Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2019 10:15 pm


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: October 20, 2019
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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Update: 09/25/2019 It took a while, but I now feel a lot better than I did the last couple of weeks ... Time to catch up! :-D

Update: 09/11/2019 Because I am having the flu at this moment I will be late on some of my swaps. I already informed my swapping partners. And I hope to to get better soon and twill catch up this weekend ... So now you know why I am late on some of my swaps.

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 (19) in a little village called Zweeloo, with historical farms and a little church - drawn by Van Gogh. We have 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 mail!!! 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


NRGordon rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 26 on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: .Thank you for the lovely tulip PCand note that you included with the PCs for the Chain.Thank you too for explaining your user name and how fitting it must be.
PaperPassion rated for Junker Jane on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Love what you did with Junker Jane.Thanks so much for joining this swap.The cat is just so cute.
Itti rated for S&T: Dragon postcard on Oct 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard and pretty washi. Sorry it took so long to rate!
Response: No problem at all (I'm not always so fast myself neither ...) Thanks for rating and for the lovely heart! :-D
Mon1496 rated for Halloween card swap on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: It was a really cute postcard! (I thought it was supposed to be a card card though so a little confused)
Response: Thanks for rating. In the description there isn't mentioned anything about a postcard or a folded card (if that is what you mean by a card card?) It is difficult to find Halloween cards here, as it isn't a thing we celebrate over here. And I searched for a card matching your profile :-)
milamilamura rated for IPC: Paper Pouch on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: Hi dear Ellen! This swap sure did take its time, but it finally made it, and it was so worth the wait! The paper pouch is GORGEUS! I absolutely adore it! And the goodies inside look amazing too. Thanks for such a lovely swap and I definitely hope to keep on swapping with you :) Have a fun October!
Response: Oooooh it really took a long time! But I am glad you got it and that you like it! Always a pleasure to swap with you! Until next swap! :-D
mamalynn rated for Zetti ATC on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Wauw wat een te gekke ATC! Love it! En heel tof hoe je het in de kaart verwerkt hebt! Dankjewel <3
Sparkling12335 rated for Zetti ATC on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Zetti ATC and the awesome envie. Always enjoy swapping with you ❤️
WoodlandBanshee rated for Halloween ATC and Coin on Oct 6, 2019
Comment: Hi there Ellen! Thank you for your wonderful cards! The colours are so beautiful and I love the colours. Take care
Comment: Awesome Halloween card, love it big time. It is always a pleasure to receive happy mail from you Ellen.
PaperPassion rated for Make a Halloween Skinny and.. on Sep 30, 2019
Comment: Well worth the wait,thanks so much.
Lantana149 rated for Junker Jane style Paper Doll on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: I LOVE, LOVE this doll!!!! She is beautiful, you did an amazing job. Many thanks.
Anettethhjertnes rated for Zetti-Senders Choice on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: I also love making zetti looking atc, also artjurnal. Your atc was well made, one of the best I ever recived
juliewasson rated for Make your own washi on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Fantastically done! Thank you.
PaperPassion rated for Button Fairy-Senders Choice on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Ellen thanks so much for the lovely Button Fairy.I appreciate you using my favorite colors.Have a great day.I love her.
PaperPassion rated for Hand drawn Borders on Sep 13, 2019
Comment: Ellen,I just love the borders you made.Each one is a wonderful piece of art.Thank you so much.Watch for a swap coming up where we will use them.
YooperHill rated for ATCO: July Sender's Choice ATC on Sep 11, 2019
Comment: That ATC was worth the wait! I LOVE IT! Thank you!
Response: Wow, that has taken its time for traveling! But I am glad you like it so much :-D You're welcome :-) Thanks for rating & the heart!
Sparkling12335 rated for AAA: Wonderful Women #1 on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for that beautiful Frida ATC the stamp and lovely envie.,
Response: You're welcome. It was a pleasure making it for you :-) Thanks for rating and or the heart! XO
georgiafae rated for Security Envelope ATC on Aug 31, 2019
Comment: First off-Love the matching envelope. And then the fish-such detail-didn't know there were so many security envelope patterns! And the Red Riding Hood PC is fantastic-love that it is in the Tim Burton style-you are a great illustrator-thanks for sharing with me! Even the stamp on the PC matches!
Response: Thanks for your enthusiasm! And you're welcome. Yes, I always was attracted to the patterns on the inside of the envelopes and kept a lot of them, as you can see :-D Thank you for rating and the heart!
BusyBeeFamily rated for AAA: Wings on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for beautiful ATC. The envelope it came in was gorgeous as well. ❤️
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for rating and the heart!
BluePixie rated for ATCO: Magazine Collage ATC on Aug 29, 2019
Comment: This card was so well done I had to look super close to even tell what was cut out of a magazine!
Response: Thank you! blush - blush ... And thanks for rating and the heart! :-)

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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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