Swap-bot Time: January 18, 2019 10:10 pm


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Last Online: January 18, 2019
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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James Blunt makes me emotional.


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!

December 29, 2018

I won, and received, an advent box from @fluffyjunk for a RAK she offered on the Make a Wish group. The intention was, of course, for me to open each one separately, starting Dec 1, but I knew I wouldn't have anything to open on Xmas day, so I saved them. My husband and I decided to travel outside of Calgary (not far), so I opened them there. Here's a pic of 24 advent pieces I received from her.

I saved the advent numbers, the stickers I could salvage, and almost all the paper; somebody next year will get parts of this wonderful gift.

Advent gifts

1. plastic covered cat, Washi tape
2. sliver 1/2 inch circles
3. clear stamps
4. snow globe embellishments
5. Be a Tiger face mask
6. stickers
7. cream
8. Santa ornament
9. clear stamps
10. bird ornament
11. cute bandaids
12. white feathers
13. pendant (lovely)
14. white pencil crayon
15. embossing/cutting die - hearts
16. folder (will use for a recipe gift to my niece)
17. clear stamps
18. candy
19. flower garlands
20. cream
21. apothecary labels
22. Eau de toilette & leaves
23. travel soap
24. stencil, Xmas napkins and a bird ornament

Awesome, Romy - thanks so much!

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

December 2017

This 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 (0), 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 (4), 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 (4), Maine (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (4), Minnesota (3), Mississippi (2), Missouri (9), 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 (2), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (4), Rhode Island (0), South Carolina (2), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (4), 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


Artstamper rated for APCs Only! It's Christmas on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun resend. The added embellishment made it special. Thanks for sending the stamp off of the original.
Response: This one only took a week to get to you! I'm so glad you like it; thanks for the nice comment and great rating :)
DragonflyDaisy rated for ACTs - ABC on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Hooray! I got your swap today, so I didn't have to wait much longer! :) Thank you for the bird ATCoins. My backyard is always full of birds even in the winter because I have a walnut tree that they love to come and break into the leftover walnuts, especially the woodpeckers! Happy crafting! :)
Response: I'm happy you don't have to wait as long as it could have been! Thanks for loving birds, as I do, and for your comment and heart rating.
pintis rated for MARK'S WEEKLY SWAP-WK 1 (DINOSAURS) on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the dino postcard! A virtual assistant is just someone who does basic office stuff but from home.
Response: Hope you can use it in a future swap! Thanks for the heart rating :)
MitchR rated for ESG: 10 Questions on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great email.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the comment/heart rating :)
Margothecat rated for MargoandUser on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome business cards! Happy New Year and have a wonderful day!
Response: Glad you like the assortment :)
Response: Thanks :)
PaperPassion rated for Christmas Coin Swap on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: So cute thanks so much.
Response: I was so happy to find the elf and the mouse stamps I used (they were hidden for some time)! I'm glad you like them, and thanks for the heart rating :)
DaisyNY rated for Intl: Here Comes The Sun-Dec on Dec 31, 2018
Comment: Wow, three lost is very unfortunate! But this one made it! Kind of like a galaxy sun - the paint is thick and shiny - what is it? *** Added: Btw, I voted for Faces, Fishes, Flowers or Hot Air Balloons. What do you want to do?
Response: That paint is from some old paint pens I have; dipped a Q-tip in the paint to spread it. I picked Dharma & Greg, birds, fish, flowers or faces! Thanks for the nice rating :)
goinjenny rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #45 on Dec 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome - see you next year!
donetta rated for ACTs: Deep in December on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty ATCoin...you have nice swap partners, to send you such pretty coin backgrounds. I bought a 2.5" circle punch at JoAnn Fabrics, and it was a very good purchase! BTW, I'm moving back to the west coast in the summer of 2020.
Response: I got my Coin and Tag from my partner today, too; it was a good day for mail. Thanks for your great rating, and news of your move - we might just meet someday :)
dcp0112 rated for ACTs: Xmas tags on Dec 25, 2018
Comment: Super cute Christmas tags, great idea about giving them as gifts, I will have to check out the youtube example you told me about. Merry Christmas & Thank you.
Response: Thanks for your nice comment and heart rating!
Comment: Thank you! Love the mutt!
Response: I got the same mutt from my partner for this swap, lol - have a great Xmas!
AmookIslandCreations rated for Stars ATC on Dec 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful ATC! The dog really does look fluffy! So cute! So much goes into these miniature pieces of art! Merry Christmas with hugs from Alaska. Sherry
Response: Glad you like it - Merry Xmas to you, too, Sherry!
bstrong rated for Holiday Cheer on Dec 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Christmas and jar tags, they are absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed our travels to Europe and will be continuing to go back for New Adventures. Merry Christmas and the best to you and yours in the New Year.
Response: Merry Christmas! Glad you liked the surprise :)
Comment: Heh there! Love the card and thanks for the recipe! These are fun to play with aren't they?! Got wind here right now, ferries are cancelled and power out in so many areas. Just staying home and relaxing. Enjoy your " me" time in Canmore and watch out for "Mike"....
Response: WHAT? I just sent this on the 17th!!! I wish all the mail would be so quick; I didn't even put it in a Xmas card, since I figured it'd be way past Dec 25 before you got it. Some friends of ours just came back from BC - their ferry was cancelled to the Island, too (but they got across), AND it took 12 hours to get to Kamloops because they were blasting for avalanches. The Trip From Hell is what they're calling it! Thanks for the good wishes - we'll watch out for Mike, lol!
mrsD rated for Holiday Cheer on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: thank you for the terrific Amnesty Intl card! and for the super cute handmade gift card holders! merriest of christmases to you!!
Response: Yay - they finally arrived, so you can use them this year! Merry Xmas to you, and yours, too :)
soccer8s rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #43 on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you!!! I need to make these cookies!!!!
Response: You're so welcome; yes, they're very good :)
Sandara333 rated for Serial Killer ATC #6 on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you.
Response: It seems so much worse when a couple goes so far off track, doesn't it?
SwissChallet rated for CC: Technique Choice Intl. on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your lovely collage, Sandra! Wishing you a great holiday season with your loved ones
Response: I'm so happy you like what I've sent you - thank you for your comment and rating, and I, too, wish you a wonderful Xmas season!
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra PC
Response: Glad it was welcome! I thank you for the rating :)

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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.

manachai on Nov 3, 2018:

I just realised that I thanked the wrong person! So sorry about that! The 'Tag me but I send to you' tag that you sent me arrived and I love the stamped images you sent. Thank you so much!

CrystalZ on Oct 22, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards from the Maritimes that you sent for my September wishlist! I hope to one day get to visit the east coast with my Mom :)

LivingInSong on Oct 20, 2018:

Thank you ever so much Sandra for the Christmas card RAK! I will be using them in the next month and they are lovely. You were so kind to offer them up, thank you so much again! have a wonderful Christmas Season! ~Emily Z.

stephiedee on Oct 19, 2018:

That's so great! I'm glad the pc made it and provided a teaching moment. Thanks for letting me know it arrived and was so well received!

glennasgarden on Oct 19, 2018:

Thanks so much for the 3 Christmas cards you sent me for the RAK Very much appreciated!

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