Monday, December 29, 2014

Come, Sail Away.....


 Happy Monday!

When I was in my earliest twenties, (a billion years ago...), I spent two amazing summers working at the marina in my hometown.  I was a dock hand, a store clerk and part of the charter crew.  I met amazing people, dated a boat designer for a little while (it was pretty cool in my circle at the time...), hung out with great friends and spent every day in "vacation" land.  The marina always had a different beat, a vacation clock, a happy hour feel.  It was wonderful!  I was tan and happy 24:7. 

Even though I haven't been sailing in years, the mere image of a sailboat conjours up many wonderful memories for me of times on the water, friendships I've made, fun I've had.

As we sail into the new year, it's a time to look forward and set a course for success.  I have much faith in what the new year will bring to my life....not even a clue, but much faith!

Today, I'm sharing a fun and colorful card with a boating theme.  Funny, but the image comes from an I Brake for Stamps sheet called, Always Time for Friendship!  

I began with a section of double sided designer paper, cutting two same sized pieces and layering them as you see.  The grayish/brownish (I can't decide what color it actually is) piece is the first layer; the top designer paper has the large half circle cut out of it.  I like it this way for the added dimension it creates in real life.

I've used Always Time For Friendship sheet and Typewriter/Diamonds, from I Brake For Stamps, to complete the stamping on my card.  The "best wishes" I created using a jumbo rotary stamp I picked up.....I like the look of it....I think it's kind of manly?

Thanks for stopping by and listening to my rambling reminiscing!

TTFN, Jane



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Psalm 46:5

What started out as an experiment and goofing around, turned into a class and a canvas for a friend!

This 6 x 6 canvas started as the combination of a several products just to see what they would do.  After a bit of time, the idea crystalized in my mind and became a beginners canvas class I offered in my home.
Here are a few of the gals with their finished work:
I love how each put their own spin on the idea and made something completely unique!  I know some people like the comfort of copying what they see.  And, truly, that's fine.  For me, canvas art is such a personal thing...it's exciting to me to see when others make it personal too.

These canvas' bear images from one of my favorite companies--Unity Stamp Co.  I have no affiliation with the company, but do most of my canvas art (at least 90%) with their images and backgrounds.  Used for this project:  Chick-a-dee and Me, Empowered WordsBeautiful Wish/Layers of Life, Hollyhocks, and Angie Girl: Dream With Your Heart.

When I promoted and taught the class, my canvas looked like this:
No verse.  It felt undone.  But, I knew it would come to me--it always comes to me.  I thought it was my canvas, but as soon as it was done, I knew it wasn't mine to keep.

"God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved"   Psalm 46:5

I chose the verse for me, but it turns out, it was for her {I hope you are reading this}

TTFN, Jane

Please note that the verse reference is incorrect.  The cited verse, although seen on the canvas as Proverbs, is actually from the book of Psalms :)  oops!


Monday, December 22, 2014

Clean and Simple Angel

I only have cookies to bake and decorate, grocery shopping to do and a ton of gifts to wrap.....so, why am I stamping?  Because I can't not :)  It's like air to me!  It makes me happy, bright and me!!


I love this little angel, from I Brake For Stamps, with her quirky hair!  She's called Heavenly Day Halos and I think she's a great image for just about any kind of card!  She's colored with distress markers and a little bit of Stickles.  I combined her with a sentiment from IBFS's Fashionista half sheet.  I guess it's kind of become a theme with me lately?

This layout is particularly great for using up scrap.  The "frame" behind the focal image is just three different widths of colorful scrap.  I stylized two, with scissors and ink, for some added interest.  The yellow strip bears an image from IBFS's  Lace Borders half sheet.  I use those lace images so often!  If someone told me I had to reduce my stamp inventory {gasp!}, those would definitely stay!!


What are your go-to images?  Which stamps could you never live without?  I'd like to know!

I'm off to finish up a few gifts, make the cookies, wrap gifts.......I'll save a trip to the store for....midnight?

YOU can go  to the store right now and save $ while you are there!  Head on over to The Store and use my code SAVE10JANE while you are there!  How easy is that?

TTFN, Jane

Friday, December 19, 2014

Get Your Gifty On....

Yep, she did it again....my sweet friend, Ms. Bo Bella is running a sale over at I Brake For Stamps and it's just in the nick (St. Nick...LOL) of time!  You deserve it.  Go on....go and get your gifty on:

If the fine print is hard to read, let me summarize....she's awesome, IBFS store is full of stuff you want, it's Christmas and you deserve something nice!  Use coupon code Christmas14 at check out for a whopping 25% discount!!  (some restrictions do apply).

You.  Are.  Welcome.

TTFN, Jane


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Let's Face It....

Let's face it, you ARE beautiful and brilliant!!  It says so right there.  But, let's also face it, do most of us believe that?  I'm pretty awesome....just ask my kids, I tell them ALL the time how awesome I am!

Just between us, though.....most of the time I am completely on the opposite end of believing I am beautiful or brilliant.  Yet this verse and the intention spoke so strongly to me.  Why?  Because separate from all the "tapes" in my head (and, maybe to overcome them), I absolutely want to believe this about myself.  AND, I want you all to believe it about yourselves too.  It's easy for me to see the beauty and brilliance of you, my friends.....I'm working on seeing it in myself.

I've found great release and creativity in the creation of canvas art.  I love to build meaning into my canvas'.  It's a very purposeful art form, I find.  In some ways, it's like scrapbooking.  Each canvas tells a story.

I started this canvas with a stencil that bears the words "pretty, cute, gorgeous, divine and glamourous"  If you look closely, you can see a hint of the words.....I know it's there!  Now, you do too!  We should adopt words like these as our private mantra's.  I bet we could overwrite a few "tapes" simply by speaking truth over ourselves.  What do you think?

This canvas is full of paint, gesso and lots of Technique Junkie Stamp goodness!  To adorn the edges, in white paint, I've used Layered Doilies (#S558).  The focal image is one of the beautiful images from the Palenttini Collection, called Let's Face It 2 (#P007).  The solidly important verse is called Beautiful and Brilliant (#SD435) and reads:

"she told herself that she was beautiful and brilliant and one day she woke up and finally believed it."

It's my wish for all of you...all of us....believe it!

TTFN, Jane

Monday, December 15, 2014

Brakin' For Jesus!





Happy Monday! 

It's time for another fun card from I Brake For Stamps!  Today, I have a little frosted water colored background to show off these super cute images from I Brake For Stamps.  The images are from a stamp sheet by Rob Meijer and Stampinback.  I adore the sweet little images on this sheet and, you can too!

I started with a piece of water color paper and my yummy hydrus watercolors by Dr. Ph. Martins.  After laying down some colors--various blues and purple, I stamped over with the Names of Jesus background stamp, also from I Brake For Stamps.  I used a white pigment ink for a subtle effect.  To add more of a frosted look, I colored along the outside frame with a Picket Fence Distress marker.  I love the way this marker works, but you have to be patient and let it dry for the full effect.

After completing the background, I stamped and colored the images before trimming them.  I love the fussy cutting--it's so relaxing!  The final touch, was a just a bit of stickles here and there for the right amount of bling! 

Don't forget to get all gifty with yourself in the I Brake For Stamps Store.  Use my coupon code SAVE10JANE  to save and tell Ms. Della I said "Hi Dee Ho!"

Enjoy, my stampy friends!

TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop


If you've known me for any length of time, you know that I often will go to bed early just so I can get up and have a cup of coffee!  It was natural for me to join this hop put together by the lovely Amy Tsuruta! This hop is filled with amazing artwork, generous sponsors and yummy coffee goodness!  Be sure to check out all of the links!  Plus, I have a little prize package of my own to share!!


 I love this little Cocoa mouse from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps!  Like me, Cocoa loves both coffee and tea!  I didn't want to leave him out so, I created two cards for this hop.

 This first card features the Cocoa's Latte stamp set.  Borrowing a creative layout I noticed on pinterest, this card is fun and bright!  It was just a warm up for my next card!
I actually pulled out my mini Janome sewing machine for this one!  I feel so accomplished!  This card features Tea Time Cocoa.  He's so cute just peaking out from that tea cup!

Take a look at all of the wonderful sponsors!

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches
Aren't those great sponsors?

If  you have any additional questions or are wondering what the specific prizes are, be sure to check out the hop hosts' blog

I have a little prize package to share of my own:

You can leave your comments below and one winner will be randomly chosen from the comments.  Be sure to include your email so I can contact you when you win!

Isn't this sweet?
I got one for you and one for me!!

Wanna play? Join us!




That's a lot of goodness, right there folks!  Thanks for stopping by!!  Jane

Monday, December 8, 2014

"Ho" To The Third....


Happy Holidays!  Today, I'm sharing a math card....LOL!  It's about as mathy as I get, my friends!

I dug these super cool and extra large letter stickers out of my stash....ha!  My 'stache....
Anyhooo, I added some scrap ribbon to a piece of red embossed cardstock along with the letter stickers.  Then, added this fun image from I Brake For Stamps. 

While I'd like to claim pure crafty inspiration all on my own, I have to admit that I saw a similar idea on that great time sucker, Pinterest!  My mojo has been at an all time low lately so, I'm trying to kick start it---what do you do when those creative lulls hit?  Inquiring minds (mine) want to know! 

TTFN, Jane

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Peace & Joy








I simply adore this card, if I do say so myself!  LOL!!  I love the sparkly colors, the stark contrast with the white watercolor paper.....I love the fact that I finally found a use for that huge snowflake brad I've been hoarding for a decade (seriously!) I love the sentiment.  Peace.  Joy. 

Ponder it.  I celebrate Christmas like so many of you.  It's a wonderful time of the year.  It's exciting and reflective.  It's full of sweet treats, beautiful music, the laughter of children.  It's full of joy.  We seek peace, at this time of the year, in our homes & communities...

We study the gospels that lead up to the birth of Christ.  We talk about the shepherds, the star and the inn.  The manger, the mom, the dream, the bad guy, the good guy.....

Peace and Joy maybe the focal theme of this season, but I'm telling you today, it is the bounty of relationship with that little baby.  Peace and Joy is a gift from the Master.  I hope you are unwrapping yours today and all year long....

For my card today, I took my lead from the Sensational Stencil CD, from Technique Junkies.  I've used the Grunge Stencil technique.  I love them all, but this CD is my current favorite.  It's such a great resource for getting more bang for my stencil buck!!  I've spent a few bucks on stencils and I just love being able to use them for so many more purposes than the obvious!  This particular stencil is also a favorite that I found over at I Brake For Stamps!

Since it is the season of giving, I have a few coupon codes to share with you today!

There are only a few more days to use the 30 Days coupon code over in the Technique Junkie stamps store!  The code is XMAS15 and you can visit the store:  HERE

You can save at I Brake For Stamps, also, using SAVE10JANE


The sentiment, I'm so in love with today, comes from Technique Junkies Stamps and is called Simple Sentiments (#SS3c).  It's a great set and so versatile and unique!  If you haven't looked around, it is pretty rare to find so many sentiments in that orientation!  And, it's not the only sentiment set like it from Technique Junkie Stamps!  Go check it out!

Thanks for popping by....and remember, Peace.  Joy.
TTFN, Jane

Monday, December 1, 2014

Beetle Bailey.......And......







A little Christmas cheer??  Sometimes, I just have to shake my head at my quirky sense of humor!

It all started out innocently enough.  I adore this Rob Meijer Christmas for Stampinback sheet, available at I Brake For Stamps.  It's one of the first stamp sets I think of when I think, "I should make my Christmas cards..."  Stamp set selected?  Check!

I've been busy exploring my stencils and getting lots more bang for my buck by trying all of the different techniques on the Technique Junkie Sensational Stencils CD.  There are 40....yes, that's right, FORTY! techniques on this CD showing so many different ways to use a stencil.  You can order yours (or read more about it) HERE.  Be sure to check out the pictorial index to see a sample of each technique.  I've used the Stencil and Doodle technique on my project (less so much the doodle part).  Background Done?  Check!

Eventually, it comes time to select the perfect image to complete my card.  The Rob Meijer sheet doesn't make this an easy thing.  There are so many cute images on the sheet.  I used the Starburst stencil from Ranger thinking about that Special Star....I thought it would be a good choice.  So, I settled on the adorable shepherd boy.  As I colored him, however, I really had to work hard not to color his clothing in drab army green:




Do you see it?

Pop over to the I Brake For Stamps store and let Ms. Della know how crazy you think I am :)  You'll save a cool amount when you use my coupon code: SAVE10JANE

LOL!!?  Check!

Thanks for stopping by!  TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

30 Days of Christmas at Technique Junkies!





Today, I'm joining my pal, Pat Huntoon for her 30 Days of Christmas feature over at Technique Junkies!  Be sure to go back to the beginning, on her blog, to see all of the Holiday cards she has already shared---then, stay tuned for the rest of what she has instore!  What a great way to inspire and get those creative juices flowing!!

I've chosen Father Christmas (SD311), from Technique Junkie Stamps, as my focal image--I find myself drawn to the vintagey look of this stamp and use it quite often!  I've also chosen a technique from the Shimmer, Glimmer, Sparkle and Shine CD to draw attention to this wonderful image and give my card the much needed bling (it's Christmas afterall)!  The technique is called Acetate Sparkle.  If you do not already own the SGS&S CD, you can order it here--what a great gift for you!  Be sure to check out the rest of the available CD's, also :)  There is something for everyone!!

I created the frosted background with an embossing folder, white pigment ink and my white distress marker.  I love that thing!

Just a bit of burlap, felt and a bauble......all finished! I only have a few dozen more Christmas cards to complete.....I have time, right?

TTFN--Jane

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter Wonderland.....

Welcome back to winter!  After a bit of a reprieve last week, Central Wisconsin is back to a snowy mess.....er.....Winter Wonderland?  LOL!  Here's the view out The Studio window!

A little snow isn't going to get me down, that's for sure!  It was just the perfect reason for a bit of creating!  If you can't beat it, join it?  So, I did!


I began by creating a background using the Splattered Ombre Watercolors Tutorial from Technique Junkie Newsletter. It's a fun little technique that looks very snowy to me!  You will find the technique located in the
June/July 2014 edition of the newsletter.  For more information about Technique Junkies, visit here!

I used the largest building from I Brake For Stamps'  Cats and Buildings stamp sheet.  After stamping the building on white cardstock, I colored it with a grey Copic marker--adding just a bit of yellow in a few of the window areas.  I stamped a second image and selected one building to highlight.....I imagine that would be my friend's house...I popped it up on dimensional tape to give the finished card a bit more interest!

My sentiment is also from IBFS, but I will save you the time of trying to seek it out on your own.  I used a sentiment from the Rick St. Dennis Holiday Bear Sheet.  It comes with a sentiment that says "Have a Beary Merry Christmas."  When inking it, I covered the "Have a Beary" portion before applying it to the ink pad.  I was able to omit that part and end up with the perfect sentiment!

Of course, if that is a bit too putzy for you, I'm sure you will find something perfect RIGHT HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!  TTFN, Jane

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Be You






Lessons are hard.  Right?  Had a little curve ball happen in my life in the past week.

We can get jaded about human beings, life....  We are bombarded every day, in the news, social media, about the despicable things people do.  We cling to the little rays of hope.....I think they call them "good news" stories.  How sad is it that we have a term for the good that happens?

In the midst of my latest storm, I am astounded by the support and good around me.  I expect it from my friends (and I love, love, love you more for it!), I guess.  Not complete strangers.

I've had the unfortunate opportunity to learn how to navigate my way through unemployment benefits.  I spoke with a man, John, today.  I could be a number to him.  I shouldn't matter to him.  He does it all day....hears the sob stories, the anger, the fear, the frustration.  Instead, this man who knows nothing about my situation, afforded me a compassion and kindness that was truly impressive.

About a week ago, I made this card.  Just playing around with some new goodies from I Brake For Stamps.  A week later, with my landscape completely altered, the sentiment holds even more meaning.  I'm talking about the middle phrase.....Be Bright!

Be bright.  You never know what the storm is that someone might be walking through.  Be bright.  Be a light.  You never know when you, yourself, will need one. 

My fun background?  A new little stencil from the I Brake For Stamps store!  You can see all available stencils here.  I have found a new obsession and love for stencils since helping Technique Junkies compile a brand new stencil focused CD.   You can learn about it here. 

The technique used here is called Grunge Stencil :)

Y'all know how I struggle with covering up amazing backgrounds so, I used vellum to stamp this fun image. I flipped it and colored it with my distress markers, added the sentiment and BOOM!  Fun and easy!

The stamp sheet used is called Fashionista.  I love the clear lines and sophistication of the sheet.  Be sure to check it out!  You can save by using my coupon code SAVE10JANE.  Pop on over and tell sweet Ms. Della I said hideehoe!!!

TTFN--Jane