Friday, October 20, 2017

Harvest Blessings

Hello Everyone!!  It's Sheri here with a couple Fall themed cards to share with you.  With Thanksgiving just around the corner I thought that I would create a card featuring the Harvest Blessings stamp set.  I created two samples for you today with the same basic design to show that you can get two totally different looks with just making a couple changes to the basic design. 

My first card features an Ivory and Gold color combo for a more elegant design.  The cornucopia and sentiment are embossed in gold.  I then used an embossing folder on the back panel to add some texture.  For a final touch I added gold sheer ribbon.


My second card uses the same basic design except.  Instead of embossing the images I stamped them in charcoal brown ink.  I also substituted the gold glitter card stock for coordinating charcoal brown.  I used an oval die to cut out the image panel and used brown sheer ribbon.  The sentiment was stamped on a tag die and tied to the ribbon with twine.

   

So which one is your favorite?   Hope you will take a look at some of your favorite creations and see how you can change them up!


http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/products/Harvest-Blessings-Clear-Stamp-Set.html


Thank you so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Snowman Hugs

Hello sweet friends...hope you are having a wonderful week!  SNSS has so many adorable snowmen sets that just make me smile!  Here are a couple of them on two Christmas cards created for today's post.


This smiling snowman is part of the new Christmas Blocks stamp set.  The background was created with the snowflakes from the Holiday Hugs set and Distress Oxide Inks.  Perfect Pearls mixed with water and sprayed onto the background add just the right amount of shimmer behind the embossed vellum frame.


The galaxy sky on this charming Christmas card was also created with Distress Oxide Inks.  Several colors of ink were sponged onto a mixed media panel.  Black Soot Oxide Ink was then added on top of the colors, spritzed with water and again sprayed with Perfect Pearls.  Several Sequins were added to add to the shimmer.  I found this Galaxy Sky Technique on Jennifer McGuire's Blog and had to give it a try.  The cute snowman and sentiment are from the Welcome Jesus stamp set.

Here are the adorable snowmen stamp sets available at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store that were used to make these cards:
Love the new look!

I'm snow glad you stopped by...be sure to stop again for more SNSS inspiration!
Hugs,
Cathy

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Warmest Wishes

Hello crafty friends and welcome to today's blog post! I'm sharing a quick and easy card technique with you today that only requires a few Distress Oxide inks (the regular Distress Inks would work too), an detailed outline stamp, such as the Christmas Pine stamp set, watercolor paper, clean water, a water brush, and a few embellishments or Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Start by using Distress Oxide inks to stamp the pine branches (I used Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, and Broken China). Use a fine tip water brush to color the pine needles. Due to properties of Distress Ink, which reacts with water, they're perfect for creating a water color look.

Smoosh some Vintage Photo ink on a non-stick craft sheet and use the water brush to pick up ink and paint the branches. Next, stamp the pine cones and follow the above procedure. I used a heat gun to dry the pine cones and then added another layer of Vintage Photo ink to darken the edges of the pine cone and cover where I had stamped over the pine needles. The Oxide inks have been coverage than the regular Distress Inks, which aren't as opaque. 

Once the pine branches were completely dry, I used Broken China to water color the background. You can add clean water to the paper first and then drop in color. This creates a beautiful fluid background with lots of visual interest.

Once my entire piece was dry, I used a regular Distress Ink pad in Antique Linen to ink up a background stamp (the text) and randomly stamped the image on top of the entire piece. I then used the Antique Linen and a blending tool to add some color to the edges of my panel and card base. I attached my panel to the base with foam tape and added a few Nuvo Crystal Drops, in bright gold, to the card.

A close up look is below along with links to purchase the stamp sets. Happy Crafting!



Stamp sets used: 
       
Christmas Pine                                  Typewriter Text Background


Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Blessings

Hello Sweet Friends!  Julie here and today I am sharing a fun Autumn card using So Grateful and Tree Background Clear Stamp Sets (both were designed by Korin Sutherland).



To create this card, distress oxide inks were added to a piece of vanilla cardstock to achieve the multi-colored background, then the Tree Background image was stamped in espresso ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and once cooled, die cut using a pierced tag die.

The sentiment from So Grateful was also heat embossed in the same manner as above and once cooled, a few jewel drops were added for additional texture.

The card was finished with a bit of dry embossing, layering some pretty designer papers along with twine and a wooden button.  

This was a fairly quick card to create and celebrate this beautiful autumn season here on the East Coast!  

The So Grateful stamp set allows you to create projects to celebrate so many different occasions and blessings- a must have in your collection for sure!


I hope I have inspired you today to get out your stamps and create something fun! 

Thanks for taking the time to visit us- hugs and God Bless, sweet friends!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Joy to the world!

Hello everyone! When I made a page in my bible with this stamp set I thought it would be great to use it for my Christmas cards too. A great message to send to you friends and family :).
I stamped the image and words on watercolor paper with a black ink and colored them with watercolor markers and a waterbrush. Nothing too fancy and really relaxing to do. I die-cut the image, added a Christmas themed background paper to my card and adhered the image on top with some foam tape. That’s all for this card!
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/peace-on-earth-clear-stamp-set/
I used the stamp set ‘Peace on Earth

- Lucinde

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Christmas Botanicals


Hello Sweet 'n Sassy friends!
It's Ceal, here to share with you today a card featuring the Christmas Botanicals set. This is one of our latest releases and it's gorgeous and so fun to color.


For my card I randomly stamped the poinsettia using memento ink to create the background. I used Chameleon pens to color it in and then attached it to a black top folding note card. Next I stamped the greeting with Versamark ink on a black strip of card stock to match the card base and embossed it in white and attached it across the front. Because of the black base I put a piece of white card stock on the inside and stamped a small poinsettia on the inside





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sending Christmas Blessings

Hi Everybody,

I have a beautiful Christmas card to show you today and it's all glittered up with glitter pens and foil.  Who doesn't love that?  I used two stamp sets for this card from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called, Christmas Pine and I just used the bird from the Season's Greetings stamp set.






Close up of foiled pine cones




I started by using the MISTI stamping tool and stamped the pine branches with Kraft Ink by Gina K Designs and then I stamped over that except for the end part of the branch with Memento, Cottage Ivy ink.  This is a great green ink for pine branches.  I just randomly stamped them.  I went over the branches with a white Signo Uniball Gel Pen (my favorite white gel pen) to make them look like they have snow on the them.  

I cut out the word die 'Sending' from Sending Joy by Penny Black with Cherry Red Cardstock from Gina K Designs, the Kraft Cardstock is also from Gina K Designs.  I then lined up Christmas Blessings in the MISTI to make sure I stamped straight and used Gina K Designs Cherry Red Ink, in the cube.  I'll be honest, when the ink cubes first came out, I thought they weren't very practical for me to buy because I already had the full size ink pads.  As I learned how people were using them and putting them in the cute Tim Holtz metal tins, I quickly got over my practicality and started buying them. :)

I traced over the sentiment with a Sakura Clear Star Glitter Pen.  Next I stamped the bird from the Season's Greetings set and colored with Copics.  I traced around him with the Clear Star Pen too.  I used Scrapbook Adhesives small black foam squares to pop him up.  (I love these by the way)

I wanted the pine cones to have some sparkle too but I didn't just want to trace over them with a glitter pen so I decided to foil them.  Have you ever foiled stamps?  I actually made a video on how to do it live on Facebook and was that a disaster initially!  My phone was pointed to the ceiling so people heard me while watching the ceiling.  I had moved my supplies to the kitchen so I could use my heat gun and so I didn't have my laptop to look at to make sure I was set up correctly.  Lesson learned.... I did immediately delete that one and I made a new one so I was a trooper.   Here is a link to this video on YouTube.  I hope you'll subscribe to my channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33B-IYOJ3XY&t=3s

I stamped the pine cones on the Kraft Cardstock with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make sure I had a good impression since this was a detailed stamp with the openings on the pine cone etc. and sprinkled Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder on them.  After I used a heat gun on them I placed a little piece of foil on top and gently tapped it down and then burnished it with my finger.  Anywhere there were spots missed, I went back over it with the unused foil areas. 

I hope I inspired you to try foiling your stamps.  It's a lot of fun, something different to try. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

season's greetings

Hello! It's Monika here today with a Christmas card. I love circle cards so I decided to make one:


The scallop circle base was die-cut out of heavy designer paper. The birdhouse image is from Season's Greetings clear stamp set. I stamped an extra holly cluster and after coloring the images and cutting them out, I adhered the cluster to the main image with dimensional tape. I added psychedelic embossing powder to the snowy areas and red rhinestones as berries. The greeting is from Christmas Pine clear stamp set. I also added some holly branches from a retired stamp set... just to fill in some empty areas... 
The black frame (die-cut with 2 circle dies), the birdhouse and holly leaves underneath, and the greeting are all popped up with dimensional tape... to finish off the card, I added more rhinestones and red/white baker's twine.
If you are really creative, by adding a clear window sheet you could easily turn this into a circle shaker card!

Thanks for stopping by,
Monika









Monday, October 9, 2017

Beauty By The Sea

Hi friends, Stephanie here with a little set of cards I made using Beauty  By The Sea.  I am a lover of the beach and a very big fan of collecting sea shells.  I especially love spending time on Sanibel Island which is on the Gulf side of Florida, it is the number one destination in the world to collect shells.  I just did some simple stamping with some distress inks and paired the images with this awesome paper from The Paper Studios.  This Set is 20% off right now so make sure you check it out along with the other great sets that are discounted.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

autumn thanks

Good morning!
 
Today I am sharing these cards using the So Grateful, Autumn Leaves, and Skeleton Leaf Background stamp sets.  They are 4 1/4" square, perfect for a little note of thanks.
 

I inked the leaf background image with 2 colors before stamping, a yellow and a peach.  Then I swiped the same inkpads over a scrap of white cardstock to stamp the Autumn Leaves on.  Although they look black, the leaves and sentiment are a dark brown.  The cards were simply finished with a few orange sequins.
 

Have a great day!
Diane