Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2017 9:59 pm


Date Joined: May 13, 2011
Last Online: September 20, 2017
Birthday: October 20, 1967
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi Everyone!!

I'm Vanne and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. Married to an incredible man that I just adore. We live in Benicia, CA which is a wonderful little harbor town where ships and trains carry cargo in and out of the bay. The downtown is just like an old fashioned Main Street with cute little shops, restaurants and historic sights.

We have such a great lifestyle living by the water as we spend evenings walking around the Marina or just hanging out on a bench and watch the sunset after we get off work.

Every day we say to each other "We Have the Best Life Ever!'

I swap mostly ATCs, Rolos, Altered Tags and Art Journaling pages and supplies. I also swap and collect Postcards especially Vintage PCs, Playing Cards as well as Vintage Greeting Cards.

Most of my projects include Mixed Media Collage or Stamping, but I do a little-bit of Hand painted and some Digital. I am a Scrapbooker and I love Project Life. I am all about trying new techniques and my style is always evolving as I learn so much from all of you wonderful swap partners. I am always amazed!

I would say that I mostly do Vintage, Shabby Chic, Grunge and Retro Style and I love using lots of stuff found at Antique Stores and love using paints, buttons and Ephemera and random goodies.

I am thankful everyday for all the wonderful friends that I have made here on swap-bot and I adore all the beautiful little pieces of art that I am receiving. I love to see other artist's cards and love to see how they interpret a certain theme or challenge.



TROPICAL: Anything Hawaiian, Exotic Flowers, Beaches with Sunsets, Hula Girls, Tikis, Palm Trees and Cocktails. Flamingos are my favorite Birds but I love all Exotic Birds especially Parrots.

TOTALLY 80'S: Can't believe I'm listing this since I haven't looked back since, lol... Suddenly I am strangely inspired by all the 80's music, styles, movies and pop culture. Also, losing icons this year such as David Bowie, Prince and George Michael has made me appreciate this special moment in time.

TOURISTY: I collect Travel themed Ephemera I especially love AAA and road travel maps from gas stations as well as PCs featuring Motels. I am a little obsessed with Retro Lumberjack images such as Paul Bunyan. Also, I will give Hearts for anything with a Redwood Tree on it.

FABULOUS 1950'S: It just seemed like such a wonderful moment in time. I have been listening to lots of "oldies" music and watching all of my favorite Classic Movies. Love Poodle Skirts, Sock Hops, Cruising the Main Street, Drive Ins, really anything from this era.

OLD WEST: So into Vintage Cowgirls, Trains, General Stores, and Saloon Ladies. I love all the Cowboys, Gunslingers and Gamblers. I'm also a big fan of Westerns from the 1950s as well as Music from this time such as Hank Williams.

PARIS: French, Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Can Can Dancers, Paris in the 1920's, Josephine Baker and Marie Antoinette.

NAUTICAL: My world is now surrounded by all things Coastal, Boating, Yacht club, Sailboats and Anchors. Anything Cruise Ship related, especially Princess Cruises or anything to do with The Love Boat.

VINTAGE: Vintage Sun Bathers, Circus and Beach Themes, Romantic Couples and Flappers are some of my favorite.

SEXY: I love sinful ladies of all eras such as Burlesque and Exotic Dancers, Pin Up Girls. Vintage Nudes, etc... I am a sucker for anything on the sexy side such as Corsets, Black Stockings and Red Lips.

BARBIE AND PAPER-DOLLS: I played with my Mom's Classic Barbies as a child. My Grandmother saved them as she saved all the kid's toys and books. I loved all the beautiful dresses and outfits. She also had a Pink Kitchen set for Barbie and my Grandmother also had a wonderful 1950s Pink Kitchen. I had a Ballerina Barbie and Malibu Barbie back in the 70's.

CLASSIC MOVIES: My all time favorite movies are High Society, Cleopatra, Casablanca, Wizard of Oz, Auntie Mame and Gypsy.I love all the old movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Doris Day, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and anything to do with the golden age of Hollywood.

WINE COUNTRY: We live about a half an hour away from the Napa Valley and go frequently. We are also big Wine drinkers and love anything with a Wine or Champagne glass or grapes, etc.

1967: The year I was born and I love anything having to do with the Summer of Love and Flashbacks from the 1960's. Music from Woodstock and great Fillmore Posters from the 1960's. Rock Gods like Jim Morrison.

MYSTICAL: Illusionists, Fortune Tellers and Crystal Balls, Astrology, Moons and Stars. I collect Tarot and Oracle Cards from various decks as well as Prayer and Saint Cards.

SPIRITUALITY: Native American Shamanism, Buddha, Hinduism, The Orishas, Mother Mary, Yoga, Women's Spirituality and The Goddess.

CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS: Vintage Children's books have the most beautiful Illustrations, I just love them. I enjoy Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes and Vintage Text and Picture Books. I also love Alice in Wonderland.

ANIMALS WEARING PEOPLE CLOTHES AND DOING HUMAN ACTIVITIES. I think it's the cutest thing ever!! If you send me anything with a Frog wearing a Crown I would be super excited.

PLANNER SWAPS: I use the old 1980's style Day Runner 5.5 X 8X5. I just bought a Franklin Covey Punch and I love it!! I like all colors and have begun to create Junk Journals in the Day Runner size of several of my above Favorite Themes. My Daily Planner has a 1950s theme and everything is Pink.

RECYCLED ENVELOPES: I like to send envelopes that I have received for other swaps. As much as I adore greeting cards and fun stationary, I am fascinated by the idea of an envelope traveling around for several swaps. Decorated a little by each sender. Feel free to re-use envelopes and I will send it along. How fun would it be to get one back that has been used time and time again.

If for any reason my swap didn't make it to you, please give me the chance to make it up to you as I would never intentionally flake on anyone and always do my best to be a great swapper. Just let me know that you haven't received it yet and I promise to make it right.

Happy Swapping!!


mandigutterrose rated for *Tarot Cards Swap* on Aug 29, 2017
Comment: THANK YOU FOR RESENDING, you're so generous!!! I really enjoyed this swap.
Response: Hi Mandi - So happy they made it!! Thanks so much for joining the swap. I hope you had fun. Take Care -Vanne
Toby2017 rated for SUSA - Totally 80's Skinny on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome card!!! I so remember playing PacMan!!!! And thank you for all the goodies!!!
Response: I'm glad you liked everything! Thanks so much for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Crazipurplelady rated for SUSA - Madonna Skinny Card on Aug 27, 2017
Comment: Great skinny and thanks much for the extras!
Response: So happy you liked everything! Thanks so much for joining the swap. I hope you had fun! Take Care -Vanne
Shellyr rated for Mixed Media Skinny w/ a Dress on Aug 27, 2017
Comment: Your skinny card with a dress is so creative and you added a S on it too. Thanks for the extras as well. Wonderful swap.
Response: So happy you liked everything! Thanks so much for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
skydancer rated for RJ - Happy Mail Rolo on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Love happy mail!!! thanks so much for the rolo!
skydancer rated for RJ - Art Nouveau Rolo on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: What a lovely rolo. Thank you!
skydancer rated for RJ - Mixed Media Rolo on Aug 4, 2017
Comment: You are so creative. Thank you for the rolo and the extras you sent along! I appreciate you hosting these swaps.
DCasey rated for SUSA - Marilyn Monroe Skinny Card on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much. I love it lots!
skydancer rated for RJ - Vintage Rolo w/ a Lady on Jun 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely rolo! Your composition of elements really makes it stand out.
donetta rated for RJ - Rolo w/ a Cowgirl on Jun 11, 2017
Comment: I also love a good cowgirl! This rolo is, of course, adorable...I can totally see "you" in your work. Thank you for always being a great swap partner, Vanne!
Coss rated for SUSA - Send 5 Postcards on Jun 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and extras. Looking forward to putting them to good use.
Peaches12 rated for Playing Cards Swap - Spades on Jun 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the assortment of cards and for the other goodies!!
stonekeepers rated for MMPC - Skinny Card w/ Red Lips on Jun 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the great skinny card and the extras. I loved making this size card. Thanks also for the extras and for hosting!
Response: Hi Ramona - So happy you liked everything! Thanks for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Kimmi50 rated for SUSA - Tropical Pin Up Girl Rolo on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: I couldn't wait to receive another one of your unique and awesome rolos and this one is georgeous as well. I love the "cowabunga" and the image, just too cute. I love your attention to detail with the flowers and trim. You are so creative you have the face on one side and when it's flipped over the bottom part of the same image is shown. I am so proud to have this rolo in my collection. Thank YOU for all the extras!!! The cards, embellishments, I needed those cute sticky notes. I love the stamped anchors I don't anything like these can't wait to use everything. Oh cool thanks for words you used on the rolo as well. Can't wait for more rolo swaps. 😊🆒💖💯👍🌟
Response: So happy you liked everything! I was excited to have you as my partner. Thanks for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Kitty2cats rated for Playing Cards Swap - Hearts on Jun 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks very much for the Hearts playing cards! My very favorite card has the crazy cat on the backside. Thanks for the extras, really enjoyed those trivia cards. The rooster stamps you used for mailing really caught my eye! They will go great in my scrappy journal. Thanks again!
Response: So happy you liked everything! I hope you had fun with the swap. Thanks for joining. Take Care -Vanne
makestuff rated for SUSA - The Muppet Show ATC on Jun 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for the super cute Kermit and Piggy ATC! And all the cute extras are so nice. You sent so much! Thank you.
Response: So happy you liked everything!! I loved The Muppet Show as a little girl and Miss Piggy was my favorite :)
Winegeek rated for SUSA - ATC with a Dancer on Jun 2, 2017
Comment: WOW, love, love, love this ATC. seriously wonderful. The extras are going in my stash and the Janis Joplin stamps you used to mail my swap makes me smile. Thank you so much!!!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I love that image and adore that period of time. Thanks so much for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Comment: Thanks so much..love my lady. Fun swap!
mandymo rated for RJ - Edgar Allan Poe Rolo on Jun 1, 2017
Comment: TThank you so much! I love it!
donetta rated for RJ - Pin Up Girl Rolo on May 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute rolo, Miss Vanne...I love that image, too!

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AZmom875 on Sep 11, 2017:

What a terrific finished atc jam with the vintage girl and time piece. Wow love the glitter and lace. I hope to work on more atcs with you.

supersquirrel on Sep 9, 2017:

Hi Vanne - Thank you for the finished bird ATC. I love how you finished it. I'm learning so much from people in this group. Thanks for the new set to work on too.

mummsie on Apr 5, 2017:

Happy Anniversary. Hope your having a lovely time!!!

Mimi7 on Mar 27, 2017:

LOve the finished Giraffe, Hippo and Ice cream ATC jams and thanks for the great playing cards, the circle one is cool!!

AZmom875 on Mar 23, 2017:

Thanks for finishing up the Hippo, Ice-cream and Giraffe cards, you did a lovely job. I will work on the gorgeous set you sent me. Thank you for the fun playing cards, they are so cute.

flowerchild on Mar 21, 2017:

Thank you for returning my ATC Jam! I will be happy to add and pass on the others:)

jukejan on Jan 20, 2017:

Such a good mailday when an unexpected RAK comes along. Love the envie and the contents. Planning on more goddesses. How about you?

donetta on Nov 19, 2016:

Thank you so much for the lovely "lady in black stockings" rolo re-send...it arrived just a day after the original! Wishing you the happiest of holidays...can't wait for some more of your fabulous rolo swaps!

Bitty1 on Sep 15, 2016:

🍭🍩🍬❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️You a such a sweetie pie!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🍪🍰🍭

crystalite on Sep 12, 2016:

Thanks for the invite to Vintage Swappers...looks like fun!

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