Swap-bot Time: January 27, 2020 12:01 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: January 27, 2020
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

December 2018

--MISCELLANEOUS My goal this year is to dramatically downsize/destash my hoard. It's gotten absolutely untenable. So, I would be thrilled to send along things to you if you just let me know. Don't be shy! I have: postcards (oldies with writing and vintage stamps); stickers (I keep buying them but I don't USE them! I only like epoxy stickers or dimensionals I can use in projects); just randomness stuff; ribbons of all sorts; tell me what you need, I probably have it and if be thrilled to pass it along!

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 Swap it! 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.


junemoon rated for Just Randomness on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: We think alike. Your package of randomness came today just after I had put together an envelope with the same thoughts in mind that you write of. Most of your stuff will replace the stuff I'll take to the PO on Monday for you partner. That's what these swaps are for!! as you say.
Murmuration rated for Shaped Paperclips Quick Swap on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the delightful assortment of shaped paperclips! This was such a fun package to get in the mail!
Response: More on the way!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (belated but still)!!!! (Also, so sorry for such a late rating, omg. I thought I rated you! ;;; )
Response: I know how that can happen! I hope you had a lovely holiday season too. Countdown to The 2020 one!
Comment: Got it Alissyn , thanks for the great journal. Funny I never thought of yellow as a color I really liked much, but your yellow page really struck me! Yellow is beginning to grow on me these days. I really liked the idea of the ‘color pages’. So many things to comment about, I am going to have to write you a letter! Don’t expect it right away, lots going on around here. Thanks for including pictures of the grand baby, she’s a cutie! Too funny about the seahorse, makes me chuckle every time I see it - a cute little story could probably be written about it! And thanks for letting me know you would be late sending, I appreciate it!
Response: I'm so glad it made it to you and thank YOU for hanging in there with me. I can't wait to find a letter from you!
Comment: thank you so very much
Comment: Aww your card was really sweet! I hope you saw your grandchild! It was a merry Christmas to you guys indeed!!!! Thanks for the goodies too!
hg08 rated for HUGE Christmas Card Swap! (USA ONLY) on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for a fun swap!
Comment: Thanks for the fantastic, super-generous box of goodies! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Wishing you the best in 2020.
Comment: Thank you! What festive washi! I appreciate all the fun surprises. =)
Comment: Thanks for the Christmas card, washi tape, and ribbon. What a great way to celebrate Christmas.
KarlaKC rated for HUGE Christmas Card Swap! (USA ONLY) on Dec 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I loved your attention to details in this simple card swap. Thank you for washi samples and ribbon/fiber samples. ... Karla
Comment: Thanks so much!!
ashchu rated for HUGE Christmas Card Swap! (USA ONLY) on Dec 24, 2019
Comment: How special that you got to spend time with your baby granddaughter. Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and well wishes. Merry Christmas 💖
Comment: Thank you and Merry Christmas!
SeleneW rated for HUGE Christmas Card Swap! (USA ONLY) on Dec 24, 2019
Comment: I am so happy that you received the best gift two years in a row! Time with a new loved one! Thank you so much for the ephemera!
Comment: Thank you for a fun Christmas box!! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome box of Christmas goodies...soooo much stuff in here that I can use =)
Response: So happy some of those things found a good home! Merriest of Christmases to you!

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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!!!

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.

LauraM540 on May 7, 2018:

Thanks for the wonderful envelope of goodies from the theme in the ziplock tag! I love your packaging too!

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