Swap-bot Time: December 4, 2021 8:54 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: December 4, 2021
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, I'm Janis from Texas. Yee Haw!

I have 25 year old twin boys and a 30 year old son who is developmentally delayed due to a rare chromosome disorder called "Ring 4". More information on this disorder can be found [HERE].(https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/ring-chromosome-4/)

I have been married for 32 years. I was a military wife for 10 years. We lived on Ft. Huachuca in AZ: (Loved it!!). Ft. Eustis in Newport News, Virginia: (Liked it!) & Ft. Meade in Maryland: (Hated it!). He is a Veteran of the Gulf War & left 1 week after I found out I was pregnant with Grayson & came back 2 weeks after he was born. My twins were born at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Grayson - Christmas Cards!

I have been asked so I thought I would include this. If you would like to send a Christmas card or PC to Grayson he would love it. He loves corny jokes written inside of them if you are so inclined.

If you want to include anything inside he likes to get $1 bills (or as he calls them "tips" to save in his bank to go to movies & shows...although since Covid he hasn't gone to any within the past year, but he is saving up to go to the Power Morphicon sometime next year if things are are getting better. We have to be very careful since his is high risk.

He collect $2 bills & says they are his Magic Money so he will never spend them, just collect.

He likes the Power Rangers, The Wiggles (Yellow is his favorite), Nintendo Switch, Cats, Gum, Popcorn, Books like Berenstein Bear or Little Critter.

Anything & everything makes him happy so just getting a plain card in the mail makes him smile.

You can address cards to Grayson Bowen at my regular address. Send me a message if you need it. Thanks!!

My Pets

I have 3 rescue dogs.

Yodi is a 2yr old Yorkie mix. My son actually rescued him from the shelter, but he was too much for him to handle so we took him in. 3 separate people had adopted him before, but brought him back b/c they couldn't handle him. He is aloof, hard headed, & is one kooky little dog. He acts like the Tazmanian devil from Looney Tunes & has little hissy fits making all kinds of growling noises & spins if he doesn't get his way.

Bianca is a 8 yr old Doxie-Pin. She was from an animal hoarding situation & went to a couple of homes until she found us. She is terrified of everything...the leash, walks, baths, other people, anything that you have or hold that she doesn't recognize, etc.

My husband rescued a new dog that was going to be sent to the pound. Her name is Penny & she is a 2yr. old shepherd mix. She is really sweet, & friendly. Yodi loves her, but Bianca does not.

They are all loved, spoiled, & happy house dogs who get lots of love & treats :)


Likes/Wishlist in no particular order...

  • New wish - Die cut paper pieces & background paper with circles & bubbles similar to these.
  • I LOVE killer whales...all whales & dolphins really, but Orca, Narwhal, Sperm whales, & Beluga
  • Bottlenose & Commerson's Dolphins are my favorites!!
  • My #1 favorite thing to swap & receive is ATC's & now Artist Trading Coins too!
  • An origami killer whale.
  • A mosaic eggshell magnet or ATC
  • Bright & happy suns
  • Inchies & Twinchies.
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Zipper pouches - looking for larger ones that hold more stuff.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & the Raven.
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, & Day of the Dead
  • I collect vintage postcards & photos from Miami Seaquarium, Sea World, Sea Land of the Pacific, Marineland & any other aquariums or destinations depicting whales/dolphins in aquariums.
  • Good Luck anything - Pennies, coins, tokens, clovers, charms, pocket cards, etc.
  • Numbers
  • Worry stones
  • Beaded rosary & other catholic items.

Other stuff I like..

  • I love funny chickens & roosters like Hei Hei from Moana, Chicken Boo from Animaniacs, etc.
  • Kliban Cat
  • Cute avocados!
  • Kelly Rae Roberts
  • I love Thimblestump Hollow characters...Huskyshuffler is my favorite!
  • Chris Ryniak art & vinyl figures.
  • Joe Ledbetter art & vinyl figures.
  • MAp-MAp art & custom figures.

I collect...

  • Jim Shore Disney figurines
  • Miss Mindy Disney Figures
  • Disney & favorite character Funko Pops
  • Cow Parade Figures
  • Killer whale figurines, decorations & wall art
  • New & used dog/cat/animal rabies or registration tags & licenses as well as blanks.
  • Wooden nickels, bottle caps.
  • Keys (any type)

Animal Loves...

  • Whales & dolphins as listed above
  • Octopus
  • All cats & dogs
  • Chickens & roosters
  • Betta fish
  • All cats & dogs
  • Blue-Jay's, Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee
  • Black & White Cows, Spanish bulls (not the fighting part, just that type of bull)
  • You can't go wrong if it has a cute animal on it :)

Some characters I like are...

  • Quick Draw McGraw & Baba-Looey
  • Pixie & Dixie
  • The over-polite Goofy Gophers
  • Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester the Cat, Wile E. Coyote, Foghorn Leghorn (including George P. Dog, Henry Hawk, & Sam the Sheepdog)
  • Ferdinand the Bull
  • Stitch
  • Animaniacs (including Goodfeathers, Chicken Boo, Mindy & Buttons, Katie Ka-Boom, etc.)
  • Tiny Toons
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog
  • Batman & Aquaman
  • All the characters from the Nightmare Before Christmas....especially the Mayor.

People I currently like...

  • Steve Perry
  • John Oliver
  • Tom Cruise
  • Barak Obama
  • Terry Crews
  • Blink 182

Dislikes/Don't Send

  • Improperly packaged items that get damaged during shipping
  • Strong smell of cigarette smoke
  • Nudes (not opposed to receiving one...just not what I would typically go for)
  • Gore, or gross stuff like dismembered babies, medical specimens, realistic horror.
  • Monkeys/Chimps
  • Circus animals
  • Sea shells
  • Spiders - I have Arachnophobia!!

Please do not send: These are things I do not need or have an excess of, so while I appreciate you sending them, please be aware that they might be shared with others, which will put a smile on someone else's face too.

  • Journal or Planner items
  • Foam stickers
  • Iron On's
  • Notebooks, paper, sticky notes, memo sheets & recipe cards
  • Jewelry
  • Paper pieces/punchies
  • Scented sachets or perfume.
  • Books or Bookmarks (I do audiobooks)
  • Gems, rhinestones, bling, GLITTER, spangles, confetti or sequins.
  • Make up, Nail Polish, Perfume, any Bath & body stuff
  • Items from Dollar Tree (I go there all the time)
  • Food or drink of any kind (no tea bags/drink or coffee packets please)

ATC Themes I Like

I am the founder of the Experienced ATC Swappers Group as well as the USA ATC Swap group.

I prefer hand drawn/painted ATC's. I also enjoy Collage ATC's that show good work and attention to detail and Mixed Media ATC's as well. If it's in your unique "style" then that's even better.

Besides my favorite animals & themes listed in my "likes/ wishlist" section above, I like...

  • Orca or Killer Whales (all time fave)
  • Narwhals, Sperm whales, Beluga whales, Bottlenose Dolphins & any Great White Sharks.
  • Dogs - Dachshunds, Boston Terrier, Greyhound (or any dogs really)
  • Cats (my son Grayson collects cat ATC's)
  • The Nightmare before Christmas the Mayor & Dr. Finkelstein, but I love the background characters too like Bat Boy, Mummy Kid, Vampires, Clown with the tear away face, Witches & the Harlequin Monster.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & The Raven.
  • Backyard birds - especially Blue Jays, Tufted Tit Mouse & Chickadees.
  • Mariachi Bands, the colors& style of Mexican art, & Day of the Dead.
  • Beta fish, goldfish
  • Octopus
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • Lowbrow Art
  • Zetti , Distress & Grunge.
  • Houses: row houses or house shaped ATC's.
  • Numbers
  • People & animals - with big eyes. Odd, weird, surreal, quirky, puns, whimsical, cutesy, realistic, cutesy or fantastical.

Just because it's not listed here doesn't mean I don't like it or want it. I am open to any & all topics & themes.

My Swapping Policies

I use a lot of tape because the postal machines that the mail goes through can be very hard on envelopes, so I don't want them to tear up my ATC's & swaps that I send out. I've worked very hard on them & want you to receive them in great shape. See HERE for an interesting article about why your mail is sometimes damaged.

You will probably need a pair of scissors handy when you open up my swaps.

I am 2 hours behind Swapbot time.

I swap USA only due to postage costs, wait times & reliability. I will however swap with Canada on an individual basis.

I am no longer allowing swappers that have participated in "ratings booster" swaps to make up for poor ratings in my groups & swaps b/c I think it is an unfair way to cheat the ratings system. I will make an exception only if it has been 1 year + since you joined one.

**Feel free to use any of my past swap ideas, wording, or pictures to host your own swap or to start an International version of a swap I am currently hosting. No need to ask. Ideas are not property. We are all here to express our creativity & have fun, so inspiring others & sharing ideas is what Swapbot is all about.

I do not claim to be an expert in any of the swaps that I host. I am often trying out new things right along with you & for the very 1st. time. Sometimes I fail & sometimes I succeed, but I give it my best shot & hope you will do the same.

I ALWAYS send & I ALWAYS rate, so if you are missing a card, package or rating please let me know before giving me a negative rating so I can make it right. If something prevents me from sending on time I will always let you know.

I always angel all of my swaps as long as you rate the person that flaked on you a 1.

Please don't hesitate to PM me if something doesn't look right, if I made a mistake on something or for any constructive comments. I welcome any FRIENDLY guidance, advice or reminders.

SMOKE STINKS! - I prefer not to swap with smokers unless you are very careful about keeping your items away from the smoke.


Comment: Thank you for the cute llama card! I loved opening this with all the extras.
kromo rated for A Holiday Card in the US #2 on Dec 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the card. As usual your cards are so cute. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas card and the card to pass along. I agree it is always nice to show appreciation and be appreciated. Hope you have an amazing holiday season. I loved the idea that Australia issues a card stamp to encourage mailing cards, wish they did that in the US.
kromo rated for Christmas card mass swap usa on Dec 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the adorable doggie and kitty Christmas card. Merry Christmas.
Comment: Thank you Loved the envie, card and stickers
magicinker rated for USATC: Feathered Friend ATC on Dec 3, 2021
Comment: got the awesome feathered friend atc you created ! i loved it !Thank you for that and the extras,,Merry Christmas, Patt
Comment: Thank you for the surprise envelope! I'm putting it in my stocking so that I don't get tempted to open it! Mele Kalikimaka!
Comment: Thank you for the card! :-) I hope you're having a great holiday season!
squince rated for MEGA Christmas Card Swap - USA on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: SO adorable! Loved the envelope and all the goodies!
Comment: Hello Janis! Thanks so much for the lovely Santa card , what you wrote about Christmas Phobias ( very interesting ), the Christmas note card, the gold snowflakes, and Christmas stickers! Loving all! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!
Comment: Thank you Janis, I look forward to opening your envelope. The gingerbread is making it very tempting to just open your happy mail
andee73 rated for Theme Christmas card #6 on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! You always send such nice swaps!
Comment: Thank you! Happy Holidays!
JKartstuff rated for USATC: Bright Colors ATC on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for this bright and colorful ATC!
Comment: Thank you so much for the great card and all the enclosures! I loved everything you sent!!
Maddashin rated for MEGA Christmas Card Swap - USA on Dec 1, 2021
Comment: Thanks 🙏 💕 What a wonderful Christmas cards and goodies. Cannt thank you enough Trying hard to catch up on rating
Comment: Thank you for the cute Pug card and the goodies. Happy holidays!

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colodad on Nov 4, 2021:

Thank for for the great interactive ATC! Glad you were inspired. It is fun to figure out new says to designed ATCs with some interactive element. David

Mistyinltown on Oct 12, 2021:

Happy Birthday!

jamicam on Oct 6, 2021:

Thank you for the label dies! They are perfect!! I will get lots of use out of these. Thanks so much!

supersquirrel on Sep 22, 2021:

Hi Jannie - Thank you SO much for the girl, mushrooms and tag set steel dies! What an amazing RAK. This is hours of fun and joy for me!! Thank you again ❤️❤️❤️🐋🐿️❤️❤️❤️

tcornell on Sep 17, 2021:

I got the clown ATC, I LOVE it! It's even better, in person! Thank you so much for swapping with me. ♥♥♥

lttleetoile on Aug 31, 2021:

📬 you sent me 📬 💌 HAPPY MAIL!! 💌 🌸 out of the blue 🦋 ☘️ perfect timing 🔮 ❓how did you know❓ ❤️ I love it all 💎 😀 thank you so much! 💓

jamicam on Jul 21, 2021:

Janis, thank you for spreading joy and kindness!! I received the flower die and can't wait to start using it. I appreciate your generosity!


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