Monday, January 14, 2019

From Me to You


Sending a little love from me to you while I continue my recovery!  Just a quick card I made experimenting with some inexpensive water color paper a bit ago.  I don't really recommend it, to be honest.  Quality paper is the real deal; a girl's entitled to a low cost "oops" every once in a while.

I started by stamping "love" using Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps' brand new In Stitches Alphabet and then masking them off.  The water color back ground was created using Faber Castell Oil Pastels.  To embellish the rest of the card, I used a sentiment from Keep In Touch, Too  and a cute little heart from Candy Hearts.

From me to you.....Jane

I got crafty with :





Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pizza My Heart....



Today, I'm sharing some artwork I created over the holidays.  I have several artwork only posts I prepared in anticipation of my surgery.  Please know that I continue to covet your prayers over my healing and appreciate each and every one of you.

The January releases at Sweet N Sassy Stamps have been such a blessing to me--a great way to help manage my waiting has been to work in my Studio. These cute and punny images are just the best!!
I mean, c'mon!!  How cute are they??  The card above features Punny Love.  This set is such fun, I could barely put it down!!  It's a simple one layer-ish card that would be easy to mass produce if that's your thing.  I colored the images with various distress inks and an aqua brush.  To make the hearts pop, I added a bit of dimensional glue to each one.  Here's the whole set.....I can't decide which one is my favorite--they're all adorable!



My second card features Heart Candy and has a vintage kind of feel to it.


The minute this set was in my hand, it demanded a shaker box.  So, I pulled out a few old school techniques, such as paper piecing and shaker box making.  Tried and true, good old techniques.  The scallop image running through the red panel is a retired Sweet N Sassy set called Borders and Backgrounds.  I love the candy heart sayings that are perfect for just about anyone!


I continue to remember you in my prayers--that you would be blessed and challenged in this new year in ways that would grow your faith in our Great God.

Peace, Jane

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Today.....Let's Pray


"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" Proverbs 31:29

Today is my surgery day, dear friends, please cover me in prayer.  My surgery will involve removal of lymph nodes and immediate biopsy of the removed nodes.  Initially, they are going after three nodes.  It is my prayer that the three test negative for cancer cells; they will stop taking nodes then. If they test "dirty" they will remove all of my lymph nodes.  I know the Great Physician covers me and has a plan.  Regardless of the outcome, I will praise His name for it is His strength and love that has brought me out of darkness time and time again.  And, it is His power and love that will bring me out again.

I've been walking through this storm since August and as hard as it has been at times, it has not been fruitless.  As I draw closer to my God in this struggle, I am continually blessed by His promises kept.  No, I'm not always at peace, anxiety free and accepting.   There is, however, a peace that comes when you finally realize--I mean, really get it--that you are not alone.  We are not promised a pain free life of roses and rainbows. In fact, God's word prepares us for life on this earth---we are told there will be trouble; we will suffer.  But, God.  We do not walk alone and He is a very present help in our struggle; He is the anchor in every storm.  He has shown Himself over and over. He is so patient; constantly pursing, comforting, powerful, faithful.  Who am I that He should care for me?  That part is simple.  I am His child.  I belong to Him and oh, how He loves me.  He loves you too.  He's waiting for you.  Seek Him.  You will find Him.  I'm sure about few things in this life, but of this, I am absolutely positive; without a doubt, certain.

My artwork features the stamp set Teacup Roses--both the image and the sentiment.  The book of Proverbs is an encouraging and instructional book.  Today, I'm not in full agreement with the verse simply because it is the Lord who should be praised.  Anything praise worthy in me is because of Him.

I'll be praying over all of my warriors yesterday, today and tomorrow. I thank you, in advance for your prayers.  I appreciate each one of them and feel the covering you offer.

In Him, Jane

Friday, January 4, 2019

You're My Jam


Sometimes, you just need a little break from the heavy of life. You know what I mean? I'm percolating on some truths that I want to share; I've got some more "heavy" coming up in this fight I've got going on, but for a few more days......I just want a break. 

So, I'm sharing some art and a super fun new set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps!   Seriously, THE cutest set and so addicting.  I can barely stop myself.  I just want to stamp all day!




Super simple card.  A little designer paper, die cut a window for my sentiment and a couple stamped images to embellish with.  If you don't have a stamp positioner tool, get one!  It was super easy to manipulate my stamps using a simple omit technique and my stamp positioner--MISTI was the original, Stampin' Up! now has one, Tim Holtz has one......you cannot go wrong with this tool!

I always have to do a double take of this close up because the "jam" looks a bit like gummy bears to me...maybe a companion set in the works???  I'd buy it!  LOL!

Thanks for taking a break with me; thanks for sticking around for it all the good, the bad, the heavy--

TTFN, Jane 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Warmest Wishes....


Happy New Year!!!  I'm cleaning out my "to share" folder today with a few cards I created using images from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.  One of my favorite stamping things to do is find cards I love (usually on Pintrest) and recreate them with stamps I already own.  Waaaaaayyyyyy back in the day, when I first started stamping, I had to buy the exact same stamps and inks and embellishments to recreate the cards I loved.  It's actually a great way to learn about how product works, to get a feel for stamping and locate your mojo.  Some people are offended when their designs are copied, but I hold to the old adage---it's the highest compliment!

The card above features both Thrill of Hope and Christmas Wishes.  I kind of womp at sending out Christmas cards....well, I sorta womp at sending cards period.  Which is really ironic since I create tons of them.  If I were into resolutions, I may resolve to send more, but really, I'll probably still womp.  But.......I digress.  My point was, the Warmest Wishes sentiment from this set is perfect for wompers like me---I finally did sent this one out as a New Year's wishes card--perfect and versatile.  


This card features the retired set, Bottom of My Heart,  Wood Background and All About You.  I finally pulled out my Faber Castel Oil Pastels to create the water colored back ground.  Using a resist technique with the wood slice image, the water color back ground is the perfect splash of color for this simple card.

I love the colors in this card!  It features Wood Background, Whimsy Bouquet, Itty Bitty Blossoms, Texture Tiles One and Scripty Thoughts.  In this day and age with dies and fancy machines that die cut your images, I still love me some good old fashion fussy cutting.  It's a great stress reliever for me!

Thanks for stopping by!!
TTFN, Jane

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Wise Men Still Seek Him

Merry Christmas, Sweet Friends!!  I want to start my post today with a brief update.  I'm so grateful for the prayers you have covered me with while I have gone through chemo.  Trust me when I say, I have felt them.  My God has heard you and continues to sustain me through your love.  While my battle is not yet over, I am confident of this:  I walk boldly with the covering of my most powerful God who loves me and will bring me, again, into full health.  He is both before me and behind me.  He fights this battle and will always transform that which has been meant to do me harm, for good.  He will take what is meant for evil and bring about good all for His Glory.  He does this for me for I am His child; I am chosen and redeemed.   If you don't have this relationship with Him, He desires to call you child, holy and redeemed.  It is the Gift we celebrate now.  Jesus, our Lord and Savior, was born a baby--God became man to once and for all repair the barrier of sin and reconcile us to the One True God.  The Gift is yours. I pray you will accept it...from the bottom of my heart.

I also appreciate you checking out my art.  It is a great source of joy to me to represent Sweet 'N Sassy stamps and to share my projects. I wanted to share a few projects I created using both older and new releases from one of my favorite things, Sweet N Sassy Stamps!!


I created my happy little snowman wood slice using my favorite snowman image from an older set called Welcome Jesus.  While that set has since retired, the image is still available (lucky you!) as
Smiley Snowman Digital or as part of the Throwback Set:  Crazy About Snowmen.  This was such a fun project--I love finding new ways of using my stamps and this wood slice ornament piece is just perfect for gift giving---all you need is a drill to create a hole at the top and a bit of twine!

Who could get away from this time of year without a few handcrafted packaging ideas?



My family and I are praying you experience the true meaning of the Christmas Holiday--the Love and Peace of our Savior.  It is my deepest wish that you are surrounded by love and good memories when those you love are no longer here.
Blessings, Jane 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Faith Moves Mountains

Hello Sweet Friends!  I'm sharing this project today and asking you to please join me in prayer.  Today, I am receiving my last chemotherapy dose. Praise God!  I've been blessed with healing so far, but there are mountains left to climb.  Will you join me in praising our Great Physician and join your prayers to mine for continued, full healing?

"I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living"  Psalm 27:13

As I move into the next phase of my treatment--surgery--my faith remains strong--strong enough to move a mountain!!  God's word tell us over and over again about trusting Him.  His promises are clear:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  Joshua 1:9

"Sovereign Lord, you are God!  Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant."  2 Samuel 7:28

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

He's working it out--my straight path, filling me with hope and the power of the Holy Spirit.  I've experienced it first hand--when I am weak, He is strong.  When I call out to Him, He is there.  He is with me wherever I go, strengthening me, resolving my fears, giving me strength.  Praise Him with me, won't you?

One of the best therapies I have is crafting--it's why I always have a project to share along with some of my thoughts.  Both are a good outlet for me.  I'm so grateful that you stop by to see what's going on in my little part of the world!

I'm so in love with this card--it turned out even better than I imagined it.  It's a simple one layer-ish card. I started with the beautiful wood grain image from Sweet 'N Sassy's December Stamp of the Month set, Wood Backgrounds.  I added a blue bird from the Winter Birds set (also from Sweet N Sassy STamps) and a sentiment from Faith.  It makes my heart happy to create with such lovely things.  The only thing better will be having the right reason to share it with someone else.

Be blessed and a blessing this day. Because of Him, Jane