Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2020 5:26 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: November 28, 2020
Birthday: April 6
Country: Canada
Pocket Letters I've Made


RECENT MOVE - In June 2020 I moved to a new apartment, different apartment but in the same building. So anyone that has my address on hand please note that my unit number is 303 now, I am no longer in 308.

COVID MAIL UPDATE - Mail is moving to/from Canada for the most part BUT it is still delayed both leaving Canada and coming in. Outbound international mail going anywhere is taking on average 4-6 weeks to get there....this includes US mail!

POSTAGE CANCELLATION MARKS/DATES - Once mail leaves my hands and is with the postal system I can't vouch for the accuracy of any cancellation dates stamped on my mail by them. It could be same day they get it or it could be 2 weeks later when it hits the final processing point before being delivered or before it leaves Canada. Or it may not wind up cancelled at all! Such is the joy of the postal service :)

Current Open RAK's


Outgoing Mails

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About Me

My name is Crystal, I am in my 30's, and I live in the Canadian city of Surrey, BC...just outside of Vancouver. I am a non-smoker so you should never get a smoky swap from me! But I do have a dog named Mia...she is a brussels griffon X terrier so she doesn't shed much and doesn't come into the craft room often.

I am the proud to have inherited two different groups in my time here on SwapBot...Canadian Swappers and International Paper Crafts. I love each group I am a member of but am especially fond of these two groups and am happy that two great swappers entrusted me to carry on their created groups!

I am a child of the 80's and am a big kid at heart so I love anything that reminds me of my childhood. I love Winnie the Pooh, Disney, Ziggy, vintage Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Holly Hobby, Popples, etc.


I am sharing a few of my favourites and my collections to potentially help my partners. Please know though that just because something isn't on my favs list etc doesn't mean I won't enjoy what you pick to send my way!

Favourite colours: teal (leaning more towards a lighter teal/aqua) or any jewel tone (emerald, sapphire, etc)

Favourite bird: owls and hummingbirds, but I really love all birds. I especially enjoy images of vintage (or vintage inspired) illustrated birds.

Favourite drinks: I am an avid tea drinker but I am not overly picky about brands. One of my fav flavours is peach but I enjoy most any fruit or dessert flavour tea though. And any tea with anise or licorice too! I also really enjoy flavoured hot chocolate mixes.

Favourite food: cashews, dark chocolate, Eatmore bars, pistachios, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, rice crackers, HiChews (fav is grape), Skittles, sour candys. Overall I prefer candy or salty snacks over a chocolate any day.

Favourite scent: lilac, lavender, melons, peach, pumpkin spice, gingerbread, peppermint/spearmint

Favourite sports teams & athletes: NHL Edmonton Oilers, CFL Edmonton Eskimoes. Fav athletes are Wayne Gretzky and Trevor Linden.

Other themes I enjoy: butterflies, dragonflies, florals, gnomes, Paris (especially the architecture), woodland/natural critters, and mushrooms.

I love most any kawaii character but especially: Totoro, Pusheen, Sumikko Gurashi, and Pompompurin.


My papercrafting journey started with scrapbooking in '98 or so, then cards, then I fell hard for pocket letters in '15, and then on to ATC's.

Check out my Flikr photos (link at the top) to check out some pocket letters I have created.

I collect both atc's and pocket letters :)

I am obsessed with paper and paper goods...hoarder, collector or whatever you call it I am that! While I love all things paper I do not need anymore paper scraps.

FAVOURITE PAPER BRANDS: Graphic 45, Prima, Blue Fern Studios, Webster's Pages.


I love my postcard collection and am always looking for new swaps! I prefer receiving them in an envelope but I also do swap for naked ones occasionally. I don't mind receiving well-made & sturdy Zazzle cards but please no handmade cards or ad/freebie cards unless they are tied to my likes/collections!

  • postcards tied to my likes/collections

  • mountain scenes

  • Unesco sites

  • national parks

  • historical sites and monuments

  • touristy postcards from anywhere!

    • I would especially love to receive any from the Canadian Maritimes, Vancouver Island, New York City, New Orleans LA, and Paris France.

Other Things I Like

This is just a small selection of things I like receiving. Please do not take this tiny list to be an exhaustive list, it is just a few things that I use often is all. I welcome whatever you feel I may like!

At the top of my list is anything handmade by you (atc, pocket letter, bookmark, small painting, flip book, decorated tag, etc).

Followed in no particular order by:

  • deco tapes
  • vintage or non-English book papers
  • diecuts & punchies
  • fussy cut images on cardstock paper
  • Graphic 45 anything
  • handmade envelopes (at least 4.5"x6.5")
  • face masks (the beauty sheet masks and not so much the kind I wear due to Covid protocols...although if you want to make me one of those that would be cool too!!)
  • note papers / list pads / stationary of most any kind
  • traveller's notebook covers & lined inserts (storebought or handmade). I use personal size...6.75" x 3.75"
  • small word or phrase/quote stickers or diecuts
  • UHU gluesticks
  • flat stickers of any theme (loose or in a sheet)
  • new Canada Post postage stamps
  • used postage stamps from around the world...if they fit my favourites list all the better but all are welcome
  • .5mm pens in black or blue
  • Ultra Fine Point Sharpies in any colour but I use black most often

Please do not send....

I unfortunately do not do any other crafts (other than papercrafting) like knitting, candlemaking, sewing etc thus I can not make use of any items for other crafts like paint, crochet hooks, yarn, or knitting needles, etc. The exception is vintage pattern books as those are great to add to junk journals!

I am pretty easy to please overall but below are the other things I dislike or simply just have to much of already.

  • ATG tape gun or the refills
  • buttons of any kind
  • big gemstones/rhinestones
  • craft books for any craft including papercrafting
  • digital files/kits (unfortunately I do not have access to a colour printer so I am unable to print any digital files out)
  • gory themed items (I prefer cute Halloween versus blood and guts Halloween)
  • junk mail type ephemera (such as store flyers, newspapers, real estate ad cards, coupons, restaurant menus, etc....basically the stuff that goes from your mailbox to the recycle bin I have zero need for)
  • magazines or magazine cutouts
  • makeup
  • paper scraps (unless for a destash swap; I generally have more than enough of my own, thanks!)
  • paper straws
  • perfume or perfume samples
  • rose scented anything

TEAS NOT TO SEND - raspberry - cherry

Fav Movies & TV


I am a huge lover of Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks movies like Happy Feet, Toy Story, Shrek, etc. My fav of course is Winnie the Pooh :)

I am a big fan of both Paul Walker and Vin Diesel so pretty much anything with either of them in it I love...any of the Fast & Furious movies, XXX, etc.

I also enjoy the musical/dancing focused movies. Grease 1 & 2, Dirty Dancing 1 & 2, Footloose (original and remake), High School Musical series etc.


Comedies: Golden Girls, Big Bang Theory, Two Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, The Odd Couple (new one, never watched the original), Friends, Frasier

Drama: NCIS, NCIS LA, NCIS New Orleans, CSI Vegas, CSI Miami, Hawaii 5-0 (new one, never watched the original), Magnum PI (original one) Murder She Wrote, Murdoch Mysteries

Educational: River Monsters, Zoo Juniors, Food Factory, Food Factory USA, How It's Made, Mythbusters (with original team)

My Mom

My Mom is my very best friend and is my world. I may from time to time join swaps/play tags and ask for a gift/stocking stuffer for her instead of me so I wanted to tell you a bit about her and her likes.

Her name is Mavis...her birthday is July 27th so she is a Leo and her birthstone is a ruby. Her favourite colours are cream/ivory and/or purple.

She most enjoys watching "her stories" on tv....NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, Hawaii 5-0, Criminal Minds, etc. She likes reading magazines and short article type books (think of the facts & trivia bathroom reader type books lol). No novels please.

She also really enjoys refinishing wood furniture/items like tables, jewelry boxes etc. She can use little knobs or embellishments for the jewellery boxes. She doesn't do ANY other craft like scrapbooking, painting, or sewing.

She likes anything blingy or sparkly! The blingier the better!

She collects:

  • atc's with a hummingbird, cardinal bird, dogs or cats, or images of vintage items on them (like an old timey stroller, or vintage ladies etc)
  • anything that says "Live, Laugh, Love" on it
  • anything Calgary Flames (ugh don't even start me on that lol)
  • postcards featuring churches and old timey/vintage images (cute ads, etc).

Treatwise she enjoys chocolate (no dark or mint flavour please) and caramel flavours. She prefers coffee over tea but does sometime drink green tea. Please do not send gum or chewy toffee/caramels for her.

Anything you are sending to her please address to Mavis Armitage. She has the same address as me though.


I understand life happens and will give people a second chance to make things right. So if you have flaked on me, and want to make it up, please message me!

Listed below are swaps I have been flaked on (thankfully not many) and the kind angel that came forward.

Sparkly-Inchie; angelled by @JudalineZ thank you!

Where You Live PC November; angelled by @LucyToons thank you!

A Less Ordinary Animal Postcard; angelled by @Fever thank you!

CS: Quick Gratitude Notecard


mb58ca rated for En Masse Swap - Red & Green on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: Resend arrived! Love the items and the way you presented them. Take care.
noname13 rated for CPG: Early Christmas 🎄 global #2 on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for your Christmas card and the extra letter sets.
user6937 rated for OoO: Die-cuts for Xmas/Winter on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: WOW - so many great die-cuts; I'm going to have a lot of fun using these, Crystal - thank you very much! Oh, and one of our BEST vacations was going on a cruise to Hawaii over Xmas!
Comment: Thanks for all the fun die cuts!
rev1901 rated for Washi bags coming back #2 on Nov 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cute washi tape!
user6937 rated for 15 minutes a day - week 2 on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: My paper scraps are a real pain to me; everytime I dig through it for a specific colour, I SWEAR I'm going to organize it! Thanks for sharing; I love this challenge and I'm glad everyone is making progress :)
Comment: Thanks for the washi samples!
ddoherty6138 rated for 15 minutes a day - week 1 on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Crystal - Good start on the work on your craft room and seasonal chores.
bethe rated for Washi bags coming back #2 on Oct 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice variety to choose from. Will send on to the next partner :)
loveretro rated for CPG: Early Christmas 🎄 global on Oct 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much, Crystal for the classy Christmas card and the extra vintage-style Christmas postcard 🎄 ! have a nice weekend ! Monique
renmagpie rated for IPC: Fall ATC on Oct 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for such a great (and amazingly textured!) ATC. :D I really loved your technique and your note made me so happy. Thank you, too, for hosting this swap. I am looking forward to many more in this group! xoxoxo
Comment: Thank you for the awesome washi!
Juniebird rated for CPG: Early Christmas 🎄 global on Oct 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the fun(ny) Christmas card... lol! And for the tuck ins too!
Rapsy rated for 15 minutes a day - week 1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: That is one of my problems too, when taken together it's all "where do you start?" but when you split it up like in these swaps I find I get tons of stuff done. I should put "archive swaps" on my next week's list. I did not realize at first that I had to do it manually, I thought it just did once ratings were all completed. Now every time I look at it I get discouraged so I don't, because I've realized I'm going to have to double check each one. Anyway, you got tons done, good for you!! Take Care :)
postmarkd rated for 15 minutes a day - week 1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: That's definitely quite a list - great job getting through it! Finding where to start when your to-do list is never-ending seems impossible sometimes, glad you're making progress!
user6937 rated for 15 minutes a day - week 1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Lucky you to have done a lot of this before you moved (knowing me, I would have dragged it ALL with me, lol). Thanks for sharing your work!
mrsD rated for CS: 9 Days of Tea on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: these teas are amazing! especially cant wait to try the mint Trader Joe's and the whittard xmas teas. thank you!
ddoherty6138 rated for Christmas Box Swap on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you Crystal, the parcel arrived. OMG - so many presents. I will be opening them over the next little while...
Comment: Awesome! Thank you. I appreciate you peeking at my profile. Everything in this package was awesome. Take care!
WoodlandBanshee rated for CS: Papery Scavenger Hunt on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Ahhhh I loved this package so much! Thank you for all these gorgeous papers!!
Response: So glad they arrived to you safely! Thank you for the 5 and heart :)

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user6937 on Nov 20, 2020:

Menagerie tag - rec'd today; awesome OWL tag, thank you! Cards, stickers, journal! Great stickers on the envie and oh, so, cute Washi tape on the holder over the journal!

Queensmiley2530 on Nov 19, 2020:

Hey jusy seen your comment.. the Sticker's i send was from Dollar tree booklet.. they are new. I can send you a few more if you like :)

user6937 on Nov 13, 2020:

Thank you so much for the surprise RAK of Halloween die-cuts; unexpected but very appreciated!

TeaNi on Nov 9, 2020:

Thank you

for granting a wish for me with the fun package of Christmas goodies! I'm really ready for some Christmas spirit this year. Also I look forward to trying the tea! :)

TryshaH81 on Oct 23, 2020:

Thank you for the AWESOME Pooh set & all the things you sent for my Sept Wishlist!!

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 18, 2020:

I went to the PO for pick up today!! What an awesome card!!! I know I commented that I could see it was there, but I wanted to follow up so you're sure it's in my possession. Thank you also for the bookmarks for me - that was about and beyond and kind generous. I am currently re-reading the HP series and the feather will be my standard HP place holder :) Thank you again so very much!!

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 16, 2020:

TY for sending an altered index card my way for Leola's gift! I haven't picked it up yet - informed delivery let me know it's arrived. Anyways, I'm sure it's just lovely and I am excited to add it to the project!! :) I appreciate your time and efforts!! :)

mejulia on Sep 15, 2020:

Thank you for the great envelope of wishes from the wishlist group. I love everything.

lasciviouskisses on Sep 8, 2020:

Thank you for the CPG pick 2 - global tag.

Ciska76 on Sep 1, 2020:

Thank you so much for the CPG pick 2 - global tag. What a joy to explore the little envies and find the treasures inside. Also thanks for the address labels. ❤️

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