Swap-bot Time: December 17, 2017 12:19 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: December 15, 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.)

  • 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


WendyTVee rated for Postal Zine on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the great zine... I loved the creative way you made your zine. It's so great getting swaps from other countries,❤️
Avi rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #20 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the vintage theme
Comment: Thanks a lot for the extra cards! It was fun to see that "als een vis in het water" means the same in Spanish, "estar como pez en el agua" (= "being (feeling) like a fish in the water"). Also, thanks a lot for the birthday card, even though thanks to Chilean post it has arrived 2 months late, hahahaha. I do appreciate it a lot :) Thanks a lot again and happy swapping!
uiltje rated for Collage op 10x15 cm - postzegels on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Wat een prachtige collage! Dat is nog eens een goede besteding voor al die bewaarde postzegels. En ook geheel in de Kerstsfeer! Ben er erg blij mee!
ktk8 rated for MA: Packing Tape Card on Nov 30, 2017
Comment: WoW a postcard made JUST for ME with beautiful giraffes.... I love this card.... thank you so much.......
Response: Oh, thank you for your enthusiastic reaction :-D And for rating and the heart! XO - Ellen
Comment: Hi Ellen. Always a pleasure to swap with you. What a sweet addition to this zine! And thanks for the very nice extras. Merry Christmas!
moxiekiefer rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #19 on Nov 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the fun happy mail! I loved the envelope !!
BrandiAlexander rated for Major Washi Swap on Nov 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Washi, great selection!😀
Comment: Hoi Ellen, mooi boekje heb je gemaakt, maar ik vond vooral de envelop en de kaarten super mooi! Ik zal goed zorgen voor het boekje en het verder sturen...de wereld in 😏. Fijn weekend!
Comment: Thanks for the book and the extra washi ! The washi and envelope are exactly my style ! I really like the stamping. I don't have any washi like that either ! If you want to swap together again let me know. Have a great day !
Umdragon rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #18 on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Hello Ellen!!! what a beautiful package you sent me!!! it was truly a happy mail, I loved everything <3 the washi samples, beatrix potter postcard, really everything!!! thank you once again for making me happy :)
bigmamabird rated for FCMA: WITCH MAIL on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Lovely colors and silhouettes! What a cool subject for a graduate's project, bet it was fascinating..! Thanks Ellen!
Comment: Thank you! It will be some time before I'll be able to get a Vespa, will need a motorcycle license first!
Marsha907 rated for **PBP Nov~ Friends …** on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: I loved the journal page. The 2 happy boys made me smile. Thank you.
MarieS rated for Send my postcard back - Week 4 on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a wonderful envie! It definitely made my day! Will send your card home tomorrow.
Response: Thanks for rating & the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and sending along the others' postcards.
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely envelope full of beautiful things you sent to me. I was very happy to receive it all. Thanks again :)
RockyBeach rated for MA: Tea Themed Decorated Envie on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: ... there's always time for tea and always room for cake. :) Thanks for your fun envie! That's a fine selection of tea. Enough for the weekend. I will send you an answer soon!
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #40 on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: Always love receiving from you.....wow I love the zen tangles you did for this card... now to I follow suit and do zens or do I add a sea creature of some sort...... hummm Thanks so very much for the giraffe post card.....so very very special...... Great SWAP!!!!

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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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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!

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