Swap-bot Time: October 29, 2020 10:02 am


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: October 29, 2020

Country: Canada
Postcards I've Made
ATCs I've Made

About Me

Canada Post delay announcements

What mail times have been like for me recently (Sept/Oct 2020):

Quebec to Ontario: 2 days

Alberta to Ontario: 7 days

Ontario to British Columbia: 10 days

Ontario to Ohio: 8 days

Ontario to California: 10 days

Ontario to Wisconsin: 6 days

Ontario to Washington: 15 days

Idaho to Ontario: 15 days

Ontario to Texas: 6 days

Netherlands to Ontario: 7 days

Re-sends sent to:

  • montigneyrules -- August 2020 -- Ontario to Maryland, first postcard never made it. Second postcard made it and in normal time.

  • Coss - August 2020 -- Ontario to Tennesse, first postcard never made it.



Currently I'm doing a lot of ATCs (artist trading cards). I like the small format and that each ATC is handcrafted.

If you have a Canadian mailing address, there's a Canuck ATC Group available.

Please don’t feel you must include extras in our swaps. Your creative art is enough to make me happy.


Borrowing from @NRGordon s description, I like making postcards from found images. If you like making postcards and you are my swap partner, send me one of your creations. Let me know how you made it and tell me something about the image you picked (why you picked it, what you like about it).

Cut n Paste postcards are one of my favourite style of postcards. They are fun to make and receive. I like rummaging through magazines for images that will make a great postcard.

I prefer postcards naked, stamped and written.

indie postcard

Private Swaps

If you're a swap-bot member in good standing, also like self-made postcards and ATCs, and want to have a private swap, let me know. Send me a PM (personal message).

I put a return address label on everything I send out.

If you haven't received a card within a month of my send date, please let me know.

I think I'm the cat's meow. Anyone else feel like that too?... You make your card and think "Wow, I made that!". Mostly I'm astonished at myself for making something that looks (at least I think so) half-decent. 😆 I'm a kid at heart when it comes to creating.

I'm nearing retirement.

In mid-life I started to lose my hearing and now I'm profoundly HOH. I lip-face read. I do not know sign language.

Personality style: ISFP - Adventurer

Married. Childless by choice.

🤗 Things I find interesting:

  • Hygge concept - cosy, comforting, calm, zen
  • Little Free Library visits while wandering and exploring
  • Dogs (and generally all animals including spiders and insects)
  • Coffee shops
  • Whimsical things
  • The beauty and peace of trees and forests
  • Tartan and plaid
  • Coronation Street viewer for over 30 years, but there have been many times where I've thought about quitting -- the writing can be more miss than hit most of the time
  • Landscapes
  • Farm/rural/pastoral scenes
  • Wiener Werkstätte
  • Folk art (e.g. Maud Lewis, Grandma Moses)
  • Canadiana (or your country's stereotypical/cultural/characteristic things)
  • Amateur art made by regular people
  • Outsider art --learned the term from @Wanda
  • Public art galleries
  • Artist Co-op stores
  • Keri Smith--in particular her Wander Society concept. Solvitur Ambulando!
  • Documenting things a la the Wander Society

📺 What I've been watching:

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Great cast. Incredible. Eye-opening. An important historical case to watch during these turbulent political times.

  • Quicksand

A crime TV drama that takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. The aftermath of a school shooting.I liked the plot and character development leading up to the fateful day.

  • Mindhunter.

Crime TV drama about FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, developing criminal profiles. Based on real agents John Douglas and Robert Ressler. Season 1 and 2 cover the Atlanta Murders, Richard Speck, Ed Kemper, Son of Sam, Charles Manson. Fascinating approach to these infamous cases.

  • Emily in Paris

I didn't like it. Too girly. Too superficial. I think we are supposed to find Emily charming. I find her sweet but presumptious, a little arrogant, and somewhat annoying. I grew tired of her and the French men who offer their services, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi". I stopped midway through episode 2.

📘 Currently reading

  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

I'm learning a lot. I borrowed the library copy then ended up buying my own copy so I could mark the best parts.

My book club is now looking for a fun/funny/light-hearted/life-affirming novel to read. Any suggestions?

FYI, I don't use the Relationships/Friends feature. I don't understand this feature or the benefits involved, so I'm going to ignore it. But it doesn't mean I don't value swap-bot members. I do, very much.

To all those people who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note...

Thank you

A quote from VivaLaDiane that I like:

  • I feel a 5 says - you did what you said when you said.

  • A comment says "and I appreciate that".

  • A heart says "you cared about more than just fulfilling your obligation - you cared about my happiness"

My hope is to brighten someone's day with what I send.

My Swap Hosting Style

If you join one of my swaps here's what you should know about my hosting style:


I send out nudge 'please rate' messages around the 2-week mark after everyone has mailed their cards. Please, no serial nudging, it makes my hosting job harder. Rate quickly so it doesn't end up forgotten in a pile of postcards.

If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know.

Blank comments

When rating please comment on the card received. Let's make our partners feel like their postcard matters. So please, no blank comments. If you have a hard time thinking about what to write, this example might help you: Thank you for {describe the item}. It brightened my day...Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard. It brightened my day.


I check to see that everyone is rated and will add a "Finished" stamp to the Discussion section when all postcards are sent, received, and rated.


Great advice and a checklist here:

Thinking of hosting a swap? Things you should consider.

Swap-Bot Terms of Use

Swap-Bot Terms of Use:

  • You must be 18 years and older to use this site. You are responsible for any activity that occurs under your username.

  • Swap-bot is a service and venue where all adult people (over the age of 18) are welcome to participate

  • Swap-bot's services are not available to children (persons under the age of 18)

Markdown Language

Here's a great wysiwg site for writing in Markdown. https://stackedit.io/app#


Comment: Thank you for the beautiful hand panted ATC. I love fall tis is perfect.
Poeprincess rated for MAS: Full Moon on Oct 28, 2020
Comment: Fantastic—I can’t believe you carved those stamps! Thank you so much for a super swap. Love the sleeve it came in, too.
Curiouskitty rated for AMA: Eyes ATC on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Eye ATC. I love the collage / mixed media style, you did fantastic for your first try! 🙂
Response: Thanks for the encouraging words. I'm sure I'll try this again soon. ❤️.By the way, those are Ethel Mertz's eyes, Lucy's best friend. 😁
derakisu rated for CA : ATC Rainbow #3 : Yellow on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: The Charlie Brown vibe is strong in this one ! I love how you kept it simple for the theme. I didn't know at all about the French title of that episode of Peanuts. The things Google teach you ! =D
Response: I'm so glad you like the simplicity. I think it makes the message stronger. Thanks so much for the heart.
Comment: Ahh thank you so much for the adorable postcard!! I'm sorry it took so long to get to me, but glad it finally made it!! Thank you for hosting this private swap!!
Response: Phew. I'm relieved. I'm so glad it finally arrived, espcially because I messed up the address. :) You're so welcome about hosting the swap. It was really great swapping with you postmarkd..I love your art.
MBakker rated for AAA: Sender's Choice ATC #2 on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome atc. Love bette midler Xx Monique
Response: Wow, postal service between Canada and the Netherlands is fast--6 days. Really nice. And I'm so glad you liked my ATC. Your profile inspired me to make it. :)
jeka396 rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste PC October on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Loved the jellyfish PC, so cool!
Response: I love cut n paste postcards for the fun of browsing old magazines and stumbling upon interesting images. I'm glad you like it.
Karmi53 rated for CS Animal Series: Giraffe on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: He is the cutest giraffe l ever seen he is perfect thank you. Trying to keep busy a little gardening not much. Stay safe
Response: Thanks Karmi. He's a charmer for sure. :)
user6937 rated for SPCP: Orange ATC on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: I'd love to have seen that pumpkin parade. What fun! Your magic tape sounds very interesting!
Response: I'm hoping they have the pumpking display again this year. Have a look at this YouTube video for how to make DIY washi tape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4aXUPGu4_Y&ab_channel=MemorabiliaScrapbooking
derakisu rated for CA : ATC Pick one #3 on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Love your take on the frog prince. Her hair is amazing ! Thank you for another sweet ATC. ^___^
Response: Thank you for creating the swap that inspired me to make it. :)
derakisu rated for CA: Halloween ATC on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the little haunted scene ! I love it !
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I recently discovered how a thin white line can create a 3D effect. It was a fun ATC to make.
chimerix rated for AAA: Sender's Choice ATC on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute fish ATC. Aloha
Response: You're welcome chimerix.
vick302000 rated for MAS: Sender's Choice ATC October on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: I love it. Blue birds are my all time favorite bird. Yours will be on the way soon. It won't be as nice as yours.
Response: Fantastic. I love it when my work hits the mark. Thanks so much for the heart. Looking forward to your ATC. :)
neea1989 rated for AAA: Your Photo on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Finland, Finland, Finland, it's the country for meeee. 🎵 Now I've got that song stuck in my brain too, thanks a bunch. 😂😂 Thanks also for the lovely atc! 💕
Response: 🤣
Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC. I haven't done very many of these, either, but I also enjoy the process.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart samsstuff. I might try blackout poetry again sometime.
wittmert rated for Cut-and-Paste Postcard. Canada/USA on Oct 12, 2020
Comment: The fall colors are awesome here this year!
Response: We still have some beautiful colours on the trees. The purple asters are looking nice too. Thanks for the heart wittmert! :)
Comment: Hi Rome thank you for the beach houses Newfoundland PC lovely colours. Also thank you for the beautiful Jacques Payette PC my sincere apologies for the late rating update on my profile page peace love light
Response: You're back! I was worried for you and I was correct that something wasn't right. So sorry for what you've been through. You're very welcome for the postcard.
Comment: Thank you for joining my PC swap. Loved the monoprint you sent me for this swap. It definitely turned out with an ocean feel.
Response: It's one of my first gelli prints. I like the etagami style, it's great for beginners. Thanks for the nice comment about it.
Comment: There's something about this one that I absolutely love! I am drawn to the gold disks for some reason. It's really nice. Thank you.
Response: Thank you captkristi. It's one of my favourite ATCs that I've made. I'm so glad it resonates with you.
Comment: Rome! I am so sorry it took me so long to rate this! I thought I already had so I missed it. I loved your "Love" ATC :) It's definitely an aesthetic I like. Thank you so much!
Response: No problems captkristi. So great to get all of your nice feedback. I'm glad you like the heart ATC and thanks for the ❤️ 😁

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 346 208 233
Completed Fives Threes Ones
344 401 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
27 168 149 0
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9O96O on Oct 15, 2020:

My fish ATC for AAA: Sender's Choice ATC

KarenFife on Aug 7, 2020:

Rome, Today I received a second postcard from you for this swap Cut& Paste July #2. I adore this photo of the farm woman holding a hen. It is beautiful! Thank you so much! A special surprise in the mail.

RockyBeach on Aug 5, 2020:

Thank you for your card for the handmade postcard tag! The card arrived in perfect shape. Painting with nail polish is a great idea. But that's not an indoor craft, right? :) I tried to use up old nail polish for crafting. This was such a smelly experience that I never tried it again...

MamaD on Jun 24, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful landscape postcard you sent me for the PF tag. It is wonderful!!!

9O96O on May 10, 2020:

Another zine-making resource:

How to resize, flip and rotate an image in Google Slides (also works the same for Powerpoint).

tcornell on Feb 21, 2020:

I loved the postcard that you made for me for the Handmade Postcard tag. I have a stamp carving tool that I have yet to use, but once I get over my nervousness, will put to use!

9O96O on Jan 14, 2020:

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