friday link love: October 17th, 2014

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You guys! I have SO MANY great links for you this week! Some are fun Halloween ideas, but there are lots of other crafty and delicious things to choose from… Have fun!!

Halloween Links:

Non-Halloween Links:

Have an awesome weekend!! …and don’t forget to share more great links in the comments…


Ambassador Introduction: marymary914

ambassadors_miniThe Ambassador program is going strong and I am excited to introduce each of the participants individually over the next few months. They are all enthusiastic, fun, active, positive members who are asked to help promote Swap-bot in their local communities.

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Meet our next Ambassador, marymary914! Marymary914 lives in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and she has been a member of Swap-bot since 2008. Wow! She is a mom to two boys and two dogs, and she loves reading, stamping, and making ATCs!

marymary914Ambassador Region: Michigan, USA

How marymary914 found Swap-bot: “I’ve been on several book and postcard swapping sites for years, and thought I’d look up other types of swapping and found Swap-Bot! My life hasn’t been the same since.”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “I am a creative person (thanks, Mom, for encouraging creativity when I was young) and was looking for an outlet and a place I could learn new techniques from. I’ve been here since 2008! The members I swap with here are phenomenal and I aspire to their level of creativity on a daily basis. I tell people all the time about Swap-Bot and show them my art whenever I get the chance. And then I send it off to it’s new home with an awesome member from around the world.”

Her favorite type of swap: “By far my favorite swap to do is a Type 3, usually ATCs. I’ve done mini books and bookmarks, but I always come back to my favorite ATC groups and 2-5 swaps per month of all ATCs. ”

Check out one of marymary914’s beautiful ATCs:
See many more of her awesome swap creations in her Flickr photos.

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Interesting facts about marymary914:

  • I’m a respiratory therapist, wife and mom.
  • I have over 500 books on my shelves (better get reading).
  • I’ll be married 14 years tomorrow (May 6th) to the guy I went to Senior Prom with!
  • I enjoy gardening with my oldest son. He knows as much about the plants as I do!
  • We have 2 rescue dogs (one from the Michigan Humane Society and one from the Dominican Republic).
  • We live about 5 miles from the Detroit city limits and no, that’s not scary like most people think. LOL
  • I’m the oldest of 4 sisters and we are all pretty crafty. My one sister and I bake and decorate cakes for each others kids and each year they get fancier. Here’s one I made for my niece.

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I hope you are enjoying getting to know your fellow swappers with these Ambassador Introductions. If you are interested in awesome ATC swaps or you have some cute owl goodies to share, marymary914 is definitely the member to contact.


Ambassador Introduction: seraphina

ambassadors_miniThe Ambassador program is going strong and I am excited to introduce each of the participants individually over the next few months. They are all enthusiastic, fun, active, positive members who are asked to help promote Swap-bot in their local communities.

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Meet our next Ambassador, seraphina! Seraphina lives in Kaousiung, Taiwan, where there are 300 days of sunshine per year! She has been a member of Swap-bot since 2012. She loves tea, stationery, strawberries, and paper crafting.

Ambassador Region: Taiwan

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How seraphina found Swap-bot: “I found swap-bot is because one of my friend introduce me about swap-bot, she’s also the member.”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “Besides learning English, I like to exchange stuff with other countries, to learn their culture, foods, life style, stamps, writing, special wrapping, etc.”

Her favorite type of swap: “I love food swaps, used stamps swaps, stationery swaps, and seasonal swaps.”

Check out one of seraphina’s food swap packages:

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Interesting fact about seraphina: “I always forgot my key still IN my motorcycle’s keyhold and go away, or leave it IN motorcycle’s seat after I locked the seat… I should say I’m lucky no one steals it until I back, and my brother always takes an extra key with him just in case. (Yes, he helps me out of most trouble! hahaha.)”

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I hope you are enjoying getting to know your fellow swappers with these Ambassador introductions. If you are interested in swapping paper crafts, stamps, stationery, or for Taiwanese ephemera or food, seraphina is definitely the member to contact.


friday link love: October 3rd, 2014

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Happy Friday and happy October!! Just a handful of craft and food links for you this week… Enjoy!

Have a lovely fall weekend!


featured swap: World Post Day Postcard Swap

world post day is October 9th

snapshotWdpColourEn_04Did you know?? World Post Day in on October 9th, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969.

Want to celebrate this international snail mail holiday?? Join this super-easy World Post Day Postcard Swap! The international swap is being hosted by mb58ca and is open to all swappers. For the swap, simply send ONE postcard to your ONE partner on Thursday, October 9th.

From the swap description:

The postcard is sender’s choice but a pc of a mailbox would be cool. On the back, write a note describing how letters/postcards can touch lives (in general or how they touch your life).

The goal is to have the postcards all mailed and cancelled ON October 9th in celebration of the holiday. Sign up by October 4th! Let’s make this a huge, international swap!

FYI: Postcrossing has more info about how postal services around the world will be celebrating World Post Day.


Ambassador Introduction: Toupti

ambassadors_miniThe Ambassador program is going strong and I am excited to introduce each of the participants individually over the next few months. They are all enthusiastic, fun, active, positive members who are asked to help promote Swap-bot in their local communities.

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Meet our next Ambassador, Toupti! Toupti lives in Montreal, Québec, Canada, and has been a member of Swap-bot since 2009. Wow! She speaks French and English, and she volunteers as a Chemo Angel.

Ambassador Region: Québec, Canada

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How Toupti found Swap-bot: “So easy to remember since I found it at work. I am a customs officer inspecting incoming parcels in Canada looking for prohibited merchandise. At some point, I remember inspecting a parcel filled with nice handmade goodies and there was a note inside mentioning ‘…for our private swap on swap-bot.’ I got curious and wanted to receive such nice packages so when I got back home after work, I googled ‘swap-bot’ and found it!”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “For many reasons, but the main one is that it gave me an opportunity to discover crochet and also develop my crafting skills. I also got to meet amazing people and make new friends.”

Her favorite type of swap: “Private profile related swaps and one-on-one swaps.”

Check out a private swap Toupti sent to her partner, kittylover:
You can see more of the swap’s she has sent in her Flickr album.

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Interesting facts about Toupti:

  • 1. Nickname # 1: Miss Danger
  • 2. Nickname # 2: Ti-pit Kodak
  • 3. Nickname # 3: Miss Gadget
  • 4. Nickname # 4: Madame Bleu
  • 5. I have one tattoo
  • 6. My favorite restaurant ever : Taco Bell
  • 7. I’m a big baby, I love any movies with animals (real or cartoon), my favorites are “The Chipmunks” and “Cats & Dogs”
  • 8. My first job (other than babysitting) was le Bingo au Paladium de Brossard
  • 9. I’m a girl of Sun, Warm weather and Beach
  • 10. I’m french speaking but secretly I’ve always wished I was born anglophone
  • 11. I bark loud but I rarely bite
  • 12. I’m addicted to Diet Pepsi
  • 13. I’m a dark chocolate type of person
  • 14. My favourite tree is a Palm Tree
  • 15. I get addicted with something really quick, but get bored of it as quickly……except for my husband
  • 16. One of my favorite sentences: “J’ai oublié… I forgot!!!”
  • 17. Can’t have a dog or a cat because hubby’s allergic
  • 18. I lost 74 pounds but can’t seem to loose the last 10
  • 19. I’m love reading, mostly books by Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Jeffery Deaver and Jefferson Bass
  • 20. I love anything that glitters, shines… bling!
  • 21. I have 3 iPods and 2 iPads (one shuffle, one Nano and one Classic 80gb AND 2 iPads)
  • 22. While I can’t craft when my “Kindgom/Craft Room” is a mess, well this room is in constant clutter
  • 23. I can’t write straight in a book or on a sheet of paper unless it’s ruled
  • 24. I love drinking tea at work but not so much at home
  • 25. Even if I’m a compulsive list-maker, my life is so boring, it took me months to write this list

Check out Toupti’s links:

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I hope you are enjoying getting to know your fellow swappers with these Ambassador introductions. If you are interested in one-on-one swapping with a French-speaking Canadian, Toupti is definitely the member to contact!


friday link love: September 26th, 2014

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Hello Friday friends!! I have been saving up these awesome links for the last few weeks… I hope you find a few to be fun and interesting.

Any other links to share? Leave them in the comments!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Ambassador Introduction: Aankee

ambassadors_miniThe Ambassador program is going strong and I am excited to introduce each of the participants individually over the next few months. They are all enthusiastic, fun, active, positive members who are asked to help promote Swap-bot in their local communities.

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Meet our next Ambassador, Aankee! Aankee lives in Munich, Germany, and has been a member of Swap-bot since the beginning of 2013. She loves snail mail, envelope making, and postcard collecting. She has done 75 swaps.

aankee1Ambassador Region: Germany

How Aankee found Swap-bot: “I first heard of Swap-bot many years ago in an interview you gave on Sister Diane’s CraftyPod podcast. Back then, I was an active Postcrosser and Swap-bot sounded fun, so eventually I joined! Now, I’m an absolute Swap-bot convert, because it’s a fun and diverse place and there’s so much more to do than exchange postcards!”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “My favourite aspect of Swap-bot is the opportunity to share my crafty creations with others, try out new things, get feedback and advice from more expert artists, meet like-minded people, experience the kindness of strangers… and many more!”

Her favorite type of swap: “My favorite swaps are postcard, letter, and drawing swaps. I haven’t participated in millions of swaps, as I believe in quality over quantity. However, I would be excited to participate in one-to-one swaps, and send out German ephemera.”

Check out Aankee’s illustrations done for a monster-themed postcard swap:

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Interesting fact about Aankee: “I have lived in a European, an African and an Asian capital city, by the beach in France and in a manor house in the English country side, and yet my favourite place on earth is my parent’s patio.”

Check out Aankee’s links:

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I hope you are enjoying getting to know your fellow swappers with these Ambassador introductions. If you are interested in swapping for German ephemera or items, Aankee is definitely the member to contact. She speaks English, German, and French. Wow! Just remember, no glitter!


Ambassador Introduction: moonlightlaura

ambassadors_miniThe Ambassador program is going strong and I am excited to introduce each of the participants individually over the next few months. They are all enthusiastic, fun, active, positive members who are asked to help promote Swap-bot in their local communities.

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Meet our next Ambassador, moonlightlaura! Moonlightlaura has been a member of Swap-bot since the beginning of 2013. She has done nearly one hundred swaps and makes really awesome crafts inspired by our cute logo mascot, Ernie the Envie. (Check out her Franken-Ernie made for a Halloween swap last year.)

moonlightlauraAmbassador Region: Southern Region, USA

Info about moonlightlaura’s region: “I describe Louisiana as a hot and humid place to live, with a lot of diversity. Some people have a southern accent, but others don’t, like myself. We have swamps, marshes, and bayous. I live by Bayou Teche.

When it rains bad it becomes flooded around the areas closest to it. Thankfully we are not close enough to get flooded! We also have hurricane season between June 1 and November 30. Every few years we will get hit, but our area hasn’t been hit since 2008 when Gustav and Ike hit us within a week apart in September. In the winter it can get cold, last winter (2012) we didn’t have much of a winter, but this year (2013) we had freezing temps almost every day. We also had several road closures due to ice being on the bridges and roads.

The food here is great, although I don’t eat most of it. Even though I was born and raised in Louisiana, I was never raised on a lot of the food everyone here loves so much. I do love beignets though! I would have to say that is one of my favorite foods from here.

The rest of the south is pretty much the same weather wise to Louisiana, and the southern region is not very mountainous. It is mostly flat land, and most of the southern states has the Gulf of Mexico as a body of water for their shores.”

How she found Swap-bot: “I think I came upon Swap-Bot by clicking on a banner on postcrossing.com. I love sending and receiving postcards on there. My postcard collection has grown since joining.”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “I enjoy Swap-bot because I have been able to swap with many people who are very talented with their crafting, and also I was able to get many things I could not get where I live. It is fun to join swaps and receive great packages.”

Her favorite type of swap: “My favorite types of swaps are the sticker swaps, the kawaii swaps, the moving along excess swaps and the Ernie the Envie swaps.”

Check out one of moonlightlaura’s Ernie-inspired swaps:

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“Made for the Ernie the Envie Holiday Happiness swap, it is a box painted in winter colors (blue and white) with a plastic canvas Ernie on top of the box. It also has snowflake stickers on the sides and glow in the dark glitter mixed with blue glitter paint so the box will glow.”

Interesting fact about moonlightlaura: “I am also an avid photographer. I love taking pics of things, especially of my cats and of the aircrafts we paint at work.”

Check out moonlightlaura’s links:

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I hope you liked this most recent Ambassador interview and introduction. If you are hosting or are interested in an Ernie or Swap-bot-inspired swap, moonlightlaura is definitely the member to contact! She also loves Diddl and friendship books, if you have any extra to spare.


friday link love: August 29th, 2014

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Welcome to your “end of summer” Link Love! Enjoy these fun crafts and delicious recipes this weekend…

Have any links to share? Leave them in the comments!