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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: January 16, 2022
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello fellow swappers!

My name is Kristy, crafting is my favorite pastime and I love all things handmade. I love shopping online and aliexpress should get a line item in our budget ;+)

I have lived in or near the Columbus, Ohio area for most of my life. I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for three years and in Clifton Park, New York (north of Albany) for 2 years. Ultimately, we moved back to Ohio to be near family. I felt it was important for my 4 children to have an extended support system. While Ohio isn't the MOST exciting place to live, I do love the change of seasons (except summer...I'd gladly skip summer). My husband and I now live in a humble home (with an amazing back yard) in Reynoldsburg, a southeast suburb of Columbus. Next to crafting, my favorite thing to do is sit in my recliner with a cup of coffee and look out the patio door at the three huge oak trees in our backyard. I also feed birds, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, possums, and even skunks! I love all the suburban wildlife in our little backyard forest.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here for 11+ years and have met so many lovely people. Crafting and swapping give me such a lift. When I'm creating, the hours just fly by!

I LOVE

Here are some of my favorite themes:

  • Botanicals and Wildflowers

  • Animals. especially bears, foxes, and other woodland critters (not a fan of monkeys)

  • Nature

  • Trolls & Gnomes

  • Cats

  • Birds

  • Halloween

  • Koi

  • Snails--especially things that say, 'Snail Mail'

  • Vintage Paris & shabby

I love receiving postcards in any of the themes listed above as well as:

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other cryptids

  • Fotofolio cards

  • Inge Look cards

  • Nouvelles Images cards

  • Elephants

  • San Francisco (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo and Aquarium cards

  • Map cards

  • Interesting black & white images

  • Sumo wrestlers!

I'd also love to receive:

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Vintage stationery (especially Current!)

  • Used postage stamps

  • Pretty papers

  • Layered embellishments

  • Snippets of textiles

THINGS I DO NOT LOVE

Short and sweet here:

Foam crafts or stickers

Color-your-own anything (including postcards)

Scented products (I get a headache!)

I do not like user profiles with a HUGE "do not like" list--some of these are more detailed than my family's Christmas lists! haha!

Favorite Movies

Some favorite movies: The ORIGINAL Fright Night, Prometheus, The Talented Mr. Ripley (this is probably my favorite movie of all time), Aliens, Last of the Mohicans, Hocus Pocus, Shawshank Redemption, White Oleander, Terminator series, Blood Creek (LOVE Michael Fassbender), The Thing. I love well-made scary movies! Not a fan of romantic comedies. My movie & tv choices might not seem to "fit" with the rest of my profile but I have always loved science fiction and scary movies!

Favorite Television

I just love the new series, 'Wheel of Time'! Presently enjoying Succession, American Rust, See, The Morning Show, Ted Lasso (my favorite), Kin, and my guilty pleasure reality show: 90-Day Fiance. So sad that both Penny Dreadful and Banshee have ended ;+(

I think (ok, I know) I watch too much TV but there is a TV in my craft room so I'm not likely to stop any time soon.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art is one of favorites. I love to jazz up all my envies before sending--fun, easy and what's more fun than a colorfully decorated envie in your mailbox? I especially love the postoid rubber stamps--the ones that look liike a postage stamp but say something funny. I have quite a collection!

I love paper of all kinds and, along with the beautiful papers, papercrafts.

ATC's! I used to hate them and be consistently irritated at how many ATC swaps there were here on swap-bot. Now I love them! I love nearly all paper crafts.

Love creating junk journals using vintage ephemera and I'm crazy for using vintage books in all my work.

Reading

I LOVE to read but am super fussy about what I choose to read. If you are an avid reader and read anything in the suspense/thriller/horror genres, please send me a recommendation! With so many book choices available, a recommendation from an avid reader is worth its weight in gold. Just finished 'Billy Summers' by Stephen King--not his usual fare since there is no supernatural element present. This was one of the best books I've ever read. I just loved Billy--the book held me from page one and I (literally) cried when it was over. Also finished 'The First Day of Spring' It was good . . . and disturbing.

ME & MY FAMILY

Hubby and I are retired. I'm trained as a middle school language arts, social studies, and math teacher. Occasionally, I tutor for reading comprehension. Hubby was a park ranger.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to eight adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, Londynn, and Ciana). Unfortunately, my sweet Noelle and Lucas live in El Dorado Hills, California ;+(--much too far away from their granny.

My hubby is the light of my life (we met on match.com and have been together for 16 years. We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together. I love my life and count my blessings every day.

I am an only child and have always wanted a sister to share with. I love that I have some crafting 'sisters' here on swap-bot!

My four-legged furbabies are: Mizzy and Junebug, Mizzy was a shelter cat and my daughter found Junie abandoned in a cart in a Target parking lot in mid-December. She had a collar mark around her neck, so she was someone's pet and was just dumped. I truly enjoy the company of cats. For me, a house is not a home without a pet.

THOUGHTS ON SWAPPING. . .

I'm not a stickler about postmarks; in fact, I've never checked a postmark in my life! I do understand the need for rules within this swapping community, but if you're going to be late in sending a swap to me, just be courteous and let me know. Although I take my role as swapper and host very seriously here, I will never engage in public shaming of other swappers or have a 'Flaker List' on my profile. Let's be kind to each other!

I'm consistently puzzled when swappers say they 'hate' a specific color. I want you to be inspired to create something special for me, so use whatever color speaks to YOU. It's not my job to ban a color that might spark your creativity. I used to dislike brown, but brown is the color of our Earth, of trees! Pink? it's the color of a dancing child's leotard, the inside of a shell--ALL colors are beautiful! I appreciate anything created with love and inspiration and if it's not one of my favorite colors? It must be one of yours and that's good enough for me.

In a community of inspired, thoughtful, and artistic swappers, I believe we should show each other kindness, grace, and understanding. We all have enough stress in our lives outside of swap-bot--let's not let swap-bot become a source of stress and negativity instead of the joy it is meant to be!

I appreciate kindness in any form. One of my favorite quotes is from the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible . . . it is always possible."

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for the lovely page and the extras! What a nice touch with shiny fabric on the front ! Where did you choose your winter images from?
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and the lovely rating. I chose many of them from etsy digitals--some from The Paper Outpost and I believe LianaScrap. Glad you liked it!
mjhaertling rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #58 on Jan 13, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for another beautiful ATC. I know any swap from you will be beautifully done. The lace on the edge is a special touch. And so many wonderful extras! Thanks! Sorry for this late rating.
Changeling rated for SMSUSA: Books & Tea for Me on Jan 12, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful and kind swap! It made my day and I will definitely have to look up those books!
Shiraz rated for USAPC: Holiday Tag Series: Stocking on Jan 12, 2022
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Comment: I’m sorry to say that I didn’t receive the swap. I know mail delivery was erratic during the holiday. So I just rated it. I hope this is OK
Response: Oh no! I'm so sorry it never arrived. I will gladly make you another tag; you probably won't want a Christmas tag now, but I'll be glad to make you a tag with a theme of your choosing. PM me with your choice.
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Comment: Oh Kristy...such a beautiful homage to the arctic hare! I'm mortified that it took this long to rate you...I'm cleaning off the craft table, and it's just horrifying to find beautiful swaps that I set aside "for later"...but I never intended for it to be THIS MUCH later! As always, you are my #1 favorite swap partner and friend. Your artwork is beyond compare. And the magnificent extras you always send...I have no words!
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Comment: Thank you sooo very much for this lovely envelope!! I loove the doorhanger (welcome to the tree farm) in its fabulous packaging!! You sent way too much, but I will treasure it forever!!!! Have a fabulous, healthy and bright 2022 ✨❤️
Zander rated for YTPC: Collage Tags w/Martyna on Jan 9, 2022
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Comment: Oh my goodness! This little package just made its way to me on Friday, Thank You so much for the beautiful tags and the wonderful extras you have sent me.
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Comment: Wow what a beautiful swan tag. I love the picture you used and hope you did a real swan pictures and a swan dancer pictures and the pretty lace and flowers all so beautiful thank you.and thank you for the extra too very pretty too. All the best for 2022
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Comment: Thank you so very much for everything, the glassine envelopes are gorgeous, I love the stamps I will have to check them out. Thank You for all the extras tucked inside. Happy New Year
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Comment: Thanks so much Kristy, I too love the snowy whiteness of the Arctic animals. The card is just lovely. I also love the really pretty sparkly overly paper you added. It will definitely be used. Where did you get it?
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Comment: Absolutely stunning!!!! I already put them on my junk journal.
Artistic rated for YTPC: Fabric Snippet Flowers on Dec 22, 2021
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Comment: These are just lovely. Thank you.
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Comment: Lovely card! The beautiful deer and poinsettias are the perfect representation of the winter Christmas “holly-daze”! And I have to say I am most impressed by the gold sequins they just really added a special, to me, touch !! Thank you as well for the sparkly net, the holiday card, the big seasonal paper and the note.. and thanks for the swap!!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Fold Over Pockets 6x6 Papers on Dec 13, 2021
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Comment: All three of your envelopes are gorgeous!! So elevated from the ones shown in the video - and every pocket is stuffed with yumminess!! Thank you so much for another fabulous swap where you have gone above and so far beyond to spoil me!! So blessed! Merry Christmas my friend! ❤️🎄🤶🏻
dartha rated for SMSUSA: 6 Week Holiday Swap on Dec 13, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so very much for everything - what a fun swap!!!! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! darla
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Comment: What a fun and festive letter! Thank you!
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: Book Page Ephemera on Dec 9, 2021
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Comment: Absolutely love them going to use them to start my gardening journal since we moved into our new house also love the washy tape on the front where did you get it
rkassman rated for YTPC: Tags w/Stamped Images on Dec 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful tags, I love the color stories you chose and such cute stamps!
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Comment: Aww, what a lovely envelope!!! Thank you so much for this wonderful festive envelope! I loooove it on the outside and on the inside :) The star-garland is such a wonderful idea!!! Have wonderful times and holidays with your family!!! 🎄✨
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Comment: Sorry Kristy, I don’t know how I missed rating you for this swap. I think it turned up early this week in amongst the dramas here . It is just stunning. Love all the different things you put on this, gives it such lovely texture. Really love this swap ❤️❤️

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Comments

bethe on Jan 13, 2022:

Thank you so much for the cute snail mail zines from AAW January wishes! I love them both and these will definitely be a part of my collection forever. Happy New Year!

bostianh on Jan 11, 2022:

Thank you so much for the digitals for the AATW January wishlist, they are awesome.

jamicam on Dec 31, 2021:

Wishing you peace, creativity, laughter, and good health for the new year!

2022

bigmamabird on Dec 28, 2021:

Dear Kristy--- You sent me the most creative wonderful LDEM Avent series envelopes! I'm blown away at your generosity and really felt that each envelope I opened was a gift. Many many thanks for your thoughtfulness, so appreciated! Wishing you and yours a Hppy Healthy New Year! Carroll

bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

lou on Dec 4, 2021:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

dartha on Nov 29, 2021:

AATW-November Thank you so much Kristy for the lovely tea dyed stickers - WOW - those are gorgeous!!! Thank you, darla

warheart on Nov 27, 2021:

AATW - Thank you for the amazing snowflake sticjers, I love them!!

debbiespoms on May 14, 2021:

Thank you so very very much, for the All about wishes May 2021 wish for Gelly roll pens! I love them so much!

bethe on May 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for grating a wish from my Etsy favorites. The papers are so cute and I cannot wait to use in happymail and journaling!! All About the Wishes, May. :)

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