Swap-bot Time: June 18, 2019 8:20 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: June 18, 2019
Birthday: January 5
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

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: 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!!!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Vintage Vibes Tag Book on May 26, 2019
Comment: Catherine, I'm becoming convinced that everything you create from contemporary pieces to vintage is simply beautiful! Since I often work in a vintage style, sometimes I find it challenging to do more contemporary work. This tag book is GORGEOUS! So many beautiful elements put together so nicely. I'm so glad it's mine ;+) Thank you for always being such a generous partner. And please forgive my late rating! Jet lag and playing catch-up has gotten the best of me!
knuffelbeerandy rated for NS: Mail me some art #2 on May 11, 2019
Comment: Hallo Catherine, Heel erg bedankt voor je prachtige flipbook. Ik vond het heel erg mooi en de kleine extra's die je in de vakjes gedaan hebt ook, Groetjes Andrea
Response: Hoi hoi, wat fijn dat je er blij mee bent! Dank je wel voor de fijne rating en het hartje!
luvbird rated for YTPC: Paper Clip Charm on a Tag on May 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely tag with the decorated paper clip which is so pretty! Love the little card that you sent it in. It is always such a pleasure to receive a swap from you.
Response: You are so sweet! Thank you for the compliment, the rating and the heart. Have a lovely sunday!
wolfeagle rated for TPS: Mail Art - April 2019 on May 8, 2019
Comment: What an absolutely beautiful envelope and print. Thank you so much. I plan to use the tag as a bookmark. It's lovely also.
Response: You are so welcome! I am glad you liked my prints! Thank you for the nice rating and the heart!
Comment: These envelopes are just beautiful. Love the fabrics and paper you used.AND the extras you sent were fantastic..the little booklet with glassin envelope and all the other pages and papers. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful supplies and talent!
Response: Thank you so much, you are very kind. I so enjoy making the swaps in this group, and my partners are all so nice. Thank you for the rating and the heart!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Journal Folio with Ephemera on May 4, 2019
Comment: I wish I could give you a hundred hearts! This folio is a work of art!! Just unwrapping it I knew that this was going to be my favorite birthday gift and it so is! All the little details and inclusions are simply marvelous! Just stunning. Thank you for the wonderful note as well, love hearing about your life! Much love!!
Response: Wow, I can feel all the hearts, such a good vibe! Thank you so much for this great rating, I really loved making this portfolio for you.
Comment: It's beautiful! (All your work is beautiful, Catherine ;+) Thank you for such a lovely tag and the gorgeous charm on top. I also just love the little notecard you created for me! You have a wonderful aesthetic; all your creations are so pleasing to me!
Response: Thank you so much for the compliments, the rating and the heart. I'm having such a wonderful time with these swaps!
cindygroet rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #2 on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Oh wow, wow, wow. Wat een mooie pocket heb je gemaakt. Echt super schattig. En daarbovenop heb je nog een prachtige shakerlabeltag (hoe noem je zoiets?) gemaakt. Ontroerend mooi en dank je wel.
Response: Heel erg bedankt voor alle lieve woorden en je rating plus hartje!
Tessssssa rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #2 on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Heel erg bedankt voor je pocket, echt super mooi geworden. En ook de envelop is geweldig, die ga ik tot de laatste snipper hergebruiken :p
Response: Dat klinkt goed! Bedankt voor de fijne rating plus het hartje!
rsartistnl rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #1 on Apr 21, 2019
Comment: Dank je wel voor jouw mooie tag en envelop. Het zijn weer kunststukjes en ben er erg blij mee.
Response: Fijn dat ze in de smaak vallen! Heel erg bedankt voor je fijne rating en het hartje!
Tessssssa rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #1 on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: Super bedankt voor deze mooie tag met charm, deze gaat in mijn junk journal! Fijn paasweekend!
Comment: Catherine, oh my, where do I begin? Such beautiful little bird embellishments... I just love each one so much! So many sweet layers on each one. And, the presentation of your little works of art is wonderful. Very, very lovely swap! Thank you so very much.
behappybeyou rated for NS: Verwenmomentje on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: Jou post was echt een kadootje! Dank je wel xxx
wolfeagle rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2019 on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful envelope and mail art folder. Very creative.
Comment: That was quick. Thank you for inspiring card. A secret garden?! Well definitly the smell of roses would be in the air...a peaceful and quiet place to read a book and get lost in dreams. :) And now have a wonderful weekend.

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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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