Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2018 7:54 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: October 16, 2018
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

September 25 2018 update: it appears that the postal strike in Canada has been averted for now. Will be nice to get swapping again!

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. 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!


user6937 rated for ATC Tag and Matching Coin on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: How great to receive a swap from you again, Bev. Owls are one of my favourite birds! Your letter was very welcome - so nice to get an update from you ;)
Response: Glad you liked my choice! Hope the snow was not too bad for you!
luvbird rated for YTPC: Halloween Mini Flipbook on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Oh my, what a fun Halloween mini flipbook. I just love it! Great job Bev! Every page is a surprise filled with ghostly, scary “adventures”! Love the awesome die cuts, the darling tags stuck into the little pockets and the tiny spider envies tucked into the pockets. I could go on and on! Thank you so much Bev! Great swap!
Response: Was an interesting one to do. I was able to use what I had which made it nice. Thanks for the heart!
luvbird rated for VJP: Creative Vintage Collage #8 on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Bev, thank you so very much for the beautiful journal page! What a wonderful work of art! Such great details and collage work...so pretty! So many little things to look at. Thank you also for the lovely extras. Great swap!
Response: So pleased you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hello dear!!! I found them, sorry for the late rating. The coins you made are beautiful!! I love all the wonderful layers. The tickets with the tea cups are so cute! Thank you for the beautiful papers! Can't wait to use them! As always its wonderful to get a swap from you!
Response: You are more than welcome!
Comment: Bev, these Asian coins are to die for! These are truly miniature works of art. There's SO much detail on each coin and I LOVE that gloss you put on them. All the little patterned papers you collaged under the geisha are beautiful--are they part of the same pack of paper? I'm going to find some way to display these beauties!
Comment: Another beautiful Bev original! This one is really pretty, Bev. Your bird is perfection and the jute branch is inspired. Love the leaves, too. You even finished the back with a bird page. This is a gorgeous addition to my AJ for this group. Thank you for the unused stamps as well; that's really thoughtful.
Response: You are more than welcome! It was an interesting swap to do. I did find out a few things, like too much tea in medium makes for cement!
Lucine rated for HMPC: Ransom Note Postcard on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the very nice postcard;) I agree with you, "what goes around, comes around!".
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Bev, I received your postcard today and I absolutely love it!!! Everything about it is beautiful; I especially love the textures you added and the gold details! Of course I love the dragonflies and I truly appreciate you checking my profile and creating such a fantastic card for me! This is definitely 'a keeper'!!!! Thanks so much for all the love and energy that you obviously put into this little beauty; even the edging is the perfect touch!!!
Response: You are more than welcome! Was fun to play with all the different mediums. Thanks for the heart!
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Slide and Stand card on Sep 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much - I love it! I love the Asian aesthetic and owls are one of my favorite birds. I have little screech owls in my oak tree.
Response: Thanks for the heart! So pleased you liked it!
Arabella rated for VC: September tag on Sep 13, 2018
Comment: I love your beautiful cat tag, Bev! Great image of the cat and all of the pink roses! Love the little dots of gold, too! Thank you so much! And love the two mini folders, they are so cute! The little stickers are adorable! I really enjoyed Sheri Tepper's books, too, and was sad she passed away.
Response: Thanks for the kind words and heart! Look for my future tag swaps once this Canda Post strike is over...
marymary914 rated for YTPC: Mini Journal on Sep 13, 2018
Comment: Love love love!! Thanks so much!
Response: I did struggle a bit with it as it is outside my comfort zone. Thanks for the kind words and heart!
lvpoohbr2 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 14 on Sep 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely index card! I love it. The pretty pink papers were a treat as well. Ü
Response: You are very welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Gorgeous page!! Love the lace! Thanks for the goodies as well!
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
Artstamper rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day #13 on Sep 1, 2018
Comment: Love how yours turned out. Thank you! I will enjoy using the book pages you sent, especially because they are not in English. As always i really enjoy your nice note.
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Always a pleasure to receive from you! Lovely work as always. love the face. I ended up using a technical magazine someone had given me for my page. Tom Holt sounds right up my alley. I love Pratchett and will definitely try out tom Holt.
Response: So pleased you liked it. Hope you like Holt, he is a versitile writer.
Comment: you journal page is lovely. Much better than I managed this round! I struggled with cartoonish birds too but stuck with that and ended up not too happy with it. Thanks for the book recommendation! Might be a good one for my sci fi book club to read!
Response: I love to read and sharing a fun book is always a pleasure. So many, so little time. Thanks for the heart!
georgiafae rated for VC: August tag on Aug 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for hosting this swap and I was very pleased to get yours-Just like the one on the picture of the swap-Imagine that! Guess I need to update my profile-My husband retired this last friday. He doesn't know what he want to do-write-play his guitars-he has many choices but for now he wants to take a month and just relax and think about it. It will be a big change for me-just he finds a good hobby he enjoys like I do in Swapbot! Thanks again for the beautiful tag and the nice note-Shanks for sharing! OH- and thanks too for the lovely trims you sent!
Response: You are more than welcome! Thanks for the heart! Having a husband underfoot can be a real challenge. I am glad my husband has so many outside interests.
Kathy821 rated for YTPC: Art Journal Page #4 on Aug 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful artwork! I love it. The extras that you sent are amazing too!
Response: So pleased you enjoyed it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: WOW! Wow, wow, wow.... did I say wow?!! They are gorgeous!! I think this one was my fav as well! Thank you for the beautiful butterflies as well, pure icing!! ❤️
Response: Wow, back at you! Thanks for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 9 on Aug 20, 2018
Comment: Another beauty! I really loved the stamped sentiment and the color combo you used, Bev. I really love shimmery colors. I thought this one was a bit easier, too, and I know what you mean about the MM artists applying a color and then covering it up! What's that about??? Thanks for the lovely postage and that sweet kitty card too!
Response: This is a fun series but some of the techniques make me wonder...Thanks for hosting these and also 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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