Cheerfulness Breaks In

Cheerfulness Breaks In

First, I have to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart who donated to the tip jar on this site…and also for the many of you who have posted such kind and encouraging words in the comments section. It certainly makes me feel so….so…validated and LOVED! And you know I love that! The stamping community is a wonderful entity…I just want to give out hugs and chocolate to everyone!!!

But since I can’t do that, I will have to do the next best thing…I am going to show off! And blather…definitely blather. After all, what would this blog be without blather?

I thought a few days ago it might take a while to regain my sense of humor and maybe nobody would care to read this blog if I stayed in the same frame of mind. But I can’t help it…I *am* an optimist, after all. I will keep you all updated with the job situation, which stands pretty much where it did all week. We’re still waiting to see what happens over the weekend, as the Michigan legislature scrambles to figure out how to appease the governor and raise taxes. I’m a conservative, so I hate to see taxes go up and I’m furious with the governor for holding our children’s futures hostage so that she can get her own way. But, unfortunately, the stupidity of tying the education budget to the sales tax has more than been proved at this point and something has to be done to shore up the budget…hopefully they’ll get it right.

Well, I said I’d be cheerful, and dang it! I am going to be. So enough talk about taxes and let’s move on to some shameless self-promotion!

I received a shipment of some Inky Antics stamps I ordered before the boom fell…I felt kind of guilty playing with new rubber, but reminded myself that I *had* ordered them a few weeks ago, so it’s not like I spent money I shouldn’t have. So I decided that THE RULE was in effect and I must simply use them as soon as possible. So I started stamping again yesterday as a means of therapy, yeah, that’s right, it’s THERAPY. Therapy that helps relieve my feelings of impending doom and the over-riding fear that we will end up living in a van down by the river!

So with massive effort, I have managed to use all but one of the stamps and that one is waiting for tomorrow. So here goes:


When in distress, I turn to chocolate…if I have an appetite, that is. It took a while for my appetite to return after Tuesday, but chocolate’s call could not be denied! Why not celebrate it with this cute saying: A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand? And what better stamp to use with it than this Limited Edition Rubber Stamp Co. cookie stamp from 2002? That’s about when I bought it too…with the idea of making a montage called "I am what I eat" composed of images of Diet Coke cans, chocolate bars and, of course, chocolate chip cookies. What can I say…I’m sweet. (yes, I love myself!)

Ingredients: Stamps: greeting – Inky Antics, cookie – Limited Edition Rubber Stamp Co., speckle – Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Stampin’ Up!; ink: Chocolate Chip, Basic Brown; Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Loves Me Designer Paper, Other: Ribbon – Sassy & Sweet ribbon, Michael’s, Flirty Ribbon – Stampin’ Up!, Gamsol, Prismacolor Pencils. dimensionals

On to the next one:


THis one was fun to do, using the Cuttlebug and coloring the image with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Isn’t it just STINKIN’ CUTE? (yes, I love myself!) I love the color combo, which I just sort of threw together based on the colors I’d selected for coloring in the image.

Ingredients: Stamps: Kitty Cube – Inky Antics, Amazing to Zany & Everyday Flexible Phrases – Stampin’ Up!; Ink: Basic Black, Brights & Subtles Colorbox Chalk Petal Points (retired from SU!), Whisper White; Cardstock: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise; Other: Green Galore brads, Cuttle Bug Friend embossing folder, ticket corner punch, ribbon – Dots & Checks, Michael’s, dimensionals, gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker.

And finally, a very appropriate stamp for me at the moment…sometimes you hear God talking to you through the strangest mediums…this time, it’s a rubber stamp:


Ingredients: Stamps: Forget Troubles Kitty – Inky Antics, Small Script (retired) – Stampin’ Up!; Ink: Basic Black; Cardstock: Green Galore, Whisper White, Orchid Opulence, Dots & Dashes designer paper; Other: Dots & Checks ribbon – Michaels, small oval punch, dimensionals, gamsol, Prismacolor Pencils, white gel pen, Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker.

If you can’t read the words on the image, they say: Remember the day’s blessings, forget the day’s troubles. Good advice for anybody, but particularly for me. And I have a lot of blessings to remember, not the least of which are good stamping friends like all of you…sniff…I’m getting maudlin again…better watch that!

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16 thoughts on “Cheerfulness Breaks In”

  • Well, I’m feeling much better after seeing your cards. Now, if only this laptop was magical so that I could reach in and grab those cookies which, of course, would turn to real cookies. Gee, maybe I could get up out of this recliner and bake some myself??? Nah. I’ll wait for my dh to do it. (grin)

  • Jan, I just love reading your writing. I’ve been a fan of your work for a long time but just found your blog. I don’t know what took so long! I love the “living in a van down by the river” reference. That makes me laugh every time I see it. These are gorgeous cards, as usual. Keep your chin up!

  • Jan, I love getting your FeedBlitz updates. You are my kind of girl!!! Chocolate is the salve to heal all wounds. New stamps don’t hurt either. I, too, use stamping as my therapy. I always say “it isn’t cheaper than a Phsychiatrist but it sure is lots more fun”.
    Just so you know…I personally would happily donate monthly to your blog to help keep it coming to me. I love your ideas and creativity, your sense of humor and your ability to share your feelings.

  • Jan ~ I’m so glad you’re in a better disposition! I had planned to leave a comment on your post, but I just never made it back…
    I want you to know that the “Cliff hanger” tune from Between the Lions has been in my head ever since! lol!!
    Love the cards…I’m partial to the last one since it’s a kitty, but they’re all three really cute.

  • Jan, you have outdone yourself! That ‘happy you’re my friend’ card is one of the cutest and well done cards I have ever seen!!! Your coloring is beyond amazing and I love how you worked that Cuttlebug background! You rock girl!

  • Man, those cookies look real. I’ve got some just like them sitting in the pantry – I think I can hear them calling my name! Also love the IA images – they’re just the cutest!

  • Oh Jan, I wish I could be there to give you a great big {{HUG}}} or two or three! It’s ok to get a little maudlin now & then, just don’t let it last too long! Yes, I think God was speaking to you through that stamp – perfect words! He certainly won’t let you down – we’ve been thru our share of troubles, but He’s always faithful! Just remember where your focus needs to be – we look at our problems thru Christ, not at Christ thru our problems!!!

  • Oh Jan, those cards are just beautiful. Love the bright, cheery colors that you used.
    Pleasa keep us updated as there are a lot of us out in cyberworld that obviously give a you know what. Wishing the best for you and your family.

  • Jan
    OMG! I was in shock when I read the bad news…I haven’t been able to read your blog in a couple of days….having my own personal problems too….geez I was worried there…please–you give us joy with you blog. Your writing skills are way up there and combined with your card creations wow you are one talented woman….I will have you in my prayers and hope everything works out. I know…my husband has been out of work two years due to job related injuries….after 40 years they canned him….stating he never got hurt on the job. I have had to work two jobs in addition trying to get SU off the ground (which hasn’t happened but I am not giving up!!!) so I know where you are coming from. Hang in there something will break I am sure….
    Love your cards by the way each one is better than the other…..

  • I’m so glad your cheerful self has returned. Keep your head up…unless you’re looking down to stamp! Your ‘therapy’ cards are wonderful. Bright and cheery…just what the doc ordered. Thanks for letting us share in your creativity.

  • Dear Jan,
    I just love your cards! They are superbly fantastic and my 3 year old son loves looking at them with me! He especially loved the chocolate chip cookies today! Now, we’re going to have to head in the kitchen and make some!
    That cookie stamp is too much! Were you successful in getting a Diet Coke stamp for that “I am what I eat” montage?
    On another note, I am praying for you and your family for nothing is impossible for God. His blessing is beyond any curse.
    Have a great day!

  • LOVE the kitty cards! I used to have that cookie stamp! It looks SOOOOO real! And now I want chocolate….
    I think you should spend LOTS of time in this “therapy”!

  • Maybe you could have a second van for your stamp room? LOL Seriously, I’m praying for your situation.
    Angela ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jan, I totally love reading your blog. I love your cards that you make and all the fun things you share. I am so glad to see you are back in the creative seat and look forward to seeing what you are up to next. Thank you for sharing your good and bad days with us readers and please know I am praying for you about the job situation. God is in control!!!! Thank goodness!!!

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