Swap-bot Time: January 18, 2019 4:10 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: January 18, 2019
Birthday: January 5
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

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.


Comment: In one word: WOW! Not only did I receive the prettiest embellishments ever, but Catherine went out of her way to include some extra goodies AND wrap it all in tiny envelopes, inside a flipbook. Wish I could give you two hearts! From the envelope to the extras, it was all done with such care!
Response: Oohhh, I am blushing. Thank you so much for your kind words and the great rating!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Layered Embellishments on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness!! This is the most gorgeous little package! The embellishments are just wonderful, but the liitle booklet and envelope you made for the is just fantastic!! Thank you so much, such a treasure - I feel very blessed!
Response: You are so welcome, I had a great time putting it all together for you. I love watching the videos about making cluster embellishments with vintage materials, they are so inspirational! Thank you for a great rating and the heart!
Noodles84 rated for AFWLS -Christmas Card Swap on Dec 29, 2018
Comment: I love this Christmas card! Its just so happy!
renate rated for Gimmie Mail: Scrap samples swap on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Wat leuk om jou papieren boekje te ontvangen met hoop verschillende motiefjes. Geeft mij weer ideetjes voor een andere keer. Bedankt voor het deelnemen aan mijn swap.
Response: Hoi Renate, bedankt voor je geduld. Fijn dat het toch in de smaak viel! Het was heel leuk om te doen en ik hoop dat je het nog een keer doet, met meer inschrijvingen. Bedankt voor de rating en het hartje!
Comment: Thank you so much for an amazing swap. I love your packages, you made them with so much love. And I also love what's inside them so far :-)
Response: You are very welcome, hope we will swap again in the future! Thank you for the great rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card.
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart, happy holidays!
Ciska76 rated for NS: Envelop van 50 gram on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Dankjewel Catherine, wat een prachtige enveloppen en papiertje! Je hebt me zo blij gemaakt. Doe het rustig aan en volg je lijf. In de dagen naar midwinter wil mijn lijf altijd alleen maar vertragen. 💕
Response: Hoi Ciska, fijn dat ik je blij heb gemaakt. Vertragen is inderdaad het toverwoord. Bedankt voor de fijne rating en het hartje!
Eclectonote rated for AFWLS - Christmas Postcard #1 on Dec 9, 2018
Comment: Wonderful Christmas postcard with all the animals in hats and scarves enjoying their Christmas tree. Even the holiday postage stamps are terrific. Thank you!
Response: You are so welcome! thank you for the great rating and the heart!
Swan rated for BLC ~ Christmas Card!! on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: You told me so much about the book you’re reading. I’m reading a long one as well: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.Thank you and merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the great rating and the heart, still not finished my book...
ppiiku rated for Nyte's Christmas Card Swap on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the cheerful Christmas card and especially for the glorious Father Christmas stickers
Response: You are welcome! thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Hoi, Dank je wel voor de super leuke kerstkaart en mooie zegels.
Response: Hoi hoi, bedankt voor de rating en het hartje! Fijne dagen, geniet ervan!
Comment: Wow! This is so, so awesome! I love it! I also like your envelope you made. I see it has a poem printed on the paper on the inside. Inquiring minds need to know! LOL! I'm going to try to get it translated on the internet. Ah, a beautiful gift with a challenge :) Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
Response: So sorry, I don't remember what was written inside...I'm gald you liked the swap. it was fun to make as well. Thank you for the great rating and th heart!
aprilivy rated for AFWLS:Teabag and a card🎄 on Dec 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much. Hope you're having a great day.
Response: I do, thank you! Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely mail. I love opening up mail that has been put together with such care :D Both flavors look delicious and we are headed into freezing temps so I will be so happy to have tea.
Response: Thank you, that is so sweet of you to say! Good luck with all the cold, it is a very warm december for us so far! Thank you for the rating and the heart.
Comment: Merry Christmas! Thank you for the adorable Christmas card!
Response: You are welcome, I am glad you liked it! Thank you for the rating and the heart!
samsstuff rated for CALG: Christmas Card Swap on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card & cute extras!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and thank so much for your kind words means a lot to me
Response: Of course, my thoughts are with you. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
susieq11 rated for Holiday/Winter Stickers on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you so very much for the gorgeous package!!! I absolutely am in love with all the stickers! They are adorable!!!!! Nothing like I can find here! Your packaging is so nice, and wow!!! The rubber stamps are amazing!!! I can’t wait to use them!! Like all your swaps, I wish I could give you 100 hearts!! You are so sweet, and I’m truly thankful!!! xoxo
Response: Hi Susie, thank you for your kind words and the great rating. It is Always a pleasure to make swaps for you. I'm glad you liked the items. Take care and Happy Holidays!
CHOWEFACE rated for AFWLS - Christmas Glitter Cards on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: very nice card, thank you so much! Happy Holidays!
Response: I am glad you liked the card! Thank you for the rating and the heart. Happy Holidays!

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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:

bluesky on Sep 8, 2016:

yes I might even make it today! :) I always bake something for our weekend and after my ravel its all depleted haha.

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