Friday, December 31, 2010


January 2011
  1. Without A Trace by Colleen Coble
    Back cover synopsis:
    When a plane carrying Bree Nicholls' husband and son disappears, her life changes forever. Her relentless determination to find them starts an investigation that links their disappearance to a violent crime threatening to tear the peaceful town of Rock Harbor apart.

    Mystery fans will love this romantic suspense novel from best-selling author Colleen Coble.  Set in the untamed beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Rock Harbor novels draw readers into the life and adventures of a canine search-and-rescue team as it unravels the secrets of an enchanting wilderness.


Books Read in 2010:
  1. January – The Prayer of Jabez
  2. January – Ghosts From the Past by Glen Ebisch
  3. January – How Not to Make A Wish by Mindy Klasky
  4. January – There's Something About St. Tropez by Elizabeth Adler
  5. January – A princess of Landover by Terry Brooks
  6. January – Ghost A La Mode by Sue Ann Jaffarian
  7. January – Death of the Party of Carolyn Hart
  8. February – Mighty Old Bones by Mary Saums
  9. February – A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender
  10. February – Vi Agra Falls by mary Daheim
  11. February – Too Rich and Too Dead by Cynthia Baxter
  12. February – Lavender Morning by Jude Deveraux
  13. March – The Beach House by Jane Green
  14. March – Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti
  15. March – Return to Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux
  16. March – Murder in the Raw by C. S. Challinor
  17. March – When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster
  18. April – Night Rising, Vampire Babylon Book 1 by Chris Marie Green
  19. April – Sailing to Capri by Elizabeth Adler
  20. April – Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
  21. April – Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon
  22. April – Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
  23. May – Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
  24. June – Haunting Jordan by P. J. Alderman
  25. June – Cemetery Dance by Preston & Child
  26. June – Happiness Key by Emille Richards
  27. June – The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
  28. June – A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans
  29. July – Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie
  30. July – Poppy Done to Death by Charlaine Harris
  31. July – Hope in A Jar by Beth Harbison
  32. July – Plum Spooky by janet Evanovich
  33. July – Bikini Car Wash by Pamela Morsi
  34. July – The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  35. July – Home in Carolina by Sherryl Woods (A Sweet Magnolia Novel)
  36. August – Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen (Audiobooks)
  37. August – The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Audiobooks)
  38. August – The Cat Who Came To Breakfast by Lillian Jackson Braun (Audiobooks)
  39. August – The Angel by Carla Neggers
  40. August – The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz
  41. August – The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright
  42. August – Lust, Loathing, & a Little Lip Gloass by Kyra Davis
  43. September / October – The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton
  44. September / October – Living Deeply
  45. November – Into the Wild by Beth Ciotta
  46. November – Home in Time for Christmas by Heather Graham
  47. December – The Last Noel by Heather Graham
  48. December – The Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson
  49. December – Rebel Island by Rick Riordan


I hope you have a very fun New Years!
Today over at my other blog, Flaunt It Fridays, the challenge is to use the martini cut from the Cricut cartridge From My Kitchen on page 60.

Card base red from Value Pack (pre-scored for easy folding)
Background papers from DCWV The Christmas Combo 180 Stack
Ribbon from Michael's
Solid papers from Stampin' Up and Recollections
Sentiments hand-written
Martini cut @ 4"

Here's an altered notebook I made with the martini cut.  This could be used for a PARTY PLANNER, etc.

:) Janis

Thursday, December 30, 2010

100+ Book Club in 2010

My goal for 2010 was to read 100+ books.  I've never kept up with what I'm reading, so I didn't know how close I'd come to this goal.

Well...... I missed it by just a tad....  I read at least 49 books in 2010.  I lost count in May, but the ones I documented for this year come to 49.  

I must say, I think I read pretty fast.  If I were to read any faster, I would just be reading for the sake of the goal and not enjoying or remembering what I was actually reading about.  So now I know 100+ is way too many for me in one year.

I started a Facebook Group called LOVE TO READ BOOK CLUB.  It's an open group - anyone can search for it and join.  We are currently reading WITHOUT A TRACE BY COLLEEN COBLE.  Our next book is THE LOST SYMBOL BY DAN BROWN.  

Feel free to join the group - even if you don't want to read what we are currently reading.  You can talk about your fav books or authors or ask for book suggestions.  It's just for those of us who love to read and chat about it.

My goal for reading in 2011 is a little different.  I don't want to count the number as much as expand my shelves to cover a wider variety.

In 2011, I want to read a book whose title or author represents every letter of the alphabet.  That sounds pretty reasonable, obtainable, and fun to me!

I also want to read books in these categories...
  • Play
  • Poetry
  • Biography
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Suspense
  • Science Fiction
  • Today's Woman
  • Something with Pets
  • Beach
  • Inspirational
  • Best Seller
  • Book to Movie
  • Comedy
  • Exotic Location
  • Best Selling Author
And probably a few more thrown in there just for fun.  

Here is what's on my self right now:
  1. Wihtout A Trace by Colleen Coble
  2. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  3. One of Those Malibu Nights by Elizabeth Adler
  4. Summer House by Nancy Thayer
  5. Light On Snow by Anita Shreve
  6. The Cat Who Brought Down the House by Lilian Jackson Braun
  7. The Cat Who Talked Turkey by Lilian Jackson Braun
  8. The Cat who Dropped a Bombshell by Lilian Jackson Braun
  9. The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers by Lilian Jackson Braun
  10. Original Sin - The Seven Deadly Sins by Allison Brennan
Happy New Year!  
:) Janis

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

52Q WEEK 22

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!
It's time to roll up your sleeves and start thinking about the year that is passing by in just a few days.
Did you accomplish your goals?
Meet new friends?
Start a new adventure?
Live outside the box a little?

Anything you hoped to do that didn't quite work out?
Thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2011?

This week, your page for your 52Q Mini Album is all about your New Year Resolutions.
What are your goals for 2011?
What do you hope to accomplish?
Where do you hope to visit?
Who do you hope to meet?

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Monday, December 27, 2010


Here is a project I made to hang on the frig or wall... It's to put new year resolutions on.

Phrase with Owl p.47 cut @ 3"
Elephant p. 38 cut @ 3"
Smile p. 28 cut @ 1 1/2" Real Dial Size
All papers from Bazzill Basics dotted Swiss
Googlie Eyes!
Top and Bottom strips are cut 6 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Strips between the top and bottom are cut at 6 1/2" x 1 1/2"

This is for the PAPER PLAYTIME challenge #30.  Come play with us!

Friday, December 24, 2010


I just love my Santa Turtle!  Today on one of my other blogs, Flaunt It Fridays, the challenge is to Flaunt the turtle cut on page 64 of the Create A Critter cartridge.

My Turtle was cut @ 4" using Christmas papers from My Mind's Eye
The purple background paper is from DCWV The Christmas Combo 180 Stack
Eyelashes were drawn on with an Ultra Fine Tip Black Sharpie
Googlie eyes!!
Beard was cut @ 4" from Paper Doll Dress Up page 72
Ribbon from Michael's
Regular lunch sack paper bag was trimmed down to my preference

Time to fill it with homemade Christmas Cookies and give it away!

Jingle Bells,
:) Janis

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

52Q Week 21

Week 21 of 52Q
"What is your favorite December memory?"

My favorite December memory is one particular Christmas when I was growing up.  I don't remember how old I was, but I remember getting up with my brother and sister and seeing 3 presents under the tree.
The presents said go look here for your next gift.
That present said go look here for your next gift.
We each got 3 gifts that year and had so much for searching the house for the next one.  I'll never forget that. It is also the year I got a fuzzy marionette puppet. (He was hiding in the oven in a brown paper grocery bag - that was before grocery stores used plastic bags.)
 I LOVED making that puppet bird walk and sit, etc. 

Here is my page for this week:
Card base Red textured from Value pack
Santa paper cut 5 1/4" x 4" from We R Memory Keepers, Merry & Bright Collection
Cricut Cartridge: BIRTHDAY BASH
Present page 59 cut @ 3" using Recollections & Stampin' Up papers
Tag page 58 cut @ 4" using Recollections and Merry & Bright papers

Merry Christmas!
Submit your page here...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winner of Kathy's Super Secret Birthday Card Blog Hop & Paper Playtime Challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS!

The winner of my blog candy for Kathy's Super Secret Birthday Card Blog Hop is 
Congratulations, Jenny!
You have won a $10 Gift Voucher to!  Yeah!
Please email me (Janis) at northrose at slowar dot com.

Now onto my project for the Paper Playtime Challenge:
It's almost CHRISTMAS!  Who's excited!!?
This week at Paper Playtime our challenge is to make ANYTHING CHRISTMAS!  I made this cutie Santa card.  He's so festive.  I just love him!  And look!!  His sack is bulging it's so full.  Wonder what's in there?

Card base white from Value Pack (pre-scored for easy folding)
Background papers from DCWV The Christmas Combo 180 Stack
Paper Doll Dress Up Santa & Bag page 72 cut @ 4"
Enhanced with white gel pen and black ultra fine tip Sharpie
Googlie eyes!

:) Janis

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Using Kraft cardstock for a card base looks so cool, I think.

  • Papers from Colorbox ($5 pack from Walmart)
  • Ribbon from "Laundry Line"
  • "Happy Together" 3-D sticker from Studio 13

 Have a fun weekend!!
Jingle Bells!
:) Janis

Friday, December 17, 2010


Don't you just love Fridays? Today over at Flaunt It Fridays the challenge is to use the cup with lemon cut from Simply Charmed on page 148.  However, I don't have that cartridge, so I used the Lemonade pitcher from Block Party instead.  Doesn't it look refreshing?

Card base yellow from Value Pack (pre-scored for easy folding)
Background papers from DCWV The Christmas Combo 180 Stack
Solid papers from Recollections
Pitcher cut @ 4"
Flower from Prima Flowers
Rhinestone from Joann's
Lemons in pitcher spruced up with some yummy stickles!

Jingle Bells,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

52Q WEEK 20

I know I'm late with this week's 52Q.  But wait no longer!  Here it is!
Your Question for Week 20 is:
"Do you have a favorite Christmas song?"
I used a Kraft cardstock base.
Papers are from RAK  - sorry, don't know the name
Ribbon from Michael's
Stickers from Dollar Bin at Michael's (aren't they happy and cute?)
 Submit your 52Q page below:


Who loves Peachy Keen Stamps?!  I DO!!  I DO!!  I hear all you out there yelling, ME ME ME ME!

Today is Kathy's Birthday!  Who is KATHY, you ask?  None other than the Owner and Creator of PEACHY KEEN STAMPS.  Look how many lives she has touched and how many smiles she has put on all our faces.  So today is her birthday and her daughter, Angelica, has organized a SUPER SECRET SURPRISE BIRTHDAY CARD BLOG HOP just for her Mom.  Awwww.... you know Kathy is smiling ear to ear seeing all these birthday cards created for her.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATHY!

Before I get to my card I created for Kathy, below you will find the complete blog hop list.  If you get lost, you can always start at the beginning by CLICKING HERE.

Peachy Keen Stamp Blog -
Angelica & Adrianne -
Viv -
Kim -
Lorie -
Heidi -
Janice -
Joanna -
Nikki -
Erin -
Emma -
Ruthie -
Samantha -
Lisa -
Jessica B. -
Abby -
Gaby -
Dobea -
Theresa -
Jessica K. -
Glorajean -
Liz -
Jessica M.-
Jenny -
Kimmy -
Sandra -
Sarah -
Mandy -
Lauren -
Raven -
Janis - (YOU ARE HERE!)
Momo -
Paula -
Corri -

You should have arrived here from Raven's blog.  Isn't Raven amazingly talented?!
Ready to see the card I made? Here is the birthday card I made for Kathy:
I just love this little critter peeking out of the gift and thought it was perfect for a SURPRISE Birthday Blog Hop Card.
Cricut Cartridge:  BIRTHDAY BASH
Card cut page 23 cut @ 5"
Gift & Critter cut page 26 cut @ 3 1/2"
Card paper from My Mind's Eye "Laundry Line"
Solid papers from Recollections
Lace and flowers from stash
Ink around card edges from ColorBox
Fruit Punch Stickles on Critters ear

Who wants BLOG CANDY?!  

How about a $10 Gift Voucher to 
online store?!    

All you have to do to qualify to win my blog candy is leave a comment on this post.  You do not have to be a follower, but I'd love it if you were of course!  If you are a follower, leave a second comment for a second chance to win! The deadline to comment will be noon Saturday, and I'll post the winner of the $10 Gift Voucher here on my blog on Sunday, December 19th.

Remember, Angelica will be choosing 10 Random Winners from Comments on All Blogs - so don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of Kathy's favorite crafting things.  Those winners will be announced on Sunday, December 19th on the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog sometime during the evening. 

Thank you for hopping along with us!  Your next stop is Momo!  

Jingle Bells!
:) Janis
Me & My Hubby in Alaska May 2009, Aren't we so festive?!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Who has Birthday Bash?  I would LOVE to see the projects you've made with this cart!  Please link as many Birthday Bash projects as you'd like below that you've made.


Good morning!  I know you've all been waiting to hear the winners of last weekend's 2 blog hops!

The winner from Paper Playtime's "Stocking Stuffer" blog hop is:

Angelia of Angelia's Paper Crafts!
Angelia said:
Very cute recipe mini...:)

Congratulations, Angelia!  You have one a set of Joy's Life "Lots of Pun" clear stamps! Please email me your USA shipping address to

The winner from Joy's Life's "Thank You Gifts" blog hop is:
Lindsay of Lindsay's Craft Lounge!
Lindsay said:

Very creative! I'm a new follower!
Thanks for sharing!
December 12, 2010 10:59 PM

Congratulations, Lindsay!  Please email me your USA shipping address to You have won everything in the following list although I don't have a picture to show of everything:

  • TLC Chatter Bookz Mini Album that spells FAMILY

  • 10 Assorted 12"x12" double sided papers from Life's Journay

  • Creative Memories sticker sheet with transparent quotes including: LOVE, CHERISH, THANKFUL, SMILE, LAUGHS, BLESSINGS, JOY, SWEET, BEAUTY, LAUGHTER

  • K & Company K-Ology Grand Adhesions

  • The Paper Studio Mirabelle 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" mat stack 80 sheets

  • 30 Prima Rosebud flowers Summer mix:  Coral, Gold, Purple

  • 20 Prima flowers Spring mix

  • 50 Making Memories Blossoms with 25 Brads, In Bloom mix

  • Archival Safe 12" x 12" Storage Keeper by Generations

  • Thank you so much to everyone who hopped along with us this weekend!  Everyone agrees that this was a blast!  We met so many new crafters and found so many cool, creative blogs!  You guys ROCK!

    Here's a head's up on another upcoming blog hop I'm a part of:
    This hop will be January 15-16th and it's all about IDEAS FOR YOUR NEXT SHIN-DIG!  Alex of You Had Me At Craft, is hosting this one.  Her birthday is in January, and it's her first time hosting a blog hop, so we are all super excited!  Look at all the spectacular crafting ladies she has lined up for this one:

    Alex @ You Had Me At Craft
    Abby @ Scrapbookaholic by Abby 
    Debbie @ DD's Crafts
    Emma @ My Creative Time
    Gaby @ Gaby Creates
    Janis @ Pause Dream Enjoy (ME!)
     Jess @ Kinder Stampo
    Liz @ Liz's Paper Loft
    Mari @ Made by Momo  
    Mary @ Cardz TV
    Meighan @ Scrappin Thrideeschik
    Melanie @ Scrappy Mel
    Nicole @ Canadian Nickel Scrap'n
    Ruthie @ September Ninth 
    Sandra @ 365 of Cricut
     Sarah @ The Pink Cricut
    Tracy @ Craft Junkie two
    Trish @ Techniques by Trish 

    Here is the hop description in Alex's own words:

    The hop will be all about the art of throwing a great party! Ideas from party favors, themes, decor, table scapes etc, etc, will be on the agenda and GUESS WHAT ?! The hop actually coincides with my real birthday on January 13th! I would love nothing more than to share my birthday with all of you ! 
    I have some "EXTRA" celebratory plans up my sleeve too, so stayed tuned and I will share them with you soon! 
    So for now... I hope all of you are enjoying this glorious holiday season and I do hope that when the Christmas dust settles and you are in the mood for your next party you will have 
    SAVED THE DATE and join me on my first blog hop !
    Hope you guys will mark your calendars and come back for another hop!  Have a blessed Tuesday, everyone!

    Jingle Bells!
    :) Janis

    Monday, December 13, 2010


    Isn't he just a cutie!?

    This week at Paper Playtime the challenge is to use a snowman or snowmen on your paper projects.  I chose to use the snowman on page 29 of Winter Frolic cut @ 4".

    Card Base navy blue from Value Pack (pre-scored for easy folding)
    Background papers from DCWV The Christmas Combo 180 Stack

    Think Snow!
    :) Janis

    Sunday, December 12, 2010


    (If you are looking for the 

    You know those little gifts we need for teachers, our mail carrier, neighbors, etc? It makes the holidays so much easier when we keep a few of those on hand, don’t you think?

    Join me and 17 other talented ladies for some quick, easy, and inexpensive "Thank You" gift ideas!


    Janis (YOU ARE HERE)
    Mari (Momo)


    You should have arrived here from Gale's blog THE HAPPY STAMPER.  Are you finding tons of cool ideas so far?!  Well here's another one - easy, simple, and oh so fun to give away.


    The clear bags are from The Dollar Tree.  Pack of 20 for $1.00.
    There is a WHISK in each bag with candy stuffed between the tines.
    Also inside the bag are marshmallows. 
    Of course you could always include homemade fudge, cookies, etc. as well.
    The tags were made with FROM MY KITCHEN.
    The white tab is on page 61 cut @ 3 1/2" and 2". 
    The green frame is on page 66 cut @ 3 1/2" and 2".
    Whisk on page 42 cut @ 4 1/4" for all 3 tags.

    For my BLOG HOP CANDY, I will be giving away everything in the list below!  I have pictures of only some of the items listed.

    1. TLC Chatter Bookz Mini Album that spells FAMILY
    2. 10 Assorted 12"x12" double sided papers from Life's Journey
    3. Creative Memories sticker sheet with transparent quotes including: LOVE, CHERISH, THANKFUL, SMILE, LAUGHS, BLESSINGS, JOY, SWEET, BEAUTY, LAUGHTER
    4. K & Company K-Ology Grand Adhesions
    5. The Paper Studio Mirabelle 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" mat stack 80 sheets
    6. 30 Prima Rosebud flowers Summer mix:  Coral, Gold, Purple
    7. 20 Prima flowers Spring mix
    8. 50 Making Memories Blossoms with 25 Brads, In Bloom mix
    9. Archival Safe 12" x 12" Storage Keeper by Generations

    All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and have a USA shipping address.
    I'd love for you to be a follower, but that's not required.  If you ARE a follower, be sure and let me know for a second chance to win.
    I will be posting the winner here on Tuesday.  Isn't this fun!?!

    Your next stop is Jen's blog - Confessions of a Scrapaholic.  And I know she's got something totally fun lined up for you!  Thanks for hopping along!
    Jingle Bells!  :) Janis

    Saturday, December 11, 2010


    Welcome!!  We are so excited you have joined us for our Paper Playtime Blog Hop!  Yeah!  Happy Dance!!  You should have arrived here from PAPER PLAYTIME.  If not, be sure and start there because there are 7 Blog Candies being given away on the Paper Playtime Blog.
    Here is the list of everyone in the hop:

    1. Paper Playtime - 
    2. Janis - (YOU ARE HERE)

    For my project, I decided to make a PAPER BAG RECIPE ALBUM.  This project doesn't take a lot of time or money and would be such a treasure to that newly married couple, your daughter, your granddaughter, your best friend, or even adapted for a "Kids Recipe Album", etc.  Here are some pictures:

    I've included written recipes on the pages as well as blank recipe cards in the bags all along the way.
    Recipe cards, pack of 20, $1.00 from Dollar Tree
    Red paper bags pack of 40, $2.00 from Target
    Stickers, embellishments and even papers all from RAK  $0.00
    I left the last page blank in this photo, because I am going to write a message to the person who receives this.

    For my BLOG CANDY I'll be giving away Joy's Life "Lots of Pun Stamps"!!!!  I don't even have this set - wish I could win!  LOL

    All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post and have a USA shipping address.  You do not have to be a Follower, but I'd love it if you were.  If you ARE a Follower, please leave a 2nd comment for a second chance to win. I will post the winner on Tuesday.

    Your next stop is Sheree -!  And oh my gosh has she got a great project for you - AND some yummy BLOG CANDY you could win!!!!  Thanks so much for hopping by.  Be sure and leave a comment for a chance to win my BLOG CANDY!

    Jingle Bells!
    :) Janis