Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2018 10:37 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: August 18, 2018
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated May, 2018.

I want to thank everyone who sent Grayson a card or surprise for his Birthday. He was so excited & had his best birthday yet. He just used his money to go see the new Avengers movie. Thank you to everyone who helped make it great!!!

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

I have 22 year old twin boys and a 27 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.

People have requested that I post a little wishlist for Grayson so here goes...

  • He loves getting a dollar bill in the mail. He saves it in a special bank to go to the movies. He likes single dollars so he can count them himself.
  • He freaks over $2 bills. He says they are magic money & he never spends them - LOL!
  • He loves jokes...just sent to him from the internet or kids joke books.
  • Kids story books like Berenstain Bears, but he has most of those. He likes Little Critter, books about Grandma's house & any other inexpensive children's paperback books at around that reading level. He likes Manga books too & likes to look at the pictures. Any used books are great.
  • DVD's - Kids or family comedy - used, cheap Dollar Tree, Walmart bin, etc.
  • He loves cats & has a little cat ATC collection & likes anything else cat related too.
  • A couple of his all time favorites are The Power Rangers & The Wiggles & loves anything having to do with them.
  • He likes just about every Disney, Nickelodeon & other kids characters out there, boy or girl.
  • He's NOT into coloring books, stickers, tattoo's, trucks, or puzzles.

All mail can be addressed directly to him.

I have been married for 28 years. Our anniversary is Sept. 14th. 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!) where my husband worked for the The National Security Agency (NSA) He is a Veteran of the Gulf War. He 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.

I LOVE killer whales...all whales really, but Orca are my all time favorite!!

I love Steve Perry!!

He is such a wonderful singer & seems like a really great person. I love 80's music too!

My Pets

I have 3 dogs...Baloney (12 yr old Chiweenie), Sprocket (9 yr old Schnoodle) & we just rescued Bianca (6 yr old Doxie-Pin. They are all loved, spoiled, fat & happy little dogs who get lots of hugs & treats :)


Likes/Wishlist in no particular order...

  • My #1 favorite thing to swap & receive is ATC's & now Artist Trading Coins too!
  • I also love to swap Inchies & Twinchies.
  • My favorite animal is the killer whale!
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & Raven.
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • Love Food with faces - like Doodlebug scrapbooking supplies, or any note cards, stickers or other fun stuff.
  • Anything with Pink frosted Donuts, Cactus or Llama's on it (any crafting supplies, stationary, decor, knick knacks, magnets, figurines, note cards, coin purses, etc)
  • Digital Stamps - see my Etsy wishlist.
  • Mason Jar - tags, cards, die cuts, stamps, etc.
  • I collect postcards & photos from Miami Seaquarium, Sea World, Sea Land of the Pacific, Marineland & any other aquariums or destinations depicting whales/dolphins in aquariums.
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • I like Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, Day of the Dead & Sugar Skulls.
  • I collect new & used dog rabies or registration tags.
  • I LOVE the colors teal & pink together & also lime green & orange separately.
  • I love funny chickens & roosters like Hei Hei from Moana, Chicken Boo from Animaniacs, etc.
  • Artist pens/pencils/markers, erasers.
  • Punny stuff.
  • I love the look & style of Jim Shore figures.
  • Furrybones figures.
  • I love stuff that is "creepy cute"
  • Guatemalan worry dolls & any other kind of worry doll too.
  • Worry stones
  • I collect coins & tokens such as: tax, ration, phone, bathroom, car wash, train, etc.
  • Vintage casino poker chips
  • Wooden nickels
  • Good Luck anything - Pennies, coins, tokens, clovers, charms, pocket cards, etc.
  • I collect squished pennies. I like ones with animals the most.
  • Any metal keys (house, car, suitcase, etc.)
  • Animal loves....All whales, especially Orca!!!, Narwhal, Dolphins, Octopus, Dachshunds, Chickens & Roosters, Elephants (except circus elephants), all Cats & Dogs, Blue-Jay's, Black & White Cows, Scottish Highland Cows, & Muskox.

  • Some of the 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, Henery Hawk, Sam the Sheepdog, Peabody & Sherman, Ferdinand the Bull, Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang, Stitch, cute Disney animal characters & animal side kicks, Batman, Aquaman, Animaniacs (including Goodfeathers, Chicken Boo, Mindy & Buttons, Katie Ka-Boom, etc.). Tiny Toons, Dexter's Lab, Power Puff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog & all the characters from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Dislikes/Don't Send

**Things I don't like...

  • Improperly packaged items that get damaged during shipping
  • Strong smell of cigarette smoke
  • Nudes (not prude, just not my thing)
  • Gore, or gross stuff like dismembered babies, medical specimens, realistic horror.
  • Monkeys/Chimps
  • 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.

  • Clothes
  • Rub On's, Iron on's
  • Journals, planners, notebooks, note paper, sticky notes
  • Sea Shells
  • Circus themed animal items
  • 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 for me (I go there all the time)
  • Food or drink of any kind (no tea bags/drink or coffee packets)

My ATC Themes

I am the founder of the group: Experienced ATC Swappers USA.

I like all types of ATC's especially if they are hand drawn/painted in your unique "style". Just because it's not listed here doesn't mean I don't like it...these are just some of my all-time faves.

  • Any animals, characters or likes listed in my wishlist above
  • All Whales (esp. Orca & Narwhals), Sperm whales, Beluga whales, & Bottlenose Dolphins.
  • Dachshunds, Pugs, Boston Terrier, Greyhound (or any dogs really)
  • Cats (my son Grayson collects cat ATC's)
  • Cutesy Characters ** Day of the Dead/Sugar Skulls/Mariachi Singers/Mexican style art
  • Any character from The Nightmare before Christmas...especially the Mayor.
  • Things that are "creepy cute"
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Cute woodland critters, & beta fish.
  • Whimsical style, Zetti style
  • Puns
  • Houses: row houses or house shaped
  • Backyard birds - especially blue jays, chickadees, cardinals, sparrows, raven & crows.
  • Big eyed or cute/creepy characters

My Swapping Policies

I do not claim to be an expert in any of the swaps 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 swap USA only due to postage costs, wait times & reliability.

Feel free to use any of my past swap ideas or wording to host your own swap or to start an International version of a swap I am currently hosting. After all, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I always send & I always rate, so if you are missing a card, package or rating from me please let me know & I will fix it.

If something prevents me from sending on time I will always let you know.

If something comes up missing I will ALWAYS re-send. Please contact me before giving a negative rating so I can make it right.

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 or if I made a mistake on something. 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.


georgiafae rated for EASU: Advice from a Cat ATC Swap on Aug 8, 2018
Comment: Very sweet kitty on the gorgeous background! And the quote is spoken like a true cat as I have two cats-I know that's how they think! Thanks for hosting this swap and for the darling mail stickers in envelope and on the outside! Thanks for sharing!
Arabella rated for EASU: Free Themed ATC Swap on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: I love this atc, Janis! Beautiful background paper, cute owl, and great quote! Atcs with words on them are my favorite! Thank you so much! Love the happy mail cutouts, too!
Comment: Great ATCoin!! Thanks !!
Comment: ADORABLE!!! I 💕 love 💕 this hot pink flamingo ATC coin! These are such fun, but challenging, because we have less space to create. Thank you for an awesome creation to add to my collection and the back info papers!! ❤️
Comment: I so wish I could give you like a million hearts! I can't even believe how amazing all the extras are and your letter was great I also put finances on my wish list to! I'm the same way as you always spending lol! I hope you have a wonderful day! ♥️♥️♥️
lmacdavis93 rated for EASU: Modeling Paste ATC on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Hi Janis! I got such a treat in the mail today from you! I love the flying pig ATC, the saying you used, and the modeling paste stars on it. I'm pretty new to modeling paste so it was a good exercise for me to get it out and use it. Did you add paint to your paste before you actually used it or did you add the color after the starts had dried? And what a treasure trove of goodies you sent me! I love all kinds of vintage paper goods so am thrilled to have all t these wonderful additions! Thanks for a great swap.
Response: It really makes me happy to hear how much you liked it. I'm glad you liked the goodies I sent too. I went through my stash & found them all :) I colored the modeling paste with paint before I put it on the card. Thanks for joining my swap & take care!
Comment: Wonderful reading your letter =]
Comment: Janis I so love this ATC! I want to try a gelli plate so much. I"m not sure where to start! But what an amazing background it created! Thank you so much - I love chickens!
georgiafae rated for EASU: Goat ATC Swap on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for hosting this swap. Your goats are adorable(if goats can be adorable-yes they can-we have them at the Fargo Zoo and they are a friendly bunch and cute when babies!) Thanks for sharing your ATC!
Mimi7 rated for USATC: Unicorn ATC Swap on Jul 12, 2018
Comment: Hi Janis As always a wonderful ATC from you so colorful I love it!! Thanks for writing in a kitty note card too!! Thanks for a wonderful swap!!
Comment: WOW! – Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! 😊 Really Nice ATC! and Goodies Too!!
Comment: Love the texture you achieved with the zentangles. Clever idea.
blueseabliss rated for EASU: Button Eyes ATC Swap on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: How cool! A button-eyed Frida! Clever! I love it and everything else you sent, thank you!
colodad rated for EASU: Eye Chart on an ATC on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: What a great ATC you made for this swap!! It is always a treat to have you as my partner. Thanks also for hosting such creative swaps.
Comment: You are the master of mix, the king of kool, the superb scribbler, the hostess with the mostess, the colossal color guru and I just love it and you. This is so great. I often wonder your technique because you got it down! Love this piece! Hugs, Mona
Comment: Wow!!! I absolutely love this but your artwork has always been the top of my list. Beautifully done again. I can also immediately recognize your work and so glad this is mine. First coin for me also and yes, it will become an addiction! Thank you for another fabulous piece and some backs for coins!!!! Hugs, Mona
Comment: I love the Gnome House ATC, it's so cute. Thank You for the extras.
Comment: Awesome ATC!! Thanks so much!
Comment: Such a lovely drawing, Janis! Betty is beautiful. Hand drawn faces are my favorite to collect. Thank you! :)

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shinyserra on Aug 17, 2018:

I love this ATC stamp! Thanks so much. Yours is on its way :)

duckymorgan on Jul 10, 2018:

Hello! I received your giveaway and I was just tickled to death! It was such a great surprise and I just wanted to say thank you so much! I love all the letter sets - the Harry Potter one is my FAVORITE! You rock! 💕

spotteddogs on May 29, 2018:

Thank you very much for the cute dog ATC back rubber stamp for the Swap Tag - US. I look forwarding to using it!

goinjenny on May 15, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards in AWG May

Babsmomof5 on May 14, 2018:

Eek! Thank you so much for the GC to VL! I decided on "A New Day" as my set, and just sent the message in to receive it. I can't wait to get started using it!!!

bluehairedmary on May 14, 2018:

Thank you so much for the spring-inspired stickers for my AWG May Wishlist! I also love the sewing-themed notecard you used! Thanks again!

orneryswife on May 11, 2018:

Thank you for the wish granted goodies!! So nice to hear from you! 😘

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on May 8, 2018:

LOL I love the name of your doggies haha

hibiscus on Mar 20, 2018:

Loved the mega swap! Let me know if you do another! Your card was wonderful by the way...

BeckyG56 on Mar 7, 2018:

Thanks for adding to my "weather" P/P. It arrived home today, and I love it! I liked your comment regarding the sun-where is it?

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