Swap-bot Time: May 24, 2017 7:56 pm


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: May 24, 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


Angie rated for JUNKIES: Dotty on May 23, 2017
Comment: Hi Grace! Thanks for the super cool ATC. I love the striped circles and of course, orange circles. That card is pretty lovely too. Nice seeing you in the mail again! It has been a while! XO
Response: Hi Angie :-) . . . I'm glad you like the ATC. I just had to feature orange in it for you, especially since I love such bold colors. And I seem to have a lot of fun with black and white stripes of all kinds, making them pop though juxtaposition of continuity. It's one of my favorite things to do I guess. Thanks for giving a heart <3 I hope we'll be swap partners again soon.
kssunlover1947 rated for DOG ATC on May 22, 2017
Comment: Love your ATC. Buddy looks a little like my friends dog Esmarelda (Essy). Thank you for the interesting note. I seem to not to read as much anymore either. But I do still find new books and authors that I really like.
Response: Hi Barbara :-) . . . I'm happy you liked Buddy and the ATC, sure is a sweet looking dog. Thanks for giving a heart too <3
bigmamabird rated for JUNKIES: Shape Study on May 22, 2017
Comment: Grace I just love your whole thang! The envelope the card and the ATC are so rich in design and detail and also color... oh the tiny detail on the ATC is so captivating.. I just love it, all of it! Thanks so much for sharing your mad skills!
Response: :-D . . . Carroll thank you! I'm so very glad you like all of the art I sent. This is really what brings me joy in making and sharing my art. <3 <3 <3 to you!
Lady rated for HMPC: Put a "Fish" on it on May 22, 2017
Comment: Love it. (my dd said it had a steampunk feel which we both like)
Response: HI Robin :-) . . . . I'm happy you liked the postcard! My 27 year old daughter said it looked goth, but I think Steampunk better describes the vibe. I had so much fun making the card too. Thanks for giving me a heart <3
Comment: It's so nice to get to swap with you again! I love your postcard! The kiwi guy cracks me up!
Response: Hi Barbara :-) . . . Kiwi guy was just waiting in my collection for the right moment to shine. So glad I had it for this swap. I think this was the somehow the funnest scavenger hunt postcard I ever made and was glad you were the recipient. Thanks for giving a heart <3
pkpeace rated for Mommaa: Create a Kit Round 1 on May 16, 2017
Comment: Grace, this is an awesome "kit" and I want to go through it closer when I feel better. Thank you. xo
Response: Hi Patty :-) . . . Even today on Instagram you mentioned you are not yet feeling all better yet. I sure do hope this prolonged sickness ends very soon, and you get all better! I really hope you don't mind getting a subject such as "Triangles." I love all the geometric shapes and so I found triangles returning to my mind as I was trying to decide on a theme. I hope you will enjoy using the triangle template too. Thanks for giving me a heart <3
kfaye rated for Mythological Creatures ATC on May 9, 2017
Comment: All the work you put into this dragon ATC is greatly appreciated. Very nice! I also love the envelope you decorated & I was born during the year of the rooster. Thank you.
Response: Hi Kimberly :-) . . . You are welcome and that you also. I really do enjoy "fussy cutting," as it is called. I do a lot of it, though the dragon was a doozy to cut because of so many curves and corners. I use a small bladed knife that I also use for cutting rubber stamps. Thanks for giving me a heart <3
JeanetteC rated for MPU: Easy Sticker Swap on May 8, 2017
Comment: Hi Grace. I had noticed some of your handmade stamps on your Flickr site and had loved the look of them, so I am more than thrilled that you shared some with me and in color too! Thank you, and thank you for the other fun stickers, none of which are already in my collection.
Response: Hi Jeanette :-) . . . Thank you! I am truly happy that you liked getting my home-made stamps. It really is fun to see some of your own art on a sticker. And I also am glad you liked the other stickers I sent. I don't have a very big collection of stickers so you pretty much got some of what I have. I should look to expanding my sticker collection with purpose instead of haphazardly, as I have usually done. Thank you for the heart too <3
Watsonc7 rated for CC: Mini Book USA on May 6, 2017
Comment: LOVE IT! The quotes are perfect and I'm having a blast looking at all the different collage bits. You did awesome, thanks so much! Oh and I totally use the acrylics that are a dollar or less for my gelli prints, they totally get used up quick!
Response: Christy I'm SO happy you like the Brave New World themed mini book :-D . . . and also very thankful you didn't mind too much that it was late to be sent out. I get so darn slow sometimes! . . . Yeah, I'm putting the Gelli plate aside until I can get a batch of really cheap acrylics. I'm determined to learn to make cool backgrounds like I see others making.
Artstamper rated for CC: Dog ATC on May 5, 2017
Comment: I really like your atc, the envelope stamped with your hand carved stamps and the great note card. Thank you so much.
Response: Thanks Joan :-) . . . I'm very glad you liked everything. I sometimes have WAY too much fun stamping up my envelopes LOL
SamiE rated for April senders Choice on May 4, 2017
Comment: I love the ATC. I'm not that talented to carve stamps, but I like your work. Thanks so much.
Response: Hi Sami :-) . . . I'm super glad you like the ATC I sent. I just started using another medium for making stamps that you don't have to carve, a very thin kind of Styrofoam-like material called "Inovart Presto Foam Printing Plates." You draw on the surface with a pen or something that will make a sharp impression, then cut out around your drawing. It's better than trying to use left over Styrofoam from food packaging because you can make finer impressions. I'm going to make some art with it soon and post on Flickr.
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.

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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! :)

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. (:

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