Swap-bot Time: July 31, 2021 6:57 pm


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: July 31, 2021
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

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

I have 25 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!). He is a Veteran of the Gulf War & 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.

My Pets

I have 3 rescue dogs.

Yodi is a 2yr old Yorkie mix. My son actually adopted him, but he was too much for him to handle so we took him in. He is aloof, hard headed, & is one kooky little dog. He acts like the Tazmanian devil from Looney Tunes & has little hissy fits making all kinds of growling noises & movements if he doesn't get his way.

Bianca is a 7 yr old Doxie-Pin. She was from an animal hoarding situation & went to a couple of homes until she found us. She is terrified of everything...the leash, walks, baths, other people, anything that you have or hold that she doesn't recognize, etc.

My husband rescued a new dog that was going to be sent to the pound. Her name is Penny & she is a 2yr. old shepherd mix. She is really sweet, & friendly. Yodi loves her, but Bianca does not.

They are all loved, spoiled, & happy house dogs who get lots of love & treats :)


Likes/Wishlist in no particular order...

  • I LOVE killer whales...all whales & dolphins really, but Orca, Narwhal, Sperm whales, & Beluga
  • Bottlenose & Commersons Dolphins are my favorites!!
  • My #1 favorite thing to swap & receive is ATC's & now Artist Trading Coins too!
  • An origami killer whale.
  • A mosaic eggshell magnet or ATC
  • Bright & happy suns
  • Inchies & Twinchies.
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Zipper pouches - looking for larger ones that hold more stuff.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & the Raven.
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, & Day of the Dead
  • 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.
  • I collect new & used dog/cat/animal rabies or registration tags & licenses.
  • Wooden nickels, bottle caps.
  • Good Luck anything - Pennies, coins, tokens, clovers, charms, pocket cards, etc.
  • Numbers
  • Worry stones
  • Any metal keys (house, car, suitcase, etc.)
  • Beaded rosary

Other stuff I like..

  • I love funny chickens & roosters like Hei Hei from Moana, Chicken Boo from Animaniacs, etc.
  • Puns
  • Kliban Cat
  • Big eye characters.
  • Jim Shore figures.
  • Stuff that is "creepy cute"
  • Cute avocados!
  • I love Thimblestump Hollow characters...Huskyshuffler is my favorite!
  • Chris Ryniak art & vinyl figures.
  • Joe Ledbetter art & vinyl figures.

Animal Loves...

  • Whales & dolphins as listed above
  • Octopus
  • All cats & dogs
  • Chickens & roosters
  • Betta fish
  • 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 a cute 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
  • 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 currently like...

  • Steve Perry
  • John Oliver
  • Terry Crews
  • Blink 182

Dislikes/Don't Send

  • 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 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 please)

ATC Themes I Like

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

I prefer a hand drawn/painted ATC. If it's in your unique "style" that's even better. I appreciate clever, snarky or unexpected collage and colorful layered mixed media. Just because it's not listed here doesn't mean I don't like it or want it. I am open to any & all topics & themes.

I especially love Lowbrow art. Odd, weird & surreal are right up my alley!

Besides my favorite animals & themes listed in my "likes" I love...

  • Orca is my fave (of course) but all types of whales, dolphins & sharks are appreciated.
  • Dogs & Cats (my son Grayson collects cat ATC's)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas Mayor & background characters like Vampires, Clown, Witches & the Harlequin Monster.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & The Raven
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • Mariachi Bands, the colors of Mexican art, & Day of the Dead.
  • Beta fish
  • Styles : Whimsical, Zetti , Distress & Grunge.
  • Houses: row houses or house shaped ATC's.
  • Numbers
  • Characters with big cute eyes.

My Swapping Policies

I use a lot of tape because the postal machines that the mail goes through can be very hard on envelopes, so I don't want them to tear up my ATC's & swaps that I send out. I've worked very hard on them & want you to receive them in great shape. See HERE for an interesting article about why your mail is sometimes damaged.

You will probably need a pair of scissors handy when you open up my swaps.

I am 2 hours behind Swapbot time.

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

I am no longer allowing swappers that have participated in "ratings booster" swaps to make up for poor ratings in my groups & swaps b/c I think it is an unfair way to cheat the ratings system. I will make an exception only if it has been 1 year + since you joined one.

**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. Ideas are not property. We are all here to express our creativity & have fun, so inspiring others & sharing ideas is what Swapbot is all about.

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 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.

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 adorable ATC! I love it! Thank you for the happy mail stickers! They are always so cute!
Minivandreams rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Coin on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: I love the coin you made! Thank you for the stickers too!
marymary914 rated for EASU: Bees & Butterflies ATC on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: What an adorable ATC! It’s going up on the wall in my craft room! Thanks so much!
ChristineMartinez rated for USATC: You're A Star ATC on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks for another pretty card. :) *** Update: I actually got 2 labeled "You're a Star" :) Both amazing! Thank you so much!
Comment: Absolutely entertaining and hilarious!!! Tysm ❤️
Comment: Another gorgeous card! Thank you so much & thank you for hosting such fun swaps.
Comment: Great coin. Nice layout with the two half circles. And I so appreciate the stickers. I have admired them on your envelopes. I always love to receive your art and your swaps are the first I look to join. Thanks for all the creativity and strong hosting skills you bring to your groups. Your groups are a primary source of my creative expression.
Response: I'm so glad you like the ATC & happy mail stickers. Most of them I've created & print out myself...some are digital stamps. Thank u for your kind words. It's really great to hear that people like what you are doing & it's so satisfying to see people participating & having fun. It's great group members like you that make it worth it. Take care :)
Minivandreams rated for USATC: ATC with a Hole on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: I love the owl!!! Thank you so much!
Winegeek rated for USATC: Metal Works ATC on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Hi, I apologize for the late rate, have been out of state trying to settle a family estate, it didn't go well. But this ATC is amazing, The colors, design and creativity with the metal eyelet, very cool. Thanks for a wonderful swap.
Candace rated for Brighten My Week Note Card July #3 on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the goodies!
sillysusie rated for Free Themed ATC Swap #4 - USA on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: OMG!! Thank you so much for the great octopus ATCoin. I absolutely adore it. Aloha!
Comment: Truly enjoyed the swap! Thank you so much! Stay well!
rarjones rated for USATC: July Free Theme ATC on Jul 14, 2021
Comment: Love the ATC and the extras! Thank you!
Cgscdy rated for Quickie ATC #44- Senders Choice on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Of course I always love being your partner! Lovely atcs as usual!!! Orca ❤️❤️❤️Love the stickers you use on the envies as well lol I cut them out and reuse! Recycling at it's finest lmaooo!
sillysusie rated for ATC - Free Themed #1 (USA) on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: You are so talented. Thank you so much for such a wonderful card.
RiverTopanga rated for HD/HP ATC Swap #10 - USA on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute ATC. 🙂 How do you get it to look and feel like a print? I'd like to try that! Ps: love the Snail Mail sticker on the envy.
Comment: OMG I was so into that story you wrote...it was awesome! What a fun swap! Thanks for sharing with me!
Response: I cracked myself up writing it - LOL! Take care :)
Cgscdy rated for EASU: Favorite Color ATC on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Tysm! ❤️ love the color combo! And we have 3 ferrets now 😂 recently adopted another li'l boy! They are so very entertaining!
CookieMomster78 rated for USATC: Torn Edges ATC on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sending Frankenstein’s “Bride” in such a cool sushi card! 😂 🍱 The “killer mail” stickers are such fun 🤩 as well. Always fun swapping with you!

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jamicam on Jul 21, 2021:

Janis, thank you for spreading joy and kindness!! I received the flower die and can't wait to start using it. I appreciate your generosity!


jannieb on Oct 5, 2018:

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