Friday, December 26, 2014

A Whole Lotta Flowers

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I am celebrating this coming week on Tuesday with my whole family, and am looking forward to it! 

Today's creation uses some lovely papers by Graphic 45 and beautiful flowers from Wild Orchid and Prima. 
I love this little fairy with her sparkly wings. You can read all about this creation HERE.

Be sure to check out my giant garage sale a few posts down!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thanks With Sizzix

One of the new sets just released at The {Stamps} of Life is called Thanks With Sizzix. I love the different fonts and ways to say thank you. I made a set of four little 4.25" cards - all easily mass-produced for thank you notes after Christmas! Take a look!
The first card above uses a heart cut from the tictactoe die cut set released last month. A little twine, some pearls, and an embossed background make for a sweet card.

The second uses the end of a pencil eraser, a stylus, and some pretty gems to make a border for your greeting.
A vertical trio of hearts and a simple font pack a punch for this simple design using Stephanie's Licorice ink.
And finally, this one layer CAS design uses Stephanie's Guava ink
and the heart stamp from November's Club set, tictactoe2play.

Fast and easy and fun to make!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Game Time with Stephanie Barnard and The {Stamps} of Life!

A new month brings a new Club set from The {Stamps} of Life! Love this fun tictactoe2play set and the matching dies!

For this card, I embossed the background using a Sizzix embossing folder, and cut the playing grid and X's and O out of white cardstock. I stamped the designs in Strawberry Ink. A little twine and a button and it's ready to send!

Banana and Strawberry Sprays! made the background for this birthday card. I stamped the stars with watermark ink and then embossed them. The sentiment was curved on the ink block and stamped with Guava ink. I happened to have some rhinestone stars that fit perfectly around the cut out (matching dies!) stars.
Playing grid dies, X's and stamped with Guava
Playing grid, heart and rectangle dies and Guava ink

Check out how to become a Club Member here and see Stephanie's video on this set, with mine and MANY more examples!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


I have some stamps sets and supplies for sale. Take a look and email me at if you are interested. I take Paypal!

Click on each photo for a closer look. Some are new, and some have been used a couple of times. Shipping is not included in the price, and will be determined according to how many items you purchase. Thanks for looking!
INKADINKADOO $5 each NEW (no names on sets)
INKADINKADOO $5 each NEW (no names on sets)
FLOURISHES Chrysanthemums SOLD; Anemones SOLD; Spring Has Sprung (nest used once) $10

FLOURISHES: Always Blooming NEW $10; In Nature SOLD $10
FLOURISHES: Wild for Watermelon NEW $10; Love Notes (two stamps used once) $10; Autumn Blessings (one stamp used once $10)
FLOURISHES: You (Name?) USED $5; Mountain View NEW $5 SOLD ; Old Fashioned Florals (one stamp used once) $10
FLOURISHES: S'more Fun (two stamps used once) $10 SOLD; Friendship & Flowers NEW $10
FRESH SQUEEZED: Hot Hot Hot (NEW but slightly discolored) $5 SOLD; Games People Play (five stamps used once) $5
REVERSE CONFETTI: Dream in Color (two stamps used once) $10; I Like You NEW $10
Stamp of the Month sets NEW $10 each
March 2013 - Make It Memorable
May 2013 - Cutie Pie
Stamp Set 297 Christmas Rudy NEW (Cling) $10
Stamp Set 179 Dresses NEW (Cling) $10
Stamp Set 434 Patriotic NEW (Cling) $10
Stamps Set 433 Patriotic Icons NEW (Cling) $10
Stamp Set 437 Fancy Butterflies NEW (Cling) $10
Stamp Set 170 Gizmo & Gadget NEW (Cling) $10
SPARKLE N SPRINKLE Stamp Set 435 - Graduation
NEW (Cling) $10
Stamp Set 347 Christmas
(Cling - four stamps used once) $10
Stamp Set 385 Merry Crows NEW $10
(Cling - barely used $10 each)
Stamp Set 386 Greetings
Stamp Set 415 Thanks A Bunch
(Cling - barely used $10 each)
Stamp Set 333 Frogs
Stamp Set 374 Sweet Treats
Stamp Set 348 Birds
Stamp Set 432 Bird Swirl
(Cling - barely used $10 each)
Stamp Set 393 Dani's Garden Swing
(Cling - one stamp used once) $10
Stamp Set 413 Daddy's Princess
(Cling - barely used) $10
Stamp Set 399 Spring Background
(Cling - NEW $10)
Stamp Set 404 Ocean Treasures
(Cling - Barely used) $10
Stamp Set 423 Fill the Jar
(Cling - two stamps used once) $10
Stamp Set 285
(Cling - four stamps used once) $10

Stamp Set 428 Rock 'N Roll
(Cling - two stamps used once) $10
Stamp Set 425 Spring Swirl
(Cling - two stamps used once) $10
MANY MORE are listed on my Facebook page, where I will update more frequently. Please check it out here:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Stamps at The Stamps of Life!

Who doesn't love a snowman??
The October Club set at The {Stamps} of Life has been out for a little over a week now, and there is a gallery full of fun inspiration from the TSOL DT members and TSOL customers HERE.

Today I want to share several creations I made using the new snowman2build set - the Club set for October. It comes with some fabulous dies too, which I really need to get as well.
If you don't have the Sprinkles! chunky glitter, you really have to try it out. I don't like glitter everywhere, but this stuff I use a LOT! It's fun and stays put :)
Sad to say, the wishes were a bit too warm, and my snowman melted!
I am just dandy keeping all the snow on my cards, instead of in my yard, thank you!
Come check out how to be a Club Member here. It's super fun and a great way to build your stamp/die collection.

Be sure to check out my huge stamp sale here and on my Facebook page: Joy in a JAR.

  Challenges entered: 
Country View Crafts' Challenge - Sparkle and Shine  
One Crazy Stamper - Halloween/Christmas 
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's HOGtoberfest!

WOW! October already!...and that means one amazing's HOGtoberfest time at Hambo Stamps!

From October 1 - 15, enjoy a 30% discount on ALL regular-priced stamps in the store, with an additional 30% discount given on "Sale" stamps. Simply mention "HOGtoberfest14" when you order for the discount to be applied. Please note that the discount only applies to stamps, and not to cling cushion or any other available supplies. The "HOGtoberfest14" code can also be used in the Digi Store.  

It's perfect timing too for a brand new monthly challenge, which this month is all about the PIGS!! Obviously Hambo Stamp pigs are the best, so get your piggin' creative juices flowing and come join the Bacon Bits in this month's challenge! 

My card is made using List Pig - 1906 and Just Pigcause - 4112. I stamped my pig with VersaFine Onyx Black, embossed with Clear embossing powder and then colored in with Copics. 

Come join us!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hugs Sand Kisses

There is a fun and easy challenge just starting today at the Hambo Hoedown. It's all about KIDS and you are invited to play along!
I used Hambo's Sand Box Dino and Hugs Sand Kisses for my images. Both are stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. The Dino is colored with Copic markers. My dotty paper is from Doodlebug's Take Note 6x6 pad.

Come play along!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Two Challenges and a Fun Background

At Splitcoaststampers today, my friend Jeanne is hosting two challenges: Mix-ability 82: Rolly Polly and Free For All 235: One Word or Two...
I had to play along in the MIX82 because I stayed up chatting with some MIXers trying to guess what the challenge was (to no avail), but ended up convincing Kyra to use pink on her card, so figured I needed to put in my pink two cents!

For my background, I used Stephanie's Sprays (The Stamps of Life) in Guava and Bubblegum and brayered the spray immediately after spraying on Whisper White. 
I let that dry and then put drops of Cotton Candy (YES PINK) Stickles all over the paper and brayered that. And guess what? It turned GREEN. Which means either my Stickles are chameleons, or my brayer had something weird (like green ink?!) on it. It didn't come off with the sprays, so I have no idea. 
Anyway, the Stickles have a nice sheen to them (whatever colors they are) and you can see the entire sheet before I started on my blog. Fun stuff!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Little Hambo Humor

More than halfway through August already? Where did summer go? Over on the Hambo Hoedown blog, there is a fun challenge all about humor! You still have PLENTY of time to jump in. Just create your card by September 3rd at midnight with the theme HUMOR US!! You can use any company's image for this challenge but if you use a Hambo image, you can enter this challenge as many times as you would like. All others can enter once. There will be two winners of the challenge; each will receive a free digi of their choice from the Hambo digi store

I used some of my favorite Hambo images for my card:
Chickens - 0908 and Chicken On You - 1321:

I stamped my chickens with VersaFine Onyx Black, and then colored in with Copic markers. My sentiment is stamped with Stephanie's Premium Dye Ink in Tangerine. The chicken feet are from a retired Hambo stamp (I know -- it needs to come back!).

In other news, my sweet black lab Lucy, who turned 10 in May, became very sick one Saturday night, and by Tuesday, we had to let her go. We ran all sorts of tests to see if it was something that could be diagnosed and fixed, but to no avail. She was so sick and suffering so much, and we knew it was the right thing to do. I miss her sweet face every day, as does my white lab, Fiona.  Give your pets a special hug from me~!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cardmaker Hop

Welcome to the CardMaker and The Stamps of Life Blog Hop!
The CardMaker Designers and The Stamps of Life Designers will be teaming up to show you some wonderful projects featuring stamps from The Stamps of Life.

Today I chose a holiday set to make a non-holiday card to make even better use of these adorable images from Stephanie Barnard. My card uses the sweet bunny from bunny4easter and the matching bunny die. Pretty sweet baby card now!

I stamped my images using Stephanie's Premium dye inks in Licorice and Sky and colored in the bunny using alcohol markers. A little mini ric rac and a button for embellishments, a corner punch, and some roughed-up edges, and this 4.25" card is ready to go with its baby gift!
Make sure and comment on each of the blogs in the hop! One winner will be randomly chosen to win 3 stamp sets of their choice ($12.95 value or less)!  The winner will be chosen July 31 and announced on The Stamps of Life Blog on August 1.
Hop List

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Short and Sweet

He knows what he wants. Short and sweet. :)

Stamped on Ultrasmooth White CS, this little frog from Paper Smooches' A Little Lovin' is waiting on his lily pad in the water for his princess to come along. I colored the entire image with Copic markers using the Pointillism technique of dots and more dots.  There is a little pink suggestion of a water lily on the left.  His crown is stamped on a tiny little gold piece of chevron designer paper from the Bundle of Joy Boy 6x6 pad. Zva Dimensionals and ISP Red-Line Tape hold everything together.