Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2022 2:03 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: September 27, 2022
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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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.


fiberlady23 rated for 7 Day Mini Art Journal Swap on Sep 28, 2022
Comment: Beautiful journal and I love all the goodies! Thank you!
NJack19 rated for Halloween Tags ๐Ÿ‘ป on Sep 27, 2022
Comment: They arrived and they are beautiful Thank you so much! Happy Halloween :)
Christopherpines rated for WIYM: Die Cut Exchange Swap on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: Oooooohhh thank you so much!! I love my fantastic packets of new die cuts to play with! Do I "collect dies" like some people collect washi? I call them my collector sets....still mint in the package!! haha I have also added your recommendations to my podcast queue! Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked them๐Ÿ˜Š get those dies out and USE them!
cynthiawhatever rated for PCS: Scavenger Hunt #5 on Sep 18, 2022
Comment: thank you for the awesome cards and the flip book you made to hold them is SO CUTE! i love it!
Comment: The envie and contents are the Catโ€™s Meow!! If I could rate you a 10 instead of 5, I would! Thank you for the unique crafted envie, Alissyn. Adding it to my special swaps notebook. Purrrrrrrrr!
Response: It makes me really happy to know you liked it!
mamajoy rated for PCS: Jokerโ€™s Wild #3 on Aug 27, 2022
Comment: Your package is so cute! All the little themed bits and pieces. Loved the joker cards. Thank you for everything. ๐Ÿ’—
AmyMarie rated for PCS: Share a deck with a twist #3 on Jul 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely variety of playing cards! And the extras. I hope your trip went well. Sorry things have been so rough lately. >
bringitb rated for PCS: Share a deck with a twist #3 on Jul 18, 2022
Comment: Your cards arrived today! Thank you!! Hope youโ€™ve had a wonderful tripโ€”itโ€™s well-deserved after everything youโ€™ve had to endure lately. *hugs for you* Thanks again for the great swap!
Tverne05 rated for YTPC: 1 sheet wonder June -USA on Jul 5, 2022
Comment: ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’– Thanks so much for the one sheet wonder that you sent me. I love the colors you chose. I canโ€™t wait to use ALL the goodies you included. Iโ€™m in a swap where I have to keep a journal all month long. I will use the goodies you sent to decorate the page for each day. Thanks a bunch!
Response: I really enjoyed making it for you. So happy you liked it!
RedheadLady rated for Collage Greeting Card on May 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful college card and the extras.
marclively rated for Quick Frankendeck Swap of 10 on May 4, 2022
Comment: great cards!
MelissaLB rated for Quick Frankendeck Swap of 10 on Apr 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great playing cards and extras. I'm excited to add them to my growing collection. Your card is amazing! I'm going to make it the cover of the album where I store my favorite playing cards. The wedding sounds lovely. I'll be sending prayers for your sister. She sounds very brave.
Response: Thank you for your kind thoughts. It's a tough time, but the wedding was wonderful!
laurarc rated for Happy Mail Profile Based on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies. I hope your family is well and your sister is comfortable.
KellyR rated for Playing Card Obsessed #21 on Apr 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much! I love the vintage cat!
marclively rated for Playing Card Obsessed #17 on Mar 27, 2022
Comment: great cards Alissyn!
MissRich rated for Playing Card Obsessed #18 on Mar 9, 2022
Comment: what an AMAZzZzing pocket of sweet goodness- I love the cards!! Thank you so much xoxo
Response: I'm glad you like the cards!
SunflowerRose rated for Letter with a Twist on Mar 6, 2022
Comment: Ill write back soon. I love having pen pals
Response: Looking forward to it!
Comment: Thank you so much for this awesome package! You really went above and beyond. I love the little typewrite brad, and it was so fun to go through everything. Thanks for reading my profile and personalizing the extras! My typewriter needs some work...it keeps cutting off the tops of the letters. I'll work on it and write back. THanks again!
Response: I'd love to hear from you, typewriter or handwritten!
marclively rated for Playing Card Obsessed #14 on Feb 14, 2022
Comment: Thanks, Marc

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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.

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!


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