Monday, March 2, 2015

Fun with Distress Inks and a little Bokeh too!

Happy Monday!  Angie, here with a Design Diva Demo where I share a couple of ways to color with Distress Inks.

To color the butterfly for this project I took a scrap of Mixed Media paper,
stamped ink on craft mat and spritzed with water. 

 To create gorgeous backgrounds or your own designer paper swish paper through the ink and dry with heat gun. Swish paper through the ink a second time to get more coverage which will leave a bit of ink still on craft mat.  Don't wipe that away, that's the good stuff!  After drying a second time with heat tool, flip the paper over and tap with fingers to soak up the last bits of ink.  
Check out the gorgeous ink spots!
 After the Distressed paper was completely dry I stamped the butterfly, added a bit more color with Distress markers, blended with an aqua brush then realized that the fabulous distress background no longer showed! Oh well, I still have a good bit of this gorgeous paper to use on another project! 

I like to use this next technique when I don't wish to have my layer fully covered in ink. Stamp ink on craft mat, take an aqua brush and paint randomly on Mixed Media paper working rather quickly.


Thoroughly spritz with water and lift paper to allow ink to move and swirl then heat set.


I get a different look every time I do this.  For this project I repeated the above step again to add a little more color. 
After the layer was completely dry I stamped the butterfly and colored with distress inks and aqua brush, making sure that the edges were deeply colored but not overly concerned with the middle since in the final step I adhere the fussy cut/die cut butterfly.

The Bokeh effect is all the rage right now so I thought it would be fun to add it on this card. I first saw this bokeh tecknique used by Lydia on her blog "Understand Blue". You don't need a fancy template, all you need is an unused pencil eraser!!! 


Ink the eraser and stamp close to the image then without reinking the eraser stamp further away making sure that the furthest dots from the image have the least amount of ink.  It's ok to overlap them a bit too!

For today's project I used the gorgeous stamp set New Creature that is part of March Sweet Perks Club Bundles.

Check out all the info on the March Sweet Perks Club Bundles HERE!





Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 2015 Happentings

Hello friends!  Hold on…Spring is on the way!  It's the beginning of March... flowers and butterflies are popping up at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps this month.  We also have a special surprise for you pet lovers out there!

First…we want to give a hearty thank you to Jennie Harper for being our guest designer for the month of February.  We've been inspired by her beautiful projects last month!  We are super excited to have Tami Mayberry join us on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog as guest designer for the month of March.  Be sure to check out the Wednesday posts to catch a glimpse of her amazing creativity!

Tami Mayberry is no stranger to the stamping world.  Her journey began back in 1997 and she has since been published in quite a few US paper craft magazines and has served on many Design Teams.  She is currently Design Team Lead for Scor-Pal, Illustrator/Designer for Gina K Designs, and Designer for The Stamps of Life.  She is also Author/Designer for DRG Publishers (CardMaker Magazine). We are thrilled to have you here with us this month, Tami!

To start this month off…if you have not seen the new bundles for the March Sweet Perks Club, head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store to check out the details!  


The last day to purchase the March bundles at a 20% discount will be Thursday, March 12th.  After that they will be available separately at the full price.





This sample uses the Treasured Bundle…perfect for a Mother's Day card!
Gotta LOVE these Sweet Perks Bundles!

March 12thJoin us at 8:00pm on our Facebook page as we reveal the new stamps and dies being released this month.  You'll have lots of fun chatting with the Design Divas and be inspired by the projects created with the new products.  You'll be the first to have the opportunity to snatch up the new items as they become available in the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store at 10pm EST!!

February 13th -  Release Day Blog Hop and Challenge

March  27th - The Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store will release the new bundles for the April Sweet Perks Club.

Design Diva Demos - Be sure to join us each Monday on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog as the Design Divas present tutorials showing step by step instructions for creating fabulous projects using Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  You will LOVE the inspiring demos that are full of tips and techniques that can easily be incorporated into your own paper crafting projects.

Out With the Old…In With the New Sale - This sale will continue through the month of March as long as supplies last and they are going fast!  Don't you just LOVE a great bargain?


That's a wrap for March…thanks so much for stopping by.  Blessings to you and have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Longing for Spring


Hi there, It's Ceal here to share a card with you today using an older set, Birds & Roses. I don't know about you but here in Colorado it has snowed at some point during the day, everyday for the last two weeks and even though we need the moisture, I am longing for spring.  This set depicts spring with the birds and the gorgeous roses and it's so fun to color. 
Thanks for stopping by and stay warm



Friday, February 27, 2015

March Sweet Perks Club

Hello friends! It is that time again! We have some GREAT Spring themed bundles for you this month that you are sure to love.
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/sp-club/

Before you head to our site to order your bundles, please read ALL of the info below. 


IMPORTANT CLUB INFO: 
Our club bundles will ship 3-4 weeks from the initial release date (that's today) so please keep this in mind when you are ordering.  The earlier you order the sooner your order will ship.  This time frame is necessary to ensure we have enough product on hand to fill orders and enough time to fill those orders.  If you add other items to your club bundle order, those items will also be delayed so it is best to keep your CLUB orders separate from your regular product orders.  We cannot partial ship orders.

Please note:  
Two of this month's bundles include stamp sets that were previously released to our line (New Creature and Treasured stamp sets).  Please make sure you check your personal stamp inventory before ordering so you do not end up with duplicate stamps.  Thank you! 


For those of you NEW to SPC, this is how it works...

On the last Friday of the month we will share the next month's SPC bundle(s) (yes, there may be more than one to choose from!). The bundle(s) will consist of one stamp set and one coordinating die set and they will be available FOR PREORDER at a 20% discount with FREE SHIPPING (US customers only, $3 off shipping for international customers) for only 2 weeks!  The new products in the bundle(s) will be made available later in the month for purchase on our website for the FULL retail price.  

SHIPPING: In order to receive FREE or discounted SHIPPING for your bundle purchase(s) you MUST enter the shipping code found in the bundle descriptionClick on the link to the product and scroll down to find it in the product description. We will not be able to credit you back if you forget this step.  Orders are shipped via USPS First Class Mail.

While saving 20% is a pretty sweet deal, that isn't all!  After all, it's called the Sweet PERKS club!!  When you purchase one (or more) of our SPC bundles you will ALSO receive 10% off ANY additional purchases you make that month!! SWEET! 

To "JOIN" our club, all you have to do is order one of the bundles and you are in! There is NO COMMITMENT. YOU get to pick and choose when to participate.  When you do, you get that month's perks, when you don't, you don't.   Pretty simple, huh?

Of course, the savings are GREAT, but we're also throwing in some freebies to reward your continued club participation. 

Check out these SWEET PERKS!
  • When you purchase 2 or more SPC bundles in one month you will receive a small surprise gift in that month's SPC shipment.  Who doesn't love fun little surprises? :) SWEET!
  • Once your total of SPC bundle purchases reaches 6 (within a 6 month time frame) you will receive a FREE 4x6 stamp set of your choice.  WHAT?  Yes!  YOU get to pick your FREE gift for fulfilling a typical 6 month club term.  EVEN SWEETER!
  • Once your total of SPC bundle purchases reaches 12 (within a 12 month time frame) you will receive a FREE SPC BUNDLE of your choice valued between $25 and $30!  THE SWEETEST!
Without further ado HERE THEY ARE...
our March Sweet Perks Club Bundles

New Creature designed by Korin Sutherland
This stamp set is currently in our line, but we have added a set of dies to make it even better!

(stamp set is 4"x6")

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/sweet-perks-club-new-creature/

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/sweet-perks-club-new-creature/

Treasured designed by Korin Sutherland
This stamp set is currently in our line, but we have added a die to make it even better!
(stamp set is 4"x4")


http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/sweet-perks-club-treasured-bundle/

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/sweet-perks-club-treasured-bundle/

Windy Winnie designed by Wynne Gettelfinger
(stamp set is 6"x8")

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/sweet-perks-club-windy-winnie-bundle/

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/sweet-perks-club-windy-winnie-bundle/

Okay, now off you go!!!  Time to grab some SWEET bundles!
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Faith

Hello!  Angie, here today with a card to share combining two stamp sets, Faith and Parisian Postcard
 One of my sweet friends and I get together as often as possible to hang out at the bookstore enjoying books, good conversation and drinking coffee!  We shop together, and eat out from time to time as well but our favorite thing to do is the bookstore and coffee!  On Sunday we had one of our bookstore visits and she shared with me the sad news that she may have cancer.  We both shed tears as we chatted. 

 As I added layers of color to this card I kept thinking of our conversation and her words of Faith. My friend shared her thoughts with me, that she knew none of this was a surprise to God.  Her Faith was secure because she knows WHO holds her future.


As I added the finishing touches on this card I received a text from my friend.  Although her levels are high and she will need to go on meds there is no sign of cancer!!!  What a delight to pour my heart and prayers into this card and then to receive such happy news just before placing my butterfly as the finishing touch!!! 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Faith...

Hi there... Jennie here again and I have had a delightful time guest designing for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps this month! Thank you Korin for the creative opportunity. 
Today I have a card to share that I made using Majestic Monarchs
 This card involves such a fun technique!! First, I stamped the butterflies on a white cardstock panel using Versamark ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and also embossed with clear embossing powder. Then we get to the fun part...sponging using daubers using Peacock Feathers and Lemonade distress ink. Just blend, blend, blend to get the perfect shade :) After I found the desired shading of ink, I layered it on a black panel and popped it up on a card front.
Here are the stamp sets I used: 
I have another SNSS card over on my blog using the beautiful stamp set Parisian Postcard so hope you will pop on over. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day! 
Blessings, 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Warm Wishes for Spring

Hello! Judy here today with warm wishes for all of you in the throes of cold winter temperatures! One of my wishes is that Spring would come really early this year! I'm not holding my breath, though, so the mittens are staying out for now!
I used images from Winnie's Warm Wishes, one of the new February releases. I love how the sentiments are all interchangeable to say all sorts of different things. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored the mittens with Copic markers. I decided to have them facing so the hearts were right side up. The banners are handcut, and the little mittens are backed by a purchased snowflake doily that was a gift from my sister. 
Thanks for stopping by today!