Monday, July 16, 2018

Teacups and Roses....


Hello, Sweet Friends and Happy Monday!  It's been a busy few weeks over in my little neck of the woods, graduating and celebrating my girl!  Now that the party is over (thanks to all who came!), I'm taking a "me" day and trying to get caught up on other things I love....Like this beautiful new release from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called Teacup Roses. This is such a fun image to color and makes the sweetest cards of encouragement, thanks, birthday and so much more!

My first card features a bible page in addition to the beautiful teacup image.  I love to pick up aged bibles at thrift stores to use in my art.  They make great backgrounds as well as come in quite handy for mixed media canvas art.
For my second card, I used a piece of fabric for my color inspiration and background.  I even pulled out my sewing machine for this one!  This set is just so versatile!!  The color combos are endless; a must have set it you ask me!  I love it!
Have a great day being awesome!  Jane

Monday, July 2, 2018

Dare To Be..


Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!!  Everything about this card says summer and freedom!  Dare to be different, my friends!!

I created the super colorful background using my Gelli Arts gelli plate, a bunch of different paints, some stencils and a few texturizing foam pieces.  The focal images are from Sweet and Sassy Stamp's Be A Flamingo stamp set. 



It's good advice for a Monday morning.....don't you think?
Be Awesome--Jane

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to one of my most favorite people in all this world!!!  My pops is celebrating today so, if you see him, be sure to wish him a great day!!

Isn't he just the sweetest?  He is, hands down, the kindest, most generous, understanding and interesting person I know.  And, I know a lot of kind, interesting, understanding generous people--I love him so much!

I wanted to create a special card for him and did so using elements from several Sweet 'N Sassy stamp sets.  Here are the sets I used:



 You can check them all out in the Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps store--be sure to check out all the deals, too!

Have a great day with the day you've been given--Be Awesome!  Jane

Monday, June 25, 2018

Brotherly Love

Oh, Boy.  This kid.  I love him with my whole heart!  Happy Monday, folks......it's going to be a fun week around here with baseball championships!  It also means the season is coming to a close.....which is always a bummer, but soccer is just around the corner--wouldn't want to have too much down time....lol!

I'm really getting into scrap booking again--Sweet N Sassy Stamp's Brotherly Love makes it all sorts of simple!  I recall, back in the heyday of my prime scrapping--I'd search forever for the exact piece of paper and the perfect embellishment.  Now, I have it all right at my fingertips with just a few stamp sets and my hoarded stash of paper!

To complete the above 8 x 8 page, I used Brotherly Love, Shake It Off Lowercase Alphabet, Bitty Minnie Alpha, Mini Grunge Type Alpha and Scripty Thoughts (All from Sweet N Sassy Stamps--check it out!)

I'm really loving SNSS's Brotherly Love set!  It makes awesome cards too!!  I made this one for my pops for Father's Day.  It was a lot of fun creating the various characters for the card front.  I had the Brady Bunch stuck in my mind when I started.....quite the departure from my first thought, but it all worked out in the end.  The image in the center of the card is from Super Dad.  Now IS the time to grap that set for $5!!  Be sure to check out all of the $5 sets--Don't miss out!

Be Awesome--Jane

Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrate

Happy Monday!!  I wanted to share a few recent cards I made to celebrate all kinds of good things going on this summer!  Graduations, birthdays, Father's Day....lots of fun stuff!

The above card features the new release, Free Indeed, from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps!  I embossed the firework image on kraft card stock and then applied various distress inks to make the image pop.  To complete the card, I added images from Love Your Neighbor.  I stamped the images on water color paper and used the same inks to add color before trimming and adding to the card.  You'll find "celebrate" in the sweet Rebecca Rios set, also from SNSS, called Fly High.

My second card also features the firework image from Free Indeed and is combined with images from Congrats Grad.  To color this card, I used Brusho pigment powders for a vibrant pop of color.  I finished the card by adding Distress Glaze which really polishes the colors and keeps them vibrant even after drying.  Be sure to check things out over at Sweet N Sassy Stamps--it's customer appreciation week and that only means good things for you!!

I hope your summer is filled with fun times and some relaxation too!

Be Awesome, Jane

I got crafty with:



Monday, June 11, 2018

Be Flamazing!

 
Happy Monday, Sweet Peeps!  It's been flamazing in my little neck of the world lately.  Schools out and that means my number one is home for the summer--good for this momma's heart!  My second child graduated from high school and bought her first car --all in the span of two days!!  Yikes!!


In a busy life, one of my greatest sources of relaxation and restoration is creating with goodies from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps.  June's release is super fantastic--I cannot get enough of the Be A Flamingo stamp set.

I created a resist by heat embossing the background piece and using various Brusho inks.  I love the way it turned out--Brusho's are finicky (or maybe its my skill level) but I love that in some ways. Life is often unexpected and you have to deal with what you've got--right?  You just never quite know until you get there!  I doubt I could recreate this background again, but--that's part of the fun of art--of each piece, every one is unique!  Just like us!

For my second card, I created a background of leaves and flowers, again, using Versamark Ink.  Using my new Lovely Words die (recently retired from Stampin' Up!), I created  a die cut window to show off that fancy bird again!  I love her.  Inked in white or black, she makes a statement--Be Flamazing!!

Have a great day!! Make it Flamazing--Jane

Monday, May 28, 2018

Refresh My Soul

I recently attended a conference where we talked about the importance of connecting with creation.  I recall my dad often taking us to tromp through the woods.  I loved those crisp fall days and noticing the mushrooms and other seed pods as we hiked a trail here or there.  Planted seeds.....I love being in nature (although I HATE bugs!!) and always find it refreshing to my soul.  It restores, I think.
I've lately been obsessed a bit with succulents. And, just like my dad, I wanted to share this interest with my kiddos.  That cute girl in the photo, my daughter Sophie, she likes to name her plants...Brian, Steve....lol, she's a hoot!
Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps came out with this fabulous stamp set just in the nic of time!! Refresh My Soul was the perfect choice to use for this sweet 8 x 8 scrapbook layout.  Also used, Bitty Minnie Alpha and Mini Grunge Type Alpha.  

#gnomemuchfun

Have a great day!!  Jane