Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2020 9:58 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2014
Last Online: September 23, 2020
Birthday: January 29, 1981
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hello there, my name is Marianne, I'm 39 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

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 - 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
  • 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.


Comment: The postcard is so stinkin’ cute! And your coloring is on point! Thank you 😊
mylove4craft rated for WIYM: Mystery Supply Swap 7.20 on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Absolutely lovely! Thank you, you did such an awesome job!
Comment: What adorable monsters! Thank you so much! Your coloring is great and I can't believe you masked so many monsters! (I tend to get very lazy and would arrange it so only 1 or 2 need to be masked! LOL) I have neglected my inktense pencils but you have inspired me to take them out!
Response: Thanks and you're very welcome. I just love a little challenge 😅😂 and I love my inktense pencils, happy to hear I've inspired you to take yours out again.
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #2 on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Wat een prachtige mooie kaart heb je gemaakt van deze servet! Gaaf!!
Response: Graag gedaan en ben blij dat je hemmooi vind. Vond het erg leuk om te maken.
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC #32 on Sep 6, 2020
Comment: Bedankt Marianne voor de kaart. Ik ga eens kijken wat ik er weer aan kan toevoegen.
Response: Graag gedaan
WoodlandBanshee rated for Collaboration #87 on Aug 31, 2020
Comment: Got it, thank you! I've got a little stack, so this one will have to wait a couple rounds before going home. Take care!
Response: You're welcome!
user6937 rated for Intl: Face Time-August on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: I love Art by Marlene! Thanks for a great Face Time pc. Such vibrant colours and great mixed media touches :)
Response: You're welcome. Happy you liked it.
MaryCheng rated for Intl: FaceTime-June on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: Love your Art by Marlene Face PC. Background is gorgeous. Thank you so much.
Response: You're welcome! I'm so happy it finally arrived I was beginning to worrie it was lost in the mailsystem
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #31 on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: Oh, hij is al zo mooi. Wordt nog een puzzel hoe hem af te maken. Ik al een tijdje geleden Posca pennen gekregen, maar er nog geen gebruik van gemaakt. Moet me echt inlezen, nu heb ik ook echt een voorbeeld.
Response: Posca pennen zijn echt leuk om mee te werken. Dus zeker doen hoor je inlezen en er dan gewoon eens mee beginnen. Ben heel benieuwd naar het eindresultaat.
uiltje rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Je hebt een beauty gemaakt van deze swap! Dank je wel!
Response: Heel graag gedaan
McAnaraks rated for Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, so many layers, so much to enjoy :-)
Response: You're welcome, I really enjoyed making it.
MiekeC rated for NS: Teamwork PC #30 on Jul 16, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor de kaart!
Response: Graag gedaan
McAnaraks rated for Intl: Face Time-July on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great card, very effective, I will include it in a blogpost and give you the link when it is published. edited to add, here it is : https://www.mcanaraks.com/dear-diary-part-17-5-doodlebombs-and-a-wedding/
Response: Thanks and you're welcome! And I'm looking forward to your blogpost.
Larina rated for **PBP …******Butterflies**(s)*** on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love this page! It was beautifully done and those are my favorite colors! I'm like you! I want to do my own art journal with my own work. Sometimes I join swaps and make page I like so much I won't send it and will instead make another one and choose between them which one I want to keep!
Response: Thanks and you're welcome! I really enjoyed making those pages for you.
Tessssssa rated for NS: Teamwork PC #29 on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor het kaartje, eens goed nadenken wat ik hier aan toe ga voegen...
Tessssssa rated for NS: Journal page #1 on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je mooie pagina
Response: Graag gedaan!
MiekeC rated for NS: Teamwork PC #28 on Jun 5, 2020
Comment: Bedankt.
wolfeagle rated for Intl: Face Time-May on Jun 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much. I love your style and I'm always happy to receive from you. ;D
Response: Thanks and you're welcome!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Flipbook - cute on May 28, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je leuke flipbook
MiekeC rated for NS: Teamwork PC #27 on May 20, 2020
Comment: Bedankt!

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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.

YooperHill on Sep 11, 2019:

Mystery supply swap,Yo! LOVE, LOVE,LOVE IT!

Thank you for playing and being so clever!

LizzyJo on Jul 9, 2019:

Thanks for sending home my TUT Twinchie postcard (started Nov. 11, 2018). I like that it made it all the way to the Netherlands. :-)

YooperHill on Jun 21, 2019:

Oh my! Dare I say it is my FAVORITE! Thank you for your mystery supply swap, again art. I love it!

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