Swap-bot Time: October 28, 2021 7:01 am


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: October 27, 2021
Birthday: November 12
Country: United States


October 2021. I'm wrapping up my time here on Swap-bot. After almost 11 years, I'm retiring. It's been awhile coming and the sense of "doneness" is something I just don't feel like fighting anymore.

My profile will remain and I'm sticking around until all loose ends are tied up, but once that's all done, my groups will be closed and I'll be shoving off.

I am still making, sharing and exchanging crafts and mail art, but it will be more on a free-agent basis, heh. 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. :)

About Me

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.

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.

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.


Style, Aesthetics, Faves

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.


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. 💖

Imagery/Themes for ATCs, mail art, cut outs, etc.
―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
―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.


Most of the things listed above are reiterated on my Pinterest, plus a whole heck of a lot more. My favorite things, visualized.


Supply Stuffs

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!

Sticker Preferences
―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.

  • religion/religious items.

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

In the Slightly Less Offensive Yet Still Undesirable Department, I'd rather not receive...

  • paint chips, recipe cards, tiny note cards (ones too small to mail)
  • 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).
  • any lace/blingy supplies; antique aesthetic, Victorian, Paris or steampunk themed paper craft supplies.
  • 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/weed culture.
  • true crime, serial killers, murder mysteries....I'm not into ANY of that stuff.

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


Comment: Ooh they look so good all together! Thank you for your lovely drips and for hosting this collaborative art experience. Thoroughly enjoyed this swap :D
Response: I'm glad, Lori! Thanks for contributing to both rounds. I can't wait to put them all together.
bigmamabird rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book Page 3 on Sep 25, 2021
Comment: Many thanks for this page, Steph! Love the artist bird/girl, she may very well be my inner child...
Response: I had hoped Birdie would strike a chord. Thanks for the comment.
Comment: Loving how this is such a Steph collage and yet totally reflects the colors of the season up here! Many thanks!
Response: Oh, nice! I didn't even think about the colors being fall-y. :) Happy you liked it.
Comment: Thank you for another fabulous swap! Love it!!
Response: Yay, I'm glad! I like how the b&w ones turned out better than the color (go figure).
Comment: Yours is first to arrive! Love the coordinated envelope and stamp, many thanks!
Response: Time for a drip party. :)
RockyBeach rated for OMAE: DIY Van Gogh HMPC on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the sunny and sunflowery Van Gogh! Like a homage to the famous sunflowers painting. I like it!
Response: Of course he had to wear sunflowers. :) Happy you liked it!
bigmamabird rated for FJPP: Altered File Folder on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: This was a good swap, Steph, and I just love your folder! Your style is fun and colorful and different from mine, and I really appreciate it. I want to play with some more folders now... Want to swap another?!? Many thanks.
Response: Happy you liked it Carroll! It was fun to stretch out on such a big "canvas" - we'll definitely have more of these swaps!
Comment: I have missed museums and your card was a wonderful reminder of the joy they contain. Thank you for the generous extras as well. I like every one of them 😊
Response: Thank you so much - that is such a great compliment. 😊😊😊 I'm happy you liked everything.
goosey rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book Page 2 on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: steph, friday the 13th is always my lucky day and today is proof in the pudding! i feel so very lucky to be your partner in this swap ... both sides are t-rific. move over adele, you have some competition!! many thanks!
Response: Yay, so glad you liked it! I had fun making it for you...I'm getting into the groove of making these pages.
Comment: I love how your drips remind me of a geological chart. The colours are great! Thanks for hosting yet another fun swap :D
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 3 on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Great legs! My girl turned out great. Thank you :)
Response: Awesome! And thank you. ;) I saw Carroll's finished piece and it's really fab.
Comment: Ooo la la! What a lovely envelope filled with lovely art. Thank you very much. Your lines are so stinkin' straight. Nicely done and very cool choices of color!
Response: (oops redo, looking at one comment, responded in a different box!) Thanks, Angie, glad you like it! ;)
Comment: Your part arrived today! Loving your color scheme! So fun! Looking forward to playing with all the pieces!
Response: Thank you, Carroll! Hope it plays well with the other pieces. This was a bit harder than I had expected (maybe 'cause I rarely do free-hand paint stuff like this).
BelfryBat rated for OMAE: Sender's Choice ATC - JULY on Jul 26, 2021
Comment: As always, such a pleasure to get a swap from you! Thank you for the nerdy ATC - I definitely fit that mold!!
Response: Aww, so nice. Happy you're happy!
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! 😍

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kiddomerriweather on Oct 21, 2021:

Thank you for the mail art envie of Halloween goodies for my October WW! I love the card, witchy cat ATC, and stickers. The mail art is to die for! Thank you for thinking of me. =D

Ikat78 on Oct 20, 2021:

THANK YOU for the Halloween card and wonderfully decorated envie for my WW October. Love it!

MiRdLHWY43 on Oct 20, 2021:

Thanks so much for the fun vintage postcard with amazing stickers and stamps! Ww oct🎃💜

bigmamabird on Oct 15, 2021:

Thanks for the PC+ Steph! Lol, the cat haiku...Cool postcard!

bethe on Oct 15, 2021:

Thank you for your awesome kitty Halloween ATC, cute card and the happy mail stickers! I LOVE the way you decorated the envelope too and this is going straight in my journal. The stickers will definitely come in handy and I always love your art and style with collage/ATC. I know we all need a break from SB from time to time but I hope to see you even if it's once in awhile. All the best, Beth ~October WW.

HollyBear on Oct 15, 2021:

Thanks so much for the ATC RAK you sent my way!!

bigmamabird on Sep 25, 2021:

The doll postcard you sent with the two swaps is kinda creepy, but I find myself drawn to her! Who knew... Also th trash panda wisdom sticker made me lol.

Hell0Z0mbie on Sep 20, 2021:

I LOVE your page in my cactus deco, thank you so much! It's really adorable and well done, I love it.

kiddomerriweather on Sep 15, 2021:

Thank you for the September WW! I love the PC with the Poe quote. I always love getting PC's from you. You always make them look so cheerful. =D

Hell0Z0mbie on Sep 14, 2021:

Thank you SO much for the RAK PC, I love it! It's beautiful, you are so incredibly talented. I seriously will never get enough of your art. <3

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