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Date Joined: March 30, 2022
Last Online: December 1, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name is Joanne and I live in California. My top craft-related hobbies are: card-making, photoshop, digital scrapbooking. I love making cards and I have tons of materials and tools for card-making. My favorite techniques are stamping, die-cutting, coloring, and dry embossing. I also love all kinds of stationery and pretty craft items.

In swaps, I am looking forward to exchange of ideas, inspiration and good will and not simply exchange of materials. It is the thought of sharing which makes swaps unique, otherwise why not just go out and buy your own stuff? After experiencing two years of closed doors due to the pandemic, I want to explore a new way of connecting with people. I am hoping that swap-bot could provide that link through sharing art, paper craft, stationery, and creative writing.

I try to decorate every postcard/card and make it special for the recipient. I hope each piece of mail can brighten someone's day. "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." Right?

Favorite Crafts

Beyond doubt, card-making is my top favorite craft activity. I like to make relatively clean designs delivering positive messages. My favorite techniques are stamping, coloring, and die-cutting, as I don't really know how to draw. I am still having lots of fun nonetheless. Haa! I am open to exploring new techniques which are not so complicated or messy. My techniques, styles and interest are constantly evolving:
1) 2003: Joined Stampin' Up.
2) 2004: Quitted Stampin' Up.
3) 2004: Designed and sold my own stamps.
4) 2005: Created sample cards for my line of stamps (confession: it was not fun).
5) 2006: Frugal style: focused on grab-bag rubber stamps.
6) 2012: Quitted selling stamps; started selling wall decals.
7) 2014: "The Decal Rush": design, make, sell, and ship like crazy.
8) 2018: Quitted selling decals; focused on the real fun = cardmaking.
9) 2019: Wonderful discovery of Copic markers.
10) 2020: Discovered Aliexpress and splurging ever since.
11) 2021: Pop-up card frenzy.
12) 2022: Swap-bot & Postcrossing fever. Sent over 400 pieces of mail in 5 months.
13) Present: Die-cut mania, including creating my own designs.
One thing is certain: I am having more and more fun 🤩

Favorite Activities

Other than paper crafts and scrapbooking, I also enjoy playing the piano, biking, hiking, swimming, puzzles & legos.

Favorite TV

PBS and NBC news. (yes, seriously!😉)

Favorite Movies

I rarely watch movies. I'd rather be making cards and playing the piano ;-)

Favorite Books

I don't really have a favorite book, but some books which I have been reading recently are: Discrete Math, Physics by Giancoli, Calculus, and Big Ideas Geometry (yes, my kids are in high school ). I enjoy intellectual challenges as well as catching up with my kids so that I can participate more in their lives.😊

Favorite Music

I enjoy classical music and certain kinds of contemporary music. I practice piano every day! I enjoy Sonatas and compositions by Chopin except the really hard ones like Heroic Polonaise... which is hopeless to me 🤣

My son and I also like music arranged by Patrik Pietschmann but these can be rather hard to play because the arrangements are so rich and flavorful (sometimes requiring all ten fingers and I don't have large hands). My favorite pianist is Lang Lang - his passion displayed during each performance is overpowering.

Favorite Foods

Corn flakes, ramen, egg tarts, eggettes

Other Favorites

I like positive, witty quotes and short poems. You might be seeing some of these on my postcards. I particularly like Winnie the Pooh quotes about friendship. I still like Disney Art although I have outgrown Disney Theme Parks.

About Swapping

Likes

Handmade cards (written)
Handmade envies
Disney Art
Studio Ghibli Art
Harry Potter
Foxes, bunnies, elephants
Write something to me in German (beginner level, LOL)

Dislikes

Please don't send me tea bags, edible items, note papers or coloring pages.

Preferences

I prefer to receive greeting cards or notecards written inside rather than sent blank.

It is perfectly OK to send handmade postcards in clear sleeves (even if the swap states "naked and no plastic sleeves"). In fact, it is my preferred option of sending and receiving handmade postcards as these tend to get smeared and ruined easily in the mail.

Even if the swap states store-bought only and no handmade, I always welcome handmade/homemade and will not rate you down because it is handmade. On the contrary, it will be very much appreciated 😊

No Swap Name?

I rarely forget to write the swap name but if you ever receive a swap from me with no swap name, please contact me and I will be able to find the swap name for you quickly. I keep a spreadsheet of all swaps sent as well as pictures of what I sent. Sorry for any confusion caused in advance.

My Pledge

I am serious about every swap that I join and I will never intend to flake. I put solid effort in each piece of mail and I also want to send them out fast. I create everything ahead of schedule and I typically send out stuff right after swap partners are assigned. I plan to be 100% on target with no exceptions. No emergencies can stop me from sending out items on time unless I am so sick that I cannot even print an address label, apply postage and walk 15 steps to drop off the item. 😂

I mark "send" on the day that I drop off the items in the mail collection box, so the day marked "sent" is the day that the item is sent.

If you have not received something from me in a swap, someone (me or the post office or both) must have screwed up. Please contact me and I will be happy to resend it. If I have not received something from a partner, I also promise to contact him/her first before leaving a rating. Let's give each other a chance to make things right!

First written: March 30th, 2022.
Last updated: Oct 13th, 2022.

Ratings

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Comment: Hi Joanne, thank you for the super cute handmade card! This is the second one I’ve gotten from you, I absolutely love them! Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Thanks! My kids are 2011 and 2014 Alums of Homestead.
Colleen2868 rated for CPG-Glitter Only Christmas - US on Nov 30, 2022
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Comment: The inside and outside of the card are delightful
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! :⁠-⁠) I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
LoveCyn rated for Christmas is Coming! on Nov 30, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Christmas card and goodies! I love the Swap-bot stickers - they feel so official!
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Comment: You did it again with another amazing pop up card. Thank you again.
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Comment: OMG! this card is breath taking. I never got a pop up card before until now. Thank you so much.
chimerix rated for Christmas Card (store bought) on Nov 30, 2022
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Comment: WOW! This 3-d card is amazing! I absolutely adore it! Thank you so much for sharing it with me. And I will definitely use the pc and stickers! Aloha
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Comment: Super cool postcard, thank you! Only 20 days to get to me, that is incredible! I wish you safe, happy, healthy holidays with folks and/or animals you love! Debra
Inesrv rated for AMA: Sender's Choice -Nov on Nov 30, 2022
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Comment: Thank you Joanne, merry Christmas and happy swaps ✨
kishna rated for QUICK Turnaround Thanksgiving Card! on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: Another package where you spoiled me, Joanne! Thanks! <3
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Comment: What a beautiful Thanksgiving/Autumn themed postcard. Thank u so much Joanne! Was it one of Ur designed die cuts?
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GoodMonkey71 rated for Mega Christmas Postcard Swap on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: I love cats so your address label is adorable in my eyes. :D Have a great holiday, Joanne!
kishna rated for Mega Christmas Postcard Swap on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: What a fun card with a beautiful message, Joanne! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for all the great swaps this year. <3
Zefaniya rated for Christmas Card (store bought) on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: Thank you! I'd much rather make cards than cookies LOL
paperlover rated for Quick swap! Christmas card swap on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the handmade Christmas card. I really like it. I also appreciate the New York postcard and the merry Christmas swap bot stickers
RosieRedd rated for USATC: Advent ATC - DEC on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: I have received your happy mail, cant wait to open soon !
Denrenn rated for Christmas Card Swap on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: Thank You for the festive envelope. I haven't opened it yet. I hope you have a lovely holiday season and Merry Christmas

Rating Overview

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Comments

DeboraCreates on Nov 24, 2022:

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OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:

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funstuff on Nov 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for the wonderful postcards and stickers. I've not seen anything like them before. Have a great Thanksgiving. Doris

chimerix on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great Christmas greeting cling stamps. They are going to be so useful in my crafting for the season. Aloha!!

RAKs Only - Nov

chimerix on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much for the great Christmas greeting cling stamps. They are going to be so useful in my crafting for the season. Aloha!!

RAKs Only - Nov

Chickenmama on Nov 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for my RAK of acrylic stamps. They are so cute! Thanks for the extra stickers!

Hugs, Stacey

katjl on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you for the Nov RAK fall acrylic stamps and the swapbot stickers. I love them and will certainty use them. Appreciate your kindness. 😀

mizvicky on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you for joining my Fast Christmas Card Swap.. Happy Holidays! ss

bluerose3 on Nov 15, 2022:

Thank you for the Christmas ornaments cutting dies. I'm looking forward to using these : ) and thank you for the stickers and postcard.

bluerose3 on Oct 13, 2022:

Oct RAK #1- 3 Halloween Lantern Dies- drawing 10/7/22....thank you. Excited to start using these

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