Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2019 1:07 am


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Last Online: March 21, 2019
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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James Blunt makes me emotional.

March 20, 2019

Home from a wonderful holiday and have 16 envelopes of Happy Mail to open!

Received two envelopes of Maxi-cards from Ray Green from Australia, but I don't know why! Please let me know how/where to thank you! No Swap-bot name or note inside.


The only thing I ask of my partners is don't send me pink - I just don't like it and I never have. I'm not a girly girl in the slightest way possible. I like BRIGHT over pastel any day!

February 4, 2018

Please be patient with mail! Even between Canada and the States, mail can take over a month. I had one swap take 39 days to get to me from the States, and now a swap of mine took 40 days to get to my partner there - the same day I resent (naturally)! lol

March 2019 - still doing it each and every time.

December 2017 - this list is updated whenever I get a new map card. I've been VERY responsible.

January 2017

I've finally made a list of the map cards I have.

May 24/18: the number beside the country/place is the number of pc's I have of different mapcards; duplicates aren't indicated (but are loved), nor are partial scenes of a particular place (except the Florida Keys).

British Columbia (3), Alberta (3), Saskatchewan (3), Manitoba (1), Ontario (2), Quebec (0), New Brunswick (3), Prince Edward Island (3), Nova Scotia (1), Newfoundland (0) and Labrador (0).

Territories: Yukon (0), Northwest Territories (0), Nunavut (0).

United States: Alabama (3), Alaska (10), Arizona (5), Arkansas (2), California (10), Colorado (4), Connecticut (3), Delaware (2), Florida (6), Florida Keys (2), Georgia (2), Hawaii (3), Idaho (4) Illinois (2), Indiana (4), Iowa (1), Kansas (6), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maine (2), Maryland (2), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (4), Minnesota (3), Mississippi (2), Missouri (10), Montana (4), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (2), New York (1), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (2), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (4), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (2), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (7), Utah (3), Vermont (1), Virginia (2), Washington (1), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (4), Wyoming (5), (Territories): Guam (0), Puerto Rico (0), Virgin Islands (1)

UK: I have a lot of "parts" of places in England. Do have a couple of Scotland, a few of Ireland and a couple of Great Britain.

Mexico (0)

Central America (0): Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

South America: Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil (1), Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile

I do have the continent of SA.

Europe (3): Austria (0), Belarus (0), Belgium (1), Czech Republic (2), Denmark (1), Finland (5), France (4), Germany (4), Greece (0), Holland (5), Italy (1), Norway (0), Poland (0), Portugal (1), Romania (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (2), Sweden (0), Ukraine (0)

I'd love to have a postcard from each individual province in any European country that has them!

Others: Iceland (1), Greenland (1), Turkey, Africa (1 of the continent, one of S. Africa), India, China, Malaysia (1), Japan (1), Russia (3), Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, etc etc etc.

I have Bermuda, Tortola, and two of the Caribbean Sea. I have one of the West Indies.

More postcard likes are down below (I do like to receive my postcards blank and in an envelope - not written on).

December 11/26, 2016

The updates on my profile show both the date AND year, which is a bonus everybody likes. Wish everyone would do this.

Please - update your profile, especially if you join profile-based swaps. I sometimes wonder - are you/your husband/kids still sick? Have you moved? How's the new job going? etc etc. :)

Most of the statements on my profile are from the early days of SB (November 29, 2008), which many SB'ers will know.


Fave Books/Music


Stephen King (most of them but to me Salem's Lot was the scariest book I've ever read), Robert McCammon (Swan Song - a long story, but I didn't want it to end), Dean Koontz (Watchers - my first Dean Koontz and it got me to read them all; I even read it again), Jodi Picoult (just started her books - kind of whiney but that's the way people are these days), and others.

I like to read, so I read a lot, but I read so fast that I can't remember the books I do read - have you ever started a book, and know that you've HAVE read it, but you don't know what's going to happen, so you just continue to the end? Well, I've done that. More than once.

The Chrysalids (also called Rebirth), by John Wyndham is one of the best - read that one a lot of times. When I was younger I loved the Outsiders, by SE Hinton.

And, to age myself, before that - Trixie Beldon - The Gatehouse Mystery. I must have read that one seven times!

I don't like most movies made from books, and I'd rather read the book, but I was glad I saw the movie, The Godfather, before reading it. Most of Stephen King's books are slaughtered when made into movies. I actually thought that Needful Things would make a great movie, but... Ahem, it wasn't, LOL.

I've seen the Game of Thrones and now am reading the books; they're a bit tedious because of all the archaic names, but I want to watch the show again (and I'm glad I saw the show first - I'd never be able to picture who was who).


Try radiogarden.com! You can listen to music from all over the world.

I love the blues and, what I think is called, "alternative" music. I like rock, easy listening, and swing (think "In the Mood" by Glen Miller), too - I listen to a station you can log onto on the web: CKUA.com (Friday nights from 9 pm and Saturday from 3-5 pm they play the blues - Sunday AM they play swing). But, the station plays everything, and it's listener sponsored, so you don't hear ads. I hear music played by people I've never heard of and I LOVE (most of) their styles. Try it out.

I don't like classical, jazz or rap, so I do have to change the station sometimes :).

James Blunt, Ruthie Foster, Natalie Merchant, Molly Brown, Corey Hart, Huey Lewis, Uriah Heep, Dave Mathews, Los Lobos, Stampeders...

Favorite Movies

I don't see a lot of movies anymore. I did when I was younger - living on an Air Force base in Germany, I went to a movie every Saturday with my 25 cent allowance. A movie and a bag of fries is what that bought. Hayley Mills was one of my favourites back then - The Truth About Spring, The Moonspinners, etc.

Favorite Television

I like quirky comedy. There isn't a lot on TV anymore. I tend to rent DVDs from the library. Mrs. Brown's Boys is hilarious; I've been watching Blackish and it's funny :)

Favorite Crafts

Scrapbooking ruled once upon a time (I actually finished an album), but because card-making is so fast, I finish them more often than any of the albums I dream of having someday (there's no way I can give anybody a "store bought" card anymore)!

Since discovering Swap-bot Nov/08, ATCs rule these days! I spend so much time making these little gems, that everything else has been put on the back burner!

2018 - ATCs, APCs and postcard making is what I mainly do now. Mixed media and collage is awesome!

About Me

My first swap: X~Mas Card Swap International Nov 29/08 - there was over 400 people who signed up, with about 15 people who never sent.

I think I joined SB before this date (is that why I'm an "original member"?), but was banned from a recipe swap, because my profile wasn't long enough (HA, that changed, didn't it)!

I shrugged my shoulders and forgot all about SB; then I found it again! Haven't looked back.

Personal stuff:

I met my husband in 1992 and we married exactly 5 years later. We have a few children between us, all of them grown now.

I'm a camper - my husband and I have an acre sized campsite about an hour and a half away from the city and visit it every weekend if the weather allows. My parents had a place there before us, and that's where we got married.

I would love to have an acreage. Have always dreamed of living on a farm.

I'm an Air Force brat, so travel is in my blood - plan to see more of this planet. When we lived in Germany, mom and dad took us camping all over Europe - lucky me.

Have always had an interest in photography - my husband bought me a great camera so one of my retirement plans is to really USE it. 2018 - still haven't done this; now I have a smaller digital camera and use it most of the time.

July 5, 2011 - last day of my "real" job. Husband retired 2013 and we're content to putter around at home, or the campsite. How did we find the time to do things when we worked??



Please, if you're considering dental implants and going to Costa Rica to have it done, DON'T go to Prisma (with the big red lips). There are quite a few good doctors - research, research, research. I went on the word of a friends cousin, who had permanent implants put in. I haven't heard lately how her teeth are.

To hear the whole story, pm me.

Laser Surgery

If you can, do it BEFORE needing reading glasses. I can tell you now - you have to have glasses with you all the time, or at least accessible (in the car, in the bathroom, by the computer, in the kitchen, by your crafts, at the store), etc, etc, etc. And it's easy to forget to carry them around with you. They're always on the top of my head. It's a pain in the butt, but great to be able to walk in the rain :)

Likes & Dislikes


I like bright colours - red, yellow, and the different kinds of blue there are.

I like having little kids around, teaching them to cook or do crafts - expand their world. With babies, the first thing I do is have them touch something - usually a plant.

Love the vintage look; things that are old. Things from old books, old tickets, pictures. I like sorcerer pics, dark, mystical visions. Love the steampunk look!

The following likes could be for anything to do with rub-ons, stamps, die-cuts, etc.

I like: faux stitching, doodles, trees, wild animals & bugs, birds, ocean stuff, travel, nature, ducks (the real ones, not the rubber ducky ones), horses, grass, lighthouses, fairies, mushrooms, dinosaurs. dragons, pin-ups, tasteful nudes. I'd love to get some decent punch-outs or die-cuts - unusual ones, not hearts and squares (who doesn't have those?)

If somebody wants to trade some punch-outs or die-cuts with me I have a cool carousal (horse) punch, and others (wings) - I can send a list of what I have. Just pm me.

Feb 25/17 - Since this was written, I have a ton more die-cuts to share!

I like pictures that could be incorporated into an ATC - kind of off the wall, or macabre, quirky, not cutsey. Dragons, mermaids, Boris type art.

I like Native art, and masks.

I'd really like it if you wrote a bit about what you're sending me - why you like it and what you'd like me to know about it. Or even just something about yourself!

I don't wear jewellry, but I'd like to get "parts" that I could use - I'm getting into Steampunk art.

I love "Classic 45" scrapbooking paper, Zetti, the grunge look, Tim Holtz.

If you're from another country, I'd love it if you'd send me a coin or two from where you live. I've started to collect all the specialty quarters that I've just learned about on our trip to Florida this year (Apr/18)! Or a postcard (especially a map card), or a postage stamp (used is fine), or anything else different from what I'm used to seeing here.



I don't like any kind of pink, bright or otherwise, and don't like pastel colours. I still remember, as a child, my bedroom walls painted a pale green!

Disney, cutsie, lots of small anything, pet things, stuff for kids (mine are grown), wedding items, stickers with sayings on them, religious themes. Crayon drawings of "cute" things. I'm way too old to appreciate them - I'll give them to the young folk in the family :)

I don't need stickers - don't use the ones I have, so please don't send any. I don't like too much glitter, but I use Wink of Stella. I don't like stickers on the art you send me. Unless it's so nice, you can hardly tell it's a sticker! You know what I mean.

If you're sending me a recipe (food or drink), I don't like coffee, coconut, tequila or scotch. I'm not an adventurous person with many types of seafood (oysters, sardines & mussels), though I like fish and large shrimp.


January 29/18

I've just learned about maxi-cards! I thought it was just big postcards, but they're the ones with a corresponding stamp on the front of the postcard (not a real stamp, but a picture of one). Apparently, Australia issued a postcard with each new stamp they bring out - please send me one, if you can (blank and in an envelope, please).

November 4/13

I seem to really be interested in postcards lately!

I've been fortunate to receive some nice ones (that I can't ever find - in stores, anyway). The only ones I had were the touristy ones that I bought when away from my city.


Store bought pc's: I'd like mine sent blank/unwritten on, in an envelope, if it's allowed in the swap (or even if it isn't).

I'm not going to join many "naked and stamped" postcard swaps - I like to send some of 'em on when needed (themed swaps, more than one in an envelope, etc). I keep lots, just cause I like them so much.

I like lots of things, but anything "different" would be great.

If you sent the following, you'd be just fine:

map cards, map cards, map cards!! If you have any Canadian map cards, I'd love them. I'm also trying to collect all the US states, too

steampunk, retro ads, nudes, naughty, fairies, dinosaurs, sci-fi, fantasy, monsters, old comics, movie posters, some movie stars, space (stars), water (rivers, waterfalls, lakes, ocean - I love water), lighthouses, tropical (palm trees, beaches), ships (rocket, sailing, etc), muscle cars (I used to have a 1972 Challenger - I rue the day I sold it), aboriginal scenes/portraits (from any country), art, bright and colourful (NO PINK or PASTEL for me) and I've never seen a Christmas postcard (I have some of these now - cool, and thanks)!

I don't care for touristy postcards (but LOVE map cards). I don't care for reconnoissance art, but I do love Toulouse Lautrec art.

No kittens, puppies or cute things, unless it's a human baby. I do like horses. Not crazy about vintage, unless it's something to do with the above likes. I don't like them just because they're old. I was recently sent a vintage pc of a Hula dancer - that was fine.

Homemade postcards: I like to store them in photo albums, so please (if you can), keep them 4 x 6" so they'll fit (10 x 15 cm). These can be sent naked OR in an envelope.


December 11, 2016

I always rate and I don't flake. If I ever do, I'll take this statement off.

Because, why would I want to earn that 3, or (shudder) 1?

If you get my swap, I'd appreciate a rating. If you didn't, please let me know so I can fix the problem. After a month or so, I will pm if I haven't been rated to see if my item made it to your house.

Dec 11/16 - I care that you don't want me to bother you to see if you forgot to rate me, but I care more about getting my ratings, so I will be contacting you. Hope you read profiles like I do.

Postal workers in Canada don't work on weekends, so if the send date is a Saturday/Sunday, they won't be postmarked until Monday. I try to have it done before the w/e in those cases. I always give extra time for things - especially overseas, before rating (and will check before giving a 1 or 3). Even crossing the Canada/US border seems to take forever sometimes. See the top of my profile!

I will sometimes put something in the closest mailbox on a w/e, and hit "sent" that day, but it won't be picked up until the next p/u day. I don't worry about it, if it isn't due. If it's DUE to go out that day, I take it to the post office, so the stamp will have the correct date on it.

I don't automatically give a heart because of extra's. Except for postcard swaps - if you've given me an extra one, from my profile likes, on top of sending me great cards, then why wouldn't you deserve a heart? I always send an extra postcard, and hope my partner does, too.

If something makes me say "wow", you'll get a heart. Even if it has pink in it, you might still get a heart, but you'll know it's your art that got it for you. Hope you'll do the same for me.

October 16, 2017

If I send you something and the glue (or anything else) hasn't done its job, please tell me!

I've learnt recently that I was given a heart for a swap where the backing had fallen off the ATC - of course, I thought everything was fine. Then, much later, I was told my work was "subpar".

How can I fix things if I'm given a heart for something that wasn't considered "up to par"?

I want a heart if it's extra special for you - that's why Swap-bot introduced them; what they're for. If you think my swap is "subpar", please let me know, so I can fix it.

March 1, 2018

I have learned that pizza boxes have a shiny surface on them, so things don't stick as well to them; I've begun to use a sanding block on those surfaces to roughen them up and make that glue stick - I use Arlene's Tacky glue.

THINGS FOR ME (and you, if you want):

Hosting Help

Markdown help


wolfeagle rated for Intl: Up Above The World So High on Mar 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
Response: Thanks for the great rating - I've posted both Jan & Feb on my Flickr - hope you like both!
Comment: Moon and stars, eh? How are you going to vary each one from the masterboard? That's a challenge in itself, but an interesting one.
Response: Each one will be different in the ways I make them; I've been rated for both the ones I made and will post them on Flickr - check them out! Hope you like both :)
emiiy8 rated for IPC: One Word Swap on Feb 27, 2019
Comment: Sorry for rating so late... I was just not at home. Thank you so much for adding extra things! :)
Response: I'm just happy the swap arrived - glad you like everything!
doodlebugdezines rated for Triple Themes - 1 on Feb 27, 2019
Comment: Love them kitties and big burly doggies!
Response: I tried to ensure you would; thanks for letting me know by your kind comment and heart rating :)
Gatzcat rated for Any Two Blank Map PCs #2 on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the suggestion on the new group. I will check it out. I don't have any set map cards that I am collecting, so thanks for the ones that you sent. I have yet to go to Canada, but hope to make it there someday. I love the kitty card you included too! Have fun and safe travels on your trip.
Response: Glad I could help you start your collection! Thanks for the heart rating :)
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute ATC and for hosting such a fun swap. This is the first mystery swap I have done and I enjoyed it. :-)
Response: I'll be doing it again, so keep an eye out! Thanks for your nice comment and great rating!
RooBaRoo rated for OOO - an ATC tag on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you, it's so sweet & pretty! Replying to your PM
Response: I was getting worried; so happy it's arrived AND that you like it! Thanks for your lovely comment and rating ;)
CheyanneB rated for 2019 PC Series-February on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and lovely note :) I love them all!
Response: You're very welcome; I'm so happy they've made you happy! You got this fast!
EmilyT rated for MARK'S WEEKLY SWAP-WK 3 (HUMOUR) on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Haha! The image gave me a chuckle!!
Response: Not a sight you see as much these days, is it? Glad it gave you a laugh! Thanks for your comment and rating :)
Akanksha23 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #48 on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful selection of postcards. And I loved reading your letter..
Response: You're so welcome; happy you like everything. Thanks for your nice comment and heart rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely sun postcard. I really need a touch of sun with the polar vortex that came down from the north! Another fine piece for my collection! Hugs, Mona
Response: It's minus 25 C today (about -13 F) - brrrrr. Maybe I'll make my sun art display today, lol. I'm glad you like the sun I sent - thanks for the note and pm!
Comment: Thank you for the nice card; I love the colors you picked but feel bad knowing that you really don't like dealing with pink!! For several years I even went with doing neon colored Christmas cards & got a lot of compliments on them so I really like the colors you picked. Hope the New Year is treating you well=)
Response: Thanks so much for your lovely comment and heart rating. I was pretty sure you'd like the colours; glad I was right :)
CHOWEFACE rated for Two Blank Map PCs (USA/Canada) #3 on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the maps! Both are lovely and thanks for the YouTube suggestion- I'll have to check that out!
Response: You're very welcome! Hope they were new to you; let me know what you think of the YouTube video :)
breethefrog rated for HMPC - Etegami on Jan 27, 2019
Comment: I like the humor of your entegami! Thank you.
Response: I'm so glad! Thanks for the <3 rating :)
dobie256 rated for Oceana - Q (two choices) on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cool Queensland Grouper card. I really like the vertical "yin/yang" vibe and the seaweed details. <3
Response: So happy it finally arrived and you like this one, too!
goinjenny rated for PH: Winter Scavenger Hunt #2 on Jan 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra
Response: Glad you like them! Appreciate your heart rating :)
satinification rated for ESG: 10 Questions on Jan 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing! Sorry for the late rating. I wasn't at home and I had a problem with openning the attachment on my friend's computer. It's good that you reminded me of that! Yes, Postallove is great. I also recommend Postrabbit :)
Response: Thanks for the recommendation, and the heart rating! Have a great day :)
smmarrty rated for A-Z Rolo - a bird and a word on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the double-sided rolo. I will listen to the YouTube link you sent. I forgot to include that the bird I sent is called an Australian Chat....hence the word that was used. ; )
Response: Rolo's are always double-sided, right? Thanks for the heart rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the great map postcards. I love the P.E.I. and Jasper maps. As you know, it is hard to find Canadian maps - both new to my collection!
Response: Wow, that's wonderful to hear!
bluesky rated for PH: Map Postcard (Naked or Blank) #4 on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: yay! thank you so much for the card for my daughter. :)
Response: I love what you're doing for her - I bet she travels a lot when she's an adult! What a gift of curiosity you're instilling in her. :)

Rating Overview

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susieq11 on Mar 10, 2019:

Hi Sandra! Thank you for all three postcards for PTG: Two (2) Postcards in an Envelope Tag! I really enjoyed your note too. I hope you’re having a fabulous trip. It sounds wonderful!!!!!! The only time I’ve ever seen a moose was in northern Idaho. I was driving (slowly!) in the rain one night and all of a sudden it was there in the road!! It was a female but just so tall and huge. They are gorgeous!!!

dvmac on Feb 23, 2019:


Thank you very much for the well-chosen cards, Sandra. I like every one of them.

Have a good holiday!

notme78 on Feb 21, 2019:

Thank you for the postcards via global swap tag - rated swappers only.

Cariboocarol on Feb 13, 2019:

Thanks for the 2 cute cat postcards in an envelope tag on the PTG....so nice to hear from you!

HushedKitty on Feb 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for the sky themed washi! I love it and already have a thousand ideas for it.

bluehairedmary on Jan 15, 2019:

Thanks so much for the Postcard Hideout - Postcard Tag! I love the Alice in Wonderland postcards! See you in the mail!

Soph on Jan 14, 2019:

International Fun Mail - December 2018 WTA

Thank you for two beautiful viewcards of Canada and a pretty bookmark featuring the Central Library, Calgary. Yes, I love reading and will enjoy using this special bookmark. A wonderful 2019 to you, too!

Angie on Dec 13, 2018:

The stamped images arrived. Thank you. I like them all and will have some fun with them!

susieq11 on Dec 12, 2018:

Thank you for all the bird postcards for PTG November WTA. The glittery peacock one is delightful!!!! XOXO

MSturgill87 on Dec 11, 2018:

So glad it arrived this time! No ide why it came back to me the first time. Postal system here is cr wa zy lately.

You can enter your information if you would like. Either way, it should be sent to someone else. If you can't find anyone to send to, doing as I did & posting in the public forum will help.

Once these are full (no room for more address entries), they are sent to the "for" address.

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