Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2021 7:46 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: October 20, 2021
Birthday: April 6
Country: Canada
Pocket Letters I've Made


INSTAGRAM - Currently my IG is soley for all things related to my SwapBot things...so incoming & outgoing mails, different crafts I do etc. I am trying to be better at taking pictures of my outgoing mail but a lot of times I forget. I do take pictures of most everything I receive though. If you have Instagram please include your IG name in your note to me as sometimes I can't match Instagram names to SwapBot names and I would love to tag the lovely folks sending me swaps and such!

POSTAGE CANCELLATION MARKS/DATES - Once mail leaves my hands and is with the postal system I can't vouch for the accuracy of any postmark dates stamped on my mail by them. They may or may not postmark my mail on the day I mail it...more than likely it'll be delayed until it gets to a main post office or post office hub. And maybe there won't be any postmarks on it at all...such joy!

Current Open RAK's & Tags


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 obsessed with playing Animal Crossing New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch! If you want to be friends with me on there just send me a PM for my friend code.

I am proud to have inherited two different groups in my time here on SwapBot...Canadian Swappers and International Paper Crafts. I enjoy 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. Some of my fav flavours are peach, anise, licorice, and mint but I enjoy most any fruit or dessert flavour tea though (no raspberry though please). 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. Last updated 5/10/21.

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 - 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 - Curacao - Cyprus

D - 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 - Iran - Iraq

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 - Solomon Islands - Somalia - South Sudan - Sri Lanka - Sudan - Suriname - Swaziland - Sweden - Syria

T - Tajikistan - Tanzania - Timor-Leste - Togo - Tonga - Trinidad and Tobago - 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:

  • book pages (vintage or non-English are preferred but all are greatfully accepted)
  • Canada Post postage stamps (new/uncancelled)
  • deco tapes
  • diecuts & punchies
  • digital kits/files to self-print
  • 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!!)
  • flat stickers of any theme (loose or in a sheet)
  • fussy cut images on cardstock paper
  • Graphic 45 anything
  • handmade envelopes (at least 4.5"x6.5")
  • note papers / list pads / stationary of most any kind
  • postage stamps (used) from around the world...if they fit my favourites list all the better but all are welcome. On or off paper or both good to me.
  • small word or phrase/quote stickers or diecuts
  • traveller's notebook covers & lined inserts (storebought or handmade). I use personal size...6.75" x 3.75"
  • UHU gluesticks
  • Ultra Fine Point Sharpies in any colour but I use black most often
  • .5mm pens in black or blue

Please do not send....

FB'S / Deco's / X-Slip Bags / Slams / Crams / Sticker Books etc

Please please please do not send them to me as I do NOT participate in them and I do not wish to be saddled with the cost of sending them to someone that does. The only "pass along/travelling" type swaps I do are bags for goodies such as washi samples, postage stamps, stickers, etc.

General Crafts

I unfortunately do not do any crafts other than papercrafting such as 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
  • big gemstones/rhinestones
  • craft books for any craft including papercrafting
  • 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
  • raspberry tea
  • rose scented anything

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


evanselli rated for CS: Fall Is Upon Us! on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Thanks Crystal for the beautiful swap. Fall is my favourite season and the things you sent make it more beautiful. Tons of hearts 😊❤️❤️
Comment: Thank you for the swap!
user6937 rated for CPG Paper Clusters - Global on Oct 7, 2021
Comment: I love doing clusters (when I do them, I can't understand why I don't do them more often); thanks for the ones you've made :)
AlisonKingWriter rated for CS: Postcards 2 + 3 on Oct 1, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much!! I love the cards. <3 Al
FieryCanuck rated for IPC: Let's Build a Tag Journal on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: I absolutely love the butterfly tag you made for me! I can't wait to add others to my jounal! <3 (I'm also happy because your stamp wasn't postmarked so I can reuse it! haha)
Response: Excellent to hear that you like the tag AND that they didn't mark the stamp all up! Thank you for the rating and heart :)
Tamawi rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #9 - Global on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: What nice stickers to choose from - thank you!
WanderingStar rated for IPC: Quartet of Supplies on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Omg Crystal! I just got a rating reminder 😔 shame on me! Because your swap was awesome ♡♡♡ it really was too bad that it was just us, but then again not ;) because now I had you! Thank you for the pretty folio and the beautiful quartet u sent me ♡ that card on the front is so pretty!! It will surely end up in one of my journals! ☆♡☆ Thank you for swapping with me! ♡♡♡
dabellaraquella rated for CS: Themed Papercrafting Kit on Aug 21, 2021
Comment: Holy Birds Lady! Thank you so so much for all the wonderful Birdie things ❤ I'm excited to finish going through it!
Response: Yey so happy they made it to you safely! I love birds so I had a hard time slimming down what to send you :) Thank you for the rating and heart.
Comment: What a fun swap to open! I loved everything in it, especially the travel themed ATC. :)
Response: Glad you liked it! Thank you for the rating and heart.
Comment: thanks so much!
theprairiemailbox rated for CS: Nesting Envelopes on Aug 17, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the envelopes and for hosting this swap, what a fun idea!
bblue rated for Private: CrystalZ & BBlue on Aug 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks for swapping with me!
Comment: I love everything you included! thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you for the great assortment of pcs, and the extras!
Response: Glad they arrived safely...thank you for the rating and heart!
sassafrass rated for IPC: 6x6 Paper Pocket Envelope on Aug 5, 2021
Comment: I can't believe you sent me 3 beautiful envelopes! They are a bit addictive lol. Thank you so much for all the wonderful paper goodies. I love everything!
Response: So glad to see these finally arrived to you safely! Sometimes Canada Post....well we just have to live with it don't we?! Lol. I will be making a few more of the envies here shortly and I can even make some for my junk journal too...such an easy little pocket!
ladybug513 rated for IPC: Paper Scrap Sampler on Aug 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely paper sampler! I really like the variety of papers you've included and the little extra bits :)
Response: Wow the swap arrived to you quickly...glad to see mail between our two countries is moving pretty smoothly :) Thank you for the rating and heart!
Comment: thank you for the beautiful card, I absolutely adore the papers you used simply beautiful
evanselli rated for CS: Flowish Junk Journal on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great swap, I love everything you sent especially the wall paper😊❤️
Bloempje666 rated for Crafty Cleanup on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this swap!!! Now i can do my needlework again :) And i loved tot see your crafty room!
Flamingoloon rated for Crafty Cleanup on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: This was a fun swap! I do hope we can send updated pictures in 6 months. It will keep me working on things.

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user6937 on Sep 29, 2021:

Hi, Crystal - your SPAM pc's have arrived (that was FAST)! I actually just bought a can the other day (haven't tasted it yet) - I might go to the SPAM site and get a recipe :)

TeaNi on Aug 21, 2021:

Thank you very much

for the happy envie of fun surprises you sent me for my wishlist! :)

fairypretty7 on Aug 2, 2021:

Hi Crystal, thank you very much for the wonderful tag via CPG global pick 2.

weatherwax on May 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for sending this fabulous RAK envelope! I am having so much fun exploring!!! The variety is just fantastic and I am already inspired :) :) :)

Thank you <3

Have a wonderful Sunday :)

simcoe54 on May 19, 2021:

Envie of Ephemera RAK - Thanks so much for the envelope full of postcards. So many great ones. Can't wait to add them to my collection!

Jangonz on May 15, 2021:

Hi. I just received your RAK envie full of amazing ephemera. Thanks so much, can’t wait to use them!

supersquirrel on May 11, 2021:

Thank you so much for the huge envie of ephemera! I'm starting collage and there is so much in here that I can create with. Did you notice the squirrel on the adorable little notecard? Well, thanks again for the generous RAK! I have die cuts coming your way 🐿️❤️🐿️

katjl on May 10, 2021:

Thank you for the all the paper ephemera! I will definitely use them all. Appreciate your kindness.😀Take care and be safe, Kat

kizzlets on May 8, 2021:

CrystalZ, hello! I received your envelope of ephemera today! It was so fun sorting through them and can't wait to use them in my journal! Much appreciated and thank you for taking the time to send! Take care, kizzlets

user6937 on May 4, 2021:

Hi, Crystal: your big envelope of ephemera has arrived. I'm going to enjoy using them on lots of different things (postcards, ATCs, etc etc)!

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