Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2020 9:54 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: February 27, 2020
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!


darcilena rated for VJP: Creative Collage #22 on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely piece. πŸ’• Always love your creative work & esp your heartfelt notes. See you in the mail this weekπŸ’‹ XO
Response: So pleased to see you swapping again! Thanks for the kind words and heart!
Lady rated for HMPC: Year of The Rat on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: I thought it was a commercial card when I first pulled it from my mailbox. Gorgeous work!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I had fun with it once I got started. Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for RF: February Large Rolo on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: Bev, thank you so much for this gorgeous homage to the month of February. I love the colors...all the shades of purple, including amethyst. Just lovely. Thank you also for the pile of fabulous extras...you are the most generous of swap partners!
donetta rated for RF: Small Rolo Vintage Valentine on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: Oh, the sweetness of this! And of course...the kitties. I just love this homage to Valentine loveliness, and I also love the scadzillions of amazing extras you so generously shared with!
CrystalZ rated for St. Patrick Tag on Feb 22, 2020
Comment: What a great St Paddys Day tag you have made for me! You have the perfect colours and of course I love the vintage cat too :) I will be putting this up in my craft room today! And thank you for the extras too as I can definately use them in my own craft projects.
Response: So happy you are pleased with what I sent. i had fun with it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Bev this totally adorable- love the texture paste& note
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Ellen101 rated for YTPC: Glued Napkin Pockets on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh! I really love the pockets and tags that you made for me. Thank you for the thoughtfulness of looking at my profile! Btw, I love the page with the shorthand. When I was young, my mother wrote in shorthand for my father's business. Extra special! πŸ’•
Response: So pleased you liked everything. Shorthand is a lost art. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Always a joy to see you in my mailbox because I know I'm in for a treat. And you didn't disappoint-you sent me TWO! And they are adorable-like that you printed your own paper-I'm starting to do that more now too! I just love the vintage valentine images on the paper and the tags. Then you wowed me with my favorite glitter paper! I appreciate the telling of your "love story"-so sweet. Thanks for sharing everything and Happy Valentine's Day!
Response: So pleased you liked everything I sent. I am trying to use the paper I have on hand and am also turning more and more to digital. Hope you have an enjoyable Valentines Day!
Comment: Oh. My. GOD! This is so beautiful, Bev! If this is what you create while "using up stash", I can't imagine what you would make with unlimited stash.I love the image of the lady, and the background shows her off perfectly. Thank you for sending such beautiful things my way.
Response: Just goes to show I probably got too much to begin with... Thanks for the heart!
Karmi53 rated for Paper exchange on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the different paper love it all. Take care
Response: Have fun playing with it! Thanks for the heart!
goosey rated for VC: Paper Scrap Heart on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: bev, i love your darling heart, and the cool story behind your art! great idea to not tie the knot, too!! many thanks!
Response: Thank you for your kind words and heart!
Arabella rated for MFF: Valentine ATC with a Bird on Feb 5, 2020
Comment: This is my most-favorest-ever atc with a bird!!! I love it! The white raven is just beautiful! And love the background, too! Thank you!! And love the diecut hearts you shared with me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Response: I had such fun with that. I don't do cute valentine. Love the way it turned out. Thanks so much for the heart!
Comment: Beautiful thanks ~ I'm going to try the acrylic technique & congrats' on your condo!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Oh Bev, I'm so sorry these were lost in my house! I did find them in the extra bedroom where my hubby had stacked them with some swaps I had already rated. My late rating in no way reflects how special these are! I loved the colors you used and the little words and the precious tulle and ribbons. Thanks, also, for the great tuck-ins and your signature note ;+) Please forgive my late rating--winter colds back-to-back have really gotten the best of me this season.
Response: I was so worried the postal system had lost them. Thanks for the lovely words and heart! Hope you and your hubby get well soon!
CheyanneB rated for CS: Animal Series - bird on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC!! That’s exciting that you get to move back into your place soon although I don’t envy having to pack up and move all your stuff! I’ve been trying desperately to downsize my craft stash so I understand the struggle :) Thanks again
Response: I am gradually getting organized. Am glad you enjoyed the ATC. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Today is a very special day...my mailbox was FULL (I hadn't received any mail whatsoever for 2 weeks), including a couple of envelopes from you. Oh Bev, the front AND the back are exquisite. Those gorgeous, romantic images...the ROSES!...the die cuts! I could go on, but really, you know what you used to make these, and I'm just thrilled to have them. Thank you so much for always sending your very best!
Response: I enjoyed making these. Was fun to do. Thanks for hosting all these great swaps! Looking forward to more in the future! Thanks also, for the heart.
donetta rated for RF: Victorian Christmas Large Rolo on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: I thought my mail situation would NEVER be resolved, but today I had so much mail in my box...including this beauty from you! Bev, as always, your work is just beautiful; I love the raised glossy images; honestly, this role looks like a very expensive Christmas card! Thank you also for the gorgeous Christmas images for next Christmas, which (since time is flying faster than ever) will feel like it was just yesterday that we were working on Christmas of 2019. It's just a pleasure to have you as a swap partner!
Response: As always, you are more than kind. Thanks for hosting all these lovely swaps!. Thanks also, for the heart!
Comment: What a beautifully thought out and designed atc! Every element tells a story..great image quote and little clock...this atc is so very nice and the story made it just perfection! Thank you so much.
Response: Thank you for such kind comments. As I get older, I have been thinking of my family members, past and present, more often. Thanks for the heart!
Tverne05 rated for YTPC: Guest Check Envelope Booklet on Jan 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the vintage looking booklet that you sent. I like that you included butterflies to the design. Thanks for the journal cards, tickets, and I enjoyed reading your letter.
Response: So pleased all arrived safely and you enjoyed it. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so very much for the beautiful mini envelopes and the wonderful extras! I love it all! :)
Response: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed what I sent. Thanks for the heart!

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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.πŸ‘πŸ’–πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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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