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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: February 16, 2019
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 and 2 zebra finches.
My cat is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 6 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. My birds are names after my grandparents.

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 store that sells clothes, kitchen stuff, toys, craft supplies and more.

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, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.

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.

The theme this year (2018) is 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 a world famous circus.
Link to drawing of our design

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!

Our design last years (2017)was called: Polle's Keuken. (this translates to Polle's kitchen, Polle is a boys name), so we made a float about the pancake restaurant in theme park De Efteling that has that name. We won 4th place with Polle!!!! so happy! Also we won a prize for being innovative for adding the smell of pancakes to our float!

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, 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, working on my art journal, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

I just re-opened my etsy store to sell the items I make. I would really apreciate it if you find the time to take a look.
More items are comming soon!

I love the look of watercoloring, and that is one thing that I just can`t make happen.
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!

Things I like

Random things
* flowers, roses, dahlias
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to themeparks
* pastel colors, bold colors
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* cacti and succulents
* pocket letters, flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* the smell of rain
* 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)
* sewing patterns of Cashmerette, (I already have the appleton dress and turner dress).
* watercolor anything, I love the look of it, and wish I could do it better
* facemask, but please no sheet ones, they make me feel claustrofobic
* metal cutting dies, just anything, I dont have a lot of them yet, just bought a die cut machine
* embossing ink and powder (maybe some you don't use anymore, it's ok if you put it in a ziplock bag, so it's more flat to send)
* interesting (clear) stamps
* pin badges!, like animals, flowers, world famous things, just anything (please no pins of things I never heard of, like a local business or advertising pins)
* white pens
* sequins, glitter and small beads, or other things to put in shakercards?shakerpockets
* (big) punches
* Safety eyes for my crochet animals, any color or size (obviously in multiples of 2)
* safety noses for my crochet animals
* mail art
* Wide washi tape
* fun shaped paperclips
* I prefer silver toned jewelry/accessoires over gold (sterling silver is best)
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item

Favorite color combo's
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colors
* coral pink
* rose gold

* chocolate
* nuts
* licorice
* strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, just any berries!
* icecream
* all kinds of candy and cookies

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • coloring pages
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • gold toned jewelry/accessoires
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • plain blue or black writing pens, gell pens
  • (reward) stickers
  • the smell of nicotine
  • chai tea, spicy tea
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

About socks.....
I wear size EU 39 / UK 6 / US 7,5.
I prefer them made of cotton (more than 70%) or an other natural fiber. Normal lenght or sneaker socks.
I like them black, colorful, striped and with polkadots (no neon colors).

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.


@BabyBee78 flaked om me in WIYM: Mini Flipbook - Christmas (fully suspended with 280!!! 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


Ronya rated for Collaboration #66 on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: The background is beautiful, I can't wait to work on it! Thank you for the extras, especially the die cuts. I loved the envelope, too.
Michellesl rated for NS: Flipbook - Senders Choice #3 on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Bedankt voor je leuke flipbook! Erg leuk gedaan en een leuk formaat! Heb er nieuwe ideeen aan op kunnen doen! De goodies kan ik ook zeker gebruiken 😊
Jbee rated for NS: Flipbook - Senders Choice #2 on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Lieve Tessa, heel hartelijk dank voor je mooie flipbook! helemaal mijn smaak :-) ben er erg blij mee en ook de goodies komen weer super van pas. liefs Jill
Comment: Tessa, your work is consistently beautiful. I love everything about this collage journal page--the lovely color combination, that gorgeous bluebird, the glittery paper, and that burlap accent. Really lovely card, Tessa; thank you so much for always sending such special swaps!
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #3 on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Vandaag je nieuwe kaart ontvangen. Ik heb een luxe probleem: ga ik voortborduren op je washitape of op je bookpage..................???
Response: Ik ben benieuwd wat het gaat zijn:) thanks for the heart!
SnailerAH rated for NS: Envelop van 50 gram #2 on Jan 23, 2019
Comment: Echt een keileuke envelop vol met leuke dingetjes
Response: Ben blij dat je het leuk vindt. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: High Five
Response: Thanks for rating!
Comment: If I write my comments multiple times, would that count as having more partners? Hahaha!
Response: Haha, I guess it does, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Very funny!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Layered Embellishments on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: Hi Tessa! Your embellishment clusters are just wonderful! Each has just the right amount of ephemera and the colors and size all balance nicely. Thank you for a fun swap! Laurie
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: thanks for the snarky comments
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Sorry, ik zit gewoon helemaal niet op te letten en had hem nog niet beoordeeld! Hartstikke leuk alle spulletjes, heb er al veel gebruik van gemaakt. Blij ook met de labels, dankjewel!
Response: Graag gedaan, Thanks for the heart!
roosje rated for NS: Embellishments from scraps on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Hoi Tessa, wat een super mooie embellishments kreeg ik gisteren van je in de bus! Ook leuk al die verschillende stijlen. Als ik hier eenmaal aan begin, kan ik niet meer stoppen met dingen uitproberen, heb jij dat ook? Ik wens je een heel fijn weekend en ook nog bedankt voor het organiseren!
Response: Ik vind het zeker leuk om te doen, ik heb voor verschillende stijlen gekozen zodat er zeker 1tje bij moest zitten die je leuk vond :) Thanks for the heart!
Jippiefant rated for NS: Teamwork PC #2 on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Dankje voor de vrolijke envelop en kaart, ik kan niet wachten om eraan verder te werken😊😉
Response: Graag gedaan, Thanks for the heart!
Selenaa90 rated for WIYM: Mini Flipbook - Christmas on Dec 29, 2018
Comment: Dank je wel voor je leuke mini flipbook. Hij is erg leuk!
Response: Graag gedaan! thanks for the heart!
MissPaula rated for Collaboration #63 on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the goodies! Love the little envie and the gears. I will add and send her home!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
fairypretty7 rated for WIYM: Pocket Letter - No Paper on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: Wow! This is awesome! Thank you for making each pocket about me I love this! For me this swap was such a fun challenge i loved doing this, it made me think outside of the box.
Response: I'm so glad you like it!! It took me a while to make, But not you like it so much, it's totally worth it!
MaryCheng rated for Pass and Paste #54 on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Hi Tessa, love your envelop. I am so happy I get to mail the postcard back to the owner. A lovely postcard. Thank you for the stickers.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
marianne81 rated for NS: Secret Santa on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Super bedankt voor je secret santa swap. Ik weet niet of het me lukt om de pakjes dicht te laten tot Kerst hoor, ben veel te nieuwsgierig hahahaha. Ik ben nog aan het wachten op mijn cadeautjes voor jou, ze hadden hier niet wat ik wilde hebben. Hopelijk heeft de post geen vertraging en kan ik het op tijd naar jou opsturen. Anders moet ik last minute plan B gaan bedenken, hahaha.
Response: Ik weet zeker dat ik ze niet dicht kan laten:p ben daar nou eenmaal iet zo goed in. En mocht je wat vertraging hebben dan laat het me maar weten hoor! Ik hoop dat je je cadeautjes leuk vindt! Thanks for the heart!

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wolfeagle on Dec 11, 2018:

Thank you for working on my collaboration postcard. The dragon over the girls face is very interesting and cool.

wolfeagle on Oct 24, 2018:

@aladyjackson received her postcard back and loves your addition. She says "Thank you".

wolfeagle on Oct 22, 2018:

Thank you for adding the watercolor flowers to my HD/HP Pass and Paste. It's great.

ktk8 on Sep 18, 2018:

Hi FRIEND..... thanks for adding the watercolor wash and gold edges on my Collab P.C. it turned out beautiful.....always fun to see you in a swap!!! Hearts to you......

BeckyG56 on Aug 22, 2018:

Thanks for adding the mermaid to my Collaberation 55 card. It turned out great, one of my favorites!

DaisyNY on Aug 8, 2018:

If you were curious:

wolfeagle on Jul 23, 2018:

Thank you for adding your water lily to my pass and paste postcard. Its one of my favorite flowers.

MissPaula on Jul 16, 2018:

I should have said this is not the card....I don't know how to get pics from my phone to here. Lol

MissPaula on Jul 16, 2018:

Thanks for the quote and glitter on my gelli print collab PC...looks great!

BeckyG56 on May 31, 2018:

Thanks for your addition to my HD/HP (bird stamped image and background) I love it, the whole card is great. Thanks!

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