Wednesday, 21 January 2015

It's Love!

Here's a wedding card which would work well for a Valentine too,
using a different sentiment.  I had these little white squares 
sitting on my desk, off-cuts from using a Tonic Domed Window die - they
have lovely embossed edges, and were too perfect to throw away!  
I used X-Cut Centurion Alphabet dies with Stampin Up Real Red 
cardstock to make the letters. The squares are popped up on a heart 
which was cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Hearts and Stampin Up 
designer paper. The sentiment is from Verve Blessings 
(which I believe has been discontinued), 
and there's something about stamping it vertically
along the line of the twine which appeals to me.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

All Things

You know how you start using something and then can't seem to put it down?  
Not sure what happened because up until recently, I had very little
interest in shiny gold cardstock, now I'm wanting to make EVERYTHING gold!
Who wouldn't want a gold bicycle!  This one's created with a Marianne 
Creatables die and popped up over some swipes of gold ink.  
I added some matching gold sequins and rhinestones.
The sentiment is a Plain Jane from Verve.  This verse is a good 
one for starting a new year with new challenges. I was thinking about learning
 to do new things and how you feel like you'll never get the hang of it, whether 
you're five years old and learning to ride a bike or 55 years old and learning to 
deal with a difficult situation!  Thank God, He strengthens me!
Thanks for stopping by today to check out my CAS creation!

Friday, 2 January 2015

We Have an Anchor

Hello, and Happy New Year!
 I'm having fun today with some crafty Christmas gifts including 
Paper Smooches Anchor die and Wplus9 Seasonal Sentiments die.  
The anchor is cut with shiny silver foil card though it's
difficult to tell in the photo.  I used Ranger Distress inks
including Peacock Feathers and Pine Needles to 
sponge the bottom half of the panel, before spritzing with water to lift some 
of the ink colour - then spritzed on more ink.  The sequins are a light sea green, 
again hard to detect in the photo.  
I added a tiny black fish from Paper Smooches Sailboat die to the word "hope" 
which has been sponged with matching ink along the bottom.
For those in the U.K./Ireland, all of the above dies are available on this 
side of the Atlantic at Make the Day Special Stamp Store.
Thanks so much for stopping by today - as we head into another weekend,
I hope it's a good one for you!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

I Will Never Leave You

My family bought me a few crafty goodies for Christmas, including 
several Phyllis Harris stamps by Unity - this one is called I Will Never
 Leave You and it's based on Hebrews 13:6.  We just celebrated 
Christmas and the whole miracle of Emmanuel, "God with us" - this 
is another aspect of that truth, not only is Jesus with us, 
but He will never, ever leave or forsake us! 
This stamp is currently on sale for $10, down from $24, which is great value.
I stamped the scene with Stayzon Black ink and cut it down to 
fit the front of my card as it's actually much bigger than this. 
 It's watercoloured with Winsor & Newton paints.
Hope you've had a wonderful Christmas, and are enjoying these 
last few days of 2014 - thanks for stopping by today!

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!