Swap-bot Time: May 27, 2020 2:32 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: May 25, 2020
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

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

I have 24 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

Birthday cards for Grayson We have received cards so far from the following folks...

We have received cards from…

Vicky E, Sweet as Stevie, Miami, FL, Marsha Sutton, Risna from Germany, Diane B., Renee Huff, Donna Talarico, Elle Anderson, Kathy Bates, Cherise Pacholik, Linda Lipchak, Georgene Nesheim, Jackie Flaherty, Ayesha Abdullah, Heather Farrah, Karen Fife, Nancy Bolduc, Moloughney Family, POB 446 DeRidder, LA, Amy – Manvel, TX, Aaron – HP, MA, Reynolds – PO Box 289, Debbie Bartle, Debbie Kirkland, Pelzer – FL, Arystotle, Tacoma or Olympia, WA, Renee Huff, Donna Owen, V. Horvath, Unmarked – Yellow Hallmark envelope, 3 from Palmer Abilene, TX

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 is so proud when he counts out the money all by himself at the box office & concession stand.
  • $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 likes cat figurines, books, & little toys too.
  • He enjoys eating out (he loves pizza), bowling, going to the movies, Broadway musicals (He just got tickets to see Frozen on Broadway), Disney Live & Disney On Ice shows, & video games.
  • He collects Funko pops & bling bag toys.
  • A couple of his all-time favorites are The Power Rangers & The Wiggles & loves anything having to do with them. He has tickets for the Powermorphicon in California next year!
  • 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, action figures 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.

My Pets

I have 2 rescue dogs...

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


Likes/Wishlist in no particular order...

I LOVE killer whales...all whales really, but Orca are my all time favorite!!

  • 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 Inchies & Twinchies.
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • I love zipper pouches, coin purses & pencil pouches! Looking for larger ones that hold more.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & The 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.
  • Digital Stamps - see my Etsy wishlist.
  • 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 rabies or registration tags.
  • 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.)

  • I love funny chickens & roosters like Hei Hei from Moana, Chicken Boo from Animaniacs, etc.

  • Punny stuff.
  • I love the look & style of Jim Shore figures.
  • Stuff that is "creepy cute"
  • I love Thimblestump Hollow characters. Huskyshuffler is my favorite!

* Animal loves....All whales, especially Orca!!!, Narwhal, Dolphins, Octopus, Dachshunds, Chickens & Roosters, Llama, Elephants (except circus elephants), all Cats & Dogs, Blue-Jay's, Black & White Cows, Spanish bulls (not the fighting part, just that type of bull). You can't go wrong if it has an animal on it :)

  • 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. No need to ask. We are all here to express our creativity & have fun, so I am proud to be able to inspire you & to share my ideas.

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.

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.


LauraM540 rated for EASU: ATC with your Partners Name on May 26, 2020
Comment: Great ATC! Love the colors!
Comment: Love the moon child! Thank you :)
craftykathy1 rated for USATC: 3 Random Things ATC Swap on May 16, 2020
Comment: It was wonderful to swap with you again. Thank you for the purple octopus drawing. It's adorable!
Mimi7 rated for USATC: 3 Partner Free Theme ATC Swap on May 15, 2020
Comment: Hi Janis Thanks for the lovely ATc. Loved the Llama note card also. Thanks for posting these swaps. :)
Comment: Thank for the fun ATC. I love zettiology.
Comment: Thank you so much, Janis. I love your drawing of little "Bianca". She's precious!
Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap and thank you for the wonderful ATC!!
Comment: Beautiful card and thanks for the goodies. It just came yesterday 4/30 (3/24 postmark), goodness that took over a month- the mail is a little crazy these days.
Response: I can't believe it took so long to get there. Thank you for being patient & thanks for the great rating!
Comment: Janis... I LOVE <3 this ATC. where do you learn to create in that style? I have never seen it before! Thank you for taking the time to create and send such a beautiful, well though out ATC. <3 <3 <3 <3
Response: You are very welcome. I am so glad you like it. The style I used is called Zetti. Take care :)
Comment: thank u loved it!!!! hugs
Comment: Such a cute ATC! And the card is cute, too! Thank you! I just noticed the post mark. It took almost a month to get here! Correct address. No sign of any issues.
Response: I can't believe it took so long to get there. Thank you for being patient & thanks for the great rating!
Comment: What a great ATC! Thank you for taking the time to do a hand drawn and colored one. :)
Comment: Thanks!
peipeicl rated for USATC: Hand Drawn/Painted ATC Swap on Apr 17, 2020
Comment: thank you for the beautiful atc! I love that purple hair :D
Comment: Such an AMAZING ATC!!!! TYSVM!!!! I absolutely loved it!!!!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC!!
Comment: Ahhhh cute! Thank you for the sweet card. Take care & stay healthy!!
Comment: This is a wonderful drawing concept. You did a great job and am glad to add this to my collection! Thanks for sharing your talent!
Comment: Love your girl with the purple hair! This was a fun swap to let creativity flow.
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and stickers.

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mejulia on Apr 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the great stationery from the RAK group, No idea where it has been this last month but sure fun to receive it today.

Cgscdy on Apr 10, 2020:

OMG! Thank you doesn't come close to how grateful I am for the trinket box!!! I love it so much! An absolutely wonderful surprise. Thank you so very much!!!!

MissPaula on Apr 7, 2020:

You are Amazing! Thanks so much for the Zebra Love! It gave me smiles and will give me more smiles in the future! ♥♥♥

Tverne05 on Dec 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for the RAK stamps. It was a total surprise. I will certainly put them to good use. Have a Merry Christmas and a bless and prosperous New Year! 🤗🥳🥰

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 right😊

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!!

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