Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2017 2:54 am


Date Joined: March 2, 2017
Last Online: September 21, 2017

Country: Canada

About the 1 rating....

Tuesday July 4th 2017 - I am so bummed to have been rated a 1 for a beauty package that I sent out and was not received yet. I have put a lot of time and effort into the swaps I choose to join, and I take these swaps seriously. It's super disheartening to be unable to join swaps I am interested in because of this rating. I am hoping that the communities I am in which require 5.0 ratings will allow me some time to get back to a 5.0. I am hoping the package has just been misplaced and will arrive shortly. Cheers!

JULY 25 2017 - I have not gotten a response from Nicola, and her address is not available to me anymore to resend because @NICOLA4720 has numerous 1's on her profile. If anyone knows how to remove a 1 from a person who is partially suspended, I would love to know. Thanks!

August 23 2017 I sent a message to swap-bot admin a couple weeks ago and haven't heard back yet. I probably just have to live with the 1 rating. Thanks to those who sent messages with ideas or support. Cheers.

Sept 9 2017 I am going to use the stuff in the resend package for other swaps today. Now that I have raised my ratings to over 4.9, I can join a lot more of swaps I like since getting the 1 rating. I don't think I will be sending the resend as I do not think she is coming back with twenty 1's.

About Me

I am hugely introverted, musical, and creative. I love art/craft exchanges and am stoked to find this community.

I love photography, especially photos from the first half of the 1900s. I greatly appreciate things from the past. They have stories. In my crafts, I also include things that look vintage, even if they are not from a long time ago. It adds to the story I am sharing within my own art.

I currently mostly enjoy making mixed media pieces; larger pieces often take me weeks. Sometimes I turn larger pieces that I've done on cardboard into atcs, postcards, or inchies, or sometimes I will include it onto a larger piece I am making on canvas as I love layering and incorporating many smaller crafts onto bigger pieces.

I love mixing paint, paper, photography, and stamps. I find it really satisfying to create texture and make layers. I have a lot of paper products; sometimes I spend more time just looking at the paper and organizing it in colour combinations than I do actually making something!

I used to host casual craft groups in my living room, mostly for card making, and sometimes for atc making and swapping, but it's absolutely exhausting for an introvert and now, with kids, I just don't have the energy!

I also have a few pen-pals, some that I have had for well over 15 years through livejournal and other online communities, although over the years, some of them have drifted away as they do! Ultimately, I'd love to connect with like minded crafty folks who enjoy letter writing.

I recently started an Instagram account to track some of the atcs and cards I've made for swap-bot. My user name there is: helene.in.the.woods. A lot of the images are taken while things are "still in progress" but you can get an idea of my style here:


I garden everyday, and we have urban chickens. I have kids and a wonderful partner. I love camping and exploring with my family. I wish that I cycled to work, but it is just too far. I work with people living with Dementia at a day program where we do crafts and dance together. I love every minute of it.

Some things I'd love

Some crafty things that I would love include but are not limited to:

strips of lace

metal charms

brads of all shapes, sizes, and colours

leaf skeletons

old keys or key images

textured papers

anything vintage or vintage looking

Steampunk, Victorian and Space themes

nature themes and fairies, gnomes, fantasy and forest creatures and folklore

trees, leaves, plants

Dark, Hallowe'eny, Witchy, and Spooky themes

handmade paper

really sparkly paper

rubber stamped paper in all above themes photography/imagery

Woodblock or rubber stamps

Old photography or postcards

die cuts and wood or wood like elements

anything handmade, especially by you

anything for mixed media art making like artist trading cards, inchies, cards, smash books,paper art on wood/canvas/cardboard etc

I am not a big fan of using stickers in my crafts unless they are like the Tom Holtz Ideology "Paperie Salvage Stickers", or more high end mixed media use style stickers. I do use key stickers when I have them.

I love rich colours, deep dark reds, rich browns, oranges, blues, and greens. I prefer nature themes and woodland animals. Mossy and inviting. While I like both in my crafts, I prefer silver colours over gold, and coppery colours are particularly wonderful!

No Thanks!

No foam shapes please

I am not interested in city postcards, unless they are very old

No stickers, I just don't use them

No religious or holiday stuff please (unless I have specifically joined a swap for it)

Cheesy quotes and words of wisdom

Childlike stamps or images

**I am not a big fan of pink shades or princess stuff (except crowns, I love using crowns).

I'd love new crafty pen friend

Please, if we do a swap and you like to write or keep penfriends, include a letter and I will likely write you back. I am particularly looking for penfriends that like to include crafts and papers with their letters. It's so exciting to get a letter along with some creative inspiration as well as make lovely little packages, cards, and crafts for penfriends!


elflady rated for 7 plus 1 atc time again on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Wow thanks Helene so much for my 7 plus 1 atc's. I think they are really creative also your decorated envelope you put your pieces in.Warmregards Noelene (elflady)
DaisyNY rated for Button ATC on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: It came today! Cool texture! It's as much fun to touch and caress as it is to look at.
Comment: thanks for a nice swap♥♥
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: thank you! some really beautiful images!
Madameabi rated for Christmas Card on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card and the decorations.
Comment: Great happy thoughts!
Comment: all those beachy things make me happy too, been aware from the beach too long and the smell of that salty air is like heaven <3
Comment: Thank you for the lovely long letter, stickers, and other misc items. I enjoyed it!
Comment: Hi!! It's funny that you talked about me in you letter :p Yes it took me 5hours to match every enveloppe... read profile (English isn't my first language so it's longer for me). Thanks for everything and the letter. I fall on you few times in my swap but I think it is the first time you send me something :) Thanks for the letter. happy swapping!!
Response: Yes, I've received three swaps from you already. It was a pleasure to send one out to you. AH and yes! I did mention you in my letter. :) It took me quite some time to get all ten swaps together and out too, but it was fun! Thanks for rating, I'm sure we'll be in touch through future swaps.
Comment: Thank you Helene! I love the ATC and all the crafty red things will will used in my next projects!
Response: Awesome! I am glad the items will be put to use. Take care
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely letter and goodies. The thank you card is so cute. Have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
Response: Thanks for rating. I hope you have a great day too!
Comment: Thank you for your lovely long letter. So nice to learn a bit about your life. Autumn is coming along vivid now, so enjoy the days! Thanks for the goodies, I will use them in future swaps. Perhaps some will return to you in another setting.
Response: I am surprised how few letters I have received for this swap. 6/10 swaps have arrived and only one letter! Thanks for rating. Take care!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely letter. Your chickens names made me laugh, especially chow mein!
Response: Wow! That crossed the Atlantic quicker than I think any mail I've sent has taken before ever! If I remember correctly, I sent these out less than a week ago! I am glad you enjoyed it. You are welcome! CHeers!
Comment: WOW beautiful letter / envelope full of happy mail, reply coming soon =)
Response: Awesome. I also just sent off another package to you yesterday! Thanks for rating. Cheers!
Comment: Thank you! Love how much your kid's feature in your list :-)
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you so much Helene for the fantatic swap!! I really loved the composition of the whole piece and its concept and how resourful you're!! Great swap! Thank you so much!
Response: Awesome! Thanks for rating. Take care!

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Evelynswap on Sep 17, 2017:

Hi ATC-lover! Today my ATC - "Blue" and other crafty things swap is going on its trip to you!

Here a little preview of what you'll get 😃


Bee1981 on May 31, 2017:

Awwww, I am the host of the diffrent stuff for flipbooks... ...I hoped that I would be your partner, cause we have some things in common, but sadly it hasn´t happend.Maybe we can make a private swap one day? Love Rebecca

mgallardo68 on May 26, 2017:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!

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