Sunday, November 8, 2015

SNSS Birthday Blog Hop!


Hey everyone!  We're celebrating the 8th birthday of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps today, with a blog hop and a chance to win FREE STUFF!  There will be a grand prize of an $80 prize pack awarded to one random person who comments throughout the blog hop, so be sure to visit everyone's page and leave a comment!

Here's my card for today's hop:

    I used the Nature Silhouettes stamp set along with the Faith stamp set to create this card.  To start out, I cut a piece of hot press watercolor paper to 3 3/4" x 5" and masked off a strip towards the top with painter's tape.  Then I wet down the strip with water and dabbed Distress inks into the space with my Aquapainter, letting them bleed into each other a little.  I started with Mustard Seed at the bottom, followed by Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, and finally Peacock Feathers.  I dried it with my heat gun and stamped the wildflowers/grasses from Nature Silhouettes with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.  Then I carefully removed the painter's tape and stamped the dragonfly from the same stamp set, letting it go outside of the painted strip a little for some interest.  I used a black fine tipped Sharpie and a ruler to add black lines above and below the area, and stamped the sentiment from the Faith set underneath.  I ended up trimming it down to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" because the ink bled a little bit down the edge of the paper, even though I pressed the painter's tape down really well.  Finally I matted it onto Basic Black cardstock and then a Bermuda Bay card base.  It's very flat and easy to mail; nothing 3D on this easy card!

I hope you liked today's project.  Check out Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for more beautiful stamp sets - now through the 12th, you can get FREE SHIPPING on an order of $30 (enter the code BDAYFREESHIP at checkout), and from the 13th -19th you can earn a FREE STAMP SET of your choice (valued at $15.95) with any $80 order!  Not to mention, all digital products are 50% off all month long. 

Plus, on Tuesday and Friday they're posting other giveaways on their Facebook page, so be sure to pop over there and get in on the fun!   
And now, you can continue on your way to see the other talented artists in this hop!  Click the links below to visit their blogs and see their gorgeous card samples.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

 Stamps:  SNSS Faith and Nature Silhouettes
Ink:  Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, and Peacock Feathers; Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper:  Hot press watercolor paper, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Accessories and tools:  Black fine-tipped Sharpie, Aquapainter, painter's tape

Don't forget to post a comment below to be entered to win this fabulous $80 PRIZE PACK!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Christmas Morn

Good morning, everyone!  This month I'm honored to be a guest designer for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, which is celebrating its 8th anniversary this month!  There are tons of good deals and fun things happening over there, so be sure to check them out!  Today I'm sharing a card I made using their Christmas Morn stamp set.  It's a really cute set, with lots of vintage-style silhouette stamps in it:

I used Stampin' Up! cardstock, paper, dies and embellishments because that's mostly what I own, and I heat embossed the sentiment in white to make it pop.  Please excuse my wonky bow.  I tried SO hard with that thing, but in the end it just had a mind of its own!   Smiley

Here's the inside.  Aren't those kiddos cute?!  Opening presents in their jammies!

I hope you enjoyed today's project!  Thanks for stopping by!

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Old Olive, Versamark
Paper: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Santa & Co. DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! ovals dies, Stampin' Write markers in Summer Sun and Chocolate Chip, white candy dots, white embossing powder, Not Quite Navy ribbon

Cheerful Bluebird

Hi there, stamping friends!  Today I'm playing with the Praise the Lord stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  It even has a matching die to cut out the bluebird, which is a huge time saver if you don't like to fussy cut!

To make this card, I stamped the bluebird in Jet Black Archival ink onto a piece of hot press watercolor paper.  I watercolored it with reinkers and my Aquapainter.  Then I cut it out using Stampin' Up!'s Deco Label framelits, and also cut out one size larger from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I ran the Chocolate Chip die cut through the Square Lattice TIEF (retired) and added two antique brads in the top corners.  I stamped a 4" x 5.25" piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock with the Hardwood background stamp and assembled the card onto a Chocolate Chip card base.  I used some green satin ribbon from my stash to finish it off with a sweet little bow.

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th anniversary this month, and they have all kinds of fun goodies and deals going on.  Check them out here!  

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Hot Press Watercolor Paper
Accessories and Tools:  Square Lattice TIEF (retired), antique brads, Deco Labels Framelits, Aquapainter, white gel pen (for the dots on the flowers and in the bird's eye), green satin ribbon

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Season's Greetings

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing my third card for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  It uses the stamp set Deck the Halls, which is actually an awesome set in spite of its size (the whole set is 3" x 3").  You get a ton of little stamps, AND... there are two sets of antlers (one with pinecones hanging off them - shown on my card - and a smaller set without pinecones).  The best thing about this set is that the antlers are separate from the deer, so you can make a male OR female deer.  And because there's a baby deer in the set, you could use this for a spring card too!  Super versatile.  

To make this card, I started by die cutting one of Stampin' Up!'s labels framelits from a scrap of copy paper.  I used the open frame to mask off an area on my white cardstock, and then I sponged Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Black into the opening.  Then I removed the mask and stamped the deer and larger antlers onto the ground area.  I used the paper piercing template to pierce holes around the inside border of the sponged shape, and stamped the little snowflakes from the same stamp set using white craft ink.  I added a sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s Bright and Beautiful stamp set, and a Rich Razzleberry bow.  I also used a white gel pen to accent the eye, nose, and ears of the reindeer.

I like these non-traditional colors for a Christmas card!  I hope this inspires you to think about sponging a scene inside the negative space of a die cut.  Any label shape would work here.  That's it for now - have a great day!

Stamps:  Hero Arts Deck the Halls, Stampin' Up! Bright and Beautiful
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft Ink
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories and Tools: Rich Razzleberry cotton ribbon, Stampin' Up! Labels Framelits, sponge wedges, paper piercing tool, Stampin' Up! Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Uniball Signo white gel pen, ticket corner punch 
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