Swap-bot Time: June 7, 2023 8:03 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: June 4, 2023
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.


helen4102010 rated for Flowers by Mail on May 28, 2023
Comment: Your package was perfect! I loved the "flower bouquet", it is so creative and gorgeous!!
Response: That makes me so happy!
bpl76 rated for FTLOC#1-Owned by my cat-US on May 27, 2023
Comment: WOW thank you !!!
e2java rated for Tag Swap for Junk Journals on May 26, 2023
Comment: These were beautiful tags. Thank you. I also enjoyed reading your letter. I did read Hardy Boys when I was younger. I think my grandfather really wanted a boy and kept buying me those books! And yes, I love my job and my commute is all interstate miles. One road basically.
Response: Lots of fun memories of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. I didn't like either of the TV series though. Books are so much more fun! I'm glad you like your job!
HexG rated for Stuff a bubble package envie- USA on May 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for all of the lovely things you’ve sent in this cute bubble mailer!! (◍ ´꒳` ◍)
Response: Enjoy!
Comment: The envelope was stuck shut but I got in to it from the bottom. It was so nicely decorated. Thank you so much for the dragons. Are they iron on?
Response: Sorry about the stubborn envelope! The dragons are fabric which I stiffened and then cut out. I finally had someone to share with!
fishsteak rated for Collaged Envie - 🇺🇸 only on May 11, 2023
Comment: I love the envelope and the goodies. Everything was so pretty, thank you! I miss California weather. I'd trade the dry heat for our terrible humidity out here.
lostinavalon rated for Beatrix Potter Themed Swap on May 9, 2023
Comment: Wow!! I wish I could give you a thousand hearts! This was such a special swap---thank you! I'm so inspired!
Response: I had so much fun finding the right elements and putting it together for you! I'm so happy it could bring a smile to your day!
Comment: Hi Alissyn and wow! This junk journal 7 pockets is amazing! Your papers are so pretty and everything just coordinates throughout. Love the blues and greens. The way you cut your pockets is so unique as well - have not seen them done like this before and love them! So many fun goodies inside. I love William Morris so those print stickers are really special. Love the journal cards and the little die cut butterflies. Just a fantastic collection of ephemera that I am so happy to add to my craft stash. Thank you so much for this wonderful swap!
Response: You are so very welcome! It makes me so happy knowing you enjoyed it.
LaughingLoon rated for SMSUSA: Tea Folio April on May 2, 2023
Comment: I get so happy when I open a package and it is immediately obvious that my partner read my profile. Yours was definitely one of those kinds of swaps! The enclosures were so lovely that I’m facing the temptation of not sharing them with anyone else. I will eventually relent, but in the meanwhile, I will hoard them, gleefully, like a miser with treasures. And then I will make tea and admire them again. Many thanks for a lovely and artful swap.
Response: Aww, you make me blush! I'm so happy you enjoyed the swap. It was my pleasure to make it for you.
Comment: Oh my goodness, this is incredible!! Thank you so very much!
Comment: Wow, what a wonderful selection of images. You have some great magazines and very talented fussy cutting skills. Loved everything. Thank you.!❤️
LauraM540 rated for FTLOC: Think Spring Bingo Card on Apr 29, 2023
Comment: You did a great job on the Bingo card Ali! Just my style!! Thanks for the extra goodies too!
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: Loaded Spring Pocket USA on Apr 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty pocket
Comment: Thank you for the awesome green envie and all of the awesome green tuck ins, and so early, too!! LOL I feel ya. I'm usually mailing right on the deadline myself as well. :-) The last couple of days have finally been warm here in San Diego. Hopefully you've also had warm weather and a break from the snow and rain. :-)
Response: I think summer is nudging its way in. Not looking forward to the heat! I'm so happy you liked the envie.
shinyserra rated for Mega Letter Swap International#1 on Apr 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the letter and extras!
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: Mini Double Pocket USA on Apr 13, 2023
Comment: Your pocket is neat taking it with me on my trip to use in my travel journal
Response: I hope you have a great trip!
LaughingLoon rated for Magic Box Destash--Spring 2023 on Apr 13, 2023
Comment: Wow. I’d love to see your home if this is your destash! So many people will be happy with the sharing I can do!
Response: I can send you more! I'm trying desperately to destash with little success🙂 I really dislike sending everything to good will instead of someone I know who can use things. I'm glad you found the box fun!
dmarie rated for YTPC: Mini Double Pocket USA on Apr 10, 2023
Comment: This is perfect ♥♥♥ I love the pocket and the goodies and how it was wrapped and the nice letter♥ I grew up in CA... Earthquakes or tornados??? I don't like either... Thanks for being an awesome swap partner! ♥
Response: Thank you! Do you miss CA?
Comment: Thanks for the lovely envelope! Such great extras!
mejulia rated for The Year That I was Born - USA on Apr 6, 2023
Comment: Wow! I was lucky to have you as my partner, What a great presentation. Wish I could give you more than one heart.
Response: So glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun putting it together for you. Thank you!

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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.

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. :)

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!

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