Friday, August 3, 2018

Thankful...



Do you ever find yourself WOWED by God??  I'm feelin' it right now.   Wanting to celebrate the new release at Sweet N Sassy Stamps of some super fabulous sets, I created this card.  Little did I know the reflection He was creating in my heart at the same time!!

It's not been easy in my little neck of the woods--I know this to be true for so many others, so I don't really want to get into the details too much.  So much sickness and struggle.  It would be so easy for my own little self to be bogged down with worry and overwhelmed with sadness and yet, today, I'm reflecting on how thankful I am.  THAT is directly from and for my God.  Without Him, despair would be the go to.  With Him, I have peace.  I have hope.  I am loved and that makes all the difference. 

I used three new sets to make this simple, sweet card of thanks: 

 

The Stamp of the Month set, Give Thanks will automatically be added to your purchase of $75 or more all this month!!!  How fabulous!

Other sets used include Happy Scarecrow and Incredibly Blessed.  Thank you, Father for using my sweet little creative time and goodies to remind me of your Truth.

Be Blessed, Jane

Friday, July 27, 2018

Where Thou Art.....


THAT is home.  More and more I see that home is in my heart.  Don't get me wrong, I love where I live and am grateful for the way the Lord has blessed me.  As my children get older and are starting to leave.....as my parents and I age, leaving them after each visit gets harder and harder.  It's the people we love that create home---until I get to Heaven.  Can I get an amen?

My little family recently spent some time in Milwaukee (missing my oldest).  A drive by the house my mom grew up in was both bitter and sweet.  I loved that house.  More, I love the people who lived there.  Miss them every day.

The house looks different.  The people who live there are different.  My feelings, still there.  Such good memories of the best times of my childhood.

I'm busy filling my 8 x 8 scrapbook album.  This little page turned out exactly how I saw it in my head!  Using Love Your Neighbor stamp set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps, I created a tone on tone background for my layout.  I also created the cute little elements that add a splash of color to the page.  The quote is from a retired Sweet 'N Sassy set called Happy Home.  The last element, "Look" and arrow are from the SNSS Summer blow out sale set, What's Up? Edited:  What's Up? has completely sold out--they are going fast-- Check out the blow out sales for some great deals before it's too late!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay awesome--Jane

Saturday, July 21, 2018

God Is For You....

Words of truth and wisdom right here, folks--coming straight at you from me and Sweet 'N Sassy stamps.  In this big world full of stress and strain the only thing, in my fifty--YES, you read that correctly--years that I hold to be true without a doubt is that God is for you.  He's for me, too.  I get lost and stressed and overwhelmed and sometimes forget where to put my eyes, but He's always there.  Patient, waiting, there.  It works like that for you too--a week, a year, ten years....a life time of looking away, He is still there.  Waiting, wanting, loving. 

This super cute and colorful card features Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps new July release, Go God's Way.  I literally gasped out loud when I first saw this set designed by Diane Noble:


So much fun to be had with these great images!!  It also pairs great with the God is for You set--which I used for the sentiment.  Endless possibilities.

Have a great day being awesome!  Jane

Monday, July 16, 2018

Teacups and Roses....


Hello, Sweet Friends and Happy Monday!  It's been a busy few weeks over in my little neck of the woods, graduating and celebrating my girl!  Now that the party is over (thanks to all who came!), I'm taking a "me" day and trying to get caught up on other things I love....Like this beautiful new release from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called Teacup Roses. This is such a fun image to color and makes the sweetest cards of encouragement, thanks, birthday and so much more!

My first card features a bible page in addition to the beautiful teacup image.  I love to pick up aged bibles at thrift stores to use in my art.  They make great backgrounds as well as come in quite handy for mixed media canvas art.
For my second card, I used a piece of fabric for my color inspiration and background.  I even pulled out my sewing machine for this one!  This set is just so versatile!!  The color combos are endless; a must have set it you ask me!  I love it!
Have a great day being awesome!  Jane

Monday, July 2, 2018

Dare To Be..


Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!!  Everything about this card says summer and freedom!  Dare to be different, my friends!!

I created the super colorful background using my Gelli Arts gelli plate, a bunch of different paints, some stencils and a few texturizing foam pieces.  The focal images are from Sweet and Sassy Stamp's Be A Flamingo stamp set. 



It's good advice for a Monday morning.....don't you think?
Be Awesome--Jane

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to one of my most favorite people in all this world!!!  My pops is celebrating today so, if you see him, be sure to wish him a great day!!

Isn't he just the sweetest?  He is, hands down, the kindest, most generous, understanding and interesting person I know.  And, I know a lot of kind, interesting, understanding generous people--I love him so much!

I wanted to create a special card for him and did so using elements from several Sweet 'N Sassy stamp sets.  Here are the sets I used:



 You can check them all out in the Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps store--be sure to check out all the deals, too!

Have a great day with the day you've been given--Be Awesome!  Jane

Monday, June 25, 2018

Brotherly Love

Oh, Boy.  This kid.  I love him with my whole heart!  Happy Monday, folks......it's going to be a fun week around here with baseball championships!  It also means the season is coming to a close.....which is always a bummer, but soccer is just around the corner--wouldn't want to have too much down time....lol!

I'm really getting into scrap booking again--Sweet N Sassy Stamp's Brotherly Love makes it all sorts of simple!  I recall, back in the heyday of my prime scrapping--I'd search forever for the exact piece of paper and the perfect embellishment.  Now, I have it all right at my fingertips with just a few stamp sets and my hoarded stash of paper!

To complete the above 8 x 8 page, I used Brotherly Love, Shake It Off Lowercase Alphabet, Bitty Minnie Alpha, Mini Grunge Type Alpha and Scripty Thoughts (All from Sweet N Sassy Stamps--check it out!)

I'm really loving SNSS's Brotherly Love set!  It makes awesome cards too!!  I made this one for my pops for Father's Day.  It was a lot of fun creating the various characters for the card front.  I had the Brady Bunch stuck in my mind when I started.....quite the departure from my first thought, but it all worked out in the end.  The image in the center of the card is from Super Dad.  Now IS the time to grap that set for $5!!  Be sure to check out all of the $5 sets--Don't miss out!

Be Awesome--Jane

Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrate

Happy Monday!!  I wanted to share a few recent cards I made to celebrate all kinds of good things going on this summer!  Graduations, birthdays, Father's Day....lots of fun stuff!

The above card features the new release, Free Indeed, from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps!  I embossed the firework image on kraft card stock and then applied various distress inks to make the image pop.  To complete the card, I added images from Love Your Neighbor.  I stamped the images on water color paper and used the same inks to add color before trimming and adding to the card.  You'll find "celebrate" in the sweet Rebecca Rios set, also from SNSS, called Fly High.

My second card also features the firework image from Free Indeed and is combined with images from Congrats Grad.  To color this card, I used Brusho pigment powders for a vibrant pop of color.  I finished the card by adding Distress Glaze which really polishes the colors and keeps them vibrant even after drying.  Be sure to check things out over at Sweet N Sassy Stamps--it's customer appreciation week and that only means good things for you!!

I hope your summer is filled with fun times and some relaxation too!

Be Awesome, Jane

I got crafty with:



Monday, June 11, 2018

Be Flamazing!

 
Happy Monday, Sweet Peeps!  It's been flamazing in my little neck of the world lately.  Schools out and that means my number one is home for the summer--good for this momma's heart!  My second child graduated from high school and bought her first car --all in the span of two days!!  Yikes!!


In a busy life, one of my greatest sources of relaxation and restoration is creating with goodies from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps.  June's release is super fantastic--I cannot get enough of the Be A Flamingo stamp set.

I created a resist by heat embossing the background piece and using various Brusho inks.  I love the way it turned out--Brusho's are finicky (or maybe its my skill level) but I love that in some ways. Life is often unexpected and you have to deal with what you've got--right?  You just never quite know until you get there!  I doubt I could recreate this background again, but--that's part of the fun of art--of each piece, every one is unique!  Just like us!

For my second card, I created a background of leaves and flowers, again, using Versamark Ink.  Using my new Lovely Words die (recently retired from Stampin' Up!), I created  a die cut window to show off that fancy bird again!  I love her.  Inked in white or black, she makes a statement--Be Flamazing!!

Have a great day!! Make it Flamazing--Jane

Monday, May 28, 2018

Refresh My Soul

I recently attended a conference where we talked about the importance of connecting with creation.  I recall my dad often taking us to tromp through the woods.  I loved those crisp fall days and noticing the mushrooms and other seed pods as we hiked a trail here or there.  Planted seeds.....I love being in nature (although I HATE bugs!!) and always find it refreshing to my soul.  It restores, I think.
I've lately been obsessed a bit with succulents. And, just like my dad, I wanted to share this interest with my kiddos.  That cute girl in the photo, my daughter Sophie, she likes to name her plants...Brian, Steve....lol, she's a hoot!
Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps came out with this fabulous stamp set just in the nic of time!! Refresh My Soul was the perfect choice to use for this sweet 8 x 8 scrapbook layout.  Also used, Bitty Minnie Alpha and Mini Grunge Type Alpha.  

#gnomemuchfun

Have a great day!!  Jane

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thinking of You


Thinking of you.....today, I'm featuring the Sweet 'N Sassy Stamp of the Month along with my current favorite set, Refresh My Soul!!

These two sets together make quick work of crafting beautiful cards!  To complete this one, I stamped a few of the images from Refresh My Soul and masked them, adding a few more images.  Each image is colored using distress inks and an aqua brush.  

When the images were completely dried, I floated some water color sky and ground around the images.  Using the Stamp of the Month, Scripty Thoughts, I added a sentiment and then a few sequins and staples for a simple one layer card full of color! 

Enjoy!!  TTFN--Jane

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bloom

Happy Tuesday, Friends!!  Today, I have a mixed media canvas to share.  It was so much fun to make--and, pretty simple, too!

I started with a 3 x 3 canvas, a stencil and some embossing paste.  While still wet, I sprayed the embossing paste with a variety of Dylusion sprays,  I let that dry completely (several days).  Next, I added several of the images found in the Sweet N Sassy Stamps Refresh My Soul stamp set.  I stamped on a heavy weight cardstock and heat embossed each image.  Rather than coloring the images (the background was already super colorful), I added just a bit of glitter glue to the containers and cacti blooms.


A few sequins and "Bloom" (from the same set) finish things off.  The perfect give for a plant loving friend of mine!!

TTFN--Be Awesome!  Jane

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the momma's out there--birth moms, foster moms, momma's whose babies live in Heaven, and spiritual moms!  A momma heart is unique and fierce, full of a love that is like no other.  It's my most favorite calling and my happiest place, but boy, is it a tough job!!

I created my card starting with a unique piece of background paper made using my Gelli plate.  I love that thing!  I stamped over the pattern with Rose Banner from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps using my stamp positioner.  Love that thing too!  It's like a dream--always a crisp, perfect image!  I embossed the roses as well.  I was then able to layer in lots of color using distress inks.  

My sentiment is from A Mother's Love:
A mother's love is like no other--Be Blessed
TTFN, Jane

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wishing You Happiness

Happy Thursday, Sweet Friends!  I had fun creating this flowery resist card with some goodies from my Sweet 'N Sassy Stamp stash!  I actually do own lots of other stamps, but find that I mostly use SNSS because the images are just so inspiring.  I should really challenge myself to use a variety of goodies!

I created a resist by masking and stamping several images from Scribble Flowers:
and Whimsy Bouquet:
After stamping with versa mark, I heat embossed the images using white emboss powder.  Later, I water colored using several distress inks (Fossilized Amber, Festive Berries and and Pine Needles).

I added the sentiment from the So Happy to finish things off.  I love how bold the sentiment is--just pops right off the card!

TTFN, Jane

Monday, May 7, 2018

Girl Power Birthday Wishes

Happy Monday!  I decided to kick the week off with some fun birthday cards I created with Sweet 'N Sassy Stamp's new release, Girl Power and the May Stamp of the Month, Scripty Thoughts.  You can get your own copy of Scripty Thoughts FREE with a $75 purchase.  Read all about it HERE.

I can not get enough of these great images from Girl Power!!

So many possibilities!!  There's still time to save and buy the whole BUNDLE!  Available until 5/9

Simple layouts, a little bit of bling!
You can never have enough birthday cards, right?  These two sets make it simple and so much fun!

TTFN, Jane

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Sweet Birthday Wishes


OH My Gosh, you guyssssss!!!!!!!!!!  I'm totally in love with the new release from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps this month!!  You can see it all (and pre-order the whole bundle at a SAVINGS now through May 9th!) over in the SNSS Store!   Be sure to check out the Company Blog  and the Creative Worship Blog also for more inspiration with this fantastic release!

Since it's been a while since I've created a 3D item, I decided to have a little dimensional fun right off the bat.  I was immediately struck by this fun little tag from the Bitty Minnie Alpha and just had to make a sweet treat box to show it off in style!

I started by stamping the tag, end to end, with just a little space (it's about an inch) between.  Not the greatest picture, but wanted you to see how simple it is!


I added the succulent, from Refresh My Soul, first and then masked it off before stamping the second tag.  I am all about the succulents lately--my kiddos and I have been having a blast creating terrariums (I'll be sharing these in an upcoming post!)  The new Refresh My Soul set has SOOOOO MANY possibilities, I am totally in love!

To create the "box" that holds a few pieces of candy, I cut a one inch strip of matching card stock and scored it to fit inside the two tags:


The "box" measures approximately 1  3/4" on each long side and 1" on the short sides.  To complete the tag, I used Refresh My Soul and Scripty Thoughts to embellish.  Scripty Thoughts is the May Stamp of the Month and yours FREE with a $75 order this month only!!

A few pieces of chocolate and one super sweet, little gifty is all set to go!

So many possibilities!!
Be Inspired; Be AWesome--Jane