Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2021 2:50 pm


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: July 23, 2021
Birthday: November 12
Country: United States
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About Me

That's me, 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.

Beyond art and cleaning up messes, meme, movie and TV references rule my world. I enjoy “airplane naps” on the couch (which have graduated to full on snooze fests since we got reclining sofas), watching entirely too much TV, road trips and thrifting.

Private Swaps

I don't like to blindly promise things, but if you want to do a private swap, I'm 99.9% sure I'd be down for it, lol. ATCs, mail art, paper goodies, arty books, painty papers...a week doesn't go by where I haven't worked on some project(s). If we've swapped 0 or 100 times before, I don't care, name a project and let's do it! TBH I'd be thrilled just to be asked to do a private swap.

HAHA! ahem.

Besides swapping here, I'm on ATCsforALL (same name), IUOMA, sendsomething.net and host a monthly ATC swap on Instagram. I'm working on setting up a new blog, but it's slow-going and I'm not 100% sure I even want to do it, lol.

Open Mail Art Exchange
Funky Junky Paper Punks

Crafty Arty Projects

This is the "artsy" side of my craft cave, where I make all the things. You can usually find me here, avoiding housework. I'm very lucky in that we were able to find a house with a converted garage, so I get my craftroom to myself and we still have a guestroom/game room.

I'm very much a maximalist when it comes to design/decor/art and recently discovered a thing called "cluttercore" so, yes....sign me up for that, too. I was into that way before it was cool, baby. 😵😂😉

Favorite Things to Make

  • ATCs, skinnies, handmade postcards
  • artbooks, zines & gluebooks
  • stickered up postcards & empty envelopes ("sticker bombs")
  • stuffed supply envelopes (random or themed)
  • painted papers (gel prints & other methods)
  • lists & questionnaires (creative/handmade, not email)
  • wall art, canvasses, altered art, assemblages, repainted figurines.

My 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.

Some recent handmade postcards.

Here's some of my older mail art from back in the day.

Likes, Aesthetics, Etc.

I like a wide variety of stuff and constantly crave eye candy. Hopefully, if you're looking for ideas for personal swaps or happy mail, you can find some below.

That being said, most of the swaps I join/host are handmade sender's choice swaps (or technique/theme based). I really love seeing people's creativity and knowing how much they enjoyed making something how they wanted to make it. Be you, do you, enjoy yourself and I'll appreciate whatever you make. 💖

Happy Makers

I love bright, bold colors. I don't have a favorite; I love them all. Turquoise, chartreuse (current craft cave color), sunshine yellow (current kitchen color), hot pink, deep purple, candy apple red. I love rainbows, neons (both colors and neon signs), brighter pastels, unusual combos.

I like all kinds of themes/styles involving lots of color, pattern & texture: Zetti, outsider art, 70s/80s aesthetic, graffiti, mixed media collage, boho hippie, psychedelic, Memphis design, cyberpunk, retro futurism, abstract, pop art.

Happy, upbeat art is my jam, but I also like the darker side of things, too. The spooky, macabre, occult, bizarre, magickal and mystical. Things like Gothic art, phrenology/palmistry charts, cursed images, astrology (even though I don't put stock in it, the art is cool), anatomy art.

I use Pinterest quite a bit to save things I like and find inspiration. Two boards that probably speak best for what makes me tick are Junk Drawer & Aesthetic Type Things.

I like all kinds of animals with the exception of sharks. It's a phobia I've had all my life, I don't know why (because they're f*cking scary?). Anyway! My favorite land animal is the raccoon. My favorite bird is the cockatoo. My favorite sea animal is the manatee. My favorite tree dweller is the gibbon. My favorite reptile is the alligator. I love dogs and cats. Snakes are cool. Frogs are neat. Bugs are fine in moderation - I do love butterflies and moths especially.

I'm a nature lover, even though I don't get out in it much (thanks to sun sensitivity and allergies). I love beaches, palm trees, gardens, old forests, wildflowers, big boofy flowers (camellia, Persian buttercup, dahlia, peony), flowering trees, canopy roads (we live right off of one), big leafy plants.

I've always been a history nerd. Geography and history were always my favorite subjects in school. I love learning about cultures (old & new), their art and food especially. Regions of particular interest: Asia, South America, Caribbean & Mexico.

Pop culture is huge in this household. We are a comic-loving, video-game-playing, Netflix-binging, TV-show-quoting, GIF-responding trio of misfits (my daughter, husband and myself).

Some Obsessions

Like I already mentioned, raccoons and cockatoos are some of my absolute favorite animals. I am forever following memes and scoping out videos of these guys on Instagram. Pitbulls and Rottweilers are 2 other animals I seek out daily. I also check on our backyard squirrels daily (used to feed them, but I could tell husband was getting exasperated by the monthly expense of squirrel food. They have selective palates!). Update April 2021: have now installed a DIY birdbath (a tomato cage + planter plate) and anxiously watch for visitors!

I'm a nerd for houses - particularly Spanish Revival style, Mid Century Modern and bungalows. But honestly, a cool kitchen or bathroom will stop me in my tracks no matter what house it's in.

I collect Star Wars paraphernalia relating to the original trilogies, with a focus on Darth Vader. I like the newer movies fine, they just don't hit the same as the classics.

I also collect clowns. Yes, I'm one of those weirdos who likes clowns. I like all kinds from the creepy to the cute to the artsy - but not the Insane Clown Posse or actual murder clowns (like Pogo/John Wayne Gacy). I don't care too much for the new Pennywise, either. 🙄

Swap-specific Likes

Themes/Imagery (for ATCs or mail art or just plain cut outs): altered Mona Lisa (also: Lina Cavalieri, Theda Bara) • Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe (AW anything, really) • John Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland • cheeseburgers • strawberries • lemons • tropical flora/fauna • Floridiana • Spring & Summer aesthetics • celestial art (sun, moon & stars - NOT angels) • deep sea divers (helmets only or whole suits) • lava lamps • light bulbs • old TV sets • Buddha/Budai (the classic one/the fat happy one) • anthropomorphic creatures • fantasy creatures • symbols (peace signs, evil eyes, plus signs, hamsa) • cute monsters • Ugly Dolls • Junker Jane style dolls • VW Bugs/Buses • old rusted out trucks • aliens • flying saucers • phrenology, palmistry charts • stripey legs • funky houses/shacks • skulls, skeletons, Grim Reaper • creepy, vintage, campy, Gothic Halloween.

Paper supplies: interesting graph/grid papers • fun, FLAT stickers • painted papers/palette papers • vintage yearbook portraits • city road maps (tightly concentrated road grids) • random comic strip panels • text printed tissue paper/napkins • rubberstamp images on tissue paper • found words from books/magazines • any flat embellishment type things • bold patterned & brightly colored papers • gold/silver reward stars • images/background patterns from magazines • diverse collage imagery (people of color) • machine stitched strips of paper • authentic ephemera (70s and newer) • paper bombs - random 1 oz./1 stamp envelope of STUFF • RED paper items (I don't have much red in my stash) • mailing supplies (envelopes, large sticky labels, postcards, note things).

I recently discovered the joys of ordering stationery stuffs on AliExpress. If you want to chat about it/exchange, hit me up!

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!

Stickers: stickers bring me joy! I like uh lot of kinds EXCEPT puffy/epoxy, planner specific, Highlights variety and Disney princesses/Winnie the Pooh/Dora/whatever character is popular with preschoolers at the moment. That being said, I do really love some very kid-centric types of stickers: the Fashion Angels line of sticker books (I have Series 1 & 3), kawaii, doodle, original (no brand) characters, silly animals, unicorns, smiley faces, foods with faces, cute things, rainbows, stars - I'm even OK with reward stickers of the general enthusiastic saying variety ("you're awesome", "way to go" not "A+ student", etc.). I also enjoy more mature stickers: floral, botanicals, non-silly animals, occult/mystical, faux postage, scrapbooking stickers....stickers, stickers, stickers!

It's OK!

I'm not easily offended by swear words, snark, weirdness, dark humor, nekkid people or fart jokes. I AM offended by willful ignorance, blind nationalism, bigotry, anti-feminism, misogyny, people not respecting pronouns, people not respecting simple boundaries, feet and the word "envie". 😖


Top 3 worst things to send me...

  • sharks. I think I went over this. 😂

  • religion/religious items.

  • edibles of any kind, including tea bags and candies.

Don't Care For/Don't Use/Please Send to Someone Else...

  • puffy/3-D/epoxy stickers.
  • "purse turds" (e.g., paint chips, shopping tags, food packaging).
  • Tim Holtz/Dina Wakley/Jane Davenport, etc. branded supplies (if you enjoy using these things in your art: COOL! I just rather not receive these supplies....save them for the fans).
  • antique aesthetic, Victorian, Paris themed, shabby chic style paper craft supplies.
  • lace, blingy stuff, fabric, chunky embellishments, buttons.
  • patriotic, presidential or monarchy stuff.
  • holiday stuff - with the exception of Halloween. Fall/Winter stuff doesn't do much for me either. Hi, lifelong Floridian. Those seasons barely exist down here.
  • coffee/tea themes, wine/boozy themes, 420 culture.
  • true crime, serial killers.

Thank you for coming this far and taking any of these things into consideration.

Well...bye for now!

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Artstamper rated for FJPP: Funky Shack on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful funky shack! I will keep it on view as I try to increase my funkiness!
goosey rated for OMAE: DIY Adele HMPC on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: steph, your version of adele is stunning! i love the collar and, especially the assymetrical bob.. gustav has to be smiling at her!! many thanks for such a fun piece of art.
Aeon rated for OMAE: Mixed Media Self Mailer on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: I squee with delight every time you appear in my mailbox, so what a treat it was to get this swap from you! I LOVE the grungy neon layer background 😍😍🌈 and am excited to try gelli printing on magazine pages. I’ve always been afraid the paint would peel off magazine pages if I painted on them because they’re glossy, but it looks like it works just fine and there’s no reason for me to be a scaredy cat. 😂. I love the rainbow, snail, and collage bits you found too! I will have to check out that resource. The space envelope tied in perfectly with the cute alien sticker and solar flare stamp! ☀️😍 Thank you!!! ❤️
Response: I'm glad it made it and you like it, Amanda! It was a fun one to do. I did scratch up the side I was painting with sandpaper before painting it...I do that when I'm working with glossy papers, especially heavy ones like that calendar page. 🤓👍
MamaD rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 2 on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: I LOVE your ATC! It is fantastic! Looks great with the head! Can't wait for the next one! Thanks for hosting abd for the great ATC!
Poeprincess rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book 01 on Jul 4, 2021
Comment: Fantastic double page! This is a great start in a new art series. Thank you.
Aeon rated for FJPP: Paper Art Doll on Jun 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the amazing paper art doll! I can’t decide if I like the funky head (cool stamp!) or checkered pants best. I love the Where’s Waldo envelope too! Smart to reinforce the folds with washi! Always such joy to receive fun mail from you! 😍
Poftoffel rated for OMAE: Sender's Choice ATC - JUNE on Jun 23, 2021
Comment: What a fun and cute atc! I love your style! It’s so vibrant and unique! And I love Converse, I’m wearing mine now :D Thank you so much!
carrotkate rated for OMAE: DIY Printmaking PC on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: Your card turned out so well! TYVM!
goosey rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 1 on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: thank you, steph, for this super fun head! she is such a great topper for this swap!!
Response: Glad you think so, Marlies! I really had fun making her.
bigmamabird rated for FJPP: Zetti HMPC on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: It was a two Steph-mail-arts day today! Love your girl and her obligatory stripy legs. If I had my way my legs would only ever wear stripes. I spent way too much time creating my zetti pc, I gotta practice simplicity sometime soon..!
Response: Happy you like her! Stripey legs will never not make things 100% better.
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Snailed It! on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the snail pc, he's a cutie! Your swaps are my favorite, Steph! Thanks for being so creative with them.
Response: Thanks, Carroll, for always being a great player!
StagKing rated for OMAE: In My Head on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the AWSOME postcard! I completely relate with the pretending not to need to cross the street lol!
Response: Hey, glad you liked it! It was fun figuring what to add to it.
orneryswife rated for FJPP: Paper Pack on Jun 5, 2021
Comment: Such a fun, colorful collection!! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Hope you enjoy using them.
orneryswife rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Awesome stickers!! Thank you!!😘
MamaD rated for OMAE: Funky Shack (USA) on May 25, 2021
Comment: I absolutely LOVE this "funky shack"! It has so many awesome elements to it! So happy to receive it! Thank you!!
Ciska76 rated for OMAE: Mail Art Pick 3 on May 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your envie. I love Gustav Klimt. Great postcard choice! What a cool Buffalo zine. Thanks ❤️
Response: Happy to hear I chose well, glad you liked it!
warheart rated for OMAE: Sender's Choice ATC - MAY on May 20, 2021
Comment: Love the ATC - all the layers and awesome designs! Thank you!
joybells2426 rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on May 18, 2021
Comment: These are so cool! I love the little ATC ones so much! I wish I knew how to do that. I’m kind of tech illiterate. Thank you so much!
Response: I use Google Docs to make a table and then just pop the images into the cells (it's my go-to for a lot of things: ATCs labels, shipping labels, collage sheets, artistamps). Glad you like them!
joybells2426 rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on May 18, 2021
Comment: Oh I love it! I also have all the hands from the old swap hanging on a string in my living room. I’m hanging this one up there too! Thank you!
Response: Awesome! Happy to have contributed another to the collection. :)
RockyBeach rated for OMAE: Out of This World! on May 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the different worlds or galaxies the astronaut is facing. The postal cancellation machine reminded us, that' we're not in outer space. "Earth Day" is printed over the stamp, how suitable. Haha! :)
Response: That got there in good time! Thanks for swapping. :)

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sweetgypsy on Jul 20, 2021:

Love your scrappy dolls for the OMAE Themed envelope tag! Always a joy receiving your artwork. Thank you!

January on Jul 17, 2021:

Thank you for the ICAD cards! Adding to the appreciation on your wall :) They are great and you are so generous to send them out into the world!

isandie on Jul 16, 2021:

I LOVE YOUR ICAD CARDS!!! Thank you so much! I’m going to hand these on my wall!!! ❤️❤️❤️

kiddomerriweather on Jul 16, 2021:

OMG! So adorable!

supersquirrel on Jul 15, 2021:

LOVE your ICAD cards!! Thank you so much for the RAK. I'm off to find a special container for them 🐿️❤️🐿️

bethe on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you Steph for the awesome zines and snarky words! These are going in my mail/journaling book immediately! I always love when I see an envelope from you in the mail 💖 Wonderful Wishes July

fishsteak on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you for the ICAD RAK! They’re so fun to look at. I love your art! It’s inspired me to try and make my own, as soon as I can find my old stash of index cards. Who knew my high school vocab cards could be repurposed?

Aeon on Jul 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for the birthday card! That was a sweet surprise in my mailbox on this dreary day. I love all the cute stickers, especially the birthday bear! 😍

MiRdLHWY43 on Jul 3, 2021:

Thank you so much for the kind words Steph, it means a lot to me. 💜

joybells2426 on Jun 19, 2021:

Thank you for your contribution to Best Wishes! What a lovely surprise! I love it!

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