Winter only just started so I had to squeeze in one more snowman stamp set :).....a new mini set called Warm Hello. Don't you think he'd make an adorable Valentine? :) He looks like he's ready to give a big hug so some lucky person ;).
~Set measures 3"x4"
~Includes 1 image & 2 sentiments
~Designed by Korin Sutherland
Tomorrow's Sweet Peek is of Dina Kowal's newest set.....and there is a fun little detail I will be sharing.....so be sure to check back!!
Today's peek set is all about friends.....we all have them.....some are close by......some are very far away, but they are cherished.......they are special......they are loved! This new set will help you show just how much you appreciate that special person (or persons) you call friend! The set is aptly called True Friend.....
~Set measures 6"x4"
~Includes 7 sentiments
~Designed by Korin Sutherland
Stop by again tomorrow for a Sweet Peek that will melt your heart :).....
Today's Sweet Peek is a little different from our usual style....the idea came to me over the summer but I thought it would be adorable as a Valentine's Day/Love themed set so I decided to hold onto it for our January release. I think it will make you smile :). It's called You & Me.....
~Set measures 4"x6"
~Includes 5 images & 12 sentiments
~Illustrated by Korin Sutherland
Check back tomorrow for another Sweet Peek that's all about friendship.
Well, hello everyone!!!! Are you recovering from your Christmas weekend? My hubby and kids are home until Tuesday so we are enjoying a very relaxed week and I must admit, it's going to be hard to go back to work full time next week!
The SNSS DT is super excited about our January release and blog hop which will be January 5th and we can't wait to share all our creations with you! In the mean time, how about we share some Sweet Peeks of the new sets to come!
This new set featuring your favorite mouse is a real treat :)....
~Set measures 6"x4"
~Includes 4 images & 5 sentiments
~Illustrated by Korin Sutherland
Stop by tomorrow for our next peek....it's sure to make you SMILE :).
I hope that everyone had a festive, magical and worshipful Christmas!!
It's a season full of generous acts, wonderful gatherings of family and presents, and special gifts - so for my post today, I wanted to say "Thank You"!
I used the Wildflower set which is so very versatile. It can be gentle and pastel, bright and cheery, or in my case, I kept it to a holiday look with rose reds and greens. I inked the edges, rolled down one corner and sprinkled it with some antique browns, yellows and shimmer to give it an old-fashioned look. The paper is from a small paper pad by K&Co called Julianne.
I want to say "thank you" to the entire Sweet 'n Sassy group for allowing me to be part of their team and for their caring and graciousness on a daily basis.
Stay tuned for Sweet Peeks of new sets starting Wednesday!!
Good Morning! It's Monika here today, bringing you another Christmas card.
Tonight is the Night! Christmas Eve is extra special to me. In Hungary we celebrate the greatest gift, the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas Eve. We'd decorate our tree, have a special meal (fish or some kind of noodle dish), then open presents. It is just so magical doing all of that by the lit up Christmas tree.
I know it is too late for most of you to be making Christmas cards, and mine won't be used this year either. It will be saved for next year. It's never too early to start on your stash, is it?
I went all out on this one and used my favorite little techniques and embellishments. What do you think? The main image is from Christmas Light clear stamp set. I used the matching Christmas Light Candle die to die-cut it. The greeting was stamped on a tag I die-cut using Tim Holtz's Decorative Strip die. In the background I used a book page, a doily, cheesecloth, Studio Calico paints, and rhinestones.
The candle image was colored with Copic Markers, then decorated with more rhinestones and clear Crackle Accent (on the candle). My stars were die cut with Spellbinders dies. The big red star is dry embossed with Textile embossing folder by Cuttlebug. The glitter came from Michael's, one of my clearance finds.
I also did some sponging and distressing. Love to add textures that way to my cards.
Happy holidays everyone! Is everyone ready for Christmas? I'm...ummm...almost there! :-) But how can you not feel cool, calm, collected, and adoring when you see little Cocoa peeking out from behind his favorite present...a giant hunk of cheese! (This might be one of my favorite presents too!)
This image is from the A Cocoa Kind of Christmas stamp set and has been colored with Copic markers. The designer paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle (love this line) and the ribbon and button is from my random stash. I also added a tiny bit of bling to the ribbon, you can just see the shine is the photo.
Enjoy today's card and I'm hoping you have a very blessed Christmas!
Hello, it's Bridget here and just a few days before Christmas, I wanted to share with you a project I made back in September for the Dirty Dozen gallery at Splitcoaststampers when the fabulous set Christmas Light first came out. I used a page from a Tim Holtz chipboard album to make this hanging picture - the holes were already in it and the little chains came with the album. This black metal ornament hanger was perfect for hanging it so that it can sit on top of our mantel piece.
I adhered dp to the chipboard and sanded the edges before sponging with Distress inks. I made a frame with Spellbinders Labels One and a smaller circle and embossed it using a Craft Concepts embossing folder, then sponged over the embossing with the same ink for more definition.
The verse is stamped over a sponged circle. I stamped the image three times so that I could pop up various pieces for a more dimensional look.
Here's a closer look:
I added lace and tiny pearls and a bow with a button and pearl to finish. The candle flame has a little bit of Stickles sparkle.
Just a few days left until the 25th, and by now you'll be excited or very tired and stressed - probably all three! In the middle of all your Christmas preparations and enjoyment, I hope that the words of this sentiment are very true for you..."may the warmth of the Lord's presence bring you joy."
I'm hosting the sketch challenge over on Splitcoaststampers today, and I drew this sketch with this image from the Love From Cocoa stamp set in mind. I love how I can use any sentiment in the set to put on the little pice of paper he's holding! I had fun with this card - the break, however temporary, from my holiday gift making and wrapping frenzy was quite welcome.
How can there only be four more days until Christmas? I'm excited, but wow do I have lots of prep work to do! W'll be hosting two holiday meals at my house. One on Christmas Eve, and another on Christmas Day. Plus, gifts that need wrapping are still arriving daily for my kids, from relatives all over the place. This year, I've taken a page from some friends and used stamps to make gift tags, instead of putting names on them. So no one know (but me) which presents belong to what person. I can't wait until Christmas morning!! This has totally made me feel like a kid again :)
Head over to Splitcoaststampers and play along in the sketch challenge this week - I hope you like it!
We had SO much fun during our Crazy 4 Cocoa blog hop last week! Thanks to everyone who hopped along and left comments on all the blogs, and a HUGE thanks to everyone who played along with us!
It's time to draw a winner using random.org.....the lucky person is: Patricia Hays!!
She made this darling card for Operation Write Home, using the Patriotic Cocoa stamp - he's available as part of a clear stamp set and as a digi on his own! Patricia, send an email to Korin at firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your snail mail address and your choice of one free Cocoa Mouse clear set or four free digis! What a fun Christmas surprise!
Dont' forget, it's still Crazy 4 Cocoa month - the entire line of Cocoa Mouse clear stamps and digi images are 10% off through December 31 (no coupon needed). Happy shopping!
Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. With only a week left until Christmas, I thought I'd deviate from the festivities for a while and bring you some comforting thoughts and a technique I have not used in a while.
Some of the most comforting words come from Psalms 23, so I grabbed two wonderful Sweet 'n Sassy clear stamp sets, "Psalms 23" and "Wildflowers." I began by stamping Psalm 23 with Tuxedo Black ink on a piece of Select White card stock and cut it out using a Spellbinders label die. The wildflowers were then stamped with VersaMark ink and clear embossed. Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, and Weathered Wood distress inks were then sponged over the wildflowers while the panel was still in the die. The ink was then removed from the embossing by rubbing over the whole panel with a paper towel. This was layered onto a black panel embossed with the Square Lattice EF. Other layers of white, black, and Basic Grey DP were added and mounted on a Select White card base. Black gingham, a little get well tag, and black pearls embellish the card.
As we franticly finish our Christmas preparations this week, let us ponder the wonderful words of this psalm, remember what the season is really all about, and take comfort!
Since we are focusing on Cocoa this month, I thought I'd wish you all a very merry Cocoa Christmas! There's one week left of the Cocoa special...all Cocoa clear stamp sets and digi images are 10% off at the SNSS store until the end of the month! What a perfect last minute gift for that special stamping friend!
When I saw the Cocoa's Latte card above, I just loved it! I love the way she paper pieced the belly band with such pretty papers and add the rhinestone. The card has a great Christmas feel and I have a soft spot for BOTH coffee and Cocoa the mouse.
This next card is using our clear stamp set, Season of Love, and she's inspired me with this card. I love how she stamped the image in black and then used the multi colors to give it the gradient look. The little snowflakes with the pearl dots add to the embossed white cardstock. Great card!
We love to see the things you make and to spotlight our customers. If you have cards or projects you've made, we hope you'll upload them to our SCS gallery, the SNS Connection, or play along in one of our challenges!
By now, the gifts are wrapped neatly beneath the tree...or in my case, not.
This month, we have been showcasing the adorable Cocoa. What better image than this one aptly named Cocoa's gift! I love to paper piece my images so this one was especially fun to create. I pulled out Echo Park Season's Greetings 6x6 pad to highlight the gift and bow. The green bow is sparkled using stardust jellyroll (didn't photograph too well) but since I told you, you can imagine it there.
Today is the final day to participate in the Crazy 4 Cocoa Bloghop. The linky is still open for your submissions, be sure to take the opportunity to win afree Cocoa stamp set or four Cocoa digis!!!
Also, Is Cocoa on your wishlist? If you haven't taken advantage of the 10% off sale on the clear Cocoa stamps and Cocoa digis in thestore be sure to take a peek and view all the cute images available. But hurry, this only lasts until Dec. 31st
stamp: Cocoa's gift
Inks: Memento, Copics, chalk inks
Paper: EP Season's Greetings, CS
Accessories: Spellbinder dies, SU punch, Rhinestones
I couldn't resist coloring up this sweet Cocoa image (I used the one from the Cup of Cocoa clear stamp set, but this image is also available as an individual digi). I added some great Halo Crystal glitter to the ends of the snowflakes on the cup (although it migrated everywhere!).
You should come play along with our fun challenge! While we share a new one each Tuesday (you can see the current challenge here), there is no time limit to play along! You could land a weekly "guest designer" spot just for playing along! Also, did you know that December is Crazy for Cocoa month at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps? The entire line of Cocoa Mouse clear stamps and digis are 10% off all month long - no coupon needed! You can thank me later!
Supplies: Stamps: Cup of Cocoa (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps) Card Stock: Kraft (Bazzill), White (Neenah) Patterned Paper: Jovial (Basic Grey) Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento) Coloring Medium: Copics Accessories: Cappuccino and Maraschino twine (The Twinery, available @ SNSS) Tools: Scallop Border Dies (SNSS); English Tea Party Doily Die (Cheery Lynn), circle punches (SU)
You may have heard we're going a bit bonkers for Cocoa Mouse this month. Over the past couple of years, that silly little squeaker has made his way into many a stampers' heart so we thought we'd celebrate him all month long. One way we're celebrating is with a Cocoa stamp and digi SALE! Through December 31st, all Cocoa stamps and digis are 10% off!
We're also celebrating with today's fabulous blog hop. The Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps team has teamed up with some of our Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge gals to bring you nothing but Cocoa today......BUT, the best part is, YOU get to play along, too!! Once you are done experiencing all the Cocoa goodness we have to share with you today, we'd like you to use the Linky Tool at the end of this post to share YOUR Cocoa creations with us!! In fact, if you do, we'll enter you into a drawing to win your choice of 1 free Cocoa stamp set or 4 free Cocoa digis :)!!
A few quick details:
*Deadline to share your link is Saturday December 17th.
*Your blog post must be current (not something prior to today's date).
*You may use any of our Cocoa digis or stamps.
*To enter, add your blog link to the Linky Tool at the bottom of this post. If you are having trouble with the linky tool, you may add your link to the comments.
To kick things off today I have something for Valentine's Day :). We're all in Christmas mode right now, but Valentine's Day is the next big "card making" holiday so I thought I'd get a head start.
We just got in this adorable new paper from Echo Park called Yours Truly and it goes perfectly with the Love From Cocoa set I used. Don't you agree?
I love using lots of patterned papers together, but did you know you can do so without adding a ton of layers to your card? Simply use strips to create one layer :). This is actually a fabulous way to use up those strips of scraps you have left over from other cards. Just think about all the great cards you can make with the paper you've been throwing in your scrap bin!! :)
Since I didn't leave a border around my DP like I usually do, I grabbed my sewing machine to add a stitched border. There is just something about a border that really frames out your card. My image was stamped on Neenah Solar White CS and colored with Copics. The sentiment was stamped right inside the image. I love that about this set....most of the sentiment fit inside the paper Cocoa is holding :). I then cut and embossed the image using a yummy Spellbinders die. I added some ribbon, Blossom & Maraschinobaker's twine, a few roses, and rhinestones hearts to finish it off.
I hope you enjoyed this early valentine :). Your next stop in this Crazy 4 Cocoa Blog Hop is my personal blog....yep, I have ANOTHER Cocoa creation to share with you :).
And just in case you get lost along the way, here is the full list of participating DT blogs...
Today I'm going to share with you my current favorite technique to use on images. I dubbed it "The Telescoping Image".
Here's what it looks like:
The technique is quite simple. You will want to stamp and color your image twice. Yes, I know this is a lot to ask ...LOL... but for those of us who love to color, it's just plain fun.
Next, you are going to cut the two images with nesting dies. The better they fit (the dies), the more symmetrical your image will come out. For this card I used three dies. I first cut one image with the largest of the three and the smallest of the three. In order to line them up nicely, place all three dies on your image and then remove the middle one and tack your dies down with a post it note so they do not move while you run them through your machine. The accomplishes the bottom and the top layer of your telescope. For the second image, I did the same process only removing the largest and smallest dies after they were fitted. This leaves you with the middle layer when cut. Each layer is then popped up on dimensionals.
I added stickles to the snowflakes on the cup and puff paint to the marshmallows.
Julie Ranae here and so glad to be back with another
quick and easy
project for you this holiday season.
I don't know about you, but I am always looking for a
way to create fun cards that are easy,
but don't appear that way ; )
That's what we have here with this simple card.
The only stamping that has been done uses the single
snowflake from the 'Snowflake Flourish' set.
It's hard to tell from this photo, but I only stamped
half of the base card and the top tag.
From there, I just die cut my snowflakes,
layered coordinating cardstock, and done.
I love having these types of simple cards on hand during the
Christmas season because I always find
that there are additional
cards that I end up sending out here and there.
Of course the 'Snowflake Flourish' set is perfect for
the winter season in general,
so if you don't have it in your
stamp collection yet, I hope you'll pop over to the shop and get it ordered...
you will LOVE it!
What I used to create this project:
Stamps: Snowflake Flourish from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Designer Paper: Bo Bunny 'Blitzen'
Ink: Sky & Slate from A Muse Studio
Embellishments: Brad from
This month at Sweet 'n Sassy, it is ALL about Cocoa Mouse! I pulled out one of my favorite images and a LOT of glitter to make this little card.
On my personal blog, I love to give tips and hints - but I often focus on the very basics. A year or so ago, I was with three very experienced cardmakers and we were watching one of them do something very basic but in a way that was new to all of us - and the rest of us just shook our heads and said "why didn't I think of that"? That moment made me aware of the fact that we often get so focused on new tools and techniques that sometimes we overlook the basics.
A couple of my blog followers asked about glittering - so I thought I would also share my tips here!
First, I am at heart a clean and simple cardmaker - so easy is ALWAYS better. I almost never glitter small, detailed parts of the image. I typically glitter the entire image panel or, at most, a large portion of the image. This keeps it simple.
Second, get a large bottle of glitter. I use Martha Stewart's Crystal Fine Glitter. She sells small vials in multi-packs, and regular size bottles in individual colors, but also large bottles in the basic colors. (They go for around $10, but during the holidays you can easily find them half off.) Then dump your bottle into a flat, square Tupperware. I don't know about you, but I spent a lot of years carefully sprinking glitter onto my image, then tapping it off onto a scrap paper, then using that scrap paper to funnel the glitter back into the bottle. Putting it in a Tupperware makes it so much easier! My Tupperware stays full of glitter year round!
Third, pull out your Xyron. I know many, many crafters have this sticker-making machine, but few of us actually use it. I have the 2.5" sticker machine which is perfect for almost all glittering. If you don't have one, the go for about $20-$25 at the big box craft stores and that's before the standard 40% off coupon. If you like glitter- it's a great investment!
The steps are simple....
Put your image (or in this case, my patterned paper) through the Xyron UPSIDE-DOWN so the sticky ends up on the top surface.
Roll it through the machine and it comes out face-down on the paper. (This is terrible paper to demonstrate with because there is pattern on both sides. I am glittering the polka-dot pattern which is on the other side.)
Peel it off and dump it in your Tupperware of glitter and you have a totally glittered square of paper!
I also glittered the ornament on the Cocoa image. Larger portions of an image are also quite easy to do using the same techniques. All you have to do is create a reverse mask.
Put your masked image, face-down, through the Xyron.
Peel off the mask and dump the image into your Tupperware of glitter.
As with all basic techniques some of you have been doing this all along. Some of you may have even easier ways of doing it. But some of you just had a light bulb come on. I know that I did the first time that I saw glitter in a Tupperware!!
I hope you all can find time these last few busy holiday weeks to get good and glittery!!!
Today we have some more wonderful cards to share with you for our Customer Spotlight Sunday. All of these beautiful cards were made by DJ Rants and you can see her blog HERE or her SCS gallery HERE. For the card above she used our cute penguin from our, Cozy Friends, stamp set.
I love all the detail on DJ's cards! She used some wonderful papers, dies and embossing on this card with our Polar Bear from the same set above, Cozy Friends.
And this last card is made using our, Christmas Light, stamp set! I just love the way she colored this image with the shading and details!
Thank you DJ for using our stamps!
We love to see the things you make and to spotlight our customers. If you have cards or projects you've made, we hope you'll upload them to SCS, the SNS Connection, or play along in one of our challenges!
I have a Christmas card to share with you today that I created using the Cozy Friends stamp set. I love the quilted patterns Korin has added to the two focal images included in this stamp set. I paper pieced the bear as well as his hat and scarf, adding just a big of highlights with a couple of copic markers for some depth.
I keeping with the Christmas theme, I decided to make my card look like a Christmas package all wrapped up, so a doily and some pretty ribbon finished it off. I added some brads in each corner and embellished them with some diamond stickles for some added sparkle.
Have a great day! I hope you are warm & cozy today!