Swap-bot Time: March 19, 2018 9:33 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: March 17, 2018
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.)

  • 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


xninolax rated for More than one stamp postcard swap on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Oh wat een super leuke kaart Ellen! Past ook helemaal in het thema :) Dank je wel dat je mee hebt gedaan aan mijn allereerste gehoste swap. Heel spannend wel hihi.
Comment: Lovely swap as always! Hope your "open Atelier weekend" is a success, and yes, we should definitely trade gelli prints in the near future ;-)
thevmatt rated for February Holiday Deco on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thank you for pcs! I can't wait to send them for the next trip. Thank you also for the nice mailbox card. It's cold in Poland too ;)
Comment: Yay!! I am the last one, so I'll be sending this one home! Thank you!!
Response: TFR - I hope you will receive the lost mail soon!
Poftoffel rated for RM: Art Journal Page - Love on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Wat een prachtige pagina! Het is zo leuk om te zien welke technieken je hebt gebruikt. Ik vind de tulpenkaarten ook erg mooi,mijn lievelingsbloemen :D Bedankt voor de mooie swap!
Fenix825 rated for EJ: Ephemera ATC on Feb 23, 2018
Comment: Ellen thank you so much for the wonderful giraffe themed ATC! I love it! I'd give way more hearts if I could!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for AMMM: Spell it out on Feb 22, 2018
Comment: Lovely swap, Ellen! I love every single thing you tucked inside this beautifully decorated envelope! Thank you SO much for everything! I am very excited!! HUGS! xx
spinweaver rated for NYUP: Send some Art - January on Feb 21, 2018
Comment: Hello, thanks for your colorful, beautiful pc! It is already one of my favorites <3
Keruka rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #21 on Feb 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for my wonderful package. I absolutely adore everything - all the feathers are just so beautiful! Thank you :)
fairyduster53 rated for January Holiday Deco on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute deco!!
Comment: This looks like a cool book to stamp in! I loved the peacock washi on the envelope and the beautiful peacock tag you put your note on. 💙
Comment: I think this PC is wonderful! I love how you built the zentangle and collage designs around the original adorable card! I hope you are feeling much better by now. Thanks for such a great PC :D
Comment: Hi Ellen. A fine job, as always. A nice beginning to her book. Thanks for the extras. Dave
wolfeagle rated for Intl-Hearts PC-December on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you. Love the splatter background.
renate rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #1 on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: Hallo Ellen, bedankt voor je mooie versierde envelop met leuke papiertjes en kaart. Ga ze zeker verwerken in mijn aankomende postcreaties.
Germanbaby77 rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R33 on Jan 22, 2018
Comment: wonderful job on your pages! i really enjoyed this book!
Comment: Incredible little envelope of goodies thank you so much! :)
Response: You are welcome! :-D I love sending (and receiving) Happy Mail! Thanks for rating and the heart! XO - Ellen
Comment: Hi Ellen. Thanks for the book. Is that paper your design? Really fun!
Response: Hi David, now I see you indeed received it ... My head must have been a bit 'overworked' because off all the December-stress ;-) And the paper you ask about isn't my design, but from a Dutch grocery that grew into a really large supermarket chain (I thought they even have or had some stores in the US) I like the paper a lot, I hope you can use it or pass it on to someone who will be happy with it :-)
Artstamper rated for Postal Zine on Dec 19, 2017
Comment: Beautiful interesting zine, thanks so much!

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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!

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

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