Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2020 1:48 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: September 28, 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: Hi Catherine! Your journal card made it to me safely and it is (of course) quite beautiful. I absolutely love your style and, for me, I think I would know that you had created this even if I didn't know it was from you. You use neutrals better than anyone I know. Love the embossed background along with the background music tag and the lovely botanical/floral prints. Thank you for a wonderful swap and I hope we're partnered again soon!
Response: Thank you for this amazing rating! Did you receive both envelopes, I was confused there for a minute? I guess my experiment worked, this swap reached you very quickly!
Comment: Thank you very much! I had a postcard book of the quilts, so I also did some research. Would love to visit the park, it didn’t exist the last time we visited. The pompom rug is apparently in her apartment - I just found a little video online...
Response: Thank you so much for your rating and the heart. I am pleased that you took the time to look at some places!
Comment: These vellum pockets are really beautiful! And that spider web paper is really cool. Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorites, too. Thanks so much!
Response: Glad you liked them! I was a bit concerned about what glue to use...it shows through. Any tips? Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Icrum rated for EML: Summer Lovin on Sep 7, 2020
Comment: SO much care and matching in your letter, I loved it! Thanks <3
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. We had a lovely summer, hope you did too!
Nevermore rated for SIE: Loaded greeting card on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the late rate! Moving and lockdown causes many delays in opening post! But this was absoultely stunning, I adore everything, it was so so thoughtful and I am amazed by it. Thank you.
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Journal Tabs 10 Ways INTL on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: What a lovely bunch of tabs! Catherine, I have always admired your collage/sewing skills and I'm so lucky to be receiving 6 of these little works of art from you. All those gorgeous lace bits and the little silver button card with the tiny white buttons--what a treat! I'm so lucky to have these for my journals and I will think of you when I use them ;+) I also love the little primary school page with the little Dutch children--so precious. Many thanks for sharing your creativity and talent with me!
Zander rated for YTPC: Fold-Out for Junk Journal INTL on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: These fold-outs are absolutely beautiful , Thank You so much for a great swap!
Lisapotterylady rated for VC: Birds & Blooms Tag on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: It finally got here and I love it! Its so beautiful and I also appreciate the extra goodies.
BusyB rated for VES: Vintage Ephemera Flat Envie #4 on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Wow, this arrived so quickly, I'm impressed with the postal system! lol Thank you so much for the wonderful vintage goodies! I can tell you read my profile, that was super sweet of you. I love the Dutch language on most of the pieces.. First time seeing snaps for sewing with another language on the package. That's awesome! LOVE everything you sent and will enjoy using in my sewing and other personal journals. Many hearts to you! Thank you again, Stay safe and craft on!
Comment: Thank you for your letter and goodies!!
Bohochick rated for 4 Languages VINTAGE Book Pages on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely book pages plus the tags!
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Multi-Layered Tag on Jul 19, 2020
Comment: Catherine: Thanks for the effort - I look forward to swapping with you again!
LadyJo rated for MAIL ART - Birds on Jul 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for a lovely mail art of birds! I liked the extras as well! A great day of mail!
Comment: Thank you for everything l love it. Very well done. Take care
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal cards. they look stunning. And the lace you included are beautiful. Also love the spiderweb paper you made the little envelopes from. Heel erg bedankt!
debbiespoms rated for WIYM: Botanical PC Swap on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for such a pretty PC.. It sure got here fast. As see you sent it June 23rd. our summer here Pennsylvania is the same, very hot. Take care!
Lilianders rated for NS: Flipbook - vintage on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: Echt super mooi gedaan! Zo’n mooie bloemen en vlinders overal! En gave goodies, de snippetstrip vond ik erg leuk, ga ik ook eens proberen zo!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Double Pocket with Ephemera on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Your swaps always AMAZE me! Not only are the projects and added ephemera just gorgeous- but your envelopes and packages are just fantastic! Who knew that sewn music sheets could travel so well!! Wow! Just amazing, everything. Thanks so much ❤️
LinSoles rated for EML: Happy Mail #10 on Jun 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mail you made. I had fun discovering all the hiding places. It sure made my day a little happier.
Comment: Youre a total dream boat how you rock your craft! Always, always a joy to find you in my mailbox. OH and you have the gold paint. Man, I wanted gold paint so bad for mine. I looked up Kremer gold paint and it came from Canada. While the paint was affordable the shipping was crazy. Thank you ever so much!
Response: Hello dear Miss Kitty, thank you for all the goodness! Psssttt, the gold paint is actually regular acrylic. I had my eyes set on that gold paint as well, but hard to get...

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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! ♥♥ 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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