Friday, October 9, 2015

For All You Cat Lovers

I adore this image from Inkadinkadoo. My sister is visiting this week, and we have been making loads of Halloween cards from stuff I have had forever - like this cat! And I have never inked him before. He's gotten more use in two days than in his whole life on my Clip It Up!

I stamped the kitty and sentiment with Stampin' Up!'s new Archival Black ink pad (LOVE!!) and then added a little shading with Copics C1-C5. I like the non-traditional blues for this Halloween greeting!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Live Love Bloom

There is something about fall that just gives my soul such life. I don't know if it's the cooler air after the heat, or the changing leaves, or football season (ha!), or what. But there is a sense of renewal there for me, just like in the spring, after the cold.

I love the sentiment "live love bloom" from Sweet 'n Sassy's Prim Blessings. And for all the sunflowers out there, with their faces to the sun, that's exactly what they do. Today's card is a simple one -- but the bright colors and upside-down banners catch your attention.  I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, and then colored in with Copic markers. The sunflowers are cut with the Prim Blessings dies. This card was inspired by my stamping friend, Michelle Woerner.

This is such a versatile set, and I plan to use it a lot! With its cute sheep, birds, and hearts, and the sunflowers above, I can get all sorts of occasions from it, even when it isn't fall!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Come Hop With Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Hello my crafty friends! 
Welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps September 2015 Release and Blog Hop! 

SNSS is releasing five brand new stamp sets this month and adding four new products from the September Sweet Perks Club to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!

There is something for everyone this month! I chose to highlight the two new Bible Journaling sets. In the coming days, I will be showing you some pages from my Bible that I have done, but today I want to show how versatile this set is for cards too.
I painted a heart freehand (obviously!) and then painted the background using reinkers and a brush. I stamped the sentiment from Words of Life Collection 1 in VersaFine Onyx Black. Some silver thread, pearls, piercing and paper flowers finished it off. The black panel is dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, though it's hard to see in the picture. This card was sort of a practice for my Bible Journaling. It's a sweet greeting for my son and his wife, who are expecting their first baby at the end of the week!

This background was made with Brushos. I sprinkled on blue and purple and then sprayed with water. I added a few sequins and then some fun fibers. The sentiment from Words of Life Collection 1 is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I love using fibers on my cards. It isn't popular now like it once was, but I don't really go with trends all that much anyway. By the time I get trends figured out, everyone else has moved on, so I just do my own thing! ha!

To see more samples made by the Design Divas using the new stamp sets from the September Release, click on the links below for our blog hop! Don't forget to leave a little love on each blog as you hop along, then head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store to pick up your favorite stamp sets from the release!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Just Chicken In on You!

I love this funny little chicken from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Get Well Critters:
I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in using Copic markers. I added some piercing around the edge and some fun little embellishments (button, cork arrow sticker, mini clothespin), and used designer paper from The Stamps of Life and Doodlebug.

Hope your week has no "fowls"!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Faith, Hope and Love to Ewe!

Over at Splitcoaststampers, I am hosting the Featured Stamper Challenge this week. I hope you will come check it out! All the details are here.

For my card, I chose Prim Blessings from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, along with the matching die set.

I stamped my sheep in Memento Tuxedo Black, and then used my C1, C3 and C5 Copics to make their wool and color them in. I used B000 and R83 for the extras. The sentiment is stamped on a cloud cut from the Happy Happy die set and the grass die can be found here.

The card and inset (sky) was purchased from a vendor at a stamp show. The sunflower was a perfect fit for the tent topper placement! I added some paper piercing around the edge for added visual interest. I stamped the inside lower left corner with the little "Blessings to Ewe" sentiment included in the set.
I love this cute set because it's so versatile and I can make lots of different designs with it!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You're A True Friend

So my personal challenge for August is to actually SEND the cards that I make! This one is going to a friend of mine that just started teaching again this month after being an administrator of sorts for the last five years, helping other teachers teach better!

My images are from two of my Sweet 'n Sassy sets: Parisian Postcard (Eiffel Tower) and Poppies & Greetings (sentiment).

I used reinkers to watercolor a two-color background for my Eiffel Tower, which was stamped with Encore Gold, and then embossed with Gold Detail EP. A few embellishments and some matching designer paper, and my shabby chic card is done!

Thanks for looking and stopping by today! I would love to hear what you think.

Stamps: Parisian Postcard and Poppies & Greetings (Sweet n' Sassy Stamps)
Paper: watercolor, Not Quite Navy, Unforgettable DP (MME), Madeline DP (Prima)
Paper Size: 5.5 SQ
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Ballet Blue, Not Quite Navy (I know - I need current colors ha!), Encore Gold
Accessories: Zva Creative pearls, Prima flowers, rhinetsones, distressing tool, fringe trim (Stamp Simply), Gold Detail EP (Sparkle 'n Sprinkle)
Techniques: watercolor, distressing, heat embossing

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!