Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2019 11:25 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: April 19, 2019
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

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

I have 23 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.

Here's a short clip of Grayson at his Adult Adventure Class. CLICK HERE & he is at 1:50 mark.

Here is Grayson with his friends at the Adult Adventure Camp he goes to.

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 Mary Poppins Returns with his Christmas card money & was so happy to count it out all by himself.
  • $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 Berenstain 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 & makeup 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 29 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!!

My Pets

I have 3 dogs...Baloney (13 yr old Chiweenie). He was part of an unwanted litter & I adopted him from the SPCA. He has diabetes & we have to give him an insulin injection in the AM & PM. 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...

  • 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!
  • ♥ Steve Perry
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • I love zipper pouches, coin purses & pencil pouches!
  • 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.
  • 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 & 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, cardinals, raven & crows.
  • Big eyed or creepy cute characters
  • Your unique character.
  • Numbers

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: What an awesome swap. Thank you so much!
Comment: Beautiful ATC. I love the colors and the designs of the waves!
Comment: I always enjoy your envelopes and goodies inside! Thank you so much! Your latest is fabulous!
Comment: Thank you for the cute art and all those stickers :) You made my day!
lilmermaid rated for Easter Card Swap #3 on Apr 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much Happy Easter
lilmermaid rated for Easter Card Swap #4 on Apr 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you and Happy Easter!!
SeleneW rated for Easter Card Swap #4 on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cute Easter Card and stickers :) <3
Comment: I so enjoy getting your swaps... from the cute envelope decorations to the cute card and all of the goodies tucked inside! Happy Easter!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and stickers! Happy Easter! 🌷
supersquirrel rated for USATC: ATC Coin Swap - SKY on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: It sure it bright and bubbly and I love it! I'm amazed at your drawing abilities. Thank you for the embossed papers too :)
jenidleman rated for EASU: Fortune Kitty ATCs on Apr 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the super cute ATC! :)
blueseabliss rated for EASU: HDP Rabbit ATC on Mar 29, 2019
Comment: OK, I am so in love with your art! Thank you so much for making beautiful things for me. You inspire me. I love the little tid bits you send too. Thank you!
colodad rated for EASU: ATC Coin Swap - PERSON on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: I love your style and I am always happy to be your partner. I display ATCs in my office and I am going to do a “Janis Bowen” showing for April. Your ATC is great Live the glass on the monocle.
Response: I'm glad you're OK with being my partner & that you enjoyed the ATC. I did the glass look with some glossy accents :) If you make any big bucks from my office showing let me know - LOL!
Gobarb rated for USATC: Monthly ATC Swap - ANIMALS on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Wow Janis, I absolutely love the ATC that you sent. I assume that it was all hand drawn due to the fact that the envelope matches the style and color or the ATC. You did a fantastic job. Did you use alcohol markers? I showed it to my husband and he also really liked it a lot. Thank you so much for the delightful ATC!
colodad rated for EASU: March Monthly ATC Swap - SKY on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Always happy to be your partner. Loved the ATC and the matching envelope!! What do you use to color in your designs. Your style is so wonderful. And your handwriting inspires me yo continue to improve mine.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I used Prismacolor colored pencils on that one. Thank you for your kind words :)
blueseabliss rated for EASU: Fortune Kitty ATCs on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: I love your art, I love the envelope...thank you so much!
Comment: Such a fun ATC. I love your style. Thanks for the number details you added. I also like your lettering style. I am trying to figure out a better hand lettering style fir myself.
Comment: Always glad to receive a swap from you. Loved your design and color choices. Fun envelope too!
drgngirl rated for **USA ATC SWAPS-Valentine** on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Janis, I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my sunflower Valentine! I love how it has a stained glass feel! Thank you so much! Thank you the stickers, too!
Response: Yay! I'm so glad. I tried to do something you would really like, so that makes me feel great :) Take care & happy swapping :)
Comment: Thank you for the fun card with the facts about chocolate and the valentine enclosures.

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supersquirrel on Feb 13, 2019:

Hi Janis - Thank you so much for the wonderful Valentine Day package RAK. No mail service since Saturday (today is Wed.) due to snow storms. Such fun filled and much needed happy mail. Thank you my darling Valentine!

djcamp04 on Feb 11, 2019:

❤️ What a wonderful SURPRISE in the mail today!!! I had forgot about your giveaway after signing up. You have got to be the best around!! Thank you for putting a smile on my face today!! ❤️

mummsie on Jan 12, 2019:

Oh Janis you bowled me over!! Such a lovely pkg. of coins and the labels!!!! So very awesome of you.Guess you know what I will be trying this week. Thanks for the mojo jolt!! Happy trails ....in the mail of course.

iowa05 on Jan 12, 2019:

Hi JannieB! I received a fat envelope full of wonderful stationery today! Thank you so much! What a sweet surprise to be the winner of a giveaway! (I think this may be the first random thing I've ever won.) I was just looking at purchasing some letter sets, so this came just in time. Thanks again!! 💕:)

Cheers, -Sandara

Gatzcat on Jan 1, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful make up Christmas card from the Don't Open Until Christmas Card Swap! I love the happy mail cats you sent and the Peanuts stickers. Also, very cute moose greeting card.

bluehairedmary on Dec 24, 2018:

O.M.G! Thank so much for not just anything owl - for everything owl! I love the washi, the owl pouch, and ALL the owl stickers and owl lettersets! Christmas just came early because of you! Thank you so so much! AWG December wishlist!

jannieb on Nov 9, 2018:

jeka396 on Oct 31, 2018:

Wow!! Thank you so much for the wonderful stationery giveaway, I didn’t even know the swap had a giveaway attached! The papers were beautiful and a wonderful Halloween surprise!

shinyserra on Oct 31, 2018:

Thank you so much for the awesomely amazing LaPapierre stationery RAK! I was so surprised and excited to find that in today's mail. Hugs!

jenmcjen on Oct 18, 2018:

Oh, now reading your messages, I see how super generous you are so thanks so much for including me in that with the beautiful ATCs and ATCoins! You are magnificent! A fabulous artist, and a generous sawpper!

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