Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Momma!

Today, I'm wishing my momma a very happy birthday and sharing a card I made just for her!  This card features a beautiful stamp set from Rubbernecker that I haven't played with in years.  I'm not even sure it is still available for sale.  It's one of the watercolor sets--stamps that make it look like you've painted, my favorite!

The sentiment is also part of this set.  I'm trying really hard not to be nitpicky about the fact that it's a little crooked.  That's the part that makes it hand made, right??  I think she'll like it just the same.

Don't be afraid to be a little off--it makes life fun!
TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Celebrate!

A couple hundred years ago the Pampered Chef safety can opener was a mainstay of many crafting rooms, mine included.  Not too long ago, I pulled that baby out and was inspired to create this fun decorated can as birthday gift for a friend.

After cutting off the bottom of a pop top can, you can get some nice goodies inside!


I used Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps' new Fly High Clear Stamp Set to decorate this one....I say this one, because it's a little addicting......who's having a birthday next???  LOL!

Have a great day and be awesome!  Jane

Monday, April 17, 2017

More Than You See....


Happy Monday, Friends!

I like to try out all different kinds of projects:  mixed media canvas' of various sizes (although the 3x3 canvas' are my favorite!), 3D projects (I've got a cool one coming up this week!), cards, and today, I've got a few ATC (artist trading cards) to share.

A friend at work inspired me to try these again.  She's super crafty and runs creative expression groups with our kids at work.  This is the perfect format for art therapy/group projects--especially for people who haven't had much art exposure.  The small size makes the project doable and not very intimidating at all.

Both cards feature stamps from Unity Stamp Company--one of my favorites!

On the top card, I created a colorful background using distress inks, a stencil and a floral image.  For me, the ATC is a great way to feature a sentiment--so, I used my favorite (and, the one that inspired my blog name) I Am More.

The second ATC features a beautiful angelic image called, Chickadee and Me by Suzi Blu.  I paired it with a sentiment from one of my all time favorite go to sets for impactful words--Empowered Words.

Have a great day...believe that you can!
Be Awesome, Jane

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Whole World


He Reigns....With the whole world in His hands.....


To read more about my project, please visit the Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Creative Worship Blog!
Enjoy!
Jane

Monday, April 10, 2017

I miss you....

Happy Monday, Friends!

I missed you last week!  I am now in busy season as baseball has begun!!!  Three of my kiddos are playing this season--it's my big guy's last year and I'm hoping it will be a good one....I'm not quite sure yet how it is that I have a senior in my house, but it's true and that means---lots going on here, both inside and out!! 

I created this card using one of Sweet N Sassy Stamp's brand new sets, called Mason Jar Bouquet.  It's a beautiful set and lots of fun to play with!  I wanted to feature the beautiful rose image so, I started by creating a colorful background piece.  I used a technique that applies distress inks to water color paper using a piece of acetate.  You begin by inking the acetate and then spritzing with water.  Next, smoosh the ink on to the water color paper.  I like the control this technique offers as you can pick up the acetate and reapply to create the effect you want.  I'm sure there is some fancy name for this technique, I just don't know it :)

Both the flower and the sentiment can be found in the Mason Jar set.  It's beautiful:

That's all for now---thanks for stopping by!
TTFN, Jane


Thursday, March 30, 2017

No Other Name

Hello, Sweet Friends!  I've recently found myself reflecting on the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15.  Have you ever felt just like that son? I have. 

The great truth remains that He is God, despite our poor choices, despite our circumstances; despite the evils of this present world; despite the storms we travel through....He is Good.....Love....Light...Hope....Peace ....Joy... I will sing no other name.  I will praise him in the storm. My heart will sing no other name.

This journaling reflects the healing power of song for me.  I recently attended a Jeremy Camp concert.  Hawk Nelson and Dan Bremnes also performed that night.  the concert reminded me of what I know to be true.  There is power in His name and worship restores.  It restores me.  I will sing no other name.


I used many beautiful sets from Sweet 'N Sassy to complete this Bible journaling layout:  My Friend, Good Shepherd, My Comforter, The Good News, Sing Loud and Skinny Caps Alpha.

I have few words in my world right now....but my heart continues to sing the name of Jesus.  Sing with me?

TTFN, Jane

Friday, March 17, 2017

With Every Breath

I read the most interesting article that eventually led me to creating this post and showcasing two of my recent cards together.  I adore music of all kinds, but mostly, I listen to Christian Music.  I like the uplifting and encouraging words; I like the Word being sung; I like how my soul is renewed and strengthen--especially when I feel burdened by the struggle of this world. I often want to just get out my inks and crank my Pandora and just create and sing. 

The article discusses 2 Chronicles 20:1-25.  It's a lengthy article.  I so much want to be able to summarize it for you, but I just would not do it justice.  It makes the case for praise and worship.  It speaks to the heart of how/why music is a most powerful form of communication.  It continues to have me long for the day when that is all I will do.   Here's the article for you to read:   http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/ambushing-satan-with-song

Here is Martin Luther's testimony (I couldn't agree more...)
Music is a fair and lovely gift of God which has often wakened and moved me to the joy of preaching . . . Music drives away the Devil and makes people gay . . . Next after theology I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor. I would not change what little I know of music for something great. Experience proves that next to the Word of God only music deserves to be extolled as the mistress and governess of the feelings of the human heart. We know that to the devils music is distasteful and insufferable. My heart bubbles up and overflows in response to music, which has so often refreshed me and delivered me from dire plagues. (Here I Stand, p. 266)
So, Praise Him With Every Breath :) I've used some brand new stamps from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps to create these cards.  The first one, pictured above, started with a water colored background using an embossing folder and several distress inks.  It's a fun-new to me-little technique that I've wanted to try.  After applying various inks to the embossing folder, you spritz it with water and place your paper over the top.  I used water color paper, but I think you'd get different, but equally as interesting outcomes with other kinds of paper, too.  Once the ink was dry, I added "Praise" from Sweet N Sassy's new Sing Loud and Clear stamp set and the remainder of the sentiment (also using Sing Loud and Clear) stamped on coordinating card stock.  I added some dimensional glaze to make the sentiment pop.

My second card also features Sing Loud and Clear with a little help from Note This (also from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps):
Isn't that bird just the cutest? 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have time for both inking and singing!!  Be Awesome, Jane