Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: March 8, 2022
Birthday: November 12
Country: United States
Cut+Paste ATC Swap
I'm no longer active here. My profile is staying because it can still be useful, but I won't be checking in. If you need to reach me for some reason, you can find me at the links above.
If you want to use one of my past swaps as inspiration for a new swap, feel free. Just don't plagiarize my descriptions. That's pretty shitty.
I have no plans of ever stopping my creative habits. Sharing and exchanging crafts and mail art will be more on a free-agent basis now. If we already exchange, I hope we'll continue. If we don't, but you'd like a new mail pal, feel free to reach me at one of the links above. :)
Hi, I'm Steph (she/her)! I'm a 40-something nerdy, social misfit from Florida. I live with my husband and adult daughter in Tallahassee, Florida, amongst the pine trees. I was born and raised on the coast in the Tampa Bay Area, 200 miles south of here. I love my state, crazy as it can get some times.
I'm a homemaker and try to cram as much creative playtime into my day as possible between one boring chore or another. I’m obsessed with making things. I’ve been at it for awhile now - crafting for at least 20 years (going back to when I scrapbooked my daughter’s babyhood) and I've tried oodles of things. For the past 12 years I’ve been focused on paper/mixed media art and swapping. Right now I’m all about mail art, gluebooks, ATCs, artbooks/zines, and just generally gluing paper to paper. I got myself a Gel Press for my 40th birthday in 2019 and am over the moon about it.
I am very enthusiastically a homebody, thanks to some major introversion and social anxiety (and general anxiety, let's be real). I have the social instincts of a goat sometimes. Making art (and swapping) is my way of coping with the internal junk and connecting with people. Crafting is the great neutralizer; I'll talk shop with literally anyone, damn the shyness and social anxiety.
My creative style leans a little eclectic. I love making things in a scrappy, colorful, busy collage style. I love quirky/offbeat characters, irreverence, humor and not taking (artsy) things too seriously. Though I can also throw down the classically pretty, "proper" styles when the time/mood calls for it. I mix together any sort of paper things I can get my hands on: office supplies, stationery, gift wrapping stuff, thrifted books/mags, catalogs, scrapbooking supplies, handmade papers, printables. I'm a thrift store stalker and discount department store hunter.
Well, this is what I like. It's not everything, but it's a fair amount. See also: MY PINTEREST.
ATCs, altered index cards, little art cards of all kinds.
mail art; handmade postcards, fully decorated envelopes, naked mail.
artbooks; glue books, art journals, zines.
paper collage goodie stuffed envelopes (decorated or not), paper bombs (1 ounce of random paper stuff), painted papers.
3D assemblages, wall decor, funky little ornaments, repainted figs, altered wood blocks.
―collage/mixed media art with lots of texture/layers
―altered Mona Lisa and other art muses (Lina Cavalieri, Theda Bara)
―cheeseburgers, strawberries, lemons
―tropical flora/fauna; beachy aesthetics; Springtime
―celestial (astronomy) art; Spacecore, sun & moon faces
―60s/70s retro aesthetics; big florals, mustard yellow, groovy hippies, boho style
―Vaporwave, 80s/90s pop culture; cartoons, New Wave
―Cyberpunk, Retro Futurism
―Raccoons, squirrels, cockatoos, alligators
―big boofy flowers; camellia, Persian buttercup, dahlia, peony
―deep sea divers (helmets only or whole suits) - it's a hometown thing.
―Zetti, mixed up characters, stripey legs, anthropomorphism
―lava lamps, light bulbs, neon signs, old TV sets
―symbols - peace signs, evil eyes, plus signs++++, hamsa
―Buddha/Budai (the classic one/the fat happy one)
―CLOWNS, mimes, jesters, circus performers
―fantasy creatures, cute monsters, aliens
―VW Buses/Bugs, old rusted out trucks
―mystical/occult imagery; phrenology, palmistry charts, anatomy art, skulls
―creepy, vintage, campy, Gothic Halloween.
I would say the supplies I use are 70% misfit, upcycled things and 30% legit art/craft supplies. I have a small used bookstore in my craft cave - though I'm trying to pare that down as I find myself more and more relying on printable imagery (it's easier to store 😂).
Paper supplies I can always use these things
―interesting graph/grid papers
―fun, FLAT stickers
―painted papers/palette papers
―vintage yearbook portraits
―city road maps (tightly concentrated road grids)
―text printed tissue paper/napkins
―collage style rubberstamp images (that cut out easily)
―found words from books
―any flat embellishment type things
―bold patterned & brightly colored papers
―images/background patterns from magazines
―diverse collage imagery (people of color)
―machine stitched strips of paper
―paper bombs - random 1 oz./1 stamp envelope of collage stuffs.
Postcards: I don't collect any particular kind, but I'd love any featuring favorite imagery I've mentioned or any sort of modern art or handmade. And I really don't care what you do to fill out the postcard; you don't have to tell me a story or go into the details of your day. You don't even have to write anything; free free to sticker it up, doodle, whatever.
Please send postcards NAKED (unless you're sending blank ones, of course), especially handmade postcards. I will always prefer them naked and uncovered - it's why I join/host handmade postcard swaps!
―NO puffy/epoxy/3-D; I mostly use stickers for mail
―NO planner specific (days of the week, appointment reminders, etc.)
―NO Disney Princesses, baby themes.
―YES random kawaii characters, doodle style, silly/cute animals, rainbows, stars, unicorns, foods with faces (I love the Fashion Angels line of sticker books, so I have nothing against kid-centric styles of stickers) +++also more adult themes, like botanicals, non silly animals, faux postage, alphas, word stickers, larger vinyl stickers, "happy mail" labels.
Top 3 worst things to send me...
sharks. Pictures, stickers, whatever. I have a phobia and don't need to be scared shitless when opening my mail.
edibles/potables of any kind, including tea bags and candies.
In the Slightly Less Offensive Yet Still Undesirable Department, I'd rather not receive...
Thank you for coming this far and taking any of these things into consideration.
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That last deco tuned out so awesome. Guess that was the last one as I see the group has dissappeared... End of an era. Enjoy the holidaze!
I am in love with my Just Because deco. It makes me happy just flipping through it. Thanks for your work in it and thanks for all the work you put into the OMAE group. Merry Christmas!
I love the ATC you sent me! Thank you so much! I will miss seeing you around here as well as your group (one of my top faves, by far!) but as others have said, I look forward to seeing your next phase of creative chaos! Please feel free to send mail art my way. You WILL continue to get random paper bombs as I find stuff I think you will like!
Thank you again for sharing your art and creativity here.
Thanks so much for the beautiful atc and fun as always mail art. I really enjoyed the group and always look forward to seeing your art on Instagram. Thanks for everything! 💜
Thank you for the awesome mail art, beautiful ATC, and incredibly sweet (and much needed) card. I will cherish all of these as I cherish all of the mail you send to me. <3
Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC. I'm really going to miss you (and OMAE) here, but I hope we can still swap on IG. I just love your art so much!
Thank you for the beautiful tag! It contained all my loves,Wonderful color, sparkle,the words, the design and even the fibers. It was all in a wonderful envelope that I knew was from you even before looking at the return address. I'll keep it handy for inspiration for sure. Thanks so much for sending it.
Thank you so much for the gorgeous Swapbot farewell mail art! I will definitely have to try making some spray ink sometime! It looks pretty in person on your envelope. And I love the ATC! I will probably use it as a bookmark for awhile. 😍
Hey Steph, many thanks for the mailart with the sweet ATC! You've shown such creativity in your swaps. I have thoroughly enjoyed participating! Onwards to new horizons, and see you in the mails.