Swap-bot Time: June 4, 2020 1:47 am


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: June 4, 2020
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

*TIM HOLTZ anything!

*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!

POSTAL UPDATE 01-2020: there are new guidelines for mail send overseas. Every envelope that does not contain documents only and is a little bulky, will be considered as a package (even a teabag counts). For example sending to the USA in this case is 10 euros. For me personally, this will mean sending my swaps as flat as possible, and sometimes, without extras.


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: Thank you so much!!
BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Roxy's Clusters on Jun 2, 2020
Comment: What a delightful envelope full of beautiful paper creations! The clusters are so fun, I love Paris! The other bonus pocket of fun is an added joy to my paper loving heart! Many hearts to you, and I loved your envelope.
Response: Thank you for your kind words and the great rating! I am so happy you liked my swap!
ileimgruber rated for 1 Letter Swap on Jun 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Catherine for your letter ! I completely adored your hamdmade enveloppe ! It was so beautiful
Response: You are very welcome, I love to make envelopes! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
luvbird rated for YTPC: Collage Cards with Joie de Fi on May 22, 2020
Comment: Hi Catherine! Thank you so much for the lovely collaged cards...so pretty! I love them! Love all the different layers of paper, cloth etc. The stitching just finishes them so nicely. Nice swap!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart, I am glad you liked my swap!
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: Mail Art - April 2020 on May 17, 2020
Comment: Wow, what an incredible swap! The handmade envelope is stunning, and then the handmade card inside with little pockets for paper bits...just beautiful! Thank you for such a fantastic swap! <3 <3 <3
Response: Thank you for all the compliments! And for the rating with a heart as well!
Comment: +100 more hearts! Oh, Catherine, what a beautiful bunch of paper crafts! I'm simply in love the the Pocket Folder--the book page you used is so pretty and I love that it is printed in your language. So many adorable pockets with tiny treasures inside! You are a master at layering ;+) I am so excited to have the extra pieces and the layered samples! Your work is always flawless. Thank you, Catherine, for creating such lovely pieces for me!
Response: Yay! I am so happy my swap finally reached you! It took so long, a month/ six weeks? Thank you for the rating and the hearts, and thank you for hosting all these incredible swaps!
georgiafae rated for YTPC: Handmade Stickers! on May 9, 2020
Comment: What fun-these are great stickers! Love all the different elements in the layers. Great pocket you sent them in also-thanks for sharing!
Comment: HI Catherine and thank you so much for the birds and bloom pockets and cards. I love these papers that you used and the wonderful bird images. And thank you for the vintage book page with the owls - I love it! I have a couple of vintage bird books but they are not as nice as the one this page obviously came from. Thanks so much for a fun swap!
Response: I am so glad it reached you...some swaps to the usa do not arrive. Thank you for the rating and the heart and your kind words!
Comment: What an amazing envelope! It’s so incredibly beautiful. It must have taken you quite some time to make it. Thank you also for the adorable stickers. That really brightened my day during these stressful times. :)
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart! I am so glad you liked my envie and that I was able to brighten your day.
Comment: Thank you. That's quite a jazzy envelope. Marina
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart.
Jayofjournals rated for Craft Package #1: Floral on Apr 14, 2020
Comment: Dear Roosje, thank you soooo much for your floral flip book. I was so amazed when I opened your mail and found this beauty inside. I only got a flip book that beautiful once before. It is really gorgeous and all the work you put into it. Thank you again. I wish I could give you more than one heart. You made my day so much brigther. Thank you again! Julia
Response: Hello dear Julia, thank you for the great rating, the heart and your kind words. I am so glad it finally reached you and that you liked it so much. Happy swapping, stay safe!
Tuutis rated for flow Magazine Lovers Happy Mail Swap on Apr 8, 2020
Comment: <3 <3 <3 What a gorgeous swap, I love it! You are very talented, and I can't believe how much time went to this swap. Everything is very very pretty! And I am amazed by your generousity, I keep looking all this over and over again, thank you!
Response: Hello dear, I am so glad it finally reached you. This was such an amazing swap to create, I had so much fun with it! I have been collecting Flow stuff for years, so there is a lot to share! Best wishes, stay safe!
January rated for Put-a-girl-on-it INT on Mar 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the excellent mail art! The envelope is so great - definitely will be going in my art journal. Same for everything else "girl" you sent - love it!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Vintage Postcard Ephemera on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Catherine, it was such a pleasure to receive your work again! I have really missed swapping together. As always, I love the theme you chose for your pieces; they're all so elegantly done! Thank you for joining and I hope to swap together again soon!
Comment: What a sweet thoughtful swap. I love your sewn envelope and beautiful note. I really appreciate everything, thank you so much.
Tuutis rated for EML: Make an Envelope #3 on Mar 17, 2020
Comment: I enjoyed so much receiving this beautiful envelope! So much to see in it. Also these items inside, I really like all, especially the hare sticker is really really nice. Thank you!
vacths95 rated for EML: Currently I'm... on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: It finally arrived! Thank you so much & happy swapping!
Tessssssa rated for NS: build your stash #2 tags on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor de superleuke tags, daar kan ik zeker gebruik van maken! Tot swaps!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Flipbook - botanisch on Mar 13, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je onwijs mooie flipbook, altijd leuk om weer met jou te swappen. En die vintage feel vind ik inderdaad ook erg mooi!
jamicam rated for YTPC: Mini-Booklet with Envelope on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: LOVE the little booklet and the sweet goodies. Also loved the envelope you sent it in. What a wonderful swap - thanks so much!

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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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