Swap-bot Time: May 24, 2019 12:35 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: May 23, 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.

Grayson took a trip to the Power Morphicon in California for his Birthday. Here he is meeting the Pink Power Ranger. He got lots of pictures & autographs & had a blast!!

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 The Avengers EndGame movie with his Easter 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! He has about 30 of them now.
  • 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 & make up 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...

  • An origami killer whale.
  • 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! Looking for larger ones.
  • 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.


Fabriqueen rated for Easter Card Swap #3 on May 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling card and all the wonderful stickers! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC. I love it!
Comment: No surprise at your ATC design. Great look and colors.
Comment: Thank you so much for the custom Happy Cat ATC. Looks so much like my kitty - he's adorable!!
Comment: Hi Janis, Thanks for hosting this swap, so much fun!! Thanks for the wonderful Cat ATC, you do such great work and you know what I like... cats. Thanks again :)
shiloh102 rated for Easter Card Swap #5 on May 13, 2019
Comment: I received your card on May 12th and I will say I enjoyed it more that if I received it before Easter. I never heard of Hot Bench but I loved Judge Brown. Happy Spring.
Response: Oh my gosh! I mailed it on April 16th. It must have taken the scenic route to get to your mailbox. I wish you could put a tracker on the ones that take so long to see where they have been. You'll have to check out Hot Bench. I like it a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed the card & goodies. Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks for the fun goodies...😎
Comment: Even the envie was adorable! Thanks for the stickers, too!
dawnielynn rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Swap - APRIL on Apr 27, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC Janis and the fun goodies!
Comment: Love it! I love making coins!
Comment: Thank you once again for an awesome piece of art. I love the vintage look which is one of my favorite themes. The embossed edge gives it a feeling of Victorian lush! Lucky me once again Janis. Hugs, Mona
jenlovespsu rated for Easter Card Swap #5 on Apr 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Happy Easter! :)
Comment: Absolutely adorable. I love how you added the shiny elements. So cute. Thank you so much.
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling little ducky card and stickers! I haven't seen Mrs. Grossman stickers in years. Happy Easter! Hugs, Diane
Mimi7 rated for Private between Jannieb and Mimi7 on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Janis, I love this ATC in fact I love all your ATC's!! :) You do such great work!! I loved the fun envelope and the cute cat card as well. Always a pleasure to swap with you :)
Comment: Janis, beautiful everything! The decorated envelope was so fun to get. Liked the greeting card, and pretty atc. A great swap!
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!

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ginny19590 on May 23, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Happy Mail you sent me. I received it today and was so very happy. I loved the address labels along with everything else. God Bless and have a safe and happy rest of the week......=)

catlingmex on Apr 30, 2019:

Janis, I received the most wonderful package from you, out of the blue, yesterday—thank you so much! <3 Fabulous address labels (which I was in need of) in one of my favorite themes (cats) plus s huge variety of postcards, notecards, and miscellany. I definitely did not deserve to receive this surprise, but I am glad I did. I loved it, and you made a somewhat blah day into a rainbow-unicorn kind of day. May God bless you. <3

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!

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