Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April 2021 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to our April 2021 Release Blog Hop!

Who's loving all the fabulous new releases this month? Today we're excited to be sharing a hop full of inspiration with the April release, plus a chance to win a $25 gift code to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop

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. You'll have 2 weeks to comment, with the winner announced here on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, April 28. Happy hopping!

It's also our first hop with our newest cardmaking Creative Team Member... Charmaine Canham! She's been a repeat guest designer for us, and we're so happy to have her and her lovely creations joining the team. Be sure to give her a welcome shout out (and a happy birthday wish, since today's her birthday) when you hop along!

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

This month is also Korin and Colleen's birthday month, so in honor of them all, I thought I'd share a birthday card featuring Colleen's new Grunge Elements 3 set and Korin's new Everyday Greetings 2 set and the Script Stencil.

I started with a gel print background from my stash, then stenciled the script using black embellishment mousse and set it aside to dry.  The sentiment from Everyday Greetings 2 is embossed in silver on black paper and I added the dotted line from Grunge Elements 3, then tore around the sentiment to layer over the card.  When the mousse was dry I stamped the stars hearts and grid circles randomly around the panel in grey and black inks, then added some black ink smudged around the edges to finish things off.

Okay, let's get on with things.

Here's a little walk-through of our April release...

First up is the April stamp of the month, Butterfly 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 April! 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.

The lovely sample card in the graphic is from Karen and features Butterfly Background, Everyday Greetings 2, and Happy Day.

Creative team member Colleen Gaddie designed the next set, perfect for backgrounds and mixed media. Grunge Elements 3 is sure to be a much reached for set in your collection.

'Tis the season of new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate the happy couples in your life than with these fabulous images illustrated by Krista Hamrick? The Mr. & Mrs. Stamp & Die Bundle includes both the Mr. & Mrs. stamp set and coordinating die set bundled together at a discount. The stamp set and die set are also available separately at regular price.

Our next bundle brings us our first collaboration with Hillary Krippaene of Creative Faith Co. The Thirsty Soul Bundle includes both the Thirsty Soul stamp set and coordinating die set bundled together at a discount. The stamp set and die set are also available separately at regular price.

This month brings us Everyday Greetings 2, another collection of  hand-lettered all-occasion sentiments from Korin Sutherland.

If you loved Nina Brackett's Vintage Van set, then the Just Married set with it's sweet little love bug might be right up your alley.

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

That's our April 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 Sheri Gilson.

May you be blessed today and always!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sending Love & Prayers

 Hello Sweet Friends! Sheri here today sharing a Sympathy card featuring the Sympathy Morning Glories stamp set.
I first started off by creating the background panel by taking three shades of blue (light, medium & dark) and ink blended them. I then stamped the large Morning Glories image using a Misti tool so I could re-stamp to get a dark crisp image. Next I cut out the center of the image with a stitched rectangle die and added a mat before putting the pieces back in place. The sentiment was heat embossed in white onto a piece of black card stock and cut down into a strip. I also added a few clear sequins.
Card Measurements:
White A2 Top Fold Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2")
Black Mat: 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
White Stitched Panel: 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Black Rectangle Mat: 2 3/8" x 4 1/8"
White Stitched Rectangle Panel: 2 1/4" x 4"
Black Sentiment Strip: 2 11/16" x 1/2"

Happy Stamping!!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Masculine Cards


Esther (from Shoregirl's Creations) here today sharing two masculine cards I created with the NEW Everyday Greetings 2 stamp set. Both of them are no-coloring cards, though the second one has plenty of color on it! 

This first card is a fun birthday card that features the Gear Up and Time Well Spent sets as well as the Typewriter Text Background .  The watch and sentiment were stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink while the grunge elements were stamped in walnut stain distress ink.

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My second card is a silhouette card. The background is dusty concord, chipped sapphire, speckled egg, stormy sky distress ink blended together to form sky and water. I used just a bit of white pigment ink to lighten up the center of my card and create the illusion of moonlight across the water. To add a little twinkle to my night sky, I spread some white gesso through the Starry Night Stencil.

The lighthouse and trees are from the Landscape Silhouettes set, and I added grass along the bottom with Scene Silhouettes: Tall Grass and the Cattail Die. The waves were created with a small stamp from Scene Silhouettes: Trees. All the stamping was done in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. 

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Easy Wedding Card

 Happy Saturday Stampers! It's Michelle from East Bay Stamp Chick.

Today, I'm sharing an easy wedding card using the new Just Married stamp set.

Here's the stamp set.

This stamp set has so many fun images!

This card is very easy to make. I heat embossed the sentiment and image in gold embossing powder. I fussy cut the cake and used my paper trimmer to cut the sentiment. I cut several panels out of gold and silver pattern paper for the background. To make this card you will need to cut out the following panels.  The card is an A2 size card, 4.25x5.5 inches. Out of silver paper I used my paper trimmer to cut panels that are 4 1/8 by 5 3/8, 3 1/8 by 4 1/8, and 2 1/8 by 5 3/8. Then in the patterned gold paper I cut out 3 7/8 by 5 1/8, 2 7/8 by 3 7/8, and 1 7/8 by 5 1/4. I then adhered all the silver and gold layers together. I mounted the middle layer, the one with stripes, on foam squares and the cake also. I added a few sequins for additional bling. This card was so quick and easy!

Check out the new April release for lots of  fun new stamps!

Friday, April 9, 2021

Congratulation Mr. & Mrs....

Today I have a CAS Congratulations/Wedding card using the new Mr. & Mrs. set. I had a kraft card front on my desk and decided to use it. I think next time, I will go with a white card but I do like it… I used a light gray ink and stamped the shoes and the Mr. & Mrs. to create a background. I lightly colored the shoes with colored pencils then added a banner sentiment.

Sweet and simple and now in my stash – I don’t need these very often but when I do, I rarely have one ready so this is kind of exciting!

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thirsty Soul

{janebosi}  Happy Thursday, Thirsty Souls!!  I have a couple projects to share today featuring the new release Thirsty Soul (see what I did!!) along with some of my other favorite goodies from the Sweet N Sassy Stamps store!!

My first project, seen above, features a gelprint background I created using several Distress Oxide inks along with images from Thirsty Soul and Grunge Elements 3--can I just say, I also LOVE this grungy set?  It is perfect for creating all kinds of texture and interest; and, those lovely shabby chic backgrounds!!

In fact, my second project has a shabby feel to it--the stamps, the colors....I just love all of it!  I added the Script Stencil along with images from Grunge Elements 3 for this back ground.  The sentiment from My Thoughts of You is the perfect compliment to the hanging cactus from Thirsty Soul.  Don't even get me started about the matching dies, you guuuyyyys!!!  I'm old school--no fancy cutting machines for me.  I am thrilled with the addition of so many new sets and matching dies. 

I just smile at the very thought of you--thanks for stopping by!  TTFN--Jane

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Mother's Love by Charmaine Canham

 I am so very excited to be on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog for the very first time as a fellow design team member. I hope to share some of my love of creating with you on a more frequent basis. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and let me know how I can help!

 With Mother's Day fast approaching, this Sweet 'n Sassy Stamp, A Mother's Love, is just perfect for this card I envisioned. This stamp is versatile and can be used for birthdays, baby showers, or an "I love you, Mom" card.

I love silhouette-type images, and the mom and baby stamp just spoke to me. I created the card using a nested die set that I have had forever and white and black scraps of cardstock in my stash. If you don't have this specific nested die, use any other shape like an oval or stitched rectangles.

The main image was stamped with Altenew Obsidian Black ink and clear embossed with Ranger Clear embossing powder. Remember to use your embossing buddy before embossing anything.   Use the smallest die and cut the image. 

Cut a piece of white heavy cardstock with a larger die from the set. Since I know that I want the sentiment and some of the card to match, I "colored" this cardstock that will go right under the mom and baby. Use Versamark Watermark stamp pad or any clear "tacky" ink that will stay wet longer and stamp/apply to the cardstock. Heat emboss this piece with WOW Metallic Copper Super Fine embossing powder. Wait for it to cool down before placing double-sided foam tape above and under the cardstock. Adhere the mom and baby to the top.

The sentiment was heat embossed with the same WOW embossing powder and placed on a banner die from SSS, or was it MFT? Place this on double-sided foam tape as well. 

The black background was made by using a pierced cover plate with detailed stitching for a sophisticated look. Place all of this on a top folding A2-sized card and you are done. This card can easily be modified with a pink or blue hue instead of the classic white and black look. 

I hope you liked today's card and find more pretty stamps over at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

See you soon!

Charmaine @ CharCards

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Morning Glories and Mixed Media

   Good Morning Everyone!  

Last's month's mixed media cards were so much fun that I decided to do it again.  This time I am using the Sympathy Morning Glories Stamp Set.  

I started with a piece of Yupo Paper, alcohol inks ad embossing powder.  Using pink, yellow and orange alcohol inks, I created a inked background.  Next, I stamped the Yupo with Versamark Ink and then carefully heat embossed it in gold embossing powder.  The panel did warp a little, but since I fussy cut the image out, it really did not matter.  

As the image had an Asian flair to it, I decided to go with red and black cs.  I found this black panel in my stash that had been embossed with Translucent embossing paste.  I added that and a red strip of cs and finished off with the flowers, backed with a white circle.  

The sentiment, from the Birthday Wordfetti Stamp Set,  was stamped and heat embossed in gold on black cs on a narrow strip of paper and then adhered to the card.  I did not feel any need to add bling to this.  You can see all of the shine and texture here~

Next up, another mixed media card using the Sympathy Morning Glories stamp set, but much simpler and subdued- much more appropriate for a sympathy card~

This card was started with a gel press print in blue.  I die cut a circle from it.  It would make a good base for some monochromatic blue flowers.  The flowers were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  I tried to stay really light, but I have such a hard time doing that!  

Once colored, I fussy cut the flowers out.  I opted to mount the circle and flowers in the bottom right corner of the panel, but the card seemed to need a little more so I added a white card front die cut.  The sympathy sentiment strip and a few sequins finish the card.  

And I cannot finish this post without sharing something from the new release! 

Yup, still trying to keep things, light, soft and pastel!  This time I colored the beautiful cake from the Just Married Stamp Set and fussy cut it out.  I kept things simple here, adding it to a patterned paper circle with a sentiment strip.  

Monday, April 5, 2021

Alleluia Lilies

Hello Sweet 'n Sassy Stampers! 
It's Ceal. Today I am sharing a couple cards using the Alleluia Lilies and showing how versatile this set is. I created a wedding/save the date/anniversary card and also a sympathy card using that same set.  There is also a coordinating die set as well. 

To create these cards I started with a white top folding card base, a dove panel and a white panel. I randomly stamped the lilies from the Alleluia Lilies on the white panel and then colored them using alcohol markers.

For the wedding card I used a pale pink and pale green. I paired it up with the Mr & Mrs set from the April release and also used the Coordinating die for that set.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Words set. 

For the sympathy card I used a pale grey for the coloring and the Everyday Greetings 2 from the April release stamped in grey and embossed with clear powder. 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Best Wishes

Hello everyone, I am loving all the new goodies in the April Release! For today's post, I chose to play with Just Married and Make Music Stencil to create a card you can use for either a wedding or birthday card. 


I began by stamping the image and sentiment with VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink on white cardstock. I colored the image with Nuvo watercolor pencils and fussy cut out. I die cut the pink panel first and then dry embossed with the Make Music stencil using my die cut machine. I found die cutting first is better so it doesn't flatten out the dry embossing.

As I was going to assemble the card I felt it needed something more. So, I decided to stencil the Delightfully Delicate Stencil with pink ink on the white card base. I assembled as seen, cutting a banner end on the sentiment strip and adding some light pink sequins. I also popped up the pink panel, cake image and sentiment strip with foam tape. 

The Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps VIP Group on Facebook hosts a monthly challenge. The April challenge is a themed one, upload any creation with a springtime theme. I think my card fits the bill. We would love to have you join us!


 Thanks so much for stopping by!