Swap-bot Time: April 1, 2020 2:19 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: March 31, 2020
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

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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!! ♥️♥️

🎶🎶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've 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, 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.


1koolkrafter rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #7 on Mar 31, 2020
Comment: Very nice.....and thanks for the enclosed goodies!
Momskii rated for WIYM: Happy Bunny on Mar 31, 2020
Comment: thank you so much, your cards were wonderful. thanks for joining my swap
Comment: Absolutely LOVEY swap! I love each card you sent, I love how you created a pocket for the cards and letter and I love the letter! I will be writing back to you! Thank you for making my day! This truly made my whole week! xx Gabi
vlhafer54 rated for WIYM: Happy Bunny on Mar 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you - I love the card, it's gorgeous - I'm keeping it and it's going on my shelf where I can see and admire it
Response: I'm happy to know that is has given you pleasure. Have a lovely Easter!
SunflowerRose rated for Pen Pal Search # 11 on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: wow you over did your self! thank you so much. ill try to write back soon
Response: I don't know the meaning of succinct when it comes to letter writing. I love to write! I would love to hear back from you whenever you can!
Flavie rated for Mystery 350 - Q&A on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Omg this is the best thing I ever received! Thank you so much <3
Response: It was really fun to make for you! Glad you enjoyed it!
Kittydisco rated for MEGA sticker detash on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the stickers!!!! Wow!!! I recieved half so far and they are lovely! I live then all, especially one envelope that is totally my style. Thanks sooooo much. Happy birthday, too! I hope you had a great time with your grand baby!!! Cheers from Canada! ❤️
LadyLore rated for March birthday swap on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Your birthday note and gift came today and it just made me so happy, thank you so much! Truthfully, I was having a pretty bad day but coming home to your snail mail really turned it around, thank you. Those tags you made with bee names is just the cutest thing in the world! And I hope you have a wonderful birthday, too! I'm glad you'll be able to spend it with your family, that's honestly one of the best gifts, isn't it? <3
Response: I'm so glad that snail mail did its magic and made you smile! I had such fun making your little gift!
FLWAVE rated for Saint patties Mini loaded paper bag on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Alissyn, thank you so much for the adorable St Patty’s mini bag. Love all the cute green things you found to tuck in. And if I find myself in Paraguay, I’ve got some money to spend. 😉 I really appreciate the effort and thoughtfulness you put into making this swap. Cheers!
Response: It was so fun to make. I had a feeling you were planning a trip to Paraguay and you'd need some money (haha😁). Spend it wisely! I hope you have a fun St. Patty's day☘️☘️
Jorryn rated for WIYM: Notecard Swap #7 on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Wow! Such and gorgeous selection and so many! Thank you so much. Opening this happy mail really made my day!
YooperHill rated for WIYM: Unusual fold greeting card on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: It is AMAZING! I love the colors, and the matching rat stamp! Thank you Alissyn!
MisplacedfromPA rated for WIYM: Notecard Swap #7 on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: What a delight I got in the mail. I just love all the cards you sent,,and so many! I have a collection each style of cards I really like and guess what? I do not have any that you sent, so they go right into that collection. Thank you so much. Where do you get yours from? Me?, mainly thrift stores but also I LIVE in Tuesday Morning stores, LOL. Have a great Leap Day Saturday. And again, thank you so very very much. I truly appreciate this.
Response: I couldn't live without Tuesday morning! I'm glad you like the cards and I have MOOORE if you'd like!
kfaye rated for Magic Box Destash Swap February on Feb 26, 2020
Comment: This was a fun box! Thank you :) I use to live in NCal too, Santa Cruz & San Jose. The poppies are just starting to bloom here!
Suzyanner rated for Easy Sticker Swap on Feb 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the BIG envelope of cool stickers! I love them!
Response: Yay! Another satisfied customer! Glad you can make use of them. Thanks for the heart. 😊
Jsereg001 rated for Playing card swap #1 on Feb 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful cards!!
Comment: These were gorgeous!!!! I'll definitely be horading them for at least a year HAHAHAHA! Thank you!
Response: Would you like more?
christy102194 rated for Pineapple atc on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: I received your pineapple-shaped envie! ^^ thank you for the fun snailmail and lovely ATC!
Response: I'm so glad it finally arrived. I wonder why it took so long. Thank you for the heart and I'm glad you liked the ATC.
Comment: Thank you for the box of goodies you sent my way! It was great fun going through everything. I found several things I love and will be sure to pass on anything I can't use.
gizmodust rated for Cat news on cat notecard🐱✨ on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: First off I must tell you I loved your envelope. What a joy to receive !!!! Was so nice to read your note card. So many just write a line or two. I loved your poem and the picture of your babies. I've written a few poems about my guys too. Thanks for the stickers too. Can always use them. Oh yes, my Buffit says thanks for the scratch behind the ears !! He comes and stands in front of me when I'm on the computer. His clue he wants to be brushed. So I brush one side and say "Turn around" which he does and I do the other side and then he leaves. Works out just fine. Aren't they funny ?? Thank you for a great swap.
Response: I had a nice chuckle about your interaction with Buffit! What would we do without our buddies? I'd love to read your poems if you'd like to share with me. Thank you for the prompt rating and heart. ♥️
Comment: WOW!!! You really did spoil me, over the top! There is soooooo much goodness stuffed in this box! There are many items I will use to craft with. I love so many things. Thank you again for sharing! Hugs, Mona
Response: So happy I could pass along some fun things. Trying really hard to destash, reduce, consolidate! Thanks for taking some stuff off my hands!

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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=)

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!❤️❤️

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.

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!!!

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