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Date Joined: December 19, 2011
Last Online: June 8, 2024

Country: Germany
Some of my ATCs
my Postcrossing
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About Me

Important information: I'm really sorry - German mail service doesn't allow any "goods" to be put in international envelopes any more. I can only send documents in envelopes. Pieces of art (ATC, for example) are "documents". All those nice little bits and pieces, e.g. tea bags, clear stamps, ... are "goods" and need to be sent in a parcel - for 16 times the price of a letter. That's why I cannot send anything else but paper in my envelopes. Please don't be disappointed because you don't receive any extras from me any more :(

I'm in my fourties and live with my partner in a cosy village in the north of Germany, not too far away from Bremen. I work as a primary school teacher and often spend a lot of time preparing things for work, because there are always possibilities to improve work, one is never done with it. So being on swap-bot is a good opportunity to dive into something totally different of preparing something that will (hopefully) be pleasant for the receiver.

In my teenage days I was member of a snail-mail agency that matched you with other teenagers internationally to find mailing partners (unfortunately the IYS closed down a few years ago). Now swapping seems to be a great idea to get back to that idea. I'm also a Postcrosser. I love the Postcrossing project!

I like crafting with different materials, but don't have enough time to do it as much as i'd like to. It's always fun to try something new, to learn a new technique.

Also I volunteer in a printing museum workshop, where I can do letterpress printing with my own linocuts and/ or vintage wood or lead type. If you want to have a look: https://www.museumsdruckerei-hoya.de or https://www.instagram.com/museumsdruckerei_hoya/

If I don't get lost in making crafts, I also like to do some hiking or cycling, especially combined with geoaching.

You can find some more information about myself and my artwork in the links that are further up in my profile.


Postcards in my opinion are much more than a nice picture to collect. For me they are more like a little ambassador from the sender. I like postcards that tell a little about the sender - anything you'd like to share, e.g. what you just did before you wrote that card, a story from you life, something philosophical, your favourite poem or song lyrics, the reason why you chose that card, ... Many ideas, and I'm sure you have twice as many other ideas. I'm also a member at postcrossing and am often disappointed by cards that only say "hello" and don't have any content. I also love to look at postage stamps from other countries, so I'd be happy if you use nice ones.

I do not collect any special motivs on postcards. I do like to be surprised with unusual things and other surprises. If you want to know more, you can have a look at my postcrossing profile.

Favorite Crafts

various paper crafts, linocutting / linoprinting, rubber stamping, rubber stamp carving, Mail Art, letterpress, crocheting, felting, watercolour painting drawing and painting with various media, pottery, ... I always like to try and learn new things!

Likes and wishlist

Besides ATCs, in general I prefer to receive "useful" things.

colours: i don't like pink. shades of blue and red are wonderful, also earth shades, dark green shades.

Here is a list of various things that I'd be happy to find in my mail. There's no specific order.

ATCs, crafting ideas (also for crafting with primary school children), pottery instructions for making cute tiny clay animals or pictures of those, something inspirational that's making me curious.

Favorite Music

I like various kinds of music. Most important that it's with real instruments and not electronically created music. I'm more into a-capella, classical, folk, jazz, also I like choir music very much.

Favorite Books

I have to admit that I like books which are not too complicated. But I like intelligent humour. Historical Fiction is brilliant, also crime stories. I also like fantasy, and childrens books. I like reading books in english or german.

Authors I like are for example: Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch, JRR Tolkien, Ken Follett, Michael Crichton, Jasper Fforde and many more.

ATC likes

If you want to make a profile based ATC for me and didn't find anything so far, you might find something here: I like ATCs that are made with some effort and are carefully/ accurately made. As I display all ATCs in a folder, they should fit into standard sleeves (and shouldn't be too thick). Concerning media so far I received so many different ATCs incorporating all kinds of media, there is no favourite so far. Some of the very best ones I received were hand drawn/painted, the artists had great skills. Please do not send me ATCs incorporating blink or glitter unless the swap description requires it. I don't like chunky ATCs. I do like cards with intelligent or surprising quotes and matching designs.

Themes I might like on ATCs are: plants and trees, ocean, nature, patterns or shapes,


Sometimes I like to copy a collaborative zine that gets sent home back to me and send a copy to every contributor. But it's difficult to do, as when just copying it, usually the edges will be cropped.

But after some thinking and trying I found a workaround solution. You need a scanner that can do bigger scans than the size of your zine is, though.

That's how I worked out to do it:

  • Scan the Zine as if it was a bigger size paper
  • Crop the edges on the computer and save the file
  • Print the Zine
  • Do the same with the back if you want it printed and print it on the back of the paper in the correct way round
  • Take a Craft knife and crop the edges
  • Fold

That's many steps - but that's how it works to have the full zine printed. No edges missing. It's a little bit smaller than the original, though. But I don't mind that.

If I just copy it in the correct size here, I get white edges that can be cut off, too - but then some of the original edge is missing.


I don't like Hello Kitty and other Kawaii designs.

I don't like scented stuff, unless natural essential oils have been used for scenting.

I don't smoke and hate things smelling of smoke.

I don't like stickers, glitter and bling. Please do not send me ATCs incorporating stickers, bling or glitter unless the swap description requires it. I don't like chunky ATCs.

Please do not send food or tea, thanks!


Poeprincess rated for AAA: Sender's Choice #357223 on May 28, 2024
Comment: Wow! These cyanotypes are neat. I can see why you are passionate about them. Thank you for sending two and the cyano note.
9O96O rated for Zine-Go-Round #38 on May 20, 2024
Comment: What a unique deco. I'm ordering some cyanotype paper so I can give this technique a try.
PrincessLeia rated for Zine-Go-Round, round 37 on May 7, 2024
Comment: Hello, thanks for sending Amy’s music zine. Thanks also for your handcarved rubber stamps zine -your stamps are really cool! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
9O96O rated for HCSI: Collective MAJ #15 on Apr 27, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the 2 MAJs. I'll do a 2 page spread in both of them and send them home to their owners. And thanks for the pretty blue art extras.
Response: Thanks for the heart! Your unfinished MAJs will be filled by some of my MailArt friends in Germany and will be returned to you when they are full.
9O96O rated for HCSI: Stamp & Pass Postcard #17 on Apr 27, 2024
Comment: I love the Snowy Owl scene. And I like how you've given us options to divide the rest of the card. Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the praise and the heart :)
9O96O rated for HCSI: Collective MAJ #14 on Mar 22, 2024
Comment: I love your orange page. You create beautiful reduction prints. ====== P.S. I also like the fun Marvel comic postage stamps.
Response: Thanks :)
9O96O rated for HCSI: Stamp & Pass Postcard #15 on Mar 20, 2024
Comment: What a great package, 2 homers, this Stamp & Pass swap and an HCSI MAJ swap. Your section on this stamp & pass PC is very arty. I'll see what I have in my collection that will work with it.
Response: Thanks for your kind words!
luckysweetpea rated for Zine-Go-Round #36 on Mar 16, 2024
Comment: Hello Christine! Thank you for sending dvmac's Stamp It! Zine. I'll have fun contributing to it. Thank you for your little mini-zine and stamps. I love them! Warmly, Ginger
Response: Hello Ginger, thanks for your kind words and the heart!
SFreer rated for Zine-Go-Round #35 on Mar 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sending Sherry’s paper ribbon zine! I will add my page and send it home. 🙂 Thanks for the extras too. Your mini zine is very cool!
Response: Thanks for the heart and for your kind words. Hope you'll have fun adding to the zine. I would like to receive a copy of the finished one - maybe I will contact the owner some time and ask for a scan...
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Collective MAJ #13 on Feb 25, 2024
Comment: Hello, always nice to see your carves. I really liked your two page spread in the zine - a wonderful seaside scene which I'm so glad to have on your note and the envelope :). On recruiting more carvers, maybe a group message or posting on the group page?
Response: Thanks for your kind words and for the heart :)
Dustzappa rated for WIYM: PURPLE POSTCARD #2 on Feb 23, 2024
Comment: I received your card. Thank you so much.
Response: It's great to know that the card arrived at your place safely. Thanks!
swapwithyi rated for Zine-Go-Round #34 on Feb 5, 2024
Comment: It is my first time to receive a zine <3 It is fun to work with it ! I will pass it in next swap.Thankyou for the ATC you sent me.It is so beautiful and I love it so so much <3 Wish you have a happy 2024 toooo
Response: Thanks for your kind words and the heart. I hope you'll enjoy adding your artwork to my "blue" zine!
Tara21cd rated for Color themed atc number 9 on Jan 29, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful whale. Love it.
Response: Thanks for the heart.
9O96O rated for HCSI: Collective MAJ #12 on Jan 26, 2024
Comment: Beautiful reduction block prints on your MAJ. I'll fill 2 pages to get it moving along quicker. And thank you so much for sending me a copy of the finished MAJ with the squirrel cover. Your copy printed out really well. Thanks for the momento!
Response: Thanks!
NorthStar07 rated for World Postcard Day on Jan 22, 2024
Comment: Hello there🌻 OMG! The postcard is SUPERCUTE!💌📬 the bunny and the mailbox are so just too cute! Thank you so much for the resend. I feel bad that the 1st one didn't make it... I hope it reaches me... have a beautiful day and a mailbox full of happy mail 💌🌸
Response: I'm so glad the resend arrived quickly. Thanks for the heart.
Manonroberts rated for Color themed atc number 9 on Jan 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the brilliant ATC, I want to try lino carving soon!
Response: Thanks for the heart! If you use real linoleum: Make sure to make it warm (hot water bottle on top, put it on the heating for a while, ...) - it's much easier to carve then!
Comment: Love this card and what you did.....now what to add and send home...will be fun.... OH and thanks so much for sharing your umbrella stamps..... love how you did that... amazing..... many hearts to YOU...thanks for joining this swap!
Response: Thanks for your kind words and the heart!
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Collective MAJ #11 on Jan 5, 2024
Comment: Love how you used your hot air balloon stamp - thanks for the decorated envelope and the artistamps! I'll send off the MAJ next round.
Response: Thanks for your kind words and the heart!
user2148 rated for HCSI: Stamp & Pass Postcard #13 on Dec 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for filling in the last spot on my postcard and returning it! I love your repeating leaf pattern! Perfect for the season! Your eraser prints have all been fabulous - can’t wait to see what you’re up to next. ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Thanks for your kind words and the heart! Wish I had time to carve more things - not possible at the moment.
Comment: Love this card..... will finish it and send it HOME.... OH and I especially LOVE your hand made stamps of the candle with flame..... so special.....thank you so much..... many hearts to you......
Response: Thanks for your kind words and the heart!

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9O96O on Mar 21, 2024:

Thanks so much for sending my finished HCSI MAJ home. I'm impressed with all of the carvings.

9O96O on Mar 20, 2024:

Thank you so much for sending home my Stamp & Pass postcard. It turned out better than I could have imagined. Great sections. So fun to see the "ghoulish" results.

9O96O on Feb 18, 2024:

Thanks for contributing to my collaborative ATC. It turned out beautifully. I love you carved stamp faux postage.

Reisegern on Nov 24, 2023:


Thanks to dvmac, user2148 and 9O96O for contributing your wonderful artwork to my Stamp&Pass-Postcard :)

9O96O on Aug 8, 2023:

Thank you Reisegern for your Fox contribution! The postcard turned out so well. I love the cute dog/canid stamps. It's so unique. :)

rngstgstll on Mar 13, 2015:

On a sad day for Discworld, the AMOPWBS welcomes you.


Tessssssa on May 18, 2014:


I saw you are joining get the not a paper at swat.

If this swap doesn't start, would you want to swap it with me?

I also already made mine.


tonewadventures on Apr 1, 2014:

Thank you for joining Easy ATC Swap #4

Happy Swapping!

tonewadventures on Apr 1, 2014:

Thank you for joining Easy ATC Swap #3

Happy Swapping!

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