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 twine 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, twine, 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

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Shake Shake Shake & Go Wild!

Many of you know that I collect giraffes (since college and I am OLD), and love them, and like feeding them, and photographing them, and watching them, and making cards with them! In fact, Starting June 1, it's GIRAFFE WEEK on my blog! I have SO many giraffe stamps, that I thought I would make a card a day for a week with different ones I have.

Anyway, this is my first ever shaker card. I know, hard to believe, right? I didn't follow any instructions, and probably should have, as I learned some things the hard way. Like make sure your Wink of Stella is DRY before you put your sequins in and seal everything up. Because one of them is in a DUMB place and is stuck there. Like right on top of that cute pink cupcake.....Live and learn! haha~

It was tons of fun and I think I will try again. This is laying flat, not standing up.

Stamps: Lift Me Up (Reverse Confetti)
Paper: Pink Passion, Yoyo Yellow, Doodlebug Hello Sunshine DP
Ink: Archival Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Wink of Stella Clear
Accessories: Lift Me Up Dies (RC), Doodlebug Sequins, Speech Bubble Dies (SNSS), window sheet (SU!), Baker's Twine (RRR), Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug) 


Friday, May 27, 2016

Green Thumb Or Not?

I love seeing flowers come up in the spring and summer. Although I am not the best green thumb, I do love trying! This pretty image from Crafter's Companion is part of Sheena's Floral Fantasy Violets set. Stamped on Ultrasmooth White CS and colored in with Copic markers, I would love to be able to grow violets. My mom was so good at it. Did you see the little pearls (Kaisercraft) on the leaves? My favorite embellishment :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thoughts of You

Stamping is such therapy for all sorts of ills. It doesn't "fix" things, but it certainly allows whatever I am feeling to take its course and allows a calmness to return. Yesterday a dear friend passed away and making this sympathy card for his wife helped me with all the emotions I was feeling. Does creating something do that for you? It's a blessing and a help, I think!

This was a simple card to make. I used the Reverse Masking Technique by cutting a circle frame and then sponging on the inside with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I kept the frame intact and stamped my group of flowers from Long Stemmed Silhouettes from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, then removed the frame and stamped the sentiment so it would be part way out of the sponged circle. I added some Pink Pearl Bling and a little Butterfly Brad from Eyelet Outlet for embellishments.

I hope that whatever you create today brings you joy -- and peace!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

He is Risen

Today I am sharing a Bible Journaling page that I did the week after Easter this year. Yes, it's a little late, but the message is always timely! We just returned from a two week vacation with our granddaughter and I am catching up!

I made the background of my page with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Markers, and did the lettering by hand. I painted the inside of the lettering with a Sharpie Paint Pen. The sun and clouds are also hand drawn, inspired by Kristen Wolbach, and then painted with watercolor paints. The "Hallelujah" stamp is from Note This by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

I like how this turned out, and especially how you can still read the Bible text underneath the art.
Bible Journaling is art from the heart!