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!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bring On Spring!

I love the sassy look to Winnie in this new stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Winter With Winnie. There are some really fun sentiments to go with this set. I chose "Bring on Spring" with spring flowers in the background and snowflakes in the foreground (I like how the snowflake has hearts like the blue DP!) make for a wishful change in temperatures.
I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Georgia Pacific White paper and then colored in with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. It's almost time for a new release at SNSS, so if you haven't already, check out the February release HERE!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Warm Wishes for Spring

I am sending warm wishes for all of you in the throes of cold winter temperatures! One of my wishes is that Spring would come really early this year! I'm not holding my breath, though, so the mittens are staying out for now!
I used images from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Winnie's Warm Wishes, one of the new February releases. I love how the sentiments are all interchangeable to say all sorts of different things. 




I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored the mittens with Copic markers. I decided to have them facing so the hearts were right side up. The banners are handcut, and the little mittens are backed by a purchased snowflake doily. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the February release HERE.

It's was a crazy weekend at my house as my daughter got engaged! We are so excited and thrilled, and are busy planning for a summer wedding. I am on a roller coaster, with my first grandbaby coming in September (via my son and his wife), and now a wedding! 2015 is turning out to be a whirlwind year already!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nearly Everyone I Know Has Caught One This Year!

Hello! Today I want to share a quick and easy card from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps using one of my favorite get well sets ever, Get Well Critters. I have been using a lot of watercolor paper and different types of inks lately, and today's card is an easy and fun way to make a cute and eye-catching background.
I used two different Distress Stains for my circle background, and then stamped both the sentiment and little bug with VersaFine Onyx Black. A quick and easy, colorful get-well greeting!
Hope you've let your bug go and are healthy!

Friday, February 6, 2015

It's February Release Day at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!


Hello, sweet friends!   Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps February 2015 Release Day Blog Hop! Baby…it's cold out there, but our February release is sure to warm your heart so grab your favorite hot beverage and get ready to be inspired by the projects created for you by the talented Design Divas!

There are so many fabulous products being released today, so you just must head over 
to the Sweet 'n Sassy blog and check them all out!
There are two new Wynne Gettelfinger sets (which I will be showcasing next week), some fab sentiments, a sweet bird, cute critters, and lots of new dies to help show off your designs. I am highlighting just one of the new sets available today.

I made two designs with this set for today's release. Each use the same color combination and watercolor backgrounds.
After the watercolor wash, I stamped the sentiment and flowers with VersaFine Onyx Black, and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. The flowers are stamped on a wood tag.
The next little card is 4.25" square. I added Diamond Stickles to the bugs' wings.
You can preorder the dies at the SNSS website!

Release Giveaway!
As part of our release day fun, one random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code for  the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, February 12th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, February 13th!
One more thing before we let you go...

We can't forget our fun Release Day Challenge!
Since the cold winter month of February often brings with it a case of the sniffles, create a warm get well card and join our...
"Warm Get Well Wishes Challenge"   
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, February 12th at midnight EST to enter
- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!
If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSFEB2015RC 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, February 13th to see if you've won!

Now it's time to see what the DT has created with these fabulous products! The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool below...HAPPY HOPPING! :D

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hey Cat Lovers!

I like cats. I just don't have any. My mom was allergic to them, and then my daughter, so we have always had dogs. But if I had a cat, it would be cute like this one!
Your cats knead you, right? My daughter eventually developed a tolerance for cats and today has a super cute one named Meowth. She says when he wants her to get out of bed, he kneads her stomach. Makes me laugh. They knead (need) you in other ways too!


 
Today is Club Set Release Day at The {Stamps} of Life and cat2stamp is ADORABLE. 
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There are also DIES! Yep. But you gotta be a Club member to get them this early! 
Check it out HERE.
 
I made a couple of other designs with this cute set. On this one I embossed the fish bone with silver embossing powder and then punched it out with an oval punch. The cute typeset paper is from the brand new Celebrate Collection Patterned Paper Pad.
Love that there is a solid footprint and an outline! This sentiment is PURRFECT for those needed "pick-me-up" greetings:
And if you aren't a cat lover? Then check out Stephanie's dog, Cookie! I have one more cat2stamp design to show you later this week! Have a blessed day!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Out With the Old!



Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is having a fab sale - but things are going fast, so you better go have a look. This classy stamp set, To Paris With Love, is on sale, and I just love it! It makes a pretty collage card for those that like the style but find it hard to do! It's all done for you!




Check out the rest of the sale items here

Next week I will have some peeks from the new release by a brand new illustrator!