Swap-bot Time: August 13, 2020 5:22 pm


Date Joined: July 2, 2011
Last Online: February 24, 2015

Country: Australia
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About Me


Separated 1 week and counting, 1 son Jethro 14yrs, 1 ginger cat Lola & 1 'Pilbara special' dog Jules

Currently residing in Perth, NOR, over near Scarborough way on a hill with 2 views

Favorite Crafts

Love learning all sorts of crafts and at the moment I am into learning the 'mixed media' so I can grow and create the ATCs and artworks that I have always admired

Have dabbled in

  • Quilting
  • Photography
  • Crochet
  • Digital Scrapbooking | basically retired ;p
  • Scrapbooking | still am to a degree

Favorite Books

Anything to do with Maeve Binchy and Agatha Christie

Favorite Music

  • Def Leppard
  • Gurrumul
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Sinead O'Connor
  • Pink
  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Stan Walker
  • Jessie J
  • Cold Chisel
  • AC/DC
  • Yazz

Favorite Television

  • CSI
  • Law & Order SVU
  • Criminal Minds | Criminal Intent
  • Renovating
  • The Block
  • Quantum Leap (sad but true... enjoying the reruns haha)
  • Rosanne (same as Quantum Leap)
  • Downton Abbey
  • V
  • Flash Forward


Open to try different techniques and styles

I am still learning and trying to find my style and rhythm

Pet hate is receiving an ATC with no embellishment of any kind or if there is; a single gem/flower/charm etc artistically placed is not enough for moi. This generally means a printed image stuck to a board where there has been no imput of any degree to make it their own.

*I am not referring to those that do Digital ATCs | I recognise this takes work as I have made these myself in the past.


  • ♥♥♥ Cats ♥♥♥
  • Pearls
  • Ribbons
  • Micro Beads
  • Brads
  • Buttons
  • Lace
  • Paper flowers
  • Bling
  • Vintage
  • Ephemera
  • Butterflies
  • Dragonflies
  • Chipboard WHY :)
  • Clear Stamps
  • Fibres - any colour
  • Coffee Bags
  • Owls

-- View my Etsy to get a feel of what I like -- Love earthy greens and browns and mustards But I am not closed to other glorious colours My favourite colour is Orange after all :D


  • All Perfumed Items (allergies)
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Nudity
  • Holiday paraphernalia eg mothers & fathers day, christmas, valentines, halloween, birthday, easter etc etc etc
  • Gold & Silver Stickers
  • Kiddy Stickers | If I get them they go straight to the kid's craft box


To try the following crafts and what nots...


  • Poochie Bag | completed on the ____.
  • Dotee Doll | completed on the ____.


Comment: Thanks for a great Daisy & for completing the Calendar. Love the techniques that you used. Hope all is well with you.
Comment: Really nice. The technique you used for the texture is really interesting.
Comment: You always send great work! Thank you for another great page to add to my journal.
Comment: great card once again, very impressed with the background, thank you so much...... you are the best 'postie' :)
Comment: Wow! Wonderful. Bet you had fun at that class. Thanks so much.A great addition to my journal.
Bedazzle rated for Mail Art + Collage Supplies on Jul 16, 2012
Comment: Thanks Retta, for the lovely envelope and interesting supplies!
suzanne33 rated for A Calendar of Flowers- Iris on Jul 9, 2012
Comment: Always love your work. This one is no exception. Thanks for the goodies.
raspberryrose rated for Easy Peasy Pocket Book on Jul 3, 2012
Comment: Thanks Retta for the gorgeous pocket book and tags. Thank you too for the fabric you included - very generous. Beautiful
Comment: WOW! I love this page! It's awesome. I love the colours and the shabby chic, it is so nifty how you were able to include the cobblers nail. Top points for the envelope and nearly setting it on fire with the heat gun LOL! Was time I had you for another swap, as I need a new envelope to store my pages in, your other one was getting full :D Thank you also for the mica and gauze, I will have lots of fun playing with them, though I shan't create something as awesome :/
Comment: I love getting swaps from you... thank you so much for the beautiful ATC + painted envelope
magicjessnrach rated for save boring Monday itis on May 28, 2012
Comment: Even though you didn't really follow the requirements the package was so awesome I have to rate you a heart. Thanks so much :)
Comment: Thank you very much. Great art work ... beautifully and "personally" :)presented. Loved the envelope too
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Atc and the little extra trinkets
AnnaG101 rated for Revamp to Glam on Apr 28, 2012
Comment: I absolutely loved it. I have put it up on the mantle, and it looks great. Everytime I look at it, it makes me smile. Thank you so make for a job well done.
mappy rated for Wanna trade news? on Apr 27, 2012
Comment: OMG im so sorry, I forgot to rate. I had it ages ago. It was a good read and once I had finished I used it to wrap a pass the parcel for Logans Birthday party, Your paper certainly did ' get around'
Comment: The journal page is amazing! You are a very talented artist. :) Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into my journal page and the little extras you sent.
Response: Thank you! xo
lisamocker0412 rated for Old is New Again #3 on Mar 28, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful magnets Retta, they are brillant.
Response: Your welcome and thank you. xo
neca84 rated for Mail Art Postcard - Colour Red on Mar 18, 2012
Comment: absolutely gorgeous I love it !!!!!!
Response: Who could resist Mr Tiddles! :D Thank you xo.
Comment: Retta, you inspire me! Love the ATC, the seahorses and the envelope. Thank you so much. I want to go there next time I am in Japan. Thanks for supporting my swap.
Response: And if you do go I would love to see your pics! Thank you xo.
fairypretty7 rated for Rainbow Scavenger Hunt on Mar 13, 2012
Comment: hi, i received my package today thank you for all the beautiful items i absolutely love the fabric, the ribbon, the hearts thank you thank you.
Response: I enjoyed putting this together. :) So happy that you like it too. Thank you xo.

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mappy on Sep 5, 2012:

Hi Retta :) Hope your starting to feel better. The flu really has been knocking people around this year.

peachynook on Aug 13, 2012:

hello and a very big thankyou for the domino doll you sent me she is absolutely wonderful and must have taken you a long time to do I got it today and although it was a little late dhe was worth waiting for so again than kyou so much take care Audrey .....

Bedazzle on Feb 14, 2012:

I hope you enjoyed the last Active Aussie - Mail Art swap. Here's another one: Come and join in the new swap- it's easy, fun and inexpensive Mail Art Postcard - Colour Red

Bedazzle on Jan 20, 2012:

Thank you for joining my swap on AAS

rettam on Dec 19, 2011:

I have resent the cards to @CraftyCol today.

rettam on Dec 13, 2011:

My mail never made it to @CraftyCol so I am resending as soon as I possibly can. :) Spewing it went awol. :(

rettam on Nov 11, 2011:

Thank you * Your so welcome. I am just so relieved that I got it right. :) Definitely good taste!! ;) My goodness the swaps kinder just draw you in don't they and I am just finding it hard not to swap. I came on swap-bot for ATCs and now I want to try em all. haha. xo

mappy on Nov 9, 2011:

I loved the swap you sent me today. Forgot to mention I LOVE citrus coloured buttons as well. Just really think it was a fantastic parcel you sent me. Thanks for being an active memeber of the group. Im also going to rave about the matchbox you sent @neca84 its gorgeous when I was around there we were ohhing and ahhhhing over it. Love the technique, was very effective. While im reading your profile Ive come to realise we both like alot of the same supplies and themes. Its nice to 'meet' someone with the same good tatse LOL Hope to swap again. xoxo

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