Swap-bot Time: October 17, 2017 4:35 am


Date Joined: March 2, 2017
Last Online: October 16, 2017

Country: Canada


I have a 7 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. I work at a creative and active adult day program with people living with Dementia or experiencing Dementia like symptoms on Vancouver Island on the Canadian west coast. I am hugely introverted, musical, and creative. I love art/craft exchanges and am super stoked to find this community.

I love photography, especially photos from the first half of the 1900s. I greatly appreciate things from the past. They have stories. In my crafts, I also include things that look vintage, even if they are not from a long time ago. It adds to the story I am sharing within my own art.

I currently mostly enjoy making mixed media pieces and artist trading cards. I love layering and incorporating many smaller crafts onto bigger pieces as well as mixing paint, paper, photography, and rubber stamp ink and images. I find layering textures and colours really satisfying

I recently started an Instagram account to track specifically some of the atcs and cards I've made for swap-bot. My user name there is: helene.in.the.woods. A lot of the images are taken while things are "still in progress" but you can get an idea of my style here:


About the 1 rating....

Tuesday July 4th 2017 - I am so bummed to have been rated a 1 for a beauty package that I sent out and was not received yet. I have put a lot of time and effort into the swaps I choose to join, and I take these swaps seriously. It's super disheartening to be unable to join swaps I am interested in because of this rating. I am hoping that the communities I am in which require 5.0 ratings will allow me some time to get back to a 5.0. I am hoping the package has just been misplaced and will arrive shortly. Cheers!

JULY 25 2017 - I have not gotten a response from Nicola, and her address is not available to me anymore to resend because @NICOLA4720 has numerous 1's on her profile. If anyone knows how to remove a 1 from a person who is partially suspended, I would love to know. Thanks!

August 23 2017 I sent a message to swap-bot admin a couple weeks ago and haven't heard back yet. I probably just have to live with the 1 rating. Thanks to those who sent messages with ideas or support. Cheers.

Sept 9 2017 I am going to use the stuff in the resend package for other swaps today. Now that I have raised my ratings to over 4.9, I can join a lot more of swaps I like since getting the 1 rating. I don't think I will be sending the resend as I do not think she is coming back with twenty 1's.

Some things I'd love

Some crafty things that I would love include but are not limited to:

strips of lace

metal charms

brads of all shapes, sizes, and colours

leaf skeletons

old keys or key images

textured papers

anything vintage or vintage looking

Steampunk, Victorian and Space themes

nature themes and fairies, gnomes, fantasy and forest creatures and folklore

trees, leaves, plants

Dark, Hallowe'en, Witchy, and Spooky themes

handmade paper

really sparkly paper

**rubber stamped paper in all above themes

photography/imagery in all above themes

Woodblock or rubber stamps

Old photography or postcards

die cuts and wood or wood like elements

anything for mixed media art making like artist trading cards, inchies, cards, smash books,paper art on wood/canvas/cardboard etc

anything handmade, especially by you

**Tom Holtz Ideology "Paperie Salvage Stickers", or more high end mixed media use style stickers. I do use key stickers when I have them.

I love rich colours, deep dark reds, rich browns, oranges, blues, and greens. I prefer nature themes and woodland animals. Mossy and inviting. While I like both in my crafts, I prefer silver colours over gold, and coppery colours are particularly wonderful!

No Thanks!

No foam shapes please

I am not interested in city postcards.

No stickers, I just don't use them

No religious or holiday stuff please (unless I have specifically joined a swap for it)

Childlike stamps or images

I am not a fan of princess or Disney stuff (except crowns, I love using crowns).

Clicking the sent button

Currently, I am often in the maximum swaps I can join. To avoid my own confusion, which is easy with a busy lifestyle, half finished projects everywhere, and kids, I will click send when the swap is packaged and by the front door. The swaps will always be sent on time, but you might notice a difference in the send by date and the post date on the envelope.

My mail generally goes out twice a week - Monday or Tuesday after work and on Friday, my day off.

New Pen Friends?

Please, if we do a swap and you like to write or keep penfriends, include a letter and I will likely write you back. I am particularly looking for penfriends that like to include crafts and papers with their letters or send pocket letters. It's so exciting to get a letter along with some creative inspiration as well as make lovely little packages, cards, and crafts for penfriends!


Comment: Thanks Helene, you loaded me down with all kinds of interesting items. It's so fun discovering each one.
Comment: I love the ATC! Thanks for the great selection of craft items!
Teddybear rated for CDN Swappers: Halloween ATC on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Hi Helene, I received your lovely ATC and the extras today. Thank you, it brightened my day. Happy swapping, Sandy🎃
turtles27 rated for Nature ATC on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Great job on the ATC! I enjoy the challenge of recycling, too.
Comment: Thank you! I love everything!
Kokabell rated for Blind Envelope - International #11 on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: Wow! It looks awesome!
Comment: Thanks for the letter and the embellishments! Yours is the first ATC I've ever got! And I'm going to use those hearts in the wrapping of a present I'm sending off tomorrow. Ps. I'm sorry your daughter wouldn't let you watch cartoons with her ;)
Roxxy84 rated for #DearSwap - September edition on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for your nice letter! Will write back soon <3
Larnie rated for Ghost Story Swap - International on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: I loved the pictures in the pocket letter and your stories were a little off putting (wonderfully off putting) Thank you so much! I hope your finger gets better soon.
Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap and for the cute ATC and crafty goodies
annedekker99 rated for Pen Pal OBSESSION on Oct 3, 2017
Eel9585 rated for 1:1 profile themed pocket swap on Oct 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the pocket letter it was lovely and full of goodies, you said it was your first pocket letter and it was amazing but I would say some of the pockets neeeded a bit more decorating because once I took out all the goodies there were some pockets which ended up being empty. Thank you again for swapping with me
Response: Wow, I just sent that on Friday! And thank you for the tips for my future pocket letters. Very much appreciated.
Comment: wow! stunning ATC! thanks! I love it. also, thank you for all the goodies.
Response: Awesome, thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the ATC and all the generous goodies you included. It made my day.
Response: Thanks so much!
Comment: Wow what a happy mail! I love the ATC and all of the other crafty bits! I will definitely be using them all! ❤ Thank you for everything! P/S: This is one lucky mail. There was a stamp on the envelope which said it was missent to Taipei! I would be very sad if this beautiful mail went missing! Lucky it came back to me! 😃
Response: Lucky indeed! Thank you for rating,. Until next time!
Comment: Hellooooooo ephemera! Thank you for your selection of flat craft items; nice things to use!
Response: Thanks for rating!
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating, take care
chelachela21 rated for Handmade Gift Tags on Sep 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I love all of them and I can tell that you put a lot of work into each and every one. I'm sure the people who receive the gifts with your tags will love them.
camelsamba rated for 1 + 1 September on Sep 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the interesting card - I like the 3-dimensionality of it. Thanks also for the papers. My favorites are the insects, the birds, and the snowflakes.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for much for rating.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9574 81 29 30
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81 93 0 1
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sleepingrover2010 on Sep 23, 2017:

Hello Helena,

I want to send you a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for the beautiful piece of art you sent me as a "thank you." It is beautiful and shows a great deal of creativity. I recognize some of the items that I had sent you. I like the butterfly magnified glass piece you put on this piece of art. I love this piece. This piece will have a prominent place in my house. Thank you so much for this gift.

I am so glad that you liked what I sent you. I am so glad that you can use the supplies that I sent you.

I am very happy that I my swap brought a smile to your face.


Evelynswap on Sep 17, 2017:

Hi ATC-lover! Today my ATC - "Blue" and other crafty things swap is going on its trip to you!

Here a little preview of what you'll get 😃


Bee1981 on May 31, 2017:

Awwww, I am the host of the diffrent stuff for flipbooks... ...I hoped that I would be your partner, cause we have some things in common, but sadly it hasn´t happend.Maybe we can make a private swap one day? Love Rebecca

mgallardo68 on May 26, 2017:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!

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