Swap-bot Time: May 16, 2021 7:14 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: May 15, 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.

Yodi 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 aloof, hard headed, mildly aggressive & is one kooky little dog.

Bianca is a 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, & cameras too as you can see in the picture.

My husband adopted a new dog that was going to be sent to the pound. Her name is Penny & she is a 2yr. old shepherd mix. She is so sweet & friendly. Yodi is getting used to her, but will have a great playmate when he does.

They are all loved, spoiled, & happy house dogs who get lots of love & treats :)


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 with people in them.
  • 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.

I especially love Lowbrow art. Odd, weird & surreal are right up my alley!

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

I use a lot of tape because the postal machines that the mail goes through can be very hard on envelopes, so I don't want them to tear up my ATC's & swaps that I send out. I've worked very hard on them & want you to receive them in great shape. See HERE for an interesting article about why your mail is sometimes damaged.

You will probably need a pair of scissors handy when you open up my swaps.

I am 2 hours behind Swapbot time.

I swap USA only due to postage costs, wait times & reliability.

I am no longer allowing swappers that have participated in "ratings booster" swaps to make up for poor ratings in my groups & swaps b/c I think it is an unfair way to cheat the ratings system. I will make an exception only if it has been 1 year + since you joined one.

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.


craftykathy1 rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Coin on May 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap. I really enjoy doing coins. I have a lot of cards for ATCs but not as many coins. Your Mr. Cluckers is adorable. Thank you so much for the backings for the coins. I don't have any. I really appreciate them. Blessings to you.
luv2kraft rated for EASU 6 Element ATC on May 11, 2021
Comment: Squeal! Love that ATC!Thanks so much.
LauraM540 rated for USATC: 6 Element ATC Swap on May 10, 2021
Comment: Great card, thanks!
denisemichelle rated for HD/HP ATC Swap #8 on May 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you! I always love your swaps! Really enjoyed the cat in a cardboard box ATC, that is a common sight at our house!
user1664 rated for USATC: April Free Theme ATC on May 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you - love your style!
colodad rated for EASU: HD/HP ATC on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Wonderful ATC! All the colors and details keep me looking at it again and again. I do not have drawing skills but I decided to sign up for this swap and take the punge. Thanks for all the fun stickers on your envelopes did you draw those as well? They are so great.
colodad rated for EASU: April Free Theme ATC Coin Swap on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: I love your Poe! I envy your drawing talent!
ChristineMartinez rated for EASU: "Girly Girl" ATC on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: I LOVED the card you sent for this challenge. The colors were perfect and the girl on there is super cute. Thank you for hosting another great swap!
addieixmarie rated for HD/HP ATC swap #7 USA Only on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Janis, oh my goodness! I love the ATC you made for me so SO much! It is seriously the cutest and it just made my heart so happy when I saw it! You have truly brightened my day, thank you so much again, from the bottom of my heart! Sending hugs! Addie<3
Comment: Great quote. And thank you for the notecard. Love it!
papertreasures17 rated for USATC: Whimsical ATC on Apr 27, 2021
Comment: I just love Frida!❤️ This is such a cute ATC card. It is an art piece for sure. Thank you so much!
Comment: Absolutley amazing!!
luv2kraft rated for EASU: Spring has Sprung ATC Swap on Apr 25, 2021
Comment: Awesome. Thanks
Comment: I love both of the cards you sent, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 2nd one. Thank you for all the extra stuff you send as well. You're way too kind.
Fabriqueen rated for Cat Easter Card on Apr 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your card and the cute stickers! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Luvslife3 rated for Easter Themed ATC Swap - USA Only on Apr 18, 2021
Comment: What a cute ATC!! Thank you so much for it and hosting a fun swap!!
user1664 rated for Quickie ATC #37 - Senders Choice on Apr 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the Robofish ATC. He has some mighty big teeth!
tristitia rated for EASU: Feb. Free Theme ATC Coin on Apr 11, 2021
Comment: Your envie was postmarked Feb 18th, and I got it this week! Your postal envelope decorations are so cute ("killer mail" is new to me - love it!), maybe the postal workers passed it around to admire for a few weeks, lol! Either way, your whale coin is adorable - thank you!
MissRich rated for HD/HP ATC Swap #6 USA Only on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: I LOVE this ATC so much!! 😇 Thank you
Comment: What an awesome ATC ,so cute. Thank you💕❤️💕❤️💕

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YooperHill on Mar 22, 2021:

Sorry to read about Sprocket.

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!!

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