Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2022 10:42 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: December 7, 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! 😊

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 and Happy Holidays.
Drvr337 rated for Funny Christmas Card Swap - USA on Dec 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great card, so funny. I love the extras and decorated envelope. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Comment: Than( you for the polar bear card. I share your feeling about Christmas coming so fast, except that was the way I felt about my birthday πŸ˜‚. I esp appreciate the goodies packed in the Christmas tag as I like to decorate the inside of cards and these come in really handy. Merry Christmas!!
Response: Enjoy!
Comment: WOW! what a great find for you and a wonderful surprise for me! I loved the little pocket you made and all the goodies. Thank you so much, have a fantastic holiday season with your family and friends!
Candace rated for Holly Jolly Christmas Card Swap #1 on Dec 3, 2022
Comment: Merry Christmas :)
Comment: Thanks for the card and goodies!
GramMonster rated for Funny Christmas Card Swap - USA on Dec 1, 2022
Comment: I loved the card you sent! Thank you for the extra goodies inside as well! Still no shopping done on my end. I keep putting things in my Amazon cart and then deleting them. I have no idea what to buy ANYONE! Happy holidays!
Response: I can totally relate to that! You'll pull it all together in time. I have faith in you!!
DParker85 rated for Holly Jolly Christmas Card Swap #1 on Nov 30, 2022
Comment: What am adorable little card! And beautiful pocket!
Response: Thank you!πŸŽ„
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. Happy holidays πŸ’šβ€οΈ
Comment: Wow! Thanks so much Alissyn, for my beautiful packages!! I can't wait to open them! So excited for December now! They look so festive and cute! Thanks so much! Happy holidays!πŸŽ„β€οΈ Alissyn, wow!!! You did such a fantastic and amazing job on this!! You put so much time and effort into making it perfect and incredible for me!! I am only on day 1 and I almost didn't want to open it, because it was SOO beautiful!! I absolutely love the adorable little craft cookie cuttersI don't know if this will let me, but if it does, I would like to say something every day, about all of my goodies and presents, as I open them!!!! This is really special!!β€οΈπŸŽ„ Day 2 and 3 were amazing!! Thank you!! The magnet is too cute and very ME and I love the die cuts!!! LOVE!! Day 4 and 5 were adorable and I love them!! The gnomes are so cute and I always love Christmas ribbon! I loved Day 6 and 7! The Christmas die cuts are great!! I will definitely use them and I love all of the postcards! I was so excited to find out what was in the seven swans a swimming envelope!! You did such an amazing job on the way that you put everything together and making each and every day so special!! You're the best!!!
Response: I am soo happy you will enjoy your goodies. I would love to know how you felt about them, so maybe you could just send a message?
Comment: Thanks so much Alyssyn! They are absolutely beautiful! You did a great job on them both! This was such a fun swap! Happy Holidays!πŸŽ„
Response: I'm glad you liked the ornaments. They are very addictive to make!
Comment: I live your flippbook!
Karen07 rated for PCS: Joker’s Wild #4 on Oct 27, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cool jokers Alissyn! You do make cute little envelopes for playing cards!
Comment: Love the labels - even if I don't have a use for them, I love having unique things. And they were fun to make! The hummingbird card is lovely, too. We had our first cool day in months today.I can't believe the end of the year is looming!
Response: I'm like you, don't know what to do with the labels! But they were fun to mess around with! Put my sweater on today for the first time. Yay for Fall, finallyπŸ™‚
Mystic01 rated for September 2022 Journal Swap on Oct 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the journal. Loved it
rkassman rated for Halloween Tags πŸ‘» on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: Oh my goodness, you created such absolutely gorgeous tags for me!! And packaged them up so beautifully. Thank you so much, I adore them! <3
Response: Happy Halloween!
Wended rated for YTPC: Autumn-Themed Mini Journal US on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: Wow, you have sent me a most special journal. I absolutely love it..Your choice of papers and autumnal colors are beautiful. Thank you for a lovely swap..
ldyhawke88 rated for Halloween Die Cuts πŸŽƒ on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: love love it all thanks for putting so much work into this. everything is great will use for sure and will copy cat stamps used to mail great also thanks again
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 πŸ‘» on Sep 27, 2022
Comment: They arrived and they are beautiful Thank you so much! Happy Halloween :)
Response: Happy Halloween!

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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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