Swap-bot Time: December 13, 2018 10:06 am


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: December 13, 2018
Birthday: November 12
Country: United States
Art Blog


Welcome to my profile. Some notes first...

  • I'm looking for someone who wants to trade for a medium Priority Mail box of collage goodies; whole/partially used magazines/books, images, alpha stickers, comic books, pretty papers, ephemera. All I want in return is the shipping covered. If you're in need of a collage starter stash, PM me!

  • 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! If you're not artsy craftsy yourself, but want me to make something for you (themed set of ATCs? Wall art?) I’m sure we can still work something out.

  • If you’d like to be more regular mail pals, I’m game for that, too. That is, if we’ve swapped before and you’d just like to keep exchanging informally. Send me some mail art. I’m happy to reciprocate. If I have your address and an open invite to send you random mail art, I WILL. I'm like a vampire that way - you have to invite me into your mailbox.

OK. On with the show…

About Me

Stephanie/Steph. Late 30s. Married. Mother to one. Introvert. Shy. Social misfit. Reformed class clown. 51% Darth Vader; 49% SpongeBob SquarePants. Nerd. Dork. Humanist. Color lover. Paper connoisseur. Excellent cook. Less excellent housekeeper. Horrible gardener (sorry, plants!). ISTJ, Scorpio & Earth Goat...for whatever that's worth. Native Floridian. Tallahassee resident for the last 10 years.

Swapping & mail art are my main social activities these days. I try and create something everyday. Sometimes it's just an ATC; sometimes it's a whole book. Besides my family, being creative is the most important thing in my life. It's always been a big part of my life. My parents instilled a love for handmade early on and are active makers themselves.

My creative style is usually more on the modern side: poppy, colorful, bright, upbeat, irreverent - I like making what I like to see in the world. My main medium is collage. I'm a huge fan of multi-layered creative collage, full of depth and details, but I also like simple, well done paper arrangements, color studies, abstracts, visual poetry and things more on the graphic design side. I prefer using mostly upcycled, reclaimed & second-hand materials (books, magazines, office/school supplies---though I do have an acute weakness for patterned scrapbook papers). I have a dedicated craft room (the "craft cave") filled with enough supplies to last me a good 10 years.

My worktable on a clean day.

If you want to check out some of my older stuff, look here: ATCs3D artmail art​.

Otherwise, I overshare on my IG just about daily what projects I'm working on. Here's your spoiler warning. My blog gets updated 1-2 times a month, spirit willing (and the spirit is just about to hit the road on that front).

Like, Love, Covet

  • 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙅𝙀𝘾𝙏𝙎: handmade postcards, ATCs, artbooks, gluebooks, zines, artistamps, shrines, assemblages, repainted figurines, altered art.

  • 𝘾𝙊𝙇𝙊𝙍𝙎: ALL bright & bold colors; the whole rainbow; neons; royal purple, turquoise, candy apple red, sunshine yellow. I never met a color I didn't like. Except beige. 😩

  • 𝙋𝘼𝙏𝙏𝙀𝙍𝙉𝙎/𝙋𝙍𝙄𝙉𝙏𝙎: busy florals, geometric, symbols (hearts, plus signs, stars), tropical botanical, Marimekko, retro florals, visual texture.

  • 𝘼𝙍𝙏 𝙎𝙏𝙔𝙇𝙀/𝘿𝙀𝙎𝙄𝙂𝙉: psychedelic, bohemian, comic book art, graffiti, Spanish Revival Architecture, Mid-Century modern, CSA Design, typography, 70s-80s-90s design.

  • 𝘼𝙉𝙄𝙈𝘼𝙇𝙎: cockatoos, raccoons, sphynx cats, sloths, Boston Terriers, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, capybaras, alligators, ravens, emus, llamas. Really, all animals are cool. Except sharks. 😩

  • 𝙉𝙀𝙍𝘿𝙀𝙍𝙔/𝙋𝙊𝙋 𝘾𝙐𝙇𝙏𝙐𝙍𝙀: MCU, spaceships, aliens, NASA, Universal Monsters, Dragon Ball, Adult Swim, memes, reaction gifs, stand-up comedy, anime, Discworld Universe, Judge Judy, 90s alt/grunge, riot grrrl, 80s cartoons.

  • 𝘼𝙏𝘾 𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙎: 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.

  • 𝙈𝙄𝙎𝘾 𝙄𝙈𝘼𝙂𝙀𝙍𝙔: retro TV sets, cassette tapes, deep sea divers, vintage VW Beetle/Bus, gargoyles, grotesques, Second Generation Chevrolet Chevelle (1968-72), cheeseburgers, hands, skulls, mannequins, dummies.

  • 𝘾𝙊𝙇𝙇𝙀𝘾𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝙎: classic Star Wars with a focus on Darth Vader, skulls (calaveras and just. skulls o_O), Buddha, Budai, Maneki Neko, CLOWNS (yes, clowns; silly, scary, creepy, cute clowns).

I'm highly visual so if you want more inspiration, you can check out my Pinterest boards: CharactersArt"Aesthetic"Misc.

Some of my collections on display in my craft cave.

sᴇɴᴅᴇʀ's ᴄʜᴏɪᴄᴇ ᴘʜɪʟᴏsᴏᴘʜʏ

I'm here to swap personal handmade items with people. I join sender's choice or technique/theme driven swaps because I genuinely want to see what others are inspired to make. Please do not feel any pressure to conform to my likes or my own style. Follow your muse. If you have fun making something, then the results cannot be bad. I appreciate your effort and authenticity no matter what the style. 💖

Stuff that's typically taboo here doesn't bother me: snakes, nudity, profanity, adult themes, dark humor, occult imagery, bugs, random weirdness...bring it. That thing you have that you don't know who to send to...send it to me. 😜


  • Mail supplies: plain envelopes, well made handmade envelopes, note cards, address labels and flat baggies (cello or paper).

  • FUN, colorful stickers for decorating envelopes and postcards; Lisa Frank, weird/silly kawaii, Trader Joe's freebie stickers, hippie, even some teacher reward stickers ("YOU'RE AWESOME!" etc.)---nothing too babyish or mushy though.

  • authentic vintage yearbook portraits, from about the 40s-60s. I have a 1977 university yearbook if you'd like to exchange a page or 2 for your older yearbook pages.

  • creative paper materials for collage; graph papers, paint palette papers, typewritten pages, photocopies, modern ephemera, flat textural elements (die-cuts, drywall tape, sequin waste), colorful maps, images of diverse people.

  • a cure for my husband's snoring; spell, potion, old housewives remedy, karate move...

My actual wishlist.


My 2 major dislikes are:

  1. sʜᴀʀᴋs. Even pics. I have a phobia. Seriously. Shark Week is hell.

  2. ʀᴇʟɪɢɪᴏɴ. I'm atheist. The end.

After those 2 things, I very much do not like feet, misogynists, gender norms, IG influencers, poor reading comprehension, nationalism, fakeness, bigotry, the willfully ignorant, pushy people and burnt popcorn.

sᴡᴀᴘ ᴘᴀʀᴛɪᴄᴜʟᴀʀs

  • 𝙋𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 do not send me any sort of grocery items: snacks, tea bags, candy, bath stuff, makeup. I don't wear jewelry either. Womp, womp.

  • I don't use a lot of mass market scrapbook style craft supplies (the exception being patterned scrapbook papers & stickers). Tim Holtz and other name brand paraphernalia doesn't do that much for me.

  • I'm not a fan of washi tape samples wrapped around cards unless they have really unique/funny designs or are the EXTRA wide tapes. Otherwise the samples get filed away and forgotten (or filed in the trash).

  • Super aged, brown patina vintage book pages & sheet music don't factor into my style very often---please save these pages for someone who can really use them.

  • Least liked on my list of themes are steampunk, true crime, Paris, shabby chic & disembodied genitalia (no matter how silly) 😝.

  • I DO enjoy/collect clown stuff, especially weird, creepy & silly clowns, BUT I seriously draw a line at real life, horrific clowns like John Wayne Gacy and ICP. Ew.

  • EXTRAS do not make the swap for me. A swap can be heart-worthy on its own without the extra fluff in the envelope. I have more than enough to contend with in my own stash. ✌

In Closing...


Comment: OMG!! I love all of them so much! I laughed out loud at the inspirational Beavis and Butthead, those are amazing. They are beautiful and hilarious and perfect, I love all of the ATCs so much. Even your envelope is amazing. Thank you so much!! I'm planning to get yours in the mail today. :)
Response: Yayyyy! I'm so happy they made you laugh...those are the funnest kinds of cards to make. And I'm glad the booty envelope made it! :D Thanks for the great comment...made my day!
January rated for OMAE: Daily Detritus on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Love love love this postcard! Thank you for including such gorgeous and unusual bird stamps on it :) Special!
Response: Happy you love it! I had some fortuitous incoming mails recently that went into that postcard - the bird stamps were repurposed off an envelope @bbsporty sent me.
January rated for CUCrew: Collab ArtBook, Part 1 on Nov 30, 2018
Comment: Your folio is amazing and I love what you did with the themes. I can't wait to see what's planned for the next swap....Thanks for hosting! Such a great idea!
Response: I'm happy you liked it and the swap - thank you for the comment! I really cannot wait to collect all the pages and get this little book together. It's going to be awesome.
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: HMPC - Entertain on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the entertaining characters! The muted colors are wonderful and the stars are seemingly 3D..! I am practicing letting the holidaze and craziness wash over me like a duck..?
Comment: Thanks for the great scrappy collage papers. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)
joybells2426 rated for OMAE: See Thru (USA) on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: I love the glittery see through circles on this! I’m also a sucker for vintage housewife images. Thank you!
Response: Happy you liked that one, Joy! The first one I made was a more random scrappy affair, but I wasn't happy with it. Going to see if I can't fix it up and send it to you anyway. 😅
bbsporty rated for CUCrew: DIY Scrappy Collage Papers on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the awesome collage papers! Can't wait to use them!
Response: You're welcome, Barbara! Have fun. 😊
Sandara333 rated for TheDen: Ornament Me on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: You definitely get a star for hosting this swap! This is my favorite kind of swap. Thank you for the crow & stars ornament. I have it hanging up in my art room right now. You made me happy! 😃👏🏻🍸🖤🎄🌸🌙⭐️✨🌟
Response: I'm happy you're happy! Thank you for the lovely rating comment. It was a fun swap...I love the ornament my partner made, too. 😊
wittmert rated for CUCrew: November Collage Kit on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Window Envelope on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: I always enjoy your mailart Steph... So bright and cheerful but with a sharp edge of humor..!
Response: Thanks, Carroll - happy you liked it! 🤗
jukejan rated for CUCrew: Deconstructed Icon on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: OMG this was wonderful! Thanks!
ittybittykitty rated for CUCrew: October Collage Kit on Oct 24, 2018
Comment: So happy and pretty, thank you! My favorites are the painted paper and the beensy die cuts :)
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment 🤗
WoodlandBanshee rated for Bot What? on Oct 23, 2018
Comment: I love this postcard! Very good collage skills. Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked it! That was a fun one to make. I need to consult InspiroBot more often for creative prompts. 😄 Thanks for the comment+.
ktk8 rated for OMAE: HMPC - Drip on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: Love love love your drips....was FUN as I was just sending out my drip card today as yours came in so I got to show my mailman Mike how the same "assignment" can look so different.....he loves the mail art.... Thank you for this great card.....
Response: That's so cool! I love getting (positive) comments from the post people...it's like a seal of approval, lol. Happy you liked the postcard - thanks for the great comment! I'm ready to get out of Halloween making mode and back to stuff like what I send you.
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! ❤️
Response: So glad you loved the swap! Thanks for the great comment. That mesh is fun - I need more excuses to use it. ;D

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pinklilly on Dec 12, 2018:

Thank you so much for the I Collect... tag, I love all the fun items you sent me!!! You're awesome, I love the pink polka dots envelope and all the die cuts, cards and the cute stickers. I don't know where you found these stickers!!! I appreciate your happy mail tag so much!!! Wish you Happy Holidays!!!

joybells2426 on Dec 10, 2018:

Thanks for the rad postcard! It was a very nice surprise and I love it. 🥰

goosey on Dec 5, 2018:

Paige1900 on Nov 29, 2018:

Love your new avatar. :)

user2148 on Nov 28, 2018:

Love the Happy Mail postcard you sent for OMAE! Love how well thought out all the elements are, gorgeous! Many thanks!! ❤

OrigamiGrace on Nov 28, 2018:

Thank you so much for the awesome Random Envie from tag in the forums!! Love the unicorn bag!!

goosey on Nov 27, 2018:

thank you for my happy day mail! it's a great day in the neighborhood, steph!

choke on Nov 23, 2018:

Thank you so much for returning my STEM stamps and using the best ones of your envelope! The load of goodies you sent, oh my! This is great ephemera, I absolutely adore it. I just kept pulling another piece out and another piece and another and ooooh look at that lightbulb! AND OMG EINSTEIN!!!! You really spoiled me and it is much appreciated! I look forward to seeing you in the mailbox again soon!

IsadoraWing on Nov 20, 2018:

Thanks so much for the lovely collage materials! They will be used in future collaborative collages in the new year!

HippieChick on Nov 16, 2018:

WOOT! So glad it made it to you! Happy to hear you enjoyed the goods. :) I had a feeling you would enjoy those calendar pages, I tried to pull the ones that fit your profile the best. Let me know anytime you require a fresh selection of inspiration.

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