Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2019 2:07 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: August 17, 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


Poeprincess rated for Zetti Dog ATC on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: This dog rocks! The postcard is cute, too. Thank you so much for being my partner!
PaperPassion rated for Zetti with Wings on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Ellen,Wonderful ,perfect Zetti.Can't wait to add to my collection.Wish I could give you 100 hearts.Thanks so much.I appreciate all the time and thought you put into it.
bigmamabird rated for AAA: Challenge #1 on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: Oh what a lovely card you've made for me...I am glad you were ready to work some ATCs again..! Your business card looks very nice and I always love the little extra prints of your art.
RockyBeach rated for Doodle Bomb Postcard on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful makeup this goddess (?) is wearing! Love it, thank you so much! Which pens did you use?
Comment: Thank you for a gorgeous envie!
PaperPassion rated for WIYM: Artist Trading Coins #2 on Jul 28, 2019
Comment: Ellen,Love that you put the white birds on them.Thank you so much for all the time and thought you put into the coins.Three of my favorites.
earthnk rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #72 on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Recieved your postcard. It took the long route but finally made it. Thank you 😊
Response: Ooooh, that has travelled a long time! I'm glad it has arrived :-D Thanks for rating and the heart! :-)
Lady rated for Zetti Style MAil ARt on Jul 9, 2019
Comment: Made me smile! And I liked the stamps too)
Response: I'm happy to hear it made you smile. Some of the stamps actually are Christmas stamps. But I thought they matched well (enough). Thanks for rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the great pc!! (Was out of town, sorry for the delay in rating) Will continue next round!
Response: No problem at all (the delay in rating). I'm glad it has arrived save with you. Good to hear you enjoy the postcard :-D TFR & <3
Comment: I over the odd sick postcard so much! Thank you! Can’t wait to send the traveling card on it’s next adventure!
graciepie49 rated for BMG:ATC challenge - triangles on Jul 2, 2019
Comment: Hi Ellen :-) . . . I received your Triangle ATC yesterday evening. Wow! I just LOVE this ATC! Your craftsmanship is outstanding. I've made many edge-to-edge cut and paste shape collages, so I know how difficult it is to get the tiled surface to look this good. And I also love your choice of used mail ephemera for the triangles. Thanks very much for this lovely ATC and the tea bag. It says -- Ben jij een ochtend- of een avond- mens? Ik ben beide! (Are you a morning person or an evening person? I am both!)
Response: Wahahahahaha, actually I am an avondmens! But I like mornings too - as long as it isn't too early ;-) Thanks a lot for you very nice, extended and flattering comment! I loved working on it and I love this 'conversation', it is a wonderful reward :-D So thanks for rating, the heart and this little talk! XO - Ellen
stiffneck78 rated for Rubber stamped ATC on Jul 2, 2019
Comment: Oh my, what a cool ATC!!!! I LOVE it and all of the dog themed things you sent. VERY COOL!!
Response: Hahaha, thank you very much for your enthusiasm! I am glad it arrived save with you and it falls dow well :-D Thanks for rating & the heart!
Mamamoose rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #72 on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Love the postcard! Thank you very much!
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

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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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