Friday, January 28, 2022

Wrapping Up GIU: Another Photo Dump!

Guys!!  I just couldn't help myself!  Today is the final day of my Growing in Unity week.  I had so many favorites or "never been inked before" stamps that I just kept going!  I couldn't decide, so I'm sharing them all!  Thank you so much for joining me each day.  If you've left a comment here or on my Instagram, you are entered for a chance to win one of two $20 gift credits in the Unity Stamp Co store! I'll be announcing the winners Monday, January 31, 2022!   Best of Luck!

Go--get inky and enjoy!!  Have a great weekend!  TTFN, Jane


Thursday, January 27, 2022

Growing In Unity: Having Hope

Hello, Sweet Friends!!  Welcome back for day four of my Growing in Unity week!  I've been a lover of Unity Stamp Company for so long--it's a dream come true to play along with their GIU program!

Today, I am featuring the set, Having Hope.  This set contains four scripture quotes in beautiful script that make a wonderful focal point for any card.  I tend a small card ministry for my church and am always looking for stamps that will encourage others.  Nothing at all encourages like the very Word of God!!

Itty Bitty images are perfect for combing with these sentiments.  For my cards today, I've used:  Thankful and Grateful Oak, Big Summertime Bouquet and Stars in the Jar.

Be sure to leave me a comment here or on my Instagram for your chance to win!

Wishing you peace and health this day!
TTFN, Jane


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Growing in Unity: Girl, I love you...

Happy Wednesday!!  Today is day three of my Growing In Unity gig!  I have a fun little mish mash of cards because I have so much Unity Stamp Co goodness, it is impossible to decide!!

The above cards features Lalala Girl by Suzi Blu.  For real, I might own all the Girls by Suzi Blu--they are adorable, super sized and awesome!!  Check them out here!

I added the sentiment, Girl I love you from Hello Fresh Start.  If you are looking for a versatile sentiment set, I recommend that one AND there is also a beautiful floral image too!

Speaking of florals, I love the large silhouettes from the Donna Downey collection that make for quick and simple cards.  Above, I've used Wayward Blooms along with a sentiment from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.

Below, the floral image from You are Forever Beautiful is so soothing to water color and also makes for a quick-ish card!

 Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to comment here or on my instagram @stampymom5 for your chance to win one of two generous gift certificates from Unity Stamp Co.

TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

GIU Day Two: Layers of Life

Day two of my GIU gal week!  This beautiful silhouette image from the Layers of Life set Troubles Be Few is perfect for a quick card.  Using water color paper and distress inks, I created several colorful background pieces to stamp on.

Remember, you can enter to win a $20 store credit at Unity Stamp Co simply by leaving a comment here or on my Instagram @stampymom5

TTFN, Jane


Monday, January 24, 2022

Growing In Unity-Unity Stamp Co.

GUYS!!! I'm thrilled to be kicking off my Growing In Unity week!  Unity Stamp Co. has long been a favorite of mine and to say I am thrilled to be showing off their fantastic images is an understatement!  I super love the crisp images of their red rubber stamps.  They are my favorite to watercolor and make me feel like an artist--lol!

Today, I have two different cards using Truckload of Blooms.  The "bundle of happy wishes" sentiment is from the set.  "Thinking good thoughts" is from the itty bitty, Rosey Thoughts.

Both cards are water colored using distress inks.  The different color pallets give each card a completely unique feel.  I think this is a great guy image--flowers and all!

You too can enjoy some Unity goodness!  Be sure to come back each day this week to see what I'm sharing next.  When you leave a comment each day here, or on my Instagram @stampymom5, you'll be entered for your chance to win a Unity gift certificate.  Two prizes will be awarded during my week.

See you soon!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Advent Calendar Tutorial

Hello Sweet Friends!  A few weeks ago I shared an advent calendar I made featuring Sweet N Sassy Stamps on my Instagram (@stampymom5).  I promised to write a tutorial-how-to at that time.  I've had so many technical problems--it's taken nearly a month to get here!  I apologize for that and for some of the formatting, but I hope this is useful to help you create your own project!

 You will need chipboard, designer paper, cardstock, adhesive, stamps, ink, circle punch (optional) and a scoring tool. Copy and paste into blogger has been a real bugger!  I hope this remains clear for you!


Chipboard                        7 x 9 (2)

                                         2 ½ x 9

Designer Paper                8 x 10 (2)

                                         3 ½ x 10

 Spine Foundation            4 ½ x 9

Cardstock for boxes        4 x 7 (24)

Other                               Scissors

                                         Scoring Tool

                                         Adhesive (tape and glue)



                                         Circle punch (optional)

Creating the Calendar “Book” Base

Step One:           Cover all chipboard pieces with designer papers.  Be sure to miter corners as shown below.


Complete the larger pieces with an additional piece of designer paper or cardstock, measuring just slightly smaller than the 7x9 dimension of the cover pieces, to finish the front and back of each.  You will not need to do this for the smaller spine piece.  See step two.  

Step Two:  Adhere the smaller covered chipboard piece in the center of the spine foundation piece.  This piece, along with the two covers, forms the book-like base for your project.

Step Three:  Working on the backside of the spine section, place adhesive on each edge and adhere the covers.

Be sure to leave a small space between the chipboard pieces when assembling so they open and close without interference.

Decorate the front cover and set aside, moving on to creating the individual boxes.

Creating Daily Calendar Boxes:

Step One:           Score, on the long side of each 4 x 7 cardstock piece (24) at 1”, 3”, 4” and 6”

Rotate the cardstock and score again at 1” and 3”

Step Two:           Trim scored lines and corresponding flaps as shown below.  If desired, you can create a half circle notch on one end flap with a circle punch.   I used a 1 ¼” circle punch.

Step Three:        Place adhesive on the front and back flaps as shown.  

Step Four:          Fold and adhere each box (24) as shown.

Putting It All Together:

Step One:           Adhere each box to the base. I use a wet adhesive rather than tape for this step.  It is faster and I can get better overall coverage.  Pour a liberal amount of adhesive on your non-stick surface and dip each box bottom in for complete coverage from edge to edge.  As seen in the photo, the box bottom is the piece with the notch.  The three flapped piece is the cover—which I have begun to decorate with the red cardstock square.

I apologize for this partial picture, but you still get the idea.  You will adhere 12 boxes on each cover; four rows of three boxes.  Be sure to leave enough space between the rows so you are able to open each box.  I place a glass mat on top of the boxes while the glue dries to insure each box is well secured.

While the glue dries, decorate the box covers, numbering them from 1-24.

Adhere the numbered decorative pieces to the box tops in a random order.  Fill each  box with a small treat, toy and/or scripture verse. 

This is really a fun project!  I sure hope you give it a go!  Tag me @stampymom5 when you do--I'd love to see your work!

TTFN, Jane

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Junk Journals, Prayer Books...It's All The Same


Friends!  I love to thrift!  Earlier this summer, my daughter and I went to an estate sale and I found this gem for 50 cents!!  What a find!

If you are already following me on Instagram (where I post most of my stuff- @stampymom5) You may recall this from an earlier posting.  I tried my first tip in because the book has some wonderful prayers in it that I don't want to cover up.  I used Sweet As Honey to complete the layout.

And, now, I think I may be getting hooked on junk journaling!  I added this layout to the front cover of My Little Prayer Book using:  Blooming AnemonesTexture Tiles 6, Timeless HymnsChicken Wire Stencil, my gelpress plate, Distress Inks and some paper scraps.  It's fun and addicting--give it a try!

Have a great day!  Jane