Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hoppin' Along......

Get Back!!!  For realz....if you did not start this amazing blog hop at the very beginning---you need to go back!  The Technique Junkie team has a wonderful hop to share with you today and I just know you will not want to miss one single project!  We are hopping and sharing with you some sample projects from the TJ's newest CD, Sensational Stencils!

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful this new CD from Technique Junkies is!  You can read all the details here:  Sensational Stencils.  And, since once you see the amazing projects, you'll be needing to order it, you can do that here also:  Order Now.

You've made it here from Holly Brown's blog!!  Yay!!  Isn't she amazing!  Such unique projects--I just love her style! 

My projects showcase two of my favorite techniques....shhhhhh.......don't tell the other 38!!  That's right!  There are 40 stencil techniques on this CD!  Who knew there were so many things a gal could do with a stencil??

My first project spotlights the simple, yet clever technique called Layered Stencils.  I've paired it with the most adorable image from Technique Junkie Stamps!  Isn't she just sweetest?  My sentiment, also from Technique Junkie Stamps, is from an incredibly versatile set called, Simple Sentiments 2.

My second project....I'm not going to lie....I'm a bit obsessed with this one!  When you get your CD, you'll see that I may have gone a bit overboard in the sample department!  Such a fun technique with soooooo many possibilities!!  It's called Stencil and Doodle....it's the Zentangle of Stencilville!! So much fun!  I picked up this particular sencil in a groovy little pack....from some store....they are from Heidi Swapp.  The stencils themselves are very polaroid camera-esc!  My crafty kid and I could not pass them up!

Since you've put up with me this long....I'll send you on to see what the crafty Ms. Jackie Kalchert has for you!  Off You Go!  You're off to see Ms. Jackie!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Everything Matters

I love....no, I ADORE, this gorgeous Butterfly girl image from Prima.  I found my very own at Simon Says Stamp--just knew it had to be mine the minute my eyes lay upon it.

Creating the main image for this canvas took a good deal of time.  It was super putzy and full of fussy cutting--it was marvelous therapy!  I started with a book page and gesso, a few pieces of cardstock, designer papers and my best little scissors.  It's multi-layered and pieced together with much love and lots of dimension.

The canvas started as a bit of an experiment in repurposing a kiddie attempt at canvas making and the subsequent abandonment of said canvas. (If you are wondering, the canvas measures 8" x 10")  What's a frugal crafty mom to do?  I started with paint and then more book pages.  Added more paint, a stencil and gesso.  To finish, I added some wonderful images from Unity (and, the sentiment) and Stamper's Anonymous.  More dimension and texture from some groovy cork sticker thingys from Stampin' Up! and a bobble or two with some shine. 

It all makes a great case for hoarding....I mean saving random crafty stuff :)

Thanks for looking!

TTFN, Jane

Monday, September 22, 2014

Post It....

Happy Monday! 
Today, I have a fun little desk top project that is super simple to make!  You can start with a piece of cardstock--mine measured 3 1/8" x 11".  It can be any color or even a decorative designer paper--the sky is the limit!!
I scored the base paper at 4 1/4", 8 1/2", 9 1/2" and 10 1/2".  When folded properly and secured with some sticky tape (or other trusty adhesive) it forms an easel type base that is perfectly suited for a project like this.
The front box--which holds a 3" x 3" pad of post-it notes--was created using a scallop envelop die cut, but really can be easily fashioned with two pieces of cardstock.  I would start with a piece of cardstock that measures 2 3/4" x 4 1/4".  Score the two short sides and one long side at 1/2".  Do this twice and adhere the flaps together to make the box shape.  Secure that to the easel base, decorate and waaaaahlaaaa!
I've used one of my favorite stamp sheets, Gnomes, from I Brake For Stamps to decorate mine.  Such cute and fallish images.....I could not resist!  The mushrooms on the back panel are pieced together with the same designer paper that decorates the front....it just pulls it all together!  When you find some favorite goodies of your own, in the IBFS store, be sure to use my savings code:  SAVE10JANE.
This one was claimed quickly by my crafty daughter--she fell in love with that sweet little gnome!  It's okay....just another reason to make more!
TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Daughter of God

Today, I'm sharing a 8 x 8 canvas I call Daughter of God.  Named for this beautiful image from Unity Stamps, it's a favorite....for so many reasons!
I started by painting my canvas and using a gelato drip technqiue to add interesting colors and textures to the base.  I colored some texture paste to match the pink/purple dress and then added some ultra fine glitter before the paste dried.  It is super sparkly in real life!
Other stamps that I used to complete this canvas are:  Wayward Blooms, several images from June's Layers of Life kit, and an older verse from an Ippity set.  Ippity used to be a direct sales component of Unity Stamp Co, but I'm not sure it's still around....? 
I'm going to give this one a whirl on etsy......I just have to remember my login ;)  Wish me luck!
Anyway, I hope you are having a fabulous week and take some time to get creative...I know I will!
TTFN, Jane

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like.....

Christmas??  LOL!   It was so cold this weekend, I actually had to turn my heat on......ticked me off a bit, I must say!!

But, what's a girl to do?  I grabbed me a Rick St. Dennis favorite (available at I Brake For Stamps) and got inky!

I like challenges.  It's almost second nature to grab a white piece of cardstock when thinking about stamping a line art image like this one.  So, instead, I grabbed a kraft piece.  I'll admit, my white distress ink marker made the challenge of using a colored cardstock a bit less challenging :)

The whole image, in fact, is colored with distress markers.  I love the way the white pops!  I also used it to create my frosted background piece. 

You know, it's not too early to start your own Christmas cards.....pop on over to the IBFS store--whydontcha?  Say Heeeeeeelllllooooooooo to sweet, Ms Della and save some using my coupon code:  SAVE10JANE


TTFN, Jane

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sweet Teddy

Happy Monday!!!

On this gloomy, Labor Day, I'm sharing a bright sunshiney card!  I hope it brightens things up just a bit!

I started by creating a distressed ink patchwork background.  I added a stitched image around each color block and texturized each using a stencil and some water.  I love all the different things distress ink can do!

My sweet image is called Sweet Teddy and can be found in the I Brake For Stamps store.  You'll probably want to look around a bit!  I'd start in the clearance section--it's just who I am!  To save even more, use my savings code SAVE10JANE and tell Ms Della I said hideeho!  :)

TTFN, Jane