Monday, November 28, 2016

Called By Name...

Today, I am sharing a canvas I made recently.  Quite a while ago I used some stencil paste to add gold stars to a painted canvas.  I'm sure I had an idea when I began, but time passed and so did the idea.  All I was left with was a goofy colored canvas full of stars!

And then, My Friend was released by Sweet N Sassy Stamps.   I am so in love with this image!!  As I continued to create and work on finishing the canvas, it assigned itself to a friend of mine.  I'm not sure if this happens to other people, but it has happened a number of times to me--I just instantly know who the canvas will belong to when I'm finished with it.

The sentiment piece was cutting using the Hillside Edges Die Set (also from Sweet N Sassy Stamps)--all of the sentiment can be found on the My Friend sheet also.   So, when I was done, I wrapped it up and took it to work with me for my friend, Cathy.  She's been called by name, too.  I think art is just like God's Word....beautiful and to be shared.....

What are you sharing?
Be Awesome!  Jane



Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Future Is Bright--Jeremiah 29:11

There's just a lot going on in this crazy world of ours.  I choose to spend the majority of my time and energy focused on my small little sphere of influence....in my home, my community, with in the walls of a place I call work. I choose to bypass the news, most of the time.  I've stayed far from the political commentary and societal buzz.  This doesn't mean that I am void of opinion, beliefs or thoughts.  Far from it.  I often choose silence, but not today....so, buckle up.  I'm about to share:

God's Word says:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile."

I get it.  The presidential race-it matters in this earthly realm.  Clearly, it matters to a great deal of people who have seemingly lost all hope in anything else.  There is devastation and divisiveness all over our great land.  When all of your hope and belief is placed into a fallible human being and it doesn't work out? What are you left with? I think we are seeing it first hand.

I didn't like my choices, but neither outcome could have devastated me.  You see, my hope is that which is promised in Jeremiah 29:11.  The King of Kings sits upon the throne--yesterday, today and tomorrow.  My tomorrow is secure.  He has a plan for me.  A plan to prosper me and bring me out of exile and I cannot wait!

Exile, you say?  Exile is defined as "separation from one's country or home."  Yes, indeed, I am in exile.  This is not my home.  This is not where I belong.  


You're not home either.  His plan covers your future too.  He loves you.  Seek Him; He promises to be found.  He's not exclusive or elusive, like some of this world would have you believe.  He waits for you.  No matter what it is, you belong to Him.  He will be found; He will bring you back.

Be Blessed....
Jane

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Jingle All The Way

Happy Monday!! 

We've had some very unseasonable temperatures here in Wisconsin.  As a result, I'm barely ready for the idea of the holidays and their quick approach.  I tried to get into the spirit this weekend with a little bit of stampy time! 

This cute Jingle Elf from I Brake For Stamps is such a great holiday image!  Don't get me wrong, I sure love me some Santa, but this elf.....so cute!!  The good news is that Rick St. Dennis has a great line of images that include all kinds of fun holiday cuties!  You can check out all the Christmas designs now!

I stamped the image twice so I could add some extra interest and dimension on my finished card.  I created a split panel background with some fun Christmas designer papers from Stampin' Up!  Because I haven't used my Copics in a while, I hauled them out. I love the rich saturation and blendability of copic colors!

Now is the time to save on holiday images and so much more!!  Just use my coupon code SAVE10JANE when you stop over in the I Brake For Stamps Store!

Have a great day!  Be Awesome! 
Jane

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hope...

Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!  I had a chance to spend some creative time in my Bible this weekend and wanted to share with you.

I completely adore the Holy Family image from Sweet 'N Sassy's Receive The Savior stamp set--for so many reasons!  A little more than 18 years ago, my own little family (it was little then!) played the holy family in a church nativity play.  My wee one was just weeks old.  As a new mom, I was so nervous that he would need me during the show or that all the people would be overwhelming to him.  I thought a lot about Mary at that time.....wondering if she also thought similarly---but then, what must her thoughts been knowing she was charged with raising the Son of God?  How overwhelmed SHE must have been.......it's mind boggling!

But, hope did come......today, I'm focused on Matthew's account at the very beginning of the New Testament.  It's a story I've read multiple times, in all the gospels--each with their own set of details.  It never gets old.  It always reminds me.....there IS hope! 

To complete my page, I also used these stamps from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps:  Seek Him, Classy Script Alpha and All Your Heart.

 Where is your hope?

TTFN, Jane


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Merry Christmouse!

I'm still working on those Christmas cards!!  I am totally in love with this sweet little mouse set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, Merry Mice.  Merry Mice, indeed!

These are just a few samples I've been working on:

All pretty simple water color washes designed to feature each cute little image and accompanying sentiment!  Feel free to contact me about getting your own Merry Mice :)

TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Panda Thanks....

Middle of the week!!!  We made it this far, we can keep on until the end of the week--right?

Even if you've been joining me here for awhile, one thing you may not know about me is that my favorite animal is the panda bear.  In fact, my very first stuffie was a panda I got from my Grandma.....clearly, I loved him fierce:

Naturally, anything Panda continues to catch my eye....especially that facebook video of the Panda snuggling--how great of a job would that be?....And, especially cute Panda stamps like the one, from Unity Stamp Co, I used for my project today called, Birdie and a Bear.  I'm warning you....Unity Stamp Company has some seriously cute Panda images...I'd go ahead and get the whole set, if I were you :)

Just sayin'--

Be Awesome!  Jane


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

His name is Jesus....

Happy Tuesday, Sweet Friends!  It's not too soon to start working on your Christmas cards!!  I have a sweet and simple share today featuring Scripture Tree from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.

It's a quick little water color and embossed creation that will be easy to mass produce.....although, I rarely do that for my cards.  I know I probably should, but.....I lose interest too fast ;)

After embossing with gold powder and applying a color wash using distress inks, just a few sequins and twine was all that was needed.

She DID bear a son....His name is Jesus ;)  Be Blessed,

Be Awesome, Jane

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