Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Little Autumn Yet in November

Hello SNSS friends! In case you've missed it, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th birthday all month long!  Be sure to keep checking Facebook and the blog for samples, give-aways, and promotions! You can also follow us on Instagram: @sweetnsassystamps
Currently SNSS is offering 25% off all dies with the code BDAYDIES25! 

Today we are taking a look at the beautiful Autumn Mum Greetings Stamp Set. I think mums are like a breath of fresh autumn air, for after all of the summer flowers are winding down, up come the mums in a beautiful array of colors. I happen to have purple mums in my yard, so I chose to color mine that way for today's card:
This set has a gorgeous font, with some beautiful sentiments included. I stamped both the flower and sentiment in Archival Black ink, and then used my Koi paints to color the flower.

I love this Stanley Horowitz quote, and thought some designer paper with script would match the idea of someone saying such beautiful words.

There are matching dies, as well, so it makes cutting a breeze. You can find those HERE. I also made a quick watercolor bookmark with this set. I stamped the smaller mum with distress inks, then sprayed the paper and let the colors run. 

Once dry, I added the mum and sentiment again in a dark brown and tied on some fun fibers.
A little about me:
Although we are originally from Arizona, my husband and I currently live in Central Nebraska with our water turtle (we have had him for twenty years!) and our sweet Lab/Jack Russell mix, Fiona (not named after Shrek, but because she is white and Fiona is Gaelic for "white" or "fair".). We have two children, who live way too far away from us - one 750 miles west, and the other 1350 miles east. Sad! We are the proud grandparents of a two-month old granddaughter, and are so thankful for Face Time! 

1. How long have you been a fan of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps? I honestly don't remember when I became a customer, but it was in Korin's first year of business! I have been a member of her Design Team since January of this year.

2. What do you enjoy outside of stamping? 

I love going on junk jaunts, finding interesting things to photograph, and I love traveling. I also spend quite a bit of time at the theatre, either as an actress or director. Currently I am playing the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, which opens in a week, and will be directing To Kill A Mockingbird in the Spring. My kids, even grown, are my number one priority.

3. What is your "day" job? 

My husband is a Professor of Philosophy at the university here, and I work part-time in our community theatre Box Office.

4. Who inspires you?  

I find inspiration through nature and color, mostly. I have several stamping friends that inspire me, and I would be amiss if I didn't throw Pinterest in there. However, it is the artwork of the particular stamp sets that really inspire me to create.

5. Share a fun or interesting fact about yourself that most people might not know.  
I sang for the Pope at the Vatican when I was 15 years old. And I don't know how to swim!

6. What advice would you give to a new stamper? 
Find what you love, and stick with it. Make things that make you happy, and do more of that. And don't compare your creations to other stampers'. Just love what you do.

7. What is your favorite SNSS set?
I love the Puppy Love and Kitty Love stamp sets. Animals are a huge part of my family's lives, and I am a big animal advocate. Here are a few elegant and cute cards made with those two sets: 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. friends!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Season Of Love

Hello Sweet 'n Sassy friends!
It's Ceal here to share with you

In case you've missed it, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th birthday all month long!  Be sure to keep checking Facebook and the blog for samples, give-aways, and promotions!  Currently SNSS is offering 25% off all dies with the code BDAYDIES25!

Today I am showcasing the set Season of Love. 
Here are a couple of samples I made with it

For my first sample I stamped the silhouette image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used some Squeezed Lemonade and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks to sponge around the image. The greeting is from one of our Bible journaling sets, Name Above All Names

My Second sample is a watercolored version, I stamped the image this time in Versafine Black Onyx ink and used some Brusho powdered watercolors for both backgrounds. Again the greeting is from the Name Above All Names set.

Here are the sets I used 

A Little About Me:
My husband and I  are empty nesters except for Willis our spoiled Shih Tzu. and we are in the middle of a huge transfer move from Denver, Colorado to Maggie Valley, North Carolina, so from the Rockies to the Smokies. We both are originally from the east coast so it's closer to family.
I have been crafting in some for or fashion since I was a little girl. I have always loved to color, still do and Art class was my fave. I have been a stamper about 15 years and have been blessed to be on several design teams and have a very supportive husband.

How long have you been a fan of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps? 
I have been a Sweet 'n Sassy  fan since the beginning and have been involved in some capacity almost from the beginning as well. 

What do you enjoy outside of stamping? 
I enjoy being outdoors, hiking or just admiring God's beauty especially in the fall. I also enjoy reading and of course spending time with my family.

What is your "day" job? 
At the present time my "day" job is unpacking the 500 plus boxes the movers dropped off last wednesday. I don't know where all this stuff came from, haha. I am fortunate enough to be a stay at home wife where my "day" job is crafting mostly.

Who inspires you? 
That is a hard question, I have so many crafters that inspire me and don't want to leave anyone out so, I am going to say what inspires me and that would be Pinterest, there is so much inspiration there, I usually spend hours looking around.

Share a fun or interesting fact about yourself that most people might not know. I don't do coffee or milk or orange juice in the morning, give me a glass of sweet tea and I am happy.

What advice would you give to a new stamper? Join stamping groups like Splitcoaststampers or Stamp Nation. Check out pinterest for inspiration and watch plenty of You Tube videos, but most of all have fun and never under estimate yourself.

What is your favorite SNSS set? And then maybe share a sample or two using it.
Favorite set? what about favorite sets! I have many that are my go to sets for different seasons. I looked back on my blog and Parisian Postcard is one I have used quite a bit, here are some samples I pulled from my blog.

Here's one with favorite winter stamp, Welcome Jesus 
and my favorite summer set, Ocean Paradise

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better and don't forget about our die sale! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

snowy Z-Fold

Hello Sweet 'n Sassy friends!

In case you've missed it, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th birthday all month long!  Be sure to keep checking Facebook and the blog for samples, give-aways, and promotions!  Currently SNSS is offering 25% off all dies with the code BDAYDIES25!

Today I am sharing a card with the You Light Up My Life stamp set.

This card was made as a Z-Fold card... here's an open view.

A close up of the cute snowman...

A Little About Me:
My husband and I live in northeastern PA and are empty-nesters except for our spoiled pup.  We are very excited to soon become first time grandparents!  I have been stamping for 15 years and have been blessed to work on several design teams.

1. How long have you been a fan of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps? I became a customer and joined the DT, as well as joining as an illustrator in February 2013.

 2. What do you enjoy outside of stamping? I like to cook and bake (especially making soups in the cooler weather), spending time with family, reading (although I am always behind on that), and watching Christmas movies this time of year!

 3. What is your "day" job?  I work part-time in a learning support classroom.

 4. Who inspires you?  I find inspiration's all around us!  Recently I created this card that was inspired by this photo...

5. Share a fun or interesting fact about yourself that most people might not know.  I don't drink coffee.  I enjoy making coffee themed cards but I don't like to drink it!

 6. What advice would you give to a new stamper?  Start with good quality basic supplies...trimmer, scoring board, cardstock, stamps and ink.  You will be so much happier with the results of your projects.

 7. What is your favorite SNSS set? It is honestly too hard to pick just one...Korin has beautiful stamps!  Of course, I like all my own sets.  ;)  But if I must choose, I guess I would say Parisian Postcard.  So lovely and so versatile!  Here's a few cards I have made with it.

Thanks for popping in...happy stamping!
~ Diane

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mr. Fix-It

Hi everyone, Naomi here!  Brrr, it's getting chilly at last here in MN.  The high was only about 30 yesterday and you can bet I had my coat and gloves on as I did my Saturday morning errands!  But today's card is still bright with fall colors, because I am still NOT ready to think about winter yet.  I actually made this card for my father in law, who is retired and loves to tinker and fix things around his home and ours.  The inside says, "Thanks for all you do!"  If you have someone in your life who likes to do that sort of thing, WHAT a blessing that person is!  I personally am all thumbs when it comes to home improvement!

This card was made with the Mr. Fix-It stamp set, which is just adorable and full of sentiments for all the handy guys in your life.  I also created a faux wood paneled piece in the background by taking a mustard colored piece of cardstock, scoring it every half inch, and then dragging a brown ink pad across it.  I like the mustard undertones for a warmer wood look.  Another good combo for this is light blue cardstock with a gray ink pad - then it looks like the weathered wood that you might find on houses by the seashore.

I colored the tools in with markers and sponged a little yellow inside the circle die on the focal image before removing the piece from the die.

I hope you enjoyed my project for today!  Don't forget to check out the store this week - we are running a 25% off sale on ALL DIES!  Such an incredible deal - check them out here!  Be sure to enter the coupon code BDAYDIES25 at checkout.

A little about me:

I live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota right now with my husband and our 14-year-old Beagle Zoe.  She makes us laugh every day, and we love her to pieces.  We are both elementary school teachers in the same district and get to work with some pretty amazing staff and students every day!

Outside of stamping, I enjoy gardening, working out, reading, writing, hiking, sightseeing, and getting together with friends over coffee or lunch.  But stamping is truly my passion, and the best way I know to relax after a long day!

I get a lot of my stamping inspiration from nature, and much of my work includes natural images, scenery and landscapes.  I love walking in the woods behind our house, spending time outside in the sunshine, and experiencing the peace and beauty of creation.  I am also inspired by so many of the other stamp artists on - what an amazing, creative group of people!  I am humbled and inspired by their talent every day.

A fun fact about me that some people might not know is that I grew up for part of my childhood in Tanzania, East Africa.  My parents were missionaries for the Lutheran Church and I have incredibly fond memories of that time in my life.  I am forever grateful to them for exposing me to other cultures and for enrolling me in international schools where I could make friends from all over the world!

My advice for new stampers is to check out Youtube or Splitcoaststampers, and watch the video tutorials that are out there in abundance.  I have learned SO much from other stampers by seeing how they used different stamping techniques and the creative ways that they got the most out of their stamp sets.  I also would advise a new stamper to invest in stamps at first that are good for a multitude of occasions.  Floral and nature-themed stamp sets are perfect because they are great for birthday cards, sympathy cards, friendship and celebration cards - just about anything!  My first stamp purchases were unfortunately pretty specific to one occasion, so I didn't get much use out of them at first.

My favorite SNSS set so far is the set Faith.  It is full of comforting and uplifting sayings that remind people to put their faith in God at all times.  Good for many occasions - check it out here! 

Here are a few cards I have made in the past with that stamp set:

Watercolor with distress inks - this one also uses Nature Silhouettes.

Sponging, masking - the sentiment is heat embossed in yellow.

 Yes, that's a real mustard seed in the center of that brad!  :) 

Have a GREAT day, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Faith & Feathers ~

Good morning family and friends! Mary here with some samples from one of my favourite sets from Korin. Faith is an ensemble of inspirational quotes and scriptures. It comes with seven sentiments/scriptures. The feathers are from the Nature's Silhouette 2 and the birds and feathers die.
My second sample uses the same combination of stamps with second generation stamping. Very simple with no embellishments.

The Birthday Celebration continues until the end of the month. This week November 20-26 Sweet and Sassy is celebrating by offering
25% off all dies - use this code when you place your order: BDAYDIES25

A bit about myself:
I was born and raised on an Ojibwe-Cree reservation in Northwestern Ontario. My heritage is one that I cherish and appreciate very much.  Both my parents have now departed for the next life, so I especially find it important to continue  imparting to my now grown kids, the values of who we are as a people. It gives me great joy when I hear them quote our values in various life experiences. Currently, my husband and I own a home exteriors business. We also serve in our home church and we travel extensively for prayer related ministry in various networks.

I was introduced to stamping 20 years ago! aacck! I cringe when I think about my first creations. haha. For the most part, I like what I create. Then there are some days I should've left my inks and stamps alone but that too is part of the creative process.

My first introduction to SNSS was through a little humble store. I gravitated to the stamps because of the scriptures. I fell in love with Cocoa!!! I served on the Crazy4Cocoa DT and then on the Digi Challenge in 2011. Since then, I have served on the SNSS team. I am so privileged to have walked with all these women over the years. So much talent, inspiration and sisterhood.

I love finding my stamping inspiration through stories and people. My first card (above) I call "messy faith". The reality of growing in our faith is rarely a clean cut journey. I'd rather say it gets messy as we deal with the realities of our own heart. The messy background is symbolic of that. If we stop and listen to faith stories, it is seldom without a mess but the result is beautiful. I added feathers to my card because it is symbolic of my heritage. Feathers represent honour. We need to honour all people. We honour because it flows out of who we are and not what the other deserves. Jesus did that.

Best advice for stamping: get to know your inks and the different uses of each type. 

My all time favourite SNSS is Cocoa! Here are a few creations from the past:

FAITH Cards - Materials Used:
Stamps: Faith, Nature's Silhouette 2
Paper: SU, Hampton Arts
Inks: Paint, SU, Versafine
Accessories: SNSS dies, jute, bead

Friday, November 20, 2015

Delightful Poinsettia

Hello sweet friends! Cathy here with some fun things to share with you, the first being
our Birthday Celebration Special for this week…
25% off all dies
From now until Thursday, November 26th!
Use code BDAYDIES25 during checkout and enjoy this fabulous sale!

 There are a little less than two weeks left of our birthday party celebration!  I hope you've been enjoying all the Throwback Features, prizes, and specials we've been having throughout the month of November.  Today's Throwback Feature is Delightfully Delicate Background, but before I get to that, it's my turn to share a little about myself and my stamping journey.

I'm also known as Cathymac on my blog and on Splitcoaststampers.  I live with my husband, Mike, and our current Golden Retriever, Kody, in southern Lancaster County in Pennsylvania.  My favorite vacation spot is the beach.  When not stamping, I enjoy reading, taking walks with Kody, helping others, and I'm very involved with several ministries at my church, one of which is teaching the little ones.  I enjoy making cards for friends, family, and for the Encouragement Ministry at my church.

I was introduced to stamping over twenty-five years ago while still teaching elementary school.  Like many, I got my start as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I've been a fan of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps ever since I met Korin about six years ago.  I love the variety of styles and the emphasis on scripture in the Sweet 'n Sassy line of stamps.  After being a guest designer for a month, I was asked to join the design team and I've been here ever since.  Now that I'm retired (after teaching for 35 years), I enjoy going along to the Paper Craft shows, helping with "Make and Takes," and teaching a few classes.  Korin was the first person to encourage me by giving me the opportunity to be on her design team and by investing in me as a stamper.  I have learned a great deal about the stamping industry through her.  I admire her creativity and count it a blessing to be her friend along with the other members of this talented and caring design team.  

I don't think I can pick out just one favorite Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set, but Landscape Silhouettes would certainly be at the top of the list.  Here are a few cards made with this stamp set:

My advise for a new stamper would be to join a stamping group or browse some of the many card galleries such as Splitcoaststampers or on Pinterest to get ideas.  Playing along with some of the challenges out there is a good way to learn new tips and techniques.  If possible, take some classes at a local stamp store or on line and don't be afraid to try new things.

Now on to the Throwback Feature for today...

After white embossing the Delightfully Delicate Background, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, and Worn Lipstick Distress inks were sponged over the embossing.  The Poinsettia was stamped twice, sponged, and cut to be popped up and layered onto the card.  The Delightfully Delicate Background was lightly stamped on the top layer of the Poinsettia with Worn Lipstick ink. The sentiment from Christmas Innies was stamped in the bottom corner.  Prills and a silk bow were added to finish the card.  The Delightfully Delicate Background is perfect for adding just the right bit of texture to your stamping project.

 Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful weekend and enjoy our 25% off sale on dies!