Swap-bot Time: July 25, 2024 9:37 am


Date Joined: April 11, 2015
Last Online: March 24, 2024

Country: Australia


NEWS April 2019

Yep I've been away a long time! I've been caught up in face to face art groups here in Perth Australia and in entering several exhibitions. I've also been blogging on the design team for Gelli Arts®

I gave up Swapbot a while back as not only did I not have time but I was sick of getting junk through the mail instead of quality swaps like I was sending out! Might give it another go.


Please remember when sending to Australia that we have very strict customs. If your swap contains any food, plant, animal, shell, leaf, twig, pebble etc it will get destroyed before it reaches me. :-(


Sometimes Australia post is good, sometimes it's not. My quickest international turn around was 3 days. The longest 8 weeks! The average is around 2 weeks. Please consider this and contact me if your swap has not arrived.


If your swap meets the swap requirements I will rate 5. Sending me extras (whilst very nice), will not get you a 5 if the actual swap does not meet criteria.

If you send a swap that looks like it was made by a 2 year old and then run over with a tractor I will rate a 3. Please don't send me rubbish.

I give hearts for extra effort on the swap itself. Sending extras (still very nice), doesn't automatically get you a heart. It's the quality of the actual swap that counts.

If you flake I will rate a 1.

About Me

Home Educator, artist, teacher and Gelli Arts® design team member.

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media, mono printing, journals, textile art, book art, fabric postcards, collage, lino cuts


Other than the obvious arts and crafts I'm also interested in education, science, geology, nature, camping and bush-walking.


I'm happy for you to send me anything that fits the swap description. Any colour, any design as long as it is something that you also like and would be happy to receive.


  • hand made art works
  • textiles
  • fabric postcards
  • mixed media journal pages
  • home-made flag
  • tags
  • altered books
  • mixed media books
  • texture
  • bright colours with black and white (particularly lime and bright pink)
  • lino cuts, handmade stamps and prints
  • paintings
  • pretty postage stamps
  • ribbons, lace, unusual yarn, chains
  • fabric scraps
  • charms
  • paper and fabric flowers
  • old sheet music
  • interesting textured and coloured or patterned paper
  • buttons
  • stencils
  • lino stamps
  • tags
  • ephemera
  • metals bits and pieces


Items that took you about 5 minutes to make and look like it! Christmas and overly religious items (pretty angels ok).

Absolute favourite images:

  • Seed pods
  • Sea urchins

Other favourite images:

  • Leaves and flowers (especially sunflowers, big daisies poppies, daffodils and tulips)
  • Butterflies, beetles and insects
  • Birds
  • Starfish
  • Shells
  • Fish
  • Jelly fish and octopus
  • Crabs and lobsters
  • Mermaids
  • Clocks
  • Scientific / natural history illustration
  • Ruins, castles, stairways, architecture, crumbling doors and windows
  • Fossils particularly ammonites
  • Animal skeletons and skulls
  • Fairies
  • Old push bikes
  • Scaly lizards
  • Vintage maps
  • Mushrooms and toadstools
  • Rocks, minerals and gems
  • Black and white, line drawings and lino cuts

My Blog

CAUTION - My blog may contain SPOILER photos. Don't look there if you would like your swap to be a surprise!

Swap pictures

Some of my swaps sent so far...

Fantastic Flag

Art Tiles

Butterfly Book

Butterfly Book

Butterfly Book

Button Fairy

Fabric panel

Fabric panel

Journal page

Leaves PC

Fabric tags

Fabric tags

Lino cut PC

Fabric PC

Fabric PC

Handmade journal

Insipre#6 PC


Bugs PC

Mixed media postcard

Fabric postcard

Prayer flag

Journal page

Mixed media PC

Journal page

Mini Book

Altered photo

Mixed media PC

Collage JP

Altered pocket quilt


travelling fabric PC

tag july

Naked journal

Mug Rug

Paper bag album

Art journal page

Smash book

Smash book

June journal page

Tea time PC

July Prayer flag

Monthly Journal May

12 Tags - May

Nature ATC

Prayer Flag


bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: Mail Art - July 2019 on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness, Helen! The monoprint flag is absolutely amazing! I just love it. Thank you so much for such an awesome swap!! <3 <3 <3
edgetorn rated for TPS: Prayer Flag on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: What an awesome work of art! I love hearts and love ::everything:: about this wonderful prayer flag! Thank you so much!
donetta rated for VJP: Graphic 45 Art Journal Page on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Oh Helen, this journal page is lovely! On one hand, I'm so happy to have it (the mini-tag is adorable), but so sorry that you had to make this swap for a second time and send it across the miles. Thank you for being an excellent swap partner!
Response: No problem. With luck the original may arrive some day too!
Artstamper rated for TPS: Monoprint Bookmarks #3 on Jul 16, 2019
Comment: Lovely gelli print bookmarks Thank you so much! Thanks also for the tip about the freezer paper, I never thought of that. Will be looking forward to seeing your video as I love new things about using the gelli plate.
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - June 2019 on Jul 8, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful postcard!! I love the colors and the contrast between the vase and the background. The techniques you used is very cool. I have not used masks very much, but your postcard has inspired me to try again :) Thank you for including your blog web address :) I'm going to check it out later this evening :)
kiddomerriweather rated for N&T: ATC Coin on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: It's absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I'm thrilled to have it. Thank you so much.
Comment: These are beautiful! What kind of paint did you use to print the envelope. Its all beautiful Thanks
Response: Just acrylic and a Gelli plate.
Comment: Helen, this is a wonderful "stitches and layers" ATC! I love all the gorgeous silk elements, and your (so many!) stitches are sheer perfection. Thank you for being a wonderful swap partner!
user2148 rated for HCSI: Sender's Choice on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: Beautiful postcard! Love the vibrant colors of your geli print and the great leaf prints! Thank you so much!!
Comment: Love all the lace! Thank you for a very lovely page!
Katti rated for Poppies PostCard on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for that beautiful card!
luvbird rated for GAA: Book Page and Paper Napkin ATC on Jun 11, 2019
Comment: Hi Helen! I love this Gothic arch! Love the Jane Davenport face stamp! Love all the different mixed media elements you used to make this so awesome. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful bookmark!! I absolutely LOVE it.
Comment: Wow! The twinchies are so gorgeous!❤️ I opened them while I was listening to music at a local winery and a lady there loved them so much that she talked me out of one of them. 😂😊 I didn’t mind sharing. It’s always nice to find someone else who appreciates all the love and care that goes into making our little pieces of art! Thanks so much!❤️🤗
EllenWilGraagPost rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2019 on Jun 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcard-artwork you've made me! I love it! And wonderful colors! THANK YOU! XO - Ellen
tigermousecat rated for VJP: Creative Collage #16 on May 31, 2019
Comment: I am so loving this! The detail is incredible and I love all the different fibers you used. Thanks for an incredible collage!
Lady rated for AMA: Sender's Choice-May on May 30, 2019
Comment: Lovely work, thank you
luvbird rated for YTPC: Dress Form Tags on May 29, 2019
Comment: Helen, I love these pretty little dress form tags. Love the gorgeous fabric and paper you used, such glimmery, shiny, beautiful colors! Thank you so very much. Great swap!
Comment: Hi Helen! Thank you so very much for the darling little dancer...she is so sweet! Love the way you colored the black and white image. Love the doily corners and the pretty lace. I love it!
Fancynancy rated for Mermaid Mail ARt on May 19, 2019
Comment: Thank u for the very cool mermaid tag—-LOVE it! One of the best quality swaps thus far!!! ❤️

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 248 22 27
Completed Fives Threes Ones
257 276 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
9 15 233 0
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yvonne401 on May 4, 2019:

Welcome to Inches, Betwinchies & Twinchies Lovers! It's great to have you here!



Heirloom on Jul 5, 2016:

Thanks for serving as a FABRIC FANATICS group officer. Here's to more great swaps!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

mariadastrouxas on May 30, 2016:

Hello Helen! Congratulations, you just win the Fabric Scraps Rak. Let me know when you got it. Have a great week, maria das trouxas


biasbabe on Mar 17, 2016:


Heirloom on Mar 13, 2016:

Just to say hello!

homeandheart on Mar 4, 2016:

Welcome to the Somerset Style group! We are so glad you are here!

sherba31 on Jan 19, 2016:

Nice to hear your family found a place to live. Hope this new home/job works out well and your move goes smoothly. Hello to R from his penpal N. =)

neca84 on Dec 24, 2015:

Merry Christmas, thanks for being a part of the best group on Swap-bot, Active Aussie SWAPaholics :)


KristinaLynn on Dec 13, 2015:

Love your art! It's gorgeous!

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