Swap-bot Time: October 6, 2022 1:27 pm


Date Joined: March 4, 2018
Last Online: October 6, 2022
Birthday: September 17
Country: United States
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I am a retired teacher aide in junior high. I substitute teach in my local school district as often as I can. I have a B.S. in Education and am certified to teach junior high-high school. I have three children and six grandchildren. I live in a very small community, but have spent several years in Georgia and North Carolina.

💌🥰 I need to send out a huge “Thank you!” to all the participants in the swaps I have/am hosting. I appreciate each and every one of you also enjoying what I like to create.

I try to run most of my envelopes with postal approval, but if I ever send a swap and there is postage due...please, please let me know. I will promptly send stamps to make up for the postage due. 💌

Much time can be spent on creating and mailing a swap. A prompt rating is appreciated…if nothing else, I know the swap was received.

NEW FOR 2022

Trying to find my niche in this crafty world. It seems as though I am most relaxed when I am collaging and layering. Master boards have become a bit of an obsession. I have been leaning towards vintage, which is where I started. Loving anything Tim Holtz right now. My new favorite YouTube channels are Ruby&Pearlxo and Root Pursuit. One has a soft vintage feminine side and the other is all about the practical. Just curious to see where this new realization takes me.

Following Marguerite Miller’s Collage Challenge.

Trying to step out of comfort zone to create things I have never tried before.

Use what I have!


I would love to receive items in the color yellow! Scrap papers and ephemera would be so great! My yellow supply is almost nil.

Used postage stamps, please! I would be so happy!


*Reading -My favorites authors include: James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and Kristin Hannah.

*Gardening - I had the best flowers ever spring/summer of 2020.

*Shopping-I enjoy searching through craft clearance and visiting thrift and resale stores.


*ATC’s ❤️

*Tags in general.

*Altered paper clips


*Small item paper crafting like boxes, tuck spots

*Mini journals and flip books ❤️

*Pocket projects❤️

*Altered playing cards ❤️

*Faux postage stamps ❤️








*earthy tones

Lately I have been leaning towards much more muted colors...naturals, earthy, woodsy, mauve, lavender, pale blues... rather than super bright colors.


*woodsy animals🦌







*mini anything


*ATC’s and Altered Playing cards

*snippets - fabric and paper bits

*embossing foldersu

*stitching on paper

*mixed media






*tiny envelopes and pockets


Anything goes here!

JUST FYI’s: *When swapping tea I prefer fruit flavors, vanilla, chai.

WANT TO LEARN: *water coloring *bead tassels

NOT SO CRAZY ABOUT: *Harry Potter *Disney *Mystical - except for mermaids *Creepy crawlies *Gothic *Skulls *Steam Punk


*I highly recommend McLeod’s Daughters. Watch all eight seasons on Tubi. Power to women!❤️❤️ *Outlander ❤️ *The Last Kingdom *Law and Order - all *British crime series on Netflix * Soaps - Young and Restless, Days of Our Lives, Bold and Beautiful (guilty pleasures) * Yellowstone ( best tv show ever) ❤️ * Period films on Netflix * Enjoy pro football

MUSIC My tastes vary, but I do not like hard rock or twangy country.

PLEASE DON’T SEND *Religious brochures *Candy


*Any vintage/shabby washi…I would ❤️ those washi samples!


*Vintage anything

*Postage stamps - used

*I’m really not picky and enjoy anything that I receive!

I have met some very lovely swappers on this site. Even though we haven’t met in person, I feel I have friends here. I have been given encouragement, advice, and have received swaps and goodies that have brought tears of joy to my eyes. It can be a very special place!

About Me

I love to create but sometimes have no one to share anything with so I thought a swap group would be the answer. I really am enjoying the fact that I can pick and choose my interests and when I want to swap. I love the mail when it arrives and the beautiful creations made for me. I love trying new things to create as long as I can view a picture or tutorial.


Artistic rated for YTPC: Bookmark/Bellyband Flip USA on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: As the recipient, I'm glad you got carried away! :) Love it all. And I have questions! Did you freehand that flower with the Nuvo drops or use a die or stencil? And is that an actual loose leaf tea filter?! I'll never look at mine the same again! It never crossed my mind to use them as pockets for crafts. Well done!
Response: I’m happy you liked everything. The flower with Nuvo is a Tim Holtz die. I ordered the tea filters on Amazon hoping it could turn into a swap…but probably not too many people have them. (Saw them on a YouTube video, so had to have them.) 😂 Heart is so appreciated.
Wended rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #20 on Sep 30, 2022
Comment: Hi Karen. Thank you for the beautiful fall index card collage. I love the woven paper idea..the colors are really pretty. Thank you for a lovely swap.
Response: You’re welcome. Hope you are doing ok. Thanks for the heart. So appreciated.
Comment: Thank you for another wonderful swap! I love how the pockets turned out and all the things you included. Thank you for hosting as well!
amyduff rated for Postage Stamp Clusters on Sep 29, 2022
Comment: Loved your postage closures and the extras as well! Always a joy to receive from you. Thank you so much!
Response: You’re welcome. I had fun making them. Thank you for the heart. Much appreciated.
laprochaine rated for EPUSA: Circle Snippets on Sep 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the circle snippets and for putting different styles in there. Super thoughtful and fun swap!
Response: I’m happy you liked the variety. Those were so fun to make. Heart is appreciated.
LauraM540 rated for Postage Stamp Clusters on Sep 29, 2022
Comment: Super cute Clusters! Thanks for the extras too!
Response: You’re welcome. It was a great way to use scraps. Thanks for heart. So appreciated.
Jillemina rated for EPUSA: Envelope Ephemera Pocket on Sep 28, 2022
Comment: WOW! What an incredible swap! It is so beautifully constructed. I too, found this swap hard to make and you did it wonderfully. Thank you so much for taking the time to make something so special for me.
Response: Oh my! I’m glad you like it. I love the video and her style, except I found my edges weren’t as nice as hers, so I had to make adjustments. In the end, they are pretty pockets. Thanks for giving it a try and for the heart!🥰
turtles27 rated for USAPC: Pick 2 Fall Challenge on Sep 27, 2022
Comment: What beautiful Fall journaling creations!!! Thank you so much!
Response: So pleased you liked what I sent. Thanks for joining in. Happy fall! 🍁🌻🍂
Ace330660 rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #19 on Sep 25, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the card and extras ! I love the colors used for the card and the washi stickers ! Where did you get them?
Response: You’re welcome! I usually get my stickers on Amazon, but recently ordered from Shein…which you never know what you’re getting as it’s random. Used to order from Ali, but not as much anymore. Hope to see you in another swap soon!
Comment: WOW! I am blown away at the beauty of this swap! Not only are they beautifully constructed but it was such a joy to discover the all the little goodies. I definitely feel spoiled. Thank you for taking the time to make something so special for me.
Response: You’re welcome. Your kind words are heart are so appreciated. I’m happy you joined!
January rated for EPUSA: I Have Never Made…#8 on Sep 17, 2022
Comment: Your masterboard is so pretty and chock full of interesting things to catch the eye! Thank you for hosting.
Response: I had so much fun making it for you. I don’t know why I hadn’t made one before. Happy you joined. Heart is appreciated.
Kitty2cats rated for EPUSA: Ink Box Cards x 2 on Sep 16, 2022
Comment: Hi Karen, The autumn themed ink box cards are simply beautiful! Thank you❤️ The color palette and images you used feel so comforting. Thank you for all of the cute extras you included as well.
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for the heart. It is so appreciated.
Comment: Very lovely. Thank you so much for everything.
Response: You’re welcome! Happy you joined. Heart is appreciated.
Comment: Thank you for the great mini file folder with pockets and extras. Thanks also for hosting 💕💕
Response: You’re welcome. So happy you joined. Heart is appreciated.
Kitty2cats rated for EPUSA: Tag Paperclips on Sep 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you Karen for the beautiful tag paperclips! So lovely! Thank you also for the little extra pocket, so sweet of you. Sorry for the late rate. My beagle, Sadie, has had a reoccurrence of a chronic kidney condition. I lost her Sat. Night. She was 15. I haven’t known if it’s day or night. She meant everything to me. It will be a struggle, but being busy helps.
Response: You’re welcome. So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Sadie. Pets are family and the love we feel for them is just so special. I am sure she had the best life ever being with you. You were lucky to have each other.🥰
Sylvia4647 rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #18 on Sep 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap. It's always nice to still be creative and not have to spend a great deal on postage. Your altered playing card is inspiring. Makes me want to travel! Thank you, too, for the thought tuck-ins. Perfectly my cup of tea!! I look forward to meeting at the mailbox again.
Response: I so appreciate your kind words and the heart. Hope to see you again soon in a future swap!
Comment: Thank you so much for these lovely tags. I especially liked how you added the small circle tag to the largest one. I can't wait to use them in my journal. Wish I could give you a heart for each one.
Response: This swap was a good one for me. I enjoy collaging and loved the theme of this one. 🍄Never knew there were so many kinds of shrooms! The heart is so appreciated…thank you!
Trevismom rated for SMSUSA:paper bag pocket on Sep 9, 2022
Comment: Hi Karen! Thank you so much for the beautiful paper bag pocket! I really like the antique look you did! The charms on it are adorable! And all the little papers and stickers are awesome! Happy swapping! ❤️
Response: I am happy you liked it as I had fun making it. Thanks for the heart. It is so appreciated.
Comment: Lovely work. Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome! Thanks for being a part of the swap. See you again soon! 😀
Comment: Thank you so much for hosting this swap. The tags you made for me are beautiful. I’m not a real fan of Modge Podge either. Mine always seems to turn out lumpy. Thank you too for the digitalis. I can’t seem to get enough mushrooms! Excellent swap.
Response: You’re welcome. And yes, I love mushrooms in crafting. They’re such an easy go to! Thank you for giving this swap a try and for the special heart.

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Artistic on Oct 4, 2022:

I use coffee filters for everything except making coffee, so I don't know why it never crossed my mind to use tea filters for anything except my Darjeeling!

Highlander18 on Sep 16, 2022:

Thank you very much for September RAK #1 Sticker Book - first time I have seen one of these books!! Wow I love it and will have a fun time using the many many unique stickers.❤️❤️❤️❤️

Poohtat on Jul 28, 2022:

WOW! Thank you for the amazing RAKs Goodie Box July. This box is stuffed full of crafting goodness. So many possibilities in here. Just awesome, Thank you

RiverTopanga on May 29, 2022:

May RAK #5 - Regal Frame.

Thank you so much @papertreasures17 for the lovely frame die set! I did not expect it to be so larger! I can't wait to try it out!

toni on May 24, 2022:

Thank you so much for your most generous RAK of beautiful stickers! Especially love the bird/butterfly stickers.

katjl on May 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for the lovely stickers I received for May RAK #1 Full Sticker Sheets. I love them all.😍

BusyB on Apr 30, 2022:

Thank you so much for the generous box of goodies I won! Can't wait to start using these in my makes. Ideas swirling around already. I will see you in the swaps soon. :) RAKS Only April Goodie Box

colleenbUSA on Apr 29, 2022:

Thank you so much for the RAK of Full Sticker sheets from RAKS Only USA!

chimerix on Apr 12, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great cling stamps. I will use them with love! Aloha!

April RAK #3 Quickie Acrylic Stamps. Draw/ First to Respond

sleepykitty on Apr 10, 2022:

Thank you so much for the Petaloo flowers for the April RAK you did for RAKS ONLY USA. I love them and used some immediately in my collage! 💜

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