Swap-bot Time: July 26, 2021 9:30 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: July 26, 2021

Country: Canada
Postcards I've Made
ATCs I've Made
My ABC List

About Me

Updated July 13, 2021

What to write

If you are stuck about what to write on the back of the postcard, or the note you're sending me, here are some questions that might inspire you:

  • What are you looking forward to this year?
  • What are the best 2 or 3 things about where you live?
  • What are you currently watching/streaming? (Movies, TV)
  • Do you have other hobbies?
  • Do you collect anything?
  • What's your favourite houseplant?
  • "Next month I'm..."
  • "It's been fun learning how to..."
  • What was your first job?
  • Pick something from this Icebreaker List.


I prefer to swap one item with one person at a time. If you want to do a private ATC or HMPC swap PM me.


I'm always searching for creative ideas and inspiration online, and in books and magazines.

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. I've started the process of getting a cochlear implant.

Personality style: ISFP - Adventurer

Married. Childless by choice.

rSmith - PO Box 31013 WILLOWWEST - Guelph, Ontario - N1H 8K1 - Canada

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

I love the creative motivation that I get from Swap-Bot swaps.

And the meaningful comments are a big reward.

❣️🖌️❣️✂️ ❣️✒️🎨✒️❣️✒️✂️🖌️🎨✒️🎨✂️


The only extra I'd really like is a bit of correspondence❤️. I'd love to know a little about what you have sent to me.

🤗 ABC List - Things I find interesting

  • Handmade is what I like because it's unique and personal. There's a greater feeling of camaraderie and community when sharing something we've made. It's a means of supporting and encouraging play, mindfulness, creativity, originality, and authenticity.


"The very act of creating and sharing art is an act of courage and vulnerability." -- SM Posey, Rubber Soul


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 keep a photo-log of my outgoing swap items--front, back, and at the mailbox.

If the postal equipment damages my card, let me know. I'll send you a photo of the card as it looked before I mailed it.

I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive.

Sending and receiving mail, including global, during January 2021 have been approximately 15 days on average for me.

📩Re-sends sent to:

2020 Re-sends


Happy to report that no re-sends were needed for the first 5 months, January to May 2021.

2 re-sends in June:

  • User1664 - My HMPC Tag altered ad postcard didn't make it. Re-sent June 20. The re-send arrived, July 19. 👍

  • Asert25 - My teal lilypads for AMA: Monochromatic Mail Art - May didn't make it. She was kind to accept the photo of the postcard that I snapped before mailing it. Since the pressure was off, it made it easier to create a new teal HMPC. Re-send mailed June 19. Asert25 got the resend on July 9. July 16--after floating around the post offices for 2 months, the lilypads PC came back to me. It was marked undeliverable. But it is so nice that my return address label worked. 👍

Canada Post Service Alerts

My Swap Hosting Style

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


If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know. I will send out a nudge message.

If I have had to send more than one nudge message to a member, I may "ban" from future swaps.

Blank comments

Please, no blank comments. When rating please comment on the card received. Let's make our partners feel like their projects matter. 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.

As a host, I read the comments each participant receives. I really appreciate reading a little description of the item you receive. I get to live vicariously through you, and by describing it we get confirmation that you received your partner's item.


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.


Please give your partner 4-6 weeks after the sent date, then send them a message if you haven't received the swap. Give your partner some time to respond to your message (2-5 days) before posting the "1". You can change the "1" later when the item is received. PM me to let me know you posted the "1" and have not heard from your partner and I will angel the swap.

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

Thank you

Great swapping advice, tips and checklists:

Thinking of hosting a swap? Things you should consider.

Joining a swap tips

Hosts: Rating Requirements Too Low?

Groups and Tags I help manage:

All about ATC

Hand Carved Stamps and Images

Handmade Postcard TAG

Zeen TAG

Swap-Bot Terms of Use

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


BellaRose rated for Cut and Paste PC #317013 Global on Jul 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard, it was so creative and I definitely love it. It will be something I will forever save in my memory box. xoxo p.s I love anything Llewellyn :)
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I was hoping the theme would be a nice fit. :)
Zomac rated for AAA: SC Coin USA/CAN #318443 on Jul 24, 2021
Comment: Loved your coin for me!!! Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you Zomac. I'm glad you like the Walt Whitman coin. Thanks so much for the heart! :)
Gwillisinc rated for HMPC: 12 Months of Postcards on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: thank you! I wasn't 'bothered' I just didn't understand it. Wish your explanation you now give had been on it! I did like your drawing, just didn't know it was Canadian Since the back was about Mauritius in Africa
Response: Got your PM. I'm sorry that you didn't consider my Canadian Flag doodle and peaceful nation patriotic theme a good fit for this month's patriotic theme. The excerpt was something I read recently that relates to peace-related patriotism. Your PM says you are confused and asks me to clarify how it meets the theme. ---The back did reference Mauritius as an example of another peaceful nation and how peace can be accomplished--"respectful and careful in daily encounters with others...do not take peacefulness for granted...it must be cultivated and protected. Source: What Can We Learn from the World's Most Peaceful Societies? by PT Coleman, DP Fry". I included this excerpt on the back of the card. Canada is noted in this article as currently ranked as one of the most peaceful nations and something that makes me proud of Canada. Patriotism is defined as love for or devotion to one's country. It's just hard to put all of that onto the back of a postcard. ------ And the stylized Canadian maple leaf is symbol of Canada's 100th anniversary as a nation (designed by Stuart Ash). https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/1967-centennial-celebrations-emc It is the symbol I use as my avatar. I did a little stylizing of the triangles and yes it looks somewhat like a star. And yes, Canada does not have the word "peace" on its flag. I added that to emphasize the patriotic theme. Sorry to hear that it was confusing. Art can have that effect--and some like it, some don't. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51331926346_62abc276b0.jpg
Comment: Thank you for the bird zine, what a great idea! Your neighborhood loves their birdhouses:)
Response: Thank you OG. I'm so glad you like the bird theme. Thanks for understanding and waiting for the 2nd one. It's a weird Toronto-theme zine.
CookieMomster78 rated for AAA: Cut n Paste #317979 on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks again for a clever and creative swap-ortunity. I ❤️ that moose is sipping tropical drinks with his turtle buddy!
Response: Swap-ortunity...I love that word. 😊 I'm really glad you like that cute kids' book illustration. And I'm so glad you liked the ATC cut n paste idea (that I borrowed from nrgordon).
Comment: Hi Rome, I'm sorry about the delay in getting this rated for you. I found it mixed in with some other papers and that is why I didn't rate you until now. I love the Angel ATC you created for means for this swap. It will be a Great Addition to my ATC Collection. I certainly hope you will consider swapping with me again. Until that time happens, Happy Swapping! Barbara, sleepingrover2010
Response: I'm so glad you like the angel ATC. Thanks so much for the heart Barbara. :)
Aseret25 rated for AMA: Monochromatic Mail Art - May on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: The resend just arrived! I really like the little teal landscape that you made. :D I've never used chalk fixative - seems like it held up well. Thanks for resending!
Response: Oh thank gosh. I'm going to assume some postal employee loved my first PC so much they kept it. 🥰 😁 I'm so glad you like my lake scene. Thanks for staying in contact with me and for your patience and for the heart. 💖
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC. I loved it, totally me. My hubby says I dress like a hippie and that I’m a little bohemian 😊❤️
Response: I love it when I make the right card for someone. Thanks so much for letting me know you love it. 🤗
diesel101 rated for SSM: QSCP #25 on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Hi Rome. Thank you for the vintage RCMP themed postcard. Happy summer swapping! x
Response: Thank you for rating me.
Comment: This is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much. I haven't been to Epcot since I was a little kid, we just moved back here again, but maybe one day I'll make it back. Happy Swapping!
Response: Thanks boriquaz. I'm so glad you like what I sent. It was fun creating the quilt-esque sun landscape ATC. Thanks for the heart!
wolfeagle rated for MAS: Dance! on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. I love that you carved these stamps.
Response: You're very welcome wolfeagle. Thanks for the kind words. 🤗
RiverTopanga rated for Photo Postcard Global #317374 on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: Very cool pc. Looks almost Paranormal! Nice use of lighting. Thanks! 💛
Response: Yes. Paranormal is a good word for it. It's almost like an X-Files thing. Thanks RT!
Ariaya rated for AAA: Photo Card or Coin #317646 on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATC and note. The photo is very creepy-cool :D
Response: Creepy-cool is a great way to describe that goal experience.
Rhino44 rated for ATC - Abstract #317207 Global on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATC! Your method sounds super interesting, and it gives the print a 3D look. I love it! And I also love the great flowered rhino :-) Thank you!
Response: I'm smiling because you like my ATC and because the rhino was a hit. :) Thanks JP!
YooperHill rated for Rothko-Inspired Minizine on Jun 28, 2021
Comment: Yay! It arrived & I’m so happy to receive it! It is great! Thank you
Response: Oh thank gosh! So glad it got there the second time. Thanks for patiently waiting. And thanks so much for the heart!
Comment: Hi Rome. Beautiful work. You've set a high standard!
Response: Thank you dvmac. 🤗 I hope you enjoy making your page.
Lantana149 rated for SSM: Handmade Postcard - June SC on Jun 23, 2021
Comment: thank you for the pretty PC, I have it here on my desk so I can admire it. Love the P&P quote. :)
Response: OMG, I'm so glad you like my art, and that I picked the right quote. 😊❤️
laterdayze rated for Cut and Paste PC #317371 Global on Jun 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you, great picture!
Response: I'm so glad you like the canoe on a misty lake scene. Thank you for the heart. 🤗
Comment: I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Devon. Living here has improved my parallel parking no end! And those letterboxes keep my little family busy, we have such fun finding them!
Response: I was thrilled to get to vist your town, even if only virtually. Google streetview makes visiting almost real. And it's so cool to meet someone who hunts for letterboxes in the famous (at least to letterboxers) Dartmoor Park.
CookieMomster78 rated for PA: Photo Postcard on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: Hooray! Your postcard did in fact arrive in all its nakedness (LOL) with minimal damage. A couple bent corners and small smudge on a cluster of flowers, but all in all beautiful & happy mail. It’s a great image of your neighbor’s crab apple tree and I really appreciate your sharing it with me. Thanks also for coordinating the swap - it was a good idea, in my opinion. Our PA group is just in a slump lately, I guess. I imagine when Int’l mail starts becoming more reliable again, then things will pick-up…fingers crossed. 😉
Response: Thanks for describing the condition of the postcard. I'm so glad the machinery didn't spoil the overall photo. Looking forward to seeing your photo PC. :) ---- I've been noticing that in the summer months there's fewer group activity for most groups.

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user1664 on Jul 19, 2021:

Thank you for the handmade postcard from the forum tag. Love the colors of the landscape you drew. It looks very serene. Much appreciated!

thebragal on May 31, 2021:

Thank you for the angel ATC. It did brighten my day!

papercraft70 on May 17, 2021:

Hello! I received your HPCTag today. Love the effect of markers and alcohol on the art. Thank you. -Hamiza

OrigamiGrace on May 13, 2021:

Thanks much for the zine from Zeen tag!! Glad you like my IG:) Lotta spoilers there!

9O96O on May 6, 2021:

@tcornell thank you so much for taking time out to let me know that you got the book review zine. Wishing you all the best.

tcornell on May 6, 2021:

Love your zeen for the Zeen Tag in the PF's! ♥♥♥ Thanks a bunch!

9O96O on Apr 15, 2021:

Thank you so much @denisemichelle for letting me know that my Handmade PC Tag arrived and that you like it. I was really happy with how it turned out. I'm so pleased you like it.

denisemichelle on Apr 14, 2021:

What a BEAUTIFUL postcard- I would not have guessed that it was handmade, it looks so professional. I really, really, REALLY love it! Thank you so much! (Handmade PC forum tag)

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


9O96O on Dec 8, 2020:

Mail Yourself a Postcard When Traveling

Complete with glued on cutouts from magazines and other ephemera, postage stamps, and a run-down of each day's events.

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