Swap-bot Time: January 21, 2021 10:24 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: January 21, 2021
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

I am finding mail coming from certain areas in the USA are taking weeks to get here. I had a whole week of nothing but flyers this week.

Mail is starting to be more regular. Please do not fret if you swap does not arrive in a timely manner. Times are challenging, and we all need some compassion and patience through this current crisis.

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 62-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 example in crochet 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!

Since I have been waiting for my building to be rebuilt after the fire I have discovered a new interest in home reno shows.

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: Hi Bev and I love these journal cards with pockets that I just got from you. The TH paper is perfect for this and your sewing looks fine to me - I like how it's kind of uneven as it adds to the vintage feel. The little photo strips are amazing - what an awesome die and I love that you found little photos for it. I believe I may see one of those dies in my future!! And love the little tickets - I have a ticket die and I have not used in ages so it's coming out as well. Thanks for such a great swap - always a treat to see mail in my box from you!
Response: So pleased you liked what I sent. I ended up getting two different sets of the ticket dies for shape and style. Love them! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: if i could make a wish to get the perfect atc for me it would be this card! it is so beautifully made and designed...the quote the images of the guys...i just love it...you really hit the mark and i so appreciate the time and effort and the amazing result...thank you thank you...also for the envelopes and the design of the outside envelope
Response: You are too kind! With the grey skies and rain these last few weeks, we finally have sun for a few days. Can't call it beach weather though unless you are a beachcomber. Hope all is well with you and yours! Thank you for the heart!
AmookIslandCreations rated for MFF: Winter Bird Tag on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous swap and extras. I love that you chose an owl for this swap! Thanks too, for the note! We are staying isolated too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You are more than welcome! Glad to see you well and looking after yourselves. We do live in interesting times! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Bev, this is gorgeous. And the extra cards a great.
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: These tags are adorable! I love how you created them and I can’t pick a favorite—they are equally likable. Thank you so much for making my day!
Response: So pleased you enjoyed them! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Bev, this is gorgeous...and exactly what a postcard (an arty postcard!) should be. I love it, and it is a wonderful addition to my (new and small) postcard collection!
Response: The biggest problem I had with starting this was getting the right image. So many winter birds with berries but also with a Christmas theme. Thank you for stating this new themed swap. Look forward to more. Also, thank you for the heart!
donetta rated for RF: Book Page Rolo on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Bev, this is lovely. I actually took a shorthand course in college! Boy...that certainly dates me! Your pictures and embellishments are, as usual, spot on...thank you for always sending such special swaps!
Response: You, as always, are too kind. Happy New year to you and yours! Thank you for the heart!
renmagpie rated for AACG: Vintage Ice Skater ATC on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Bev, - Thank you for another wonderful swap! I love this ATC - it's absolutely beautiful. I also really love the note you enclosed, and the card you made. That chicken is just...too much. :D Your rooster story though - I'm sorry but I laughed. Thank you so, so much. xo
Response: That rooster was so tough, in more ways than one. When it came to an untimely end, an elderly neighbour took it and thought to make it into stew. Was so tough she ended up burying it. I am so pleased you enjoyed all! Thank you for the heart!
Karmi53 rated for VJP: Book Page and Napkin Decoupage on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Wow love your book page Napkin page great idea using two different kinds it came out beautiful. And those little drops make the flower pop out. Thank you for all the goodies
Response: You are always welcome my friend! Thanks for the heart! After the last package, this time it was quick!
Comment: Great twinchie page! I love the gold accents. Here in Michigan, we are doing better than some states, but this Covid has become so political that it’s hard to get everyone to comply with the mandates. As a health care worker, I got my first vaccine on December 17th and am due for the 2nd one on January 8th. I’m ready for all this to be just a bad memory. Stay safe!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Vaccines for health care and long term care are now taking place here.
Comment: Love what you did with this swap. I like all the layers and details. Thanks so much!
Response: So pleased you found it. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Happy New Year's Eve! Your swap arrived and I do love the end result! Love the tag but the tag tassel is really special-wonderful charms and little details !Thanks for the other beautiful of beautiful embellishments but the Poe images really spoke to me. I was going to ask you what stamp set it was but good ole' Google images found it for me so went to Crafters Companion website and ordered it-sooo wonderful. Thank you for the wonderful swap and here's hoping 2021 will be so much better than this year was! Take care and stay safe!
Response: I am pleased you enjoyed the Poe stamped images. Reading peoples profiles gives me inspiration and ideas for add-ons. Thank you for the heart! Wishing you have a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Circle love - December on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: WoW what an ABSOLUTELY STUNNING round postcard I received........ I love love love it....... just the most gorgeous to end this series of swaps with....THANK you so very much for this glorious work of ART.!!! Many many hearts to you dear one!!!!
Response: Thank you! I enjoyed this series and made all of them in the round with round elements on them. Hope you have a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year! Thank you for the heart!
CookieMomster78 rated for YTPC: Embossed Tissue Paper on Dec 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so, so much for your beautiful tissue paper pieces and kind words of encouragement. The extra paper looks like it will be very to use in my origami too. Yours was my only happy mail today and it very much fit the bill! 🥰
Response: So pleased all arrived safely. Mail has been going quicker than coming lately. Thank you for the heart!
LDeWitt rated for RF: Rolo with a Vintage Map on Dec 27, 2020
Comment: Wow, such a story and a beautiful card. Your lace doily background, trim and images and perfect cutting skills shine through. Certainly a beautiful composition and a rolo I will treasure. Thank you for a great swap. Stay well.
Response: You are too kind! Hope you have a safe and peaceful holiday season! Thank you for the heart!
Poeprincess rated for Vintage Gentleman on Dec 24, 2020
Comment: Success! I received your replacement swap today and I absolutely love it! Thank you so much! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
Response: Finally! Mail has gotten so slow coming up from the USA. Hope you and your family have a safe, peaceful and Merry Christmas. Thank you for the heart!
Poeprincess rated for Happy New year on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: Another great piece of artwork! Really like how you “popped” the background & love your reference to the TP shortage. Thank you again.
Response: Thank you for the heart! Here is hoping the coming year will be a good one!
Comment: Love these coins! They both arrived intact & beautiful! Very creative with the shaker ornament. I love the birds on your envelopes, too. Thank you.
Response: Thanks again for the heart! I am trying new things.
Comment: Such a festive & beautiful atc! Thank you!
Response: Thank you! Hope you and yours have a safe, peaceful Christmas!
Artstamper rated for Vintage Angel on Dec 15, 2020
Comment: Thank, Bev, Your pager are always so beautiful I always look forward to them! Thanks also for the lovely stickers and your warm friendly note. I enjoy them all.

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hibiscus on Dec 4, 2020:

That beach vintage card was perfection!!! Thanks for all the time and special effort put into it!!

Karmi53 on Mar 10, 2020:

Happy birthday.

hibiscus on Aug 2, 2019:

So is this black and white atc!!! You are amazingly talented and a real inspiration

Kimmi50 on Jun 27, 2019:

I also wanted to thank you for the most Amazing napkins!! I have been on the hunt for some pretty napkins to decoupage some more boxes and the ones you sent will work beautifully. Thank you so much for another wonderful swap.👍💖💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💝💝💝💝

RooBaRoo on Feb 22, 2019:

Dear Bev, got your RAK :) Thanks for the thoughtful 9-slot sleeves, for the awesome stickers, & the photos, most importantly, thanks for writing to Shreyasi. Her friends her age often write letters which are too simple for her! We would both be replying once Exams are over (March is Final exam time here) :) :) :)

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