Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 12:42 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2011
Last Online: January 29, 2023
Birthday: March 9
Country: Canada
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About Me

Hard to believe it is now one year since my husband's passing. Life is a new normal now as I move forward.

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 RF: Wise Old Owl Small Rolo on Jan 28, 2023
Comment: Hi Bev, your swap creation is always a work of art. Thank you for the owl envelope for my envie journal. I hope you have a wonderful time in Scotland!
lmacdavis93 rated for MFF: Cardinals ATCoins on Jan 25, 2023
Comment: Hi Bev and thank you for your kind note and the two cardinal ATC coins. I love the use of die cuts on both of these - especially the one with the blue/white background that looks like branches. And I would never have known the one was a blue jay if you hadn't told me! Very clever of you!! We have been lucky here in the desert to avoid almost all of the deluge that has hit the state farther north. We have had some rain and there is a lot of snow in the mountains, which is good, but we have escaped the most of it. Glad you had a good Christmas but the traveling on the ferry sounded awful!! Warmer weather is coming - one of these days!! Take Care.
mandymo rated for AACG: 3 Elements Advanced #3 on Jan 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you so very much for the beautiful ATC you created. I also appreciate the hand made envelope and note. :)
Response: Glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart!
user6937 rated for HMPC: Add Stitching - January on Jan 19, 2023
Comment: Scotland is a wonderful place to visit! Hope you go there.
2bneat rated for January 2023 Sheetload on Jan 17, 2023
Comment: I love the cards you sent and they will work perfectly for ,mailing to my college kids for Valentines. Thank you.
Comment: A fantastically frosty fairy ATC. I love the snowflake background and glossy elements. Thank you for the extra's as well. I hope you are staying warm :)
marymary914 rated for HMPC: Botanical love - December on Jan 9, 2023
Comment: What a cool pc! Thanks so much!!
quaisoir rated for GAA: Vintage Santa Gothic Arch ATC on Jan 4, 2023
Comment: Wow, what a pretty swap. Thanks for the vintage santa ATC complete with its own envelope and a beautiful note. It must be pretty fun to work creatively with such an eclectic collection of stuff and for a good cause. Thank u so much! Have a lovely New year. 😊
2bneat rated for Sheetload December 2022 on Dec 29, 2022
Comment: I love the cards you sent and know already who to mail them to. Thanks for joining.β™₯
Camiliann rated for MFF: Owl ATC on Dec 27, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely atc, Happy Holidays and Have a Happy New Year!!!
Comment: Wow Bev, thank you so much for your card, the ATC templates and your letter. The card is magnificent and I could relate to the story of your past Christmas. I grew up in Brazil so most of my Xmas were hot and tropical and the idea of a white Xmas were just on the movies. Cold weather does require a lot more communion than hot so I really appreciate your story. I'm sorry that you had a tough year. I hope you have friends to count on this time of the year so you don't feel lonely. I had a few Xmas by myself and although it is just a date, it is always better when shared. Take care, Renata
TSuda rated for VJP: Creative Collage Journal Page on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: Holiday greetings, Bev! Thank you so much for the beautifully done Creative Collage Journal Page. The layers, the detail! So much put into this beautiful piece, which I happily will add among my journal pages. Thanks, too, for the extras!
Comment: Thank you Bev for the beautiful journal page.Your note was very special and I enjoyed it.I have a winter journal the the page will be perfect for.Your tree sounds beautiful.
Comment: Hi Bev πŸ‘‹ your beautiful card and note arrived! Thank you so much :-) I hope that your Christmas sale was a great success! Merry Christmas πŸŽ„
Response: So pleased all arrived safely! Talk about "snail mail" ! Thanks for the heart!
dustbunny11 rated for Annual Vintage Santa ATC swap on Dec 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you, Bev, for the merry old world Santa ATC! You created a fabulous and festive collage that is sure to put me in the Christmas spirit! I also really enjoy your personal notes; you sound like you are keeping very busy! Merry Christmas to you!!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
TTrotti rated for HMPC: Put Santa on it on Dec 9, 2022
Comment: Hi Bev! Rec'd your awesome Santa PC today - love all the old-world Santas on it! Vancouver Island sounds awesome! I went to Vancouver years ago and thought it was gorgeous. Love the stamps you used for postage too. Sorry about your immediate family and please do enjoy your time with your extended fam. See ya 'round the postbox. Happy New Year! Tama x
Response: Wow! That arrived quickly! Thank you for your kind words and heart!
Inesrv rated for Vintage Christmas on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you Bev for this Christmas page πŸ’™ how wonderful your local centre do such creative activities! Seems wonderful! If you like the color blue you should try the cyanotype processo, its really easy and everyone can do it so consider it πŸ₯° merry Christmas for you and all there 🌲✨
Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards - Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you! Hope you have a safe and peaceful one.
Comment: Oh Bev, this is just so beautiful! Your arch is perfection, and the color and die cuts on the background are wonderful. This really is a work of art! Not to mention (yet here I am, mentioning it!) the gorgeous "Reynard the Fox" envelope containing the ATC...you are the Queen of Details, my friend, and I'm very fortunate to be the recipient of your beautiful creations.
Response: I did have fun with that one. Love it when I can find different elements to make a whole package. Thanks for the heart!
user6937 rated for CS: Handmade Christmas Cards 2022 on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Both cards are lovely, Bev. Have a wonderful Xmas on the Island. We're going to get a live tree this year - the Scouts have an event where you pay $5 to cut down your own tree on some property in the Kananaskis area. They end up being kind of a "Charlie Brown" tree, but it's fun and they have a big bonfire where you can cook up a hotdog.
Response: That sounds wonderful. As a child, each family in the camp had permission to cut down one tree. Loved the smell of the fresh tree. Hated cleaning up the needles after. Thank you for the heart! Have a good and safe Christmas!

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Barbara on Jan 23, 2023:

Hi Bev, tomorrow I will create a new Aquarius zodiac jjournal page for a resend and mail it before the weekend. Thank you for understanding!

user6937 on Oct 7, 2022:

Hi, Bev, your gnomes have arrived, thank you very much - they'll be fun to use on just about anything!

hibiscus on Sep 22, 2022:

Here I am again.. just had to say I really appreciate your creative style… you are very generous sharing your lovely work

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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