Swap-bot Time: June 27, 2017 12:04 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: June 26, 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


samsstuff rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R29 on Jun 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the journal & the extras. I love your PC's!
raven rated for House shaped atc swap on Jun 22, 2017
Comment: Love your atc's!!! Thank you so much
Response: Ooooh, I'm relieved you like it! I wasn't sure if it is a style you enjoy ... Thanks for rating and the heart! <3
Comment: Thank you for this awesome book and the lovely extras, Ellen! I love the layered style you achieve with images printed on tissue paper. Maybe we could trade some stamped images and/or art made with those in the future?
Response: Thanks for the nice rating (and heart!!) :-) Yes, I would love to swap some stamped images on tissue paper (I used delicate paper) with you! They are easy to use in several projects. And of course I would like to do some art swap with you! :-D
Comment: Thank you for extra surprise postcards. Sorry for rating late life has been getting in the way of my postcard swapping.
Response: That's okay, Pamela. I don't mind as long as gets rated in the end. I hope not too bad/problematic ... Thanks for the rating with the heart!! All the best! XO- Ellen
mjhaertling rated for PNS: Photo PC on Jun 16, 2017
Comment: That is certainly an interesting looking creature. What is it made of?
Response: Thank you for your kind rating and the warm heart! :-) I work a lot with paper maché (you can see some on my website). That's what this 'bird' is made of :-D
Comment: Very nice, Thank You!
Response: You're welcome! :-D
Comment: I do love swapping with you, and this card is so cute. Thank you so much. It will go nicely in my deck of cards about childhood tv heroes.
Response: You're more than welcome! O really, did it finally arrive? After such a long time! It was sent in February!! I'm really glad you got it! I had just bought a new set of playing cards, because I didn't have a King of spades anymore. Thanks for you warm words and generous rating! XO - Ellen
January rated for HCS&I: Sender's Choice - May on Jun 10, 2017
Comment: Your stamps are stunning and the ways you used them are incredible - I love your style. Thank you for the zine and the envelope too.
Lila84 rated for Pass and Paste PC #37 on Jun 7, 2017
Comment: This looks like a fun card to continue on with. Thank you so much for the lovely happy mail :)
Response: You're very welcome! And thank you for your kind rating and the wonderful heart :-D I wish you good inspiration on continuing this card. Actually I am curious about the result at the end ... Maybe see you in an other swap!
Comment: I loved everything from the decorated envie to the goodies inside!!! Thank you so much!!
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the rating and the heart!!! I enjoy making these envelopes a lot - as well as to fill them with (what I hope for) the receiver enjoys :-D
AmookIslandCreations rated for Intl-Hearts PC-May on Jun 6, 2017
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful PC! The reverse is just as wonderful! I love all the cutouts, you used, on this one! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: O Ellen, wat een prachtige kaart weer, dank je wel. Het geeft exact het zomergevoel weer in de kleuren waar ik dol op ben. En jaloers op jouw collectie washi zeg. Fijn dat je het in een envelop hebt gestuurd. Zo is de kans op beschadiging of vuil worden een stuk kleiner en heb ik weer een mooie envelop om in mijn journal te plakken. Eigenlijk ben ik gewoon heel hebberig, ik geef het toe. Heel veel 💙💜💛❤💚💕💙💜💛❤💚💕
Response: Beetje late reactie ... Sorry! Blij dat ie goed is aangekomen & blij dat je er blij mee bent :-D Ja, mijn collectie washi-tape is enorm! Maar ik gebruik het ook wel heel veel. Dat rechtvaardigt het weer enigszins ;-) Maar eerlijk = eerlijk; ik ben ook gewoon heel hebberig en kon de verleiding van al die mooie washi's niet weerstaan :-D Graag tot een volgende swap of anders een keertje een keer een privé swap! Liefs van mij voor jou!
Comment: Ellen, I think it's wonderful. I love the colors and the details around the face. It will be awesome in my collection!
Response: Thanks for rating & the heart!!! I am glad to read you approved of it to be part of your 'faces-collection' :-D
Comment: Wow....you are so creative! I love how you used print as the background and grasses and postage stamps as the flowers. Brilliant! Love the Dutch Flower Power postcard and your lovely decorated envie! Thank you so much!
Comment: Great pc, love it! Thanks hun :)
AZmom875 rated for Butterfly/Dog on May 19, 2017
Comment: Adorable! Thanks so much. The postcard inside was so fun too.
rngstgstll rated for MA: Ridiculous Animals on May 19, 2017
Comment: LOve, love, love the purple, inquisitive and ?cerebral? stubby squid! The background is fabulous, too :) The stamps are also delightful. Thank you!
MamaMangrove rated for HMPC: Altered Postcard #2 on May 17, 2017
Comment: Your wonderful postcard arrived intact (amazing, considering how destructive the post office machinery can be) & I love it! Thanks so much for your imaginative creativity & for a good laugh!
Comment: Thanks so much for this swap! Sent you a PM. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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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!

needlewings on May 21, 2016:

Hey Ellen, Hope you have an awesome 50th birthday!!! Swapping with you again soon!!!

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