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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: November 24, 2017
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

I am on the look out for long term creative penpals, if this is something that would interest you please send me a message! :)
I like to send happy mail like, pocket letters, flip books, flip files and other creative mail to my pen pals.

My name is Tessa and I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands, just below Eindhoven.
I live there with my cat.
My cat is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 5 years old and a bit crazy. Sometimes she just runs around the house like her tail is on fire. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. Her favorite toys are the simple little grey mice, she turns her back on all the fancy stuff I've got her.

I used to work at a theme park called De Efteling. The park is all about fairytales, everything has something to do with it.
It was really fun working there. Especially because I operated rides in the rollercoaster section of the park.
Now I work at a big store that sells almost everything for your garden or home, and even clothes and animal stuff. I work at the clothing section.

In my free time I like to be creative in many ways. I enjoy many crafts.
I'm crocheting a lot of stuffed animals. it's so fun to see them come to live, adding arms and legs.
Most of the time I crochet animals from designers like: Stip en haak, Lalylala, My Krissie dolls and Heidi Bears. I like my animals stripey and with bold colors.
I also enjoy stamping, coloring the images with my polychromos pencils, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.

I also like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading.
I like to be with my family.

Please leave a comment when raiting.

I promise that I won't flake! Please contact me before rating me a 1 or 3!

Flower parade

In the summer months (june - september) I'm active in a group for the local flower parade.
14 groups build a big float and on the second sunday in september we have a parade.
The building proces takes 3 months (bending iron, welding it together, stick cardboard on it, glue paper on it, and painting) after that we only have 2 days to put al the flowers on it (200.000 in total per float).
We use dahlia's they are so pretty and have many colors and forms.

Documentary about the flowerparade in Zundert by Gil Bruvel
The flower parade in Zundert is always on the first sunday in september, 1 week before ours.

I'm so exited for this year's theme!
It's De Efteling!!! Our design is called: Polle's Keuken. (this translates to Polle's kitchen, Polle is a boys name), so we make a float about the pancake restaurant in the park that has that name. I can't wait to get started!
Link to drawing of our design

WE WON 4TH PLACE!!!! so happy! Also we won a prize for being innovative for adding the smell of pancakes to our float!

Last year we were 9th. The theme was Jheronimus Bosch, he was an Dutch artist and made some crazy paintings.

For Pictures of the floats our group made you have to look by Wilhelmina (at the bottom, under 'wagenoverzicht'). Our group has that name as a tribute to Queen Wilhelmina.

Favorite Crafts

I do a lot of things, and will try almost everything.

I like to crochet stuffed animals, upcycle things, make envelopes, boxes and gift pouches, mixed media, make mini albums from paper bags, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, making halloween costumes, pocket letters, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

Things I like

Random things
* yellow cars (as I just bought one, but no taxi or school bus)
* flowers, roses, dahlias
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to theme parks
* pastel colors, bold colors
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* holidays
* pocket letters, flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Gorjuss!
* Tim Burton style
* I enjoy Harry Potter and Lord of the rings but I'm not a fan girl (I don't need everything but the kitchen sink of these themes)

Crafting/Wishlist (in random order)
* embossing ink and powder
* tools from we r memory makers (or similar company)
* a nice writing fountainpen (mine does not flow well)
* kraft paper
* quality watercolor paper. Blocks or sheets. * distress inkpads or oxide, any color as I don't have any yet (your favorite color)
* lawn fawn stamps
* Gorjuss girl stamps (see below)
* white pens (love them!)
* punches
* cutting dies
* mail art
* fun shaped paperclips
* I prefer silver toned jewelry/accessoires over gold
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm

Favorite color combo's
* mint green and gold
* peacock colors
* pink and grey
* coral pink and gold
* black and silver

* chocolate!!!
* nuts
* licorice
* strawberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, just any berries!
* caramels
* all kinds of candy and cookies
* Milka chocolate, Rittersport chocolate


Here is a list of things I collect:
Don't see this as a shoppinglist, mostly it's just a reminder for myself, but free free to help me collecting!

  • Gorjuss girl urban rubber stamps; I still need: Summer days, Piracy, Spring at last, Little fishes, Sowing the seeds, Fly away with me, Christmas wish, Dear alice My own universe, The winters night, Waiting, The dreamer, The owl, Sweat tea, 1. Ruby, 3. The pretend friend, 4. Forget me not, 5. Ladybird, 6. I found my family in a book, 7. The white rabbit, 8. I love you little rabbit, 9. I gave you my heart, 10. Purrrrrrfect love, 13. Fairy lights, 15. The black star, 16. Puddles of love, 18. Poppy wood, 19. Holly, 20. The getaway, 21. The collector, 22. Pulling on your heart, 23. Little song, 24. Heartfelt, 25. Oops-a-daisy, 26. The scarf, 27. The little friend, 28. Toadstool, 29. The hatter, 30. Hush little bunny, 31. Awashed, 32. Little violet, 33. From the heart, 34. Nightlight, 35. The friendly hedgehog, 36. Rainy daize, 37. Dear apple, 38. The runaway, 39. The lost heart, 40. Forget me not.

  • Gorjuss Girls mini collectable stamp; I still need: 1. Ruby, 2. new heights, 3. The pretend friend, 4. Forget me not, 5. Ladybird, 6. I found my family in a book, 7. The white rabbit, 8. I love you little rabbit, 9. I gave you my heart, 11. You brought me love, 12. On top of the world, 13. Fairy lights, 14. Little red, 15. The black star, 16. Puddles of love, 17. The fox, 18. Poppy wood, 19. Holly, 20. The getaway, 41. Little fishes, 42. Summer days, 43. Spring at last, 44. Free as a bird, 45. Fly away with me, 46. Rainbow dreams, 47. I stole your heart, 48. Dreaming, 49. Piracy, 50. Jar of hearts, 51. Little love, 52. Waiting, 53. Sugar and spice, 54. Sweetheart, 55. All these words, 56. Dear Alice, 57. Little heart, 58. The dreamer, 59. Flying above it all, 60. Let down

I know it's a lot, but I just started collecting

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • coloring pages
  • rain, to much snow
  • gold toned jewelry/accessoires
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • plain blue or black writing pens, gell pens
  • (reward) stickers
  • the smell of nicotine
  • chai tea, spicy tea
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

About socks.....
I wear size EU 39 / UK 6 / US 7,5.
I prefer them made of cotton (more than 70%) or an other natural fiber.
I like them colorful, striped and with polkadots (no neon colors).

For swaps that requires more than one gift to be send.
I'm very pleased to get 1 gift worth the total amount you have to spend instead of several small gifts.
It's your choice what to do.

As fot my etsy and amazon wishlist.
This is a list of things I would like to recieve (obviously) but I don't mind if you order it from another shop or website, as long as it is the same item. Maybe you find it cheaper else were or with less shippingcosts.

Please don't cover your mail art with clear packaging tape.

Flakers and non raters

@miyuiki00 flaked on me in: BIG FAT DESTASH swap #1 a 4 bubble envelope, (fully suspended with 74 1's) angeled by @arhel

Non-raters (I will remove you from this list once you have rated me.
Last update: october 30, 2017
@Midwestkiwi didn't rate Pass and Paste PC #39 message sent but she has not been online since sept 1, 2017, I hope she's ok.
@bklynfinest77 didn't rate Adventures of the Traveling Postcard # 59 last online: july 27, 2017
@Nachtauge didn't rate IS - Hair Accessory Swap - INT last online: november 6, 2016.
@marissakaya didn't rate ISS: Handmade Postcard #2 - Fairytales also didn't send this swap, last online: august 9, 2017.
@BluGinhm didn't rate Adventures of the Traveling Postcard #54 message sent, looks like she is going trough some stuff at the moment, I hope she is ok.
@cynlen didn't rate SWL ~ Art Journal Page #8 ~ December message sent, last online: january 11, 2017.
@MeSo didn't rate WIYM: Secret Santa also didn't send this swap. Last online: november 9, 2015.
@Pixelschubserin didn't rate Rainbow Mail Art #2 account deleted.
@monique204 didn't rate TIAZ: Smash Stash in a Baggie last online: january 12, 2015.
@mformui didn't rate HS: I Love Washi message sent, last online: january 19, 2015.
@momtoanimals didn't rate HS: Either OR Swap fully suspended.
@Poser1111 didn't rate Fruity ATC #1 Strawberry message sent, last online: april 18, 2016.


DebR rated for Christmas Mini Book with Pockets on Nov 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you, I was hoping for it to be more Christmassy though
Comment: Thank you for this lovely swap!
BeckyG56 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #42 on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Great to hear from you, best wishes on your new job! Thanks for the great addition, this will be fun to work on. Thanks for the inspirational words.
TexyDeb rated for CPG Ugly PC Swap - Global on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: It is an odd postcard and does bring up many questions. thank you
Comment: Some of my favourite things arrived in the mailbox today.....a happy envelope, a note, tea, a treat and air mail stamps. Thank you for making my day. I loved the stroopwafle.
Comment: Love the envelope! and the contents!
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies!!! I will surely find a use for all of it!!
lou rated for *WIYM: Happy Flat Mail NOV, 2017: Int'l on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Many thanks for the mermaid card you made and all the great kitty-themed things, Happy November!
Comment: Loved the stickers! Thanks so much for the nice card too!
Comment: What a wonderful card and cat goodies!!! I can’t believe you created all my babies on the card! Thank you so much!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The colorings and markings are surprisingly accurate!!! I was beyond tickled!!!
Response: I'm glad you like it! It was a lot of puzzling to get them all together. I hope the colors match :) thanks for the heart!
Lucine rated for GG: postcard #5 on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: Met uitzondering van een diepe kreuk/vouw in het midden is de kaart heel aangekomen, gelukkig. Zelfs de 3x3 plakstenen zijn er nog op:) Bedankt voor de leuke postkaart!
Response: Oh wat jammer van de vouw... je zou denken dat een binnenlands kaartje zonder gekke dingen aan moet komen. Thanks for the heart!
kacka rated for ISS: Small Profile Surprise on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: i found the swap:)), thak you for the swap so much:). I saw at your profile you used to work i Efteling:)- i visited that park few years ago, it was amazing:) many greetings
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
Response: Thanks for rating
Lorie rated for SWL ~ Secret Santa on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: I am so sorry for this late rating. I absolutly loved your gifts and the adoring keychain you made, I love it.
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart
sassafrass rated for JK: Let's Build a Tag Journal #2 on Oct 30, 2017
Response: Thanks for the heart!
sassafrass rated for JK: Handmade Journal Cards on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Gwillisinc rated for Halloween Art Journal page on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you Tessa beautiful tree, ribbon & web. Great Halloween page
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart!
donetta rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook birds on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Please forgive the late rating! Tessa, you are a truly wonderful swap partner...your flip books are delightful. There is so much to see on each page, and the little treats are very sweet. Thank you so much for hosting these fabulous swaps...I've joined every one since I joined the WIYM group!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart!
coleenfranks rated for QUICK Rubber stamp swap #171 on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks,, Tessa. Cute stamps. Love the angry bird stamp on your note too.
Response: I'm glad you like them, thanks for the heart!
Response: Thanks for rating

Rating Overview

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RockyBeach on Nov 11, 2017:

Collaboration Snowy

Thanks for adding your part to my collaboration starter PC! It's great, let it snow! <3

DaisyNY on Oct 20, 2017:

Here's the Collaboration PC for carol that you sent to Wooper that she sent to me to finish:

Collaboration PC pic

wolfeagle on Sep 12, 2017:

Thank you for working on my Pass and Paste. The Octopus card made it's way back home and I am thrilled with it.

midwestkiwi on Aug 31, 2017:

thanks for your contribution to the Security Envelope Background Pass and Paste PC!

Moeshell on Aug 16, 2017:

Thank you for your addition to the pass and paste of mine you contributed to. I loved the butterflies on the book page. Thanks again.

wolfeagle on Jul 27, 2017:

Thank you for working on my pass and paste. Your stamped Gorjuss girl is adorable.

DaisyNY on Jul 27, 2017:

Hi Tessa,

Here is the finished Collaboration PC (#37 for you):

carol on Jul 3, 2017:

Thanks for working on my HD/HP P&P I LOVE how it turned out! Here's a link to the image. If you right click, it will come up in a new link. Thanks so much! P&P

Wooper on Jun 8, 2017:

Thank you for working on my collaboration PC, it turned out lovely! I posted a picture of it on the group forum for you to see :)

BeckyG56 on May 9, 2017:

Thanks for sewing, and glitter and stamps on my collaberation PC ( stenciled face on vintage paper) It turned out great!!

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