Swap-bot Time: September 30, 2020 5:46 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: September 30, 2020

Country: Canada
Postcards I've Made
ATCs I've Made

About Me

Canada Post delay announcements

What mail times have been like for me recently (July/August 2020):

Canada to Netherlands: 15 days

Scotland to Canada: 10 days

Ontario (Canada) to Ontario (Canada): 8 days

Ontario to Ontario (between 2 cities an hour drive apart): 6 days

Ontario to Alberta (Canada): 9 days

British Columbia (Canada) to Ontario: 9 days

Ontario to British Columbia: 9 days

Ontario to Michigan: 9 days

Ontario to Wisconsin: 13 days

Ontario to Tennessee: 12 days

Re-sends sent to:

  • montigneyrules -- August 2020 -- Ontario to Maryland, first postcard never made it. Second postcard made it and in normal time.

  • Coss - August 2020 -- Ontario to Tennesse, first postcard never made it.



Currently I'm doing a lot of ATCs (artist trading cards). I like the small format and that each is handcrafted.

If you have a Canadian mailing address, there's a Canuck ATC Group available.


Borrowing from NRGordon's description, I like making postcards from found images. If you like making postcards and you are my swap partner, send me one of your creations. Let me know how you made it and tell me something about the image you picked (why you picked it, what you like about it).

Cut n Paste postcards are one of my favourite style of postcards. They are fun to make and receive. I like rummaging through magazines for images that will make a great postcard.

indie postcard

If you're a swap-bot member in good standing, also like self-made postcards and ATCs, and want to have a private swap, let me know. Send me a PM (personal message).

I prefer postcards naked, stamped and written.

It's OK not to put extras in an envelope you send to me. If it's something you really enjoy doing, go ahead. :) But please don't feel you have to add extra goodies like additional paper goodies.

I put a return address label on everything I send out.

If you haven't received a card within a month of my send date, please let me know.

I'm nearing retirement.

In mid-life I started to lose my hearing and now I'm profoundly HOH. I lip-face read. I do not know sign language.

Personality style: ISFP - Adventurer

🤗 Things I find interesting:

  • Keri Smith--in particular her Wander Society concept. Solvitur Ambulando!
  • Documenting things a la the Wander Society
  • Hygge concept - cosy, comforting, calm, zen
  • Little Free Library visits while wandering and exploring
  • Dogs (and generally all animals including spiders and insects)
  • Coffee shops
  • Whimsical things
  • The beauty and peace of trees and forests
  • Tartan and plaid
  • Coronation Street viewer for over 30 years, but there have been many times where I've thought about quitting -- the writing can be more miss than hit most of the time
  • Landscapes
  • Farm scenes
  • Folk art (e.g. Maud Lewis, Grandma Moses)
  • Canadiana (or your country's stereotypical/cultural/characteristic things)
  • Wiener Werkstätte
  • Amateur art made by regular people
  • Public art galleries
  • Artist Co-op stores

📺 What I've been watching:

  • Dirty John / Betty Broderick

Both seasons portray some shocking human behaviour, and serve as a warning. I remember the Betty Broderick court case when it occurred in 1991. At the time it seemed the media portrayed it as a woman-scorned case. Watching this story on Netflix gave me a different perspective.

  • Planet of the Humans

Without fossil fuel we have no green energy. We use about as much fossil fuel to make green energy. The planet is expected to run out of fossil fuel around 2080.

  • Tremors

It's still a great comedy horror movie. One of the best.

📘 Currently reading

Finished Tea Girl on Hummingbird Lane I liked the first half. The second half became a little “Danielle Steele”-esque.

Finished Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. An epic tale. Forrest Gump meets Life of Pi.

My book club is now looking for a fun/funny/light-hearted/life-affirming novel to read. Any suggestions?

FYI, I don't use the Relationships/Friends feature. I don't understand this feature or the benefits involved, so I'm going to ignore it. But it doesn't mean I don't value swap-bot members. I do, very much.

To all those people who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note...

Thank you

A quote from VivaLaDiane that I like:

  • I feel a 5 says - you did what you said when you said.

  • A comment says "and I appreciate that".

  • A heart says "you cared about more than just fulfilling your obligation - you cared about my happiness"

My hope is to brighten someone's day with what I send.

My Swap Hosting Style

If you join one of my swaps here's what you should know about my hosting style:


I send out nudge 'please rate' messages around the 2-week mark after everyone has mailed their cards. Please, no serial nudging, it makes my hosting job harder. Rate quickly so it doesn't end up forgotten in a pile of postcards.

If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know.

Blank comments

When rating please comment on the card received. Let's make our partners feel like their postcard matters. So please, no blank comments. If you have a hard time thinking about what to write, this example might help you: Thank you for {describe the item}. It brightened my day...Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard. It brightened my day.


I check to see that everyone is rated and will add a "Finished" stamp to the Discussion section when all postcards are sent, received, and rated.


Great advice and a checklist here:

Thinking of hosting a swap? Things you should consider.

Swap-Bot Terms of Use

Swap-Bot Terms of Use:

  • You must be 18 years and older to use this site. You are responsible for any activity that occurs under your username.

  • Swap-bot is a service and venue where all adult people (over the age of 18) are welcome to participate

  • Swap-bot's services are not available to children (persons under the age of 18)

Markdown Language

Here's a great wysiwg site for writing in Markdown. https://stackedit.io/app#


AromaAlchemist rated for PnS: Sender's Choice on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for another great postcard. I love the Kaleidoscope effect of your flower photo. (Great to see the original too!)
Response: It's always fun to swap with you AA. Thanks for the great feedback. :)
Karmi53 rated for CS Animal Series: Rabbit on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the very cute bunny he is perfect. I put him with all the other animal atc. Take care
Response: I'm so glad you like my rabbit ATC Karmi. Thanks for the heart. :) I like these CS Animal ATC Series by user6937.
hibiscus rated for AO: Sender's Choice ATC on Sep 25, 2020
Comment: Love your technique. ! Sort of a batik like style in a way and yes I see the leaves quite well... nice work alway a pleasure to see original work.. thank you so much!
Response: Thank you hibiscus. I'm so glad you like the look of my ATC. I enjoyed making that night scene. I appreciate the heart. :)
fairylover rated for SPCP: Photo ATC on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for your very Canadian atmosphere ATC!
Response: You're welcome fairylover.
user6937 rated for SPCP: Bird Photo ATC on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Great app! Makes your ATC look very cool! Love the metal rooster :)
Response: Thank you user6937. The ToonCamera app is one of the first apps I've ever downloaded and I'm still using it years later. Thanks so much for the heart. :)
kizzlets rated for AMA: Sender's Choice-September on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beach themed ATC card. It is beautiful! :)
Response: It made it in very good time, less than a week. I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for the beach inspiration. And thanks for the heart!
glassnowdrop rated for SSM: QSCP #10 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the goose! I love these animals, but perhaps it's because i don't have to deal with them :) Al the best!
Response: Yeah, it made it to New Zealand! I love Canada Geese too, despite the over population.
user2148 rated for HCSI: ATC your hand carved stamp on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Love your wonderful carvings! The sun is great - but the letters!! Wow!! I can’t do more than a word before I’ve whacked off part of a letter! Tucson is still sunny and hot - I may be comfortable again come January 😂 Thanks so much for the great ATC! ❤️
Response: I am very pleased with how those letters turned out especially because I used Nasco Safety Kut which isn't that great with details. Thanks so much for the heart. It doesn't hold a candle to your great gnome ATC. I'm so glad we got to swap with each other for this swap.
bblue rated for Joy PC on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Great block carving.
Response: Thank you bblue. Dogs bring so much joy to so many. :) And thanks for the heart.
derakisu rated for CA : ATC HD/HP Sender's choice #1 on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: I'm glad you like the group. :) I love the colours you picked for your ATC, all the small details and the shading are eye-catching. And that background ! I keep tilting the ATC to catch a bit of light on the soft bronze. Thank you for this lovely art piece !
Response: You're so welcome derakisu. I am so pleased that you liked the portrait ATC. And thanks for creating the Canuck ATC group.
AromaAlchemist rated for PnS: CnP PC. USA/Canada on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: I loved this Cut and Paste image of the bear and nature scene. The summer was lovely and here's to a beautiful autumn!
Response: So glad you liked it. I was really happy to have found that freebie magazine at the library. It has a lot of images with a style like the bear and moon illustration, so I'm ready for some more Cut n Paste swaps. :) Thanks for the 🧡!
Comment: I love fall and everything to do with it (oh yes, I'm one of THOSE girls) so I loved your fall leaves postcard. I also loved this Cut&Paste swap idea. Happy Swapping!
Response: Me too! Both Fall and Cut n Paste. :) Thanks for the heart 🥰!
Comment: Just lovely you are very talented
Response: Thank you arystotle. That's kind of you to say. I had fun making that sun ATC in a "stained-glass-esque" style.
allieo rated for CA : ATC Rainbow #2 : Orange on Aug 31, 2020
Comment: Really nice ATC! I had to stick my finger in the sleeve to feel the texture which was quite fun! I like the effect you got with the smudging alcohol too.
Response: I'm so glad you like the orange goldfish on a blue water background. The smudging was a new thing for me. I thought the sharpie might bleed more than it did but I was happy with results, I think it smudged enough to give a feeling of water. Thanks so much for the heart.
Rainydancer rated for SSM: August Sender's choice ATC on Aug 29, 2020
Comment: Wow! I adore your ATC-thanks so much!
Response: I'm so glad you like my ATC. It was a new techique I hadn't tried before.
Coss rated for August Scavenger Hunt PC on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: So sorry this was lost in the mail. Thank you for the wonderful pictures and reaching out to me.***************** UPDATE************ Thanks so much for the resend. It was just as great as your pictures. It was not necessary, and very much appreciated!!!
Response: You are so kind. Thank you. I hope the second postcard arrived.
kizzlets rated for CPG 3 Index Cards - Global on Aug 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your Index Cards! I loved the flower vines you drew on the envelope <333 My favorite index card is the Friday one! Take care!
Response: This was a new type of swap for me and I enjoyed the process. I hope Origami Grace does another one soon. Thanks for the heart. :)
ayahsantos rated for My July Happy on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! Take Care always!
Response: You're welcome.
Karmi53 rated for CS Animal Series: Dog on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Great job on your dog ATC. Love the collie dog great job on craving that stamp very talented. Thank you and take care
Response: Thank you Karmi53. I have just started trying my hand at ATC-making. I enjoyed making that card for you. Thank you for rating me and for the heart.
marianne81 rated for Intl: Face Time-August on Aug 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your cool woman with a batman mask. I love DC comics and everything related to that.
Response: So glad I made the right postcard for you. I had fun putting it together. Thanks for the heart! :)

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KarenFife on Aug 7, 2020:

Rome, Today I received a second postcard from you for this swap Cut& Paste July #2. I adore this photo of the farm woman holding a hen. It is beautiful! Thank you so much! A special surprise in the mail.

RockyBeach on Aug 5, 2020:

Thank you for your card for the handmade postcard tag! The card arrived in perfect shape. Painting with nail polish is a great idea. But that's not an indoor craft, right? :) I tried to use up old nail polish for crafting. This was such a smelly experience that I never tried it again...

MamaD on Jun 24, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful landscape postcard you sent me for the PF tag. It is wonderful!!!

9O96O on May 10, 2020:

Another zine-making resource:

How to resize, flip and rotate an image in Google Slides (also works the same for Powerpoint).

tcornell on Feb 21, 2020:

I loved the postcard that you made for me for the Handmade Postcard tag. I have a stamp carving tool that I have yet to use, but once I get over my nervousness, will put to use!

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