Swap-bot Time: March 1, 2021 8:33 pm


Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: February 28, 2021
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


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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.

World Postcard Project

I have a very ambitious ongoing project to collect at least one touristy type postcard from every country in the world and the list of the ones still needed are below.

Some are more "areas" versus official countries (ie the Holy See and Palestine) and some are listed in their official spellings instead of their English names (ie Sint Maarten) but either English or non-English work equally well for me. There are also a few listed under their new names AND old names (ie Burma/Myanmar)...either one works for my collection. Either used or unused would be welcome!

A - Albania - Algeria - Andorra - Angola - Argentina - Armenia - Aruba - Azerbaijan

B - Bahrain - Bangladesh - Barbados - Belarus - Belize - Benin - Bhutan - Bolivia - Bosnia & Herzegovina - Botswana - Brunei - Bulgaria - Burkina Faso - Burma / Myanmar - Burundi

C - Cameroon - Cabo Verde - Central African Republic - Chad - Chile - Comoros - Congo, Democratic Republic of (DRC) (formally known as Zaire) - Congo, Republic of - Costa Rica - Cote d'Ivoire - Croatia - Cuba - Curacao - Cyprus

D - Denmark - Dijibouti - Dominica

E - Equador - El Salvador - Equatorial Guinea - Eritrea - Estonia - Ethiopia

G - Gabon - Gambia - Georgia - Ghana - Grenada - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Guyana

H - Haiti - Holy See - Honduras

I - Iceland - Iran - Iraq - Israel

J - Jamaica - Jordan

K - Kazakhstan - Kenya - Kiribati - Kosovo - Kuwait - Kyrgystan

L - Laos - Latvia - Lebanon - Lesotho - Liberia - Libya - Liechtenstein - Luxembourg

M - Macau - Macedonia - Madagascar - Malawi - Maldives - Mali - Malta - Marshall Islands - Mauritania - Mauritius - Moldova - Mongolia - Montenegro - Morocco - Mozambique - Myanmar / Burma

N - Nauru - Nepal - Nicaragua - Niger - Nigeria - North Korea

O - Oman

P - Pakistan - Palestine / Palestinian Territories - Panama - Papua New Guinea - Paraguay - Philippines

Q - Qatar

R - Romania - Rwanda

S - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Samoa - San Marino - Sao Tome and Principe - Senegal - Serbia - Seychelles - Sierra Leone - Singapore - Sint Maarten - Slovakia - Slovenia - Solomon Islands - Somalia - South Sudan - Sri Lanka - Sudan - Suriname - Swaziland - Sweden - Syria

T - Tajikistan - Tanzania - Timor-Leste - Togo - Tonga - Trinidad and Tobago - Tunsinia - Turkmenistan - Tuvalu

U - Uganda - Uruguay - Uzbekistan

V - Vanuatu - Venezuela

Y - Yemen

Z - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Zaire (now known as DRC/Congo, Democratic Rupublic of)

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

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.

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)


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


Phenyx rated for IPC: Junk Journal Inspiration Kit on Mar 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the resend. I received the package but didn't get to login with Lunar new year celebrations and prep going on.
mb58ca rated for Pass It On #2 on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Lots of goodies in here. Look for a pm about this swap tomorrow.
mb58ca rated for 3-3-3 on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: This package is AWESOME! Well done :) Love the restaurant postcard!
ddoherty6138 rated for CS: ATC Theme: Canadian #310718 on Feb 24, 2021
Comment: Crystal thank you for the very thoughtful ATC. I actually worked with Chief Dan Georges Grandson. The card was lovely as well. Yes Crafty Friends are the BEST friends.
Response: That is such a cool cooincidence that you worked with his grandson! I am glad that the atc arrived to you safely and I hope to get to swap with you again soon :)
tampatha rated for CDN Swappers: Rainbow of Ephemera on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: Wow! What a plethora of fun ephemera to play with! Thank you so much!
Hugsie86 rated for Grant A Wish on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for everything! I loved everything you sent!
Comment: So much fun pink & red! Lots to play with here -- thank you very much!
smartymartyky rated for Bags but NO LB Bags #5 on Feb 2, 2021
neca84 rated for Card Making Challenge #3 on Jan 27, 2021
Comment: such a lovely card, thank you
Comment: Thanks for all the postcards. I enjoyed this exchange.
majork29 rated for Pass It On #1 on Jan 25, 2021
Comment: So happy to see this today in the mail
allieo rated for A Package of ... Me! on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: I think I do get a sense of some of what you like :) It is a very lovely ATC too! I can tell that you like making them.
Response: I am so glad you received the swap and that I came across in the items I picked :) Thank you for the rating and the heart!
2bneat rated for Sheetload of Cards December on Jan 5, 2021
Comment: I really, really like the cards you made! Beautifully made and the sentiments you chose are great. I plan to use these as little cards to send to friends as encouragement. Thanks again for joining this swap and for the beautiful cards.
PrincessP rated for Card Making Challenge #2 on Jan 3, 2021
Comment: Hi CrystalZ! Thank you SO much for your wonderful card, I will be sure to save it for someone special. But I also want to say a MASSIVE Thank You for the Fantastic Mr Fox postcard, you're right...I love it! Thank you for being a wonderful swap partner and reading my profile, I really appreciate it. Happy New Year! x
Comment: This was so beautiful! I love black and white and I agree, I always think i have so much, but I never really do. I love all the effort you put into this!
mrsD rated for Holiday Card Exchange on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: love the cute rudolph card, and thanks for the cute mini envelopes too! merry christmas!
user6937 rated for CS: QUICK Christmas Card Exchange on Dec 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice Xmas card, Xmas pc and handmade tag! Merry Christmas - hope you have a lovely day.
HelenG6 rated for Holiday Card Exchange on Dec 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the old-fashioned card, bicycle note card, tag enclosed, delicious tea, and stickers. It's all beautiful! Enjoy Christmas!
mrsD rated for CS: QUICK Christmas Card Exchange on Dec 10, 2020
Comment: super pretty sparkly card! thank you for the washi tapes and card seals too. merry christmas to you xo
journalingrachel rated for Holiday Card Exchange on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: Thank-you so much for the lovely card! Everyone down here in ON is certainly in the Christmas spirit it seems. I love driving to look at the Christmas lights as well. Also thank-you for the washi samples, I especially love the Alice in Wonderland one :) Merry Christmas to you & a Happy New Year!

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susieq11 on Feb 13, 2021:

(Oops! I meant January Make A Wish, sorry!!)

susieq11 on Feb 13, 2021:

Crystal, thank you for granting my postcard and happy mail sticker wishes for Make A Wish February! Yes, your stationery is perfect!! Love that! The postcards are great! And the stickers are darling. Just love it all. Thank you very much!!! xoxo

Swan on Feb 13, 2021:

Thank you for the dot journal for my February wishlist and all the rose themed items for my January wishlist (Wishlist group)!

simcoe54 on Feb 6, 2021:

RAK for Happy Mail Supplies - Thanks so much for the envelope of paper goodies. I loved going through it and figuring what I will do with each piece. A nice variety of items. Thanks

TeaNi on Jan 24, 2021:

#Thank you for the November wish,
it just arrived! I enjoyed your cheery note and the photo corners! :)

phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

Merry Christmas! ♥

anicka22 on Dec 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the awesome pick 2 taf drom the FOPS group ! Love it all very much!

shtrqueen on Dec 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the wonderful envie of goodies for Make a Wish - November. I am so excited to use everything, it was a fantastic surprise today. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Happy Swapping!

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 :)

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