Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2018 3:13 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: September 23, 2018
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.


susieq11 rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #6 on Sep 13, 2018
Comment: It is always amazing to receive your gorgeous mail art and swaps!! I couldn’t believe it when I opened my mailbox today!! What a beautiful envelope and stamps. One of the mail clerks even asked me about it when I bought stamps today!— they know me and my mail! Thank you for your note and all the goodies you sent. That postcard is so awesome. Dogs and glitter, can’t beat that. And a poodle envelope!!! A white poodle! (I have 2!) - and the incredible Patti Smith is on the back. Doesn’t really get better than that!!! Thank you so much for joining the swap. It is always wonderful to hear from you and I am grateful!!!!! XOXO Have a great night! : )
Response: Oh my, what a joy to make a swap for you! That little poodle is always in the back of my mind, floating around. It makes me happy, and inspires me! I had so much fun using a touristic atlas (those pics!) and add some beautiful stamps. I am so glad you liked it. I've neven read anything by Patti Smith but I think I should...Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Moni rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #9 on Sep 13, 2018
Comment: Wat een leuke swap Roosje! Ben er erg blij mee. wat een leuk doosje om te vouwen!Mooie kaartjes, papier, vind alles erg leuk. En ik vind de envelop zo leuk, hoe heb je dat gedaan. Gewoon papier en dan naaien?
Response: Hoi Hoi, bedankt voor de rating, het hartje en je vriendelijke woorden! Ik moest zo lachen toen ik zag dat ik een Nederlandse swappartner had! Dat zag ik dus pas toen ik het adres ging checken! Blij dat de swap je bevalt, dat weet je maar nooit met zoiets! Fijn weekend voor jou!
Comment: thank you for the wonderful postcard! at the beginning I was a little afraid of signing up for this swap, because I expected a regular traditional costume card [I rather signed up for sending], but this card is so awesome, I love the modern and fresh design, a real treasure!
Response: Thank you for the great rating! I am so glad you liked it, it seemed like the perfect match after reading your profile. And I really loved it myself, as well!
saarva rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 15 on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Sorry, kwam deze net tegen en zag dat ik vergeten was om je een rating te geven. Heel erg bedankt voor de kaart en de leuke extra!
Response: Hey, bedankt voor de rating! Fijn dat je er nog achter kwam.
dcp0112 rated for EH: FUN envies on Sep 9, 2018
Comment: I ADORE the envies you made for me, have never had any sewn before and the paper and pics you chose for them are perfect!!! The only problem is I like them so well I probably will be stingy and keep them for myself instead of mailing them out! lol! Thanks So much!!! I would give you 10 hearts if I could.
Response: You are so sweet! Thank you for the great rating and the heart. I'm always up for a private swap if you want more envies?
Bananers rated for EH: AUGUST Back to School on Sep 2, 2018
Comment: Your envelopes are perfect! I love the envelope that you mailed in also. The images that you found in your book are awesome; I am jealous that you found such a book. Why can't I come across those? LOL! Thank you for the extra tidbits. :)
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! And thanks for the rating and the heart!
Queensmiley2530 rated for Send 3 From the List! #7 on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: Oh my let start with the pretty Envie, it made my day so much better and for all the lovely goodies and FYI Donald Duck is my Favorite!! If you ever want to swap again just shoot me a PM. Thank you again! 💕💕💕💕
Response: You are so welcome! Thank you for the great rating and the hearts!
Comment: Wow thank you so much for my mini flip book! You did such a great job! I love everything! Happy swapping! :)
Comment: Hi Catherine thank you for the great owl PC with my fav. Buddha quote" relax, nothing is under control" Happy summer swapping peace love light
Kayllra rated for NS: Kaartje van de Hema - Augustus on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Bedankt voor het leuke kaartje van hema. Ik geniet ook van het wat koudere weer heerlijk. Groetjes karin
Liiskah rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 14 on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: It's great to hear you got a card back and that you're enjoying the series! :) Thanks for the extra postcard too, I love it!
Comment: Thanks for the resend! Got it:)
Response: I did a resend on monday 18-06, I hope it will reach you soon. Oh my, I am so relieved you got it! Thanks a lot for my new rating and the heart! Happy Swapping
Stargazer008 rated for EUHS: Pick-a-theme swap #1 on Jun 22, 2018
Comment: WOW what a smashing awesome piece of mail! Lucky me! I love every bit of your heartwarming envelope. Thank you so much! Still can't believe it...wow...and now have a wonderful weekend with lots of lovely mail that makes you smile!
Response: You are very welcome, it was fun to do! I recently reorganised my vintage stuff, which means I actualy use it instead of hoarding it! Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Selenaa90 rated for Gevulde wenskaart on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Dank je wel! Ik vond de gevulde wenskaart echt heel mooi, en dank je voor alle goodies!
Response: Jij bedankt voor de rating en het hartje, het was erg leuk om te doen!
Comment: WOW!! I absolutely LOVED the flipbook you made for me!! It is gorgeous and made my day, along with everything you sent me with it!! I wish I could give you 10 hearts, because it is just so amazing!! Thank you so much!!!
Response: You are so welcome, I really love making PL! Thank you so much for your kind words, the rating and the heart!
ArtsyEm rated for ISS: Mail Art #5 - Postage on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: 100 hearts!! Your mail art is incredible - thank you so much, I will treasure this one! Sitting down to read your letter now:)
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Love the PL.Well worth the wait thanks so much it is beautiful.
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart, I am sorry it took so long.
knitterofhats rated for Tea and a Note 5 on May 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks! I loved your letter and decorations. I will also enjoy the tea. I hope you had a nice school break with your kids. Your day trip with your husband sounded really fun!
fluffyjunk rated for Upcycled Envelopes #2 on May 8, 2018
Comment: * gasp * Those envies are AMAZING! I love your creativity and how you think outside of the box - I never received such envelopes in the past but (again) I will copie your idea of sewing them! :D The magazin pages are so beautiful and I even like the colorful threads you used. You are a real paper artist! :) And there was NO need to send me more stuff for our last swap! :D Thank you SO much for the fantastic envelopes, the ideas and the extras! ♥♥♥♥
Comment: Dank je wel voor de leuke swap. Het is leuk om weer eens Nederlandse post te krijgen. Ik schrijf soms veel te veel in het Engels. ;)

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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:

bluesky on Sep 8, 2016:

yes I might even make it today! :) I always bake something for our weekend and after my ravel its all depleted haha.

RyeRye on Jul 7, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

phillaine on May 24, 2016:

to a whole new year of Profile-Based Swaps!

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