Swap-bot Time: July 25, 2024 8:20 am


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: January 24, 2024
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Just a 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, 2 cats (Puk & Aagje) and since not so long a new dog (secondhand) called Beer (Bear in English). We live in a little village called Zweeloo, with historical farms and a little church - drawn by Van Gogh. Our son (23) is a student and lives on his own, on the other site of the country 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.) and I am a webshop owner (lots of cards and other, paper related stuff) I also 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


Itchy rated for AMA: Collaged Envelope #2 on Dec 12, 2023
Comment: Thanks, I love the envie, it´s so colorful!:), wow did you do that iilustrated PC yourself? Nice, thank you again! :)
Hunbun rated for Zine-Go-Round Round #31 on Dec 5, 2023
Comment: Got the zine, thanks!
Comment: Thank you for your leafy envelope and the papers. The little stamp is cute!
luluvision rated for HCSI: Stamp & Pass Postcard #10 on Oct 28, 2023
Comment: What an absolutely adorable owl!! Look forward to adding to it! And I love your Frida postcard!! I'm sure it will do well in your shop!
PrincessLeia rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 27 on Oct 27, 2023
Comment: Hello Ellen, Thanks for sending along vagardengirl’s cabinet of curiosities zine and your beautiful envelope! I will be using your envelope in one of my junk journals for sure! I love the page you did!❤️❤️❤️
Response: Hi there, I am glad you liked it and can use the envelope :-) It has been traveling a long time, hasn't it? But I loved working on the subject of this zine! Thanks for the heart!
dvmac rated for Zine-Go-Round round #29 on Oct 22, 2023
Comment: Hi Ellen. I love your contribution to the zine. It will be hard to match!
amparolewis95 rated for AMA: Collaged Envelope on Oct 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the absolutely beautiful handmade Mermaid envelope. It put a smile on my face. I can't wait to have it in my journal. I love it! -Gracias!
dvmac rated for Zine-Go-Round #28 on Oct 13, 2023
Comment: Beautiful job, Ellen. Thank you. That's going to be a fun one.
marymary914 rated for HMPC: Frida PC on Oct 2, 2023
Comment: Love love love it! Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for your enthusiastic response and the heart :-D
January rated for AMA: White Doodled Lines Mail Art on Sep 17, 2023
Comment: I LOVE how your PC turned out. Thank you! The background color is bright and colorful and the doodling is beautiful. You're right, you never know how they will turn out until you start making marks; this one turned out great:)
carol rated for AMA: Altered PC #12 on Aug 29, 2023
Comment: What a GORGEOUS card! I absolutely love this one. The sun is a favorite image (of course--since I live in AZ--lots of sunshine here!). I love the technique of torn papers. It came through perfectly too. Thanks so much!
Reisegern rated for HCSI: Stamp & Pass Postcard #8 on Aug 25, 2023
Comment: Thanks a lot, your beautiful envelope arrived here this week. The postcard you used for your message is lovely, too. One or two more swaps with you and I do need to order some of those cards... The lovely postcard is a homer, so I will send it off as soon as it's finished.
luckysweetpea rated for Zine-Go-Round #26 on Aug 22, 2023
Comment: Wow, Ellen, what a super cool Zine! I can't wait to add to the Sugar Skull theme. And thank you for the cute tuck-in note card. Warmly, Ginger
Comment: Hello Ellen, thankyou for the awesome happy mail! I got very excited when i saw the envelope! LOVE your ATC and the card and PC. Ive carefully opened the envelope so i can use it in my junk journal!! ❤️🐇❤️🐇❤️🐇❤️🐇❤️
lrm1980 rated for HCSI: Stamp & Pass Postcard #6 on Jul 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sending Lisa’s fun fish pc! Luckily, I do have a fish stamp, too! Your stamp, your mail art envie, your work is incredible!
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous envelope art with beautiful postage stamps. Love everything you sent! Happy swapping!
PaperPassion rated for Zetti Scene with Zetti House on Jun 28, 2023
Comment: Love the Zetti house you rally have a gift.Thanks so much for all the thought and time you put into this piece.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful purple envelope and goodies. I am a purple loving red head too.
Rayeyey rated for WIYM: Botanical Happy Mail INT'L on Jun 13, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for lovely items and letter. I love all you sent. Have a wonderful day and happy swapping :D!!!
spacefoxsupreme rated for AMA: FairyTales- Little Red on Jun 7, 2023
Comment: WOW, you spoiled me with this letter! Everything is so beautiful - the envelope! The cards you created! Even the matching stamps!

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9O96O on Aug 8, 2023:

Thank you Ellen for your cute '2018 year of the dog' contribution! The postcard turned out so well. :)

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

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!

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