Swap-bot Time: August 23, 2017 2:11 pm


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: August 22, 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


Karen07 rated for Moomin Postcard Swap on Aug 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the fabulously decorated Moomin card!
AmookIslandCreations rated for Intl-Hearts PC-July on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: HI Ellen! Thanks for this wonderful postcard! I love the colors and how "old world" it looks!!! Love having you for a partner! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
nancybarlow rated for AMA: Themed Zine-Birds on Aug 21, 2017
Comment: Wow! This is the most charming little zine! It's pretty, interesting and so artistic. Thank, you Ellen! I watched a youtube of "Birds" by Anouk....Simply beautiful!
Midsummerlily rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R30 on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: Beautiful pages! Thank you so much! And thank you for the fantastic extras! Really made me smile! 💕
Response: TFR & the <3! I'm glad it has arrived safely with you! Especially with items like this it is so very important they don't get lost in the mail. Also glad you liked the extras! Have a nice weekend! XO - Ellen
ktk8 rated for CC: Stripes postcard on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: WoW WHAT a GORGEOUS postcard!!!! thanks so much.... My adopted daughter is from Holland and sent me a link for YOU... You are amazing and I am so LUCKY to have one of your originals.....THANK YOU EVER so MUCH......
Comment: thanks for the extra PC. I don't think we have swapped before, I would have remembered your name. My card started at #1 and I'm so anxious to get it back to see where it's traveled. I know I'll never get that far.
Comment: Hello Ellen :-) . . . I apologize for rating your lovely postcard late. I am continuously being distracted from my intended course, many times not returning to it for days. . . . I truly love your stamped postcard, and I have it on display on my desk. Other than the small bicycle stamp, which I think is store bought, I can not discern which stamped images were made with the store bought ones and which are the handmade ones. They are all very good. Thank you for liking my stamps, and I like yours too.
Candace rated for WIYM: BIRD POSTCARD on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: The Owls are so cute! Thank you!
madkow rated for Book page atc swap on Aug 13, 2017
Comment: Love this card!! And an option to swap it out, how awesome!!! Thank you!!
Lucine rated for **PBP August ~ Bike …** on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Hier een 2e poging en ik hoop dat het dit keer de rating opslaat;) Ik vind de fiets en de schaduwering echt leuk:) Thanks!
Response: O, gelukkig dat ie wel is aangekomen! :-D Heb er best wel wat werk aan gehad (het sjabloon voor de schaduwfiets te maken). Fijn ook dat je die dan juist ook leuk vindt! :-D Dank je wel voor je rating èn voor het hartje! Tot de volgende keer dan maar weer! :-)
wolfeagle rated for CC: Moon postcard on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Love this postcard. Thank you.
Comment: Ja, je bent even bezig met swaps naar mij sturen:) Ik zal het boekje, zoals jij hebt aangegeven, doorsturen naar David en verder met hem afstemmen.
Response: Dank je voor het 'reten' ;-) en het hartje! 'k Stuur je nog even een pb-tje :-)
DaisyNY rated for HMPC: Put a "Book Page" on it on Aug 4, 2017
Comment: Hi Ellen, I love the buggy card you made, both front and back. The black & white, positive/negative is very striking - quite beautiful. Thank you!
coleenfranks rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #16 on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: Love it all, Ellen. Especially those little crocheted flowers. Colors are fine. Thanks so much for reading my profile.
Comment: Awesome card, that colorful & diversified - such a unique treasure indeed! Wow & many thanks dear Ellen ❤
Lady rated for FMCA Purple Post with an animal on Jul 27, 2017
Comment: wow! Is that embossed ink? and what a lot of rubber stamps you have (have made?)
Response: Yes, embossing ink it is indeed! :-) A part of those stamps are from a Stampin Up! Set - I love this set! And I had some more insect stamps :- D Although I do make my own stamps I think these were all bought. Thanks for being so enthusiastic, the nice rating and the heart! <3- from Ellen
Comment: Thank you for my envie. I love the colors, hedgehogs, and stars. Thanks for the goodies inside too. All the washi samples are new for me. ♡Peach tea♡
luluvision rated for FCMA: Celebrate Blue Postcard on Jul 16, 2017
Comment: OOOOH!!! Squeal!! I simply adore the Little Prince!! The postcard is amazing!! Did you draw that? LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I also LOVE how your background came out!! Thank you so much! It will be a pc I will treasure forever!
LadySunshine rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #15 on Jul 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Suncloud rated for Little Red Riding Hood MA on Jul 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful and fun postcard.The time and effort you put into creating it shows. I really like it and it made my day.

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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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