Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2017 9:26 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: March 23, 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: My husband, who takes absolutely no interest in my swaps, got the mail today and brought your envelope to me at work! Special on top of special! Thanks!
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: ATC #6 on Mar 12, 2017
Comment: Wow! I love this awesome ATC! Thank you so much for such a lovely swap! <3 :)
Artstamper rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R27 on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: Beautiful journal! It arrived in perfect condition. Welcome to this swap, it is a fun one. It will take a while for you to see it again as there is about a month between rounds since it is international and everyone needs time to work in one.
phiedragon rated for anamalia ATC Swap # 19 "S" on Mar 2, 2017
Comment: Got my SNAIL mail today XD That stamp you made is so neat! I need to learn how to do that in the future. Also thanks for the extra print. It's greatly appreciated.
wittmert rated for TPS: Mail Art - January 2017 on Mar 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the tulips!
PaulaF rated for TPS: ATC #6 on Feb 28, 2017
Comment: Nice card, Ellen...I love the gold and all the texture you got on the gelli plate! I also really liked the postcard you sent inside the envelope :) Thanks for being such a fun swap partner!
Comment: Thank you for the ate that you did,I also did enjoy the postcard that you sent too.
Watsonc7 rated for MA: Create and share artistamps on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: WOW, a bazillion hearts!! The envie was awesome, I need to find all the washi you used and ohhhhh the stamps, you made some really gorgeous stamps! I LOVED the postcards too, I've never thought to print out my art into a postcard. I'm going to be looking at all the different stamps on the stamp postcard for days. What a wonderful treat you sent me, thank you so much for sharing! I hope you are feeling better!
Response: Thanks very much for your enthusiasm, kind words, rating and .... the bazillion hearts (never ever heard of this number before :-D ) And what a nice idea I brought you in mind about the printing of your own artwork :-) Perhaps we can do a PC-printed-of-our-own-artwork-swap? :-D All the best to you! And yes, thanks ... almost better! <3 -Ellen
DebR rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope SWAP!! on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you, beautiful
Response: You're welcome! :-D Thank you for rating & the heart! <3 - Ellen
meeltje57 rated for Handmade envie and nature mail art on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: ❤💙💚💛💜💖❤💙💚💛💜Oooooh, ik zag deze envelop al op Facebook en ik was er op slag verliefd op. Nu blijkt ie ook nog echt voor mij te zijn, weet je hoe leuk dat is?!!! Vorig jaar heb ik een workshop papierscheppen gedaan en ik vond het geweldig. Ik koester al mijn handgeschepte velletjes als kostbare schatten, ze zitten in een (handgeschept) omslagje. Ik ben ook heel gelukkig met jouw kunstkaarten en alle ander lekkere hebbedingetjes die je meestuurde. Waar ik wel van baal is dat je zo ver weg woont. Ik weet zeker dat wij enorm leuke workshops samen zouden kunnen doen, ik bij jou en jij bij mij. Wie weet een idee voor een zomerweekend.....❤💙💚💛💜💖❤💙💚💛💜
Response: Bedankt voor je super-leuke reactie! We gaan nog wel een keertje plannen om elkaar te zien (ja, ik weet heeeeel goed hoe ver rijden het is!). De opa & oma van m'n zoon wonen in Steenbergen. Dus misschien een keertje te combineren :-) En wat ik van jou voorbij zie komen en heb ontvangen vind ik ook helemaal geweldig! Ook bedankt voor je hartje en sorry dat je zo lang hebt moeten wachten! <3 -Ellen
Lucine rated for FCMA Layers and layers on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: Hopelijk ben je helemaal beter; bedankt voor de leuke kaart.
Maapz rated for SWL ~ Accordion book in a matchbox on Feb 15, 2017
Comment: Lieve Ellen, bedankt voor je hele mooie accordion book in een super mooi doosje! Het is echt super mooi gemaakt en echt helemaal mijn smaak! Dankjewel! Als ik me niet vergis heb ik jou inderdaad ook al eens iets gestuurd, ik dacht een Happy Mail :) Leuk om je weer tegen te komen hier! Liefs ❤
Response: Wat fijn dat ie toch goed is aangekomen! En nog veel fijner dat je er zo enthousiast over bent!!! Dank je voor het hartje! Tot een volgende swap dan maar!? :-D
Comment: Really beautiful ATC.You made me want to get gelli plate.Love what you did with it.Thanks so much for the wonderful extras also.You have inspired me so.
RetroChik rated for zentangle atc swap on Feb 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome sugar skull zentangle. I love it!
Comment: Thank you for such a gorgeous swap! What a funny coincidence that you picked some of my favorite color combinations for the page. I love the circles and the doodling around the main image. <3 Thank you!
JenniferB rated for Zentangle Name ATC on Feb 10, 2017
Comment: Oh my goodness Ellen! New? Far out, your Zentangling is so amazing!!! I love it all, the ATC, the postcard and the envie! I'm so glad I had you for my partner once again, truly. Your work is beautiful! Thank you ever so much! More than 5 ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ to you! 😊
ellie rated for HMPC: Put a "Postage Stamp" on it on Feb 8, 2017
Comment: Love the vase and the flower stamps. Many thanks, Ellen.
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating & the heart!
cookies37 rated for WIYM: CHILDREN POSTCARD SWAP on Feb 1, 2017
Comment: Love the postcard of the little girls you sent for this swap. Thank you so much, I've seen some of her drawings before and really enjoy them! Great stamps too. Thanks again. Take care, Judy
kpfree rated for IS: Decorated envelope #6 INT on Jan 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you Ellen for the lovely gift u sent me in this swap! What a sweet kind person you are to think of me and my cats! Claire and Baba smelled the package when I brought it in. They had to put their approval on the letter coming in! I'm so grateful you were my partner for this swap! I feel so blessed! Thank you!
Response: You are so very welcome! It was a pleasure :-) Thanks for rating and the heart, dear Kyra! Meow :-)
AZmom875 rated for Private swap on Jan 30, 2017
Comment: Your stamped images were so cute, and so different from ones I own. I am so glad to have trader with you. These will get used, they are so fun.

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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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