Tuesday, March 20, 2018

No Matter How Long the Winter

Who besides me is looking forward to seeing a few of these beautiful daffodils in the yard or park?  Our recent warming trend has me thinking of flowers and baseball games! 

I wanted a simple card that strictly featured the daffodil flower from Sweet 'N Sassy's Spring Blossom set.  To begin, I stamped and embossed the daffodil on kraft cardstock.  I colored the flower by blending a few Prisma colored pencils.  I love how that white flower just pops off the cardstock.  I used an x-acto blade to cut out one of the flower petals just far enough to slip the bordering die beneath it.  I then embossed on a rubber pad to create the impression without cutting all the way through.  Finally, I added the sentiment which can be found on the same Spring Blossom set.

For the second card, I chose a more colorful scheme that includes some pattern paper, watermark stamping and some glittery bling!  This card also features Timeless Hymns, which is also available at Sweet 'N Sassy stamps for preorder right now.  This is such a great set--so many great hymns--you can sing and create all at the same time!  To add texture and interest behind the focal flower, I used a watermark ink to stamp the flower several times and then added a few of the texture images from Texture Tiles 1.  TT1 is the FREE with purchase set this month over at Sweet 'N Sassy and is yours for FREE with a $75 order.  Check it out!!

Have a great day!!  TTFN--Jane

Thursday, March 8, 2018

No Spring Skips Its Turn

Happy Thursday!  I’m thinking my week might need some flowers and the promise of spring. How about you?

I created this mixed media card using several new goodies from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps, including the FREE stamp of the month:

 Texture Tiles 1 is FREE with your purchase of $75!  How super cool is that?  This is the perfect set for adding that finishing touch and for creating super cool backgrounds! 

I used Ranger distress inks, water coloring techniques and some gold texture paste to complete my card.  It features the Spring Blossoms set, also from Sweet 'N Sassy.  I can't wait until my little neck of the woods is sporting flowers for real!!

Have a great day!! Be Awesome--Jane

Crafty stuff:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

I'm so excited about the new release from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps!  The brand new Timeless Hymns set is contagious--I cannot look at this set with out finding a song in my heart.  I love it!  Worship is my very favorite and this set is such a great tribute to some of my most favorite hymns.  Singing makes me want to get arty so, I made this sweet little 3 x 3 canvas to feature some of my newest goodies!

I combined a sentiment from the Timeless Hymns set with the beautiful daffodil found in the Spring Blossoms set to create my mixed media canvas.  It makes me happy and hopeful just looking at it despite the blanket of deep snow that still covers my outside.  Little by little we are seeing some melt....I can barely wait to see the first flowers poking through....it'll happen soon!

To make the canvas, I first applied a layer of gesso and then added the stamped image.  To color the back ground, I used a Faber-Castell PITT pen and then moved the color around with my fingers.  I love how this created a shadowy effect.  I added color to the flower in much the same way.  To add some extra interest, I used the Stamp of the Month from Sweet 'N Sassy, Texture Tiles 1.  It's the featured free with purchase set for March:

You'll get this set--which is so versatile--FREE with your purchase of $75 or more!  This set is perfect for adding that last little something, the final touch!

Enjoy!  Jane

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hope is The Anchor

Billy Graham passed on recently.  My favorite news story about this great man started with a quote from him "Some day you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't you believe a word of it."  The rest reads like this:  "I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God."

I have read and heard many of Pastor Graham's messages and ponderings on this world and beyond over the years, but this is, by far, one of my favorites.  Why?  Because, life.

Entrenched in the struggles, the highs and lows, this world offers, it is so easy to lose sight of what is true.  It is so easy to get bogged down with the stress, the fear.  Illness of a loved one, financial struggle, hurting kids, hurting adults, too much, too little.....life!  I've been bogged down, fearful, stressed.

Where is your hope?  Without hope, I cannot see to face tomorrow.  And, so, I hope.  I hope in the promise of the One True King---where is your hope?

So, I'm sharing some hope.  Just a reminder that it does anchor your soul.  It is what makes us ready to face tomorrow.  I need that reminder at times.  It's one of the reasons I adore working with Sweet 'N Sassy stamps!  Not only do I have a community that loves and encourages me, all that we do is about the hope.  This is one of my favorite images, Hope Anchors the Soul.  As you can see from my two cards above, it is perfect for a quick card, a word of encouragement.  You can find it HERE.  Also, don't forget, today is the last day for this adorable stamp of the month! 
Hoppy Easter is FREE with a $60 purchase today only!!  Don't miss out!

Be hopeful.  Be Awesome--Jane

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Eggstra Special

Happy Saturday, Sweet Friends!  February is quickly moving into March.  I wanted to share a few more projects I made using the Sweet N Sassy Stamps FREE with purchase set for this month, Hoppy Easter.

Both cards started from the same piece of hand stamped designer paper.  Using that adorable bunny, I randomly stamped a bunny pattern and then colorized using various Oxide Inks--what's more springy than a rainbow of colors!? 

The first card is a shaker filled with all types of shiney things!  The featured sentiment is also from Hoppy Easter.

Not just for Easter, the second card also features a sentiment from the set and would make a great birthday or thinking of you card.

As you can see, it's a versatile set....and, did I mention, it's FREE!!

Stop on over at the SNSS shop and see for yourself.....lots of goodies just waiting for you!

TTFN, Jane

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweet Spring

Sweet Spring Blessings, Sweet Friends!  Today, I’m sharing a springy creation from the frozen tundra mostly to remind myself that Spring will come. There will be warmth again, new life and baseball even. Soon.

I started my creation with a swatch of fabric that seemed a perfect fit with the feel and style of the Whimsical Bouquet stamp set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps:

After sewing the fabric to a card stock base, I stamped, embossed and layered various stems and flowers to create a bouquet of my own. It was great therapy to trim each piece—I love me some good ol’ fussy cutting!

To finish things off, I used this months FREE with purchase set, Hoppy Easter, to add the perfect sentiment. (Also from SNSS) Another great, versatile set!

Be inspire...get inky....be awesome!  
TTFN, Jane

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chosen, Forgiven and Free

Happy Monday!  It’s been a long day and one that needs a reminder for my tired, weary heart. So, I thought I’d share a card featuring Hello My Name Is clear stamp set from Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps.  

I created my background using several distress inks, various sentiments from the set and a basic resist technique.  For a little added interest and contrast, I used some stripey paper and sparkly star sequins for finishing touches. 

The “name tag” trio repeats background colors and serves as a great reminder. When I’m feeling like I just can’t win, I need to remember that the battle is already won.

You know?


Chosen, Forgiven & Free