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Date Joined: January 13, 2014
Last Online: September 25, 2022
Birthday: January 29, 1981
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hello there, my name is Marianne, I'm 40 years old and live in the lovely city 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Because of a chronic illness I'm not able to work as I did for years. I worked with disabled children and I loved to do that and I still hope that someday I will be able to do my work (or any other work) again. My hobbies are: Sending and receiving postcards and letters, I've started Postcrossing over 3 years ago. I also like drawing (mostly Zentangles, ZIA's Zendalas, ATC but I also like to make mandala's and a sort of cartoonish drawings), painting (I like to use acrylics and aqaurel and mix it with other things like pictures I found in magazines), making cards, and reading (mostly fantasy and thrillers) I also like to watch TV series and movies. I also like singing and I sing in a ladies choir.

I may be kind of new to Swap-Bot but I've been swapping for some years now on facebook and the postcrossing forum and have send lots of swaps allready. Please contact me first before rating me a 1 if it takes too long for my swap to arrive. Sometimes it takes a few days, but most of the times it takes a few weeks or sometimes a few months for mail to arrive in countries overseas, but also to countries like Russia. I'm always sending my swaps in time, if not I wil contact you to let you know and the reason why it will be send out late.

Our postal system doesn't empty mailboxes from saterday until monday, so if I have marked a swap sent on a saterday or sunday, or even on a friday if I posted it after the mailbox was emtied that day it will be postmarked after the weekend.

Favorite Music

When I was a teenager I was a huge fan of Bon Jovi. I still like to listen to Bon Jovi but not as often as I did then. Now I do love Laïs, three Belgium women with beautifull voices who sing folk music, I like it when they sing A-capella. I also like Musicals and Cabaret songs. But I also like to listen to bands as Apocalyptica, System of a down and Metallica.

Favorite Books

I love to read mostly fantasy and thrillers but I also like true stories, especially from world war 2. Some of my favourite authors are: Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Terry Prattchett, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Julliet Marrilier, Tess Gerritsen, Simone van der Vlugt, Agatha Christie, Camilla Lackberg, Elisabeth george, Paulo Coelho, Torey Hayden, Virginia Andrews, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lucinda Riley

Favorite Movies

Here I also like fantasy and thrillers but also science fiction and true stories. And I really like Disney movies.

Favorite Television

I like to watch crime series as CSI, Castle, Law&Order, The mentalist etc. But I also like series as Doctor Who, Lost, Supernatural, The X-files, Charmed, Rome, Game of Thrones, Grey's Anatomy, ER, House. I like a lot of tv series and sometimes I look for something a little lighter than the ones I mentioned above then I like to watch series as Friends, being Erica and The big bang theorie

Favorite Crafts

Well I like a lot of things. I used to make a lot of little puppets out of felt, and I also liked crocheting, knitting, quilting and cross-stitching. But unfortunately I had to give all these things up not because I didn't like it anymore but because my fingers and hands will not do what I want to do because of my illness. But I have found a new hobby now I make drawings, like Zentangles or Zentangle inspirited things, I do like mandala's and Zendala's. One of the artists who inspires me is Joanne Fink, she makes beautiful things. I also discoverd snailmail, it's the perfect combination of my postrelated and crafting hobbies. I also love to make ATC's and my own postcards using all kinds of techniques. I love mixed media, stamping, collaging (just started to do more collaging in my projects) and I love to watch youtube tutorials and follow them to make the project or learn a new technique.

Postcards and related things

My other addiction is Postcrossing, I used to send cards to friends and people I met on the internet in peer support groups. But since Januari this year I've started Postcrossing. I collect all sorts of cards, but what I like the most are the things peopale write on the back, little stories about them selves, what they are doing where they are living etc.

For Swaps with postcards: You can make me happy with subjects as: - Fantasy (elves, fairies, gnomes, dragons, etc) - Sci-fi (like Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star wars...) - Fairytales - Halloween - Animals - Nature - Flowers - Butterflies - Owls - Elephants - Cats - city skylines - Landscapes - Churches, temples, castles and other beautiful old buildings - Things that are typical for your country or city - Art - Spirituality - Maps of your country, region or city - Cartoons - Animations - Manga - Winnie the pooh - Childrens books illustrations - Dick Bruna (Dutch illustrator) - Jip and Janneke or other drawings from Fiep Westendorp (Dutch illustrator) - Cornelis Jetses (Duthch illustrator) - Anton Pieck - M.C. Escher - Josephine Wall - Thomas Kinkade - Cards of Inge Löök, Lali, Jetoy, Limoon, Gorjuss, Silke Leffler, Jolinne, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Linda Peltola, Christl Vogl, Judy Mastrangelo, Oxana Zaika - Vintage - Steampunk art - Selfmade art (If you are creative and like to make your own cards they're welcome too) - Poëtry (with translation in English please)

As you see I do like a lot of things. I like postcards written and stamped, or if necessary in an envelope, and some selfwritten words on the back.

I scan all the cards I receive and put them in albums please check to avoid doubles. You can check my collection in the link to my Flickr photo's on the top of my profile.

Other things I like besides pc

of course there are many more things I like besides postcards, I also really like

  • ATC
  • Handcrafted postcards
  • Zentangles
  • ZIA's
  • Everything Halloween related
  • drawings and paintings
  • mixed media
  • washi tape
  • stickers
  • stamps (not the postal ones but the clear and rubber stamps for crafting)
  • pretty papers
  • wooden embellishments
  • little charms
  • sharpies
  • pens
  • notebooks
  • fridge magnets
  • keychains
  • earrings, I prefer silver and not to long or big, colourfull is okay.
  • fantasy related things
  • die cuts
  • Vintage related craft stuff
  • Steampunk themed embelishments
  • doilies
  • dreamcatchers
  • quotes and poems
  • green, purple, teal, Black&white, Rainbows
  • Other things related to one of the themes I mentioned under my favourite postcards
  • Tea (I only drink green, rooibos and herbal and the pure fruit infusion tea's I can't drink black tea because it makes me ill)
  • pure dark chocolate

And there is much more I like but that would make a huge list :-D


I just love to drink tea. But I only drink green, red, white, herbal and none black pure fruit infusion tea's. I'll try every kind of flavour and always in for something new. I participate in factory sealed only swaps and loose tea swaps.

As you can see I drink almost every kind of tea but the black ones. I have some kind of intolerance for the caffeine in the black tea's if I drink it I get ill. But don't panic if you don't have enough other then black or only black tea's. I won't rate you down if you send me black tea. I just don't drink them myself but will give them to my friends when they come to visit me or will pass them through to another tea lover in another tea swap.

When you send me tea without English, German or Dutch description on the packaging please write me a translation in English (or German or Dutch) and write if it is black tea or not.

My allergies and dislikes

Things I don't like that much, that will be a short list :-) But please read this because I have some allergies both food as non food related ones.

  • Black tea (I get ill if I drink it but when I do receive black tea I pass it through to someone who likes it)
  • Coffee, I'm sort of allergic for caffeine.
  • Things to eat besides the dark chocolate, I'm allergic for lot of things. I must eat gluten, wheat and lactose free for medical reasons. And I'm allergic for everything that contains apple doesn't matter in what form (except for tea with apple flavour that is okay). But when you have something you are sure it is gluten, wheat, lactose and apple free it will be very welcome if there is a list of ingredients on or send with it so I can check :-D Other eatable things that are sent to me I will give to my friends and family.
  • cosmetics, shampoo and other stuff like that I'm allergic for parfumes and can't wear make-up because it gives me some kind of allergic reaction.
  • bracelets, I can't wear them because of the splints I wear, but wen you got me one I pass it through to someone else who can wear it.
  • the same for rings, I can't wear them because of my silver ring splints I wear for medical reasons on all my fingers.But again If you send me one I pass it through to someone else who can wear them.


Tessssssa rated for NS: Adventskalender 17 + 18 on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de envelopjes!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Adventskalender 19+20 on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de envelopjes!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Adventskalender 21 + 22 on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de envelopjes!
DakotaSkye93 rated for NS: Adventskalender 23+24 on Nov 27, 2021
Comment: Wat een geweldige envelopjes! ♡ Super bedankt daarvoor! Maakt mijn adventskalender helemaal af 🥰 heel blij mee.
LinSoles rated for NS: Adventskalender 11+12 on Nov 15, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor weer 2 leuke envelopjes. December vul ik de rating nog aan.
Response: Heel graag gedaan, en blij dat ze zijn aangekomen.
DakotaSkye93 rated for NS: Adventskalender 15+16 on Nov 8, 2021
Comment: Dankjewel voor de leuke envelopjes! 😊 Leuk in Kerstthema! 😄
Response: Graag gedaan!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Adventskalender 13+14 on Nov 7, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de envelopjes en de flowerfairy
Response: Graag gedaan!
MaryTylerGore rated for AMA: MMMAS #12 - Witch on Nov 6, 2021
Comment: I loved the witch postcard! thank you!
Response: You're very welcome! I'm happy you loved my witch
luluvision rated for AMA: MMMAS #11 -Zombie on Oct 30, 2021
Comment: Another fabulous creation from you! I love the zombie! Thank you so much!!
Response: Thank you so much, and you're welcome!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Adventskalender 9+10 on Oct 24, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de envelopjes
Response: Graag gedaan
alittledabble rated for AMA: MMMAS #9- Creepy Clown on Oct 20, 2021
Comment: This clown illustration is incredible! You’re very talented. I should probably watch more tutorials to improve my drawing skills. I loved the letter/word labels too! 🖤
Response: Thanks for the compliment. I just love to draw and I love those tutorials. I would say just go to you tube and search for drawing tutorial or how to draw and then the subject you wish to draw. Most of the time there are more then one tutorials to watch.
DakotaSkye93 rated for NS: Adventskalender 7+8 on Oct 18, 2021
Comment: Dankjewel voor deze leuke envelopjes! Kan niet wachten tot december :)
Response: Graag gedaan, nog even geduld en je mag ze eindelijk open maken.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelopes and little gifts inside.
Response: You're welcome, hope you like the things inside when you open them in December.
Comment: LOVE the wonderful Bride that you created for me! It is all so well put together! Thank you so much! (So sorry it took me so long to rate! I could have sworn that I rated but obviously did not!)
Response: You're welcome! I'm so happy you love my Bride of Frank. Now I'm going to work on my zombie swap for you, hope you're going to like that one too.
Tessssssa rated for NS: Adventskalender 5+6 on Oct 9, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de envelopjes, Ik heb die kalender van Art by Marlene eens opgezocht en dat is toch wel verleidelijk... Ik heb alleen de afgelopen tijd al zo veel hobby spullen gekocht dat ik het dit jaar niet mag van mezelf :P wellicht volgend jaar !
Response: Heel graag gedaan! Herkenbaar wat de hobbyspullen betreft. Ik heb hem mezelf cadeau gedaan, vorig jaar getwijfeld en toen niet gedaan en daar achteraf toch een beetje spijt van gehad dus dit jaar mocht ik hem van mezelf wel bestellen.
Comment: Love your Cute Frankenstein that you drew. Love the background etc. Nice job. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Response: You're welcome, happy you love my cute Frankenstein.
Comment: Hoi Marianne, dankjewel voor de mooie envelopjes! En voor de mooie postzegels op de envelop. Wens je alvast een fijn weekendje weg 🙂 Update: wat een leuke washitape en lekkere thee. Dankjewel! 🙂
Response: Heel graag gedaan, hopelijk ben je straks ook blij met wat er in de envelopjes zit.
Comment: I love the postcard you sent! The skeleton is adorable and I really like the die cut coffin. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, I just love how the skelleton turned out. And happy you like him too.
Tessssssa rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 50 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor het kaartje, ik maak er wat moois van! Waar haal je al die flower fairies toch vandaan!
Response: Heel graag gedaan! Ik heb ooit eens voor postcrossing zo'n box gekocht met 100 Flower fairy kaarten. Maar ik doe momenteel niet meer echt veel met postcrossing maar de kaartjes (ook alle niet flower fairy kaartjes) zijn ook leuk om mee te sturen met swaps en daar een note op te schrijven voor de ontvanger ipv op een los briefje.
Comment: Love this postcard! You did great drawing the mummy. I especially like how you added color to the background, so pretty. The whole thing looks like it would be perfect printed on a Halloween card.Thank you so much, definitely one for the inspiration board.
Response: Thanks for the compliment, I'm verry happy you liked it so much!

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DaisyNY on Jul 4, 2022:

Hi Marianne - I haven't seen you in the Zentangle swaps for ages. Miss you. Thank you for working on this twinchie - it finally made its way home.

wolfeagle on Jun 2, 2021:


Thank you so much for your mail art for the AMA: Intl Mystery Supply Swap. I like the tag you made.

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


YooperHill on Sep 8, 2020:

Mystery supply swap 7.20 very clever! I always love a good mermaid! Thank you for playing!

YooperHill on Aug 17, 2020:

I received your mystery supply swap 6.20 today! Thank you for a nice piece of art & playing!

Tessssssa on Aug 8, 2020:

Bedankt voor je postcard met de zwarte krullen voor de mystery supply swap. Super mooi gedaan!

choke on Feb 21, 2020:

Hi Marianne! Thank you so much for trading with me, the altered rolos are incredible! I especially love the monkey one of course! And the map too, they are both so perfect for me. I appreciate you taking the time to write the materials used on the back. It gives such a nice added touch. The fairy postcard is also beautiful as well :-) I know what you mean about swapping, I go through ebbs and flows as well. I hope that you are finding craft mojo even if it is not on swap-bot. Thanks again for swapping!

YooperHill on Nov 21, 2019:

Mystery supply swap, star received! Love it. Thank you!

Itti on Nov 20, 2019:

Hiya, I saw you like dragons so I sent you an invite to the Scales 'n' Tails group. Would be lovely to have you join us!

You can accept or decline your group invites from the groups tab in the top left. (Or you can go straight to the group link I posted above and click 'Join'.)

wolfeagle on Oct 1, 2019:

Thank you so much for the postcard for the AMA:Mystery Supply swap. I love how you made the owl from the stencil. And you are right, the saying is perfect with it.

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