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ccmmsu

ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: October 6, 2022
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

**** 8-30-22 We lost power and internet due a storm Monday. Cell service is extremely spotty, mostly off with short bursts of access. I’m on just long enough to post this. I’ll get back to messages, ratings, and putting up swaps for SSS when service returns. (All outgoing swaps are up to date.)

*** I am taking an extended break from Pass-It-On type swaps, except for decos and one or two group-specific swaps. That means no more bags, round robins, collaboration postcards, etc. Please do not send me anything that will need to move on to another person unless it is specifically called for in the swap we're in. Thank you :)

*** DECO SWAPPERS, please note (updated 10-21-19): I am cutting waaaaaaaay back on swapping decos internationally due to the high postage costs. Please check with me first before sending me an international homer, especially if it has really thick embellishments. If I sign up for a swap that is global, then obviously I will honor that and take an international deco for that swap. Also, I am not taking extra decos beyond what the swap calls for at this time. Thanks for understanding. A big thank you to @Aladyjackson @SeleneW and Anja in Germany for taking my excess decos! I love my swap partners! You guys ROCK! ***

Hi! My name is Christine (she/her), and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband and our 3 kiddos. We have a sweet, very lazy Pitt-mix named Lulu, and two rescued sister cats named Cinnamon and Sugar. I love crafting, making art, reading, travel, animals, hockey and kayaking. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and apple green. My biggest goal in life (next to being a good mom, of course) is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe (France, England, Ireland), Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia), Asia (South Korea), and South America (Peru) so far (plus Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and lots of US states in North America).

I have Essential Tremors, which means my hands shake a lot. It is managed pretty well with medication, but if a swap includes a longer letter I may type it to ensure it's actually readable. :)

I just started a group for those of us who have sticker subscriptions like Stickii, Pipsticks, Four Bears, or Violette. If you're interested you can find Sticker Subscription Swaps here.

My Profile is getting kinda long, so here's a Table of Contents of sorts in case you want to skip down to a certain section:

  • About Swaps
  • Favorite Books
  • Favorite Movies and TV
  • Favorite Crafts
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Kawaii
  • Postcards
  • Wish List

About Swaps

I consider signing up for a swap a contract. I never ever flake, so if you have not received from me, please let me know so I can resend. I don't want any of my partners to miss out on the fun of a swap! I do not mark items sent until the mailman has picked it up from my mailbox or I've dropped it off at the post office. If for some reason I will be late, I promise to message my partner(s) to let them know. If a partner is going to be late, I understand and just ask that they communicate with me. I do my best to make sure I have correct postage on the things I send (I use a postal scale to weigh everything), but I have had different clerks at my local post office charge different rates for similar things, so if for some reason there has been a mistake and you receive something postage due, please let me know. Finally, I promise to rate and do so soon after receiving. If you have not received a rating from me, I either haven't received your swap or it was an accidental oversight. Please message me. I also very much appreciate the ratings I receive. I may not be able to respond to them all, but please know I do read and appreciate them! :)

Favorite Books

I write book reviews, so most of what I read is assigned to me by editors, but when I get to choose I've been gravitating to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy lately.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman

other favorite authors:

  • Bill Bryson
  • Cassandra Claire
  • Alice Walker
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Dr. Seuss

Favorite Movies and TV

I love old black and white movies. Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night are probably my all time favorite movies. I'm also a sucker for Brat Pack-type teen movies like Breakfast Club, Say Anything, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Some favorite animated/anime movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Kiki's Delivery Service (Jiji!!), Howl's Moving Castle... really, pretty much anything Studio Ghibli made, Your Name, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and The Secret of Kells. I like all kinds of movies, though.

I don't watch nearly as much TV as I used to. Some shows I really like are The Mandalorian, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, Stranger Things, Erased (Japanese) and MST3K. I've been watching a lot of anime lately (eagerly awaiting the start of season 2 of Promised Neverland!), and I have an inconvenient addiction to Korean Dramas (inconvenient because I can't multitask while they're on because I have to read the subtitles). Those are saved as rewards for getting lots of work done. :) Some of my favorite K-dramas are Goblin, My Love from Another Star, and Cinderella and the Four Knights.

Favorite Crafts

I mostly do papercrafts and mixed media art now, though I have dabbled in many types of crafts over the years. I used to make and sell jewelry until my tremors got to the point that it took too long to do things. I still make custom pieces for people, which was my favorite thing to do anyway. I love creating something specifically for the recipient. :)

I am a true Gemini, so I like many different artistic styles depending on my mood: vintage, Steampunk, shabby chic, clean and simple. I adore Graphic 45, Finnabair, and Tim Holtz style. Dyan Reaveley's bright, saturated colors make me swoon.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes:

I am pretty easy to please. I love seeing other people's artistic styles, and I'm grateful for all the happy mail people share with me.

Here are a few things that make my heart flutter:

  • vintage
  • steampunk
  • science
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • school/office supplies
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, llamas & alpacas, owls, cats, and hedgehogs)
  • dark and supernatural (think Edgar Allen Poe, dancing skeletons, ghosts -- especially if it has a hint of morbid humor to it)
  • kawaii (I know this is kind of the opposite of dark and supernatural -- see, I told you I was a Gemini! lol). See below for more on this...
  • postcards -- see below for more

Dislikes:

  • Please don't send me anything x-rated or full of profanity. I'm not a prude by any means, but my kids like to get the mail from the box and hang out while I open it.
  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise abusive or hateful.
  • I love stickers, but would prefer not to receive teacher/reward stickers or stickers with baby/little kids' themes or characters (like dinosaurs, dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).
  • Loose glitter -- it's evil. Heavily glittered things (like cheap Christmas cards) are very likely to end up in the trash in an effort to contain the plague that is loose glitter. You have no idea how happy I was when they started varnishing over glitter on scrapbook papers. Trapped glitter that cannot leave the surface it's on? Yay! Love that sparkle. Loose or shedding glitter? Evil incarnate.

No Thank You Items: These are things I don't swap, so sending them to me is like sending them to purgatory: friendship sheets/books, label bags, x-slips.... In general, please don't send anything that has to be passed on unless a swap specifically calls for it. Thanks!

Kawaii!

I fell in love with kawaii 20 years ago while living and working in Seoul, South Korea, though I didn't know it had a name back then. A few years ago I discovered online kawaii shops and become a collector (hoarder) of Japanese (and some Korean) kawaii. I swap memos, lettersets, letter pad sheets, sticker flakes and sheets, envelopes, deco and washi samples, and more.

I especially like pandas, red pandas, cats, manga girls and boys, and kawaii with weird backstories. My fav characters are Tarepanda, Kutusita Nyanko, Capuri Mono, and Sumikko Gurashi (especially Zassou/Weed). I pretty much love it all, though, and love discovering new (to me) characters from my swap partners.

Current Kawaii Wish List (anything from these characters/themes -- even a single memo sheet):

  • older Tarepanda
  • Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals
  • Buru Buru Dog
  • Rilakkuma Rainbow collection
  • San-x Shirasutai Anchovies

tarepanda kutusita sumikkogurashi

Postcards

I tend to like non-touristy more than touristy, but really I am happy to receive anything. Sometimes I get a touristy postcard I love. You never know. If a swap allows for handmade postcards, I like those, too, especially if they show the sender's art and style. I'm equally happy with naked PCs or ones in envelopes. Some themes I'm particularly interested in collecting are "Greetings From (State or City name)," black and white, old Hollywood, book and movie related, and art.

If it's a naked PC swap and you're wondering what to write to me, here are some ideas:

  • What does your Swap-Bot ID mean?
  • What is your favorite food to cook at home? What's your favorite food to eat out?
  • Do you come from a big family or a small family? Do you like the size of your family, or do you wish it were smaller/larger?
  • What was the last book you read? Do you recommend it?
  • What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
  • If someone offered you plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Wish List

I'll add and subtract from this over time. If you happen to have one of these items laying around and want to toss it into a swap, I promise it will be going to a home where it will be appreciated and loved. :)

  • My daughter is adopted from Ethiopia, so I'm always looking for items that feature African American kids or Ethiopian/African images to use in her scrapbook and other crafts.
  • used postage stamps with images of people or animals and any used stamps from other countries
  • anything from Cavallini
  • Daintree Tea from Australia (received some in a swap once and LOVED it!)

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*** profile updated 12-16-20

Ratings

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Comment: Oh that is a really great stamp on your ATC. thanks so much for the extra stickers ! Hope you’re having a great fall
captkristi rated for SSS: Any 2 Sheets - Sept '22 on Oct 4, 2022
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Comment: Love the stickers you sent. Thanks so much!
joppagirl rated for CPG Move Any Deco 17 - Global on Oct 3, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the cool themed deco!
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Comment: OMG I am loving this tag you made, sometimes having too much items on a tag is too much (sometimes it is fun too). I really like what you made, thank you
jeka396 rated for CPG: ICM Decos #336221 - Global on Sep 30, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much for Rome’s open themed deco book as well as To I’d pocket themed deco. I’m really looking forward to making a pocket page! Also, I LOVED the hot air balloon envelope!
teejlc rated for CPG Sept ‘22 Move a US Deco - US on Sep 27, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the "T" themed deco! It will be fun to come up with something unique for my page!
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Comment: A mixed tape theme is perfect for the 80s! The mixed tape for it was totally rad too :). Thanks so much!
vigdisblom rated for LLU! Lexiphilia on Sep 25, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and all the goodies! I cannot wait to use the paper, it's beautiful. Thank you so much!
joppagirl rated for Artistic Decos 9/2022 on Sep 24, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the great book!
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Comment: These cards are so cool! Thank you so much
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Comment: Christine I LOVE the mummy act! Thank you so much!! I hope DH enjoyed Baraga. Such a sweet community!
jeepermom rated for SSS: Sparkle & Shine on Sep 20, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the stickers. I love them all! We actually weren't able to get a garden in this year. It just seems like timing never worked out for me. Ugh. Thanks again!
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Comment: Thank you so much for sending Rome's open themed deco. It's so artistic and pretty so far! I love your page! Hope the start of the school year is going smoothly for you and that Homecoming was a blast for all!
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Comment: Wow!! What a super surprise : ) I love the envelope and all the beautiful goodies you sent inside. The pockets you made are so cool and the green houndstooth paper is soooooo stylish for Halloween.
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: ATC #8 on Sep 15, 2022
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Comment: Sorry about the late rating! I very much enjoyed the very sweet ATC.
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Outside on Sep 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great stamps! 💜
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Tell Me a Story on Sep 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you! I loved this little space story!!
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Comment: TYSM Christine for the 4 +1 LP postcards. TY for thinking of me, by referring to my profile. I appreciate that.😀 I love all that you sent me and I don't have any of them. And, Yup, Pandas are one of my favorites ! TY again !
hazelwitch3 rated for AMA: Interactive ATC #4 - Int'l on Sep 10, 2022
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Comment: Hi Christine, Your interactive ATC arrived today. I really like it! I think it's a clever idea and works. I wonder if you need two strings to enable the legs to return to the starting position. Like you, I've been really enjoying exploring various interactive possibilities. My first one was a circus tent that opened to reveal the acrobats, my second was a beach-themed shaker card with real tiny seashells in the shaker, I skipped swap number 3 and for this swap created a clothesline and clothes basket with clothes you could hang up and take off. I'm already planning my next one! Thanks again for making this card for me. P.S. Sorry the card took so long to get here -- we're dealing with weekly postal worker strikes in the UK.
jeka396 rated for DB ♥: ICM decos #335508 on Sep 9, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much for the new ‘Vaudeville/ Burlesque’ and ‘Pink and Mint’ decos! I’ll have to remember to add comments to the swap that I’m good with homers! 😜

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Comments

Byn0604 on Oct 5, 2022:

I just got your fabulous RAK Alien ATC and note / stamp today. Thank you so very much, I absolutely love it!

Byn0604 on Jun 19, 2022:

Hope you had a fantastic weekend.

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hibiscus on Apr 5, 2022:

I’ve enjoyed a lot of awesome swaps… your vintage skinny was one of the best … beautiful work.

hibiscus on Apr 5, 2022:
bizzles on Dec 25, 2021:

Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you & yours!

HollyBear on Dec 15, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Christmas card and adorable froggie stickers!! I've enjoyed being a part of the SSS group. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas and New Year!!

lnguyen124 on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the RAK with the two kawaii sticker sheets. I'm happy to be a part of SSS :)

sebastian122 on Nov 21, 2021:

Happy Happy!

Rainydancer on Aug 17, 2021:

“I realize your default energy level is Cardboard Cutout, but I can’t get to know you if you don’t speak.”nks for sending my pass & play pc home!

manders2280 on Jul 1, 2021:

Today I received a traveling postcard that you started for me in October 2019! Thank you for thinking of me!

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