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Last Online: May 25, 2018
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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James Blunt makes me emotional.

May 18, 2018

When notifications of new swaps went on the blink for so long, I got used to checking for new swaps myself, or depending on a message from the host (or founder). Now, I'm inundated with messages! For the more prolific hosts, I've decided to un-click getting new swap notifications, counting on them to send messages.

I think I'll let my groups decide if they'd rather get a message from me, or an automatic one from SB. Nobody needs both.

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

January 23, 2018

Rachel has answered my pm's and my unfairly received 3 is off my rating - I'm very relieved not to see that anymore!

October 14, 2017

My mom died on Oct 12. It was fast that day, albeit several months with her trapped in a wheelchair and not being able to communicate. She's with dad and my sister, I hope.

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 (0), Prince Edward Island (1), Nova Scotia (0), Newfoundland (0) and Labrador (0).

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

United States: Alabama (3), Alaska (7), Arizona (4), Arkansas (2), California (10), Colorado (4), Connecticut (3), Delaware (2), Florida (5), Florida Keys (2), Georgia (0), Hawaii (3), Idaho (4) Illinois (2), Indiana (3), Iowa (1), Kansas (6), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (4), Maine (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (3), Minnesota (3), Mississippi (2), Missouri (8), 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 (1), 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: Need: Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway, Belarus, Greece

I have Germany, Holland, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium & Finland; again, I like duplicates : )

Others: Iceland (1), Greenland (1), Turkey, Africa (1 of the continent), India, China, Japan (1), 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.

December 2016

All my baby grandsons!

Axel 3.5, Logan 1, Gray 3.5 mos

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.

November 6, 2016

The memorial was fantastic! My sister lived a life most would be envious of. She volunteered, she hiked, she led artsy workshops, she danced in the streets wearing ridiculous outfits and participated in pillow fights! She influenced people and was loved by many. I wish I'd known her better.

October 18, 2016

I want to thank everyone who have sent me their condolences for my sisters disappearance, and presumed death, on a hike in Vancouver, BC (Debbie Blair, September 29, 2016).

She was a free spirit.

September 6, 2016

Axel (3 yrs), Logan (9 mos) and me

September 3, 2016

My third grandson was born August 28, 2016. His name is Gray - another cutie! 20 inches, 7 lbs 6 oz.

December 4, 2015

My new baby grandson, Logan. Born at 12:27 pm on December 4, 2015, weighing 6 lbs 13 oz and 19" long. He's another keeper!

June 2, 2013

My first grandchild has arrived! Axel was born at 1:01 am on June 2, weighing 6.6 pounds. He's 19.5 inches long, and is cute as a button. We're going to have lots of fun.


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 then 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):

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satinification rated for NYUP: Creepy Cool plus nice on May 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you. I don't have any other cat colouring postcard :) The creepy one is very funny. Have a nice day!
Response: You're welcome; glad you liked everything - thanks for the heart rating :)
Zander rated for Die Cuts and a Surprise on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thank You for the wonderful envelope of die cuts and extras, loved your letter it made me laugh Thank You
Response: Glad you liked everything, including the letter - thanks for your great comment and rating!
Comment: Generic partner. LOL! Great planning and I'm glad you didn't worry about extras. I hope your trip was fabulous. I really like this ATC -- lots of cool details. I love the mermaid tape and the fish coming out of the card. Great job. Thanks so much. <3
Response: The trip was great, thank you! Met two SB'ers and I love Key West. Thanks for letting me know what you especially like and for your generous rating :)
goinjenny rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #21 on May 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra
Response: Wow, you got them fast - yay! Hope you enjoy that "coffee" recipe, lol. Glad you like the Disney card :)
scrappermama rated for APCs - Mixed Media on May 13, 2018
Comment: Lol! Its a good thing they were super mixed media up'd! They survived the long trek!! Thank you for hosting & the cards!!
Response: So relieved they made it to you! Yup, they were thick and must have been tough! Thanks!
Moominbrooke rated for HMPC: Look it Has Wings! on May 8, 2018
Comment: I had thought I had rated you for this- clearly it didn't take, or some such nonsense! Anyway, I really like it. Thank you, :0)
Response: I always hope that is the reason! I'm glad you like it, and thanks for the cool rating :)
CrystalZ rated for CS: 1/2/3/4/5 Postcard Swap on May 7, 2018
Comment: Great selection of postcards you sent out! I just love the manatee one but that spy one is pretty cool too. Thanks for joining the swap and I hope your vacation went well!
Response: Thanks for hosting - I had fun picking them out for you :)
goinjenny rated for PH: 3 Postcards/3 Book Titles on May 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra
Response: You're welcome! Thank YOU for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks for this brilliant postcard! This one is going up on my inspiration wall! I love it! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Wow, what a nice thing to say. It's very heartwarming to think about it on your inspiration board; thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate it!
sherba31 rated for AMA: APC Bird Series-Parrot on Apr 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for such a pretty parrot apc. Enjoy your holiday!
Response: I loved making this (birds are my favourite animals). Thanks for your comment and heart rating :)
marymary914 rated for Free Themed Serial Killer ATC on Apr 24, 2018
Comment: Great ATC! I believe I’ve heard of her! Scary lady, that’s for sure. Thanks for the little bit of history and the owl. :)
Response: We're going to learn about a lot of killers with this series, aren't we? Glad you like the ATC - thanks for your nice comment and great rating!
Comment: 😂😂😂 I love this so freaking much! It’s just too perfect!! Thank you 🙃 Your letter and your label had me cracking up! Hope you enjoy that vacation!
Response: LOL, your comment cracked ME up! Love it! Thanks for your great comment and rating. Really DID enjoy the vacay.
Johkup rated for Photomontage - use your mags! on Apr 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you :)
Response: You're so welcome - hope you had fun with it, too. Thanks for the heart rating!
Kimmi50 rated for APCs Only - Use your A's on Apr 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you Sandra for the amazing atcs, I absolutely love them all! Yes I do like fairies and angels and these are beautiful. Thanks for including a pic of your grandson he is adorable. I don’t blame you I would much rather play with him than do anything else, you have to enjoy every minute with him. No I don’t look at the postmark unless it’s really late and there was no communication so its all good. Thanks again 🆒👍💕😀
Response: I'm so happy you've received them. I'm glad you're happy with them; thanks for your great comment; just what a person likes to receive. I'm missing the little guy, but I'll see him in a couple of weeks. Love all the emoji's, thanks!
Comment: Oh wow...this was just an absolutely beautiful ATC! Thank you so much for being part of this group, and this series. I loved the execution of this! xoxo
Response: This is an excellent series - I really enjoy them. Your comment has made my day (and I'll be going to the Bahama's today, so that's saying something, lol). The next one is ready to be mailed when I get home ;)
Comment: Thank you for sharing your artwork with me!
Response: Making it reminded me of British Columbia, where I lived for many years. I'm glad you like it and thanks for your comment and rating!
marymary914 rated for AMA: APC Bird Series-Hummingbird on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATC! :)
Response: Making it brought back a great memory; I'm glad you like it! Thanks for your nice comment and heart rating :)
Anettethhjertnes rated for MAS: Unlikely friends ATC on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: This was a fun one, a monkey with an cat. This would never work if they where not baby's. Well made atc
Response: You are getting my swaps super quick, so nice for both of us! I'm glad you like the ATC; thank you for your comment and heart rating!
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful tag! I so appreciate the fact that you chose this dark picture. It shows the variety of ideas we all have. I made a very happy tag. I just was not brave enough for something different. I really LOVE how you made it! I have to agree: we all have some sad moments from time to time. That`s nothing bad and I can live with all of my emotions very well. :) Thanks again for your letter - I had the picture in mind, how your great-nieces were running around in the rain. :D And the robin-incident was just hilarious! I would not know what to do if birds tried to enter the house - I would count on my cat in that case! O_O I hope your visit at the dentist went well. I also took a look at your embellishments. They are soooo beautiful! Hey, we could do a private embellishment swap... :) I can make pictures of what I usually make and send you a message. Thank you for this wonderful mail (the first piece ever, that was opened by customs! I don`t know what they thought was in the envie...) and the little paper scraps!
Response: I love comments like this; so detailed and lets me get to know YOU a bit. You just made me remember that rainy day at the campsite again - what fun it was. Thanks so much for "talking with me". PM'ing you.
Comment: Lovely card! And thanks for the note that explained your process!
Response: So many different types of Diamondfish! I used a completely different one that my partner did - which did you use? Thanks for commenting and rating - it's always a pleasure to send to you :)

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piratecaptainmo on May 24, 2018:

Thank you for the awesome outerspace PCs you sent for the PF tag through the alphabet!

LoveThis on May 17, 2018:

my crazy Alice card arrived, thankyou very much :)

mgallardo68 on Apr 24, 2018:

Sandra, thank you so much for my SW PCs (Swap Tag! )!! I love them, feel so lucky ♥♥

LoveThis on Apr 11, 2018:

my card just comeback, thankyou very much :)

mgallardo68 on Apr 5, 2018:

I hope you liked all! Hugs.

MamaMangrove on Apr 4, 2018:

Got the 4 great comic book cover PCs for the PH forum tag today. Love them! Thanks so much. Sending you a PM re. your upcoming Florida visit.

LoveThis on Mar 26, 2018:

my mailbox card comeback home :) thankyou very much

heatherknits on Mar 19, 2018:

Thank you for the native art PCs - I love them! (sorry for delay, I was on travel, but very excited to come back to them!)

Drachenfrau on Mar 17, 2018:

Thank you for the 2 postcards for the Postcard trading group > [Sticky] Two (2) Postcards in an Envelope Tag!

LoveThis on Mar 17, 2018:

one more card arrived back to me :) thankyou very much :)

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