Thursday, September 20, 2018

Little Snow Bear

Hello friends!
Today I have a sweet little bear from Picket Fence Studios to share! He is from one of the September releases called A Bear Kind of Winter. 
I stamped him in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and then colored in using alcohol markers. Notice the snowflakes in the panel behind him? Those were stamped with VersaMark ink. The background is from another new release called All That Glitters. I used VersaFine Sepia ink for that stamp.
I added some little journaling cards (Twig 2) that I had in my stash from Little Yellow Bicycle, and some beautiful sequins from Picket Fence Studios - Moonshine and Mermaid Water. I love these colors together for a winter card! How about you?



Friday, September 14, 2018

September Release for Picket Fence Studios!

Today is the September Release for Picket Fence Studios and I am really excited to show you some of the new stamps and stencils! I will be sharing one today, and more this next week, so stay tuned for that, AND a giveaway of one of the new products!

Today I am using the adorable A Bear Kind of Winter. This is the CUTEST polar bear set, with some really fun sentiments. You can see the entire set at the bottom of this post. Yesterday was my granddaughter's third birthday, and I so wanted to give her a hug. That, and she lives in North Carolina, so even more hugs are needed! Thankfully, they are inland quite a bit.
I stamped my bear and sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black, and then added some shading and colored his hat and scarf with Copic markers.I added some Diamond Stickles to his brim and puff. The sparkle is from the Happy Hour - Moonshine set of sequins - lots of winter fun in that package of goodness - including a little clear one hiding between the two silvers!
Stop by all this next week and see what else is new - plus don't forget about my upcoming giveaway of part of the new release!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Little Floral Happy!

Good morning!
Today I have a sweet little gift card to spread some floral happiness!
Today I am using the Hopeful Flowers stamp set by Trinity Stamps. It has the sweetest images! I stamped my watering can bouquet with VersaFine Onyx Black, and then colored in the image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I added some Diamond Stickles to the flower centers and bottom of the can.








Using the matching dies, I cut out the can and set aside. For the base of my CAS (Clean and Simple) card, I took an Altenew stencil, and placed it slightly wonky on my cardstock, and then sponged in some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to give a little depth to the design.
I stamped a couple of additional images and a sentiment word from the Caffeinated Sentiments set – “happy”. I popped up the watering can with foam tape, and adhered it to a base to make a little gift card. I think the recipient will smile!


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Day for Gratitude

Reflecting back on 9/11 today has been a time of thankfulness. Just for everyone who put their lives on the line to save as many as they could - for the first responders, the search dogs, those on the third plane - so many to mention. Two of my friends narrowly missed being there. One was late for a train. And didn't make it to the Towers as planned. Another, I just found out today, was evacuated from one of the buildings. And you still learn, it seems, even this many years later, about people who cared about people, and the stories they have to tell. And now there is a beautiful musical about some lifesavers too.

So today my card is all about gratitude. For all of those people that I know about, have read about, and those whose names I read as I visited the Reflection Pools a few years ago (see below).
I used some scraps on my table to make this card: watercolor scraps for the banners, a piece of lined patterned paper for the leaves, and some small pieces of leftover cardstock for the gourd and pumpkin. I used one of my stencils for the background and sponged with Distress Oxide Ink (Peeled Paint). I even added a BRAD. Right?! Images are by Stampin' Up! I cased this from Pinterest, and now can't find who to give credit to. Boo!

In any case, it's time for a little Clean and Simple at Addicted to Stamps and More!
Come play along in Challenge #309! You have until Wednesday to enter!




Coffee Trio of Gift Cards

Hello everyone!
I am so excited to bring you some Trinity Stamps love today! I am happy to be a part of this new stamp company, and in such great company :)
Today I am sharing a little trio of gift cards. I chose the fabulous Coffee With Character stamp set (on sale right now!) for my images. Take a look:


I used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique, and three Distress oxide inks for my coffee background and splatters, and then stamped my images and sentiments with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.
I mounted my little 3.5 x 3.5 cards on to Copper Foil cardstock, and then tied some linen thread -yes, that one is supposed to be at an angle :) - around each and added three chocolate or gold sequins to each. The base is Kraft cardstock.

Super cute to tuck in with some coffee beans, or with a coffee gift card inside! I hope you have liked this coffee post! You can find more of my creations on Instagram @joy_in_a_jar. Happy Crafting!

Challenges: 
Artistic Inspirations - ANYTHING GOES
Cutie Pie Challenge - #127 SHADES OF AUTUMN 
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Creepy Spiders - But A Lot of Fun!

While the temperatures get cooler here for fall, I find more and more creepy crawlies in my house - and I hate it! So, why then, do I put them on cards?!? I guess I like them there, but surely not crawling across my floor!
Today's shaker card was so much fun to make! I started with Distress Oxides and sponged on my colors. Then I used the Halloween Creatures Stencil from the Whimsy Stamps September release. This is a fun stencil, and comes with spiders, and two kinds of bats. I used my favorite VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and also a Zig marker to fill in the little crevices. 

Next, I added the sentiment - a little wonky, since the spiders are pulling on it - and created my word using the Typography set (I love this font! I collect old typewriters, so it's a favorite!). I created my frame with the Handstitched Nested Rectangles, and filled my shaker with a few black sequins, seed beads, and some confetti spiders I have had for years. It's pretty fun to shake!
Challenges: 
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes + option: Fall / Halloween 
Brown Sugar - ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL 
Creative Fingers - ANYTHING GOES  
Polkadoodles - ANYTHING GOES 
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes (Eency Weency Spider!)
Love to Craft - Anything Goes 
My Besties Art EspaƱa - Anything Goes + option Colour Black 
Craft Rocket Challenges - Boys/Men

Monday, September 3, 2018

Serendipity Technique - How Random!

Good morning! 
And restful Labor Day wishes to those in the U.S. and Canada!

"Serendipity ~ the occurrence and development of events 
by chance in a happy or beneficial way."
Today I want to share a technique with you called "Serendipity" that I learned from my friend Sabrina - basically called that because of the random nature of the technique. It's a little stamping, a little mixed media, and a ton of fun. While it may be time consuming, I really did enjoy making the squares, and the entire process, and felt so artsy! :)

I am using Dandelion Wishes from Picket Fence Studios and a few other supplies you should have on hand. Ready? Ok, here we go!

1: Choose some heavy paper/light cardstock for your base. It won’t really show, so the color doesn’t matter too much. Also pick out some scraps of patterned paper – they should coordinate with each other for the best end result. I worked with a half sheet of kraft.
The following photos are steps 2-4.
2: Tear your patterned papers into small pieces about the size of the top joint of a finger. I also used a monoprint I had made when I was learning (and I didn't like at all), and it really blended in nicely and gave my art a great texture! It may look like a total mess – don’t worry!!
3: This is the slow part – stick them all onto your base layer, overlapping them. A glue stick works well – if you have a large Xyron you could use that. I used the green Mono glue.
4: Start stamping and embossing randomly on it. I used one of the dandelions and embossed it three times, then stamped with Distress Oxide ink a couple of more times. If you emboss, make sure the ink on regular stamped parts is dry before you add the EP. I also used an embossing buddy and ran it over the entire project to catch any sticky glue before I embossed. If you end up with a bit of EP where you don't want it, that's no big deal, it's all part of the serendipity! 

Let your imagination run free here – you’re not limited to stamping or stenciling. It still looks a total mess – still don’t worry!!
5: Now – cut it into small pieces and all of a sudden your mess doesn’t look like a mess any more, each little piece is a work of art. They don’t have to be square – they can be any shape you like!

6: And finally -- you can design and put your little works of art into a bigger work of art, like this card! I stamped my image and sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black (my favorite), and then adhered all of the layers. Lots of fun texture, shimmer, and art!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Howling Halloween!

I am just in awe of the new releases every month at Whimsy Stamps. There is always something for everyone - stencils, digital images, backgrounds, red rubber, and cling! Plus the array of designs each month is just astounding. I am so happy to be a part of this awesome team.

This month's release is just as wonderful and diverse! I am starting out with a combination of two new images: Howling Night and Web Background. This is a monochromatic design. I stamped everything with VersaFine Onyx Black (I love this black ink more than any!) on gray cardstock - really easy, but a great look for these images  (and it's flat and mailable)!
I stamped the background first, and then arranged all of the other images (four) on top. I love those little bats! For Harry Potter fans, this reminds me of Remus Lupin. How about you?
Challenges: 
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog - Male Project
That's Crafty! Challenge - Animal Magic

Friday, August 31, 2018

Dandelion Wishes

It's no secret that I love pink! And I love the look of white on kraft (in this case, Crumb Cake). So when it was time to ink up Dandelion Wishes from Picket Fence Studios, that's how this card came about! 
My images were stamped with VersaMark ink and then embossed with White EP. I used PFS Life Changing Brushes to blend in my pink inks. I love the way these brushes blend, and with so many different sizes, there is one for every image size or need!

I sponged a little on the edge corner at the bottom right as well. My designer paper is from Bo Bunny - a 6x6 pad I have had a long time!

A pretty simple card that turned out just the way I wanted!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

And They Called It "Puppy Love..."

Remember that song? Donny Osmond {flutter}. Yes, I’m that old! Ha! But Puppy Love is still a thing with this adorable little guy. The stamp set comes with two sweet-as-can-be puppies, and they work with all sorts of sentiments! 
I used a sentiment (I wish we could hug) from You Are My Sunshine on a plain white card. I stamped it (and the puppy) in VersaFine Onyx Black ink using my MISTI, and then colored in the puppy with Copic markers I colored him blue because he's missing someone! My background is made using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique. A quick and easy card to bring a hug to someone far away!

Challenges: 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A New Challenge and a New Team!

I am excited to be joining the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge Team! Today begins a new challenge, and it's all about coloring!
This week we are playing Make Your Mark. For this challenge, you can create anything you like as long as you use something to make a mark: watercolor markers, alcohol markers, paints, chalks, stencils, etc.!

My card today uses these Copic markers:
I stamped my Newton's Nook images from Cuppa Cactus with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and then colored in to match the patterned paper I wanted to use (American Crafts). My fold is a Double Triangle Fold card, and opens at the diagonal split. It's a super fun and easy fold for something different. I embossed the top half with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The inside has a little pocket for a coffee gift card. I tied some linen thread around the finished card to tie and hold it shut.
Come play along with us! The challenge is open until Tuesday!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Hopping With Whimsy Stamps and Glue Dots!

Today I am pleased to be part of a joint hop between Whimsy Stamps and Glue Dots® - my favorite easy adhesive! I have been using Glue Dots® for as long as I can remember, so I am super happy to be able to promote their products in a joint hop today through August 31st!
Our teams will be sharing lots of beautiful projects featuring products from both of these companies. And we will have lots of prizes hidden along the hop as well as a Grand Prize valued at $100! To enter the giveaways, you just need to comment on EACH blog throughout the hop - you never know where a prize is hidden. Then for the Grand Prize, after you have commented on all stops along the hop, enter your name and email in the linky tool at the last stop. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, September 3rd. Good luck and have fun! 

If you arrived here from Danielle's blog, you are right on track. If not you will want to start at the beginning of the hop so you don't miss one wonderful thing! The complete list is below.

My card today uses the awesome BOLD STATEMENTS set. I love this set because the sentiments are unique and fun, and cover so many occasions!
I stamped my sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink (my favorite), and then hand cut the tag to the size I wanted. I cut a banner from Whimsy Stamps' Shaker Maker Banner dies, and then dry embossed with the Wire Fence embossing folder. The tiny banner is hand cut. My main panel was cut with the Hand Stitched Rectangles - one of my favorite die sets.

With seven layers, I used various Glue Dots® to keep everything together, including the Pop Up to give the card some dimension! My go to Glue Dots® are the Minis, because they are usable for just about everything I make, and are what I used to adhere all of my layers. But -- I love the Micro for sequins, and tiny little embellishments - like my rhinestone flower. They are a must-have when you need just a drop of adhesive -- and no mess!

Now on to Celine's blog, where she has some more inspiration for you! Don't forget to comment along the way, because the Grand Prize is awesome!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

My Favorite Cardmaking Time of Year!

Hello friends!

While my favorite holiday to celebrate is Valentine's Day, and to decorate for is Christmas, my favorite card making time is Halloween! We don't even really do Halloween anymore now that our kids are grown (I loved making their costumes when they were young), but I love the many colors you can use in Halloween designs for cards. I make more of those than any other card for holidays.

Picket Fence Studios has the most adorable Halloween sets. The sentiments are varied, unique, and FUN! Here is my first one of many Halloween cards to come over the next two months!

This card was inspired by jjbolton.org. I cased one of her gorgeous cards using the same idea with silhouettes and cloudy Halloween colors. I hand cut my  stencil using one of the graph papers from my MISTI -- nice and thin and leaves no "white edge" when you blend.


Using my Life Changing brushes, I began to blend the colors from the bottom up, light to dark. I used Distress Oxide inks for all but my pink - I grabbed the regular Distress Ink instead, and didn't even notice :) Isn't the blending nice with those brushes (gold, yellow, orange, pink)? As I moved higher up to the darker colors, I added texture on top of the blended ink with sponge daubers for an ethereal look.

I stamped my witch, bats, sentiment and cat from WICKED TOGETHER using my MISTI and VersaFine Onyx Black ink (still my favorite and I've tried them all!).

I added some sparkly diamond cardstock behind the main panel (Have had it forever - don't know the company!), and as a little circle base for my sparkly bat sticker (from my stash of Halloween card things!).

The original sponged card base was too wide (so I would have room to work) and I cut strips off of each side before I stamped my images (You can see the strips in the background). Those pieces decorated the inside along with a sparkly witch's shoe sticker (Forgot to take a photo!).

I love how it turned out! You can see the complete stamp set below.


Challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More: Anything Goes #306

Thursday, August 16, 2018

All Nine Lives - and CATS The Musical

This summer was a busy one for me, as I directed CATS at our community theatre. It was an incredibly tough, but rewarding experience! I have always been a dog person, but I definitely love and respect cats more now! Plus, I had such a wonderful group of people to work with (Did you know a group of cats is a clowder?), and we had a great time learning what it means to act like a cat! You can see some photos below! My husband on the left and daughter on the right!

This sentiment from Whimsy Stamps' PURRE LOVE (from the July release) is such a sweet and funny cat set. There are tender sentiments, such as this one, and really funny ones (click HERE), and some great art work by Deb Davis!

For my card today, I stamped my images on watercolor paper, and then used a small brush and watercolor paint to color them in. I made my grass with a wash, and then used the end of my brush for the blades to fill in.
I decided on a Calico cat coloring because so many of the cats in the show are multi-colored. I used the Shaker Maker Banner Dies with contrasting papers for added interest.

I love this sweet image, and all the different ways it can be used! Check out the entire set below!