Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September Release Hop: SNSS

 

Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps September Release Hop! There's another fabulous release in the SNSS shop that we've been stamping with and we're so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, September 30.


My first project is a slimline card featuring Scene Silhouettes:  Jesus Is Born along with Christmas Wordfetti.  
Distress oxide inks are perfect for creating the night sky.  A few sprinkles of water creates interest and texture.

The new Christmas Gnomes set is super adorable!  The images are fun to color and combine perfectly with the September Stamp of the Month, Holiday Greetings.

Like I said, so much fun to color!!  This slimline card also features Christmas Text in the background windows, showing off those cute little Gnomes.


You are off to your next stop, Karen's blog.  I hope you are feeling inspired and ready to get inky!!
TTFN, Jane

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Battles


Hey, Friends!!  I wanted to pop on the blog today because I realize, I just haven't been. Some things have fallen away for me in this last season; unfortunately blogging has been one of them. Instagram has become a quicker platform for me to share my art when I'm lacking words.  And, this most recent season of all things different and covid has often left me without words.  If you want to follow me on Instagram, I sure would love to meet you there. You can find me @stampymom5

I spent some time in 2 Timothy when I created this bible journal page.  Truthfully, I didn't love it and wasn't planning to share it.  The ink is messy and dirty looking--off balance and not what I wanted.  It doesn't line up and certainly wasn't at all what I had in mind.  Kinda just like life. Right?  So, I decided to share it anyway because, art reflects life and likely no more so than in this offering and a time such as this.  

In a world full of division and strife; in the healing and the hurting, I pray you will be encouraged by Paul's words:

Soldier of Christ--be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus!

Share in suffering, aiming to please the One who has enlisted you!

The Lord will give you understanding in everything.  Seek Him.  Paul provides much encouragement and direction for us with his words which are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote them.    I hope that you will spend some time with Paul soaking it in.

Stamps sets from Sweet N Sassy Stamps that I used include:  Grace Upon GraceThe  Lord's Battle  and Texture Tiles 1

Thanks for stopping; may you see the faithfulness of our Lord today and for all the tomorrows, Jane

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

August SNSS Blog Hop and Giveaway!


Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps August Release Hop! There's another fabulous release in the SNSS shop that we've been stamping with and we're so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, August 19


My first card features the Like a Sunflower set.  All three sunflower images were stamped and trimmed from water color paper.  I used several different distress inks to color each flower and added them to the slimline card design.  I added a few sentiments from Faith Wordfetti to finish the card off.


My second card is made with the Stamp of the Month, Coffee Talk set.  It's so cute--it just makes me giggle!

  

My final card uses the new GG: Christian Love digi and a sentiment from Be Encouraged.


You are off to Karen's blog!  Enjoy!!

TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Grace Upon Grace-July Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!!  It's time for another blog hop full of Sweet N Sassy Stamps inspiration!  It's such a joy to be involved with this wonderful company--I consider it to be one of the very best blessings in my life today!

There's another fabulous release in the SNSS shop that we've been stamping with and we're so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, July 22nd.


I created this sweet piece of wall art using an embroidery hoop to frame my sentiment featuring Grace Upon Grace.  This is a great set for cards, bible or hymnal journaling, faith-dex cards and so much more!  Also featured, images from My Father's House and Consider the Wildflowers


I've been a bystander in the slimline card frenzy until this week!  I finally tried my hand at it and really....this card does not disappoint!  I'm pretty excited to make more!  I paper pieced the sweet cherries from the July stamp of the month, Summer Fruits--who does not love a good fruit pun??




Your next stop is Karen's blog!  Enjoy!

BKAD (bekindanddo)--Jane



Friday, July 3, 2020

PSA: Do Something


So... I got this card from a dear friend of mine.  The words inside are as beautiful as the front of the card.  It caused me pause and some reflection on my journey.

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer—just writing that brings me some joy….”a few years ago……”  It's been a long journey, but PRAISE GOD that I am now walking 18 months of cancer free!!  But, I digress.  During that time, I used my blog to share my journey and, most specifically, how my God showed up and met with me in the middle of the storm; the truths I had heard of, but had now come to know in a very clear and personal way.

I haven’t used my blog recently in the same way, but thought today I would give it ago.  I participated in a conversation with some other survivors recently who were encouraging another crafter. She had a newly diagnosed friend who she wanted to reach out to.  Overwhelming the feedback in that conversation was “do something.”  Today, I want to encourage you to do something too.

I understand the well meaning and compassionate offer of “if you need anything, let me know.”  I’ve said this many times myself.  It’s used as a way of saying I care about your struggle, I’m not sure how to help, but I want to.  The problem is, in a storm—you just have no idea what you need.

And, then, I got this little card.  And it reminded me of much.  During chemotherapy, people fed my family, sent cards with beautiful prayers written inside, took my kids to do the things I couldn’t do with them—like shop for a special outfit for a school activity.  Sometimes I asked and honestly, my people never disappointed.  I already knew that about them and love them for it that much more.  However, the things that really made me break down and reminded me I was loved, and CONVINCED ME OF JESUS IN MY LIFE, were the things I didn’t ask for.  The requests I didn’t even know to make—the books encouraging my fight, prayer journals, gift cards for meals, handmade gifts….it’s a long list.  The things, however, are not my point.

My point is:  do something.  People are hurting all over this crazy world of ours for so many reasons, both obvious and then, not so much.  We talk and talk about how we need more kindness.  My friends, that starts with you.  Today.  And, again tomorrow.  Let’s all do something.  Let’s be the hands and feet to others—the ones we know but, more importantly, the ones we don’t know.  Let’s take LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR off the shelf of cute t-shirt designs and catchy phrases and actually LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS.  I dare you.

It’s starts with this.  A cute card, a word of encouragement.  An intentional seeking of opportunity to connect with the people that you meet when your walking down the street (pretty sure that’s a song because it’s now on a loop in my head!)  Those sad eyes peeking out from above that face mask?  She’s there.  He hurts.  They are afraid.

Be kind and do. 

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”  James 1:  22-25

The perfect law….the law of liberty is Jesus.  He did.  He does.  He will.

If you'd like more information about my beautiful friend and card, you can read her blog post also 😍

Have a blessed holiday weekend!  Do something ❤

BKAD--Jane

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

SNSS June Release!


Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps June Release Hop! There's another fabulous release in the SNSS shop that we've been stamping with and we're so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, June 24.

Sweet 'n Sassy Blog

Julee Tilman

Ceal Pritchett

Diane Zechman

Esther Asbury

Jane Bosi

Karen Decknick

Lee Ann Barrett

Lyn Tomlin

Sheri Gilson

I always love an opportunity to use release stamps for some home decor!  Dazzling Dahlia was the perfect image for this 6 x 6 canvas.

I started by covering the canvas with bible pages.  Then, I created the colorful background using a stencil and some colored textured paste.  To finish things off, I added some sequins and "flourish" from Refresh My Soul

I am super loving the use of black and white images against a more colorful background.  The  background on this card features the Psalm 23 background along with the clock image and sentiment from this months Stamp of the Month, Time Well Spent.  The flower and leaf images are from Consider The Wildflowers

Your next stop is Karen's blog! Enjoy!

TTFN--Jane

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Ruff....



Happy Sunday!  I'm still playing along with the Spring Summer Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Hop.  I don't shop a huge number of stores--I have my favorites, you know.  There is so much goodness out in stamp land!  I have to be discerning and really watch myself!   BUT.....I saw this sweet image from The Rabbit Hole Designs and just could not resist!  How funny is this guy?

I used several random images to create my background and then added some sweet little wooden hearts I bought a few eons ago from.....Stampin' Up! I think.  Yes, I can always make a case for hoarding!!

I hope you are having a great holiday weekend and find some time for whatever it is that restores your soul--

TTFN, Jane