Swap-bot Time: April 15, 2021 3:34 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: April 15, 2021

Country: Canada
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Updated April 14, 2021


Got my vaccine on March 26. ๐Ÿ’‰

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. :) 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.



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.

Coin Blanks

Need 2.5" circle punch blanks to make ATC coins? If I am assigned as your partner in an ATC swap, let me know, I'll add a few to the envelope. I punch these out of clean food packaging (example: Keurig cup boxes)


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.

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 them, then I'll pass them along to anyone whose profile says they would like extras

๐Ÿค— 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, orginality and authenticity.
  • Hygge concept - cosy, comforting, calm, zen
  • Little Free Library visits while wandering and exploring
  • Dogs (and generally all animals including spiders and insects)
  • Coffee shops
  • Whimsical things
  • The beauty and peace of trees and forests
  • Tartan and plaid
  • Coronation Street viewer for over 30 years, but there have been many times where I've thought about quitting -- the writing can be more miss than hit most of the time
  • Landscapes
  • Farm/rural/pastoral scenes
  • Wiener Werkstรคtte
  • Folk art (e.g. Maud Lewis, Grandma Moses)
  • Canadiana (or your country's stereotypical/cultural/characteristic things)
  • Outsider art --learned the term from @Wanda
  • Public art galleries
  • Artist Co-op stores
  • Keri Smith--in particular her Wander Society concept. Solvitur Ambulando!
  • Documenting things a la the Wander Society


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

"Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participantsโ€™ 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.

Art, an autonomous expression of a personโ€™s creative process. An extension of our personality.


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.

๐Ÿ“ฉRe-sends sent to:

  • montigneyrules -- August 2020 -- Ontario to Maryland, first postcard never made it. Second postcard made it and in normal time. ๐Ÿ‘

  • 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! :) ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

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. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

  • 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. ๐Ÿ‘

Happy to report that no re-sends were needed in January, February and March and none so far in April 2021.

Canada Post Service Alerts

We're in our 3rd lockdown but my post office is open. I'm limiting myself to 1-2 visits a week.

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)


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. ๐Ÿ‘ Thank you for the BD greeting SD. ๐ŸŽˆ I'm glad you like kitchen lady. ๐Ÿค—
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 ๐Ÿ˜
Response: Thank you so much SD! ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿ˜Š
papercraft70 rated for Cut and Paste Postcard #313466 on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the PC and the info about it.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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. :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the Cut and Paste Postcard of the lake view, mountains and sunset! I can see myself and a friend sitting in the chairs just listenting to the sounds of nature! I really like the colors, so rich! I have enjoyed this swap with you and hope that we can do more swaps in the future. Happy SPRING!
Response: It was fun swapping with your AJ73. Thank you so much for the heart. I'm glad you like cottage view PC.
colodad rated for ACTs: Rabbit Coin on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: thank you for the fun ATCoin. I am so glad you used your own carved stamp for it. I have yet to get into carving stamps. Maybe in retirement I will add that. the little coin holder with matching note card and envelope designs was great fun. thanks for all the extra touches.
Response: Thank you for the great feedback. I'm so glad you noticed the coin envelope and matching note. I used your favourite colours. :) I Thanks colodad!
KatKit rated for SPCP: Postcard #313047 on Mar 24, 2021
Comment: How nice to sit under such a beautiful tree. Happy spring to you and thanks for the lovely card and message.
Response: Yes, I am lucky to have that tree. Looking forward to the buds unfurling. Thank you for the heart KatKit. Happy Spring! :)
user6937 rated for AAA: SC Coin USA/CAN #313006 on Mar 23, 2021
Comment: Interesting subject! He was quite the artist, you can't deny that (and what patience)! We had 2-3 inches of snow yesterday, but it won't last very long, I'm sure.
Response: Hi SD. Circles on circles of Michelangelo art. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽจ โšชโšชโšช Thanks for the heart! I'll be dropping a Face Time ATC in the mail to you probably by the end of the week.
Poftoffel rated for AMA: Sender's Choice -Mar on Mar 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for making me laugh today!! I loved getting that insole in the mail, and the memory foam line made me snort!! Thank you!! All the hearts!!
Response: ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜…
Comment: Hiya got your fantastic, creative, and cute rabbit ATC today, intact in one piece. The cedar shingle base is genius upcycling, with the wood grain adding great texture. How'd you manage to cut the rabbit out? Nice carve! Your zine note is such a cool spring touch. I wonder what creatures the souls of my grandmothers have entered.
Response: Fantastic feedback. I'm thrilled that you like the unusual medium and that it got there in one piece. Thank you A/E!
user6937 rated for CS Animal Series: Bear on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: I love the technique you used!
Response: I just sent you a long PM explaining the process. Thanks for asking. It means I made something interesting for you. :) I hope my instructions and youtube examples make sense and you have a lot of fun making your own.
user2148 rated for HCSI: Dog Theme ATC or PC USA/CAN on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: Amazing!! What a fabulous idea - and your carvings are just gorgeous!! Thank you for the wonderful artwork! โค๏ธโค๏ธ
Response: I'm so happy you like the lab on cedar. I really appreciate the heart. I was excited to find a different medium to try.
chimerix rated for AAA: SC Coin Global on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the sweet bunny coin. Always happy to receive mail from you. Aloha
Response: You're welcome for the block print coin, and handcrafted note and envelopes.
jjhere rated for MAS: A Colour Each Month - February on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for heart-filled red ATC! Your envelope made me smile as soon as I saw it (so pretty!) and I love the little book with your note inside.
Response: Yeah! It made it. I had fun making the charcoaled hearts and little notebook. Thank you so much for the nice feedback and heart. โค๏ธ
Comment: thanks for the cheerful card..love the textures too.
Response: I'm always impressed with the mail service between Canada and the UK. It's faster than the service within Canada. You're welcome for the stain-glass-esque circles postcard. I hope you liked dancing Fred on the back :D.
donetta rated for ACTs: 'Round St. Pat's Day on Mar 13, 2021
Comment: What a lovely envelope to receive! The coin (which was beautifully protected) made it from ON to MI without a single problem...it's adorable! And your little booklet/note made my day...as well as the sweet extras (I am just a kid when it comes to extras). Thank you so much, Rome!
Response: I'm so glad the coin didn't crack. And I'm really glad you like the whole package. It was fun putting it together. Thanks so much for the heart.
user6937 rated for MAS A colour each month - March on Mar 11, 2021
Comment: I had it upside down at first, but then realized it looked much more like an apple orchard the other way (duh) - I like how you always add an appropriate quote to go with your art. Love the technique you used!
Response: Thanks for the great feedback SD. I'm working on an ATC coin for you now. Thanks for hosting the green swap. You come up with great ideas for swaps.
Comment: Thank you! Such a cute creature, cheered me up!
Response: ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿค— So glad that little monkey brightened your day.
Lablauri57 rated for SPCP: Sender's Choice #312058 on Mar 8, 2021
Comment: This was pretty cool. I am sure you will enjoy you ATC coins.
Response: Thanks for the heart for my moody mauve maize. :)

Rating Overview

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9O96O on Apr 14, 2021:

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

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:


9O96O on Dec 8, 2020:

Mail Yourself a Postcard When Traveling

Complete with glued on cutouts from magazines and other ephemera, postage stamps, and a run-down of each day's events.

9O96O on Dec 4, 2020:

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