Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Celebrating Happiness

I had the joy of attending the wedding of my two friends a couple of weekends ago.  It was a smallish affair and full of joy and promise, just like weddings are supposed to be!  I wanted to do a totally handcrafted gift; mostly because those kinds of gifts were most important to me when I got married about a 1,000 years ago!

This is the card I created to go along with a hand lettered sign that recorded the date their family was established.  I ordered the sign from CreativeinHim on Etsy and I love it so much; I'm sure they do too!  I used both So Happy (the free with purchase set!! yay, you!) and Scribble Flowers, (both available at Sweet N Sassy Stamps) to create this whimsical water colored card.  I love "painting" and find it to be so relaxing and therapeutic.

I sure hope you are enjoying the Birthday Celebration over at Sweet N' Sassy Stamps and are finding lots of inspiration!

Be Awesome!  Jane

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Choose Happy


Happy Wednesday, Sweet Friends!  I’m sharing a fun technique card today that features the So Happy (free with purchase) and Happy Together stamp sets from Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps.  

This technique is called Scrappy Spots and makes great use of your favorite shape stamps along with a background stamp or various sentiments like I’ve used here from the So Happy set.  It’s definitely a fussy technique with lots of masking, but those are my favorite and oh so therapeutic!

After stamping your shapes, use the negative space to mask around each shape and add the sentiments. Next, mask off each shape and brayer a colorful background on the whole piece. When I was finished creating my background, I added some silhouette images from Happy Together and some additional sentiments.  Choose Happy Every Day!

Be awesome!   Jane

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy Birthday, Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps!

Oh my gosh, you guys!!!  I'm so STOKED!!  Today is the start of Sweet 'N Sassy Stamp's BIRTHDAY MONTH!!  And, what a party it is going to be!!  It's not just any birthday either.....we are celebrating 10 years of stampy goodness with surprises, prizes and goodness befitting a milestone birthday!

Today, I'm sharing a birthday card that I recently made for one of my most favorite people--my son!  We are long past the cutesy animal, gamer and other "kiddie" images I've used in the past for the man/child who is now 19 grand years old!  I can scarcely comprehend how the years have flown so fast!

The dilemma, I think that faces many stampers--man cards!!  I generally find masculine cards are driven more by the colors than any other specific design element.  While floral stamp sets are prevalent, how many "guy" image sets do you actually own?  Thus, color.


I started using SNSS's Borders and Backgrounds (retired) to create a resist image.  Using a nonstick sheet, I created a color palette directly on the surface using a variety of distress inks.  The sentiment comes from the So Happy set--a free with purchase set at Sweet 'N Sassy this month only!  Be sure to check out the website for details and follow along on Facebook and IG!  You are NOT going to want to miss this!  Be sure to visit the Creative Team's blog also for tons of information and inspiration!

Get ready for some birthday fun!!
Be Awesome, Jane

Monday, October 30, 2017

Calms His Child....

I shared this 6 x 6 canvas over on the Creative Worship blog for Sweet N Sassy Stamps last week and wanted to share it here as well. Mostly because I love it and all of you.  It's Monday and I have a day of vacation after spending some time this weekend with one of my favorite people.

That's him.....last year as a senior doing one of the things he loves most.  This year, off to college!  Gosh, I love him so much!!  College has felt like a bit of a storm in my life so far.  The letting go.  It's hard.  It's all about redefining.  And, adjusting to what they call "new normal."  The kicker is, there just is no such thing as a normal.  Am I right? 

In this walk, I'm learning that nothing stays the same.  Just as soon as I think I'm used to something, it all changes.  But, really, that is the storm.  Sometimes, the storm is a breezy rain with patches of lightening and maybe a little hail.  Sometimes, it feels like a full blown hurricane and it rages on and on....

Praise God that He both calms the storm and His children--all in His infinite wisdom!!  Where would I be without Him?

I created my canvas by started by layering bible pages in a random pattern using mod podge. I had picked up a tattered and well loved Gideon bible at Goodwill a bit ago.  I love the idea of praying over my art and found it to be a calming piece to the over all art project.  I colored several pages by applying distress inks directly to my non-stick sheet and then dipping the pages until I got the right look.  Once dry, I was able to stamp and trim images from Fantastic Flowers and Scribble Flowers.  the center sentiment, Calms His Child, is a favorite of mine as well.  A few of the other textures that can be seen are the gold background created using texture paste and a stencil and some sequins. I've been in love with sequins for quite some time now and added just a few for a little bit of bling.

I hope you enjoy!!  TTFN, Jane

Monday, October 23, 2017

You Are Loved

Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!  I thought I'd try to start the week off with a little PSA (you are loved) for eveyone!

I think it's true that inspiration is everywhere.  One of my most favorite things to do is imagine a neat card that I might see here or there redone with images I already own.  Waaaay  back in the day, when I first started stamping, I would just buy the exact set, make the card once (maybe) and that would be enough to get it out of my system.  LOL!!  It sure explains why I. Have. So. Much. Stuff!!

I can no longer remember where I saw the card that inspired this one.  What I do remember is that it was mostly black and white with a leaf as the repeating image.  For my version, I used His Wings, from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps. 

The colorful feathers were created using water color paper and several different distress inks.  To finish things off, I used All About You and some sparkly sequins.
Have a great day and remember, you are loved!
TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Snowman Soup Giftie

It's getting to be that time of year....gifting season!  One of my favorite sets over at Sweet N Sassy Stamps has always been Snowman Soup!  It is perfect for all things paper-cards, scrap book pages and sweet little gift packaging like this tote I crafted!

Inside the tote, are two little pockets just big enough for some cocoa and mini marshmallows.  Who wouldn't want a little something special like this?

I finished the backside with a sentiment from Christmas Tag Sentiments.  It's so cute....I can't wait to give it away!

Be Cozy--and Awesome!

Jane




Sunday, September 24, 2017

That's the Ticket

Happy Birthday to someone!  I always find that I need birthday cards and as my kids (and their friends) age, I've had to age my designs as well.  The card I'm sharing today could easily be for a boy or girl.  It's funny how color alone can influence that!  It was fun creating it using some goodies from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps.  I finally broke out my Ticket Sentiments and matching dies .  On sale now and good news for you...the dies are FREE when you purchase Ticket Sentiments for yourself!  How cool is that?

 I used a bunch of paper scraps to create all of those fun tickets.  I find it easier to die cut the shape and then stamp on it.  This is such a fun set!

To finish off the whole card, I added a cupcake and sentiment from Birthday Bash (retired), also from Sweet N Sassy stamps.  

I hope you are enjoying  this fantastic day!  TTFN, Jane 


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Christmas Time....


Happy Saturday, Sweet Friends!  I honestly cannot wrap my head around the idea that I am already making Christmas Cards!! It still feels like the dog days of summer--I'm wearing shorts for goodness sake!  BUT, the Sweet N Sassy  Christmas release makes it hard to resist!  You can see the full release HERE and you can order NOW and save! 

Coloring has always been therapeutic for me.  The various trees in the Christmas Topiaries set are just perfect for some focused art therapy.  On both cards, I've water colored using distress inks and Fabiano hot press water color paper.

I saw this fun idea--to create a shaker card using acetate and sewing--in an online video. After making an acetate pocket and filling with pretties, I sewed it closed, added a topiary and sentiment from Christmas Wishes....so easy, y'all.

My second card features another beautiful topiary, pretty paper and some messy sewing....my bobbin ran out and threatened a messy card, but I did what we crafter's do and pretended it was all part of the plan....

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to check out the wonderful sales and deals going on right now over at Sweet N Sassy stamps!   

Be well---Jane

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Success and Integrity

Our pastor preached a week or so ago on this passage from Nehemiah----about how given his success, much was expected of him.  Same for us.  It's easy to forget as we go through our day to day the ways in which God blesses and ordains our work.  I know this to be true.  I work in a tough environment.  It's hard for me sometimes not to be overly focused on the behaviors--some days, it's physical, other's it's attitudes.  Nevertheless, I've been blessed with opportunities to show the love of Christ for the Glory of God.  Just like Nehemiah.






I loved this message so much, I wanted to journal it so I could continue to go back and be reminded.  I've used lots of goodies from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps to journal with--you should check them out!

To complete my page, I used:  Words of Life-Action, Note This, He is Worthy (retired), Worship the Lord (retired) What's Up, Skinny Caps Alphabet, Mini Grunge Alphabet, Words of Life-Common Words (retired).

What are you dwelling on?

Be Awesome--Jane

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I Adore You

Happy Wednesday!  Today, I have a card that features goodies from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps.

I've used Fantastic Flowers and a simple masking technique to create the left side panel.  Flowers are colored with distress inks with some oxide ink shading along the edge.  I added a simple sentiment from All About You to finish things off.  Sweet and simple--kinda my jam lately :)

TTFN, Jane

Monday, August 28, 2017

Make A Wish

Happy Monday!  Today, I have a fun little birthday card to share featuring stamps from Stampin' Up! 

I missed out on getting this set, Tasty Trucks, during last year's Sell-A-Bration, but was lucky to find it in a great trade!!  My mojo's been in short supply lately, but I'm hoping to CASE some cute projects I've admired using this set to get things moving again.

This card is a pretty simple one--repeating sentiments on the left hand side and a panel of designer paper to add some color.  I stamped the truck and "make a wish" on water color paper and then layered them together.  I added a few embellishments, such as a vellum star, mini staples and some sequins.

I can't wait to play around with this set some more!  It's been busy busy around here trying to get everyone ready for school, and life.  I'm grateful for it all!

TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

With Thoughts and Prayers...

Life is tough some times.  I'm trying to get better at using my craft to uplift and support others.  After all, we all need to know we are thought of and cared for--right?  I always joke about being a card maker who forgets to send out event cards.  So, along with trying to be better at that, I'm trying to be better at the spontaneous thinking of you kind of cards.

Mary Brown (aka Stamper Camper) posted a card in this general design on some group or other I am a part of.  I thought the design was so fresh and unique, I just had to copy her!  LOL!!  Yes, I understand the irony of that statement....

I'm featuring a set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps called, Mason Jar.  By the way, SNSS is open again!  Those flowers are so much fun to color---it's a great and versatile set--check it out!

TTFN--Jane

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Smile...it's almost Friday!

Made it to the middle of the week!?  Yay!!!  I've got a fun dimensional card to share that features some recent releases from Sweet N Sassy Stamps, Send Me and All About You; I also used an older {favorite} set called Capture This Moment.

This is a fun little interactive card design that I've been making for several years.  Recently, I found this awesome die at My Favorite Things.  Makes it all so easy and, it's a pretty versatile die.  I can't wait to have more fun with it!

TTFN, Jane

Monday, July 31, 2017

I Sing.....

Well, it's been a bit of a whirl wind lately.  Many things going on in my world.  Some good.  Some stressful.  Some down right yucky.  I'm always grateful for my creative time.  And, the people, places and things which surround me that remind me there is good in this world, the preaching of the Word that reminds me without a doubt that I am loved, forgiven and free!

I created this journal page on a Sunday afternoon after singing praises and being fed at church in the morning.  It came after a week of some pretty icky stuff, a week that left me feeling like the world around me was crumbling.  But, holy and worthy is He.  Revelation 5:11-13.  Something we all can cling to.

I used several stamp sets from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.  You can find them in the SNSS store {and a bunch of other super good stuff!}  They've been closed for a bit due to a move, but are set to reopen this week!!  I'm excited!!  Sets I used are:  Sing Loud, Send Me and Mini Grunge Alpha

Thanks for popping by :)  Go, be awesome!  Jane

Sunday, July 16, 2017

All About You....

Happy Sunday!  Today, I'm sharing a colorful card that also features a new goodie from Sweet N Sassy Stamps, All About You.  It's the perfect sentiment set for all of those just because cards--jut the right thing to say!


To create my colorful background, I applied several distress inks to a stencil, spritz with water to create the first imprint.  Then, I used the stencil in the traditional way to add more color.  It gives the panel a water color look.  Give it a try!

TTFN, Jane

Monday, July 10, 2017

Girl Power


Happy Day, Stampers!!!

I love all of my Unity girls so much!!  I wanted to make a set of cards to give as a gift that was all about supporting and encouraging others.  I feel like I need that on a regular basis so, why not others?  It's too easy to criticize others; I think we should look for opportunities to encourage and support.

I got out my unity girls (most of these are images by Suzi Blu--my favorite!) and made these cards....also, got to play with some of my new OXIDE inks from Ranger.  I resisted for as long as I could and then caved in!  They are awesome!






I used a variety of images from Unity--check them all out HERE!  Also, used one of my most favorite sentiment sets, Empowered Words.

Enjoy!  Be Awesome!  Jane

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Focus

Focus on the good.....such a simple message, yet so easy to overlook!  There's some big stuff going down in my world right now.  If I'm not careful, I can make myself a little Satan target.  He just lies in wait for me to start doubting, to be sad, to get negative.....and, BAM!!  In the pit I go.  Those automatic negative thoughts can just rule the day...if I'm not careful....

The good news is........there is Good News!!  Focus on the good!  I absolutely adore Rebecca Rios' designs, found over at Sweet N Sassy stamps.  Designed for bible journaling, they are so versatile and make great eveyday cards for encouragement.  Just from her stamp sets alone, I imagine her to be one of my best friends, full of positive light and an awesome sense of humor and fun!  I used her set called Capture This Moment for this quick and fun card.  I might be stuck in a water coloring rut, but its a good place to be stuck!   I hope you enjoy this fun card and reminder to focus on the good....you may have to look harder at times, but I guarrantee it---it is there!!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Wisdom, Anyone?

James 1: 5-6 and 12

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

DOUBT.  I don't know about you, but doubt has been a familiar battle for me.  Doubt, worry....it's all wrapped up in my confidence--or, lack thereof.   I was going to say "a constant battle" but I'm realizing that, THAT is no longer true for me.  In my faith journey, I've learned some things.  Nothing has been more important that realizing I AM LOVED.  And, from this, a faith that grows and remains steadfast.

There are trials coming my way.  I feel it.  I know it.  I'm being prepared for it.  I'm preparing for it.  

James is a great book.  If you haven't been there, go.  Ask in faith.  

I was anxious to use the Living Water set from Sweet N Sassy stamps.  Also, from Sweet 'N Sassy:  Words of Life, Common Words 1; All Your Heart; and Choose Faith.

Count it all joy, my friends....

Be awesome--Jane 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fill Me Up...

Happy Monday!!  I finally completed this little one sheet mini album I've been working on!  Now, it's time to fill IT up!  I used a brand new stamp set, Exclamations, from Sweet N Sassy Stamps to decorate the pages.  It's a prayerful theme--I thought I would use it to record my prayers, praises and pleadings, for my five blessings!

With the oldest on the verge of  high school graduation, I've been reflective lately about how quickly time goes by.  I didn't believe it that day, in the nursery, when the nurse said "cherish every moment....they will be over too soon!"  And, in just the blink of an eye.....here we are!!

Times change, seasons change, but a mother's prayers.....they remain.  I love this new little stamp set, and thought it was the perfect thing to use to create this little book. 

 A place to record my own thoughts--thoughts just between me and my Savior....
 To jot down what's important--with a little pull out page for some of my ideas!
 Never forget to praise Him for all that he has done and provided!
 A little pocket page....a picture, some notes?
 Pay Attention to This!!  Another pull out page.
 Click! Click! The final pull out with a picture of my big babies!
 Lots of great moments to reflect on!
 Never forget, He SHOWED up--He always SHOWS up!

I used a few other great Sweet N Sassy Stamp sets to complete this fun book:  Note This and Capture This Moment--check them out!

The album ends up measuring 3x3 and starts with just one 12x12 piece of designer paper.  I'd recommend a thinner paper to start with as you will double the paper up as you fold to create the pages.  If you are interested in making your own, here's a tutorial I wrote years ago!



Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mason Jar Bouquet

Wouldn't you just love to find a bouquet like this on your counter?  I've been having a bunch of fun finding lots of ways to color this beautiful image from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps!  It's called Mason Jar Bouquet and it comes with an additional single flower image and seven sentiments.  It's perfect for just about any occasion!

TTFN, Jane

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Momma!

Today, I'm wishing my momma a very happy birthday and sharing a card I made just for her!  This card features a beautiful stamp set from Rubbernecker that I haven't played with in years.  I'm not even sure it is still available for sale.  It's one of the watercolor sets--stamps that make it look like you've painted, my favorite!

The sentiment is also part of this set.  I'm trying really hard not to be nitpicky about the fact that it's a little crooked.  That's the part that makes it hand made, right??  I think she'll like it just the same.

Don't be afraid to be a little off--it makes life fun!
TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Celebrate!

A couple hundred years ago the Pampered Chef safety can opener was a mainstay of many crafting rooms, mine included.  Not too long ago, I pulled that baby out and was inspired to create this fun decorated can as birthday gift for a friend.

After cutting off the bottom of a pop top can, you can get some nice goodies inside!


I used Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps' new Fly High Clear Stamp Set to decorate this one....I say this one, because it's a little addicting......who's having a birthday next???  LOL!

Have a great day and be awesome!  Jane