Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 2:29 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: December 9, 2019
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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If possible, would my partner in any Christmas card swaps I'm in please address my cards to Grayson Bowen instead of me. He loves to see his name on the envelope. Thanks!!

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

I have 24 year old twin boys and a 28 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.

Grayson says Happy Halloween. Thank you for the surprise Mona. He loved it!!

People have requested that I post a little wishlist for Grayson. All mail can be addressed directly to him at my mailing address. Just PM me if you need it.

If you want to send him something, please know that any used, handmade, & recycled items are just as good as something you bought from the store. Grayson will love it just the same.

  • He loves getting a single 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 just went to see The Lion King live action movie for the 2nd time & wants to see Good Boys next. He is so happy to count out the money all by himself when he goes to the box office & concessions.
  • $2 bills...he freaks when he gets one & is sooo happy. He says they are magic money & he never spends them - LOL!
  • Jokes...just sent to him printed or written from the internet or kids joke books.
  • Magnets (like you put on the fridge)...he puts them on a mini fridge in his room upstairs. Any animals, (especially cats)...kids characters, etc.
  • Kids books like Bernstein Bears ( but he has most of those)...Little Critter, Pete the cat, Disney, & books about Grandma's house. Any other used or new children's paperback books at around that reading level.
  • New or used comic books. Any popular characters, superhero, Disney, kid themed, etc. Also Manga books...he likes to look at the pictures & make up his own story.
  • He loves cats & has a little cat themed ATC & ATC Coin collection. He loves anything to do with cats...cards, jokes, books, magnets, little collectibles & figurines, etc.
  • He has 2 of those Ashton Drake baby dolls...Emily & Suzy. He likes clothes, blankets, socks, headbands & other stuff like that for them.
  • He enjoys eating out, bowling, going to the movies, Broadway musicals , Disney Live & Disney On Ice shows, & video games.
  • 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.

I have been married for 30 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 LOVE killer whales...all whales really, but Orca are my all time favorite!!

My Pets

My sweet little Baloney unexpectedly passed away on Fri. Oct. 4th. He was 14. I am so lonely & depressed right now without him. He had such a great personality.He was my little velcro dog & was always around me. I will miss him so much :(

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 all loved, spoiled, fat & happy little dogs who get lots of hugs & treats :)


Likes/Wishlist in no particular order...

  • An origami killer whale.
  • 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!
  • โ™ฅ Steve Perry
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • I love zipper pouches, coin purses & pencil pouches! Looking for larger ones.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & Raven.
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • I like Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, Day of the Dead & Sugar Skulls.
  • I love cute food with faces....especially avacados.
  • 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 the wild or in aquariums.
  • I collect new & used dog rabies or registration tags.
  • I love funny chickens & roosters like Hei Hei from Moana, Chicken Boo from Animaniacs, etc.
  • Artist pens/pencils/markers/crayons, erasers.
  • Punny stuff.
  • I love the look & style of Jim Shore figures.
  • 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, Fighting bulls (not the fighting part, just that type of bull).

  • 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, 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, Dexter's Lab, Power Puff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, cute Disney animal characters & animal sidekicks, Batman, Aquaman, & all the characters from the Nightmare Before Christmas....especially the Mayor & Dr. Finkelstein.

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 in my wishlist above
  • All Whales (esp. Orca) Narwhals, Sperm whales, Beluga whales, & Bottlenose Dolphins.
  • Octopus
  • Dachshunds, Pugs, Boston Terrier, Greyhound (or any dogs really)
  • Cats (my son Grayson collects cat ATC's)
  • Day of the Dead/Sugar Skulls/Mariachi Singers/Mexican style art
  • Any character from The Nightmare before Christmas...especially the Mayor & Dr. Finkelstein. I love the background characters too like Bat Boy, Mummy Kid, Vampires, Clown, Witches & the Harlequin Monster.
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Cute woodland critters
  • Beta fish
  • Whimsical style, Zetti style, Puns, Distress & Grunge style
  • Houses: row houses or house shaped
  • Backyard birds - especially blue jays, Tufted Tit Mouse & Chickadees.
  • 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. 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 please let me know before giving 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.


Comment: Thank you so very much for the fuzzy socks & other gift that I did not expect. But I will open both on Christmas & let you know that I did. We don't get many gifts is why I will wait. Plus, Thank you also, for the beautiful card, thanking for joining your swap. It was a great pleasure to do so! Again, Thank you! You're too kind! Have a blissful Christmas!
ashchu rated for Christmas Card Swap๐ŸŽ„ on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Waiting to open, I'm opening a few cards a day! I know I'll love whatever it is! Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!
Sagebrushs rated for Christmas Card Swap๐ŸŽ„ on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Comment: Thank you. You decorated the envelope beautifully.
Comment: Another amazingly decorated envie that could literally stand by itself for this swap. I have displayed the envie right along with all my Christmas cards. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! I liked the Joy of Giving too. Merry Christmas to you and your family. blessings, ellie
Comment: Good to hear from you again-it's been awhile.We've gotten snow so I'm happy. My husband not so much as he is out shoveling snow!!! Thanks for the nice deer card and all the goodies-love Snoopy stickers and the tin snowflake is very nice. Thanks for sharing! Merry Holidays to you and yours!
Comment: Thank you so much! Your card was great and I literally let out a happy squeak when I saw those stickers. I bought some of them forever ago and I haven't been able to find them again. Also, I hope your dogs and your mom's cats can get along soon!
Comment: Thank you sooo much for all the goodies and the added Fun Facts! Especially love the mini note card!
Comment: Thank you for the funny card and the stickers and papers.
Comment: Awesome card and so much thanks for the goodies! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Love the decorated envelope! So cute!
Comment: We only give presents to the little ones. And of course, we have the Chinese Christmas on the 24th. That is always a lot of fun.
Comment: It's 18 days till Christmas - hope I can wait!!
Comment: Thanks Janis for the adorable Cat themed Christmas card, too cute. Cute stickers. Loved the way you decorated the front & back of envelope, much appreciated. Merry Christmas to you & your family. AnnaL.
Comment: Janis, I just loved the dog theme Christmas card & goodies, many thanks. Also loved the way you decorated the front & back of envelope so thoughtful. Wishing you a Wonderful Christmas. AnnaL.
Comment: This is the most gorgeous Christmas envelop I have received this year! It was nice to read about your Christmas plans..happy holidays to you and your beautiful family!
Comment: This was such a cute envelope and card it made me smile thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap! Merry Christmas!
Comment: I totally opened it early ๐Ÿค— Thank you

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bluerose3 on Dec 2, 2019:

Thank you for the RAK of spider stickers. I may have lost some to my kids.lol

mummsie on Nov 28, 2019:

Holy Cow Janis. Thank you so very much for the awesome stamp selections!! I feel like you picked each and every one of them just for me. You are such a great human being! Happy Thanksgiving.

pinklilly on Nov 27, 2019:

Janis, thank you so much for the Group stamps giveaway winning in the forum!!! I love to use rubber stamps in my projects and I am always looking for new and different kind of stamps!! I love the selection of stamps you sent me!! It's perfect right now because I am working on a Christmas binder swap so these beautiful stamps will come in very handy!! You're so kind!!!

Cgscdy on Nov 26, 2019:

Tysm for the whale stamps! Wanna know something hilarious I ordered you the same set of the space/ whale stamps Lol. Great minds think alike right๐Ÿ˜Š

LilysMama on Nov 26, 2019:

Thank you for the RAK skull stickers, I am very excited to color and use them!

JuneRosebud on Nov 26, 2019:

Hi Janis! It was such a surprise 2 c ur Happy Mail in the mail box=) Thanks bunches 4 all the great animal stamps; I am sure that I can put them 2 good use. Thank u 4 ur generosity!!

ginny19590 on Nov 25, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome stamps!....=) Sorry the first one I left was just a whale....=(

ginny19590 on Nov 25, 2019:

For all of the stamps.......=)

Luvslife3 on Nov 13, 2019:

Janis, thank you so much for the astrology stamps!! I'm a Libra and I'm so happy to have that one in particular!!! You're the best!!

supersquirrel on Nov 6, 2019:

Oh my goodness - I received the most wonderful stamps. I've wanted an ATC back stamp for years and these Llama stamps are hilarious!! Thank you so much Janis. Such a generous RAK. I'm so happy!!

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