Friday, February 26, 2021

Land Among the Stars

Today I have a card using the new Texture Tiles 10 set to create a galaxy look.

First, I heat embossed the star tile randomly over a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock with clear embossing powder. Then I inked up the background with Distress Oxides with the galaxy technique. For this one, I let the background be the main focus of the card. I found a sentiment in the Over the Moon set that was perfect. I heat embossed the sentiment on a vellum strip that I wrapped around the card. I added some acrylic stars for dimension and that is all there is to this one.

It only has a few pieces to it but it has a a lot going on. I love galaxy cards and am always excited to get a chance to create one.

I hope you are inspired to try a new background technique - this one is really fun!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lyn



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

February Release Hop Winner + Inspiration

Hi Sweet 'n Sassy friends! It's Julee popping in with a little inky inspiration and some happy news for one of you blog hoppers!

As always, we had so much fun sharing the current release with you on our February Blog Hop. We so hope you enjoyed it, too, and gleaned a little inspiration for using this month's stamps! While we think you're ALL winners, we did randomly select ONE lucky reader from among all the comments on the hop to receive a $25 gift certificate to the Sweet 'n Sassy shop. This month's winner was randomly selected from Julee's post comments (that's me).

And the winner is...


Congratulations MargeE!
Please send an email to snssassistant@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Now onto a little inspiration from me, mixing a couple of this month's releases with a couple of previous releases. I love how well the line of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps mix and match!



I absolutely love the new Alleluia Lilies stamp set. The flowers are just so beautiful. So this card started with the flower and extra leaf. I stamped them on watercolor paper and then watercolored with distress inks and fussy cut.

I then stamped the wood sign from Rustic Easter and sponged with distress inks, then embossed the Blessings sentiment in white over it.  This is fussy cut and layered over the bottom of the flower.

For the circle background I pulled out the Rise & Shine Stencil and stenciled with distress inks one way, then flipped the stencil around to fill a complete circle.  The background is done with the Wood Backgrounds set (one of my favorites), and I stamped it in brown on kraft paper, then ink blended to get a fun dark wood effect like the word sign.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

-Julee

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Trust In The Lord

  Hello Sweet Friends!  Sheri here today with a card featuring the NEW Faith Phrases stamp set from the February 2021 Release
 
For today's card I wanted to make the focal point the sentiment so I created a CAS (clean and simple) layout. I wanted to add some texture to the background panel so I dry embossed the NEW Delightfully Delicate stencil. This technique is super easy but the sandwich to use in your die cut machine can vary. I love the subtle texture the stencil adds. I them added a few strips of pattern paper and used the Made New die to create my own embellishment.
 
Embossing Sandwich:
 I use a Sizzix Vagabond 2 machine which I believe is also the same for the Sizzix Big Shot: (bottom to top) Cutting Platform (open on tab2), Cutting Plate, Stencil, Card Stock, Embossing Mat, Embossing Plate. You may need to add shim(s) depending on your machine. If you are using a different die cutting machine, please refer to your owners manual for proper sandwich. You may also find it helpful to search YouTube for proper instruction.

Card Measurements:
White A2 Top Fold Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
Green Layer: 4" x 5 1/4"
Red Pattern Paper Strip: 1" x 4 15/16"
Floral Pattern Paper Strip: 1 1/4" x 4 3/4"
Circle: 2 1/4"
Butterfly: 2 1/4" x 1 5/8"


 
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Happy Stamping!!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Two cards - One background

 

 Hello friend. Esther here today sharing two cards I created with one striped background. My first card features the BRAND NEW Alleluia Lilies and coordinating Alleluia Lilies Dies that I used to practice some no-line watercoloring. I stamped the Background Builders: Stripes on white card stock and added some spot stamping with Psalm 23 Background. I trimmed it into a long strip and matted it on green card stock.  To add a bit of interest to the white card front I used the Delightfully Delicate Stencil and some peeled paint distress oxide. The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.

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My second card uses the leftover piece of striped paper that I created with the Background Builders: Stripes set turned the other way and used across the bottom of my card. 


  I created a focal point for my card using Flower Garden and Sweet As Honey, which I colored with Arteza Real Brush Pens. The top part of my card is a collage consisting of Flower Garden, Cheerful Hexies, and Psalm 23 Background. The Fence Die divides the two sections and a sentiment from Encouraging Thoughts is stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink  ink across the bottom.


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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Wishing You

Happy Saturday everyone, today I am sharing a floral card with an old fashioned vibe to it. The old fashioned look was not part of my original plan, but how it turned out and I really like it.



This card was pretty easy to stamp and complete. I mixed and matched inks from various companies to stamp the roses and leaves from True Beauty on white cardstock and hand trimmed out. I used Background Builders: Stripes to stamp the lines on the white (pale pink ink) and pink (versamark) cardstock. I like to use VersaMark when I want a more subtle tone on tone effect. I die cut those panels with scallop and stitched edge dies. I stamped the sentiment from So Happy with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I assembled as seen popping the white panel up with foam tape.

 

 

My card also fits the February VIP Challenge over in the Sweet 'n Sassy Facebook Group. We would love to have you join us!
 


 



The So Happy set is part of the Overstock Sale going on during the month of February at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed today's card and have a wonderful day!

Karen

Friday, February 19, 2021

Thinking of You


 Hello there! Happy Friday! Lieschen Harshbarger here from Harshgurl to share with you a fun card I made using the lovely Delightfully Delicate Stencil, Vintage Romance, and Happy Mail stamp sets.

I wanted the stencil image to pop so I used deco foil and transfer sheets to give the background some dimension as well as some sparkle. 

After I foiled the background, I started playing with the cut out images to see where I would like them to be placed. Then I used my Copic markers to color them.


To finish the card I added a sentiment from the Scripty Thoughts set and some sequins. I hope you have enjoyed this post and that it has given you some inspiration to do something creative today. Until next time!


 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Alleluia

 Hello! Yesterday I posted a few cards with the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Alleluia Lilies and Alleluia Lilies Dies for the blog hop. If you missed the hop, be sure to check it out. Today I have another card with this pretty set. When I was creating with it, something reminded me of the old Faux Cloisonne Technique I learned many years ago and I set out to try it again. The original technique was to heat emboss the image with gold powder on glossy magazine pages and layer it onto black cardstock. Well, I couldn't find a magazine page that I liked so I used patterned paper. Then I decided to add some layers on the black...so in the end, it ended up a variation of the technique but I still liked the results. :)

To try the FAUX CLOISONNE TECHNIQUE: gather some colorful, glossy magazine pages.  Stamp a detailed image with Versamark ink on both the black cardstock and the magazine pages.  Heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Cut out portions of the image on the magazine pages and adhere on top of the image on the black cardstock.


I added a layer of gold paper to accent the gold embossing and some black rhinestones to match the card base. The word was embossed in black. It's fun to revisit old techniques as well as learn something new. Whether you've tried this before or not, I hope it inspires you to create something!


Have a great day!

Diane

  

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

February 2021 New Release Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to our February 2021 Release Blog Hop!

Who's ready for some fabulous inspiration with our gigantic February Release? There's a whole lot of eye candy, plus there's a chance to win a $25 gift code to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop! Read on for a bit of inspiration and a little walk through of this month's lovely new goodies, then hop along to the blogs linked below to get inspired! 

GIVEAWAY: Leave a little shout out in the comment section on each stop along the way for a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Comment deadline for the prize drawing is 10 pm ET on Tuesday, February 23. Winner will be announced here on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, February 24. Happy hopping!



Here's the official hop list. If a link misbehaves along the way,
hop on back here to pick  up where you left off.





My card today features the fabulous February Stamp of the Month, Floral Background.  I smooshed some inks onto a panel of catdstock and then embossed the floral background over the top in white.  I cut this panel down to a square, then matted with white cardstock, cut on end with the teeny scallop border from the Bookmarks & More Dies.  I then cut two flowers from another panel I had don e the same smooshing and stamping on to acent the sentiment frame (also cut with Bookmarks & More).  The sentiment is from the Encouraging Peonies set, and I used the Delightfully Delicate Stencil on the bottom panel to finish things off.

Let's take a little look-see at the February release...

First up is the February stamp of the month, Floral Background. This set is available for purchase for $11.95, OR you can get it as a FREE gift with a $60 purchase (after any discounts and before shipping and tax) during the month of February! Please note you MUST add this set to your cart to receive the discount. Once your order qualifies, the discount will automatically apply in your shopping cart.


We're so excited for the next addition to our Texture Tiles line. These small repeatable backgrounds are perfect for creating backgrounds and texture on your projects.  We're seeing stars, rainbows, and puffy clouds in our new Texture Tiles 10  set.




Beautiful florals is on the agenda with the gorgeous new Alleluia Lilies Bundle. These beautiful images are brought to us in collaboration with Suzanne Corson of Confetti Creativo.  The bundle includes both the Creative Worship: Alleluia Lilies stamp set and coordinating die set bundled together at a discount. The stamp set and die set are also available separately at regular price.






Guest Designer Charmaine Canham created this elegant Easter card with the Alleluia Lilies stamp set, Alleluia Lilies Die Set, and Easter Innies.

Our next addition to our line of Innies stamps is our Easter Innies set. This beautiful set of Easter scriptures are the perfect inside to your cards, but also look great on the outside!



Our next set in the spotlight is the beautiful Faith Phrases sentiment set from Korin Sutherland.



Our second Creative Worship set this month is the Creative Worship: Good Morning set from Korin Sutherland.






Deeds created this sunshine-y card with Good Morning, Background Builders: Stripes, and Beautiful Birds.


Along with new stamps and coordinating dies, we have two new stencils and a word die set debuting this month.



Korin paired the Faith & Hope Word Die Set with Texture Tiles 10 and a sentiment from God is Bigger on this cheery card.







That's our February Release in a nutshell! So many fabulous sets to choose from! What's your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Your next stop on the hop is my blog, Poetic Artistry.

May you be blessed today and always!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Florals on a Wintry Cold Day

 Hello, Hello!

I have some florals to share with you today. 

The new Floral Background Stamp is super versatile- use it on your whole background and highlight a sentiment, or use in smaller doses, as I have done with this coffee card. 

I started with the I Like Big Cups Stamp Set and Stamped the To Go Cup on Neenah Solar White cs.  I then stamped the Floral Background Stamp over the cup, giving it a floral pattern.  The image was then colored with Copics.  The lid was stamped twice, the second lid being popped up on dimensional tape.  I added a corrugated cup cozy to finish the cup.  I cut strips in red, yellow and navy and then did some tone on tone stamping on each strip using the Texture Tiles 1 Stamp Set.  The sentiment from the Punny Love Stamp Set is perfect with this set.  The little hearts are also from the Punny Love Set.  

Here is the same Floral Background Stamp, this time being used for the entire background panel.  


The background was stamped multiple times using my MISTI to cover the panel.  Then background was then colored with a 'C' Copic marker.  The flowers were colored a very pale peachy red color.  I added a sequin to every flower center. The sentiment, Praise the Lord, is from the Faith Phrases Stamp Set.  I heat embossed it in Pewter embossing Powder.  A die cut wreath and more sequins finish the card.  

This last card uses one of my favorite florals that I really don't use enough.  Especially with all of the sentiments it comes with.  


I used Arches Watercolor paper and Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp this gorgeous image.  I then used some Jane Davenport Watercolor Brush Pens that I found on clearance at Micheal's.  $5- what a steal!   This was the perfect time to practice watercoloring 'loosely'.  Loosely is not in my vocab when it comes to crafting.  This was my best shot at it.  It ended up being not so loose.  

I fussy cut the image out and then found a panel in my stash that I had made with acrylic paints.  The colors were perfect with the image.  Some texture was added to another panel using an embossing folder.  Finally some gouache spatters and sequins finish the card.  

I hope I took you away to warmer days for a few minutes and also inspired you to craft!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed rest of the week!

Lee Ann  

Monday, February 15, 2021

Bleached Daisies


Hey Sweet 'n Sassy friends! 
It's Ceal here. today I a sharing a card that I created using a technique I learned in a class from this weekend. 

I created a background using a gel press and then stamped the daisies from the Delightful Daisies set.  
For complete details on how I created this card head over to my blog Simply Beautiful