Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2019 3:24 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: July 20, 2019
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

December 2018


DECEMBER 13, 2018 ----- I AM A GRANDMA - FINALLY!! My daughter was due in January, but had an emergency C-section today and had a sweet little girl! I am sooooo excited! She's in the NICU but everything looks good. I'm still crying tears of joy!

I feel compelled to add this: While I certainly appreciate anything that is sent to me, I find that I am getting an overabundance of little bits and pieces of enclosures, some useful but mostly sent on. You don't need to send these little bits to ensure you a heart! All I ask is that is the swap is nicely put together and contains a little note or a profile based picture or something like that - something that makes it personal for me, and that'll land you a nice red heart!!

I am a 58 year old-desperate-to-be-a-grandma! It's taking toooooo long!! I have three daughters, one married, so there's hope.Oh My Goodness! Finally, at last! My daughter just told me I am going to be a Grandma next January!! Yahoo!

My days are rather quiet, as I am a home-body but love it.

Art and creating are my passions, making invitations, announcements, etc., journaling, writing, sewing, all paper arts and paper crafts. All sorts of crafty stuff.

But I also love the literary world, reading, writing, journaling...

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, 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 love Madam Secretary, Code Black. I watch programs on NetFlix,the only problem there is that once you watch the episodes they have for a particular series that's it and you have to wait FOREVER for a new season to come out! Love Call the Midwife, Foyle's War. Like TED talks, and my guilty pleasure - America's Got Talent and Chrislie Knows Best. I like the Crime dramas and British Tele.

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, windmills (like Holland's), 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

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, 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!

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.


lloydp rated for Washi Happy Mail #2 - USA on Jul 21, 2019
Comment: Hi Allissyn Thanks for the swap and the nice note. You must have read my profile because these are washi tapes that I would have picked. I would love to see Andrea Bocelli. Hope we swap again soon. Pat
Candace rated for CMF: Super Easy Polka-Dots Cards on Jul 20, 2019
Comment: Very pretty card, thank you!
Comment: thanks for a great swap!♥♥♥
ubx rated for Washi Swap- Send Your Favorites! on Jul 14, 2019
Comment: Loved the washi tape you send me!
Comment: What a stunning envelope! Such a treat. And your letter -hard stuff, yeah. A hobby like this is very rewarding and I'm glad we were partners. Take care, Alissyn.
Eulegirl rated for Me - From A to Z on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Wow! I really enjoyed reading all of this. I, too, love blueberries in milk, though I haven't tried them frozen. Never met anyone outside of my family who eats them like that!
PrettyAlice rated for Washi Swap- Send Your Favorites! on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks these are great. And yes I sometimes hoard my washi tapes too.
Comment: Alison: Your window envelope is just beautiful! You may have had problems getting it right, but the end result turned our brilliant. Love the pretty coordinating papers that you used and what a great sentiment. And thanks so much for your nice note. And go get that tattoo! I bet your husband would have loved that. Thanks again for a great swap!
Response: Thank you for rating! I'm s so happy you liked the envelope. I was thinking of making them smaller and use as the swap card info. Maybe a note or letter folded to slide in beside the window. Well see how far I get on that!
Sandy1969 rated for I love banknotes #1 on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you Alissyn for many more bank notes. I am very happy to receive them. And yes sure, when will be in California, we will play Badminton.
Arabella rated for MJS: Magpie Time May to June on Jul 9, 2019
Comment: I love your journal! Still reading thru it and then my sister wants to borrow it! You did an amazing job! Thank you!
Response: They're so much fun to make! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for the heart 😊
Meryly13 rated for Themed Washi Swap #1: Floral 🌸 on Jul 4, 2019
Comment: Oh Alissyn, so many beautiful beautiful washi tapes!! I know what you mean about this washi addiction! Thank you so much! Wish I could give you more hearts!
Comment: Omg, your raccoon is so cute! I love it so much! Thank you! I love reading Holocaust themed books and found that one randomly at a bookstore. I fell in love with it. You should check out In My Enemy's House by Carol Matas. That's another good one! Summer is just now starting to hit us. June was cold and cloudy, but it's sunny and hot now. How bothersome. lol I like the cold.
Response: Haven't heard of that one. I'll check it out. Glad you liked the ATC. Enjoy your summer, haha!
bjansen rated for ATC - The Circus (USA) on Jun 30, 2019
Comment: Love love love this :) my deal with the globe is my favorite. Love the extra papers too :)
Response: So happy you got it and like it. Lots of fun to make for you.
Fritosmom rated for Puzzling Letter on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: I am giving you a Heart and a Big Thank you. I don't have time to put it together right now. Will comment later on your Profile. My granddaughter is visiting from Coral Springs FL for her Mother's (my daughter) 50th Birthday. Weekend is full. Hugs
Response: Enjoy your weekend!
AnnaL rated for CPG QUICKIE: 25 punchies - US Only on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thanks Alissyn for all the wonderful die cuts, much fun to be had with them. I will be sending you some of my die cuts that are a bit different just because. Have a great day today, AnnaL.
Response: Your so sweet! I'm looking forward to it! So sorry about the problem with postage due. Total oversight on my part but I'm glad it got to you the right way 😊
Comment: Looove this postcard! Thank you!
Response: I had so much fun making it for you! As soon as I saw on your profile you like MFM I knew exactly what your postcard would be! Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered!
aero rated for I love banknotes #1 on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the currency and extras☺it will definitely be added to my collection😉Blessings and congrats on your new comer in January 🌹🌸🌷
Response: "Newcomer" arrived early in December! But she's beautiful and adorable and already six months old! I'm glad you like the bank notes and they can be part of your collection. Thank you for the rating!
MauiMami rated for Altered Item Bookmark Swap on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: Mahalo from Maui! You have such pretty penmanship, my son put the envelope on the icebox, and the bookmark ~ Steinbeck 💝. Hearts and more hearts 🖤💌🖤.
Response: That's so cute! Thanks for the hearts. You're sweet!
CarlyJo rated for Washi Happy Mail #2 - USA on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for The Magnificent Washi samples! I'm happy that you found such a great place to be at Swap bot and your secret of the craft area is safe with me!
Nyneve rated for MJS: Mini-Magpie Journal on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: I just arrived home to pile of mail and to your absolutely beautiful Magpie journal. ♥️♥️♥️ It's filled to the brim with so many interesting things to read and see. Such a treat! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into it. I'll be going through it many times to be sure I didn't miss anything. You live in such a lovely State! I really enjoy Magpie journals too and seeing all the different approaches people come up with. Hope the weather over there has gotten little bit cooler!
Response: I'm so happy it arrived to you safely. Thank you for all your kind words. Appreciation like your's is why I stay with SwapBot. 🤗

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Fritosmom on Jul 9, 2019:

Puzzling Letter-Finally had time to put your Puzzle together. Very challenging. I decided to try Puzzle Guard (a glue) since it was so little and I had so much trouble getting MY Puzzle Letter turned over. Short story. LOL! The front looked great but the back was Off....Parts were not correct. I was able to read most of it. So 1. I am an organized Hoarder of Crafts 2. It is 100 degrees with awful humidity 3. Writing on puzzles is difficult. Thanks again and Happy Swapping!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Aladyjackson on Jan 3, 2019:

Happy new year! Congrats on the baby!❤️❤️

Ryleighsmom on Dec 20, 2018:

WIYM 2018 'Merry Christmas' Card Swap - USA

Hello! Do you happen to know if you received this swap from me? I'm archiving swaps and I don't see a rating for this one. Doesn't mean it isn't there...my eyes are nearly crossed now...but I can't find it. LOLOL

I'm happy to resend if needed! Thanks! Michelle

ellecamino on Dec 18, 2018:

Congrats on becoming a grandma!! I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for the Christmas Art Journal Supplies. I got your package today and wow-so many goodies!!! I almost Christmas was still a month away so I could get a chance to use everything you sent me :) Thanks.

tentmari on Dec 17, 2018:

Congratulations on becoming a grandma!!! That's such an awesome Christmas gift. : )

I am contacting you, also, about a missing rating for the WIYM: Christmas Glitter Card. I sent this swap it on 11/19, but have not been rated by you for it yet. Have you received it? You can email me or leave a message on my profile.

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 8, 2018:

MNJoviGirl on Sep 23, 2018:

It's been ages write soon!


simcoe54 on May 27, 2018:

All I can say is awesome. The banknotes are perfect for my collection and all new ones. Thank you so so much!!!

BlueberryLady on May 11, 2018:

Thank you Very much for the Beautiful and Unusual Notecard and envies you sent me for Cheap Postage Tag You're It - US Only ! Love them and have never seen any like them before ! !! HUGS from chilly 47* Ohio.

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