Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2022 8:10 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: January 17, 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: Hi! Thank you for the gorgeous cards, extras and fascinating facts! I love them all! happy holidays!
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap! I love the way you packaged them. So creative of you. I also enjoyed the bits of playing card trivia you sent as well. Yes, I agree, finding interesting decks at the thrift stores is hard. I guess people no longer are bringing them or maybe the store no longer accepts them. Happy swapping and many thanks.
Mamabemus rated for Playing Card Obsessed #13 on Jan 3, 2022
Comment: thanks for the washi too
mamajoy rated for Christmas Time Card Swap on Dec 30, 2021
Comment: What a lovely note. I had to check the back of the card. I thought it was handmade. It's a really cute "watercolor". I have been making my Christmas cards for the last few years. Mostly die cuts, but this year I colored a stamped picture. I went through all my Christmas decorations to pare down my collection now that I am in a condo. Everything has a history and it was very difficult. Only 1 of my 4 daughters lives near me. So, it was quiet here also. I'm sure the wedding will be beautiful. I had 2 grandsons get married this year, (in 2 different states, in the same week) Didn't I have fun! Have a healthy and peaceful 2022. 📆
mchesser12 rated for Christmas Time Card Swap on Dec 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cute cat Christmas card. I agree with you about lights and songs. There is a house near us that has lights arranged to Christmas music. You tune your radio to a certain station and the lights "dance" to the songs. It's so good! Happy New Year!
AlisonKingWriter rated for Christmas card mass swap. on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! <3 Al
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and the goodies!
KeKet82 rated for Playing Card Obsessed #12 on Dec 16, 2021
Comment: I can not thank you enough. The card and extras were amazing. Thank you so very much.
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
squince rated for Funny Christmas Card Swap USA on Dec 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks!!
Comment: LOVE the card, it has a possum on it even!
vlhafer54 rated for Christmas card with Cats #2 on Dec 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute kittens in a basket - Merry Christmas!
KellyR rated for Playing Card Obsessed #10 on Dec 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cards, especially the floral ones! I'm pretty sure that's all I needed. I'm going to go through it later to make sure their are no duplicates. I found a lot of interesting decks at thrift shops over the summer, but we recently moved to Germany and I've only found one thrift shop (on base) so far. I love vintage cards! You need the oldest and dustiest of thrift shops to find the best cards :)
Response: I keep looking!
meganimal rated for Magic Box Destash-- Winter 2021 on Dec 7, 2021
Comment: What a fun box! 😊 Thanks, loved all the dies, embossing folders, the washi and ephemera the best! It was like Christmas opening everything! 😀
Response: Mission accomplished! I wanted to make sure it was extra fun, being Christmas and all 😊. Enjoy!
Shoreart rated for 4 to 4 Washi Sample Swap on Dec 7, 2021
Comment: Love your washi choices. Thanks.
Wingy rated for International PenPals - Fall 2021 on Dec 7, 2021
Comment: Hi Alissyn... thank you for the wonderful swap. Love the skull gals. Loved your letter and good luck on the wedding invitations. I’ll write back soon :)
mariewilliams810 rated for Theme Christmas card #6 on Dec 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Happy Holidays!
sschibetts rated for 4 to 4 Washi Sample Swap on Dec 5, 2021
Comment: Love the Christmas washi - have a great holiday!
Dovey rated for Christmas card mass swap. on Dec 4, 2021
Comment: Very lovely swap, Alissyn! Thank you for the gorgeous card, gorgeous washi and stickers! Beautifully decorated envie! Such a delight to receive! Merry Christmas! 💓💌🎄

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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!


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!!! ❤❤❤❤❤

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