Friday, July 3, 2020

PSA: Do Something


So... I got this card from a dear friend of mine.  The words inside are as beautiful as the front of the card.  It caused me pause and some reflection on my journey.

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer—just writing that brings me some joy….”a few years ago……”  It's been a long journey, but PRAISE GOD that I am now walking 18 months of cancer free!!  But, I digress.  During that time, I used my blog to share my journey and, most specifically, how my God showed up and met with me in the middle of the storm; the truths I had heard of, but had now come to know in a very clear and personal way.

I haven’t used my blog recently in the same way, but thought today I would give it ago.  I participated in a conversation with some other survivors recently who were encouraging another crafter. She had a newly diagnosed friend who she wanted to reach out to.  Overwhelming the feedback in that conversation was “do something.”  Today, I want to encourage you to do something too.

I understand the well meaning and compassionate offer of “if you need anything, let me know.”  I’ve said this many times myself.  It’s used as a way of saying I care about your struggle, I’m not sure how to help, but I want to.  The problem is, in a storm—you just have no idea what you need.

And, then, I got this little card.  And it reminded me of much.  During chemotherapy, people fed my family, sent cards with beautiful prayers written inside, took my kids to do the things I couldn’t do with them—like shop for a special outfit for a school activity.  Sometimes I asked and honestly, my people never disappointed.  I already knew that about them and love them for it that much more.  However, the things that really made me break down and reminded me I was loved, and CONVINCED ME OF JESUS IN MY LIFE, were the things I didn’t ask for.  The requests I didn’t even know to make—the books encouraging my fight, prayer journals, gift cards for meals, handmade gifts….it’s a long list.  The things, however, are not my point.

My point is:  do something.  People are hurting all over this crazy world of ours for so many reasons, both obvious and then, not so much.  We talk and talk about how we need more kindness.  My friends, that starts with you.  Today.  And, again tomorrow.  Let’s all do something.  Let’s be the hands and feet to others—the ones we know but, more importantly, the ones we don’t know.  Let’s take LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR off the shelf of cute t-shirt designs and catchy phrases and actually LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS.  I dare you.

It’s starts with this.  A cute card, a word of encouragement.  An intentional seeking of opportunity to connect with the people that you meet when your walking down the street (pretty sure that’s a song because it’s now on a loop in my head!)  Those sad eyes peeking out from above that face mask?  She’s there.  He hurts.  They are afraid.

Be kind and do. 

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”  James 1:  22-25

The perfect law….the law of liberty is Jesus.  He did.  He does.  He will.

If you'd like more information about my beautiful friend and card, you can read her blog post also 😍

Have a blessed holiday weekend!  Do something ❤

BKAD--Jane

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

SNSS June Release!


Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps June Release Hop! There's another fabulous release in the SNSS shop that we've been stamping with and we're so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, June 24.

Sweet 'n Sassy Blog

Julee Tilman

Ceal Pritchett

Diane Zechman

Esther Asbury

Jane Bosi

Karen Decknick

Lee Ann Barrett

Lyn Tomlin

Sheri Gilson

I always love an opportunity to use release stamps for some home decor!  Dazzling Dahlia was the perfect image for this 6 x 6 canvas.

I started by covering the canvas with bible pages.  Then, I created the colorful background using a stencil and some colored textured paste.  To finish things off, I added some sequins and "flourish" from Refresh My Soul

I am super loving the use of black and white images against a more colorful background.  The  background on this card features the Psalm 23 background along with the clock image and sentiment from this months Stamp of the Month, Time Well Spent.  The flower and leaf images are from Consider The Wildflowers

Your next stop is Karen's blog! Enjoy!

TTFN--Jane

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Ruff....



Happy Sunday!  I'm still playing along with the Spring Summer Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Hop.  I don't shop a huge number of stores--I have my favorites, you know.  There is so much goodness out in stamp land!  I have to be discerning and really watch myself!   BUT.....I saw this sweet image from The Rabbit Hole Designs and just could not resist!  How funny is this guy?

I used several random images to create my background and then added some sweet little wooden hearts I bought a few eons ago from.....Stampin' Up! I think.  Yes, I can always make a case for hoarding!!

I hope you are having a great holiday weekend and find some time for whatever it is that restores your soul--

TTFN, Jane

Friday, May 22, 2020

Jesus and Coffee



Happy Friday, Friends!  I wanted to play along in the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!  Any reason to play with my two favorite themes is good with me!

I combined a bunch of stamps from Sweet N Sassy Stamps to create my card.  I wanted to add a pocket on the front for a little something different and to show off the library card from Your Story clear stamp set.  I added more elements using Jesus & Coffee, Just Say Jesus and Encouraging Thoughts.  Encouraging Thoughts is the FREE stamp of the month (with qualifying purchase) for the month of May--there's still time!!


The large coffee cup image is from one of my long favorite sets, Fill Me Up.  I was totally stoked when dies became available for this set, too.  I know there are fancy machines out there that will cut just about anything, but I am old school and prefer the steel dies every time.


Pray big and just say Jesus and coffee!  
TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Yikes!! Another hop?


Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps May Release Hop! There's another fabulous release in the SNSS shop that we've been stamping with and we're so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, May 20.


Sweet 'n Sassy Blog
Julee Tilman
Ceal
Pritchett
Diane
Zechman
Esther Asbury
Jane Bosi
Karen Decknick
Lee Ann Barrett
Lucinde
van Ballegooijen
Lyn Tomlin
Sheri Gilson

I know I say this a lot, but--you guys!!! This is my favorite release!! For my first project, I used My Father's House and the Typewriter Block alphabet to create a 6 x 6 canvas.  It's been a while since I made something other than a card and it sure felt good!

I started with some bible pages, modged to the canvas and some inks to create a shabby chic base.  The church images from this set just make my whole heart happy!

I dry brushed some brown paint onto water color paper, then stamped each of the church buildings as a way of adding extra texture to the project. 

This set works well for cards too!
For this card, I used the same water color paper with dry brushed paint for my church.  The background also features Psalm 23 Background and a sentiment from Begin Again.

And, last but not least, inspired by the song that I still cannot get out of my head!  Church (Take Me Back) by Cochren & Co.

Oh, I wanna go to Church!!

I pray you are well---and, now, it's time to see what Karen has in store for you!! TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

C’mon Get Hoppy! SNSS April Inspiration Hop!


Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps April Release Hop! There's another fabulous release in the SNSS shop that we've been stamping with and we're so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, April 23.
Julee Tilman
Ceal Pritchett
Diane Zechman
Esther Asbury
Jane Bosi
Karen Decknick
Lee Ann Barrett
Lucinde van Ballegooijen
Lyn Tomlin
Sheri Gilson

My reading plan had me in Deuteronomy on Easter Sunday and I was immediately struck by words I've read so many times before:  "yet the Lord set His heart in love..." Deut 10:15.  Y'all.  He SET His heart in love!!  He loves us so fully that His heart is set (to determine or fix definitely) on us.  What a beautiful word picture we are given!  

Before the world went upside down, I found a great deal on a vintage typewriter.  I wanted it for projects exactly like this one!  After stamping the paper image from Your Story a couple times, I was able to add the verse with my typewriter before completing the faithdex card.

On the front, pictured above, I used other elements from Your Story, hearts from Forever and Always and the beautiful floral image from Country Gardens.  I love that little clip--don't you?

The back of the card is simply finished with the rest of the verse and a simple heart.

Your next stop is Karen's blog--I'm sure she's going to WOW you!  Be sure to leave a comment at each stop for your chance to win some SNSS goodness!

TTFN, Jane 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Quarter Panel 3D Card Tutorial--Sweet N Sassy Stamps Stamp-a-thon


The team at Sweet N Sassy Stamps is hosting a stamp-a-thon for our VIP's this weekend to celebrate Korin's birthday!! And, to provide some encouragement and fun in our stamping community.  Why not come and play along?  You'll find our group by searching Facebook for Sweet N Sassy Stamps VIP group or just click on the link and join!!
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Play along and you could win 1 of 5 $10 gift codes to the Sweet N Sassy Stamps store. To enter, upload your creations in our stamp-a-thon album which can be found under the announcements. (Here is the link, also:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.2960770237322890&type=3.)

You will receive one entry per project. You do not have to use Sweet N Sassy Stamps products to join the fun, but we sure would love it if you did. 😁🥰 You may combine challenges but you will only receive one entry per project.

The deadline to enter for the giveaway is Saturday, April 11th. Winners will be chosen and announced, in the VIP group, by Monday, April 13th. This is open to international players, as well.
My challenge is the Quarter Panel 3D card that became popular this year. This is not my original idea. I am, however, sharing the tutorial I filmed and wrote for all of you!!

You will need three pieces of cardstock for basic foundation of the card: the base measures 4.25" x 5.5", the pop out piece measures 2" x 4.5" and the sentiment strip measures 1" x 6.5".

Additional items you'll need: adhesive, stamps, additional card stock, patterned paper or other embellishments.


Score the base card stock in half (along the 5.5" side) at 2 3/4"


Score the pop out piece along the 4.5" side at .5", 2 1/4" and 4"


Score the sentiment piece along the 6.5" side at .5" and 6".


Decorate all three pieces as desired. I'm using images from the April SNSS release, Your Story and Country Garden, as well as an older set, Be Encouraged.  Place adhesive on the end flaps of both the pop out piece and sentiment piece.


The next step is to adhere the pop out piece to the base.  I've zoomed in so you can see how the scored lines in the middle of each piece line up exactly.  Expose the adhesive on each flap, line up the scores and adhere so that the pop out piece is flat to the base.


When you fold the base in half, the dimensional piece naturally pops right out!


In a similar way, add your sentiment piece.


Make any necessary adjustments--see how my Thinking of You, originally ended up being too low?  I solved that by adding a different sentiment piece and one of the cool embellishment clips from Your Story.

I'm wishing the happiest of birthdays to Korin and hope you all are having a blast hanging out and crafting with us!

Thinking of you--Jane