Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2020 5:56 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: October 25, 2020
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

I am now unpacked and finally getting organized. It is still a memory game to sort out where I put my craft supplies.

Mail is starting to be more regular. Please do not fret if you swap does not arrive in a timely manner. Times are challenging, and we all need some compassion and patience through this current crisis.

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 1800 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 until we are much more settled.

Am now a 62-year-old lady, happily married. I have no children. I am now retired! Yeah, more time to play!.

Love knitting, crochet and tatting. I do prefer the graph or diagram instructions over the written. For example in crochet 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 even though DH tells me otherwise ; D

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!

Since I have been waiting for my building to be rebuilt after the fire I have discovered a new interest in home reno shows.

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!


9O96O rated for CS Animal Series: Giraffe on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: What a fun giraffe swap this was.๐Ÿฆ’ I like how you have your giraffe chewing on one of the die-cut leaves. ๐Ÿ˜€ Loved your note. Thanks so much for the detailed description of how you made the ATC I was wondering if the background was a gelli print, and I was right. Being of the same age group, I can very relate to your COVID qualms. Thanks for the book suggestions. And finally, nice touch with the matching giraffe envelope and mini giraffe envelope.
Response: You are more than welcome! Had fun making that one. Thanks for the heart!
Artstamper rated for Profile based on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Wow! Bev. This page is Awesome. I love that you made it steampunk with all the layers and texture. Thank you for the profile page as well as the stencil, letter and decorated envelope. Sure brightened my day!
Response: So glad you liked it all! Loved how the background came out. Thanks for the heart!
LDeWitt rated for AACG: Autumn Tag w/a Pumpkin Photo on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Hi Bev, it's so nice to swap with you again. Thank you so much for the lovely Autumn tag. I love that you put so many techniques into your work. You create such exciting art pieces. Thank you also for the beautiful wrap and extras. Stay well.
Response: So pleased you liked what I sent. All is well here. Be kind, be calm, be safe and be brave! Love our Dr. Bonny!
user6937 rated for **PBP โ€ฆBird** on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: I LOVE what you did, Bev! We've had a lot of pine siskins on our birdfeeders at the campsite (a small finch). Probably about the same amount, all fighting over who's allowed to eat with them :)
Response: Thank you for the heart! Hope all is well with you and yours! Your grandsons must be growing like weeds!
BeeMGee rated for AACG: 3 Elements ATC #3 on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks Bev. Another gorgeous piece of your lovely art work. Stay safe.
Response: As always, a big thank you for the heart!
BeeMGee rated for VJP: 4x4 Mermaid Journal Page on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this stunning journal page. Gorgeous work. Pleased it finally arrived.
Response: So pleased it finally made it. May you stay well and healthy through all this craziness!
ChrisD rated for Fall on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: You did an amazing job! I love, love, love this journal card. Wish I had your talent!
Response: You are too kind. Thanks for the heart!
Poeprincess rated for Cat on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: I love your art! Thank you for sharing your process and your delightful note (dead bugs shall give me giggles from now on). I will try your process on my gel plate.
Response: Always glad to share the process. Hope all is well with you and yours. Thanks for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for AACG: 3 Elements ATC #4 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Hi Bev! Pink & black! One of my absolute favorite color combinations. I LOVe this ATC. The paper is gorgeous, the lace is gorgeous, the photo is gorgeous--everything goes together so nicely. Many thanks for sharing some of the lace with me (and the stamps, of course;+) I always look forward to reading your newsy notes. Thanks for another wonderful swap!
Response: So pleased all arrived safely! Thank you for the heart!
wildernessnomad rated for YTPC: File Folder Flip-Down on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: I love it! I do enjoy steampunk. My husband and I dress up and go to events. Thanks for making it for me.
Response: Am so pleased you like it! I had such fun making it. Would love to go to one of those events but none in my area. Thanks for the heart!
Artstamper rated for Halloween on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: Love this skeleton page!! What a fun image. I appreciate knowing the things you used. I didn't realize that the spider web is an embossing plate, I think I need that. Thank you so much for this wonderful swap and friendly note.
Response: I do try to share info on what I use. I have a curious mind and always wonder how others get the end results they do. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: What a lovely painting. I really like it. It is beautiful. And the paper you wrapped it in will be used in my art journal at some point. Thank you. Hope it rained by now and that the smoke was washed out of the air. And you can never have enough craft supplies ;)
Response: So pleased you liked what I sent. I love using items like tissue for my pages. Thank you for the heart!
PaperPassion rated for Vintage Lady With a Hat on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: Bev,Always love what you send me.She is beautiful,the whole page is beautiful.Thank you so much and for the extra goodies also.You know I love them.
Response: As always, pleased you enjoyed my take on this. I thought I really gilded the lily but could not resist. Thanks for the heart!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Mask ATC on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Love the shape and your background technique ... your choice of elements is great and I like the renaissance theme... gray card beautifully composed thank you for the note the super piece is seaside paper! Thanks so much
Response: Am pleased you enjoyed what I sent. Thank you for the heart!
nancybarlow rated for AACG: Halloween Tag~~~ on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: The tag arrived today AND a lovely note inside...Bev, I am now SURE I need a die cut machine of some kind. I love what you do with die cuts. This witch and cat are terrific. What is that white plastic netting?? Thanks so much!
Response: I picked the white webbing from a $ store a few years ago. It is supposed to be spider web. I have used it for a few mixed media pages. I do love my Big Kick machine. Thanks for the heart!
nancybarlow rated for VJP: 4x4 Halloween Journal Page on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Bev! You out did yourself on this one! Best witches ever! I love getting swaps from you. Every time I learn a new technique. I love the stenciling under the die cut trees, and the MOUNTED washi! And thanks for such a great note, Wishing you a fall with fire abatement and clear air.
Response: So far, we had a week of rain to clear the air. Sadly, the renewed fires in California are sending more smoke our way. Thanks for the heart! I love to play with different ways of doing things.
InsanePenguins rated for HMPC: Circle love - September on Sep 25, 2020
Comment: Very creative. I love it. Yes enjoy life and slow down. The card made it here all intact too. I would never have though of useing that type of cardboard. It's great.
Response: Thanks for the heart! I am trying to use what I have on hand.
ChrisD rated for Summer on Sep 24, 2020
Comment: What an amazing Summer Journal Page! I love it. You did a beautiful job and the extra so much appreciated. Thank you!
Response: So happy you liked it! Was about as close to the beach as I got. Too many people there for my health... Thanks for the heart!
ChrisD rated for Journal supplies on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the supplies. I will use them. The selection was perfect.
Response: It is hard to know what someone else might use. Thanks for the heart!
Curiouskitty rated for Dog page on Sep 22, 2020
Comment: Hi, thank you for making me such a fabulous journal page. I have 3 cats & a dog so I am quite familiar with those 'sad' eyes! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the textures, materials & layers using modeling paste & attention to detail. You have given me inspiration for my own journal. The idea of sending just the pages is an excellent way to share our artwork & not break the bank mailing whole books. A special thank you for the extra ephemera pages- very cool, especially the shorthand lessons! Take care! โ™ฅ๏ธ
Response: So happy you liked it! I have always wanted to do something using that image. Never be afraid to play with what you have and try something new! Thanks for the heart!

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Karmi53 on Mar 10, 2020:

Happy birthday.

hibiscus on Aug 2, 2019:

So is this black and white atc!!! You are amazingly talented and a real inspiration

Kimmi50 on Jun 27, 2019:

I also wanted to thank you for the most Amazing napkins!! I have been on the hunt for some pretty napkins to decoupage some more boxes and the ones you sent will work beautifully. Thank you so much for another wonderful swap.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

RooBaRoo on Feb 22, 2019:

Dear Bev, got your RAK :) Thanks for the thoughtful 9-slot sleeves, for the awesome stickers, & the photos, most importantly, thanks for writing to Shreyasi. Her friends her age often write letters which are too simple for her! We would both be replying once Exams are over (March is Final exam time here) :) :) :)

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