Swap-bot Time: May 25, 2017 11:34 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: May 25, 2017
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

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 (16) 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 Löök (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:

• 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.)

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


Comment: Great pc, love it! Thanks hun :)
AZmom875 rated for Butterfly/Dog on May 19, 2017
Comment: Adorable! Thanks so much. The postcard inside was so fun too.
rngstgstll rated for MA: Ridiculous Animals on May 19, 2017
Comment: LOve, love, love the purple, inquisitive and ?cerebral? stubby squid! The background is fabulous, too :) The stamps are also delightful. Thank you!
MamaMangrove rated for HMPC: Altered Postcard #2 on May 17, 2017
Comment: Your wonderful postcard arrived intact (amazing, considering how destructive the post office machinery can be) & I love it! Thanks so much for your imaginative creativity & for a good laugh!
Comment: Thanks so much for this swap! Sent you a PM. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
AZmom875 rated for AMMM: Add Bunny ears to that PC on May 13, 2017
Comment: This was so cute! The ears are fuzzy. I love it.
skinny52 rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R28 on May 5, 2017
Comment: I've received the journal...and the extras that you sent me are spot on, I love everything! And even the stamps that you used for the postage are great! PS...I've never seen that ocean mail prioritaire label before, I'm drooling!!!
midwestkiwi rated for Pass and Paste PC #36 on May 4, 2017
Comment: What a beautiful start. I shall try to do it justice. Welcome aboard.
smadronia rated for Cat ATC #6 on Apr 30, 2017
Comment: What a lovely cat ATC, I love it! Thank you
bjmonroe rated for CQ: Happy Mail X 3 - International on Apr 29, 2017
Comment: Ellen, you made my day! The envelope was so pretty and the goodies so appreciated but the best was your wonderful letter. You might see some coming back your way. Thank you, thank you.
Response: Thanks a lot Bonnie, for the great letter! I really appreciate & enjoyed it! I really like languages a lot (trying to learn Danish now), and Dutch isn't a language that can be used in many places ... I think I would also enjoy more warm climate ... but the different seasons do have their charms also, although I do detest cold ;-) Well, again; thanks for the nice letter! And see you in an other swap!! :-D <3 - Ellen
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Put a "Bird" on it on Apr 29, 2017
Comment: Thanks for that great happy coloured, collaged bird! The post stamped the card on the picture side and added so a nice extra detail to your creation. :)
Comment: Beautiful stamps!! I love, love, love this postcard covered by stamps. Each one of them is GREAT! Never seen any of them before!! A real treasure! ♥♥
Drvr337 rated for CQ: Happy Mail X 3 - International on Apr 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelope and extras! Taking a walk and coming across a sleeping peacock sounds so magical to me.
Comment: Thank you for sending on the rubber stamping booklet and also including those gorgeous washi samples. I'm looking forward to stamping a page in the booklet and sending it on in the next round. My booklet has been gone for at least 7 rounds, and I hope that it will find its way back home once it's full. Take care.
peachynook rated for CQ: Hat on a Cat ATC - Int'l on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your ATC ''hat on a cat '' it is very well made .. take care and I hope to swap with you again ......
bbsporty rated for FCMA: Sticker-covered Envelope on Apr 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for my beautiful sticker covered envie! These stickers you used are just gorgeous and even the stamps are pretty! Thanks also for the goodies inside! What a wonderful swap!
kittyfluffgal rated for SWL ~ INTL Penpal Zine on Apr 9, 2017
Comment: Wow! This Zine was really lovely and I'm surprised it was your first. I loved it and you should keep on making these are you are great at it.
Response: Hi Emma! Wow, thanks for the great compliment!!! I enjoyed making it a lot, so I'd like to continue making more of them :-) Thanks for rating and giving me a heart!! XO - Ellen
uiltje rated for Gimmie Mail: thee envelope paars on Apr 9, 2017
Comment: Zo veel paars in een paarse envelop (de theestempels zijn geweldig, waar heb je die vandaan?) En de thee zal vast geweldig smaken! En dank je wel voor je super schattige kaarten!
Response: O, wat fijn dat je hem goed hebt ontvangen èn je enthousiaste reactie! En dat je de kaarten schattig vindt :-D De stempels horen niet allemaal bij elkaar ... Een of twee zijn van de Action, ook wat van Flying Tiger (volgens mij) en van een Alice in Wonderland-set en nog ergens van ... Als ik weer wat tegenkom zal ik proberen je een seintje te geven :-) Bedankt ook voor het hartje! Liefs van mij - Ellen
Comment: Thank you for the extra postcards especially the frog. I can't wait to send the traveling one along in the next round.
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous, heart-filled postcard! Even a heart stamp! This one is going up on my inspiration wall! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you!!! For you lovely enthusiastic reaction - so nice you will hang it onto your inspiration wall, I feel flattered! Thanks for the rating and for the heart!!! XO - Ellen

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rngstgstll on Mar 28, 2017:


Welcome to ZMACS!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2016:


hibiscus on Oct 15, 2016:

Your self-designed post cards are wonderful and I am so happy to have them... Thank you

Angie on Aug 30, 2016:

Wow! Stowasser's art IS amazing!! Is this called "The blob grows in the beloved garden?" That's a great title too. Thanks for introducing me to him.

RyeRye on Jul 3, 2016:

Have a Happy & Safe 4th

RyeRye on Jun 15, 2016:

Thanks for joining and taking part of INSPIRATION STATION!

needlewings on May 21, 2016:

Hey Ellen, Hope you have an awesome 50th birthday!!! Swapping with you again soon!!!

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