Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2020 9:59 am


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: March 30, 2020
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

My name is Tessa and I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands, just below Eindhoven.
I live there with my cat. She is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 7 years old and a bit crazy. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. Her favorite toys are the simple little grey mice, she turns her back on all the fancy stuff I've got her.

I used to work at a theme park called De Efteling. The park is all about fairytales, everything has something to do with it.
It was really fun working there. Especially because I operated rides in the rollercoaster section of the park. If you ever plan to come to The Netherlands, you really should go there a day or two.
Now I work at a store that sells electronics. From household items like washingmachines, refrigerators and hairdryers to media products like phones, game consoles and televisions.

In my free time I like to be creative in many ways. I enjoy many crafts.
I'm crocheting a lot of stuffed animals. it's so fun to see them come to live, adding arms and legs.
Most of the time I crochet animals from designers like: Stip en haak and My Krissie Dolls. I like my animals stripey and with bold colors.
I also enjoy stamping, coloring the images with my polychromos pencils or alcohol markers, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.

I like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading (audiobooks most of the time).
I like to be with my family.

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Flower parade

In the summer months (june - september) I'm active in a group for the local flower parade.
14 groups build a big float and on the second sunday in september we have a parade.
The building proces takes 3 months (bending iron, welding it together, stick cardboard on it, glue newspapers on it, and painting) after that we only have 2 days to put al the flowers on it (200.000 in total per float).
We use dahlia's they are so pretty and have many colors and forms.

Documentary about the flowerparade in Zundert by Gil Bruvel
The flower parade in Zundert is always on the first sunday in september, 1 week before ours.

This year (2019) the theme is 'Proud of Brabant'.
Brabant is the province I live in.
We chose the fair in Tilburg. This is kind of a famous one, really big with lots of rides and other attractions. It lasts more than a week.
What also is special about this fair is the Monday.
It's called, Pink Monday, to celebrate the LGBTQ community. There is a pride walk and everything turns pink.
In our design we make carousel horses that are normal colors on one side, and pink on the other side. I'm really looking forward to the building process!
We got 10th place. A little dissapointing... We thought we would get 5th or 6th. Now we are waiting for the judges comments (always takes a few weeks) to see why.

The theme last year (2018) was all about making an old float-design new again. We all had to choose a winner from years ago (1953-1991), and make it 'new'. Our design is about the world famous circus from the Ringling Brothers.
The parade was yesterday.
WE WON 4TH PLACE AGAIN. It's the 3rd time in 4 years we got 4th. It's really good because most years we end up in the middle, somewhere around 8 or 9.
Our elephant was so cool! She even moved her head, ears and trunk like a real one. Youtube video of our float Watch this!
And remember it's al iron, cardboard and flowers.

For Pictures of the floats our group made you have to look by Wilhelmina (at the bottom, under 'wagenoverzicht'). You can look by year (jaargangen) or by group (buurtschappen).
Our group is named after Queen Wilhelmina, she was the Queen when The Netherlands was liberated after the 2nd world war. The flower parade started out as a little celebration of freedom with decorated bicycles and carts, it has become much bigger than that.

Favorite Crafts

I do a lot of things, and will try almost everything.

I like to crochet stuffed animals, make envelopes, boxes and gift pouches, mixed media, mini albums, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing my own clothes, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my art/junk journal, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

I love the look of watercoloring, and that is one thing that I just can`t make happen.
I'm looking for the perfect paper that works well and is affordable. I would really appreciate it if you could send me a piece (even just a scrap) of your favourite paper with a note of the brand and weight etc. I love to learn how to make beautiful watercolor art. So, if you have any tips and tricks, tutorials and how to's, please let me know!

I would love to recieve swatches of the distress injs, so I can figure out wich colours to buy.

I started collecting enamel pins.
And I would love to swap some. So if you want to trade some pins with me, please message me and we can set up a private swap!

Things I like

Random things
* botanical illustrations
* lace fabric, lace trimmings, and lace flowers etc * springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to themeparks
* pastel colours, old vintage colours
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* cacti and succulents
* flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Tim Burton style
* I enjoy Harry Potter and Lord of the rings but I'm not a fan girl (I don't need everything but the kitchen sink of these themes)

Crafting/Wishlist (in random order)
* watercolour anything, I love the look of it, and wish I could do it better
* Lawn Fawn! I love their stampsets! And I don't mind if they are used, as long as they stil work wel.
* stampers anonymous, hello bluebird, mama elephant stamps
* ecoline brushpens, any colour even just 1
* metal cutting dies, just anything, I dont have a lot of them yet, just bought a die cut machine
* interesting (clear) stamps, background stamps
* I collect enamel pin badges!, animals, flowers, world famous things, fun food (please no pins of things I never heard of, like a local business or advertising pins)
* project life cards
* maggie holmes, tim holtz
* Distress oxide ink. Or a list (swatches) of your favourite colours, I like the ink pads but I don't know which colours I should go for.
* white pens
* sealing wax, and stamps
* bookpages and sheetmusic (I like the old yellow look)
* sequins and such to make shakers
* lace, cheesecloth, trims etc, even tiny pieces are welcome
* things for my junk journal, I prefer the following styles / themes: botanical, steampunk, vintage, tickets and tags, flowers, feathers, postal theme, old sewing pattersn, birds, vintage office papers, library cards, washi tape and washi stickers in these themes. I prefer the 'old' looking things over bold 'new' colours.
* mail art, I love decorated envelopes!
* Wide washi tape, washi stickers
* fun shaped paperclips
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item

Favorite colour combo's
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colours
* coral pink
* rose gold
* vintage colours

* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* licorice
* all kinds of candy and cookies

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • little pieces of patterned paper
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • colour you're own anything
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • jewelry, I do wear some, but I don't need more
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • plain blue or black writing pens, gell pens
  • reward or kiddie stickers, stickers in the themes in the like section above are ok.
  • the smell of nicotine, it makes me sick
  • chai tea, spicy tea, green tea
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

For swaps that requires more than one gift to be send.
I'm very pleased to get 1 gift worth the total amount you have to spend instead of several small gifts.
It's your choice what to do.

As for my etsy wishlist.
This is a list of things I would like to recieve (obviously) but I don't mind if you order it from another shop or website, as long as it is the same item. Maybe you find it cheaper else were or with less shippingcosts.

Please don't cover your mail art with clear packaging tape. Or send in a clear envelope. I like how the postcards look when they went through a sorting machine, (bended, ripped etc) I think it adds to it.


@BabyBee78 flaked om me in WIYM: Mini Flipbook - Christmas (fully suspended with 302!!! ones)
@elluzki flaked on me in HD/HP Pass and Paste #57
@LadySunshine flaked on me in: ISS: Wishlist - November
@cfroggie flaked on me in: Just to Say Hello
@miyuiki00 flaked on me in: BIG FAT DESTASH swap #1 a 4 bubble envelope, (fully suspended with 74 1's) angeled by @arhel


Comment: Tessa, Bedankt voor je leuke envelopjes. Zal eens kijken wat ik ermee kan doen!! Was een leuke opdracht!! Bedankt weer voor het organiseren!!
Innytoes rated for NS: build your stash #2 tags on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Super bedankt voor de leuke tags en de prachtige envelop!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on Mar 22, 2020
Comment: Hello Tessa! So nice to swap together again. I just love the zine you created--some of my favorite colors and such lovely images! Thanks, too, for that cute kitty postcard!
Adda rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: ๐Ÿ’• Thank you for the Zine, loved it. The postcards made me smile ๐Ÿ˜€
Singske rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on Mar 16, 2020
Comment: Hey Tessa, bedankt voor je super leuke zine. Mooi met al die vlinders. Toch leuk dat het even in het Nederlands kan. Fijn om je hier te ontmoeten. Thanks for your butterfly zine. Love it๐Ÿ’Œ
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #24 on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: Gezellig, die krokodil ;-) Ik maak de kaart zsm af en stuur hem terug naar huis. Dank ook voor de extra's!
LinSoles rated for NS: Flipbook - botanisch on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely flip book. I absolutely love it. And all the little details, very nice and a joy to open.
Comment: Dank je wel voor je schattige envelopje รฉn de wax seals. Die kleintjes, wat zijn ze schattig!
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Teamwork PC #23 on Mar 1, 2020
Comment: Leuk Tessa, ik ga hem afmaken!
carol rated for Collaboration #81 on Feb 26, 2020
Comment: Wow a gorgeous card already! I'm going to need to really ponder on this one. Thanks, too, for the tomato seeds! I'm actually going to a class on growing tomatoes on Friday, so I'll get to try these out soon! And maybe I won't kill them (I am not known for my green thumb!)
Response: I hope they will grow! Have fun with the card, thanks for the heart
Rainydancer rated for Collaboration #80 on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: please note for next time these should be sent out in a decorated envelope! thanks!
Response: Didn't I do that? I always make my own/decorate envelopes because plain white ones are boring. (I did a Harry potter themed one)
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Teamwork PC #22 on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: I always love receiving swaps from you, Tessa. Once again a wonderful card - and I loved the goodies! You're so kind for saving them for me, love the postcards <3
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
Valentina1999 rated for NS: Mail me some art #10 on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: Leuke loaded tag Tessa! De lekkere thee ga ik nu uitproberen :)
Response: Ik hoop dat hij gesmaakt heeft, thanks for the heart
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #21 on Jan 20, 2020
Comment: Mooie basis, zo met het scheerschuim. Heb het zelf ook eens gedaan, ook met levensmiddelenkleurstof. Maar bij mij bleef het behoorlijk vettig. Ligt denk ik aan het schuim. Toch weer eens opnieuw proberen!
Response: Veel plezier er mee, thanks for the heart
LinSoles rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #14 on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely faux stamps. They are gorgeous. Really love them.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Mail me some art #9 on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Wauw, wat een mooi pakketje weer! Zoveel leuke extra's, dankjewel. Was wel even in de war bij dat Heinz zakje, maar dat blijken natuurlijk zaadjes te zijn :p Leuk ook die shaker die erbij zit.
Response: Ik b3n nlij dath je hey leuk vindt, het is altijd leuk om dingen bij elkaar te zoeken voor een swap. Thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: Die cut exchange on Jan 5, 2020
Comment: Dank je wel voor de zakjes met veel gezelligheid. Mijn stansmachine draait inmiddels op volle toeren. ;-)
Response: Graag gedaan.
Comment: Gorgeous! There's just no other word for them! They are really stunning. Thankyou so much for taking the time to resend this swap, it is much appreciated. Tracy.
Response: So glad this resent got to you! Thanks for the heart!
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Teamwork PC #20 on Dec 28, 2019
Comment: Oeeeeeh I was so happy when I found your envelope in my mailbox yesterday! Not only the required PC but a ton of extras, all things I was looking for. Thank you Tessa! <3
Response: I always try to use al of the stamp. So if there is weight left, I fill up with goodies :) Thanks for the heart!
CookieMomster78 rated for Collaboration #78 on Dec 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing some stickers and post-it flags with the postcard!
Response: You're welcome, Thanks for the heart!

Rating Overview

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JuneRosebud on Mar 1, 2020:

Thanks for working on my Gentleman Fish Post Card collab. I like how it turned out=)

WoodlandBanshee on Jan 14, 2020:

Hi there! Thank you for sending home another Collaboration postcard. Your additions made it really awesome. One of my favourites so far.

phillaine on Oct 10, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

WoodlandBanshee on Jul 5, 2019:

Hi there, Tessa! Thank you for your contribution and for sending home my Collaboration postcard. Your bee additions brightened up the card and I love the honey comb outlining you did. Take care!

MissPaula on May 19, 2019:

Thanks for adding Bonjour on my Dream Big Paris PC! Love it!

rsartistnl on May 3, 2019:

Ja, het zelf washitape maken is gelukt. Vond het alleen niet zo geschikt voor de swap met de pockets, omdat het niet transparant blijft. Toch leuk om een keer zelf te proberen. Zie ook YouTube filmpje: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjyvWOXh7xg&feature=share

Jippiefant on Apr 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for sending back the postcard for the teamwork pc swap! I love the end result, thank youโ™ฅ

MissPaula on Mar 27, 2019:

Love your part on my Love P&P....Thanks!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


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