Swap-bot Time: May 7, 2021 9:55 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: May 7, 2021

Country: Canada
Postcards I've Made
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About Me

Updated May 2, 2021

What to write

If you are stuck about what to write on the back of the postcard, or the note you're sending me, here are some questions that might inspire you:

  • What are you looking forward to this year?
  • What are the best 2 or 3 things about where you live?
  • What are you currently watching/streaming? (Movies, TV)
  • Do you have other hobbies?
  • Do you collect anything?
  • What's your favourite houseplant?
  • "Next month I'm..."
  • "It's been fun learning how to..."


Let me know if you want to do a private swap. I prefer to swap one item at a time.


The Handmade Postcard Tag needs more swappers. :)

It's a tag--you send a handmade postcard to the person above you then someone tags you and sends you an HMPC.

If anyone tags me and wants me to turn it into a private swap (to keep track of the swap and in order to record a rating) I'd be happy to set up a private swap. We would then send each other an HMPC.



It's a tag--you send a zine to the person above you then someone tags you and sends you a zine.

If you'd like me to set it up as a private swap let me know.


I host Cut n Paste swaps now and then.

@NRGordon does CnP style swaps too. Check out his profile for "Found Item" swaps.

If you're on Postcrossing and like tags, Handmade Postcard Tag simple -easy - fun is a cut n paste style tag.


Often found hunting for creative ideas and inspiration online and in books and magazines.

I'm nearing retirement.

In mid-life I started to lose my hearing and now I'm profoundly HOH. I lip-face read. I do not know sign language. I've started the process of getting a cochlear implant.

Personality style: ISFP - Adventurer

Married. Childless by choice.

My hope is to brighten someone's day with what I send.

I love the creative motivation that I get from Swap-Bot swaps.

And the meaningful comments are a big reward.

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The only extra I'd really like is a bit of correspondence. I'd love to know a little about what you have sent to me. No need for extra ephemera. If you love sending ephemera and the swap doesn't feel complete without adding extras, go ahead. I do enjoy looking at the bits and bobs, then I'll pass them along to anyone whose profile says they would like extras

πŸ€— ABC List - Things I find interesting

  • Handmade because it's unique and personal. There's a greater feeling of camaraderie and community when sharing something we've made. It's a means of supporting and encouraging play, mindfulness, creativity, originality, and authenticity.


Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even If You Kind Of Suck At It

"Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making," found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.

Crafting can reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30% to 50% according to a 2011 study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry.

"The very act of creating and sharing art is an act of courage and vulnerability." -- SM Posey, Rubber Soul


I put a return address label on everything I send out.

If you haven't received a card within a month of my send date, please let me know.

I keep a photo-log of my outgoing swap items--front, back, and at the mailbox.

If the postal equipment damages my card, let me know. I'll send you a photo of the card as it looked before I mailed it.

I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive.

Sending and receiving mail, including global, during January 2021 have been approximately 15 days on average for me.

πŸ“©Re-sends sent to:

  • montigneyrules -- August 2020 -- Ontario to Maryland, first postcard never made it. Second postcard made it and in normal time. πŸ‘

  • Coss - August 2020 -- Ontario to Tennesse, first postcard never made it. Haven't heard back about whether the second postcard arrived. Both postcards arrived in August! :) πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Happy to report that no re-sends were needed in September, October, or November 2020.

  • dawnakaulen - December 2020 -- Ontario to California. PM'd to ask if she got my hippo for PC FPRU: Print Your Own Postcard - Theme: Animal. Unfortunately she did not. Sent another PC on December 14. She ended up getting both and rated me January 4th. πŸ‘ πŸ‘

  • blubutterfly - December 2020 -- Ontario to Alberta. My cow postcard for PnS: Cut and Paste, never got to blubutterfly. Sent a second postcard on December 14. It arrived and blubutterfly rated me on Dec 30th. πŸ‘

Happy to report that no re-sends were needed in January, February and March and April 2021.

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My Swap Hosting Style

If you join one of my swaps here's what you should know about my hosting style:


If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know. I will send out a nudge message.

If I have had to send more than one nudge message to a member, I may "ban" from future swaps.

Blank comments

Please, no blank comments. When rating please comment on the card received. Let's make our partners feel like their projects matter. If you have a hard time thinking about what to write, this example might help you: Thank you for {describe the item}. It brightened my day...Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard. It brightened my day.

As a host, I read the comments each participant receives. I really appreciate reading a little description of the item you receive. I get to live vicariously through you, and by describing it we get confirmation that you received your partner's item.


I check to see that everyone is rated and will add a "Finished" stamp to the Discussion section when all postcards are sent, received, and rated.


Please give your partner 4-6 weeks after the sent date, then send them a message if you haven't received the swap. Give your partner some time to respond to your message (2-5 days) before posting the "1". You can change the "1" later when the item is received. PM me to let me know you posted the "1" and have not heard from your partner and I will angel the swap.

To all who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note...

Thank you

Great swapping advice, tips and checklists:

Thinking of hosting a swap? Things you should consider.

Joining a swap tips

Hosts: Rating Requirements Too Low?

Groups I help manage (founder/co-founder):

All about ATC

Snapshot Photo Craft Projects

Handmade Postcard TAG

Swap-Bot Terms of Use

Swap-Bot Terms of Use:

  • Swap-bot's services are not available to children (persons under the age of 18)


theprairiemailbox rated for Mystery Q&A on May 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, I love the I <3 Snail Mail picture you put by the stamp!
Response: I chose a cat postcard for your cat Pepper. I hope Pepper gave it a thumbs up. 🐈 😁
Comment: Such a cool look for the trees and the doors are a nice touch. Thank you for hosting!
Response: Thank you fishsteak. I'm especially excited about working with sharpie and alcohol. The process has a lot of mystery and surprise. I love how the trees and mystical forest evolved. Thanks so much for your feedback and heart.
user6937 rated for CS: Postcard Pen-pal on May 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the info about Cambridge - I like the sounds of the "artsy" side (DT Galt); you talked about Hespeler, too, but no third area seems to be mentioned.... oh, well, the two are interesting enough :)
Response: The third area, Preston is mostly industrial and residential. It's not particularly a tourism-centered part of Cambridge. It slipped my mind. :) Thanks for hosting this pen-pal postcard swap, SD. It was a nice swap. I like the large PC format for a change.
wyrdfae rated for Private zine swap with wyrdfae on May 2, 2021
Comment: I love this zine and the Coordinating envelope as well!
Response: Thank you wyrdfae. It's rewarding to make something you really like. I had fun putting the "Colour Me Curious" zine together.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATCs! The easel one is so clever, and I will add it to the little art gallery!
Response: I'm excited to get to participate in your Little Gallery. πŸ€—
Comment: This is such a creative postcard idea with tiny tuck-in envelopes! Thank you! I love it & the color combination that you favor!
Response: Sounds like it made it to you in one piece. I was a little worried that the mini envies might tear off in the sorting machines. I'm so glad you like the unusual format. It was fun to put together.
ImnotDorothy rated for Found Image Postcard - INTL on Apr 27, 2021
Comment: This is a great image from First Nations. Thank you.
Response: Thank you so much for the heart and for letting me know you got the Blake Debassige First Nations postcard.
youngsenior rated for Pink ATC Global #314507 on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: The flower was very nice. Thank you
Response: You're welcome. I used the pink shimmer when I read on your profile "If it sparkles or glitters or makes you plink I like it."
Rainydancer rated for SSM: April sender's choice ATC on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome RE. :) I hope the moth humour made you laugh.
kssunlover1947 rated for Found Image ATC - INTL on Apr 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC with Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. I remember watching the Johnny Cash show when it was on TV.
Response: I was hoping a Johnny Cash ATC would be meaningful. :) Thanks for the heart BS. :)
olenaspicer rated for ATC Coin Swap - USA/CAN #313129 on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous coin (such cute packaging) and your lovely note. Love the story behind your coin, and thank you for your kind words about my art on instagram :):)
Response: Thank you for your kind words in return. One thing lead to another with the packaging. I'm so glad you like it. Your feedback and heart means a lot. πŸ€—
Poeprincess rated for MAS A colour each month - April on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Very creative use of the grey spectrum! Loved the way it came out. Thank you.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like the look. I liked the challenge of working with grey. Thank you for your feedback and the heart.
Comment: Thanks so much! I love the card. <3 AL
Response: So glad the Toronto gargoyle was appreciated. πŸ€— Thanks for the heart.
jeka396 rated for CPG Ransom Note HMPC #2 - Global on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: This PC was awesome, I loved the burned effect to match the message!!
Response: Thanks J! I had so much fun making it. I hope the postal workers liked it too. πŸ”₯ πŸš’ πŸ˜…
katjalves rated for CPG Gelli Printed HMPC - Global on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Super cool PC. Well done! thank you so much
Response: Thanks Kat. πŸ˜„ I'm so glad you like my turquoise snake postcard.
Comment: Now you have another technique to teach me! Very nice - happy belated B-day, too!
Response: Speedy Canadian postal service, less than a week. πŸ‘ Thank you for the BD greeting SD. 🎈 I'm glad you like kitchen lady. πŸ€—
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Egg Shape ATC on Apr 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I love it. I made a dragon egg also. And I also love using eggshells for texture.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. It's such an interesting technique. I plan on doing more of these in the future. Thanks for hosting and getting me to make my first egg-shaped ATC.
Comment: I should have known, as soon as I saw the front of this gorgeous rendition of Queenie Nakarra McKenzie's artwork, that it came from you! I absolutely love what you've done 😍
Response: Thank you so much SD! πŸ€— 😊
papercraft70 rated for Cut and Paste Postcard #313466 on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the PC and the info about it.πŸ‘πŸ»
Response: I'm glad you liked gordonsweetfruit's illustrations. Thank you for the heart. And thanks for joining the swap. I hope to see you in a CnP swap in the future. :)
user6937 rated for AMA: Face Time ATC -Apr on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: You're so talented, making that great stamp of Marlene Dietrich (not to mention having a letter addressed to her)!
Response: Thank you S . I had a moment of inspiration. I wondered about Marlene's correspondence and stumbled upon a love letter (of sorts-I didn't think Heminway was all that romantic but it felt quite real-not fancy hollywood romantic). I thought it would be cool to use it. I'm so glad you think it's cool too. :)

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9O96O on May 6, 2021:

@tcornell thank you so much for taking time out to let me know that you got the book review zine. Wishing you all the best.

tcornell on May 6, 2021:

Love your zeen for the Zeen Tag in the PF's! β™₯β™₯β™₯ Thanks a bunch!

9O96O on Apr 15, 2021:

Thank you so much @denisemichelle for letting me know that my Handmade PC Tag arrived and that you like it. I was really happy with how it turned out. I'm so pleased you like it.

denisemichelle on Apr 14, 2021:

What a BEAUTIFUL postcard- I would not have guessed that it was handmade, it looks so professional. I really, really, REALLY love it! Thank you so much! (Handmade PC forum tag)

9O96O on Mar 15, 2021:

Made this for dancingtiger for the SSM: Handmade Postcard - March SC swap.

9O96O on Feb 11, 2021:

Made this ATC and booklet note for fairylover for the swap Bird ATC (9o96o #310372)

9O96O on Jan 20, 2021:

HippieChick rated for ATCs - Affirmations for the New Year

Watercolour, masking fluid, ink

9O96O on Jan 16, 2021:

I made this postcard fo rmarles, for the swap Sender's choice Postcard Hi! - Int'l .

I used a photo of me holding Lake Ontario beach glass I collected last year. I recommend hunting for beach glass if you're looking for a zen-like mindful activity.

9O96O on Jan 9, 2021:

Sent to uiltje for FPRU: Christmas in our Hearts all Year Jan INT:

Lets take the front of Christmas cards and make them into "New Postcards"

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


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