Swap-bot Time: April 25, 2017 3:17 pm


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: April 25, 2017
Birthday: October 5, 1949
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm Grace Sanford, 66, 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


MamaMangrove rated for EJ: Security Pattern Postcard on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: A truly wonderful postcard, Gracie. Your inspired use of the security patterns to create the awesome collage design is perfect. Those eyes will be looking at me for a long time as I'll keep your card on display near my desk. Thank you so much for both a great card & for turning me on to Peter Mendelsund's work. His designs reallyappeal to me too.
Response: Gosh Linda :-) Thanks very much :-) I'm thrilled that you like my card so well. I liked it a lot too and I'm happy to have you enjoy it! Thanks for giving a heart <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
pat5036 rated for HCS&I: Spring! on Apr 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cheerful postcard. Wish you had included a note telling me how you were able to carve such nice stamps. They look so much more professional than mine! Ooops! Corrected my typo. The word I meant was "note" so thanks for giving me some info in the comment section. Happy carving!
Response: Hi Pat :-) Thank you very much for giving a heart rating. I really appreciate those a lot! It seems like you began one sentence and finished with another? I wonder what you wish I had included. Ans as for telling you about my carving, I'll just repeat what I just wrote to Nickalli who got the other Spring postcard I made. . . . I believe one of the reasons I have some success with lines is the fact that I am VERY near-sighted and get my eyes close to what I am doing, like 7 to 9 inches, and I try to move the knife very slowly and deliberately, keeping my eyes on the inside edge or outside edge of the line. I constantly have to keep myself from cutting too deep, which gets me in trouble really fast. . . . I really do have plenty of mistakes, I can see bunches, and I always keep trying to improve so I can do as well as some of my favorite stamp carvers.
user2148 rated for HCS&I: Spring! on Apr 16, 2017
Comment: Beautiful!! How in the world do you manage such thin perfect lines?? I inevitably nick them or slice right through. Everything is so precise and clean - you have amazing skill!
Response: Hi Nickalli :-) Thanks very much! I have had many nicks and slices, almost invariably when I'm nearly finished with the whole stamp, but if I can, I try to camouflage the mistake or just live with it. I believe one of the reasons I have some success with lines is the fact that I am VERY near-sighted and get my eyes close to what I am doing, like 7 to 9 inches, and I try to move the knife very slowly and deliberately, keeping my eyes on the inside edge or outside edge of the line. I constantly have to keep myself from cutting too deep, which gets me in trouble really fast. Thanks for giving the heart <3 <3 :-)
luluvision rated for MPU: In Your Head on Apr 12, 2017
Comment: Loved your phrenology pc!! I loved that you used pictures! And of course the contrast between the blue and orange are great! Thank you!
Response: Thank you LIsa :-) I'm very happy you enjoyed my postcard. I know many people used words for their chart, but I saw that Stephanie used pictures and I really liked that idea, since I mainly think in images. It was an extra challenge to find images, but I love how it turned out. Thanks for the heart too <3 :-D
stephiedee rated for MPU: A Sheet of Paper on Apr 3, 2017
Comment: Very cool boxes, Grace! Thanks for sharing with me. I like gold ink on black paper, too (and white on kraft paper). :)
Response: Hi Steph! I'm happy you liked the project. I hope you didn't have any problem popping the boxes back together. I considered sending them to you already folded and nested, but the last time I sent a small box in the mail it never got to where it was supposed to go, so I'm wary of even trying. . . . . Hmmm, white ink on brown Kraft paper, that's an idea I haven't tried yet. I'll have to get some of that.
MamaMangrove rated for MA: Sticker Shock #2 on Mar 30, 2017
Comment: What an artful distribution of all those colorful stickers, Gracie. Such variety! And, as always, I give equal cheers for the message side with your wonderful artistamps and hand carved rubber stamp images. Thank you so much.
Response: Linda, thanks for your lovely comment and heart rating :-) I wished I had more exciting stickers, but I really don't collect many of them. But is was fun to use them for a change.
RockyBeach rated for MA: Monochrome Green on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your salat! I love cucumbers! Funny, someone must have had appetite for asparagus, the tips of them are missing. :)
Response: Hi Monique :-) Thanks for your nice comment and heart rating. I'm SO sorry part of the asparagus was missing. I just don't like it when a part of a collage goes missing. My Flickr page has a photo of the collage with the tips of the asparagus if you'd like to go see. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracesanford/33200517850/in/dateposted/
bigmamabird rated for MPU: March Happy Mail on Mar 20, 2017
Comment: Your package was like a mini birthday celebration! Many thanks and I hope your healing continues well..!
Response: Hi Carroll :-) Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed what I sent for this swap. Thanks for the lovely comment and the heart rating :-D
Artstamper rated for MPU: Creative Cubie on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Grace, this cubie is awesome! I could never have gotten it to wotk out so perfectly.I also enjoyed seeing your artistamps that were on the envelope. My favorite was the one with the word diversity in orange. Thank you so much for such a wonderful swap. I so admire your craftmanship as well as your artistry.
Response: Gosh Joan, Thanks very much for writing such a nice comment for me and a heart rating :-) I hope the cube went together well. I made the artistamps for a recent swap, but I think it is a lot of fun so I might make some more.
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Put Some "Foreign Text" on it on Mar 8, 2017
Comment: Just love the foreign text worked into a gorgeous card...... thank you very very much..... I love Runes also..... great swap!
Response: Hi Katie :-) You're very welcome, and I Thank You for giving me a wonderful comment and rating :-D
Angie rated for CC: Bit of Red 2017 USA on Mar 8, 2017
Comment: Hello Grace. Stunning collage. Thank you very much. Both sides are wonderful!
Response: Angie, Wow :-) thanks for such a nice comment :-D You're very welcome!
mahlermail rated for MPU: Artistamps! on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: Love all of them - let me know if you want to do a private swap. I'm ready to make more..it's new to me so I'm thrilled.
Response: Hi Johny :-) . . . Thank you, I'm real glad you like them. I'll message you about a PS. Thanks for the Heart too <3
BelfryBat rated for MPU: Creative Inspiration Cards on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: These are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to play with them – I think the “relax” card is my favorite. And the backs look like they took forever to do. Thank you, thank you!!
Response: Chriss, I am thrilled that you like them :-D . . I was hoping you would. . . I had a lot of fun making them. . . Thanks for the Heart <3
BelfryBat rated for MPU: Artistamps! on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: Wow! These are great – there were so many different designs; you’re very creative. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome Chriss and thank you for the <3 Heart <3
deblew rated for EASU: Feb. Free Theme ATC Swap on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the colorful ATC! I really do like it. Makes me have hope that spring will come!
Response: I'm happy you liked it.
toni rated for CC: Bit of Yellow 2017 USA on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: love it! thanks!
Response: You're welcome Toni, and thank you for the heart :-)
Comment: Your postage stamp ATC looks great! Love the clown face. I really enjoy making postage stamp ATCs but you are right, it can take a while to find the right picture and the right postage stamp!
Response: Thank you Carlee :-) I am encouraged to try another one sometime. Thanks for the heart :-)
ttbishop rated for CC: 3 piece collage portrait USA on Feb 25, 2017
Response: Thank you for the heart :-)
joybells2426 rated for MPU: Build a House on Feb 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the super shiny house! I love it! It's so different from what mine looked like and that just delights me. I love how different all our takes on these swaps are. Your house was really cool!
Response: Hi Joy :-) . . . . You are welcome and I thank you for your lovely rating and heart <3 I really had no idea how the completed Build a House postcard would look when I started it, I thought it might look similar to others I had seen, but as usually happens, when I start looking through my hodgepodge collection of stuff for the papers I'm going to use, I get inspired from the bits I find. This time I happened upon the sparkly silver paper which I thought would be great for the windows, and then I saw the shiny black paper with the sparkly swatches and knew it had to be the background. That was an old piece I had for years from the cover of a Finger Hut Christmas catalog. :-)
SwissChallet rated for HCSI: Stamped stickers on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for these great images, Grace! They're so nicely carved. I love the fish, but you're right, the geometric shapes are so versatile! What kind of tool do you use to carve such fine details? I'd love to know 😉
Response: Hello Annick :-) . . . . You're welcome and thank you for giving a heart to my art. I love to carve stamps very much. I started out using a Speedball Lino Cutter Blade - No. 1 Small V, and I can still use that fairly well now that I know more of what I'm doing and trying to do, but I really started making better details when I switched to an NT Cutter Resin Holder Art Knife, which is like an X-acto craft knife except with a much smaller blade. I just felt like I had more control with the knife than with the gouge, but they are both very capable of making details. Also, the only material I use for carving so far has been the pink Speedball Speedy-Carve. Learning stamp carving has been a slow process for me and I still work at getting smaller and better detail. Whenever I can I try to examine photos of the work from stamp carving artists that I admire.

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urbexarchaeology on Mar 6, 2017:

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

bbsporty on Feb 14, 2017:

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. (:

Paige1900 on Jul 15, 2016:

Your art work is beautiful...I looked at your Flickr. :)

wolfeagle on Jul 4, 2016:


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