Swap-bot Time: March 8, 2021 10:21 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: March 8, 2021
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

I am finding mail coming from certain areas in the USA are taking weeks to get here. I had a whole week of nothing but flyers this week.

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!


edgetorn rated for YTPC: Book Page Journal Envies on Mar 6, 2021
Comment: OMG...I cant even tell you how much I ::love:: the journal envies you created! So abso my style and I love that you chose cats! Love your cat paper! Thank you, also, for the cool bird book page paper..I’ll use this in a bird journal I’m making! Love the cat fabric swatch! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and creativity...it is much appreciated and loved!
Response: I am so pleased you like what I sent. It was a nice change from what I usually make. Thank you for the heart!
YooperHill rated for **PBP …**Bunny/Rabbit ** on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: Best art I’ve received all year! Thank you!
Response: It's still early in the year, lol! Thanks for the heart!
lmacdavis93 rated for AAPC: Green Tag w/a Frog on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Bev this green frog tag is adorable! I love your heat embossed green papers and the little dancing frog is too cute! Your "fireflies" are very creative and I love the dangles at the bottom. Such a fun tag! And I love the extra bird images you included - I am going to look for that book - I think I need one! Happy swapping!
Response: So pleased all arrived safely. It was a fun one to do.
Poeprincess rated for March flower on Feb 26, 2021
Comment: Bev, you are so clever! Love the rock wall and poem. This page will give me some journal writing inspiration. Also love that we share musical tastes. We have had some snow, but nothing like the rest of the state. Around here, it falls one day and is gone within the next day or 2 (when we get any). Thank you for a great swap!
Response: You are more than welcome! So pleased it arrived so quickly.
ChrisD rated for Vintage With a Bird on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job on this page. I appreciate it sooo much. The bunny die-cuts are too cute. Thank you.
turnsoleluna rated for CS Animal Series: Iguana on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for your painted iguana and coordinating card it made my day.
Response: Thank you for the heart! You are very welcome!
Sylvia4647 rated for VJP: 4x6 Journal Page with Rabbit on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the welcomed envelope that you so thoughtfully sent winging my way! Your papers are lovely and your workmanship is inspiring. Thank you, too, for including a note.
Response: You are more than welcome. I had a hard time letting go of that page. Thank you for the heart!
Inesrv rated for YTPC: Paper Corner Huggers on Feb 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you Bev for these lovely paper corner huggers! Love them! And thank you for your thoughtful letter, I loved to know a little bit about your life. I'd love to visit Vancouver island one day as well as Alaska :) hope to go some day! Have a wonderful day! Love, Inês
Zander rated for Vintage Sewing on Feb 20, 2021
Comment: I so love your Journal page, love all the layers and the colors and Thank You so much for the extras. I enjoyed reading your letter, Take Care
Response: Thank you for the heart! So pleased you enjoyed what I made.
Comment: Hi Bev! So good to be swapping with you again! Thank you so very much for the lovely post card...love it! Love the images, collage work and the very vintage look of your card. As always, I enjoyed reading your letter! Thank you also for the map paper!
tampatha rated for CS Animal Series: Beaver on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great ATC. :)
Response: Speak of the swap, and it shall appear, lol! Thanks for the heart, hope you enjoyed my humour.
warheart rated for GAA: Pink Roses and a Sentiment on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: Such a sweet little ATC - I loved the elements you chose :) Thank you
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
Curiouskitty rated for What would l find? on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: I love the journal page you made for me. Such a wonderful use of layers & mixed media. Thank you for sharing the story behind the page, how exciting! It brings a whole new life to your art and the owl definitely pops in the picture! I appreciate the extra collage papers too! Stay safe♥️♥️
Response: Thank you for the heart! You are more than welcome.
Comment: I just love my Parrot it made me laugh he is so cute thanks for him and everything. Take care
tam2016 rated for February on Feb 4, 2021
Comment: Bev, thank you so so much for the gorgeous February Journal Page. It was done so beautifully!! I have already put it in my album because I didn't want it to get messed up.
Response: So pleased you liked it. I try to mix things up! Thank you for the heart!
WoodlandBanshee rated for Vintage Valentine on Jan 28, 2021
Comment: So pretty! I also absolutely adore the crow, tree, and feather die cuts you added. Sooke is a special place to me. You carry some luck with having experienced it the way you have! All the best to you!
Response: So pleased you like everything I sent. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Oh Bev, this is just stunning! The little ceramic rose survived her journey beautifully, and your embellishment is bee-you-tea-full! I laughed when I read in your note that the sentiment matches the lady's expression...it DOES! This bit of gorgeousness is my favorite journal page so far (don't tell my other partners, okay?)...and thank you so much for the lovely little rose trims in 3 colors!
Response: You are more than welcome. The trim I got in grab bags a few years ago with a ton in each. Have been sorting out and sharing the wealth, lol! Thank you for the heart!
Arabella rated for AACG: Shabby Blue Winter Tag on Jan 27, 2021
Comment: Your tag is just gorgeous!! I love all the layers you used and the image of the woman is beautiful!! I am always so happy to receive swaps from you because I know they will be a gift from your heart!! Thank you so very much! And glad for your letter - good to know you are well and safe!!
Response: Thank you for the heart! Blue is one of my fav colours and so made it easy to put together.
LDeWitt rated for RF: January Themed Large Rolo on Jan 27, 2021
Comment: Hi Bev, you never disappoint! Your artistic ability is beyond compare. The way you did the snow drops is so beautiful, the doily, the Lady of January image is so beautiful. Such a beautiful card with all it's dressings. Thank you again for a great swap and extras. We are well here in Chicago, you stay well too.
Response: I love that image. One of my "keepers", I believe. Thank you for the heart! All well here on the western side of Canada with us.
YooperHill rated for **PBP …**Stitching** on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Bev, thank you for the wonderful page, but more for the family memory. It is precious!
Response: I still smile about it. Thank you for the heart.

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hibiscus on Dec 4, 2020:

That beach vintage card was perfection!!! Thanks for all the time and special effort put into it!!

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.👍💖💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💝💝💝💝

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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