Swap-bot Time: August 20, 2018 5:59 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: August 19, 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!


Comment: What an amazing collage card!!! And it came through the mail completely intact. It reminded me of some old greeting cards that I would make with seashell cut-outs. Vancouver is a lovely city. Haven't been there now for 20+ years. I imagine that it's grown even more in that time. Happy swapping.
Response: So pleased it arrived intact! Thanks for the heart! Vancouver has gotten insanely big. The development just goes on and on.
suemick15 rated for GAA: July's Flower and Gem on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: Bev, Thank you for the (always) beautiful swap!. I was really taken by the shape of the arch and liked how you outlined it with the gold pen. The image from pinterest made me smile. ( I need to learn how to download from there). Of course, the letter you included was very much enjoyed....it hearkens to sweeter, slower days. And the high quality paper you included is really lovely. Thank you for a wonderful swap. Sue
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks..really like it. Thanks also for the very nice note. The nights here are cooling down..63 tonight..good sleeping weather.
Response: Thanks for the heart! I found this one a little different to do.
Comment: Bev, you have REALLY outdone yourself this time! I know I say that to you frequently (because it's true), but this JJ is amazing. I LOVE the cover, double love all the papers, ribbons, embellies, and everything about it. it's already in my purse and the one I created recently for myself has been relegated to the drawer ;+) Thank you also for the lovely extras--the ribbons are simply gorgeous and those butterflies? They are $1?!?! They are stunning! It's always such fun receiving your swaps, Bev. OH . . . almost forgot the cigar box--I'm going to Halloween it up! Fun fact: in the U.S. it's illegal to sell/buy Cuban cigars and if you're a U.S. citizen and live in Cuba, you can't get your social security!
Response: So happy all arrived safely! I had a bunch of cigar boxes given to me by a client and that was the last one . It was perfect for mailing everything in and I knew you would love it for decorating. Thanks for the heart!
marymary914 rated for HMPC: Circles, circles, circles on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: OMG! This is an ingenious and awesome PC! I love that it is circular!! Thanks!!
Response: Had so much fun making that, lol! Thanks for the heart!
georgiafae rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #28 on Aug 2, 2018
Comment: Oh-I love the Hilda pin-up images ,too! This is a wonderful ATC! I'm glad you are getting a chance to enjoy retirement-I know I do-more time for crafting! Loved the letter you wrote me and all the similar memories of tv shows. Yes-I loved the Warehouse 13 series too-all the good ones seem to end-liked the Firefly series,too. Nice "chatting" with you! Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Response: She, like me was built for comfort not for speed...Thanks for the heart! Now that it is a bit cooler I am enjoying the summer much more. The last few weeks of heat were brutal!
BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Days 7 & 8 on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Beautiful cards! Thank you SO MUCH for these great cards, they are all made so well. Thank you for sharing them with me, and not keeping them yourself! Great idea about the Glossy Accents!
Response: I was pleased with how the glossy accents worked. Many of the items one can get in the USA are not readily available here in Canada so you have to find alternatives. Thanks for the heart!
AmookIslandCreations rated for MFF: Watercolor Bird on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous ATCs and the wonderful note! You looked like you were having a great time even if you were petrified! Hope every thing works out with your house! I would love to see the plans. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks for the heart! Still no word on the condo...City is taking forever!
donetta rated for AACG: Pocket ATC on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: I fell in love with this beauty the moment I saw it on Flickr...never dreamed that it was going to be MINE! Bev, thank you for always sending such wonderful little works of art, and also for the package of tissue...I am so jealous of your Japanese dollar store!
Response: That is why I sent it. Easy enough for me to pick up another. Have fun playing with it! So happy you liked it. When I saw it was you as my swap partner I could not resist making it cat themed. Thanks for the heart!
RabbitsnChihuahuas rated for VJP: Vintage Venice on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: Beautiful! And I love the raccoon card, extras, and letter :) I really enjoyed the lovely letter (FYI Big Bang was playing as I read it :p)
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Dsweeny rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 6 on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: Oh My gosh!!!! What stunning cards you made, especially sharing that you have limited resources...I never would've guessed that in a million years!! BOTH cards are beyond gorgeous, and I'm so lucky to have been the lucky receipient. Thank you from the heart.
Response: So pleased you liked both. Next time if I do that theme I will do brighter colours. Thanks for the heart!
valentina22 rated for GAA: Elephant ATC on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: I throughly enjoyed the double swap. Great job on the atcs and thanks for the newsy letter. I am not sure I would ride the ski lift.
Response: I amazed myself. Very odd feeling nothing under your feet. Thanks for the heart!
luvbird rated for AACG: Library Pocket Free Theme on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Hi Bev! I apologize for taking so long to rate you for this swap! Thank you so very much for the lovely swap. Both of the library cards/pockets are just darling! Love them! The extras are great and I look forward to using. Your handmade card is just beautiful! You do such a wonderful job at creating beautiful cards! As always, I so appreciate the time you take to sit and write such a nice letter. Wonderful swap Bev... thank you!
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Beautiful colorful page! Love the envie, addtl pages and the note! Such a fun swap - thank you!! ❤️
Response: So pleased you liked it. Was a bit out of my comfort zone, lol! Thanks for the heart!
BeeMGee rated for AACG: Lace & Pearls ATC on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Beautiful ATC! Thank you for another fabulous swap Bev xx
Response: Thank you for your kind words! Glad it arrived safely!
Tuutis rated for HMPC: Put a "Book Page" on it on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the tiny shimmery flowers and the feeling in this card is just so lovely <3.
Response: Thank you for the heart! I was very pleased with how it came out.
Arabella rated for MFF: Crow ATC on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Just got back from a road trip and found two lovely crow atcs waiting for me! Great addition to my crow/raven notebook! Thank you so much, Bev, and also for the crow die cuts! I thoroughly enjoyed your letter, too! I would love to see a white crow!! Have a great summer, my Canadian friend!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Comment: My dear!! This journey page is beautiful! So my lovely layers! I love all the birds and pretty colors! And that card you made is gorgeous!!! Always a pleasure to get swaps from you! Thank you for the extras!
Response: Thanks for the heart! You are more than welcome!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Art Journal Page #2 on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: Bev, this AJ page is pure perfection. Vintage nature is my absolute favorite theme and this page should be in a book as an example of great collage technique. I love that sweet bird in the upper left, the dyed lace, the feathers--even the bug fits right in! I really enjoyed the photo, too! How fun to 'see' you! Thank you for always being a wonderful partner, Bev. OH . . . almost forgot. That Canadian maple leaf cut out of ribbon on the front? AMAZING! You're a true artist, Bev, and I'm so lucky to receive your work.
Response: So glad it arrived safely! Was a challenge to do as I am trying to use what I have on hand. The maple leaf was a found item. Thanks for the heart!
valentina22 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 5 on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: I just love the frog prince card. The colors and the stitching turned out very nice. It is hard to stitch through the card. Thanks for the little note and the extras!
Response: You are more than welcome! I did try using my machine but I was running short of needles so decided it would be safer just sewing it by hand. Thanks for the heart!

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hibiscus on Jul 6, 2018:

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

MsLee on Jul 3, 2018:

Love you my friend! Happy July, Happy Summer xoxo

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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