Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2018 1:04 pm


Date Joined: March 2, 2017
Last Online: December 18, 2018

Country: Canada


Hello! My name is Helene. I live and work on Vancouver Island on the West coast of Canada. I work p/t at an active day program for people living with dementia, and p/t at a pediatric respite care home for kids living with medical and/or behavioural issues.

I am a nemophilist; I love camping, hiking, and exploring in outdoor landscapes. I just discovered the made up term Werifesteria, which is not an actual word, but it describes what I love so perfectly - ''the impulse to wander the forest longingly in search of magic and mystery''. The Pacific Northwest is the best place for a nemophilist with its mossy evergreen forests and arbutus trees, but you have to be able to live with a lot of rain. The rain puts a sparkle on spider webs and glistens on the tree tops. And it keeps everything green year round. I love all the seasons for the different wonderful things each brings. I also find great beauty in darkness and welcome your spooky stories.

I love rich dark opulent colours. I really enjoy the colours of autumn and all metallic tones. I enjoy rusts and golds, turquoises and royal purples.

I make a lot of big canvas and little paper mixed media pieces along with the atcs, inchies and mail art swaps I enjoy here. I really enjoy layering and creating texture. I would love to get more into assemblage, stain glass, and acrylic pouring, but I haven't found the time to start new hobbies.


Some materials I use often in my craft includes but are never limited to:

textured paper and unique fibres

strips of lace and ribbon

metal charms

brads of all shapes, sizes, and colours

leaf skeletons

old keys or key images

die cuts

anything vintage or vintage looking

steampunk, Victorian, and space themes

homesteading images, pictures of tools/items

nature themes and fairies, gnomes, fantasy, 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 picture postcards

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

Tim Holtz Ideology "Paperie Salvage Stickers", or more high end mixed media use style stickers for craft

nature themes and woodland animals

anything handmade, especially by you

**letter paper, handmade/coloured patterned envelopes

mail art

I love rich colours, deep dark reds, rich browns, oranges, blues, and greens. Mossy and inviting. I also love using silver, gold, and copper tones.

No thank you!

!Some things I would not like. Thank you!

foam shapes or kid crafts

city postcards

dollar store stickers

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

No princess or Disney stuff. I will not pass it on either (sorry) I do, however, use crown brads or images on atcs.

I am not interested in your current ephemera like yesterday's bus ticket, receipts, labels etc. It will likely just get recycled. Truly vintage or Tim Holtz style only please.

My daughter

Here is a little about my daughter for any kid swaps we join!

-9 years old

-big animal lover

-enjoys dark humour (appropriate for her age)

-loves to draw people, animals, and made up creatures

-reads a lot of graphic novels

-enjoys keeping a journal and making notes or lists

December 2018

I have had a busy few weeks at work. I have sent all my swaps on time and the contents of the envelopes are in order, however, I may have just put a couple envelopes in the mail that required decorated envelopes for the swap. If this is yours, PLEASE pm me and let me know that I did this before rating me down! I will send you a handmade postcard in lieu of the lack of decoration on the envies. I remember putting the envelopes aside to decorate and then I don't remember if I decorated them or not! THANK YOU SO MUCH.


MrsElliott rated for Only in Canada: Initial Swap on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the swap, Thanks for the cute items!
kclicquot rated for AMA Sender's Choice-October on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: I always love getting an envelope from you! Sorry for the late rating!
AmookIslandCreations rated for All Squared Up on Dec 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful "squared" PC! I have that birdie stamp! How did you make that square? ...and the kitty paw!!! love them and the printed leaves against the woody and shimmery background! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you. You're my partner for the "triangles are great" post card swap as well (which was just sent this morning)! Hopefully you'll enjoy that one as well. Take care and be safe with those earthquakes and aftershocks happening there right now !! <3
CheyanneB rated for WIYM: recycled cardboard swap on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful postcard! Hard to believe its a recycled piece of cardboard, inspires me to get creative and start making some too :)
Response: Thank you. I didn't realize it was supposed to be just a chunk of cardboard until the swap from my partner (the coordinator) showed up with no art on the front, just the cardboard!! I appreciate the heart. Take care!!
MiekeC rated for EJ: Ephemera in a Decorated Envie #3 on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: Hi Helene, thanks for your big envie with ephemera!
Response: Thank you! I am happy it arrived in good time!
Jamnj rated for Artist trading Coin-Winter on Nov 30, 2018
Comment: I think you did a great job w these coins. I’m pretty new to “coining” also. I love your thought behind these and your creative expression and use of unexpected materials. Proud to have these in my newest compulsive collection. Thank you❤️
Response: Thanks so much for your lovely words! I've enjoyed the coin making so much I have joined every artist trading coin swap I can find. I'd love to get a little collection going before I go back to regular ATCs. Take care!
Comment: Thank you so much. I love your use of all the goody envelopes and the ATC. I have already flipped though it a couple times. I will likely go through it even more times. Have a Happy Holiday.
Response: I just recently made my first envelope flip-book, and this was the flip-book I made right after it. I guess I was inspired by the last one and went a little envelope crazy. I am glad you enjoyed that. It certainly makes more room for goodies! Take care, thanks for the rating!
mcall rated for Artist trading Coin-Winter on Nov 30, 2018
Comment: thanks, love the colors you chose
mjhaertling rated for 1 + 1 October on Nov 30, 2018
Comment: Believe it or not, your swap just got here today. Thank you for the cute ATC & the extras.
Comment: Thank you for the goodies along with 2 tags. Tags great. I know some one who would enjoy one on the next present 🎁.
Comment: Thank you so much the awesome variety of stamped images! I loved the skeletons and that giant leaf and the book pages as well! <3 <3 <3
Response: Thank you. I wasn't sure about the skeleton as I knew it would have arrived after Hallowe'en, so I am super stoked to read you love it! Take care
Comment: Thanks!
Innytoes rated for Art Journal Supplies on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved all the variety of what you sent. I can't pick a favourite, haha.
paperstationblog rated for Put winterwonderland on it! on Nov 28, 2018
wolfeagle rated for Key Postcard on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you.
Response: Thanks for hosting all these awesome creative handmade swaps! Take care
dancingtiger rated for Stamped Images for paper crafts on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: thanks for the stamps- what a thrill to explore them x
Response: Stamped image packages are my favourites to go through when they arrive. I am glad you enjoyed the package! Take care
January rated for Rust and Blue Mail ARt on Nov 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the very pretty postcard - and yes, I like the quote - funny. (PS - one piece of your beautiful work came unglued but was still attached by the "ribbon" down the left hand side, so I can fix it and it'll be intact! Lucky you had attached it that way!!:)
Response: Oh I am so happy it came intact! Thanks for letting me know about the detached bit, sorry that happened! Thanks and take care!
Comment: hello helene, thank you very much for the lovely little flipbook. i appreciate the goodies you included as well!! i think it looks wonderful and i love the theme. wish i could give more hearts hahaha. have a wonderful day!!
Response: I am enjoying these flip-books so much! Thanks for the message. Take care.
Comment: thanks for a nice swap♥
Response: Thanks for rating. Take care
eel rated for Colour Crazy ~ Senders Choice on Nov 20, 2018
Comment: Hej Helene, What a wonderful envelope of colours. I will certainly make good use of the enclosures. cheers, eel
Response: I couldn't decide on just one colour, so I thought I'd include them all!

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Bananers on Dec 12, 2018:

Thank you for angeling the mixed media craft supply swap for me. I love the envelope of "stuff" that you sent. Everything will be put to good use! :)

ittybittykitty on Sep 22, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

ittybittykitty on Jul 6, 2018:

Thank you so much for angeling the Stamped Images for Crafting swap! I really liked the images you sent!

pinkrenegade on Feb 28, 2018:

For what must be the 20th time!!!!... instead of writing a lot in the comment section, I just wrote that to see if it would go through. When it did I went back and wrote on it.. twice. Nothing. But thank you many times over for the great 3 letters sets of vintage stationery! ♥♥ Happy Note Card Feb #2

pinkrenegade on Feb 26, 2018:

Helene ~ I have no idea what's going on with my computer. I received your swap for Happy Notecard Feb #2, and since Friday I've been trying a few times a day to rate you, but nothing shows up. I will keep trying so you can get your ♥ :o) Pat

btbeth on Dec 21, 2017:

Beautiful handmade tags! Thank you for angeling this swap! I truly appreciate it! Hugs and happy holidays!!

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

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