My name is Shannon and I live in the interior of British Columbia with my husband. I live in an area surrounded by glorious nature and lots of lakes, mountains and beautiful scenery.
Likes: I have several likes so I will add to this list as time goes by. I love authentic vintage ephemera. Cigarette cards, bridge tally cards, old letters, ledger papers, etc. I absolutely love this stuff! Postage stamps and postal ephemera. Clear (legible) postmarks and old air mail envelopes. Vintage postcards and interesting postcards. Cool stickers, even cute ones I can send to my grandson. Painted papers, gelli plate prints, etc I love creating and swapping mail art including postcards, ATCs, rolodex cards, Decos, etc I create junk journals, art journals, altered books, omni journals and more. If its a handmade journal, I will probably like it.
Colours: I love all colours but I do gravitate towards rich jewel tones like cobalt blue and emerald or forest green. Brick red, deep yellow, etc. I also love metallics used in moderation. Purples, pinks, teals, oranges etc are all beautiful as well. I try and reach for colours that are outside my comfort zone once and while and have been pleasantly surprised more than once.
I also do slow stitching, some quilting (especially scrappy quilts) and I love to incorporate stitch and fabric into my paper creations.
Not a fan of: Using stickers on art unless it has been fussy cut and it really adds to the piece.
*Random guitar picks for ongoing project.
*cigarette cards (love these silly things!)
*unique or vintage bookplates
*random oracle or tarot cards
I will add to this as time goes on.
A. ATCs, altered books, affirmations, art decos, art journaling, ATcoins
B. Book plates, beaches, buttons, bears, birds, blues, bats
C. Charms, chickadees, coffee, cigar bands, cigarette cards, crows, collaborations, crystals
D. Dogs, Die cuts, dragonflies
E. Envelopes, Ephemera
F. Fish images, flash cards, flying foxes, feathers, fussy cut images
G. Gerbera daisies, Great Danes, greens
H. Hearts, happy mail, homemade paper
J. Jack Russell terriers, Junk journals, Joss paper, journaling
K. Koalas, Keys (old)
L. Long letters, lists, ledgers (old)
M. Mail art, manatees, mandalas, Mulberry paper, mixed media
N. Notecards, napkins, Nikon
O. Oracle cards, ocean, orchids, owls, orange
P. Penguins, postal ephemera, postage stamps, puppies, photography, peacocks, pink, purple, pendulums
Q. Quilting, quotes
R. Ravens, rockhounding, Rolodex art, reds, roses
S. Stencils, stamps, stickers, stitching, singing bowls, Sunday drives, scavenger journals
T. Tarot cards
V. Vintage ephemera
W. Wombats, wind chimes
Z. Zentangles, zines
I am open to private swaps. I have a large collection of genuine ephemera and am always looking for more interesting pieces. I also have an extensive postcard collection which I am parting with. I would happily trade some postcards for things listed above.
I have a large world wide postage stamp collection which I have decided to streamline. The stamps I am looking for now include:
World Wildlife Fund stamps from anywhere
Whales, dolphins, sharks, fish and all other sealife
Penguins, bears, birds, basically any animals
Universal postal union, stamps on stamps
Stamps with foil or metallic elements
Trains, ships, lighthouses, planes, space
Singapore, Great Britain including the British Isles, etc, Canada, US, etc.
Etched or engraved
I love old stamps
There are many stamps which I like that don’t fit these categories so don’t let the list deter you from sending. I also use stamps in my art as collage fodder.
Having said all that, I am open to private swaps. Maybe I have something you are looking for??
I have a lot of stamps to trade. I am slowly working my way through my collection and selecting what I want to keep. Everything else will be traded or swapped out.
So far I am swapping out
Art on stamps,
Christmas and Easter
It’s the little things for me. I send a note with every swap. It’s my way of personalizing a swap that may not otherwise be personal. I also put a lot of effort into my swaps. I check profiles and try and send something you will like.
Hearts: I know there seems to be a lot of pressure around hearts. Up to now, Aug 31, 2023, I gave hearts sometimes because I felt pressured to do so. I decided not to do that anymore. The heart system was put in place to reward those swappers who put that extra bit of effort into a swap and if hearts are given out too freely, how do you judge that anymore? If you merely meet the requirements of the swap and nothing more, then why should you get a heart the same as someone who put in the extra effort and really made someone’s day. It’s kind of like a participation ribbon and becomes rather meaningless. Having said that, I think it’s important to have a well filled out profile so that your swap partner has a chance to earn that heart. How do they know what you like if you haven’t indicated it somewhere.
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