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CrystalZ

CrystalZ
Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: June 29, 2022
Birthday: April 6
Country: Canada
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CURRENTLY

CURRENT NEWS: Mail is moving but mail service is backed up. All the swaps I have received have been rated.

INSTAGRAM - Currently my IG is 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!

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

10 Different RAK'S - May 2022

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to have inherited two different groups in my time here on SwapBot...Canadian Swappers and International Paper Crafts (no longer active). I enjoy each group I am a member of though!

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.

Favourites/Collections

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, 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.

Papercrafting

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.

Postcards

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 3/17/22.

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 - American Samoa - Argentina - Armenia - Aruba - Azerbaijan

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

C - Cameroon - Cabo Verde - Central African Republic - Chad - 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 - Guam - 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 - Northern Mariana Islands

O - Oman

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

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 - Sudan - Suriname - Swaziland - Sweden - Syria

T - Tajikistan - Tanzania - Timor-Leste - Togo - Tonga - Turkmenistan - Tuvalu

U - Uganda - Uruguay - US Virgin Islands - 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

MOVIES

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.

TELEVISION

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)

Angels

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

Ratings

WoodlandBanshee rated for CS: Book Page Embellishments on Jun 28, 2022
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Comment: Such a great swap challenge this swap was! Thanks for hosting. They were so fun to make, and your embellishments are awesome. Take care!
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Comment: Hi Crystal! Please forgive my late rating--I was in California for more than 2 months. I love your ticket clips! Lovely color combos and a great amount of layers on each. I'm also in LOVE with the handmade gnome card you sent! I have never gotten in to making greeting cards, and this one is so cute. Thanks for a wonderful swap--hope we're partnered again very soon!
debbiespoms rated for CPG: Tea & A Snack GLOBAL on Jun 8, 2022
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Comment: Received your swap today and thanks so much for lovely letter on note card with two Chihuahuas, the two wonderful recipe for Bannock and for Oatmeal Lace cookies. I love anything Oatmeal! Esp. No bake oatmeal cookies, yum! Also, thanks so much for the two tea of Ginger Peach and not sure what the other flavor is. I love all!
MuggleMom rated for CPG: Tea & A Snack GLOBAL on Jun 7, 2022
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Comment: I love oatmeal cookies so I will be surely making this recipe! I have only seen bannock and never tasted or had the opportunity to taste it so I will try the recipe and let you know how I fare. Love that you gave me baking instructions as well as stovetop. Fingers X - in my head they are like Yorkshire pudding because of the beef drippings I guess. Thank you for the perfect selection of tea also - love oolong! I hope we are partners again soon!! xxMuggleMom
Jafferty rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #7- INT on Jun 4, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the great swap!
ddoherty6138 rated for CS Washi Tape ATC on May 17, 2022
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Comment: Crystal - Yes I love hummingbirds! Lovely to have one of a series. Nice colour combination and layering. Thank you for sharing this little bird with me. D
simcoe54 rated for CS: Postcard Destash #5 on May 15, 2022
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Comment: Love the postcards. Thanks for them and for saving the ones you thought I would like,
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Comment: thanks for the great papers! I'm looking forward to using them in projects! I love the Japanese Chiyogami papers --- how cool!!! <3
WoodlandBanshee rated for ATC Bag #4 International on May 11, 2022
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Comment: Great bag, thank you. I easily found two to take.
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Comment: Thanks for all the great yellow items! :) I'm sorry your other one was lost; thanks for the resend.
Response: So glad this one arrived to you safely...and very quick too!
theprairiemailbox rated for CS Inkbox swap on Apr 27, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely inkbox card! The weather here in Manitoba has indeed been awful lately - huge blizzard a couple weeks ago, and last weekend and this upcoming weekend have huge rain storms happening! I'm ready for summer so at least it can be warm out, haha.
PrincessLeia rated for CPG For the Bees ATC - Global on Apr 22, 2022
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Comment: Hello Crystal, Thankyou for a great happy! There was the beautiful turtle stamp on the envie! Then a little pair of chihuahua puppies looking at me when i opened the envie! Then your lovely bee ATC and washi tape! Thanks for reading my profile! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: So glad it arrived to you safe and sound! Thank you for the rating and heart.
jeepermom rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #5- INT on Apr 12, 2022
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Thanks for all the flowery goodies:)
2bneat rated for Sheetload March on Apr 1, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful cards. I love all the little details, extra blue velum, shimmer paper hummingbird and banner. These are the things that make a card special but often only a paper crafter would notice. Thanks again.
ddoherty6138 rated for CS: Postcards 2 + 3 on Mar 19, 2022
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Comment: Crystal Thank you for the great selection of postcards. My favourite is the bromeliad. I really like botanicals. A couple I will keep for my eclectic collection, the others I will send on to share with others. D
user6937 rated for OoO: What do you want? on Mar 15, 2022
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Comment: Wow! Thank you so much - I'm going to have so much fun with what you've sent. The die-cuts, the napkins (are beautiful) and the shaped paperclips are very much appreciated.
HeidiJean rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #12 - Global on Mar 7, 2022
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Comment: Thank you!
mb58ca rated for February Mega Misc on Mar 6, 2022
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Comment: Crystal, I am mega happy with this profile-based envelope! Love it all!
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap.I love how it turned out 😊❤️

Rating Overview

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Comments

hazelwitch3 on Jun 28, 2022:

Crystal, Thank you so much for the religious postcards you sent me for the May RAK. It was very generous of you particularly with the increasing cost of international postage. I'm thrilled with them, particularly that very strange reproduction of what I think is a nineteenth-century Dutch paper cut and drawing of the Holy Family. Thanks again!

Ciska76 on Jun 17, 2022:

Your CPG ATC Jam arrived. Love the backgrounds. Will work on them and send them on 💌.

bluehairedmary on Jun 1, 2022:

Thank you so much for the Disney postcards for the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Tag International tag game. Love them!

user6937 on May 2, 2022:

Crystal, your wonderful, stuffed envelope has arrived! Tag #1: dino die-cuts (you know I love my dino's, and I love these; thanks for sending a couple of sizes) and I do like using those Happy Mail stickers on the envelopes I send out.

Tag #2: Botanical themed items; first, the folio you made is crazy nice and I love all the things you put into it. I'm sure I'll be able to use all of it!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 6, 2022:

bd

simcoe54 on Apr 6, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

ittybittykitty on Mar 2, 2022:

Thank you so much for the SPAM and snake cards from the CPG pick 2 global tag! They’re great! :D

susieq11 on Mar 1, 2022:

Thank you for CPG: Envies of Randomness! You sent me so much and it is all amazing! Poodle, Taurus, dogs, donkeys, stickers -- all my faves. I really appreciate it!!!! xoxo

sassafrass on Dec 24, 2021:

Queensmiley2530 on Nov 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for my Wishlist Wish.

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