Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2018 2:26 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: September 22, 2018
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

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

I have 22 year old twin boys and a 27 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.

People have requested that I post a little wishlist for Grayson so here goes...

  • He loves getting a 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 freaks over $2 bills. He says they are magic money & he never spends them - LOL!
  • He loves jokes...just sent to him from the internet or kids joke books.
  • Kids story books like Berenstain Bears, but he has most of those. He likes Little Critter, books about Grandma's house & any other inexpensive children's paperback books at around that reading level. He likes Manga books too & likes to look at the pictures. Any used books are great.
  • DVD's - Kids or family comedy - used, cheap Dollar Tree, Walmart bin, etc.
  • He loves cats & has a little cat ATC collection & likes anything else cat related too.
  • 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.

All mail can be addressed directly to him.

I have been married for 28 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 (12 yr old Chiweenie), Sprocket (9 yr old Schnoodle) & we just rescued Bianca (6 yr old Doxie-Pin. They are all loved, spoiled, fat & happy little dogs who get lots of hugs & treats :)


Likes/Wishlist in no particular order...

  • 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!
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & Raven.
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • Love Food with faces - like Doodlebug scrapbooking supplies, or any note cards, stickers or other fun stuff.
  • 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 aquariums.
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • I like Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, Day of the Dead & Sugar Skulls.
  • I collect new & used dog rabies or registration tags.
  • I LOVE the colors teal & pink together & also lime green & orange separately.
  • I love funny chickens & roosters like Hei Hei from Moana, Chicken Boo from Animaniacs, etc.
  • Artist pens/pencils/markers, erasers.
  • Punny stuff.
  • I love the look & style of Jim Shore figures.
  • Furrybones figures.
  • I love 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, Scottish Highland Cows, & Muskox.

  • 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, Henery Hawk, Sam the Sheepdog, Peabody & Sherman, Ferdinand the Bull, Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang, Stitch, cute Disney animal characters & animal side kicks, Batman, Aquaman, Animaniacs (including Goodfeathers, Chicken Boo, Mindy & Buttons, Katie Ka-Boom, etc.). Tiny Toons, Dexter's Lab, Power Puff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog & all the characters from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

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
  • 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.

  • Clothes
  • Rub On's, Iron on's
  • Journals, planners, notebooks, note paper, sticky notes
  • Sea Shells
  • Circus themed animal items
  • 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 for me (I go there all the time)
  • Food or drink of any kind (no tea bags/drink or coffee packets)

My ATC Themes

I am the founder of the group: Experienced ATC Swappers USA.

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 & the monster under your bed.
  • 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 in your art.

My Swapping Policies

I do not claim to be an expert in any of the swaps 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 or wording 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 from me 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 my swap.

SMOKE STINKS! - I prefer not to swap with smokers unless you are very careful about keeping your items away from the smoke.


Comment: Great atc! Love the colors of this very scary guy! Shading and waves in ba ckground just amazing! Thanks so much for the atc and the swap
Comment: What a beautiful ATC! I love sunflowers. The quote is perfect, too. Thanks for the happy mail cards. Fun swap!
MyRetroSoul rated for EASU: Adult Merit Badge Coins on Sep 16, 2018
Comment: Both of these coins are so awesome! Thank you. Your work is quality! And thank you for the swapbot happy mail stickers. They are cute.
stormofangels rated for Halloween Card swap #1 on Sep 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card and goodies!
AZmom875 rated for That Crazy Zetti Art ATC on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: That was super cute, and thanks for all the extra do dad images. I can sure use them for something new.
gojenn rated for Trading coins on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks. Love your Coins! & the back info sheets too!!
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter. The YouTube channel sound so fun! Thank you for the happy mail stickers too. They are very cute :)
Gwillisinc rated for MMPC - Dina Wakley Inspired ATC on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Love aqua, pink & green combo & swap-bot images
sweetgypsy rated for EASU: Adult Merit Badge Coins on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Great coins & thanks for the happy mail stickers too! :)
Comment: This is a delight! People and portraits are a favorite of mine forever. Thank you for the art and thank you for hosting! <3
jenmcjen rated for USAPC: Pointy Hat ATC on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Oh, lady, you are spoiling me! And I mean the card, not the extras. Though, as I was opening your letter with great excitement, I thought to myself, I love these snail mail stickers. I gotta get me some! No sooner said... But your artistic talent always humbles me and inspires me, and thank you so much for sharing!
Response: I am going to send you an ATC once a week so that you can bolster my ego! LOL! Thank you for all of you kind words. It means so much to me when I hear that someone really likes an ATC I made :) I'm glad you liked the happy mail stickers too. Thanks again & take care :)
suzwa rated for USATC: August Free Theme ATC Swap on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC !
Mimi7 rated for USATC: Mega Artist Trading Coin Swap on Sep 7, 2018
Comment: Hi Janis, thanks so much for hosting this swap! Thanks for the great Sailing coin and the coin backings, I didn't have any coin backings yet so thanks so much!!
Ukucaitie rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Swap on Sep 7, 2018
Comment: Hello Janis! Thank you so much for Silly Sally! I love her! She will fit in perfectly with my other ATC collection! Thank you so very much!
Comment: I must confess: Every time I see your name in the "rate your partners" I do a little mental happy dance. Your art is SO beautiful and exactly my style. Not the style I actually can make, but the style I love to receive! That's all in the way of, thank you so much for this beautiful ATC! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! Also, I have you sending me something else soon, so I'm also excited about that. You are a fabulous artist! Thank you so much.
colodad rated for EASU: Ocean Animal ATC Swap on Sep 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful ATC. The colors are so bold and the shading of each is amazing. The details on the octopus are very cool. Thanks too for hosting this and the several other swaps! I always look at your groups first fur what swaps I will join.
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter and so easy to read too. Surprised how many times I have to skip over parts because I can’t read their hand writing. Loved all the cute mail goodies and will use them.
Comment: A fantastic card...thank you!
Comment: Very pretty - it made me think of fireworks! Love the happy mail envie art too - thank you.
Comment: Thank you!

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jenmcjen on Sep 12, 2018:

OMG I'm so excited I'm going to get another ATCoin from you!!!!!!! YOu are absolutely one of my - I think it's 3 or 4 - absolute faves. Like, you guys are pros, and the rest of us, we are happy artists who sometimes make something amazing, but you guys are like, if they had art galleries with champagne for ATCs and ATCoins, yours would be in there. I get so excited. I should go through and see who the other ones are and tell them. Yahoo!!!

SherriB on Aug 25, 2018:

Oh my goodness--picked up my mail today and found a totally unexpected envelope from you. I absolutely ADORE my goat washi tape! Thank you sooo much! And the goat images are fun, as well. Thank you for making my day by thinking of me in this way!

jannieb on Aug 25, 2018:

shinyserra on Aug 17, 2018:

I love this ATC stamp! Thanks so much. Yours is on its way :)

duckymorgan on Jul 10, 2018:

Hello! I received your giveaway and I was just tickled to death! It was such a great surprise and I just wanted to say thank you so much! I love all the letter sets - the Harry Potter one is my FAVORITE! You rock! πŸ’•

spotteddogs on May 29, 2018:

Thank you very much for the cute dog ATC back rubber stamp for the Swap Tag - US. I look forwarding to using it!

goinjenny on May 15, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards in AWG May

Babsmomof5 on May 14, 2018:

Eek! Thank you so much for the GC to VL! I decided on "A New Day" as my set, and just sent the message in to receive it. I can't wait to get started using it!!!

bluehairedmary on May 14, 2018:

Thank you so much for the spring-inspired stickers for my AWG May Wishlist! I also love the sewing-themed notecard you used! Thanks again!

orneryswife on May 11, 2018:

Thank you for the wish granted goodies!! So nice to hear from you! 😘

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