Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2018 1:24 pm


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: June 19, 2018
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 (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


Rosekoala02 rated for May Holiday Art Deco on Jun 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you! i love owls! <3
Comment: Got them, and thanks for the extra card...too cute :)
milamilamura rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #22 on May 23, 2018
Comment: Lieve Ellen, what a wonderful thing it was to get mail from you! I'm in love with the postcards, the one with the caliby cat looks just like my cat Chofi! And the one you designed is amazing, I love little red ridding hood, thanks for sharing a bit of Dutch vocabulary with me and also including some words in Spanish, that was such a nice touch, and I also loved that you sent me written postcards, yay! The recipe looks delicious, I already read it with my mom and we both think we need to try it soon, so I'll let you know once we've made it, and it's going to look amazing in my recipe smash book. The tea looks delicious and I do enjoy rooibos :) Thanks for the stickers as well and for upcycling an old envelope, loved the result! I was really jealous of the fact that you can have personal stamps, I wish I could do that here, your design is gorgeous! Thanks for adding so many cat items and tell Puk and Aagje I said hi! I'd give you a million hearts if I could, this was some really happy mail and I appreciate how much thought and care you put into it. Looking forward to keep swapping with you! xoxo.
Pei04 rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #24 on May 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the happy mail I got from you! Love the washi tape samples, they're so cute! The letter set is totally "my cup of tea" ;) Can't wait to try the teas! Thanks once again!
Comment: Stamp book received. Your page is beautiful! Thank you for the extras. I really love the postcard, that's so clever, and the tea smells divine, I can't wait to try it. Thanks again <3<3
Comment: You do such beautiful art AND writing, I love swapping with you! You ask about letterboxing. It is explained quite well on both Letterboxing.org and AtlastQuest.com, but here's a quickie: Letterboxes are all over the world, "planted" in hidden locations with clues accessed on the internet at the above two sites. When you find the letterbox, it will hold a hand-carved rubber stamp and a log book. You have your own "signature stamp," which you use to sign into their logbook as well as stamping their stamp into your own. It's all free, artistic, fun, and keeps me moving and outside!
sincerelylenthe rated for Lente in je brievenbus on May 5, 2018
Comment: Heel erg bedankt! wat een leuke envelop zeg!
MuddyPuddle rated for Pass and Paste #46 on May 4, 2018
Comment: Received both the finished card and the beautiful tree zentagled beginning of your new one. Love them!!! Thanks!
Comment: Thank u for the postcard n nice msg. All the best to u.
Comment: I've received your "Once a Year" minizine - what a great subject...I'll have to think about this one, for sure! I love your postcards! You DESIGN them, how cool! Thanks so much, everything, including the mailing envelope, was great!
Response: I'm glad it has arrived safely and to 'hear' you liked it all! Next mail is on its way (2x!) Thanks for rating and for the heart!!
Sabbe77 rated for Mailbox themed postcard on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: ♡♡♡ Oh my gosh ♡♡♡ That postcard♡ That stamp♡ Glorious- a BIG, huge(!), thank you! A dozen hearts your way ♡♡
anicka22 rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #23 on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Dankjewel voor de supermooie bloemenpost! Ben er zo blij mee en die Roodkapjekaart is echt geweldig !!.
Response: Blij dat de Happy Mail goed is aangekomen! En dat je er blij mee bent is helemaal fijn :-) Dankjewel voor je compliment m.b.t. de Roodkapje-kaart, 'k was bang dat het niet helemaal je smaak zou zijn ...
mjhaertling rated for **PBP April ~ Enchanting** on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful page. The aqua/peacock/turquoise color family is one of my favorites so you hit it without reading my profile.There are really no colors that I don't like for one thing or another. I love the bright colors you used, the torn paper and the glimmer. Love the postcard, too.. Is that also your artwork?
spinweaver rated for Weirder Than Weird #19 on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: What a great weird postcard!! A new fav, thank you . :- D
DragonflyDreamer rated for Weirder Than Weird #19 on Mar 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard. I love that you used the fox sticker and a fox stamp for the fox card! It is quite a strange PC. I think it is the red bow that I find most odd.
xninolax rated for More than one stamp postcard swap on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Oh wat een super leuke kaart Ellen! Past ook helemaal in het thema :) Dank je wel dat je mee hebt gedaan aan mijn allereerste gehoste swap. Heel spannend wel hihi.
Comment: Lovely swap as always! Hope your "open Atelier weekend" is a success, and yes, we should definitely trade gelli prints in the near future ;-)
thevmatt rated for February Holiday Deco on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thank you for pcs! I can't wait to send them for the next trip. Thank you also for the nice mailbox card. It's cold in Poland too ;)

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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!

Bo on Mar 12, 2018:

Hi Ellen, I am wondering if you received my Happy Mail, Yay! #22 which I have sent more than 2 weeks ago? Please let me know! Thank you! Greetings from Austria.

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

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