Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2020 6:44 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: September 23, 2020
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

I am now unpacked and finally getting organized. It is still a memory game to sort out where I put my craft supplies.

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!


ChrisD rated for Journal supplies on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the supplies. I will use them. The selection was perfect.
Response: It is hard to know what someone else might use. Thanks for the heart!
Curiouskitty rated for Dog page on Sep 22, 2020
Comment: Hi, thank you for making me such a fabulous journal page. I have 3 cats & a dog so I am quite familiar with those 'sad' eyes! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the textures, materials & layers using modeling paste & attention to detail. You have given me inspiration for my own journal. The idea of sending just the pages is an excellent way to share our artwork & not break the bank mailing whole books. A special thank you for the extra ephemera pages- very cool, especially the shorthand lessons! Take care! โ™ฅ๏ธ
Response: So happy you liked it! I have always wanted to do something using that image. Never be afraid to play with what you have and try something new! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Bev! Wow . . . I absolutely adore your beautiful ATC--the focal image is gorgeous, and I'm crazy for the piece of lavender doily. And I am absolutely OVER THE MOON for the piece you sent to me! I can't WAIT to use it on some of my creations. It's so dainty and delicate. Many thanks, my friend, for a wonderful swap!
Response: I could not resist sharing that bit of crochet lace. I got a sort of grab bag of odds of doilies etc from a senior centre sale a year ago. So glad you liked what I sent! Thanks for the heart!
Poeprincess rated for MFF: Collage Bird Tag on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: This tag is incredible! I love the metallic enhancement on the owl & all the collage elements/colors. Thank you for creating it for me.
Response: I am pleased you like it! Thanks for the heart!
goosey rated for RF: Large Halloween-Themed Rolo on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: bev, your super fun rolo arrived, and it is just perfect! i love all the parts that make up this wonderful art! thank you, marlies
Response: Thank you for the kind words and heart! I had fun with that one.
user6937 rated for CS Animal Series: Rabbit on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Lovely painting, thank you - always nice to get your art, Bev. We had those same "clouds", but the skies are blue now :)
Response: Hope the smoke has passed for you. It was horrid here, was glad for the rain! Thanks for the heart!
Camiliann rated for VC: Vintage Halloween ATC w/a Key on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous Atc and the added Halloween paper is luscious!!!! Thanks for all the details and fussy cutting!!! Love it
Response: Thank you so much for the heart and kind words. Always happy to share the wealth.
user2148 rated for YTPC: Page Corners with Gi Kerr on Sep 12, 2020
Comment: Wow!!! Thank you for the fabulous envie packed with goodies beyond my wildest dreams! Coffee Advertising was a hoot - thanks for sharing your acquisitions โค๏ธ Your corners are just beautiful, the trim you used is like nothing Iโ€™ve seen before. And that peacock - wow!! Heโ€™s amazing!! โค๏ธโค๏ธ Thank you so much for such a wonderful surprise ๐Ÿ˜
Response: You are more than welcome. Glad you enjoyed it all! Thanks for the heart!
LDeWitt rated for AACG: Halloween ATC with an Owl on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Hi Bev, thank you so much for the creative Halloween Owl ATC. I love all the techniques you applied to the tiny ATC. You background and glitter web are enticing, The green stencil really makes it pop. I've never heard of Fotosketcher, however, I'll do some research, I love what it added to you hat and owl. I love stained doilies too. Thank you so much for a great swap and the goodies too. Stay well.
Response: You are more than welcome. Glad you liked all! Thanks for the heart!
renmagpie rated for GAA: A Little Witchy ATC on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: Bev - It was lovely to hear from you again and thank you so much for the great ATC. The image you chose definitely has a...vibe... :D I can totally see what you mean when you say you wonder what's really going on behind those eyes! Take care and thank you, again, for a lovely swap. xoxo
Response: Am glad to be back and thanks so much for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for MFF: Raven ATC on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: Gosh, it's so nice to be swapping with you again! I just love your raven ATC. It is beautifully composed and I adore your little fence/tombstone die cuts. Even the background paper has ravens flying across the page! Many thanks for the lovely papers and the treasure trove of stamps! It was wonderful to hear that you and your husband are doing well. Thank you for another wonderful swap!
Response: Very pleased to be back. I had been saving those stamps for you for a while. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: WOW, BEV!! Thank you so much for the great paperclip embellishments with fun tuck ins and stickers! Thank you too for the sweet note! I would love to hear more about the other group that you swap with that is also Halloween obsessed! I am so glad to hear that you are staying safe and healthy! Take care and happy swapping!
Response: So pleased you like what I sent. I am still getting things sorted out after the move. Thanks for the heart!
Karmi53 rated for VJP: 4"x6" Halloween Page w/Pocket on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the very scarry but cool halloween page with pocket. Very well done. Thank you for the extras too take care
Response: You are more than welcome, my friend!
Karmi53 rated for YTPC: Vellum/Tracing Paper Pockets on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you love them. Cute Halloween one. Thank you for the extras too take care
Response: You are more than welcome, my friend!
Comment: Dearest Bev, thank you so much for the most delightful Vintage Recipe Rolo. I love the connection between you & the recipe and the shared family memories. The design is so truly vintage, love the lace embellishments, just everything about it, the extra goodies, ALL. Your letter was the icing on the cake, love getting to know you through your enclosed letter. The card is so pretty, a keepsake for certain. Thank you, swap partner!
Response: You are too kind! Thank you so much for the heart!
YooperHill rated for HMPC: Circle love - August on Aug 31, 2020
Comment: Arnโ€™t you clever? Well done my friend!
Response: Thank you. The way the world is now, as an alien, that is the first thing I would be asking. Hope you and yours are keeping well.
Camiliann rated for MFF: Tropical Bird ATC on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: I am so happy to have this cute toucan. Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums. Iโ€™m sorry you donโ€™t have as much access to lessons. If i get around to posting watercolor lessons online iโ€™ll send you a link!! Its something iโ€™ve been considering. AND... Thanks for all the vintage extras I will put them to good use.
Response: Thank you for the heart and kind comments.
9O96O rated for CS Animal Series: Dog on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: I love your "Morning in dog park" ATC. It's really put together well--from the autumn leaves and sun rays to the frisbee catching dog. Really nice. I'm adding it to my display for inspiration. Thank you for making it for me. Also thanks for the additional art postcards. :) P.S. Lovely note. Thanks for explaining how the ATC was made, and I'm glad to read that your condo misfortune eventually turned out quite well for you.
Response: Thank you for the kind comments and heart. Nice to be home and back into the swing of things.
renmagpie rated for GAA: Match a Dictionary Page ATC on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Bev - Thank you so much for such a well done, and wonderfully thought out ATC! I loved your thought process, and really loved the letter you enclosed too. I'm happy to hear you're finally coming home. xoxo
Response: Thanks for the heart! One I got started, it just seemed to flow. Nice when it works like that. Am very glad to be home.
Comment: Bev Great card! so nicely put together! Thank you
Response: Thanks for the kind words! I struggled a bit with that one. Thanks for the heart!

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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.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

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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