Swap-bot Time: December 1, 2023 4:03 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: November 30, 2023
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

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My name is Alissyn. 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 Sudoku.

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'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, 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, 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)

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.

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.


Comment: Thank you for the cute mini pocket. Not sure what happened in mailing process, but happy to have received.
TonyaAshe rated for MMHWH - Send Me 20 DieCuts #7 USA on Nov 11, 2023
Comment: OMG, you made me so happy with the gorgeous mini album full of beautiful papers and surprises. What a wonderful surprise and you surely deserve a million purple hearts 💜 for your creativity and kindness!!💜 I am honored by your gift - even the purple postage stamp!!💜Did you die cut the tags?xxMuggleMom
Response: A rating like yours is a million hearts for me! Thank you so much for your kind words. (Yes I did did cut the tags) if you would like more I can send some along. 💟
Lolcw rated for FPG: Themed #8 on Oct 26, 2023
Comment: Thank you! I love it
vlhafer54 rated for WIYM: Halloween Happy Mail on Oct 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic package - I love everything - Happy Halloween!
Burger1girl rated for What did you read in August? on Oct 15, 2023
Comment: I just love the variety! Your love of books is like mine: endless!!! I have your list by my computer so I can ck them out, I appreciate all the effort you put into this swap, thank you very much! Great swap!
Comment: Alissyn - what an amazing envelope. It was gorgeous. Thank you it made my day!
Comment: Thank you for the double pockets,they both are beautiful.Love the Autumn theme,so adorable.
Comment: Thanks for this awesome envelope! I love the little cardboard hedgehogs. And thanks for all the themed goodies! I wish we'll have hedgehogs in our garden some day
Response: I'm so happy you liked my little hedgehogs. I got to hold one once! They're so cute.
Comment: I adore this lovely, super-stuffed folio you sent. The details are just perfect, and I love the green/botanical theme. Gorgeous. My deepest apologies for the late rating.
Response: Thank you. It was a real pleasure to make it just for you!
PaperPassion rated for FTLOC#1-Owned by my cat-US on Aug 31, 2023
Comment: Oh my ,all the beautiful cat treasures.I have two,four month kittens.You made the envelope so cute and creative.Everything inside is just purrfect.Thank you so much.
ChrisD rated for YTPC: Folio Folder by Sandy USA on Aug 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the for the gorgeous Folio Folder. The paper is beautiful and the carefully pieces of added ephemera are perfect. I wish I could give you more than 1 heart.
Response: Just knowing you like it is enough hearts for me!
Lolcw rated for MJS: Themed Magpie Supplies - BLUE on Aug 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you! I love the folder you made!
Comment: Thankyou so much!!! I absolute love the dragon decorated envelope and all the amazing goodies inside!! 💕💕 🐉
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard. Have a good week. Happy swapping.
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous envie! A kindred spirit - I justify the cost of The New York by thinking of the words per issue… few other magazines can top that deal :)
Response: The cost is definitely justifiable, I agree. I think I might bite the bullet and subscribe again. I'm glad the swap arrived finally. The USPS is certainly not concerned about timely delivery!
DagmarAtla rated for 25 used postage stamps #10 on Jul 28, 2023
Comment: I loved the swap and you have a letter comming your way. DagmarAtla.
Response: I'll look forward to that letter!
chimerix rated for WIYM: Ani-Mail Art: Mouse Mail on Jul 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the really great mouse envelope. I absolutely love all of the mice you put together. And I love the card you made and the fun stickers. Aloha!
Response: Thank you! I love little mousies so this was a fun swap.
Arabella rated for YTPC: Mini Folio Folder USA on Jul 24, 2023
Comment: Oh, Alissyn!!! Two beautiful folders with my favorite themes - skulls and Little Red Ridinghood!!! I really love both of them! You are so skillful and creative! Please take care of yourself!! You are one of my favorite partners! Thank you so very much!!!
Response: I'm so happy you like them!
USAFwife rated for MJS: Mini Magpie Journal Swap on Jul 24, 2023
Comment: Wow!! What a package and journal! So much to look at! Thank you so much. I'll have to finish looking through a little later tomorrow, but wanted to rate and let you know it arrived. :) Thank you thank you!!
Response: I hope you enjoy!

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MuggleMom on Sep 27, 2023:

So happy to see you in the Purple Craze group!



explore on May 20, 2023:

Alissyn, thank you for your handmade thank you card. So cute!

Karen07 on Jan 28, 2023:

Hello Alissyn and many thanks for the happy mail I received from you today! A real surprise and I can use all of the cards that you so generously shared! Your thoughtfulness is very appreciated. Best wishes and I'm sure our paths will cross again.

Karen07 on Jan 28, 2023:

Hello Alissyn and many thanks for the happy mail I received from you today! A real surprise and I can use all of the cards that you so generously shared! Your thoughtfulness is very appreciated. Best wishes and I'm sure our paths will cross again.

krspellman on Jan 27, 2023:

Thank you so much for the lovely playing cards, such a fantastic surprise after what had been a hard day. I can't thank you enough, you are very kind! :-) -Have a wonderful day!!!

JuneRosebud on Sep 28, 2022:

Alissyn, Thank you so much for the wonderful cat mail. It was totally unexpected & I really appreciated getting it!!

Rainydancer on Mar 14, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

USAFwife on Mar 4, 2021:

Thank you so much for the extra Joker cards and the nice letter. :) What a happy surprise in my mailbox. :)

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.

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