Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2019 12:11 pm


Date Joined: August 12, 2009
Last Online: November 17, 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.


Chaar rated for 🎄 Christmas Card #1 on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Bedankt voor je mooie kaart! leuk iemand uit eigen land. wens jou hele fijne dagen. liefs Chaar
VerreShana rated for EML: Summer Flip Book on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: Wauw wat maakte jij een prachtige flipbook. 💖 Dank je wel voor de resend.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful envelope and cute papers and stickers and tags! I love the birds, butterflies, and all the little details!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Verona, Italy PC! Autumn has arrived here also, getting pretty leaves on the trees :)
orneryswife rated for YTPC: 3 in 30: F = File Folders! on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Beautiful envelope, creatively wrapped, fabulous file folders. All around superb swap! I wish we could give extra hearts!
Tessssssa rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #10 on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: Bedankt voor de leuke ribbels, het zakje en de envelop was ook super!
Comment: Oh Yay! I was super excited when I saw you were my partner. I was hoping you'd send one of your handsewn envies -- I just love them! We did a private swap ages ago and you sent me some. I'm still hoarding 2 of them for something special because I love them so much. And thanks for all the fun inside stuff too! Fab swap!
Mamamoose rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #2 INTL on Oct 3, 2019
Comment: Thanks a lot for the nice postcard from Verona!
Comment: Yet another beautiful swap from you! I love the tags you sent. They are both beautiful. And the little tiny tag you attached to the bag was so cute. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap. I love everything
Comment: Catherine, these are stunning! So many beautiful layers of silk and lace and sparkly trims...I love each of them, and want to thank you for sending me FOUR of these gorgeous embellishments! Additionally, the wee envelope flip book filled with beautiful old stamps and many other lovely embellishments...you deserve many, many hearts!
Fraggle80 rated for EML: What I did this summer. on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Thankyou for the lovely mail. The enverlope was fantastic, I'd love to be able to see. Xxx
JanJak rated for Put botanical on! on Sep 16, 2019
BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: 100 Day: Day 24: Belly Bands on Sep 1, 2019
Comment: I love the work you did making the bellyband. Great mixture of papers,and thread!
Comment: Beautiful work!! Thanks so much!
Comment: Thanks! I love the sequins and the music!
Comment: Beautiful,I love what you did with the vintage inspired envelopes thanks so much.I appreciate the time and thought you put into this great addition to my journal.
Response: You are welcome! I am having such a good time creating these. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful and generous swap! I love everything - the envelope (which I will re-use), the tag (currently being used as a bookmark), and the pretty extras! Thank you so very much for the thoughtful swap package!
Response: Those beautiful illustrations where just waiting for the perfect swappartner, so I have to thank you!
Comment: Thanks so much for all of the wonderful distressed images ! They will look great in my projects. I love the tag as well.
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart, I'm glad you liked my swap.
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling pocket! I love all the goodies you sent! Hugs, Diane
Response: That is wonderful, you are welcome. 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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