Swap-bot Time: August 25, 2019 1:33 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: August 25, 2019
Birthday: January 5
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

I am going away for a summer break from the second of August 'till the 17th of August. I will rate any received mail when I get back, sorry for the delay!!

Hi,my name is Catherine,I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands. I married my high school lover and together we have 2 children. We live in an old brick house from the thirties, it is a great home to us and our cat Sushi. My background is in textiles and fashion design. But nowadays I like to PLAY with different media like paper,collage,paint...I love to make prints with the gelli plate on all kinds of different papers and ephemera. I share my mail-art on instagram ( if you want to be surprised, do not peek!). I like a lot of different things, so when you swap with me : just follow your heart ...Thanks!

Things that make me happy

*HANDWRITING (on shopping lists, letters, invoices, receipts etc.)

*Vintage BOOK PAGES or cutouts for example from old schoolbooks or children's books.

*Love die cuts!

*I use a lot of round stickers seals, always in need of those!

*EPHEMERA/especially vintage/ : tickets, maps, handwritten letters, office supplies like ledger papers, food labels/packaging, security envelopes.

= I am particularly interested in vintage office supplies=

*SHHHHHH (I have an ENVELOPE addiction and make my envies myself when possible).

*FLOW magazine is my favorite! I use it in almost all my snail mail swaps.

*WASHI tape makes me smile!

*address LABELS, another thing I can't resist!

*I love coffee and tea alike...not too fond of rooibos or pure herbal mixes (at the moment my favourite is green tea with coconut flavour)

*recycling/reusing is cool and so is THRIFTING. I love vintage (paper) items !

*JAPANESE design is an all time favourite...fashion, silk, origami, traditional patterns, kawaii cuteness (makes me smile).

*EMBROIDERY/sewing/stitching (also,on paper). I would love to learn about sashiko!

*STATIONERY is always welcome, anything to be used for snailmail.

*I am very happy to be part of the swapbot community and do my best to keep it a SAFE place. Thanks and happy swapping!


During my recent travels to the USA, I have fallen in love with postcards from Lantern Press!

I do not know what I prefer on postcards, the front or the back! Handwriting and stamps make it very special to me. So I will like anything you send me!

If you do need some more information,here are a few ideas: - Black and white photography - Close ups - Vintage - Children's book illustrations - Fonts/graphics - Birds - (food) packaging - Anything related to mail/ letter writing/ stamps.

I prefer my postcards send naked and I would love to see your handwriting, so write me a little something please

Artists I admire:

I love to take online classes, read blogs and visit pinterest to learn more about paper arts, mixed media, textile arts, art journaling, gelli plate printing, mail art, embroidery... some artists that inspire me are: Roben-Marie Smith # Alma Stoller # Julie Fei-Fan Balzer # Becci Orpin # Rae Missigman


I love colors, all of them! Bright, pastel,watercolors, aged surfaces, rainbow, metallics...as long as it is done with taste!

Some of my favorites are:

  • Black and white combo's, with one accent color like red/aqua/yellow
  • Colors used in vintage/retro advertisements.
  • A dash of neon
  • Color combinations as you can see them in tropical fish , birds and butterfly-wings.

Dutch Mail:

Mail posted in the weekends doesn't go before the next monday,sorry!


Themes I like are : vintage encyclopedia - alphabets - handlettering/quotes - travel/maps - airmail related items- birds - japanese (textile) prints - watercolor effects - flowers/botanical prints- beautiful illustrations.


Comment: Thanks! I love the sequins and the music!
Comment: Beautiful,I love what you did with the vintage inspired envelopes thanks so much.I appreciate the time and thought you put into this great addition to my journal.
Response: You are welcome! I am having such a good time creating these. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful and generous swap! I love everything - the envelope (which I will re-use), the tag (currently being used as a bookmark), and the pretty extras! Thank you so very much for the thoughtful swap package!
Response: Those beautiful illustrations where just waiting for the perfect swappartner, so I have to thank you!
Comment: Thanks so much for all of the wonderful distressed images ! They will look great in my projects. I love the tag as well.
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart, I'm glad you liked my swap.
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling pocket! I love all the goodies you sent! Hugs, Diane
Response: That is wonderful, you are welcome. Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Catherine, I can't explain how much joy you brought into my day today! Thank you sooo much for your adorable swap! I'm very mad at Swapbot that I can give you only 1 heart, as you deserve much more!! How did you like Budapest?
tigermousecat rated for YTPC: Framed Double Hang Tags on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for two wonderful tags! Love the images you chose as well as the backgrounds on the large tags. The presentation was excellent. Please for next time include a small note stating what swap it is. This one was obvious but some of the 100 day swaps are less so. Thanks!
ericabella rated for AMMM: Summer chat postcard on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: I love the fairy postcard! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envie and awesome extras you sent to me! It was really nice Happy Mail!
Widellia rated for EML: Happy Mail #1 on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely flip book 😍 love it all you have send πŸ’Œ
Comment: This swap really made my day! Beautiful envelope and everything was packaged up so beautifully. And I love all the ruffles you sent. Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind comment, the rating and the heart. I felt a bit unsecure about the ruffles, so I'm glad you liked them anyway!
lob rated for EML: Postcard with a prompt #5 on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: What a pretty card! It was nice to meet you this way through swap-bot.
Response: Nice to meet you! and thanks for the great rating and the heart!
Comment: You do the most gorgeous work. I really like what you made for me. Putting an image in the window was a good idea. Thanks for being in the swap. Thank you for all the extras, but also for all your extra attention even down to sewing your mailing envelope.
Response: Thank you so much, you make me blush! I love how these swaps invite us to use the given technique, and then give it a personal twist.Thank you so much for the rating and the heart.
Comment: I was so happy to see that I was receiving from you, as it is always a delight to get from yourself. The envelope was delightful along with the goodies inside - how spoilt was I -Thank you x
Response: Oh, thanks for your sweet compliments! I'm having a great time here on swapbot! Thank you so much for the rating and the heart.
Tessssssa rated for NS: Loaded Envelope on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Bedankt voor je loaded envelope! Je hebt leuke dingen voor me uitgekozen! Het valt zeer zeker in de smaak.
Comment: Firstly, I love The Netherlands. If I was ever able to travel anywhere, it would be there. Secondly, I love the Canada postcard with your note! The bird pages are so cool...I love them! Love your β€œbuggy” paper that enclosed the absolutely awesome mini envies! The prints you used are exactly what I love and you did such a beautiful job! I love the cash note..thank you so much! That’s going right in my collection. All the little bits inside the envelopes were so cool...you have the most wonderful collection...and you used my fave colors. Thank you...this swap really made my day...a million hearts!
Comment: Thank you so much for such a special notecard. I hope you have a wonderful trip this summer. Thank you so much for all the beautiful diecuts and other goodies. You spoil me! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely envelopes and extras. They will all be put to good use. πŸ˜€
Comment: First of all I love the envelope that you sent the swap in and then the glassine booklet was wonderful beyond words. Beautifully done and all the little added extras Love the text pages and that wonderful piece of embellished fabric. Thank you for being a kind and generous partner
tristitia rated for YTPC: Flow-ish Journal on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: OMG Catherine - first of all, I love the envelope. I got so excited when I saw it in the mailbox :) The felt-backed paper cover is a brilliant idea - it really is sturdy, and doesn't feel like paper at all! And I love all the papers you included. I might just keep it around to flip through and smile at :) Thank you!!!

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mgallardo68 on Jun 16, 2019:

@roosje what an amazing prize you sent me for the IFM > [Sticky] November 2018 Winner Takes it All!! I loved everything! Those are treasures I'll keep for myself! β™₯β™₯ Many hugs!

CurlyTea on Jan 7, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

earthnk on Dec 5, 2018:

You are very welcome. I’m glad it arrived and I hope it brings about nice conversation. Happy holidays!

susieq11 on Sep 13, 2018:

That pocket folder is so cute. I will be looking at everything you sent me all night!!! : )

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

CurlyTea on Jan 5, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

shirleyinCA on Mar 23, 2017:

Thanks so much for sending to me as an extra for Naked PB PC Roulette #1. What a gorgeous and unique postcard of the girl with butterfly wings; yes, you're right, it suits me perfectly! I love it!

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2017:

Welcome to AMMM!

bbsporty on Nov 27, 2016:

Thank you so much for the wonderful Christmas card and goodies! I love Christmas time with all of the decorations!

phillaine on Oct 31, 2016:

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