Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2023 5:44 pm


Date Joined: February 1, 2015
Last Online: March 21, 2023
Birthday: May 22, 1966
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

UP-DATE 28th of September 2022 It has been a crazy summer with an employer being diagnosed with dementia ... (and in denial) It has been quit exhausting and I had the intention to do some (more) swaps here. Because it freshens my mind, makes me feel more zen. It would have been a good distraction. But I found out that it was really a good idea, but in practice it didn't work. So if you noticed I wasn't as present as I should be, you now know why. If I am at fault, please contact me and I will work on a solution.

Just a few words can tell a lot: I am crazy about colors & paper, also paper & much more PAPER! a cat-lover/-admirer, always busy being creative, purple, turquoise, paper-lover (yes again! ;-) ), atelier-owner, artist, illustrations, Lenny Kravitz, dance, flower-garden, artistic, stamp & seal lover, cafe latte, red wine, tea-drinker, cozy, talkative, young in mind ... ;-) happy, dreamer, alternative, mother, l recycle, up-cycle and re-use, ... and so much more!!

PLEASE, if you're not satisfied with the mail I did sent you, send me a message about it, before giving me a 'bad rate'. I'd rather see you happy and try to find a solution. I always try to do my best for you, for everyone, but I might have misunderstood something... Please, give it a change in order to come to a solution! Thank you! :-)

ONE DISLIKE What I would like to bring to your attention is that I regularly receive mail - with the best intention, that I'm sure of (to protect the item) - covered in tape, foil ... PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't cover your lovely mail for me in (adhesive) plastic!!! I'd rather have it a bit damaged or in another protecting envelope or a plastic bag (what can be taken away).


I am also a Postcrosser (Elfje66) This is my PC-profile right now:

Hi, my name is Ellen. I am happy with my friend & our son (19) in a little village called Zweeloo, with historical farms and a little church - drawn by Van Gogh. We have 2 cats (Puk & Aagje). Since the end of 2019 we also have a dog 'Indy' (born June 2018) I love spring & summer most, being in our garden; seeding & picking flowers, enjoying the atmosphere.

I' m an artist (papier mache, illustration) & I have an atelier/studio where I love to be & work most of the time. (making cards, etc.) I make birth announcement cards - which we, in the Netherlands, traditionally use to send to the people we know to let them know our baby is born. But actually I'm a 'Jack-of-all-trades'. Like to see what I do? Please take a look at: www.elpapel.nl (you can take a look at the pictures & illustrations - text only in Dutch, sorry) Or on my Facebook-page (atelier): https://www.facebook.com/ElPapel.nl

And, of course, I love mail!!! I find it important to take time to find or make for you the card you are waiting for!

Recently I was interviewed on the PC blog!: https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2016/05/17/ellen-s-special-mailbox

In common I prefer ILLUSTRATED-cards! And cards with bright, colorful, warm colors-no pastels! I LOVE purple-violet-deep blue-turquoise-orange-yellow-red And BEAUTIFUL STAMPS are the icing on the cake!

Cards I would love to get: But every nice card you send with love & attention will make my day! Only ... PLEASE ... NO TOURIST CARDS!

At this moment I collect: Little Red Riding Hood & Alice in Wonderland! So please, do me a BIG FAVOR and send me something of one of these!!

  • Gypsy-bohemian style!!!
  • HAPPY cards
  • birds (especially owls)
  • black or b&w cats
  • or other animals
  • Mad Hatter
  • colorful houses
  • mailman/post-office
  • Paisley, Jugendstill, totem poles, tattoos
  • beautiful (illustrated) quotes
  • Inge Look (old ladies), Silke Leffler, Papillon, Papaya Art, La Marelle, Ecojot, Herzensart, Fiep Westendorp, Amandine Piu, Moomin, Rob Ryan (or similar), Plonk & Replonk!!!, INKOGNITO, Aquarupella & Correspondance cards
  • arts of HUNDERTWASSER, Klimt, Gaudí & WALASSE TING!!!
  • paper-related; paper maché (objects), paper cut and other art :-)
  • handmade cards, made with love, from artists (collage-mixed media), are very welcome.
  • surprise me with whatever you think is nice or special! :-)

Here you can find my ALBUM RECEIVED CARDS: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos

Please write the date on the card! Again: I am very fond of beautiful stamps!!! So if possible use these on the card or envelope (used ones added)? And if you have a Hundertwasser or Alice in Wonderland stamp for me it would make my day!!!

Love from Ellen

For who likes to do something EXTRA, it would be great to sent some goodies along with your card in an envelope. (Beautiful) used stamps (yes, again ;-) ) would be super! Or a drawing, favorite recipe, something handmade, a nice newspaper clipping, a saying from a fortune cookie, etc. But please, don't feel obliged!

Me & Swap Bot

I'm about a year really active here, so it is time to extend my profile :-) The coming time I will add here some things I really like (and a few I don't like), to make it easier and orderly for my swap partners.

Today I started to add most of the ATCs I've made for Swap Bot partners mostly in My Google Photos Albums. So if you like to know me a little by the things I've made or you're just curious, you can take a look here: https://goo.gl/photos/pU5ZJvJH69ntbtjy6

I LIKE :-)

Things I LIKE:

I LOVE COLORS! - colorful - jewel tones purple, violet, magenta, turquoise, fireman red, warm yellows, orange, hard pink, neons, some glitter :- )

  • intense color combinations!!!

  • stamps; rubber stamps and postage stamps

  • REAL stamps on my mail!!!

  • ephemera (tickets esp.)

  • birds (owls!!!)

  • cats (black ones even more)

  • hippie - gypsy - bohemian

  • illustrations above photos

  • totempoles

  • Jugendstill, Art Nouveau

  • Little Red Riding Hood (postage stamps?!!!)

  • Alice in Wonderland (postage stamps?!!!)

  • handmade paper

  • handprinted paper

  • gelli plate

  • self-made rubber stamps (to make and to receive)

  • arti stamps

  • ATC's (with the right size!)

  • art journal (pages)

  • 'junk-art'

  • mail-art!! (ever since I knew the existing of it!!!)

  • handmade envies

much more ... to be continued :-D


Things I DISLIKE or find depressing:

• brown, dark or grey colored, too much green (some greens I really like, esp. in combination with some other colors!)

  • steampunk

  • plastic items, tape

  • lovely mail covered into tape, adhesive foil, etc. So please put it in an(other) envelope or stick everything as good as possible - even if the swap requires to send it naked!

  • Walt Disney (except for Alice in Wondeland - the movie)

  • too girlish

  • soft colors, pastels

  • real girl-stuff (with a lot of gold and pink, big eyes, etc.)

  • sports stuff - I don't like sport(s), not in an active way, nor in a passive way (watching sports). I actually just hate sport. So please don't send me anything with sport!!!

Coming time I will enlarge this 'section' :-D


PaperPassion rated for Fishy Zetti Journal Page on Feb 24, 2023
Comment: Love the fish zetti.Very creative.Thank you so much.
Comment: Love the postcard you made ,one of my very favorites.Thank you so much.
9O96O rated for HCSI: Stamp & Pass Postcard #1 on Jan 28, 2023
Comment: I feel quite fortunate that I got paired up with you. I see that you are signed up for the next 2 Stamp & Paste swaps. Fantastic! The chinese lanterns are a great start to this postcard. I think I have something asian-themed to add. And your postcard artwork is beautiful. Thank you for the Little Red Riding postcard. I think I might use it in a Postcrossing swap.
nancylee rated for WIYM Alice in Wonderland Happy Mail on Jan 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great piece of art. What a fun holiday version of the Mad Hatter.
Poeprincess rated for Zetti Snow Queen on Jan 6, 2023
Comment: This is a beautiful piece & totally appropriate! Love it! Thank you for creating her for me (and the Mata Hari stamp—really neat)!
donetta rated for AACG: Teal and Gold ATC on Dec 27, 2022
Comment: Ellen, this ATC is just beautiful! That gorgeous teal and gold background! I'm not surprised, because everything you make is beautiful. Thank you so much for being a wonderful swap partner!
Comment: Oh my goodness, I can't even express how much I love this card!!! It will be coming out every year as part of my decorations. And probably living on my bookshelf all year, to be honest. :D Thank you so much, Ellen!
Comment: Thank you for this awesome postcard, I adore it. I love the black & white version which made it spectacular. I love color but I I also love great black & white work, She is amazing and going on my "favorites board" in my art room. Wishing you a blessed holiday season. Hugs, Mona
Response: Oooh, I feel privileged to be chosen for your favorites board! Thank you! :-) Love, Ellen
Comment: Thanks so much Ellen!! You did such a great job on the adorable monster you created for me!! I love him!! ❤️
arimails rated for WIYM: Cover my Envelope on Oct 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap, I loved the underwater theme! <3 The little whale tag is adorable
Comment: I received this swap a while ago, but after reading your post I seen that though I archived the swap I forgot to rate. The flip book is lovely and I have it in a spot in my junk journal. I am very sorry it slipped my attention. Thank you so much.
lou rated for WIYM: Postage-stamp themed happy mail on Sep 17, 2022
Comment: Many thanks for the great envelope you sent and all the fun, wonderful things inside, too!
PaperPassion rated for Zetti Journal Page on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: Love the zetti card you made it is perfect thanks so much.
Comment: Lovely tag! Thank you!
EleanB rated for AMA: Things with Wings -May on Jun 12, 2022
Comment: What a great card! I love the vibrant colors and all the butterflies.
Response: Thanks for the nice compliment and heart! I loved making it for you :-)
JaneInSD rated for HMPC: Bird love - March on Apr 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty bird postcard. You are very talented!!! :-) Thanks for giving me a smile today.
beachchicken rated for TPS: Mail Art - February 2021 on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful swap! I look forward to seeing it in person, fingers crossed on the mail system. Happy day!
Response: Thank you so much for rating & the heart! I made it with love, but I do hope it will finally arrive soon. As I find some time I will make you a resend, but it will not be the same. That would be impossible. Indeed, fingers crossed!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas postcard and stickers, stamps and the Nautical little card!! Love all these fun things!! Love the vellum envelope but it was taped at the bottom, there were holes but everything is fine!! Love the stamped image on the envelope!!
Eclectonote rated for AFWLS - Christmas Postcards #1 on Dec 23, 2020
Comment: What a wonderful Christmas postcard! The collection of postage stamps is so colorful and cheerful - awesome design. Have a very happy holiday!
Marl33n rated for AFWLS - Christmas Postcards #1 on Dec 12, 2020
Comment: Leuk je hier ook te zien Ellen! Sorry ik had je kaartje gemist, maar hij is prachtig. We gaan wel even bij de ouders langs, op afstand en alleen met zijn tweetjes. Jij? Alvast fijne feestdagen!

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bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

ittybittykitty on Sep 8, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

bigmamabird on Nov 15, 2019:

I received your two lovely OMAE tags today! They are so lvoely and so worth the wait! Many thanks for making these for me... I hope you are truly on the other side of your season of illness, that is rough on a person! All the best, Carroll

LahDeeDah on May 25, 2019:

P. S. Happy belated birthday, as well. :-)

LahDeeDah on May 25, 2019:

Dear Ellen - I'm very glad you like the envie I made for you. I had a great time creating it. The themes you requested were so much fun it was hard for me to choose just one. Thanks for the profile comment. Happy swapping!


CurlyTea on May 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

bigmamabird on May 18, 2019:

Many thanks for the beautiful envelope you've sent me for the OMAE forum tag Arty Envelopes!!! I love what you have created for me so much and appreciate the effort and attention. I did open it as it seemed that it had quite a weighty inclusion and what a surprise to find more pretties in there..! Thank you very much Ellen, and Early wishes for a wonderful Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


gothbarbie on Jul 10, 2018:

Thanks for forwarding the mini art journal to me! Looks like this one is almost filled and ready to be sent HOME! Hooray!

milamilamura on May 24, 2018:

I tried your sweet potato soup recipe today and it's amazing, loved it!! Thank you so much for sharing it with me, I can see why it's one of your favorites, it was really delicious! Have a happy spring! =)

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