Most people usually tell me they're swamped with swaps they have going on right now, they're low on postage, or they promised their husband or themselves they would take a break from swaps.
That all sounds VERY familiar! That's the boat I'm in now, we literally have ONE stamp left, but I can't seem to stop making ATCs! It's really painful, cause I can't swap with anyone right now though, personal or otherwise, for the most part. Trust people when they have their reasons.
I had to decline the Invite-your-partner swap to someone that I ADORE their work, have it all over my wists and top 12 and I couldn't do that swap either! It wasn't just the run-around, it's funny a bit that Craftster is SUCH a big deal that we get our feelings hurt sometimes, just roll with it, there are plenty of people who want to trade 'round here!
I know that there are days I get a huge amount of PMs (I can get really chatty, as some here can attest to) and I'm sure I've missed some here and there...its entirely possible that someone missed a message you sent to them.
That is SO true! I can get 10-20 a day if I'm chatting or working on a swap or such....one can get lost or buried (it's happened before!).
P.S. One tip if you want to request a specific card from another artist, is to show them the cards that you have available for trade, for them to choose from. That makes it much easier on you both.