Swap-bot Time: May 27, 2023 4:55 pm


Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: May 27, 2023
Birthday: April 6
Country: Canada
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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!

Updated 5/1/23

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About Me

My name is Crystal 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! I do have a dog named Mia...she is a brussels griffon X terrier and shebdoesn't come into the craft room.

I am not what you'd call a gamer girl but I do enjoy playing a few console/pc games. Sims 4, Animal Crossing New Horizons, and Fall Guys are some of my favourites but I love the more nostalgic games from my teen years like RollerCoaster Tycoon and SimCity.

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, mint, and chocolate but I enjoy most any fruit or dessert flavour tea though (no raspberry/cherry/rooibos though please). I also really enjoy flavoured hot chocolate mixes.

Favourite food: cashews, dark chocolate, Eatmore bars, pistachios, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Pieces, 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/Elks. 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 1/14/23.

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 - American Samoa - Angola - 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 - Ethiopia

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

H - Haiti - Holy See

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 - 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 - Uzbekistan

V - 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 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)
  • 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 black

Other "Crafty" Hobbies I Enjoy

I enjoy adult colouring from time to time and also diamond painting. Although I do struggle with storing completed diamond paintings....right now they are stacked flat but one day I would like to actually display them lol.

Travelling & Bag Swaps

I participate in a variety of bag swaps such as washi samples, postage stamps, stickers, etc. I also participate in decos and atc jams. I am always open to receiving extras within reason (I have seen swaps for like 100 bags...please do NOT send me that many as extra lol).

Please do not send....

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

Please please please do not send these to me as I do NOT participate in them.

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
  • cherry flavoured tea
  • 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
  • rooibos 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....Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Hudson & Rex, NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, etc. She likes reading magazines and short article type books (think of the facts & trivia bathroom reader type books, Reader's Digest, etc). 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 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


Rainydancer rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #21 - Global on May 18, 2023
Comment: thanks so much! I love your envelope
Comment: OMG Crystal what an awesome swap, everything is wonderful. You are far too generous. I loved everything. Thank you, thank you. This one deserves extra hearts ❀️❀️❀️❀️😊
Response: I am so glad you like what I sent! It is always fun getting to share our wonderful bits and pieces with fellow swappers :)
Comment: Thanks for sending the space deco. Fun theme.
Comment: Thanks for the blue-on-blue deco, can’t wait to add a page! I love color themes…❀️❀️
joppagirl rated for CS: Letter-Rate Decos Only on May 1, 2023
Comment: I made the deco I received so I'll send it out again to get it moving. Thanks for offering to resend but its not necessary.
Response: Thank you for understanding!
FieryCanuck rated for April 2023 Sheetload on Apr 28, 2023
Comment: your cards are beautiful! I love the paper you used (you can't go wrong with glitter paper!). A cream cardstock has such a crisp look; I don't use it enough! thanks also for all the extras! <3
Comment: Thanks so much for both the unthemed deco and the stamp-themed deco! Your pages were so pretty in both- well curated!!
Jafferty rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #20 - Global on Apr 25, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the fun swap!
ddoherty6138 rated for OIC: 30gm Envelope #1 on Apr 23, 2023
Comment: Crystal Thank you for the filled envie. I like that you provided so many different kinds of elements. Great notecard, I like your addition of a sticker on the inside. The sentiment of "there is always something to be thankful for" was a good reminder for me. And you are right I do like the tag (blue) by Woodland Banshee. Thanks so much. Denise
Ebbie78 rated for OIC: 30gm Envelope #1 on Apr 21, 2023
Comment: Hi Crystal!! Thank you so much for the fun envelope filled with goodies! I will be sure to put all of the items to good use! :)
Tamawi rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #19 - Global on Apr 18, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the nice sticker bags. Both were last signers, but I don't mind since I have an excess of bags right now.
Response: Sorry about that...I thought I only sent you one last signer so my apologies! Thanks for getting both of them back home :)
JAudrey rated for Everyday Handmade Cards #3 on Apr 17, 2023
Comment: I love your note Crystal. Thank you for the kudos on the Collaborative Swaps group and for the advice on my profile page. And thanks for ktk8's postcard. I've finished section 3 and I too used sharpie markers. :)
concxrde rated for CTP: Send 3 Postcards (Double Down) on Mar 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH how much thought you put into choosing gorgeous postcards for me!! Padme is my absolute favourite, I think I'll keep her for myself <3
Response: Glad you are keeping Padme! I have received a few ladies from the series in my years of swapping and am always glad to find a home for one as they are very cool cards.
questionauthority13 rated for ATC Bag #7 International on Mar 24, 2023
Comment: Thanks
Comment: I don't think we've been in many of the same swaps. Odd color combination - coral, periwinkle and apple green, interesting. I kept the same color scheme.
Comment: Thanks for sending the Travel theme and Free theme decos! Love your pages!
9O96O rated for Collaborative Swaps: ICM deco #342023 on Mar 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you Crystal for your lovely botanical theme ICM for DeboraCreates. I've added my bit of art and will have your ICM moving soon. Also, I've updated the FOB database. P.S. That's a lovely return address sticker--I love the nature theme and the blues and browns.
annaperini rated for Bird ATC on Mar 9, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much!!! Anna
Response: So glad it arrived to you safely!
2bneat rated for February 2023 Sheetload on Mar 1, 2023
Comment: The cards you sent are great! I love the colours and the cheerful sentiments. Thanks for joining and the cards.

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manders2280 on May 22, 2023:

Thank you for all the wonderful Canadian kilts!

Queensmiley2530 on May 18, 2023:

Thank you for the pick two global cpg love them

honeya9705 on May 11, 2023:

Thank you so much for everything! I love everything! The stickers are so cute! I bought myself a sticker book so I can save all of my favorite stickers & I even have a cupcake page and I will be adding them to my book!

simcoe54 on Apr 21, 2023:

Used Postage Stamp RAK -- Thanks so much for the used postage stamps and also for the bunch of stickers. The stamps are perfect for me and my grand-daughters are going to love the stickers.

DeboraCreates on Apr 4, 2023:

Happy birthday!

colleenbUSA on Mar 30, 2023:

Wow! Thank you so much for the CPG March wishes and large envelope of happy mail! I love it!

xninolax on Mar 29, 2023:

OMG thank you ever so much for the wonderful filled envie for MAW March with so many birthday goodies. I love each and every thing inside. The Bananya is my fave! And ohh only snailmailers understand why you leave the envelope blank so you can use a pretty envelope one more time. So very much appreciated :) Thank you for this happy mail! Love, Nina

Highlander18 on Mar 27, 2023:

Thank you very much for March MAW - OMG - so many and so very beautiful paper napkins for my latest obsession, great postcards and wonderful dragonflies! A very special Happy Mail day!!!

DeboraCreates on Mar 17, 2023:

Thank you for the Postage Stamp Deco! I really like your page and how you coordinated the colors with those in the USA Global Forever stamps! :-) I will get it into circulation...

LadyJo on Mar 2, 2023:

Thank you for the wishes you sent my way for the Group Make A Wish! This was for February wishes! I love the Hot Air Balloon items and the return address labels are great! Thanks again!

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