Swap-bot Time: June 30, 2022 3:58 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: June 29, 2022
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

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 2000 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!

Just wanted to let you all know that my Post person is amazed at some of the art going through my mailbox! You really make her day!

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 64-year-old lady, recently widowed after 33 years of marriage. I have no children. I am retired! Yeah, 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. Love vegetarian recipes. I do eat dairy products and eggs. No food allergies.

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!

Please contact me if a swap does not arrive. Canada Post is so slow and items do get lost. Also, I have items shredded to bits by the new mechanical sorters they use in the USA and here in Canada. The "mail masher" has claimed a few victims.

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! So many books so little time!

Favorite Television

Love Big Bang Theory and many British comedy shows! I have a new love now and it is The Orville.

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 Knowlege 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 has become a new 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!


Arabella rated for Steampunk on Jun 28, 2022
Comment: Another wonderful swap, Bev!! Love my steampunk lady! She looks like she could handle any type of trouble!! Love all the stamping you did and the rusty gears!! I need to look for that video!! Thank you!!
Response: So pleased you like it. Thanks for the heart!
CARROLL rated for HMPC: Botanical love - June on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the embossed leaf card. So green and restful. I wish you could send us some of your extra rain, since it was up to 101 degrees this week.
Response: Thank you for the lovely comment. We are now turning on the heat here after such a cool spring! Also, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Bev! It's just wonderful to receive a swap from you again. Your gnome/mushroom vjp is simply delightful! I have seen and also love the image you used! Your mushrooms are so sweet--isn't it funny that we always picture the fly agaric mushrooms, which are poisonous? They are the prettiest! Thank you so much for the extra card, too--already in my journal. It was also wonderful to read your lovely note. I'm so glad you are doing well. Thank you for a wonderful swap!
papercraft70 rated for HMPC: Put a Cat on it Postcard on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cat postcard.
Poeprincess rated for VC: Vintage Beach Babies ATC on Jun 20, 2022
Comment: Excellent ATC, Bev! I love the background & the kids are adorable. The crab finishes it so nicely. The themed notecard is an extra bonus. Thank you so much!
donetta rated for AACG: French Mademoiselle ATC on Jun 20, 2022
Comment: Hahaha...I starting saying "ooooh" the moment I saw what turned out to be the envelope for this Parisian beauty...and then I saw the ATC! Whenever I see pink and black, it takes me mentally to Paris, and this lovely lady appears to be visiting from a very chic dress shop in that beautiful city. Thank you for a swap envelope full of beauty!
donetta rated for MFF: Summertime BIrds Tag on Jun 20, 2022
Comment: My dear friend, I absolutely cannot pick a favorite from the (not one, but...) TWO lovely tags I received! The backgrounds are equally wonderful...one is a gorgeous collage, and the other is a deeply embossed swirl design that reminds me of the ocean waves . I love the sweetness of the garden-type birds, and I also am very fond of the brassy beauty of seagulls. You did a beautiful job of depicting both types of birds, and I'm thrilled to have them. And the chiffon roses are great...I love using them in my artwork...thank you for an amazing envelope-opening experience!
Comment: HI Bev and I love the vintage bathing beauty large roll! The vintage image of the ladies in their swim suits is just perfect and somehow you managed to make it look like they are really in the water - amazing! Love the lighthouse ribbon and the scalloped trim at the top. And thank you for the extra roll cards. I still cut my slots by hand and these will be so much nicer. I'm tempted to get a punch like you did. Thanks for always sending me something special!
fanfive11 rated for Index Card Collage #6 on Jun 16, 2022
Comment: Hi Bev, What wonderful coloring and detail your collage index card contained. Even the backside looks great! I love the image of the gentleman, his attire is perfect. Everything came together so nicely. Thanks a bunch for joining in on the fun. And thank you for the awesome tickets and envelope you sent, I love them!
Karmi53 rated for VJP: Journal Page in Neutral Colors on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: Wow another great page it's beautiful l am so lucky to receive such beautiful pages from you. All the little picture are all so cute and the lace and flowers and the girl all to beautiful thank you and thank you for the extras too
Response: Glad you liked everything! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for beautiful Rosefinch page you did a great job on the page l love everything about it. Thanks for the extras too.
Response: Was an interesting one to do. Thanks for the heart!
Karmi53 rated for Sheetload of Cards - June on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: Wow great job love the little bird and the color paper you used and the saying too. Thanks for everything
Response: Thought with that expression on the outside, it would be good for a variety of occasions. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for your two great flower love inkbox cards! Spring with all the flowers is nearly over here. Now red poppies are in bloom. Thank you for your music suggestions, I will listen to them on the weekend. For the TV shows: I know and like Murdock Mysteries! And I agree with Miss Fisher! But the spin-off Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries isn't as good as the original. Do you know it?
Response: Thanks for the heart! No, the Miss Fisher spin-off has not gotten to us yet. Sad to hear it is not as good,
Artstamper rated for Masterboard on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: The master boards you sent are beautiful! I hope there will be a swap using them. Thank you for them, the extras and your lovely letter.
Response: You are more than welcome. Was just in a blue sort of mood... Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Oh how I look forward to opening swaps from you Bev :) Your thoughtful notes and coordinating cards are so lovely. I especially love the Art Deco inspired lady and the bit of sparkle around the border. A pleasure to receive. Thank you :)
Response: So happy all arrived in good order. Thanks for the heart!
rkassman rated for HMPC: Put a Bird on it Postcard on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous seagull collage postcard, I truly love it!!
Response: So pleased you liked it. We get a lot of them here! Got to watch when eating outdoors... Thanks for the heart!
RiverTopanga rated for Spirit Polar Bear on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: Hi Bev! We have swapped before, but not for a LONG time! I think I was still in NE then. So at least 3 years! I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. I can imagine how difficult it must be. You had a wonderful 34 years together, and I call that fortunate. I envy you for that time. I love the Polar Bear Spirit Animal journal page!! That program you used for the bear sounds amazing! I look forward to checking it out πŸ˜ƒ thanks! Your embossed and inked background reminds of the old-timey Tin Ceilings... and the snow tex is wayyy better than the snow I make from salt, white gesso, and white texture paste... love your bear story! I can see you both running and yelling!! Lol. Thank you for taking so much time and care in making this journal page, I really appreciate it. I would give you a hundred ❀'s if I could πŸ»β€β„οΈπŸ’œπŸ»β€β„οΈπŸ’™πŸ»β€β„οΈπŸ’›πŸ»β€β„οΈπŸ§‘πŸ»β€β„οΈπŸ’šπŸ»β€β„οΈ PS: love the wintery envie...would never have thought of that. May I borrow your thinking cap for my next swap? Hehe PPS: Thank you also for the flower ephemera... found it when I went to put the pc back in the envie until I can get stored properly!
Response: You are too kind! So pleased you liked it! Thank you for the heart!
user6937 rated for Sheetload of Cards - one card on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Bev, I just realized that this card was part of the robot cards - so sorry I didn't rate when I did the other one; of course, I loved it :)
Response: Not to worry! Glad you liked them. Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for VC: Spring into Summer Postcard on May 27, 2022
Comment: Oh so lovely! The adoring vintage (Victorian?) couple are sweetness personified, and of course all of your details and embellishments are wonderful. The cherry on top" for me is the fan...the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for another beauty to add to my collection.
donetta rated for ATC with Metal Embellishments on May 27, 2022
Comment: This steampunk kitty is just the sweetest...I've never tried to dress my kitties, but if they would tolerate it (extremely doubtful) I would want a couple of these plaid dresses! And of course the gears and trim bring the whole thing together. Thank you for always being the best imaginable swap partner.

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bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

Karmi53 on Dec 15, 2021:

Sorry for your loss.

hibiscus on Aug 5, 2021:

If there was an award for most excellent swapper… I’d nominate you!! The Alice in wonderland was vintage perfection … thank you for sharing your talent

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