Swap-bot Time: June 17, 2024 1:07 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: June 16, 2024
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

Will putting most swapping on hold for the next while. Need some time to get my life organized prior to having surgery.

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!

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 2200 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 very 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!

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 for now.

Am now a 66-year-old lady, widowed after 33 years of marriage. I have no children. I am retired! with more time to play!.

Love knitting, crochet and tatting. I do prefer the graph or diagram instructions over the written. For an example, see the crochet in 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!

My BFF got me hooked on making ATCs. I have expanded that to include 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.

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!

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! Another new love is Gail Cattiger with her unique Steampunk/Goth themes. So many books so little time!

Favorite Television

Love Big Bang Theory and many British comedy shows! I love The Orville. Wish it would come back. Love Ghosts, both the British and American version.

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 Knowledge Network, and it is most excellent!

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 is a 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!


Pikkis rated for MFF: 3 Elements Bird Tag on Jun 11, 2024
Comment: So nice to hear that you’re back swapping again and that you’re recovering from your opetation :)! Your bird-tag is wonderful and love the way you’ve made the background. Great use of the TH-die and so many other elements. Lovely result of stepping out of your usual style, thank you so much!
Response: So pleased you liked it. Thank you for the heart!
marymary914 rated for MFF: Snowy Cardinal Tag on Feb 26, 2024
Comment: Such a beautiful tag! Love it! Thank you so much!
Ac2052 rated for VC: Index Card Challenge #4 on Feb 13, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much! My apologies for the late rating!
Response: Thank you! Was worried it got lost in the mail.
fanfive11 rated for Tim Holtz Doll House Tag #8 on Feb 12, 2024
Comment: Bev, your Ice House is marvelous! I love the embossed brick background, so clever and such wonderful texture. The door and the paper doll are perfect. Your snow looks great, another neat texture element. From roof to porch, this doll house tag is a delight. Thanks so much for your participation and thanks also for the lovely papers and trim, I love it. :)
Comment: Well, this is simply beautiful! You inspire me to emboss and paint some backgrounds, because they set the stage for everything on top. I so relate to the "Home is where the heart is" saying...it is certainly true for me! I love everything you make! Thank you also for the wonderful extras; the sweet kitty illustrations, and all the glittery little snowflakes...just fabulous!
Comment: So much wintery beauty here...the beautiful blues and icy, glittery whites...and the pretty little girl with her sled. Thank you for always sending such little bits of beauty to your swap partners, Bev...you are a wonderful swap partner!
Arabella rated for VC: Winter Bird Themed Inkbox Card on Feb 4, 2024
Comment: Another beautiful swap from one of my favorite partners!! I love blue jays and we have a few that come to our birdfeeders! Great image you have used and love the snow covered branch he is sitting on!! Thank you!! And beautiful little envelope you made to put the inkbox card in! And thank you for the steampunk papers and the gentlemen stickers!! Nice!!
LDeWitt rated for Index Card Collage #22 on Feb 2, 2024
Comment: Bev! That green caught my eye, as it is my favorite color. I love the balance of this composition and the way it is laid out perfectly. So much to look at and so many textures including the stitching. Many thanks to you for a great piece of art and a bunch of goodies. Take good care of yourself and please stay warm.
ddoherty6138 rated for Polar bear on Jan 23, 2024
Comment: Bev - WOW you have used so many different media to create this wonderful polar bear. I am impressed with your many talents. The polar bear's sweater is awesome. And the snow, such texture. Thank you very much for sharing your abilities with me. Love it so much. D
Manonroberts rated for Happy New Years on Jan 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for another brilliant journal page! :)
Comment: Wow Bev, the ATC is gorgeous! Thank you so much! I love all the details and the colour scheme is so up my alley. Thanks for the steampunk themed extras too! 😊
goosey rated for RF: Vintage Santa Large Rolo on Jan 4, 2024
Comment: bev, thank you for both sides of the wonderful rolo .. and the watercolor stamped images will be fun to work with. i wish you a lovely new year, with the best of care! 'til next time, marlies
donetta rated for AACG: Christmas Angel ATC Ornament on Jan 1, 2024
Comment: We both enjoy making and receiving small works of art, such as artist trading cards…so when I say that this exquisite ATC ornament is a true work of art, you know I mean no disrespect to all the lovely ATCs created and received over the years. What I mean is that this one is so “extra”…so beautifully crafted (on both sides!)…that it’s in a different realm. Thank you so, so much. I will be saving the lace for a very special project…and this piece of art is in my ornament box, to be brought out year after year.
Karmi53 rated for Capricorn on Dec 21, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for another great page. Your work is so perfect, love everything on it. Take care
hibiscus rated for Sagittarius on Dec 19, 2023
Comment: Well ii cannot imagine a more exciting “Sagittarius “ . What you did with the acrylic border was very cool or I guess hot! Nice image and wonderfully composed card.. a star in my zodiac collection.. I love reading your notes.. as well.. thank you for that.. and thank you for the archer..
cmmaldonado rated for VC: Index Card Challenge #3 on Dec 14, 2023
Comment: This is such a beautiful collage Bev, thank you so much! I love it 🥰 and thank you for the fun extras as well! I was also happy to read your lovely letter - I’ll have to check out Gail Carriger. I hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday season!
dustbunny11 rated for Annual Vintage Santa ATC swap on Dec 10, 2023
Comment: Dear Bev--thank you for not one, but TWO beautiful vintage Santa ATCs! What a treat to open this happy mail and find your lovely art again. Thank you for the extra goodies, too. I hope to use them in a Christmas junk journal or bluebook this year. Merry Christmas!
Karmi53 rated for Frosty The Snowman on Dec 6, 2023
Comment: Wow l just love frosty he perfect. I love how you made all the snow and snowflakes. Boy you are so good all your pages are perfect thank you, he look good in my new Christmas journal I am working on. Thanks for everything
watercolorgirl rated for MFF: Christmas Bird Tag on Nov 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bird tag. The cardinal is just gorgeous. I like how you used the various textures on the background of the tag. Happy Holidays.
dwolfram rated for Index Card Collage #21 on Nov 30, 2023
Comment: Bev, I'm so sorry this is late! What a wonderful card, I love the design.

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hibiscus on Aug 10, 2022:

That sewing pattern swap was Ah-mazing! Everything about it was great… I appreciate you creative talent very much.. thank you for a special swap

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