Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2020 3:15 am


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: March 29, 2020
Birthday: November 12
Country: United States
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About Me

Iโ€™m Steph (anie). Iโ€™m a homemaker, artist, crafter, cook, nerd, introvert, humanist & aspiring eccentric old lady. I live in Tallahassee, Florida, with my husband and adult daughter. She and I were born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area (200 miles south of here) and moved here in 2009.

Iโ€™m on Swap-bot because Iโ€™m obsessed with making things. Iโ€™ve been at it for awhile now - crafting for at least 20 years (going back to when I scrapbooked my daughterโ€™s babyhood) and I've tried oodles of things. For the past 12 years Iโ€™ve been focused on paper/mixed media art. Right now Iโ€™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 used to have a blog, but I quit that platform and decided to use Facebook because it seems easier to connect with interested artsy-craftsy people. I semi-blog there and my page is public if you want to follow along (itโ€™s nothing but art crap). I post pretty much everything I create, between all the different media platforms I'm on, so don't go poking around if you're sensitive to "spoilers".

Iโ€™m a shy person and struggle with social anxiety, depression, general anxiety and other (fun! เฒ _เฒ ) personality issues. I do not people well, but I try, and am grateful for every kind individual who has had patience enough to put up with me and call me โ€˜friendโ€™. Making art and sharing it has been way more than a hobby for me; itโ€™s been my outlet, my connection and my emotional support for years now.

Beyond art and cleaning up messes, meme, movie and TV references rule my world. I enjoy โ€œairplane napsโ€ on the couch, watching entirely too much TV, road trips, thrifting, exploring historical sites, long walks on the beach, candlelit dinnersโ€ฆ.oh! Wait.


I really love one-on-one creative exchanges with people; sharing our art, what supplies inspire us and sending creative decorated envelopes. After trying lots of sites and swap pages, I still think SB is the best place for people who like exchanging this type of thoughtful, handmade mail. I think the act of sharing your art and what inspires you is a language in itself - and that's mail art.

I run 3 groups here - Open Mail Art Exchange which is all about informal exchanges through forum tags; Collage Sheet Creations which is all about creating art from digital printables and Art Books which is about creating artfilled books.

What I Like

โž”Themes, faves, junk & stuff.

๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก, ๐™๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ + ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™---world cultures, anthropology, mythology, folklore, superstitions, Indigenous peoples, foreign languages, ancient Egypt, Japan.

๐™‰๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š, ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ + ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™ก๐™จ---raccoons, palm trees, tropical flowers, backyard gardens, cockatoos, alligators, rainforests, crystals, dinosaurs, ravens, emus, gibbons, big trees, wild flowers, toadstools, The Everglades, Spring & Summer.

๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™จ---60s/70s/80s, retro futurism, grunge, gothic, bohemian, urban decay, Floridana, kitsch, neon, Mid-Century Modern, celestial, cosmic, psychedelic, whimsical.

๐™‹๐™ค๐™ฅ ๐™˜๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š + ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ---science fiction, web comics, memes, gifs, TV, Netflix, Judge Judy, Star Wars, Discworld, high fantasy, stand-up comedy, cartoons, Adult Swim, heavy metal, Walt Disney World, SpongeBob SquarePants, anime, RuPaul's Drag Race, 80s pro wrestling.

๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™จ---Nick Bantock, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, James Jean, Lynne Perrella, Rex Ray, Carrie Ann Baade, Ray Caesar, Mary Jane Chadbourne, Edward Hopper, Kim Collister, Salvador Dali.

๐™Ž๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™—๐™ค๐™ก๐™จ + ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ---skulls, skeletons, stars, arrows, horseshoes, hands, lucky cats, plus signs, triangles, moon/sun faces, dots, crowns.

๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ---BRIGHT, bold colors: chartreuse, turquoise, purple, candy apple red, hot pink, NEONS, rainbows. I'm starting to come around to pastel colors - brighter tones, not completely washed out.

๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ---owls, classic Star Wars stuff (esp. Darth Vader), CLOWNS, Buddhas (Gautama & Budai), maneki neko (lucky cats), skulls (calaveras, Grim Reapers).

Most of these things (and more) are represented on my Pinterest boards:
Characters โ€ข Art โ€ข "Aesthetic" โ€ข Misc. โ€ข Colors


โž”Things I'm always wanting/"needing".

  • kraft paper envelopes (mailable sizes)
  • mulberry papers in light colors
  • graph papers (interesting grids/colors a +)
  • YOUR gel prints and palette/drop papers
  • FUN, flat stickers (no puffy or epoxy)
  • funky fibers and yarn for altered tags
  • art postcards; free/promo fine as long as the art is cool
  • colorful patterned papers
  • magazine bits (travel, lifestyle, contemporary art mags)
  • die-cut shapes (letters, geometric, symbols, nature)
  • collage images from upcycled sources or printables
  • any paper thing inspired by my likes that I can add to my annual Favorite Things gluebook (made in November for my birthday)

  • REAL ephemera: tags, tickets, maps, Airmail envelopes, yearbook pages, text pages (Spanish, Greek, Arabic), guest checks, ledger papers, anything typewritten, vintage used postage, game pieces, labels.

  • Special request: machine stitched scraps of paper. That is: paper with a line or 2 of machine stitching run the length of it. My machine and I are no longer on speaking terms, but I love using the stitched bits as embellishments on journal pages/ATCs.

Like this:

I'm always looking for people who want to trade stuffed envelopes of paper goodies - especially if we share a lot of the same interests. I've got more collage supplies than I reasonably need, so feel free to hit me up if you're interested in sharing.

Other private swaps I'm most definitely interested in:

  • blind or MMH ATC swaps (for 1 or up to 9 cards, depending - I'm a fiend when it comes to making ATCs).

  • profile-based ART BOOKS. I love making art books and have a lot of fun reading through chewy profiles for inspiration.

  • CREATIVE correspondence, e.g., lists, questionnaires, photo diaries...anything with some sort of creative/artsy element to it. I sort of famously do not like to write letters, but I can get on board if it's presented in a unique way.

  • STICKERED UP things - "sticker slapping" is frowned upon in this establishment, but it can be fun between 2 consenting adults, lol. I like stickering up envelopes, postcards and note cards - making actual use of all the stickers I've hoarded.

What I Don't Like

โž”Please do not send...

  • anything with SHARKS on it. ANYTHING.

  • alcohol/pro-drinking themed items.

  • patriotic, presidential themed items.

  • Religious items of any sort.

  • true crime, serial killer stuff.

  • edibles, tea bags, fragrance sachets, anything with added scents, beauty products, etc. I'm not here to swap these sorts of things and, most importantly, I have hella ridiculous allergies.

  • about CLOWNS: I do honestly love all types of clowns, except real life killer clowns (John Wayne Gacy aka Pogo) and Insane Clown Posse. If you have some doubts about something, just message me.

Well. Bye.


goosey rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Mar 27, 2020
Comment: love your card, steph! lots of spring wishes in here - thank you!
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card, pretty embelishments and great quote! I saw a few green tips peeking out of the ground today, over where the sun has made a start melting the snow.
Response: Ohhh, I'm so excited for your Spring to get there! I always love seeing your garden and yard images (and the geese!).
Bananers rated for CSC: Springtime Altered Art Tag on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the very lovely tag!
meeltje57 rated for meeltje57 & stephiedee on Mar 25, 2020
Comment: WOW, it's SO beautiful, this envelope, it's amazing. I keep looking at it. It was the best swap, even without opening it. What I found inside, I don't have the right words to describe how wonderful it is. I love your ATC stickers. The "skinnies" are beyond beleef, so much beauty and harmony in them. True pieces of art. I feel so lucky. Anxious for my swap to arrive. Dear Steph, stay safe ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›โค๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’•
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Neeltje, it's truly uplifting to read right now! I'm so happy you enjoyed everything ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–
mchesser12 rated for USAPC Paper Destash on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome papers!
Response: You're welcome. Hope you can use them.
kiddomerriweather rated for CSC: Zetti HMPC on Mar 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this awesome PC! I love it so much. It's now hanging on my wall. Thank you for the extra zetti elephant PC as well. I have it hanging on my wall, too. :)
Response: Oh good, they both arrived! Happy you liked them both enough to display them. :) They sure were fun to make.
LauraM540 rated for USAPC Paper Destash on Mar 17, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome papers!
Response: You're welcome. Hope you can use them. :)
sweetgypsy rated for CSC: Collage Sheet ATC on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Love the ATC! Great art as always, thanks so much :)
Response: Glad you like the birdie, Tanya!
Aeon rated for Aeon & stephiedee on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Squeeee! I got my package today and love it!! I love how you put your artistamp next to the postage on the envelope! And I LOVE how your gelli prints came out! Funny you included wrapping paper because I love wrapping paper and I collect it too. I have used crinkled sections of it and it didn't make it into the stuff I sent you although I thought about it. The magazine pages are great too. Thanks for a fun swap and all the new swag!
Response: I'm glad you liked everything, Amanda! Thanks for the great rating. This was a fun swap and I learned a couple of things to boot!
Bananers rated for Bananers & stephiedee on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you fur the awesome package of goodness. ๐Ÿ˜ You sent so many best things! I do adore that ATC. Hugs.
Response: Yay, glad you liked it, Juli! I had fun with your likes (and some random stuff, too). Happy holidays! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿฅณ๏ธโ›„๏ธ
supersquirrel rated for Big 4-0 Paper Party on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Oh what a wonderful assortment of paper goods! Such an inspiring "pile" - so many creative ideas and possibilities are running through my head! Happy Birthday Steph and thank you very much for the great swap!!
Response: Thank you, Susan! So glad you liked it all. Happy creating!
EllenWilGraagPost rated for ALDALT: 3 Things for Edgar on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice envelope and I love the inside stuff! I hope you will receive mine for you soon! I love this theme and it is amazing how few people signed in! Thank you for hosting it, it was so nice to do :-)
Response: Thank you, Ellen - I'm so glad you liked the swap and everything. And I'm glad you joined...you gave me an excuse to make Poe artistamps. I don't think I would have done that otherwise. :)
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous swap and card. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!
user6937 rated for user6937 & stephiedee on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Even better in real life! I love it, thank you for swapping with me ๐Ÿ’€ !
Response: You're welcome - glad it found a happy home! That one made me really LOL when I made it. ๐Ÿ˜†
MamaD rated for MamaD & stephiedee on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh! These are even more fantastic in person! Thank you so much! I LOVE them!! Thank you for doing the swap with me!+
Response: You're very welcome - thanks for swapping with me, too!
MissPaula rated for MissPaula & stephiedee on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness! This ATC is better in person! I Love it! Thanks so much! I hope I can creep you out with my card.....
Response: You're welcome, Paula! Glad the girls found a happy home with you. Thanks for the comment!
Comment: Envelope was so fun and love the fanged kitty card - first Halloween one to arrive! ๐ŸŽƒ
Response: Cool, I'm first! ๐Ÿ˜„ Glad you liked it all, thanks for the comment!
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun Halloween card and the great envelope!
Comment: this card is owlfully sweet! many thanks!! love the envie!
kiddomerriweather rated for Halloween BTC on Sep 28, 2019
Comment: I absolutely LOVE both BTC's you sent! The witch is my favorite. Even my mom loved them and she doesn't like anything! I definitely think this should be a new OMAE tag. They are a lot of fun to do and would be so addictive to collect! Thank you for such an awesome swap! (I have no idea where my binder rings are.) :/
Response: Yay, I'm glad you like both! The witch was my fave too (I can't get enough of those little collage witches). I have the tag all written up---and actually managed to find what might be the original tute for them. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

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kiddomerriweather on Mar 26, 2020:

Will do!

kiddomerriweather on Mar 26, 2020:

Thank you for the vintagey paper bomb RAK and AMAZING bookie! I definitely needed some happy in my mailbox today and you delivered.

P.S. I'm trying out a new glue. I ordered it from Amazon tonight. It's called Bearly Art. The glue stick won't stay stuck for me all the time. This glue I ordered comes with three different nozzles and if it freezes, it thaws back to normal. So I can take it on my extensive ice fishing trips that I take so much. It's not supposed to wrinkle which was one of the major selling points for me. We'll see how I like it. Drying time will probably bother me because I'm impatient.

LahDeeDah on Mar 26, 2020:

Ciska76 on Mar 26, 2020:

Thank you so much for the positive vibes you sent (OMAE RAK attack March). Absolutely love the postcard you made. The colours, the flamingos...so nice to dream in these scary times. We are at home with the three of us juggling with work and taking care of our son. Not much time for making art, but lots of time to explore our home and garden through the eyes of a three year old. Fun! Luckily we are all healthy. Hope all is ok with you โค๏ธ

bigmamabird on Mar 25, 2020:

Lol, plus making splatters is so entertaining! I'm going to get in line to make another!

djcamp04 on Mar 20, 2020:

Well, yes you did! It blended in so well with the music sheet that it looks like part of it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

djcamp04 on Mar 19, 2020:

โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธOMG, @stephiedee !! What an adorable RAK!!! You are seriously the best! I love it! When I asked if you were going to do a swap I thought if you did I would try making one. Now I have this little cutie (I wished you had signed it) to use for inspiration. Thank you so much! You totally rock! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

chimerix on Mar 18, 2020:

Thank you so much for the lovely Gel print ATC. It is really fun. And thanks again for inviting me to OMAE group. Aloha

warheart on Mar 17, 2020:

Thanks for the awesome OMAE Paper Bomb!!

bigmamabird on Mar 16, 2020:

Spending extra time on the zetti envelope was very helpful for keeping anxiety fromgetting out of hand. So glad you enjoy it too.

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