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Date Joined: February 20, 2018
Last Online: February 24, 2024
Birthday: February 16
Country: United States
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About Me


"Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and its produced the most extraordinary results in human culture" - Ken Robinson

My name is Zoe. I was born in the 70's. I am a California native who now lives in Arizona. I have two sons and a wonderful husband. I am self-employed in a career that I love and considered an essential worker. I enjoy writing letters to my pen friends worldwide and paper crafts. I typically join the two (snail mail and paper crafting). I began paper crafting in 2017 and I joined Swap-Bot in 2018 and enjoy it. Watching crafting videos on YouTube is enjoyable to me. at least twice a month, I meet with some other crafty ladies via the web or in person, and we make cards/create together, sharing our designs and joy of paper crafts. Things that bring me joy are hearing my children laugh, seeing my husband smile, watching nature (esp. butterflies and bunnies), and of course making happy mail and crafting.

Instagram Note: My IG account is for papercrafting, happy mail, and mix media inspiration. If your IG account isn't about these things I will probably not follow you. I don't use this account to keep up with friends and loved ones. I do that through letters, in person, and with phone calls. It doesn't mean I don't like you or not interested in what you have to say. Remember, tech is a tool, NOT the master.

Current Pen Friend Count: 20 (21 if you count my wonderful 95 year old great aunt)


Color: violet, green, magenta, and browns (neutrals)

Flower: lily, violets, and roses (but love all flowers and succulents)

Movie: murder on the orient express & the original star wars

Scents: sage and tangerine

Season: winter and spring

Tea: jasmine, green tea, herbal, fruity

Time: I am a morning person


  • Paper-crafts& Stationary,

  • Exchanging Letters with Pen Friends,

  • Sharing Happy Mail

  • Word games & puzzles,

  • Cooking/baking,

  • Documentaries,

  • Fountain pens & hand-lettering,

  • Nature photos,

  • Tea

  • Spa Treatments of all kinds

  • Travel to warm climates,

  • Walks,

  • Swimming,

  • Handwriting Practice Books

  • coloring (pencils and water based markers)

  • Extreme Dot-to-Dot

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts, specifically making cards to send to pen pals as happy mail. I enjoy making tags but typically use them on cards. I have a WELL stocked craft room at home with a good variety of tools and coloring mediums. I like to use anything postage or snail mail themed for my cards and to decorate my letters. I also like butterflies, owls, elephants, zebras, anything snail mail, things decorated with books, teacups/teapots, and flowers. I am a beginner mixed media artist who enjoys art journaling.

Note: I am NO LONGER swapping DECOS's. If I receive some, I will return them to you as I don't have anyone to pass them on to. I DO NOT scrapbook or make ATC's. Just cards, happy mail, loaded bags/envies, and occasionally flip books or pocket letters.

Places to Travel

We enjoy traveling to warm climates. I have traveled to Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii, Belize, Cuba, and St. Lucia. Our next adventure will hopefully be to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In the USA, I have been to many cities in California, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico (Carlsbad Caverns), Alabama, New York, Chicago, Ohio, and Indiana.


Please note that: Extras are NOT expected or necessary for me. I have a well stocked craft room with plenty of craft supplies. I do not rate my swaps based on extras.

This list is for someone to pick one thing for swaps that call for a PROFILE SURPRISE or HAPPY MAIL.

  • Current usable postage.

  • Tea related ephemera (e.g. die cuts, stamped images, washi, stickers, etc.)

  • Snail Mail related ephemera (e.g. images of mail boxes, letters, stamps, etc.)

  • vellum floral stickers

  • Avril yarn sample from Japan

  • floral book pages

  • Photograph of outdoors/flowers taken by you

  • Address labels with my address on them

  • VINTAGE: "Vintage" often indicates that the item is at least 20 years old, while items a century old or more can be considered antique.

I have recently began acquiring vintage items over the past year or so and have come to enjoy vintage items such as ledger paper, book pages, photos, transportation tickets, maps, used stamps, coupons, advertisements, cancelled checks, envelopes, onion skin/typing paper, and register tapes. I prefer things from 1977 or earlier.

I especially enjoy vintage items that are postal themed, images of flowers, sewing patterns, and typewriters. Triple bonus if the vintage photos are of people of color (e.g. African American, Asian, etc.). Finally, I love, a little too much, vintage numbering stamps. I have a modest collection, but only out of restraint not desire.

  • Book/Library themed ephemera (e.g. vintage library cards, book die cuts, vintage book pages, etc.)

  • Personalized Swap Cards with flowers, violets, snail mail themes

  • washi with script

  • Used postal stamps (especially purple and brown)

  • A profile based photo or gif posted on my profile

  • A profile based quote posted on my profile

  • Something from or inspired by my ETSY wish list

  • A letter about how you incorporate kindness into your day

  • Shop using my affiliate link (in bio)

I am open to private swaps with those who have a shared interest worldwide. I enjoy swapping vintage papers, ephemera, homemade cards, tea, used postage stamps, etc.

Favorite Television

I'd rather spend my $$$ on craft supplies or a spa day. But a couple of shows have caught my eye and they are:

YouTube Card Making/Mix Media/Snail Mail Videos (let's be honest - this is mostly what I watch)

Agatha Christie (Miss. Marple/HP)

Sherlock Holmes

70's & 80's Saturday Morning Cartoons :-)


I pledge to rate.

(If I have not given you a rating, I have not received your item.)

Note: I enjoy swapping in the USA and internationally. To avoid mail theft, your mail will not have pretty stamps or be decorated on the outside (unless it is a mail art swap). I will continue to happily participate in international swaps, however, all international happy mail will be flat. Thanks for your understanding.


Last updated: JAN 2024


Rabbitfreedom rated for SMSUSA: Snail Mail Happy #6 on Feb 24, 2024
Comment: Thank you for such lovely items! The hubby and I will certainly enjoy the tea!
Comment: Thank you for sharing the Stampin Up papers, none of which I have. Yes, I have heard of Call me Crafty Al and will have to go check out her sketches again. P.S. I love your lettering of my name!
wincejl rated for SMSUSA: Happy Heart Month! on Feb 13, 2024
Comment: Oh my goodness, this is amazing! Thank you for the beautiful creations!
Response: πŸ’œπŸ’œ You are very welcome - enjoy everything. Be well
gerberdaisy rated for TOUGH: Good Mail 1/24 on Feb 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're very welcome πŸ’œ
CookieMomster78 rated for TOUGH: Good Mail 1/24 on Jan 29, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sharing two of your handmade greeting cards! I will definitely check out your website when I need more too. 🫢🏼
Response: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Glad you like them! Thank you for the prompt rating and heart.
MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R88 on Jan 13, 2024
Comment: Hi Zoe, thank you for your journal! Greetings Mieke
Response: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Thank you!
MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R87 on Dec 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the journal. Nice spread!
Response: You are quite welcome - thank you!
Hwbayley rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R86 on Nov 6, 2023
Response: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
luluvision rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R84 on Aug 25, 2023
Comment: Received Holly's journal! Love your spread!! Thank you so much for the extras, especially the Copic colored images!! Love them!!
Response: Hey! That got to you so quickly! Thanks you and happy crafting.
Comment: Such a cute spread! Love it. Thanks! :)
Response: You are the best! Thanks for prompt rating and heart.
Tara rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R82 on Jul 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for passing this on. I love this swap.
Response: You are the best! Thanks for prompt rating and heart.
vlhafer54 rated for SMSUSA: easy pocket and envie on Jun 10, 2023
Comment: Wow - these are great - love the cactus motifs - Thank you! And thank you for the card!
Response: You are the best! Thanks for prompt rating and heart.
Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R81 on May 19, 2023
Comment: I love my art journal. It is fabulous. Thanks for sending it home.
Response: Yay! It arrived safely. Enjoy and happy swapping
Comment: Hello dear Zoe . . . what an absolutely wonderful swap! I just love all the 3D embellishments and the beautiful pendant, too. I did not know I was so rare! haha . . . thank you for mentioning my rarity ;+) I so appreciate the time and effort you put into this lovely swap and hope we have the opportunity to swap together again soon.
Response: You are very welcome. So glad you liked everything. Happy swapping
Comment: Wow! Wow! Wow! This is the most beautiful mini pocket letter I’ve ever seen! The goodies are so neat! Thank you so so much!
Response: I am so glad you like the pocket letter. I had so much fun making it. Enjoy!!! Thanks for prompt rating and heart πŸ’œ
luluvision rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R80 on Apr 10, 2023
Comment: Journal received! Thank you for the lovely extras! Looking forward to adding to your new journal!
Response: I am so glad it go to you safely. Have fun and thanks for the prompt rating and heart πŸ’œ
Comment: Thank you for the acrylic stamps and assorted crafting goodies, Zoe! I appreciate how you wrapped them all together so nicely for me too! It felt like my bday came early this year. ;-) Thanks also for participating in the swap with us. I always enjoy "seeing" you in the mail!
Response: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ You are quite welcome. You always run top notch groups and that makes swapping enjoyable. Thank you!
gothbarbie rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R78 on Feb 15, 2023
Comment: Gorgeous artwork! This spread turned out sooo pretty! The owner of this journal is a lucky one! : ) Thanks for being a stellar participant in this swap series! Hearts across the board!
Response: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Thanks so much for the prompt rating and heart. You run the best art journal swaps - keep up the fun inspiration
Comment: ADORABLE! This was such a joy to receive! I love the cute envelope and can't wait to try the teas, all new flavors to me. Thank you so much for brightening my day!!
Response: You are very welcome. Thanks foe the prompt rating and πŸ’œ. Enjoy and have an amazing day!
Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R75 on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Love your home town spread
Response: ❀️❀️ Thanks so much! Happy creating!

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ChrisAnne on Feb 1, 2024:

Thank you for the very generous RAK of patterned papers! You are extremely generous. I can't wait to use the papers in my crafting.

OrigamiGrace on Jan 31, 2024:

Thank you so much for the lovely RAK of papers from your giveaway in the forums! So nice of you and much appreciated!!

YooperHill on Jan 31, 2024:

What’s up Doc? I received the box today, Thank you for a very generous RAK! I recognize the Stampin Up papers. Were you a demonstrator or just a fan?

Again, thank you kindly friend!

YooperHill on Jan 28, 2024:

Hey DR! I got the beautiful greeting cards today. You make very nice cards & I thank you for the nice gesture!

chimerix on Jan 9, 2024:

WOW! Thank you so much for the mystery box! I am so touched by your generosity! I am in love with the stamps, dies, and embossing folder - so many ideas! And the weeding tool - I haven't seen one like this - very cool. The paints drops and tape dots and shaker filler - so many wonderful items. Thank you for making my New Year so bright! A very big Aloha!

lrm1980 on Jun 17, 2023:

Thank you SO much for returning my full Handmade Art Journal Go Round! I LOVE how it turned out, and I'm so grateful to you for sending it my way.

Kittybob83 on Jun 10, 2023:

Thank you so much for including me in your last giveaway! I LOVE Nuvo drop but only had one color. You sent so many! Thank you so very much! I can't wait to play with them and the awesome die cuts! I love the beautiful card too!

Ellen101 on Jun 9, 2023:

Zoe!! Thank you so much for the Mystery Box #2. I love all of the stamps, paper, stencils and markers. I'm going to learn how to make cards, as I watch you❀️.

LeslieLovesMail82 on Jun 4, 2023:

Dear Zoe, my gosh I can't thank you enough for the generous and wonderful giveaway box (heart)!!! Sooo many dies, stamps, adhesives, and other treasures that I was in awe when I opened the box! I have been wanting to try watercolor markers and the wet pearl dots and you've made that happen :-) Truly from the bottom of my heart, so many thanks Zoe!!

groundhogstamper on Jan 30, 2023:

Zoe, I am amazed at the beautiful cards you have sent to me. First, the 2 beautiful cards (I requested one) via your website, and then the box of cards RAK that I won. You are so kind and I appreciate you very much. Thank you.

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