Swap-bot Time: March 24, 2018 10:53 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: March 24, 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 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!


PaperPassion rated for GAA: March Flower and Gem ATC on Mar 22, 2018
Comment: Bev, the arch you sent me is truly beautiful.One of the best ever.Thanks so much.I to am trying to make cards.I feel your pain.Love the one you sent me. May I send you one?
Response: Always love RAK! Thanks for offering. I so liked how it turned out. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Love the beautiful tag you made. Birds and Paris together is perfect! Love all the wonderful layers. I love the way you cute the top, so cute! I also love making the tags! Thank you for all the wonderful extras!
Response: So please it arrived safely and you liked it. The tag was from a tag die set I bought a while back. I just loved the shape of it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Auntie Bev, loved your postcard. As usual it is beautiful and perfect. You are a talented artist with a dab hand. The lobster is particularly fantastic. Spring is indeed on my way. Send me as much animal dung as you like, my garden needs a bit more avec!
Response: Watching all the news lately it appears there is an abundance of bovine scat available these days! Long live the lobster!.Thanks for the heart!
djcamp04 rated for Easter ATC on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Bev for the beautiful Easter ATC. It’s amazing & I love it. I’m happy to have this beauty in my collection of “Do Not Trade” ATCs. Thank you also for the pretty added Springy flowers and butterflies, they will be used. I’ll be thinking of you this Easter.
Response: Thank you for the heart and very kind comments! So happy you liked it!
ilaurea rated for Lady bug on Mar 13, 2018
Comment: very cute :)
Response: Motto...where ever possible add cat to increase cute quota...Thanks for the heart!
Comment: You did nail it! beautiful work - the quality of the art and the composition
Response: Thanks, had a lot of fun making it...Have a good trip!
Comment: Bev, I'm in love with your take on the deer ATC--I'm crazy for anthropomorphic illustrations of any kind. Love the glitter you placed on the ribbon as well (and thank you for sharing). I always look forward to opening your swaps! Your hand crafted notecards are wonderful and I love your personal notes! So happy that your building will soon be resurrected. I'll bet you will enjoy your first 'retired' spring! Lots more time to stop and enjoy!
Response: Retirement rocks! Thanks as always for your kind words. I enjoy our swaps so much!
isabellasnow rated for GAA: Lady in Green ATC on Mar 7, 2018
Comment: Hi Bev! I did love your lady in green! Lots of incredible details (love the hearts around the top edge SO much). Thanks, also, for all the neat little bits you sent for me to use in my own creations--I must try tea-dyeing fabric--I've only done paper. It really gives the lace piece a 'real' vintage look. I always love to receive your swaps; thanks for always being a great partner.
Response: So pleased all arrived safely! Thanks for the heart! I found that I ended up using ink spray for the lace as the acrylic lace did not hold the stain well.
MsLee rated for GAA: 4 Elements ATC on Mar 4, 2018
Comment: Dearest Bev, thank you so much for my beautiful Arch with 4 elements. The cat lady is awesome. Thank you also for your note. I love getting swaps with real notes! Happy everything my dear.
Response: You are more than welcome. I am a bit of a " Chatty Cathy" at times.....Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I just love the postcard! It is so creative!
Response: I was very pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Yah! The ratings are working again. Thank you so much for a truly beautiful ATC. What a great swap. I love everything. Thanks so much for the very thoughtful extras you sent as well
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Arabella rated for AACG: Mini Junk Journal on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: I cannot believe how much work you put into this journal!!! (I can't call it a "junk" journal - it's just too beautiful!) And you know I love steampunk!!! The cover and back are just gorgeous! Love the coloring technique and all the different parts! So many amazing pages and beautiful touches of lace! I know I will enjoy using this journal Thank you so much for this wonderful creative masterpiece!
Response: I also love Steampunk! Can you tell? As you can see I had a lot of fun with it. I was worried that it might be too big in thickness. I did like how the binding worked as you can add or take out the signatures just by using the tapes. I will have to make one for myself now! Thanks for the heart!
ShabbyJules rated for VC: February tag on Feb 28, 2018
Comment: i just love my tag and thank you so much for the thoughtful address labels what a lovely swap and letter thank you it made my day
Response: So happy you liked it! I am enjoying making all these tags. A nice change from the usual ATCs.
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Put a "Fish" on it on Feb 22, 2018
Comment: This it a cool atmospheric underwater scene! The wipe makes great natural algae. I like how the yellow fish is in contrast to the background. Thanks for a great card!
Response: Thanks! I love to mix things up. Thanks for the heart!
tristitia rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard-Feb on Feb 21, 2018
Comment: Love your postcard - thanks!
Response: When I read your profile it just all came together...Too much fun! Thanks for the heart!
luvbird rated for Vintage Valentine ATC on Feb 19, 2018
Comment: Bev, thank you for such a beautiful Valentine ATC. I love it! The little bird is so sweet. I love the doily and the gold bird trim. Thank you also for the lovely homemade Valentine card...beautiful!
Response: I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day! Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for GAA: Asian Flair on Feb 19, 2018
Comment: Just a stunning example of "Asian Flair"...like you, I adore Asian art, the beautiful papers, and all sorts of beautiful embellishments. And you sent so many of them with this ATC...I am so envious of your Japanese dollar store! There was a wonderful Japanese grocery store in Portland that had a big selection of dolls, origami papers, ceramic pieces, and so forth. However, it was purchased by a cannabis store, which no doubt does 100 times the amount of business on any given day. You are a truly wonderful swap partner and long-distance friend, Bev. And that is from my heart.
Response: So pleased all arrived safely. We have a huge Asian population here so there is always a demand for it. The new place in Richmond was super crazy busy when we went there. So much fun crafty stuff. I want to go back there soon!
luvbird rated for GAA: January ATC on Feb 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you Bev for the pretty January Gothic arch. I love this image and the way you embellishmented is gorgeous! Love all the gems around the edge. Thank you for the great extras ... I appreciate them. Always great to have you as a swap partner!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
wolfeagle rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard #1 on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much. My favorite colors and one of my favorite themes. Awesome postcard.
Response: I loved making it. Thanks for the heart!
Arabella rated for AACG: Woodland Critters: Fox ATC on Feb 7, 2018
Comment: I love your sweet fox, Bev! I saw it on your Flickr page but didn't know it was to be mine! And thank you for the fox notecard and Tim Holtz goodies! When we lived in Colorado we saw foxes occasionally but haven't seen them here in western Oregon, probably too many people! Thank you again for a great swap!
Response: So pleased you liked my little critter! Thanks for the heart!

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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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