Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2017 7:12 am


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: October 19, 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


dvmac rated for EJ: Ephemera Bookmark on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Hi Grace. Thank you very much for the bookmarks. I love your carved stamps. That's something I've just begun to do. I really like yours although our styles are about 180° apart! That's the kind of envelope I love to send and receive. Thanks again.
Response: Hi David :-) . . . . You're welcome for the bookmarks, and thanks for loving my carved stamps. I make a lot of geometric-type stamps because I love geometric shapes. I've made other kinds of stamps too - animals and some with phrases and words. I have a Flickr Album where you may see most of my stamps (though I need to update it with my latest ones) https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracesanford/albums/72157650436897979, and I'd really love to see your carved stamps too. Please let me know where you post photos of them. Thanks for giving me a heart ♥ ☺
Dorkydactyl rated for A.I. ATC - Collage #2 on Oct 13, 2017
Comment: Very creative idea with cutting the leaves and receipt!!
Response: Thank you Maya :-) I'm very happy you liked the ATC. And thanks for sending a heart ♥
carol rated for MA: National Dog Day postcard on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Cool card! Thanks!
Response: You're welcome Carol
TriniH rated for MA: Monochrome Orange PC on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: Grace! I adore the geometric pattern! Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome Trinette! I'm super glad you like designs because I do too and usually always have geometric designs in my art. Thanks for sending a heart ♥ ☺
RockyBeach rated for MA: Notan Light Dark PC on Sep 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the nicely cut notan experience! I like that you've also includes the name of the technique.
Response: You're welcome Monique :-) I really love the Notan concept and think it is a fun way to make art. I'm astonished by the intricate ones others have made that I see on Pinterest and elsewhere. Thank you for sending me a heart ♥ ☺
Comment: What a great card to work on! Thanks too for the ATC and I love your wonderful "Spacey Thoughts" card. Did you make all the great stamps on your decorated envie? I will complete my section and pass it on! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks Sherry! I'm happy you like my A&P postcard ☺ I do make all the stamps I use on my cards and other art. The only store-bought stamps I own are some very small animal and insect ones I use once in a while because they were cheap and before I started carving my own. Thanks very much for sending me a heart ♥☺
Leigh rated for CC: Monochrome ATC-Green on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: Awesome ATC, Grace! Lots of fun. :-) Thank you!
Response: You're welcome and thank you Leigh! I really love the way that one turned out. Thanks very much for sending me a heart ♥☺
nancybarlow rated for CC: TDEMASBISIC on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Wow! What a great postcard! The perfection of your work amazes me . The back with all the stamps ...again wow. Thanks much!
Response: Gosh Nancy :-) Thanks for all your sweet comments ♥ I had so much fun with making such utter nonsense I think I'm going to have to do more of that. And I love to use my hand carved stamps on the back of postcards and envelopes, and sometimes in my art when I get a chance to. Thanks very much for sending me a heart ♥☺
PeggyO rated for A.I. - using Salt on Sep 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a lovely ATC, Grace. I can tell I am going to try this technique. How ever do you do the carving of your own stamps? I'm afraid my hands would not be up to it with my stupid arthritis. I would love to give it a try though, on something very simple. Thank you, PeggyO
Response: You are welcome Peggy. I'm happy you enjoyed my art. The stamps I make are cut from soft rubber. I have a lot of trouble cutting potatoes and carrots in the kitchen because they are hard, and linoleum is hard. I probably couldn't cut linoleum very well, but the soft rubber is easy. I use a sharp, small craft knife and it's like cutting into an apple or pear. Thanks for giving a heart ♥
bbsporty rated for MOMMA: Sender's Choice Twinchies on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Grace, I love receiving your art! The Notecard is gorgeous and I love the twinchies! The circuit board one is so cool!
Response: Thanks very much Barbara ☺ I am very glad that you enjoy my art so much! I had a great amount of fun making the twinchies, my first ones. I've made loads of ATCs and many Inchies, but now I have Twinchies too. It's a good size for people who like to make mini-art. Which one is the "circuit board"? Is it the green one with the gold circles? That one was my favorite and I almost kept it. Thanks for the heart too ♥
Fabriqueen rated for A.I. - using Salt on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! This one turned out so pretty! Hugs, Diane
Response: Thank you Diane ☺ I'm so happy you liked it. Thanks for the heart and hugs too ♥
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 ♥

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Lady on Sep 16, 2017:

thanks for letting me know! appreciate your consideration.

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:



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