Swap-bot Time: September 25, 2020 3:52 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: September 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

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.

I have been growing out my hair this past year so b/c I wanted to donate it to Locks of Love. Well, here it is! I can still put it in a bun so it's not too short now. I'm going to start growing it out again now for another donation.

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 stuff.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & The Raven.
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • I like Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, Day of the Dead & Sugar Skulls.
  • 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/cat/animal rabies or registration tags & licenses.
  • I collect misc. coins & tokens such as: tax, ration, phone, bathroom, car wash, train, etc.
  • Wooden nickels
  • Good Luck anything - Pennies, coins, tokens, clovers, charms, pocket cards, etc.
  • 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!

Animal Loves...

  • All whales, especially Orca!!! & Narwhal.
  • Octopus
  • 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 an 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
  • Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang
  • 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 like...

  • Steve Perry
  • John Oliver
  • Blink 182

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 above.
  • Cats (my son Grayson collects cat ATC's)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas background characters like Bat Boy, Mummy Kid, Vampires, Clown, Witches & the Harlequin Monster.
  • Cute woodland critters
  • Beta fish
  • Whimsical style, Zetti style, Puns, Distress & Grunge style
  • Houses: row houses or house shaped
  • 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.


JenZen5 rated for USATC: Any Animal ATC Swap on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: I love your pig! He's adorable. I love the bold colors you chose. Thank you for another great swap. Have a fantastic day!
JenZen5 rated for USATC: Text me ATC Swap on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: I love this ATC. The colors are beautiful. The different, blended oranges really make the teal pop. And I love the text. Thank you. And thanks for hosting another great swap. Have a wonderful day!
Dinkyde rated for USATC: September Free Theme ATC Swap on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Gorgeous ATC; love it and love the deco on the envie, I cut it out to use on future cards. Thanks!!
Comment: LOVE this!!! So cute. I really love your swaps!!
hibiscus rated for EASU: 1 Word ATC Swap on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Such a great wonderfully made fun card!! Perfect β€œfamily” I expected to see Goldilocks peeking on the back! Cute bunny and frog card and thanks also for a clever swap idea
Comment: I love love love the ATC you made! It’s definitely one of my favorites!
Comment: Janis, your lighthouse is fantastic! I love the modernistic look & the colors you used. The Zentangle envie is great, too. Thanks so much!
Response: You are very welcome. I'm glad you liked it.
jjhere rated for USATC: House Shaped ATC Swap on Aug 17, 2020
Comment: What a wonderful little house ATC. Thank you!!
Comment: LOVED this Cactus!! You are such a talented artist!! Thanks so much. I am really glad to have found this group for sure!!
Comment: what a beautiful hand drawn owl. She is just too cute. Thank you.
Comment: Janis, You did a fantastic job on this card! It's awesome Thank you!
Comment: What a fabulous ATC! Love the little bear. Thank you so much!
Comment: Your ATC is so cute!
Comment: Thanks so much for the atc. As always, you do outstanding work and I love this atc!
peipeicl rated for USATC: Your Choice ATC Coin Swap on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: thank you <3 the whale is so adorable :P
RetroChik rated for USATC: Your Choice ATC Swap on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC
geekgirl1001000 rated for EASU: Your Choice ATC Swap on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Great ATC! I love all the colors and designs.
Kalalinga rated for EASU - Your Choice ATC Coin Swap on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: I love the ATC coin you made and the colors are so pretty. Outstanding swap - thanks so much!
Comment: Love the ATC you sent. So creative!
Comment: Janis, Got your girl with blue hair ATC. She is so cute..Thanks bunches... Patt / magicinker

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captkristi on Sep 9, 2020:

Janis - I was looking at your Flickr to see the folded ATC example(s) for inspo and WOWOWOWOW I absolutely love the cards you have made!! You are super talented and I just wanted to take a minute to tell you so! Really great art <3

Kirkdebb on Jul 13, 2020:

WTA: May - Something Handmade WOW!!! The purple octopus card is AMAZING!!! I love it!! It's so fun and the shading is perfect! Thank you so much, definitely going with my favorites!!!!

Kirkdebb on Jun 29, 2020:

Thank you for the clear stamps! This is my first set of alphabet stamps. I'm so excited to use them!

Gobarb on Jun 27, 2020:

Hi Janis. Thank you so much for the private Serengeti swap. Was this a stamp. The coloring and colors are so beautiful! I really love it. Hopefully, You will receive mine on Monday or Tuesday. πŸ€— 🐳

peipeicl on Jun 24, 2020:

Thank you so much for angeling <3<3<3 I love the killer whale you drew <3 and the background colors are beautiful! -angel for 2 partner free theme atc coin swap

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! β™₯β™₯β™₯

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! πŸ€—πŸ₯³πŸ₯°

bluerose3 on Dec 2, 2019:

Thank you for the RAK of spider stickers. I may have lost some to my kids.lol

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