Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friends through Rain or Shine

Hi, everyone! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I have a CUTE card to show you. Ready to see it?

You guys NEED to go visit Mary's Cardz TV Stamps blog. She posts all her stamps so you can see what is in each set, and she has lots of samples of cards she has created using her stamps. There is inspiration galore over there. You will get so many ideas and love it! Not to mention Mary also has a Cardz TV Gallery blog where her Design Team (me included!) takes turns posting every weekday a project they've created using Cardz TV Stamps. The Designers post cards, Project Life Layouts & Scrapbook pages, 3D objects, Home Decor, Mini Albums, etc.

Today is my day to post over at the Cardz TV Gallery blog (every other Thursday for me). I thought this card would be perfect for my post. Here are the details:
This froggie just makes me smile. He's so cute!

I'm glad you stopped by. Enjoy the rest of your day.
:) Janis

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weight Watchers Wednesday

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to my Weight Watchers Wednesday weekly journal posting. How is it going for you? I've heard from some of you, and I want to say a big "You Go, Girl!" Ms. B lost 10 pounds already! Yay! So proud of you all.

(I know there is a typo in the meme above, but it's still funny.)

I reached a milestone this Monday on my official weigh-in day. I have lost 10% of my starting weight. I'm down -20.8 pounds since I started the last week of January this year. I want to thank you all for reading my Wednesdays posts AND for commenting. It's encouraging to hear from you all. It really is.

According to Weight Watchers, reaching your 10% goal has these benefits:
  • A Healthier Heart
  • Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • More Pep
  • A Mental Edge
Keep up the good work, guys! See you next Wednesday.
:) Janis

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PETS Scrapbook Double Layout

Hi! Thank you so much for swinging by today to see what's going on in my craft room. There is a brand new challenge beginning today over at my scrapbook challenge blog, Bimini Moose. It's always anything goes scrapbooking (tracditional or Project Life) and the twist is always optional. This go round the twist is PET PAGES! Oh yea! I'm all over that one.

We adore Mary Ann & Ginger. They are full blooded Pit Bulls, but don't believe everything you hear about this breed. Dogs act and react according to the way they were raised. Our babies are loving and snuggle bunnies. Even though they are now both around 70 pounds (Ginger is a little more, Mary Ann is a little less), they still LOVE to sleep in our laps. Which is perfectly fine with me!

Products Used:

  • Project Life pocket pages
  • Scrap papers for pocket backgrounds
  • Miss Kate Cuttables "I love my Dog" title - print 'n cut 
  • Stickers
  • Silhouette online store print 'n cut various doggie themed files
  • Xyron 1 1/2" sticker maker
  • ATG (Advanced Tape Glider)
  • PicMonkey (photo editing software - FREE)
Enjoy your day! Don't forget to stop by Bimini Moose to submit your scrapbook pages!
:) Janis

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cricut Explore Air

I'm so excited! I ordered the Cricut Explore Air over the weekend and it's already shipped!!!! YAY! I haven't used the Cricut in 2 years or more. I have missed Elegant Edges the most.

What does this mean for my crafting posts?

  • You can still expect to see Project Life Scrapbook pages on a regular basis
  • You can still expect to see stamped crafts
  • You can still expect to see Cameo creations
  • ..... PLUS now you can expect to see Cricut Creations with all our old favorite cartridges and some new cut files too!
If you have the Cricut Explore Air and are a part of a Facebook Group geared toward Cricut crafting, I'd love you to invite me to that group so I can be inspired and see what you guys are crafting. You can find me on Facebook and friend request me HERE

What's your favorite Cricut cartridge?

:) Janis

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Hi, everyone! It's rainy, rainy, rainy here today. That means we will be painting inside. We have one color left in just a few places we are going to paint for accent walls. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all done!

But, onto a crafty subject; I have a card to show you today.

  • Sil ID# 55530
  • Cardz TV Stamps "Country at Heart"
  • Washi tape & scrap pattern papers
  • Tuesday Morning Sketches
  • Background is a flower painting I did in 2000
Enjoy your weekend!
:) Janis

Tuesday Morning Sketches

Friday, April 24, 2015


Happy Friday! I want to invite you all to join me in an online only Close To My Heart party I'm hosting for my friend, Jen, who just signed up to be a new rep. Let's give her a GREAT party to help boost her business in a great start!  More about that and how you can join our Facebook Event Page at the end of this post.

For today's project I decided to use some CTMH (Close to My Heart) products to create a card.

I would love you to friend request me on Facebook. You can do that with this LINK. Let me know in the comments below that you sent me a friend request and you'd like to join the Facebook Event page for the online only CTMH party I'm having in May.  Here are some details about that....

I’d like to invite you to join Janis and I for an incredibly fun time discovering exciting new papercrafting products from Close To My Heart!! I love Close To My Heart’s huge variety of papers, inks, accessories, and more, and I think you will, too!!

Since Janis is holding her party online, it’s so easy for you to browse for some of your favorite papercrafting items simply visit for our selection of products, deals, and constant campaigns. 

Shop online and place your order any time between May 8th and Saturday May 16, 2015 (11:59pm Central Time) for your total to count towards Janis's wishlist and event. BE SURE TO CLICK ON JOIN JANIS' FACEBOOK PARTY BEFORE ORDERING!

Just a few things to keep in Mind: 

If you spend $50 you qualify for the Just Sayin' May Stamp of the Month for $5. This is a D-size stamp set with 14 stamps perfect for cardmaking, project lifers, and scrapbookers. 

We are also celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with our vibrant and colorful Taste of Summer paper pack and stamp set. These products will be at an incredibly low price for the whole month of May. 

And to make ordering even easier Jen will also send you a mini-stamp set for orders of $50 or more!! Believe me you won't want to miss out.

Be sure to check back on the Facebook Event Page between May 8-13th for lots of fun. Jen will be sharing project ideas, tips & techniques, and there will even be a few games to participate in for your chance to win prizes!!

Feel free to leave any questions or comments you have on the Facebook Event page, and Jen will respond at her earliest convenience. 

Thanks & Happy Shopping!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your weekend.

Sweet Sunday Sketch
The ABC Ch
Cupcake Inspirations

Thursday, April 23, 2015

the BEGINNING is always TODAY

Hi!  Did I tell you that I recently joined the Unity SOTW (Stamp of the Week)? It's so fun to get a brand new stamp in the mail each week.  I decided since I finally have some of the Unity stamps I've been drooling over, that it was about time I submitted a project in their Be Inspired Challenge.

I chose to use the Card sketch for my entry.

The stamp is from one of the SOTW sets I've received...

Papers from Glitz.
I watercolored the mugs (something I love to do - watercolor, that is).
A little bit of gold and silver sequins and tada! It's complete.

Thank you for stopping by to see what I'm up to in my craft room. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Unity Be Inspired Challenge - card sketch

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weight Watchers Wednesday

It's time for my Weight Watchers Wednesday post. So glad you decided to pause a minute and take a look-see for how I'm doing.

This week I lost another 0.4 pounds. Like I've said before - any loss is a good loss. I'm so happy with the steady shrinking, even if it comes in less than whole pounds per week - it's still helping me get to my goal!

Ooooo, I'm getting really close to my 10% goal!

If you want to make a change, it's never to late to start or to start again.

Now that we are all moved into to our new home on the lake, I expect the high step count I've been getting these past few weeks will start to diminish a little and get back to normal. BUT WAIT! I have a treadmill now (thanks, Marie!) so maybe I can boost my weight loss a little. I used it for the first time yesterday. Popped in a season of Bones into the laptop and started walking. It's so much easier to walk while watching TV because it distracts me. Otherwise walking on a treadmill can be very boring and not motivating at all.

:) Janis

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Project Life Scrapbook Page Week 16

It's time for a scrapbook page!

I'm still trying to figure out the best way to photograph my pages. The clear sleeves reek havoc on me. LOL

  • The 2 filler cards I used are from Project Life "Amy Tangerine Plus One."
  • Hand written notes on punched cardstock using Stampin' Up's Modern Label punch.
  • Unity SOTW (Stamp of the Week) for "Home is where your PEEPS hang out."
  • CTMH (Close to My Heart) "Happy Birds" stamp set for HAPPY stamp
  • Silhouette #20452 Scallop and Circle cuts
  • ED Estella font for Week 16 cut out with Silhouette
Believe it or not, that's all I have for Week 16. Enjoy your day. See you tomorrow for my Weight Watchers Wednesday post.

:) Janis

Monday, April 20, 2015


Hi! How was your weekend? We had a great one. Spent time with family and friends, doing some painting, more unpacking & organizing, and relaxing.

I can't wait to show you this card I made! I started it over the weekend, but couldn't finish it until this morning because I wanted to use my Aqua Brush to paint the bird. I finally found that brush this morning. Yay!

 Products Used:

  • Close To My Heart (CTMH) 
  • Yellow ribbon from Stash
  • Foam square to adhere image for dimension
  • Sil #20452 - Circles & Scallop Circles for layering
  • Aqua Brush Painter for water coloring image & sentiment with inks
  • Sweet Sunday Sketch #264

My friend, Jen Armstrong, just started with CTMH, and I'm hoping to help her get her business going with a BANG! If you love stamping, inking, coloring, paper, 3D crafting, card making, scrapbooking, Project Life, or any other paper types of crafts, 
be sure to shop her online catalog between May 8 - 16, 

and be SURE to click on JOIN JANIS' FACEBOOK PARTY so all the sales will group together. Thank you so much for checking out the online catalog. There is TONS of stuff in there I know you'll love!! Be sure to share the link with all your other crafty friends and have them join JANIS' FACEBOOK PARTY too!

If you want to be a part of the Facebook Event page (because between May 8 - 16 Jen will be posting games and specials and lots of fun stuff just for the party goers), send me a friend request on Facebook and a Private Message requesting to join that Event Page. You can find me on Facebook with this link

Enjoy your day! HUGS!
:) Janis


  1. Alphabet Ch - eye catching edges (scallop circle for image matting)
  2. The Paper Players - Clean & Simple watercolor (image water colored)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Project Life Week 15 Double Layout

Hi! I'm slowly getting things unpacked and put away here in our new house.  So much to do, but I'm not stressing about it. Just doing a little at a time. My husband always says, "Work smart, not hard." Good advice.

Here are my Week 15 scrapbook pages using the Project Life pocket system.  I have lots of Project Life cards, but I have found even though they are fun to use, I also enjoy just cutting up my 12x12 papers for the backgrounds in the pockets too.

I used lots of Print 'n Cuts from the Silhouette store. Love my Silhouette subscription!

Those last 2 photos of the sunset - that was our view the night we moved in.
Breath-takingly beautiful.

Enjoy your day! See you next time.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Encouragement Mini

Hi, everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying your April so far. What have you been doing this spring?

As I write this, it's actually March 12, 2015; not even April yet. The weather is warming up to mild instead of freezing; flowers are beginning to bloom; pollen is dusting the windshields and sidewalks; and I'm loving it.

The project I have to show you today was made especially for a family member who is taking care of her husband as he fights Lewey Body Syndrome, Parkinson's, and now cancer. I'm hoping she will place it somewhere to remind her there is strength beyond our own limits.

This is an accordion album. It can sit on your desk, dresser, coffee table, shelf, wherever.

Scriptures for both sides were stamped using Mary's Cardz TV Stamp sets:

  • Rejoice
  • Easter Blessings


  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 12" x 4"
  • Score every 3"
  • Accordion fold
  • Cut matting for each panel at 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Cut decorative paper for each panel at 2 5/8" x 3 5/8"
  • Cut solid white cardstock for stamping messages at 2 1/8" x 3 1/8"
I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Wild Honey" and a sponging tool to soften the white around the edges, but leave some white space in the Scripture message.

Chipboard Hearts are from Studio Calico's Project Life monthly kits.
Decorative papers from KasierCraft "Fine & Sunny" 6 1/2" square pad.

This came together easily and quickly. You can customize this for any occasion, celebration, or thinking of you project.  I love making these.

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I'm up to. Enjoy the rest of your day!
:) Janis

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weight Watchers Wednesday

Oh my gosh! I'm so glad to have internet again! They just got it hooked up yesterday at our new house. I'm surrounded by unpacked boxes and unmoved furniture to it's rightful place. My crafting may take a while to get back in full swing. I went from a very large walk-in craft closet customized with tons of storage space to a room with a small closet and no shelves. Everything is in boxes with no where to store it yet. But it will work out. Just may take a while to come up with a new organizational system. All of this is COMPLETELY off topic.... sorry...

Okay, so time for my Weight Watchers Wednesday post. Did you guys track your steps last week? How many average steps a day did you get? I've gotten more than normal with all the packing and moving boxes around, so it was a good step week for me. I'm sure it will get back to normal as soon as I get everything unpacked and put where I want it. I have my VivoFit linked to my Weight Watchers account. They auto'magically' sync with each other so that the more active I am, the more activity points I earn which can be then used for food points or just accumulate during the week. Whatever activity points that are NOT used, are wiped away when my new week starts. I was able to earn 19 activity points last week. Yes, I was tired and my feet hurt a LOT.

I couldn't find the bathroom scale until after lunch on Monday. I kept looking in large boxes for it, but it was then discovered in a small box instead. So instead of weighing myself first thing in the morning on Monday morning like I've always done, I wasn't able to weigh in until after I'd had a nice lunch. Which I'm sure reflected itself in my weight, but oh well. It was the best I could do under these circumstances.

Start 203.4 (January 26)
185.2 (April 13)
- 1.4 (for the week)
- 18.2 (since start)

Very happy with my weigh-in!

Did you see that Weight Watchers has a new JOIN incentive going on? If any of you ever want to join Weight Watchers, use this link.....


That way if there is an incentive going on for inviting a friend or joining through a friend, we will both get whatever perks may be offered. :)

Enjoy the rest of your day!
:) Janis 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Week 14 Project Life Scrapbook Page

Here is my 1 page layout for Week 14 highlighting...

  • A couple of photos from Kevin's modeling photo-shoot
  • Stamped and colored Easter filler card using Unity Stamps right beside a couple of Easter photos
  • Some random photos of the lake house, Mary Ann snuggling with me, Kati building some shelves for her new room, Jimmy's motorcycle day trip, Keri and Kevin at the zoo, a scary train tunnel we drove through, Bonnie helping pressure wash the deck, and our empty living room in the new house.
  • A filler card created for Celebrating New Beginnings (our new house and move that week) with stamps from Unity Stamps and colored with Prisma pencils. Also a little write-up blurb about our week with a photo of Tom in his new Lake Life clothes.

:) Janis

Weight Watchers Wednesday

{This post was suppose to go live LAST Wednesday, April 8th, but we have been in the process of moving and without internet until TODAY.}

Good morning!  So glad you stopped by for my Weight Watchers Wednesday post.

I was doing so good last week until the Easter Bunny came with all that chocolate. I admit it. I went a little crazy eating chocolate over the weekend.

My weigh-in day was Monday. I lost a whopping 0.2 pounds. Hey - I'll take it! Any loss is a good loss!

Your challenge for this week:  Walk at least 5,000 steps a day. You can track them with something like a VivoFit or similar wrist band device, or you can use your iPhone Health app or other similar free app for your phone. 5,000 steps may sound like a lot, but it's really not. You'd be surprised.  Let me know next week in the comment section if you reach your goal!

Until next week,
:) Janis

P.S. I know this is short - I'm writing this on Monday morning, and I've got lots of packing to do for the move!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hello from the Herd

Hi, everyone! I love this sketch by Freshly Made Sketches. It's simple and makes a beautiful layout.

Enjoy your weekend.
:) Janis

Friday, April 3, 2015

TOAD-ally Awesome

Ribbit!  Ribbit!  Time's fun when you're having FLIES. :)
Here's a card I mailed to my daddy this week.

  • Cardz TV Stamps "TOAD-ally Awesome"
  • Sil ID# 4547 - scallop border on background dividing pattern papers
  • Sil ID# 57558 - nested circles and nested scallop circles (all one cut file)
  • Sil ID# 3744 - spring set (multiple images including frog)
  • Pattern papers from stash
  • Little banners and sentiment banner all flagged on the ends using a square punch
  • Background matting behind frog is actually white cardstock that I chalked in blue
Thanks for HOPping by today. Hope your weekend is unFROGettable in a TOAD-ally good way. 
:) Janis

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Have an EGGS-tra Special Easter!

Hi all my crafty, bloggy, scrappy friends! Tomorrow is Good Friday, and Sunday is Easter. I hope you all have a very nice weekend whether you have plans or no plans at all.

I used a very simple cut file for my card today. Seems like simple layers are my best friends these days.

Mary's Cardz TV Stamps - Easter Punnies

  • Decorative papers from Hobby Lobby's Best Day Ever pad
  • Sil ID# 39401
  • Chipboard Hearts from various Studio Calcio Project Life monthly kits
I was wondering how Easter is scheduled each year. Mr. Google provided this answer for me in case you are also curious about this:

There ya go.  :)
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Happy Easter!
:) Janis