Sunday, 14 December 2014

Watercolor Encouragement Set

Hello!  Today I'm taking a break from Christmas cards and  
 sharing a set of cards made with some very old favourites from 
Stampin Up - Summer by the Sea and Seaside Sketches.  Any image works 
well for this though I think sketchy ones like these are especially great.
And it's so quick because there's no colouring -
I don't know about you, but it takes me a while to blend those copics!
The Bible verse sentiments are from Our Daily Bread Designs
and I use them all the time for cards of encouragement.  

  The background on each card was created by pressing Ranger 
Distress ink pads on to an Acrylic block and then spraying it 
with water before pressing on to watercolor paper.
After it's thoroughly dried I stamped the images and the 
sentiments, then added matching sequins.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope it's a good one for you!

Friday, 14 November 2014

SNSS November Release Hop

Hello and welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps November
2014 Release Hop!  November marks the 7th birthday of SNSS,
and it also means we crafters go into full fledged Christmas
card creating mode.  Hopefully you'll find inspiration on
every level with the DT creations this month!
 First I have a bright birthday card with candle shapes from
bright polka dot paper - I then used a leaf die from Small Leaves Dies 
for the candle flame, sponging the edges with yellow and orange ink. 
The Birthday Word Die is fabulous for
combining with the Companion Words
stamp set, take a look at both below.

 Next I've used the beautiful Bare Tree Die (I just love this, what an incredibly
useful die!) along with the deer from Forest Silhouette Dies

The background has been sponged with Stampin Up inks and then spritzed
with water and pressed with a paper towel so that some of the ink
lifted, hopefully giving the impression of falling snow.
(Please note this technique works with inks such as SU and Ranger Distress.)
I added some tiny punched flakes with the tiniest of pearls.
The sentiment is from Christmas Light.
Check out the Bare Tree Die below,
which includes tiny leaves and a tiny flower.

Next I've used a beautiful blessing from the Scripture and Sentiment
Companion set along with the same Bare Tree Die.

It works wonderfully to stamp the Scripture on the inside! 
I cut the tree four times and adhered them together for a
chipboard appearance. The background has been water colored
and I added some pearls and sequins to finish.
Take a look at all the verses with beautiful coordinating sentiments:

 Last I have a card using the sweet Baked for You set - the cherry pie
is colored with copics. Everything has been sponged with
Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap ink for a distressed look.

I made this card thinking of my Aunt Sandy in Kennewick,
Washington, who makes the BEST pie crusts ever and who
also uses cherries from their sour cherry tree
in the most amazingly mouth watering ways!
Check out the fabulous dies which coordinate with
the this set - Baked for You Dies.  A fabulous apron die is included!

 You can be inspired by the other DT creations which are linked
below and remember that one random commenter from one of the
DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 gift code to be used at
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. You have until Thursday, November 2th
at midnight EST to leave your comments,  The winner will be posted
on the SNSS blog on Friday, November 21st.
The Release Day Challenge this month is:
Wintery Birthday Card
To enter simply share a link to your creation below.
Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
- You don't have to use a SNSS image to enter
though it's fun for us to see 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, November 20 at midnight EST to enter.
- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge
to receive a $10 credit to the SNSS store!
- If there are 25 participants, not including the DT, we will draw 2 winners.
Thanks so much for joining us today!  Be sure to check back
on Friday, Nov. 21 to see if you've won!
-Please use code SNSNOV1014RC when
uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Christmas Joy

Hello!  Sharing a Christmas card I made this week for the
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog, using watercolours on watercolour
paper with a beautiful image from Christmas Light.
This set was designed by my talented friend, Dina Kowal.
I spritzed the image with paint by tapping the loaded
brush with my finger, using some post-it-notes
to loosely mask off most of the panel so that the
spritzing would be confined to right around the
candle area. Ranger Distress Antique Linen ink was sponged
around the edges of the panel. I then used some magic mesh  
along with a polka dot stencil with the same ink. 
Light of Christmas bg stamp was inked up  
with Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap ink, with part
of the ink wiped away so that it would stamp
a partial image for a faded effect.
The finishing touches are clear sequins and thin gold cord.
For some reason, one or two of the sequins look neon green in this
photo - something about the way the light falls, as all
of the sequins are exactly the same color!
I particularly love this sentiment from Christmas Light because it
emphasizes the whole message of Christmas -
Emmanuel or "God with us."
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 24 October 2014

SNSS Christmas Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Special Design
Team Christmas Blog Hop!  Today we're
featuring some favorite SNSS Christmas stamp sets just in time to give
you plenty of inspiration for your holiday stamping.  We hope you'll
join the fun and visit each blog.
I created a watercolour background before popping up
two ornaments using the fab Mod Ornaments set - they've
been cut with the matching Ornament Dies.  I've used some
silver cord to give the impression of hanging ornaments, and
finished it off with plenty of rhinestone embellishments.
 I'm sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we're inviting you to
create a Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery by clicking the
Linky Tool below!  Of course there will be a PRIZE for one of those who
decide to join us.  You have until Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at
 midnight EST to upload your creation.  We will randomly select one
lucky participant to receive a $10 gift code to be used at the Sweet 'n
Sassy Stamps Store!  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy
Blog on Friday, October 31st.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

All My Heart

I've been making quite a few cards with a pink theme in honor 
of the fight against breast cancer highlighted in October. 
 Splitcoaststampers has a special card drive called 
Hope You Can Cling To - the cards created are sent for 
patients at a cancer treatment center in Texas to use. 
Here's a card I created for a challenge to include a 
bear on your card - I love this adorable 
wee teddy from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Valentine Critters
 He's colored with copics and the head is 
popped up over the body to give some dimension.  
I have to tell you, I just love this 
set with all those adorable little critters and use it the whole year around - they're 
perfect for baby cards, birthday cards and general cards expressing love! 
The heart is cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities 
and sponged while still in the die with Stampin Up Blushing Bride ink.  
Buttons seem to play along well with polka dots to me, 
so I grabbed a few in melon pink from my button jars!
The fight against cancer is close to my heart as my husband and so many 
in his family have battled through it.  I know many of you can identify 
as you have loved ones and dear friends with similar stories.  
May God give you strength and peace for
 whatever challenges you're facing today.
Thank you for stopping by for a look!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Song in My Heart

A card for Susie's (PaperPunchScissors) Hope You Can 
Cling To Challenge at Splitcoaststampers 
yesterday: Heart Song, to use music on your card. I thought this fab set from 
CASual Fridays stamps called Love Notes would be perfect for it.
The background is created using varioius Distress Inks including 
Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, 
Dusty Concord, and Picked Raspberry.  I applied the ink to an acrylic 
block and sprayed it with water before stamping in various layers on watercolor paper.
The treble clef is from Memory Box.  I love using watercolor paper 
for cards, the thick texture gives such a rich feel!  
Thanks for stopping by today and if you'd like to know more 
about the HYCCT card drive to benefit those suffering from
 breast cancer during the month of October, you can find out all the details HERE!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Thanks Mum

I thought it might be fun to revisit a card or two that I submitted as a Dirty 
Dozen designer at Splitcoaststampers a few 
years ago.  We have a commitment not to use them on blogs, etc. for at 
least six months but that time is well up!  Our theme was to create cards about 
those who have inspired or influenced us and I chose to make a card honouring
 my Mum who instilled in me a deep love of reading and books from a young age.
Here'a a photo I found of the two of us!

This  image used on this card is called Book Time, it's a digi from 
A Day for Daisies and it's coloured with copics.  
The dp is from October afternoon.  I added some matching 
beads to the twine as finishing touches.  
Thanks for stopping by today!