Swap-bot Time: April 7, 2020 3:32 pm


Date Joined: February 20, 2018
Last Online: April 7, 2020
Birthday: February 16
Country: United States
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COVID-19 UPDATE: California is currently on a mandatory shelter in place order. This means we can only leave our home to get groceries, gas, go to the bank, doctor, or get exercise. I am fortunate that I print postage at home and my postal carrier picks up my mail/packages from my home without complaint. Therefore, the only delay is in picking up mail which goes to another address. Please be patient as my ratings will be slower than usual as I am visiting my box only 1 time per week during hours that I am less likely to come in contact with others. Finally, YES I am sending and receiving letters and packages. - Updated April 3, 2020

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

My name is Zoe. I am 4X years young. I live in California. I have two teens and a wonderful husband. I am self-employed full time (ish) in a career that I love that involves helping others heal. I enjoy writing letters to my pen friends worldwide and paper crafts. I typically join the two (snail mail and paper crafting). I joined Swap-Bot in 2018 and enjoy it. Watching crafting videos on YouTube is enjoyable to me. Twice a month I meet with some other crafty ladies 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 birds), and of course making happy mail and crafting.

I enjoy my spa days and lunch with friends. I feel blessed to have an amazing family, friends, a great imagination, and happy memories.

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: 26 (27 if you count my wonderful 94 year old great aunt)


Color: violet and green

Drink: Bundaberg ginger beer and limeade

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

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

Scents: lavender, sage, tangerine

Season: winter and spring

Tea: jasmine, green tea, herbal, fruity

Time: I am a morning person

Candy: ALL. Kidding...but I do have a sweet tooth. Some of my favorites are: bottlecaps, smash-mallow, smarties, rocky road, candy corn, jelly belly, gummy bears, caramel and hazelnut m&m...and so on...(think 80's retro candy)


  • Paper-crafts& Stationary,

  • Exchanging Letters with Pen Friends,

  • Making Happy Mail & Granting Wishes

  • Word games & puzzles,

  • Cooking/baking,

  • Documentaries,

  • Fountain pens & hand-lettering,

  • Nature photos,

  • Tea

  • Spa Treatments of all kinds

  • Travel to warm climates,

  • Walks,

  • Swimming,

  • Coloring for Adults (floral and landscape)

  • Handwriting Practice Books

  • 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 am enjoying DECO's. I use die cuts, stamps, stickers, ribbon, color pencils, glitter, sealing wax, and other embellishments. My tools include a paper cutter, color pencils, Zig markers, Empress die cut machine, heat tool, stamping platform, and envelope score board. 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. Recently have become interested in some mixed media art and art journals.

Note: 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, and Indiana. Our next adventure will hopefully be Washington DC.


Please note that: Extras are NOT expected or necessary for me. I don't 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.

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

  • Roasted green tea or Matcha powder from Japan (LOVE!!!)

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

  • Herbal, Fruity, or Green Tea

  • avril yarn from Japan

  • Face Mask Sheets

  • Photograph of outdoors/flowers taken by you

  • Floral or Butterfly ephemera

  • Address labels with my address on them

  • Vintage paper, especially book pages with florals, ledger, grid, and onion skin

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

  • A2 or A7 Envelopes made by you (e.g. snail mail themed, purple, textured, etc.) appropriate for mailing.

  • Personalized Swap Cards

  • We R' Memory Keepers (or similar) Eyelets - Standard

  • washi with script

  • Used postal stamps

  • 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

  • Something from or inspired by my AMAZON wish list

  • A letter about how you incorporate kindness into your day

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. Currently NOT accepting new pen friends.

Favorite Television

I don't have or want even basic cable. 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

Anne of Green Gables

The Librarians

Dr. Who

Star Trek

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

News Comedy (e.g. The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, etc.)


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. A while ago, I decided to use Stamps.com to save money and time. This means, your mail will not have pretty stamps or be decorated on the outside (unless it is a mail art swap). International postage rates have gone up in 2020. I will continue to happily participate in international swaps, however, all international happy mail will be flat. Thanks for your understanding.


Last updated: April, 2020


coleenfranks rated for MAE - Your Choice on Apr 4, 2020
Comment: Zoe, thank you, thank you, thank you. What a lovely surprise. I've taken the time to open it one envie at a time to draw it out.What a beautiful card you made and yet so simple. And glad for the swap cards. I shall put on copier w/cardstock and make more :) Grateful for all the extras. I do classes for which I do not charge and usually supply most everything so this is a boon to me. Plus I send supplies overseas where we were missionaries so always happy for one's destash (Ukraine). Bless your heart.
Response: I am so happy that you enjoyed the goodies and can use them. Wishing you total wellness and hope you are safe at home. Thanks for rating and heart. Happy crafting!
kittyhahahotbot rated for Move a DECO MAR 2020 on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: tHANK YOU VERY much. I dont think I have anything to contribute to your new postal DECO. In your last postal DECO i blew my postal wad on it. LOL. Wait till you get that DECO back. YOu'll really chuckle. I used every postal item I had and used it. LOL. But Im sure I can find something. LOL
Response: Oh dear, I didn't think of that. Sorry I sent you one that you can't use. Thanks for the prompt rating and heart. Take very good care. Happy crafting.
Comment: Thank you for sharing some washi tapes and foreign postage! It’s always a pleasure having you as a swap partner (whether sending or receiving). No worries on sending β€œrepeats” ever! I πŸ’• all you have to share! Everything is always very neatly packaged, beautifully written, and decoratively adorned making yours an excellent example of β€œhappy mail” in my mailbox! The time and effort that you put into your swaps is eveident to me and I GENUINELY appreciate that more than I can explain in words! It’s just refreshing to receive mail like yours and feel β€œthought about” rather than thrown together, ya know. THANKFUL FOR YOU! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸŒˆπŸ’šπŸ€©πŸ₯³πŸŒΈπŸ’«πŸ₯‡
Response: I am humbled by your oh so very sweet comment. Thank you so much. I am so happy you liked everything and knowing that is very encouraging. Take very good care and happy crafting. Wishing you and yours safety and good health.
Kalalinga rated for USAHM: Send a card on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: What a lovely card! Thanks so much. I also like all the ephemera you enclosed. Great swap!🌸🌼
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it. Thanks for prompt ratings and hearts. Happy crafting!
Kalalinga rated for DB: March Move a US Deco - US Only on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the fall deco and the extra goodies which I can use in decorating my page. Very thoughtful of you and much appreciated by me.πŸ’•
Response: Wow, that got to you so quickly! Happy it arrived safely. Happy crafting!
MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R49 on Mar 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Delipaper!!! and thanks for the journal.
Response: Yay! It arrived safely! You're quite welcome. Enjoy. Wish I could have fit more. Happy Crafting! Thanks for rating and heart.
Comment: Lovely note & envie of vintage bits! Thank you! And yes sometimes I do find it hard to part with some of my vintage goodies!
Response: Happy you enjoyed the little happy mail. Thanks for the prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting!
Comment: I really loved everything you picked out for me. Thank you so much! It was definitely curated to my interests and I really appreciated that. :)
Response: You are welcome. Glad you liked the items. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy Crafting!
bluerose3 rated for SMSUSA: Pick 5! on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you. Love your choices and how you packaged them :)
Response: You are welcome. Glad you liked the items. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting!
MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R48 on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the art journal, and also for all the extra old vintage tickets!
Response: I have to admit, that I struggle to part with my treasures, but gald you like the goodies. Happy crafting!
AZmom875 rated for SS: Stamped Letterset on Jan 27, 2020
Comment: Two adorable sets, thank you and I adore the tea themed items. Great swapper.
Response: Wow! That arrived to you very quickly. I am happy you liked the sets and goodies. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting!
Comment: Oh thank you, thank you for sharing this envelope of wonderful vintage ephemera with me! I love and will enjoy using it all! BTW, your Mr. Zip swap-cards are awesome too! Did you make those??
Response: I am so glad you like and can use the goodies. Thank you for prompt rating and heart. Yes, I did make the Mr. Zip swap cards. Happy crafting!
Kalalinga rated for MaE - Map Envelope on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely swap package. I love the envies and the belly bands you made. I'll be using the bits of ephemera right away on a current project....they are just what I need! πŸ’ž
Response: I am glad you like the envelopes and goodies. Thanks for rating and heart. Happy crafting!
Comment: Wow, your packaging was awesome and then the card that told me about the swap was so special. It’s going into my journal. Did you make it? Then the items inside the packaging are so perfect for me! Thank you for an amazing Happy Mail swap.
Response: I am so pleased you liked everything! Yes, I made the note cards and swap card, thanks for the compliments 😁 Enjoy the goodies and happy swapping. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. **(That package got to you so quickly!)**
Comment: Oh my gosh! You must plenty of toys to make this beautiful DECO! This is embossed so you must have those die thingys. Coolio! Thank you for joining!
Response: Giggle. You have no idea what I have managed to hide in my tiny craft area. Thanks for the encouragement and inviting me. Thank you for prompt rating and heart. So sweet of you. Happy new year.
IDreamOfAfrica rated for UHM: Fall Mail Art Swap on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the genuine and meaningful mail art that required some of your undivided attention and quality time. I am deeply touched. Your handmade (and I do mean made-from-scratch...the paper...the dye...paint splatter...everything) is stunning! I love how the graph paper has been "aged" and all of the colors and tones that give the envelope that fall woodsy aesthetic. The copper paint (or is it ink?) is gorgeous! Your dried/pressed plant leaves smell heavenly and your handmade wax seal brown paper bag is incredibly elegant! I am truly humbled and honored to have been your partner. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. πŸ’–β₯πŸ’žβ¦πŸ’•β§πŸ’—β™‘πŸ’“β™₯οΈβ€οΈβ€πŸ’˜αƒ¦πŸ’β£πŸ’˜πŸ’šπŸ’ŸπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’› Ξ΅Ρ—Π· Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❀ ƸӜƷ Ξ΅Ρ—Π·
Response: Wow. I am overwhelmed with gratitude about your review. Thank you so much for the very kind review. Wishing you the very best. πŸ’–πŸ˜Š
Comment: Thank you for the lovely washi and what a beautiful page you made :)
Response: Wow! That got to you pretty quickly. I am happy it arrived safely. Thanks. Happy swapping!
lady41701 rated for SMSUSA: SNAIL Mail Art on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Such cute snail mail! Thank you for the wonderful vintage goodies too. Loved everything!
Response: Yay! I am glad you liked everything. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy Holidays!
Candace rated for SMSUSA: Tell Me About ... #8 on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: I love the stamp set you used! Thank you so much!!
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy Swapping.
Comment: Hi Zoe! Thanks so so much for this gorgeous mail, I had a big smile on my face while opening it, everything was put together so nicely & I loved the collage you decorated the front of the envelope with! For sure one of my favorite swaps I’ve ever received!
Response: I am so happy to hear that you liked the happy mail. Thank you for the prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping!

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Kirkdebb on Feb 26, 2020:

Thank you for the Cheers to That stamp set RAK! I am excited use it! Also, thank you for the cute decorated clothespins! I think I'll add some magnetic tape on the back and put them on my fridge.

loveretro on Feb 14, 2020:

Dear Zoe,

wishing you a very happy birthday !


many thanks for your happy mail ! Monique x

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs, Pam

Whovian487 on Dec 20, 2019:

Thanks for your letter and all the great goodies you sent. πŸ˜€ I love the Doctor Who saying on the mailbox. Thanks again!

Cgscdy on Dec 14, 2019:

For the awesome pen RAK! Loved the pens, paper and especially the card those are some CUTE stamps!!! Never seen a happymail envie or packages like that I will definitely be looking for that set Lol! Many thanks!!

glennasgarden on Oct 22, 2019:

What a lovely surprise I received from you! I love the way you wrapped up the RAK Thank you so much!

groundhogstamper on Sep 26, 2019:

What a treat to win a RAK from you! I love the tiny stationery and, even more, the way you packaged it so beautifully. Thank you.

MSturgill87 on Jul 26, 2019:

Thank you for the birthday card! It was funny! I also just sent your letter!

Queensmiley2530 on Jul 8, 2019:

Thank you so much for my wishes in Wishlist.

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