Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2017 3:02 am


Date Joined: March 2, 2017
Last Online: December 17, 2017

Country: Canada


I am a huge nemophilist. I love camping and being outdoors. I work at a creative and active adult day program with people living with Dementia 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, in addition to vintage ephemera, 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

About the 1 rating....

Tuesday July 4th 2017 - I am super bummed to have been rated a 1 for a beauty package that I sent out and has not been received yet. It's super disheartening to be unable to join swaps I am interested in because of this rating. I am hoping the package has just been misplaced and will arrive shortly. Cheers!

JULY 25 2017 - @NICOLA4720

Nicola's address is not available to me anymore to resend, probably because she has numerous 1s on her profile and is partially suspended. I have sent her a message and she has not responded, even though it appears she has read the message. 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 or paper stickers are the only kinds of stickers I use in craft.

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)

I am not a fan of childish stamps or images

I am not a fan of princess or Disney stuff I do used crown in my craft though

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 because while I like to write and craft, doing both for one package is so satisfying. 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!


NiniJae rated for Everybody Loves A Penpal on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Thank You for the nice letter and pretty stationery. I've added your letter to my que for reply. Have a lovely holiday!
Response: Thank you! Happy Holidays to you as well. Take care
oetje72 rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Christmas on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Nice flipbook. Thank you for the lovey extras
Response: This was my first flip-book. cheers!
FrancesDauphinais rated for ATC-mixed media on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: I absolutely love my atc that you made for me thank you very much xxoo
Response: Thank you! I am really loving the process of making layered artist trading cards.Take care
LizzyW rated for If you could turn back TIME on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the gorgeous ATC It is really nice. Thanks too for the stamped images. They will be very useful.
Response: This is a great theme for my supplies! Thanks for rating. Take care
nsgrammy2012 rated for Lots of Letters Swap on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your letter and for the extras you included! Merry Christmas!
Response: Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks for hosting this super swap. Take care!
PaperPassion rated for A Good MAN is Hard to Find on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Great ATC worth the wait.
Response: Thank you. I have a number of swaps that seem to be taking longer than usual. I am glad it made it to you. Thanks for rating, cheers!
Comment: Ooo I love what you sent in the envie! I can't wait to begin using some of the pieces in my journals. Thank you!
Response: I am glad you like what I sent. Thanks so much for rating. Take care and happy swapping.
Comment: Hi Helene! I will attempt to reply to you letter soon! Thanks for the goodies and I love your little swap-card envelope
Response: Awesome. I look forward to keeping in touch! Until next time, cheers!
Anettethhjertnes rated for ATC "Dots" on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: I did spot the dot :)
Comment: Thank you for all of the wonderful bits! I like how you did a little bit of everything that I like! I will use it all! 😀
Response: I am glad to hear you will use it all! Thanks so much for rating. Take care!
RooBaRoo rated for Kids only penpals! Ages 6-9 on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful swap! Shreyasi read it all & liked the crafts very much too. She will write back soon. :)
Response: Elyse is so excited to have a new penfriend from India! Thank you for the rating. Take care!
Comment: Hi Helene, love your mini-PL! Nice to receive something from you! I always love the swaps you host as well! The snowflakes are in my next project for sure!
Response: Pocket letters are very new to me, so I am relieved that you like it! Thanks so much for the rating. Cheers!
Gnoe rated for 1:1- Junk Journal supply swap on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: Thank your for your envied stuffed with lovely goodies! I guess you knew the peacock card would be my very favourite?! LOL It is absolutely amazing. Next fav... the handwritten page probably. But I love everything!
Response: Thank you for doing this swap with me! I am glad you like all that I sent. Thanks for rating! Until next time, cheers!
KandaceB rated for Kids only penpals! Ages 6-9 on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Thank Elyse for the awesome letter, Audrey was very excited to receive it & the tuck ins. They seem to have a lot in common!
Response: Yes! Elyse has been putting aside crafts and goodies for her replies to her letters in the New Year. I love that the kids got a chance to be a part of our love of swapping.
Comment: Great ATC. Thank you so much for sending it along with the other fun goodies.
Response: I enjoyed this one so much. I will probably host this one again. Thanks for rating. Cheers!
Lilianders rated for Kids only penpals! Ages 6-9 on Nov 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you Elyse for the lovely letter and cute drawings.
Response: She loved doing this swap. Such a treat to be able to include the kids in our love of swapping. Take care!
SwissChallet rated for Kids only penpals! Ages 6-9 on Nov 25, 2017
Comment: Malo was thrilled when he discovered Elyse's long letter in your lovely blue envelope and can't wait to reply. Expect to see us in your mail before Christmas!
Response: I love seeing my daughter get so excited about receiving something in the mail from her own peer group! It's a wonderful thing. Thanks for being a part of that.
angeness rated for 1:1- Junk Journal supply swap on Nov 24, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for all the great stuff! It was fun doing this swap with you. :)
Response: Such a great swap! Thanks for doing this swap with me. Cheers!
PeachyDoll rated for October Senders Choice on Nov 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the neat ATC! I also really like the card you sent it in :)
Response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for rating.

Rating Overview

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TC on Nov 13, 2017:

"right on!" :) That's the favorite catchphrase of my brand new son-in-law. It's so funny that you wrote that on my profile. LOL.

Eclectonote on Nov 5, 2017:

Thank you for the Brown art swap - the many layers on the ATC made for a little work of art with much depth and interest, and all of the lovely papers and embellishments are inspiring!

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.


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:

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