Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2018 5:17 am


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: October 22, 2018

Country: United States
Art Blog


Thanks for checking out my profile! Itโ€™s a constant WIP. Redecorating and fluffing pillows mostly---not much change in the info. Quick bits first...

  • All of the links above work, if you want to check out my stuff. I update IG just about daily and my blog 1-2 times a month (spirit willing). Here's your spoiler warning.

  • Some older examples of my work: ATCs โœฆ 3D art โœฆ mail artโ€‹.

  • I have groups! Cut-Up Crew, Open Mail Art Exchange and The Project Den.

  • Private swaps? Gourd, yes! Ask me anytime if you are interested in exchanging mail art, ATCs, paper/collage supplies. Private swaps are the best! And if youโ€™d like to commission me for something (themed set of ATCs? Wall art?) Iโ€™m sure we can work something out.

  • If youโ€™d like to be more regular mail pals, Iโ€™m game for that, too. That is, if weโ€™ve swapped before and youโ€™d just like to keep exchanging informally. Send me something. Iโ€™m happy to reciprocate.

On with the showโ€ฆ

๐˜ˆ๐˜‰๐˜–๐˜œ๐˜› ๐˜”๐˜Œ

My nameโ€™s Stephanie. I mostly go by Steph. Iโ€™m a nerdy, late 30s, introvert with a husband, a 20-year-old โ€œchildโ€ and 2 extremely senior dogs. We live amongst the trees in Tallahassee, FL. My daughter and I are originally from the Tampa Bay Area (born and raised there).

Creatively, Iโ€™m most engaged in collage and mixed media art/crafts. Iโ€™m self-taught and have been messing around for over 10 years now. Prior to getting reacquainted with paper art, I was heavy into photography. I think that foray really helped hone my eye for composition within collage. Overall, Iโ€™ve always messed around with making things. My whole family is creative in some form or another and making things has always been a welcome activity for us. Weโ€™re all nerds for handmade stuff.

I like making postcards, ATCs, artbooks, zines, assemblages, wall art, altered art, painted figurines. Once in a blue moon Iโ€™ll sew something if Iโ€™m feeling brave. I have my own dedicated craft room (the "craft cave") stocked with supplies and most of my worldly possessions (like my Monchhichi and 3 ft. tall Darth Vader).

Iโ€™m here on Swap-bot because I want to experience other peopleโ€™s creativity. I want to see what youโ€™re excited to make, how you interpret a given theme, what supplies you enjoy using; basically I want to see what makes other makers tick. I mostly only join senderโ€™s choice or theme-driven swaps, so please, feel free to make whatever you are inspired to make. If you have fun making it and like the end results, it canโ€™t be bad. โœŒ

That being said...everybody has likes/dislikes, so keep on reading for the things that get me going.


I like an immense range of things. My "aesthetic" or whatever the kids call it, is Goth-bohemian-70s love child-80s K-Mart kid-90s mall rat with a side of nerd-witch-hippie. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I like dark, macabre stuff just as much as smiley-happy, rainbow stuff. *shrugs*

If you're here for a condensed selection of faves, here you go...

  • แด„แดสŸแดส€s: all of the bright and bold ones, including neons. Hot pink, orange, turquoise, chartreuse, yellow, deep purple, royal blue. RAINBOWS = ๐Ÿ’–.

  • แด˜แด€แด›แด›แด‡ส€ษดs/แดแดแด›ษชา“s: paisley, halftone, geometric, symbols, hand-drawn/doodles, retro florals, visual texture (peeling paint, rust, woodgrain).

  • แด…แด‡sษชษขษด/sแด›สสŸแด‡: psychedelic, bohemian, Marimekko, comic book art, graffiti, Spanish Revival Architecture, Mid-Century modern, CSA Design, typography, 70s-80s-90s design.

  • แดแดœแด›แด…แดแดส€sส: blue skies, palm trees, poppies, sunflowers, ranunculus, wildflowers, succulents, white sandy beaches (I am a born-and-raised Floridian), epic oaks & pine trees, birds, bugs, lizards, fish.

  • sแด˜แด‡แด„ษชา“ษชแด„ แด€ษดษชแดแด€สŸs: cockatoos, raccoons, sphynx cats, sloths, Boston Terriers, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, capybaras, alligators, ravens, emus, llamas. Really, all animals are cool. Except sharks. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

  • ษดแด‡ส€แด…ส: Arthurian legend, mythology, anatomy, Astronomy, Egyptology, Anthropology, Biology, sci-fi/fantasy, spaceships, aliens.

  • แด˜แดแด˜ แด„แดœสŸแด›แดœส€แด‡: memes, Adult Swim, MCU, Universal Monsters, Heavy Metal, reaction gifs, game shows, Judge Judy, stand-up comedy, emoji, anime, Pop Team Epic, Gary Busey.

  • แด€แด›แด„ แด›สœแด‡แดแด‡s: Nick Bantock style, altered Mona Lisa, goddesses, funky shacks, anthropomorphic animals, snarky people and animals, creepy/spooky Halloween, Day of the Dead, history memes, comic book art, sun/moon faces, inspirational (not spiritual) quotes, food puns.

  • แดษชsแด„. ษชแดแด€ษขแด‡ส€ส: retro TV sets, vintage VW Beetle/Bus, Buddha, deep sea divers, astronauts, Second Generation Chevrolet Chevelle (1968-72), cheeseburgers, hands, skulls, mannequins, dummies.

  • ส™แดแด€ส€แด…-แดกแดส€แด›สœส: Characters โ€ข Art โ€ข "Aesthetic"

๐˜Š๐˜–๐˜“๐˜“๐˜Œ๐˜Š๐˜›๐˜๐˜–๐˜•๐˜š โœจ

I actively collect:

  • Darth Vader/classic Star Wars items

  • Buddha & Budai

  • Maneki-neko ("beckoning cat")

  • Owls, Raccoons & Squirrels

  • CLOWNS (silly or scary, not artsy-fartsy)

๐˜—๐˜ˆ๐˜—๐˜Œ๐˜™ ๐˜“๐˜–๐˜๐˜Œ ๐Ÿ’

Besides handmade stuff and art, I have a weakness for collage/paper supplies. I'm not too bad about it --- I use what I have all the time and mostly only shop second-hand or bargain clearance. I'm almost always up for a paper trade though, especially for:

  • graph/grid papers - quad, hexagonal, logarithmic

  • real vintage 40s-70s yearbook portraits

  • painted papers, palette papers, blotting papers

  • text printed scrapbook and tissue paper, hand typed-typewriter pages of gibberish (I just like the look of the font for texture)

  • colorful, patterned scrapbook papers: busy florals, plus signs, arrows, stars, geometric patterns, clouds (real or illustrated), visual textures (wood grain, rust, peeling paint, textile close-ups)

  • magazine pages--from any mags featuring: travel, design (interior, graphic, architectural), skateboarding, surfing, photography, art

  • flat textural elements, like drywall tape, die-cuts, die-cut waste

  • road maps--esp. in unusual colors (not primary)

  • images of expressive people, diverse people (POC), realistic everyday people (as opposed to glassy-eyed supermodels); ANY images or postcards featuring anything mentioned in my likes

  • b&w photocopies, concert/gig flyers (again, more for visual texture)

Other non-handmade things I like to swap...


สแด‡s: Lisa Frank, kawaii (esp. weird & silly stuff), Trader Joe's, anthropomorphic things, animals, flowers, hippie, speech bubbles, rainbows, SpongeBob SquarePants, even teacher reward stickers---sayings of the general positive reinforcement variety ("YOU'RE AWESOME!" etc.) and stars (I blow through stars like mad).

ษดแด: babyish, preschool stuff (Dora the Explorer, Winnie the Pooh, etc.), Disney characters, superheroes, really mushy "I LOVE YOU" xoxo stuff.


Obviously handmade is awesome (don't cop out, send it naked!) but other than that, I don't really collect any specific size or type of postcard. If it's a naked postcard swap, please don't worry too much about what to write. I know them feels! A random joke, quote, doodle, a bunch of stickers...whatever you feel pleased to add...are all fine and dandy.

๐˜”๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜“ ๐˜š๐˜œ๐˜—๐˜—๐˜“๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜š!

I can always use plain envelopes, well made handmade envelopes, note cards, address labels and flat baggies (cello or paper). I don't really go over the moon for washi tape samples wrapped around cards...unless they have funny/unique designs or are EXTRA wide tapes (I use those for the spines of my artbooks). Otherwise the samples just get filed away and I forget about them. ๐Ÿ˜•

If you really want to see what floats my boat, supply-wise, here's my Amazon wishlist. It's what Husband shops from for birthday/XMas.


The 2 things I really, really, really, really dislike are:

  1. sสœแด€ส€แด‹s. Even pics. I have a phobia. Seriously. Shark Week is hell.

  2. ส€แด‡สŸษชษขษชแดษด. I'm atheist. Have been since I was a kid. The end.

After those 2 things, I have very strong aversions to feet, misogynists, gender norms, IG influencers, poor reading comprehension, blind nationalism, fakeness, bigotry, the willfully ignorant, pushy people and burnt popcorn.

๐˜š๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜Œ ๐˜ ๐˜–๐˜œ๐˜™ ๐˜—๐˜–๐˜š๐˜›๐˜ˆ๐˜Ž๐˜Œ โš ๏ธ

A hearty NO THANKS to:

  • comestibles/potables of any type; including tea bags, candies, spice mixes, etc.

  • mini notecards, teen-tiny punched shapes, loose confetti.

  • paint chips, random playing cards, cancelled current US postage -- I have enough & can easily get more.

  • brown patina, antique paper things. I rarely use this kind of stuff, but have a good supply on hand already (plus a binful I need to get rid of--hint).

  • and while I do love/collect clown stuff, I draw a line at John Wayne Gacy, ICP and other real world, horrific interpretations of clowns.

แด›สœแด‡แดแด‡s แด›สœแด€แด› แดแด€แด‹แด‡ แดแด‡ ษขแด "แดœษขสœ": zombies, steampunk, shabby chic, true crime, drinking, sports, patriotic, wedding, Paris, most traditional holidays, country, diva/princess, disembodied genitalia (no matter how silly) ๐Ÿ˜.


I think that's enough.

C ya.


bigmamabird rated for OMAE: 1+1 ATC on Oct 20, 2018
Comment: This was a fun swap! I always enjoy your work, Steph. Flying pigs are cool too. That third eye though, it reminded me of some hats with big embroidered third eyes I saw around the webs, now I have to contemplate some ideas... Going through my collection of received ATCs was a blast!
Response: Yeah, it was a nice stroll down memory lane...I even rediscovered some that I need to frame. Glad you liked the ATCs! Thanks for the wonderful comment+.
Librarianguish rated for Private: Happy Halloween Mail on Oct 20, 2018
Comment: What a fun package to return home to! Thank you for all the Halloween goodies - it's hard to pick a fave. I love the old comic style postcard. Thank you! I'd love to do more private swaps with you.
Response: Awesome, I'm happy you liked it, Anne! Let's definitely exchange again!
ktk8 rated for CUCrew: Tactile Collage on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: WoW WoW WoW what a great piece of art... I really really like it.....so beautifully put together and eye pleasing.....thank you so much....many hearts!
Response: Happy to hear you like it, Katie! Thank you for the great comment. I'll have to try collaging in that style again...it was really fun.
Comment: Thanks for your creative mail!
Comment: OMGoodness! This altered frame is beautiful! The calavera you drew is amazing, especially how it's painted. I love the sequin detail around the edges. I had it hanging on the wall within 15 minutes of opening it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm also super grateful for the ink pad, ATC's, and pressed penny. Thanks for an awesome swap that took me out of my comfort zone and turned out to be a lot of fun.
Response: So happy to hear you like it, Suzanne! I'm glad I didn't go and delete the swap for lack of participants. You inspired me to go outside my comfort zone a bit too. I've never made a calavera from scratch before. Glad you like the other stuff too! I don't remember an ink pad---hope I didn't inadvertently send you my supplies, lol.
user2148 rated for OMAE: Halloween Mail Art (USA) on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for hosting and an amazing swap!! Love the ATC and the envie is a work of art in itself! Thank you for including some of the purple mesh - it makes a great impact! โค๏ธ
Response: So glad you loved the swap! Thanks for the great comment. That mesh is fun - I need more excuses to use it. ;D
Poeprincess rated for OMAE: Halloween HMPC on Oct 4, 2018
Comment: Love this PC! Thank you.
CurlyTea rated for TheDen: Spooky Shrine on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: I saw your post on Instagram when you first posted this. I then saw that you were my partner for this swap. I was wondering if that was the item I was going to receive or if you had made it for yourself and mine would be different. I was thrilled to receive this creation. You did an amazing job. I love that you put it on a little pedestal. I will be putting it out for Halloween and then I will be putting it on my shelf to display the rest of the year. Love love love it. Thank you.
Response: Yay, so glad you loved it! I was happy to see you were my partner because I know how much you like skeletons. :D That was my first time using a pedestal for a shrine...hopefully I can get my dad to turn me some more. Thanks for the great comment!
Artstamper rated for CUCrew: Head Switch on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: What a fun PC! Can't help thinking that with a bunny serving it the salad will be gone before getting to the table.Thanks so much, always good to have you for a partner.
Response: Thanks for the comment, Joan---glad you liked her!
joybells2426 rated for OMAE: Stamp Sheet on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: I also love the stamp sheets. I have yet to make use of one, but they just look cool and are kind of inspiring. Thanks for another cool one for my collection!
Response: Anytime, Joy! They would make great wallpaper, huh? Hmm... ๐Ÿ˜‚
CurlyTea rated for CUCrew: Paper Hunt PC on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: Your work brings a smile to my face. Thanks for another wonderful swap.
Response: ๐Ÿ˜Š Smiling faces is my mission...thank you, Candace! I appreciate your comments.
sweetgypsy rated for CUCrew: September Collage Kit on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Really love this 'pop art' kit you put together for me!! Great selection of items. The Beavis and Butt-head card is such a treaure! Thanks!!
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it...especially that Beavis & Butthead card (I have more, lol). Thanks for the great comment.
ttbishop rated for CUCrew: One Shape - Triangle on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for remembering about the butterflies! :-)
sweetgypsy rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Great piece Steph. I love how your collages are aways so smooth and nice!! I used dots on my corners too.Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the comment, Tanya! Glad you liked my square.
graciepie49 rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you Steph. I love your corner of the circle ๐Ÿ˜Š I'll post a composite photo when I have all four pieces.
Response: I'm excited to put the pieces together and see how they look too---thanks for the comment, glad you liked my square.
jenidleman rated for EASU: Adult Merit Badge Coins on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: These were awesome! Thank you! :)
jannieb rated for EASU: Adult Merit Badge Coins on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC coins. They are perfect. It was sweet of you to personalize them especially for me. Big smiles! Take care :)
Response: Glad you liked them! Thanks for the comment.
Artstamper rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Hi stephanie, This corner is so pretty, I like how you added the security envie border around the circle. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, Joan! Thanks for the comment. :D
MyRetroSoul rated for Adult Merit Badges - ATCoins on Aug 31, 2018
Comment: This is the perfect merit badge for me. A day when i put on a bra is a day of much achievement. LOL! Thank you!
Response: It's like battle armor---you can take on anything with your bra on. ๐Ÿ˜‚ (Glad you liked it!)

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yvonne401 on Oct 21, 2018:

Thank you for my Hurricane Clean-Out RAK of Christmas rubber stamps! I love them!



JuneRosebud on Oct 19, 2018:

Well, the Hurricane Clean Out RAK arrived & I was totally happy/appreciative to get it!! Thanks so much & yes, you did a great job of picking out some very cool ones for me. That was a great idea; may have to give it a go sometime myself=) Thanks again!!

pinklilly on Oct 19, 2018:

Oh, my goodness Stephanie, you surprised me with the beautiful ATC's from the Hurricane Clean out Rak!! I love them. Your writing is very beautiful and I love how you made your little card with the Rak name and you drew the beautiful picture on it!! Thank you so much!!!!

user6937 on Oct 19, 2018:

Your Halloween PC RAK arrived - it's spooktacular! I showed it to my 5 y.o. grandson and explained what the skeletons were doing (hear no evil.... ). I googled the saying and showed him all the images of animals and people doing it - it was a hit on yet another level! Thank you :)

Bhindblueeyes on Oct 19, 2018:

Thank you so much for the awesome Halloween PC RAK!!!! You are so talented!!

Holunderfee on Oct 18, 2018:

Hi Steph! Thank you so much for the wonderful halloween greeting RAK card and the extras. I love it! Big hugs.

simcoe54 on Oct 17, 2018:

Halloween Greeting Card RAK - Thanks for the Halloween greeting card and extras. This is my first Halloween greeting card for this year and I love it. Happy Halloween!!!

FlynnxRider on Oct 6, 2018:

thankful THANK YOUUUU SO MUCH!! I love my ATC. You are a very kindhearted soul. <3

Poftoffel on Sep 25, 2018:

Thank you for the awesome card! I'm putting it on my inspiration board! So happy she liked the ATC's :D <3

bbsporty on Sep 22, 2018:

Thank you for the fun mail art! The back of your postcards are always as fun as the fronts!

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