Swap-bot Time: July 16, 2018 1:23 pm


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: July 16, 2018

Country: United States
Art Blog


I'm Stephanie; a nerdly dorkish lady of nearly 40 years, married, with one grown child still at home. We live in Tallahassee, FL with a couple of senior pups. I'm a homemaker and try to cram as much creative playtime into my day as possible between one boring chore or another.

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My parents are crafty, their parents were crafty...it was always a big part of life growing up. I have a deep appreciation for the time, care and resourcefulness that goes into hand-crafted creations.

I'm an avid sharer of art. I run a little informal mail art network as well as trade on ATCsforALL (same username) and via Instagram/blogs. For the last 10 years, my creative focus has been on collage/mixed media projects. I have a sizable stash of paper & art supplies that I dig into constantly. I'm lucky enough to have my own craft room (the "craft cave") that is comfortably filled with everything I love. There is no stress in the craft cave, so needless to say I try to be in it as much as possible.

I'm an introvert; an enthusiastic homebody with quite a lot of social anxiety (and other, general anxieties about everything, let's be honest). When I'm not messing around in my craft cave or working around the house, I like doing word searches, vegging out to Netflix stand-up comedy specials and enjoying my backyard (hoping to one day be accepted as a member of the squirrel pack I feed daily).


My preferred medium is collage (slash mixed media) and I make the standard collage fare stuff: postcards, ATCs, zines, decorated envelopes, artbooks. I also like making larger decor things (canvases, shadowboxes) and altered art (assemblages, wood blocks, mini shrines) but don't get to make them as often.

Currently (Summer 2018), I'm on a break from making ATCs. I went too deep and got a little burned out on them, so I'm focusing on other projects for a bit. Balance in all things, yadda, yadda.

I used to have a Flickr that was a catalog of everything I'd made since 2009, but I got sick of the wishy-washy shit there and deleted my account. You can check out some of the older stuff on Pinterest though (never thought I'd be thankful for Pinterest, but yeah): MY MAIL ART.

My style, or the style I most like to create in, is colorful, irreverent, bold...a visual assault for the eyeballs? Someone said that once. I took it as a compliment. I just like to have fun.

I call myself an artist because, why not? I'm not a professional. I didn't go to art school. I haven't taken any special classes. I still create stuff that's pleasing to the eyes and that's art in my book. Maybe it's not in your eyes. Most of the time my eyes like it though. Usually at least one other person likes it, too. That's enough for me. ✌


Wellllll, 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. I like dark, macabre, occult stuff and smiley, rainbow "peace & love" graphics. *shrugs*

If you like lists, here you go. A condensed selection of FAVES:

  • Colors: all of the bright and bold ones, including neons. Hot pink, orange, turquoise, chartreuse, yellow, deep purple, royal blue. RAINBOWS = 💖.

  • Patterns & Style: paisley, geometric patterns, symbols, Marimekko prints, Spanish Revival Architecture, Mid-Century modern, Moroccan tiles, Navajo weaving, 70s-80s-90s design.

  • Outside: palm trees, poppies, wildflowers, succulents, white sandy beaches (I am a born-and-raised Floridian), epic oaks & pine trees, birds, bugs, lizards, fish.

  • More Specific Animals: cockatoos, raccoons, sphynx cats, Boston Terriers, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, capybaras, alligators, ravens, emus.

  • Nerd side: Arthurian legend, mythology, anatomy, Astronomy, Egyptology, Anthropology, pop culture, Biology, sci-fi/fantasy, Halloween.

  • ATC Themes: Nick Bantock style, altered Mona Lisa, anthropomorphic animals, snarky people and animals, creepy/spooky Halloween, history memes, comic book art, sun/moon faces, inspirational (not spiritual) quotes.

  • Misc. Imagery: retro TV sets, vintage VW Beetle/Bus, deep sea diver, astronaut, Second Generation Chevrolet Chevelle (1968-72), cheeseburgers, hands.

  • Board-worthy: CharactersArt"Aesthetic"


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 French clowns)

Since my likes are so broad, I think it's safe to say I like weird/random shit. I'm not offended by nekkid people, swear words, potty humor, bugs, manga, anime, occult, morbid humor...you get it.


Paper is my jam! And I have a room full of it! I love paper trades...especially with people who dig the same stuff I do. Hit me up if you're interested in any of the following:

--graph, grid papers
--real vintage 40s-70s yearbook portraits
--painted papers, palette papers
--text printed scrapbook and tissue paper
--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 - any mags featuring: travel, design (interior, graphic, architectural), skateboarding, surfing, photography, art
--road maps-- esp. in unusual colors (not primary)
--images of expressive, diverse people
--ANY images or postcards featuring anything mentioned in my likes
--hand typed, typewriter pages of gibberish (I just like the look of the font for texture)
--Xerox copies (b&w), concert/gig flyers

STICKERS! Oh gawd, stickers. I looooove stickers! I will add them to all kinds of stuff. Any size is cool--flakes, deck stickers, even bumper stickers. I like characters, weird kawaii stuff, words, reward stickers of the positive reinforcement "YOU'RE AWESOME!" variety, planner stickers that aren't planner specific (they don't say things like "to-do" or "appointment"), Lisa Frank, Trader Joe's, speech bubbles, stars...


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, really dislike are:

  1. SHARKS. Even pics. I have a phobia. Seriously.

  2. RELIGION. 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, blind nationalism, bigotry, the willfully ignorant, pushy people and burnt popcorn.

Slightly Less Bothersome Junk

Don't Use, Want or Need: teeny-tiny punched shapes/confetti, holiday greeting cards, mini note cards, purse turds (tea bag tags, food wrappers, WalMart receipts--these are not usable ephemera in my book), cancelled current US postage, super old & antique papers (brown patina things are not my jam), paint chips, recipes.

Themes That Make Me Go "Meh": zombies, steampunk, shabby chic, true crime, drinking, sports, patriotic, wedding, Paris, Tim Holtz style, most traditional holidays, country, diva/princess, disembodied genitalia (no matter how silly) 😝.

In case I didn't make it clear already, please do not send me any edibles, drink mixes, TEA BAGS, spices, potpourri sachets or bath/body products. I have a laundry list of allergies and sensitivities and would never use these items randomly coming from someone via mail.

In closing...

I'm here on Swap-bot because I want experience the creativity of others - it's why I stick to mostly sender's choice and technique/theme driven art swaps. Sure, I have personal style preferences, but I'm open to receiving any and all honest, heartfelt creations. Please, follow whatever your creative vision is for a swap where I'm your partner. I will appreciate your authenticity more than anything.

I rate the day I receive a swap, usually not until after dinner, because Husband fetches the mail when he comes home from work. Sometimes I miss a delivery because our mail runs anywhere between 11AM and 6:30PM (😒) - then I rate the next morning. If you sent me something and feel you should have been rated/acknowledged already, please feel free to PM me! I won't get snippy about it and I definitely won't "retalirate" with a petty rating/comment. I care about everything I send out, too, and will follow up after a reasonable amount of time has passed for mail transit.



Jjean rated for OSS: Cool Collage Goodies on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: The envelope Arrived today Thank you for the items...I will use them....
Bananers rated for CUCrew: One Mag HMPC on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Great PC. Thrasher magazine...who would have thought. 😁
ArtsyEm rated for OSS: Postcard Plus on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome PC- the dog looks just like my Penny!<3 I just love all your details on the back - so bright and cheery:)
Response: You're welcome! Happy to hear I chose well with the postcard---thanks for the lovely comment. ☀️
Artstamper rated for CUCrew: July Collage Kit on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for this fun collage kit. Especially like that you added the Map and the proverbs.Always like animal images and the collage sheet, Great swap!
Response: I'm SO glad you liked the kit, Joan! It took a little digging and thinking, but was fun to put together.
Jjean rated for CUCrew: One Shape (Rectangle) on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you, you really did a nice job...fun & different swap.
FarStarr rated for Freak Flags on Jul 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks, Steph! I love Steven Wright. We saw him in concert years ago....The quote that we always say is ...Went to a diner that served breakfast anytime...I ordered french toast during the Renaissance.
Response: Ha! That's a good one too!
stiffneck78 rated for Paper Bomb on Jun 27, 2018
Comment: Yayy! Thank you for the nice selection of paper goodies. I love the camera die!!
Response: Cool beans, glad you liked it!
ittybittykitty rated for PVT: Collabitty! on Jun 27, 2018
Comment: I love it! Thanks for suggesting this; it was a great exercise to stretch me creatively, plus I love the card you sent!
Response: I'm glad you liked what I did! I don't know if I'll ever get over the collab jitters, but they're still fun. Thanks for swapping with me!
ittybittykitty rated for WTF Mail Art on Jun 23, 2018
Comment: Ok so my husband just brought in the mail and was like, “you have some bills, and...uh...a swap...I think...” he jammed this envelope in front of my face and all I saw was cracker crumbs. I exclaimed “what the fuck???” which was accidentally perfect. In short, thank you and this is brilliant and slightly gross (which is the best kind of brilliant)and I’m going to keep it forever or until my four year old finds it, whichever comes first. And I once kept a chocolate Tauntaun for seven years, so I am good for it.
Response: HA! Well, I'm just happy it made it and you had the proper response. :D I was expecting crumbs...but still kind of hoping some would be whole. Here's what it looked like prior to mailing: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkNs8UMHtv9/
MsLee rated for USATC: Frida ATC + Envelope on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Frida ATC and well decorated envelope. Have a wonderful Summer
Lantana149 rated for Cut+Paste PC with a Quote on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the big PC and all the cool stamps and stickers!
Comment: Wow! I love her! Thank you for such a fabulous card. I now want to have a collection of Mona’s! Hugs
Response: She's such a fun subject to alter - happy you love her!
mermaidery rated for mermaidery/stephiedee on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!! I love the ATC and the postcard :D
gojenn rated for Stickers OK! ATC on May 14, 2018
Comment: Beautiful sticker ATC- thanks!
Artstamper rated for MMPC: Make Me Happy ATC on May 14, 2018
Comment: Always enjoy all the small details you put into an ATC! Love the colors and the layered circles behind the bird. Your notecard and envie inspired me to get stamping more. Great swap. Thank you so much.
Response: Thank you, Joan! Happy you liked your little birdie. I thought you might enjoy a stamped up note card. 😀
vanneparis rated for MMPC - Mixed Media ATC w/ a Lady on May 7, 2018
Comment: Hi Stephanie - Thanks so much for the gorgeous Mixed Mixed ATC. I love the image that you used and all the layers are awesome! I hope you had fun with the swap. Thank you for joining. Take Care -Vanne
Response: Thanks for the great comment, Vanne! Happy you liked her.
ittybittykitty rated for Private Schwap! on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: WOW THANK YOU for the bomb-ass package! Even the box was amazing. I love all the bits, and most especially the beensy art journal (which I must now figure out how to make) and my new favorite ATC of all time. I am going to frame that sucker, because it is me to a tee! Seriously, it was all sooo lovely! I wish I could give you more than one heart! Mine is coming to you shortly, and then let’s do this again real soon!
Response: So happy you liked it all! I had a lot of fun putting it together. That little book is coin envelopes - just tuck the flap of one envelope into another. 😉
pattiairel rated for SS - Spring Has Sprung! on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: thanks for a cute swap!! ♥♥♥
georgiafae rated for Junker Jane PAPER Doll on Apr 8, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness-is it a clown! She is precious-really creative(and a little scary) But I am ok with it-Thanks for sharing your paper doll!
Response: Happy you like her! She sure was fun to make. :)
supersquirrel rated for supersquirrel & stephiedee on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: OMG Stephanie. Thank you so much for the box! I love EVERYTHING. I can't believe the items in here. Gorgeous pads of papers, rolls of Washi, rubber stamps, on and on and on. Your destash is definitely my treasure!! THANK YOU :)
Response: You're so welcome! I'm glad the stuff went to a happy home and you'll get use out of them.

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kiddomerriweather on Jul 15, 2018:

Your new UFO icon is the bestest! I miss you! I've had social media anxiety (except for here), so I haven't been on IG lately. Just stopping by to say, "Hi!"

CurlyTea on Jul 11, 2018:

I received your fabulous ATC! Thanks so much.

GummiBear on Jul 11, 2018:

I loved the magical acts for the atc give away. Thank you!

hamolla22 on Jul 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful papers! I can’t wait to make tags from them 😍❤️

ittybittykitty on Jun 22, 2018:

Oh and I hadn’t yet started using Earsy Bear when you joined Weirder Every Day, so I’ll just leave this here...

ittybittykitty on Jun 22, 2018:

Thank you Stephanie for the great stickers! I especially love gangsta Marilyn - she now has a place of honor on my sewing machine case!

supersquirrel on Jun 20, 2018:

Your amazing ATC artifacts (RAK) arrived!! They are beautiful pieces of art. Thank you very much!!

TeaP on Jun 18, 2018:

Thanks for the great RAK. It arrived today.

Poftoffel on Jun 16, 2018:

Thank you for the gorgeous atc's! I've never had an actual heart shaped one before, so cool! And they're both so beautiful. And I LOVE the card you sent them in; so right! Thank you for the very happy mail today <3

zurdoswifey on Jun 14, 2018:

Thanks for the PIF flat envie tag...lots of great stuff in here... Have a fantastical weekend =)

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