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Last Online: May 27, 2017
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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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.


Germanbaby77 rated for ATc mail themed on May 26, 2017
Comment: That turned out so cute! Thank you so much for the wonderful ATC!
Response: You're so welcome! Glad you like my postie! Thanks for the lovely rating :)
daichki rated for Private swap on May 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you! They are interesting.
Response: You got them quickly!
Comment: Again, what a delightful swap from you! Such great cards that you chose to fit the hunt and also my favorites! My first Star Wars postcard: love it and didn't even know there were any! The lady slipper card is so beautiful and yes, Charley Harper sure captures the essence of his subjects well, always love his work! Thanks also for the extra cut out - yay, I am up to 4 cut out postcards! Then the bonus of an interesting letter from you: oh, my, what family memories you have of that island camping! Your swaps are the best, Sandra!
Response: Well, I have to recipricate what I receive from you, Shirley, and it's a lot of fun to do. Thanks so much for your great comment and rating - I'm looking forward to swapping with you again :)
Highlander18 rated for Map PC Scavenger Hunt #5 on May 24, 2017
Comment: Awesome cards, love them all and extra too! I had to look up fidget blanket. Reminds me of the Quiet Books I have made. I will have to try one.
Response: Yes, they'd be very similar, really, the only difference is the size - I always wanted to make one of those Quiet Books, too. Sigh. Anyway, thanks for the lovely comment and great rating; I'll be seeing you in more swaps! :)
Comment: Thank you for the extra
Response: I always like to send one based on my partners likes - glad you liked the one I sent you. Thanks very much for the heart!
CharlieChick86 rated for MAS: Zebra ATC on May 22, 2017
Comment: I love this card, thank you so much
Response: What a nice comment/rating to get - thanks very much!
Comment: Hi Sandra. Thanks for the lovely cards and letter.
Response: Thanks for liking everything, and for the very nice comment and rating!
EllieBeth8 rated for PH: "Opposites" Scavenger Hunt on May 18, 2017
Comment: Sandra, thank you so much for all the wonderful postcards!! I love the butterflies! Such pretty colours!! Have a wonderful day!! Shelley
Response: Wow, TWO days to get to you? That's impressive! Thanks so much for the comment and great rating. Hope your May long w/e is a great one - we'll be camping near Sundre.
Comment: Great assortment of cards, my favorite being the quirky blue lady shopping! Delightful bicycle die cuts and best of all your letter with such interesting personal comments - thanks!
Response: You're so welcome -thank YOU for the heart, and comment! I liked that blue lady, too :)
Juniebird rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt - Your Ideas #1 on May 14, 2017
Comment: I just LOVE the postcards you sent! Thank you and thanks especially for the extra owl postcard, it is wonderful. I've never seen an owl outside of captivity but I've heard them in the woods a few times. I'm sorry to hear about your poor cat!
Response: Glad you like them!
clillebakken89 rated for TPD - Mystery Supply Swap #9 on May 11, 2017
Comment: What a cute card! Love what you made with the mystery supply. Thank you! Thank you for the halloween postcard as well. Sorry it took so long for me to respond to the messages! :)
Response: So happy you like what I made! Thanks for the (shiny,red) heart :)
EllieBeth8 rated for PTG: "Opposites" Scavenger Hunt on May 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the great postcards!! They are great!! Have a wonderful day! Shelley
Response: So happy you like them. I'm going to have to search for some extra good ones for you since you're my partner for the next "opposites" scavenger hunt, too :)
Comment: Thanks for the great cards. I love these types of swaps! It is always so neat to see what other people pick for the letters.
Response: They're my favourites! Thanks for the heart :)
widelo123 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #3 on May 4, 2017
Comment: Sandra, thank you for the postcards specially the lighthouse ones. I really enjoyed your letter explaining each postcard. It is funny that I got the little lighthouse postcard back, I usually send these out. I grab a bunch when we go to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. I also have the Tupperware s&p shakers. Love them for cooking. You can still get them on Ebay. Shirley
Response: Hi, Shirley - thanks for the great rating! Glad you liked my letter; I enjoy typing them to include with my swaps. I was lucky enough to get a shoebox of postcards through Freecycle - that's where the small one came from (I don't think I've received one in a swap, but can't swear to it). I found the other Tupperware S&P shaker! We went to our campsite today, and there it was. Nice to have the set again!
shirleyinCA rated for PH: Four Seasons PC Swap on Apr 30, 2017
Comment: Oh, my, what a thoroughly wonderful swap! I love that you sent cards that are not the typical photos of butterflies, fall tree scene, etc. Such great art cards and yes, I do enjoy Charlie Harper! I especially liked your delightful letter sharing what you love about each season and card theme. I do miss fall color from growing up in Illinois, but we can drive a few hours and enjoy autumn, just not many red maples. What fantastic memories you must have from those family camping trips in Europe! And wow, for your brother to have chipped away at the Berlin wall - you did get to see it, though and that's impressive. As to the Golden Book - no, I have never read the grandma popcorn party book, but it sure sounds like a fun one. I will tuck your letter in with my list of Golden books and wish list and let you know if I ever discover that book! Thank you again for such a great letter and postcards, dear Sandra!And thanks for the nice stamped faces!
Response: What a nice comment to leave for me! And, thanks so much for finding my Popcorn Party book. I'll be on the lookout for it, now that I know the title and who wrote it, lol. I appreciate your rating, TY!
Comment: Thanks for another great postcard swap. Your package made my mail day!!!!!!
Response: Thanks for signing up! Looking forward to the one you do.
Comment: Nice cowboy cards!! :) Thanks!!
Response: Yahoo! Thanks for the great rating :)
simcoe54 rated for Postcard Purge on Apr 29, 2017
Comment: Another bunch of interesting cards. Thank you!
Response: Hope you can find a place for them in your collection; or, I'd bet you come up with a swap that they'll fit into. Love your rating, thank you.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Famous Person (Blank or Naked) on Apr 29, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the 2 famous people cards. Both of them are very lovely ladies.
Response: I agree, and you're very welcome! Thanks for the heart rating :)
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). :)

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Drachenfrau on May 22, 2017:

Thank you very much for the great postcards for the Postcard trading group WTA April 2017! :-)

mgallardo68 on May 11, 2017:

Dear Sandra!!! They arrived together!! I got your amazing Xmas stamped images (10) - black on white card stock' for the Christmas tag *** They are sooo pretty and my notecards/envies for the RAK> 7 wishes a day .... international version. I love it everything...

snowgirl on May 10, 2017:

Wow thank you so so much for your Christmas package, I love the Christmas ornaments, you are so clever with the handmade one xx

sweetpea22 on May 1, 2017:

Thank you so much for the cute sticker flakes for the RAK~ 7 Wishes a day!!!

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

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