Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2021 10:56 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: October 16, 2021
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

It does not seem to rain, but days it pours in life. I am going to be slowing down my swaps due to my husband's cancer diagnosis.

Please do not send me any extras. Love them but right now I do not have the space for anything extra. As it is, my workspace and storage is so limited. I always rate by effort, not extras!

Due to having arthritis in my thumbs I have taken to typing most of my notes enclosed with my swaps. After hand writing a few lines my hand starts to ache.

I have decided to settle in with the groups I am now part of. I like to be an active participant in each group. If I am in too many I feel like I am too stretched out.

Due to the dramatic increase in postage for larger items, I will be doing mainly cards and journal pages for now. One of my last larger swaps cost me close to $20! OUCH!

Wow! I am now over the 1800 mark for swaps.... Hard to believe!

Thought I would add this. Would love my partners to send their postcards naked when possible. There are some very good sealants that will protect those masterpieces so be brave! Also, it just is not the same without a small note enclosed or written on the postcard. It just seems a bit more personal.

If you do not get a swap from me, please let me know as Canada Post is so slow and I have had items go astray in the mail. It can take up to a month to have swaps arrive to the USA. I try to keep a scanned copy of what I send on my Flickr account so no peeking if you want to be surprised!

Just wanted to let you all know that my Post person is amazed at some of the art going through my mailbox! You really make her day!

I am a crazy cat lady short of cats. After my two cats passed a few years back, I have decided not to get any more until we are much more settled.

Am now a 64-year-old lady, happily married. I have no children. I am now retired! Yeah, more time to play!.

Love knitting, crochet and tatting. I do prefer the graph or diagram instructions over the written. For an example, see the crochet in the old Magic Crochet magazine designs. In knitting the European style like what one would find in Burda or Vogue magazines. Always interested in trying something new! I have a special fondness for knit lace and making stuffed animals. Alan Dart is one of my favourite designers for toys. Can never have too many patterns, needles, hooks or yarn even though DH tells me otherwise ; D

My BFF got me hooked on making ATCs. I have expanded that to include tags, postcards and journal pages. I do like a challenge! More room to express myself. A nice change from the needle arts.

I would love to hear how you made yours if you are using a different technique from collage. Always looking to learn new things and try new ways of doing things.

Serious addiction to coffee and dark chocolate. Love vegetarian recipes. I do eat dairy products and eggs. No food allergies.

Please no heavily scented products, have asthma. Citrus, soft florals and vanilla scents not an issue.

Have a good sense of humour and an upbeat attitude. Always wanting to learn something new. Love all colours for ATCs. I like "some" cute stuff (Victorian and Vintage) and cat themed items but do not collect a lot of items as I live in a small space. Love most animals (snakes excepting) and space or Sci-fi themed items such as Dr Who , Torchwood or Star Trek. I also like vintage and Victorian pictures etc. DH says I have one foot in the past and one in the future. Love Steampunk!

Please contact me if a swap does not arrive. Canada Post is so slow and items do get lost. Also, I have items shredded to bits by the new mechanical sorters they use in the USA and here in Canada. The "mail masher" has claimed a few victims.

Favorite Books

Enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Do read many non-fiction history books as well. I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett. Also follow all the Star Trek, though in books only now. I am currently playing catch up with Eric Flint's 1632 series as well as S.M. Stirling's The Change series.. I am also adding Tanya Huff to my ongoing list. She is so fun! So many books so little time!

Favorite Television

Love Big Bang Theory and many British comedy shows! I have a new love now and it is The Orville.

I love Dr Who and Torchwood. Have followed Dr Who from the original courtesy of PBS.

Recently I have also been watching Warehouse 13 and the Librarians.

Watch some history shows. We have a provincial channel called Knowlege Network, and it is most excellent!

Favorite Movies

Love older Star Trek films and some Sci-fi. Also many of the films from the 30s and 40s. One of my favs is the Thin Man series.

Do not enjoy horror, blood and guts sort of films.

One of my favourite films was What Dreams May Come. It is a comforting film as I did a lot of palliative care.


Sadly, after the last bout of sticker shock for some cards I just sent to Europe I will be making more " flat pack" ones to send overseas. The cost of anything with raised embellishments has gotten totally out of hand.

I am continually in awe of the workmanship and quality of some of the swaps I get. I love the painted or hand drawn ones but well done collage and mixed media is great too. Small masterpieces of art. Love it when you give me info on how you made your swap and what you used. Please be aware I may renew, reuse and up-cycle items from time to time.

Learning to run with scissors and play with paper while not gluing my fingers together.... I like to play with collages and mail art. I am trying to stretch myself into other mediums. Some of the mixed media art is intriguing. My DH is a professional photographer and is encouraging me to go beyond the paintbrush. So far it has been great!

I do cards in water colours or acrylics. I especially love the acrylic paints. I love the textures. Anything to add to this addiction is always appreciated such as extra small brushes.

I am fond of rubber stamps. I love to buy the grab bags on sale . When I open them it is a fun surprise as you never know what you will get.

I love adding vintage lace to my project. Old doilies and small bits of old handmade lace are always appreciated.

I like to read my swap partner's profile so I can try to send something more personal. Swaps may be sent on the last day because of this if the time between the sign up date and the send date is short.

I am by nature a story teller. I love a good laugh. Often my cards reflect this. For me a pretty picture just isn't enough.


I try to rate the same day I get a swap. Feel free to contact me if it seems too long a wait for you to get a rating. If I don't see a rating after two weeks of sending I wonder if it got lost.

I like to rate by the effort you put into the card not the extras you send. Don't be afraid to add dimension and depth to what you send. Even if you don't feel you are a great artist but you make the effort I also rate accordingly. If you have read my profile and work around that , that is wonderful. Thanks!

Likes and Dislikes

Seems the thing to do so here I go.. Likes:

Ginger anything!


Most Animals except snakes. Have developed a special fondness for orcas ( killer whales) and rock hopper penguins. The penguins make me smile. They look like the punk rockers of the bird world...



Victorian or Steampunk has become a new favourite.

I love cards both collage or painted/drawn that have some effort put into it. I love it when people play with something and expand upon it.

I am no prude so partial nudity is not an issue for me.

I have a great sense of humour. I love the quirky side of life.

All colours for swaps.

I am a lover of spring. After our long grey wet winters it nourishes the soul. The colour of new leaves and the sound of birds, seeing the baby animals and early flowers, well you get the picture.

I grew up in the wilderness as a child. I am at home with the ocean and forests. The silence and solitude brings me peace.

Don't ask me why but I like gnomes......traditional, not Disney ones.

I have started embracing my inner cuteness! There are some cute clear stamps I have acquired and wanting to use.

Love handmade postcards both sending and getting them. We have limited choice in my area with mainly touristy ones available.


Not a fan of most teas except ginger. Recently I have become a lover of the Bengal Spice tea. Most excellent on a cold day to wrap one's hands around a hot mug of that.

I am not crazy over Disney. Please don't send any unless it is cat related. Can never have too much kitty!

Items with smoke or strong scent - have asthma

Please no stickers, just do not use them at all.

Horror, gory, bloody, gross or violent items- seen enough suffering with my job over the years.

Not a fan of clowns or snakes...long stories...

Anything of a religious nature unless it relates directly to a swap requirement - have my own path to follow and respect you do too


I have been fortunate that I have only been flaked on once so far....

Would like to thank Paige 1900 for angeling : Craft/Alter a PC for your partner. It is appreciated!


Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful arrow card. Hope your life is somewhat less hectic. My thoughts go with you
Karmi53 rated for September Birthstone on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: Wow another beautiful journal birthstone page. Great page thank you and for the extras too. Take care
hibiscus rated for VC: Autumn Leaves ATC on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: Wonderful as always…it’s a real talent to put together these simple elements into a very lovely work of art… colors shapes texture and placement .. just perfection! Thank you so much and for the wonderful autumn card!
Response: Always a pleasure to swap with you. Thank you for your message and kind words. Also, for the heart!
Comment: Oh how I love the vintage Halloween images! This pumpkin child and her (his?) sweet black kitty are just the sweetest...and the pumpkins at the bottom are a wonderful accent. Your die-cutting skills are enviable, have I ever told you this? I bought a Spellbinders embossing and die-cutting machine to replace my old faithful Cuttlebug, and haven't used it once. What am I waiting for, I wonder? But you've inspired me...yes, you have.
Response: As always, a pleasure to swap with you. Thanks so much for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC!
Comment: Made me smile!
Response: Just felt the need to do something a little different. Thanks for the heart!
carol rated for HMPC: Bird love - September on Sep 26, 2021
Comment: Wow! What a gorgeous card! Thank you so much! I love it and your note too. Some really fine "fussy cutting" on this!
Response: I am so enjoying this series. Will be sad to see it end. Thanks for the kind words and heart!
Comment: An absolutely stunning ATC Bev. Love the details of your arch. Thank you so much. Hope we may swap again :)
Response: I love using my dies outside the normal cutting. So pleased you liked it. Thank you for the heart!
2bneat rated for Sheetload of Cards September on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: I love the cactus themed cards that you sent for this swap along with the clever sentiments. Where did you get the digital paper? I am sorry to hear about your husband and pray for the best possible outcome!
Response: I bought it off of Etsy. I ended up making a whole batch for a volunteer craft group, trying to use the cactus stickers I was given. For now, it is one day at a time. Thank heavens for my crafting!
Comment: BEAUTIFUL!! Never has a hawk looked so lovely ;+) Bev, you've outdone yourself with this tag. There are SO many special elements--those glossy berries, the pine branches, the tassel trim--everything goes together so nicely. Thanks, too, for your newsy note and the extra tissue. Love swapping with you.
Response: You are more than welcome. So pleased you liked all!
Poeprincess rated for Dog days of Summer on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a terrific swap! I love your techniques & colors. Thank you also for your condolences. I will keep you & your husband in my thoughts & prayers. Hope all will be well.
Response: Thank you for your kind words. As you well understand, it is one day at a time, and thank heavens I craft. Keeps me sane.
bbsporty rated for Put an Image of a Face Card on it on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: As usual it was so nice to receive a postcard from you! It is so awesome! The texture and color is beautiful! Thank you for this beauty!
Karmi53 rated for 12 x 12 Number 8 on Sep 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you Bev l love the colors you used my favorite it is perfect. The paper you used is very pretty. It's going in my journal.. thanks
Response: You are more than welcome. So pleased you liked it!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful page you made. It is absolutely gorgeous. Hope all the water problems are gone by now. I will try to add a little of your quote into my life. I am not good with unexpected, yet. Take care.
Response: Thank you for the heart! We do live in interesting times... Hope all is well with you and yours.
Camiliann rated for August Birthstone/flower on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous journal card, and the extras, i love them. so pleased to have this one in my collection, YAY!!!
Response: Thank you, am pleased you enjoyed what I sent. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful PC! This exact tableau takes place along the Inside Passage! The USCoast Guard set up flamingos, on one of the many islands along the way, so tourists could see exotic birds. :) Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I knew you would see the humour in it! Was nice to be a bit whimsical. Thanks for th heart!
DaisyNY rated for **PBP Apple (s) 5” x 7” Page** on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: I liked the entire package, envie and card, very apple-y!
Response: Took me a bit of time to sort out what I wanted to do with it. Thank you for the heart!
Quiltbutterfly rated for GAA: Butterflies & Lace ATC on Aug 25, 2021
Comment: Dear Bev, what a truly beautiful swap. I’m just loving what you made. You are so very clever, fancy being able to do tatting as well as all the other crafts you do! This is such a very special swap, it will go in pride of place with my favourites, Thank you as well for the fabulous extras, just love them as well. Stay safe my friend 💕
Response: Amazed you got it so quickly! Thank you for your kind words and heart!
Artstamper rated for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof on Aug 22, 2021
Comment: Love this cat! Not only is he hand painted, he is on a tin roof, The fethers tell me he isn't as sweet as he looks. Great page, thank you. And as always I enjoyed you note.
Response: He is actually a she, my cat Yoshi! And no, she was not always sweet. I still miss her after all this time. Thanks for the heart!
user6937 rated for Sheetload of Cards August on Aug 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun cards - the grandsons will love them (and maybe even a great niece)!
Response: Thanks for being so flexible out the theme. It was either that or pink. Need to get out shopping! Thanks for the heart!

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hibiscus on Aug 5, 2021:

If there was an award for most excellent swapper… I’d nominate you!! The Alice in wonderland was vintage perfection … thank you for sharing your talent

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