Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2020 6:16 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: November 28, 2020
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

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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: Thank you for the stuff! I really loved the scarecrow paper cutout. Might actually start scrapbooking the swaps I get so thank you for inspiring that!
ccmmsu rated for CPG: Catalog Collision Zine EDITED on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for a wonderful swap! I loved everything from beginning to end: the way you decorated the envelope, the little folder everything was in, the washi samples, the awesomely creative zine (I was going to try to pick a favorite image, but I honestly can't), and finally, the wonderful letter you included. Thank you, thank you!!
Response: Thank you for your kind words! I'm happy you enjoyed it!
AZmom875 rated for USED postage stamp RAK on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks for participating in the RAK. You were not the winner, but I enjoyed the comments.
Comment: I love your presentation of this swap! Your zine is well done. My favorite page is "Walk on the Wild Side." Very creative. Thank you for a fun swap.
Response: Thank you! I just rated you too! We both similar styles which made it fun!
Comment: This is the most lovely fable. So creative to make a book and write that story!! I love all the flamingoes and foxes, too. This is super amazing, and I'd give you all the hearts if I could. It made my day (and I needed that, after this advising week)
Response: I'm so glad it arrived safely! Thank you for your kind words. I had so much fun writing that little story. I hope things lighten up for you in the coming weeks so you can enjoy the upcoming holidays!
Comment: I loved everything! The mini goodies will be great for atc making. It took awhile to arrive but well worth the wait. Thank you!
Aurora1 rated for Postage Stamp Swap #1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for your thoughtful note. Thank goodness the fires stayed away from the immediate Bay Area, but I feel for all those that are affected. You are right Swapping has saved me, if only because I get to hear from kind and awesome people like you. I loved the stamps and the darling pocket you made. So cute! Thank you again, Aurora
bethe rated for The Big Washi Destash on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for your generous assortment of washi! Love the decorated envelope too. 400?!?! I feel less guilty now ;) Unfortunately people have eased up around here too. A friend of mine caught the virus :( Thankfully they're ok and I haven't been around the family in months. Thanks again! Already have an idea of how to use up some of the washi and I love the Dr. Seuss one the most!
Response: I'm thrilled to have been able to send some along. Than you for the heart!
kioku rated for Interesting craft paper on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: OH WOW! Thank you so much. You gave me so many nice papers and putting them in a book like that with explanations is amazing! I'm definitely going to be able to make lots of nice things. I appreciate it so much. 11/5!
Response: Happy crafting😊
Comment: Loved all my Treasures. Thank you!!
Comment: Wish I could give you 100 hearts.The concertina card is so beautiful.It arrived opened but everything seems to be in place.Thank you so much I appreciate all the time and thought you put into this beautiful piece.
Response: I hope it wasn't opened because I didn't secure it adequately, but I'm glad you liked it. It's was a pleasure to make for you.
Comment: OMG! Your package arrived today and I ABSOLUTELY loved everything. Love all of the layers and the time you took on it. I especially loved the list of stamped images to find, but I cannot find the ravens? Bunches and bunches of hearts.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
Response: I'm so happy that you liked my bag. (I didn't make the seek and find the same for everyone, but I think you can find the raven on a fence or with the skeleton stamp.) Have a fun (as best as possible) Halloween!πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ
tlemon4 rated for Halloween Loaded Bag Flip on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for an awesome swap I absolutely loved your bag it was adorable,:):)
Comment: TYVM! Enjoyed reading your letter.
ameribuddy rated for What are you reading #3 on Oct 4, 2020
Comment: I wish I could give you like six hearts, this was AMAZING!!!!!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed my little swap!
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute mini flipbook. I love all of it...the colors, goodies, and the very lovely handwritten note. So classy and special❣️
Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I think this mini flipbook design might be my new favorite style. They're so cute and fun to make!
RainHeart rated for One Week - One Letter #10 on Sep 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you Alissyn for your letter and the cute mini book with everything inside. You just made this day brighter as we are in lockdown, so thank you for that and for sharing what's going on in your life. I wish you all the best!
Mountaingirl82 rated for What are you reading #2 on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Hi Alissyn, thank you so much for your letter. Actually i like reading about WW2. The books you read are not avaiable here in Germany but they sound interesing. Thank you for the Extras, too. :)
ablev92 rated for Pre-loved metal dies. on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the lovely dies!!
erosxart rated for Handmade Greeting Card Swap #1 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Wow! This card was so cool. The use of mixed media is tied together by complementary colors -- feels so Autumnal! As of today, the fires in California are all around +90% contained so there's some good news. I'm lucky to live far away enough where I'm not concerned about it wreaking havoc, but the air quality was horrible for some time. It was so nice to see a clear, sunny sky the other day. Oh, and thank you for so many extra goodies. Can't wait to use them all. Take care!
Response: I know what you mean about the skies and the air quality. It's heart-wrenching to see the damage done. I'm glad you liked the card.

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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

JuneRosebud on Nov 1, 2019:

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

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