Wednesday, January 30, 2013

More Furry Friend Fuzzies

Good afternoon!
What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday 81 and calm.
Today 63 and crazy windy!

OK.  I have had my new furry friend, Winston, 4 days and I'm madly in love with this guy!! (It's OK.  So is Tom!)    He is so funny, furry, frisky, and full of LOVE!  Unconditional LOVE!

Speaking of LOVE, here's another great Valentine's Lemurs in Love card by Libby and it's very masculine, just like the two guys in my life!  You can read more about it on her blog.
Thanks Libby!  I love it!

Products used:
Texana Designs stamps:  Lemurs in Love and Happy Heart Day!
Prismacolor Pencils
Scalloped Punch
Heart Embellishment from Freckled Pawn
Paper (from her stash)

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine Love

Good morning!
I'm hoping for a little rain here in the 
Austin/Round Rock area. 
My flowers are ready for a drink!

Valentine's and furry friends are a perfect combination as you will see a little later in this post.  First, take a look at this wonderful card design by Megan Bickers (see her blog for the clouds tutorial-so amazing).  I love how she took the heart from our Jam'n House (large) for this card.  Such a nice touch!  Thanks, Megan!
Products used:
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Sweetwater: Autumn Sweet Black Polka
Close To My Heart: Red Linen Pattern
Letraset Promarkers/Flexmarkers: For Lemur-Nutmeg, Saddle Brown, Morning Mist, Grey Squirrel, Cool Grey 1, Blender.  For tree limb- Caramel, Burnt Sienna
Spellbinders: Nestabilities die (Label 8)
We R Memory Keepers: Corner Chomper (1/2")
Ranger: Distress Inkpads (Weathered Wood, Fired Brick, Black Soot);Foam Blender Tool
The Paper Studio: Clear Gemstones

Happy Valentine's Day
to all our Furry Friends!

Last September, my 16 year old Lady dog was put to rest.  My heart ached for many months, but I was so thankful to have her in my life.  After several months of grieving, we decided to adopt another furry friend and it is truly a Valentine kind of love.  His name is Winston and he's around 3 years old.  We adopted him from a wonderful group called Wee Rescue.  It was love at first sight.  There will never be another Lady, but there's always room in my heart to love another.  
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Hot Chocolate, Tea and Coffee

Good morning!
It's almost February!
It should be cold
but, wait, I live in Texas!

The Design Team has been busy making samples with our Texana Designs  Jam'n Mug and mini, and Jam'n Cup and some new sentiments.  Makes me want Hot Chocolate, Coffee and TEA all at the same time!  Scroll all the way down.  You don't want to miss  seeing any!  You can visit Karen Lambert and Megan Bickers blogs for more information on their designs.
Design by Jilda Bolton
Texana Designs stamps:  Jam'n Mug, Jam'n Christmas Texas mini
and Wishing you some Texas Twinkle
Design by Karen Lambert
Texana Designs stamps:  Jam'n Mug, Jam'n BW Heart mini

Design by Megan Bickers
Texana Designs Stamps:  Jam'n Cup Large, Jam'n Tea Bag, You are the SUGAR in my Tea!
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock, Bazzill Green Cardstock, Cryogen White Iridescent Paper
My Mind's Eye: "Me & Dad" Zig Zag Light Blue Paper
Tsukineko: Memento Ink Pad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Scattered Straw, Chipped Sapphire); Foam Blender Tool
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Dies (Labels 18)
Fiskars: Border Punch (Scalloped Sentiment)
Letraset Promarkers: Warm Grey 2, Canary, Cornflower, Lime Twist
Foam Squares
Design by Janet Bradshaw
Texana Designs Stamps: Jam'n Cup and Join me for, Tea and You are the SUGAR in my Tea

We R Memory Keepers Pattern Paper
Honeycomb Paper Pad - Orange
VersaMark & White Embossing Powder
White Sugar is Distress Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy over
Claudine Hellmuth Acryic Paint - Blank Canvas
Design by Jilda Bolton
Texana Designs stamps: Jam'n Cup and happy birthday

Design by Jilda Bolton
Texana Designs stamps:  Jam'n Cup and You WARM my heart!
Design by Karen Lambert
Texana Designs stamps:  Jam'n Mug, Jam'n BW Heart mini and
You are the MARCHMALLOW in my Cocoa

Scraps of Cardstock and Patterned Paper
Scraps of Lace and Ribbon
Homemade pop dots
Design by Megan Bickers
Texana Designs Stamps: Jam'n BW Heart mini, Jam'n Mug Large, You are the CREAM in my Coffee!
Kraft Cardstock, Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
My Mins' Eye: Wild Asparagus  Maroon/Small Dot
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain)
Martha Stewart Ribbon and Letraset Promarkers/Flexmarkers: Firebrick, Putty, Cocoa

Design by Jilda Bolton
Texana Designs stamps:  Jam'n Mug, Jam'n BW Heart mini and You WARM my heart!

Pink and cocoa colored cardestock
BoBunny Crazy Love Collection 6" x 6" paper
Design by Karen Lambert
Texana Designs stamps: Jam'n Mug and You are the CREAM in my Coffee

White Georgia Pacific Cardstock
Scraps of Patterned Paper
Cuttlebug Folders: Swiss Dot and Paisley
Spellbinders Heart Nestabilities
Distress Ink from Ranger
Scrap of lace and small heart button from my stash

Design by Megan Bickers
Texana Designs Stamps:  Jam'n Mug mini, Jam'n Square Trio (Frame),
Jam'n House (the heart only) and You PERK me up!
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock and CTMH, Sweetwater, Reminisce misc black paper scraps
Cloud 9 Design: Venice
Ranger: Distress Inkpad  (Scattered Straw); Foam Blender Tool
Tsukineko: Memento (Tuxedo Black), StazOn (Jet Black)
American Crafts: Precision Pen (.03 Black)
Letraset Promarkers:  Budding Rose, Daffodil Bloom, April Shower, Warm Grey 1, Warm Grey 2
Making Memories: Heart Eyelet Snap, The Paper Studio Black Brads
Martha Stewart Crafts Twill Tape (Pink Sand) and EK Success Border Punch (Arrow Border) 
Design by Megan Bickers
Texana Designs stamps:  Jam'n Coffee Pot, Jam'n Mug mini
and You PERK me up! and Jam'n Wildflower Cluster
Kraft Cardstock and Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Die Cuts With a View: Metallic Cardstock (Gunmetal)
My Mind's Eye: Happy Holidays Polka Dot
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Antique Linen, Walnut Stain); Foam Blender Tool
Ditto:  Glimmer Spray (Blue) and Foam Squares
Letraset Promarkers: China Blue Canary, Grass, Red, Nutmeg, Chestnut, Warm Grey 2
Design by Megan Bickers
Texana Designs Stamps:  Jam'n Mug large, Jam'n Lone Star State mini,
You WARM my heart!, Jam'n Frame Cactus (inkd BW side only)
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock and The Paper Studio Graph Paper
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Fired Brick, Faced Jeans); Foam Blender Tool
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Letraset Promarkers/Flexmarkers: Crimson, True Blue, Dove Grey, Ice Grey 3
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Foam Squares

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lemurs in Love

Valentine's Day is around the corner!
Lemurs are in Love!

This Lemurs in Love stamp was designed for my daughter, Maggie, when she was doing a study-abroad program in Madagascar!  She was and still is a lover of Lemurs!

Janet Bradshaw made this "sweet" Valentine's sample using our Texana Designs Lemurs in Love and Jam'n Love you stamps with her Spellbinder's Shapabiities.  Love the Color Purple!
Thanks, Janet!

Product List:
Texana Designs stamps:  Lemurs in Love and Jam'n Love you
Spellbinders Shapabilities
Diamond Strips & Accents
Bazzill Two Scoops Paper
Distress Ink:  Milled Lavendar and Dusty Concord
Distress Markers.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Happy Wednesday!
It's gorgeous and cold here in Round Rock!

I'm way behind in my posting and I blame it all on the wedding!  It was worth it!  So, I'm going to post groups of samples by the Design Team until I catch up.

Today, I'm featuring Texana Designs Cardinal stamp and each one of the samples is simply gorgeous!  What a great team!  Thank you!

Design by Megan Bickers
Supply List:
Texana Designs stamps:  Cardinal and Holiday Spirit
Ivory and White cardstock
Bazzill:  Brown and Red Cardstock
October Afternoon:  The Thriftshop Collection]
Cosmo Cricket:  Gretel Collection (Autumn-gold paper)
Letraset Promarkers:  Lipstick Red, Berry Red, Crimson, Canary, Amber, Forest Green, Pine
Spellbinders:  Nestabilities Dies (Lasbelsn 8)
Making Memories: Antique Copper Brads
Ranger:  Distress Inkpads (Walnut Stain)
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black); Versamark Inkpad (clear)
Clear Embossing, Sandpaper, Foam Squares

Design by Jilda Bolton
Supply List:
Texana Designs stamps:  Cardinal and Holiday Spirit
Die-namics larger Oval Decorative Doily Duo
Paper: Bo-Bunny's 12" Mistletoe Twas the Night
Copics: R24, R27, R39, G24, G28, E35, N4, 100

Design by Karen Lambert
Product List:
Texana Designs stamps:  Cardinal and Holiday Spirit
Various coordinating small scraps from my stash
Sewing machine
VersaFine BlackOnyx stamp pad
Christmas Red Stickles
Ranger Distress Markers
Design by Janet Bradshaw
Supply list:
Texana Designs Stamps:  Cardinal and Jam'n Holly
Alterations Dies: Baroque & Mini Baroque
BoBunny Wild Berry Flourish Paper
VersaFine Onyx Black
VersaMark & Black Embossing Powder
Smooch Accent Ink:  Green Apply, Molasses, Sundance and Firecracker

Design by Libby Hickson
Supply list:
Texana Designs Stamps:  Cardinal and Holiday Spirit
Spellbinder Dies
Hero Arts Gems
Glossy Accents
Patterned Paper and Black/White Cardstock

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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Texana Designs Team!

Happy New Years
Texana Designs!

I'm thrilled to announce that the Design Team Members all want to continue for 2013!  It's been quite a year.  This group of creativeness far surpassed my vision for this team.  Not only did they design and create amazing samples (such a variety) using the Texana Designs Stamps, but it's a team of friendship, support, inspiration and a constant sharing of care and ideas.  

They all bring a unique style to our stamps and are ready to start another year of creating!  They are:  Janet Bradshaw, Jilda Bolton, Karen Lambert, Libby Hickson, and Megan Bickers.

The Texana Design Family

Jimmye Sue Mitchell, Owner
Texana Designs begins year #6 and it has been quite a ride - loving every minute of it.
We began in November 2007 when my daughter, Maggie (the one who just got married), wanted to make some $$$ (the  poor college student).  She wanted to make Texas calendars and we couldn't find Texas stamps that would work for us.
Fortunately, she was dating (not the one she married) a 5th generation Texan and artist that designed our first 12 Texas stamps and the rest is history.
I've been married to my Zen man Tom for 26 years and have two amazing kids.  Maggie just got married and is in grad school at the University of Texas.  Kenny is a senior at the University of Texas.  I'm also a surrogate Mimi (my sister is no longer with us) to Roxy and Alister.  Along with my passion for stamping, is my passion for travel.  Our family loves to travel and we have been all over the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.  We have also traveled to France, Italy, Germany and Prague.  I'm looking forward to  visiting the New England states next October - changing of the leaves.

Joyce A. Meyer, Artist/Teacher
I've always loved Joyce's designs and had many of her stamps before she joined the Texana Designs Team In November 2008.  We soon found out that her stamps were secondary to this relationship.  We are dearest of friends and travel all over Texas teaching classes, Make n' Takes, promoting our stamps.  We love road trips!  
Joyce says:  I have a BFA in Art and MA in Art Education and taught art in the Texas Public Schools for 21 years.  Jam'n Stamps was in business from 2000-2005.  In 2006, I wanted to devote more time to my art and family.  I've been an artist all my life and love drawing, painting, photography and TEXAS.

Janet Bradshaw, Design Team Member
Janet and I became friends while working at Scrapbook Fever.  I've said many times I would love to visit Janet's brain for awhile!!  Such creativity.  She is a regular teacher at Stamp Salado and her classes are a must!!  
Janet says:  I was born and raised in West Texas.  I now make my home in Austin.  My professional career is in the oil and gas industry, but my passion is scrapbooking and chronicling.  I created my first scrapbook in 1980.  My interest in scrapbooking was renewed in 1997.  Scrapbooking photos of my daughter rekindled my question for ancestors and genealogy.  I love to create heritage albums.  I love to share my enthusiasms of stamping and paper crafting with everyone.  I worked many years for a local scrapbook store.  I have created and taught many classes at various stores around Central Texas and have led a number of online courses about scrapbooking.  In my spare time I enjoy visiting with family and friends but mostly I love paper crafting.  I am delighted to participate in this design team.  Paper crafting has so many outlets, find yours and enjoy! 

Jilda Bolton, Design Team Member
I've only know Jilda for a couple of years, but I know we've had a connection for many lifetimes.   It's just one of those heart connections.  Jilda brings her love of "dies" and punches to all her samples!  Jilda had an opportunity to go to CHA last year for the first time and leaves Friday to return.  Can't wait to hear about all the new goodies!! 
Jilda says:  I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to Austin, Texas when I was 20  (42 years ago!).  I am blessed to live with my amazing husband and three fine pets - two dogs and a cat.  We live near our wonderful daughter & son-in-law and two fabulous granddaughters (two of my favorite fellow crafters).  Our life is filled with an exciting assortment of family and close friends.  
I've been involved in art since elementary school, but I didn't start using rubber stamps as a medium until the summer of 2006.  After I retired from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, I really stepped up my fun with stamps by taking classes and making lots and lots of cards to keep in touch with friends and family.
In February 2011, I met Joyce when I took her Watercolor Crayon class at Stamp Salado.  I met Jimmye Sue that same week when I picked up my class kit (that I had left in Salado) from Joyce.  Since then we have shared classes, play dates, road trips, and lots of FUN.  I learn something from each of them every time I see them.

Karen Lambert, Design Team Member
Karen and I made a connection when she and her hubby went to Key West.  She shared her information, we went to Key West and we have been sharing trip information ever since.  But that's not all, she is an excellent seamstress and has made several items for my sweet Roxy and Alister and made Maggie's wedding dress using the lace from my wedding dress.  Amazing experience.  Many holy moments.  Forever thankful.  
Karen says:  Creativity is a big part of my life.  If I am not doing something creative, I am probably thinking about it.  I began sewing in elementary school and that led to working in the garment industry when I got out of high school.  After moving to the Austin area I started my custom Bridal Business in 1994.  
I discovered scrapbooking and stamping in 2001 after friends encouraged me to "try it out, you'll like it".  WOW!!  Were they RIGHT.  Paper crafting became a passion.  I now consider myself a "mixed media artist".  I love textures and dimension, so it is not unusual for me to include embossing, glittering, stitching, photos, and even fabric into my creations.  I love tools and techniques.
By day I am "nanny" to 2 of my grandsons while their mommy teaches Middle School Art.  Evenings and weekends are spent creating or exploring Texas with my husband of 34 years, Mike.  We have 2 grown sons, 2 wonderful daughters-in-love, and 3 grandsons.
Besides my art, I love photography, hiking, crocheting, and spending time with our dogs.

Libby Hickson, Design Team Member
Libby moved to Georgia after living in Texas for several years.  Having her on the Design Team has been such a blessing and an opportunity to keep that connection close.  We now have her join our monthly play dates via Google!  She's always trying new techniques that are so amazing! 
Libby says:  I'm mostly a SAHM (stay at home Mom) living in Marietta, Georgia - but I  just moved from Austin, and I'll always be a bit Texan at heart!  My two kids keep me busy during the day, so I do most of my stamping late at night once the house is quiet.  I work part-time for Hero Arts, doing behind the scenes admin work, blog posts and best of all, corresponding with contest winners - such a fun job!  I'm currently a member Linda's Catered Crop Recipe Swap team. In the past I've served on The Play Date Cafe team, as well as designed for Firecracker Designs by Pamela.  When I'm not getting inky, I volunteer at a local cat shelter, and I also love cooking, gardening, hiking & biking.  I love love love making Texas-themed cards, and I'm as thrilled as all get-out to be on Jimmye Sue's Texana Designs team.  

Meagan Bickers, Design Team Member
Megan joined the Design Team last June.  She has been such an asset to the team with her samples of rich colors,mixing patterns and textures and Copics!
Megan says:  I am thrilled to be on the Design Team for Texana Designs!  I was first introduced to stamping when I was in 5th grade.  My babysitter loved all things "crafty" and my favorite supplies to use were her rubber stamps.  That was many years ago, but my love for stamping has grown and I have a much larger collection to prove it!  I also love to scrapbook and most of my layouts contain stamping in some form or other.  My projects mostly have a vintage flair and reflect my love for mixing patterns and textures.  For over ten years I taught stamping and scrapbooking classes, but I have recently taken a break from the teaching role to return to work part time as a Dental Hygienist.
I have been married for 15 years to my best friend, Mike, and we have two children (Jacob and Abbey).  Of course, our family wouldn't be complete without our dogs, Scrappy.  We live in Texas and enjoy spending as much time as we can outdoors or playing board games together.
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I've been on vacation from the blog for about a month to focus on Maggie's (my daughter) wedding.  Maggie and Daniel got married Thursday, January 3rd.  It was a beautiful, magical and amazing event.  I feel very blessed.

Maggie and Daniel Rigney at the reception - Mercury Hall in Austin.  Photo by Karen Lambert
These are photos taken by Joyce Meyer and Karen Lambert.  Other photos will trickle in and I will share when available.

Karen custom made Maggie's dress using lace from my wedding dress.  So special.  Gorgeous dress.

Joyce and Jilda were part of the decorations team.  They made 100 paper flowers and much, much more.  

Cupcake stands were made from Goodwill plates and vases-glued and spray painted.
Sweet Meaghan made all the bunting for the reception
All decorations were handmade using felting balls, paper and a lot of love labor.

Maggie and her Dad (my sweet hubby Tom) at the church.

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