Thursday, May 21, 2015

Leafy Flourish

Hi there Sweet 'n Sassy Stampers and thanks for stopping by!
It's Ceal here to share a card made with this week's feature stamp set. Today is the last day that you can get this beautiful background stamp Leafy Flourish Backgrounds & More, for the low price of $23.40 no coupon needed. 
To get the colorful background,  I inked up the background stamp in Versamark ink and stamped off once to get the subtle look, then sponged different colors Pan Pastels over the background. Next I stamped the image from the set Sunshine & Flowers and colored the stems, leaves and outlined the lowers with Copic markers.

Here are the two sets I used on my card

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Praying Through

Hello everyone!  Cathy here to share a card I made for a man at our church who just suffered a stroke.  I'm hoping this card will bring encouragement to him and his wife.  Since I'm hosting the Sketch Challenge today over at Splitcoaststampers, SC541 was used for the design of my card.

This sailboat image from The Sea clear stamp set is perfect for masculine cards and was stamped on watercolor paper using a waterproof ink...Versafine Onyx Black.  The edges were taped down to a cutting board creating a frame around the image.   Kuretake watercolors were brushed onto the dampened paper.  The panel was propped at an angle and enough water was added to the ocean allowing the color to drip down the image, stopping at the taped edge.  Each layer of color was air dried before the next color was added.  The same method was used to apply the colors to the sky, but the panel was left flat to dry, eliminating the drips.  When completely dry, the sentiment from the God is Bigger stamp set was added along with a few black pearls.

Here are the beautiful stamp sets and dies from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store 
that were used to create this card:

Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you've been inspired by your visit!
Be sure to stop back again on Friday for a new Friday Feature!
Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Time to Celebrate!

Hello, Everyone!  

Angie here today with a celebration card.  School is out in just four days!!!  Woohoo!!!  Bring on summer!  

I created this for my daughter to give to one of her teachers.  As I was just about finished she told me she wanted BLING and she liked the idea of "celebrate" more than "thank you".  I am sure the teachers are celebrating as much as we are!!!

I stamped one of the flourishes from  Leafy Flourish Background and More on the New Creature die cut butterfly and heat embossed with white powder. This Fabulous stamp set includes a full-size background flourish stamp plus six more flourishes and it's on sale for $23.40 through Thursday May 21st!

Thanks for looking and Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Tutorial Monday - 3-D Dies and Stamping

Hi folks! Kim here today to share a photo tutorial with you...showing you how to create an amazing 3-D image with dies! (I found this idea on Splitcoaststampers


I started by using the largest butterfly from the Monarch Dies set to cut out six butterflies. I used chipboard to cut out the images. Then I cut the wings off of the bodies. (Save one body!)
Using Matte Medium, I glued all six of the wings together. Making a big 'ol stack of chipboard wings.
I then used more Matte Medium and vintage text paper to cover the wings. Once the glue was completely dry, I used the coordinating butterfly image from the Majestic Monarchs stamp set to add the details to the wings. (Be sure to use Archival Ink when stamping!)
Some simple watercoloring added beautiful color to each wing. I also used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a blending tool to add ink around the edges of each wing.
Next...get started on the background. I used various pieces of designer paper to cover a white chipboard coaster. (I used Matte Medium as the glue). Once the glue was dried I used Typewriter Text to add just a hint of design on the background.
My last step was to create a landing place for my butterfly. I first used the Decorative Plaques die set to die cut the shape out of chipboard. I mixed Distress Paint with Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste and then applied the colored paste to the chipboard. Once the paste was dry, I added more Gathered Twigs ink to the entire piece so you could see all those fabulous cracks! Now...assembly!
I stamped and inked one of the butterfly bodies and attached it to the plaque. Once that was dry, I created little hinges to hold up the wings, attached them to the back of the wings, and then attached the other side to the plaque. (And as I'm writing this I realized I should have taken a photo on the hings! Just a little "L" shape made out of paper...) Then the place was attached to the circle with foam tape. The sentiment at the bottom (love acrylic stamps because I can bend them!) is from another stamp set. (How do you like my Kiwi Crate canvas stand? Isn't it cute! I "borrowed" it from my kiddos...perfect for my art! *giggle*)

This is a small 4" round project that I'm probably going to make into a wall hanging (just thread a ribbon through the top) or maybe I'll add it to a larger canvas...humm...decisions, decisions. I had a great time with this technique...think of all of the fun 3-D images you can great with dies!

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Birthday Fishies

Hello Sweet 'n Sassy Friends!

Jenny here today with a fun CAS birthday card.
If you are like me you never have enough
birthday cards.  This year I've been trying
to work ahead to keep up and thought this would 
be a perfect card for a sweet little 
boy I know with a summer birthday.

My card design is based on two challenges.
I brought out the Happy Ocean Friends stamp
set which is chuck full of adorable water
creatures and sentiments.  I choose the sweet starfish.
The matching dies for this set made the fish
 super easy to cut.  I heat embossed both fish
which give them added dimension and sparkle.

Using a die from the Waves set I created
a spot for my sentiment.  All that was left was
to pop on some Raindrop "bubbles".

Have a "fin"tastic week :)



Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Glue That Holds My Heart

Hello everyone!
Today I want to share a technique with you that is fun and easy - even though it may seem hard at first! I have written directions to follow, and there are several videos out in YouTube land as well. I call it Hot Glue Stencils - nothing fancy, just what it sounds like! All you need is hot glue, ink, and some creativity! Easy to do, easy to fix mistakes, and LOTS of possibilities.

I made hearts for my stencil sample, and made circles for another (not posted), but you could make clouds or water, or scenery, or other shapes, or anything! I used sprays, but you could also watercolor around your stencil, or sponge or paint.

1. Plug in your glue gun and have several short refills or one long glue stick ready. It is better to use more than less!
2. On your silicone mat (or foil or wax paper - which tends to stick) draw shapes or a scene with your glue. Try to have the glue touch and connect in many places, so your stencil has some stability.
You will see in the photo that I made a mess of the lower left heart. I just let it dry and peeled off that part, and started over with that section. Easy to fix!
3. When dry, pick up your stencil carefully. If it tears, go back to #2 and fix! I picked off many of the little glue "threads."
4. Lay your glue stencil on cardstock or watercolor paper.
My sample uses a heavier cardstock for my sprays. I also used watercolor paper to play with on a different card, spraying with water before and after I sprayed with color. 
Spray or sponge or paint your color on top of the stencil.
6. Let dry, and remove the stencil, washing it with clear, cool water for another use. Time to design your card around your stencil! I had no idea what I was going to do until I was done with the stencil. Have fun!
And here is the final project:
My dog is from Puppy Love. It's stamped, embossed with Clear EP, and popped up. The arrow is purchased chipboard, and the doily is adhesive backed and also purchased. The "love" is handwritten and cut out via machine. I pierced the four corners for interest. 

This card is in honor of BooBoo, a sweet furry girl belonging to my friend, Kate, who has been sick this week with Rocky Mtn. Spotted Fever, but is getting better! So "The Glue That Holds My Heart" is all about our furry friends and how much we love them. I love my own Fiona! Hope you have a great day!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Feature: Leafy Flourish Background & More

Hello Sweet 'n Sassy friends!  Welcome to another Friday Feature.  You will love all the samples we have for you today using one of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps beautiful background stamps. 

Welcome to this week's Friday Feature!

Today's feature is:
Leafy Flourish Background & More
  • Stamp set includes 7 images
  • Set measures approximately 6" x 8"
  • Large Background image measures approximately 4.5" x 6"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland

The Leafy Flourish Background & More stamp set is so beautiful and can be used in so many ways as you will see!

Here are some colorful samples created by the Design Divas:

Angela used the Emboss Resist technique with the large background image in the Leafy Flourish Background & More set to create her gorgeous card.  The addition of the butterfly from the New Creature set is perfect with the flourishes!

Mary used the same technique with her card, but added only a sentiment from the popular Be Encouraged set and a beautiful bow allowing the gorgeous flourish to take center stage!

How about a beautiful CAS (Clean & Simple) card!  Angela simply stamped one of the little flourishes and added the little butterfly from the Parisian Postcard stamp set to create a wonderful thank you!

Here is another look at some samples from the past:

The largest of the other flourishes in the Leafy Flourish Background & More stamp set was used to create a butterfly trail for the beautiful Majestic Monarchs.  Elements from Nature Silhouettes were used in the background and a sentiment tag from the God is Bigger stamp set was added.

On this beautiful card created by Kim, the Leafy Flourish Background was stamped right on a piece of text paper making a perfect background for her gorgeous poppies!

Look at this gorgeous card created by Janette…the flourishes make a perfect frame for her sentiment.

Another gorgeous CAS card created by Diane!  A little masking enabled the flourish to be stamped above and beneath the sentiment from God is Bigger.  The butterflies were cut from designer paper using the Monarch Dies…so pretty!

As you can see, the Leafy Flourish Background & More stamp set is a beautiful and versatile stamp set to have in your collection!

You can get Leafy Flourish Background & More today through Thursday, May 21st for just $23.40!!
No Coupon Needed!

Now head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Store and pick up your Leafy Flourish Background & More stamp set.   Be sure to join us again next week for another Friday Feature…have a wonderful day!