Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2022 3:54 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: August 19, 2022
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

Please do not send me any extras. Love them but right now I do not have the space for anything extra. As it is, my workspace and storage is so limited. I always rate by effort, not extras!

Due to having arthritis in my thumbs I have taken to typing most of my notes enclosed with my swaps. After hand writing a few lines my hand starts to ache.

I have decided to settle in with the groups I am now part of. I like to be an active participant in each group. If I am in too many I feel like I am too stretched out.

Due to the dramatic increase in postage for larger items, I will be doing mainly cards and journal pages for now. One of my last larger swaps cost me close to $20! OUCH!

Wow! I am now over the 2000 mark for swaps.... Hard to believe!

Thought I would add this. Would love my partners to send their postcards naked when possible. There are some very good sealants that will protect those masterpieces so be brave! Also, it just is not the same without a small note enclosed or written on the postcard. It just seems a bit more personal.

If you do not get a swap from me, please let me know as Canada Post is so slow and I have had items go astray in the mail. It can take up to a month to have swaps arrive to the USA. I try to keep a scanned copy of what I send on my Flickr account so no peeking if you want to be surprised!

Just wanted to let you all know that my Post person is amazed at some of the art going through my mailbox! You really make her day!

I am a crazy cat lady short of cats. After my two cats passed a few years back, I have decided not to get any more for now.

Am now a 64-year-old lady, recently widowed after 33 years of marriage. I have no children. I am retired! Yeah, more time to play!.

Love knitting, crochet and tatting. I do prefer the graph or diagram instructions over the written. For an example, see the crochet in the old Magic Crochet magazine designs. In knitting the European style like what one would find in Burda or Vogue magazines. Always interested in trying something new! I have a special fondness for knit lace and making stuffed animals. Alan Dart is one of my favourite designers for toys. Can never have too many patterns, needles, hooks or yarn!

My BFF got me hooked on making ATCs. I have expanded that to include tags, postcards and journal pages. I do like a challenge! More room to express myself. A nice change from the needle arts.

I would love to hear how you made yours if you are using a different technique from collage. Always looking to learn new things and try new ways of doing things.

Serious addiction to coffee and dark chocolate. Love vegetarian recipes. I do eat dairy products and eggs. No food allergies.

Please no heavily scented products, have asthma. Citrus, soft florals and vanilla scents not an issue.

Have a good sense of humour and an upbeat attitude. Always wanting to learn something new. Love all colours for ATCs. I like "some" cute stuff (Victorian and Vintage) and cat themed items but do not collect a lot of items as I live in a small space. Love most animals (snakes excepting) and space or Sci-fi themed items such as Dr Who , Torchwood or Star Trek. I also like vintage and Victorian pictures etc. DH says I have one foot in the past and one in the future. Love Steampunk!

Please contact me if a swap does not arrive. Canada Post is so slow and items do get lost. Also, I have items shredded to bits by the new mechanical sorters they use in the USA and here in Canada. The "mail masher" has claimed a few victims.

Favorite Books

Enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Do read many non-fiction history books as well. I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett. Also follow all the Star Trek, though in books only now. I am currently playing catch up with Eric Flint's 1632 series as well as S.M. Stirling's The Change series.. I am also adding Tanya Huff to my ongoing list. She is so fun! So many books so little time!

Favorite Television

Love Big Bang Theory and many British comedy shows! I have a new love now and it is The Orville.

I love Dr Who and Torchwood. Have followed Dr Who from the original courtesy of PBS.

Recently I have also been watching Warehouse 13 and the Librarians.

Watch some history shows. We have a provincial channel called Knowlege Network, and it is most excellent!

Favorite Movies

Love older Star Trek films and some Sci-fi. Also many of the films from the 30s and 40s. One of my favs is the Thin Man series.

Do not enjoy horror, blood and guts sort of films.

One of my favourite films was What Dreams May Come. It is a comforting film as I did a lot of palliative care.


Sadly, after the last bout of sticker shock for some cards I just sent to Europe I will be making more " flat pack" ones to send overseas. The cost of anything with raised embellishments has gotten totally out of hand.

I am continually in awe of the workmanship and quality of some of the swaps I get. I love the painted or hand drawn ones but well done collage and mixed media is great too. Small masterpieces of art. Love it when you give me info on how you made your swap and what you used. Please be aware I may renew, reuse and up-cycle items from time to time.

Learning to run with scissors and play with paper while not gluing my fingers together.... I like to play with collages and mail art. I am trying to stretch myself into other mediums. Some of the mixed media art is intriguing. My DH is a professional photographer and is encouraging me to go beyond the paintbrush. So far it has been great!

I do cards in water colours or acrylics. I especially love the acrylic paints. I love the textures. Anything to add to this addiction is always appreciated such as extra small brushes.

I am fond of rubber stamps. I love to buy the grab bags on sale . When I open them it is a fun surprise as you never know what you will get.

I love adding vintage lace to my project. Old doilies and small bits of old handmade lace are always appreciated.

I like to read my swap partner's profile so I can try to send something more personal. Swaps may be sent on the last day because of this if the time between the sign up date and the send date is short.

I am by nature a story teller. I love a good laugh. Often my cards reflect this. For me a pretty picture just isn't enough.


I try to rate the same day I get a swap. Feel free to contact me if it seems too long a wait for you to get a rating. If I don't see a rating after two weeks of sending I wonder if it got lost.

I like to rate by the effort you put into the card not the extras you send. Don't be afraid to add dimension and depth to what you send. Even if you don't feel you are a great artist but you make the effort I also rate accordingly. If you have read my profile and work around that , that is wonderful. Thanks!

Likes and Dislikes

Seems the thing to do so here I go.. Likes:

Ginger anything!


Most Animals except snakes. Have developed a special fondness for orcas ( killer whales) and rock hopper penguins. The penguins make me smile. They look like the punk rockers of the bird world...



Victorian or Steampunk has become a new favourite.

I love cards both collage or painted/drawn that have some effort put into it. I love it when people play with something and expand upon it.

I am no prude so partial nudity is not an issue for me.

I have a great sense of humour. I love the quirky side of life.

All colours for swaps.

I am a lover of spring. After our long grey wet winters it nourishes the soul. The colour of new leaves and the sound of birds, seeing the baby animals and early flowers, well you get the picture.

I grew up in the wilderness as a child. I am at home with the ocean and forests. The silence and solitude brings me peace.

Don't ask me why but I like gnomes......traditional, not Disney ones.

I have started embracing my inner cuteness! There are some cute clear stamps I have acquired and wanting to use.

Love handmade postcards both sending and getting them. We have limited choice in my area with mainly touristy ones available.


Not a fan of most teas except ginger. Recently I have become a lover of the Bengal Spice tea. Most excellent on a cold day to wrap one's hands around a hot mug of that.

I am not crazy over Disney. Please don't send any unless it is cat related. Can never have too much kitty!

Items with smoke or strong scent - have asthma

Please no stickers, just do not use them at all.

Horror, gory, bloody, gross or violent items- seen enough suffering with my job over the years.

Not a fan of clowns or snakes...long stories...

Anything of a religious nature unless it relates directly to a swap requirement - have my own path to follow and respect you do too


I have been fortunate that I have only been flaked on once so far....

Would like to thank Paige 1900 for angeling : Craft/Alter a PC for your partner. It is appreciated!


Barbara rated for Spirit Animal Tortoise on Aug 19, 2022
Comment: Such a sweet and funny image and you used so many art techniques. It's a cute addition to my Spirit Animal Journal. Your lovely envelope is the first one for my mail journal collection!
Response: Thank you, loved that image! Thanks for the heart!
dustbunny11 rated for Index Card Collage # 8 on Aug 17, 2022
Comment: Hi Bev! I received your lovely postcard and I am still gazing at all the details you included in your design! I also enjoy reading your notes, especially the part where you describe your creative process! But I'm so sorry to learn of your brother's passing. I hope you find peace in these troubling times, and perhaps a comforting outlet in the art that you create. Take care, Jan PS-- Thank you so much for the wonderful extras you sent along with your index card. I look forward to to using these pretty trims and flowers on future projects!
Comment: Beautiful card! I'd give you two stars if I could. Love the description how it was made.
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and heart!
donetta rated for Doll House Tag #2: Back to School on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: Oh Bev! This is just the loveliest tag...so evocative of "the old days" and old schoolhouses. The "I will obey my teacher" note on the blackboard reminded me of my behaviors...just SOME of my behaviors!...when I was in primary school. I was a voracious reader, ahead of my class in certain subjects unrelated to math, and I made it clear that the others were holding me back! Ugh...I'm probably the reason I never became a teacher! Your artwork is always stunning, and this is right up there with the best tags I've ever received. Thank you!
Response: So pleased you enjoyed it. I was always "Tries hard but" child in my first few grades. I loved math and reading. By the time I was in grade 8, I had a grade 12 reading level.
quaisoir rated for VJP: Birds and Blooms journal Page on Aug 11, 2022
Comment: Wow Bev what a beautiful journal page! Thanks for explaining the process and also for the gorgeous extras.
Response: So pleased it arrived safely and you enjoyed it. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: You are so good!! Even the notecard you included loved it! …the card itself was excellent…the clothes style was so cool and special to me.. every element was just right and went so well with this theme! You always do such creative work and it meant a lot…I wanted to say I agree with what you said about those old styles you were right on point .. Thank you for another super swap.. lucky me!
Response: You are too kind. Your profile always makes it easy for me to be inspired. Thanks for the heart and your kind words.
Comment: Hi Bev! This hummingbird card is simply beautiful. LOVE the background you chose and adding gloss to the hummingbird was truly inspired (I'm going to do that now ;+) Love those little accent AB embellishments on the bottom, too. Such a lovely piece. As always, I love you note with updates--I look forward to reading those as much as getting the swap! Thanks, Bev, for another wonderful swap.
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Butterfly Inkbox Cards on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Hi Bev and thank you for the two butterfly ink box cards. I am really liking this new shape and size - a fun change from ATCs. These are both lovely and love that you used napkins for the background on each. I have a bunch of napkins but always forget to use them. Love the color schemes you chose and the glitter on the blue hydrangea is so pretty. And thanks for the extras - love the little tickets - and for you kind note. I'm so sorry about your brother. It sounds like he may have had a rough life, but 63 seems so young anymore. Hopefully the arrangements you are left making will go smoothly. Thanks again for a great swap!
user6937 rated for Sheetload of Cards - July on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks, Bev - love the nautical feel of these cards.
Response: You are very welcome. Thanks for the heart! One of the things I like about these swaps, gives me a chance to use leftovers from paper pads.
Poeprincess rated for VC: Summer Fun Inkbox Cards! on Jul 27, 2022
Comment: These Inkbox Cards are neat! Love them both. Backgrounds and elements complement each other perfectly--even the envelopes coordinate. Thank you for the enclosures & lovely note. We used to camp up in the Maine woods with an outhouse, too. Had to prime the pump for water & cooked on a cast iron stove. Fun times.
Response: Vacationing and living it are two different things, lol! My idea of roughing it now is no room service! Thanks for the heart!
Karmi53 rated for Vintage Bathing Beauties on Jul 27, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the very cool vintage Bathing Beauty l love the picture you used and the dog all to cute. I like the pedal drops you put on there nicely done. Thank you for the extras too. Take care
Response: You are welcome! Glad you liked my choice. I know you like dogs...
Comment: I confess that these are not my favorite rolos to make, although I love and adore the clean aesthetic a la Margarete Miller. I equally don't enjoy (because I am not good at them) the index c cards. Love hem from other artists, but just can't successfully make them. That said, your rolo is stunning. All the beautiful background collage...lovely! Thank you for the resend, and this is going directly into mh faux rolodex!
lmacdavis93 rated for Index Card Collage #7 on Jul 24, 2022
Comment: Hi Bev and thanks for joining in on this swap. I love this beach-y themed index card you created with the seagull and the ocean background. I'm not sure which part of the waves are stamped and which you added but they look amazing! one the vintage paper scraps and the little girl with her bucket. Do you remember who makes the seagull stamp? I love it! Thanks for note and for the great beach themed journal cards - those will come in handy in some future beach themed swap! Cheers!
Response: Got the stamp off of Aliexpress. Thanks for the heart! I have really used that stamp a lot.
Comment: Hi Bev! Thank you for the adorable house tag! I love the sweet image of the boy and his dog, and your rooftop special effects add a realistic touch! I appreciate the extra images you included in your envelope; I will put them to good use on a future project! Thank you!
Response: So pleased you like what I sent. Thank you for the hart!
BusyB rated for Bee Creative on Jul 23, 2022
Comment: Hi Bev! Thank you for the beautiful swap inside and out! I love the stamped images you used on your page and such "bold" color. It's perfect! And a bee envie the page fit into and a decorated bee mailing envie. LOVE! These will be such a nice addition in my journal. ❤️
Poeprincess rated for Spirit Animal Fox on Jul 21, 2022
Comment: What a fantastic swap from you! The whole package was incredible—from the themed envelope & protective cover, to the page itself. Love the acrylic color, stencil background, die cut & Mr. Reynard himself! Thank you so much.
Response: I do enjoy it when a swap comes together so well. Thank you for your kind words and heart!
Comment: Dear Bev, Thank you so much for your wonderful vintage collage, I love it! So happy with your note as well, I'm glad you enjoyed Portugal! I'll be in Canada in August this year to visit the rockies, I'm so excited! Look forward to swap with you in the future! love, Inês
Response: So pleased it arrived safely! Thanks for the heart!
lmacdavis93 rated for Fancy Pants ATC on Jul 15, 2022
Comment: Lucky mail day! Not one but two envies from Bev!! Love your take on the fancy pants ATC. He is indeed a handsome devil - isn't it great how men used to get so dressed up, even down to top hat and cane? Love your layering and collage elements as well - it is "Fine and Dandy" for sure! And thanks for always including a note with your swaps - I enjoy reading them! I would love to do a train trip across Canada. But you must go to Quebec City - we did a river cruise and spent a couple of days there and it is charming and beautiful. Would love to go back one day. And wish you could send some of your rain to us here in the desert!! Stay well!
Response: Glad you liked my handsome dude! Thanks for the heart!
lmacdavis93 rated for RF: Summer Flowers Large Rolo on Jul 15, 2022
Comment: Hi Bev and thank you for this beautiful summer flower rolo. I too, love poppies, and those must have been a pain to fussy cut out, but so worth it! Lovely image of the girl as well. And that's very special about the back and how it came for Donetta. I've never tried spraying tissue paper but now must give it a shot! And thank you for the extras as well - and all tucked into a poppy decorated envelope!! Always a treat to get mail from you!!
Response: Was not too bad for cutting. Pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for the heart!
dancingtiger rated for Vintage Friendship on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: hi Bev, what a lovely journal page, thank you. I also appreciate the poignant note you included about how you were supported by your friends during a difficult time..
Response: Thanks for the heart! I am lucky to have such most excellent friends!

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hibiscus on Aug 10, 2022:

That sewing pattern swap was Ah-mazing! Everything about it was great… I appreciate you creative talent very much.. thank you for a special swap

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