Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2018 11:50 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: December 18, 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.


Comment: Thank you so much for an amazing swap. I love your packages, you made them with so much love. And I also love what's inside them so far :-)
Response: You are very welcome, hope we will swap again in the future! Thank you for the great rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card.
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart, happy holidays!
Ciska76 rated for NS: Envelop van 50 gram on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Dankjewel Catherine, wat een prachtige enveloppen en papiertje! Je hebt me zo blij gemaakt. Doe het rustig aan en volg je lijf. In de dagen naar midwinter wil mijn lijf altijd alleen maar vertragen. 💕
Response: Hoi Ciska, fijn dat ik je blij heb gemaakt. Vertragen is inderdaad het toverwoord. Bedankt voor de fijne rating en het hartje!
Eclectonote rated for AFWLS - Christmas Postcard #1 on Dec 9, 2018
Comment: Wonderful Christmas postcard with all the animals in hats and scarves enjoying their Christmas tree. Even the holiday postage stamps are terrific. Thank you!
Response: You are so welcome! thank you for the great rating and the heart!
Swan rated for BLC ~ Christmas Card!! on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: You told me so much about the book you’re reading. I’m reading a long one as well: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.Thank you and merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart, still not finished my book...
ppiiku rated for Nyte's Christmas Card Swap on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the cheerful Christmas card and especially for the glorious Father Christmas stickers
Response: You are welcome! thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Hoi, Dank je wel voor de super leuke kerstkaart en mooie zegels.
Response: Hoi hoi, bedankt voor de rating en het hartje! Fijne dagen, geniet ervan!
Comment: Wow! This is so, so awesome! I love it! I also like your envelope you made. I see it has a poem printed on the paper on the inside. Inquiring minds need to know! LOL! I'm going to try to get it translated on the internet. Ah, a beautiful gift with a challenge :) Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
Response: So sorry, I don't remember what was written inside...I'm gald you liked the swap. it was fun to make as well. Thank you for the great rating and th heart!
aprilivy rated for AFWLS:Teabag and a card🎄 on Dec 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much. Hope you're having a great day.
Response: I do, thank you! Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely mail. I love opening up mail that has been put together with such care :D Both flavors look delicious and we are headed into freezing temps so I will be so happy to have tea.
Response: Thank you, that is so sweet of you to say! Good luck with all the cold, it is a very warm december for us so far! Thank you for the rating and the heart.
Comment: Merry Christmas! Thank you for the adorable Christmas card!
Response: You are welcome, I am glad you liked it! Thank you for the rating and the heart!
samsstuff rated for CALG: Christmas Card Swap on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card & cute extras!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and thank so much for your kind words means a lot to me
Response: Of course, my thoughts are with you. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
susieq11 rated for Holiday/Winter Stickers on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you so very much for the gorgeous package!!! I absolutely am in love with all the stickers! They are adorable!!!!! Nothing like I can find here! Your packaging is so nice, and wow!!! The rubber stamps are amazing!!! I can’t wait to use them!! Like all your swaps, I wish I could give you 100 hearts!! You are so sweet, and I’m truly thankful!!! xoxo
Response: Hi Susie, thank you for your kind words and the great rating. It is Always a pleasure to make swaps for you. I'm glad you liked the items. Take care and Happy Holidays!
CHOWEFACE rated for AFWLS - Christmas Glitter Cards on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: very nice card, thank you so much! Happy Holidays!
Response: I am glad you liked the card! Thank you for the rating and the heart. Happy Holidays!
Giddyanni rated for MAIL ART - Christmas on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Hello Catherine and thank you for a wonderful swap. I just love the envelope, it is beautiful with the great details! Thanks too for the very thoughtful enclosures, they will be so useful in the making of my Christmas cards. Thanks again, this is a great swap :o) Oh and Merry Christmas! tmas!
Response: Hi, thank you for the great rating and your kind words.I'm glad it got there so fast! Merry Christmas to you too!
laterdayze rated for CALG: Christmas Card Swap on Nov 26, 2018
Comment: Thank for the cute Christmas Card!
Response: You are welcome, thank you for the great rating!
Comment: What a totally wonderful package of goodies - thank you so much! I absolutely love it!! The rabbit decoration you made is just perfect! It's all wonderful thank you!!! I'd give you loads of hearts if I could!
Response: Yay, I am glad it got there so fast! Are byou waiting for Christmas to open? Anyway, thank you for the rating and the heart, I really hope you will like the contents!
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous washi tape! You've been so generous sending so many rolls and I love them all!
Response: Hi There, Thank you for the great rating and the heart! I am glad it got there safe and fast! I try to be generous whenever I can! If you want, I think i can get my hands on purple and yellow washi too!

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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:

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!

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