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How to make great holiday ornaments without breaking the bank!

HolidayOrnamentPicHere’s another fun project you can do at home with your rubber stamps, Staz-On ink and some hollow glass ornaments from your local craft store. (Ornaments shown were purchased at Michael’s)

This is a fun project for an ornament exchange, relative, neighbor or teacher gifts or just because. (Sorry the photo isn’t the best – they kept spinning! But that is the cool part about them in real life!)

To see all the stamps available from Janlynn featuring my art, CLICK HERE.

Happy Holidays!

– Tara

Rubber Stamps anyone?

TreeWdStampI just got back from talking to a great group of quilters at the Craft Warehouse in Vancouver, WA. I get to do it again tomorrow – twice!  (1 pm & 7 pm if you are in the area.)  Some were very interested in my stamps so I wanted to get a link up here for them if they come to my blog looking… (Craft Warehouse doesn’t carry them yet but the store manager is going to work on that – yeah Carol!)

I have a total of 65 rubber stamps available in stores and online at www.Janlynn.com.  If you CLICK HERE you should go right to the search that will show you all of my designs.

CLICK HERE to be taken right to this Christmas Tree Sentiment Stamp – it was a favorite of the four samples I brought with me.

If you were one of the quilters I met today – thank you for being so friendly and letting me talk with you today – it is always fun and invigorating to get out the studio every so often!  I’ll blog about the new fabric collection and the link for the project sheet tomorrow… promise!

Happy stamping!

– Tara

Grab your rubber stamps and create one-of-a-kind liquid soap dispensers!

With school in full swing, fall in the air and dare I say it… swine flu on the news constantly, my mind turned to soap.

When my son was little we were in the habit of washing our hands every time we came back in the house – from errands, from playing, from where ever.  Of course before eating, before handling food, after using the rest room… there are a lot of times to wash our hands and make sure we don’t catch or spread germs!

LiquidSoapBlogPhotoThat means a lot of soap.  Of course you can go to your favorite store and get liquid soap in patterns, themes and characters the manufacturers decide to offer.  But what if none of them are quite “you”?

Do you have a supply of rubber stamps and want an easy, new project? Looking for a unique and useful holiday gift?

Let me show you how to change those mass produced liquid soap dispensers into one-of-a-kind, made by you, works of art.

Download the pdf with basic instructions and the template for cutting your plastic. (It is designed to fit Soft Soap™ brand so if you use a different brand, you might need to tweak your template a smidge.)

Then watch this 8 minute video and you will be ready to go!  I’d love to hear from you if you try it so feel free to come back and comment, ok?

Here’s to being crafty, creative, clean and most of all – healthy!

– Tara

P.S. To see my full line of rubber stamps, go to www.Janlynn.com and search “Tara Reed” (a few that aren’t mine might come up on that search but they promise they are working on it!)

Reindeer Stamps are ready for your Christmas crafting…

“Anything But Plain-Jane” has done it again!  Look what she did with one of my new holiday stamps from Janlynn:

Sunday, September 6, 2009

“Santa’s Reindeer” ..and a twist..a “Tara Reed” design

This is a card I made using a stamp from “Janlynn” called “Santa’s Reindeer”
Even tho you can make a million cute Christmas cards with this guy I decided he looked like he could be missing someone too… I have been blessed to have my 4 children home with me every Christmas but one. My oldest (30 next month) lives in North Carolina and one year he decided he should work instead. That was one of the worst holidays I ever had. We thought it would be okay, ..he needed the money…WRONG..On Christmas day we KNEW we had figured wrong. We missed him so much and things were just not the same. Since then we have been together every Christmas. Now I know this wont always be..but for now I will appreciate it! My heart just breaks for our Military men away from their families at Christmas and I dont know how they do it. God Bless them ALL and their families. On to the card recipe! DP is Memory Box, “Dewfrost”. I used a couple MS punches and colored with Copics! TFL! Check out all the new and CUTE stamps over at Janlynn. You wont be disapointed!

Posted by Jane Wetzel at 6:23 PM

To see more of what Jane is up to… visit http://anythingbutplainjane.blogspot.com/

Thanks Jane and keep up the cute work!  I’ll draw, you stamp, we’ll both share.  Deal?

– Tara

Ready to "get stampy" for Christmas? Two of Tara's holiday stamps are now available at Michael's

Yippee! I went in to Michael’s this afternoon to see if the holiday rubber stamp end cap was up yet and the answer is YES! So what happened next?  I had to find mine then scope out the store for some crafters that might have steady hands and be willing to snap a pic with my iPhone.  Obviously I was shopping alone – always more fun to find your things with a friend to jump up and down in the aisles with you but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. But that doesn’t stop me – I still do my little happy dance, both inside and out.

So here is what you can find at your local Michael’s (among other things of course) – the row of smiling snowmen and a brand new swirly holly.  Both from Janlynn, the makers of Stamps Happen brand stamps.  If you happen to get them and make something fun, please email me a photo – it always makes my day and often makes my blog. :)

Happy creating!

– Tara


Gear up for fall with some fashion advice from a witch!

Crafter and blogger Jane Wetzel or “not so plain Jane” blogged about one of my rubber stamps yesterday – I was so excited to see what she did! I’m always SO EXCITED to see what anyone does with my designs – be they rubber stamps, fabric, whatever… if you want to share, email me.  It truly does make my day!  With Jane’s permission, I have re-published her blog here…

Witches Shoes..A Tara Reed design for Janlynn Stamps

Just in time for Fall I got this cute stamp from Janlynn stamps! How cute are these “Witches shoes”?? ha ha! Love em! I used some dp from the BG Ambrosia pad and my cuttlebug. Then I dusted off my SU markers and colored along with some Copics. Got to use my new MS punches ( loops and the branch) and the sentiment is an old stamp I found at my lcc. I found this cat face button in JoAnn’s and couldnt resist putting it on this card! TFL!
If you are crafty at heart and want to see more of what Not-so-plain-Jane is blogging about, go here => http://anythingbutplainjane.blogspot.com/
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If you just absolutely, must have this witch shoe stamp and can’t wait another minute to get it, CLICK HERE to order it online from the manufacturer.
One thing I love about the stamps I design for Janlynn/Stamps Happen is that they are pretty – they use full color stickers on the wood so you can see how I originally painted the art or they just look cute on your desk, bookshelf, where ever.  Functional and decorative craft supplies – can’t beat that! While you are over on the Janlynn site, just type in “Tara Reed” in the search box to see all my designs… (and a few other things that for some unknown reason get pulled up – they promise they are working on that!)
Halloween will be here before you know it so start your stamping projects now!

With the Right Accessories, I Can Do Anything!

Shoes-ThirstystoneThat is one of the sentiments from my “Fashion Forward” line that is make women across the country say, “Yeah!”  Or, truth be told, I’ve heard many say, “Oh heaven help me if I had to wear those shoes!”  I reassure them by saying that I’m all about comfort shoes and paint what my sister and I now lovingly refer to as “non-weight bearing shoes” – we know we’d look great sitting down in them but aren’t sure we’d even make it across the room!

So whether you can wear them or just like the idea of sporting a  high-fashion high-heel attitude – there’s a little something for everyone and more in the works so stay tuned!

The summer Gift Show in Atlanta is going on now and one of my licensees, Thirstystone Resources, just emailed me this photo of the entry to their showroom area.  You can imagine I just FLIPPED when I saw it!  “Can I please have it delivered and set up in my office when you are done?”  Thirstystone has created a set of 4 Fashion Forward absorbent coasters as well as disposable Pub Coasters featuring two of the designs.

Ask for them at your favorite retailer.  I’ll let you know if I find them online but I don’t want to wait to share my excitement!

As well as coasters, two of these designs are available as rubber stamps from Janlynn / Stamps Happen. They have been seen at Hobby Lobby and other independent rubber stamp stores and are also available online.  Click on the images below…

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Finallly, the designs are available as 12 x 12 wall art prints, licensed to BonArtique and available in stores and online at Art.com – click on the images below if you just have to have them!

Here’s to you!  – Tara

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Stampers grab your stamp pads…

Oh I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it when I get a box of new products!  They usually arrive 6 months to a year after I was done working with the art and sometimes I forget everything that I did.

That was certainly the case when I received my box of new wood mounted rubber stamps from Janlynn / Stamps Happen.  As I pulled each stamp out I found myself repeating, “Oh yeah!  I forgot we did that!”  (Not that I’m having ‘senior moments’ mind you, but I often set up dozens of designs for products and only a few ever make it to the product stage.)

janlynn-stamps-fall08As you can see from the picture above, there is everything from birthday to Halloween to Christmas.  Tea, coffee or wine?  Save the earth or something spicy?

Now where can you find these latest additions to my rubber stamp line?  Head to your local Hobby Lobby store for most of these and if you don’t have a store near you, you can find them online at:


If you type my name in the “search” box in the upper right corner, you will see everything I’ve done with them.

Now grab your stamp pads and get to work!

~ Tara

P.S.  I’d love to see, and post, what you create if you’d like to share, send me a jpeg.  email me