Swap-bot Time: May 27, 2024 10:05 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: May 16, 2024
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.


Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! I am going to keep it out and try to incorporate it into my journal. It is too beautiful not to memorialize it into my daily activities. Thank you again! I feel honored to receive such a stunning piece of art. Take care and keep on swapping...
Response: Thank you for your kind words! Iโ€™m so glad you like the card.
Barbara rated for Penpal With Me: Bookish Theme on Apr 30, 2024
Comment: What a lovely letter, envelope, bookish stickers and bookmark and small book you hand crafted! I will write to you over the weekend. Take care and thank you so much!
Comment: I just got the journal today and all I can say is WOW!, I love it. Thank you so much
Comment: Thank you for the lovely purple card! Purple is one of my favorite colors so I was pleased to see this purple card. Sorry, I can't give a heart because it was sent late by a week. Great job though. Have a great weekend.
LauraM540 rated for SMSUSA: Snail Mail Happy #6 on Feb 27, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for my fairy themed happy mail! I loved your homemade touches and all of the fun ephemera tucked inside,! Definitely made me happy!
Response: Mission accomplished!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. It arrived just in time and I was excited as we are having even slower than usual mail delivery up here. It made my day.
Response: It makes me so happy I could give you a smile๐Ÿ˜Š
Comment: Thanks so much! I hope you had a wonderful valentines day
firekingashtay rated for Themed Mail #2 on Feb 19, 2024
Comment: Hi Alissyn, thank you sooooo much for such a lovely Valentines Day mail๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• I really enjoyed the things. I gave a chocolate to my husband and my son. In Japan woman give man a chocolate on Valentines Day! Hava good day.
Response: I'm glad you liked my card and extras. So interesting that the women give the men rather than men to women.
TonyaAshe rated for MMHWH - Loaded Flip Book #4A - USA on Feb 19, 2024
Response: I hope you liked it.
Comment: Beautiful card! Love the tri-fold, and all the "lattice" work dies. Very creative. Thank you for taking the time to make such a nice card for me. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™
Response: I'm so pleased you like it. I hope yourโ™ฅ๏ธ day was filled with sweetness!
Comment: Thanks for your nice letter and the extras. One I did not have at all and the other two will be much nicer examples that what I do have.
Response: I'm so happy I could help your collection along!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful handmade card!
Doulton rated for Born on the 16th on Jan 31, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and the statements within. I love the cats. I hope that you remain a little "green around the edges". That's a great joke, I think.
Response: Thank you!
PeliKat rated for Purple Tsunami for December on Jan 14, 2024
Comment: I have loved every packet you sent to me!! You do such fantastic work, so neat, and detailed with such clever ideas!!! I would swap with you anytime and I'm so happy to add your creations to my favorites!!! Thank you for a wonderful December Tsunami!!!
Response: Aww gosh, you make me blush! I had lots of fun creating for you especially because I knew you appreciated my efforts. I would swap with you anytime; just message me and we can set something up๐Ÿ˜Š
cmalaina rated for Random Journal Swap on Jan 13, 2024
Comment: I love it so much that you inspired me to want to start hosting these every month !!
Response: Please do! They're so fun to make!
Lisserz rated for WIYM: 4-Week Holiday Pen Pal US on Jan 8, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for everything. I especially like the ribbon and gnome stickers. I feel spoiled by you. I laughed when I saw the gnome envelope. It's so cute, even if it is upside down. Sounds like something I would do.
Response: Lol! I'm glad you liked everything! Enjoy the New Year!
thebragal rated for A giveaway of happy mail !! on Dec 21, 2023
Comment: Have a great winter break!
Lolly rated for A giveaway of happy mail !! on Dec 9, 2023
Comment: Merry christmas and happy new year.
carolinagodinho rated for A giveaway of happy mail !! on Dec 9, 2023
Comment: i wish you all the best in 2024! and merry christmas if you're celebrating <3

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PeliKat on Jan 16, 2024:

Alissyn, once again you have overwhelmed me with the most beautiful purple creations! Each little package in the purple envelope that came today was opened like a present and I felt so blessed to have you as a partner for the Purple Tsunami! Your creations are so beautiful, original, and perfectly put together, and each one is a treasure by itself. To receive all of these gifts at once is truly a 'Tsunami flood' and not at all the 'trickle' you thought it was! Thank you so much for such a wonderful swap!!!

PeliKat on Jan 9, 2024:

Alissyn, another beautiful creation from you arrived today!!! The colors are so grand together, and that bit of texture you added with the lace and the fluffy trim add so much to it. I adore those tiny envelopes with the little treasures in them, and those cats are just so cute!!! Thank you so much for another outstanding addition to my special collection!!

PeliKat on Dec 26, 2023:

I received your Purple Tsunami packet today and love the mini journal you included! You packed so many nice things into all the pockets and it was dlsuch fun going through and discovering all of them!! Well worth waiting for!! ๐Ÿ˜Š Don't worry about the delay; I misunderstood and had to play 'catch-up' too!! And I understand about "overbooking"; I have absolutely done the same thing there as well. It's just that there are SOOOO many great swaps available!!! Best wishes from PeliKat ๐Ÿ˜ธ

MuggleMom on Sep 27, 2023:

So happy to see you in the Purple Craze group!



explore on May 20, 2023:

Alissyn, thank you for your handmade thank you card. So cute!

Karen07 on Jan 28, 2023:

Hello Alissyn and many thanks for the happy mail I received from you today! A real surprise and I can use all of the cards that you so generously shared! Your thoughtfulness is very appreciated. Best wishes and I'm sure our paths will cross again.

krspellman on Jan 27, 2023:

Thank you so much for the lovely playing cards, such a fantastic surprise after what had been a hard day. I can't thank you enough, you are very kind! :-) -Have a wonderful day!!!

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. :)

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