Swap-bot Time: January 17, 2021 2:16 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: January 17, 2021
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 for sharing these beautifully embroidered pockets! I’m loving the clever use of a sequin in the center of the flower and blue bird’s eye. You’re quite talented! My pockets look so elementary in comparison...but it was still fun to try something new to me! The little notecard that you wrote in and assorted stickers are also amazing and much appreciated! Your envelope was my only happy mail in today’s delivery and I’m thrilled with all of it! 😁
Response: You are so kind, thank you for that! I loved to make these little pockets, it was a long time ago I did some embroidery, this time with my own drawings (which always makes me a bit insecure) so I am so glad you liked them!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Tag en Journal card on Jan 16, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de mooie tag en card, en ook voor de extra kaartjes, echt super mooi hoe je dat doet, door alles alleen met een drupje lijm hier en daar en de naaimachine bij elkaar te houden. Moet ik ook eens gaan proberen!
Response: Hoi Tessa, altijd leuk om weer met je te swappen! Bedankt voor de rating, het hart en je vriendelijke comment!
Zander rated for YTPC: Tiny Tags on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Such a beautiful surprise these tiny tags are so adorable and the pocket you made for them is awesome. Thank You so much for a great swap.
Response: Thank for your patience, the rating and the heart! It makes me so happy that in the middle of all that is going on, we can still swap together!
Trinket rated for EML: Holly Jolly Card Swap #3 on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Worth the wait, lovely card. Thank you very much for sending this out to me.
Response: Thank you for the rating, the heart and your patience! Up we go to a fresh new year of swapping!
Michellesl rated for NS: Kerstkaart on Dec 23, 2020
Comment: dankjewel voor je kerstkaart! ik wens je hele fijne kerstdagen en alvast een gelukkig nieuwjaar!
Comment: Omg, dankjewel om mijn kerst wat beter te maken! Ik vier het dit jaar niet met familie omdat dat gewoon niet gaat vanwege de beperkingen. Dat is het nadeel van in een ander land wonen :( (en dan kregen we ook nog eens te horen dat mail sturen en ontvangen naar Europa niet meer mogenlijk is, gelukkig was jouw mail nog op tijd in het land gekomen) maar jouw mail, in het Nederlands, laat me toch even een stukje dichterbij thuis voelen. En oh god, die postcard. I love it so much! 💕 En dat envelopje met het stukje ephemera erin (is het ephemera, idk but I love it). I love it so much! 💞 En je brief is echt mooi geschreven, alsof het zo uit een boek zou komen haha! Het was alsof ik er even bij was, kerst vieren met jouw familie! I love your mail so much! Thank you so much! 💕
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Kerstkaart on Dec 22, 2020
Comment: Dank je wel voor je mooie kerstkaart en allerlei leuke goodies erbij! Ik wens jou ook fijne feestdage en het allerbeste voor 2021. Hoop dat je snel in de kerstsfeer komt, anders is de kerst al weer over, haha!!
Inesrv rated for EML: Holly Jolly Card Swap #2 on Dec 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you Catherine for this lovely card and envelope! Really cute! Loved the washi samples as well! Wish you a Merry Christmas full of joy, magic and love!
ayahsantos rated for Season’s Greetings 2020 on Dec 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! Happy Holiday! Take Care always!
jjhere rated for WIYM: Holiday Mail Art Party! on Dec 10, 2020
Comment: What a treat to open my mailbox today! I absolutely love your envelopes and cards. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.
Nika rated for Ho Ho Ho on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much, I love them.
Crafty rated for Stickers and a Christmas Card on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card & cute stickers. Have a Happy Christmas!
susieq11 rated for Season’s Greetings 2020 on Dec 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the absolutely beautiful deer card! So sweet and whimsical - I can’t wait to display it! Thank you for the stickers and one of your always lovely envelopes! All the best to you and your family this season!!! xoxo
PaperProf rated for Season’s Greetings 2020 on Dec 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful and thoughtful swap. It was a joy to receive! Happy Holidays.
Inesrv rated for EML: Mail Art - Christmas 2020 on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Dear Catherine, what a wonderful swap! From the gorgeous envelope to the lovely goodies! Love everything! Thank you so much! Have a wonderful Christmas full of joy and magic!
Response: Thanks for your kind words, the rating and the heart! I am really enjoying sending out Christmas mail.
Tessssssa rated for NS: Masterboard collage tags on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Het is altijd weer een feestje om met jou te mogen swappen. Bedankt voor de prachtige tags. Die gaan in mijn junk journal. Daar passen ze helemaal bij qua thema en kleuren. Fijne feestdagen!
Response: Hoi! bedankt voor de rating en de lieve woorden. Altijd fijn om met jou te swappen!
carrotkate rated for Christmas Postcard Swap on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Odd as it sounds, I really, really enjoyed hearing about the dark squirrel. Thanks for the card!
Response: It does'nt sound odd at all! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Wow, thank you very much! You've exceeded all expectations & in such a thoughtful way. You are very kind to take the extra effort to make this special. It's greatly appreciated. I wish I could give you 1,000 hearts. Merry (soon to be) Christmas!
Response: You are so welcome! I have a blast with my Christmas mail, it is so nice when it is appreciated! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card, envie and goodies!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the rating and the heart.

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phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Zomaar ♥




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! ♥♥ 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!

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