Saturday, August 19, 2017

Good News....

{jane bosi}

Good News---because don't we all need some?  Imagine finding this is the mailbox instead of those nasty old bills? 

I created this simple card using Send Me.  Colored with water color pencils, some fussing cutting, a bit of embossing and crystal effects (on the heart)--easy peasy!  Something you could get right to this afternoon...

Be crafty!  Jane

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thank you

Hello Everyone!!  It's Sheri here with another card using the recently released Sweet as Honey stamp set.  I just had to make another card with this set.  Not sure if you can tell but this card has some serious dimension.  Every layer except the bottom is popped up with foam pop dots and it took everything for me not to raise that too.  I just love how dimension brings a card to life.  I normally hand deliver or use padded envelopes to mail my cards.  Hope you will be inspired to add a little dimension to your next card.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

You are Cherished

Hi Sweet n' Sassy Friends!
It's Ceal, a little late but here with my post to share with you today a card featuring the Scribble Flowers and the All About You sets.
To make my card, I started with a top folding white note card and a piece ow watercolor paper cut down with a stitched die. I randomly stamped the floral images  from the Scribble Flowers set all over the watercolor paper using Versafine Black Onyx ink, next I just scribbled color over the images using Zig clean color real brush pens and then spritzed with water. After the panel dried I added randomly added some black dots with a fine tipped sharpie. 
For the greeting I stamped the word You from the All About You set using Versamark ink and heat set it with clear embossing powder so it would stand out against the background. I added the panel to a black mat and then to finish the card I stamped the rest of the greeting in Versamark ink on a black piece of card stock and heat set it with white embossing powder then used foam tape to give it dimension.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

With sympathy

Hello! It's Monika here today with a sympathy card.
It's been a while since I did coloring, so I decided to sit down and color an image.
The image (from Floral Greetings clear stamp set) was stamped with Onyx Black Versafine ink on Kraft paper, then colored with Prismacolor Pencils. I added a white base layer, then built up the colors.
I didn't want to take away from the striking colors, so I kept the card pretty simple. I just added some pearl dots and colored vellum and voila... done!
Here are some cards (from the past) using the same stamp set:

Thank you for stopping by,

Monday, August 14, 2017

Using up Scraps

Hello Sweet 'N Sassy friends, Stephanie here with a card and I decided to use papers from my scrap bin.  I promised myself at the beginning of this year to use up all scraps and is just seems that my scrap bin keeps getting bigger and bigger.   I am using Fill Me Up for my card today, love this set.  I did all paper piecing on this card, no coloring!  I think I will buy a $10 Starbucks card and give it to someone in line behind me next time I go. :)  I love this set, it is great for card making or bible journaling.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

God is Always With You - Distress Inks and Embossing Folder techniques

Do you have any crafty tools that if you were stranded on a crafter's desert island, you would have to have - no questions asked?? For me that is my embossing machine. I love my dies but I l-o-v-e, love my embossing folders! They can add texture and dimension to a CAS card giving it movement but still keeping it simple. They are versatile in the techniques you can do with them and they are fairly inexpensive. It is one of my favorite things for card making. 

Today I used my embossing folders and created 2 different cards. I used distress oxides on both sides of the folder for a stamp/stencil look and a debossed look. I used a honeycomb embossing folder, and paired it with the bee from the Sweet as Honey Stamp Set. The nature theme of the background made me think of the sentiment "God is Always with You" from the God is For You Stamp Set so I also paired it with my cards.

For the first card ...

  • Lightly tap Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides randomly over the inside/FRONT side of the folder (this is the side that typically has the brand stamped on it)
  • Spritz it with water
  • Gently lay the the watercolor paper on top of it
  • Close the folder and allow the color to soak into the paper for a couple of minutes
  • Take it out of the folder and sit it aside to dry.
  • While I didn't press hard enough to emboss, you can do so even running it through your machine. However, it squeezes the color out a bit and I wanted a more "crisp" image (water color-y crisp if that makes sense?)
  • I heat embossed the sentiment onto the card with bronze power (If you emboss the background, you can't stamp it directly to the card...)
  • I heat embossed the bee as well and water colored it, fussy cut it, and adhered it with glue dots (three high under the wings for dimension)

For the second card...

  • Lightly tap Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides randomly over the inside/BACKside of the folder (this is the side that does not have a brand stamped on it)
  • Spritz it with water
  • Gently lay the the watercolor paper on top of it.
  • The backside usually has more space to cover so it isn't' going to be crisp, therefore, this time I close the folder and run it through my embossing machine
  • Take it out of the folder and sit it aside to dry.
  • I heat embossed the sentiment onto a separate piece of paper with black powder and mounted it onto the background.
  • I heat embossed the bee as well and water colored it, fussy cut it, and adhered it with foam dots. 

You can definitely see how different each card is and yet you use the same simple tool and basically the same process for both. What do you think? What is your favorite versatile tool?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!



Friday, August 11, 2017

sweetness to the soul

Good morning!
Today I am sharing this card using the Sweet As Honey and Fantastic Flowers stamp sets.  Who says a card with bees has to be black & yellow? Pink bees? Yes, please!

I love using this set for a collage.  If you look close, there are also some leaves in the background.  The flower was paper pieced and I added Stickles to the center.  The bee was popped up.  I had a few scraps of black cardstock laying close by so I added them in the corners and was happy with the simple layout for this busy panel.
Have a great day!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Faith, Hope and Love

Hello Sweet Friends!  Today I am sharing a card created with the Prim Blessings Clear Stamp Set (designed by Diane Zechman).  

My hubby and I love watching birds and many of our feeders are filled with black oil sunflower seeds.  One day we hope to plant some of our own sunflowers to attract even more birds, but knowing us, we shall see if that ever happens- lol!!  In the meantime, I can create sunflowers with these gorgeous stamp images!

I heat embossed the sunflower images on white cardstock using black archival ink and clear embossing powder.  Once the powder cooled, I used water-based markers to watercolor the flowers, fussy-cut each petal and layered them onto designer paper.

Did you notice how I created the one panel of "designer paper" by stamping the sentiment repeatedly in an offset pattern? An easy way to create your own paper using stamps :-)

I used glossy accents on all of the hearts, added a bit of shimmer to the flower centers and petals using a clear glitter pen and finished off the card with a scrap piece of knotted twine. Fairly quick and this card reminds me of summer- how about you?

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit us today! Hugs and I hope all of you have a very blessed week!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Stamping Backgrounds

I love to use stamps to create my own backgrounds. That way you can completely customize a card and give it the look and feel you like. And when you want to have specific colors, you can add them yourself and you don't have to look for the matching papers. So for todays card I made a background with the 'Scribble Flowers' stamp set. The large flowers are great to make a background!
I wanted to create a background without any hard lines so I decided to color my stamps with Distress markers instead of a regular ink. I used a purple, yellow and green color for the flowers and colored the background with a soft blue color. I colored the stamps with the marker and stamped them onto watercolor paper. I blended out the lines with a waterbrush and added a little bit more color with the markers inside the lines of the flowers. After that I blended that color out too, so that the entire flower would get a little bit more color. If you want a really soft background you could skip this step and only blend out the lines you stamped. I only used two flowers from the stamp set and stamped them repeatedly on my background. When I stamped all the images I added the blue color around them to get rid of the white spaces between the flowers.
I liked the way the background turned out so I decided to only add a little sentiment on top of it. I stamped 'thinking of you' from the 'Peaceful Peonies' stamp set with a white ink on a black background. I cut out a little flag and added it to my card with foam tape. To finish the card I added a couple of sequins too.
I hope my card inspires you to create a background yourself!

- Lucinde

Friday, August 4, 2017

Thank You

Hello Everyone!!  It's Sheri here with a Thank You card featuring the Fantastic Flowers and Kindess Matters stamp sets.  I love how by keeping the design very clean & simple that this card could be used for anyone.  I embossed the background using a Cuttlebug folder and then heat embossed the sentiment with fine detail white embossing powder.  I also used copic markers to color in the main image.  Hope this will inspire you to create some quick & simple cards.
Image 1

Thank you so much for stopping by!