Swap-bot Time: January 26, 2020 6:09 pm


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: January 25, 2020
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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Update: 11/12/2019 Ill again! For the fourth time since summer ... I really get depressed by getting ill so often. I think I have to step back a bit in my activities, at least until I am fit again. And until I have caught up all that what I'm behind with ... So if I'm too late for the deadline, you know why. Of course I'll keep my partners (and the coordinator) informed.

Update: 09/25/2019 It took a while, but I now feel a lot better than I did the last couple of weeks ... Time to catch up! :-D

Update: 09/11/2019 Because I am having the flu at this moment I will be late on some of my swaps. I already informed my swapping partners. And I hope to to get better soon and twill catch up this weekend ... So now you know why I am late on some of my swaps.

Update: 03/20/2019 Our lovely dog, Zuske, got really very sick and weak, so we had to put her down, earlier than we intended. We are really upset, she has been a member of our family for so long! We will miss her very much. She was 15.5 years old; quite an age for a dog of her size!

A short note (on the 18th of March): This week we have to put our dog to sleep for forever. She has kidney failure, she throws up almost all she eats and is so skinny now. She falls and can't hardly walk anymore. So it is time to let her go. I'm really having a hard time, she has always been our lovely "Little Sister" (free translation of her name "Zuske"). She is almost 15.5 y.o. now. And she has had a good life here, I think. But we will really miss her so very much.

Perhaps later I'll find some time to make this a little more extended ... But 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 short we also have a dog 'Indy' (age about 17 months now 13/11/2019) 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


marymary914 rated for TPS: Mail Art - November 2019 on Jan 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome postcard!
Response: You 're welcome :-) Thanks for rating.
Poeprincess rated for Zetti Coin-Senders Choice on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Ellen, this is a fabulous Zetti Coin! I love the artwork & colors. I also like the creative card you made for mounting & sending the Coin. Thank you for a wonderful swap!
tigermousecat rated for YTPC: Ephemera Folder on Dec 24, 2019
Comment: Well worth the wait! Overseas mail can be so slow. Love it and the tea is a nice extra. Hope you have a merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
marymary914 rated for TPS: ATC #8 on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: I love the background! Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome :-) Thanks for rating and the heart!!!
Comment: Interesting way to send it. Love how you tied in all the foxy elements including the stamp. Wow lady, you rock! Thanks for a brilliant swap!
hibiscus rated for Zetti Turkey on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: I am quite lucky to get another zetti from you and this time an elegant zetti turkey! I do love your style I think you raise zetti to a nice level..ps your envelope was very very fun! Thanks so much you are a super partner
Comment: Wow!!! This is the best envelope I've ever received!!! I absolutely love it, it's great!! Thank you so much, I really appreciate the effort you put in! Thank you
Comment: The envelope is a piece of art all by itself! Beautiful, I love it. Thanks so much, Ellen.
PizzaSmurf rated for NS: Mail me some art #6 on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Heel erg bedankt voor je prachtige paperpouch. Ik ga hem zeker gebruiken. De goodies waren ook super leuk! :D
PaperPassion rated for Borders on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: Love,love,love the AtC you sent .Thank you so much.And thank you for joining the swap.
Fieke rated for MA: Person with animal head on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Bedankt voor je super leuke kaart. Het hoofd van de Pincher is exact mijn hondje shaggy :)
donetta rated for GAA: Girl with the Pearl Earring on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: I wish I could give you 100 hearts, Ellen! I knew what was inside when I first saw the envelope, with The Girl everywhere, even on the postage stamp...but I wasn't completely prepared for the wonderful ATC you made...those eyelashes!...all the wonderful freehand art! Honestly, it's like I created this swap just for you, and I am so happy that I did. Thank you for being a wonderful swap partner!
Trinket rated for AAA : Intl Jack-o'-lantern on Nov 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this card, its my favorite halloween card in my sat. I love how you've painted it. Its lovely. I loved the little envie it came in, great stuff. I look forward to us swapping again in future.
Response: Wow, it really took a long time to arrive, especially considering the relatively short distance! But I am glad you finally received it and ... that you liked it! :-D It sure would be nice to be swapping partners again in the future! Thanks for your nice comment, rating and the lovely heart!!
Comment: I have finally received this swap, took it's sweet time arriving lol. Thanks so much for a fun mini PL!
Response: Oooooh, it really took a long time to arrive! What a pity it was not on time for Halloween. But I am glad you liked it. Thanks a lot for rating and the sweet heart! :-D
stephiedee rated for ALDALT: 3 Things for Edgar on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Ellen, thank you for the wonderful Poe swap! I love the badge and the box for it is really special. I had actually thought about making a paper doll too, but decided against it in the end, so a private swap in the future would be fun (his birthday is January 19th). I'll keep in touch!
Response: Thanks for your lovely comment and enthusiasm! I would love to do a follow-up swap on this one (an Edgar paper doll would still be nice!). Private or in the group. Until next swap! And thanks a lot for rating and the heart!
hibiscus rated for Zetti Black Cat on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: A perfect example of zetti! This is really well made and designed ... so creative... love the cats all over the wonderful envelope... you are a great swap partner ... thanks so much!
Response: I love doing Zetti Style & I loved making this! Thank you so very much for your wonderful compliment!! I hope to be in an other swap together with you again. :-) Thanks a lot for rating and the heart!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Witch ATC on Oct 31, 2019
Comment: Amazingly beautiful card! I truly can’t imagine a better atc...creative and really well made ...love the image and your design .. the back was nice too.. thank you for the note..and extra card and really cool envelope.. thank you thank you
JuneRosebud rated for Scarry Doll Face on Oct 27, 2019
Comment: I your mail today; loved the Little Red Riding Hood post card extra that u sent!
me2az50 rated for Zetti Flower on Oct 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful zetti flower. I love it. I love zetti, also. Thank you for the stamps. Hope we zetti swap again.
Comment: Plus 5 hearts! I love the stamps you have. I might make copies before I start cutting! Thanks so much!

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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!

dawnielynn on Sep 6, 2017:

Received my NYUP return to me #1 postcard today! Thank you :)

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