Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2018 7:38 pm


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: September 21, 2018
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Perhaps you notice(d) I am a bit late on some of my swaps. This is because my father very recently has been diagnosed (with) lung cancer. It shakes my world a bit (more than a bit), as you perhaps can imagine ... However I will keep working on my swaps, at this moment only with a bit delay! I will not get myself into too many new swaps at this moment, until I know more about his illness. But it also gives me distraction, so I will continue swapping until his illness takes on more serious forms.

I will fill this in later ... But just I few words can tell a lot: crazy about colors & paper, also paper & much more PAPER! a cat-lover/-admirer, always busy being creative, purple, turquoise, paper-lover (yes again! ;-) ), atelier-owner, artist, illustrations, Lenny Kravitz, dance, flower-garden, artistic, stamp & seal lover, café latte, red wine, tea-drinker, cozy, talkative, young in mind ... ;-) happy, dreamer, alternative, mother, l recycle, up-cycle and re-use, ... and so much more!!

PLEASE, if you're not satisfied with the mail I did sent you, send me a message about it, before giving me a 'bad rate'. I'd rather see you happy and try to find a solution. I always try to do my best for you, for everyone, but I might have misunderstood something... Please, give it a change in order to come to a solution! Thank you! :-)

ONE DISLIKE What I would like to bring to your attention is that I regularly receive mail - with the best intention, that I'm sure of (to protect the item) - covered in tape, foil ... PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't cover your lovely mail for me in (adhesive) plastic!!! I'd rather have it a bit damaged or in another protecting envelope or a plastic bag (what can be taken away).


I am also a Postcrosser (Elfje66) This is my PC-profile right now:

Hi, my name is Ellen. I am happy with my friend & our son (18) in a little village called Zweeloo, with historical farms and a little church - drawn by Van Gogh. We have a dog called Zuske and 2 cats (Puk & Aagje). I love spring & summer most, being in our garden; seeding & picking flowers, enjoying the atmosphere.

I' m an artist (papier mache, illustration) & I have an atelier/studio where I love to be & work most of the time. (making cards, etc.) I make birth announcement cards - which we, in the Netherlands, traditionally use to send to the people we know to let them know our baby is born. But actually I'm a 'Jack-of-all-trades'. Like to see what I do? Please take a look at: www.elpapel.nl (you can take a look at the pictures & illustrations - text only in Dutch, sorry) Or on my Facebook-page (atelier): https://www.facebook.com/ElPapel.nl

And, of course, I love post!!! I find it important to take time to find or make for you the card you are waiting for!

Recently I was interviewed on the PC blog!: https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2016/05/17/ellen-s-special-mailbox

In common I prefer ILLUSTRATED-cards! And cards with bright, colorful, warm colors-no pastels! I LOVE purple-violet-deep blue-turquoise-orange-yellow-red And BEAUTIFUL STAMPS are the icing on the cake!

Cards I would love to get: But every nice card you send with love & attention will make my day! Only ... PLEASE ... NO TOURIST CARDS!

At this moment I collect: Little Red Riding Hood & Alice in Wonderland! So please, do me a BIG FAVOR and send me something of one of these!!

  • Gypsy-bohemian style!!!
  • HAPPY cards
  • birds (especially owls)
  • black or b&w cats
  • or other animals
  • Mad Hatter
  • colorful houses
  • mailman/post-office
  • Paisley, Jugendstill, totem poles, tattoos
  • beautiful (illustrated) quotes
  • Inge Look (old ladies), Silke Leffler, Papillon, Papaya Art, La Marelle, Ecojot, Herzensart, Fiep Westendorp, Amandine Piu, Moomin, Rob Ryan (or similar), Plonk & Replonk!!!, INKOGNITO, Aquarupella & Correspondance cards
  • arts of HUNDERTWASSER, Klimt, Gaudí & WALASSE TING!!!
  • paper-related; paper maché (objects), paper cut and other art :-)
  • handmade cards, made with love, from artists (collage-mixed media), are very welcome.
  • surprise me with whatever you think is nice or special! :-)

Here you can find my ALBUM RECEIVED CARDS: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos

Please write the date on the card! Again: I am very fond of beautiful stamps!!! So if possible use these on the card or envelope (used ones added)? And if you have a Hundertwasser or Alice in Wonderland stamp for me it would make my day!!!

Love from Ellen

For who likes to do something EXTRA, it would be great to sent some goodies along with your card in an envelope. (Beautiful) used stamps (yes, again ;-) ) would be super! Or a drawing, favorite recipe, something handmade, a nice newspaper clipping, a saying from a fortune cookie, etc. But please, don't feel obliged!

Me & Swap Bot

I'm about a year really active here, so it is time to extend my profile :-) The coming time I will add here some things I really like (and a few I don't like), to make it easier and orderly for my swap partners.

Today I started to add most of the ATCs I've made for Swap Bot partners mostly in My Google Photos Albums. So if you like to know me a little by the things I've made or you're just curious, you can take a look here: https://goo.gl/photos/pU5ZJvJH69ntbtjy6

I LIKE :-)

Things I LIKE:

I LOVE COLORS! - colorful - jewel tones purple, violet, magenta, turquoise, fireman red, warm yellows, orange, hard pink, neons, some glitter :- )

• intense color combinations!!!

• stamps; rubber stamps and postage stamps

• REAL stamps on my mail!!!

• ephemera (tickets esp.)

• birds (owls!!!)

• cats (black ones even more)

• hippie - gypsy - bohemian

• illustrations above photos

• totempoles

• Jugendstill, Art Nouveau

• Little Red Riding Hood (postage stamps?!!!)

• Alice in Wonderland (postage stamps?!!!)

• handmade paper

• handprinted paper

• gelli plate

• self-made rubber stamps (to make and to receive)

• arti stamps

• ATC's (with the right size!)

• art journal (pages)

• 'junk-art'

• mail-art!! (ever since I knew the existing of it!!!)

• handmade envies

much more ... to be continued :-D


Things I DISLIKE or find depressing:

• brown, dark or grey colored, too much green (some greens I really like, esp. in combination with some other colors!)

  • steampunk

  • plastic items, tape

  • lovely mail covered into tape, adhesive foil, etc. So please put it in an(other) envelope or stick everything as good as possible - even if the swap requires to send it naked!

  • Walt Disney (except for Alice in Wondeland - the movie)

  • too girlish

  • soft colors, pastels

  • real girl-stuff (with a lot of gold and pink, big eyes, etc.)

  • sports stuff - I don't like sport(s), not in an active way, nor in a passive way (watching sports). I actually just hate sport. So please don't send me anything with sport!!!

Coming time I will enlarge this 'section' :-D


lmacdavis93 rated for APCO: Asian APC on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Hi Ellen and thank you for the really great Asian APC. I liked this theme and love what you did with your card. Great bits of Asian ephemera that you used. And thanks for the washi tape samples - I don't have anything like these at all! Thanks for a really fun swap!
Angie rated for HCSI: Partner’s Challenge Swap on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: Holy cow! Way cool Ellen! Thank you so much for the lovely package of goodies with the donkey. It;s so cute and all the pieces you sent are so nice. Thank you again!
Comment: Ellen I just adore your dog stamps, the bigger "Year of the Dog" stamp and the smaller ring-tailed pup who is greeting everyone, "H A I !" Thanks for sending a great postcard which I am sure cheered everyone who saw it along its way to me.
Comment: Wow! Beautiful Kingfisher APC! Thank you! What are the other two cards? Copies of other ATC cards you have done, or someone else?
RiverTopanga rated for washi 7 on Sep 8, 2018
Comment: Hello Ellen! Thank you for the washi! Love, love, love the Washi samples you sent for this swap. I was going to say that I love the bird/purple/ ladybugs the best... but it's not true! Thank you also for the extra little cards, they are very beautiful! I love them!
HannahsMommy07 rated for MA: Put some ART on it! on Sep 1, 2018
lilibet rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #27 on Aug 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely supplies, Ellen. Every bit of this swap was terrific. Happy postcrossing, see you in the mail!
Lantana149 rated for WIYM: Artist Trading Coin on Aug 27, 2018
Comment: Well worth the wait! This is the prettiest Swap I have received, the goodies are great and the coin is BEAUTIFUL😍😍😍😍
Created46 rated for HMPC: Put a "Book Page" on it on Aug 22, 2018
Comment: I am not sure why this one took a little bit but it got here. I adore your take on this theme. Thank you.
squince rated for WIYM: I'd Love Washi Samples #3 on Aug 21, 2018
Comment: So adorable! Love them all and the postcard!! Thank you!!!
EmilyT rated for WIYM: Postage-stamp themed happy mail on Aug 21, 2018
Comment: Fantastically decorated envelope with postage themed stamppi g & tons of cool postage, including Nijntje!!! The delft house! And postage with "typical" Dutch views! Thanks also for the goodies inside! Love the PCs and your note card! Sorry for my slow rate...one reasyis for spending 3 days at the Efteling!! Love that place! (Also other places in Europe in July). Thank you thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the postcards Ellen, I love the decorated envelope, although some of the wax seal was missing by the time it arrived. I can’t wait to o send the cards on in the next round :)
Angie rated for HCSI: Year of the Dog Mailart (July) on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: Hello Ellen! Thank you so much for the fabulous envelope full of Jaar van de hond stuff! I love your rubber stamp and I'll treasure the ATC and all the extras. Thank you for using the Netherlands dog postage stamp too! Thank you again! XO
smmarrty rated for JJJ: Send 6 Rubber Stamped Images on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the birds and other images. I love that you sent hard and soft copies! And I will dissect the envelope too. Thanks!!
RockyBeach rated for MA: Put some ART on it! on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: Wow, this is awesome! Thanks so much for your Hundertwasser card. Such a great idea to pick up the design of the added art picture and continue in the same style. I will put it up in my shelf, it's fun to look at it. <3
bbsporty rated for WIYM: I'd Love Washi Samples #3 on Aug 15, 2018
Comment: WOW! What an awesome variety of washi tape! You did a perfect job finding just what I love! Also your envie is so cute with the fish!
Comment: Thank you!
Avi rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #26 on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Love the flipbook!
Comment: Lovely ,colourful page to enhance the booklet. I amsure the owner will be very happy to receive it at its completion. Thanks for the goodies also. elflady
Comment: It's so amazing! I love it so much! I didn't have any Alice washies!

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gothbarbie on Jul 10, 2018:

Thanks for forwarding the mini art journal to me! Looks like this one is almost filled and ready to be sent HOME! Hooray!

milamilamura on May 24, 2018:

I tried your sweet potato soup recipe today and it's amazing, loved it!! Thank you so much for sharing it with me, I can see why it's one of your favorites, it was really delicious! Have a happy spring! =)

CurlyTea on May 23, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Bo on Mar 12, 2018:

Hi Ellen, I am wondering if you received my Happy Mail, Yay! #22 which I have sent more than 2 weeks ago? Please let me know! Thank you! Greetings from Austria.

dawnielynn on Sep 6, 2017:

Received my NYUP return to me #1 postcard today! Thank you :)

mandigutterrose on Sep 6, 2017:

I received my pc from NYUP Return to ME #1, thank you!!

midwestkiwi on Aug 31, 2017:

Thanks for your contribution to the Savory Pass and Paste PC!

yvonne401 on Jun 6, 2017:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here.



rngstgstll on Mar 28, 2017:


Welcome to ZMACS!

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