Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2018 8:45 pm


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: January 19, 2018
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 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. 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.

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, working on my art journal, 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
* 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, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Gorjuss!
* 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)
* embossing ink and powder
* a nice writing fountainpen (mine does not flow well)
* quality watercolor paper. Blocks or sheets.
* distress inkpads or oxide, any color as I don't have a lot of them yet (your favorite color)
* lawn fawn stamps
* Gorjuss girl stamps (please take a look at my etsy or amazon wishlist for inspiration, I already have a lot of them)
* white pens (love!)
* (big) punches
* Safety eyes for my crochet animals, any color or size (obviously in multiples of 2)
* cutting dies, (I'm saving up for a die cut machine, so I can use all the dies I can get)
* mail art
* fun shaped paperclips
* I prefer silver toned jewelry/accessoires over gold (sterling silver is best)
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm

Favorite color combo's
* mint green and (rose)gold, love mint green (I might paint my wall this color)
* teal
* purple
* peacock colors
* coral pink and gold
* black and silver

* chocolate!!!
* nuts
* licorice
* chocolate
* strawberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, just any berries!
* caramels
* all kinds of candy and cookies
* Milka chocolate, Rittersport chocolate
* did I mentioned I like chocolate? :P

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, 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.
I like them 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 and amazon 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.

Flakers and non raters

@miyuiki00 flaked on me in: BIG FAT DESTASH swap #1 a 4 bubble envelope, (fully suspended with 74 1's) angeled by @arhel

Non-raters (I will remove you from this list once you have rated me.
Last update: december 12, 2017
@bklynfinest77 didn't rate Adventures of the Traveling Postcard # 59 last online: july 27, 2017
@Nachtauge didn't rate IS - Hair Accessory Swap - INT last online: november 6, 2016.
@marissakaya didn't rate ISS: Handmade Postcard #2 - Fairytales also didn't send this swap, last online: august 9, 2017.
@BluGinhm didn't rate Adventures of the Traveling Postcard #54 Partially suspended, message sent, last online: november 3, 2017.
@cynlen didn't rate SWL ~ Art Journal Page #8 ~ December message sent, last online: january 11, 2017.
@MeSo didn't rate WIYM: Secret Santa also didn't send this swap. Last online: november 9, 2015.
@Pixelschubserin didn't rate Rainbow Mail Art #2 account deleted.
@monique204 didn't rate TIAZ: Smash Stash in a Baggie last online: january 12, 2015.
@mformui didn't rate HS: I Love Washi message sent, last online: january 19, 2015.
@momtoanimals didn't rate HS: Either OR Swap fully suspended.
@Poser1111 didn't rate Fruity ATC #1 Strawberry message sent, last online: april 18, 2016.


ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #44 on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: Got it and your note with the cute bird... I love those birds..... will add maybe a TULIP and send HOME.....big hugs my friend.....
crystalite rated for Pass and Paste #43 on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: Received the card today! Absolutely love your flower addition! And thank you for the stickers!
Lila84 rated for Collaboration PC #47 on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the resend! If the other one shows up I'll pass it along :)
Comment: Thanks for the traveling card and the pretty flower photo. Did you draw/paint the cute little bird on the swap note too?
Response: I'm glad you like it, the bird is a stanp wich I colored myself. Thanks for the heart!
Changeling rated for ISS: Wishlist - December on Jan 8, 2018
Comment: Wow, you made my wishes come true! Thank you for this special swap! Even the packaging is beautiful.
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you like it! Thabks for the heart!
Comment: Dear Tessa, Thank you so much for the cute file folder. I love it! Nora
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
oetje72 rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - no paper on Jan 8, 2018
Comment: Hi tessa superleuk gedaan. ❤
Response: Blij dat je het leuk vindt, het was een flinke klus om in elkaar te puzzelen :P Thanks for the heart!
JurassicParkerPage rated for Just to Say Hello on Jan 5, 2018
Comment: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Thank you so much for the lovely flipbook and all the extras!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
RockyBeach rated for Collaboration #49 on Jan 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the card to work on. I agree, it looks perfect already. But I'm happy to work on it. What did you use for creating the envelope? Is this a special kind of fabric? I like the touch and it's tearproof!
Response: I made a bunch of these envelopes out of a waterproof garden poster. It's a sort of canvas like material I guess. I like it because its very strong but doesn't weigh much. Thanks for the heart!
bblue rated for ISS: Wishlist - November on Jan 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the coloured-in card! Lovely shading with the pencil crayons.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: A great resolution. Love is a great goal and something that we should all have in our lives.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
angel1985 rated for New Year's Resolutions 2018 on Jan 2, 2018
Comment: Happy New Year! I hope your New Year resolution comes true. Remember to honour yourself, take care of YOU and make your happiness and fulfillment a priority to be the best person possible - and also remember that love usually comes when you least expect it! Thanks for hosting!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
sassafrass rated for New Year's Resolutions 2018 on Jan 1, 2018
Comment: I think it's awesome that you have one very important resolution. All your positive energy can go into that one thing. I always tend to have a fairly long list, and that seems more difficult to accomplish. I am wishing you all the very best in meeting that one special person ❤️
Response: Thanks your, and also thanks for the heart!
elkalsa rated for New Year's Resolutions 2018 on Jan 1, 2018
Comment: I hope you will find your one. :) Keep shining <3 don't forget to smile, I'm sure someone will treasure it!
Response: Let's hope so! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you very much !
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
lawchick rated for WIYM: PocketLetter - Christmas on Dec 24, 2017
Comment: Yes yes yes! This colorful, bright pocket letter absolutely made my day. The reindeer confetti are adorable. Thank you so much!
Response: I'm so glad you like it, it was a joy to make this. Thanks for the heart!
ktk8 rated for Pass and Paste November on Dec 23, 2017
Comment: Hi always fun to swap with you....will finish & send ON.... big hugs.....
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so very much for the wonderful package. I am so looking forward to playing, particularly with the stamps.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the goodies. I LOVE the cat washi tape!!!!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 435 110 116
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elinor on Dec 5, 2017:

Hi! I opened the first pair of socks from the '6 gifts 1 theme - #201 - Socks' swap as part of my advent calendar this morning, and I've worn them today too! Thank you, I love the stripes and can't wait to open the rest in the next few weeks :)

RockyBeach on Nov 11, 2017:

Collaboration Snowy

Thanks for adding your part to my collaboration starter PC! It's great, let it snow! <3

DaisyNY on Oct 20, 2017:

Here's the Collaboration PC for carol that you sent to Wooper that she sent to me to finish:

Collaboration PC pic

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 :)

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