Sunday, January 25, 2015

Feeling Fowl?

I am hoping that you and your loved ones are staying healthy this first month of 2015. I am just getting over bronchitis, and almost everyone at my work has missed a day due to illness of their own or of their children. We have had Influenza A and B, RSV, and Whooping Cough going around in my co-workers families, and ten percent of the workforce was missing one day this past week!

If you do know someone that is ill, a sure way to cheer them up is to send them a handmade card using this adorable, just-released Sweet Perks Bundle stamp set with dies by DT member Diane, called Get Well Critters:

I chose that cute fat little chicken with the sore wing for my card today, and added the matching "Feeling Fowl?" sentiment. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in using Copic markers.
Stay healthy -- take your Vitamin C, and if you get sick, make some chicken soup! Oh--- don't tell my little chick about that part....... have a great week!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sweet 'n Quick!

I appreciate my close friends so much. Even if we aren't able to get together often, it's as if we were just together when we do. We pick up right where we left off. This week I was able to catch up with two of them, after having not seen them for about 2 months! It was really fun. So I wanted to make a thank you card that was "sweet 'n quick" to send each of them.

I chose images from Sweet Sarah, one of the January releases at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:
I stamped with VersaFine ink on Kraft, and then colored in using my Prismacolor pencils. I don't get those out very often, but I do like the result on Kraft cardstock! I added a strip of Sweet Girl designer paper (Echo Park) at the top, and added ribbon and twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon) to tie the design all together. A little piercing for added interest, and it's all sweet 'n quick!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to join in our Release Day Challenge. You have until January 15th at midnight EST to enter!

Friday, January 9, 2015

It's Release Day at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Hello, sweet friends! Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps January 2015 Release Day Blog Hop! We are excited to share some fun new designs with you and we have a fun challenge for you to participate in so settle in and enjoy today's hop!

There are so many fabulous products being released today, so you just must head over 
to the Sweet 'n Sassy blog and check them all out!
There are two new Diane Zechman sets (which I will be showcasing next week), some adorable animals, and lots of new dies to help show off your designs.
I am highlighting just one of the new sets available today.

We're very excited to have a new stamp designer, Graciellie Designs, joining us. 
Check out her beautiful new stamp set, Parisian Postcard
Just imagine all the gorgeous cards you'll be able to make with this stamp set! 
+Stamp set includes 11 images and 2 sentiments 
+Stamp set measures 4" x 6" 
+Eiffel Tower measures approximately 1 7/8" x 3 7/8" 
+Designed by Graciellie Designs 

I made two designs with this set for today's release. Take a look:
I used the Eiffel Tower and Thinking of You greeting for this design.
One of my favorite things to do is stamp directly on my designer paper,
and that's what I did for each of these designs today.
Can you find all the stamps from Parisian Postcard that I used in the card above?

Release Giveaway!
As part of our release day fun, one random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code for  the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, January 15th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, January 16th!

 One more thing before we let you go...

We can't forget our fun Release Day Challenge!
Since it's a NEW YEAR, we want you to
"Use something NEW"   

Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
- You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter
(although we sure love when you do!)
- Please create a NEW card (no back linking)
- We ask that you enter your card in no more than 3 challenges
 - You'll have until Thursday, January 15th at midnight EST to enter
- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to the  
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!
If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSJAN2015RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries

To enter simply share a link to your creation below!

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, January 16th to see if you've won!

 Now it's time to see what the DT has created with these fabulous products! The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool below...HAPPY HOPPING! :D

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Got the Winter Blues?

I am thrilled to be joining the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Design Divas as of January 1! Today is my first official post. A big thanks to Korin and the rest of the team for the warm welcome!

Got the Winter Blues? I do, as today I return home after several wonderful days in Utah and a late Christmas and New Year's celebration with my whole family. They all live so far away, so I don't get to see them often enough. So nothing better to chase away those blues than my favorite shades of pink and an adorable cup of snowman from Snowman Soup!
This is one of my favorite SNSS stamp sets, and has such adorable images and sentiments for holiday wishes, as well as all winter long! Take a look:
  • Stamp set includes 7 images and 8 sentiments
  • Set measures approximately 6" x 4"
  • The large snowman image measures approximately 2" x 2 1/2"
  • Designed by Diane Zechman
So -- Winter Blues? Get in the pink and remember that each day is getting longer and longer. More time to stamp!

This Friday is Release Day at SNSS, and I will have two projects to show you with brand new stamp sets!

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 below!

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 four 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