Monday, June 22, 2015

Thinking of You!

For today's tutorial, I must give credit to my sweet friend, Dina, as she is the one that came up with the idea and original directions! Today I am sharing her Latch Card, using Sweet n' Sassy's Parisian Postcard.

Cut your cardstock to 7 1/2 x 5 1/2, and then score at 3 1/4.

Fold at the score line. Score again three times just to the right of the opening edge. I just found a groove that would work, and then moved my card over a little for the remaining two score lines. Do not fold on these lines. They help with flexibility when opening and closing the latch.

Decorate your front focal panel and choose what you will use for your latch. It can be a die cut shape, or a plain sentiment square, or any number of things. I chose a simple layered circle and flower.

Assemble your card, using foam tape for the latch, just to the right of the three scored lines.
I used a watercolor wash for the background, and then stamped my images on top. Since it's also watercolor paper, the images are not as crisp as they would be on smooth cardstock, but I liked that effect. The Tower is stamped twice and popped up with foam tape. I used the wrong stamp for my "postage cancellation," (the rectangle instead of the circle) but decided to just leave it!

And the finished product:
You can decorate the inside or even the side to the right of the score lines (for the latch). This has such fun possibilities for all sorts of neat ideas!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Let's Hear It For the Boys!

Today the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Divas are giving a special shout out to all the men and boys in our lives with lots of ideas for sharing. I hope you will join us for this fun blog hop today!

Although I have had dogs all my life, my daughter has a beautiful cat named Meowth that is the sweetest, and he was my inspiration for this card. One of our dear friends from college has a cat named Elsa that he adores, and this card is for him. The two cats look like they could be related!
I chose Kitty Love for my stamp set today, and made a gate fold card using hand cut banners and designer paper by Bo Bunny called Happy Tails.
I popped each kitty up with foam tape, and added some string (Cherry Baker's Twine) for one kitty and a button for the other. The inside of the card has the same designer paper and a place to write a greeting.
A quick and easy design! And here is a picture of Meowth!
Followed by Elsa (two photos below)!

Enjoy the hop and the start to a great weekend!


Challenges for this card:
Simon Says Wednesday: Make it Masculine 
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - #161 For The Fellas 
ABC Challenge: K is for Kritters
Let's Craft & Create Challenge: #101 Anything Male Goes


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It's June!

Today was a beautiful day of sunshine here after an early morning rain -- my favorite kind of day. And my favorite kind of card is one that is simple to make, but brings a smile to the recipient!

Today I used Sweet n' Sassy Stamps' Happy Happy Clear Stamps and Die Set to make this fun and easy summer greeting.
I paper pieced my sun face and cut a cloud out of my main panel, and then popped up the panel and the sun. I added another cloud cut from designer paper, and one of the fun sentiments from the stamp set. Easy and quick!
Hope you have some sunshine in your soul today!


Paper: Poptone Sweet Tooth, Bazzill Dotted Kraft, SU! Barely Banana, Carta Bella Beach Boardwalk DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Feature at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps: Happy Home

It's Friday Feature Day at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! Today's feature is the Happy Home stamp set. It's so cute with lots of possibilities for different occasions with all the included sentiments. 
I made a side-step card, and made a neighborhood. I colored and cut out houses and trees all afternoon (made too many!). I added a sun and clouds using the Happy Happy Die Set, and stamped my sentiment on one of the clouds. It's hard to photograph these cards to show everything!
There are oodles of FUN examples on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog today, so head on over there to check out this adorable stamp set -- you can get Happy Home for $9.90 through June 4 -- no coupon needed!

 

Stamps: Happy Home (SNSS)
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White, American Crafts DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir markers
Accessories: Aqua Baker's Twine (The Twinery), Happy Happy Die Set (SNSS), button
Techniques: Side Step Card

Monday, May 25, 2015

My Favorite Flower

My favorite garden flowers are Oriental Poppies. I love their rich color, and wispy stems that hold such a beautiful bloom. Today I am sharing a card I made with the Poppies Digital Stamp.
After printing, I heat set the ink, and then carefully watercolored my image using dye inks and a watercolor brush. I let it dry, and then ran the image through my Big Shot with an embossing folder for added texture. A few embellishments, and all done!
This makes a sweet all-occasion card, which I will stamp inside once it is needed!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy Retirement!

Today is the last day of school for kids here in my town. I can remember as a teacher rejoicing on this day every year -- I love summer so much! :)

Several of my friends are retiring this year, and Sweet 'n Sassy has a super cute stamp set called Retirement Sentiments that is perfect for anyone moving to that amazing stage of life! Someone asked me the other day how long I had taught and I couldn't believe I lasted 30 years (half of it part-time, but STILL!).
I made a quick and easy card using one of the sentiments from the set and some pre-cut shapes. The scalloped edge along the bottom is cut from some really sparkly blue paper (always hard to photograph) using the smaller die from the SNSS Scallop Border die set.

 Happy Summer and Happy Retirement!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hello Glitter!

Last month I hosted the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge with a technique called Negative Glitter (dubbed by me!).


Instructions for following my sample:
1. Choose your glitter colors. I chose four different pastels, but you could use different shades of the same color, or bolder contrasts. Adhere strips of Scor-Tape (or another brand) where you want the glitter. Press down tightly using your fingers or a bone folder. Remove the backing of one strip at a time, adding one color at a time. Press the glitter into the strip of adhesive, making sure it is covered. Continue until all strips are covered with glitter.
2. Cut your panel for the negative die slightly smaller than the card base. Position your die to show off the most color. Cut and adhere the panel using pop up squares (Dimensionals or another brand).
3. Embellish the rest of the card as you wish.

I kept mine CAS and added sequins using Glue Dots.

There are many ideas using this multi-glitter technique. Your die doesn't have to be a word - it could be some beautiful shape as well. The glitter doesn't have to be in strips either. Feel free to incorporate stamping on your panels too!


I adhered my glitter with individual strips of Scor-Tape. I cut my word and used the negative side of the die for the front panel, adding sequins for embellishments. I adhered the "inside" of each letter with Brushable Glue (Crystal Effects and the like would also work to adhere to the glitter well). Easy!

Paper: Poptone Sweet Tooth
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: Hello die (Technique Tuesday), sequins, Scor-Tape (1/4"), Waterfall, Lemonade, Aquamarine, Bubble Gum Glitter and Brushable Glue (Sparkle N Sprinkle)
Techniques: Negative Glitter


Monday, May 11, 2015

The Glue That Holds My Heart

Hello everyone!
Yes, it's been awhile since I have posted -- and I have missed it! 
Today I want to share a technique with you that is fun and easy - even though it may seem hard at first! I have written directions to follow, and there are several videos out in YouTube land as well. I call it Hot Glue Stencils - nothing fancy, just what it sounds like! All you need is hot glue, ink, and some creativity! Easy to do, easy to fix mistakes, and LOTS of possibilities.

I made hearts for my stencil sample, and made circles for another (not posted), but you could make clouds or water, or scenery, or other shapes, or anything! I used sprays, but you could also watercolor around your stencil, or sponge or paint.

 
1. Plug in your glue gun and have several short refills or one long glue stick ready. It is better to use more than less!
2. On your silicone mat (or wax paper) draw shapes or a scene with your glue. Try to have the glue touch and connect in many places, so your stencil has some stability.
You will see in the photo that I made a mess of the lower left heart. I just let it dry and peeled off that part, and started over with that section. Easy to fix!
3. When dry, pick up your stencil carefully. If it tears, go back to #2 and fix! I picked off many of the little glue "threads."
4. Lay your glue stencil on cardstock or watercolor paper.
My sample uses Poptone Sweet Tooth, as it is heavier cardstock for my sprays. I also used watercolor paper to play with on a different card, spraying with water before and after I sprayed with color. 
5. Spray or sponge or paint your color on top of the stencil.
6. Let dry, and remove the stencil, washing it with clear, cool water for another use. Time to design your card around your stencil! I had no idea what I was going to do until I was done with the stencil. Have fun!
And here is the final project:
My dog is stamped, embossed with Clear EP, and popped up. The arrow is a purchased chipboard heart, and the doily is adhesive backed and also purchased. I pierced the four corners for interest. 

This card is in honor of BooBoo, a sweet girl belonging to my friend, Kate, who has been sick this week with Rocky Mtn. Spotted Fever, but is getting better! So the "Glue That Holds My Heart" is all about our furry friends and how much we love them. I love my Fiona! Hope you have a great day!


 




Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hug the Dog!

Happy Spring!!
I am so excited for the warmer temperatures coming up! I know a lot of you had spring snow, but it's warm and sunny here. Sunshine always puts me in the mood to create, and today I made a quick and easy card using Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Puppy Love - one of the March releases. I love the sentiments and puppies in this set.
I used the paw print and sentiment from the stamp set, stamped in Palette Noir ink. The little silhouette dog on the card is actually printed on the designer paper (Happy Tails by Bo Bunny), but I could have just as easily stamped one of the ADORABLE dogs in the set. The black background is embossed with large dots (Bazzill).
I know this set is one I will use a lot! Check out the Kitty Love set too!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March Release Day at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Hello, sweet friends!  Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps March 2015 Release Day Blog Hop and Challenge!  The days are getting longer, the weather is changing, and Spring is on the way! Who doesn't love watching for the first signs of spring after a cold and snowy winter?  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps will help set the stage for Spring with three new Mini Flower Block stamp sets ...AND for you animal lovers out there…two new stamp sets featuring our favorite canines and felines!  

I am highlighting the two animal sets today: Puppy Love and Kitty Love. If you missed my post from earlier this week, scroll down one post to see another example using Puppy Love.

First up is a sweet sympathy card. I lost a pet this past summer, and I truly appreciated the sweet cards and notes I got from friends about my dear Lucy (my ten year old lab). To make even more of your stamps, this could be used for other sympathy needs as well.


I stamped my sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black. Stitching, pearls, ribbon, and roses, help make for an elegant sympathy card for a pet or a loved one. I hand cut the banner for the sentiment. Both this and the next card use Memory Box Brandywine designer paper.











Next up is a Side Step Card design using Kitty Love.



Release Giveaway!
What would a release be without a giveaway, right?  Well, here are the details of this month's release prize. One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  You have until Thursday, March 19th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, March 20th!

Last but not least...
We can't forget our fun Release Day Challenge!

"Love Your Pet"  
(Include a pet on your card or project) 

Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
         
- You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)
- Please create a NEW card (no back linking)
We ask that you enter your card in no more than 3 challenges
 - You'll have until Thursday, March 19th at midnight EST to enter
- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!
   If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSMARCH2015RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries

To enter simply share a link to your creation below!

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, March 20th to see if you've won!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Sneak Peek!

Today I have a fun sneak peek of one of the sets that becomes available this Friday from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (check out the Facebook party Thursday night too!). I am using Puppy Love and an acrylic block background that is easy to do. You can get all sorts of awesome results with some ink and a block!

1. Gather your materials. I used Puppy Love, glossy white paper, a water mister, a long block, and three Memento Watercolor markers. You can use stamp pads instead of markers, but make sure it's dye ink so that it dries quickly.
2. I colored directly on my block with the markers.
3. Spritz with water. I have a paper towel on top of my craft sheet.
4. Press into your paper and let dry. I used my heat gun to speed the drying process.

I trimmed my card and used it as a grassy knoll for my dog to sit on!
The clouds were sponged with a dauber and a handcut cloud stencil. I stamped my dog twice, once directly on the glossy paper and then another time to cut out and pop up. This silhouette reminds me so much of my labs! I added a chipboard arrow for embellishment.

You will love this set with all its adorable doggy sentiments and different dog silhouettes! Perfect for all the pooch lovers out there! Thanks for stopping by today!