Saturday, July 23, 2016

Love Pink & Purple?

Do you love pink and purple? I surely do! Definitely two colors that always make me happy! And even more so if it includes a giraffe! There is a fabulous challenge going on at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog and it's all about pink and purple!
I love my Hambo Stamps' giraffes! Doesn't this one look cute all decked out in pink spots? The Bright Pink Ric Rac and little Ivory Burlap String bow are both from Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Come play along with us in the Challenge! Create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to follow the theme and use ribbon, lace or trim somewhere on your project.

You have until Wednesday, August 3rd at 11:59 PM Eastern time to enter your projects. The Top Three will be chosen and posted on August 5th! It's tons of fun!

Other Challenges: 
Crafting-With-Friends - Anything Goes 
Dragons Lair Designs - It's a ZOO out there 
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes 
Craft Rocket Challenges - Spots and/or Stripes 
Crafty Ribbons - #161 Pink & Girly 
Hannah & Friends - #253 Animals

Friday, July 22, 2016

Christmas in July with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

The Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Creative Team is excited to bring you a little dose of winter fun with our Christmas in July Blog Hop! And although summer is my favorite season, I am looking forward to seeing all of the "COOL" projects, as our forecast for today's high is 107! Not usual for us!
I chose one my favorite SNSS winter set, Snowman Soup, for my card today. I had watercolored my background just playing around one day, and I decided it needed a home. I used a piece of silver and gray washi tape behind my banner sentiment to help ground it to the rest of the card. The circles on the tape are shimmery and it's really pretty IRL. My background is supposed to represent our blizzard! I paper pieced the snowman's cup and used Copic markers to color. He looks all cozy in the midst of the blizzard behind him!

Now onto this COOL Hop! You will be able to find all of the team participant blogs at the end of this post. Simply click on their name and you will be taken to their blog. The list will be on each person's blog, so no need to start at a particular place. Just look for the next blog in the line-up and off you go!  Please be sure to leave the Team some love along the way. We will be drawing a winner from all of the blog comments and that person will receive a FREE Christmas stamp set (in stock) of their choosing from the SNSS line!

We are also excited to pass along a fun weekend sale on our Christmas stamps! Enter code CMASJULY during checkout TODAY through Sunday, July 24th and receive 15% off our entire line of Christmas stamp sets!

You can find Snowman Soup in the SNSS Shop (along with other samples for your mojo!) HERE. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Ginny's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the fourth stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon!
Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM Central.

Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! I LOVE Bonnie's choices for the July ribbon club package. If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 5-9 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15 yards of ribbon.  You will love it! Take a peek:
The color combo in the Club package this month is one of my favorite color combinations. Pink and purple ROCK! Pink is my favorite color!! But -- I decided to stretch myself and NOT make a pink card (those will come later in the month!) and show one from a new technique I learned this past weekend in Texas.
I used the beautiful 3/8" Diamond Hyacinth Ribbon in the July Club package and created a double looped bow with my Bow-it-All for my CAS design. The goose and sentiment (Watercolor Words/SU!) were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I outlined parts of the goose with an Elegant Writer Pen, and then added water with an aqua brush. As you pull the color out, it turns blue and then light pink - all from adding a little black pen! I love this technique! 
I jazzed up the background a little with marbled paper and a little strip of Dazzling Diamonds Paper (both SU!) under the main panel.

Now off to Cheryl's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Just Keep Swimming!

Well, I am having some fun making shaker cards! I know I am slow to jump on the bandwagon, but I am on! This is my second attempt, and again, I have some naughty sequins and beads that want to stick to some adhesive I forgot to "erase." But I will never tell where! Only the recipient will know!

This one was made with Happy Ocean Friends and the Tall Grass Die from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I used Doodlebug's Under the Sea 6x6 papers, and a lot of fun beads and sequins I had lying around. I chose two matching ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon: 5/8" Lattice Print Satin Ribbon Hyacinth and Apple Green Mini Ric Rac and layered them on top of each other. The Hyacinth matches the paper perfectly and I like how the ric rac looks like waves!

The multi-colored Prima flowers fit in with the color scheme exactly! I forgot all about a sentiment, and was really hoping that I could stamp it cleanly after the entire card was put together! It worked out!

This is going to my daughter, who is almost done with Cosmetology School!

Friday, June 17, 2016


It's the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop going on today! And I have joined in with this fun coffee-themed group today!
I used the colors on the logo above as an inspiration piece to create my card today:
I also had an incredibly messy desk and decided to use things that were laying around. The stamp set closest (ha - there were MANY) was FILL ME UP from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. So many fun images for coffee and tea lovers (see below).

I stamped the cup in Archival black on Whisper White and Crumb Cake cardstock (SU!). I had some die cuts out from MSE (hello, obsessed), and a little wooden heart from a Paper Pumpkin kit (SU!), as well as some leftover Easter paper from the SSS Peeps Kit, and incorporated those into my design. The splatters and ring marks are from Sweet 'n Sassy's Grunge Elements 2 stamped in Soft Suede ink (SU!). I added a little embossing with a Stampin' Up! embossing folder that I had just gotten as a gift - to replicate the coffee cup sleeve.

Put it all together on Pool Party cardstock (SU!), and then noticed a button on the floor! It matched!

Now to clean that desk.....

Come join in the Hop and check out all the amazing cards! Lots of prizes too!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What The World Needs Now

I think that in the midst of all that's happening in the world, and especially our country right now, that we need to spread as much love as we can. So while Valentine Critters (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps) is a set geared toward valentines, it also makes adorable love cards.

So I grabbed this super cute ellie and made a card to spread some love around!
I used a little cloud die for the sentiment and then added a heart clip to hold it on. If you don't have a Wink of Stella pen, you've got to get one! It adds such fun, subtle sparkle to everything! And even though you can't see it in the above photo, my ellie (who is a girl, of course, since I am sending the card) has sparkly toes and hearts!
Spread some love yourself today - you don't have to send a card -- hugs work too!
Stamps: Valentine Critters (SNSS)
Paper: Poptone White (base), Neenah Solar White (elephant and sentiment), Rose Red, Love Blossoms DP (SU!)
Tools and Accessories: Wink of Stella Clear Pen, Valentine Critters Dies (SNSS), cloud die (TSOL), heart clip (SU!)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

We Interrupt This Program......

Oh goodness. The craft road of realism is paved with good intentions and paper scraps. I totally got sidelined and distracted on my Giraffe Week, which I will continue in a few days. It's what happens when new stuff comes in your mail!

Today I played with the new Stampin' Up! Sunshine Wishes dies and Sunshine Sayings stamp set.
You can find them HERE on my website!
This Bundle of stamps and dies was second on my wish list when the new catalog came out. First on the list was this gorgeous Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper and the matching Fresh Fruit stamp set, which I will be getting out tomorrow.

I cut a piece of the designer paper the same size as the front of my card base, and then rounded the bottom corners on each side. Next up was a panel of striped watermelon paper (also in the pack). I made scallops using my Slit Punch and adhered those to the stripes. A little shipping tag and some swiss dots organza ribbon from my stash were perfect for my two dies cut from Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder cardstock. I stamped the little sentiment "& HUGS" in Archival Black ink. 
Two Prima flowers were added for embellishments because they already were on my table and matched!

This Bundle is going to get a lot of use. There are so many sentiments for every occasion!


Friday, June 3, 2016


It's Day #3 of Giraffe Week! 

My images are from Lawn Fawn's Critters on the Savanna stamp set and matching dies. I stamped on Ultrasmooth White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in with Copic markers. I did the same for the sentiment, and then cut it out using Avery Elle's Oh Yeah caption balloon die. The grass is a Magnolia die cut. My button (Buttons Galore) is tied with Aqua Blue Divine Twine. My fun designer paper is from Echo Park's Bundle of Joy Boy 6x6. 

 Tomorrow I have some fun stuff to show from my collection, so hope to see you then!

Thursday, June 2, 2016


It's Day #2 of Giraffe Week here at Joy in a JAR. Today I am sharing a photo I took years ago (like seven) of some of the giraffe stamps I have. I think I should take a new one and show it later in the week. The collection has at least doubled:

A lot of them were gifts, but you can see my "first bought" stamp I showed yesterday right in the center!

Today's share was for a Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge where we chose Google Doodles to inspire us. Here is my choice:
It was the Google Doodle for Chico Mendes' 71st birthday on 12/15/15. I saw those tree trunks and it made me think of giraffe necks (of course?!). This image, which I got earlier this week, even has tree language ("stand tall")!

And I had to use brighter colors than those trees.

I thought the Random Circles Grosgrain ribbon mimicked the giraffe neck closest to it! Hope to see you tomorrow!

Stamps: Technique Junkies
Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, GP White, American Crafts DP
Paper Size: 5.5 inches SQ
Ink: Archival Black
Accessories: Random Circles Pink Grosgrain (Really Reasonable Ribbon), buttons, twine (both stash)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Yay! It's GIRAFFE WEEK here at Joy in a JAR. Most of my stamping friends (and non-stamping too!) know I love giraffes. I have been collecting since my first year of college, and have quite a few different kinds (and I say that meaning I have hundreds.....)  -- including stamps! So I thought it would be fun to share some of my giraffe cards, both old and new, and giraffe stuff with you this week, June 1-7. So Happy June and Happy Giraffe Week!

First up is this gem. The very first stamps I ever bought way back in the 80's were from Alextamping. I bought a little man, some flowers, and this giraffe:
It's about 2 1/2 - 3 inches tall and sits on a shelf (of honor!) amongst some other things. I love the heart spots! My newest giraffe stamps are from Reverse Confetti with an attempt at a (first) shaker card HERE.

Today I am sharing a mixed media giraffe card. I first made the background with the Hexagon Art Screen by sponging two different dye inks (Soft Suede and Crumb Cake), and lightly spraying with Chocolate and Tangerine. I added some Antique Linen Distress ink to fill in some spaces. I stamped my giraffe and then cut it out, sponging around it with Pumpkin Pie dye ink, and then added Bark pigment ink where its mane should go. I embossed that, and kept the EP where it stayed off the giraffe due to the paper's texture. The right side of the card has a lovely copper sheen that the photo doesn't pick up.

I stamped my leaves with Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss (layered) and then used a brush and water to mute the lines. My sentiment is done with rub-on letters. The heart is grungeboard that I stamped with Bark ink, and then embossed with Copper EP. This was a fun and different card to make - using a stamp, but not using it!

I hope you will stop back by this week to see what else I have to share. I hope to try a little video of my stamp room, and some of the different kinds of giraffes I have, as well as card sharing, of course! And a little prize somewhere in the week to be thrown in, hopefully! Have a great day!
(made for me by my sweet friend, Juliana^)

Paper: watercolor, Safari Mat Stack DP (DCWV), Black Textured (DCWV), Soft Suede
Ink: Antique Linen Distress (Ranger), Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Marigold Morning (retired), Soft Suede Dye Inks (SU!), Stephanie's Sprays in Chocolate, Tangerine (TSOL), Bark (VersaColor)
Accessories: grungeboard heart (TH), glittered leaves (Prima), rub-on letters (Making Memories), Hexagon Art Screen (Color Box), paper piercer, Copper EP (Sparkle N Sprinkle), linen thread
Techniques: piercing, heat embossing, sponging, spraying

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


As some of you know, we were visiting our son and his wife and their sweet little daughter for two weeks in North Carolina in May. It rained almost every day we were there -- even at the beach! And then we came home, and they got sunshine, and it has rained almost every day here since. It's great for the grass and I love summertime rain! And I know a week from now, when we haven't had ANY rain, I will be wishing for it! 

Anyway, who cannot be cheered by this little Duckie Rain? He just brings a smile to my face! He is a retired digital image from The Greeting Farm. With all our rain, I just thought he would be cute to see again and he is so fun to color!

He knows how to stay dry! And -- when you are on the beach, with a view like this, who cares if it's raining anyway??? :)

Have a great week! 

Don't miss it!! June 1-7 it's GIRAFFE WEEK!
Cards, a little Show and Tell, and maybe even a prize or two thrown in there!

Stamps: Duckie Rain digital image by The Greeting Farm 
Ink: Copic Markers 
Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, It's Raining It's Pouring DP (Nikki Sivils), Whisper White 
Accessories and Tools: Cuttlebug EF, buttons, twine, sentiment sticker (Heidi Grace)

Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes 
MarkerPOP Challenge - Summertime

Monday, May 30, 2016

Waving Hello on This Memorial Day

Perfect colors for a project today! I am playing along with the Color Throwdown Challenge 394. My card is made with images from Paper Smooches and designer paper from Echo Park and American Crafts.
I stamped my bird, boat, and sentiment from Wicked Nauticool in Memento Black Ink, and then colored in my boat using Copic markers. I used the Nauticool Die to cut out the boat. The Cherry Baker's Twine and Cherries Jubilee button are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

And to all in the U.S. -- a blessed Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


The last time my sister came to visit, I taught her the Wrinkle Free Distress technique, and we made a LOT of backgrounds. We did Gelli prints as well, and had a lot of fun with that. 
One of the distress ink backgrounds I made is the background for the card I am sharing today. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, there is a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers that explains it very well!
I chose dies and stamps from My Favorite Things (Amazing and Doubly Amazing) and some flowers from Prima for my card. The texture in the gold die cut was already on the paper, so it made it easy! There is a dot for the "i" in amazing, but I decided to leave it off on purpose with this design. I added some Jute String from Really Reasonable Ribbon behind the flowers (I think that was the hardest part - getting it to lay like I wanted! Thank heavens for glue dots!) and layered it on the card base and it was done! A WOW look for an easy card! The part I love best is that you never know what your background will look like! Give it a try!

Stamps: My Favorite Things
Paper: watercolor, Barely Banana, Cameo Coral, Metallic Embossed Gold (MPS)
Paper Size: 5.5 SQ
Ink: Lipstick, Honey, and Carved Pumpkin Distress Inks, Archival Black (SU!)
Accessories: Prima flowers, Scor-Tape and Jute String (RRR), Amazing die cut (MFT) 

Crazy 4 Challenges - Teacher Thank You Card 
Fussy and Fancy - Dies and/or Punches 
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes + A Sentiment