Swap-bot Time: August 23, 2017 8:09 pm


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: August 23, 2017
Birthday: October 5, 1949
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm Grace Sanford, 67, and I live in Henderson Nevada, right next to Las Vegas. Born in Texas and grew up mainly in Pasadena, right next to Houston. I have 3 grown daughters, 4 grandsons and another grandchild expected next February. I'm divorced, gay , and retired. I have lots of time to do all the things I love to do such as Swap-Bot and IUOMA mail art, crafting, reading, internet surfing, playing games, watching movies and videos, and listening to music. I'm mobility disabled, but I have walkers and my GoGo Elite Plus 3 scooter so I'm good to go places too. I've been creating art my entire life, and I am an artist in temperament and ability, but I never did go to art school or make a career from art, but I'm hoping this will happen in my next life.

Art I like to do:

DRAWINGS - detailed, geometric, black pen drawings, which I then sometimes color in with colored markers or colored pencils, or sometimes leave them black and white.

ABSTRACT - usually geometric abstract, paintings with acrylic, or opaque watercolor.

CONSTRUCTIONS - (cardstock or thin cardboard) of geometric solids, boxes, small chests-of-drawers, etc.

ZINES - I've made 3 so far and totally love the creativity of this miniature format. I've written down about 10 ideas for new ones I hope to make this year.

QUILLING (paper rolling)

PAPER COLLAGE - paper from magazines, mail, packaging, etc.

DIGITAL COLLAGE - and other computer art, and page layout design

STAMP CARVING - I love making my own stamps. I started doing it because I can't afford to buy them.


  • Sacred Geometry - geometric designs - shapes and Euclidean solids, “Transcending consciousness – Exploring hyper dimensional geometry of space time”
  • Balance and Harmony in all expressions
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Gratitude, Kindness, Love, Tolerance, Cheerfulness, Sincerity, Responsibility, etc. (good character)
  • LIFE - People/humanity/cultures, animals, plants, earth, rocks/minerals, sky, sun, moon, planets, history, math and sciences - physics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography, astronomy, cosmos/cosmic, inner life and exploration
  • ALL COLOR - bold colors - pail colors - muted colors - ANY AND ALL colors in the right time and place. My favorites include deep cobalt blue, shades of teal and turquois, and deep rich purple.
  • Abstract art, Atmospheric watercolors and art, science fiction art, Bohemian esthetics,
  • Vintage - mid century modern graphic design, fabric, decor, especially Atomic, Space, Googie, Kitsch
  • Quiet - just me and the sounds of life in the house and neighborhood. I enjoy watching TV and video, and listening to music, but the majority of my day is quiet.
  • Being alone - more than most people are comfortable with
  • Spirituality of all kinds - study of awareness, consciousness, and existence as Soul - including all aspects of dreaming, lucid dreaming, and day dreaming, mystical, mythical, esoteric, Spirit
  • Internet Surfing - All it takes is for me to need to look up one simple thing, then I'm gone for hours.
  • Receiving a swap that looks like time and care (aka: love) was invested in it


  • grotesque, mean, horrifying, misogynistic, insensitive, thoughtlessness, narrow mindedness, bigotry, malicious deceptiveness


dancingDog rated for AI: Abstract ATC on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: I really liked your abstract design - very well done! I'll have to look up Joanne Mattera. Book strings are just strings w/ beads used as bookmarks. Google book string bookmark. Love the card & envie too - thnx!
Response: Hi Margaret ☺ . . . Thanks for commenting so nicely on my Abstract ATC, card and envie; it was my pleasure. I loved making it, and I had wanted to do one like Joanne Mattera's for a long time. I's like to make one like that, larger and with patterns, like a collage and/or doodling with pen (pattern drawing). I Googled "book string bookmark" and saw examples of what you were talking about. Very Cool looking! Thanks for giving a heart too ♥
ktk8 rated for Animal Tangle August on Aug 18, 2017
Comment: WoW WoW WoW what a SMILE you put on my face for traveling to the mailbox this morning! I love the golden lizard..... just gorgeous! and the envelope.....and the card inspired by Miro......glorious swap.....Thank YoU!!!!
Response: Hi Katie ☺ . . . Your comments for my art and swap have made me just as happy as you described. I LOVE having someone tell me how much they have enjoyed my artistic efforts. I really enjoyed making the lizard, so much that I might make another one sometime soon. And thanks for giving a heart ♥
wolfeagle rated for 8 ATC on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for both awesome ATC's.
Response: You are very welcome Angela! ☺
Dasha rated for CC: Stripes postcard on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a nice and colorful PC with butterflies. I also love your doodles on the side with the address! And the solar eclipse stamp!
Response: Hi Dasha ☺ . . . You're welcome, and thank you for letting me know you enjoyed what I sent you. Kind words for my art makes my heart sing ♪♫, and thanks for giving me a heart ♥
MissThundercat rated for MA: Sender's Choice July 2017 on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful multicolored postcard, Grace! I love it!!
Response: Thank you ♥ I'm so glad you do because it was one of my favorites. And thank you for sending a heart ☺
deblew rated for EASU: Measuring Up on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the fun ATC! Love it! And I love the envelope too... so fun! And thanks also for the postcard... I didn't know there were swap-bot postcards! lol
Response: Hi Deb . . . I'm very happy that you liked the swap I sent you. I could have used a postcard size for this subject of measurement. I made a list of common measuring devices and thought of 12, so I had fun making the ATC and trying to get as much as I could in there but 5 was all I could manage. Thanks for liking my envelope. I love to decorate swap envelopes with my stamps. And thanks for giving me a heart ♥
bigmamabird rated for MA: Rubber stamped ATC on Aug 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the three(!) lovely ATCs Grace! I love the one with the eye best...The envelope and card are wonderful as well, the whole package is a win! Thanks also for the kind comments about my photos on instagram, appreciated my friend!
Response: You're very welcome Carroll :-D . . . The ATC with the eye is my fav of the 3 also. I wish I could see everyone's ATC's for this swap. Is yours posted somewhere?
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome Tina :-)
Comment: Another two-sided amazing PC from You! So wonderful to get your MailArt as always - Thank You!
Response: I'm happy you enjoyed the postcard Gina ☺ I love collecting and using those colorful registration panels LOL Thanks for sending a heart ♥
bigmamabird rated for Mommaa: Create a Kit Round 2 on Jul 22, 2017
Comment: The zine you put together using my kit of 'ingredients' was such a pleasure to receive! I love that you used some of what I sent but then really made it your own... Thanks for sharing your energy with me!
Response: Thank you Carroll ♥♥♥ . . . . I very much hoped that you'd like my book even though I didn't use many of the items you sent. I was in a quandary because I loved the theme you chose, but then I had such a different idea on how to express it compared to many images you gave me. I would LOVE to see what you envisioned to express the theme "The Richness of Nature." I'm certain it would be a lot more expressive and poetic. Your art expresses so much romanticism and creativity.
Larina rated for Book page atc swap on Jul 19, 2017
Comment: WOW what an ATC! Its so beautiful! I love the starred unicorn all the way down to the chinese character and background! I appreciate the time and effort you put into this ATC! Thanks so much!
Response: You're very welcome Carina ☺ . . . I also was delighted with the results. I had a wonderful evening making it, and chose a unicorn especially for you. Thanks for sending me a heart ♥
bearnbabs rated for Flower Zentangles on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Wow, The envie was just beautiful and then the card and the bird stamps were wonderful, but the Daisy was outstanding. Great job and I loved them all. Thank you for sharing your art. Have a great day every day. bearnbabs
Response: Hi Barbara :-) . . . How do I get so behind on responses to the lovely comments I receive?! I have no REAL grasp of time passage, and the situation gets worse every day. . . . Thank you very much for all your sweet words for my art. I make art for the love of it and am so glad I can share it with appreciative people like yourself.
CurlyTea rated for Mostly Purple on Jul 8, 2017
Comment: Yay, I love purple and ghosts! Thank you so much.
Response: You're very welcome Candace ☺ I thought you might like the ghosts. And thanks for sending heart love ♥
BusyB rated for CC: Cat ATC on Jun 30, 2017
Comment: Fantastic card and swap! Inside and out. Thank you and for the special extras of your own designs. Enjoyed your note on your own design card. LOVE!! Have a happy weekend.
Response: Hi Bonnie ☺ . . . You're very welcome and thank you for sending me such a lovely comments. It sets my heart to singing ♫♫ I very glad you liked my card and envelope stamping. And thanks for sending heart love <3
thebragal rated for All about your Rubber Stamp on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: Fabulous. Definitely a cool shape you carved.
Response: Thanks very much Rebecca :-) . . . One of the reasons I love to make geometric shapes for my stamps is so I can make a repeat pattern with them. It's so much fun for me. And thanks for sending heart love <3
Sazza rated for Hand Carved Stamped Image Challenge on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: Wow! Your stamps look so fantastic! The rocket ship you made is perfect! I frequently draw something close to this so it's nice to have a quick, cute go-to; I can't wait to use them, thank you! :) Did you make all the other awesome ones on your envie as well?? They all look so good and professionally handmade, but unique. :D
Response: Hi Sara :-) . . . Thanks very much for your sweet comment on my handmade stamps. I love to make stamps! . . . . I picked out that particular rocket image for you (from Google Images) since it seemed to be the most retro-looking of the images I looked at with simple clean lines to carve. I made all the stamps I use on my envelopes, some of them I draw the design myself and some of them I get the image from Google Images. Thanks for sending heart love <3
Prismcat rated for CC: Fun in the Summer Sun! on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun card!
Response: Hi Christy . . . . I'm happy you like it and thanks for the heart :-)
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for Cut A Stamp Swap! on Jun 21, 2017
Comment: Grace, what a beautiful and intricate stamp! I love it! Especially the little heart in the trunk :) Thank you so much for a wonderful swap!
Response: Hi Rachael :-) . . . I'm so happy that you like the stamp, and I really do hope you'll get some good use out if it. I just thought of something . . . I don't know if you're used to using unmounted stamps, but since nearly every stamp I have was made by me, I'm pretty used to it. The rubber is fairly thick enough to hold on to. I hope you don't have any problems.
hibiscus rated for New ideal...ATC Challenge Swap on Jun 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the special envelope it's obvious you so love Miro even before I saw your excellent card! Inspired is right...did you notice all the "hands on your miro card? The atc was so well made the images perfect.. hands as tools and the passing of creativity parent to child... well done and thanks
Response: Thank you Kathryn :-) . . . And wow! I had never noticed all the hands in my "Inspired by Miro" drawing. That's pretty cool. I'm super happy that you liked and appreciated my Hands ATC. It's kind of strange but I guess I don't believe our hands get enough AWE and admiration, since they are just one of the most integral parts of our creative existence. Thanks for giving a heart too <3
kpfree rated for USA-Hearts PC-June on Jun 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks Grace for your pc that arrived in today's mail! What an awesome wild hearts postcard! Wow! super psychedelic fun! Love those hearts and the love vibe that came from this great work! Feel the love energies! Thanks!
Response: Hi Kyra :-) . . . . Thank you! I am really happy you liked my Hearts Postcard. I totally enjoyed making it, so balanced and colorful, which is the kind of art I like to do. Long ago I had made a set of heart templates from heavy paper that increase in size, and I put them in an envelope and into one of my drawers full of art "stuff." I was glad to remember them and use them for this swap :-) And thanks for giving me a heart too <3

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moM on Jun 9, 2017:

Thank you so much for finishing up those ATCs! Love that stamp! I know all about losing things in piles - my best trick though, was marking an item as sent only to find it a week later still in the scanner.

ladydy5 on May 23, 2017:

Welcome to our fantastic group! Artistically Inclined

georgiafae on May 8, 2017:

Hi Grace-Thanks so much for returning the finished ATC Jam -my coffee-tea starter. And you're right-it did need gossip! The perfect touch. Glad you worked on this one-sorry to hear you are leaving group! Take care and Thanks again! Georgene

urbexarchaeology on Mar 6, 2017:

Spacey mail received for the MPU February WTA! Thank you so much! :)

pkpeace on Jan 29, 2017:

It's always fun to send mail your way, Grace! xo

Angie on Jan 28, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful rooster postcard (mpu wta)! Your stamp is amazing and the whole postcard is gorge!

Artstamper on Jan 20, 2017:

Received your zine today. Love your backgrounds! Will have to think about this one a bit.

pkpeace on Dec 23, 2016:

Thank you for being so kind! xo Patty

RyeRye on Oct 5, 2016:



oblivionspin on Aug 5, 2016:

Thank you for the grey goodies! I'm going to have a lot of fun with the paint chips. The cancellation on the envelope came out absolutely stellar as well, they hand cancelled both your actual stamp and your faux postage. (:

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