Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2020 11:46 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: September 23, 2020
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 again to/from Canada for the most part BUT it is still delayed though 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


Outgoing Mails

To be dropped as post office

Working on

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, 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, mushrooms, and Totoro.


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 scrapbook paper or paper scraps.


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.

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
  • 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

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.

  • buttons of any kind
  • big gemstones/rhinestones
  • craft books for any craft including papercrafting
  • gory themed items
  • 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

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)

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.


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


mamajoy rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #114 on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you Crystal, for the super postcards. I love the black and white Munch (had to look up the back story) and the Scream is one of my favorites. My second fav would be the trees. I've been to the Garden of the Gods, but only in summer. But, I like them all. Hope to reciprocate one of these days. πŸ’—
ayahsantos rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #113 on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: Hi Crystal!! Thank you so much for your package!! I love it so much! Take Care always!
Comment: Nice choices, thanks Crystal!
mb58ca rated for Pick 5 on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: Awesome pick 5's! Love 'em all. And thanks for the FDC, too!
Response: I am so glad everything arrived to you quickly and that you like them! Thank you for continuing to host great swaps!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Postcard Poker #7 on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: Great poker hand. Thanks
Comment: Thank you for the cards. Donald Duck is my favorite that you sent.
Response: So glad you liked them! I am glad the Donald Duck card was your fav...it is a very cute card that I actually have in my own collection as well as he is such a classic character :)
gagirl828 rated for US Postcard Swap on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: Got them today! Thank you, I love them!
Bavarija rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #106 on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for nice cards and amazing stickers! Thank you from me and from my son!
Klymntine rated for Spell -Fire Works- with postcards on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Crystal, Thank you so much! And I love the gorgeous envelope that you made from a repurposed calendar; such a great idea!
caf1988 rated for Private CrystalZ and caf1988 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the washi bags and a very big thank you for the stamps. The cats and dogs are super cute!
Comment: Hey Crystal...I love the card and the extra goodie that you enclosed. Thanks!
mrsD rated for LOOSE STICKERS #2 on Jul 23, 2020
Comment: really pretty stickers! thank you for the extras :) xxoo
roosje rated for WIYM: Botanical PC Swap on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard! Good luck with the 'move', outdoor time is everything! It sure kept me sane these last crazy months!
sassafrass rated for IPC: Holiday Card & Goody on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: It arrived! Thank you so much for the gorgeous card you made and the wonderful papery goodies! I love it. I probably will keep it for myself, because it's too cute to share ;)
Response: Yey! I am so glad the resend arrived to you safely and that you like the card. Even though it is out of season I am happy that you liked the card as much as I did!
Hugsie86 rated for WIYM: My Favorite Color #2 INTL on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for everything! Love the selection of items, particularly the postcard and the "Here's the scoop" notecard! Thank you also for your patience with my rating. It is very much appreciated!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the goodies I sent! Hope to swap with you again :)
simcoe54 rated for CS: Postcard Scavenger Hunt U-Z on Jun 27, 2020
Comment: Great postcard choices. Thanks
tigermousecat rated for Gift Tags on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Love the tags and the card it came in. Thanks so much for the resend! I am holding off on any more swaps until I get moved in the next few days.
Response: So great to hear that they arrived to you safely! I hope your move in goes well :)
Comment: Thank you
LiliLuv rated for Pinterest - Butterflies and Moths on Jun 12, 2020
Comment: Wow, you found some really beautiful butterfly images! I enjoyed your subboards, too. Thank you! πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹

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Bhindblueeyes on Sep 18, 2020:

I went to the PO for pick up today!! What an awesome card!!! I know I commented that I could see it was there, but I wanted to follow up so you're sure it's in my possession. Thank you also for the bookmarks for me - that was about and beyond and kind generous. I am currently re-reading the HP series and the feather will be my standard HP place holder :) Thank you again so very much!!

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 16, 2020:

TY for sending an altered index card my way for Leola's gift! I haven't picked it up yet - informed delivery let me know it's arrived. Anyways, I'm sure it's just lovely and I am excited to add it to the project!! :) I appreciate your time and efforts!! :)

mejulia on Sep 15, 2020:

Thank you for the great envelope of wishes from the wishlist group. I love everything.

lasciviouskisses on Sep 8, 2020:

Thank you for the CPG pick 2 - global tag.

Ciska76 on Sep 1, 2020:

Thank you so much for the CPG pick 2 - global tag. What a joy to explore the little envies and find the treasures inside. Also thanks for the address labels. ❀️

Moxieroe on Jul 14, 2020:

I got your package from the 'I collect' tag. Thank you so much! I love it! Those cat decals are too cute! And I really appreciate the die cute. I've especially been wanting a 'hello' die so I love it.

OrigamiGrace on Apr 10, 2020:

From CPG! Have a



TreeAnn629 on Apr 9, 2020:


thisismeAXiD on Apr 1, 2020:

Happy birthday

anicka22 on Mar 16, 2020:

Thank you for the washi samples, stickers and violin bookmark

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