Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2021 12:15 am


Date Joined: March 4, 2018
Last Online: September 26, 2021
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 teaching.

**9/22/21 I am currently having some health issues. I will honor the swaps I have posted, but you will probably see me taking a break from hosting. If you believe in the power of prayers, I sure would appreciate sending some my way. 🙏🏻 Thank you for your understanding.

💌🥰 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. 💌

3/2021 My new passions are collaging and ATC’s. I have been dabbling in mixed media...have a way to go, but having fun with it. My jelly plate printing has turned into a challenge...not giving up though! Just ordered a new brayer which I hope helps.

Simple Pleasures

*Reading -My favorites authors include: James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and Kristin Hannah. I also do not mind reading young author selections.

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

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

Favorite Craft Projects *ATC’s ❤️ *Dies in general❤️ *Tag books/flips *Tags in general. *Altered paper clips *Memorydex cards *Collaging❤️ *Mini pocket letters *Small item paper crafting like boxes, tuck spots *Paper crafted items for junk journals *Mini journals and flip books ❤️ * Pocket projects❤️ * Altered playing cards ❤️ * Rolodex * Recycled items * Faux postage stamps ❤️ * Dangles❤️

Favorite Colors *turquoise *green *pink *gold *yellow *earthy tones Lately, Feb. 2021, I have been leaning towards much more muted colors...naturals, earthy, woodsy, mauve, lavender, pale blues... rather than super bright colors.

Favorite Themes *woodsy animals🦌 *vintage *botanicals *seasonal *flowers🌸 *butterflies *books *rain/umbrellas *garden *hearts *spring and summer *fall *fruit theme *mini anything

Newfound Loves *ATC’s and Altered Playing cards * snippets - fabric and paper bits *embossing folders *mini envelopes *stitching on paper *die cutting *flat mail *mixed media *stencils *gnomes *fairy gardens

Embellishment Loves *tags *charms *resin *die cuts *ribbon *trim *pearls *gems *washi *ephemera *tiny envelopes and pockets *lace *fabric bits Anything goes here!

When swapping tea I prefer fruit flavors, vanilla, chai.

Memorydex- Love when cards hang over edges...top and sides. I store mine in a box wide enough to accommodate so don’t hold back!

Want to learn to do list: *water coloring *bead tassels and baubles I have been collecting items and watching videos to learn but need confidence in sharing my “firsts” with anyone.

Not Too Crazy About List *Harry Potter *Disney *Mystical - except for mermaids *Creepy crawlies *Gothic *Skulls *Steam Punk

My Watchlist *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) ❤️ * Bull * Period films on Netflix * Old classic films on TCM * Enjoy pro football season * Olympic competitions are amazing.🇺🇸

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

Not Interest In *Religious brochures *Candy

Wish List *Any vintage/shabby washi…I would ❤️ those washi samples! *Postcards *Vintage anything *Postage stamps - used I’m really not picky and enjoy anything that I receive!

Goals for 2021 *To host more swaps *Learning mixed media techniques. *Using more of my stash. *Play with water coloring. *Continue my ATC journey. *Put together my junk journals *Decorate my mailing envelopes more

On a personal note, 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.


lmacdavis93 rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #8 on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Hi Karen and I love this index card #*! Love the soft blue and brown color palette and your coordinating pumpkin and buttons. The copper leaves are so pretty - are they a punch or die cut or did you buy them this way? Really the perfect touch. And thanks so much for the extra goodies - I shall use them for sue!
Response: So happy you liked the card. The leaves are diecuts…Lawn Fawn. Cutest leaves set ever! Thanks for the heart and supporting these collage swaps❣️
shellbede rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #55 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: The wolf ATC was gorgeous! It's definitely more than ok. Cheers!
Response: You are so kind! The watercolor pencil really challenged me. Thank you so much for the heart❣️
Magenta3 rated for EPUSA: Stamping Happy! 😃 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you the fun items and for hosting. The swap was surprisingly challenging . I enjoyed the mailing envie also!
Response: I agree. After I started, I questioned my sanity! My intentions were good. Thank you for the heart and for giving the swap a try❣️
chimerix rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #7 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC. I love it! And a special Mahalo for the glass baubles - so kind of you to share with me. Aloha!
Response: Wow! That was a fast mailing! So happy everything got there safely. Thank you for your continued support in these card swaps. ❤️
user3370 rated for YTPC: Tag with Pockets USA on Sep 17, 2021
Comment: I love the tag (and the pink)! Thanks for the tag and the all the great stuff you tucked in!
Response: You’re welcome. I enjoyed the swap. Thank you for joining in and the heart.
captkristi rated for EPUSA : Halloween ATC on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: I LOVE this!! It's SO creative!! Thank you for the extras as well. I will use them for sure. Love your swaps so I am happy you tried something new :D
Response: I am so happy you liked mummy man. I was inspired by a YouTuber who made one similar but in tag form. Thank you for joining. Heart is appreciated.
JaneInSD rated for EPUSA: Little Ephemera Pockets on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous pockets. I love all of the things you tucked in the pocket and the acorn and candy corn dangles are adorable!! Thank you so much for a great swap. :-)
Response: You’re welcome. I love charms and dangly things. Thank you for joining my swap. Heart is appreciated!
Comment: I'm sorry for this slow rate. It's been crazy here with covid cases. Hubby had it after having the 2 vaccines. Thankfully he didn't have to be in the hospital. Now, about your sunflower pockets... what a wonderful swap it is. All wrapped up in the pretty yellow tissue paper. I can't believe how much sunflower stuff you put into these lovely pockets. I love it! Your envelope is just perfect too. Thank you so much for everything. I wish I could give you at least a hundred hearts!
Response: First, I’m sorry about your hubby getting Covid after being vaxed…it’s my fear too. Sounds like the vaccine kept him safer though. I am happy you liked the pocket and you can use the goodies. Thank you for joining and please stay safe. Heart is appreciated.
JBuchner rated for YTPC: Teeny Mini Flipbook USA on Sep 9, 2021
Comment: I love the flipbook you made!!! Thank so much!!!
Response: You’re welcome. Heart is appreciated and thanks for joining the swap.
MuggleMom rated for EPUSA: Mason Jar Embellishments on Sep 5, 2021
Comment: Loved the shaker style honey mason jar🐝🍯! I am inspired to make my own now. I wish had thought to make shaker's! Perfect for Utah as it is called the "Beehive State" and the squirrel 🐿️jar was just too cute. Loved all the extra goodies you always include!! Thank you for hosting another great swap!!
Response: I am so happy you liked everything. I’m having some difficulty coming up with new swap ideas. Looking out for something new and fun! Thank you for the heart and for joining in❣️
SatisHuman rated for EPUSA: ATC with a Pocket on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Wow! What a great card! I love everything you sent me right down to the seahorse die cut.
Response: You’re welcome. So happy you liked everything. Heart is appreciated. Thanks for joining in too.
Kitty2cats rated for EPUSA: Altered Glassine Bags on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Hi Karen, Great idea for a swap! Your glassine bags are beautiful♥️Thank you very much! I would be hard pressed to say which one I like more, they are both equally pretty in different ways. I love the cute die cut of the hedgehog and the fall colors of the hedgie napkin bag. I love the added dimension of the leaves. The vintage flowered bag is lovely, with the gorgeous lace trim and pretty closure. Thank you also for all of the extra napkins! Such a nice variety. I'll be looking forward to using those in future decoupage projects. Thanks again, Karen😊
Response: Awww! You are so sweet. I’m happy everything got there intact. Love the heart. Thanks for joining in too!
stamparose rated for USAPC: 3 Vellum Pocket Set on Aug 29, 2021
Comment: Very nice, thank you
wincejl rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #7 on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome collaged index card! I love it! I am definitely not getting tired of being your partner! Thank you for being a great partner and for hosting these fun swaps!!
Response: You’re welcome to the swap and for hosting. It’s keeping me out of trouble! Heart is appreciated.
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: ATC’s X 4 USA on Aug 20, 2021
Comment: Karen I love this sunflower themed set of ATCs you made! Really beautifully and thoughtfully made in every detail. The colors are perfect for fall. I signed up for this on Margarete's Collage Art Collective site so was thrilled to have the chance to make another set! Thank you for hosting, for the fun sunflower extra goodies, and for the beautiful set of 4 ATCs!
Response: You’re welcome. I so enjoy Margarete’s videos. She doesn’t overdo things and they turn out beautifully. Thanks for joining my swap and the heart is appreciated.
AmyMarie rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card # 6 on Aug 18, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC and extras. I appreciate the nice note too. Take care.
Response: You’re welcome and special thanks for joining the swap. Heart rating appreciated, too.
dmarie rated for YTPC: Ruffle Embellishments USA on Aug 18, 2021
Comment: OH my goodness....I love the hedgehog camper !♥♥♥ Thank you and the ruffle embellishments are on my inspiration bulletin board. Sometimes I need a boost of inspiration to get going ;) Thank you so much for hosting this fun swap!
Response: You’re welcome. When I saw you were my partner, I couldn’t resist another camper. Credit goes to MuggleMom for messaging me about hosting the swap. I enjoyed making them too!
Comment: Thank you just got home yesterday so be making mine today
marymary914 rated for EPUSA: ATC / Coloring Book on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Beautiful flowers! And thanks for the faux stamps!
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so addicted to faux stamps as the real ones usually have flowers or people that never look happy! Thanks for joining in.
sleepingrover2010 rated for USATC: ATC with a Hole on Aug 9, 2021
Comment: Hi Karen, I am sorry to be so late in rating your swap. I'm not being lazy, but have been really sick for the last month. This long illness ended with me in the ER twice and 1 Urgent Care in 5 days. My visit to Urgent Care got me in an ambulance and in the hospital after more evaluation in the ER. They are still unclear about what caused my whole body to tailspin and I could have had seizures or even passed away. This has been scary! So, I want to say Thank You for your generosity and kindness over this last month. Thank You for your caring swap and for a GREAT swap. Happy Swapping until we meet again. Barbara B., sleepingrover2010
Response: Will send private message.

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grammypammy on Sep 17, 2021:


Enjoy your day!

Hugs, Pam

Kirkdebb on Jul 31, 2021:

Thank you soooo very much for the gable box dye cut! I got to go with my daughter's to our church's girl's camp and I made cute boxes filled with treats for each girl. I have lots more ideas of how to use it in the future! Thank you for an amazing RAK!!

JuneRosebud on Jul 30, 2021:

Thank you so much for the July RAK Bows By The Dozen RAKS ONLY USA; very cute!!

JuneRosebud on Jul 20, 2021:

Karen, Thank you for the July RAK #3 Paper Tole Die Cuts. Wasn't really sure what to expect but they look really fun!! RAKS ONLY USA

Highlander18 on Jun 29, 2021:

Thank you so very much Karen for the June RAK #2 Pink Pillow Box Kit - I love all the items you sent - wow - Happy mail for sure!

mejulia on Jun 28, 2021:

Thank you for the great RAK, it arrived today.

phillaine on Jun 23, 2021:

Thank you for the gorgeous array of embroidery thread you sent me for your June RAK (#4)-- such beautiful colors! ♥

colleenbUSA on Jun 19, 2021:

Thank you so much for the embroidery thread RAK!

Barbara on Jun 5, 2021:

The paper crafting swaps are so fun. Thank you!

Raven93 on May 29, 2021:

Thank you so much for the unicorns and rainbows (RAKS Only). They are super-cute!!

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