Ambassador Introduction: ColoradoKate

ambassadors_miniThe new Ambassador program is going strong and I am excited to introduce each of the participants individually over the next few weeks. 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, ColoradoKate! ColoradoKate has been a Swap-bot member since 2011 and she has completed more than 204 swaps. She loves kawaii, postcards, and tea!

Ambassador Region: USA – Colorado

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How ColoradoKate found Swap-bot: “I found Swap-bot when I started looking for penpals! I had just watched the BBC’s Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice, and I wanted to write more letters!”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “Swap-bot is a place where I’ve made some very faithful friends and penpals – people who’ve stuck with me through my pregnancy hiatus!”

Her favorite type of swap: “My favorite swaps are letter swaps with beautiful stationery, hand cancelled stamps, and something real to say.”

One of ColoradoKate’s most excellent sent swaps: “It was a Kawaii sticker flakes, matchbox, and surprise swap. I sent a little box of Apollo candy and some acrylic nails I decorated myself. I don’t only do Kawaii though, so I’ve also included a Small Denominations Stamps on an Envelope swap I did. I was sending to Canada, so I sent the full complement of USPS American Design stamps. Those rubber stamps I used were hand carved by another Swap-bot member!” (Both swaps seen below)

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Interesting facts about ColoradoKate: “I love hot springs and onsen-style Japanese baths, but I never take baths at home!”

Check out ColoradoKate’s links:

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I hope you liked our most recent Ambassador interview and introduction. ColoradoKate recently had a new baby, but she is still active on the ‘bot. Send her a message if you are interested in swapping kawaii and/or joining one of her groups!


friday link love: August 8th, 2014

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Hello and welcome back to your FRIDAY LINK LOVE! We’ve had a busy summer of weddings, travel, and fun… but I managed to round up some super summer links for you this week. Enjoy!

Oh… p.s. Travis and I have some big news…


Ambassador Introduction: chelle523

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

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Say hello to our next Ambassador, chelle523! Chelle523 is an Original Member, which means she has been on Swap-bot since before June, 2007. She has completed more than 360 swaps and received more than 650 “5″ ratings! Amazing!

Ambassador Region: USA – Midwest Region

michelle closeupHow chelle523 found Swap-bot: “I found Swap-bot in 2006 (if I remember correctly). At the time I was on a Yahoo swapping group that traded ATCs, and had gotten discouraged at the lack of diversity in swaps and wanted to expand. A friend told me about Swap-bot and I’ve been hooked ever since!”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “I love Swap-bot – it combines the best in artistic and creative expression, friendship and generosity, fun and it allows me to “meet” people from all corners of the globe! I love meeting people that share my interests and talents and I love meeting people whose lives and skills are completely different than my own! That little burst of excitement I get when I see an envelope or package in the mailbox is enough to make me a Swap-botter for life! I mean, when 90% of what we get in the mail is bills or junk, how can getting a beautiful envelope from across the world not put a smile on your face!?!”

Her favorite type of swap: “My favorite types of swaps are journals, pen pal swaps and whimsy jars, but honestly, I like just about every kind of swap we have.” Obviously, chelle523 is also interested in ATCs. Check out three of her wonderful ATC creations below…

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Interesting facts about chelle523:

  • “I’m terrified of heights but I love parasailing!”
  • “I’ve fed a baby manatee (one of the highlights of my life, I must say!)”
  • “I’m the case manager for a paranormal investigation team!”
  • “I’m a Mayflower descendant!”
  • “I’m a published poet!”

Check out chelle523′s links:

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I hope you liked our sixth Ambassador interview and introduction. Chelle523 is a very active and fun loving swapper. Give her a shout if you are interested in journalling or craft swaps… or Hello Kitty! She loves Hello Kitty.


Ambassador Introduction: HeideC

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

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Say hello to our next Ambassador, HeideC! HeideC is an Original Member, which means she has been on Swap-bot since before June, 2007. Awesome!

heidecAmbassador Region: USA – Cincinnati, Ohio & Ohio Valley Region

Check out HeideC’s Flickr photos! (She has lots of swap and craft photos!)

How HeideC found Swap-bot: “I think I originally found Swap-bot when I was trying to get some information about ATCs. When I googled ATC some flickr pictures came up and they referred to Swap-bot. The rest, as they say, is history!”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “I love Swap-bot for its diversity and its acceptance of inexperience! When I look back on some of the ATCs, I have made I cringe a little…the first ones were very rough! I still remember the first ATC I made that I felt so very proud of (seen below). It’s still on my flickr account as my favorite ATC. And having the advice of more experienced artists really helps. Swap-bot gave me the courage to make my first quilt…something I never thought I could do. Now I get people at work asking me to make quilts for them; its quite a boost to my self-esteem!”

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Her favorite type of swap: “My favorite type of swap at the moment is ATCs, but I am also having fun in the Thriftstore Find group, its really a challenge to find something your partner will like that also fits the swap theme. As an example, the February theme was “red”… I found a tin that had previously held red scottie dog shaped licorice, filled it with other red goodies, taped it shut and mailed it naked… the Post Office ladies loved that one!”

Interesting facts about HeideC: “I love yard sales and go to the flea market every Wednesday morning. I love to read and read 3-4 books a week. My favorite flowers are lilacs, lilly of the valley and lavender.”

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I hope you liked our fifth Ambassador interview and introduction. If you are interested in ATCs, Dotee Dolls, quilting, or thrifting, contact HeideC.


Ambassador Introduction: CaptainAstro

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

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Say hello to our next Ambassador, CaptainAstro! A lover of all things mail art and stamp collecting, CaptainAstro has been a member of Swap-bot for a little over a year. He is our only male Ambassador!

eric-bruthblogAmbassador Region: Paris, France

CaptainAstro’s Mail Art Website: My Mail Art World

How CaptainAstro found Swap-bot: “I found Swap-bot by reading about it on a mail art blog. I am so curious that right after reading about ‘Swap-bot,’ I googled the name immediatly and ended on the wesbsite. A few minutes later I was registring and very quickly I got involved in my first swap.”

Why he enjoys Swap-bot: “I enjoy Swap-bot because it is an easy way to be in contact with a lot of different people from all over the world (even if a majority is from US…) to exchange mail art in my case. Each swap is a challenge, whether the subject of the mail art is imposed, or because a color, a shape, or even a technique is imposed. It stimulates my imagination and therefore my creativity. The rating process is also interesting because it helps to receive feedback on what you sent. I take as much pleasure in sending a swap then receiving one! I think it is a pitty that there aren’t more people from Europe (or even from France) and also more males on swap-bot. I sometimes feel alone surrounded by women ;-)”

His favorite type of swap: “My favorite swaps are mail art exchange, of course.” Check out one of his mail art creations below…

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An interesting fact about CaptainAstro: “I’m very fond of frogs! Not because I’m French. (I have never eaten frogs. Opposed to the legend, it is not so common in France to eat frogs.) I really love frogs. When I was younger I had a collection of frogs coming from different parts of the world. I had plastic frogs, wood frogs etc. After some time my collection became too large and I decided to stop and concentrated on collecting stamps picturing frogs. It gave me the opportunity to come back to an old hobby: stamp collection. Thanks to my frog stamp collection, a philatelic news paper contected me for an interview. I was proud that my collection could be mentioned in a paper that I read every month. After this publication, one reader wrote to me. He sent me a letter decorated with a frog. This was the first piece of mail art that I received. I then started to look around to find information about mail art and I quickly became hooked. Frogs have become a sort of signature in my mail art. I use them as often as I can!”

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I hope you liked our fourth Ambassador interview and introduction. If you are interested in philately, mail art, France, or frogs, contact CaptainAstro.


friday link love: July 18th, 2014

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A mid-July link love for you! Enjoy these fun and crafty links and have a great weekend…

So many S’more recipes… so little time!

Any other good links I missed this week? Share them in the comments.


Ambassador Introduction: LadyRose

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

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Say hello to our next Ambassador, LadyRose! A Swap-bot member since 2008, LadyRose loves classic movies and animation, and she has completed over 250 swaps!

Ambassador Region: USA, Louisiana

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How LadyRose found Swap-bot: “I can’t remember. I joined back in 2008!”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “I love meeting new people and it’s a lot of fun!”

Her favorite type of swap: “I love postcard swaps.” LadyRose prefers swaps that are less art and craft intensive, like mail and electronic swaps.

Interesting facts about LadyRose: “I am an autograph collector and am always interested in swapping for autographs. I love New Kids on the Block and dolphins.”

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I hope you liked our third Ambassador interview and introduction. If you are interested in snail mail swaps, for things like postcards and greeting cards, or if you love celebrities or classic movies, contact LadyRose or check out her upcoming hosted swaps.


Ambassador Introduction: doulakk

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

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Say hello to our next Ambassador, doulakk! A Swap-bot member since 2012, doulakk loves snail mail and crafting, and has completed over 350 swaps and has hosted more than 100! Wow.

Ambassador Region: USA, East Coast Region

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How doulakk found Swap-bot: “I found SB by searching on Google after searching for an online swapping site with reputable members.”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “I enjoy SB because it allows me to make art and share my collection of ephemera. I have also tried painting, stamping and gelli plates because of SB, so it helps me to open my mind to other aspects of my new found love for art, in general.”

Her favorite type of swap: “My favorite type of swap would have to be sending and receiving Envies full of Ephemera for journaling. I equally love sending ATC’s. On a side note, I love hosting tags and games and RAK’s in my group’s forum, Paper on Steroids.”

Check out these examples of doulakk’s mail art and ATC swaps:

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Interesting facts about doulakk:

  • “I hate stinkbugs and capture them in my craft room in a bottle of water that sits next to me. Is that mean?”
  • “I am scared of canned biscuits, so I don’t buy them. Ever.”
  • “The only thing that I wanted from my Grandmother’s home after she passed was her mop. HER. MOP.”
  • “I am a childbirth doula and breastfeeding peer counselor and love empowering women in their roles as mothers.”
  • “I am a ‘Headmistress’ for a private school. Scandalous.”
  • “I have recently started crafting, that being 3 years ago, and feel extremely lucky to have found a niche in the art world.”

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I hope you liked our second Ambassador interview and introduction. I don’t know how doulakk finds time to do it all — doula, headmistress, crafter, Ambassador — but I am glad she does! Contact her if you are interested in any USA paper craft swaps.


Ambassador Introduction: mariadastrouxas

ambassadors_miniThe new Ambassador program has just begun and I am excited to introduce each of the participants individually over the next few weeks. They are all enthusiastic, fun, active Swap-bot members who all have 5.0 ratings and who have all been members for more than a year. They are asked to help promote Swap-bot in their local communities and to be active, positive members of the ‘bot.

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Say hello to our first Ambassador, mariadastrouxas!

Ambassador Region: Portugal

Her packaging design Pinterest portfolio: www.anaisabelmorais.com

maria-das-trouxasHow mariadastrouxas found Swap-bot: “Once I searched on google for international swaps and I found the website www.lettersets.com. On that website I contacted a portuguese swapper and she recommended the Swap-bot forum. When I checked it out, I never let it go.”

Why she enjoys Swap-bot: “It’s so much fun. It’s such as a fantastic feeling when you receive a package from someone you don’t know physically but they spent their time to send you items you may like. It’s wonderful. I learned so many things about cultures from around the world, without traveling. It’s beautiful and true!”

Her favorite type of swap: “I prefer private Type 3 swaps (food, toiletries and stationary), usually large packages decorated with different postage stamps and calligraphies (mail art packages). For private swaps I can choose partners with a profile like mine so it’s more personal than public ones.”

Note from Rachel: mariadastrouxas is an amazing mail artist! Her packages are incredibly detailed and colorful, and she packages everything in ingenious ways! I have been very lucky to receive two of her beautiful packages in the past, including the one seen below.

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Interesting facts about mariadastrouxas: “Before I found swap-bot, when I was a child, I remember a School Program, an exchange connecting my (Portuguese) school and an international school. Some children swapped a shoe box with cute things and supplies we didn’t have in Portugal. I wasn’t selected to be a part of that experience, but I never forgot it because I would have loved to be in that program.”

“In middle school, my english school teacher told me about a Penpalling Program. The whole class wrote letters to English children, but i never received a reply. I was a kid and felt so sad about not receiving any response. Much later I registered on Flickr (maybe 2003), made a profile, and did some swaps with Brazilian crafters. The packages from Brazil took a long time to arrive, one year at least!”

“When I went to university I forget the feeling of receiving snail mail because the lessons took so much time and effort, and I had to move from my home to study, so it was difficult to manage the mail in other addresses. After I started working I finally had more money and I registered on a Portuguese forum for free mail stuff and I received so much cool snail mail, like coupons and cinema tickets, but it was only suitable for Portuguese people and not so creative.”

“When i meet swap-bot, my life changed! There are so much creative persons and different cultures. I hope to continue swapping for my entire life!”

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I hope you liked our first Ambassador interview and introduction. If you are interested in swapping high quality mail art packages of goodies, mariadastrouxas would make an excellent partner! Contact her via the Swap-bot message system if you are interested.


friday link love: June 27th, 2014

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Links, links, links! Just for you…

Have a fun and fabulous weekend!