Swap-bot Time: June 18, 2019 6:10 pm


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: June 18, 2019
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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Update: 03/20/2019 Our lovely dog, Zuske, got really very sick and weak, so we had to put her down, earlier than we intended. We are really upset, she has been a member of our family for so long! We will miss her very much. She was 15.5 years old; quite an age for a dog of her size!

A short note (on the 18th of March): This week we have to put our dog to sleep for forever. She has kidney failure, she throws up almost all she eats and is so skinny now. She falls and can't hardly walk anymore. So it is time to let her go. I'm really having a hard time, she has always been our lovely "Little Sister" (free translation of her name "Zuske"). She is almost 15.5 y.o. now. And she has had a good life here, I think. But we will really miss her so very much.

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


Comment: Thank you for the card for my mom.
AmookIslandCreations rated for Mermaid Mail ARt on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for this wonderfully detailed mermaid art! Such lovely tangles! I love the stamped image on the reverse as well! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2019 on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: GORGEOUS PC for this swap! Thank you! Great use of Gelli prints and pieces - a Happy Mail Day indeed!
dartha rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 22 on May 24, 2019
Comment: Love your beautiful postcards and envelopes!!! Yes, I'm definitely enjoying Spring (now that the pollen is lessen) Have fun in the sculpture garden - sounds like fun! take care, darla
Comment: Thank you! Loved your personalized postcard! It was so neat!
YooperHill rated for Artist trading Coin-Winter on May 10, 2019
Comment: beautiful! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating and for the heart XX - Ellen
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: Mail Art - April 2019 on May 8, 2019
Comment: Ellen, I just LOVE the monkeys you made for me!! When I saw the monkey print on the envelope, I immediately thought, "I would love to have some of those!" How wonderful to open the envelope and there they were! I also love the print inside you put the monkeys in, as well as the addition of the monkey postage stamp on the envelope. Excellent swap! <3 <3 <3
skeffiboo rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 21 on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: Postcard received and ready for it's next journey! =) Thank you very much for the washi samples, a gorgeous selection! Also for your extra card, I really love the design and will absolutely be taking a look at what else you do! =D Thanks again x
Artstamper rated for TPS: Scrappy Circles - INT on Apr 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your scrappy circles. I like how you made stitch marks on them, wish I had thought of that. I love all things gelli printed so will put them to good use.Love that you decorated the envelope with them and even the stamp has circles on it.
Comment: Thanks for these wonderful nautical inspired ATC Coins! I can't pick a fav as they are all great! The envie, mini-envie and card are in my favorite colors too. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
MiekeC rated for TPS: Cherry Blossom Festival on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: Een fleurige envelop met een nog fleurigere inhoud, om vrolijk van te worden. Bedankt. Leuke techniek he, die gelli plaat.
FarStarr rated for CC: Build a buddy on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard!!😀
Comment: Thank you for the extra PC's and LOVE LOVE the postage stamps/decorations and envelope. We have partnered, and it never hurts to have doubles. I am finding some of the PC's are a little behind, but I am also find some are coming from countries where it takes up to 3 months for us to receive, so they are a little out of order. As a result, like you I've had to send a few extra of my own out and have some floating around somewhere and have been doing so for a very long time, and I think they have permanently lost their way home. We have been very lucky with our beautiful weather so far, but I don't want to curse it so I don't want to say to much about it shhhhhh. Take care and let the sun shine down on you!!!!!
Kskollections rated for WIYM: Postage Stamp ATC on Apr 3, 2019
Comment: Beautiful!
birgitph rated for BMAG HD/HP Altered Book Page ATC on Mar 31, 2019
Comment: Wow, Ellen, that is one of the most beautiful cards that I have ever received! Thank you, just stunning! Birgit
Comment: thank you for the fantabuloso Frida envie and all the wonderful goodies inside..wish I could give you ten hearts!!
Comment: Thankyou! I love the stamps you included, and thanks for the airmail stickers :)
MamaMangrove rated for CC: Put a pig on it on Mar 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the hilarious pig themed card, Ellen. Who knew they were so playful? And to top it off, you even found a stamp with a pig! What fun.
Cariboocarol rated for HMPC: Put a pig on it on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: Oh, Ellen---what luck I had having you as a partner! I absolutely love, love, LOVE your design! Fabulous does not descibe it well enough even! The hoofprints were the icIng for me--I cannot stop marvelling over it and I will be keeping it out ALL year to look at, I think!! Well done Ellen, you are a real artist!❤️❤️
biphobe rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 20 on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: wow, thank you so much for the extra cards. They are so cool, I'm obsessed with them!!! Both the educative gay card and your own designed Postcrossing card. I wish I could give more than one heart <3

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LahDeeDah on May 25, 2019:

P. S. Happy belated birthday, as well. :-)

LahDeeDah on May 25, 2019:

Dear Ellen - I'm very glad you like the envie I made for you. I had a great time creating it. The themes you requested were so much fun it was hard for me to choose just one. Thanks for the profile comment. Happy swapping!


CurlyTea on May 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

bigmamabird on May 18, 2019:

Many thanks for the beautiful envelope you've sent me for the OMAE forum tag Arty Envelopes!!! I love what you have created for me so much and appreciate the effort and attention. I did open it as it seemed that it had quite a weighty inclusion and what a surprise to find more pretties in there..! Thank you very much Ellen, and Early wishes for a wonderful Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


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!

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!!

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