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CrystalZ

CrystalZ
Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: August 9, 2022
Birthday: April 6
Country: Canada
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CURRENTLY

CURRENT NEWS as of 7/28/22: My Mom went in for her 6th brain surgery late last week (we got very short notice for that) and is still recovering from that. She came home the next day as expected but the new meds she is on are kicking her butt! Luckily I am working from home but I have had to take a break from swapping for the most part (just logged on late last night for the first time in two weeks). I am behind on replying to messages and rating a few incoming swaps but I will be catching up with that I promise! Thank you everyone for your patience!

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to have inherited two different groups in my time here on SwapBot...Canadian Swappers and International Paper Crafts (no longer active).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

bringitb rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #9- INT on Aug 18, 2022
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Comment: Received your envelope of bags today! Thanks for sending a variety. =)
vlhafer54 rated for Where I'm From on Aug 4, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards - the first time I visited Canada it was to the Vancouver area - they bring back great memories,
roosje rated for YTPC: Side Clusters for Junk Journals on Jul 29, 2022
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Comment: Hi Crystal, I am so srry for the late rating, things have been crazy around here lately. I really loved what you made for me, your side clusters are so happy and I love your use of colors and materials.
user6937 rated for CS: Summer ATC on Jul 19, 2022
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Comment: Your "Nature's Beauty" has arrived - nice! I love Margarete Miller's work, too :)
Eulegirl rated for June PCs on Jul 18, 2022
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Comment: Thanks! I especially love the tree in the moonlight and the art postcard!
Jafferty rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #8- INT. on Jul 12, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the fun assortment of bags! I'll get these moving along and any homers sent home.
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Comment: Oh wow, these are great! I made a whole lot as well when I was making mine for the swap, lololol. These are really pretty. Thank you. I love the unique round stamp with the bunnies. That is really cool. Hope you’re having a nice summer. Thank you.
FieryCanuck rated for Sheetload of Cards - June on Jul 6, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful cards! I love them!! (especially the glitter paper and the yellow!!) thanks also for the envelopes. <3 <3 I also need to destash my papers... so that I can buy more. haha...which is why I love this series. <3
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.

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Comments

feverfawn on Jul 11, 2022:

Thank you very much for the public forums May RAK #10 for the 10 postcards! It's a great assortment and I appreciate that you included many of my favorite topics :)

sherba31 on Jul 9, 2022:

Thanks so much for the generous RAK #3 of coloring items. Such a fun variety of bits and bobs. Hope your summer is going well.

user6937 on Jul 7, 2022:

Hi, Crystal - your postcard RAK has arrived, thank you. I've been to Barkerville :)

bluehairedmary on Jul 6, 2022:

Thanks so much for the postcard RAK! I would love to go to Vancouver one day so I love the card you included! All the cards are great! Thanks!

Poohtat on Jul 6, 2022:

Thank you for the #2 RAK of happy mail. So many cute goodies. Happy Swapping

DinkySparkle on Jul 4, 2022:

Thank you for the Disney Postcard RAK! I LOVE THEM ! 🥰

kiddomerriweather on Jul 3, 2022:

Thank you for the animated movies/tv shows PC's from the May 2022 RAK'S in the PF. You sent some really great ones!

heliogal on Jul 2, 2022:

A big thank you to you Crystal for your incredibly generous forum RAK. I can't believe all the wonderful goodies came in that stuffed envie!! Papers, maps, book pages, die cuts, just so much fun and cool things to craft with. Your so kind to do this and people like you make swap-bot such a wonderful place!!!

simcoe54 on Jul 2, 2022:

May 2022 RAK'S -- Thanks for the package (RAK #2) filled with wonderful paper items as well as the postcards and return address labels. Loved going through it and planning how to use it. Thanks again!

LauraM540 on Jul 1, 2022:

Thanks for the awesome and super generous Patriotic RAK of goodies! :) Have a great weekend!

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