Swap-bot Time: February 17, 2020 1:37 pm


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Last Online: February 17, 2020
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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James Blunt makes me emotional.


I've always had a love of foreign (to me) coins and banknotes, so would love it if you could help me increase my small collection.

When sending me coins, please let me know what they're called in their country - as much as I'm appreciative in getting them, I'm not very knowledgeable with what the currency / name is.

Whenever we go on vacation, I try to find pressed pennies. If you have extra's you don't want, they'd be loved. Again, please let me know where they came from.

Trades would be a welcome option!

US Quarters:

AL (1), AK, (1), AZ (0), AR (0), CA (1), CO (2), CT (2), DE (1), FL (0), GA (0), HI (0), ID (0), IL (1), IN (2), IA (2), KS (0), KY (3), LA (1), ME (0), MD (1), MA (3), MI (1), MN (1), MS (0), MO (0), MT (0), NE (2), NV (1), NH (3), NJ (1), NM (1), NY (1), NC (1), ND (1), OH (0), OK (0), OR (1), PA (1), RI (3), SC (0), SD (1), TN (0), TX (1), UT (3), VT (0), VA (2), WA (1), WV (1), WE (1) WY (1), DC (1)

I've recently received a state quarter with Northern Mariana Islands on it! And, I have what the sender called "The Drummer Boy".

I also have a Sacawajwea gold $1 coin

Canadian coins:

BC (1), AB (3), SK (4), MB (0), ON (1), QC (3), NB (2), NS (1), PEI (0), NL (1), YK (1), NWT (0), NU (0)


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 (7), Alberta (3), Saskatchewan (3), Manitoba (1), Ontario (4), Quebec (3), New Brunswick (2), Prince Edward Island (4), Nova Scotia (3), Newfoundland (0) and Labrador (0), the Maritimes (3)

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 (7), Florida Keys (2), Georgia (2), Hawaii (3), Idaho (4) Illinois (2), Indiana (4), Iowa (1), Kansas (7), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maine (2), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (6), Michigan (5), 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 (4), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (6), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (2), South Dakota (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (7), Utah (3), Vermont (1), Virginia (3), Washington (1), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (6), Wyoming (6), (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.

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renmagpie rated for CS: Snowflake ATC Intl on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: I LOVE this ATC! And it's so funny that you used Nuvo Drops...I was literally looking at them yesterday and wondering what they were as I'd never previously heard of them. I ordered a bottle after seeing what they could be used for, then I got your ATC which provided a perfect example. :D Thank you so much for this ATC. xoxo
Response: I love Nuvo (especially the Crystal Drops). I use them often. Glad you love the ATC (I did too). Thanks for commenting so nicely, and for the heart rating :)
renmagpie rated for CPG: ATCoin - Winter Themed Int'l on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: This coin is so lovely - and I am adding it to my Christmas ornaments for next year (this year I guess?). I loved the detailed process description - including the trials and tribulations involved - and I am so envious of your Dollarama find! We don't have Dollarama here, and in fact, the nearest dollar stores to us are pretty well too far away to be accessible. Thank you so much for this! xoxo
Response: Dollarama is great, but I wish I had a Dollar Tree closer to me, lol. YouTube vids are always going on about that store - tried to find one yesterday, but it had closed :(. I'm happy to hear you'll save the Coin with your Xmas ornaments. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and rating!
PaperPassion rated for MAS&M: Altered Puzzle piece on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely puzzle piece and the extras.
Response: Happy that it reached you quickly, and you like everything. Thanks so much for the heart rating :)
Cariboocarol rated for TRANSPORT PC #2 (BICYCLES) on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Hi S! Thank you very much for the pretty vintage card and also for the washi samples! Yes, I have accumulated a few now and just store them in a box - actually that is what I bought with the amazon gift card that I won - more washi! Ha! It is hard to find here in our stores.
Response: Wow, three days and you've got it already! So glad you like the pc and the Washi :)
Singske rated for Intl: Face Time-January on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you Sandra for the great postcard. Love the idea of using a napkin as the background and the sunny face.We need some sunshine her in Belgium after a stormy weekend... Thanks also for the extra’s. You didn’t have to send them but I appreciate it, love the picture of the couple getting married, must be really old. ⭐️💌⭐️
Response: So happy you like the postcard I made! I'm always so pleasantly surprised that our our postal system is so efficient getting things to Europe, while it can take weeks to get to the States. Thanks very much for your kind words and heart rating :)
Comment: Thank you! Love everything!
Response: Happy to hear it! Thanks for the great comment and heart rating :)
Karmi53 rated for CS: Animal Series - bird on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: Oh your little owls are so cute, good job l like the water colors l would take a class too. Thanks for the extras too. Take care
Response: Very happy you like the ATC I sent - I love them little owls :)
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Response: You're welcome - hope you liked them :)
savannahsmiles4u rated for AN: Ocean Love (global) on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: How creative and talented you are! I love everything, and am always amazed at the talent some of you out there have! Love the vintage postcards! You could have sent Panama City. I Love Florida postcards!
Response: So happy you like everything! Thanks so much for your fabulous comment and heart rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the images. I can’t wait until the next round. I’m interested to see what it’s gonna be like.😀
Response: Me, too! Waiting to get mine, then I'll check to make sure everyone else has theirs! Thanks for the great rating :)
CrystalZ rated for CS: Let's Trade 3 PCs on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: I love love love the postcards you picked for me Sandra! They of course will fit in wonderfully to my collection :) I hope to one day get to visit Costa Rica as I have heard wonderful things about the nature there. And too funny that you caught my typo on my profile....I didn't catch that myself until I went to delete it! Thanks for swapping!
Response: Glad to hear you love the pc's! I'd love to go back there, too. Thanks for the great comment and heart rating :)
choke rated for FS: ATCs November 2019 on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: Woohoo! The resend made it and even had a review from our border control, I guess it passed! I love the alien scene you created. So cool!
Response: Glad this one passed - though I wonder why it got "stopped"? Thanks so much, Colleen!
Response: Thanks for letting me know you've received it :)
simcoe54 rated for CH: 4 Coins - Not Your Country #2 on Jan 22, 2020
Comment: Great coin choices. Thanks
Response: Glad you're happy with them! Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Hi Sandra! It's really been a long time since we swapped / tagged. I'm happy to receive this mail from you, thank you! Apples to Apples really seem like an interesting game 😍 Hope you're having a great 2020 too! ❤
Response: It has, I know! I'm so happy this has arrived. Happy New Year - maybe we'll "meet up" again this year again :)
Hope84 rated for CH: Postcards & Coins on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Hello :-) , thank you so much for this wonderful Coins and Postcards. You're very kind, my Son really like the Disney Postcard :-) . I wish to you and your Family a beautiful Year :-) !!! All the best!!!
Response: I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and I wish the same for you and yours. I'm glad the coins and the postcard are well-liked. Hope we swap again sometime :)
me2az50 rated for MAS&M: It's a Vintage Christmas! on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this lovely card. I liked the background and the items that you used.
Response: So happy it's arrived! Thank you for the heart rating and have a Happy New Year :)
Comment: Thank u so much for the swap.. the coin is a nice addition to my collection!!
Response: I'm so happy it got there (and glad you're pleased with it)!
Comment: Beautiful illustration of a book store. Thank you. Happy new year. Joy
Response: Thanks, Joy - Happy NY to you, as well!
Comment: What a great ATC. You sure hit the jackpot when you got that ugly sweater sticker! :) It is super awesome that you try to get into as many of the swaps hosted by others in the group as you can. At least we know we can generally expect at least one other person to join in. ;)
Response: I hope it gets better than that this year but, if I can, I will join - thanks for hosting this fun swap (and I did luck out with that sticker, didn't I?) I appreciate your nice comment & heart rating. "See" you soon :)

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warheart on Feb 13, 2020:

Love the die cuts from CPG Pick 2! Thank you!

Cariboocarol on Feb 10, 2020:

Thank you for the January AN WTA envelope - yes, I really did feel gifted with those 2 wins in a row!!

bluerose3 on Jan 30, 2020:

Thank you for the recipe postcards. It sounds yummy. I will let you know when I make it.

dvmac on Jan 30, 2020:

And the stamps on the envelope! <3

dvmac on Jan 30, 2020:

Hi Sandra Thanks for the Christmas WTA cards. Some nice ones in there. Sounds like you had a fabulous year overseas! Wishing you an even better 2020.

HippieChick on Jan 27, 2020:

Thank you so much for the postage for the Cheap Postage Pay it Back tag IT was very generous of you to share. And they are so cute!!

myancey on Jan 25, 2020:

Thank you for the December wta for animal and notecards group.

Lonestarchild on Jan 12, 2020:

Belated thank you for the super fun CPG Pick 2 Global Tag. You sen me more hilarious PCs and lovely little reindeer diecuts that I used in several Christmas projects. Lovely Tag -- thanks very much and apologies for the delay!

LoveThis on Jan 6, 2020:

Thankyou very much for sending my card back :)

LadyJo on Jan 3, 2020:

Thank you for the CPG December wishes of postcards! Great picks!

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