I worked at a center for developmentally disabled adults-- they had a wonderful gardening program there and was an amazing place to work. I hope to get out and do some gardening this year.. I see so many possibilities in my yard.. one small step at a time.

Honestly, I am not hard to please... I can find usefulness in most things and if I don't find something to fit my needs or styles, I pass it on to someone else. That simple(:

For the love of handmade

Creativity has always been a big part of my life-- as long as I can remember. As a child, I had a little self made art studio in the corner of my grandfather's wood shop. Today, I sell my handmade items in my etsy store, MKF - kitties & clips.

  • Paper crafting. I've made greeting cards, journals, scrapbook pages, altered books & pages, and altered playing cards.

  • Beading was my "thing" for a while and I did a few craft shows, selling my items. I've gotten away from it, however I do still enjoy it sometimes. My beadwork has gravitated into mainly the realm of hair accessories and earrings. I try to incorporated unique items into my creations, such as miniatures, vintage unwanted jewelry, and buttons.

  • Sewing- I enjoy patchwork and Japanese paper piecing techniques for quilting.... and apparently, I collect fabric, haha.

  • Planning-- I have an A5 kikki k light blue watermelon print planner & a coral A5 Carpe Diem planner. I love anything I can use to decorate my pages. Page flags, sticky notes, pens, clips, charms, washi samples, insert, stickers... I'm also interested in midoris and journaling. If anyone is interested in privates planner swaps, let me know-- I even have some actual A5 planners I would be willing to trade.

What I like to use in my craft

I enjoy using quite a variety of things..

  • Anything vintage or retro... even reproductions
  • charms, beads, jewelry findings, cabochons, resins
  • old unwanted or mismatched jewelry
  • small cracker jack or gum ball toys
  • miniatures-- dollhouse items, fairy garden items, mushrooms, polymer clay minis, foods, desserts
  • vintage or repro: magazine pages, ads, postcards, images, book pages, color plates, bridge talleys
  • sewing notions-- vintage, trims, pom-poms, twill tape, ric-rac, scalloped, gold metallic, velvet, buttons, yarns
  • fabric & scraps-- vintage, kawaii, velvet, corduroy, felt
  • washi tape-- samples are so fun!
  • stickers! enamel dots/shapes!

other likes...

I can't pick just one or two... so heres a zillion...

  • anything vintage, retro, or repros
  • colors- rainbows, all colors, pastels, mint, mustard yellow, earth tones, olive, coral, aqua
  • clothespins-- new, old, plastics, colors
  • bows, clouds, strawberries, moons, mushrooms, gumball machines, sprinkles, donuts, cakes
  • the art of Liana Hee
  • ballet, ballet shoes
  • paper doll themes
  • Hayley Mills
  • The Headless Horsemen, pumpkin heads
  • cute Japanese and Korean themes
  • Jetoy, choo choo cat... do you have anything choo choo cat?!!! I'm crazy about these cats!
  • Misfit toys-- especially the polka dotted elephant
  • circus or carnival themes- vintage, new, repro, steampunk, stamps, anything. Ringling bros or other
  • Rainbow brite, rainbows in general
  • pinup girls-- images, postcards, advertisements, clippings, anything... vintage or reproduction
  • unicorns, my little pony- new or vintage
  • CATS, seahorses, otters, DEER, foxes, bluebirds
  • Mermaids- vintage images mainly & whimsy
  • Alice in Wonderland- all versions (the old art illustrations are my favorite or vintage disney/children's illustrations) Also, mod versions from the 60s and 70s & steampunk
  • The Wizard of Oz- vintage, black & white, steampunk
  • bugs
  • Christmas-- cutesy, pastel, pink, vintage, snow globes, deer
  • constellations
  • airmail
  • 80s cartoons
  • little red riding hood
  • biscotti

Musical Preferences

I am and always will be a sucker Green Day. The Rolling Stones, and The Smiths are a few others I adore.


Into the Wild & Hearts in Atlantis are my FAVORITES! In crafting, I like to use: Vintage illustrated disney and children's books, poems, nursery rhymes, lyrical books, quote books, retro plant books, Alice in Wonderland, Vintage magazines- life, look....etc, Fairy Tales, Dandelion Library, Rand McNally Elf Books

I don't prefer...

  • snakes or snake skin
  • nickelodeon
  • cigarette smell
  • poorly printed/unclear/blurry computer images
  • mustache theme
  • hurt feelings


Comment: Thank you for the great Halloween caterpillar ATC! It is very cool!
Comment: Thank you. Very cute though 3D doesn't fit into my collection. I've never seen a plate of cookies like that be so small and so real looking.........=)
Bitty1 rated for VTH: ATC Color Series - Yellow on Oct 13, 2016
Comment: 🎃🎃🎃Absolutely adore this ATC! Love the embossed gears and she is perfect!👍🏻🎃🎃🎃
luleemik rated for VTH: Rescued Relatives on Oct 8, 2016
Comment: Thanks for sharing your "relatives" with me. If only those pictures could talk and tell us a little bit about themselves:)
Comment: Love the skinny you made thanks so much
Fry rated for Blackout Poetry ATC on Oct 6, 2016
Comment: These are good hefty ATC! For a first time at blackout poetry I think you did just fine! I love the liquid glass on one and the all over glitter on the other! Happy swapping friend!
Response: Aww thanks. I like to use pieces of frame mats for my atc base. I have a ton (: I forgot to mention I used a vintage horoscope book for my pages for this one. Glad you enjoyed them(:
Martha rated for Halloween ATC on Oct 6, 2016
Comment: Love the card.... thanks so much !!!
Response: I'm glad thank you
ginny19590 rated for Little Red Riding Hood ATC swap on Oct 5, 2016
Comment: I don't know if this counts as Little Red Riding Hood or not but she's such a cute little witch. I liked how you made your backing. Thank you.......=)
Response: Oh I did get a little creative with the witch as little red ridin hood. I had fun though. Thank you for the rating
sweetgypsy rated for Magazine cutout bookmark <3 on Oct 3, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the great bookmarks! :)
Response: you're welcome
vlhafer54 rated for Speedy Found Image ATCs! #42 on Oct 2, 2016
Comment: Thank you - I love the images!
Response: <3
Bbittinger10 rated for Halloween ATC private on Oct 1, 2016
Comment: Thank you for doing this private swap with me. Your ATC was so beautiful!!!!!
Response: No problem and thank you for the compliment (:
vanneparis rated for *Totally 80's ATC* on Sep 30, 2016
Comment: Hi Amanda - Thank you so much for the awesome 80's ATC. I love how you used the cassette tape background, I am totally going to steal the idea, lol... I hope you had fun with the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Response: I did have fun with this one and I'm glad you enjoyed it
80sGirl rated for VS - Vintage ATC: Lady w/ a Big Hat on Sep 30, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful ATC, I absolutely love it! :)
Response: I'm glad! you're welcome
LizFinn rated for Speedy Halloween Sticker ATCs! #2 on Sep 28, 2016
Comment: Great job! Thank you.
Response: you're welcome
moM rated for Collage PC w/ a Crown on Jul 5, 2016
Comment: What a great illustration! Imagine having to walk around with that on your head! Welcome to the world of making postcards - warning: It can be addictive! Thanks!
Response: you're welcome(:
nannydino rated for a snail on Jul 4, 2016
Comment: Hi Amanda, I loved the pc you made,loved the textures/layers and the washi tape & snail image, also ribbon ink stamp on back and mailing stamps :) a real pleasure to receive. Happy blissful summer swapping
Response: thank you
Comment: Great collages, thank you! Glad you're feeling better!
Response: Thank you
LisaLaughs rated for Pink and Yellow Washi Tape Swap on May 16, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty washi tapes - I love them all!! :o)
Response: yay!
MicaShell rated for Jewelry Supplies Destash on May 5, 2016
Comment: I absolutely love the package you sent!!!! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful goodies. I cannot wait to start incorporating them into my jewelry. ❤
Response: I'm so happy you like the goodies! It was a fun swap(:
Artfreak16 rated for Washi Tape Scavenger Hunt on May 3, 2016
Comment: You went above and beyond for this swap! Thank you so much!!
Response: it was fun(:

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CurlyTea on Aug 29, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Sep 1, 2017:

MissPaula on Nov 22, 2016:

LOVE the ATC! Inspired me to do a similar card. Thank you so much you Angel! Sorry I didn't know how to resize this graphic....lol

OrigamiGrace on Oct 6, 2016:


From CPG!

hamsterfarm on Sep 28, 2016:

Thanks for joining magazine cutout bookmark! <3


RyeRye on Sep 24, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station~

ChrisAnne on Jan 3, 2016:

Welcome to the For The Love of My Planner group! We are so happy to have you! Please jump right into the forum threads and swaps. There are several swaps up to chose from!

Elysandrra on Jun 16, 2015:


This is a cool atc challenge blog!!!

Elysandrra on Mar 3, 2015:

Hi Manda! I mailed my first ATC today :) Thank you for introducing me to the site!

oblivionspin on Feb 17, 2015:

Fellow San Diego based military spouse here, thought I'd stop and say hello. waves hope to run into you in a swap sometime (:

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