Swap-bot Time: April 15, 2024 1:52 am


Date Joined: May 13, 2011
Last Online: March 25, 2024
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. My Husband and I live in Benicia, CA which is a 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. It was once the State Capital.

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!"

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, Stamping, Hand Painting and other Collage techniques. I just starting making Resin Jewelry, using and making molds for casting. I am all about trying new ideas and my style is always evolving as I learn so much from all of you talented swap partners. I am always amazed by what you do!

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


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

NAUTICAL: Coastal, Boating, Yacht club, Sailboats and Anchors. Anything Cruise Ship related. Whales and Sea Creatures.

DANCERS: I love all types of dancing. I grew up doing Ballet and I have always wanted to learn Ballroom dancing and Salsa. I am a little obsessed with Flamenco dancers and love images of dancers from all over the world.

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.

SINFUL LADIES: Pin Up Girls, Vintage Nudes, Burlesque Dancers, Saloon Girls, etc.


FLOWERS AND GARDENS: I have always wanted to have a big beautiful garden. I love all flowers especially Roses. Cactus plants and succulents are my favorite.

FINE ART: I enjoy going to the Art Museums and have been very lucky to have seen many of the great Arts. I especially love the French Impressionists and Nudes in Fine Art. Asian Art and Native American Art.

TOTALLY 80'S: I had my Sweet Sixteen in 1984 and I am nostalgic and inspired by all the 80's music, styles, movies and pop culture. Love Prince and Madonna.

FABULOUS 1950'S: 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. Art Nouveau and the Belle Epoch.

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


WINE COUNTRY: We live about a half an hour away from the Napa Valley and spend a lot of time there as well as Sonoma.


1967: The year I was born and I love anything having to do with the Summer of Love and Flashbacks from the 1960's.

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.

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!!


Minivandreams rated for JAMS - Geisha Starters on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you! I love the geisha you chose. I will work on these and get them on their way soon. ❤️
beachchicken rated for SUSA - ATC Mega Swap on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Thanks Vanne for the great assortment of ATC's! Thanks for all the extras too, I can always use notecards. I love the seagull you put on the envelope! Happy Day!
megan1230 rated for JAMS - Pin Up Girl Starters on Mar 11, 2021
Comment: Gorgeous! Thank you so much!
Response: Hi Megan! I'm glad you liked them. I was happy that you were my partner. -Vanne
beachchicken rated for SUSA - ATC Mega Swap on Feb 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for such a large assortment of ATC's! I was so excited when I went to my mailbox to day and found your package. Thanks for all the extra goodies too! Have a wonderful weekend!
Response: So happy you liked them. Hopefully you find some keepers. Talk to you soon :)
stiffneck78 rated for SUSA - ATC w/ a Pumpkin on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: Oh, I love this ATC! I really like all of the different layers. I thank you for all of the extra goodies, also. I really like the tea cards and digital prints. Very cool!
Response: Thanks so much Angela! I'm so glad that you liked everything. Take Care -Vanne
monsbrick rated for JAMS - Dia de los Muertos Starters on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely jams!
AnnaL rated for SUSA - White Christmas Tree ATC on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you Vanne for making me a White Christmas Tree ATC, I love it. Also, love all the printouts, yippee. AnnaL.
Response: Thanks Anna! Wouldn't an all white Christmas tree be so pretty! Talk to you soon. -Vanne
Conni59 rated for SUSA - Tarot Cards Swap on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the very generous swap! The Lilith prayer is wonderful. I think the energy this year has just about worn down everyone I know. Really have to look for Joy! Your swaps are always so original and fun!
Response: Awwww... So happy that you liked everything! I agree with you about the energy this year. I am hoping for a peaceful energy stream in 2021. Thank you for joining the swap. -Vanne
JenZen5 rated for SUSA - Goddess ATC on Nov 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the goddess ATC and for providing background on her. I also appreciate the images. And thanks for hosting another great swap. Have a peaceful day.
AnnaL rated for JAMS - Starters w/ a Pink Poodle on Nov 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks Vanne for the cool ephemera, I love it. Cute ATC starters, will do them tonight & mail put tomorrow (Thursday) AnnaL.
Response: I'm so happy that you liked everything! It is always a pleasure to have you as my partner. Talk to you soon. -Vanne
Wanda rated for SUSA - ATC Mega Swap on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: Vanne Paris, thank you SO. Much for all the wonderful cards. Most of them will be staying in my own collection. I have never done ATC jams or “Coins”, but after seeing the ones you sent, I think I’ll start joining swaps for them. Thank you again. You have made my day!
Response: Hi Wanda! I'm so glad you liked the ATCs. I had a lot of extra ones to send along since it will be my last Mega Swap of the year. I sent you an invite to the JAMS group. It is a lot of fun and a great way to learn new techniques. Take Care -Vanne
HustleNGrow rated for MMPC - Embrace the Journey ATC on Oct 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I love these images!!
swiftbrooks rated for SUSA - ATC w/ a Scarecrow on Oct 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great Scarecrow ATC! I like how you highlighted him in blue. :D
Response: Hi Pam! I'm glad you liked him. I have a girlfriend that loves to decorate her house for all of the seasons and she always tells me "you can't have too many Scarecrows and Snowmen". I thought about her while I was making this ATC. Thank you for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
LauraM540 rated for JAMS - Starters w/ a Hand on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great starter set! I don't work with yellow a lot so this will be a fun little challenge for me!
JenZen5 rated for MMPC - See Me ATC on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks for another impressive ATC. This was a great theme. I enjoyed creating mine. thanks for hosting. And thank you for the extras. I am excited to use the images and map pages. Have a wonderful day!
Response: so happy that you liked everything. Thank you so much for joining my swaps. -Vanne
stiffneck78 rated for SUSA - ATC w/ a Sunflower on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this lovely sunflower ATC and great extras! I love the California playing card.
Response: So happy that you liked it Angela! Thank you so much for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
renmagpie rated for SUSA - Halloween ATC on Oct 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the great ATC - and for hosting this swap! xoxo
MamaD rated for JAMS - Starters w/ a Pumpkin on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Love the starters! The papers are fantastic as well! Thank you!!
Response: So happy you liked them Dana!! Thank you so much for joining the swap. -Vanne
DeAnnaVarela rated for VS - Halloween Nude ATC on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the very cool "Free at Last" ATC. I'm also loving the halloween stationary you've been sending me in various swaps. Hugs, DeAnna
Response: Lol.. So happy you liked her. Do you feel like that too after a long day? was so happy to have you as my partner. Thanks for joining! -Vanne
DeAnnaVarela rated for VS - Vintage Halloween ATC on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the ATC and the fab extras!

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supersquirrel on Dec 8, 2022:

Just 💖 your ATCs with zigzag sewing!!

bigmamabird on Dec 17, 2020:

Thanks for the fun Christmas card that arrived with the MMA ATCs! We finally have snow today, and that along with the cards slowly accumulating on the front of the armoire are inspiring the mood for celebrating..? Maybe... Well, I hope you and yours have a safe and cozy Christmas time!

beachchicken on Oct 23, 2020:

Thanks for finishing and sending home my Hellbender Jam! It looks great!

HollyBear on Oct 19, 2020:

Thank you for your added creativity on the witch's hat starter. I love how it turned out!!

gillman on Oct 3, 2020:

Thank you for the ATC JAMS!!

debtea2 on Oct 2, 2020:

pkpeace on Sep 8, 2020:

Thanks for the Tag and Skinny starters, I received them today and will start working on them soon. I appreciate the recipes too!

Best, Patty

megan1230 on Aug 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for your super kind note and the adorable vintage goodies! You are so sweet and I really appreciate you!

kristid1970 on Jul 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for all the vintage pages! And I 💘 the Barbie 💰!

Mimi7 on Jun 25, 2020:

I love how the Llama jam turned out thanks so much :)

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