Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2023 11:53 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: March 22, 2023
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

Hard to believe it is now one year since my husband's passing. Life is a new normal now as I move forward.

Please do not send me any extras. Love them but right now I do not have the space for anything extra. As it is, my workspace and storage is so limited. I always rate by effort, not extras!

Due to having arthritis in my thumbs I have taken to typing most of my notes enclosed with my swaps. After hand writing a few lines my hand starts to ache.

I have decided to settle in with the groups I am now part of. I like to be an active participant in each group. If I am in too many I feel like I am too stretched out.

Due to the dramatic increase in postage for larger items, I will be doing mainly cards and journal pages for now. One of my last larger swaps cost me close to $20! OUCH!

Wow! I am now over the 2000 mark for swaps.... Hard to believe!

Thought I would add this. Would love my partners to send their postcards naked when possible. There are some very good sealants that will protect those masterpieces so be brave! Also, it just is not the same without a small note enclosed or written on the postcard. It just seems a bit more personal.

If you do not get a swap from me, please let me know as Canada Post is so slow and I have had items go astray in the mail. It can take up to a month to have swaps arrive to the USA. I try to keep a scanned copy of what I send on my Flickr account so no peeking if you want to be surprised!

Just wanted to let you all know that my Post person is amazed at some of the art going through my mailbox! You really make her day!

I am a crazy cat lady short of cats. After my two cats passed a few years back, I have decided not to get any more for now.

Am now a 64-year-old lady, recently widowed after 33 years of marriage. I have no children. I am retired! Yeah, more time to play!.

Love knitting, crochet and tatting. I do prefer the graph or diagram instructions over the written. For an example, see the crochet in the old Magic Crochet magazine designs. In knitting the European style like what one would find in Burda or Vogue magazines. Always interested in trying something new! I have a special fondness for knit lace and making stuffed animals. Alan Dart is one of my favourite designers for toys. Can never have too many patterns, needles, hooks or yarn!

My BFF got me hooked on making ATCs. I have expanded that to include tags, postcards and journal pages. I do like a challenge! More room to express myself. A nice change from the needle arts.

I would love to hear how you made yours if you are using a different technique from collage. Always looking to learn new things and try new ways of doing things.

Serious addiction to coffee and dark chocolate. Love vegetarian recipes. I do eat dairy products and eggs. No food allergies.

Please no heavily scented products, have asthma. Citrus, soft florals and vanilla scents not an issue.

Have a good sense of humour and an upbeat attitude. Always wanting to learn something new. Love all colours for ATCs. I like "some" cute stuff (Victorian and Vintage) and cat themed items but do not collect a lot of items as I live in a small space. Love most animals (snakes excepting) and space or Sci-fi themed items such as Dr Who , Torchwood or Star Trek. I also like vintage and Victorian pictures etc. DH says I have one foot in the past and one in the future. Love Steampunk!

Please contact me if a swap does not arrive. Canada Post is so slow and items do get lost. Also, I have items shredded to bits by the new mechanical sorters they use in the USA and here in Canada. The "mail masher" has claimed a few victims.

Favorite Books

Enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Do read many non-fiction history books as well. I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett. Also follow all the Star Trek, though in books only now. I am currently playing catch up with Eric Flint's 1632 series as well as S.M. Stirling's The Change series.. I am also adding Tanya Huff to my ongoing list. She is so fun! So many books so little time!

Favorite Television

Love Big Bang Theory and many British comedy shows! I have a new love now and it is The Orville.

I love Dr Who and Torchwood. Have followed Dr Who from the original courtesy of PBS.

Recently I have also been watching Warehouse 13 and the Librarians.

Watch some history shows. We have a provincial channel called Knowlege Network, and it is most excellent!

Favorite Movies

Love older Star Trek films and some Sci-fi. Also many of the films from the 30s and 40s. One of my favs is the Thin Man series.

Do not enjoy horror, blood and guts sort of films.

One of my favourite films was What Dreams May Come. It is a comforting film as I did a lot of palliative care.


Sadly, after the last bout of sticker shock for some cards I just sent to Europe I will be making more " flat pack" ones to send overseas. The cost of anything with raised embellishments has gotten totally out of hand.

I am continually in awe of the workmanship and quality of some of the swaps I get. I love the painted or hand drawn ones but well done collage and mixed media is great too. Small masterpieces of art. Love it when you give me info on how you made your swap and what you used. Please be aware I may renew, reuse and up-cycle items from time to time.

Learning to run with scissors and play with paper while not gluing my fingers together.... I like to play with collages and mail art. I am trying to stretch myself into other mediums. Some of the mixed media art is intriguing. My DH is a professional photographer and is encouraging me to go beyond the paintbrush. So far it has been great!

I do cards in water colours or acrylics. I especially love the acrylic paints. I love the textures. Anything to add to this addiction is always appreciated such as extra small brushes.

I am fond of rubber stamps. I love to buy the grab bags on sale . When I open them it is a fun surprise as you never know what you will get.

I love adding vintage lace to my project. Old doilies and small bits of old handmade lace are always appreciated.

I like to read my swap partner's profile so I can try to send something more personal. Swaps may be sent on the last day because of this if the time between the sign up date and the send date is short.

I am by nature a story teller. I love a good laugh. Often my cards reflect this. For me a pretty picture just isn't enough.


I try to rate the same day I get a swap. Feel free to contact me if it seems too long a wait for you to get a rating. If I don't see a rating after two weeks of sending I wonder if it got lost.

I like to rate by the effort you put into the card not the extras you send. Don't be afraid to add dimension and depth to what you send. Even if you don't feel you are a great artist but you make the effort I also rate accordingly. If you have read my profile and work around that , that is wonderful. Thanks!

Likes and Dislikes

Seems the thing to do so here I go.. Likes:

Ginger anything!


Most Animals except snakes. Have developed a special fondness for orcas ( killer whales) and rock hopper penguins. The penguins make me smile. They look like the punk rockers of the bird world...



Victorian or Steampunk has become a new favourite.

I love cards both collage or painted/drawn that have some effort put into it. I love it when people play with something and expand upon it.

I am no prude so partial nudity is not an issue for me.

I have a great sense of humour. I love the quirky side of life.

All colours for swaps.

I am a lover of spring. After our long grey wet winters it nourishes the soul. The colour of new leaves and the sound of birds, seeing the baby animals and early flowers, well you get the picture.

I grew up in the wilderness as a child. I am at home with the ocean and forests. The silence and solitude brings me peace.

Don't ask me why but I like gnomes......traditional, not Disney ones.

I have started embracing my inner cuteness! There are some cute clear stamps I have acquired and wanting to use.

Love handmade postcards both sending and getting them. We have limited choice in my area with mainly touristy ones available.


Not a fan of most teas except ginger. Recently I have become a lover of the Bengal Spice tea. Most excellent on a cold day to wrap one's hands around a hot mug of that.

I am not crazy over Disney. Please don't send any unless it is cat related. Can never have too much kitty!

Items with smoke or strong scent - have asthma

Please no stickers, just do not use them at all.

Horror, gory, bloody, gross or violent items- seen enough suffering with my job over the years.

Not a fan of clowns or snakes...long stories...

Anything of a religious nature unless it relates directly to a swap requirement - have my own path to follow and respect you do too


I have been fortunate that I have only been flaked on once so far....

Would like to thank Paige 1900 for angeling : Craft/Alter a PC for your partner. It is appreciated!


Comment: i first thought the envelope was the swap...very cool image...but the card itself is perfection...loved the "home sweet home" picture and the quote with that amazing image..was soooo perfect...i was thinking the same thing about the father's expression...btw..that note card is beautiful...thank you for this excellent swap...you are so good...
Response: You are to kind! Thanks so much for the kind words. Also, thank you for the heart!
theprairiemailbox rated for March 2023 Sheetload on Mar 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cards - lovely as always! Hope your hip isn't giving you too much trouble.
vlhafer54 rated for Coffee or Tea on Mar 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you - I love it - love the cat - looks like me most mornings - love my Keurig too - and thank you for nice note - and I agree with you that sci-fi has become a bit dystopian - Happy Swapping!
Comment: Bev - WOW you designed and produced a very creative PC with lots of Herstory. Nice layout as well. You will have to come to Ottawa to see their statue near the Parliament buildings. D
Response: Have been raised by strong women, I admire them. We have come so far and still have so far to go. Thank you for the heart!
JanHardt rated for VC: Spring Botanicals Tag: Pansy on Mar 13, 2023
Comment: Bev, I can’t say enough good things about this gorgeous tag. The little girl is adorable, the flowers are beautiful, and your creativity amazes me. I enjoyed reading about the steps you followed to create it. Thank you for the extra goodies you sent, and for an extra special swap.
Response: You are more than welcome. Thank you for the heart!
Karmi53 rated for Stamped Images on Mar 13, 2023
Comment: Wow this is such a very cool page. Love the cat and the girl reading. The background is amazing that's alot of work with magic powder and embossing and stamped cut outs. Thank you just love it.
Response: Thank you so much for your comments. Had fun making it.
dustbunny11 rated for Periwinkle Ink Box Card on Mar 12, 2023
Comment: Thank you, Bev, for the lovely periwinkle ink box card! You included so many pretty tones of periwinkle, it really makes for a stunning palette! I also had to tweak some images to arrive at the color periwinkle. It wasn't an easy color to find in my stash of images. Thank you for the extras you included in the envelope, and also for your kind note. Take care.
Response: You are more than welcome. Thank you for the heart!
CrystalZ rated for February 2023 Sheetload on Mar 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the two pretty notecards! Sorry for the delay in rating....I got it sometime ago but it looks like my rating didn't end up "sticking". I really like the colours you used and am looking forward to sending them out :)
Response: You are more than welcome!
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful PC! Sea Pandas is a fitting name for them! They are much more energetic and curious than land pandas! They charge around my island like they are on a mission! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I knew exactly what I wanted to make when I got you as a partner! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: This card just blew my creative mind! Wow… how very very amazing.. you are a true talent and this card is tres fantastique… love love it so clever so appealing .. thank you for the paper.. the note and that wonderful envelope
Gwillisinc rated for VJP: Lace and Roses Journal Page on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: Oh my Bev, you pulled out all the stops on this one! Beautiful pinks &Roses with beautiful lace. Thank you for the extra bit - beautiful
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty "bird and butterfly" heart, my friend...I keep going over all the little details you added: the meticulous stitching, the perfectly symmetrical blue dots, the sweet blue flower clusters...etc. Everything you make has such attention to every detail! I feel fortunate to be your swap partner!
Response: So pleased you like the end result. Thank you for the heart!
lmacdavis93 rated for Index Card Collage #13 on Mar 2, 2023
Comment: Hi Bev! Thank you for this colorful index card #13 and so glad you are enjoying these swaps! I love the blue in this - it really stands out and accents all the other aspects of images on your collage. Love the beaver stamp - that was my nickname when I was little!! Pretty spring flowers too. It's always a treat when I find mail from you!
Response: So pleased you enjoyed it. I used to get called beaverly due to my buck teeth {thanks to orthodontics, fixed}. These idex cards are a fun way to use up scraps.
Karmi53 rated for Pisces Zodiac on Feb 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you for another great page love the way you made it. Love the fishes too. Thank you for everything stay warm
Response: Have my coffee, crafting and knitting. I am good. You stay safe! Thanks for the heart!
dwolfram rated for Doll House Tag #5 VALENTINE on Feb 14, 2023
Comment: Bev, What a beautiful card! Your right, it is nice to take a break from ATCs every once in a while. It was so cute to put the girls all lined up for their dates. It reminded me of the old game show The Dating Game. Lol, I'm showing my age. Thank you so much for the extra ribbon. I loved it.
Response: So pleased you enjoyed it. Yes, I do remember the dating game. When I made this, I was thinking of wallflowers at a dance, what I often was.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely heart and the note telling about the embellishments. It came just in time for Valentines Day! I hope you will have a wonderful day!
Response: Thank you for your rating. Today is a quiet one for me. Time for crafting!
LDeWitt rated for Index Card Collage #12 on Feb 9, 2023
Comment: Hi Bev, I’m excited for your upcoming trip to Scotland & Ireland! That is going to be a great trip. Thank you for the beautiful Index Card, I love the feminine theme and pastel colors. I always enjoy your work as my swap partner, it is never disappointing. Take good care of yourself.
Response: Thank you for the heart! So pleased you like what I sent!
Karmi53 rated for Zodiac Sign on Feb 4, 2023
Comment: Wow thank you for the lovely page. The picture is pretty and l love how you made the background with ink and embossed paper and watercolors all so great. Thank you for the extras too. Hugs
Response: I had fun with this. Thanks for the heart!
Poeprincess rated for Three Elements on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Love your journal page! You have the “coolest” ideas & put them together so well! Love the envie as well! Thank you.
Response: Thank you! Often my take on some swaps is based on what I hear and see around me. I am also told I have a vivid imagination, lol!
marymary914 rated for VC: Mixed Media Tag with a Rose on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Beautiful tag! I’m going to hang it up in my craft room! Thanks!
Response: So pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for the heart!

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hibiscus on Mar 22, 2023:

the vintage family gothic arch is probably one of the best ever swapped...so lucky it's mine....nice work

SunflowersAndBarbedWire on Mar 10, 2023:

Happy belated birthday!

hibiscus on Mar 7, 2023:

You are such a talented artist .. my Victorian couple atc is beyond perfection

Barbara on Jan 23, 2023:

Hi Bev, tomorrow I will create a new Aquarius zodiac jjournal page for a resend and mail it before the weekend. Thank you for understanding!

user6937 on Oct 7, 2022:

Hi, Bev, your gnomes have arrived, thank you very much - they'll be fun to use on just about anything!

hibiscus on Sep 22, 2022:

Here I am again.. just had to say I really appreciate your creative style… you are very generous sharing your lovely work

hibiscus on Aug 10, 2022:

That sewing pattern swap was Ah-mazing! Everything about it was great… I appreciate you creative talent very much.. thank you for a special swap

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