Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2018 5:11 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: December 18, 2018
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

December 5th 2018: The postal saga continues. The postal workers have been mandated back to work but still everything is so backlogged. As it is mail seems to be moving faster outgoing than incoming. So those of you I swap with please know I am not ignoring you if I have not rated yet or if you have yet to get one of my swaps.

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.

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. 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. 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 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.


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 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. 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!


Poeprincess rated for ACTs: Deep in December on Dec 14, 2018
Comment: These 2 sets are so incredible! The artwork backgrounds & enhancements are superb. Rain & snow--terrific. Thank you so much for gifting me with your art!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Could not resist the rain as that is our normal winter. We just got hit with major rainfall and now waiting out a major windstorm which has cancelled all the ferries.
Comment: Thanks for the hilarious card, Bev. Best laugh I've had all week! Great to see you in my mailbox again. Happy Hula-days!
Response: Always fun to swap with you! Was pleased to see you were my partner as it has been a while. You get my humor! Thanks for the heart!
widelo123 rated for O50&P -Christmas Card Swap on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Bev, thank you for the beautiful Christmas card. Shirley
Response: You are more than welcome. Thanks for the heart!
Jenicat rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 21 on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. It's one of my favorites that I've received. So well done! And, of course, catified is hilarious. Thanks also for the unique book page and stickers. I appreciate your kind words about Kiki. I hope the squirrel was able to evade that owl! I enjoyed your letter. Merry Christmas to you and yours 🎄
Response: Could not resist when I saw your profile. What can i say, I am a slightly crazed cat lady. Hope you have a lovely Christmas as well. Thanks for the heart!
PaperPassion rated for AACG: Father Christmas ATCoins on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Bev,thank you so much for the beautiful coins and card.I also love Father Christmas.Hope you have a great holiday season.I have always admired your art.
Response: Thank you , you are so kind to say so. Also, thanks for the heart!
Comment: love it
Response: Thanks for the heart !
Comment: Bev, what a fantastic journal age. Love it. Your work is always gorgeous. Thank you for a wonderful gift. Pat💕💕
Response: You are more than welcome. Hope your weather is warmer than ours! Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for VJP: Collage with Flowers and Lace on Dec 2, 2018
Comment: I was so pleased to see that you were my swap partner...I simply can't figure out why more swappers didn't seem to like this theme. I can't get enough of flowers and lace, and this beauty has both in abundance! I love the tatting...I still haven't taught myself, and gave up on the shuttle and bought a book (and supplies) for needle tatting. I can't say I've even opened the book, but I blame my renewed desire to cross stitch every evening. Thank you so much for not only sending me the most beautiful journal page, but for the sweet pieces of tatting made by your own hands! You are just the best swap partner, Bev.
Response: So pleased all arrived safely. I also love the theme. I think I am hooked on high Victorian. Thanks for the heart!
choke rated for ACT: Book page on Nov 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable coin art! I adore the monkey image you chose of course, it is absolutely me! The layers and ephemera matched so perfect and of course the sentiment was a perfect fit. Thank you too for your gentle and kind words about motherhood, it really helped. I hope you will get Christmas in July next year with your new home but am glad that things are at least headed in the right direction. Hope to swap with you again soon!
Response: I wanted to make something you would find fun. I liked the whimsy of it. Thanks for the heart!
MAGALA rated for HMPC: Put a "Napkin" on it on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: All I could say is WOW........WOW....WOW...... That's how I felt when I opened your Post Card. It was soooo different, and I love the creativity you used in addressing this project. You did an Excellent Job!!!!! If I could give u 10 hearts I would.
Response: So glad all arrived safely! Thanks for the heart! Was amazed how quickly it arrived considering our postal issues right now!
Comment: Oh so beautiful. I love love them. I’m so excited to have these in my collection. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Hope to swap with you again soon!!!
Response: I knew I had saved those backgrounds for something! Thanks for the heart!
Camiliann rated for VC: Vintage Star Ornaments on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Adorable thanks so much. Have a great holiday
Response: Hope you have a lovely Christmas as well! Thanks for the heart!
Pikkis rated for ****PBP January ~ …*Stars**…** on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal page and explaining me how you´ve made it! You´ve used so many interesting techniques and materials. I also enjoyed your letter, thank you! I love owls too, but they are very seldom seen here as well and even the squirrels are gone now that our surrounding forest was cut down because of the new neighborhood being built. I think that´s sad...
Response: I like to try different things if the swap works with it. Thanks for rating!
Arabella rated for YTPC: Playing Card Journal Spots on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: I love your journal spots, Bev! Nice choice of napkin pieces and background and tiny embellishments! Also like the darker inking around the sides. Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you liked them. i may just have to make some for myself! Thanks for the heart!
Jenicat rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 20 on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and extras. I love everything. I love the Fall theme. It's my favorite time of year. Thank you also for the kind words about my Kiki. She had renal failure too. Many hearts! 💜💜💜
Response: Thanks for the heart! Glad you liked it!
Artstamper rated for VC: Vintage Star Ornaments on Nov 26, 2018
Comment: Bev, I just love this ornament! So pretty and vintage.Thanks also for the extra snowflakes. Lovely swap.
Response: Thanks for the heart! You are more than welcome!
BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Playing Card Journal Spots on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC's! Right up my alley. Thanks for the napkin too.
Response: Thanks for the heart! Was nice to have everything so readily at hand to use.
Comment: Bev, your tree is (as always) gorgeous. I'm in LOVE with the snow on the branches and the ground. The snowflake background is stupendous and the light strands! Is that a die cute? Receiving your work is like a little Christmas gift ;+) And your card is so professional! You should be making cards for a living (except who wants to work any more?) Thanks, Bev, for always sending such beautiful things my way.
Response: The snow was Snow-Tex. Comes in a jar and has a lovely look of snow. The light strands are a die. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! Thanks for the heart!
Aladyjackson rated for YTPC: Art Journal Page #9 on Nov 22, 2018
Comment: What a lovely package!! And you sent me address labels?!?!!!! You really put care into this and I love it all, I appreciate it so much!! Many hearts to you!
Response: You are more than welcome. It was fun to do. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: LOVE IT, and the back story! Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart! It was fun to do.

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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!

hibiscus on May 2, 2018:

your raccoon swap was absolute perfection!

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