Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2020 11:21 pm


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: October 21, 2020
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

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

I have 24 year old twin boys and a 29 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

I have been married for 31 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!) 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 have been growing out my hair this past year so b/c I wanted to donate it to Locks of Love. Well, here it is! I can still put it in a bun so it's not too short now. I'm going to start growing it out again now for another donation.

My Pets

I have 2 rescue dogs...

Sprocket (10 yr old Schnoodle) was rescued from a neglectful owner. His hair was so matted that he had bleeding & sores. The first thing we did was take him to the groomer to get shaved. He was so happy after that.

We just rescued Bianca (7 yr old Doxie-Pin). She was neglected & went from home to home until she found us. They are both loved, spoiled, fat & happy little dogs who get lots of hugs & treats :)


Likes/Wishlist in no particular order...

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

  • An origami killer whale.
  • A mosaic eggshell magnet or ATC.
  • My #1 favorite thing to swap & receive is ATC's & now Artist Trading Coins too!
  • I also love to swap Inchies & Twinchies.
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • I love zipper pouches, coin purses & pencil pouches! Looking for larger ones that hold more stuff.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & The Raven.
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • I like Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, Day of the Dead & Sugar Skulls.
  • Digital Stamps - see my Etsy wishlist.
  • 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 collect new & used dog/cat/animal rabies or registration tags & licenses.
  • I collect misc. coins & tokens such as: tax, ration, phone, bathroom, car wash, train, etc.
  • Wooden nickels
  • Good Luck anything - Pennies, coins, tokens, clovers, charms, pocket cards, etc.
  • Any metal keys (house, car, suitcase, etc.)

Other stuff I like..

  • I love funny chickens & roosters like Hei Hei from Moana, Chicken Boo from Animaniacs, etc.
  • Puns
  • Jim Shore figures.
  • Stuff that is "creepy cute"
  • I love Thimblestump Hollow characters. Huskyshuffler is my favorite!

Animal Loves...

  • All whales, especially Orca!!! & Narwhal.
  • Octopus
  • Chickens & Roosters
  • Llama & Alpaca
  • Elephants (except circus elephants)
  • 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 an 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
  • Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang
  • 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 like...

  • Steve Perry
  • John Oliver
  • Blink 182

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
  • 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
  • Clothes, 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)

ATC Themes I Like

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

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 faves that I can think of tight now...

  • Any animals, characters or likes listed above.
  • Cats (my son Grayson collects cat ATC's)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas background characters like Bat Boy, Mummy Kid, Vampires, Clown, Witches & the Harlequin Monster.
  • Cute woodland critters
  • Beta fish
  • Whimsical style, Zetti style, Puns, Distress & Grunge style
  • Houses: row houses or house shaped
  • Numbers
  • Hand drawn ATC's: Big Eyed, Creepy cute, your unique character, faces, people

My Swapping Policies

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 swap USA only due to postage costs, wait times & reliability.

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. We are all here to express our creativity & have fun, so I am proud to be able to inspire you & to share my ideas.

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.

I am a tape fiend & I always make sure my envelopes & packages are taped up VERY well, so you might want a pair of scissors handy when you open up my swaps.

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


messymama rated for Halloween ATC Card Swap - USA Only on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sending such a Halloweeny ATC! love the colors -- great design.
colodad rated for EASU: Punny ATC Swap on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: thanks for the fun ATC. Your cards always encourage me to push a little further when I create and your hand writing makes me want to improve my penmanship! If you eve want to make a handwriting guide for me I would love it. Just a sheet with upper and lower case letters would allow me to be more like Janis!! thanks for hosting as well, You do a great job providing variety and fun swaps.
Comment: Your ATC is so adorable!! I truly love it! Thank you and thanks for the extras!
peipeicl rated for EASU: Another Halloween ATC Swap on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: Love receiving your ATC! your coloring skill is just amazing <3 I'm not familiar with digital stamps, but this zombie girl is really adorable! <3 <3 <3
Comment: Thank you for the Cute Octopus. Super Cute
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the Woodstock card and the Star Wars stickers! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
Shuttlebug rated for USATC: Monthly ATC Swap - FALL on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Such a cute ATC - thanks!
Comment: I so agree!! We keep the candy business afloat around here too! Thank you for the adorable card and the stickers too! I love the Interesting Halloween Phobia sheet you included too! SO FUN! x G
swiftbrooks rated for USATC: Halloween ATC Coin Swap on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: OMG!! I absolutely LOVE this little mummy coin! Thank you! I love the colorful background! So gorgeous! :D
Comment: Thanks for the nice ATC and the Halloween card!!
swiftbrooks rated for USATC: Halloween ATC Swap on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: I love her! Is she a stamp or one of your amazing drawings? :D
Response: It's the cat girl right? If so, it is a digital stamp from Octopode Factory on etsy. I'm glad you like it. Take care!!
marinda rated for Halloween Card-Ghost on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card and stickers!
Fabriqueen rated for Halloween Card-Cat on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling kitty cat card and all the wonderful stickers! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling card and stickers! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you for the great swap. All the goodies are fantastic! And I loved the envelope! Thank you!
boandsully rated for Halloween Card-Sender's Choice on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Cute! Thanks!
Comment: Thanks! Love the stickers. I will use them.
Comment: Cute card. Love the stickers!
LauraM540 rated for EASU: Mermaid or Merman ATC Swap on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Cute ATC, that stamp is adorable! Thanks for hostessing!
Comment: Thank you for the cute ghost card! I also loved the candy corn stickers and the Interesting Halloween Phobias!! Have a wonderful Halloween!

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Onaki on Oct 20, 2020:

EASU Group: Copic Giveaway

Thank you so much for the two markers and the stamp! I find the stamp absolutely adorable! I'm excited to use the markers in my Halloween themed art. :)

sweetgypsy on Oct 9, 2020:

EASU Group: Copic Giveaway - Thank you so much for the Copic Markers! Can't wait to try them out. :)

captkristi on Sep 9, 2020:

Janis - I was looking at your Flickr to see the folded ATC example(s) for inspo and WOWOWOWOW I absolutely love the cards you have made!! You are super talented and I just wanted to take a minute to tell you so! Really great art <3

Kirkdebb on Jul 13, 2020:

WTA: May - Something Handmade WOW!!! The purple octopus card is AMAZING!!! I love it!! It's so fun and the shading is perfect! Thank you so much, definitely going with my favorites!!!!

Kirkdebb on Jun 29, 2020:

Thank you for the clear stamps! This is my first set of alphabet stamps. I'm so excited to use them!

Gobarb on Jun 27, 2020:

Hi Janis. Thank you so much for the private Serengeti swap. Was this a stamp. The coloring and colors are so beautiful! I really love it. Hopefully, You will receive mine on Monday or Tuesday. 🤗 🐳

peipeicl on Jun 24, 2020:

Thank you so much for angeling <3<3<3 I love the killer whale you drew <3 and the background colors are beautiful! -angel for 2 partner free theme atc coin swap

mejulia on Apr 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the great stationery from the RAK group, No idea where it has been this last month but sure fun to receive it today.

Cgscdy on Apr 10, 2020:

OMG! Thank you doesn't come close to how grateful I am for the trinket box!!! I love it so much! An absolutely wonderful surprise. Thank you so very much!!!!

MissPaula on Apr 7, 2020:

You are Amazing! Thanks so much for the Zebra Love! It gave me smiles and will give me more smiles in the future! ♥♥♥

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