Swap-bot Time: August 5, 2020 6:40 am


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: August 5, 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 and sharing my art is a huge outlet for me. 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 and swapping. 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 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".

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.

โœณ๏ธ JULY/AUG 2020 | My creative mojo is getting a little flimsy so I'm going to be taking a break from hosting swaps after the current ones finish up. The last thing I need is to give myself deadlines and pressure to perform. I'll continue informal exchanging through tags and with my mail pals as the muse strikes. TTFN.


I really love one-on-one creative exchanges with people; sharing our art, what supplies inspire us and sending creatively 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.

My Craft Space

This is the "artsy" side of my craft cave, where I make all the things. You can usually find me here, avoiding housework.

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™ง๐™ฉ 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, Memphis, celestial, cosmic, psychedelic, whimsical, hippie, tattoo flash.

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, if you're more visually inclined: Characters โ€ข Art โ€ข "Aesthetic" โ€ข Misc. โ€ข Colors


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

  • brown 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.

I'm not a fan, at all, of Tim Holtz collections of die-cuts and what not (or other brands, really). Please save these items for people who appreciate them.

  • 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.

  • holiday related items (except Halloween and weird/unusual holidays).

  • 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 need to strictly manage what goes on/in my body.

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

Well. Bye.


Comment: I love the PC you made. I think the tv was my favorite element from the kit. I used it as well. I just watched a cartoon where they were tracking a ferret down in the 'wild,' so apparently this is a common issue. lmao
Response: Glad you liked it! It was a bit of a challenge (though idk it it's because of the mood I've been in or the swap itself). I love images of old TV sets. Everytime I see a different animal in our backyard (or think I've seen, lol) I feel I'm that much closer to getting a raccoon visitor. A girl can dream! ๐Ÿ˜
Comment: Steph I LOVE this page for the book! Everything about it, especially the text; I love text on a page. Thank you!
Response: Yay, glad you love it! I had a lot of fun matching those 2 up.
sweetgypsy rated for CSC: Use the Image #5 on Jul 10, 2020
Comment: Nicely done!! I agree, it is nice having a little more area to work on. Thank you for another fun swap :)
Aeon rated for AB: GA Series - Person with a Flower on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks for hosting such a fun swap! And thank you for the flower person page! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I canโ€™t wait for the assembly part too. What kind of printer do you use? I love the sharpness of your images.
Response: Hope they fit in nicely with your other pages. I have a Canon laser printer.
Poeprincess rated for ATCA: Collage ATC Formula #2 on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this ATC. I love how you combined the elements. Thanks, also for hosting these challenging swaps.
Aeon rated for CSC: Use the Image #4 on Jun 16, 2020
Comment: OMG your zetti style fish is so extra! I love it! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
January rated for AB: One Sheet Art Book on Jun 15, 2020
Comment: I adore the little book you created. Love everything about it - the colors, the images, the feel of it. Sending many hearts for this swap! (PS and thank you for hosting this one!)
Response: I'm so happy you like it! It was fun to make. Thank you for the lovely rating.
rubberduck rated for 9 pockets of ATC supplies on Jun 1, 2020
Comment: thanks for the great swap so many different things to use
Response: You're welcome - have fun :)
Artstamper rated for AB: GA Series - Person with Wings on May 29, 2020
Comment: Love your Mona with the wings! This is a special swap and now I have two special pages! Thank you very much.
Response: It's good to know she has a special place with you - thank you for the lovely comments!
sweetgypsy rated for CSC: Digi Stamp ATC on May 26, 2020
Comment: Steph, it is gorgeous!! I love it so much :) Thank you!
Response: You're most welcome, Tanya! So happy you love it. ๐Ÿค—
PaperPassion rated for CSC: Use the Image #3 on May 21, 2020
Comment: love,love,love the skinny you made thanks so much.
Bhindblueeyes rated for ATCA: Sender's Choice #2 on May 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!! I am so pumped to get an ATC from you because I always love the ones I see you create!!! It was indeed sitting at the PO waiting for me now that I can get there! :)
Response: Awesome. Glad you like it - I knew I had to send you a flamingo. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Artstamper rated for CSC: Use the Image #2 on May 4, 2020
Comment: Wow! Stephanie, this is so creative and adorable at the same time. Love it. Thanks so much.
Response: I'm glad you liked it, Joan! I wasn't planning on going so whimsical, but that's where I ended up. That's what's making these image challenges so fun for me.
Aeon rated for Artsy Gluebook on May 2, 2020
Comment: I received your glue book today and itโ€™s so fun to flip through in person! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ Thank you so much for making this for me! I have images collected for youโ€”just need to commit to a book size. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Response: Happy you like it - I had a lot of fun making it. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Comment: Wow Stephanie,this is a great start to my book! Love the queen and the deep red of the background, thank you.
Response: You're welcome, Joan! Glad you like her. Thank you for the lovely rating. I decided for this series that I'm going to use a different color of the rainbow for each arch.
PaperPassion rated for ATCA: Collage ATC Formula #1 on Apr 20, 2020
Comment: Great collage for your formula 1.Beautiful crow and use of color.Thank you so much.
Response: Happy you liked the crow - it was my favorite of the 2 ATCs I made for this.
PaperPassion rated for CSC: Kim Collister Inspired Art on Apr 20, 2020
Comment: Wish I could give you 100 hearts I really love what you did with the K.Collister piece.Can't wait to add it to my art journal.Thank you so much.
Response: So happy you like it and it'll have a happy home in your journal.
Artstamper rated for CSC: Use the Image #1 on Apr 9, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your fun skinny with image #1 on it. i liked what you did with it and hope more people join the next one too. Be careful and stay well.
Response: I've got a lot of cool images lined up for future swaps...hopefully they'll entice people. Glad you liked this one.
goosey rated for CSC: You Color It Mini-Book on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: stunning mini-book, steph! every little detail is perfect ... many thanks!
Response: Happy you liked it, Marlies!
Juniebird rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Mar 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely Spring card. Your envelope and inside-the-card Art are beautiful and really lifted my spirits. Love that balloon sticker! Best wishes and stay well!

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user6937 on Jul 30, 2020:

RAK: ATC Collection Clean Out; I love them all - thank you for sharing such nice ATCs with me :)

Mon1496 on Jul 25, 2020:

Thank you for the atcs! I love them!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 24, 2020:

Thank you for the ATC sleeves for the OMAE July RAK Attack! I really needed them. I understand your disappointment. I've been doing the same thing and sending out RAK's as opposed to playing more often than not. I haven't been brave enough to venture out to Walmart yet. I haven't been to Knoxville in a loooooong time.

Ukucaitie on Jul 24, 2020:

Thank you for the awsome ATCs from your ATC cleanout RAK. I really like the selection I got!

user6937 on Jul 24, 2020:

Your wonderful ATC (Do I look like someone who gives a ... ) has arrived! I love it, as I love all your art. I've been wandering all around your art stations (FB, ETSY, etc), lol. Now, I'd better get some lunch going, or the grandson will be wanting a snack. Or, as he says it - a 'nack!

beachchicken on Jul 24, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome sticker bomb envie! It's very cool.

beachchicken on Jul 24, 2020:

Thank you for such an amazing RAK of ATC Collection Clean Out! I am excited to add them to my collection! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™

HippieChick on Jul 22, 2020:

Thanks for the great snarky card for OMAE July RAK! I think I have even been a sarcastic ass in my sleep a few times, haha!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 17, 2020:

Haha! That would be adorable!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 16, 2020:

Thank you for adding to my "Lend Me a Hand" deco! I love the colors and textures you used. So pretty!

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