Swap-bot Time: August 7, 2020 11:58 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: August 7, 2020
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

SwapBot makes me sad

_Lately I have been very disheartened by some swappers. Maybe it's the stress of COVID? I've had more than a few really snarky messages regarding swaps. I take pride in what I send and in being a good, faithful swapper and I don't understand the need to be so unkind. I'm stepping out for a little while until I regain my confidence and grow a thicker skin. SwapBot is supposed to be fun and when it stops being fun it's time for a hiatus.🌷

------- Does anyone or there remember a program in the early 60's called Miss Pat's Playroom? I'm beginning to think I only imagined it. If you remember it please let me know!! I would love to hear from you! --------*

🎢🎢Grandma update: 2020-- I'm a one year old Grandma! I just came back from Texas where I got to snuggle my little sweetheart for her birthday. I love being a "GRAMMY." It took a long time but I am revelling in it!🎢🎢

My name is Alissyn. I am about to turn 60 (yikes! How did that happen?). I live in Northern California. I have three grown daughters and two yummy cats, Teddy and Picalilly. We live quietly in a single room that I rent in a house. I spend a lot of time during the day chastising myself for not going to the gym and convincing myself that I love salad.

I used to overwhelm myself with swaps but I'm being more select now. I especially like the journal swaps and flipbooks, penpals and an ATC now and again. I also enjoy the You Tube challenges. I LOVE to scour magazines for images to snip and use in projects. Truth be told, I LOVE fussy cutting anything. I must be buried with at least six different sizes of scissors!

I have been making cards as long as I can remember and still love paper crafts with a passion. I like"fancy folds" and pop ups. My girls are constantly after me to open an Etsy shop. We'll see how that goes! "Get an Instagram Mom!" "You need a website!" They holler at me. Me????

But I also love the literary world, reading, writing, journaling... My favorite magazine is The New Yorker for reading, and Harper's Bazaar for excising! Reading the New York Review Of Books makes me feel savvy and The Smithsonian smart. I like thinking I'm smart when I can complete a crossword puzzle (never mind it's an easy level). I like word searches, cryptograms, and other word puzzles. My favorite on line game is Free Cell.

HUGE supporter of the written word and snail mail. What would I do without USPS - and, while I am an ardent participator in the digital world, I so much prefer the printed matter contained in crisp envelopes with entrancing stamps (argh on postmarks without stamps, and the ubiquitous flag stamp - not to imply I'm unpatriotic, but given the choice, I have to go with something colorful and fun.) I learned about LWA from another swapper and am proud to say I, too, am now a card-carrying member!

I'm a Pisces, bask in teal and purple, love my fountain pens, roaming endlessly on Pinterest, and organizing all my fun "shtuff." Always looking to learn new art skills. LOVE that I don't have to cook for a family anymore. It takes too much time, and food is so annoying!

Favorite Books

Favorite books include To Kill a Mockingbird; The Secret Life of Bees, A Man Named Ove, Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English; Ethan Fromm, loads of Nonfiction - World War I and World War II era, historical fiction. Hard to really pinpoint favorites 'cause I'm all over the place! No mysteries or romances.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish is my favorite, Steel Magnolias, Friendship's Field, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mama Mia, Wallace and Grommit, Agnes Brown, Hector and the Pursuit of Happiness, and many more.

TV -I watch very little prime time stuff. I watch on my tablet while I'm putzing around so I watch a lot of "noise" like true crime stuff (Homicide Hunter cracks me up) and reruns of Law & Order SVU and Law & Order. I do enjoy Call the Midwife, Foyle's War. Like TED talks, and my guilty pleasure - America's Got Talent.

Yays and Boos

YAYS: the ocean, rain, anything art, waltz music, indi music, children's picture books (good literature -my favorite author/illustrator is Arnold Lobel), tulips, daffodils, apple blossoms, mexican cuisine, hershey kisses, white cake with ridiculously sweet buttercream frosting, baking bread, all kinda cats big and small, mousies, tigers, camels, squirrels, peacocks, Dutch windmills and all things Holland, history, reading, beautiful ranges of colors in my inks, paints, chalks, glitters, etc., thrift stores and flea markets, used bookstores, live performances on stage or in concert, psychological thrillers, metal embellishments like charms, cleverness....

BOOS: California summer weather, chocolate cake, rock 'n roll, rap, harsh music, cooking, disaster or shoot'em up movies; I detest grocery shopping , board games, snakes, girly motifs and overboard pinkie, anime, unreliable people, injustice, cartoonish, crude things, dogs, kawaii, hello kitty,"modern art," coffee... But really anything is fine, just in moderation.


I've pretty well covered likes and dislikes, but I see other profiles have a bit on what they prefer to receive in swaps. To be quite honest, I would love anything that I have the privilege of receiving. I respect that everyone has their own style and their own ideas of what is "good" or "bad." Surprises make it fun. However, as I am told I need this, here goes:

Unusual Playing card jokers and foreign cards, vintage cards

Matryoshka dolls (illustrations, stickers, etc.)

Product Labels and any sort of logo art (this can be clothing, food, non-food items....)

World War II anything (World War I would be even better!)

neat pens (gel, metallic, fine points...)

embossing powder

Anything pertaining to Holland motif

Washi Tape (who doesn't love washi?)

Ephemera and embellishments

Peacocks; big Game animals like Tigers, Lions, raccoons, Elephants, Giraffes; Squirrels, Camels and kitties. ADDED 2-6-18; foxes, frogs and knitting (I'm working on projects for my daughters). I particularly prefer illustrations rather than "real life" type photos.

Color choice doesn't matter, though I am partial to teal and purple


Tea bags (the packaging not for the tea itself)

Mules, but not donkeys

Parodies of American Gothic

Renditions of See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil in illustrative or photo format


Love unusual papers

Patterns or instructions for an usual envelope or craft or card idea


No Hello Kitty stuff or Sponge Bob, Kawaii, please

Cute Mice

Die Cuts - esp seahorse and frame types

No allergies / bad flavors black licorice and watermelon - yuck!

Novelty brads

Surprises / cleverness/ creativity

Amaze me

The icing on the cake: a letter (long or short) included with swap. Now THAT really makes my day!

Thanks for reading a little about me and for being my partner on SwapBot! Let's have fun! 😊

If you don't receive my swap for whatever reason, PLEASE let me know, and like others, I will resend or otherwise fix the problem.


Comment: Thanks! Some of the stickers were very used (had paper sticking to them from when they were first stuck on and then taken off) and some of them were ripped unfortunately :(
Comment: What a perfectly purple package :) I like the diversity of items you included. Thank you!
Klymntine rated for Swap the Rainbow--Blue on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: Alissyn, Thank you for such a thoughtful swap. I love the little Russian Doll embellishment on your card. Adorbs. <3
imacraftygirl rated for EP- Napkin Art on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: Alissyn..love the spelling of your name! Thank you for the beautiful card. I love it! So elegant. I appreciate your detailed art and lovely placement of napkin elements. πŸ’™
ckwini rated for Playing card swap #23 on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: A delightful surprise from the outside envelope all the way to the cards. Thank you for all the extras too! This is perfect since I'm just getting started on my frankendeck.
satinification rated for ~ Happy Easter! ~ Int. Swap ~ on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: Awww! That card is so lovely. I love it ;) Thank you! Yes, situation in Poland is also not so good with the virus and security measures. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy :)
Response: Wow! That took a long time getting to you! It's amazing how much the pandemic had affected everything! I'm glad you liked the card though.
Comment: Alissyn, Thank you for such a beautiful swap! I want to learn to make a folder like this & the velcro is such a special touch. Thanks for adding a little bit of magic to my day.
megan1230 rated for Playing card swap #22 on Jul 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable swap! I love the cards and I appreciate the work you put into it!
Response: Thank you for rating. like to make even simple swaps fun!
Comment: In a word? Gorgeous! Thank you! I loved this challenge. I used a light beige and gold glitter.
Response: Thank you for rating. I'm sure yours turned out beautifully. I might make some more with this technique since it was different and fun!
mcorbus rated for Sharing Kindness swap! on Jul 19, 2020
Comment: Superb swapper. I love itπŸ˜„ Thank you for the awesomeness.
Response: Oh, my, I've never been called a "superb" swapper! It gives me a moment of swagger! Thank you.
Sequoia183 rated for Walk thru the Alphabet - J on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: Your envelope was gorgeous, thanks for everything
Comment: I am so happy with this die cut swap. The envelope with pockets was amazing. I love to look into all the pockets and see more die cuts. Thank you for all of the lovely diecuts. I am using some in my scrapbook and have used some in my cardmaking. - I am sorry for the late rating My son loved your envelope and had hidden it and the lovely letter in his toybox.
Response: I love that your son enjoyed this swap too! Thank you for your kind words and I'm glad some of the cuts have already found their way into a project or two! Have fun!
AmyMarie rated for Playing card swap #20 on Jul 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for such a nice swap! I really appreciate all the great playing cards and kind thoughts & wishes.
Eulegirl rated for WIYM: Mini Penpal Challenge - USA on Jul 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely letter with kitty pictures! I'll write back soon!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! It couldn't have come at a better time as I was just about to make a sympathy card for a colleague.
Response: It makes me feel good to know it was good enough to use. You never know what people really think! Thank you for rating.
sunshinesuperman rated for Odds & Ends Swap - US Only on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the envie full of goodies. I just adore the little mouse bags and the travel tickets. I already have a use for them! Wonderful fun and great items! Hugs, Mona
Response: It's so good to know these are useful! I never know if what I've sent in this kind of swaps hits the mark or not!
Comment: Thank you, Alissyn, for the special package. I'm going to write a response to you though it may take a while. The "snail" part of snail mail. I'm a little behind in responding to friends and pen pals. But I appreciate the details and effort you put into the package and I want to answer all of your questions. Thank you again.
Response: At last! I was thinking maybe it had gotten lost! I am so happy that you will writing back and I look forward to it! Thank you for the rating.
Lazydaisy0104 rated for Playing card Swap 14/14 on Jul 2, 2020
Comment: Oh. My. Goodness!!! You are so talented at card making!!! You should make Artist Trading Cards! I love all the great cards you sent me!! I was thinking about collecting the jokers to. I think they’re so neat! Thank you so much!!
Response: I love making ATCs! I'm glad you enjoyed the cards. Thanks for the heart rating!
Comment: Great job with the collection of bits of this and that. I lloved the textured papers. So cool. Thank you!!
AmyMarie rated for Playing Card Swap 13/14 on Jun 27, 2020
Comment: What a wonderful swap to receive! For starts, a nice envelope with fun address label (where did you get the playing cards rubberstamp?) and nice postage stamps. I love the card holder you made. And all the great playing cards you sent!! All are new to me. Thanks so much!!! I also like jokers and Aces - and Queens and Fives. I'm always up for more cards and I have plenty to swap too.

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skinny52 on Jul 19, 2020:

I received the best surprise envelope full of every sort of vintage ephemera! Thanks so very much!

tpwen on May 8, 2020:

Hi Alissyn, thank you so much for sharing with me your postcards! You are so generous and kind! I really appreciate it! I hope all is well for you and your family!

lovesreward on Apr 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for the RAK of wonderful postcards, I love them all! <3 Have a wonderful day!

9O96O on Apr 15, 2020:

Hi Ali, regarding printing a zine with margins--I print with the white margins, then I cut off the white margins before folding.

MNJoviGirl on Feb 15, 2020:

Hello stranger!


MamaD on Feb 2, 2020:

Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful and sweet surprise to receive your happy mail RAK today! I was so surprised and THRILLED!! The cards will certainly be put to good use! Thank you again so much for being such a sweet and kind swapper!!! ❀❀❀❀❀

isandie on Dec 7, 2019:

Thank you so much for all of the postcards!!!! I love them ALL so much!!!! You are so generous! XOXOXO

Luvslife3 on Dec 5, 2019:

Thank you for the cute penguin reply Christmas card Alissyn!!! luvslife3

JuneRosebud on Nov 1, 2019:

Thank u 4 joining my swap through WIYM: Ho To The Third Mini Pocket Letter=)

Fritosmom on Jul 9, 2019:

Puzzling Letter-Finally had time to put your Puzzle together. Very challenging. I decided to try Puzzle Guard (a glue) since it was so little and I had so much trouble getting MY Puzzle Letter turned over. Short story. LOL! The front looked great but the back was Off....Parts were not correct. I was able to read most of it. So 1. I am an organized Hoarder of Crafts 2. It is 100 degrees with awful humidity 3. Writing on puzzles is difficult. Thanks again and Happy Swapping!

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