Swap-bot Time: June 21, 2024 5:21 pm


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: June 21, 2024
Birthday: November 12
Country: United States

𝔸𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕄𝕖

Hey, I'm Steph. I'm a 40-something, neurospicy lady from Florida. I live with my husband, adult daughter and our 2 spunky Chi-mixes.

Whenever possible, I like to fill my time with creative activities. It makes me happy and helps me deal with all the mental baggage. I mostly stick to mail art diddies like ATCs, zines, handmade postcards and decorated envelopes (shareable art)---but I also get down with art journaling/book-making. My medium of choice is collage+mixed media.

I've been making and sending creative mail for a long time, on various sites, from back in the Flickr ATC trading heyday to hosting my own swaps on Instagram. It's really my only form of socializing.

My creative style leans eclectic. I love making things in a scrappy, colorful, maximalist collage style. Funky, junky and not following rules is how I like it. I love quirky/offbeat characters, irreverence, personality, boldness, humor and not taking (artsy) things too seriously. I also dabble in the classy vintage styles from time to time to keep things interesting.

I make a lot of things and mail a lot of things outside of the confines of Swap-bot. If you want to strike up an informal mail art pals correspondance, just say the word. You can find me on sendsomething and IUOMA as well.

ℍ𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕪 𝕄𝕒𝕜𝕖𝕣𝕤

Well, this is what I like. It's not everything, but it's a fair amount. If you'd like a visual list, see MY PINTEREST.

Making, sending, receiving and collecting...

  • ATCs, altered index cards, little art cards of all kinds.

  • mail art; handmade postcards, fully decorated envelopes, naked mail.

  • sticker bombed postcards, greeting cards, envelopes.

  • making stickers with my Cricut; collecting stickers (esp. artist stickers) for my sticker journal.

  • artbooks; glue books, art journals, zines.

  • paper collage goodie stuffed envelopes (decorated or not), paper/scrap bombs (1 ounce of collage fodder), painted papers, stamped images.

My Craft Cave:

Eye Candy/Squeal Inducers ❤️️😍❤️️

―collage/mixed media art with lots of texture/layers
LOTS of colors! Bright, bold and neon, too
―altered Mona Lisa and other art muses (Lina Cavalieri, Theda Bara)
―cheeseburgers, strawberries, lemons
―tropical flora/fauna; beachy aesthetics; Springtime
―checkerboard patterns (NOT plaid)
―celestial (astronomy) art; Spacecore, sun & moon faces
60s/70s retro aesthetics; big florals, mustard yellow, groovy hippies, boho style
―Vaporwave, 80s/90s pop culture; cartoons, New Wave, Memphis Design, Y2K
―Cyberpunk, Retro Futurism, Anime
Raccoons, squirrels, cockatoos, alligators, frogs
―big boofy flowers; camellia, Persian buttercup, dahlia, peony
deep sea divers (helmets only or whole suits)
―Zetti, mixed up characters, stripey legs, anthropomorphism
―lava lamps, light bulbs, neon signs, traffic lights
―old technology; TV sets, computers, cassette tapes, telephones
―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.

My absolute favorite aesthetic is something I call "teenage neon daydream" - it's like, 90s teenage school folder collage, obnoxious colors, TV noise, attitude and grunge all shaken up in a big Slurpee cup. idk 😂


I would absolutely love any fanart based on these things I obsess over...

The Office (US) • Bob's Burgers • American Dad! • Star Wars (original trilogy, Eps. 4-6) • Step Brothers • What We Do in the Shadows • 80s-90s WWE • Discworld • Schitt's Creek • Seinfeld • Futurama • SpongeBob SquarePants • Mr. Blobby • RuPaul's Drag Race • Wonder Woman

𝕊𝕦𝕡𝕡𝕝𝕪 𝕊𝕥𝕦𝕗𝕗𝕤+ℙ𝕣𝕖𝕗𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕤

I would say the supplies I use are 70% misfit, upcycled things and 30% legit art/craft supplies. I like to mix together any sort of paper things I can get my hands on: office supplies, stationery, gift wrapping stuff, thrifted books/mags, catalogs, handmade papers, printables.

I used to have a HUGE supply of books and magazines for collage imagery, but I donated about 90% of the collection to a local art teacher at the end of 2023. I had to do a massive purge as the hoard was getting overwhelming and burdensome after 10+ years of collecting. Having stuff just to have stuff is not the goal anymore.

Paper supplies I can always use...
―checkerboard pattern papers
―interesting graph/grid papers
―fun, FLAT stickers
―painted papers/palette papers
―vintage yearbook portraits (esp. 70s-80s)
―city road maps (tightly concentrated road grids)
―printed tissue paper/napkins
―collage style rubberstamp images (that cut out easily)
―found words/quotes cut from books
―the letters J, K, P & Q cut from magazines
RED ephemera (not just pretty papers)
―any flat embellishment type things
―colorful patterned papers
―images/background patterns from magazines
―funky, interesting, weird collage imagery
―machine stitched strips of paper

Sticker Preferences ✅✅✅

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, just not into the really infantile stuff or licensed characters (unless Star Wars or Spongebob) +++also love more adult themes, like botanicals, original artist stickers, non silly animals, faux postage, alphas, word stickers, vinyl "laptop" stickers (in any of the "eye candy" themes listed above), "happy mail" labels. I'm not picky about where stickers come from, as long as they're sticky.

Please, NO ⚠️⚠️⚠️

plain colored scraps of paper, mass market journal supplies (Tim Holtz people, die-cut images, journal cards, planner specific stickers, holiday/greeting card type sentiments), tiny cards, paint chips, lace/other non-paper supplies, washi stickers, puffy/epoxy stickers, wax seals, washi tape samples on cards.

Themes/Styles I'm Not Into 👎👎👎

Victorian vintage, Paris, shabby chic, patriotic, steampunk, no-face people, ballerinas, bling, babies, religious, toxic positivity (positivity is great! invalidating emotions and experiences is not; "good vibes" > "good vibes only"), 420/weed culture, coffee/tea/wine/booze, gender specific...

No offence to anyone, these just don't float my boat. I do respect all sender's choice directives however and appreciate every effort put into handmade creations.


Triggers, allergens, phobias...

  • sharks. Pictures, stickers, whatever. I have a phobia and seeing a nasty ol' shark maw kinda ruins the mail.

  • religious items; Christian themes, hymnal book pages, spiritual mumbo jumbo, angels.

  • food/edibles/potables of any kind or scented/perfumed items. I am highly sensitive to fragrances and have ZERO interest in swapping foodstuffs (including teabags).

  • true crime, serial killers, murder mysteries, gore, zombies....I'm not into ANY of that stuff.

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


Comment: Thank you for the fun variety of magazine cutouts. I love the vintage knitting images so much. I really appreciate the space and gardening images as well.
dreamrains rated for 🌈Color Lovers Mail ART on Jun 2, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the amazing swap, Steph! From the colorful envelope to the colorful contents, everything was a delight! I can't wait to use the bits and bobs in my own crafting, especially the textured paper you used with ?paint? I love Marimekko, so the postcard will get put to quick use! The letter set and great happy mail/swap bot stickers are also awesome. All in all, a delight to open. Thank you for hosting this swap! I'd join again!
Pantlessrobot rated for CPE April Scavenger Hunt on May 27, 2024
Comment: Such a great selection of goodies! Thanks so much
DelaLisa rated for Lisa and Steph on May 24, 2024
Comment: Hey Steph. The envelope finally arrived. Sure took a very long time to travel within one state. Anyway, thank you for all the amazing stuff. I love it all. And maybe I need to get a Cricut. I actually joined a Swap having to do with hands so that hand is gonna come in handy, lol. Love love love your style. Let’s do another swap. It could be unofficial this time. 😍
goosey rated for CPE Matisse Cutouts on May 17, 2024
Comment: steph, your cutouts are wonderful! i absolutely love that they are rather ocean-esque .. i had so much fun doing these, but my cutouts were more desert inspired. yours are going right into my new summer journal, yet to be started.
Comment: Your destash is my treasures! Thank you so much!!
DelaLisa rated for DelaLisa and stephiedee Mail Art on Apr 13, 2024
Comment: Steph, Thanks so much for some great art and goodies from Florida! I love your style. Of course my fave is the Frida ATC but loved it all. I just got back from working out of state last week so will get yours sent out this week. I definitely think we should keep it going. :-) Lisa
SFreer rated for CPE March Scavenger Hunt on Apr 13, 2024
Comment: Great selection Steph! Thank you so much. Mail from you is always awesome! I will use it all. 🙂
Aeon rated for CPE Black & White on Apr 11, 2024
Comment: So fun to get you as a partner! And yes, hilarious to do a B&W swap when we love color so much, but the B&W makes the color pop, I guess. 😁 So much goodness in that envelope! Loved the idea of writing alphabet letters on top of each other! And printing twice on paper, including upside-down. The images and yearbook photos and trippy origami paper and sticker was all great too! Thanks for everything!
RockyBeach rated for CPE Collage Clusters on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: I love your clusters, thank you! Can't decide which one I like the most. And I agree, these were fun to make! Plus you can go for odd shapes also.
LPasternacki rated for CPE Exquisite Corpse on Mar 26, 2024
Comment: Thank you for this fun mix of items I can't wait to make my figures out of what you gave me!
Pantlessrobot rated for CPE At the Museum on Mar 19, 2024
Comment: Thanks for hosting this swap. It was a lot f fun and I love what you sent me! I am also surprised other people didn’t sign up!
Poeprincess rated for CPE ATC Kit on Mar 14, 2024
Comment: Nice selection of elements! Thank you so much. I love bits ‘n pieces.
bigmamabird rated for CPE DIY Decorative Papers on Feb 27, 2024
Comment: Love these papers, Steph, especially after seeing your insta stories about making them! The photo copies are cool too, a differnt feel altogether... i sent some photocopied pages from years ago. Many thanks!
DecemberWishes rated for CPE February Scavenger Hunt on Feb 26, 2024
Comment: Received my images. Loved the selection you picked out. Thank you so much!
bigmamabird rated for CPE Little Images on Feb 20, 2024
Comment: Thanks for all the cute images! The postcard is cool, too!
Lisapotterylady rated for CPE Rainbow on Feb 16, 2024
Comment: This is a very happy rainbow package ~ I love it! Thanks for hosting this swap. It was fun to do.
LahDeeDah rated for CPE Painty Papers on Feb 8, 2024
Comment: Nice assortment of papers! I need to get some hot pink paint. The pages you made with that are especially fun. Thank you very much!
Response: I love layering with neons...they make for cool color play. Pink, red and purple are faves. Glad you liked the papers!
LPasternacki rated for CPE Nature Themed on Feb 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful swap I love the lovely mix of papers.
goosey rated for CPE Me, In Paper on Jan 31, 2024
Comment: steph, what a fun way to learn some of the details of your story! i really enjoyed this process, and i really enjoyed your choices. i am so glad i was able to join your swap!
Response: I'm glad you were able to join, too, Marlies. Happy you enjoyed the swap.

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Hell0Z0mbie on May 4, 2024:

Thank you so much for the star wars PC! I love it!

kiddomerriweather on May 4, 2024:

Thank you so much for the Star Wars PC! Love the Chewie and Han scene. May the 4th be with you as well!

kiddomerriweather on Feb 21, 2024:

Thank you for the Bob Ross sticker bombed PC from the CH group! I love all the stickers you used. I'm loving the personalized ones, I'm assuming you made, with your name, Creative Hideout, and swap-bot on them. So awesome!

sweetgypsy on Feb 21, 2024:

Received an awesome postcard from you today! Love adding your art into my journals! Thank you so much! :)

Aeon on Feb 12, 2024:

Thank you for the fun collaged RAK PC! I always squeal with delight when I see you in my mailbox! 😻

Hell0Z0mbie on Feb 10, 2024:

Thank you so much for the delightful stickers and collage PC - I love them! I am always thrilled to get happy mail from you! :)

bigmamabird on Feb 8, 2024:

Your stickers are so groovy and awesome!! Thanks for the generous sharing, Steph. You still need those letters, cause I can keep an eye out for them...

bigmamabird on Jan 30, 2024:

Thanks for the excellent gel prints, Steph. I am learning that gel printing is not my strongest skill and I'm ok with that..!

MiRdLHWY43 on Jan 26, 2024:

Thank you for the fun and awesome ATC! I love all the fun stamps that you have and appreciate you sharing with me.

bigmamabird on Jan 24, 2024:

Loving that you sent me a Bob Ross PC for the CH sticker Bombed tag!!The cute stickers are cute! Thanks, Steph.

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