Swap-bot Time: May 10, 2021 5:02 pm


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: May 5, 2021
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

July 14; Actually I was being busy on a swap ... But instead of continue working on it today I was at the doctor's because of my frozen shoulder. It hinders and hurts so much that I had to discus the matter. I've had fysiotherapie for it already, but it can't be forced. I often can do 'normal things' but lately it hurts too much, now I also experience pain with the more simple things. I assume this will be very temporary. So I hope to finish this swap and continue on other ones later this week. Perhaps you wonder why I signed in on some swap I can tell you that it hadn't be a problem until now (I already suffer from this shoulder for about a half year now). If I thought it would be impossible to be active on these kind of swaps I wouldn't have signed in. For now I just have to give a little rest to my shoulder for a couple of days. So now you know why swaps that have reached the deadline haven't been marked as being sent.

*** CORONA-ISSUE *** Mail does not work the way it normally does. So if you expect mail from me or wait for me to register/rate your mail to me, it probably still is traveling. There is a lot on its way from me to you and the the other way around (back). Please be patient!

Just I few words can tell a lot: I am crazy about colors & paper, also paper & much more PAPER! a cat-lover/-admirer, always busy being creative, purple, turquoise, paper-lover (yes again! ;-) ), atelier-owner, artist, illustrations, Lenny Kravitz, dance, flower-garden, artistic, stamp & seal lover, cafe latte, red wine, tea-drinker, cozy, talkative, young in mind ... ;-) happy, dreamer, alternative, mother, l recycle, up-cycle and re-use, ... and so much more!!

PLEASE, if you're not satisfied with the mail I did sent you, send me a message about it, before giving me a 'bad rate'. I'd rather see you happy and try to find a solution. I always try to do my best for you, for everyone, but I might have misunderstood something... Please, give it a change in order to come to a solution! Thank you! :-)

ONE DISLIKE What I would like to bring to your attention is that I regularly receive mail - with the best intention, that I'm sure of (to protect the item) - covered in tape, foil ... PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't cover your lovely mail for me in (adhesive) plastic!!! I'd rather have it a bit damaged or in another protecting envelope or a plastic bag (what can be taken away).


I am also a Postcrosser (Elfje66) This is my PC-profile right now:

Hi, my name is Ellen. I am happy with my friend & our son (19) in a little village called Zweeloo, with historical farms and a little church - drawn by Van Gogh. We have 2 cats (Puk & Aagje). Since the end of 2019 we also have a dog 'Indy' (born June 2018) I love spring & summer most, being in our garden; seeding & picking flowers, enjoying the atmosphere.

I' m an artist (papier mache, illustration) & I have an atelier/studio where I love to be & work most of the time. (making cards, etc.) I make birth announcement cards - which we, in the Netherlands, traditionally use to send to the people we know to let them know our baby is born. But actually I'm a 'Jack-of-all-trades'. Like to see what I do? Please take a look at: www.elpapel.nl (you can take a look at the pictures & illustrations - text only in Dutch, sorry) Or on my Facebook-page (atelier): https://www.facebook.com/ElPapel.nl

And, of course, I love mail!!! I find it important to take time to find or make for you the card you are waiting for!

Recently I was interviewed on the PC blog!: https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2016/05/17/ellen-s-special-mailbox

In common I prefer ILLUSTRATED-cards! And cards with bright, colorful, warm colors-no pastels! I LOVE purple-violet-deep blue-turquoise-orange-yellow-red And BEAUTIFUL STAMPS are the icing on the cake!

Cards I would love to get: But every nice card you send with love & attention will make my day! Only ... PLEASE ... NO TOURIST CARDS!

At this moment I collect: Little Red Riding Hood & Alice in Wonderland! So please, do me a BIG FAVOR and send me something of one of these!!

  • Gypsy-bohemian style!!!
  • HAPPY cards
  • birds (especially owls)
  • black or b&w cats
  • or other animals
  • Mad Hatter
  • colorful houses
  • mailman/post-office
  • Paisley, Jugendstill, totem poles, tattoos
  • beautiful (illustrated) quotes
  • Inge Look (old ladies), Silke Leffler, Papillon, Papaya Art, La Marelle, Ecojot, Herzensart, Fiep Westendorp, Amandine Piu, Moomin, Rob Ryan (or similar), Plonk & Replonk!!!, INKOGNITO, Aquarupella & Correspondance cards
  • arts of HUNDERTWASSER, Klimt, Gaudí & WALASSE TING!!!
  • paper-related; paper maché (objects), paper cut and other art :-)
  • handmade cards, made with love, from artists (collage-mixed media), are very welcome.
  • surprise me with whatever you think is nice or special! :-)

Here you can find my ALBUM RECEIVED CARDS: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos

Please write the date on the card! Again: I am very fond of beautiful stamps!!! So if possible use these on the card or envelope (used ones added)? And if you have a Hundertwasser or Alice in Wonderland stamp for me it would make my day!!!

Love from Ellen

For who likes to do something EXTRA, it would be great to sent some goodies along with your card in an envelope. (Beautiful) used stamps (yes, again ;-) ) would be super! Or a drawing, favorite recipe, something handmade, a nice newspaper clipping, a saying from a fortune cookie, etc. But please, don't feel obliged!

Me & Swap Bot

I'm about a year really active here, so it is time to extend my profile :-) The coming time I will add here some things I really like (and a few I don't like), to make it easier and orderly for my swap partners.

Today I started to add most of the ATCs I've made for Swap Bot partners mostly in My Google Photos Albums. So if you like to know me a little by the things I've made or you're just curious, you can take a look here: https://goo.gl/photos/pU5ZJvJH69ntbtjy6

I LIKE :-)

Things I LIKE:

I LOVE COLORS! - colorful - jewel tones purple, violet, magenta, turquoise, fireman red, warm yellows, orange, hard pink, neons, some glitter :- )

  • intense color combinations!!!

  • stamps; rubber stamps and postage stamps

  • REAL stamps on my mail!!!

  • ephemera (tickets esp.)

  • birds (owls!!!)

  • cats (black ones even more)

  • hippie - gypsy - bohemian

  • illustrations above photos

  • totempoles

  • Jugendstill, Art Nouveau

  • Little Red Riding Hood (postage stamps?!!!)

  • Alice in Wonderland (postage stamps?!!!)

  • handmade paper

  • handprinted paper

  • gelli plate

  • self-made rubber stamps (to make and to receive)

  • arti stamps

  • ATC's (with the right size!)

  • art journal (pages)

  • 'junk-art'

  • mail-art!! (ever since I knew the existing of it!!!)

  • handmade envies

much more ... to be continued :-D


Things I DISLIKE or find depressing:

• brown, dark or grey colored, too much green (some greens I really like, esp. in combination with some other colors!)

  • steampunk

  • plastic items, tape

  • lovely mail covered into tape, adhesive foil, etc. So please put it in an(other) envelope or stick everything as good as possible - even if the swap requires to send it naked!

  • Walt Disney (except for Alice in Wondeland - the movie)

  • too girlish

  • soft colors, pastels

  • real girl-stuff (with a lot of gold and pink, big eyes, etc.)

  • sports stuff - I don't like sport(s), not in an active way, nor in a passive way (watching sports). I actually just hate sport. So please don't send me anything with sport!!!

Coming time I will enlarge this 'section' :-D


JaneInSD rated for HMPC: Bird love - March on Apr 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty bird postcard. You are very talented!!! :-) Thanks for giving me a smile today.
beachchicken rated for TPS: Mail Art - February 2021 on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful swap! I look forward to seeing it in person, fingers crossed on the mail system. Happy day!
Response: Thank you so much for rating & the heart! I made it with love, but I do hope it will finally arrive soon. As I find some time I will make you a resend, but it will not be the same. That would be impossible. Indeed, fingers crossed!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas postcard and stickers, stamps and the Nautical little card!! Love all these fun things!! Love the vellum envelope but it was taped at the bottom, there were holes but everything is fine!! Love the stamped image on the envelope!!
Eclectonote rated for AFWLS - Christmas Postcards #1 on Dec 23, 2020
Comment: What a wonderful Christmas postcard! The collection of postage stamps is so colorful and cheerful - awesome design. Have a very happy holiday!
Marl33n rated for AFWLS - Christmas Postcards #1 on Dec 12, 2020
Comment: Leuk je hier ook te zien Ellen! Sorry ik had je kaartje gemist, maar hij is prachtig. We gaan wel even bij de ouders langs, op afstand en alleen met zijn tweetjes. Jij? Alvast fijne feestdagen!
Onyx rated for Skull Shaped ATC on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: LOVE your sugar skull, so cool! Thank you!
Karmi53 rated for MFF: Raven ATC on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Hi thanks for the Raven he is cute funny bird he puts a smile on my face. Very well done thank you take care
PaperPassion rated for Lets Make Two ATC Coins on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: Wow ,beautiful coins.I love them both .Thanks so much.
HippieChick rated for TPS: Mail Art - July 2020 on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: Wow!! I am blown away by this envelope!! It is fabulous and I love it. Thank you so much!! And the extra cards are perfect! My mom used to call me her little Gypsy child as well. Thank you again for such a wonderful swap!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Journal page #2 on Aug 18, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor de mooie roodkapje pagina!
Response: Graag gedaan :-D Dankjewel voor het melden en het lieve hartje! :-)
me2az50 rated for Zetti Journal Page #3 on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Zetti journal page. Love all the techniques you used. Also loved all the colors which were in my color pallette. Wish I could give you a better score (like a 10) and more hearts then 1 (like 10). Thanks again.
elflady rated for Dog theme Zetti Swap on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: I love your zettis you are posting to me. thank you for being my swap partner and for the extras you send. love the envelope. elflady
elflady rated for Zetti Animal with a Hat ATC on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Received your great ATC today. Thanks so much for posting to me and also for the postcard and letter on the back. elflady
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful page- lots of work in this one. I was lucky- I got your postcard & 5x7 page hope that’s all that was in envelope 2 sides were open
hibiscus rated for Zetti Journal Page #2 on Jul 10, 2020
Comment: Ellen this is an amazing work of art ... you certainly are expert at this style! I translated the words.. perfect! I thought this paper handled the media you used very well ... that “strange bird” was indeed very cute!! Loved the card and your papier-mâché bird very much .. your style is so creative.. thanks for that great decorated envelope! A joy to swap with you
Response: I am glad you enjoy what I've sent you. I love doing the Zetti Style and making this page for you. Thank you very, very much for your flattering comment and ... the heart
Anettethhjertnes rated for New! Zetti Journal Page on Jul 2, 2020
Comment: Love it, thank you. I found the letter in all my advertising. I need to get one of them stickers to put on my box the tell the mailman I do not want Advertising
me2az50 rated for Zetti Coin on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for Zetti coin I love it. I love the way you decorated both sides of the coin. The way you sent it in the envelope was fantastic. Thank you for the postcard. If I could score you a "10" I would !!!
RockyBeach rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2020 on Jun 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful colourful mail! I love the tulip ATC, it's perfect! And I also like the colourful washi on the brown card.
hibiscus rated for Handrawn Zetti on Jun 14, 2020
Comment: You are an amazing artist ... that is quite clear from this creative atc! So inventive and it’s my favorite theme as well... I would love to give more hearts and throw in some stars as well! Thank you also for that lovely decorated envelope!
Aeon rated for WIYM: Cover My Envelope April 2020 on Jun 12, 2020
Comment: Wow! What a fun gorgeous envelope! Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart! You're welcome :-D It was a pleasure making it and I am glad you liked it!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 481 4 5
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486 504 0 0
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ittybittykitty on Sep 8, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

bigmamabird on Nov 15, 2019:

I received your two lovely OMAE tags today! They are so lvoely and so worth the wait! Many thanks for making these for me... I hope you are truly on the other side of your season of illness, that is rough on a person! All the best, Carroll

LahDeeDah on May 25, 2019:

P. S. Happy belated birthday, as well. :-)

LahDeeDah on May 25, 2019:

Dear Ellen - I'm very glad you like the envie I made for you. I had a great time creating it. The themes you requested were so much fun it was hard for me to choose just one. Thanks for the profile comment. Happy swapping!


CurlyTea on May 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

bigmamabird on May 18, 2019:

Many thanks for the beautiful envelope you've sent me for the OMAE forum tag Arty Envelopes!!! I love what you have created for me so much and appreciate the effort and attention. I did open it as it seemed that it had quite a weighty inclusion and what a surprise to find more pretties in there..! Thank you very much Ellen, and Early wishes for a wonderful Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


gothbarbie on Jul 10, 2018:

Thanks for forwarding the mini art journal to me! Looks like this one is almost filled and ready to be sent HOME! Hooray!

milamilamura on May 24, 2018:

I tried your sweet potato soup recipe today and it's amazing, loved it!! Thank you so much for sharing it with me, I can see why it's one of your favorites, it was really delicious! Have a happy spring! =)

CurlyTea on May 23, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

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