Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 12:52 pm


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Last Online: December 10, 2019
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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December 2019

Once I'm done my current swaps and games, I'll be focusing on home things - will return sometime in 2020. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I'll still get notifications of pm's, etc.

James Blunt makes me emotional.


I've always had a love of foreign (to me) coins and banknotes, so would love it if you could help me increase my small collection.

When sending me coins, please let me know what they're called in their country - as much as I'm appreciative in getting them, I'm not very knowledgeable with what the currency / name is.

Whenever we go on vacation, I try to find pressed pennies. If you have extra's you don't want, they'd be appreciated.

Trades would be a welcome option!

US Quarters:

AL (1), AK, (1), AZ (0), AR (0), CA (1), CO (2), CT (2), DE (1), FL (0), GA (0), HI (0), ID (0), IL (0), IN (2), IA (2), KS (0), KY (3), LA (1), ME (0), MD (1), MA (1), MI (0), MN (0), MS (0), MO (0), MT (0), NE (2), NV (1), NH (2), NJ (1), NM (1), NY (1), NC (1), ND (1), OH (0), OK (0), OR (0), PA (1), RI (3), SC (0), SD (1), TN (0), TX (0), UT (2), VT (0), VA (2), WA (0), WV (1), WE (1) WY (0)

I also have a Sacawajwea gold $1 coin

Canadian coins:

BC (1), AB (3), SK (4), MB (0), ON (1), QC (3), NB (2), NS (1), PEI (0), NL (1), YK (1), NWT (0), NU (0)


The only thing I ask of my partners is don't send me pink - I just don't like it and I never have. I'm not a girly girl in the slightest way possible. I like BRIGHT over pastel any day!

Please be patient with mail! Even between Canada and the States, mail can take over a month. I had one swap take 39 days to get to me from the States, and now a swap of mine took 40 days to get to my partner there - the same day I resent (naturally)! lol


This list is updated whenever I get a new map card. I've been VERY responsible.

January 2017

I've finally made a list of the map cards I have.

May 24/18: the number beside the country/place is the number of pc's I have of different mapcards; duplicates aren't indicated (but are loved), nor are partial scenes of a particular place (except the Florida Keys).

North America (1):

Canada (7): British Columbia (4), Alberta (3), Saskatchewan (3), Manitoba (1), Ontario (2), Quebec (1), New Brunswick (3), Prince Edward Island (3), Nova Scotia (1), Newfoundland (0) and Labrador (0).

Territories: Yukon (0), Northwest Territories (0), Nunavut (0).

United States (5): Alabama (3), Alaska (10), Arizona (5), Arkansas (2), California (10), Colorado (4), Connecticut (3), Delaware (2), Florida (6), Florida Keys (2), Georgia (2), Hawaii (3), Idaho (4) Illinois (2), Indiana (4), Iowa (1), Kansas (6), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maine (2), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (4), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (2), Missouri (10), Montana (4), Nebraska (2), Nevada (2), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (2), New York (1), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (2), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (6), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (2), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (7), Utah (3), Vermont (1), Virginia (3), Washington (1), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (6), Wyoming (5), (Territories): Guam (0), Puerto Rico (0), Virgin Islands (1)

Australia: 1 of the country, 2 showing its size compared to Europe (very differently), 1 of New South Wales

New Zealand: 5 of the country & 11 of the different areas:

North Island - Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel Peninsula, Wellington & Kapiti Coast, Waikato, Auckland (2)

South Island - The "Top of the South", Canterbury, Southern Scene


UK: I have a lot of "parts" of places in England. Do have a couple of Scotland, a few of Ireland and a couple of Great Britain.

Mexico (0)

Central America (0): Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

South America (1): Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil (1), Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile

Europe (3): Austria (0), Belarus (0), Belgium (1), Czech Republic (2), Denmark (1), Finland (5), France (4), Germany (4), Greece (0), Holland (5), Italy (1), Norway (0), Poland (0), Portugal (1), Romania (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (2), Sweden (0), Ukraine (0)

I'd love to have a postcard from each individual province in any European country that has them!

Others: Iceland (1), Greenland (1), Turkey, Africa (1 of the continent, one of S. Africa), India, China, Malaysia (1), Japan (1), Russia (3), Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, etc etc etc.

I have Bermuda, Tortola, and two of the Caribbean Sea. I have one of the West Indies.

More postcard likes are down below (I like to receive my postcards blank and in an envelope - not written on).

December 11/26, 2016

The updates on my profile show both the date AND year, which is a bonus everybody likes. Wish everyone would do this.

Please - update your profile, especially if you join profile-based swaps. I sometimes wonder - are you/your husband/kids still sick? Have you moved? How's the new job going? etc etc. :)

Most of the statements on my profile are from the early days of SB (November 29, 2008), which many SB'ers will know.


Fave Books/Music


Stephen King (most of them but to me Salem's Lot was the scariest book I've ever read), Robert McCammon (Swan Song - a long story, but I didn't want it to end), Dean Koontz (Watchers - my first Dean Koontz and it got me to read them all; I even read it again), Jodi Picoult (just started her books - kind of whiney but that's the way people are these days), and others.

I like to read, so I read a lot, but I read so fast that I can't remember the books I do read - have you ever started a book, and know that you've HAVE read it, but you don't know what's going to happen, so you just continue to the end? Well, I've done that. More than once.

The Chrysalids (also called Rebirth), by John Wyndham is one of the best - read that one a lot of times. When I was younger I loved the Outsiders, by SE Hinton.

And, to age myself, before that - Trixie Beldon - The Gatehouse Mystery. I must have read that one seven times!

I don't like most movies made from books, and I'd rather read the book, but I was glad I saw the movie, The Godfather, before reading it. Most of Stephen King's books are slaughtered when made into movies. I actually thought that Needful Things would make a great movie, but... Ahem, it wasn't, LOL.

I've seen the Game of Thrones and now am reading the books; they're a bit tedious because of all the archaic names, but I want to watch the show again (and I'm glad I saw the show first - I'd never be able to picture who was who).


Try radiogarden.com! You can listen to music from all over the world.

I love the blues and, what I think is called, "alternative" music. I like rock, easy listening, and swing (think "In the Mood" by Glen Miller), too - I listen to a station you can log onto on the web: CKUA.com (Friday nights from 9 pm and Saturday from 3-5 pm they play the blues - Sunday AM they play swing). But, the station plays everything, and it's listener sponsored, so you don't hear ads. I hear music played by people I've never heard of and I LOVE (most of) their styles. Try it out.

I don't like classical, jazz or rap, so I do have to change the station sometimes :).

James Blunt, Ruthie Foster, Natalie Merchant, Molly Brown, Corey Hart, Huey Lewis, Uriah Heep, Dave Mathews, Los Lobos, Stampeders...

Favorite Movies

I don't see a lot of movies anymore. I did when I was younger - living on an Air Force base in Germany, I went to a movie every Saturday with my 25 cent allowance. A movie and a bag of fries is what that bought. Hayley Mills was one of my favourites back then - The Truth About Spring, The Moonspinners, etc.

Favorite Television

I like quirky comedy. There isn't a lot on TV anymore. I tend to rent DVDs from the library. Mrs. Brown's Boys is hilarious; I've been watching Blackish and it's funny :)

Favorite Crafts

Scrapbooking ruled once upon a time (I actually finished an album), but because card-making is so fast, I finish them more often than any of the albums I dream of having someday (there's no way I can give anybody a "store bought" card anymore)!

Since discovering Swap-bot Nov/08, ATCs rule these days! I spend so much time making these little gems, that everything else has been put on the back burner!

2018 - ATCs, APCs and postcard making is what I mainly do now. Mixed media and collage is awesome!

About Me

My first swap: X~Mas Card Swap International Nov 29/08 - there was over 400 people who signed up, with about 15 people who never sent.

I think I joined SB before this date (is that why I'm an "original member"?), but was banned from a recipe swap, because my profile wasn't long enough (HA, that changed, didn't it)!

I shrugged my shoulders and forgot all about SB; then I found it again! Haven't looked back.

Personal stuff:

I met my husband in 1992 and we married exactly 5 years later. We have a few children between us, all of them grown now.

I'm a camper - my husband and I have an acre sized campsite about an hour and a half away from the city and visit it every weekend if the weather allows. My parents had a place there before us, and that's where we got married.

I would love to have an acreage. Have always dreamed of living on a farm.

I'm an Air Force brat, so travel is in my blood - plan to see more of this planet. When we lived in Germany, mom and dad took us camping all over Europe - lucky me.

Have always had an interest in photography - my husband bought me a great camera so one of my retirement plans is to really USE it. 2018 - still haven't done this; now I have a smaller digital camera and use it most of the time.

July 5, 2011 - last day of my "real" job. Husband retired 2013 and we're content to putter around at home, or the campsite. How did we find the time to do things when we worked??



Please, if you're considering dental implants and going to Costa Rica to have it done, DON'T go to Prisma (with the big red lips). There are quite a few good doctors - research, research, research. I went on the word of a friends cousin, who had permanent implants put in. I haven't heard lately how her teeth are.

To hear the whole story, pm me.

Laser Surgery

If you can, do it BEFORE needing reading glasses. I can tell you now - you have to have glasses with you all the time, or at least accessible (in the car, in the bathroom, by the computer, in the kitchen, by your crafts, at the store), etc, etc, etc. And it's easy to forget to carry them around with you. They're always on the top of my head. It's a pain in the butt, but great to be able to walk in the rain :)

Likes & Dislikes


I like bright colours - red, yellow, and the different kinds of blue there are.

I like having little kids around, teaching them to cook or do crafts - expand their world. With babies, the first thing I do is have them touch something - usually a plant.

Love the vintage look; things that are old. Things from old books, old tickets, pictures. I like sorcerer pics, dark, mystical visions. Love the steampunk look!

The following likes could be for anything to do with rub-ons, stamps, die-cuts, etc.

I like: faux stitching, doodles, trees, wild animals & bugs, birds, ocean stuff, travel, nature, ducks (the real ones, not the rubber ducky ones), horses, grass, lighthouses, fairies, mushrooms, dinosaurs. dragons, pin-ups, tasteful nudes. I'd love to get some decent punch-outs or die-cuts - unusual ones, not hearts and squares (who doesn't have those?)

If somebody wants to trade some punch-outs or die-cuts with me I have a cool carousal (horse) punch, and others (wings) - I can send a list of what I have. Just pm me.

Feb 25/17 - Since this was written, I have a ton more die-cuts to share!

I like pictures that could be incorporated into an ATC - kind of off the wall, or macabre, quirky, not cutsey. Dragons, mermaids, Boris type art.

I like Native art, and masks.

I'd really like it if you wrote a bit about what you're sending me - why you like it and what you'd like me to know about it. Or even just something about yourself!

I don't wear jewellry, but I'd like to get "parts" that I could use - I'm getting into Steampunk art.

I love "Classic 45" scrapbooking paper, Zetti, the grunge look, Tim Holtz.

If you're from another country, I'd love it if you'd send me a coin or two from where you live. I've started to collect all the specialty quarters that I've just learned about on our trip to Florida this year (Apr/18)! Or a postcard (especially a map card), or a postage stamp (used is fine), or anything else different from what I'm used to seeing here.



I don't like any kind of pink, bright or otherwise, and don't like pastel colours. I still remember, as a child, my bedroom walls painted a pale green!

Disney, cutsie, lots of small anything, pet things, stuff for kids (mine are grown), wedding items, stickers with sayings on them, religious themes. Crayon drawings of "cute" things. I'm way too old to appreciate them - I'll give them to the young folk in the family :)

I don't need stickers - don't use the ones I have, so please don't send any. I don't like too much glitter, but I use Wink of Stella. I don't like stickers on the art you send me. Unless it's so nice, you can hardly tell it's a sticker! You know what I mean.

If you're sending me a recipe (food or drink), I don't like coffee, coconut, tequila or scotch. I'm not an adventurous person with many types of seafood (oysters, sardines & mussels), though I like fish and large shrimp.


January 29/18

I've just learned about maxi-cards! I thought it was just big postcards, but they're the ones with a corresponding stamp on the front of the postcard (not a real stamp, but a picture of one). Apparently, Australia issued a postcard with each new stamp they bring out - please send me one, if you can (blank and in an envelope, please).

November 4/13

I seem to really be interested in postcards lately!

I've been fortunate to receive some nice ones (that I can't ever find - in stores, anyway). The only ones I had were the touristy ones that I bought when away from my city.


Store bought pc's: I'd like mine sent blank/unwritten on, in an envelope, if it's allowed in the swap (or even if it isn't).

I'm not going to join many "naked and stamped" postcard swaps - I like to send some of 'em on when needed (themed swaps, more than one in an envelope, etc). I keep lots, just cause I like them so much.

I like lots of things, but anything "different" would be great.

If you sent the following, you'd be just fine:

map cards, map cards, map cards!! If you have any Canadian map cards, I'd love them. I'm also trying to collect all the US states, too

steampunk, retro ads, nudes, naughty, fairies, dinosaurs, sci-fi, fantasy, monsters, old comics, movie posters, some movie stars, space (stars), water (rivers, waterfalls, lakes, ocean - I love water), lighthouses, tropical (palm trees, beaches), ships (rocket, sailing, etc), muscle cars (I used to have a 1972 Challenger - I rue the day I sold it), aboriginal scenes/portraits (from any country), art, bright and colourful (NO PINK or PASTEL for me) and I've never seen a Christmas postcard (I have some of these now - cool, and thanks)!

I don't care for touristy postcards (but LOVE map cards). I don't care for reconnoissance art, but I do love Toulouse Lautrec art.

No kittens, puppies or cute things, unless it's a human baby. I do like horses. Not crazy about vintage, unless it's something to do with the above likes. I don't like them just because they're old. I was recently sent a vintage pc of a Hula dancer - that was fine.

Homemade postcards: I like to store them in photo albums, so please (if you can), keep them 4 x 6" so they'll fit (10 x 15 cm). These can be sent naked OR in an envelope.


December 11, 2016

I always rate and I don't flake. If I ever do, I'll take this statement off.

Because, why would I want to earn that 3, or (shudder) 1?

If you get my swap, I'd appreciate a rating. If you didn't, please let me know so I can fix the problem. After a month or so, I will pm if I haven't been rated to see if my item made it to your house.

Dec 11/16 - I care that you don't want me to bother you to see if you forgot to rate me, but I care more about getting my ratings, so I will be contacting you. Hope you read profiles like I do.

Postal workers in Canada don't work on weekends, so if the send date is a Saturday/Sunday, they won't be postmarked until Monday. I try to have it done before the w/e in those cases. I always give extra time for things - especially overseas, before rating (and will check before giving a 1 or 3). Even crossing the Canada/US border seems to take forever sometimes. See the top of my profile!

I will sometimes put something in the closest mailbox on a w/e, and hit "sent" that day, but it won't be picked up until the next p/u day. I don't worry about it, if it isn't due. If it's DUE to go out that day, I take it to the post office, so the stamp will have the correct date on it.

I don't automatically give a heart because of extra's. Except for postcard swaps - if you've given me an extra one, from my profile likes, on top of sending me great cards, then why wouldn't you deserve a heart? I always send an extra postcard, and hope my partner does, too.

If something makes me say "wow", you'll get a heart. Even if it has pink in it, you might still get a heart, but you'll know it's your art that got it for you. Hope you'll do the same for me.

October 16, 2017

If I send you something and the glue (or anything else) hasn't done its job, please tell me!

I've learnt recently that I was given a heart for a swap where the backing had fallen off the ATC - of course, I thought everything was fine. Then, much later, I was told my work was "subpar".

How can I fix things if I'm given a heart for something that wasn't considered "up to par"?

I want a heart if it's extra special for you - that's why Swap-bot introduced them; what they're for. If you think my swap is "subpar", please let me know, so I can fix it.

March 1, 2018

I have learned that pizza boxes have a shiny surface on them, so things don't stick as well to them; I've begun to use a sanding block on those surfaces to roughen them up and make that glue stick - I use Arlene's Tacky glue.

THINGS FOR ME (and you, if you want):

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Rainydancer rated for Oceana: Fishy Xmas on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: thanks so much for the great ATC and note. That hat is amazing-love the little pom pom and all your attention to detail.
Response: You're so welcome - I'm glad you're happy with my fishy ATC! Thank you for your very nice comment and heart rating :)
Comment: Thank you! And sorry for the delay - not sure how I missed this rating!!
Response: I'm just happy you have it - thanks for the rating (and the pm)! Have a wonderful holiday :)
Comment: I'm so sure I got your cards, but for the life of me I can't locate them now! But they'll turn up-my house is rather torn up with holiday decorating and all! Have a nice holiday season!
Response: Sent you some photo's of them that I scanned. Hope they show up in "person", too!
Comment: thanks! great coins.
Response: Thanks for the lovely rating, Marc!
RiverTopanga rated for A-Z Rolos - a Christmas Scene on Dec 8, 2019
Comment: Sandra.... Love the Christmas Themed Rolo. Thank you so much!
Response: I'm glad you do - thanks so much for commenting and the heart rating! Have a wonderful Xmas :)
luckycharms rated for MAS&M - Xmas gift tags on Dec 6, 2019
Comment: I Love the gift tags you made for me!!!! Thank you so very! and thank you for hosting this swap! I had a lot of fun! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!!
Response: I think making Xmas gift tags is one of my favourite things to make - thanks so much for like them and for the heart rating!
FLWAVE rated for Halloween Tags - INT'L on Dec 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Sandra, for the cute tags and extras. It’s was a fun swap.
Response: Very nice to hear - thanks for the heart rating :)
Comment: Make sure you come here one year - you'll love the weather! - though it can get very hot! Loved my card and tags and cat stickers (hadn't seen these before!) - thankyou! Merry Christmas! Tracy
Response: Visiting your country is definitely a plan! I'm glad you like everything - thanks for the nice comment and heart rating :)
Comment: Thanks so much for the ATC.
Response: You're quite welcome!
Comment: So sorry I can't give you more hearts ❣❣❣ I am thrilled with the vintage postcards that you found for this swap ❣❣❣ I really enjoyed all of them ❣❣❣ And could I just say, you write a lovely letter too ❣❣❣
Response: Thank you SO much - both for your lovely comment and heart rating!
Zander rated for CS: Happy Mail Supplies Pick 10 on Dec 1, 2019
Comment: This was a fun package to open and look at all the goodies you sent me, Thank You so much for a great swap!
Response: Glad you like everything - it was fun to put together for you :)
flowerais rated for Photo Scavenger Hunt, Worldwide #1 on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: Your photos were absolutely lovely! I loved the winter landscape, fluffy bird & lights in the snow. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing. :-)
Response: Thank you! You've named my favourites, too :)
diesel101 rated for CS: Animal Series - Duck on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: thank you for the ATC. I actually love the use of stickers
Response: That's fortunate, lol! Thanks for your nice comment and heart rating :)
CheyanneB rated for Christmas Tree on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: They are lovely! Thanks so much!!
Response: You're very kind - thanks so much!
CheyanneB rated for CS: Remembrance Day ATC on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: Again, beautiful card! Thanks so much!! Super happy to add it to my collection :)
Response: Thank you so much for both the comment and rating ;)
AnitaMac rated for ETHP: TH Products ATC on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: I absolutely love the ATC you created for this swap! The vintage Christmas ephemera is wonderful, and I do love all things Christmas. Thank you for a great ATC! Hope you have a joyful festive season and a happy new year!
Response: You've made me very happy with your love comment and heart rating! I wish the best for you this season and 2020, as well :)
Comment: Thanks for the cards, the Snow White Christmas card & best of all your fun letter. It's Thanksgiving Day here & I just opened a bottle of good Prosecco - my only nod to celebration! While everyone else is eating turkey I'm whipping up a solo feast of made-from-scratch Thai food while trying not to think about H & abandonment. In answer to your questions: my idea of paradise is uninhabited (or barely-habited) islands in tropical seas, jungles in India or rainforests in So. America - all of which may exist as Edens only in my memory as mass tourism spreads like a plague. And yes, I have seen many seahorses in Florida waters - usually small & oh so delicate & beautiful beyond belief. This has been far too long for a "comment." Hope you're staying calm in the midst of the family madness!
Response: I second your idea of paradise! You probably also hate when tourist magazines extol the virtues of uninhabited places, knowing that they'll be overrun. I'd love to see a seahorse in the wild. I love your comments, love to hear from you and what is happening in your life. I might avert the family madness - my husband agrees that maybe it just shouldn't happen - whew!
djcamp04 rated for MAS & MORE: Halloween! on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: ❤️Love the spider/fly ATC & postcard! The spider is so realistic, glad I’m not one to be creeped out by spiders or bugs, lol, because that’s one creepy looking spider! Can that pc really go through the mail system with the flies on it. I’d love to send it to my grandson. I enjoyed the swap very much, thank you for hosting. ❤️
Response: Glad you love them both! I think I'd send the pc in an envelope - pretty sure that would be a good way to free the flies ☺️ . You could still write on it, of course. Thanks for much for the hearts!
Comment: Such great cards -- love the turtles. Even if it is a little "rude"! Thanks so much!
Response: lol, I knew you'd like it! Thank YOU for the great rating :)
Comment: Hi Sandra, I have now received your stickers and washi tape samples. Thank you for the selection of washi tape samples the lovely stickers and brads. I hope you will receive mine soon, if there are any problems, please don't hesitate to contact me to let me know if you have not received it. I will send one ASAP
Response: I'm glad it got there safely! I'm sure yours will be here soon - we sent on the same day. I'm happy you're pleased with everything! Thanks for the kind comment and heart rating :)

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OrigamiGrace on Dec 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for the nice washi tapes you sent for my November wishlist at CPG!!!

Bhindblueeyes on Dec 9, 2019:

Now that I am at a computer, I can leave a proper comment :) Thank you for the Oct. WTA "CIDER" PCs for PTG!

LoveThis on Dec 7, 2019:

thankyou very very much for sending my card back :) i think this card is Estonian :)

Swan on Nov 30, 2019:

Thank you for the CPG November wishes!

sherba31 on Nov 26, 2019:

Thanks so much for the Christmas cards RAK. I just got a better look at the class sample for next month and it looks like a fun project. I will send you an e-mail with the end result. Hope you are well and have a good week!

noname13 on Nov 26, 2019:

Many thanks for granting me a November wish from my CPG wishlist!

Rainydancer on Nov 25, 2019:

Thanks for the ten animal pictures from the forum tag!

Hell0Z0mbie on Nov 25, 2019:

Hey I got your tag ATC! Thank you! I love the gorjuss girl stamp, and the way you did the little waves was really cool. :)

simcoe54 on Nov 22, 2019:

Xmas Card RAK - Thanks for the lovely xmas cards. I will definitely find a use for them.

Lonestarchild on Nov 21, 2019:

Happy mail x 2 from you today! Lovely nature themed washi (Washi Tag) and the birdie diecuts (Menagerie Tag). Thanks so much for fun mail!

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