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

Monday, April 17, 2017

More Than You See....


Happy Monday, Friends!

I like to try out all different kinds of projects:  mixed media canvas' of various sizes (although the 3x3 canvas' are my favorite!), 3D projects (I've got a cool one coming up this week!), cards, and today, I've got a few ATC (artist trading cards) to share.

A friend at work inspired me to try these again.  She's super crafty and runs creative expression groups with our kids at work.  This is the perfect format for art therapy/group projects--especially for people who haven't had much art exposure.  The small size makes the project doable and not very intimidating at all.

Both cards feature stamps from Unity Stamp Company--one of my favorites!

On the top card, I created a colorful background using distress inks, a stencil and a floral image.  For me, the ATC is a great way to feature a sentiment--so, I used my favorite (and, the one that inspired my blog name) I Am More.

The second ATC features a beautiful angelic image called, Chickadee and Me by Suzi Blu.  I paired it with a sentiment from one of my all time favorite go to sets for impactful words--Empowered Words.

Have a great day...believe that you can!
Be Awesome, Jane

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Whole World


He Reigns....With the whole world in His hands.....


To read more about my project, please visit the Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Creative Worship Blog!
Enjoy!
Jane

Monday, April 10, 2017

I miss you....

Happy Monday, Friends!

I missed you last week!  I am now in busy season as baseball has begun!!!  Three of my kiddos are playing this season--it's my big guy's last year and I'm hoping it will be a good one....I'm not quite sure yet how it is that I have a senior in my house, but it's true and that means---lots going on here, both inside and out!! 

I created this card using one of Sweet N Sassy Stamp's brand new sets, called Mason Jar Bouquet.  It's a beautiful set and lots of fun to play with!  I wanted to feature the beautiful rose image so, I started by creating a colorful background piece.  I used a technique that applies distress inks to water color paper using a piece of acetate.  You begin by inking the acetate and then spritzing with water.  Next, smoosh the ink on to the water color paper.  I like the control this technique offers as you can pick up the acetate and reapply to create the effect you want.  I'm sure there is some fancy name for this technique, I just don't know it :)

Both the flower and the sentiment can be found in the Mason Jar set.  It's beautiful:

That's all for now---thanks for stopping by!
TTFN, Jane


Thursday, March 30, 2017

No Other Name

Hello, Sweet Friends!  I've recently found myself reflecting on the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15.  Have you ever felt just like that son? I have. 

The great truth remains that He is God, despite our poor choices, despite our circumstances; despite the evils of this present world; despite the storms we travel through....He is Good.....Love....Light...Hope....Peace ....Joy... I will sing no other name.  I will praise him in the storm. My heart will sing no other name.

This journaling reflects the healing power of song for me.  I recently attended a Jeremy Camp concert.  Hawk Nelson and Dan Bremnes also performed that night.  the concert reminded me of what I know to be true.  There is power in His name and worship restores.  It restores me.  I will sing no other name.


I used many beautiful sets from Sweet 'N Sassy to complete this Bible journaling layout:  My Friend, Good Shepherd, My Comforter, The Good News, Sing Loud and Skinny Caps Alpha.

I have few words in my world right now....but my heart continues to sing the name of Jesus.  Sing with me?

TTFN, Jane

Friday, March 17, 2017

With Every Breath

I read the most interesting article that eventually led me to creating this post and showcasing two of my recent cards together.  I adore music of all kinds, but mostly, I listen to Christian Music.  I like the uplifting and encouraging words; I like the Word being sung; I like how my soul is renewed and strengthen--especially when I feel burdened by the struggle of this world. I often want to just get out my inks and crank my Pandora and just create and sing. 

The article discusses 2 Chronicles 20:1-25.  It's a lengthy article.  I so much want to be able to summarize it for you, but I just would not do it justice.  It makes the case for praise and worship.  It speaks to the heart of how/why music is a most powerful form of communication.  It continues to have me long for the day when that is all I will do.   Here's the article for you to read:   http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/ambushing-satan-with-song

Here is Martin Luther's testimony (I couldn't agree more...)
Music is a fair and lovely gift of God which has often wakened and moved me to the joy of preaching . . . Music drives away the Devil and makes people gay . . . Next after theology I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor. I would not change what little I know of music for something great. Experience proves that next to the Word of God only music deserves to be extolled as the mistress and governess of the feelings of the human heart. We know that to the devils music is distasteful and insufferable. My heart bubbles up and overflows in response to music, which has so often refreshed me and delivered me from dire plagues. (Here I Stand, p. 266)
So, Praise Him With Every Breath :) I've used some brand new stamps from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps to create these cards.  The first one, pictured above, started with a water colored background using an embossing folder and several distress inks.  It's a fun-new to me-little technique that I've wanted to try.  After applying various inks to the embossing folder, you spritz it with water and place your paper over the top.  I used water color paper, but I think you'd get different, but equally as interesting outcomes with other kinds of paper, too.  Once the ink was dry, I added "Praise" from Sweet N Sassy's new Sing Loud and Clear stamp set and the remainder of the sentiment (also using Sing Loud and Clear) stamped on coordinating card stock.  I added some dimensional glaze to make the sentiment pop.

My second card also features Sing Loud and Clear with a little help from Note This (also from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps):
Isn't that bird just the cutest? 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have time for both inking and singing!!  Be Awesome, Jane

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Girrafe-ic Friend

Happy Tuesday!

I feel as though the entire country (well, maybe just a few hundred or 8,000 people) have been riveted for weeks over the impending delivery of a new baby giraffe soon to be born to April the Giraffe who has been "giving birth any minute now" for a few hundred months....give or take....

Anyhooo....while I feel for the over-pregnant momma, I've had stamping to do.  And, coloring.  I'm currently in my water coloring period.  I no longer have the time for intricate projects and fancy folded this or thats.  Water coloring continues to create the illusion of being an artist...and, I'm all about that (and other illusions, it would seem)  This quick little card features a cutesy set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps called Stand Tall.  I can't decide who is cuter..... the bird or the giraffe?   In any event, I sure hope April delivers soon :)

TTFN, Jane