Swap-bot Time: November 15, 2019 5:30 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: November 15, 2019
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!


user6937 rated for Snowman on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Always a pleasure to receive your little pieces of art - so cute (it made me smile, until I read your inspiration - unfortunately, I know people like that, too)! Snowtex, eh? I'll have to keep an eye open for that product. Thanks for the sweet extra's.
MamaD rated for RF: Small Rolo with a Vintage Vibe on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: I was blown away by your amazing package! The rolo is beautiful! You do such nice work!! The stamps were wonderful and so appreciated! Thank you again and again!!โคโคโค
Response: So pleased that all arrived safely. Always worry when I send two together. Thanks for the heart!
MamaD rated for VJP: Creative Collage #20 on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Bev, oh my! What an amazing and generous package!! The journal art is spectacular and I cannot wait to put it into my journal!! The stamps were so unexpected and I dearly love them! Your letter was fantastic as well and will be included in the journal with your artwork!! Thank you for making my day!! โคโคโคโค
Response: Always pleased when I can pass something along that I know will be appreciated. Always enjoy making these collages. Gives me a chance to use what I have. Thanks for the heart!
Karmi53 rated for Christmas Bear card on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Wow Bev love my bear Christmas card, the stamp you used us so cute and the paper with snowflakes is cool. Thank you so much
Response: The bear was part of a digital set and the back is card stock I embossed then used glitter glue on. Wow! it sure arrived quickly, lol! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Love them - especially the tiny gnome man :) Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked the little fellow. Love those old European style gnomes. Thanks for the heart!
BeeMGee rated for MFF: 3 ATCoins with Birds and Words on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Dear Bev, I was so excited to see a swap from you. I get as excited for your letter as your beautiful artwork. The ATCoins are beautiful.Have a lovely day.
Response: Always pleased when I get to send things your way. Hope that you are out of the fire zone and you and yours are safe and sound. Thanks for the heart!
lvpoohbr2 rated for YTPC: 2 Styles Journal Cards on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for these lovely journal cards!! I loved it all!! รœ
Response: Thank you for the heart! Am pleased you liked them.
luvbird rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #10 (October) on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Oh my, what a beautifully wrapped up October tag! I love the pretty orange tulle with fall leaves. The tag is so intricate with the cut out trees and the napkin background showing through. The image, the metallic leaves and pretty ribbon and lace (I especially love that generous piece of vintage lace on the end of the tag!) all make for a beautiful tag! Thank you so very much Bev.
Response: So pleased you finally got everything. Was worried it got lost in the mail. I did love that tulle. It was the last roll, and I was glad to find it. The trees are a die I had on hand that I just doubled up. As always thanks for the heart!
Comment: Bev, these are so pretty and so vintage looking. When I first looked at these my thoughts were that they looked like something out of an antique and vintage shop! So sweetly embellished and I love the botanical inserts. Thanks Bev!
Response: Thank you for your kind remarks. These were some of my fav to make. Thanks for the heart!
luvbird rated for MFF: Bird Tag #3 on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Oh, I love this flamingo tag! The pretty pink colors, the glitter, the sequins, the cut out flamingos, the lace and ribbon...all of it makes such a lovely Tag. I appreciate ALL the fussy cutting of the tropical flowers and greenery. Thank you so much. This will be great in my bird Tag Book.
Response: Thank you! I am not normally a tropical or pink fan so it was a slow start on this one. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Bev! Thank you so very much for the lovely embellished doilies...very pretty! I love the sweet little bits and pieces you used to decorate them.
Response: You are so kind. I loved how quick and easy these were compared to some that I struggle with. Thanks for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for VJP: 4x4 Autumn Journal Page on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Hello dear friend! Thank you for the lovely autumn journal page! I love the napkin background and rarely think to use that myself. Unlike you, I'm a big squirrel fan (unlike my husband who calls them rats with fluffy tails). Like them or not, the image is lovely. So excited for you to get back into your place! Wil you be in by Christmas? Fingers crossed!
Response: Not until March. Have taken hubby to look at furniture though. Glad you like my "rat with fuzzy tail"...Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Oh Bev, this rolo is just the best! And I love the story behind it. That image of the witches is so fun as is the embossed spider web and the lace trim on top. And the sentiment - perfect!! Love that you could relate this to an unpleasant co-worker - makes it just that much more fun. And I love your envelope - It's fantastic. Thanks for another great, great swap!
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for your note and the gorgeous butterflies! I love the added dimension you were able to get with the layering and glitter! Beautiful โค๏ธ
Response: Thank you for the heart! These are definitely on my list of make again.
Comment: Cute PC! Brought a smile to my face. Thank you for adding some brightness to my day.
Response: You are more than welcome. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Such a great card you made ! I love it ! Thank you so much
Response: You are so welcome. Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for MFF: Bird, Butterfly, and Blue ATC on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: There can never be too many bluebirds in the world...there's a reason for the saying 'the bluebird of happiness', after all! i always love swapping with you, and I'm thrilled to have this lovely ATC for my collection.
Response: So pleased you liked it. Always wanted to see an actual bluebird. Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for VJP: Roses and Lace 5x7 Journal Page on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: So many beautiful elements to enjoy...thank you for always sending so much prettiness, Bev! i love the black and pink color combo, and the sweet cameo button did make it through the postal service(s) unscathed!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Was glad that the cameo arrived uncrushed. No more inspections along the way? Thanks for the kind words.
Comment: What a beautiful journal page. I love the dimension you added to the snow. The moon and the lighted windows give the scene a lovely glow.
Response: Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed making it more than I would enjoy being in it unless it was beside the fire with a hot chocolate. Would never make a snow bunny, lol! Thanks for the heart!
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Altered Index Card Ephemera on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the altered cards - they look great. And I love the printed things you sent - especially the owls and I enjoyed the bird stories. We have small, but loud, screech owls that nest in our trees and we only see at dusk.
Response: You are more than welcome! I for one am glad I have short hair when going out and about here. Thanks for the heart!

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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.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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