Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2017 7:17 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: October 20, 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


Comment: Thank you! I loved the envie, inner envies, and lovely goodies you sent!
Comment: I love all the goodies! You couldn't have picked better stuff for me as I love England! Thank you so much!
lou rated for *WIYM: Happy Flat Mail OCT, 2017: Int'l on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Many thanks, Ellen, for all the great kitty things you sent, Happy October!
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely letter and goodies. I'm looking forward to using everything. Have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
Response: I am glad it has arrived and that you like what I've picked and sent you! TFR&TH :-) XO - Ellen
Comment: Haha, kan me voorstellen dat je er van schrok!!! 10 is ook best veel, maar zorgt ook voor veel post in onze eigen brievenbus!!! Ontzettend bedankt voor de leuke dingen die je hebt gestuurd ❤❤❤
Response: Dank-je-wel Angelique voor je 'waardering' en het hartje! :-D Fijn dat je de spulletjes leuk vindt :-) Ja, dat is zeker wel zo, dat het zorgt voor een gevulde brievenbus. Vandaag heb ik ook een waanzinnige Happy Flat Mail mogen ontvangen. Maar voortaan probeer ik toch maar wat beter op te letten, te lezen ... ;-) Herftgroetjes van Ellen
ToujoursMoi rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R31 on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your amazing entry in my journal. I love it. 💕
Comment: You did a great job, I love these items, Thank you
Response: I am glad you love the items! I hope you can use them. Thanks for rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you! :)
Comment: I really like your Tea with the Mad Hatter page in this zine! Thanks also for the extra zine, I did enjoy receiving it.
bigmamabird rated for MA: National Dog Day postcard on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your lovely painting of Zuske! What a wonderful prize your postcard is..! Even the stamp is dog And mail themed! Thank you Ellen! Many hearts are sent your way.
Response: Thanks a lot for your nice, flattering response! It was my pleasure making it for you! :-D And (of course) thanks for rating and the heart(s) XO - Ellen
Comment: Thank you so much
tiffanyjoy rated for EJ: Faux Ephemera Postcard on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. You did a wonderful job. I, too, have a hard time parting with some of my ephemera.
Response: I am glad the resend has find you and that you like it! :-D
BusyB rated for **PBP September ~ Wings …** on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: Happy mail yesterday! Outside and inside.:) This little girl reminds me of my oldest Granddaughter. I call her Princess JBug. Lol I love it! Awesome work, thank you and also for your note on the postcard.
SwissChallet rated for junk journal supplies - Asian on Sep 21, 2017
Comment: This was such a special treat, Ellen! First, a beautiful envelope decorated with matching rubberstamps and postage stamps, and then so many treasures inside. Simply beautiful and breathtaking, thanks a million!
Response: You' re welcome! :-) Thanks for rating.
shelleym rated for SWL ~ INTL Penpal Zine on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: Sorry for the late rating, Ellen! it must have gotten lost in the pile of craziness on my desk. Thanks so much!
Response: Wahaaaaa, that must have been an enormous pile :-D Hehe, not that I don't recognize it ... 5 months later LOL I'm glad you liked it, you're welcome!! And thanks a lot for rating & the warm heart :-)
bjmonroe rated for CC: 3 piece collage August 2017 on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you my friend for a wonderful postcard and note
Response: You are so welcome :-D Thank you for the kind rating and warm heart! XO - Ellen
Jcqln rated for List Journal on Sep 13, 2017
Comment: Hoi Ellen, dank je voor het leuke boekje, heel leuk. Groetjes Jacqueline
judee0624 rated for NYUP Return to Me #1 on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: You make beautiful cards. Thanks so much.. yours will go out tomorrow.
Comment: what an absolutely beautiful zine! it will be so much fun to add to this! thanks for the beautifully decorated envelope! I will definitely put this into a piece of art! so very nice! I plan to put my address behind my page. please send me a copy when you get this zine back! its going to be beautiful!
BluGinhm rated for NYUP Return to Me #1 on Sep 1, 2017
Comment: I love the old Dutch postcard as well as stamps one. I'm sending yours back tonight! Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you very much too, for rating & the heart, as well for sending back my card! I received my card today already, really very quick!!! And nice stamps!!! Indeed owls are such lovely, wonderful creatures! XO - Ellen

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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!

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!

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