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

June 10/19

Summer is here! I'm going to TRY to slow down. I'm too busy to join many swaps OR, sadly, host many - gardening, camping, grandkids. You know.

I know I'll not be able to resist at times. You know that, too. :)


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!

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

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).

North America (1):

Canada (7): 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 (5): 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 (3), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (4), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (2), Missouri (10), Montana (4), Nebraska (2), Nevada (2), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (2), New York (1), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (2), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (2), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (7), Utah (3), Vermont (1), Virginia (3), Washington (1), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (5), Wyoming (5), (Territories): Guam (0), Puerto Rico (0), Virgin Islands (1)

Australia: 1 of the country, 2 showing its size compared to Europe (very differently), 1 of New South Wales

New Zealand: 5 of the country & 11 of the different areas:

North Island - Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel Peninsula, Wellington & Kapiti Coast, Waikato, Auckland (2)

South Island - The "Top of the South", Canterbury, Southern Scene


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

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 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):

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Comment: Thanks for the cards & double thanks for the stamps, Sandra! Funny, but I had the very same fish card but for Florida instead of the Bahamas.Same species in the Keys as there. Poor sad Bahamas. If I didn't have all this pending dental work I'd volunteer to go down & help them rebuild.
Response: Hope you get relief soon! Volunteering in the Bahama's would be great - so sad they need it. Thanks for the "fishy" story, and heart rating :)
Comment: Awesome PCs! Thank you bunches! I really love the Country Music one and the Postcard from Canada with the indigenous people on it!! HUGS Gabi
Response: Yippee! You got these fast, too! Thanks for your great comment and heart rating :)
Comment: Thank you so much! Great cards! LOVE the recipe card! I will try this recipe!! Looks yummy!! xx Gabi
Response: Glad to hear it! I haven't tried that recipe yet - please let me know how it is. Thanks for your nice comment and ❤️ rating :)
iheartushi rated for PH: Maps, Maps, Maps #2 on Sep 2, 2019
Comment: Hello Sandra! I got your post cards! I will be sending a reply in a week with your wish except for the canadian map cards.
Response: I'm so happy to hear that you've rec'd them! Thank you for letting me know (and for the ❤️ rating)!
banjobraids rated for NYUP: Rude PCs on Sep 1, 2019
Comment: Hi Sandra! Nice to meet you too. These are great! I love them. I think the holiday one is my fav since i am often that guy trying to get ready for everything. :):):) Glad to have them all, thanks! :):):)
Response: Happy to hear this! Thanks so much for your great comment (and ❤️ rating)!
Comment: GREAT postcards! Yes, I've been to the bookstore in Union so nice connection there. And could I just say "squeeee" about the extra???? Thanks for everything ❣
Response: How nice that you have a connection to one of the postcards - I'm glad I searched for a bookstore from your state! I had to look to see what extra I sent - your reaction makes me smile! Thanks for some great comments and for the heart rating :)
mamajoy rated for Double Double on Aug 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the neat map cards of the ferries in the UK. (and the stamps, both on the envelope and enclosed.) Your note was very enjoyable. You made me feel like I was along with you. I would love to take that trip. Your friend is very talented. She should be on Project Runway, but she probably is beyond that in her professional life. Anyway, thanks again for a wonderful swap. Joy
Response: It was a great trip, and thanks for the vote of confidence in my friends talent - she really should be, and I'll tell her!
Response: I was getting worried, thanks for your nice rating! Aug 23 - Why the change? You gave me a 5 and a heart on May 26. Aug 25 - swap host is helping me with this partner. Partner has told swap host she'll upgrade this rating! Thank you; pm'ing you. Thanks for saying you like the card I sent - and for the 5.
Johkup rated for Magazine clippings - ART on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for re sending the lost swap. Love the ATC! Thanks for the magazine clippings :)
Response: That's more like it - 10 days is much better. Glad you like what I sent (I actually like it better than the first one)!
Queensmiley2530 rated for OOO: It's about time! on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Thank You So Much! Sorry again for the late rating. Hugs
Response: So happy you received this; you had a very good reason for a late rating; no problem at all.
Comment: Love this postcard so much. Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome, Protector of Grandsons :)
Comment: YAY!! I love the beautiful purple tone washi samples that you sent! The ombre and snake skin ones were my favorite! Thank you so much! :D
Response: So happy to hear this - thank you!
swiftbrooks rated for SS: Finally - Me on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: Oh, Sandra! Thank you so much for the lovely Skinny!! I love the painted star flecks and fire! The deer is too cute! I love how 3D everything is! Thank you for a fun swap!
Response: Camping is my forte, lol. Wish it would stop raining so much this year :)
Lonestarchild rated for AN: Two x Two PC #4 (global on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Great cards -- I really like Larsson's stuff too! Apologies for the delayed rating --I've been away and just now back. (Will send a PM in a bit when I get a little more caught up!)
Response: Glad you got them - would love to hear about your trip to Greece, please :)
Comment: Sandra this is the postcard! I'm sorry if I got your worried. This is a very beautiful crane and I love the art style. Thanks a lot
Response: How nice that you received it - hope the bug situation is better :) Thanks for the rating and heart!
Hell0Z0mbie rated for Dicks in Disguise II on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: So cute! Really clever idea, I love both ATCs. Thank you!
Response: Happy you do, thanks for saying so, and for the heart rating 😍
Comment: Thanks for the beautifull postcard you made for me. Also thanks for the extra card from the mythical creatures postcards book. I had to laugh about the part you wrote about your grandson. Hope you did the weeding in your garden too after watching paw patrol, hahaha.
Response: You're very welcome! I'm happy you liked everything. Our grandson gives us so many laughs :)
doodlebugdezines rated for Any Two Blank Map PCs #3 on Jul 21, 2019
Comment: Fun cards. Loved the Royal Family and Alaska postcards!!
Response: So happy you're happy with them! Thanks for the nice comment and great rating :)
Zander rated for ATCE&T: Direct to paper on Jul 18, 2019
Comment: Thank You so much for the fun ATC love the saying. I like the Nuvo drops I am going to have to try them out.
Response: Glad you like it - I still have to give my great-niece hers (and its her b-day today)! Thanks for your nice comment and heart rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the word search!
Response: Great idea for a swap!

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sherba31 on Sep 16, 2019:

Thanks so much for RAK of people atcs. Hope you're well!

Angie on Sep 14, 2019:

Listened to your James Blunt video. It is great!

marinda on Sep 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for the aesome animal ATCs!

HippieChick on Sep 10, 2019:

Thank you for the selection of Naughty ATCs you sent. I agree, the one totally looks like sperm, haha! It will be fun to find a spot for these in my collection. Thanks again!

Mon1496 on Sep 9, 2019:

Thank you Thank you Thank you for the atcs the April showers set was definitely my favorite i loved them

aero on Sep 9, 2019:

Thank you for your generosity and thee ATC's😊 They fit right into my journal. Blessings and Good Cheer 😉

bluerose3 on Sep 9, 2019:

Thank you for the ATCs from the ATC RAK. Nice selection.

pianoheart on Sep 8, 2019:

Thank you for the nice bird postcards and book mark for the "cheap postage - pay it back" forum tag. I love them all - especially the mob of sparrows flocking on the tree branch :)

JuneRosebud on Sep 8, 2019:

Hi! Just received the Menagerie tag for sea creatures & RAK of ATCs. Thanks bunches!!

LilysMama on Sep 7, 2019:

Thank you for the RAK ATC's you sent! Nice selection to add to my collection :) These arrived quickly!

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