Monday, April 23, 2018

Everyone Else Is Taken....

Be Yourself.  Such words of wisdom.  Who here is just that?  Gosh, the pressures of this world sometimes makes this a seemingly impossible task.  It's why, in theory, I love the unicorn!  Mythical, maybe.  But a great emblem of all that is unique and wonderful about you....and, you....and, you.

I created these two cards using the Sweet N Sassy Stamps set called Be Unique.  The card above was a fun little adventure in masking...and so much fun to color.

My second card also features the Be Unique stamp set--I love those jewels and had to cover them with some Stickles glitter glue to make them sparkle as they should.  I will never get sick of this unicorn!  My middle love, Sophia, was big into My Little Pony so, every time I play with this set, it brings up great memories from when she was little.  I miss those days, but wouldn't trade them for now either!

I paired Be Unique with the "Shine" sentiment from Worthy King by Rebecca Rios, and also available at Sweet N Sassy Stamps.  I love her style!!  It's my wish for each and every you out there!!  Shine.  Be Amazing.

TTFN, Jane

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Mother's Love

Happy Friday!!  It's a very special Friday in my world since today is my momma's birthday!  I know she reads my blog, so I don't want to spoil it by sharing her birthday card, just yet.  It is, however, the perfect day to share a series of cards that celebrate A Mother's Love; and feature the new Sweet and Sassy Stamp set by the same name.

A few weekends ago, I got out my Gelliarts gelli plate and made a slew of backgrounds.  Friends, this a seriously addicting tool!  It's so much fun to combine colors, textures and whatever else you can think of.  Each pressing is unique.  It's kind of like opening a gift each time; you never know what you are going to get!

This final card also features a resist panel and the Whimsy Bouquet set.  I love all of the silhouette images.  So sweet and full of memories for me when some of my favorite people were small.

Happy Birthday, Granny!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kindness Matters

It's a great day to be kind!!  Let's make it beautiful!  

I've been playing with some colorful backgrounds I created with my Gelliarts gelli plate.  This thing is amazing!  So many possibilities for colorful fun!

I added some silhouette images from Nature Silhouettes by Sweet N Sassy stamps  and the sentiment from the Kindness Matters set--also found in the SNSS store.  It's a simple card with a good message.  What could be better than that?

Have a great day!  Given the choice to be right or to be kind, always chose to be matters!
TTFN, Jane

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Be Yourself, You're Awesome!

Happy Sunday, Sweet Friends!  Blizzard 2018 is in full swing and has been the perfect opportunity to hunker down and art!  Today, I'm showing off two AWESOME cards featuring Sweet 'N Sassy's brand new Be Unique clear stamp set.

Neither layout is unique to me....I saw both somewhere in cyber land and thought each interesting enough to recreate with my own goodies!  The top card uses a few dies for the sun rays and clouds.  Numerous companies sell these kinds of dies.  Use what you have!  I just cannot get enough of that sweet Unicorn!!

I particularly loved the second card idea for the acetate overlay that features the sentiment and main image over the top.  Behind the acetate, I created my own background paper using all of the other elements in this fantastic set!  Using a stamp platform (total game changer!) I stamped and then embossed all of the elements.  Just a quick swoosh of water color using distress inks finished things off.

Be Yourself, You're Awesome!  TTFN, Jane

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Shine On!

Shine On, Sweet Friends!   Happy Sunday!  It's the start of a new week.  Time to let go of what didn't go well last week and look forward to new opportunities!  I'm sharing my Shine On Girl Canvas.  It's a 6 x 6 mixed media canvas that features several goodies from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. You can do it too!!

I started this canvas with a base layer of hymns and prayer--Timeless Hymns makes it easy to sing praises over my work!  After adding some color, I added the focal image from the Garden of Grace Printable Bundle--such a fantastic idea--this is such a versatile and craft kit!!  The digital images can be sized for any project and worked perfectly for this larger canvas.

Next, I added some gold texture paste with a stencil and paper pieced a designer paper shirt for the Shine On Girl.   The Shine On sentiment is from the brand new-swoon worthy Be Unique stamp set.  Finally, some paper flowers and sequins to add some bling.  I love her in real life......she's so sparkly!

Shine on--make it a great week! Jane

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Tis So Sweet

Today is my favorite day.  Some people find it odd.....being Good Friday and all.  It's my favorite day to go to Church.  It's the day we recall the most precious gift of all.  It's not the only day of the year I think about what Christ did on that cross....for me...for you.  I think about that every day.  It's the day I fully feel it.  All of it.  What a sinner I am.  And, that He would die for me.  For me?  He died that I may live.  He died. For me. He died.  For you.

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.  So sweet, indeed,  Jane

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Because He Lives....

Happy Tuesday, Sweet Friends!  Sooner or later, the spring will come--don't you think?  I can just about see and butterflies and birds all around....

For my first card, I started with a piece of glossy card stock.  Using Whimsy Bouquet, I randomly stamped and embossed several images from the set.  I colored the panel using a dauber and Ranger Distress Oxide inks.  I am really diggin' those inks and all the beautiful vibrant colors. I added a sentiment from Timeless Hymns and one of the butterflies from New Creature to finish things off.  

For my second card, I used an emboss resist technique along with some color burst powders.  I love how the background turned out with all the color layers.  All of the feathers, from His Wings, are embossed.  When everything was cooled and dry, I used the script image from Texture Tiles 1 (yours FREE with a $75 purchase!) to add some extra interest. 

I created the sentiment strip using Timeless Hymns and His Wings.  Hurry, you only have a few more days to make this great FREE set yours!

TTFN, Jane

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

No Matter How Long the Winter

Who besides me is looking forward to seeing a few of these beautiful daffodils in the yard or park?  Our recent warming trend has me thinking of flowers and baseball games! 

I wanted a simple card that strictly featured the daffodil flower from Sweet 'N Sassy's Spring Blossom set.  To begin, I stamped and embossed the daffodil on kraft cardstock.  I colored the flower by blending a few Prisma colored pencils.  I love how that white flower just pops off the cardstock.  I used an x-acto blade to cut out one of the flower petals just far enough to slip the bordering die beneath it.  I then embossed on a rubber pad to create the impression without cutting all the way through.  Finally, I added the sentiment which can be found on the same Spring Blossom set.

For the second card, I chose a more colorful scheme that includes some pattern paper, watermark stamping and some glittery bling!  This card also features Timeless Hymns, which is also available at Sweet 'N Sassy stamps for preorder right now.  This is such a great set--so many great hymns--you can sing and create all at the same time!  To add texture and interest behind the focal flower, I used a watermark ink to stamp the flower several times and then added a few of the texture images from Texture Tiles 1.  TT1 is the FREE with purchase set this month over at Sweet 'N Sassy and is yours for FREE with a $75 order.  Check it out!!

Have a great day!!  TTFN--Jane

Thursday, March 8, 2018

No Spring Skips Its Turn

Happy Thursday!  I’m thinking my week might need some flowers and the promise of spring. How about you?

I created this mixed media card using several new goodies from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps, including the FREE stamp of the month:

 Texture Tiles 1 is FREE with your purchase of $75!  How super cool is that?  This is the perfect set for adding that finishing touch and for creating super cool backgrounds! 

I used Ranger distress inks, water coloring techniques and some gold texture paste to complete my card.  It features the Spring Blossoms set, also from Sweet 'N Sassy.  I can't wait until my little neck of the woods is sporting flowers for real!!

Have a great day!! Be Awesome--Jane

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

I'm so excited about the new release from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps!  The brand new Timeless Hymns set is contagious--I cannot look at this set with out finding a song in my heart.  I love it!  Worship is my very favorite and this set is such a great tribute to some of my most favorite hymns.  Singing makes me want to get arty so, I made this sweet little 3 x 3 canvas to feature some of my newest goodies!

I combined a sentiment from the Timeless Hymns set with the beautiful daffodil found in the Spring Blossoms set to create my mixed media canvas.  It makes me happy and hopeful just looking at it despite the blanket of deep snow that still covers my outside.  Little by little we are seeing some melt....I can barely wait to see the first flowers poking'll happen soon!

To make the canvas, I first applied a layer of gesso and then added the stamped image.  To color the back ground, I used a Faber-Castell PITT pen and then moved the color around with my fingers.  I love how this created a shadowy effect.  I added color to the flower in much the same way.  To add some extra interest, I used the Stamp of the Month from Sweet 'N Sassy, Texture Tiles 1.  It's the featured free with purchase set for March:

You'll get this set--which is so versatile--FREE with your purchase of $75 or more!  This set is perfect for adding that last little something, the final touch!

Enjoy!  Jane

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hope is The Anchor

Billy Graham passed on recently.  My favorite news story about this great man started with a quote from him "Some day you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't you believe a word of it."  The rest reads like this:  "I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God."

I have read and heard many of Pastor Graham's messages and ponderings on this world and beyond over the years, but this is, by far, one of my favorites.  Why?  Because, life.

Entrenched in the struggles, the highs and lows, this world offers, it is so easy to lose sight of what is true.  It is so easy to get bogged down with the stress, the fear.  Illness of a loved one, financial struggle, hurting kids, hurting adults, too much, too!  I've been bogged down, fearful, stressed.

Where is your hope?  Without hope, I cannot see to face tomorrow.  And, so, I hope.  I hope in the promise of the One True King---where is your hope?

So, I'm sharing some hope.  Just a reminder that it does anchor your soul.  It is what makes us ready to face tomorrow.  I need that reminder at times.  It's one of the reasons I adore working with Sweet 'N Sassy stamps!  Not only do I have a community that loves and encourages me, all that we do is about the hope.  This is one of my favorite images, Hope Anchors the Soul.  As you can see from my two cards above, it is perfect for a quick card, a word of encouragement.  You can find it HERE.  Also, don't forget, today is the last day for this adorable stamp of the month! 
Hoppy Easter is FREE with a $60 purchase today only!!  Don't miss out!

Be hopeful.  Be Awesome--Jane

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Eggstra Special

Happy Saturday, Sweet Friends!  February is quickly moving into March.  I wanted to share a few more projects I made using the Sweet N Sassy Stamps FREE with purchase set for this month, Hoppy Easter.

Both cards started from the same piece of hand stamped designer paper.  Using that adorable bunny, I randomly stamped a bunny pattern and then colorized using various Oxide Inks--what's more springy than a rainbow of colors!? 

The first card is a shaker filled with all types of shiney things!  The featured sentiment is also from Hoppy Easter.

Not just for Easter, the second card also features a sentiment from the set and would make a great birthday or thinking of you card.

As you can see, it's a versatile set....and, did I mention, it's FREE!!

Stop on over at the SNSS shop and see for yourself.....lots of goodies just waiting for you!

TTFN, Jane

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweet Spring

Sweet Spring Blessings, Sweet Friends!  Today, I’m sharing a springy creation from the frozen tundra mostly to remind myself that Spring will come. There will be warmth again, new life and baseball even. Soon.

I started my creation with a swatch of fabric that seemed a perfect fit with the feel and style of the Whimsical Bouquet stamp set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps:

After sewing the fabric to a card stock base, I stamped, embossed and layered various stems and flowers to create a bouquet of my own. It was great therapy to trim each piece—I love me some good ol’ fussy cutting!

To finish things off, I used this months FREE with purchase set, Hoppy Easter, to add the perfect sentiment. (Also from SNSS) Another great, versatile set!

Be inspire...get awesome!  
TTFN, Jane

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chosen, Forgiven and Free

Happy Monday!  It’s been a long day and one that needs a reminder for my tired, weary heart. So, I thought I’d share a card featuring Hello My Name Is clear stamp set from Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps.  

I created my background using several distress inks, various sentiments from the set and a basic resist technique.  For a little added interest and contrast, I used some stripey paper and sparkly star sequins for finishing touches. 

The “name tag” trio repeats background colors and serves as a great reminder. When I’m feeling like I just can’t win, I need to remember that the battle is already won.

You know?


Chosen, Forgiven & Free

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Enjoy the Sips!

I love coffe and everything about it! The smell, the taste, the warmth.  There’s something about it that is just so very soul satisfying.  I’m always drawn to coffee sets, as well.  Just like this cute set from Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps called Pick Me Up:

Did I mention you get this die set FREE when you buy Pick Me Up:

Life is short. Enjoy every sip...have a great day!
Be Amazing 😉 Jane