Swap-bot Time: June 20, 2018 1:50 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: June 20, 2018
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

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!

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.

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 61 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. It is like potato chips and cats you can not just have one....I am so totally hooked on making them. A nice change from the needle arts. I have also expanded into postcards and larger format swaps. More room to express myself!

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 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. My guilty pleasure is watching the Vikings.

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 any Star Trek films and some Scifi. 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 favorite 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 ATCs 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 ATC 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 have recently been playing 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. It 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.


It would be lovely if folk could rate promptly. I have been having issues with Canada Post and things going astray both getting and sending. As well the " mail masher" as I call their sorter machine has eaten a few envelopes both coming and going.

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 would prefer realistic over a cartoonish look.

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 aquired 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. Add a shot of brandy and you have a real winner!

I am not crazy over Disney or Anime. 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!


MsLee rated for VC: June tag on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: I was wondering who was going to be the lucky person to receive your Tag (I usually only check who I'm sending to), I'm so glad it was me! Thank you for such a beauty, and for all the details in it. As always, you are so creative and I'm so proud to add this to my Tag Collection. Thank you for my extra lace, I'm already using it, and for the Halloween cut outs (love it) See you next time. Cannot wait for the next swap idea! xoxoxo.
Response: Thank you for the heart! I was inspired by the small sample of fabric and it just grew from there. I am the same with checking who my swap partner is. I like to be surprised.
pennypuppy rated for MFF: Parakeet on Jun 17, 2018
Comment: I love, love what you made for me! You are extremely talented with your painting. Your hand must be incredibly steady. The detail on that sweet little guy was unbelievable! The other atc was just so sweet with the blue parakeet. I had a miniature parrot when we lived in Panama. He bit me one day and flew away. I felt horrible and my heart was broken. His name was Henry Arnold and he knew many words and did the cat call whistle. ( My mom is an incredibly patient animal trainer.) I now have a yellow budgie that will not come out of his cage. He bites but not hard. I've had him a year and since I don't work, I am with him all day. He is quite verbal, but nothing but birdy chirps and sounds. He has a huge cage, so his life isn't bad, but I will continue to be gentle and patient with him, maybe he will come out someday and play. Thank you for sharing your pet stories with me!
Response: Thanks for the kind words. I am better at painting than drawing. It hurts to hold a pen or pencil too long. I must hold the brush differently. Thank you also for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful samples! We both had the same issues and came to the same conclusion.! Fun to experiment with techniques!
Response: Always nice to have some empathy. Often things do not work out the way we anticipate especially with new techniques. Thanks for the heart!
petaluda rated for List It: Postcard Exchange #1 on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: What a beautiful postcard!!! I like the same things about my self ,except number #1 I wish I were a more positive person ☺️
Response: Thanks for the heart! I got the postcard as a set from a small dollar store in my family's town. Learned quite a while back that unless we love ourselves it is hard to accept others love. Give yourself time and love!
luvbird rated for AACG: Woodland Critters ATC: Bear on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Hi Bev, thank you so much for the darling bear ATC card. She is so cute! Love her beads, her veil and her crown. I always appreciate the time you take to write a nice letter and reading about what is going on with you. Thank you Bev.
Response: It was a lovely image though I have never seen a bear that was that gentile... Thanks for the heart!
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 1 on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Hi Bev! Wow - I loved your index card! Your background is really nice and I love that you dry embossed it - I never thought of that! Beautiful colors and the mermaid stamp is great - I can't even tell where you had to touch it up. And I love all the Halloween images you sent me - thank you so much for those and for another great swap! Laurie
Response: So glad all arrived and you like it. Was a nice change from the usual ATCs. Thanks for the heart!
JudalineZ rated for GAA: Springtime in Paris on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely arch ATC and appreciate the extras
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the heart!
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Tag pockets on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: I love your tags - they're gorgeous and put mine to shame. We've had a year of odd weather - much cooler than usual. I print or type all my letters, because my writing is illegible. I think it's a rebellion against Sister Vincent, an ancient crotchety nun, who tried to teach me Spencerian penmanship for 3 years. Happy swapping!
Response: Thanks! Don't be so hard on yourself! We all have our own way of doing things. Thanks for the hearty!
dancingDog rated for YTPC: Simple Mail Art Envelope on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Love the family collage on the front and the bonus tiger on the back. Opened it very carefully so I can preserve/display it for inspiration! Your note was really nice - I am always interested in how people create their art. Thank you also for the wonderful papers, ribbons & those lovely dragonflies - I feel so spoiled with such a wonderful swap! :)
Response: So happy all arrived safely! Was a fun one to do.
FiWebster rated for HMPC: Cancer Sucks on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard!
Response: You are more than welcome!
luluvision rated for HMPC: Pulled string art PC on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely postcard! I love how yours came out! I enjoy your additions to the card too!
suemick15 rated for GAA: May Month's Flower and Gem on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: Hi Bev, As always, just beautiful!! Thank you for the extras, and most especially for the lovely note. It is nice to be partnered with you!. Sue
Response: Glad you were pleased with all! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi again Bev! Your latest VJP creative collage is just beautiful! And I love how you send me all the details about how you put it together. And I'm so impressed with your handmade tatting - something like that must take forever to make. So many pretty elements and I love the soft color palette. Just beautiful! And thank you for the decoupage papers as well - I'll have fun making something with those! Cheers, Laurie
Response: Always a pleasure to swap with you! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Oh, Bev! This flip book is absolutely wonderful. Love the color combinations and I like the older illustrations too! You included such wonderful goodies-tags-tickets-oh my! And the extra greeting card included is very nice and especially loved the nice letter you wrote and all the great reading you have done. I belong to a book club where we read what we want-talk about them and then pass them around for others to read. I will take note of the series you talked about! Always looking for a new good read. Thanks for sharing and Happy Swapping to you,TOO!
Response: I was pleased with how it came out. Have been gathering free printable Alice themed items over the last two years so I could play in these sort of themes. Thanks for the heart!
Gwillisinc rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #27 on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: I gave this card a 'like' on flickr before I got it in MY mailbox, with these great extras, Love it & thank you
Response: I really hated to see that one go, made me smile when I made it. Thanks for the heart!
MsLee rated for GAA: Add Butterfly Wings on Jun 3, 2018
Comment: My dear friend, thank you for my fashionable ATC with wings, and for the extra prints, I'll be using them on a fashion page that I'm creating for a scrapbook. Let's embrace every day, it's a blessing after all. Even if some people think of us as invisible....God knows what he is doing after all. Thank you for your lovely note as always. Have a great month of June.
Response: You had mentioned you liked them in your profile. My dear lady, I am at an age and history that every day is a gift and I can't wait to open it! Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for AACG: Lovely Lady in Lavender on Jun 3, 2018
Comment: I do love lavender, from the fragrance to the color, and this ARTC is a beautiful homage to lavenderness (pretty sure I made up that word!). Thank you so much for making such a beautiful ATC, and for sharing the lacy die cuts,..oh, I can't wait to use them!
Response: I love purple period. You should have seen my room as a young teen...dark purple shag carpet... Always glad to share what I have, heaven knows I have enough of it now. Thanks for the heart!
lmacdavis93 rated for VJP: Postage Stamp People on Jun 2, 2018
Comment: Hi Bev!! Your postage stamp people VJP is awesome! I love that you made a whole family on your page and even had a dog with a postage stamp head of a cat! So clever!! And love the Halloween washi tape and the other goodies you included - they shall all be used! It's always fun to get extras as we all seem to have a lot of craft stuff to spare but ti's always different than what everyone else has! Thanks for another fun swap! Laurie
Response: It was an interesting one to do as I had limited stamps to use. So pleased all arrived safely! Thanks for the heart!
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Handmade Button Swap on May 24, 2018
Comment: I love the buttons - thank you. And thank you for your nice note and the pretty doily. If you want to get hooked on Korean dramas try 'Goblin" - it's fantasy, the 2 male leads have great chemistry and it's charming and funny.
Response: So pleased they arrived safely. They were such fun to make. I just kept going and going. Sort of like chips and cats... Can't have just one. Will have to check that show out, I do not watch a lot of TV. We do have one multiculteral station that shows the international shows. Thanks for the suggestion. Also thanks for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #26 on May 24, 2018
Comment: Another Bev's Beauty! I love the image you used--the can-can girl is neat! And I did recognize the nod to Austin Powers with her little finger-to-the-lip ;+) Thanks, also, for all those beautiful filigrees and the AMAZING notecard! You should sell your notecards, Bev; they're amazing. Thank you so much for making this such a fun swap.
Response: You are so kind! I just like to play with the cards. I am still a work in progress... Thanks for the heart!

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hibiscus on May 2, 2018:

your raccoon swap was absolute perfection!

jukejan on Mar 10, 2018:

Happy belated birthday to you (singing) hugs!

jukejan on Nov 24, 2017:

Wishing you peace and warm wishes on your upcoming retirement!

bjmonroe on Feb 12, 2017:

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