Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September Blog Hop--SNSS: Trust In The Lord!

-->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 25.


My word for this year is surrender.  I've learned a lot about surrender--true surrender and the way in which it is life giving.  We live in a culture that demands the opposite--a world that tells us we are entitled to "have it our way" and "never say surrender."  True surrender, however, gives life and is grounded in the trustworthiness of our Great God.

Psalm 91: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the Lord, "my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."  (v1,2)

He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler (v4)

Imagine what that little bird must do to be covered under the wings of the larger bird? If I am to dwell in the shelter of the Most High and be covered under His wings,  I must be still.  I must remain in Him and go where He goes or else I will lose my covering.  To remain in Him and go where He goes, I must surrender my will, my way and, Be. Still.

Life giving still.  We tend to think that we have to do more, try harder.  But, that is not what His word says.  When we are able to stop our unhealthy striving and dwell in the shelter of the Most High, when we seek His plan and purpose--that is when the unhealthy striving ceases and we are free to abide in the life giving presence of the Almighty.  With all your heart, you can trust in His promises!

I wanted to use my gelli plate since all the cool kids are doing it!  LOL!  I've been inspired by my team mates and the art they've been sharing lately with this handy little tool!   I'm stoked that Sweet N Sassy Stamps is now offering it in the store!!  Be sure to grab yours!  My project for the hop are two pages in my Psalms Journal.  Both in Psalm 91.  Both pages were started with some distress inks and my gelli plate.  Next, some stencils and ink.  Finally, I am featuring Trust in the Lord from the new release, as well as Singing Praises.

I hope you are inspired by our art and hearts as you journey through the hop!  Your next stop is Lee Ann's blog.  I just know she's going to blow your socks off!  Make sure to leave everyone a little comment love so you have a chance at winning some good love of your own!

TTFN, Jane

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Flying By The Seat of My Pants....

Y'all!!  Happy Thursday!  That's what I do....fly by the seat of my pants...BUT for those of you who like to plan ahead and get a jump on things...this month's release from Sweet N Sassy Stamps is going to get your Christmas card mojo going for sure!!  There are three new Christmas sets, CHECK them out!!

I'm sharing a few ideas, today, using Warmth of Christmas.  The front panel is tucked behind an adorable gate, held closed with an evergreen wreath:


The inside panel includes a sentiment and peaceful snowy bench scene.


My second card, also features Warmth of Christmas and Thrill of Hope.  This card makes me think of my nephew and his love of ski hills.  It feels a little weird to be thinking about snow already, but....here in Wisconsin, it's inevitable!!


That's all for me today--make it a great week!  Get inky and be kind,
TTFN Jane

Monday, September 9, 2019

Sweet September

Happy Monday!!  This month, the Sweet N Sassy Stamps challenge is called Sweet September--c'mon and join in the fun!! 

Just pull out your sweet/sugary stamps (candy, fruit, dessert, drinks, etc).  If you aren't already a member, join the facebook group Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps VIP.  You'll find a yummy FREEBIE there to use!  Then, share your projects in the group.  If you use SNSS stamps, you will be entered for a chance to win a $10 gift code for use in the SNSS shop--how sweet is that?  One random winner will be picked and announced on October 1st.

Please use tag #snssvip919 when uploading projects, in the VIP group, and sharing on Instagram!

My SWEET card features one of my all time favorite sweet SNSS stamps sets, Sweet As Candy.  I water colored the images and card front, then added some glittery stickles--sweet!

I hope your day is sweet!  TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Be Still and Trust...


Happy September, Sweet Friends!!  It's hard to believe that summer is over already!  We've had such a good summer, but are definitely ready for a new school year and the adventures we will have.  

I managed some crafty time over the long holiday weekend and loved playing with the newest release from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps.  I started by stenciling, with various Ranger distress inks, this fun mandala on to kraft card stock.  I added another layer of ink with the Texture Tiles One stamp set to create texture.  

The sentiment all comes from the brand new Trust in the Lord stamp set available now in the Sweet N Sassy Stamps store.  This is set is perfect for cards, bible journaling, mixed media and.....life in general!

I pray you are blessed with peace, as you trust in the love and care of our Great God--
TTFN, Jane

Friday, August 16, 2019

Sweet N Sassy Stamps + My Sweet Petunia Hop



It's a fabulous day today because Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is joining forces with My Sweet Petunia for an awesome blog hop and giveaway! There's a chance to win a $50 gift code to each shop, so we hope you'll join the fun and hop along with us! To be eligible for the drawing, leave a little shout out in the comments at each stop along the hop.

I own both the original Misti and the Creative Corners--you guys!!!!! Fabulous! As soon as I got my Creative Corners, I just had to play! I grabbed a piece of cardstock with an interesting gelli plate pattern, an alphabet (In Stitches Alphabet), a sentiment (Faith Wordfetti) some cute bird stamps (SOTM, Singing Praises--all from Sweet N Sassy Stamps!) and my Creative Corners. Yikes!! This is just the beginning of a whole new world of stamping potential.


I cannot even begin to tell you how much paper I have messed up and wasted over the years!  My Misti allows me to line things up and practice before adding ink.  It also allows me multiple inkings for the perfect additions to cards, bible journaling and scrapbook pages.


A year ago, at this exact time, I was meeting my oncologist for the first time and hearing the plan that would remove cancer from my body.  There were tests after tests and, what felt like, endless appointments.  I started chemotherapy on the day my mother-in-law passed away.  To say it was a hard year for my family is the biggest understatement.  But God.

He carried me in a way I have never allowed myself to be carried before.  I understand surrender in a different way; a life giving way.  I purposed to be obedient, to be held, and, if it were His will, to be healed.  Shortly after my first chemo treatment, I shaved my head.  Losing my hair was truly the least of my worries, but when it started coming out in handfuls, it was overwhelming.  Shaving my head--it was empowering.

The new Faith Wordfetti set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps, contains almost every thought I had at that time.  "Not today Satan"--I would literally speak it out loud--"get behind me in the name of Jesus" every time my mind was threatened with despair.  I remember sobbing and saying those words in my car on the way to work.  My mantra became "be still and know."  "God is bigger!"  I "live for Him" and "choose joy."

My 8x8 scrap page started with a picture and bible page from a vintage bible I keep on hand for such a purpose.  Behind my big ol' bald head is the scriptures found in Psalm 62:
 
"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken."

Book ends, Friends!!  My second scrap page features me just weeks ago, July 11th, and my final dose of chemotherapy.  My hair started growing back after December 6th which was when the BIG chemo ended.  After that, it was what they refer to as adjunct treatment--6 months of Herceptin; now, over also!  My med bag came with a little cocktail umbrella which made me laugh.  My younger son came with me that day--I was so glad to have him there.  It was a surprise to me how emotional I became when that last med went in and I realized it was finally over--that part any way.  I now live in a different kind of reality.
It's changed me.  Today, reflecting on the last year, I can honestly say it  has been  more blessing than curse.  What is meant for evil, GOD does transform for His good and perfect purposes.  Glory be to the Great Physician!  May each of my days be given to honor Him.  I adore Sweet N Sassy Stamps for so many reasons, but mostly because of the God honoring product that allows me a platform to share His good news and kindness with others.

I created all of my projects using the MISTI, Creative Corners and Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps.  Alphabets featured are:  Sunshine Girl Alpha, Typewriter Block Alpha, Sweet N Simple Alpha and Bitty Mini Alpha.  It's  the time to load up on alphabet stamps with the Sweet Sale happening now.

It is my hope that you enjoy our collaborative hop and are inspired by the projects and the hearts that share them.  Be sure to share YOUR heart with the teams and you'll have a chance to win a great prize!!

For your convenience, here is the hop line up!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August Sweet N Sassy Stamps Hop!!

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 winnner! 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 21.

My first project is a layout in a prayer journal I've been working in.  I prepped these pages using the newly released Faith Wordfetti and Healer of My Heart.  I added some texture using Texture Tiles 3--also a great way to mask ink smudges!  LOL!  


I'm a total sucker for cute whimsical images.  This month's release does not disappoint with this cute Tea for Two set!

I love tea and I love giving gifts....so, why not combine the two?  This first tea bag holder features Tea For Two and Faith Wordfetti.  It's simple little gift to make and give.  Start with a 6x6 piece of two sided designer paper.  Fold two opposing corners to the middle and then fold in half the long way.  Make two additional score lines approximately 1/4" on either side of the middle bottom score.  You can then create an "M" fold and the holder will stand up as shown.  Quick and sweet!


The second tea bag holder allows for more room to decorate with this sweet set and includes a belli band!  It also features Tea for Two and Faith Wordfetti :)

 This holder forms a book of tea bags and is secured with the belli band.  You can click on the picture to enlarge the photo and see the details.


From here, you are on your way to Lucinde van Ballegooijen's blog!  Don't forget to leave your comment first to be entered to win a little shopping love in the Sweet N Sassy Store!

Enjoy! Jane

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Everything


"Even the sparrow has a place to lay its head
So why would I let worries steal my breath
Even the roses, you have glowed them brilliant red
Still I'm the one You love more than this

You give me everything
You give me everything
You give me everything I need..."

I love Lauren Daigle, you guys!  Her music is so inspiring!  I often play her music on repeat when I am in my studio.  One of her songs (Everything), focuses on Psalm 84:3. It's a beautiful song and reminder of God's provision in our lives.  Recently, I listened to the That Sounds Fun podcast where Annie F Downs interviewed Lauren Daigle.  It is such a lovely and encouraging interview.  I hope you all take the time to enjoy it!

My page, journaled in my Psalms journal, features the following stamp sets, all from Sweet N Sassy Stamps:  Sunshine Girl Alphabet, Words of Life: Action, Singing Praises (the stamp of the month!), and Faith Wordfetti.  I used various distress oxide inks to create the background and then added the rest.  the new Faith Wordfetti set is so amazing and versatile.  If I could, I give one to everyone, I love it that much!
My card also features the Stamp of the Month, Singing Praises--I love coloring that bird!!  I used Healer of My Heart to complete the sentiment.  These stamps are so versatile, they can be used on a card, AND in your bible or other journal.  The possibilities are endless!

I needed these reminders this past week.  Did you too?  He gives us Everything. All that we need, when we need it.  He is always on time.   He will comfort you....and, me too! 

Wishing you rich blessings this week,  Jane