Swap-bot Time: April 25, 2017 9:15 pm


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Last Online: April 25, 2017
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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Something New

April 18, 2017

Still here. Not as active as I'd like to be, but I'm quite a procrastinator. Still have the family issues to deal with, and the craft room clearing.

Have been joining pc swaps and some of the one-on-one trades in the forums. The crafty swaps (which I love the most) are still on the back burner.

February 25, 2017

I'll be busy downstairs today and tomorrow, clearing my dashboard, then I'm going to only be on minimally as I have some personal family business to tend to.

I'll be back :)

January 6, 2017


I've finally made a list of the map cards I'd love to receive:

Canada: Manitoba, Quebec, individual provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. I also need the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

US: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachesetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, (Territories): Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands


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

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

Europe: Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belarus, Greece

Others: Iceland, Greenland, Turkey, Africa, India, China, Japan, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, etc etc etc

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.

And, 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.

Wow, 8 years.

My time invested in Swap-bot has been a creative curve. Its made me commit to artistic endeavours that I only thought about doing, and I've learned so much from many of the swaps I've joined.

Not sure when this journey has to end, but I've been thinking about it.

Please call me on it, if I'm still here in June, I'll delete the above musing.

6 months. K? We can be pen-pals. :)

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



"INDESTRUCTIBLES" are great books for the first time reader - they're chew proof, rip proof, nontoxic and 100% washable! The pictures are great - big and bright and artsy! Yes, photocopy them and use them.

I love Amelia Bedelia! I read her for my OWN pleasure.

One of my favourites (and my kids faves) were the series of A-Z animals by Sweet Pickles, written by Jacquelyn Reinach and/or Richard Hefter who illustrated them. Totally vintage books from the '70's. Wish I still had them.

I did read The Bobbsey Twins when I was younger, but was an avid reader and graduated to the older books fairly quickly. Read Oliver Twist when in grade 4, after the teacher finished reading it to the class!

Of course, Dr. Seuss and all the "regular" kids books are great to read. I love to pick up educational ones, like "The Scoop on Poop" :)


Recently read the book, "The Humans" by Matt Haig - I LOL'd several times, so had to read a passage or two out loud to my husband - there were also serious insights about the human race, 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 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. Homeland is still good. Mrs. Brown's Boys is hilarious.

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)!

I tend to collect patterns of different crafts to do. My computer is full of patterns, and so is my filing cabinet :) I can't stop. When I clean up, I just organize better - I seldom throw anything away.

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!

As with many of you, I could hold a class and supply everyone with everything they'd need and not miss any of it. Not that I could hold the class IN the craft room. This is not good, but then again, it is. Michael's must miss me these days.

About Me

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.

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 really like rub-ons.

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 love African 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 (besides the U.S.), I'd love it if you'd send me a coin or two from where you live. 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.

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 (would love some from Hawaii / Alaska, but I also need others, especially from the east and south of this world).

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 much care for touristy ones (but LOVE map cards). If you send a touristy one, I'd prefer it to have multiple scenes). I'd love to get ones from someplace other than North America (except Hawaii and Alaska; don't have many of them) - Africa, South America, China, Russia, Scotland, Ireland, the UK, Spain, Italy, etc etc.

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, 206

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/email if I haven't been rated to see if my item made it to your house, but I shouldn't have to.

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.

I will sometimes put something in the closest mailbox 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?

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.


Comment: Hi Sandra. Thank you for the wonderful cards, recipe and your lovely letter. I don't get letters anymore and miss them. I see you got the map in along with a very nice notecard. I will try to reciprocate the next time you are my partner.
Response: Thanks for the great rating - I'm glad you liked everything (and I agree with you about the letters - I enjoy getting them, so like to send them, too). :)
Comment: Thank you for the recipe, and the cards. I soooo appreciate your thoughtfulness with the pc too! I'll send you my tattoo story ;-)
Response: Glad you like everything. Thanks for the heart, and I'm looking forward to your story :)
3rinn rated for CDN Swappers - woman ATC on Apr 12, 2017
Comment: Hi Sandra. I finally received your card. Thank you so much... sorry for the technical difficulties.
Response: I hate that it took so long, but I'm relieved it got to you and you like it. Thanks for the heart rating :)
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful postcards and the letter!! I hope you have a wonderful time in Scotland!! Have a great day!! Shelley
Response: Thanks so much - for the nice comment, wishes and the heart!
neca84 rated for Card Making Challenge #35 on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: lovely card thank you
Response: I'm assuming you mean the second one, lol - glad it made it and you like it. Thanks for the great rating :)
Jadelynn rated for MAS - a woman on Mar 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for your lovely ATC and lovely stamp! I loved that you put a small letter with the swap too, always fun to read letters! <3
Response: So happy you like her! I appreciate your kind comment and heart rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the inspiration cards. I like how you did the lady in the forest.
Response: You mean the flames of Hell? lol
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful cards!:)
Response: Yay, they made it! Glad you like the cards I sent :)
choke rated for Add a key on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the ATC! I'm not fond of the cards that extend outside the border, never quite understood why that became a 'thing' as one of the only rules is 2.5x3.5 dimension. I store my ATCs in a binder so this won't fit, guess I'll add that to my profile!
Response: Would have paid attention if I'd read it in your profile, sorry it won't fit. Thanks for letting me know.
Germanbaby77 rated for MAS - a bird on Mar 10, 2017
Comment: Simply stunning! The vellum/tissue paper was the perfect touch to the background! Wink of Stella is becoming one of my favorites!
Response: You've made me happy with your comment and rating. So glad you like what I've sent :)
kacka rated for Two Maps and a Non-Touristy PC #2 on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: thank you gor the great envelope full of cards. :)
Response: So happy you like them, thanks for the heart rating :)
Babytreese rated for 3 Blank Map PCs #4 on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: HI Sandra - my map list on my profile is current. I joined this group so that I could someday complete my collection. Thanks for taking the time to write me a letter. The heart is for my Frida card. Cheers, Theresa
Response: It's good to know, thanks. I try to send something from your likes, so I'm glad you like the Frida card :)
susieq40 rated for One Layer Christmas Card on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Just got this on Tuesday, you did a great job...thanks. I like the way you did it...
Response: Thanks for rating :)
Comment: These are great sorry late for rating.
Response: I've hoped you liked receiving it ;)
Comment: Sorry late.
Response: I enjoyed the process :)
Mustluvdoggies rated for 3 x 5" rolo - love on Mar 7, 2017
Comment: I love the love rolo you made and what it stands for. Family definitely means love to me. I love the fabric you used in it. And the letters stayed down! Thank you for a wonder rolo!
Response: I've just had my 1 y.o. grandson for the past 3 days - love, love, love :)
Comment: Thanks again for another great postcards swap.
Response: Glad you like them - thanks for the heart :)
Earlybirdprojects rated for Postcard Purge on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: Great selection of cards, from kitchy travel, funny and odd, and even a creepy taxidermied mermaid! (on a postcard, not a real one, lol). thanks so much!!
Response: So happy you got them! Thanks for the great rating - I figured you'd love that mermaid :)
Germanbaby77 rated for Direct to paper technique on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: thank you for the beautiful ATC. LOVE IT!!! you did a great job. a true treasure. maybe one day we will both go back to Germany. I was in berlin up until a few months before the wall came down. unfortunatly, i have not been back there since.
Response: Happy you like her! I plan on going to Scotland this summer; wish I could take a side trip :)
Comment: Oh my, what an imagination lol! How cute is this, has given me a bit of a chuckle. Can't but grin every time I look at that mouse skyrocketing and 'fast' I might add! Thank you for my cool ATC, and for hosting this one too. (No probs sent together. Funny enough I've had to do the same in return.) Cheers 😊❤💜💚💙💛💖
Response: Glad you like my lazy rocketing mouse :)

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Fever on Apr 20, 2017:

Oh, thank you ever so much for the lovely tag you sent for the "something ... tag"! This is going to be a neat project! Also, I really enjoyed reading your letter. It's so nice to receive something personal along with a tag, and I loved to read about your special ties to Germany. Thank you!

user6937 on Apr 18, 2017:

What a nice comment, thanks:

Hi Sandra! Thank you so much for the awesome RAK! Yes, they are right up my alley! LOL! I have a love of libraries and all things library related, so the Fire Engine one is great! I bet your grandson did have a blast - I also have a tough time organizing photos on the computer - do you have a Mac? Our oldest son and DIL will be here next weekend and I am putting them to work on helping me get some stuff organized on the computer!! LOL!

The Shillelagh Pub one is awesome - I have started collecting pcs or coaster from micro breweries that we visit - last weekend we hit up a few in Indiana and Michigan - fun times! I am not a huge craft beer person but when I find one I enjoy, I am always happy! LOL!

I never thought I wanted to go on a ghost tour but my bestie has worn me down - just hoping one does not come home with me - my bestie said my purse is way too little to worry about them coming home in my purse, think I will downsize more before we would ever go! LOL! I should start going on the city tours - our city is trying to become a destination place and I don't see that but maybe because I live here? There seems to be Waterloo's everywhere - who knew?

The urinal ad card is a hoot - will have to send that to someone with a sense of humor as I am finding not everyone on SB has - sigh!

Thanks again, you have me smiling here!

Hugs and Happy Swapping, Vickyen ;)

bblue on Apr 8, 2017:

Thanks for the great postcards you sent me as part of the "7 wishes a day" RAK!

CindyST on Mar 16, 2017:

Gloria, Thank you so much for the Worlds Largest Dinosaur Postcards. They are really cool. Oh, thats for the PTG Feb WTA, just in case anyone else was wondering, lol :D

Earlybirdprojects on Mar 13, 2017:

So glad you liked your surprise letter, and happy it could brighten a yucky sick day too!

neca84 on Feb 20, 2017:

welcome to Handmade Embellishments, I got so engrossed in reading your profile I forgot why I was here for a while LOL Carol

kweandee on Feb 15, 2017:

Thanks for the World Map Pc from the Mapcard Lovers tag 2016. It's awesome :)


Tinker60 on Feb 15, 2017:

Thank you so much for the fabulous PCs you sent for the PTG WTA January game - I loved them all. The 'danger' one is quite interesting and the lighthouse with the rainbow is the first of that kind I've seen - really beautiful. The Carl Larsson watercolor of the cottage is fabulous -- he is one of my favorite artists and I think I'd like to live in this cottage. . . and the yard would be just fine for me - the au natural look!! Thanks again for the great PCs and for playing ~~

mgallardo68 on Feb 4, 2017:

Thank you sooooooooo much for my beautiful elephant themed ATC for the ''Make an ATC for my favorite theme'' and the great owls for the Menagerie Tag. They all were fantastic!! Love them!!

CurlyTea on Jan 30, 2017:

What an amazing selection of goodies you sent me. I am especially grateful for the cut out girls from the pattern pages. They will be put to some good use! You are wonderful for being so generous to me. Thank you so very much!

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