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

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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

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!
TTFN--Jane

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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 kind....it 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