Swap-bot Time: January 29, 2020 6:33 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: January 28, 2020
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

The post now seems to be running regular now. Please note that swaps sent to and from the USA have taken up to 4 weeks to arrive.

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!

Please note the change in my Address. Due to the fire my mail has been redirected to a local postal outlet where I have a box. Rather than have my swaps go an indirect route for now please send it to the new addie until my building is rebuilt. Thanks you!

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 1000 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 really 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 Postperson 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 I am now retired! Yah, 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 incluse 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!


Tverne05 rated for YTPC: Guest Check Envelope Booklet on Jan 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the vintage looking booklet that you sent. I like that you included butterflies to the design. Thanks for the journal cards, tickets, and I enjoyed reading your letter.
Response: So pleased all arrived safely and you enjoyed it. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so very much for the beautiful mini envelopes and the wonderful extras! I love it all! :)
Response: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed what I sent. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: What a fun postcard you made for me....I have never received a Ziggy postcard before do I am definately going to be putting this up in my craft area! Thank you!!
Response: When I ready your profile I could not resist! Thanks for the heart!
paperlover rated for Valentine Bear on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the bear ATC and the great story about your bear encounter. I appreciate the book recommendations. I will see if my library has them
Response: Glad you liked what I sent. Good luck with the books, I had to get some through an inter-library loan. Thanks for the heart!
RAINDARGON rated for VC: Mid-Century Fashion ATC on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful atc and extras and kind note too.
Response: You are welcome!
luvbird rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #12: December on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Bev, what a pretty December tag... I can’t wait to put them all together and this one will definitely be a beauty in this monthly series tag book! Thank you so very much!
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
luvbird rated for YTPC: Journal Cover Embellishments on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Hi Bev! Thank you so very much for the lovely journal cover embellishments...both of them are lovely! Love the way you decorated them and I can’t wait to use them in future projects. Thank you for the extras as well!
Response: I had fun with those. Thanks for the heart!
georgiafae rated for YTPC: Stuffed Pocket Tag on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: How nice it is to hear from you again and receive such a wonderfully stuffed pocket tag. Love the color combinations-especially for winter things. And such wonderful goodies the ribbon is gorgeous! Glad you finally have a date to move back in to place that is yours. Its just my husband and I too so we also had a very quiet and peaceful Christmas/New Years season. Happy New year and hope to swap with you again in 2020!
Response: Thank you for your kind words and heart. Slowly starting the sort through of everything I have picked up since the fire. Think I have overcompensated for what I lost. Have way too much paper... Here is hoping our New Year will be a peaceful and prosperous one.
Karmi53 rated for Valentine on Jan 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute atc, you are the perfect friend too. Thanks for the extra tags too.take care
Response: You are always more than welcome my friend! Thanks for the heart!
Pandd rated for VJP: Creative Collage #21 on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous. Steampunk is a favorite of mine. I love this piece. So happy to hear that your condo will soon be ready. I bet you are ready. You will love the drawers. I did that and they are great. I did huge ones so that I could put my pots and pans in the ones under the stove. I also did white cabinets. A great way to go. I am so excited for you. It sounds like you guys are staying warm still. I hope it lasts. Thank you for a wonderful journal page, my very favorite. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
donetta rated for VJP: Vintage Santa 5x7 on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Well, what a surprise (I’m being facetious)...an absolutely stunning vintage Santa journal page in PINK! I have to admit that the larger formats have become my favorites, which seems odd because I used to fear all that empty space! This is a treasure, and will be proudly displayed every Christmas. Thank you so much.
Response: You, as always, are very generous in your praise. I do enjoy this size as well. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Bev, your card is lovely. Thanks for all added stuff. Thanks for letter and news from you. We be in touch.:)
Response: Thank you for the heart ! Hope your new year will be a lovely and peaceful one filled with health and prosperity for you and your family!
Pikkis rated for MFF: Mixed Media ATC with a Twist on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute ATC and the beautiful napkins :)! IΒ΄m always thrilled to have new ones and especially with birds! And your lovely ATC makes me think of spring already, though itΒ΄s still far away. Enjoyed reading your letter too! Hugs and all the best for this new year!
Response: So pleased all arrived safely. Canada Post has been a pain at times. Thanks for the kind words and heart!
Comment: Bev, thank you so much for your cute hand done penguin, hope the new year is good to you.
Response: Thanks for the heart! Here is hoping more will join future swaps! Thanks for hosting all of the ones you do!
Comment: Bev, it’s such a pleasure to swap with you. Everything you send is beautiful, and your generosity with extras is so very appreciated. I have you and your DH in my heart, think of you often, and send best wishes your way. I look forward to many more wonderful swaps this year.
Response: You are so kind. Hope your New Years will be a better one. Thanks for the heart!
hibiscus rated for AACG: Silver and Blue ATC on Jan 1, 2020
Comment: I love the notecard!!! sock puppet so cute...also the wonderful note you included...you sound so happy and busy...I remember the rain from the couple of years we lived in the pacific northwest...I lovelovelove the crochet flowers and those great tiny beads/glitter...they add so much...your blue/silver card was so beautiful and dreamy....just gorgeous...lucky me! thank you so much
Response: I make stuffies for a local senior centre to sell at their sales. I also love this set of cards.so pleased you like the card. Thanks for the heart and the kind words. One lovely sunny day and now back to another week of rain...
AmookIslandCreations rated for MFF: Bird Tag #5 on Dec 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for my beautiful "winter birds" tag! Thanks too for all the extras and wonderful note! Happy New Year with hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Hope your New year is healthy, happy and prosperous! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for your postcard, Bev, and congratulations on soon being in your new home. Since selling my last house I've become a long-term renter so know the feeling of insecurity that goes with not owning your own space, Happy New Year!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Thankfully insurance is covering the rent so that is one less worry. Still, having one;s own home and being in it is a very good thing.
CheyanneB rated for Happy New year on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Its a very special addition to my collection :)
Response: Thank you for the heart! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Comment: Such a wonderful rolo, from your take on the subject matter, to the layering, to the gorgeous lace topper! My absolute favorite part, and the part that my eye keeps returning to, is the bird in the teacup...wearing a BIB!!! Okay, that's rolo #1. Now on to rolo #2...the peacock! Oh Bev, that peacock paper...I think I have a paper pad (a big one) with peacock papers; now I'm on a mission to find it! And the teacup papers...is there anything you DON'T have in your stash? I love both rolos, and they are taking pride of place in my rolodex (which is actually a photo box with chopsticks glued to the ends to keep the rolos upright and easily visible)!
Response: You are too kind! Much of what I use is digital. Hope you have a safe and peaceful Christmas and a health and prosperous New Year my friend!

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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.πŸ‘πŸ’–πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

CurlyTea on Mar 11, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Karmi53 on Mar 9, 2019:

Happy birthday Bev

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) :) :) :)

hibiscus on Jul 6, 2018:

thank you for the forwarded swap...it's swappers like you who make this such a special place!

hibiscus on May 2, 2018:

your raccoon swap was absolute perfection!

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