Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2017 8:15 pm


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: September 20, 2017
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

I am on the look out for long term (creative) penpals, if this is something that would interest you please send me a message! :)
I like to send happy mail like, pocket letters, flip books, flip files and other creative mail to my pen pals.

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.
My cat is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 5 years old and a bit crazy. Sometimes she just runs around the house like her tail is on fire. 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.
Now I work at a big store that sells almost everything for your garden or home, and even clothes and animal stuff. I work at the clothing section.

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, Lalylala, My Krissie dolls and Heidi Bears. I like my animals stripey and with bold colors.
I also enjoy stamping, coloring the images with my polychromos pencils, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.
I'm also very interested in project life.

I also like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading.
I like to be with my family.

Please leave a comment when raiting.

I promise that I won't flake! Please contact me before rating me a 1 or 3!

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 paper 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.

I'm so exited for this year's theme!
It's De Efteling!!! Our design is called: Polle's Keuken. (this translates to Polle's kitchen, Polle is a boys name), so we make a float about the pancake restaurant in the park that has that name. I can't wait to get started!
Link to drawing of our design

WE WON 4TH PLACE!!!! so happy! Also we won a prize for being innovative for adding the smell of pancakes to our float!

Last year we were 9th. The theme was Jheronimus Bosch, he was an Dutch artist and made some crazy paintings.
For Pictures of the floats our group made you have to look by Wilhelmina (at the bottom, under 'wagenoverzicht'). Our group has that name as a tribute to Queen Wilhelmina.

Favorite Crafts

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

I like to crochet stuffed animals, upcycle things, make envelopes, boxes and gift pouches, mixed media, make mini albums from paper bags, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, making halloween costumes, pocket letters, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

Things I like

Random things
* yellow cars (as I just bought one, but no taxi or school bus)
* flowers, roses, dahlias, tulips
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to theme parks
* pastel colors, bold colors
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* holidays
* pocket letters, flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, dragons, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Gorjuss!
* Anton Pieck, Tim Burton
* 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 ramdom order)
* tools from we r memory makers (or similar company)
* rub-ons
* a nice writing fountainpen
* sealing wax, any color
* paper flowers
* kraft paper
* stamping inkpads, memento dew drops (see below for colors)
* lawn fawn stamps
* Gorjuss girl stamps * die cuts and other embellishments (no tiny punch outs)
* white pens (love them!)
* punches
* mail art
* fun shaped paperclips
* I prefer silver toned jewelry/accessoires over gold
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* handmade soap, small bath bombs
* small tubes of handcream to carry with me at work

Favorite color combo's
* mint green and gold
* peacock colors
* pink and grey
* salmon pink and gold
* black and silver

* chocolate!!! * nuts
* licorice
* strawberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, just any berries!
* caramels
* all kinds of candy and cookies
* Milka chocolate
* anything with peanut butter


Here is a list of things I collect:
Don't see this as a shoppinglist, mostly it's just a reminder for myself, but free free to help me collecting!

  • Gorjuss girl urban rubber stamps; I still need: Summer days, Piracy, Spring at last, Little fishes, Sowing the seeds, Fly away with me, Christmas wish, Dear alice My own universe, The winters night, Waiting, The dreamer, The owl, Sweat tea, 1. Ruby, 3. The pretend friend, 4. Forget me not, 5. Ladybird, 6. I found my family in a book, 7. The white rabbit, 8. I love you little rabbit, 9. I gave you my heart, 10. Purrrrrrfect love, 13. Fairy lights, 15. The black star, 16. Puddles of love, 18. Poppy wood, 19. Holly, 20. The getaway, 21. The collector, 22. Pulling on your heart, 23. Little song, 24. Heartfelt, 25. Oops-a-daisy, 26. The scarf, 27. The little friend, 28. Toadstool, 29. The hatter, 30. Hush little bunny, 31. Awashed, 32. Little violet, 33. From the heart, 34. Nightlight, 35. The friendly hedgehog, 36. Rainy daize, 37. Dear apple, 38. The runaway, 39. The lost heart, 40. Forget me not.

  • Gorjuss Girls mini collectable stamp; I still need: 1. Ruby, 2. new heights, 3. The pretend friend, 4. Forget me not, 5. Ladybird, 6. I found my family in a book, 7. The white rabbit, 8. I love you little rabbit, 9. I gave you my heart, 10. Purrrrrrfect love, 11. You brought me love, 12. On top of the world, 13. Fairy lights, 14. Little red, 15. Theblack star, 16. Puddles of love, 17. The fox, 18. Poppy wood, 19. Holly, 20. The getaway.

  • Memento dew drop ink pads; I still need 100, 103, 200, 201, 301, 302, 404, 500, 501, 504, 506, 507, 601, 602, 604, 607, 608, 701, 703, 704, 706, 707, 708, 709, 800, 801, 802, 804, 805, 808, 901, 902

I know it's a lot, but I just started collecting

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • coloring pages
  • rain, to much snow
  • gold toned jewelry/accessoires
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • plain blue or black writing pens, but I do like other colors, gell pens
  • (reward) stickers
  • the smell of nicotine
  • chai tea, spicy tea
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

About socks.....
I wear size EU 39 / US 10.
I prefer short socks (just above the ankle).
I like them colorful, striped and with polkadots.

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.

Please don't cover your mail art with clear packaging tape.


JaneInSD rated for GG: postcard #4 on Sep 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable card. I don't have this stamp yet, but now I think I'm going to have to get it! :-) Thanks for hosting these swaps. I've really been enjoying them.
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you like it! I don't have all the stamps yet, but they are on my wishlist!
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #39 on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: ALWAYS happy to receive from YOU..... will finish and send it HOME...... love you little birds.....they make me smile every time I hear from you..... you didn't write on the card... I shall do that for you if you tell me which part you drew and painted on OK?? Happy Swapping!
Response: Did i forget to sign it? It would be great if you could do that for me. Thank for the heart and great rating!
Comment: Thanks a lot!
Response: You're welcome
Wooper rated for Collaboration PC #44 on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I'll add something nice :) The gold paper is cool!
Response: Can't wait to get it send back to me! Have fun, thanks for the heart
noname13 rated for SIE: One Big Gift Swap September on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for the paper from my wishlist!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
ktk8 rated for Collaboration PC #41 on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the resend....so sorry the original has not arrived yet.....so sad to lose art work in the mail..... big hugs.....and fun to find so much from you in my mailbox...... THANKS!
Response: I hope the original card shows up some time. Thanks for the heart!
ktk8 rated for Hd/HP Pass and Paste #38 on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Oh fun fun fun fun..... will finish and send home this little "monster".......
Response: Thanks for the heart!
ktk8 rated for Collaboration PC #43 on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: fun fun fun love the background to use to make this with the marbling.... thank you very much...... and will finish HD/HP p&p # 38 and send it on to angela....what a fun one......too..... many hearts.....
Response: Have fun with the marbled background! Thanks for the heart!
BeckyG56 rated for Collaboration PC #42 on Aug 20, 2017
Comment: Another beautiful card to add to, thanks Tessa! Beautiful colors on the envie too!
Response: Have fun with it, thanks for the heart!
HilC rated for Mini Butterfly Pocket Letter on Aug 18, 2017
Comment: Your Pocket letter is beautiful! Thank you very much!
Response: I'm glad you like it, thanks for the heart!
SassyChicken rated for Mini Floral Pocket Letter on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for this little beauty!
Response: You're welcome!
angeliccat15 rated for WIYM: Pocket Letter - woodland on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: thanks for swap and goddies. not been able to start mine yet as I been away
Response: Thanks for rating, have hun making yours.
Comment: Thank you for the scarf - what a lovely pattern :)
Response: So glad you like it, thanks for the heart!
Minxy1964 rated for GG: Gorjuss chalenge #1 on Aug 12, 2017
Comment: Fabulous! We chose the same theme but yours is totally different to mine and ever so colourful. I love it xx
Response: I had so much fun going trough my stash and look for things to match the theme. I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!
Woolers rated for SIE ~ Rainbow pocket letter PINK on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Hi Tessa, thank you so much for the wonderful Pink pocket letter :) Its beautiful , you put a lot of effort into it and it shows. Lovely to receive the last one from the swap organiser :) Well done on organising a lovely swap xx
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thanks for joining my swap, and thanks for the heart!
JaneInSD rated for Gorjuss postcard #2 on Aug 9, 2017
Comment: I'm so sorry that it took me so long to rate you. I've been working 10-12 hour days/ 7 days a week for the last 6 weeks and things have been crazy!! Thank you for the adorable card!! It is so cute. I love this stamp. :-)
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #37 on Aug 3, 2017
Comment: Very interesting..... will finish and send home.........
Response: It turned out great! Thanks for the heart!
JadeFan rated for Snow White on Jul 29, 2017
Comment: This was lovely. I got to learn a bit of another language and also I got a visually appealing card. !0/10 rating.
Response: I had a really fun time making this card, I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart!
Shoefairy19 rated for GG: postcard #3 on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: Lovely postcard, and a really fun swap, thanks
Response: I'm glad you like it, thanks for the heart!
Wildchild rated for Pocket Letter "Animals" on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: The paper choice was perfect! Thank you! Was hoping for a letter though.
Response: You're welcome!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 373 97 103
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425 444 0 0
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wolfeagle on Sep 12, 2017:

Thank you for working on my Pass and Paste. The Octopus card made it's way back home and I am thrilled with it.

midwestkiwi on Aug 31, 2017:

thanks for your contribution to the Security Envelope Background Pass and Paste PC!

Moeshell on Aug 16, 2017:

Thank you for your addition to the pass and paste of mine you contributed to. I loved the butterflies on the book page. Thanks again.

wolfeagle on Jul 27, 2017:

Thank you for working on my pass and paste. Your stamped Gorjuss girl is adorable.

DaisyNY on Jul 27, 2017:

Hi Tessa,

Here is the finished Collaboration PC (#37 for you):

carol on Jul 3, 2017:

Thanks for working on my HD/HP P&P I LOVE how it turned out! Here's a link to the image. If you right click, it will come up in a new link. Thanks so much! P&P

Wooper on Jun 8, 2017:

Thank you for working on my collaboration PC, it turned out lovely! I posted a picture of it on the group forum for you to see :)

BeckyG56 on May 9, 2017:

Thanks for sewing, and glitter and stamps on my collaberation PC ( stenciled face on vintage paper) It turned out great!!

GeeLuv on May 7, 2017:

Thank you for adding the flowers to my collaboration postcard! It turned out really nice!

Lucine on Jan 6, 2017:

Fijn dat ik lid mag zijn van de Gorjuss Girls group:)) Bedankt!

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