Monday, December 30, 2019

Crafting Happiness Challenge #29 Ribbon

Crafting Happiness starts a new challenge today!

Challenge #29 Ribbon

My Besties image
Carta Bella, Cabin Fever papers
Stampin' Up Scallop & Oval dies
Cardz TV Stamps, Mini Messages

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

2020 Just Ahead

Do you have any goals for the new year?
I'm going to start Scripture Writing in 2020.
I found lots of printouts from various sites, 
but my favorite 
(and the one I'll be doing) 
is from Sweet Blessings.

Check it out.
Let me know if you'll be doing some Scripture Writing in 2020.
:) Janis

Wednesday, December 25, 2019


Merry Christmas, everyone!
May God Bless You, keep you safe, and provide for all your needs in the coming year.

Here are some little treats I made for all the children and grandchildren.  I threw a big one in there for Tom too. LOL

The cut file is from the Silhouette store, but I can not find it or remember what it's called. I've had it a while, so looking through my recent downloads doesn't help at all. I do remember the file did NOT come with the pattern paper size cuts. I did those by hand. These are stuffed with candy. Because everyone needs to load up on sugar on Christmas morning, right?

What are y'all doing today?
Everyone is coming here first thing in the morning.
Open presents; play BINGO with White Elephant gifts, snack on sweet sugary goodies, then half the family will leave to go to visit their significant others' families, while some stay for a Vegan lunch. We are having a VERY simple Christmas this year. Like last year, our gifts are all hand-made or extremely inexpensive or from Goodwill or other type of thrift store. It's not about the money spent. It's about spending time with family. We plan on playing lots of games like Pictionary, Uno, Phase Ten, Family Feud, etc. Can't wait. We always have so much fun playing games!

I said above that Christmas is about Family. But let me be clear. Christmas is truly about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ who ultimately paid for our sins so that we would be seen as righteous through the blood of Jesus and welcomed into heaven even though we don't deserve eternity with God. That's how much He loves us.

Enjoy your family, your friends, your holiday. If you are alone this Christmas, please know you are not really alone. Others care for you and love you. Sometimes it's hard to travel and see you, and sometimes we lose loved ones during the year that can't visit. I'm really missing my Mama who passed away a few months ago. I keep wanting to mail her a card. She loved getting my cards in the mail. Not because they are awesome or anything like that, she has always loved mailing cards and receiving them. Don't we all?

Merry Christmas.
I'm praying for each one of you reading my blog today. I may not know you visited if you don't leave a comment, but God knows who you are. Be blessed. 

Christmas hugs and Candy Cane kisses,
:) Janis

Tuesday, December 24, 2019


Love this version.
One of my favorite holiday songs.
Get your white go-go boots on and 


Monday, December 23, 2019

Crafting Happiness Challenge #28 Winter Animals

Crafting Happiness starts a new challenge today!

Challenge #28 Winter Animals

Paper Play Sketch #4

Stitched oval die & Journal stitched die, My Creative Time
Image from Silhouette library
BoBunny, Carousel Christmas Collection papers
Timeless Twine, Kraft
Holiday Hellos, Simon Says Stamp
Clear gems

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Friday, December 20, 2019

2020 A to Z Reading Challenge (Hosted by Ginger Mom & Company)

Me again! Wow... 2 posts in one day... feels like old times....

In addition to the Kindle Unlimited Challenge,
I'll also be participating in the A to Z Ready Challenge for 2020 hosted by Ginger Mom & Company.
You can check it out on their blog HERE.

The books I read that work with both the Kindle Unlimited and A to Z challenges, will be used for both. If that makes sense. 

That is all.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
I have to run to Bi-Lo for green peppers now so Tom can cook supper.
:) Janis

2020 Reading Challenge

Hello my friends!
It's getting close to the end of the year.
What did you read in 2019?
I set a goal of  40 books to read this year.
To date I've read 57. Pretty happy with that.
Next year my goal will be a little larger.

I'm joining the Kindle Unlimited Challenge hosted by Check it out! You may want to get involved.
Don't worry about setting a lofty goal. You can always up it or downsize depending on how your year is going. The point is (well, for me anyway), is to find time to read. To lose yourself in a story. Or find yourself there. To meet new friends. Learn new things. Discover new places; and so much more.

Feel free to friend request me there too, suggest a book I may enjoy, and all of those good things Goodreads offers for us.

Have a tremendously fabulous day.
Big hugs!
:) Janis

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

What's New With You?

Hi, everyone!

It's been a while since I've had daily posts to my blog. So here's a little update on the Lewis Family:

We finally got some "sightlesses" up (as Tom calls blinds). Yay!
Now everyone passing or walking by doesn't get sucked into watching what we are watching on TV. LOL

We also got some gas lines run in all of the fireplaces downstairs and a couple other rooms. Temporarily we've installed some gas heaters in some rooms, but eventually we will get gas logs installed. There are 3 fireplaces downstairs, and 3 upstairs. Gotta love these old houses.

I've signed up for my first paint class in January. We are going to paint the above picture. I've been wanting to do a group paint class for a long time, and there is a new place in town (walking distance from our house), that offers public group paint classes and private group classes. I rounded up a few friends and family, and we are all looking forward to a private paint class the first week in January. Should be a ton of fun.

Currently, I'm working on this Old Couple cross stitch piece. (Photo from Amazon) It has 47 colors and a total of 27,872 stitches. I'm loving it!  I have the far right side to finish (dresser, wall above dresser, cat and mattress under cat).  Not too much more, and I'll be done. Hopefully it will be finished soon so I can get it framed and start a new piece.

I should be back to more posting on my blog in January. Thanks for not forgetting about me. I had turned off commenting for a while because I was being flooded with spammers. Hopefully they've all moved on now, and I have commenting enabled again. (Pop up window)

:) Janis

Monday, December 16, 2019

Crafting Happiness Challenge #27 Christmas

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Challenge #27 Christmas

My Besties image
BoBunny Carousel Christmas Collection papers
Spellbinders Lacy Scallop Oval die
Stampin' Up Oval die
Stampin' Up, Santa's Sleigh stamp set for sentiment
Trendy Twine, Strawberry Cupcake
Recollections Shimmer Cardstock (card base)

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Crafting Happiness Challenge #26 Winter

Crafting Happiness starts a new challenge today!
Challenge #26 Winter

My Besties image from one of her CD's
Stampin' Up, At Home with You for sentiment
Lots of different dies
BoBunny, Carousel Christmas Collection papers
Mojo Monday Sketch 499

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Cookies Gift Box

These boxes are so fun!
The Gingerbread boy and girl are Miss Kate Cuttables from the Silhouette library. The boxes with Sentiments are Jamie Lane Designs also from the Silhouette library. I used a dot embossing folder for the covers instead of pattern papers. Also, I used a new glue which I do not like for these projects. Since I tend to smear glue everywhere, even though the bottle says it dries clear, it still made a mess on the gingerbread children. Oh well, I think the person receiving these will be more excited about the cookies in the box than notice the imperfections on my designs. :) Also used on the boxes were Stampin' Up stitched circle die, and scallop circle dies for the Cookies for You print and cuts. Again, not perfect. My printer is giving me printing troubles, so I had to improvise a little.

Have a Great first week of December.
:) Janis

Monday, December 2, 2019

Crafting Happiness Challenge #25

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Challenge #25 Angels

This is a 5" x 7" card created using some Anna Griffin goodies.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Winter Wonderland

Happy December!
I know I say this every year, but I can't believe how fast time flies.
This cute fox and snowy tree card are from the Silhouette library.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy to make.
My snow papers are from Carta Bella, A Very Merry Christmas 6x6 pad.

:) Janis