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CrystalZ

CrystalZ
Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: May 8, 2021
Birthday: April 6
Country: Canada
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CURRENTLY

I'VE MOVED! - 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.

MAIL UPDATE - Mail is moving at more or less normal speeds to/from Canada for international mail but domestically it has slowed down and it is still quite delayed between Canada and the US. Average transit time domestically is a couple weeks and to/from the US is 4-6 weeks.

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

None

Outgoing Mails

To be dropped as post office

@sherry71 - personalized address labels & 5 letter sets for Pick 2 Tag game

Working on

Pending 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 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.

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. 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, 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.

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 - Andorra - 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 - Cuba - Curacao - Cyprus

D - Denmark - 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 - Iceland - Iran - Iraq - Israel

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

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

  • 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 of most any kind
  • 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
  • UHU gluesticks
  • flat stickers of any theme (loose or in a sheet)
  • new Canada Post postage stamps
  • used postage stamps from around the world...if they fit my favourites list all the better but all are welcome
  • .5mm pens in black or blue
  • Ultra Fine Point Sharpies in any colour but I use black most often

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.

  • ATG tape gun or the refills
  • buttons of any kind
  • big gemstones/rhinestones
  • craft books for any craft including papercrafting
  • digital files/kits (unfortunately I do not have access to a colour printer so I am unable to print any digital files out)
  • 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
  • rose scented anything

TEAS NOT TO SEND - raspberry - cherry

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

fortannam rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on May 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely selection of goodies!! I love the Hello Kitty stickers!!
tigermousecat rated for SheetLoad of Cards April on May 7, 2021
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Comment: Love how you matched up the envelopes to the cards! Thanks so much!
ayahsantos rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt #14 on May 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much! Take Care always!
amandat0913 rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on May 7, 2021
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Comment: You have awesome taste in goodies!! Thank you!!
thatsmemyk rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on May 6, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for the fun envie of goodies! So many lovely items and a nicely made card.
sassafrass rated for IPC: ATC of the Month - April on May 5, 2021
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Comment: Such a beautiful ATC you sent my way! I love the vintagy flowers and lace. I especially love the quote you used! I have this in my studio where I can see it every day. Thank you so much!
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Comment: Thank you for the sweet ATC and note. I like the quote!
ccap rated for CrystalZ and ccap profile package on May 3, 2021
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Comment: Goodness! Thanks so much for the package full of goodies! I especially like the wee booklet and sunny yellow post-it notes. (My kids will DEFINITELY be stealing those Pepero from me.) Thanks for doing the swap with me.
Response: So glad you received the package. It was fun putting it together for you!
evanselli rated for CS: 3-2-1 Swap on Apr 16, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great swap. I love the dragonfly card. Take care❤️😊
SarafinaKaine rated for Pink ATC Global #314507 on Apr 15, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much Crystal! I love the bunny! <3
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Comment: Thank you for a very sweet card. The red background is interesting.
ayahsantos rated for Postcard Purge on Apr 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much Crystal!!!! Take Care always!
2bneat rated for Spring Die Cut Swap on Apr 8, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the great selection of spring die cuts! That fairy one is so pretty, but I think my favourite is the bird. Something about its simple shape really does make me excited about spring, even though it's snowing today. P.s. I love the photo of the 'bale train' on the card you sent the swap in. ♥
tampatha rated for Sheetload of Card March on Apr 5, 2021
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Comment: Thanks Crystal. I love the cards. Is that Lemon paper Stampin Up?
Response: Glad you liked them! It is actually from a paper pack I bought from Dollarama a couple months back. They had a bunch of different packs so of course I bought 1 of almost all the different ones lol.
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Comment: Thank you so much for such a beautiful swap! I absolutely love the washi tape its some of my favorite and I havent been able to find it lately! I also am obsessed with the letter set and the handmade notecard you sent! I also love the lighthouse notesheets! Thank you!
user6937 rated for Sheetload of Card March on Mar 31, 2021
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Comment: Thanks, Crystal - this will give me an opportunity to write to some friends, something I sorely lack in doing!
neca84 rated for Cardmaking Challenge #5 on Mar 30, 2021
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Comment: thanks Crystal for the lovely card
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Comment: Very nice swap! Thank you so much. I loved the envelope in the envelope in the envelope! That gave me a giggle. so many great papers and embellishments in here. THanks for hosting a creative swap!
Response: Haha I hadn't even realized the envelope in an envelope in an envelope! I am glad it made you giggle! Thank you for the rating and heart :)
user6937 rated for OoO: use up some card fronts on Mar 11, 2021
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Comment: 3 days to get here!!! Ah-maz-ing.. I've ordered a die to make labels, but they haven't got here yet. These are soooo nice, will love using them. Forgot to mention that your Sheetload card from last month is also nice :)
Response: Holy cow 3 days is super fast...go Canada Post! I am glad you will be using the tags :)
evanselli rated for Sheetload of Cards February on Mar 4, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful cards, I especially love the colours you used. 😊❤️

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Comments

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)!

susieq11 on Apr 7, 2021:

Hi Crystal! THANK YOU for the big, thick envelope of happy mail!!! I couldn’t wait to go home and open it ha ha!! It is full of fun omg! The maps are fabulous and have me really wanting our borders to open! I miss Canada! 😭 I’ve been to Vancouver twice and it’s so gorgeous! I also love the stamps, memo sheets and postcards. You spoiled me!! Thank you so so much! Make A Wish March!

HippieChick on Apr 7, 2021:

You are very welcome! I am so glad it got to you in time and the you like the little extra bits I popped in. The flower stamps are so pretty this year! I am not surprised your PO sold out.

I hope your birthday was fabulous!

susieq11 on Apr 6, 2021:

Happy Birthday!!! 💕🥳

jmjackson on Apr 1, 2021:

Thank you for the handmade envelopes and labels for the Pick 2 tag.! I love everything!

thatsmemyk on Mar 15, 2021:

Thanks for the happy mail you sent for the "CPG Pick 2 - Global" tag! Love the Rilakkuma sticker flakes and fun stash of ephemera bits and ribbon 😊

ladyaries7 on Mar 6, 2021:

Thank you for the 5 postcards for the 5 postcard mix tag! i received them today!

susieq11 on Feb 13, 2021:

(Oops! I meant January Make A Wish, sorry!!)

susieq11 on Feb 13, 2021:

Crystal, thank you for granting my postcard and happy mail sticker wishes for Make A Wish February! Yes, your stationery is perfect!! Love that! The postcards are great! And the stickers are darling. Just love it all. Thank you very much!!! xoxo

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