Swap-bot Time: March 1, 2021 9:30 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: March 1, 2021
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

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Does anyone out 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! --------*

2021: I guess I have to tone down the squeals of joy now that I'm not so new a Grammy. She's my only one though so I maybe I still have exhilaration rites?🎶🎶Grandma update: 2020-- I'm a one year old I 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:

Love word puzzles, puns, and single frame comics (like New Yorker)

Unusual Playing card jokers and foreign cards, vintage cards

Matryoshka dolls (illustrations, stickers, etc.

I love getting magazine clippings - an unusual article, strange or interesting pictures...

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, Venice, or England

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. Or a link to a YouTube video of something paper crafty


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! 😊

I absolutely ADORE art by young children. If you have a little one who would like to draw a picture to send, it would bring great joy to me!

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.


alittledabble rated for Christmas Card Swap on Feb 28, 2021
Comment: I love the Polar Bears looking up at the heart tree! So CUTE!! Thank you for all of the fun extras! It sounds like you had a cuddle fest with your kitties! Happy Spring Swapping!
Response: I hate to think you just got it! USPS is due struggling, but I'm glad you got it.
Comment: Thank you. ❤️ love the way you did flip book going have to try it ♥️♥️
Comment: Your card is just fantastic. Thank you so much and kisses to your two sweethearts.
Comment: Hi Alissyn, Thank you for the beautifully wrapped and mini loaded paper bag you created for me. The 3-pocket paper bag that you decorated with a variety of Valentine supplies made it very inviting, beautiful, and fun. I had a GREAT time pulling each item out of each pocket to see what was there. I appreciate all the variety in the items you sent and I look forward to using each item in a future swap. It was a pleasure to have you as a partner for the first time on Swap-bot. I hope we have many more times to swap with one another. Until we meet again, Happy Swapping!! Colorado mail in and out of the state has been slow at keeping tasks as well as I am also awaiting a special form of low back surgery to keep my chronic pain at a Level that is tolerable. I am sorry for the delay. Barb B. sleepingrover2010
Response: I'm so happy you liked my stuffed mini bag. I had a really fun time putting it together for you. I hope your surgery goes well!
lostinavalon rated for Magic Box Destash-- February on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Wow---I can not believe you fit that much stuff into my box! You must be a Tetris master---hahaha! Thanks so much for all the great things you included. This was my first time on this swap so I wasn't sure what to expect but you made it super fun---thank you!
Comment: Hi Allisyn, OMG! I love the Valentine mini bag you made! Thank you♥️ It's really adorable. I love all of the little details, like how you framed out the sections and layered on the trim. You're right, the colors are so cheerful and fun. Thanks for all of the little goodies you included. I have a kitty named Teddy too, he's sitting right with me now as I'm writing this. Thanks again♥️
Response: Greetings to Teddy! Mine's a great tabby and a big guy at 20lbs! I'm happy you enjoyed my swap.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Valentine. You put a lot of work into it and it's so beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day cuddling with your sweet kitties. I have a day long online card class on Facebook on Valentine's Day but will have dinner with my hubby and after the classes. Take care !
Response: I hope you had a nice Valentine's dinner!
Comment: Alissyn, thank you for the beautiful card.
Comment: What a GORGEOUS card! Thank you so much. Happy Valentines!
Comment: Thank you so much. Love it all. Happy Valentine's Day.
Comment: oh my goodness this card is BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you so much!!! Give your cats a cuddle for me too! ;)
Response: I'm happy you liked my card😊
Comment: Stuffed! So many goodies! Thank you and thanks for your nice note too. I love to send some snow your way 😉
JJcrafty rated for Add some Gold ** mini album on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: I just got this today. I love it thank you so much!
radalice518 rated for Challenge! 15 questions #1 on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: psyched to read these answers!! thanks so much for the beautiful extras :)
Response: I hope you found them interesting😊 and thank you for overlooking my oversight.
KarlaKC rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #8 on Feb 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you, Alissyn! Beautiful handmade pop up card! I can't use it either! LOL it's too gorgeous. I will either display it or give it to someone but they'll have to be really special for me to let this card go. 😂 I enjoyed the scalloped edge of the paper you used for the mailing label too. These little touches made me smile. I did want to let you know that the red ink you used runs in water (rain). You could still use that pen, because it is pretty ink, but perhaps a small strip of clear packing tape over the address would protect it from rain or snow? My address was almost obliterated but my last name and zip were still readable. I'm so glad this was delivered because I wouldn't want to have missed this beautiful card. Thank you so much, Alissyn, for a wonderful swap! 💕
Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed my card. It was so fun to make. I'm glad it found it's way too you desire the smudged address. Thanks for your suggestion on the tape... Good idea!
Comment: Hi Alissyn- thank you SO MUCH for the gorgeous valentine pocket. It is so adorable! I love all of the inserts you included. Thank you so much for such a great swap. You put a huge smile on my face today! :-)
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Mini bags are one of my favorite things to make right now.
goosey rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #8 on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: alissyn, thank you so much for the lovely valentine! you put so much work into this pop-up!! i will love to send this to someone.
Response: I'm glad you liked it.
Snaileditcrafts rated for Handmade Valentine Card on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Hi Alison, Wow!!!! This card is amazing!!!! You are so creative! I love the beautiful design on the front, and then to open it up is an even bigger surprise with the pop out! Wow! I love this so much! Thank you!!!
Response: I'm so happy you liked it!
Comment: Catching up on ratings after months of pandemic issues. I would not open a package until I could rate, so I opened this today. Oh, my! It’s stunning! The cover is just the beginning, and the details are beautiful.So full of lovely thing, and themed to my profile. ABSOLUTELY the most beautiful and creative papercraft art I’ve ever received.
Response: I'm so happy you like the book. Actually I had forgotten all about it! It makes me so happy when my swap partner enjoys my efforts!

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takehimaway on Feb 4, 2021:

There is a true crime group on here, and I run my own off site, if you'd like to join us.

LavenderSprinkles on Sep 10, 2020:

That swap for the paper and gifts is USA only feel free to join.

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

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