Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2019 5:57 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: June 18, 2019
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

The post now seems to be running regular now. Please note that swaps sent to and from the USA have taken up to 4 weeks to arrive.

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!

Please note the change in my Address. Due to the fire my mail has been redirected to a local postal outlet where I have a box. Rather than have my swaps go an indirect route for now please send it to the new addie until my building is rebuilt. Thanks you!

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 1000 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 really 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 Postperson 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 I am now retired! Yah, 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 incluse 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!


Karmi53 rated for Bear pictures on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Hi Bev love the pictures very good cute thank u. And thank you for the extras too.
Comment: Love this tag and pocket! Thank you so much for the extra tags and the lovely little letter! I just mailed off a swap to you as well! Iโ€™m loving this close knit group!! รœ
mandymo rated for VC: Ribbon Doll on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness dear Bev!!! What a GORGEOUS ribbon doll! She is already hanging on my fireplace mantel spreading her good cheer. :) The colors you chose are absolutely perfect. She is such a beauty. I also thank you for the lovely note and the plethora of butterflies you sent. They will definitely embellish my future projects. What a magical swap!!!
Response: So pleased all arrived safely! I love those butterflies. Just wish they made a purple pack as well. Thanks for the heart!
roska1vila rated for GAA: Vintage Gypsy Theme on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Bev, thank you for lovely ATC and added stuf. I love it.
Response: You are always most welcome! Thanks for the heart!
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Dress Form Tags on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely tags. Even the envelope was pretty. And I enjoyed you letter. Happy swapping!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Wow, Bev . . . these turned out GREAT. I, too, love the oval. You made yours a bit larger and now I wish I had done the same with mine! Love your images and all the attention to detail. Thanks for always sending such beautiful work, and thanks for always sending such a newsy note--I love the notes as much as the swaps!
Response: So pleased the post is starting to act more normally! Thanks to the kind words. I liked how these came out. Thanks also for hosting all the great swaps! It has been hard for me to keep up, lol!
amyduff rated for YTPC: Book Page Pouches on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Response: you are very welcome!
Arabella rated for VJP: Graphic 45 Art Journal Page on Jun 6, 2019
Comment: Wow!!! This is one of the most beautiful art journal pages I have ever seen!! (including ones I've made!!:)!!) I just love everything about it! Those fabric flowers match the colors perfectly! (and thank you for the generous extras!!). I really like the G45 Imagine Collection, probably because it is steampunkish! And I also have the same problem with G45 paper of not wanting to cut into a pager because I would be destroying the back side. That's probably why I have at least two each collections!!! Thank you so much for such a beautiful swap!! Love reading your letter and have copied down a couple of the books you mentioned to add to my stack!
Response: You are more than welcome! Glad you like the swap. Thanks for the heart!
Zander rated for Put A bird On It on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: Thank You for the lovely ATC and the rubber stamp set I will be adding those to my Xmas collection.We are finally getting some cooler weather and some rain hopefully it helps. Take Care
Response: You are very welcome . Thanks for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for MFF: 5x7 Collaged Bird Page on Jun 4, 2019
Comment: Well . . . this turned out beautifully! I love that your bird is in flight and the papers you used are fantastic! The little doily pieces look amazing, as does the indigo star paper. Really dramatic and beautiful. I'm framing this one, Bev! Thank you so much for creating something so beautiful for me.
Response: Thank you for the kind comments. It was quite a bit of fussiness for me but the end result was better than I expected it to be. Also thanks for the heart! Was thinking that acetate would be good for shaker cards if you make them.
Comment: They are beautiful, of course, as is everything you create! Bev, I love the color scheme, the embellishments, those tiny little tags--just everything. And those amazing extras! I LOVE that pansy page and can't wait to experiment with the clear sheets. Such a thoughtful package full of crafty goodness. Thank you, my friend.
Response: You are more than welcome. Every time I go over to the Island I always come back with way too much. Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for RF: Spring Theme Small Altered Rolo on May 31, 2019
Comment: Silly me...I was enthusiastic on Flickr, and forgot to rate you here! Such a lovely rolo, Bev...I love the beautiful gold Dresden trim...and then the package of gorgeous Dresden scrap! My heart is full, and so is my craft table. Thank you for being the very bets kind of swap partner!
Response: I knew I have gooten behind on my replies! The Dresden was a lucky find at the store in Parksville, So pleased you like all!
Kimmi50 rated for VC: Tag Book Page #5 - May on May 27, 2019
Comment: OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Your May Tag is so very Beautiful! I donโ€™t know how you could part with this. I luv this so much ๐Ÿ’–You captured everything I luv about vintage on this tag. I absolutely luv the stamping and blue background along with that gorgeous trim. The vintage ephemera is so amazing and the gold metal accents makes a perfect addition. I am so happy to have this tag, it will be treasured always. Thank you for the beautiful butterfly images and I just loved the story of the couple and the Lily of the Valley. The โ€œLily of the Valleyโ€ has always been on of my favorite flowers. I have one planted in my flower bed. Thank you for a wonderful swap๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–
Pandd rated for VJP: Creative Collage #16 on May 24, 2019
Comment: Wonderful journal page. I love it. And the great extras are very cool. Always love your work. Thank you for a great swap. Glad you are finally getting warmer. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Response: You seem to be getting a lot of my pages. Thanks always for your kind words and heart!
Comment: Hi Bev, you did a beautiful job on those collaged envies. I shall use them in one of my journals. And I'd be happy to do a swap with you. I have a ton of napkins (well, shouldn't say ton since they're pretty light). What theme are you interested in or colors? I collected a lot while living overseas 22 years. What else are you interested in...foreign maps, foreign text, etc.?
Response: Thanks! It was different for me.
janski48 rated for GAA: Book Page and Paper Napkin ATC on May 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful ATC and lovely extras! I love it! โค๏ธโค๏ธ
Response: Thanks for the heart! Glad you liked all!
Kathy821 rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard- May on May 22, 2019
Comment: The postcard that you created is beautiful! Thank you so much. I love it.
Response: Thank you! So pleased you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
luvbird rated for GAA: Edwardian Lady Gothic Arch ATC on May 18, 2019
Comment: Hi Bev! Thank you so very much for the lovely Edwardian Lady Gothic arch...very pretty! Love the beautiful lace, print outs and the sweet butterflies. I already used one of those pretty little butterflies on a project. As always, appreciate and enjoy reading your letter.
Response: I bought the butterflies quite a while ago from Etsy. When I saw them on Pinterest I fell in love. So pleased all arrived so quickly. Thanks for the heart!
lukeyduke rated for VC: Embellished Safety Pin on May 18, 2019
Comment: Bev You did a beautiful job! Thank you! If it wasn't for the web site you posted, I would have no idea of what I was doing!
Response: I was thinking the same until I found that video. So pleased you liked them. It was an easy one to do for future swaps and as an extra...
Comment: Bev, all of these tags are beautiful!! If I had to pick a favorite it would be the small one with the bird. I enjoy it's soft vintage look as much as the ones with bright colors. The tatting was the perfect touch. Thank you so much, I love all of them.
Response: So pleased they all arrived safely! i had such fun making them. Thanks for the heart!

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CurlyTea on Mar 11, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Karmi53 on Mar 9, 2019:

Happy birthday Bev

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) :) :) :)

hibiscus on Jul 6, 2018:

thank you for the forwarded swap...it's swappers like you who make this such a special place!

hibiscus on May 2, 2018:

your raccoon swap was absolute perfection!

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