Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2018 9:19 am


Date Joined: May 13, 2011
Last Online: April 20, 2018
Birthday: October 20, 1967
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi Everyone!!

I'm Vanne and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. Married to an incredible man that I just adore. We live in Benicia, CA which is a wonderful little harbor town where ships and trains carry cargo in and out of the bay. The downtown is just like an old fashioned Main Street with cute little shops, restaurants and historic sights.

We have such a great lifestyle living by the water as we spend evenings walking around the Marina or just hanging out on a bench and watch the sunset after we get off work.

Every day we say to each other "We Have the Best Life Ever!"

My Husband is what I call a "prolific fantasy chef". Meaning he watches Food Network and cooking shows on PBS more than anyone out there. He is continuously researching recipes on-line and trying new dishes. It has begun to rub off on me and since I am on a diet I am trying to cook healthy and I am having fun trying to turn my favorite dishes into a diet meal low in Calories and Sodium. If you have any recipes for light cooking I would love to try it.

Lately, I am crazy about the HGTV show Fixer Upper and having fun decorating my place in a kinda Beachy Farmhouse style. I am also a little obsessed with Sunset Magazine. Over the Summer we had the chance to go to the Sunset Magazine Celebration in Sonoma and had a great time.

I swap ATCs, Rolos, Altered Tags and Art Journaling pages and supplies. I also swap and collect Postcards especially Vintage PCs, Playing Cards as well as Vintage Greeting Cards.

Most of my projects include Mixed Media Collage or Stamping, but I do a little-bit of Hand painted and some Digital. I am a Scrapbooker and I love Project Life. I am all about trying new techniques and my style is always evolving as I learn so much from all of you talented swap partners. I am always amazed!

I am so very thankful for all the wonderful friends that I have made here on swap-bot and I adore all the beautiful little pieces of art that I am receiving.


TROPICAL: Anything Hawaiian, Exotic Flowers, Beaches with Sunsets, Hula Girls, Tikis, Palm Trees and Cocktails. Flamingos are my favorite Birds but I love all Exotic Birds especially Parrots.

1960s TELEVISION: Love the old shows. Especially I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Gilligan's Island and the Monkees.

TOTALLY 80'S: Can't believe I'm listing this since I haven't looked back since, lol... Suddenly I am strangely inspired by all the 80's music, styles, movies and pop culture. Also, losing icons this year such as David Bowie, Prince and George Michael has made me appreciate this special moment in time.

FABULOUS 1950'S: It just seemed like such a wonderful moment in time. I have been listening to lots of "oldies" music and watching all of my favorite Classic Movies. Love Poodle Skirts, Sock Hops, Cruising the Main Street, Drive Ins, really anything from this era.

PARIS: French, Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Can Can Dancers, Paris in the 1920's, Josephine Baker and Marie Antoinette.

NAUTICAL: Coastal, Boating, Yacht club, Sailboats and Anchors. Anything Cruise Ship related, especially Princess Cruises or anything to do with The Love Boat.

VINTAGE: Vintage Sun Bathers, Circus and Beach Themes, Romantic Couples and Flappers are some of my favorite.

SEXY: I love sinful ladies of all eras such as Burlesque and Exotic Dancers, Pin Up Girls. Vintage Nudes, etc... I am a sucker for anything on the sexy side such as Corsets, Black Stockings and Red Lips.

BARBIE AND PAPER-DOLLS: I played with my Mom's Classic Barbies as a child. My Grandmother saved them as she saved all the kid's toys and books. I loved all the beautiful dresses and outfits. She also had a Pink Kitchen set for Barbie and my Grandmother also had a wonderful 1950s Pink Kitchen. I had a Ballerina Barbie and Malibu Barbie back in the 70's.

CLASSIC MOVIES: My all time favorite movies are High Society, Cleopatra, Casablanca, Wizard of Oz, Auntie Mame and Gypsy.I love all the old movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Doris Day, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and anything to do with the golden age of Hollywood.

WINE COUNTRY: We live about a half an hour away from the Napa Valley and go frequently. We are also big Wine drinkers and love anything with a Wine or Champagne glass or grapes, etc.

1967: The year I was born and I love anything having to do with the Summer of Love and Flashbacks from the 1960's. Music from Woodstock and great Fillmore Posters from the 1960's. Rock Gods like Jim Morrison.

MYSTICAL: Illusionists, Fortune Tellers and Crystal Balls, Astrology, Moons and Stars. I collect Tarot and Oracle Cards from various decks as well as Prayer and Saint Cards.

CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS: Vintage Children's books have the most beautiful Illustrations, I just love them.

ANIMALS WEARING PEOPLE CLOTHES AND DOING HUMAN ACTIVITIES. I think it's the cutest thing ever!! If you send me anything with a Frog wearing a Crown I would be super excited.

RECYCLED ENVELOPES: I like to send envelopes that I have received for other swaps. As much as I adore greeting cards and fun stationary, I am fascinated by the idea of an envelope traveling around for several swaps. Decorated a little by each sender. Feel free to re-use envelopes and I will send it along. How fun would it be to get one back that has been used time and time again.

If for any reason my swap didn't make it to you, please give me the chance to make it up to you as I would never intentionally flake on anyone and always do my best to be a great swapper. Just let me know that you haven't received it yet and I promise to make it right.

Happy Swapping!!


thevmatt rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Rolo on Apr 19, 2018
Comment: Sorry, thought I already rated!(This swap was archived) It's literally the only role I have collected, and was looking at it today;) Thanks so much!
January rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Tag "Nevermore" on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you - the tag is beautiful and really encompasses the theme - elegant and just a tad eerie...gorgeous! And thanks for the extras too -
Paulsmuffy rated for RJ - Steampunk Rolo on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Loved the swap. Great rolo thanks!
Paulsmuffy rated for RJ - Rolo w/ a Cowgirl on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the nice rolo, and great extras.
Shellyr rated for VS - Vintage Rolo w/ a Lady on Apr 4, 2018
dancingDog rated for MMPC - Mixed Media ATC w/ a Moon on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the card and all the extras - they will be used! These swaps are so fun :)
January rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Tag "Abundance" on Mar 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you - beautiful tag! (and so fast too! - mine will be sent this weekend :))
jfreeman rated for VS - Send 3 Vintage ATCs on Mar 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the 3 Vintage ATC's. It's been a long time since we've swapped as I took about a 5 year vacation from Crafting and Creating. I'm glad I'm back at it as I'm having a blast. I can't wait to swap again soon. P.S. I love the Oatmeal Buttermilk Blueberry Pancake recipe. Such a sweet added touch to the swap.
Shellyr rated for VS - Lady w/ Wings Rolo on Mar 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks for another lovely rolo. Thanks for the extras too.
ittybittykitty rated for MMPC - Mail Art with Stars on Mar 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty envie and interesting papers!
tatntole rated for RJ - Rolo Collector's Swap on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much and Happy Spring!
Kimmi50 rated for SUSA - Twiggy ATC* on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: I have to say your Mail Art Envelope is so COOL!!! I have wanted some mail art, what a bonus, this will go in my art journal. The Twiggy Atcs are wonderful, but you sent me not just one but THREE and they all are unique and fabulous!!!! I didn’t realize how many colorful images there was of her. Thank you for the creative skinny’s, you art is amazing!!!! I really appreciate your wonderful swaps and all the cool goodies.
Kimmi50 rated for SUSA - Playing Cards Mega Swap on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: OH WOW!!!! I don’t know what to say, You went above and beyond. I had so much fun going through all these cool cards. I can’t pick favorites but those vintage doll are so adorable. I really like the “yarn” cards too they remind me of the 60s or 70s. The Grand Canyon was fun to see all the places I visited when I was there. I don’t know how to thank you for another amazing swap. Thank you so much for another fun one. Many hearts!!! Have a great time on your cruise!♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♣️♠️♦️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
georgiafae rated for RJ - Rolo w/ a Showgirl on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: Always great to get something from you-great rolo-thanks! And thanks for the sparkly paper-thanks for sharing and hosting this swap!
MissPaula rated for MMPC - Alice in Wonderland Tag on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for all the goodies! I Love the color and materials you used on the tag. I like Alice quite alot! Good swap, Vanne! = )
Comment: I love your feather ATC - it's so... elegant :) Thank you also for the wonderful extras - I can see myself finding a use for everything you sent!
Comment: Lovely rolodex. Thanks for ephemera.
valentina22 rated for SUSA - Skinny Card w/ a Dancer on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty skinny card-love the bling and the purple glitter. Thanks for the paper extras-it will be fun to use them!
Artstamper rated for MMPC - Altered Tag w/ Buddha on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely tag! Appreciate al the extras especially the small Buddha cards.
VAWM rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Altered Tag on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the awesome tag, I love the texture and shimmer! Also the year of the dog extras were super fun!

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stiffneck78 on Jan 30, 2018:

Thank you so much for angeling the swap SUSA-Vintage Halloween ATC.

VivaLaDiane on Dec 2, 2017:

♥♥ Just saw your name while looking at something else. Definitely one of the most creative swappers I've ever received from. Happy Holidays!! ♥♥

AZmom875 on Sep 11, 2017:

What a terrific finished atc jam with the vintage girl and time piece. Wow love the glitter and lace. I hope to work on more atcs with you.

supersquirrel on Sep 9, 2017:

Hi Vanne - Thank you for the finished bird ATC. I love how you finished it. I'm learning so much from people in this group. Thanks for the new set to work on too.

mummsie on Apr 5, 2017:

Happy Anniversary. Hope your having a lovely time!!!

Mimi7 on Mar 27, 2017:

LOve the finished Giraffe, Hippo and Ice cream ATC jams and thanks for the great playing cards, the circle one is cool!!

AZmom875 on Mar 23, 2017:

Thanks for finishing up the Hippo, Ice-cream and Giraffe cards, you did a lovely job. I will work on the gorgeous set you sent me. Thank you for the fun playing cards, they are so cute.

flowerchild on Mar 21, 2017:

Thank you for returning my ATC Jam! I will be happy to add and pass on the others:)

jukejan on Jan 20, 2017:

Such a good mailday when an unexpected RAK comes along. Love the envie and the contents. Planning on more goddesses. How about you?

donetta on Nov 19, 2016:

Thank you so much for the lovely "lady in black stockings" rolo re-send...it arrived just a day after the original! Wishing you the happiest of holidays...can't wait for some more of your fabulous rolo swaps!

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