Swap-bot Time: December 5, 2022 4:24 pm


Date Joined: November 27, 2017
Last Online: December 4, 2022
Birthday: December 18
Country: United States

About Me

I am an neuro/medical/trauma ICU and Pre-op/PACU registered nurse. I have 2 dogs (1 short haired border collie, and a shepard lab mix). I have been married to my wonderful wife for 16 years. I love the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks but love sports in general. I love to travel and hope to make it to Ireland, Greece and Denmark someday. I am from New Jersey, but my favorite US city is Portland (Oregon not Maine). I recently traveled to Rome, Venice, Prague and Paris and it was absolutely amazing. I can't believe I waited so long to travel outside the U.S. My favorite animal is the hippo, but love pretty much all animals. Although I don't have any I am obsessed with tattoos, but do have quite a few body piercings (mostly in my ears).

Favorite Music

Outkast, Temptations, Mary J. Blige, Eddie Vedder, Live, The Doors, Common, Nora Jones, Al Green, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Heart, Alicia Keys, Queen

Favorite Movies

Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Dancing, The Italian Job, S.W.A.T, Batman The Dark Knight Rises, Empire Records, Coming to America, Lilo & Stitch, 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knights Tale

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media art journal, Greeting Cards, Stamping and Coloring, Flip books, Memory Dex cards, ATC, Origami

Favorite Television

Law & Order SVU, Chicago Fire/PD/Med, Elementary, CSI, Bull, The Blacklist, Married at First Sight, The Voice, Ink Master, Orange is the New Black, Shameless, Lip Sync Battle, Wicked Tuna, The Good Doctor, The Masked Singer



I am pretty easy to please, as long as effort is put forth. I love the color green in all shades. I love music of all kind but especially R&B especially old school Motown. I enjoy the rain and gloomy days (not many here in Phoenix). My favorite holiday is Halloween and I love everything sugar skull, day of the dead and Frida Khalo. I like coffee and tea (but coffee much more). My favorites are bold patterns like argyle and paisley, but do also like polka dots and stripes.


I really do not like bugs or frogs even the images of. I especially do not like the Tim Holtz bird images.I detest lateness or flaking. I have had this happen far too many times on other sites. Over-embellished items (give it room to breathe). And the over use of glitter. I like using glitter paper, but if it is falling off and getting everywhere I would rather just avoid the mess it makes.


Stencil pal from Thermoweb


Alphabet dies

Simon Says Stamp metallic envelopes

The Greeting Farm-(magical kit, hairoscope, birthday wishes die, thank you die)

Tim Holtz-distressing tool, Metalliac paper

Doodlebug enamel shapes

WeR Memory Keepers-mini envelope punch board

Studio Katia- embellishment wand


I starting sewing in May of 2020. I learned to sew by making scrub hats for myself and co-workers. It turned into making quilts. My first quilt was a rail fence ottoman topper using the scraps from all the scrub hats I made. Next was a "tea time" pattern using a jelly roll that I gave as a baby gift. Next is a queen size plus "balancing act" quilt for my mom. I love bright colors with high contrast. I really love Tula Pink fabrics and Moda grunge. I try to avoid solid color fabrics but love tone on tone.


Kitty2cats rated for November Memorydex Swap on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Hi Melina, I love the greeting card you made as well as the cute November memdex card! The shaker window is very fun and I adore the wobbly raccoon. Thanks very much❤️
SuperNay rated for October Memorydex Swap on Nov 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you for my very first Memorydex! What a totally adorable one too! I don't know how you were able to pass it on, I would have wanted to keep it for myself. I recently discovered MDs on swap-bot and they are similar to ATC, but with a little more room & easier to display. I will be making more for sure. Thank you for putting on this swap to help me get my feet wet. :)
Response: Yay I am so happy to be your first memorydex card. I love being able to pass on a little piece of me to others. Thank you for joining my swap. I look forward to swapping again.
248morrison rated for Halloween memorydex #5 on Oct 19, 2022
Response: Yay. I'm glad you like it. Thank you for joining my swap
Shellyr rated for Halloween memorydex #4 on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful memorydex.
Response: Glad you liked it. Thanks for joining my swap
248morrison rated for September memorydex on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: I absolutely loved your mdc autumn card and your card and extras for a bookmark!!! Perfect! Where did you find the postal themed washi thered and blue stripes washi and the mailtrucks, stamps, and letters washi? I definitely want to buy sum ! As my latest adventure is mail art!!! Thank you for an awesome swap!
Response: Yay I am so glad you liked it all. The washi tapes are from Pipsticks. I have just recently been adding it to my envelopes and I really like the fun touch of it. Thanks for joining my swap. I look forward to swapping again.
addieixmarie rated for Halloween memorydex #3 on Sep 15, 2022
Comment: Melina, LOVE LOVE LOVE this adorable MemoryDex that you sent me for this swap! It is seriously so cute! I am super excited to have it be a part of my collection:) The little bat is super adorable as well! I also LOVE the card that you sent everything in! It really is all so perfect:) I wish I lived closer to town where I would be able to pass out candy to the kids! I have always wanted to do that, but sadly, I live so far out in the country:( But Thank you so much for everything! <3 I am so appreciative! <3
Response: Yay I am so glad you liked it.
Shellyr rated for Halloween memorydex #2 on Aug 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks. Lucky me. I received both cards on the same day. What a treat!
Response: So glad you liked it ( well both) lol. Look forward to swapping again soon.
Shellyr rated for Halloween memorydex #1 on Aug 29, 2022
Comment: Love your card. Wonderful. I live Halloween too.Thanks
Response: Yay another Halloween lover. Glad you liked the card.
BusyB rated for August 2022 Senders Choice on Aug 22, 2022
Comment: Melina, such a beautifully colored paper doll and so many pretty details to appreciate! I love this dex card! Greeting Farm is one of my favorites. Thank you and for the handmade card and extras. Many ❤️s and so happy you joined my swap.
fighterangel rated for Pet Memorydex Swap on Aug 21, 2022
Comment: Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the incredibly beautiful card and the MD! They're absolutely stunning, and the cat is perfect cause I loveeee puns. Always a blessing and smiles guaranteed when I get mail from you!
Response: Oh good I'm glad you liked it. I love puns and dad jokes. Thanks for joining my swaps
Shellyr rated for August Memorydex Swap on Aug 19, 2022
Comment: I adore your memorydex card. So very nice. Thank you.
Response: Glad you liked it. I've had that stamp for awhile and that's the first time I used it. I just went to the Frida immersion exhibit and it was amazing as expected. Thanks for joining my swaps.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Music themed memorydex swap on Aug 8, 2022
Comment: I LOVE your Gwen Stefani themed Memdex Card!!! I love all of the layers and colors! It's so nicely done! I am so happy to have this as part of my collection!! Thank you!!! I love the music themed goodies you tucked in too! Great thin music themed paper and Love the casette tape!!! SO COOL!! x Gabi
Response: I am so glad you liked it. I love The Greeting Farm images they are so fun to color. I especially loved how that one turned out. Thanks for joining my swaps.
Comment: I am so sorry for the late rating, I have been out of town for 5.5 of the last 6 weeks.
tonat80 rated for MDC-Senders choice Memory Dex on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: As always, a wonderful MD. Your work is always so great!
Response: Thanks girl.
grammypammy rated for Fill Your Faith Journal Round 5 on Jul 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful handmade card and all the faith based goodies you tucked inside! Can't wait to add them to my faith journal! Enjoy your day!
Response: Glad you enjoyed it all.
fighterangel rated for July Memorydex swap on Jul 22, 2022
Comment: Oh my goodness- I LOVE the card you made and the lemonade MD!!! They're absolutely stunning! Thank you so very much. I'm really excited to add this to my rolodex! Yours is number 4! I love the sound of the shaker btw. It's so soothing. And thank you for the lemon-themed goodies! It's too cute. (P.S. Thank you for your service- from one RN to another!)
Response: Yay I'm so glad you liked it all. I love the shaker sound too. Thanks for joining my swap I hope you keep participating so you can collect many more. And thank you for being a nurse too.
thureris rated for YTPC: 1 pg wonder July - USA on Jul 18, 2022
Comment: Melina! Wow! Thank you for the INSANELY generous swap!!! I loved the 1 page wonders you created (such fun paper!) and absolutely love everything you included with them. I have a similar "outdoorsy" paper pack that the papers will go great with and I'm so excited to use everything. Thank you for an incredible swap!
Response: Oh yay I'm glad you like them and can find other stuff to use with them.
Tara21cd rated for Summer Flipbook Swap on Jul 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful A+ swap. It is definitely worth more than just one heart ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️. Thank you for all the extra goodies.. and for putting so much effort into the book. You did a really great job. I appreciate it.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. I love flipbooks they are so fun to fill.
marclively rated for Brighten My Week Notecard June #4 on Jul 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks, Marc
TrishaLouise rated for 3 Layer ATC #19 - USA on Jul 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you!

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TC on Oct 3, 2022:

Do you know @frenchiegirlz ? She appears to have copied parts of your profile.

BlueberryLady on May 17, 2020:

Hi this is Jean, Welcome to Beginner's Crafting Group. Check out the latest Swap on our page.. If you have any ideas for crafts let me know..

CherryBlossomLady on Feb 17, 2020:

Hi there! I looked you up during our last swap and I loved your profile, so I wanted to invite you to join my first hosted swap. It's called: 3-person PC Collaboration #1- Theme: Anything Goes. Would love to have your art skills on deck!

Indira CherryBlossomLady

DragonflyDaisy on Oct 29, 2019:

Thank you Melina for the beautiful MD butterfly RAK. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! The background is AMAZING!!!! I would like to know how you did the background because I love it! Thank you!!!!

craftykat68 on Aug 2, 2019:

Hi Just letting you know that I got your letter an pics today.I'll be sending you a letter real soon.

iamdawt on Apr 2, 2019:

Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful handmade happy mail! Lauri and I get so excited when we get something from you guys. It was so fun to watch her open hers via Facetime. You are so thoughtful to write and give us updates on what's going on in your lives. Thank you for everything!

Lablauri57 on Apr 2, 2019:

OMGoodness, got your package and I was FaceTiming with Dorothy so we got oooohhhh and ahhh together! Nice job on the assortment. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

DragonflyDaisy on Feb 5, 2019:

Meena ~ You are so SWEET!!! Thank you so much for the RAK! ❤️ It is beautiful ~ I definitely loved the happy mail you sent! 💌

Kellpepper on Jan 5, 2019:

Thank you so much for my RAK! Both MD cards are beautiful. I hope you had a great holiday season.

naturenerd3 on Oct 25, 2018:

Did you send me a RAK? LOL. I got one without a user name attached so I'm not sure but I think it was you. If I am correct thank you so much for the dex cards. It was a complete surprise!

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