Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2018 11:19 am


Date Joined: May 13, 2011
Last Online: January 19, 2018
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.

My Husband is what I call a "prolific fantasy chef". Meaning he watches Food Network and cooking shows on PBS more than anyone out there. He is continuously researching recipes on-line and trying new dishes. It has begun to rub off on me and since I am on a diet I am trying to cook healthy and I am having fun trying to turn my favorite dishes into a diet meal low in Calories and Sodium. If you have any recipes for light cooking I would love to try it.

Lately, I am crazy about the HGTV show Fixer Upper and having fun decorating my place in a kinda Beachy Farmhouse style. I am also a little obsessed with Sunset Magazine. Over the Summer we had the chance to go to the Sunset Magazine Celebration in Sonoma and had a great time.

I swap 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 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.

1960s TELEVISION: Love the old shows. Especially I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Gilligan's Island and the Monkees.

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.

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: 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, Yoga, Women's Spirituality and The Goddess. I am open to all faiths and traditions.

CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS: Vintage Children's books have the most beautiful Illustrations, I just love them.

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.

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!!


Robinarie rated for SUSA - Playing Cards Mega Swap on Jan 13, 2018
Comment: Great Cards - Love these swaps!
Response: So happy you liked them! Thanks for joining. Take Care -Vanne
Kimmi50 rated for SUSA - Flamingo Christmas ATC on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: I am so very sorry for the late rating, I have been out of town over two weeks. I picked up my mail from a friend who was collecting it and your wonderful swap was there. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! The flamingo ATC is just adorable I love the pink tree behind it with the snow. I just love everything about it. I don’t know how to thank you for all the goodies, you are so wonderful. Thank you so very, very much. I can’t wait to play with everything. You are an amazing swap partner and thank you for hosting all these fun swaps.☃️💝😀💕
Response: Hi Kim! So happy you liked everything! I hope you had a very special holiday. Take Care -Vanne
Comment: Thank you!
LahDeeDah rated for SUSA - Pink Christmas Tree ATC on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute ATC and great extras. I really enjoyed this swap.
Comment: Such an amazing selection!!! Thank you so much for the awesome cards and all the extras.
Comment: I just love the ATC and the extras. Happy holidays
tristitia rated for SUSA - Blue Christmas Tree ATC on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the adorable blue christmas tree!
Comment: what a fun swap! Love my goodies received - fab envelope too. thank you!
drgngirl rated for SUSA - Halloween Marilyn ATC on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Marilyn ATC! I really like the paper you sent it in, too!
Robinarie rated for SUSA - Playing Cards Swap on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Wow great swap - terrific dimensional black cat ATC, and I love the black cat band, the cardstock of the dancing people, and the other extras. Great recycled envie, too, with perfect postage.
Response: So happy you liked everything! Thanks so much for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
annielou rated for VS - Halloween ATC w/ a Lady on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: Oh my gosh -- gorgeous ATC. I don't know that I have received an ATC with lace. I LOVE IT! And thank you for all the extras. I appreciate I your hosting these fun swaps. I will be watching for any future swaps you do!! Thanks again!!
Shellyr rated for VS - Vintage Handmade PC on Oct 26, 2017
Comment: I love your vintage pc. Lots of interest and layers. Thanks.
georgiafae rated for VS - Halloween ATC on Oct 26, 2017
Comment: How wonderful to get a swap from you-I enjoy doing jams with you too but this is really special! I love how you packaged it up in an pocket almost flip book carrier-all the great goodies and then found the ATC cleverly hidden in a secret pocket. I love Halloween themes too and especially the vintage ones. I'm glad I joined this group-thanks for creating this swap! Happy Halloween!
Response: So happy you liked everything!! I love Halloween themed swaps too. Take Care -Vanne
Arabella rated for SUSA - Vintage Halloween ATC on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the atc, Vanne, and for all the extras!
starmccoy rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Mail Art on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cool stuff! Awesome everything! I'll be sending soon.
RadicalRecrafter rated for SUSA - Pin Up Girl Skinny on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous skinny! I love it! Thank you for the great extras, too!💟
peipeicl rated for SUSA - ATC w/ a Dancer on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: I love your dancer atc! thank you :)
Response: So happy you liked it! Thanks for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
meganimal rated for SUSA - ATC Mega Swap on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: I loved the envelope- almost didn't want to open it and ruin the "look"! I had to laugh- two of the atcs were ones I passed along ages ago- guess some things come all the way back around eventually, huh? :) Thanks for the extras too- fun swap! :)
Response: Hi Megan! So happy you liked everything. These swaps are fun! Thanks so much for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Kimmi50 rated for RJ - Tropical Pin Up Girl Rolo on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Wow, this Rolo is amazing! I love everything about this Rolo the image and the background is so cool with the cute palm tree and I love that pineapple. This Rolo is tropical fabulous and I love it!!!! I don’t know what to say about the box of wonderful goodness, you are so very generous and I want to thank you , I love it so much. I can’t wait to start using the all of the wonderful goodness from the cool images and the awesome stamps, the extra rolos, the embossing plate. Oh my goodness I see something different every time I look in the box. Christmas came early, oh I love the lipstick case I already have it in my purse. Oh my goodness there is so many things, thank you so much Vanne, I appreciate everything, you are so amazing! 💕😊❤️👏💕👍😃🆒
Response: awwww... So happy you liked everything! You are such a wonderful partner and I know how much love and joy go into your swaps. You have made me feel so special over the years that we have been friends. Take Care -Vanne

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VivaLaDiane on Dec 2, 2017:

♥♥ Just saw your name while looking at something else. Definitely one of the most creative swappers I've ever received from. Happy Holidays!! ♥♥

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!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🍪🍰🍭

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