Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Love....

Love.....looks like this.

And, speaking of love. I do. I love this image from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps.  It is the simple picture in totality of love.  Your God for His World.

Not much else needs to be said.

Blessings---

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Root...

Happy Friday, Sweet Friends!!!

I'm sharing my first journaling project of 2017!  I'm not much for resolutions and stuff like that.  I try to take life day to day and am always trying to be my best self!

I did, however, spend the first weekend of the new year, like I spend many, creating and reflecting on the Word.  This is also my first free hand drawing....it was scary-ish, but I had some awesome alphabet sets from Sweet 'N Sassy to pull it all together.  All of Me Alpha, Shake It Off Caps, Shake It Off  Lowercase.

My study started with Romans 12 and the advice to not conform to this world but to be transformed.....sage and wonderful advice!  You can see from my under lines, I find this message noteworthy and to be remembered.  As it happens often, my study turned to a wandering through the word backwards from where I was (kind of like how my life works) and I found a true gem without meaning to look for it.  I love how His Word so richly meets us where we are and provides insight and inspiration we aren't even aware we need!

Romans 11:18-20:  "...remember it is not you who supports the root, but the root that supports you.  Then you will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."  This is true.  They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith.  So do not become proud, but fear."

All those times I try to fix or figure things for myself--I need to be reminded that it is not me, but the Root that supports me.....such a hard lesson at times, but a good place to dwell, especially at the start of a new year.

 Enjoy--Jane

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

To Brighten Your Day....

Happy New Year, Sweet Friends!!

Today, I'm sharing a sweet little note card I made using some new goodies from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps! 

This cute little mouse set is called Cocoa Sends Love.  I've combined it with Shake It Off Caps for an easy little water colored card.

To make the "NOTE" multi-colored, I added a few colors of reinkers to a piece of felt for a custom ink pad of sorts and ended up with funky colored letters.  I outlined each letter with a black marker before trimming them and adding them to the notecard.

Just to brighten your day :)

TTFN, Jane

Monday, December 26, 2016

Rejoice and See!!


 Belated Merry Christmas, Sweet Friends!!  Some of you are busy cleaning up from the holiday festivities...or maybe continuing to celebrate?!  I've picked up the fall out in my living room and now, I'm doing a little hard drive tidying up!

Today, I'm sharing some goodies I've created using Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps over the last little while.  While creating is my therapy, sometimes, blogging feels like a burden.  Too tired and talked out to think of ways to talk about what I've created. 

The above, Rejoice card, was my parent's Christmas card.  I did send this one, but few others.  I need to work on that---a card maker who doesn't send cards????  Stamps for the Rejoice card:  Celebrate The Savior.


That is all.  Be Blessed.  Be Awesome.
Jane

Monday, December 19, 2016

Without Ceasing....


Pray.  Without ceasing.  That little whisper that flows between you and He.  Sometimes, it's pretty overt---like when you're driving on black ice watching cars spin out and collide in front of your very eyes...other times, its a wordless thought, a murmur for patience, a plea for the right words...you know what I mean. 

I had wanted to journal the birth of Christ for this week, but have been struggling with this page for awhile and when it finally started to come together, I just had to go with it.  The struggle came from the fact that the florals from Scribble Flowers bled through on the opposite page, from this layout:

That's a lot of color on an unprepped page!! We live and learn....but I had no idea what to do about the bleed through.  I took a gamble and covered the bulk of the page with gesso, highlighting  verses 9 and 10 (Colossians 1): 

"And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of he Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Afterward, I wasn't sure how to finish the page--the gesso had given the page a different texture....I wish you could see what I feel!  I used a variety of stamps from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps to complete both of these layouts.  To start, I stamped images from Scribble Flowers and New Creature and then used my finger to apply distress inks.  It definitely gave the page a different look. I really like it--it also helped to camouflage some of the floral images from the other side that can still be faintly seen. I finished the entire layout using Shake It Off Caps and Message of Hope.

Pray.  Without ceasing.
Let's do that....Be Awesome, Jane





Monday, December 12, 2016

The Little Things and Watercolor....

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So, I'm not really feeling the holly and jingle bells at the moment.  I've got too many cute creatures hanging out around my crafty table from I Brake For Stamps.  Carmen Medlin designed the images I am featuring today--so much cuteness, I wish I had them all!  You can see all of Carmen's designs HERE.

My first card features Me and My Lil Buddy set.  Great image, great sentiment!  And, fun to color too!  I'm still in my water color phase--with cute images like these, simple cards and some coloring are all it really takes!

I like to surround my images with an easy water color wash to finish things off.  It helps to ground the image, just like in this card using the Loves Me set.  The sentiment is cute, I think and makes a perfect Valentine card or "just because" little love note.


Cute stamps always make a great gift!!  You can stock up for the crafty folks on your list and save too!  Use my coupon code SAVE10JANE when you stop in at the I Brake For Stamps store!!

Get Inky and Be Awesome, Jane

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Celebrate You....

Right up front, I want to apologize for this photo.  I've really been struggling with my lighting lately, but I didn't want to try to reshoot because I am just SO excited about the new alphabet stamps from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps! Did I mention there's an ALPHABET special right now until the December 15th!!?  Check it out, you won't be sorry!

Also a struggle for me, cards for boys--am I right?  I always think mine are too fru fru (yes, a very acceptable technical term....) My brother's birthday happens this month (maybe, it's even today!!!)  I wanted to make his birthday card unique by combining some favorite colors and using the new Shake It Off Caps alphabet set.

I started by custom creating a stamp pad using felt and a few reinkers.  I brought out my highly hoarded and protected Cool Caribbean and Kiwi Kiss reinkers.  These are two of my all time favorite Stampin' Up! colors, long retired...but still alive in the Studio!  I even have the card stock to match!!

After stamping the "YOU", I added the rest of the sentiment using Keep In Touch, Too and a heart embellishment using Bottom of My Heart and matching dies (retired).  And, I even got out my little Janome sewing machine for a little extra touch.

I love it!  TTFN, Jane