Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2021 5:20 pm


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: February 25, 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!) 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.

My Pets

I have 3 rescue dogs...all damaged in one way or another.

Just got a new one named Yodi. He 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 an aggressive, aloof, & weird, little dog & requires lots of training & attention.

Sprocket (10 yr old Schnoodle) was rescued from a neglectful owner. His hair was so matted that he had bleeding sores all over his body. The first thing we did was take him to the groomer to get shaved. He was so happy after that. He doesn't know how to socialize with people or other dogs, very well.

We also have Bianca (7 yr old Doxie-Pin). She was neglected & went from home to home until she found us. She is terrified of everything...the leash, walks, baths, other people, etc.

They are all loved, spoiled, fat & happy little dogs who get lots of love & treats :) For 3 damaged dogs, they all fit together pretty well.


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!!

  • I am looking for a few postcards that feature any real photos of tourist attractions.
  • 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 & receive Inchies & Twinchies.
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Zipper pouches & pencil 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 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
  • Good Luck anything - Pennies, coins, tokens, clovers, charms, pocket cards, etc.
  • Worry stones
  • 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!
  • Chris Ryniak art & vinyl figures.
  • Joe Ledbetter art & vinyl figures.

Animal Loves...

  • Whales & dolphins as listed above.
  • Octopus
  • All cats & dogs.
  • 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 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)

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.

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

Why do I love tape? Because I highly value my art. If I spend 5 days hand drawing an ATC for you, I do not want it to be damaged in some way before it arrives. I've had too many envelopes that have split open on the edges, were ripped open, or that have come in a plastic bag due to so much damage. You will probably need a pair of scissors handy when you open up my swaps.

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. 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: Hello pard, Thank you for this adorable swap. I especially adore your colorful envie. The stickers are totally cool. You are a great host as well. I appreciate good partners/hosts🌻 I also love Swapbot bc our lives are all needing some happy mail😊 you take care and happy swapping to.❤️🌹
Fry rated for Fast Christmas Card Swap** on Feb 20, 2021
Comment: That is super cute how you decorated the envie! That washi tape is super cute! Thanks for the fox card, I love foxes!
Comment: Super fun envelope and adorable mail art! Thank you
Gwillisinc rated for EASU: Feb. Free Theme ATC Swap on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Your work is always exceptional- thank you for the beautiful card- my new 5x7 swap is a black & white- will be recycling your peach card!
Comment: Love the swap. Thanks! Yes, I too have WAY too much washi. I am spending some COVID time putting together samples for the year. I finished 24 for Easter just last night. I had St. Patrick’s left over from last year. Then it is on to summer swaps, then before I know it I will be doing the 3 big ones. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ha!
OrganizedHere rated for ATC - Free Themed #1 (USA) on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: You are such a fantastic artist. Thanks for making an atc that is about me (a doggy). So nice you volunteered to help animals also.
Comment: what a fun card! Thank you!!
Comment: TYSVM for all the lovely goodies!!! ❤️❤️
marymary914 rated for EASU: Hidden Heart ATC Swap on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: OMG the mouse is adorable! Love the hearts hidden in the flowers! 😍
marymary914 rated for EASU: HD/HP ATC on a Book Page on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: I love this tree! 🥰
LauraM540 rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Coin Swap on Feb 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sending me Blue Haired Betty! Love her! I always love having you for my partner, you are so talented! You ROCK! Happy 2021!
LauraM540 rated for USATC: Starts with a T - ATC Swap on Feb 3, 2021
Comment: Lovin' my Toad! Thanks so much!
Comment: The cutest puppy card evarrrr, and thank you for the many stickers and the beautifully-decorated envie. <3
Comment: Thank you for the heart-full Valentine! Cute decorated envelope. Love the stickers, especially the sloths❤️! I agree, forget the flowers, bring candy. I buy the big Reese’s heart the next day.
sweetgypsy rated for EASU - Free Themed ATC Coin Swap on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Always a joy receiving a swap from you. Love 'Pretty Petunia' coin. Thanks so much! :)
Comment: Thank you for a lovely card and note!! You like the same chocolates that I do, lol!! I buy a bunch the day after too:) Happy Valentines Day to you and Grayson too!
Comment: Thank you for hosting this great swap. I always LOVE the way you decorate your envies. I hope you get your candy this VDay. You're cute, haha.

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Gobarb on Jan 22, 2021:

Hi Janis. I was completely blown away when I got the mail and saw a box that I know I didn't t order from Amazon. I didn't have my glasses on so I couldn't see who it was from. When I opened it, I couldn't believe my eyes! Oh my gosh, what a generous package!!! It was like Christmas and my pre- birthday present! As it turns out, I didn't have most of what was in the box! The 1 or 2 things that I already own, I will pay forward. I had to do a box opening with my girlfriend to show her everything that I got. It was so much fun. I am going to use the Cat Valentine set for my Valentine ATC. I can't thank you enough. By the way, I am so glad to see you back hosting swaps. I have really missed you! 😘 🤗❤️ Barb

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


chimerix on Dec 27, 2020:

OMG! Thank you so much for the "Merry Fishmas!" ATC. LOL. It is so darling and I love it. Thank you so much for thinking of me and sending me one of your cards just because. It really brightened my day! Aloha

tristitia on Dec 26, 2020:

Thank you so much for the adorable Fish Christmas ATC! It's really cool! Happy Holidays!

Dinkyde on Dec 26, 2020:

Thank you for being an angel and sending me an ATC for the Free Theme swap that I was flaked on. I love the card you sent. "Catatonic" was very fitting for the week I was having; made me smile. Thanks again!!! Deidre AKA dinkyde

captkristi on Dec 22, 2020:

Thank you SO much for this beautiful ATC you sent. You are an angel for so many reasons. <3

simcoe54 on Nov 13, 2020:

RAK - 2 small Dies -- Just received the dies and they are so nice. Can't wait to start creating. Thanks!

DeAnnaVarela on Nov 9, 2020:

Thank you for the home stamps! I will make good use of them. Also, I'm sending you a PM.

Hugs, DeAnna

djcamp04 on Nov 9, 2020:

❤️Thank you so much for the adorable bird & muchroom stamps!!! ❤️ I love these long legged birds!! Will start on you something special with them this week!! HUGS!!

DreZee on Nov 9, 2020:

Thank you for the stamps you sent! They are so fun and I can't wait to use them. Your generosity is appreciated!

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