Swap-bot Time: August 25, 2019 1:00 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: August 25, 2019
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!


Comment: Great pocket tag!! And thanks for the cool extras!!
Response: Always glad to share. Thanks for the heart!
JudalineZ rated for GAA: With a Hat on Aug 23, 2019
Comment: love it! so beautiful work! Thank you very much
Response: She is quite the gal! I just had to share her when i saw your profile. Thanks for the heart!
JuneRosebud rated for YTPC: August Paper Clip: 'Tiles' on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Thank u 4 the pretty tiles & nice note that u sent. Love the font that u used=) Really nice swap!
Response: The font is called Adorable. I don't write much due to arthritis in my thumb. Am pleased you were happy with all. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: These are wonderful-I do like the "hip" animals! I appreciate the extra belly band too! The feather is beautiful-thanks for sharing with me.
Response: I had such fun with this set of images. It was a interesting change from all the botanicals I have been working with. Thanks for the heart!
lloydp rated for Dress Tags on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Bev I just received your dress tags this morning and they were absolutely stunning. I loved them so much I wish that I could have given you more than 5 stars. Thanks for the little clips, the nice paper and the long note. I really hope that we swap again sometime soon. Pat
Response: You are more than welcome. Can not believe it took so long to arrive. Dratted Canada Post... Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the bounty of beautiful little tags!! I agree, these were a challenge- but yours donโ€™t reflect that at all! They are perfect little masterpieces!
Response: It was an interesting one to do but very fiddly to do. I would make the small image ones rather than glue the bits and pieces if I ever made them again. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Gorgeous!! Iris is my very favorite flower! Iโ€™m so happy you made these for me because I would have never been able to cut into that beautiful paper!! Youโ€™re a very brave woman!! Thank you so much! โค๏ธโค๏ธ
Response: Thankfully it comes with two of the same pages, lol! I do so love this whole paper pack. This is one of the first times I have used it. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: What a hoot! I love the card and the story. Thanks for the swap and the extras.
Response: I did have a bit of fun with that one! Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for RF: Small Rolo with a Bird on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Ah, the avian beauty here...I just love this rolo, and can't wait to add it to my (substitute) rolodex! Those feathers are quite amazing, aren't they? I'm going to play with the ones you sent my way, and see how many ways I can embellish them! Thank you also for the "bathing beauty" stamped designs, which are cheeky and adorable!
Response: You are so welcome. I fell in love with those stamps the moment I saw them. Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for VJP: Creative Collage #18 on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: I do love the purples, and I'm also working on using what I have, so this gorgeous journal page resonated with me! I love the very proper lady in her beautiful purple velvet chapeau, and those tiny rhinestones are to die for! Thank you so much for sending a lovely little stash of them for my future use! I always love having you as my swap partner, Bev!
Response: She looked like she would brook no argument, I did have fun playing with her in this little page, Thanks for the heart!
Comment: These turned out awesome! I especially like the lion - Iโ€™ve been really into lions lately as I try to channel some inner strength ๐Ÿ˜‚. Heโ€™s going to be on a journal cover soon!
Response: It was so frustrating trying to find the right sized image as I do not have a glut of magazines to work with and I also do not drink tea. I wonder if used dryer sheets stained with ink would work. Will see what happens one day. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I love it!!! Where did you get all the images? Did you print them (if so, what kind of printer do you use? Also, where did you get the lined paper that you used on the back of the cards- strange question, I know, but itโ€™s perfect! Thank you!!!
Response: I am trying to remember which images I used. I did not scan and save the image like I usually do for some reason. The images I use are usually printed and I use a Canon tank printer set to high quality. I think I just Googled a free image of the lined paper and printed that. Not a strange question at all. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the absolutely gorgeous journal page! I canยดt say how much I adore it as I LOVE London and finally got to visit it this summer. Your page has so many great details to look at and that image of a car is really wonderful! I also enjoyed reading your letter and your childhood-memories, thanks for sharing them. And last but not least, those papers you sent are so cool! Thanks a lot for making this rainy day so much brighter!
Response: So pleased all arrived in good order. i had fun putting that one together once I got started. Thanks for the heart and kind words. Can you even imagine that many children...
Comment: Thank you SO much for the stunning clips! They are beautiful! The note and extras are also very much appreciated and I so appreciate your kindness!
Response: Thanks for the heart! You are more than welcome!
Karmi53 rated for Bearly on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: Lovely bear atc great minds think the same. Thanks for the extras too take care
Response: You are always more than welcome my friend!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Dog Days on Aug 3, 2019
Comment: Your work is so creative and this card is a perfect example . It is just lovely ...the gold doily the pale pink stamping the placement of the flowers and the tiny gold bits and the precious image just lovely and the little bingo card??? Was that a reference to the song?? Very clever! Thank you so much!!
Response: You got it in one! I remember singing that song as a child. The image was so sweet with the large dog and small child. My Gran had a breeding kennel at one point and was a sucker for strays as well. She had one that was quite the character. I was at my Gran's house and I answered the front door as we had heard knocking. When I opened it, the only one at the door was a huge great dane. I looked at my Gran and asked who was getting breakfast first. That beast was a head taller than I was, lol! Thanks for the heart.
sharmison33 rated for VC: Tag Book Page #7 - July on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful July tag for my book and the special extras. The die cuts are lovely!
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
hibiscus rated for AACG: Black and White ATC on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Yes! A bevoriginal!! I love love love this card! The Japanese โ€œgreat waveโ€ ! the rls quote! Black and white! The โ€œold saltโ€! Everything just perfection... your technique with the pearl acrylic and the embossing powder ... I really havenโ€™t words!! Thank you for the stamp and images and beautiful lace.. an amazing swap!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap. It is definitely not a girlie one this time. I have used that "old salt" quite a bit in the past. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the pocket and extra bookpages!
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Arabella rated for MFF: 2 Embellished Bird Tags on Jul 26, 2019
Comment: Beautiful tags, Bev, and love the acrylic feathers! Thank you!! And I'll have to check out some of your book references - they sound good!
Response: So pleased you like the tags. The feathers were fun to use. Will have to get the mould for myself. 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.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

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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