Swap-bot Time: December 9, 2022 3:41 pm


Date Joined: March 30, 2022
Last Online: December 9, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name is Joanne and I live in California. My top craft-related hobbies are: card-making, photoshop, digital scrapbooking. I love making cards and I have tons of materials and tools for card-making. My favorite techniques are stamping, die-cutting, coloring, and dry embossing. I also love all kinds of stationery and pretty craft items.

In swaps, I am looking forward to exchange of ideas, inspiration and good will and not simply exchange of materials. It is the thought of sharing which makes swaps unique, otherwise why not just go out and buy your own stuff? After experiencing two years of closed doors due to the pandemic, I want to explore a new way of connecting with people. I am hoping that swap-bot could provide that link through sharing art, paper craft, stationery, and creative writing.

I try to decorate every postcard/card and make it special for the recipient. I hope each piece of mail can brighten someone's day. "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." Right?

Favorite Crafts

Beyond doubt, card-making is my top favorite craft activity. I like to make relatively clean designs delivering positive messages. My favorite techniques are stamping, coloring, and die-cutting, as I don't really know how to draw. I am still having lots of fun nonetheless. Haa! I am open to exploring new techniques which are not so complicated or messy. My techniques, styles and interest are constantly evolving:
1) 2003: Joined Stampin' Up.
2) 2004: Quitted Stampin' Up.
3) 2004: Designed and sold my own stamps.
4) 2005: Created sample cards for my line of stamps (confession: it was not fun).
5) 2006: Frugal style: focused on grab-bag rubber stamps.
6) 2012: Quitted selling stamps; started selling wall decals.
7) 2014: "The Decal Rush": design, make, sell, and ship like crazy.
8) 2018: Quitted selling decals; focused on the real fun = cardmaking.
9) 2019: Wonderful discovery of Copic markers.
10) 2020: Discovered Aliexpress and splurging ever since.
11) 2021: Pop-up card frenzy.
12) 2022: Swap-bot & Postcrossing fever. Sent over 400 pieces of mail in 5 months.
13) Present: Die-cut mania, including creating my own designs.
One thing is certain: I am having more and more fun 🤩

Favorite Activities

Other than paper crafts and scrapbooking, I also enjoy playing the piano, biking, hiking, swimming, puzzles & legos.

Favorite TV

PBS and NBC news. (yes, seriously!😉)

Favorite Movies

I rarely watch movies. I'd rather be making cards and playing the piano ;-)

Favorite Books

I don't really have a favorite book, but some books which I have been reading recently are: Discrete Math, Physics by Giancoli, Calculus, and Big Ideas Geometry (yes, my kids are in high school ). I enjoy intellectual challenges as well as catching up with my kids so that I can participate more in their lives.😊

Favorite Music

I enjoy classical music and certain kinds of contemporary music. I practice piano every day! I enjoy Sonatas and compositions by Chopin except the really hard ones like Heroic Polonaise... which is hopeless to me 🤣

My son and I also like music arranged by Patrik Pietschmann but these can be rather hard to play because the arrangements are so rich and flavorful (sometimes requiring all ten fingers and I don't have large hands). My favorite pianist is Lang Lang - his passion displayed during each performance is overpowering.

Favorite Foods

Corn flakes, ramen, egg tarts, eggettes

Other Favorites

I like positive, witty quotes and short poems. You might be seeing some of these on my postcards. I particularly like Winnie the Pooh quotes about friendship. I still like Disney Art although I have outgrown Disney Theme Parks.

About Swapping


Handmade cards (written)
Handmade envies
Disney Art
Studio Ghibli Art
Harry Potter
Foxes, bunnies, elephants
Write something to me in German (beginner level, LOL)


Please don't send me tea bags, edible items, note papers or coloring pages.


I prefer to receive greeting cards or notecards written inside rather than sent blank.

It is perfectly OK to send handmade postcards in clear sleeves (even if the swap states "naked and no plastic sleeves"). In fact, it is my preferred option of sending and receiving handmade postcards as these tend to get smeared and ruined easily in the mail.

Even if the swap states store-bought only and no handmade, I always welcome handmade/homemade and will not rate you down because it is handmade. On the contrary, it will be very much appreciated 😊

No Swap Name?

I rarely forget to write the swap name but if you ever receive a swap from me with no swap name, please contact me and I will be able to find the swap name for you quickly. I keep a spreadsheet of all swaps sent as well as pictures of what I sent. Sorry for any confusion caused in advance.

My Pledge

I am serious about every swap that I join and I will never intend to flake. I put solid effort in each piece of mail and I also want to send them out fast. I create everything ahead of schedule and I typically send out stuff right after swap partners are assigned. I plan to be 100% on target with no exceptions. No emergencies can stop me from sending out items on time unless I am so sick that I cannot even print an address label, apply postage and walk 15 steps to drop off the item. 😂

I mark "send" on the day that I drop off the items in the mail collection box, so the day marked "sent" is the day that the item is sent.

If you have not received something from me in a swap, someone (me or the post office or both) must have screwed up. Please contact me and I will be happy to resend it. If I have not received something from a partner, I also promise to contact him/her first before leaving a rating. Let's give each other a chance to make things right!

First written: March 30th, 2022.
Last updated: Oct 13th, 2022.


Snailmail1772 rated for Christmas Card (store bought) on Dec 9, 2022
Comment: Wow, this card was amazing and the biggest one I’ve received. Thanks for sending it to me, along with the extras. Merry Christmas!
Snailmail1772 rated for Christmas Card (handmade) on Dec 9, 2022
Comment: I loved your pop-up card and cute Swap-Bot stickers. Merry Christmas!
Comment: I love your creative swaps! Thank you for another blue ribbon PC!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome California handmade pc. I love it! I’ve visited twice (San Diego and The Sea Ranch), but I haven’t yet been to San Fran!
quaisoir rated for AAA: Sender's Choice x2 October on Dec 8, 2022
Comment: Joanne, I love Halloween themed ATCs regardless if it's off season. Thank you so much! Those extras are lovely too. 😁
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC and all the extras! I appreciate it!! I will drink some peppermint moccha in a pink mug!!
Comment: this is the best handmade card Ive ever received! lthank you for this awesome card as well as the stellar swapbot themed happy mail stickers. you rule. have a very very merry christmas!
watercolorgirl rated for WIYM: It is COLD here... on Dec 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful die cut bridge post card. It is almost like I am right there beside the bridge and enjoying the sights. Have a wonderful holiday season.
fbresnah rated for CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD SWAP on Dec 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card. I love the design and the extras! Have a great holiday!
Comment: Wow! I LOVE this is THE COOLEST Christmas card yet!! I LOVE it!! Its on display on my side table so I can see it !! Thank you so much for the fun swap stickers too!! SO fun!! Thank you SO MUCH!! Happy Christmas to you!!! xx
MBakker rated for AFWLS: send reindeer card to 2 on Dec 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and the supercute stickers! Merry Christmas Xx Monique
Vickyen rated for HMPC: Put Santa on it on Dec 8, 2022
Comment: Hi Joanne! I love your Put Santa on it pc and your hubby's comment just added to the fun! All the best! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
vlhafer54 rated for ABC USA: C Is For Christmas Cards on Dec 7, 2022
Comment: WOW! What a wonderful Christmas card - Thank you and thank you for the extras - Happy Holidays!
Comment: What a fun pc! I just got a little hand crank die cutter and agree they are the best!
Comment: Hi Joanne! Aww I absolutely love the adorable Christmas card - I wouldn't have been able to pass it up either, hehe. Thank you so much for the card and fun bag of holiday goodies! I can't wait to use everything :-) Happy Holidays!!
Comment: Thank- you for the post card. One of our Xmas plans is going on down to the Xmas lights display at Winter Heaven in Tucson. It is quite the big deal locally. Sounds like your going to have fun too😊 ❄️☃️Happy Holidays☃️❄️
Mindy82671 rated for Gingerbread Man ATC on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the super cute Ginger ATC. I don’t eat it either, lol.😂🤣😆
Stepht rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #10 on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Such a lovely glittery card! I love it! And thanks for the postcard and stickers too :) Merry Christmas!
susieq40 rated for RSC: Add a hat & a word on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Your card is so cute. Thx for extras. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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funstuff on Nov 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for the wonderful postcards and stickers. I've not seen anything like them before. Have a great Thanksgiving. Doris

chimerix on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great Christmas greeting cling stamps. They are going to be so useful in my crafting for the season. Aloha!!

RAKs Only - Nov

chimerix on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great Christmas greeting cling stamps. They are going to be so useful in my crafting for the season. Aloha!!

RAKs Only - Nov

Chickenmama on Nov 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for my RAK of acrylic stamps. They are so cute! Thanks for the extra stickers!

Hugs, Stacey

katjl on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you for the Nov RAK fall acrylic stamps and the swapbot stickers. I love them and will certainty use them. Appreciate your kindness. 😀

mizvicky on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you for joining my Fast Christmas Card Swap.. Happy Holidays! ss

bluerose3 on Nov 15, 2022:

Thank you for the Christmas ornaments cutting dies. I'm looking forward to using these : ) and thank you for the stickers and postcard.

bluerose3 on Oct 13, 2022:

Oct RAK #1- 3 Halloween Lantern Dies- drawing 10/7/22....thank you. Excited to start using these

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