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CrystalZ

CrystalZ
Date Joined: August 19, 2015
Last Online: November 30, 2022
Birthday: April 6
Country: Canada
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CURRENTLY

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

To Be Sent

Baggie of tags to @itsnobody for 5 4 3 2 1 International tag.

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 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.

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, 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.

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 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).

Themes of Decos In Hand Please message me if interested in adding a page to them.

  • Star Trek
  • Lisa Frank
  • woodland critters

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
  • 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....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

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

blubutterfly rated for CS: Postcard Destash #6 on Dec 1, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the postcards! Especially enjoyed the flower image and the scenic B&W photo cards. Thanks for hosting too:) Hope the weather clears up for you there, wishing you a wonderful holiday season!!
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Comment: Hi, thank you so much for the nice Christmas greetings and the generous and profile based tuck-ins! Great swap! I'm looking forward to meet with family this year, as it has been awhile. Merr Christmas!
DeboraCreates rated for Deco Swap on Nov 26, 2022
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Comment: Hi Crystal, thank you very much for Rome's Dog deco and the great pink flamingo card that you made for me! great swapping with you!
Response: Glad they arrived safe! The card was actually one made by a wonderful swapper here on SwapBot but I am not sure who exactly. I thought it was too fun not to send out though!
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Comment: Thank you for the very nice postcard
evanselli rated for CS: Big Snail Mail Supply Kit on Nov 22, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap. I loved everything you sent and it will all get used for my crafting😊❤️
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Comment: Thanks for the butterfly deco by Hell0z0mbie for lunatenchi. I've already finished page 2. I'll have it moving shortly. And thanks for joining the swap, I'm very happy to host the small deco swaps.
HelenG6 rated for OIC - 3 Teabags on Nov 18, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the nice tea flavours. Your envelope in decorated paper is nice, too!
2bneat rated for Sheetload Advent Calendar on Nov 13, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for your Sheetload Advent Card Kit's. I really like how you packaged them so nicely, mine ended up bulky and didn't package nicely. I look forward to putting these together in December.
FieryCanuck rated for Sheetload Advent Calendar on Nov 13, 2022
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Comment: I am so excited to make these cards!! Thanks so much; I love them already! :)
theprairiemailbox rated for Private Pocket Letter Swap on Nov 12, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the awesome pocket letter! I really enjoyed doing this swap, your pocket letter should reach you any day now!
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Comment: Thank you Crystal for your Doggy deco. That's a sweet Australian Shepherd pup on the cover. My sister has an Aussie. I also like the paper you used to make the deco. I'll get it moving soon. I also like the pretty green handcrafted notecard you made.
Response: I am glad you gave received the deco...I thought that pup was too cute to not use on the cover! Thank you for the rating and heart :)
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: Mini-Pocket File Folder on Nov 1, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the cute folders will be going in my journal
Response: Glad they have arrived safely! They were fun to make and I am looking forward to making some more for my own journal :)
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Comment: Thanks, Marc
Jafferty rated for Postage Stamp Bags October (Int'l) on Oct 31, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the swap! Happy Halloween!
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Comment: Thanks Crystal for DeboraCreate's Celestial deco. I got straight to work on it and finished my page. I'll be sending it back out shortly. I like your "Perspective is everything" celestial page. Well done.
Karmi53 rated for October 2022 Sheetload on Oct 21, 2022
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Comment: Wow thank you for my three beautiful cards. I love the color of the paper for the background and then the pattern paper is just perfect and pretty. The words and pictures are all so pretty. Thanks again they are special. Take care Happy fall
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart...I am so glad that you like them! I have been really enjoying doing the sheetload swaps lately so I am glad to see it still being hosted in the group.
Tamawi rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #16 - Global on Oct 18, 2022
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Comment: I agree, it is fun to send a full bag home. Thanks for the sticker bags!
Stamper rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #58 on Oct 17, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the stamp bag I will pass on Thanks
mrsD rated for CS: Washi Advent Calendar on Oct 14, 2022
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Comment: Oh my gosh I can’t wait to start opening all these little packets! Thank you so much Crystal:)
Response: You are welcome! This was a fun swap to put together for sure. Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Selewis91 rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #11- INT on Oct 11, 2022
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Comment: Thank you

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Comments

user6937 on Nov 24, 2022:

Hi, Crystal - your wonderful package for the CPG Pick 2 tag has arrived! I really appreciate the love and care you put into these and (squeal!) an early Xmas present - I love foliage dies and these are a perfect size for ATCs and cards - thank you!

FieryCanuck on Nov 18, 2022:

I loved the cards you made for the Advent Sheetload Swap! I finally was able to make them and you chose such great papers and designs! Thanks!

Bo on Oct 1, 2022:

Thank you sooo much for a nice stationery from Make a wish group. :) Can not wait to use them. You have really made me happy.

Byn0604 on Sep 29, 2022:

Thank you for everything that you sent for my September wishlist posting in the Wishlist group. I'm having fun using the embossing folder already!

bethe on Sep 24, 2022:

Thank you so much for the PDT labels, ATC and super cute washi for MAW September!!! I love it all.😍 These will be very useful and I am so happy to add the ATC to my collection.

kiddomerriweather on Sep 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for all the profile related goodies you sent me for the PF cheap postage--pib tag! I absolutely love everything you sent. Your envie really brought a smile to my face. =D

spotteddogs on Sep 22, 2022:

WOW! What a wonderful and generous random envie from the PF tag! I can’t thank you enough for all of the superb things you sent! It’s obvious that you read my profile as well. Thanks again!

OrigamiGrace on Sep 16, 2022:

Thank you for the collab pc!! I'll get it finished and off to it's home!!

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.

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