Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Our Stories

Today I am sharing a simple birthday card using two of my favorite trims: Baker's Twine and Chevron Twill. Even more cool is that the twill is in a 1/4" size! I love petite little things, so was very happy to see the smaller size twill in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store.
The images in this stamp set (Fresh Fruit by Stampin' Up!) are actually made to stamp "shaded." It's brand new to me, so when I stamped the pears I was saying, "Why isn't this stamping solid??!" and I colored in the pears then with a marker. But when the leaves did the same thing, I finally figured it out haha!

The card is actually wrapped twice with both the Coral Baker's Twine and the 1/4" Celery Chevron Twill. I then tied a simple bow with the twine. 

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Stamps: Fresh Fruit (SU!) 
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Fruit Stand DSP (all SU!) 
Ink: Crumb Cake, Archival Black, Certainly Celery, Zig Clean Color Marker 
Accessories/Tools: SB banner, circle and scalloped circle die, Coral Baker's Twine & 1/4" Chevron Striped Twill Celery (Really Reasonable Ribbon) 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Foxy Blessings

It's certainly an Autumn feel to the air here in Central Nebraska. Some of the trees were a combination of red, green and gold yesterday. I was surprised, because it has seemed to come on so quickly. From 100 last week to 73 yesterday! But I welcome it, as does this little fox!
Isn't he cute? To begin my card, I dry embossed the back panel with the Woodland Textured Impressions embossing folder from Stampin' Up! On the main panel, I used a technique called Reverse Masking, and sponged in a circle of blues, followed by clouds with darker edges, using a handcut cloud stencil I have had forever.  I stamped the foliage along the bottom to "ground" my circle.

The little fox is made with a punch (Fox Builder Punch) and one little face stamp from Foxy Friends. I sat him on a stamped and fussy cut stump, and tilted his head to show his fun personality. All images are by Stampin' Up!
Everything is held together with my go-to adhesive -- 1/4" Scor-Tape.


I love the shimmer and look of organza on just about everything. It adds an ethereal look to my forest card here, while being transparent enough to still see what it behind the ribbon. You can see an amazing variety of beautiful colors in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store HERE. I tied on a little "Blessings" charm I had, using Natural Burlap String and added two brown Mulberry Leaves (Wild Orchid) to pull the forest theme back in.

So I am wishing you Autumn Blessings today and hope that your weekend is as wonderful as this little fox is cute! 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Buttons and Bows at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Hello everyone! It's time for a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

The theme for Challenge #147 is Buttons & Bows.
Create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to follow the theme above and use ribbon, lace or trim somewhere on your project.
I used the Watercolor Lifting Technique at Splitcoaststampers for my card. Basically, you create a watercolor wash, emboss an image with VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder, and then remove as much color as you like with more water and a brush or rag. It's such a fun look!

I added some Doodlebug Sequins to my flower middles, and then created a fun pleated ribbon center using the August Ribbon Club from Really Reasonable Ribbon, as well as Green Apple Baker's Twine. 

Come play along at RRR!


Friday, August 12, 2016

August Hop With Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Welcome to the August Really Reasonable Ribbon 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 August 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.  This month's has nine different styles and 18 yards! You will love it! Take a peek:
I love the rich fall colors in this assortment! I chose one design for today's card, the 3/8" Shell Print on Rust Satin Ribbon:

I love how the shells mimic the scallops in the  orange doily! My card is made from the Oh Happy Day Card Kit by Stampin' Up! Now off to Cheryl's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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

Hope


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

Obsessed!

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!


Challenges:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Day #3 of GIRAFFE WEEK!

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

Day #2 of GIRAFFE WEEK!

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

IT'S GIRAFFE WEEK!!

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