Swap-bot Time: January 27, 2020 11:31 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: January 26, 2020
Birthday: January 5
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

POSTAL UPDATE: unfortunately from now on, it will be very expensive to send out swaps overseas that are not letters or cards. Every mail that does not contain paper only and is a little bulky, will be considered as a package (even a teabag counts). For me personally, this will mean swapping a lot less with my overseas friends. I am very sorry for this...

Hi,my name is Catherine,I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands. I married my high school lover and together we have 2 children. We live in an old brick house from the thirties, it is a great home to us and our cat Sushi. My background is in textiles and fashion design. But nowadays I like to PLAY with different media like paper,collage,paint...I love to make prints with the gelli plate on all kinds of different papers and ephemera. I share my mail-art on instagram ( if you want to be surprised, do not peek!). I like a lot of different things, so when you swap with me : just follow your heart ...Thanks!

Things that make me happy

*HANDWRITING (on shopping lists, letters, invoices, receipts etc.)

*Vintage BOOK PAGES or cutouts for example from old schoolbooks or children's books.

*Love die cuts!

*I use a lot of round stickers seals, always in need of those!

*EPHEMERA/especially vintage/ : tickets, maps, handwritten letters, office supplies like ledger papers, food labels/packaging, security envelopes.

= I am particularly interested in vintage office supplies=

*SHHHHHH (I have an ENVELOPE addiction and make my envies myself when possible).

*FLOW magazine is my favorite! I use it in almost all my snail mail swaps.

*WASHI tape makes me smile!

*address LABELS, another thing I can't resist!

*I love coffee and tea alike...not too fond of rooibos or pure herbal mixes (at the moment my favourite is green tea with coconut flavour)

*recycling/reusing is cool and so is THRIFTING. I love vintage (paper) items !

*JAPANESE design is an all time favourite...fashion, silk, origami, traditional patterns, kawaii cuteness (makes me smile).

*EMBROIDERY/sewing/stitching (also,on paper). I would love to learn about sashiko!

*STATIONERY is always welcome, anything to be used for snailmail.

*I am very happy to be part of the swapbot community and do my best to keep it a SAFE place. Thanks and happy swapping!


During my recent travels to the USA, I have fallen in love with postcards from Lantern Press!

I do not know what I prefer on postcards, the front or the back! Handwriting and stamps make it very special to me. So I will like anything you send me!

If you do need some more information,here are a few ideas: - Black and white photography - Close ups - Vintage - Children's book illustrations - Fonts/graphics - Birds - (food) packaging - Anything related to mail/ letter writing/ stamps.

I prefer my postcards send naked and I would love to see your handwriting, so write me a little something please

Artists I admire:

I love to take online classes, read blogs and visit pinterest to learn more about paper arts, mixed media, textile arts, art journaling, gelli plate printing, mail art, embroidery... some artists that inspire me are: Roben-Marie Smith # Alma Stoller # Julie Fei-Fan Balzer # Becci Orpin # Rae Missigman


I love colors, all of them! Bright, pastel,watercolors, aged surfaces, rainbow, metallics...as long as it is done with taste!

Some of my favorites are:

  • Black and white combo's, with one accent color like red/aqua/yellow
  • Colors used in vintage/retro advertisements.
  • A dash of neon
  • Color combinations as you can see them in tropical fish , birds and butterfly-wings.

Dutch Mail:

Mail posted in the weekends doesn't go before the next monday,sorry!


Themes I like are : vintage encyclopedia - alphabets - handlettering/quotes - travel/maps - airmail related items- birds - japanese (textile) prints - watercolor effects - flowers/botanical prints- beautiful illustrations.


galadkria rated for FTLOC#1: Pocket Letter - Woodland on Jan 27, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the late rating, but thank you so much for the swap
1koolkrafter rated for YTPC: Stuffed Pocket Tag on Jan 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much!
mags142 rated for Santa Mail Art on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: Hello! Finally received your amazing envelope! I didn't even know we could mail envelopes like that! I loved how much care and creativity you put in this swap for me! Thank you so much! Many hearts to you!
Comment: Fabulous envelope, lovely card and really nice bits and pieces! I love the whole package, thankyou! Hope your Christmas was nice and Happy New Year! Tracy
Comment: What a beautiful work!!! , I love the paper clips BIG HEART For you. Happy holidays
Jbee rated for FTLOC#1: Christmas Mini PL - INTL on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: wat een mooie PL ik heb die papieren ook, en nog steeds niet gebruikt. je stop ook veel liefde in je werkjes . heel erg bedankt ❤️
Jbee rated for FTLOC#1: Christmas Mini Flipbook - INTL on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: heel erg bedankt voor je toffe swap eeg mooi gemaakt en al de extra goidies ❤️ jij ook een fijne kerst
Zander rated for YTPC: Ephemera Folder on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: Wow such a beautiful swap, love the ephemera folder, little goodies tucked everywhere and a gorgeous envelope, Thank You so much
papercraftkath rated for WIYM: Christmas Gift Tag Swap on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: I love these tags so much! They are much different than what we have here. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Happy holidays, Catherine! Thank you so much for the lovely ornaments you sent to adorn my tree! I love them all, and also love the sweet little music envelope you sewed to hold them. They're already on my tree and I will think of you when I use them for many years to come!
MisplacedfromPA rated for A Grateful Christmas on Dec 12, 2019
Comment: OMG your envelope was a bundle of happiness. Thank you. Blessings be with you and those that share your Christmas Dinner. It sure is something to be grateful for. Enjoy everything this year. Merry Christmas!
Response: Thanks a lot for your compliments! I am glad you liked my mail, thank you for the rating and the heart!
Rosa1 rated for CALG-Christmas Card and Tea on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome, thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Dank je voor je leuke postkaart en kerstwensen. Prettige feestdagen
Response: Graag gedaan! Bedankt voor de rating en het hartje!
Comment: Hallo Catherine, altijd leuk om post van je te ontvangen. Bedankt voor je mooie kerstpapieren, kaartjes etc.. Ik bleef maar kijken naar alle dingen die je gestuurd hebt. Ik heb zeker een hoop knutsel plezier hiermee ❤️❤️ fijne feestdagen liefst Renate.
Response: Hey Renate! Graag gedaan, lekker knutselen dan! Bedankt voor de rating en het hartje!
Comment: Thank you for your card! Happy Holidays! 🎅
Response: You are welcome, thank you for the rating and the heart!
luvbird rated for YTPC: 3 in 30: L = Layered on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: Catherine, oh what beautiful, vintage layered pockets you created! I love everything about each one of them! So nicely made...paper, sewing and filled with wonderful bits that I can’t wait to use in future projects. I am so happy these finally arrived and not lost in the mail! Thank you so very much for the lovely swap.
Response: Oh, I am so releived! Mail to the USA is very slow lately...I am happy it got to you safely, I am sorry for the delay. Thank you for your patience, the kind words and the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and goodies! I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season!
Response: Thank you ! And thanks for the rating and the heart, too.
Comment: Dankjewel, Catherine, voor de mooi versierde kerstkaart en de super leuke kerstzegels, fijn voor mijn collectie ! wens je fijne kerstdagen toe ! liefs van de zuiderburen x
Response: Hey bedankt, lieve zuiderbuur! Mooi he, de zegels dit jaar? Bedankt voor de rating en het hartje!
Comment: Your mail finally arrived! Beautiful envies! Thank you.
Response: Wow, that took so long. But I'm glad it finally got there. Thanks for the rating and the heart.
fbresnah rated for 🎅 Christmas Card #2 on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and extras! Have a happy holiday!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart!

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mgallardo68 on Jun 16, 2019:

@roosje what an amazing prize you sent me for the IFM > [Sticky] November 2018 Winner Takes it All!! I loved everything! Those are treasures I'll keep for myself! ♥♥ Many hugs!

CurlyTea on Jan 7, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

earthnk on Dec 5, 2018:

You are very welcome. I’m glad it arrived and I hope it brings about nice conversation. Happy holidays!

susieq11 on Sep 13, 2018:

That pocket folder is so cute. I will be looking at everything you sent me all night!!! : )

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

CurlyTea on Jan 5, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

shirleyinCA on Mar 23, 2017:

Thanks so much for sending to me as an extra for Naked PB PC Roulette #1. What a gorgeous and unique postcard of the girl with butterfly wings; yes, you're right, it suits me perfectly! I love it!

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2017:

Welcome to AMMM!

bbsporty on Nov 27, 2016:

Thank you so much for the wonderful Christmas card and goodies! I love Christmas time with all of the decorations!

phillaine on Oct 31, 2016:

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