Swap-bot Time: December 17, 2018 4:24 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: December 12, 2018
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

2018-11-27 An update about my dad (for those who have noticed the story of his illness). He has had surgery and they took away the ill lung lobe. At first he didn't respond very well at the surgery, but since a couple of weeks he is getting better every day. But it took a lot of my energy (by my concerns). So for this moment I stepped back from too many swaps. Only some with low effort for me for this moment ...

Perhaps later I'll find some time to make this a little more extended ... But just I few words can tell a lot: I am 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, cafe 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


nadithings rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 18 on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: i love love your drawing on the postcard! very well print! and thanks for the stamps too! btw love your website! e! i wish i could buy some! if u want to do a private swap let me knw! happy swapping! xoNadi
dartha rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 17 on Nov 22, 2018
Comment: Got it thank you so much!!!! love the extra postcard!!!! thank you, darla
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #29 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Happy Mail! I love the envelope! It made my soul smile and all the wonderful goodies inside! What a neat package.
RiverTopanga rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 16 on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Ellen... Thank you so much for the Used Stamp Chain Card Rnd 16. I think the one that was sent to you from Rd 14 is very odd...BLANK on the front... I am so tempted to decorate it! LOL Thank you also for the extra PC with the colorful Dutch and "foreign" stamp collage on it. I know you think the tulip one you wrote on is "bland", but I really like it. How cool is it to make a picture like that out of stamps? So very clever :-) Thank you again!! I would give extra hearts if I could...<3 <3 <3 <3
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC and napkin. I like your decorated envelope too. For many years, I lived in Holland, Michigan, where there there are many tulips and a windmill (deZwaan) that was originally in The Netherlands. The Tulip Time Festival is held every year in May. I didn't know that tulips originally came from Turkey.
Comment: Received your lovely postcard today. So creative and colorful. Thank you!!
mjhaertling rated for ****PBP Nov~ …*BIRD**…** on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the bird journal page. I love all the elements that you used in your collage. I really like your selection of washi tape on the envelope too. I need to get myself some more interesting tapes like those.
Comment: I apologize for the delay in rating you. Thank you for sending along the traveling postcard and extra.
Comment: Thank you for the fun extras & the zine to work in!
lilsiyh rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #28 on Oct 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your lovely package!
SunTradeToo rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope SWAP! on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: I have not opened it, but the envelope is beautiful! Thank you ♥‿♥
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.

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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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