Thursday, November 1, 2018

Christmas Silhouettes plus a Birthday Celebration!


Hi Friends!

Woohoo!  Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 11th birthday this month! 

We are so excited and will be having sales, giveaways as well as live videos to celebrate all month!

The November release consists of two new 11th Birthday Throwback sets- Cocoa’s Cups  and Crazy About Snowmen and through November 7th, you can receive 11% off the new release with code: HAPPY11NEW



Plus, you get to choose your November Stamp of the Month from one of our top four stamp sets (for a $60 net order US $$)- good through November 30th!


And, don't forget- free shipping and handling on all net $75 orders in the US!


We are also celebrating by highlighting previous stamp sets and I will be sharing a card designed with three previously released sets: Christmas Silhouettes, Texture Tiles I,  and Texture Tiles 4.

I was inspired by the Just Us Girls #464 Inspiration Challenge (love the white with the red) and will also be linking this card to the Simon Says Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the reindeer image from Christmas Silhouettes with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the image has cooled, fussy-cut the image (I used my Brother Scan ‘n Cut machine with a .04 border).


2). Create the plaid banner by lining up and stamping the buffalo plaid image (Texture Tiles 4) with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink onto cherry cardstock. Die cut the panel with a stitched banner die (FYI- I split the banner in half to create a longer length).

3). Repeatedly stamp the snowflake image from Christmas Silhouettes onto a piece of white cardstock with Versamark™ ink, apply white embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Trim the panel for the background and watercolor a bit of diluted hickory smoke distress ink over the snowflakes before mounting onto a piece of black cardstock.

4). Die cut a piece of black cardstock with a horizontal stitched strip die, split the die in the center (to spread to the width of the card- this will be covered up by the main focal image), adhere to the card front with the stamped buffalo plaid banner.  Adhere a strip of 1 ¼” Cherry Grosgrain Ribbon (in the center of the horizontal strip die) before mounting the entire panel onto a white card base.

5). Die cut a circle of white cardstock with a stitched circle die, stamp the music image from Texture Tiles I with hickory smoke distress ink and mount onto a black cardstock circle.

6). Stamp the sentiments from Christmas Silhouettes using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink onto white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Once the embossing has cooled, trim the panels and create the banner points with a punch (or by hand), mount each onto black cardstock and create matching banner points.

7). Mount the “Merry Christmas” sentiment directly onto the card front at the top, adhere the stamped musical die cut circle in the center with dimensional foam and mount the “and Happy New Year” sentiment with dimensional foam at the bottom of the circle.

8). Add the fussy cut reindeer with dimensional foam to the card front.

9). Adhere a large 1 ¼” Cherry Grosgrain bow (I used hot glue) along with a white cardstock snowflake for the center and a large rhinestone.  Adhere a metal snowflake charm below the lower sentiment and add a few Nuvo™ Grey Mist crystal drops to the snowflakes in the background as well as the musical area to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™, Tim Holtz® Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, Nuvo™ Grey Mist Jewel Drops

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- Stitched Horizontal Strip, Stitched Circles, Jumbo Stitched Fishtail Banner; Circle Dies (retired SU!), Embossing Buddy®, Clear and White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Martha Stewart™ Snowflake Punch, Large Rhinestone, 1 ¼” Cherry Grosgrain Ribbon (from my stash), Snowflake Charm (retired SU!), Hexagon Punch (for banner points)

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Happy 11th Birthday to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!


 Hi Friends!

Sweet‘n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 11th birthday this month! We are so excited and will be having sales to celebrate each week for the month of November!

Korin Sutherland has released two new sets this month as “11th Birthday Throwback” sets- Cocoa’s Cups and Crazy About Snowmen!  Both sets incorporate some of the most popular images from over the years at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps (many of these images were previously retired) and Korin combined them into two wonderful new sets just perfect for the holidays!  Plus, from 11/01-11/07/18, you can receive 11% off the November release with code HAPPY11NEW! 


Plus, you get to choose your November Stamp of the Month from one of our top 4 stamp sets (for a $60 net order (after all discounts and not including shipping- US $$)- good through November 30th!  
Plus, don't forget- all $75 net orders receive free shipping in the US!



My first card for the celebration features the new Cocoa’s Cups using the Mojo Monday #501 Sketch Challenge for the layout (guess what?  Julee Tilman has joined our SNSS Design Team plus she has re-started the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenges- woohoo!).

I am also participating with day Simon Says Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge along with the Double D Challenge “Stripes or Dots” Inspiration Challenge (I used striped designer paper in the horizontal panel as well as added dots to the snowflakes on the cup image) and the Dies R Us #108 "Stitched Dies" Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the 11th Birthday Throwback: Cocoa’s Cups snowflake cup image onto the panel along with the sentiment with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink (leave plenty of room for fussy-cutting the image as well as die-cutting the sentiment), apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.


2). Once the embossing has cooled, fussy-cut the snowflake cup image (I used my Brother Scan ‘n Cut machine to cut this out with just a bit of a border- love this machine I received for my birthday!).  Watercolor the image using water-based markers (see colors below) and add additional white details using Nuvo™ Gloss White Drops and a Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen .  ***FYI- I had added the gloss white drops to the centers of the snowflakes on the cup first but the color from the marker bled through, so when they had dried, I went over the drops with the paint pen as well as added additional details to the ends of the snowflakes***
  
3). Die cut the various pieces of designer paper and navy cardstock with stitched rectangle dies.  Layer the white cardstock onto the navy cardstock panel for the card front and add the striped layer horizontally (I split this panel behind the vertical layer to extend the length- no one is the wiser, except you are now, lol!).

4). Add the twine across the center of the card and mount the vertical panel with dimensional foam.   Adhere the twine bow with the button and mount the entire panel onto the white card base.

5). Add the fussy-cut image to a die cut layered circle with dimensional foam and mount directly to the card front.
 
6). Adhere the layered embossed sentiment using dimensional foam and add three small Nuvo™ Gloss White Drops at the lower left edge of the sentiment circle.  

7). Punch three snowflakes using a snowflake punch, adhere to the card front and add pink buttons to finish off the card. 


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Coastal Cabana, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Soft Suede; Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen; Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Winter Frost Designer Series Paper (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1 & 2, Stitched Circles; Circle Dies (retired SU!), Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Martha Stewart™ Snowflake Punch, Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine, retired SU! Pink buttons

Thanks again for taking the time to visit and stop back again soon!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Card Concept #101 {Rustic Fall}- Give Thanks


Hi Friends!


I absolutely love this wonderful inspiration photo that Lesley, the creator of The Card Concept Challenge,  chose with the vintage dark blue truck and gorgeous pumpkins- don't you?  

I was inspired by the color of the pumpkins as well as the other autumn colors to create a Shabby Chic/Mixed Media card using digital images from Power Poppy along with traditional watercolor and other techniques.

I am also participating with the Simon Says Work It Wednesday October "Give Thanks" Challenge along with the As You Like It “Favourite Halloween or Autumnal Colors” (I absolutely love all of the oranges, yellows and reds of autumn on the East Coast :-)) and the Word Art Wednesday #358-#359 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

***  Just a reminder that The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style). ***

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- fabulousl inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Using a photo editing software (I used the retired My Digital Studio™ from SU!), import the digital images from Painted Pumpkins and Bittersweet Wreath (both Power Poppy by Marcella), re-size as needed and print out onto white cardstock (this cardstock was from my stash and has a linen finish).

2). Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks along with various water-based markers,  watercolor the Painting Pumpkins digital image until you're satisfied with the results (I will list the items used below in the card recipe). Use a waterproof marker to draw a table edge, trim the image and use a distressing tool to distress the edges.  Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink with a sponge dauber along the edges and distressing with the small splatter image (Timeless Textures-SU!).   Mount the finished image onto a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock and distress the edges with a distressing tool.

3). Die cut the sentiment with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto Not Quite Navy cardstock (retired SU!), distress the edges of the Not Quite Navy layer with a distressing tool, sponge Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and add a bit of splatter with the Timeless Textures stamp.

4). Distress the edges of a piece of patterned paper (I used a piece from my stash), apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink along the edges, mount the panel onto a piece of retired Not Quite Navy cardstock and distress the edges of the cardstock as well.

5). Die cut a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock with one of the MFT Stitched Horizontal Strip Dies, split the die cut (the split will be covered with the sentiment panel) and mount the pieces onto the distressed panel.  Adhere the pieces of dark brown polished hemp twine (wrapping the ends behind the panel) and mount the entire panel onto a white card base.

6). Mount the main image onto the card front as well as the sentiment using dimensional foam.   Add the looped polished hemp twine bow with the pumpkin button (I used hot glue to adhere the bow).

7).  Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the pumpkins to finish off the card.

 Stamp Sets: Painted Pumpkins, Bittersweet Wreath (Power Poppy), Timeless Textures (Stampin Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Printer Ink- Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Smokey Slate; Arteza™ Real Brush Markers- A146 Olive Green, A167 Ocean Blue, A140- Cadium Orange, A112- Orange, A178- Ginger, A102- Chocolate; Tim Holtz® Distress Ink- Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Crazed Pumpkin; Spectrum Noir™ Glitter Pen, Sharpie®  Extra Fine Black Marker

Cardstock/Paper: Not Quite Navy (retired SU!), designer paper (Authentique- not sure of collection), misc. linen and HD white cardstock from my stash (for images and base)

Tools/Accessories:  My Digital Studio™ (retired SU!), Big Shot™, My Favorite Things™ (MFT) Dies-Stitched A2 Rectangle, Stitched Horizontal Strip; Distressing Tool, Polished Hemp Twine, retired Pumpkin Pie button (SU!), Printer

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope you will join us for our {RusticFall} Challenge at The Card Concept- we would love to see your card in our gallery!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TCC100 Elegant Fall



Hi Friends!


Woohoo! We are celebrating the 100th challenge at The Card Concept with a gorgeous inspiration photo and a special surprise!  To help us celebrate, all of our designers invited a special guest designer so we have 24 different cards to inspire you!!

I love this beautiful inspiration photo that Lesley found and was inspired by the colors, the roses as well as the gold to create a Shabby Chic/Mixed Media card! These colors worked perfect for my niece’s wedding this past weekend (her colors were burgundy, light pink, white/ivory and gold). 


Just a reminder that the Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style).

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or the Word Art Wednesday site yet, I hope you will find time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Apply clear gesso to a 5 ½” square piece of white cardstock, use a heat tool if necessary to speed up the drying process.
2). Once the panel has dried, use Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks, Alcohol Inks along with acrylic paint until you achieve the color that you desire (see colors used below).  Add TH Picket Fence Distress Stain to tone down the color in areas and add a bit of crackle texture paste with a honeycomb stencil.

3). Once the crackle paste has dried, stamp the background with the retired En Francais background stamp (SU!) using Staz-On™ Stone Gray ink, add a bit of distressing with the small splatter stamp from Timeless Textures (SU!) and Stone Gray ink, distress the edges of the panel and mount onto a 5 ½” square white card base.

4). Create the rolled flowers using MFT Mini Royal and Royal Rose Dies from Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink cardstock.  Use a crimper tool to soften the paper before rolling the flowers (I use hot glue to adhere the base).  Die cut the leaves from Wild Wasabi cardstock using ODBD Bitty Blossoms Dies and the scrolls from gold foil using ODBD Fancy Foliage Dies.

5). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Occasional Quotes (retired SU! hostess set)  with Versamark™ Ink, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut with an ornate rectangle die and add a bit of gold mousse over the edges.

6). Mount the sentiment onto the card front using dimensional foam,  Add the rolled roses along with the leaves and scrolls around the sentiment (I used hot glue to adhere the floral elements).

7). Add a few pearls to the corner of the sentiment and upper left corner of the card.  Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the roses to finish off the card.

 Stamp Sets: Occasional Quotes, En Francais (both retired Stampin’ Up!), Timeless Textures (current SU!)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Staz-On™ Stone Gray,  TH Distress Oxide- Antique Linen, Picket Fence, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo; Adirondack™ Alcohol Inks- Cranberry and Gold Mixatives™, Ken Oliver™ Metallic Rose Liquid Metals, Liquidtex™ Clear Gesso, Wendy Vecchi™ Crackled Texture Paste, Nuvo™ Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse, Spectrum Noir™ Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, Gold Foil (all SU!), misc. HD white cardstock from my stash (for base and panel)

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, MFT Royal and Mini Royal Rose Dies;  Our Daily Bread Dies- Fancy Foliage, Bitty Blossoms; Embossing Buddy®, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Distressing Tool, Crafters Workshop Punchinella 6x6 Stencil, Palette Knife

Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope you will find the time to check out all of the wonderful cards at The Card Concept and if you have a chance, create a card based on our {Elegant Fall} photo- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TCC99 Sunflower Barn- So Very Thankful



Hi Friends!

Welcome to The Card Concept #99 {Sunflower Serenade} Challenge!!  What a wonderful photo- I love the sunflowers with the barn and it inspired me to pull out a few older stamps to create a Shabby Chic/Mixed Media card!


Just a reminder that the Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style).

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or visit the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of Naturals White cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the Sunflower Barn (Impressions Obsession) image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto the prepared panel, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.
2). Water color the image using Distress Inks and Distress Markers (see colors listed below) and use watercolor pencils and additional water-based markers with a water brush until you are satisfied with the coloring.  Once the panel has dried, die cut with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto espresso cardstock and trim close to the edge of the die cut. 

3). Use a distressing tool to lightly distress the edges of two pieces of designer paper, mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock.  Adhere a piece of 7/8” stitched satin ribbon, wrap the ends behind the panel, add the pieces of hemp twine and mount onto the white card base.

4). Add a bit of cheesecloth at the corners and mount the focal image with dimensional foam.

5). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Pretty Patches: Apple (Wplus9) with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Use the smallest splatter stamp image from Timeless Textures (Stampin’ Up!) with vintage photo distress ink to add a bit of distressing.

6). Trim the sentiment and create the banner, distress the edges with a distressing tool, mount onto espresso cardstock, distress the edges a bit more and add a piece of knotted hemp twine (wrapping the ends behind the sentiment).

7). Mount the sentiment with dimensional foam onto the card front and finish off the card with a twine bow and button.

 Stamp Sets: Sunflower Barn (Impressions Obsession), Pretty Patches:Apple (Wplus9 Studio), Timeless Textures (Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, TH Distress- Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Forest Moss, Vintage Photo; Distress Markers- Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade; Spectrum Noir™ Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Marker

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Naturals White, Early Espresso, retired Designer Paper – cannot recall the name (all Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, MFT Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 2 Dies;  Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Distressing Tool, 7/8” Stitched Chocolate Satin Ribbon (from my stash), Polished Hemp Twine, retired SU! button

Thanks again for taking the time to drop by! I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Sunflower Serendade} photo and link up to our gallery at The Card Concept- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Friday, September 28, 2018

He Will Sustain You



Hi Friends!                                      
        
I hope all of you are having a great week so far!  We are still receiving quite a bit of rain in our area and I am praying for all of those who have been affected by flooding and hurricanes.  I know that we have received over 300% of our average rainfall so far this year and additional local flooding is anticipated this weekend.

I wanted to take a break from housework, etc. and create a quick card,  I decided to use an image from a retired Stampin’ Up! set (isn’t it amazing what you can find when you decide to organize- lol!) and paired it with a current image from Stamp Simply for a simple one layer card.


If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge galleries yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous ideas and projects by all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock (FYI- I used a piece I had in my stash that I had obtained free from my previous job at a printing company- it has a bit of a matte gloss finish and is quite heavy).  Ink the floral image from the retired Stampin’ Up! Sunflower Serenade stamp set with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  

2). Once the embossing has cooled, use a water brush and watercolor the image with  Tim Holtz® Distress Inks and Stampin’ Write Markers (see colors listed below).  Use a soft gray marker to add a few shadows.

3). De-static the lower right hand area for the sentiment, ink the verse image from Fear Not (Stamp Simply) with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

The card is finished- quick and easy and no additional postage required :-)  

Stamp Sets: Sunflower Serenade (retired Stampin’ Up!), Fear Not (Stamp Simply)
Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim  Holtz® Distress Ink- Tumbled Glass, TH Distress Markers- Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Stampin’ Write Markers- Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate

Paper: White Heavy Duty Cardstock (not sure of manufacturer- from my stash)
Accessories: AquaPainter™, Embossing Buddy™, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

I love the fonts used in the Stamp Simply Fear Not set, don't you?  Such a versatile stamp set with verses that can comfort during times of stress, loss and illness.  I received this set as a gift from a very precious friend and absolutely love it!

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope all of you have a blessed weekend, my friends!

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