Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2024 4:50 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: July 28, 2023
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

This is Janis' husband and it is with a heavy heart that I let you know that Janis passed on March 10, 2023 from complications of an infected heart valve and a widespread infection. She is survived by me, her three sons (Grayson, Seaver and Brady), an older sister, and her devastated Mother and Father. Janis and Grayson loved receiving all of the swaps and friendships they made over the years. Janis loved this community and we have lasting memories of all of her swaps and art that she created. Our address is below if you would like to send a card or letter and I will make sure that Grayson opens them all and we will send back a piece of his mom’s art. Thanks for all of the joy that you gave to Janis, it meant a lot.

Bowen Family 3208 Nandina St McKinney, TX 75071

Likes/Wishlist & ATC Themes

  • ATC’s, ATC Coins, Inchies & Twinchies too (any theme)
  • Bright, colorful, happy suns
  • The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love when he panics & rotates his head to reveal his frazzled, stressed-out face!
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, & Day of the Dead
  • Kliban Cat
  • Cute avocados
  • Lowbrow Art
  • Zetti , Distress & Grunge styles.
  • Houses, row houses or house shaped
  • Numbers
  • People & animals - with big eyes.
  • People & animals - Odd, weird, surreal, quirky, whimsical
  • Kelly Rae Roberts style
  • Thimblestump Hollow - Huskyshuffler is my favorite!
  • Chris Ryniak & Joe Ledbetter’s art & vinyl figures
  • Just because it's not listed here doesn't mean I won't love it. I am open to any & all topics & themes.

Animal Likes: Any & all, but especially:

  • Killer whales...all whales & dolphins really, but Orca, Narwhal, Sperm whales, & Beluga are faves
  • Bottlenose & Commerson's Dolphins
  • Octopus
  • All dogs - Dachshund, Pug, Greyhound are faves.
  • All cats
  • Chickens, roosters, Blue-Jay, Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, Crows, Ravens
  • Betta fish & Goldfish
  • Black & White Cows & Spanish bulls (like Ferdinand)

Wishlist with some inexpensive tuck in’s included:

  • Numbers, Gears, Clocks of any type: die cut, metal, paper, chipboard, etc.
  • Interesting pieces of scrapbook paper...especially with polka dots, numbers & gears, gelli print scraps, paint, ink or splattered paper. Stained paper (like coffee stained)
  • Tissue paper or napkins for collage.
  • Any metal embellishments or charms.
  • Blank Library cards
  • An origami killer whale
  • A mosaic eggshell magnet or ATC
  • Zipper pouches – pencil, coin, etc. (any size)
  • Good Luck anything - Pennies, coins, tokens, clovers, charms, pocket cards, etc.
  • Numbers – Wood, metal, chipboard, etc. Large or small.
  • Worry stones
  • Beaded rosary, saint tokens, metals, charms & other catholic items.
  • New & used dog/cat/animal rabies or registration tags & licenses.
  • Wooden nickels, bottle caps & keys (house keys, car, any)
  • 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. You won’t believe how small some of their enclosures were!

Dislikes/Don't Send

These give me a frowny face:

  • 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 medical specimens & realistic horror.
  • Monkeys & Chimps, (Apes are OK)
  • Animals donning circus gear :(
  • Sea shells
  • Spiders - YUCK!

Do not send (pretty please):

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 /reward stickers
  • Iron On's
  • Jewelry
  • Scented sachets or perfume.
  • Books or Bookmarks (I do audiobooks)
  • Gems, rhinestones, bling, GLITTER, spangles, confetti or sequins.
  • Make up, or bath & body stuff of any kind.
  • Food or drink of any kind (no tea bags/drink or coffee packets etc.)

My Swapping Policies

I use a LOT of tape on my envelopes, so please have some scissors ready if you're expecting a swap from me.

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

I ALWAYS send, I ALWAYS rate, & I will ALWAYS let you know.If something is going to be late. I will angel any of my swaps, even if you are not happy with what you received from your partner.

**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 & meet others who enjoy our interests, so if helping others achieve that I am happy to help.

I welcome any FRIENDLY guidance, advice or reminders. I enjoy constructive criticism… not being blasted in the public forums, so please contact me first. I am always willing to talk it out.


JanHardt rated for USATC: Best Friends ATC on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: Sorry for the delayed rating, I was grieving over the holidays. I hope you had a lovely Christmas <3 I loved the reindeer card [I know we talked about this in messages about how you didn't have a polar bear card, no worries!] The ATC was so cute and loved the extras :) <3
Comment: 🙏 Hearts 🥰
explore rated for OATCs: Whatever (1:1) on Feb 19, 2023
Comment: Janis, thank you for the best friends ATC. Very well made. Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the fun swap full of Valentine goodies! I hope your Valentine's day was special!! x G
MsBellaDonna rated for Cat Valentine Card on Feb 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for your sweet card (and goodies!) and sharing your memories of Mallory. Siamese cats are very clever. My Sassy Lin is quite entertaining with her antics! xo
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable Snoopy Valentine card and all the wonderful enclosures! I really enjoyed and appreciated everything you sent!
Cindiva rated for EASU: Hats, Crowns & Bows on Feb 16, 2023
Comment: Such a cute hand drawn card. I wish I had drawing abilities!
Cindiva rated for USATC: Things with Wings ATC on Feb 16, 2023
Comment: I love this. I have loved koalas since I was a child!
Comment: Thanks for the card! happy valentines!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and all the goodies! Happy Valentines!
Comment: Happy valentines day! thank you for the card + goodies. I love the list of the bird symbols that so cool! Edit: thank you for the resend! it was much appreciated!! <3
Comment: Thank you for the cute cat card and all of the extras! I love the way you decorate your envelopes! Always so cheerful!
Comment: Thank you! Such a lovely card with extras! Have a good one! I love Snoopy;)
GummiBear rated for USATC: Robot ATC on Feb 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you!! So cute! Love him.
Comment: Thank you for the cards and all of the goodies. It was very nice of you to send another card for a different partner. Happy Valentine's Day!
Comment: Thanks 🙏 Hearts 💕
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you, and thanks for all the Snoopy/Peanuts stickers!

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sweetgypsy on Apr 12, 2023:

II am saddened by the news of our dear friend Janis. I swapped with her many times over the years. I will cherish the art she created, that I am so lucky to have in my collection. She will be missed.

Poeprincess on Apr 2, 2023:

Deep sympathy and condolences to your family. The swappers that were her partners know what a gifted creative person she was. I loved having her paired with me and looked forward to seeing her envelopes in my mailbox. Swift journey home, Janis.

addieixmarie on Mar 31, 2023:

I am sending hugs and prayers to your family.. my heart is shattered after reading this news.. I feel so honored to have swapped with Janis. She was so welcoming to me and introduced me into her group after she saw one of the ATC's I sent her. Such a light in so many lives. Her creativity, talent and love for art lives on with so many of us. I am so very sorry again. She is missed so much<3

BeckyG56 on Mar 30, 2023:

Sorry to read of Janis passing. She was very creative and will be missed. Prayers of comfort for your family.

Cindiva on Mar 30, 2023:

So very sad. Prayers to all.

Onaki on Mar 27, 2023:

You were such an amazing woman and friend. Thank you for everything you've done for me. My prayers go out to you and your family. You will be missed.

Shuttlebug on Mar 27, 2023:

So sorry to receive this news! I will miss swapping with her. My deepest condolences to the whole family.

Lishmo on Mar 26, 2023:

Janis was so supportive, and kind, and generous. Prayers for her family.

kiddomerriweather on Mar 25, 2023:

Prayers and love are being sent to your family.

Gobarb on Mar 24, 2023:

Just found out the loss of our dear friend Janis. She was such a wonderful person and artist. She is truly missed. Prayers and sympathy to you and your family. 🙏🙏🙏

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