Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2018 3:12 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: January 16, 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!

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 60 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 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 am also 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!


Comment: How lovely, the colours, the image, and how you took a personal memory to this as well! Thank you!
Lady rated for PnS: winter theme PC on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Lovely job. I’m surprised myself sometimes at the how different doing the same technique on an ATC and postcard can be. Congratulations on retirement. I can't imagine yet
Response: I just loved the feel of the image. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for creative card and wonderful note! really cool images incorporated. appreciate checking profile and sending in envelope.
Response: So happy you liked it. Was challenging for me to be out of my comfort zone. Thanks for the heart!
choke rated for CPG: Grunge-y DEC Holiday ATC (Global) on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful ATC, it is fabulous! I love all the details, you really nailed it! Thank you too for the thoughtful note and beautiful card and envelope. All around wonderful swap, it put a big huge smile on my face to find it in my mailbox today!
Response: So happy all arrived safely! Thanks for the heart!
laterdayze rated for New Year ATC on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute cat New Year ATC. I love it! Also, i t was so nice of you to include a nice note with the swap and the kitty waish. I love it all. :)
Response: So happy you liked all! Can never have enough kitty! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: The wintery scene is beautiful on this postcard. I love how you used the snowflake paper as background and the deer are a perfect addition!
Response: Thanks so much for the heart! I am glad to say that the only wintery scene here is on my card. Thankfully we are now back to just our normal rain.
Comment: Thank you - great card!!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
donetta rated for AACG: Pick 4 Christmas Theme on Jan 4, 2018
Comment: I agree about the Swapbot "matchmaker" system...I get the same two ladies time after time (good thing we love each other's work!), sending AND receiving! But it's a win for me when I receive an envelope from you, Bev...and this beauty is no exception. This is a mix of some very, very lovely images and materials (I am in love with the wee pink and blue sparkles!)...and thank you so much for sharing your embellishments with me!
Response: You are more than welcome! I am yet again matched with you for another swap soon to be winging it's way to you! Thanks for the heart!
JadeFan rated for New Years Postcard on Dec 29, 2017
Comment: This is such a cute postcard! I love the party cats.
Response: Bring on the nip! Have a safe, peaceful, healthy, happy and prosperous New Years!
rngstgstll rated for AMOPWBFS: Hogswatch YBFA on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Auntie Bev, I waited and waited for the day that I needed the joy that came from opening your letter -- I was not disappointed! Congratulations on hanging up the nappies and here's wishing you and Uncle Stefen much joy and distraction as you wait for Twoflower to hurry up with that construction. I hear that housing in your city is in great demand these days. Hope that you got your share of pork pies and can't wait to hear about the turn-around this year -- should be a good one unless the Gods start playing games again. I'm keeping my eye on Offler for you! Love, your niece on the plains.
Response: We are hoping for a meeting in the new year, it may involve pitchforks and loud voices. I am happy to hear you are well. Thanks for the kind thoughts and heart!
donetta rated for GAA: Red and Gold ATC on Dec 23, 2017
Comment: I am so NOT getting tired of receiving art from you, dear Bev...I love both of the beautiful red and gold Gothic arch ATCs, and was fascinated by the story of your Spanish adventures. I have loved the Flamenco since I was a teenager, and your description (passion and pain) is very apt. Thank you also for the darling kitty Christmas ATC...I'm adding it to a wreath I'm making for next year!
Response: Thank you as always for your kind words and heart! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Comment: Oh how I love this gorgeous tag! The fabulous details...doilies and beautiful lace...the best Santa image EVER...and that lovely vintage ribbon trim (with more for meeee!)! You are a dream swap partner, dear Bev. I hope you and your DH have a wonderful Christmas season, and that 2018 is your best year ever...maybe you will be moving into a brand new condo!
Response: You do gush poetic! Thanks for the heart! Hope you have a safe and peaceful Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Years!
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard-very colorful. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Response: Thanks for the heart! I do love that image of the little girl with the butterfly net.
Comment: Bev, I also fell for the snowy owl! I love the whole lovely package...background techniques are lovely (and inspiring!). The card is gorgeous, and thanks especially for your letter. I hear retirement can be quite nice and I hope to find out myself next year! Best wishes to you.
Response: When I saw the image it just all came together. As you can tell, I now have time to play! Thanks for the heart!
Arabella rated for VC: Vintage Angel Tag on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Bev, I just adore your work!! This angel tag is so beautiful and creative! I love the image and the background - thanks for the info, I'll have to try that technique! (and thank you for no large fake bling! Lol!) The card you made is so beautiful as well - I want to keep it but I know my older sister would just love it! (I'll tell her my good friend from Canada made it!) And thank you for the atc background papers altho I may just add a stiff backing and add them to my atc collection because they are so beautiful by themselves! What an amazing swap! Love your letter, too, and I enjoy T. Huff and T. Pratchett also - will check out Kage Baker -haven't run across him! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Response: So pleased you liked everything! Ah, perhaps we need another Angel tag swap... Kage Baker is a woman, sadly she died of ovarian cancer a few years back. I loved her series.
Nserviam rated for AMOPWBFS: Hogswatch YBFA on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card & wonderful recipe! Happy Hogswatch and happy retirement!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I have such fun making these annual cards and letters.
Eclectonote rated for AMOPWBFS: Hogswatch YBFA on Dec 17, 2017
Comment: Wow, what a great swap.Your Hogfather card was amazing, and I liked all of the artistamps you included on the envelope. In fact, one of them has inspired me to carve an enlarged version (for my swap since I haven't created it yet!). Many thanks also for the Hogswatch newsletter and recipe.
Response: So happy you liked all! I do an "Auntie" Bev letter every year I have participated in the swap. I take what I have happening in my life and do a Diskworld take on it! May you have a glut of sausages and meat pies!
Comment: Thank you very much. I love the card you made. It is very beautiful and I will be keeping it with my Christmas things. Thank you for the note. Enjoy your retirement and have a great celebration for New Years and your anniversary.
Response: Thanks for the heart! Have a lovely Christmas. Happy, safe and prosperous New Year!
donetta rated for GAA: Animals in Clothes ATC on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Oh Bev...BOTH (yes, both!) ATCs are simply adorable. There's something about Ms. Sheep's expression...I simply can't pick a favorite! Thank you for the glorious extras, too...you are just a wonderful swap partner.
Response: Thanks for the heart! They were such fun to make. Even though I do like the cat I made, the sheep is my fave. As you said, there was something about her expression.
Comment: Thank you so much Bev for the cute dog Christmas Arch. I just love it. You are so sweet to have been able to find something that even had my favourite Cavalier on it. Wishing you a Happy Christmas and hoping that next year gets you back into your house. All the very best from a very hot Downunder Ros 🎄❤️
Response: Thanks for the heart! It was such a fun looking image to use. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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jukejan on Nov 24, 2017:

Wishing you peace and warm wishes on your upcoming retirement!

jukejan on Sep 25, 2017:

Happy you have you as my partner in the HMPC Profile PC swap!

Lady on Aug 24, 2017:

"Encourage your charges" indeed. Your bonus postcard for AMOPWBFS: Not the Comfy Chair! arrived. thank you

Lady on Jul 15, 2017:

Your gorgeous card from the PnS: postcards-not storebought June WTA arrived. Thanks for explaining some of the techniques on the back too.

Babsmomof5 on May 30, 2017:

Thank you so much for the amazingly cool postcard you sent me for the PNS-WTA for March. It's by far one of my favorites I've ever received!

bjmonroe on Feb 12, 2017:

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