Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2024 2:04 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: February 25, 2024

Country: United States
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[Updated 1-25-23]

Hello from Oregon! I look forward to swapping with you. My rating is very important to me. Please let me know if you do not receive a swap or if I've failed to meet your expectations. I want to make it right.

Who am I? I am a Christian, a sinner saved by God's grace. My acceptance with God was purchased with His Son's sacrifice on the cross.

Oregon is my home. I've lived here all my life except for a few years in the San Francisco Bay area. Couldn't wait to return to Oregon. I'd prefer the Oregon coast, actually, but I'd miss all my friends here.

I've been retired since 2008. My DH passed in Oct 2014.

I have one very spoiled cat Tinkerbell. She will be 19 this spring (2023) She is my loving companion.

Before isolation, I enjoyed tag sales, thrift stores, and flea markets. Most of my days are now full of socializing on the computer and crafting. I enjoy making cards and collages.

Themes I enjoy

Birds, chickens, owls, cats, vintage toys & images are my fave images. I'm a child at heart, whimsical and playful, but not Disney. Love the 40s & 50s book pages.

My very favorite postcards to collect are dressed animals, animals or people with umbrellas. Not beach umbrellas, but the kind we use for Oregon rain.

I also collect unusual canceled postage stamps, and single swap playing cards (especially unusual jokers).

Wish List

Think handmade, vintage, part packages, gently used from your stash first. Other people's trash is my treasure.

I tend to prefer bold or muted colors over primary and pastel colors. I also like "unexpected" color combinations.

For flat surprises, I can use:

  • Card making supplies (adhesives, brads, clusters, die cuts, etc.)
  • Handmade or altered paper, painted, splatters, Geli plate prints, stamped on and textured papers (all sizes) I love paper!
  • Tim Holtz paper dolls are a favorite of mine.
  • Swap cards
  • Faith based stickers and stamped scriptures.
  • Flat stickers, rather than 3D types
  • Retro and Victorian pictures or phrases cut from books, magazines.
  • Cartoons clipped from the Sunday Funnies or magazines. Anything that makes you laugh.
  • Anything handmade by you.
  • Vintage single playing cards (collect jokers and interesting pictures)
  • Blank labels to use on decorated envelopes
  • Tops from pretty paper napkins for decoupage


I try to be thankful for any gift received, but some things just don't work for me due to my allergies: perfumes, soaps, lotions, candles, and some foods.

Tea and coffee samples are fine.

I don't celebrate Halloween.

I can enjoy most Victorian Steampunk, Gears, Owls, etc., but I do not care for the dark side of steampunk, skulls, death, etc.

Reminders for me . . .

My Games, Tags, Trains, RAKs & Wishes:

CF - WTA September (Jo) Rcvd TG Notecards
CF - WTA October (Rose) Rcvd Whitman's choc
CF - WTA November (Becky) Rcvd Stamps, etc.
CF - WTA January (Beth) Sent 1/10 Resend 1/31 CF - Christmas Train Returned 1/30
CF - Happy Mail (Tere) Rcvd

UHM - RAKs Mystery Envelopes (Miranda & Katjl) sent 1/30

RAKs only group -
August - Covered Bridge cards, Cat Lover Envie,
Vintage postage stamps, and handmade envies

Sept - Fall Envies, Die Cuts, Notecards/w stamps & Mystery Envie Instant

Oct - Recipe Cards, Stamped A2 Images, HM Envies, 3 Snoopy w/stamps & A2 papers Instant

Nov 2 Autumn HM cards (stamps), Stickers, 10 PC stamps, Christmas Ephemera, Christmas PCs & Reindeer Stamp & Die set

Dec 2 (all rcvd) Cat cards+stamps, Christmas stickers, Christmas die cuts, Santa&Bear bags, - ME cling set

Jan RAKs (all rcvd) 5 love stamps, 3 HM Envelopes, BD stamp set


Gobarb rated for RSC - Is it Spring yet? on Feb 24, 2024
Comment: Love the card, the verse and the papers! Thank you!
Response: I'm happy you enjoyed the swap. Spring crafting is so cheerful. TY for the heart.
Comment: Joan, oh my goodness, these are such beautiful floral and leave die cuts. I will enjoy making cards using these - thank you so much, there is so many! I love how you separated them with the doilies, such an elegant way to do so; it's like when you pick them from the garden. I love that presentation. I love flowers and I'm sure seeing your tulips and daffodils bring a smile to your face - how lovely. Have a great weekend!
Response: So glad this swap made it to you without problems. I'm glad you liked what I sent. It was fun putting it together. TY for the nice rating with a heart. : )
BeckyG56 rated for CF - Valentine Postcard on Feb 21, 2024
Comment: It arrived today! Isn't that crazy? Thank you for your sweet card. I love our friendship!
Response: Wow! I mailed it on Jan. 30. I'm glad you like it but sorry it is so late. TY for the heart rating friend. : ) 💜💜
Lobo816 rated for RSC - Things With Wings on Feb 17, 2024
Comment: Joan thank you for the beautiful card. It looks like it was professionally done!! I love all the colorful stickers you sent also!! So funny as much as I love dragonfly’s I didn’t even think to use them as my Things with Wings. I used an owl!! LOL!!
Response: I'm so glad you like the card I made. Thank you for the nice rating with a heart and for joining the swap! Hold that thought about a dragonfly card. I plan to host a bug me swap soon.
LadyJo rated for CF: Book Review for January on Feb 13, 2024
Comment: I am blessed to read your nice long letter! I love to read letters an enjoyed every bit of it! I enjoyed reading how you have a schedule of what you read! Thanks so much for the postage stamps and these lovely From the Library plates! So glad you joined in!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap I sent. Don't you just love vintage things? I have cool stuff in my stash! Come and visit and go through it LOL TY for the nice rating with a heart.
Comment: Thank you for the adorable owl valentine, love it! And all the goodies are so cute!
Response: Thank you for joining the swap. I'm glad you enjoyed it. TY for the heart too!
Comment: I love, love, love the Valentine card. It is going on the mantle. Thank you very much for the postage stamps & cute little Valentine cards. They made me think of exchanging cards in grade school
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap. I always enjoy Valentine's because it was one of my favorite things in grade school. Thank you for the delightful rating and heart.
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: TY for joining my swap and the heart rating.
Comment: Thanks for the darling cat card and all of the goodies!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for joining in the fun and for the heart rating. Meow . . .
Comment: Cute!! This little puppy valentine wuffs me so much he barely fit in the envie, which makes me smile 💖 I also absolutely love the way you decorated your envelope, and these adorable little die cuts! 💜 Thank you for this super cute swap, friend!
Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed this swap. Thank you for joining in the fun. And, Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Kriisten rated for Classroom Valentines 5 Partners on Feb 1, 2024
Comment: Thank you!!
Response: TY for the heart rating.
Comment: Thanks so much Joan for the cute handmade card you sent to me. You always inspire me to do different projects. The card looks complicated but perhaps I will figure it out. Thanks too for the enclosures.
Response: I'm glad you like the card, Glenna. I have a die that cuts out the card pieces. It is a Sizzix step die, so fun to use. TY for the heart rating.
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely card and goodies. Your kitty sounds amazing. My Missy is getting up there in age as well. She is certainly a mama's girl.
Response: Happy Valentine's day to you and Missy! TY for the heart rating. I'm glad you enjoyed the swap.
Byn0604 rated for Pocket with Tag on Jan 29, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the great crow/raven pocket tag and rook cards. I love it!
Response: I'm glad you liked what I sent. TY for the nice rating with a heart.
Comment: Thanks for the adorable card! I love cats! Where did you get the cat stamp/dies?
Response: It is a Stampin up stamp set and also a die set from TEMU. The dies are larger than the stamps though. I think TEMU pirates the designs. I'm glad you liked the card. TY for the great rating with a heart.
Comment: such a gorgeous card! Thanks for the tuck ins, pretty envelopet too.
Response: So happy it made it there and you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for joining in and for the nice rating with a heart. God bless.
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Send a card on Jan 25, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card (I love that SU set and the matching tea cards kit (I almost got those) and great tuck-ins. I’m glad you didn’t have to endure an extended power outage but I’m sure five hours was bad enough.
Response: I'm glad the mail is getting through again. Thank you for the heart rating. I'm so glad it warmed up. After being shut in for over a week I've been out walking everyday since we thawed.
Comment: Thank you for the homemade gospel Valentine and the little gifts you tucked in. I like them all.
Response: I'm happy it made it to you so quickly. TY for the heart rating.
CraftyMail rated for AADC - Lots of Love #2 on Jan 21, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the fun valentines themed die cuts! They are so sweet and put a smile on my face. I'm always happy to receive your fabulous gifts in the mail. Looking forward to more fun swaps! 😊
Response: I am happy you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for joining in the fun. TY also for the sweet comments and heart.

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TereDiane1954 on Feb 22, 2024:

Joan, what a sweetheart you are! Thank you so much for your lovely birthday wishes♥♥♥

marinda on Feb 10, 2024:

Thank you so much for the beaufiful and amazing envie of goodies you hand-picked for me! You made my day. It was such a joy to recieve. Thank you again.


Drea3nvy on Feb 1, 2024:

Thank you! Thank you! For the wonderful RAK stamps I really appreciate it! Hugs!

CraftyMail on Jan 19, 2024:

Joan~ Thank you so much for the awesome envelopes you made for me!!! I LOVE the beautiful paper you chose! And including coordinating paper for card backgrounds was such a nice touch! I always love seeing your name in my mailbox! ❤️

January RAKs ONLY- USA.

mummsie on Jan 19, 2024:

Hey there. I ran across some lovely cards you sent my Mother when she was diagnosed. Just wanted to take a moment and say what a blessing it was to her . Thanks bunches.

LindaW on Jan 6, 2024:

Have a blessed weekend!🌺

LindaW on Jan 6, 2024:

Happy belated Birthday!🎂

BeckyG56 on Jan 1, 2024:

Happy New Year! God's blessings to you in abundant ways for this new year.

Christianmom on Jan 1, 2024:

Happy New Year Joan!!

Hugs and blessings


ArtyBeth3 on Dec 31, 2023:

Well I thought of you on your birthday but didn’t quite get it relayed to you, so Happy Belated Birthday! I hope it was a blessed one! 💜

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